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The 3D Printer Meetup is on Wednesday July 10 from 7-10pm at Kwartzlab.
We will have 3 formal talks starting at 8pm, each 10-15 minutes long:
1. Doug Moen, MC, will kick off the Kwartzlab 3D Printer Club, and give a brief introduction to the hobby.
2. Chris Gibson, of ORD Solutions in Cambridge, demonstrates a printer that is designed, built and sold locally.
3. Andrew Finkle will talk about 3D printing research at U of W, focussing on new composite materials for 3D printing. He’ll demonstrate 3D printed wood.
We are expecting a number of people to show off their pre-built 3D printers. So far, the following models are confirmed:
* original Makerbot Replicator
* Replicator 2
* Replicator 2X
* MakerGear M2
* BTO 1001 (ORD Solutions)
Plus, we are expecting a number of kit built and homebrew 3D printers. If you have your own printer at home, please bring it in and show it off.
I’ve been wanting to make an Art Bot since last summer, and I am happy to report it has finally come to completion!
I more or less followed the instructions for the project from Wired Magazine found here. One modification I did was to glue vinyl tubing to hold the markers instead of tape, which makes it super easy to swap out the makers. I also added a plastic container with marbles as a counter weight to the battery pack which adds to the fun of the bot! I might try throwing some jingle bells in there next time to see if it will make music. The hot glue gun was key in making this craft happen. The motor and battery pack were purchased at KW Surplus.
Get crafty this summer and make an Art Bot!
The first meeting of the Kwartzlab 3D Printer Club will occur on Wednesday July 10 from 7pm to 10pm, at Kwartzlab, with public speakers/formal demos beginning at 8pm, schedule to be announced later.
This public event is open to beginners and experts alike. You are invited to attend if you would like to:
* learn about 3D printers, and see them in action
* share your expertise with others
* show off a 3D printer that you have built
* get help with the construction of your 3D printer
* show off models that you have built, or show off techniques
* participate in talks, demonstrations, or workshops
Chris Gibson of ORD Solutions in Cambridge will be showing the BTO1001, a locally designed and built 3D printer that is available for purchase, fully assembled.
Several people who have built their own 3D printers from kits will be showing off their printers, and will be available to answer questions.
Please contact Doug Moen for more information, or if you are interested in presenting something.
I’m new to 3D printing and have so far made pretty much every conceivable mistake. I’m going to attempt to chronicle them so that other newbies jump over the dumb things I’ve done.
The Replicator Dual is by far the most popular of Kwartzlab’s 3D printers. You can make lots of cool things with two extruders, but if you’re a novice usually your designs are mono coloured. When it came time to print my model, two different colours of filament were loaded into the replicator.
The black spool is loaded in the left extruder, the green is loaded in the right. I want to print my model in black, so I’ll just use the left extruder. Easy enough, right?
Well, not at first. If you open up the make dialog in makerware, it looks like the extruder used to print is an immutable property:
After seeing this, went through the replicator’s menu options to see if it had to be set there, to no avail. I also failed at googling. I went back to makerware and just clicked on random things until I found that you can set what extruder an object is printed with in the “object” menu.
When you open the Make it dialog again the extruder will be switched to left.
A very short solution to a very dumb problem. I hope that this is helpful to someone.
Rafts are a short layers of filament that are sometimes printed before the print job itself so that the job doesn’t detach from the 3D printer’s bed and “warp”. After the print has completed, the raft is removed and is pretty much useless. There are usually several discarded rafts around Kwartzlab’s 3D printers.
The discarded rafts are nearly perfectly even, sturdy yet thin, grids, which reminded me of the big plastic canvases I used to work with as a kid. I attempted to cross-stitch one, and here’s the result:
Here I’m using 3 strands of floss and a 0.7 mm needle. I think it worked out pretty well. A few grids are obstructed by a stray piece of filament, but it’s hard to tell where in the finished piece.
So next time your print job produces a large piece of grid material, consider holding on to it for the cross-stitchers in your life.
Thursday is our fifth Annual General Meeting. I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on the year gone by.
And man, what an amazing year it’s been.
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So, yeah, there was this thing happened this past weekend:
It was kind of a big deal for us at Kwartzlab. A year of planning, talking, and putting things together for something we’ve never done on this scale, in this community, ever, before. We were totally unaware of, and pleasantly surprised by, how big it was about to become.
We estimate there were 3-4,000 members of the community there, almost 50 tables, workshops, talks, demonstrations, and some live music. We had media coverage from several media outlets, including CBC KW, CTV, The Record, The Kitchener Post, to name a few. We even had some politicians come through and watched with glee as the daughter of one of them dragged her mother back into the Faire as they were trying to leave at least twice!
And guess what? We’re crazy enough to do it again. In about 365 days there will be a bigger, better, more awesome Waterloo Mini Maker Faire. We will want your help. We will need more Makers, Volunteers, Organizers, and Sponsors to make this thing an amazing annual event that will leave everyone who attends it happy, and those who don’t sad they missed out.