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Should I enclose my 3D Printer?

It is hard to tell whether you personally should enclose your printer. However, you asked for the advantages and I will name some of them on which one can base a decision. A 3D printer enclosure ...
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Should I enclose my 3D Printer?

@kamuro provided an excellent answer, so I'll just try to add by playing devil's advocate. Possible things to look out for: Inappropriate enclosure could result in more temperature differences, ...
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How does the home position work on a Prusa i3 RepRap Printer?

It works like you describe, but it does not move all axes at the same time. It first moves the X-axis, subtracting steps while the X endstop is not pressed. When the X-axis is is homed (the X-endstop ...
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How thick does an aluminum print bed need to be

Main factors that control the process of the print bed selection are weight: too thick plate increases inertial force, limiting maximum acceleration/jerk (decreased print speed) stiffness: too thin ...
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Can I repurpose the ISP pins in the lower right corner of the Melzi board?

In theory, you can; but, you may need those pins to attach an external programmer to bring your system back to life when playing around with the code. Here are a couple of articles that could help if ...
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How to switch motor outputs and use E1 as X, in Marlin firmware?

When using Marlin firmware you could easily change the pin layout of the extra extruder (E1) with the broken X stepper pins by changing the pins_RAMPS.h file. Download the firmware and open the ...
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Cloning the Marlin git repo while keeping my configuration.h settings?

Based on this answer, you need the following procedure: Stash your local changes using git stash Pull from remote repository using ...
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Is the weather a problem for MDF frames?

I want to add the following to the already direct and very good answer of @Dani Epstein. It does not answer your question, but hopefully may help many people who are reading the question when choosing ...
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Connector Suggestion for Extruder and Heatbed

You might be able to use one of the connectors (Deans Ultra, EC3, XT-60/30, Bullet) that are normally used for RC models. They're made for very high currents. The XT60 connectors depicted below are ...
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Sharing a printer over a network

NOTE: This is not from personal experience, but I thought it was worth mentioning: Microsoft You've probably seen this already - I am not a fan at all of M$, but... Microsoft Plus Raspberry Pi Equals ...
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Arduino Mega voltage regulator overheats with RAMPS board

I ordered an authentic Arduino Mega today after the voltage regulator on my Chinese clone Mega went up in smoke. But I couldn't wait two whole days so I dug around and found an old 7805 (less than US$...
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Arduino Mega voltage regulator overheats with RAMPS board

I've solved unsoldering the diode(D1) on RAMPS. This diode provides to power the arduino board with 12V. If you have a chinese arduino this will probably cause some problems. I hope this will help ...
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MINTEMP error after crash

After replacing the control board, it now prints flawlessly. Apparently,I really did damage the control board...
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G-code firmware for handheld plotter (Arduino)

Your question may be useful to people interested in 3d printing (the purpose of this SE Site) so, even though you're not asking a 3d printing question per se, I think this answer will be helpful... ...
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Which algorithm does Marlin use to create arcs?

The algorithm is based on the "Vector rotation by transformation matrix", and this solution is based on a solution from Jens Geisler. The formula for clockwise rotation is: More information about ...
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Connector Suggestion for Extruder and Heatbed

I agree with Tom's answer about RC connectors. Another good connector option worth considering is Anderson Powerpoles. They're "modular" so you can use them to assemble connectors with multiple wires....
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3D printer stepper motors only going one direction and skipping in the other

From an electrical standpoint, a two-phase stepper motors (what most 3D printers use) works the same backwards and forwards, the phase just reverses. If you are stalling on only one direction, I ...
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Under extrusion towards the end of the print

Do anyone have any ideas? What this can be? How can I fix this? At least judging from the pictures, that does seem like under-extrusion. Some ideas for further investigating the issue. The problem ...
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Perplexing Y-axis shifting problem - only in positive y direction, and only on moves of a very specific radius

You see this for a few reason. First you are going too fast and you are getting belt shift from the whip lash. You can mitigate that by going slower and adjusting your Jerk settings to lower. Though ...
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Not able to insert hobbed drive and filament in the extruder drive

Your parts are not in the Prusa Mendel i2 as found here or here. Also note, quote: Parts included in Github repository have the wrong dimensions for the nut traps! Download the correct version ...
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What printer is this?

Yes, it is a "Sells Mendel" in reference to Edward Sells. As noted on the RepRap wiki: Ed Sells, a student of Dr. Adrian Bowyer, designed and built the first Mendel printer, sometimes called a "...
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Difficulty getting good precision

It's a generally accepted fact that FDM/FFF printers will have deviations when it comes to holes and perimeters. Typically, holes print smaller than designed and external surfaces end up larger than ...
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Is there a lubricant that can be used for linear bearings, bronze sinter bushings and threaded rods alike?

A mid-weight PTFE grease like the popular Superlube will work in all the cases you mention (bearings, screws, and sintered bushings). 3D printer service conditions are quite light-duty as far as ...
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Belt driven axis question

Axis should definitely be at proper position. Otherwise you will get at least 2 issues. Carriage will be pulled up which will cause stresses on rollers or slides and it will stress your belt The way ...
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What causes the print heat to 'catch' on the part?

I think that you should first verify that you have the latest firmware and a newer version of MakerWare. I experienced similar issues around that version of MakerWare and remember a lot of print ...
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Sharing a printer over a network

OctoPi works well. Network access out of the box was tricky for me (my router was using channel 13 so the script based config didn't work). I have octopi send me PushBullet notifications of print ...
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Sharing a printer over a network

This has been converted from comment to answer. It adds some extra information to the answer of @SeanHoulihane. I'm running OctoPrint on a Raspberry Pi (RPi) 2B for about 1.5 years, I only had to ...
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How thick does an aluminum print bed need to be

I build an 18.5" diameter delta printer. The bed was 3/8" thick 6061 aluminum. It is plenty stiff, but it takes an hour to heat to 100°C. When I rebuild it, I'll probably drop down to 1/4&...
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How do I use MEGA pin number designations rather than RAMPS pin numbers in marlin

The pin mapping that Marlin uses is defined in the file fastio_1280.h: ...
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MKS board losing power after endstop installation

Have you tried plugging in the plugging the Z and/or Y end stops into the X position? This could tell you if it's actually the end stops or the board. EDIT: Also, if the Z and/or Y end stops seem to ...
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