Daily earrings: 3D printers & WAF (OR:My UP's first 30 days)

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Daily earrings: 3D printers & WAF (OR:My UP's first 30 days)

Post by Marcus » Fri Feb 18, 2011 11:17 am

I own the pp3dp up for a bit more then a month now, and soon started printing my girlfriend a set of earrings.
Every day.
Why?
-WAF ("Woman acceptance factor" of the new device - even though she's a geek :-) )
-Test what is possible with the little printer without wasting much ABS
-How small can it print

Good practice
Soon it will be a month since I started, and most turned out rather neat.
While having problems with the first prints, this has been a superb training to learn what the printer will do and what it will not. I knew it is not a $200.000 machine, but I am suprised with som details it is able to produce!
Also, pp3dp helped me with my initial problems so I do not need to cut the raft off anymore, now it is very easy to clean.

Tollerant printer
Some things are just off thingiverse, google warehouse or others, but I try to create more unique things in the future. As a pair of earrings a day is somewhat time consuming, I usualy just whip it up in sketchup.
Most of the time the little printer ignores all the little errors, holes and overlapping things.
Just awesome! From idea to print in a matter of minutes!

Color!
I LOVE white ABS. First I was sad that pp3dp does not offer black or glow in the dark, but except for glow in the dark, I am glad I got white abs. It colors much nicer of course then allready colored ABS.
First I tried permanent marker and other things with mediocre results. Then my girlfriend suggested I should try nail polish.
Nail polish?
It works. In fact: Very well.
So well, that I ordered 72 bottles of nail polish on ebay for about 28 Euro / 38 USD (0.38 / 0.52 per 11ml bottle).
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It must be the solvent in it (takes very long to dry, too), that makes the surface look nicer after coloring, as well as the thicker paint filling gaps and hiding some smaller bumps.


Pictures! (in a somewhat reverse order of when I made them)

Unfortunaly, I have not come arround to make decent photos (yet!). The macro pictures with flash or heavy spot light reveal every layer and rough bit on the ABS prints. In "real size" observed with human vision^tm they look very neat.
At macro scale, every ugly detail show. I now know how TV stars must feel infront of a HD camera :-)

Sorry for the babbling, here's the stuff now!


Gekko (...sort of)
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I Looked at some pictures, drew a 2D outline of a gekko, and extruded the parts differently, twisted, bend, rounded... and that was the result.
The first one had too little triangles, and the "fingers" did not print.
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After tweaking the model, they print perfectly. Even very tiny!
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Excavator (quicky made it in sketchup)
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First I had some problems with too small surfaces, but the second batch printed almost allright :-) I do need finder brushes though, still waiting for my order.
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Clock
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Will probably look neat when colored.
I printed it on it's side as it is much easier to remove (took 7 prints to find out and fix the fused axis), even though the right side sags a bit then. I will reprint with a bit less axis play as soon as more ABS arrive... down to less then 100g :-(

Cube ring
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Printed smaller later:
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Binary!

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First version was too thin, unable to clean without breaking:
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Tetris!
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Earth Core
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Camera
My gf's camera... I looked at the google warehouse DSLR, but they all where unprintable. So after trying to fix them, I decided remodeling it would be faster :-) I left out some details as the small scale won't show them anyway. I plan on attaching a lens with a magnet to make it even funkier :-)
In the picture the red earring loop looks a bit odd, but the pictures don't give the real impression as I used glitter for TFT and mirror, which seems silverish with the flash.
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Folding ruler
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It really works :-)
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Rev 2
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Boy, do I need finer brushes :-)

Mouse & Cheese!
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Printed in one piece, of course.

Squearring
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(still with the printer problems before contacting pp3dp - and a bit too loose support material settings)
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Tentacles!
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Remember them? :-) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Tentacle
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Gear+Earring=Gearring:
(They really work, but at that small size it was a tough job cleaning them from the support material)
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and:
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Spring
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Android:
Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto!
We use the cheapest android cellphone in the world^tm every day and for geocaching as well.
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Bearing + earring = bearring:
(Works, 3,3cm diameter, that's 1.3")
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Spiked mace:
(There's nothing more beautiful then a deadly weapon dangling from your ears...)
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Ballcage:
(Printed with the moving ball INSIDE the cage)
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Bugs:
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(non comercial print, fan art & personal use only)



Wool & needles:
(My first actual complex print that was more then downloaded files or simple shapes...)
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Snoopy fanart:
(Extruded 2D trace)
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Gameboy:
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Cross boxes:
(printed unsolid due to small verticles)
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Yoshi
from two sources at Google warehouse
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Placed them badly on the plattform with too little support material, came loose mid print:
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Smaller reprints:
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I will paint it once the fine brushes arrive, as it's details are so tiny. Perhaps even reprint, as the re-adjusted printer now makes much smoother surfacess- less drooping, burns and uneven spots. I even had to glue one hand and a shoe back on, perhaps this issue will be fixed as well (or I need to fix something in the STL file, but that's something for another day...

