- Nov 14, 2009
- Rocky Mountains
Well, need time has arrived. My brother has both an Ender 3 and a 5 to use thanks to our local school district, but just hasn't found time to make much so...............Thanks for the offer!
The Ender 3 size is probably good enough for me. But....................
Having had the time to rethink all of this I'm leaning toward taking FritzW's advice. The last hing I need is another time suck hobby and the granddaughter is realistically another 2 years from being able to actually learn to use one.
I bought myself an Ender 3 for Xmass and have used up the better part of a spool of PLA. Made some casting patterns for my Briggs 810 project, some slot car parts for my other brother and some kind of Mario thing for the granddaughter. Now for some purely fun stuff:
My challenge which I'm extending to the HBA world in general is what I'm calling the '220 cubed' challenge.
Print a flyable model plane (glider) as a single print in the space of 220mm x 220mm.
Because I thought it would be fun and my Ender 3 will print those dimensions.
I'm establishing 2 divisions. The first one is limited to using just extruded parts a couple of inches of tape and a standard coin for nose weight. The second, Open Class, allows the use of common household trash (foam meat trays for example) but the primary structure must be dependent on parts printed within the 220# perimeter. NO Balsa allowed.
My first iteration ended up WAY tail heavy and needed too much weight to be much more than a dart. Will try again in the AM - if I get any sleep tonight.
Notes on the Ender 3:
Took about 2 hours from box open to printed part using Cura. It prints far better than I would have expected based on what I read here and on the internet. Maybe my standards are low, but the mold patterns are good enough as is for lost print casting. With a little touch-up they will make very good patterns for lost wax casting.
My first ABS print curled and pulled from the bed. Need to adjust some parameters........
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