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Orientation of long thin rod on P3Steel v4

I have a derivative of the P3Steel v4, which is not the Irobri design but another version (I'm not entirely sure which), from Poland: Frame Prusa I3 P3Steel v4.0 +RODS. I have assembled the frame, ...
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Prusa i3 Z axis not moving up

I just got a Hictop Prusa i3 printer and I have it fully assembled. When I tested out the motors to check them the Z-axis motors were not moving and it was making a grinding sound. I have lifted the ...
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How to build a metal-based 3D printer? [closed]

I have a hypothetical question. From which parts can I build a metal-based 3D printer and can I buy those parts somewhere?
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Can you replace broken 100k thermistor with thermocouple - potentially blown analogue input as well

I have bought myself an I3 3D printer - it comes with a thermistor which is then placed into a hole in the hotend and held in place by a grub screw. Sadly due to my lack of care I managed to crush ...
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Printed part auto-eject (automatic part removal)

What are the methods to auto eject parts (into a collection area/box/basket) in order for the 3D printer to continue printing? For some reason this feature isn't common (yet?). Is there a hidden ...
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true color printing with CMYK+White (not 3-in-1 diamond head RGB)

There is this great hotend called a diamond hotend, which can be used to print in 3 colors and mix them into hundreds? of colors. This can for example be used with Red, Green and Blue filament to mix ...
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How to properly read dimensions for a 3D printer?

I'm trying to find the correct way to read and understand the dimensions of a 3D printer. For example, if I read the following dimensions for the Robo 3D R1 Plus as 10x9x8 Inch - I want to know what ...
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What parts are strictly necessary for a 3D printer?

I've built the mechanics of my 3D printer myself, because I need to print parts that are really huge, (and for budget reasons). So, I already have the 3D movement functionality. But what I need now, ...
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Will this printer be good enough to make prototyping models? [closed]

I'm new to the 3D printing world, but I've been doing some research over the past couple weeks. I need a printer that is decent enough to make prototypes using simple 3D software (I use Blender for ...
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HDPE as the body of a 3-D Printer?

I've been working on my own DIY 3-D printer recently, and I've been trying to experiment a little with different materials for the body. Someone suggested using HDPE (high-density polyethylene), since ...
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Auto Bed-Leveling with Inductive Proximity Sensors and Magnets

I recently decided to upgrade to auto bed-leveling using an inductive proximity sensor and an aluminum build plate on my Prusa i3. I also wanted to try to secure the build plate using neodymium ...
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Can I use a pin header in a breadboard to wire up the z-axis motors in parallel?

Can I use a pin header with the molex on my Nema 17 motors and a bread board to wire up the z-axis motors in series? Also, do breadboards and pin headers have ratings, the way that wires do?
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What is a good book to read about 3D printers?

I've been interested in 3D printing for the past month however, I have noticed that it's sort of a "reserved" topic. Meaning that everyone who talks about it, has already some basic knowledge about ...
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Solidoodle 4 voltage requirements

I have a solidoodle 4 and have blown the power supply . Long and the short of it is I am trying to modify a Xbox 1 power supply to fulfill the need. I am measuring he voltage at the output and its 14....
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What does the trimpot on my Switching Power Supply do?

On my Switching Power Supply there is a little orange trimpot that's marked VR1; what does that do, and does it work similar to the ones on the stepper drivers?
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How do I determine that the electronics are working with the test firmware?

You may want to use this code to test all the electronics before installing any of the suggested firmwares. From Final Step in the RAMPS 1.4 Wiki There's a bunch of code in the sketch, and it ...
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Carbon fiber instead of smooth steel rods?

I have a long 8 mm smooth steel rod of about 55 cm long. This rods bend easily due to the length. If I replace them with 8mm solid carbon fiber rods, will the bending reduce? Will the ...
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Analytic equations to make algorithm of 3D printer

I have a project in the 3D printing. the aim of the project is to realize the control of the 3D printing. the type of the printer is a printer with cables. the problem seems to have some ...
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How to cut OpenBeam/MakerBeam?

I'm building a 3D printer and I've been looking around for materials suitable to make the frame. I have occasional access to a laser cutter which I could use to manufacture a ply box-type (UltiMaker) ...
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Threaded rods to create frame/axis connection. Which improvements can be made and are they needed?

I am building what I dub Frankenstein's printer from various components I could find in the electronics dumpster to print the proteins for a P3 Steel (toolson edition). I want to elevate a scanner ...
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What are the appropriate ranges of gear ratios for 1.75 mm and 3 mm filament extruders?

Most 3 mm (mostly are actually 2.85 mm) filament extruders have some kind of gear reduction. Many 1.75 mm extruders are direct-drive / ungeared but some do use gears. What kind of ...
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What are the advantages/disadvantages of using synchromesh cables instead of belts?

Some 3d printers use synchromesh cables instead of belts. For example, the Deezmaker Bukito (http://bukito3d.com/) and a number of RepRap conversions. Photo from http://christophergranz.com/?p=449 ...
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How to make your own 3D printer? [closed]

I am wondering if I can get some electronic and mechanical layout of the machine. Is it possible to make 3D printer components with 3D printer?
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How to create a web-based PHP that can print to multiple printer(when idle) using silent printing

The print job connect to the database. When there is an idle printer, the print job directly goes to it. It need to connect with print server too. How do i start? Can someone help me... Thank you.
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How to properly use Polyisocyanurate (PIR) foam with the heated bed?

From what I understand, it takes a really long time for the heated bed to heat up using an MK2a heated bed. I've heard some people suggest that using Polyisocyanurate (PIR) foam (insulation that ...
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Is it necessary to have both hot ends on a dual extruder printer at the same height?

I'm thinking of another extruder on my printer, and I'm curious about this one.... Is it necessary to have both hot ends on same height? Why yes / why not? (if there is not)
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What are the pros and cons of collecting parts yourself, versus getting a DIY kit and then modifying it?

I'm thinking about buliding my own 3D printer from scratch. Is it better to buy a starter DIY kit and try to build your printer around it, or to order separate parts for printer, and then to combine ...
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How do I wire the z-axis motors in parallel on the Prusa i3?

There is a little circuit board, or breadboard or something in the diagram of the wiring for the i3. And it's mentioned that the z-axis motors need to be wired in parallel but beyond that they don't ...
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When building a RAMPS 1.4 based printer, can I safely plugin just some of the components to test if they are working?

If I need to test out some of the components of a RAMPS 1.4 based 3D Printer, can I only plug some of them into the board (not all of them) and test them out? I'd like to test out the NEMA 17 motors ...
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In the standard PC Cable Wire that goes from the wall outlet to the switching power supply, are they standard and what are the wire specifications?

What are the specifications of the three wires inside a PC cable that is used to connect the switching power supply to a US AC outlet. The positive, negative and ground appear to be the same gauge ...

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