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    Creality 3Dยฎ Ender-3 DIY 3D Printer!
    by figtree7nts ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ( Vice Admiral)
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    ๐Ÿ“ What Filament?
    15 hours ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    I have the Creality 3 3D printer!

    I had purchased 1 roll of Filament from Creality!

    This roll must be a bit old as the Filament tends to brake very easily!

    So, I had ordered Filament from another source!
    But, When trying to use this new Filament.
    It wouldn't stick to the Hot Bed!

    So, I've emailed that company about it's Filament not sticking to the Hot Bed!

    Oh, I had to order some more Filament from Creality!

    I recommend sticking to the name brand of Filament!

    Because when you deviate from brands.
    You tend to pay for it!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: What Filament?
    14 hours ago by Rookysailor ( Captain)
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    That's not something you need Ed, during your learning period, where did you buy the breaking filament from? can you not complain, as an afterthought, are you using pls or abs filament?๐Ÿค”

    Cheers, Pete
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    ๐Ÿ“ A piece of Paper does make a difference!
    16 hours ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    By a recommendation, I have placed a piece of paper under the bed of the printer!

    And that made a big difference.
    When Calibrating the build plate of the printer!
    See, the bed of the printer tends to bowl downward!

    So, by placing a piece of paper!
    Under the build plate.
    Now the plate is true!
    And it's not warped!

    I have calibrated the build plate many times!
    And now after placing a simple piece of paper!
    Under the Build plate.

    My 3D prints come out better printed!

    Thanks,

    For the Recommendation to Martin555!

    It worked just a treat!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: A piece of Paper does make a difference!
    15 hours ago by Newby7 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    That's good you got it leveled and it is a new toy you are playing with and some times they have a mind of their own.A learning experience.
    Rick
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: A piece of Paper does make a difference!
    15 hours ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Rick,

    You said it!

    They do have a mind of there own!

    I'm just the over seer!

    All, I do is feed it Filament!
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    ๐Ÿ“ Printers Revenge!
    6 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Training this printer is not going according to plan.

    I have spoken to it gently.
    And have now resorted to shouting at it!

    It's Either me not understanding it.
    Or it doesn't understand the American language!

    "I'm going to have to look at the printer settings.
    And see what language it understands"! LOL! ๐Ÿ˜

    Oh, by the way!
    There's a clip no one has mentioned!

    "It's the Blue Clip in the photo"

    It's used to clip onto the Extruder hose connector!
    It's used to prevent the hose from pulling out!
    This is used on both ends of the hose!

    "Filament Guide Tube"!

    And it's not mentioned in the instructions.
    And it's not mentioned on the setup video either!

    Also the Filament has been braking. I'm assuming it's old stock!

    Have any of you guys experienced this problem?

    Or am I just the lucky one!!!! LOL!

    I think this is all printers revenge!
    No, really the printer is getting it's revenge!

    But, I'll get the last revenge! LOL!๐Ÿ˜
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Printers Revenge!
    6 days ago by Newby7 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Revenge of the machine it speaks another language.LOL
    Rick
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Printers Revenge!
    6 days ago by Rookysailor ( Captain)
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    Don't let it beat you Ed, it's only a machine,it's only a machine,it's only a machine,it's only a machine?
    I think they are taking over!๐Ÿ˜†

    Cheers, Pete
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Printers Revenge!
    6 days ago by RNinMunich ( Fleet Admiral)
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    "I have spoken to it gently.
    And have now resorted to shouting at it!"
    ...
    "Or it doesn't understand the American language!"
    Oh yes they do Ed, they're multi-lingual, but stubborn with it!๐Ÿค”
    It's like the laser printer which always seemed to go on strike on a Friday evening, just when I was in the middle of printing 3 sets of a two volume 120 page Ship COMMS system description and equipment list. And the courier was pacing up and down downstairs!
    It was also no use at all trying to use another printer on the LAN.
    They are ALL IN THE SAME UNION!!๐Ÿ˜ 
    Perseverance is the key Ed๐Ÿ˜‰
    After you've first gone outside, taken a deep breath, counted to ten ... and then screamed your lungs out!!๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    Keep on it Ed๐Ÿ‘ Impressive thus far.
    Cheers, Doug ๐Ÿ˜Ž
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Printers Revenge!
    6 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Doug,

    Thanks!

    But, it's all the machine fault!

    I just tell it what to do!
    As if I knew what I was doing!

    Shoot, I'm just pressing buttons!

    And hoping for the best!

    So, far I've been lucky!

    And as soon as the damn thing.
    Starts moving I pull my hands away!

