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General Discussion / Re: Did 'YOU' print today?
« on: January 14, 2019, 05:39:33 PM »
Cheers, I will have a look.

General Discussion / Re: Did 'YOU' print today?
« on: January 14, 2019, 04:34:10 PM »
I made my own light box I can let you have the files if you like ?  ~~
That would be great. Probably won't print immediately as only have blue pla at moment  :smiley: But would be good to look at the design and work out what leds etc. I need.

General Discussion / Re: Did 'YOU' print today?
« on: January 13, 2019, 05:38:58 PM »
Couple of new Lithophanes  ~~

Nice. Did you make the frames, if so any plans, or did you buy them?

This is the one I have :-

Had it two years, used more than once weekly on tanks, prob overall 3/4 times a week in all.

(It was only 9 then!!)

Cheers. Looks good.
Tanks? water or Army?

My post of January 06, 2019, 07:19:36 AM refers.  :smiley:
You did sorry.  Fishy ones   ::)

This is the one I have :-

Had it two years, used more than once weekly on tanks, prob overall 3/4 times a week in all.

(It was only 9 then!!)

Cheers. Looks good.
Tanks? water or Army?

Bad Raven that is a great bit of info.
I was just thinking the other day that I could do with one as we have a couple of 'damp' issues and it would be good to see if it's condensation due to cold spots or something worse.
So checking bed temps is a good secondary use  ::)
Nice to know the cheapy laser temp 'guns' work reasonably.

Cheers for the advice, it's very helpful.
Might have another play with the glass with higher temps.

Cheers mate. I think I worked out what was wrong although I am not sure.
I connected Cura 3.6.0 to Octoprint and sent the gcode through Cura. So I think that there might be some setting in Cura that I tweeked or needed to tweek.

I have switched back to creality flexi bed and printing same file by uploading gcode via Octoprint web interface and it seems to be going fine with print finishing in 40mins total (originally I was printing 2 of the items at once).

Once I know this print works I will connect Cura to Octopi again and see what I can find in the settings.


Went back to creality flexi bed and relevelled and all is well. So it's an adhesion issue. I will get some isopropyl and clean the glass and give it another go.

I assume I dont need to tweek bed temp for using glass?

So I setup Octoprint on Raspberry Pi 2B+ with the v2 camera.
I tried printing something by using the Octoprint web interface and uploading the gcode via that. Printing seemed OK apart from Cura suggested that the print would take 1hr30min. After just under 4hrs it finished!!!
The layer height in cura was set at 0.2mm but the prints seem much much finer than that and they have a few zits on!
So it appears that Octoprint is somehow making the layers thinner. I don't need Octoprint to slice on the RPi just want to remotely monitor the prints.

So any ideas what I have set wrong on Octoprint or is there a setting on it to just pass the gcode directly to the printer without any changes?

I just like being able to send the gcode to the printer from pc instead of moving sd cards all the time.

Any ideas?


So using my ender3 with the standard flexi bed surface was fine. I levelled it with paper and all good. The prints were a bit difficult to remove so I thought I would use the creality glass bed the printer included.
So fitted the glass, levelled with paper and all seemed fine.
I have tried printing and it seems to keep lifting/gets caught on nozzle if the print is in the middle. If I print away from the centre its all good.

Does this suggest that the centre of the glass has a dip? Or do I just need to tweek the glass bed up fractionally?

Any suggestions?


OctoPrint / Re: OctoPi - unattended running + RPi camera
« on: December 31, 2018, 09:19:31 PM »
OK just finished setting up OctoPi on an old RPI 2B and works well. It's does take a few mins to boot up and I am running it on ethernet so no wifi to mess about with.
RPi camera V2 arrived this afternoon so blu tacked it up and all working well. I watched it print a camera mount not a perfect one as I couldn't find one I liked so just one that I thought would be OK for now. Printed fine apart from I forgot to tick the 'add supports' in Cura!!  :banghead: Oh well that's a noob for you  ::)

Slotted into case with a little tweek from a craft knife as I was a little worried it was too tight a fit. Then the camera wouldn't work!!! Figured it out, I had dislodged the camera from the pcb. Clicked back an all well.

Tweeked the octopi.txt to set the camera to 'camera_raspi_options="-x 1640 -y 1232 -fps 10 -quality 95"'
and it seems quite good.

Not set it up to get through the router as I wouldn't leave it alone in the house   ::) ::) ::) ::)

I think it's a great way to repurpose my old RPi2.  Plus nice and easy to upload gcode without swapping sd cards...

OctoPrint / OctoPi - unattended running + RPi camera
« on: December 29, 2018, 06:31:56 PM »
So I am very new to the 3d printing but tried to setup OcoPrint as I had a RPi2B kicking around. All went well until I tried to get a slicer profile from Cura 3.6.0 for my Ender 3. Looks like the feature is no longer there. Is it worth me trying to setup the slicer profile in OpcoPi manually? If so where do i start?

Basically I just wanted to use OctoPi to monitor the prints, I am happy to upload the gcode from Cura so is there any real advantage to getting the slicer profile running?

I have a RPi camera arriving on Monday so I will feel happier running the printer unattended, well upstairs anyway  :smiley:

Cheers for any advice.

3d Designs / Projects / Re: Best CAD Design package 2018/2019?
« on: December 28, 2018, 01:22:29 PM »
Well, currently after trying a few I'm not at all settled on any.

Firstly, bear in mind that a few years back I spent a lot of time building 3D models for Simulators. I have literally hundreds of models out there as Freeware.  I used a combination of software but mostly the (VERY expensive) 3dsMax (was 3d Studio).

Now to modern software and me.  And, I can't get on with any of them!

I first tried Blender, which is a real mess with such a painful GUI you might well struggle to find out how to even delete a complete model, let alone a part of one.

Currently I am messing around with Trimble, FreeCAD, Fusion360, SketchUp, jury is out, may be a while!!
I remember 3d studio max, I used to use it at work for simulations but we can't talk about that  :whistling: :whistling:
I do quite like OpenSCAD but not really done enough to find limitations. I like the programming style as it is simple  ::)

3d Designs / Projects / Re: Best CAD Design package 2018/2019?
« on: December 27, 2018, 10:35:27 PM »

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