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by Neal
Mon Apr 11, 2016 1:16 am
Forum: UP Software
Topic: What the UP Studio should look like
Replies: 13
Views: 11565

Re: What the UP Studio should look like

To abear's point about "•1 raft per print, not 1 raft per part in the print, I have found the UP software overlaps the rafts of parts if they are too close together, which reduces the number of parts I can print at once." I believe that you can eliminate overlapping raft by hitting the "Merge" comma...
by Neal
Sun Sep 20, 2015 1:11 am
Forum: UP Plus
Topic: Ugly overhangs
Replies: 4
Views: 5267

Re: Ugly overhangs

I gently rub the outside of the nozzle with some emery cloth before almost every print job. This keeps it clean without removing it.
by Neal
Thu Apr 02, 2015 4:21 pm
Forum: UP Plus
Topic: extruder block temperature errors
Replies: 19
Views: 20864

Re: extruder block temperature errors

I had this problem for a while, although it was intermittent. I would wiggle the ribbon cable connector, at the extruder, and it would be OK for awhile. Eventually I got a new ribbon cable and the problem has not re-occurred.
by Neal
Fri Mar 06, 2015 12:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Nozzle Overheat Alarm
Replies: 4
Views: 5932

Re: Nozzle Overheat Alarm

I concur with the loose or bad connection to the temp sensor theory. I had the same problem and wiggling and re-tightening the cable would resolve it for a while. Eventually I replaced the cable and it hasn't been a problem since then (several months ago).
by Neal
Thu May 29, 2014 6:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: STL import on dome shape, totally wrong size
Replies: 8
Views: 8994

Re: STL import on dome shape, totally wrong size

I was looking at the release notes on some of the older versions of the UP software and I came across this note from release Version 1.16: "1. Automatic Unit Conversion. The loaded models are automatically enlarged 25.4 times if the sum of XYZ size is less than 15." At least now you have a way to ch...
by Neal
Fri Apr 18, 2014 1:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Printing multi part (of the same part) - ABS
Replies: 7
Views: 6123

Re: Printing multi part (of the same part) - ABS

You can substantially reduce your re-heat time by putting something over the build plate after removing the print job. I use some cardboard that is cut to size with the corners cut out for the "bulldog" clips. I remember some one else said they are using a silicone type pot holder that is cut to size.
by Neal
Tue Dec 24, 2013 3:35 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Octave Enclosure
Replies: 33
Views: 28931

Re: Octave Enclosure

For the low tech solution I just taped together some cardboard boxes. This was going to be temporary but after over a year it is looking permanent. The downside is that Socks has taken to sleeping on top of it in the winter months. It seems to be just the right temperature for a long winter's nap. H...
by Neal
Mon Dec 16, 2013 2:33 pm
Forum: UP Plus
Topic: Platform Heater Cable
Replies: 8
Views: 7340

Re: Platform Heater Cable

I had the same problem about 6 months ago. I am not sure what you are referring to with regards to the colors. Maybe you have a different version or different setup. Attached are two photos I took at the time. (This is the Afinia) I hope these photos can help you.
by Neal
Sun Nov 24, 2013 1:33 am
Forum: UP Plus
Topic: Up Plus 2: Platform too cold, serious ABS warping
Replies: 18
Views: 17924

Re: Up Plus 2: Platform too cold, serious ABS warping

The bed temperature sensor is approximately 3 mm from the bed heater. Both are inserted in individual drilled holes in the block under the bed. I use a piece of cardboard, cut to size, laid on top of the bed to help retain the heat while it warms up. After about 15 minutes I take off the cardboard a...
by Neal
Thu Oct 31, 2013 5:09 pm
Forum: UP Plus
Topic: How much watt for an hour of printing ?
Replies: 2
Views: 3017

Re: How much watt for an hour of printing ?