    I must by doing something right.
    I still have ten fingers! LOL! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Printers Revenge!
    6 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Pete,

    Were getting closer to Terminator time!

    Cheers, Ed
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Printers Revenge!
    6 days ago by Rookysailor ( Captain)
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    I don't know about you Ed, but sometimes I feel as though we are there๐Ÿ˜ฎ


    Cheers, Pete
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Printers Revenge!
    5 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Pete,
    The last time i told a machine that it was just a machine it got upset and totally stoped working LOL!!!

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Printers Revenge!
    5 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Ed,
    It sounds like your printer is like my dog.
    I tell it what to do and it dose what it wants LOL!!

    Interesting blog it proves there is a lot more to this 3D Printing that you think.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Printers Revenge!
    5 days ago by Newby7 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Revenge is a dish served cold but beware the machine as they run hot and their motto is 'take no prisoners'.
    Rick
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Printers Revenge!
    4 days ago by cormorant ( Lieutenant)
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    Thanks for tipping me the wink about the blue clip Ed. I've just fitted mine. Where did you get the info?
    If you look at my blog you will see the problem I got into with my first print!
    Steve
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Printers Revenge!
    3 days ago by Aerodecked ( Able Seaman)
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    Aren't 3D printers fun...

    As you have had a clog & cleared it with the wire tool, the chances are that your breaking filament is caused by... a clog. The tool only opens a small hole but the actual nozzle/hotend is likely to be full of filament and restricting the flow. As you didn't have the bowden tube locked in place(blue clip) it is likely that hot filament oozed out between the end of the tube & the nozzle. This will take a bit of patience to clear out.
    As a starter, I would do what is termed a "cold pull". Turn on the printer & select the pre-heat printhead for PLA (I assume you know where that is if you have levelled the bed), while it is warming up, remove the blue clip & unscrew the bowden connector. Once up to temp, pull the filament sharply out of the printhead. With luck you will not break it and will pull out a nasty lump of plastic on the end of the filament. Cut this off. If this worked then re-insert the connector, push the bowden tube right in, pull the wee bit up and put on the blue clip. Hopefully that works or you could be looking at taking the nozzle off for cleaning (done warm too).
    I also advise getting yourself a new SD card as the one supplied is junk and will cause issues with your prints.
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    ๐Ÿ“ 3D Printing!
    6 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    At the moment I'm not concerned.
    About leaning Cura or Fusion 360!

    How ever I'm printing some small files!

    Basically to get the feel of the printer!

    In my next post I will explain a few thoughts!
    Of my experience so far

    Don't forget guys this is my very first
    Go with a 3D printer!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 3D Printing!
    6 days ago by Newby7 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    There will be a learning curve and I think that is why we are in our hobbies no matter what hobby it is.
    My father would tell me to keep an open mind and if you do you will learn something new every day.
    Keep learning.
    Rick
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 3D Printing!
    6 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Thanks, Rick

    I will learn all I can, And then some!!!

    Cheers, Ed
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    ๐Ÿ“ Ender 3 Tool Holder!
    7 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    I saw this tool holder on Thingyverse.
    And thought this will help with not losing the tools!
    That come with the printer.

    So, I downloaded it and sliced it!

    And in 3 hour 30 minutes had it printed!
    And it actually works quite well!

    It went on to the gantry quite snug!

    Now, the tools that come with the printer.
    Have a nice place to reside!

    There are 2 extra holes in the tool holder.
    Guess, those are for hex drivers
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Ender 3 Tool Holder!
    6 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Ed,
    I think there are quite a few upgrade parts on thingyverse that you can print out for your printer.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ“ Band-Aid anybody?
    7 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    These 3D printers come with compression fittings!
    Which can become some what loose!

    The Printer comes with 2 compression fittings.
    Which is a good thing.
    Because mine became loose and the Bolan Tube.
    Which connects the Extruder motor to the Extruder.
    Became loose and would not stay on!

    So, I changed it to the spare 1.
    And that seems to have fixed the problem!
    But, Just in case I placed a piece of Duct Tape.
    To hold the Hose in place!

    Currently printing a Creality tools holder!
    Which goes placed on the gantry!

    I know brand new 3D printer.
    And already placing Duct Tape on it!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Band-Aid anybody?
    7 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Ed,
    Have you contacted your printer supplier and mentioned this problem ?

    With a bit of luck they might send you a replacement.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Band-Aid anybody?
    7 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Martin,

    I hadn't thought of it!

    I'll have to see who to email!

    Cheers, Ed
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    ๐Ÿ“ 3D Printed objects!
    8 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Ok, I printed a few objects!
    Just to see what it's like!

