Michael

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Michael
@makerdepot
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July 2014

4 months 2 weeks ago - Commented on Which SLA Printer should I opt for?

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Just got a whole bunch if resin from ApplyLabWorks. Tested black so far and it is very good. 

4 months 4 weeks ago - Commented on The Return of Metrics?

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I agree with this statement 100%.  I am in the process of shutting down my Hub, as this is becoming more work than it is worth and the fact that they keep changing the requirements of hubs, their software is flawed and blah blah blah. 

 

3 years a hub.. Now no longer.. Hub is shut down for good. Not worth the struggle with the ever changing rules and software updates. 

6 months 4 weeks ago - Commented on 3D hubs mandating how a hub delivers a print

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@Wirlybird curious as some of my non-3d hubs orders I do remove support and sand. This can take me anywhere from 1 to 3 hours depending on the number of parts, how fragile the parts are etc. If I were to use my typical rates, the minimum cost would be over $300 USD for a stupid simple print that take only 1 - 2 hours of time. 

 

 

7 months 5 days ago - Commented on 3D hubs mandating how a hub delivers a print

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If 3dHubs is going to micro-manage all of us hubs, then I would say that we are being employed by 3dHubs and that we should be also compensated per hour for anything that we have to do with regards to printing. Uber lost its claim that it was just an app and that it's driver's were subcontractors, and they are employees. If 3dHubs is going down this path, it is a slippery slope. 

 

There next step is going to be that hubs won't be able to assign prices for their prints, and that there is one set price per location. 

7 months 5 days ago - Commented on 3D hubs mandating how a hub delivers a print

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What is sad is that 3DHubs is doing this in a vacuum.  Did they reach out to hubs asking them what to do? Probably 2 or 3 in Amsterdam.  My hubs prices are very low, as the goal for me is to get 3d printed parts out to people for a reasonable cost. There is no place to state what are optional services, or what MANDATORY services are. Might be time for us all to switch to other 3d printing sites, like makexyz.com.

7 months 5 days ago - Commented on 3D hubs mandating how a hub delivers a print

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I agree, time for us to create our own system. 3d Hubs is getting way to ridiculous

7 months 1 week ago - Commented on Which SLA Printer should I opt for?

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Yes. Sla is more and there r instances where it might not make sense to use an sla. But, there r pieces that an fdm printer could never be able to print. 

 

I printed A three inch tall piece by about 2.5 inch square.  It was hollow and only cost my customer $15 to print. That part would have looked horrible with fdm. 

 

The thing to to know is that fdm printers have infill, where sla will print solid unless the part was made hollow.  That could be the reason why the cost was high. 

7 months 1 week ago - Commented on Which SLA Printer should I opt for?

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FormLabs 2 printers are extremely reliable. In the past 4 months, I have printed 100's of objects with only 2 failures. One was my fault completely, the other not sure what happened. 

 

Yes, the resin is slightly more than other resins, but it works almost 100% of the time. 

You can also look at the Form 1+, you can find some on ebay. The printer is fine, can work with a multitude of resins. But once you use the form2, you don't want to use the 1+. 

 

Obviously, you can also just use 3D hubs and not have to worry about anything.  You would have to do a lot of prints to justify the cost and expense of your own 3d printer. 

 

 

7 months 3 weeks ago - Commented on Is my printrbot dead?

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As someone that had purchased close to 80+ printrBot Plays, the machines go crazy pretty regularly and requires a reflash of the firmware. The USB cable is the one that comes with the play, and the USB port for the machine is always the same. This happens more on macs than on PCs. The machine always connects when you go into reflash mode.  it only takes about 15 minutes to reflash the firmware.

7 months 3 weeks ago - Commented on Is my printrbot dead?

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Reflash your firmware.  I have found that my printrbots lose their USB connectivity a lot.   They have a step by step guide on how to do this for all their printers. 

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