Improvements I've made in the last year

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Re: Improvements I've made in the last year

Post by DrewPetitclerc » Thu Sep 18, 2014 11:12 pm

JuliaDee wrote:Does is really adequately distribute the vapor?julia
Yes the part acts as an obstacle stirring up the the vapor, I can see the vapor line on the aluminum basket ripple and wave back and forth.
Chilling the parts in the freezer before can really speed up the process (condensation you know).
Chilling them after treatment will stop the melt process otherwise the softening can continue for quite awhile.

I hear you are in our neck of the woods, when will we have a meet up?
We have mutual acquaintances, Roy and Michael at Octave.

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Re: Improvements I've made in the last year

Post by JuliaDee » Fri Sep 19, 2014 12:00 am

Chilling to increase condensation, another brilliant idea!

Of course, Roy has always spoken very highly of you and your son. I was in SF last week but no immediate plans to return, we should hook up if and when I do!

Julia

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Re: Improvements I've made in the last year

Post by peterprinter » Tue Nov 03, 2015 10:26 pm

Do any of these mods also apply to the UP Plus2?

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Re: Improvements I've made in the last year

Post by DrewPetitclerc » Sun Jul 31, 2016 1:30 am

Hello All Uppers,

It has been a long time between posts, I have a little time on my hands these days so I thought I would give a little back to the community so here goes.

I have been keeping a large spreadsheet of all the plastics I've tested and use on my "UP Plus Pro", with best temp settings and whether I turn on the air cooling mods for the extruder feeder gear, yes the machine is heavily modded.

Here is a capture of a small portion of it, I cover settings for my Modded "Zortrax" also but left that out, also a large list of materials on my "to-get" list I've cleared of this.

Column 1 = supplier name.
Column 2 = Material type and quick color reference.
Column 3 = Description and hyperlink to sellers web site.
Column 4 = Number of spools I currently have.
Column 5 = Price per spool at time of purchase.
Column 6 = Manufacturers recommended print temps.
Column 7 = Temp setting I use on my mod and compressed cooling air on or off. http://www2.artaylor.co.uk/pp3dp.html
Column 8 = Price per gram for price calculations.
Spool supply inventory cut down.jpg
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I hope this will help someone out there.
If you are kind in your PM to me I will send a copy of the Excel spreadsheet for you to play with on your own.
Happy printing everyone!
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Re: Improvements I've made in the last year

Post by Woodlake » Sun Jul 31, 2016 2:48 am

Great work Drew - very kind of your to share all that work too! - Kudos.

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Re: Improvements I've made in the last year

Post by arpitkakkar1 » Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:34 am

you are doing good. your fume hood are looking very useful and now it use in laboratories to check organic and inorganic materials in it.

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Re: Improvements I've made in the last year

Post by Horganic » Sat May 06, 2017 9:56 pm

I'm happy to see there's still some action on the Up Plus 2 front.

Drew, I don't have the machining skills necessary to create that recreus hot-end with a nylon(?) barrel in orderto print PLA. Anychance you make them?

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Re: Improvements I've made in the last year

Post by DrewPetitclerc » Mon May 08, 2017 5:04 pm

Horganic wrote:I'm happy to see there's still some action on the Up Plus 2 front.

Drew, I don't have the machining skills necessary to create that recreus hot-end with a nylon(?) barrel in orderto print PLA. Anychance you make them?
Hi, Sorry I'm no longer working at the company that had a full machine shop for me to use. I uploaded all the models and drawings on thingiverse so if you can find a friend or local machine shop that could help you out that would be your next stop.

I'm selling my "UP Plus Pro" due to the fact I now have 5 printers and just do not use it often enough anymore, it still works perfect and can handle just about anything but I picked up a Cetus and I'm now playing with that along with my Tiko, Zortrax M200 Pro and Raise3D N2+.
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Re: Improvements I've made in the last year

Post by ftdesigns » Fri May 26, 2017 7:51 pm

How much you selling your Up Plus for? I may be interested. Feel free to PM me.

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Re: Improvements I've made in the last year

Post by edbordin » Sun Aug 13, 2017 6:53 am

I picked up an Up! Plus second hand recently and just thought I'd share my experience using Drew's extruder mount design. I got it printed in stainless steel from Shapeways and it came out great for less than $20 (excluding shipping). Photo here: http://imgur.com/a/Cpkol. You can see the surface finish isn't amazing compared to something that's been machined, but it's definitely a functional part!

One thing about the extruder mount that I didn't find mentioned earlier in this thread is that you'll need to get some longer bolts to install it. The sheet metal mount is screwed in with two M3 x 8mm and two M3 x 5mm. To use Drew's mount you'll need an extra two M3 x 8mm (making a total of four). Nothing a quick trip to the hardware store can't fix!

Kinda tempted to try gettting the modified extruder printed too... Someone earlier mentioned it has threaded holes, so the best approach there is probably to print the holes slightly smaller and then drill and tap them by hand. I guess I'll see how I go with the stock extruder first.

Anyway, thanks Drew! Even though this printer is a fairly old model at this point, all your hard work is still benefiting others!

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Re: Improvements I've made in the last year

Post by DrewPetitclerc » Tue Aug 15, 2017 6:22 am

edbordin wrote: Anyway, thanks Drew! Even though this printer is a fairly old model at this point, all your hard work is still benefiting others!
You are very welcome, and I still use my "UP Plus Pro" sometimes, it is a member of my 5 printer stable now.
UP Plus Pro
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Raise3D N2+ (the beast!)
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Re: Improvements I've made in the last year

Post by edbordin » Sat Aug 19, 2017 7:02 am

Finally got around to cutting a wider slot in my case and attempting to re-assemble the printer. Ran into a couple of other minor issues:
  • The single bolt that holds the extruder onto the bracket needs to be replaced with a longer one. M4x10mm at minimum but M4x15mm would be about ideal. I found a M4x20mm and it still fits fine, just protrudes out the end of the thread. Anything longer than that probably won't fit.
  • The alignment "key" on the bracket was a little too close to the hole and was interfering with the extruder assembly, so I had to file it back a bit. It's possible my extruder has slightly different dimensions to Drew's machine but I think it's more likely this is just a dimensional tolerance issue caused by shrinkage during Shapeways' manufacturing process. It turns out they don't do SLS/DMLS for metal but rather an interesting cheaper process called "Binder Jetting". Basically they "glue" metal powder together to form the shape of the part, then they pack it into sand and fill in the gaps with molten bronze. So just like a casting, you get some shrinkage when the part cools. I'm just glad that the bolt holes still registered OK! Overall I think it was worth it, I only needed to file a tiny bit of material off.
  • The heads of the bolts holding the bracket onto the linear rail are dragging on the case :( I think the best solution here will be to use bolts with lower profile heads (I might see if I can get away with grinding down the socket head cap bolts I already have). I'm not keen to grind down the bracket itself because I only have a dremel, and there's not much material left to cut out of the case.
Still waiting on a couple more bolts, but once they arrive I think I should be able to grind them down and make it all fit together :P

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