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trebor07/04/2018 22:31:53
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Be careful **LINK**

Martin Harris12/04/2018 12:28:05
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Posted by Geoff Gardiner on 05/04/2018 23:44:03:

Spot on, Martin.

I hadn't done an upgrade but somehow the filament diameter had changed to 2.85mm. I didn't notice because I only keep the drop down menus open for settings I alter, so I can't see how it got changed.

I will know where to look if it happens again.

Don't ask me how I knew...blush

Pete Collins14/04/2018 11:50:21
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I have a problem! I'm probably being stupid but can anyone help. Re - the problem other people have had with cheap filament, Mine has snapped off right at the lip of the print head so I haven't got an end to pull it out. I've tried running the print head up to temperature and pushing it through with a new bit of filament, but that hasn't helped. is there any way I can clear the print head?

Tim C14/04/2018 12:04:29
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Pete,

Take off the cooling fan and feed cog so you get good access to the nozzle.

Ramp up the Hot end temp, beyond what you normally use.

You should be able the feed in the new filament end and push out the molten old filament

Pete Collins14/04/2018 13:09:36
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Thanks Tim, I'll try that.

Pete Collins14/04/2018 13:40:22
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Thanks again Tim - worked a treat - I'm up and printing again!

Tim C14/04/2018 14:34:59
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Thigiverse have several A8 mods to create a hinged fan, not tried it yet, but does allow good access for unblocking nozzles and putting in new filament rolls without having to dismantle the A8 fan.

Pete Collins14/04/2018 21:15:27
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Could be interesting, I'll give it a look.

Martin Harris14/04/2018 21:59:17
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Mark Stringer recommended this earlier in the thread - I printed it and it's transformed my filament changing woes...

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Edited By Martin Harris on 14/04/2018 22:09:24

Mark Stringer14/04/2018 22:50:32
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Martin - glad you liked that mod... i was going to re-reccomend it tonight but you beat me to it smiley

My first batch of prints were all upgrades which i still find amusing

As i have used it more i have realised that belt tension and alignment are important so i have done an x-axis belt retainer (needed a new belt to be long enough for this) and y axis adjustable tensioner (both from Thingyverse).

I also found that, despite using the auto levelling sensor, my first layer was sometimes stringy ... but just the first layer.

I happened to notice that my one z axis looked a little higher than the other and have found that with time and use one side gets higher than the other - probably due to not being perfectly square or maybe my table isn't level - so i manually set them to be the same whilst unplugged (slowly so that you don't create a current into the main board) and then it prints great.

If you haven't done a lithophane yet you really must! A very slow print and takes hours but wow!

Select your favorite picture and go here: http://3dp.rocks/lithophane/ to create the stl file.

I followed a YT tutorial to give me tips how to do it ... just amazing results (I used white PLA which worked really well)

Have fun with the A8 Pete! .... now i must finish setting up that laser surprise

Mark Stringer18/04/2018 13:52:53
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Here are some of the updates the printer printed for itself smiley

Auto Leveling sensor bracket, filament spool centres, hinged fan bracket to make filament change easier and a filament holder (i changed this for a different one later on) .. i also did a circular fan cooler which you can see in the second picture.

Printer upgrade parts

This is as i printed that lithophane i mentioned .. slow and steady at high resolution. You can see the auto levelling sensor and fan ring here too.

Lithophane 1

And the lithophane completed ... looks like a load of blobs on a curved piece of plastic! It is taken from a photo of my parents before they were married at the six day trials ... i did the lithophane as a present for their diamond wedding anniversary.

Lithophane 2

And then you illuminate the lump of plastic from behind and wow!!

Lithophane 3

Edited By Mark Stringer on 18/04/2018 13:54:15

Geoff Gardiner27/05/2018 22:05:39
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I have just designed (re-mixed) and printed a radial engine for my Flair Puppeteer.

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Simon Chaddock27/05/2018 23:03:24
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On the subject of printed radial engines this the P&W Wasp Junior I printed for my 3/4 size Depron Ballerina. Radial 2

New rad cplt 1

Edited By Simon Chaddock on 27/05/2018 23:04:06

denis parkinson28/05/2018 00:09:00
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I'm not sure if this website has been mentioned before, but it is well worth checking out if your into 3d printing.

I'm on a Creality CR-10 group on f/book, and one of the members posted a video of him flying a Spitfire he had printed out from the files that he bought from the site for $20 https://3dlabprint.com/

I have only been printing 3 weeks, and I already have two fully upgraded and modded Anet A8's, and a Creality CR-10..Its very addictive!

I quite fancy having go at printing the Corsair

Nev28/05/2018 15:15:03
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Hi Denis.

There are a few examples of the 3dlabpront models on the forum. I’m currently about half way through a Thunderbolt. Be warned it’s a slow process and it took me a few scrap pieces and tweaking to get anything near acceptable using my A8. The root section below is one of the biggest sections and is about 7 hours printing time at 0.2mm layer height.

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I can print faster certainly but I don’t get as good a result. Even now I can’t get a perfect print but I’ll accept that on a £100 printer. if this one turns out ok I might have a go at a Corsair, haver fun.

Nev.

denis parkinson28/05/2018 19:41:18
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Nev, I am getting some cracking results on my two Anet A8's..Saying that, they are both fully modded and upgraded to the max. The prints are just as good as anything my £400+ Creality CR-10 can do..

7 hours is pretty quick compared to the 54 hour print that my CR-10 has just completed. frown

The corsair does look the most complicated, but stunning

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator30/06/2018 13:11:06
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Just ordered one of these - time to find out a bit moe about this technology I think!

BEB

Kevin Fairgrieve30/06/2018 17:35:28
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Ordered mine from evilbay Tuesday, delivered Thursday.

So far I have only had the time to open the box and assemble the spool holder.

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Sunday is looking like a very windy day so may be a short trip to the field!!

Looking forward to the very steep learning curve.

Kev

Kevin Fairgrieve03/07/2018 17:18:18
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Assembled and ready to print.

There are so many settings, where to begin?

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The old laptop still running Windows XP not connected to the internet, is an old 32 bit OS, makes software choice a pain.

I will persist.

Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator03/07/2018 17:55:13
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Looks great Kev.

Mine is "in transit" - exciting!

BEB

Edited By Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator on 03/07/2018 17:55:46

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