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Update #26

Printing with Inconsistent Filament

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Filament 

For a while I have been printing with filament that has some good tolerances. Parts always come out great when printing with good filament. But I wanted to know what happens when the filament is not as good. I turned up the heat while extruding some ABS filament to make some bubbles, the filament as shown is the filament that we printed with.
 

As you can see, there are many air bubbles and the diameter is way off. The printrbot uses a 3mm filament. The filament that I was printing with is approximately 2.28mm in diameter. Once the printer was set up to print, I had no problems with making the parts. The part on the left was with printed with the bad, bubbly filament. There were no differences in the quality of the part from using the ugly filament. I suspect this is because when the filament is melted it allows for the bubbles to rise up and out of the extruder leaving the plastic to fill the void. Now for the smaller size filament, I don’t think it causes a problem because when the filament is pushed in it fills the extruder chamber making it act like normal, 3mm size filament. I will be doing some more test on this topic. 

Bases 

We have all of our bases from our plasma cutter. Now we need to grind the metal slag off and sand the metal to prep for paint. We will be painting the bases with primer and a semi-gloss paint. 

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      Creator Tyler McNaney on January 18, 2013

      Chillance, we will be shipping soon. We have some things to workout. Safety is our main concern right now.

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      Creator Tyler McNaney on January 18, 2013

      Hi Pieter, thanks the pile of bases looks larger in person.

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      Creator Ryan Voots on December 19, 2012

      Nice to know that ABS is a bit forgiving on that front. It'd be interesting to see how some other plastics do with it. Supposedly nylon doesn't work well because of the bubbles and moisture in it so I'd imagine that there's going to be some quality issues with it like that but it doesn't look like it's as bad as i assumed it would be.

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      Creator Chillance on December 18, 2012

      Seems to me that they have come quite far, so I would appreciate some estimate as to when they plan shipping this thing.

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      Creator Pieter on December 18, 2012

      Well they are late, yes, but most kickstarters are late. There are lessons to be learned here. Do not estimate to optimistic ,it wil come back to bite you.

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      Creator Pieter on December 18, 2012

      Very cool to see a update :-) the cases look great. Just to be sure the cases are for the $350 backers ?

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      Creator Marcus Frasier on December 18, 2012

      " Estimated delivery: May 2012 " :(

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