(Mis)Adventures In 3D Printing: Getting Started

As promised, Atari begins his journey into 3D printing by trying to figure out how the original ROBO3D R1 works. After a few choice words and a trip to Fry’s Electronics, he finally manages to make a simple print!

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all right here we go holy shit i gotta clean

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this son-of-a-bitch out

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ah there she is

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yes

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yeah that’s a printer

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so unboxing this son of a bitch

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yeah okay this thing is getting started

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guide

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hey look a hand signed letter from the

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guys at Robo 3d congratulations you are now the proud

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owner of a robo 3d r1 personal 3d printer

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caution arning choking hazard don’t plug it in

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yet until you set the voltage ok so all

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right make sure you do that

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all right, that’s you unboxing video, kids! she’s got

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some tape on it already okay with

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that for now see why did it work no gets it

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was nice

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painters tape baseplates since 3d

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printing it’s sort of a thing I need software

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look at that, the r2 is out! that’s okay i don’t have money for

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an r2d2 or d2 for that matter oh done good fantastic

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fantastic

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yeah sure okay i had to a little

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cleaning on this thing because last time

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I used it got all kinds of messed up the

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extruder was covered in plastic

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because the thing screwed up during a

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print never fixed it so now i’m actually

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working on getting it repaired so to

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speak and properly working so that I got

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I got this I got the extruder all clean

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off can see it from that angle now I’m

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gonna go get some some high thermal

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capacity tape stick some tape on there

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to protect it from getting the getting

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screwed up again and then I think we’ll

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actually be ready to print

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I’ve got I’ve got matter control working

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on the mac now and we should be in

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business

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headed out to anaheim gotta go to fry’s cos i

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know where 3d printing stuff is and to

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be honest they probably got a little bit

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more selection than microcenter because

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they actually carry the robo 3d stuff

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and micro center’s got the makerbot

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hey, there’s goes Ponch and Jon

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yes fry’s electronics everything in the

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store pretty much cause cancer in

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California

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oh the Anaheim fry’s also known as NASAheim

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here’s the stuff

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why not?

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well it’s not bawls but it’ll do

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we’re gonna kick it old school

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alright that’s good and it’s good things

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i like about fry’s it’s big for one little more

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specialized toward components

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they have a much larger selection of components

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where vs microcenter is more hardware and completed stuff or kits

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so they have their pros and cons

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as far as computers or computer components, anything like that, I

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prefer microcenter

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comes down to essentially a replacement

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radioshack i’m going to go to fry’s i also like fry’s because they have a lot more random shit

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like a random dash cam stocking stuffer thing

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forty bucks, whatever

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you know they have a lot have seen on TV

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and stuff like that last one that’s what

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I like about fry’s vs micro center

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again they have they have their merits

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of their individual pros and cons

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course they don’t

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sell bawls soda at fry’s so i got mountain dew which is

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fine it’s good mountain dew

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I’ve never had the never had this

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throwback mountain with the with the

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real sugar pretty darn good

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ok so they didn’t have any kapton tape

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at fry’s, well, they had kapton tape, but

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they didn’t have the adhesive kind

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we’re just gonna wing it the first thing we’re

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gonna do is calibrate this it’s doing

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something doing something

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it’s extruding sort of

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and it’s not doing it right though, it’s way

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high

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she’s pushing out a big blob of plastic

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that’s all it did it just pushed out a big blob of plastic

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for some reason it thinks z is way

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higher than it is or way lower

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that’s not working either

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oh shit that’s well that’s why it’s just

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resting

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alright let’s give it a shot

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why are you going up so high ok it’s

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sort of vaguely working i’ll take the

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dogs for a walk then i’ll come back and see what

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happens

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all right third time’s the charm here

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let’s see what we get

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holy shit it’s done it’s done it’s done

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that is a genuine 3d printed widget look

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at this must be a calibration test

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supposed to put a nickel in there see if

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it matches

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ok so there’s my calibration widget and

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there is a good old Thomas Jefferson and

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it kind of doesn’t go in but it’s I think

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that is due to the thermal contraction

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of the plastic this is PLA and abs abs

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actually contracts more though so maybe

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i’ll play around with the settings on

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that but it does go through this one

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pretty easily and it goes through this

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guy fairly easily so looks like all it

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all looks like we’re doing ok and so

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that’s a that’s setting up and getting

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started on a 3d printer i’ll write some

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more about this later and see you soon

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