Friday, April 13, 2012

My Makerbot is MOBILE!

First of all, a million thank-you's go out to my dad and grandfather for their awesome birthday present of a bright orange Pelican 1620 roller case!

I just finished plucking all the foam (yay pelican foam!!) and was able to fit the Makerbot, it's interface board, a 1kG spool of filament, a section of filament feed tube, AND a surge protecting power strip!

I'll also be designing a filament spool holder that mounts to the extending handle on the case, and holds the feed tube, so that all I'll need to print on the go is a single outlet!

Here are some pictures of the filled case (the power strip goes just under the filament spool on the bottom layer of the case, but I hadn't pulled the foam out for it when I took the pictures)

Given that Pelican cases are essentially everything proof, I'd definitely recommend them as a way to transport the Makerbot!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

And more bad news

Well, another stepper driver just failed, and this one at least makes sense (It's the Z axis driver, and I have a rather heavy Z axis, which takse more force than normal to move)

It legitimately let out the blue smoke, so at this point, I'll be salvaging what parts I can from these two drivers, and then waiting till I can upgrade the bot to a set of 4 pololu drivers.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Busy Busy Busy

Again sorry for the lack of dates, I've been juggling 17 credits of classes, and internship applications, so i've been a bit frazzled.

On top of that, just as I was getting moving again and making some cool stuff, my extruder's stepper driver seems to have bit the dust :-(

I'll post pictures of some of my latest prints soon, as well as a couple new mods!