Torbius / Mobius by TaffGoch
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Yellow submarine
Google warehouse, manualy fixed
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Made a few changes for printing it better at small scales
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Still needs some tweaking- getting there though. As with the yoshi model, I will paint it once the fine brushes arrive.


Enterprise! by julian1179
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2223 - but missed a few inverted faces
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first earring
first actual "real" print, first problems, all solved now.
http://wap.cc/wp-content/uploads/2011/0 ... _done1.jpg



Failed prints so far
Model errors:
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Unprinted
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Random stuff

[miniheader]Micro Quadrocopter Frame:[/miniheader] (Testprint 2)
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Re: Daily earrings: 3D printers & WAF (OR:My UP's first 30 d

Post by Madox » Fri Feb 18, 2011 11:46 am

Wow you went on a printing blitz :)

I like the springy ball one because I made one quite similar hehe though not as a earring.

I'm not sure I agree with you the nail polish works well from those photos though...

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Re: Daily earrings: 3D printers & WAF (OR:My UP's first 30 d

Post by Marcus » Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:12 pm

Hehe :-)
BBad experience with nail polish? Perhaps some brands work differently. Also I am not sure I would want to use it for large areas- perhaps thinned with acetone or alcohol. Still need to try that :-)

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Re: Daily earrings: 3D printers & WAF (OR:My UP's first 30 d

Post by araspitfire » Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:32 pm

Inspiring.

Thanks for posting this.

Al... (who has an UP! in the post as he types this...)

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Re: Daily earrings: 3D printers & WAF (OR:My UP's first 30 d

Post by Marcus » Fri Feb 18, 2011 12:48 pm

Thanks!

Good luck with your UP!, happy printing - it is an amazing device worth every cent.

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Re: Daily earrings: 3D printers & WAF (OR:My UP's first 30 d

Post by Madox » Fri Feb 18, 2011 2:58 pm

I've left the lovely Autobahns of Germany and will return to Sydney to resume printing some cool stuff on the Up! :)

Will try using various paints and colouring again...

Have a macro lens now to take some nice photos...

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Re: Daily earrings: 3D printers & WAF (OR:My UP's first 30 d

Post by Marcus » Fri Feb 18, 2011 3:33 pm

Hehe :-)
Have a good trip home!

With the macro lens every layer is visible, while it looks interesting, the models look real
rough :-) Showing macro pics to people who are not used to it usualy are suprised by how smooth the pp3dp UP prints are when actual seeing them for themselves.

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Re: Daily earrings: 3D printers & WAF (OR:My UP's first 30 d

Post by araspitfire » Fri Feb 18, 2011 5:20 pm

I too have discovered how rough good photography makes FDM prints look.

But I hate blury, badly framed shots.. so I live with it...

http://araspitfire.smugmug.com/Other/Re ... 3147_VNmbx

Al...

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Re: Daily earrings: 3D printers & WAF (OR:My UP's first 30 d

Post by Marcus » Fri Feb 18, 2011 6:58 pm

Indeed, better too many details then sloppy pictures :-) Nice pictures by the way.
I sill need to setup softbox, turn table and light for some better ones...

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Re: Daily earrings: 3D printers & WAF (OR:My UP's first 30 d

Post by Twurf » Sun Feb 20, 2011 4:52 am

This is fantastic stuff!!! :o

Man...I feel so "uncreative" now... :oops: :D


BTW
Marcus, could you take a look into the initial setup topic... I have a question there for you.

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Re: Daily earrings: 3D printers & WAF (OR:My UP's first 30 d

Post by Marcus » Sun Feb 20, 2011 10:26 am

Thanks :-)
I felt uncreative too, because I am still a beginner when it comes to 3d modeling. But with the pp3dp UP it becomes more and more addicting to test what can be printed, and turning an idea into a real object really boosts motivation to try more detailed models :-)
Still, when I see all the great organic and cartoony modeling of some other's, I really need to get to use a different program.


