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How can I fix an error from building a 3D printing slicer software for a robotic arm based on a provided code from GitHub, getting an error LNK1181?

Not sure if the right place to ask this particular question but will try anyway. Currently trying to run a software as presented in the link here: GitHub - zhangty019/S3_DeformFDM: S^3-Slicer: A ...
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Does every 3D printer need an enclosure?

Some materials need a heated chamber, which in itself is an enclosure already. However materials such as rPLA, PLA, PHA don't necessarily need a enclosure, or even a heated bed. Could printers that ...
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What is a good approach to develop a 'nozzle wear sensor'?

I'm thinking about implementing some kind of nozzle wear sensor. My question is simple: Do such sensors or automatic approaches already exist? Although I expect not and I know nozzles are cheap, it's ...
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Why is the heating unit not on top?

Most printers are build the following (please excuse if I do not use the correct terms) A heating unit mounted below an aluminum build plate and then some surface on top that can be printed on like ...
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Which detection mechanisms can a filament sensor use?

Using the official Creality runout sensor, I encountered a few times that the filament entangled around something and got stuck, the printer continuing for several hours (as it didn't run out), ...
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College student personal project - developing a 3D printer design, seeking guidance

I am currently a junior studying mechanical engineering. I have been wanting to start a personal project focusing on 3D printing/printers for a while, yet I have been struggling to develop a course of ...
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How can we calculate the build time of FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling)? [duplicate]

I am currently working on my research project in the field of additive manufacturing, specifically focusing on estimating the build time of FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling). As part of my work, I am ...
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Are delta ball cup ends available as standalone part?

I'm in the process of building a custom delta printer, and based on discussions with folks who do this about the pros and cons of different types of joints, and on this article I'd really like to get ...
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What all things I can create with a cheap and a expensive 3d printer [closed]

I am trying to getting started a 3d printer product research so I need some guidance
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Adjust shape dimension in UGS G-code software

I am quite new to CNC. May I ask how to reduce the length per pixel for the entire triangle? I want the template length, height, and every dimension to be reduced by 10 times, which means the height ...
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Fail to upload G-code with UGS Plotter Software

Referring to a circle shape G-code online generator for my 2D printer at here, in which I created a 100 mm circle. I downloaded the G-code from the website and try to open it with UGS plotter but it ...
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Is there a good source for connectors and crimping tools needed for the individual wires?

When I am trying to wire things in my printer I always have trouble finding a list of all the connector types and what is needed to properly crimp them. I don't see it in the pin out for the board or ...
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Ender 3 V2 error message

I bought an Ender 3 V2 printer and printed successfully with PLA and PLA+. Ender 3 V2 is rated at <= 250 °C but when I set temperature above 200 °C to print to PLA+, I get an error message "...
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Lead screw orientation

Wouldn't it be better to mount lead screws with the motor on top and the bottom end unconstrained? Compared to the conventional way (motor on the bottom) the lead screw would be under constant tension ...
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A 2D printer(standard paper printer),that prints forever? [closed]

Posted here because I couldn't find a 2D printing or printing category. My question is: Is there a printer that can print on ordinary A4 paper without the use of ink/toners/thermal paper or anything ...
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Thermal Runaway E1

I am currently building a Hypercube Evolution from a kit that was passed on to me. It uses a BIQU KFB2.0 control board and a 24 volt power supply. I have no prior experience in 3D printing. I was ...
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Which kinematic system has the highest quality?

I am going to design and build a 3D printer. I want the highest quality and accuracy so nothing except that is important for me. Which cartesian design has the highest quality and accuracy? CoreXY, ...
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What hotend designs exist as paired all-metal and PTFE-lined versions?

I know that the E3D V6 hotend exists in both the all-metal V6 version, and the PTFE-lined Lite6 version with the same mount and form factor. What other hotend designs are available like this?
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Looking for files for printed parts for my Kossel XL kit from Builda3Dprinter.eu

A couple years back I received a Kossel XL kit from builda3dprinter.eu as a gift, but I stopped building it because multiple parts were missing, including printed parts. Now that I'm building a Prusa ...
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Upgrading printer controller

I purchased a (very) low tier printer a while back, and now I am looking to start upgrading. First on my list is to upgrade the controller1). My initial plan was to upgrade to an Arduino Mega with a ...
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How do you call the Z-axis mechanism in a Cartesian 3D Printer?

How do you call the mechanism that allows linear motion along the Z-axis in a Cartesian 3D Printer? I know what the individual parts are; it is a lead screw, a smooth rod ... but how do you call the ...
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Using an Anet A6 3D printer in the UK... (mains voltage issue!)

I understand that this is probably more of an electronics question, but was hoping that someone with experience of using an Anet A6 in the UK (or a country outside of the US/China) may be able to help....
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Herringbone timing belt?

I realized while playing around with 3D printed gears that it would be easy to make a 3D printed herringbone-style timing belt and matching gears/pulleys. Would such a design have any advantages over ...
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Anet A6 assembly problem - remaining power cables don't match instructions

I've just built my son's A6 and have connected all cables apart from the last power cables. The mainboard says hotbed line and extruder line but the cable says heatbed. The cables are two red which ...
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What stepper motor to use in heated chamber

I want to build a 3D printer with a heating chamber of around 90 °C with build area 200x200x200 mm. I have never build a CoreXY system, so my design is currently an XY system with moving X motor (...
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Is it necessary to replace the SMD fuses in RAMPS 1.5 or greater, for use with 24 volts?

One of the main hacks for converting RAMPS 1.4 boards to use with 24 V, as stated in RAMPS 24V, is replacing the polyfuses, principally F2 (MF-R1100), with wire and ...
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Is this re-Arm controller actually 24 V capable?