    Each object took about 5 hours to print!

    The Eiffel Tower came out ok!
    But, lacks fine details!

    The Cat on the other hand.
    Came out looking very good.
    And has great looking details!

    These objects I printed were just for fun!
    As I'm learning how the printer works!

    One thing I've notice about this printer.
    It's driver for windows 10 does fail!
    Which means you have to print from.
    A small memory chip that come with the printer!

    I have tried uninstalling the software.
    And reinstalling but it doesn't help!

    So, the chip has to be used!
    I think the folks in china.
    Know that the system driver would fail!
    This is why they put a slot for a memory chip!

    My next print will be a Sub Chaser!
    A good friend of mine.
    Has told me to print it out!

    I think that print job.
    Will take about a weeks time to print!
    And about a spool of PLA (Plastic)!

    Oh, if you look very carefully at the Eiffel Tower picture.
    There is an Angel to it right!
    IT stands about 10 mm's tall!

    Since, I'm going to print the Sub Chaser.
    Should I start a new thread? Blog?
    Or should I continue Posting here?
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 3D Printed objects!
    8 days ago by Fireboat ( Midshipman)
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    Well in my experience of 3D printing... larger objects are risky when printing in high resolution (thinner layer heights). I tend to stick to 0.3mm if itโ€™s a larger object. Was the Eiffel Tower printed with a lower resolution?

    Also, it can be more reliable printing from the SD card too. When Iโ€™ve had it connected to my laptop... it cannnn crash half way. Various reasons, laptop going into standby, doing some kind of update, accidentally closing the lid, etc. And if it stops midway itโ€™s never seamless to continue and often fails completely.

    Does yours have a heated build plate? Have you found it warps at the base at all?

    Stephen
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 3D Printed objects!
    8 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    Fantastic start Ed. You really are doing very well. James is your man for the clogging. He will have the answer.
    Well done. I cannot wait to start. Perhaps you will iron out all the pitfalls before I get there.๐Ÿ˜ฌ
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 3D Printed objects!
    8 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Hi Ed,
    I think if it is part of your 3D printing journey or should i say mastering your printer then continue here, but if it is to be a build project then maybe a Sub Chaser build log.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 3D Printed objects!
    8 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Stephen,

    My printer came with a 0.4mm print head!
    Yes, the bed is heated!
    It's set at 50 degrees Celsius!
    And the build is set at 200 degrees Celsius!

    I'm not sure what the Eiffel Tower was set at!
    But, it's a really bad print!
    And I haven't learned how to expand the builds yet!

    The connection to the computer is no good!
    I haven't been able to fix it!
    Something to do with the Plug and Play!

    And I don't want to plug it into my Server!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: 3D Printed objects!
    8 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Peter,

    3D printing is a challenge!
    I know I have a lot to learn!
    And many mistake to make!

    Hopefully, you can learn for my mistakes!
    Which are going to be quite a few!

    I look forward to you getting your machine.
    So, we can learn from each other mistakes!

    I must say though,

    It's a lot of fun!

    I haven't even looked a fusion yet!
    OK, I have opened up the program.
    And just shook my head!

    And thought, Now what?

    Cheers, Ed
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    ๐Ÿ“ First Clog!
    10 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Well, what do you know!
    I've notice that these 3D printers will clog!
    And when they do.

    All hell brake loose!
    What you are printing.
    Will stop the print!

    I'm not sure how to do a continue after unclogging!
    But, I'm sure there's a way to continue the print job!

    So, for now I'm just learning!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: First Clog!
    10 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Sorry to hear that Ed but i am sure a someone here could help with that sort of information.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: First Clog!
    10 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Martin,

    I managed to clear the clog!
    With this pointy thing.
    That's given with the printer!

    I didn't know the extruder gets clogged!
    Just another thing to keep track of!

    Cheers, Ed
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: First Clog!
    9 days ago by Cashrc ( Lieutenant)
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    Hi Ed. I have a buddy that does the files for a local hobby shopโ€˜s 3D printer and laser cutter, he might have some info on unclogging, Iโ€™ll get with him next day or two see if I can get you some info.
    Cash
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: First Clog!
    9 days ago by Cashrc ( Lieutenant)
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    Shoot, didnโ€™t see your unclogging post, pull the trigger too fast!!๐Ÿ˜ฎ
    Cash
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: First Clog!
    8 days ago by MouldBuilder ( Captain)
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    Oh. It might be a good thing you started trials first.
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    8 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Cash,

    Thanks, I was able to unclog the extruder!
    It wasn't too difficult a task!

