I’m not even going to whine about all the annoyances and problems I’ve had printing for almost a month now.. I’m back. My MakerBot is printing again. It’s printing for hours straight. I’m happier.
Right now, it’s a bit over 1/2 way through a Rear Breech Loading Printruder II, which I’ve wanted for a while now. This little bit of goodness, assuming I can print it then make it work, will mean the end of the evil idler wheel for me. No more guesswork on tension!! I’m psyched.
Assuming this print finishes okay today, next up will be another upgrade I’ve wanted for a while, the Mendel Inspired Drop-In MakerBot Y Stage, which will hopefully make my ‘bot a lot quieter and give me more stability (and thus resolution?) on my Y axis. Got all the bearings and bolts and magnets – I need to get it printed..
After that.. Well.. After that comes the bunny, which I’ve been itching to take a serious crack at but work and life and that evil idler wheel (and HBP and a smoked hot end and more of the evil idler) have kept me from it. (then maybe a stepper extruder then back to the bunny again)
edit: and, of course, about 3 minutes after I clicked Publish here, things suddenly seem a lot quieter. I can hear the extruder running away, pumping out more plastic, but the platform seems to have stopped moving. I see this in RepG:
[22:03:41] Read timed out.
[22:03:41] Read timed out; trying to resend command.
Nooooooo!! Almost an hour of printing probably ruined.. I give the Z axis a few twists to move it up off the print then change my mind and drop it back down, hoping I’m dropping it down as much as I raised it up. A few seconds later, it wakes up and starts moving again. Hm.. It looks ok.. I’ll give it 5 more minutes to see if it’s obviously screwed up or not.
1:30 to go.. It’s looking pretty good. It stopped right next to a bolt hole (not suprising since there’s a lot of detail in a small area, which is platform stall bait) which may have saved me – there was suprisingly little blobiness there..
0:30 to go.. I’m not clicking publish until it’s done.
Done!! Definitely going to have to drill out that one bolt hole but overall, it looks pretty good! I’m still declaring myself back in action! 🙂