I would like to make a 24 V (3D printer board and shield) setup, as opposed to the usual 12 V, and to do so I had been considering using the Taurino Power board, or the clone Eruduino. ...
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What are the tradeoffs of a cantilever printer design?

There are several cantilever-style printers around like some DIYs (2018), the TronXY-X1, the Monoprice Select Mini, Tiertime's Cetus line and the 2019 Prusa Minilinks for information, no affiliation. ...
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Is having 4 bed leveling adjustment points rather than 3 problematic?

My Ender 3, and I think lots of printers, have 4 bed leveling adjusstments, one at each corner. It seems to me that having 4 points produces an over-determined system, making it confusing to get the ...
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Choice of lead for lead screw

This video brought to my attention the 8 mm lead of the Ender 3's Z axis screw, which seems like an exceedingly bad choice from a standpoint of accuracy with respect to common grid alignments in the Z ...
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3D Printers imported from China - avoiding asbestos exposure [closed]

Many 3D printers are made in China, and as asbestos is still legal in China (with large ongoing production it seems). It is thus quite possible to end up with a 3D Printer that has asbestos parts in ...
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3d printer set up

I am not very used to 3D printers and I just bought my first 3D printer today (Creality3D Ender 3). But I am unable to assemble it. The 3D printer doesn't contain instruction on how to built it which ...
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Why do 3D printers have only one limit switch?

I have seen that many 3D printers have only one limit switch for each axis, how does it know where to stop on the other end? My first guess is that the machine knows how big the plate is, and ...
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Can I repurpose most of the components of this Prusa clone for a Delta?

I have a generic Prusa clone that I'm not using (my primary issue with it is the lack of rigidity in the frame housing as built). Will the motors (ks42sth40-1204a) and controller that come with it be ...
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Upgrade main board or straight-across replace?

Flsun 3D Cube; main board, MKS GEN L V1.0 I think I need to replace the main board and I don't know enough about 3D printer components yet to judge whether a 1:1 replacement would be better than ...
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Building a cheap 3d printer with DC Motors?

Because I do not own a 3d printer I am searching a way to build an affordable 3d printer. But paying a 200Euros for one seems too much for me. So in my search for affordable 3d printer I thought to ...
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3D printer out of normal printer (HP PSC 1315)

I thought as a fun project to make my own 3D printer out of a normal printer parts + some parts out of old CD-ROM drives that are lying around. The printer of my choice is an HP PSC 1315 one. But I ...
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Ball screw: Maintaining Z axis position when motor is OFF

I'm building a 3d printer of size 500 x 500 x 500 build area. For the Z axis, I'm planning to use this Linear actuator. The maximum weight Z axis might encounter is 15 Kg due to it being a clay ...
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Adding a battery backup power supply

So apparently the wiring in my home is... questionable. Very rarely, plugging or unplugging things will cause a power dip. This is almost always the result of turning on a fan or something, is only ...
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How to build a cheap (but safe) laser engraver with spare parts [closed]

I would love to start a small engraving business without having to purchase expensive hardware. Using scrap parts at home, or parts from broken CD players, are there any ways to make a laser ...
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Why not use GT2 en lieu of a Z-axis threaded rod or leadscrew?

Having just re-read Tom's excellent answer to my question Advantages of GT2 over a rack, as my comment ponders1: Why is a threaded rod, or lead screw, used for the Z-axis movement in a Prusa (and its ...
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Geeetech GT2560: Electronic safety and power source

I'm about to build myself a 3D-printer. After a long search for a brain for this one I came across the GT2560 from Geeetech, because it leaves a solid impression on me. The manufacturer himself has a ...
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Lead screw holder - shall I buy metal or just use a printed one?

I am on the way to building my own printer using 2020 profiles, TR8 * 500mm lead screw for the Z-axis. Still thinking if that will be a h-bot or coreXY, but this is another story. As the printing ...
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Connect to 3D printer via internet without router

My problem: I need to connect to my 3D printer via the internet from an Android app (using IP address and API key). My 3D printer is based on Marlin firmware latest and connected to a Raspberry Pi ...
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Lead screws - M8 instead of M5?

I am building a Prusa i3 MK2S (Dolly). I find it very difficult to find M5 rods for the Z axis, I have an M8 lead screw with 8 mm lead, So I thought since M8 is widely available online I could ...
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is possible to send printing with mach3?

I was wondering if is possible to send printing using the software MACH3 for CNC since this software can handle up to 3 axes: X,Y,Z,A,B and C. Of course the CNC needs an extra control for temperature ...
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What size is the lead screw?

I built a 3D printer kit a while back but now I want a large printer to play with. I would like to build a 300x300x400 mm clone of a 3D printer. But I am not sure what size lead screws to buy. They ...
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Sunhokey Prusa i3 axis x, y, z?

My Sunhokey Prusa i3 arrived with a corrupted disc. I'm awaiting a new one and finished the mechanical build via YouTube videos. I've no clue which motor controls the X, Y, and Z, axes. I"m not even ...
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What else can I use for a 3D Printer frame?

I am building a 3d Printer here: Build Volume: X:300mm, Y:300mm, Z:400mm Mechanism: 1 motor, 2 leadscrew, 4 rod Z-axis; CoreXY head movement Belt: GT2 6mm Steel Core Pulley & Idler: 20T 6mm, Bore ...
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ROKO bed levelling sensor

I was sent my sensor (a ROKO) and I plugged it in with the pins in the wrong order, would this break my sensor? If so is there anything I could do?
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