    Ed
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    ๐Ÿ“ Success!
    11 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    My first 3D Print!
    It took about 1 hour!
    Give or take!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Success!
    11 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    What seamed like 1 hour.
    Was actually 2 hr 59 mins!
    According to the printer!
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Success!
    11 days ago by marky ( Captain)
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    Ed That's the ships dog done ,now for the rest of the crew .are you using thingyverse?
    Cheers Marky๐Ÿ‘
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Success!
    11 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Marky,

    The Dog came with the 3D printer!
    There's a chip with some files!

    The Dog is actually a test file!

    But, It came out looking very good!

    I'm now printing the Eiffel Tower!
    Got that file from Thingiverse!

    I should have gotten this printer a long time ago!
    It's fantastic!!!


    Cheers, Ed
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Success!
    11 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    Well done Ed,
    Now the real fun starts LOL!!

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Success!
    11 days ago by Newby7 ( Sub-Lieutenant)
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    Dogone that looks good .Rick
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Success!
    11 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Martin,

    I'm having a lot of fun just looking at it printing!

    Cheers, Ed

    Next step learning fusion 360?
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    11 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Rick,

    I never knew these 3D printer.
    Where that good!

    You just have to take your time with it!

    Keeping it calibrated is the Key!

    Cheers, Ed
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Success!
    11 days ago by Rookysailor ( Captain)
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    Magic Ed, glad you like the printer, will we get to see any more boats built, or will this take all your free time?
    Found another Ender 3 vid on utube, I think it may be of some use.๐Ÿ˜Š

    Cheers, Pete
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Success!
    10 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Pete,

    I'm actually waiting for my Christ Craft Sports Fisherman to arrive!

    But, The postal service is very, very, Very Slooow!

    Last time I tried to track my package.
    Was the 21st no tracking after that!

    So, for now I'm just playing with the 3D printer!

    Then, I have to get serious and learn Fusion 360!
    I'd like to eventually make my own parts!
    We shall see......


    Cheers, Ed
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Success!
    10 days ago by Rookysailor ( Captain)
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    Yes, I agree Ed, I would like to make my own parts,I really want to have a go at making figures, I know it can be done, look at 'Shapeways', it's just a matter of getting the right file๐Ÿ˜

    Cheers, Pete
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    ๐Ÿ“ Unpacking and Building the Creality Ender-3 DIY Printer!
    11 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    The Creality Ender-3 printer.
    Comes in a well packed box!

    With rubber foam protecting everything!

    I recommend you use a youtube video!
    As the instructions are very little or none!

    OK, they're poorly written!

    I used this youtube video:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQ0q9zLygTY

    It is a very good guide!
    But, there is a problem with the video!
    In one of the step your told to use m18 screws!
    But, I think it's actually m16!

    Other than that it's a very instructional video!

    Ok, What I did was unpack the box.
    Then placed all the parts on my kitchen table!

    But, I needed to look at the video as a guide!
    So, the wife and I took all the parts.
    And placed then on my building bench!
    AKA, a long dresser! LOL!

    Then I could look at the video.
    And I could follow it!

    I did as the video recommend!
    And all went well!

    After building the 3D printer.
    I calibrated it 3 time!
    Making sure the bed was flat and true!

    I checked it a forth time!
    Just to make sure!

    I'm using PLA White for starters

    I thought there would be a smell.
    But, it's hardly noticeable!
    None in fact!

    I'm currently printing a test!
    It's a dog!

    The wife finds it fascinating!

    Oh, There is hardly any noise!
    Just a bit of whining from the z axes movement!
    OK, everything moves, But makes a low amount of noise!

    I find the video is the best way to build this printer!

    It took me about 2 hour 30 minutes to build it!
    But that's because I kept on putting the print head backwards!

    But, once I figured it out.
    There was no other problems with the build!

    This was a very good experience!

    And for those who want a 3D printer!

    I say go for it!

    And if I can do it!
    You can do it Too!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQ0q9zLygTY
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Unpacking and Building the Creality Ender-3 DIY Printer!
    11 days ago by Martin555 ( Fleet Admiral)
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    So it all systems go now then Ed.

    Martin555.
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    ๐Ÿ’ฌ Re: Unpacking and Building the Creality Ender-3 DIY Printer!
    11 days ago by figtree7nts ( Vice Admiral)
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    Hi Martin,

    Yes, Sir!

    It's all systems go!

    It's actually very relaxing!

    Back and forth, back and forth!

    It's amazing watching something being made.
    Before your eye's!

    21st century technology, What more can I say!

    Cheers, Ed
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