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Trevor Rushton29/12/2016 22:03:34
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Happy New Year everyone.

Following Colin's lead on the Wanhao Duplicator I thought a thread on this machine might be of interest. After months of dithering my index finger finally made contact with the buy button and for better or worse I hope to take delivery in about 7 weeks. I confess that I have no idea how I'm going to get on with it - my 3d cad skills are virtually non-existent but I keep thinking of things to make and I shall enjoy the challenge.

The kit version is quite a bit cheaper than the ready built machine, but I was attracted to what appears to be a well specified kit if a bit toppy in pricing terms. Assembly seems to be well documented and after having built a Stepcraft CNC cutter I don't think it will pose too many problems. Stepcraft do a 3d printing add-on but that is quite expensive and I could not find very much to describe the quality of the print.

I'd be interested to hear of any experiences whether good bad or indifferent.

Trevor Rushton29/12/2016 22:11:07
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When the time comes here are some cockpit details to aspire to - check out the Vampire cockpit in particular

Ian Jones29/12/2016 22:37:51
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Good idea trevor.

Twin boom aircraft are amongst my favourites, I'll be looking in with interest. and I reckon many others will be too.

Colin Leighfield29/12/2016 22:51:29
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Happy New Year Trevor. That looks like a serious piece of kit. It will be interesting to compare notes when we get started. Fortunately mine comes pre-assembled, so at least that's one less thing for me to mess up!

Trevor Rushton29/12/2016 23:19:31
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Thanks Ian and Colin

The P-38 from 3d Lab Print looks rather fun - but that would be a serious project - I will start with a drag knife for the Stepcraft - there are a few designs out there.

Colin, I am looking forward to seeing how you get on; for me the challenge looks to be 3d cad. I bought TurboCad a year or so ago and whilst its very capable (in the right hands) I have struggled with it. I have just tried Tinkercad but I think the answer is to have a definite project in mind and then find out how to do it.

Colin Leighfield30/12/2016 00:08:21
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Trevor, I've never got my head around CAD, I really need someone to show me how to do it! I think your approach is the right one and I'm sure it's the way that I'll go.

Stephen Smith 1430/12/2016 22:06:33
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Looks expensive for what you get. Take a look at technology outlet where you can buy a similar printer for about a third of the price and get it early next week. Helpful knowlagabe people as well. Or if that's your budget take a look at the Wanhao D4S or possibly a Flashforge.

I have had the Wanhao for about a year now never missed a beat. Duel extruders heated bed and fully enclosed, so you can print most materials.

Down load makerbot desktop (free) search thingyverse straight from makerbot download it to an SD card and print, simples.

I have an original copy of Solid works, all paid for, but rarely use it as there is that much out there.

My advice for what it's worth cancel your order and take a look at technology outlet, and they keep spares in stock, and are also available from a few places in the UK.

Edited By Stephen Smith 14 on 30/12/2016 22:07:02

Trevor Rushton30/12/2016 23:36:44
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Thanks for your post Stephen - I did spend quite a bit of time looking round before selecting the Prusa - I thought that that would suit my needs (or at least what I thought my needs were!) I have had a look at Technology Outlet and I must say it looks tempting but I think I will stick with my decision.

Just downloaded Makerbot Desktop - looks interesting, thanks for the tip.

Ian Jones05/01/2017 18:02:43
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Makerbot thumbs up

David perry 105/01/2017 18:05:13
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I now have the prusa mk2. It is good beyond words.

Customer service ditto

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rcaddict05/01/2017 18:28:45
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so David

what have you made, practically so far Ive made xt60 safety caps & a door wedgelaugh

David perry 105/01/2017 18:32:39
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Very little. We made undercarriage for a heli, a few toys and then we went on holuday. So far very impressed.

Ive got a morse key file lined up to go and my boys want to go for the spitfire model. Still learning really.

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Tony Bennett05/01/2017 19:23:32
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I have just bought the the Anet 8 3D printer.

cheap as chips, just got to build it and try to work out how to use the flipping thing. wink

Tony B

Ian Jones05/01/2017 19:42:09
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Posted by Tony Bennett on 05/01/2017 19:23:32:

I have just bought the the Anet 8 3D printer.

cheap as chips, just got to build it and try to work out how to use the flipping thing. wink

Tony B

Unless I'm mistaken Tony, your printer is based on the Prusa i3 so you might find much in common on this thread.

Delta Foxtrot05/01/2017 20:49:48
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Does this printer come with CAD software? If not what would you recommend for a newcomer and what does it cost?
rcaddict05/01/2017 21:16:58
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delta

dont know what you know about this but this is how it works - there are two parts to this (stl files & gcode files), there is the modelling software which you create or download your project (stl files), then you load it into the printer software "Cura" (supplied or downloaded).

the modelling software did not come with my printer but I use tinkercad (free download) for basic stuff and autocad for more advanced

once you have created the file (gcode files)for the printer in cura you put it on a mini SD card and insert it into the printer then play about with the hotbed & extruder settings - then make a cupof tea and wait !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

p.s. you will find loads of stuff ready for printing on the net

p.p.s you can download tinkercad & cura to practice without having a printer

its fun and if I can do it anyone can !!!!!

Edited By oldgit on 05/01/2017 21:18:20

Trevor Rushton05/01/2017 21:31:29
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David, I am pleased to hear that you are impressed with the Prusa- I have to wait until early Feb for mine.

I am trying to work with TurboCad to prepare a design for a magnetic fuselage jig - a bit like the Slec one but with magnets rather than bolts. It's a very simple design but whilst I am fine with 2d; I am finding 3 d a challenge. I tried Tinkercad but it feels as though I am giving in on the more sophisticated programme and need to persevere.

I have used TurboCad for preparing files for my Stepcraft, but trying to get all of the vectors seems to be a challenge - you can draw the object but the Cut 2d programme does not recognise all of the lines and it can take a long time to get them sorted out. I assume that when working in 3d the same rules apply?

Trevor

Delta Foxtrot05/01/2017 21:47:34
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Oldgit,

Thanks for the information, I will download the software and have a go.
onetenor05/01/2017 22:08:08
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Hello Trevor good luck with that .Beyond me. BTW did you use to live in 14 Dewsbury road in Liverpool?.I lived at No 18 John Mantova

Trevor Rushton05/01/2017 22:10:48
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Hi John, thanks and no it was not me I'm afraid.

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