I used my inline watt meter to measure for you. During bed heat up (I was printing ABS) it was drawing a steady 80 watts. During bed and nozzle heat up it was drawing a steady 126 watts. For an 8 minute bed warm up, immediately followed by a 52 minute print, the total kWh used was .08. Keep in mind ...
by Neal
Mon Oct 28, 2013 2:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Attempt at non-biased in-depth review: Afinia vs Cube
Replies: 16
Views: 18097

Re: Attempt at non-biased in-depth review: Afinia vs Cube

I don't know what you mean by "putting a silicon pot stand on the build platform"? Can you explain a bit more? How does it help heat the platform quicker? I assume roller is talking about using a trivet, or an insulating hot pad, that you put on a table to keep a hot dish from ruining the finish on...
by Neal
Thu Oct 24, 2013 5:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Heat shrink wire tubing
Replies: 5
Views: 5590

Re: Heat shrink wire tubing

You can also try McMaster-Carr. I often use them and they have a nice drop down menu for searching by various parameters:
http://www.mcmaster.com
by Neal
Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:58 pm
Forum: Marketplace
Topic: Looking for parts
Replies: 11
Views: 11206

Re: Looking for parts

Octave sells the power supply at: http://www.octave.com/3D-Printers-&-Accessories-Afinia-3D-Printer-Parts/c123457122_123457124/index.html The name plate on mine reads 100 - 240 volt input 50 - 60 Hz, so you should be able to use it in Ireland with a different power cord. You could try sourcing it lo...
by Neal
Wed Oct 16, 2013 9:14 pm
Forum: Look! My Mod
Topic: platform heater repair
Replies: 24
Views: 22642

Re: platform heater repair

Kudos to you Julia for figuring it was the connector and not just the proximity to the heater. The replacement heater board turned up today...yep you guessed it, the 'header' / JST socket, is now GONE, and the wires are now HARDWIRED, exactly the same as I did mine...;) It seems like this is a repai...
by Neal
Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:39 pm
Forum: Look! My Mod
Topic: platform heater repair
Replies: 24
Views: 22642

Re: platform heater repair

I had the same problem about 2 months ago. Mine was worse in that it also melted part of the board that the connector plugs into. They sent me a replacement heater and board but I had to first send the old ones back and then wait a couple of weeks. One good thing though is that the replacement heate...
by Neal
Mon Sep 09, 2013 3:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A few more questions...
Replies: 25
Views: 15845

Re: A few more questions...

"2. Is there a way to view the raft and support structure in the UP! software?" You can get to see a 2 dimensional view of the raft and support if you load your model and then run Print Preview under the Maintenance menu. It shows yellow lines between the model and the build plate where the raft and...
by Neal
Wed Sep 04, 2013 3:52 pm
Forum: UP Plus
Topic: Need help - fail to print large part
Replies: 10
Views: 9523

Re: Need help - fail to print large part

It's hard to be sure from the photos but it looks like things are not hot enough. Are you printing with the fan door closed? If not I would definitely try it with the door closed. (Assuming your PLA/ABS setting is correct.)
by Neal
Tue Sep 03, 2013 4:16 pm
Forum: Look! My Mod
Topic: Gekko print bed add on
Replies: 92
Views: 82667

Re: Gekko print bed add on

I agree about using a glue stick directly on glass. I've made many dozens of prints using this method and it has been very successful. I no longer bother with the gecko sheets, kapton on glass, blue tape, etc. The only times I get any lifting are when I have been too lazy to clean and re-apply fresh...
by Neal
Wed Aug 14, 2013 3:40 pm
Forum: UP Plus
Topic: Leveling the platform
Replies: 3
Views: 3504

Re: Leveling the platform

The few times I have had the platform off I have re-installed it with all 3 of the screws screwed all the way in, then I loosen to level. My theory is that the springs will be more compressed, thus giving more tension on the screw threads and keeping the platform more rigid. Also, there is a Thingiv...
by Neal
Mon Jul 22, 2013 9:46 pm
Forum: UP Plus
Topic: Need advice on printing surfaces
Replies: 29
Views: 24252

Re: Need advice on printing surfaces

I take the glass off, with the print still attached, after just a few minutes. I swap it out for another piece of glass, that is cold, so I can minimize my down time between prints. The glass, with print attached, then cools fairly quickly sitting on my desk. I have no doubt that this accelerated co...