Monthly Archives: May 2012

Planting a flag

Finally got this flag to print after a couple of tries. I’ve had success printing white ABS in tall vertical columns, but not so with black. I ended up printing the pole horizontally after a couple of amusing failures.

It’s a 3-piece model. Five seconds with a razor knife got everything to fit together just fine.

ReplicatorG Settings:

HBP: 120° C
1.8mm Black ABS
Using Raft
Layer Height: .25
Number of shells: 1
Feedrate: 30 mm/sec
Travel Feedrate: 55

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Kapton tape. Not a good feature.

Ok, heads up. I really dig the Makerbot Replicator. Honest I do. I think it’s got great potential, and as a first-of-its-kind consumer level device it’s nothing short of revolutionary.

But Kapton tape has to go. If there’s one thing that diminishes the coolness of this device, it’s having to wrestle with a sheet of ill-fitting Kapton.

For the uninitiated, the Kapton is the substrate upon which all 3D prints are made. Before one runs a print, you’ve got to cover your heated build platform with a layer of space-age adhesive. It’s clingy, frustrating to work with, expensive, and absolutely essential to getting anything more than a blob of plastic ramen to print.

You can print a bunch of times with the same tape, but sooner or later it’ll get ripped, bubbled, or too filthy to use. Take off the tape and go through the painstaking process of getting it fitted to your heated build platform.

MakerBot Industries, hear my plea: do everything you can to get rid of Kapton tape in version 2.0.

First post, first fail.

FAIL.

Settings:

raft

Black 1.8mm ABS

HBP 120° C

Layer Height 0.20mm

Shells:1

Feedrate: 40 mm/se

Travel Feedrate: 55

Otherwise, I’m sticking with the Replicator defaults from ReplicatorG.

I’ve been having a lot of trouble getting black ABS to stick to the platform. The raft came loose about 85% of the way through the print, which is quite frustrating.