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A 3D printer diary – printing another box

Following the 3D printer’s instructions online and in the book that came with it, I heated the print head up to working temperature, then carefully used a pair of tweezers to tweeze any filament off the brass nozzle. Doing this … Continue reading

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A 3D printer diary – printing a box

3D printing takes AGES! Even something as simple as the small container shown below takes four hours! A lot of lessons were learned from this print job. The short version is as follows: Don’t start a print job at 8pm. … Continue reading

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A 3D printer diary – clogged nozzle

After printing a stringy mess, the nozzle of my 3D20 is covered in goo (filament). At room temperature, it’s a nice hard crusty smooth goo. The instructions explain how to clean the nozzle. There’s a nice video (with jolly music) … Continue reading

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A 3D printer diary – supports

The SD card with the correct software was missing when we bought our Dremel 3D20 (it was a bargain). But I found the “Dremel Idea Builder” software and a firmware update on their website, and that allows me to load … Continue reading

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A 3D printer diary – getting going again

Our 3D printer (Dremel 3D20) was a bargain, because bits were missing. After five emails to Dremel support, and various phone calls, I eventually found a supplier who was willing to order the spare parts that I need – mainly … Continue reading

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A 3D printer diary – printing an accuracy test

We bought this printer in a sale. It was missing a few important parts, including the SD Card with software on it to control it from a laptop. Without that software, we would be limited to the four models that … Continue reading

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A 3D printer diary – the first print

After clearing some existing filament from the print head and adhering the build tape to the perspex build platform, I levelled the bed using a train ticket (which is approximately 0.3 mm thick according to my Vernier Gauge) instead of … Continue reading

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A 3D printer diary – Dad’s Visit

My Dad has been trying to persuade me to buy a 3D printer for several years. He has four at the moment, and has plenty of good advice, including a library full of things to print off Thingiverse. When he … Continue reading

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A 3D printer diary – The Purchase

My son managed to blag an outrageous deal in a closing down sale, and we got an ex-display 3D printer for an outrageously cheap price. It’s the Dremel 3D20 (not the latest model) and it has a few parts missing: … Continue reading

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