Friday, October 29, 2010

Be square! (squaring my UP! X/Y axis)

How I squared my UP! after my ball bearing broke and skewed my machine...

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Beer of the week!

My usual wednesday-beer at the pub was a nice surprise this week. At the moment I´m having a thing for American ales, and especially "hoppy" ones. Of course most imported beers (and alcohol in general) in Sweden comes with a crazy price and this was no exception, 125 SEK (around 15USD) for a 12 OZ bottle.
But it was worth it at least to try it out once, and only once per evening as it is 8.5 Vol %

It´s brewed by Victory Beer and it is a very nice hoppy beer with sweet candy and a little bit of citrus. As strong as it is it doesn't really taste alcohol at all. A little more depth would make it a great beer to sip in front of the fireplace to the sound of that buzzing 3d printer in the background...

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Thermal images of the build platform

I wanted to see how the temperature spread in the build platform in the long quest for minimizing warp and had the chance to borrow a thermal camera. I´ve posted a few pictures in intervals using the "preheat" function.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Maintenence on the UP! printer.

My UP! started screaming and squeeking after about 1½ spool, especially the upper (X axis?) linear rail. It also made the whole machine resonate and vibrate so I thought that lubing up the rails and bearing would be a good idea.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Adjusting the UP! build platform

After some adjustments on my printer I found out that my platform wasn't level at all. So I started to see if there was any easier way than to put kapton tape or pieces of paper in the corners to get it level. I found that it worked quite OK with 2 washers.

Ian Hawgood - Slow Films in Low Light

How did I miss this one?
Just listen to the first track, "A Film by Federico Durand", it melts my brain.

For a free download in company with other great works, visit
Their latest mix "dream scores" is also deadly.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Acrylic build platform for the UP! printer.

After trying out pretty much every setting to escape the warping in the corners I focused on trying out an acrylic build platform instead. It seems like makerbotters and reprappers like it cause the ABS plastic sticks pretty good to it. The result was actually great. Although I found out that my X and Y axis wasn't square, but hey, you cant have everything. So follow me to the acrylic world...