[hackpgh-discuss] Re: opensource hardware meeting next week

One of my coworkers from RMU Charles Mura, just built a MendelMax, and its
print quality is great and it is rigid as hell, I think he's planning on
bringing it to mini-makerfair.
I'll see if he can bring it by the shop for a demo.

-Gabe

On Sun, Jun 10, 2012 at 12:54 PM, Matt Stultz <matt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>wrote:

> Okay I will keep my ranting to a minimum but there are a few points I
> can't help but make:
>
> 1 Non one is working on PLA extruders for MakerBot's anymore because the
> extruders MakerBot makes work awesome for PLA.
>
> 2 Comparing the pint quality of your first generation Cupcake to
> MakerGear's finely tuned sales tool demo unit is pretty absurd.
>
> 3 Many in the reprap comunity hate MakerGear because he steals their work
> and calls it his own (see the "MakerGear Prusa"
> http://www.makergear.com/products/3d-printers)
>
> Okay Rant over.
>
> Now from the perspective of owning 2 MakerBot's (a Cupcake and a
> Replicator) and being at the point of about to build my 3rd 3D printer (
> http://reprap.org/wiki/Tantillus).
>
> Build a MendelMax! http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:20355
>
> It's a little more expensive than a Prusa but has the same print
> capabilities and is easier to build and far more rigid than a Prusa. You
> can print in both ABS and PLA with this bot (there are upsides and
> downsides to both). Most importantly it's a "kit" that members of the shop
> can put together and learn how these systems work which will make it much
> easier when you have to do repairs on it. That is important because it's
> not an if it's a when.
>
> I will probably end up building one of these myself at some point if for
> no other reason than the large build size.
>
> If you don't want to build a Max then just build a standard Prusa. It has
> the greatest level of community support and upgrade parts for it.
>
> If you want to build a Max or a Prusa (or something else reasonable) for
> HackPGH let me know and I will print the parts needed for it on my
> Replicator and send them to the shop.
>
> Thanks,
> Matt
>
> On Sat, Jun 9, 2012 at 2:52 PM, j. eric townsend <jet@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>
>> Reprap, MakerBot, and most of the open printers can do ABS or PLA.  You
>> just have to tweak some hardware, the temperature settings in the
>> controller, and change the g-code generation scripts.
>>
>> Early on there were a lot of people making alternate PLA heads for the
>> MakerBot but they are starting to work more on Reprap these days.
>>
>> There are some other commercial-ish 3d printers out there that are cheap
>> and available as kits, parts-lists, etc.  The M Series printers from
>> MakerGear print PLA really well, last year I was next to one at the maker
>> faire and his PLA looked better than my Cupcake's ABS.  He was making
>> jewelry he could give to kids with no nasty fumes.
>>
>> I'm putting together a spreadsheet now of the basic models/prices for my
>> own reference, will bring that on Tue.
>>
>>
>>
>> On 6/9/12 14:19, The Gentleman Alchemist wrote:
>>
>>> I agree with RepRap over in MakerBot in principle and in practicality.
>>>
>>> If I understand correctly, RepRap would most likely be a ABS plastic
>>> printer.  What would be our options for a PLA printer?
>>>
>>> Scott^2
>>>
>>> On Sat, Jun 9, 2012 at 12:26 PM, j. eric townsend <jet@xxxxxxxxxxxx
>>> <mailto:jet@xxxxxxxxxxxx>> wrote:
>>>
>>>    Tuesday, 7:30pm, free, open to the public.
>>>
>>>    Topic:  What should be the next 3D printer one of us builds?
>>>      MakerBot isn't supporting older models with parts online so I'm
>>>    leaning towards a Reprap, but what sort of PLA printer should we
>>>    consider for the shop or for a class?
>>>
>>>    --
>>>    J. Eric Townsend
>>>    design: www.allartburns.org <http://www.allartburns.org>; hacking:
>>>    www.flatline.net <http://www.flatline.net>;  HF: KG6ZVQ
>>>
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>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>> --
>> J. Eric Townsend
>> design: www.allartburns.org; hacking: www.flatline.net;  HF: KG6ZVQ
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>>
>>
>

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