Friday, July 1, 2011

Just sent off my extruder controller for repairs. UPS was extremely helpful. I cant wait to get back to printing. I am on my 3rd week of printing withdrawals!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Itsy Bitsy Spider Makes Huge Problems

So recently I have been have major issues with my Cupcake CNC. Power issues, then blown MOSFET's, fried SD cards, dead H-Bridges and serial communications. I have been troubleshooting with Makerbot's Operater group, and Makerbot themselves. I found out that I could get my extruder controller RMAed for the H-Bridges and blown MOSFET's. So, funny story right... Today I was taking off my extruder controller to send it in and well wouldn't ya know, there was a beautiful little spider web across some of the pins on my extruder controller. I guess spiders like 3D printing too!

Spider Webbing After Some Cleaning...


Thursday, June 16, 2011

NorCal RepRap/Makerbot User Group

Hey I just found a new Makerbot User group in NorCal!  They're called the RepRap/Makerbot Builders in Northern California. Here is a link to they're page check them out!

Monday, May 16, 2011

3D Printer Operator Badge for Makerfaire

With Makerfaire coming up I was thinking about how I will be able to recognize other 3D printer operators. Since we all don't usually go by our usernames I thought about how we could use our machines to recognize each other. So I created this nifty little 3D printer operator badge. So print one out and wear it to Makerfaire to show your pride for 3D printing. This is also a great conversation starter! Plus it is in the Makerfaire colors!! Wear one to Makerfaire if you 3D print!!!

Find it here:

Saturday, May 7, 2011

MK6+ $1 Cartridge Heater Replacement

    Ok guys you HAVE to check this out! This is a brilliant Instructable by Instructables user max mulholland on how to build your own MK6+ cartridge heater for under $1! Look at how simple the parts list is:
hookup wire 
30-31gauge coated nicrome wire 
kapton tape 
solder preferably high temp 
1/4" OD copper tube 
furnace cement 
tooth pick

Check it out for yourself here!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Traveling With My Cupcake CNC!

All Packed Up
I used some bungee cords and old bike tire tubes to hold it in.... 

We're Here!

All Set Up!

YAY! Nothing Broke!

     So this weekend I'm traveling with my makerbot! And I have to say I am loving the hotel (mainly because the lamps in the rooms give the makerbot a beautiful look! I also love that the hotel theme is robots so Fabber (my bot) feels very welcome!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Check this out guys! Just set it up so I can post from my phone! I am going to use this to post about Makerfaire Bay Area live to you!

3d Printing Demo!

Hey guys check out my new 3d printing demo on youtube I print out a part for my Reprap Mendel. I has a cool time-lapse of the 26 min print. I printed the part in black 3mm ABS.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Open-Source Laser Cutters Anyone?

     I am so excited about the Lasersaur project it the world's first open-source laser cutter! Today they finally did it!!! They did their first cut and the lazzzzor works! I am now saving up for the Alpha Kit they will be releasing soon! I am also really pumped about the fact that the will be at the Bay Area Makerfaire! So if you are interested here is a link to their flickr page and website. Above is the video of the first cut!!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Makerbot Business Card Holder

     This is a Makerbot business card holder I just created and uploaded to Thingiverse. Font from Desgined in Sketchup 8. I have included the sketchup files for those who would like to mod this. I have also put up a blank one if you would prefer not to have the logo or would like to put your own logo on. You can find it here. I think it would be pretty cool of these started popping up around Makerbot Industries!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Epic! Tiny Cylon + Printed Skull = Epicness!

     The Tiny Cylon is an awesome little kit that uses six leds to make cool pattern's. You can pick one up at the Maker Shed. The printed skull was made on a Cupcake CNC. This video was upload by Vimeo user Owen Collins.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Must Have 3D Presentation Pack

Just uploaded this to Thingiverse. This is a must for any 3D printer operator. I find myself getting into situations where I have to present my 3d printer or explain what one does. Well a lot of people want to see what one can make. I usually don't have good objects to present to them or show them. I have created a fail proof pack of awesome stuff from Thingiverse for you to show your audience what your printer is capable of. You an find the pack here.