@Art: I plan to print the full geartrain that I lasered before and have the two side by side. I've added the shafts so that I won't need spacers. A feature like that would sure be nice when it comes to 3d printing. I look forward to seeing what you print!
@Bob: That's a good question. It should not have, but for some reason the slicer did not like the STL. I'll have to run it through netfabb and try that one again.
@Kirk: It really was pretty simple to take the dxf, extrude it to a bit, and create the STL. I've spent a lot of time tuning my printer, so clearly that helps. Beyond that, these aren't particula
rly complex objects. For reference though, you can see my printer creating a squirrel here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GU6SxTzSr4
. You can see a picture of the finished squirrel here: http://www.mounicou.com/prusa/prusa2squirrel.jpg
. Lastly, you can see my printer here: http://www.mounicou.com/venom/prusa2ps1.jpg
. Art, you can note that the acme rods, acme nuts, alum couplers, and alum idlers were all created on my mill or lathe using mach3