A 3D Printing kit is not for quitters

When I got my kit in September 2014 I though one week and I’ll be printing by October 2014. That was such an over estimation. Fun ride though.

Best thing is the first think I got working was awesome lights :3

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Then the second thing I didn’t get working was the Melzi 3D printer controller board when I forgot to check the positive and negative after the DC conversion.

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Luckily a friend (Stephan) over at Filament Factory helped me get the new Ramps 1.4 working. To bad I suck at calibration.

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But that is the fun with having a kit and struggling through it and learning a ton of new things…thingiverse. Got a new LCD kit but make sure you select the correct driver or it will screech like a banshee non stop. Oddly my version of Marlin keeps throwing compiling errors when I select the right LCD driver.

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More calibration is required but met some cool guys at rAge Expo and they gave some tips on what to use when calibration…their business card. No seriously the with of a paper I was using was to thin and the width of the business card he gave me was the perfect width. Now if only I can find it :<

Geek Boxes

Finally there is a local Geek box available in South Africa also called NerdNeb.

They don’t have a subscription model just yet requiring one to buy each month seperately or 3 months at a time. With the target audience of high school and first year students not many will be able to afford that. They are only every second month but at least the content will be more tailored to our local nerdiness. Let us hope they don’t include a Vuvuzela.

For the months I don’t get a NerdNabber box I am thinking Loot Crate.

Loot Crate is awesome! SAVE $3 off with code SAVE3. Don’t miss out! #lootcrate

Now if only there is a box with kit parts for arduino or raspberry pi. Ooh that is a 3D printer Kit and it is kinda hard to calibrate.