BTW
I answered in that thread as well
:mrgreen:

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Re: Daily earrings: 3D printers & WAF (OR:My UP's first 30 d

Post by Madox » Sun Feb 20, 2011 11:53 am

Marcus wrote:Thanks :-)
I felt uncreative too, because I am still a beginner when it comes to 3d modeling. But with the pp3dp UP it becomes more and more addicting to test what can be printed, and turning an idea into a real object really boosts motivation to try more detailed models :-)
Still, when I see all the great organic and cartoony modeling of some other's, I really need to get to use a different program.


BTW
I answered in that thread as well
:mrgreen:

Try Sculptris ... Remember to unsolid model if you use multiple primitives

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Re: Daily earrings: 3D printers & WAF (OR:My UP's first 30 d

Post by Marcus » Sun Feb 20, 2011 11:55 am

Yeah, it's on top of my list :-) I bookmarked it the first time you mentioned it.
But as I am stuck with my netbook atm, I am happy that sketchup runs somewhat smoothly on the little thing :mrgreen:

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Re: Daily earrings: 3D printers & WAF (OR:My UP's first 30 d

Post by Marcus » Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:22 pm

Pendulum clock
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(when more ABS arrives, I'll print a better version)

Square chaos
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(a bit thin, but printed)

42
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(Text too small, did not print good)

Power plug
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(t99 small, broke- need to reprint it at x1.5)

Snake & Emerald (stone clips into snake's tail)
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http://wap.cc/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/snake1.jpg


I really need to catch up with coloring them all :-)

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Re: Daily earrings: 3D printers & WAF (OR:My UP's first 30 d

Post by Chris.e » Mon Feb 28, 2011 8:38 am

Nice prints Marcus!
I´ll probably extend my gf nail polish collection :)
What do you think of the color consistency on larger surfaces?
Cheers!

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Re: Daily earrings: 3D printers & WAF (OR:My UP's first 30 d

Post by Marcus » Mon Feb 28, 2011 4:28 pm

Thanks :-)

Hehe, make sure to use the cheap stuff not hers ;-)

I did not try many larger objects, but so far I can tell it depends on the color, brand and surface.
The rough underside from prints need several coats to get an even coloring, and some nail polish will do better then others. Two light colors of the same brand had different opacity, while the cheap yellow does a better job then the expensive stuff.

Trial and error! :D
I still need to try thinner on the paints, as the thick nail polish can be a bit problematic on details. I checked on model train paint today, 1,50-2 Euro per 14ml in the store... So even if I order cheaper stuff online, the nail polish is still a great budget. As said, I guess the acetone/thinner does a good trick on getting a good bond to the plastic.

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Re: Daily earrings: 3D printers & WAF (OR:My UP's first 30 d

Post by Marcus » Fri Mar 04, 2011 7:10 pm

Back home again, but I just set up the printer again today... lot's of files to print, color and photograph :-)

Just finished one...
Sketch http://wap.cc/wp-content/uploads/2011/0 ... 2d3d-2.png
print http://wap.cc/wp-content/uploads/2011/0 ... small5.jpg
:-)

//Edit
Scalable ;-)
http://wap.cc/wp-content/uploads/2011/0 ... small2.jpg

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Re: Daily earrings: 3D printers & WAF (OR:My UP's first 30 d

Post by Marcus » Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:54 pm

Traffic light, squids, medpro logo, Kiel, Borg cube printed and colored.

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http://wap.cc/wp-content/uploads/2011/0 ... thers3.jpg

For more see http://wap.cc :-)

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Re: Daily earrings: 3D printers & WAF (OR:My UP's first 30 d

Post by steven.delaney1 » Tue Mar 15, 2011 10:55 am

WOW

Love all your samples!

I'm receiving my toy tomorrow & really looking forward to integrating this with our kids in technology
(St Clair High School, Sydney NSW)

Thanks for all the inspiration!

Cheers

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Re: Daily earrings: 3D printers & WAF (OR:My UP's first 30 d

Post by Marcus » Wed Mar 16, 2011 5:46 am

Thanks! :-)

Please keep us updated on what you're going to make with your students, I am very interested in what printers like the UP can do in educational fields.

What software are you going to use?

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