I am really close to making my first 3d Print using Mach3 and an add on developed by Gnexlab which is free for the d/l. The plugin uses python, skeinforg
e and mach3 more like a wizard. For more informati
You simply load the add-0n into mach3. Run mach3, select select the wizard, run the wizard, select the stl to run and seamlessl
y the add on runs sheinforg
e which generate a 4 axis G code file that can then be run in Mach3. The 4th axis controls the stepper driven extruder head. Gnexlab has a low cost PID dual temerpatu
r for controlli
ng the extruder element termperat
ure as well as the build plate temperatu
re. Right now I have another temperatu
Use should only need to buy something like the stepper plastrude
r, the termperat
r and make some kind of a mounting system for the stepper extruder for your Mill, router, plasma table etc.
I am making the mods to an XY stage that I have had laying around for 10 years. It has a 10X10X6 travel. the Z axis is another stage that I have had laying around and I am making up adapters from the DB9 connector
s for a G540 that I will press into service to the old stepper motors that I have installed
I hope to have my first print by the end of the week depending on the holiday distracti
ons bound to occur and business.
The bench tests of the extruder and temperatu
r have been good the filament is quite fibnr at about .007D
Dan Mauchwww.camtr onics-cnc.com
Has anyone taken the stl files from GM and produced gears with a 3d printer? If so, how did they work out? It looks like printed gears may need a bit of cleanup, and certainly won't carry very big loads, but they're in pretty common use in the reprap community .
It's not just academic, I've supported a Printrbot+ on Kickstart er (check out the project; it's got a bit over a day to go), and if all goes well I'll receive it around March next year.
Anybody made gear Christmas ornaments? Care to share pictures in the show and tell area?
Art, any progress on your 3d printer?