printing away. covering the sides and front with plastic helps keep the heat in, allowing the plastic to bond better
A print finishes
With prints taking many hours to finish, I found it useful to have one of my webcams watching it - that way I can check the print is progressing ok from the living room, or down the pub :-)
Laying out all the parts so that they can be printed in one go.
As you can see - it's not quick. And this is on the fastest/roughest setting (0.3mm layers). At fine quality (0.1mm layers) it would take over 18 hours.
Using makerware to print.
The tend to need a bit of acetone/abs mush spread onto the bed to bond. Which works great at stopping the ABS curling off during prints, but does mean they are a bit more tricky to get off - a plastic spatula does the trick
You soon end up with a box for of scraps
Here's a part as it came out of the printer, with the support material still attached. mostly this breaks off easily with a pair of pliers, but you usually have to use a craft knife to clean it up
Here's another good view showing the support material needed to print this overhang in the part. Makerware adds these automatically if selected.
After finishing the parts, its time for assembly
It's all a quite labour intensive process for now.
The battery compartment being put into the rear of the unit.
The final stubilizer ready for testing.
A side shot showing it in action
A finished stubilizer, with the batteries in and the case back on.
Another shot of a finished stubilizer
One of my many development platforms - in bits while I try some new improvements.
Here's a selection of past printed designs. Some I just assemble to get a feel for what it is going to look and feel like.
A small selection of the parts I've been playing with during the development
Here's a shot showing the back clipped on with the batteries in