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Old 06-18-2021, 04:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Bed Leveling

I follow some Youtube channels, one being Maker's Muse. On the 12th (what day's today?) he put up 3D Printing Myths I used to believe....

I have my own procedure for bed leveling. Conventional wisdom is to proceed around the four corners and use a piece of paper as a feeler gauge.

What I do is:
  • Drop the bed
  • center the printhead on the bed and raise all four corners equally
  • proceed to the left edge center and adjust the left corners
  • proceed to the right edge center and adjust the right corners
  • proceed to center and confirm
  • proceed around the four corners to confirm
The only conclusion I have drawn is it is satisfactory.

And where Maker's Muse suggests a metal Feeler gauge, I have backlight from a window and I just eyeball the gap.

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Old 06-20-2021, 01:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Nobody cares about 3D printing? In this town anyway. My biggest hurdle is not being able to buy filament in a brick an mortar store.

https://www.proto-pasta.com/

Not only do they have wood-filled PLA, they have six different colors. They have high-temperature PLA, metal filled PLA (that can be buffed or patinated) and a rainbow of colors. Prices are competitive and they ship on cardboard spools to avoid the waste of injection molded spools.


https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/07...rints_860x.jpg

I, for one, appreciate the sample's icosahedron shapes.They are located in Vancouver, Washington. Road trip!
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3D print post of the day.

I remember when Daox was making shift knobs in 2015.https://ecomodder.com/forum/showthre...ter-30670.html So I feel like I'm late to the party. But my build volume is 8x what he had.

Car parts, this is about annealed high-temperature PLA:


Proto Pasta have an electrically conductive filament. If one made a part with that, one wouldn't even have to paint it with conductive paint. Then one could immerse it in an electrolytic bath and plate it with copper, and then nickel.
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The few times I had to level the bed of a 3d printer I just set the z height using a piece of paper as the feeler gage. Then went around to the 4 corners going clockwise and did a test print. Then based on the thickness (or how smashed) the layer was on the sides I adjusted from there until it looked consistent. So far no I haven't had any problems.
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I've moved on to other problems.

This week I hope to find I can order by mail from Proto Pasta. I want to try the matte HTPLA.

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