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3D Printing, Not for Everyone

Merry Christmas!

I am amazed by the number of people attempting 3D printing. It’s a wonder, and a curse. Or perhaps I should say causes a lot of wondering, curses and cursing.

I am afraid that because of the reduction of cost, 3D printers are a popular holiday purchase. Many will be in the hands of totally inept owners who expect a plug-and-play experience.

Plug and play (P&P) may be possible on some brand-new units, but in the long term, 3D printing is very far from P&P. A keen aptitude for observation and trouble shooting is a major requirement. The huge number of variables in […] Continue reading » 3D Printing, Not for Everyone

3D Printing Stuff

Recent printed items.

I started doing 3D printing because it was something creative I could do in my air-conditioned home office. The price of the equipment and materials had become affordable. I had no idea I people would want to purchase the stuff I could make.

I became aware of the process many years ago, probably in a “new technology” report I read somewhere. The facts are sketchy as I did not assign a high priority to being able to do it myself someday. I remember being fascinated by the slicing / layering process and thinking, “Of course!”

The cost was far too prohibitive, […] Continue reading » 3D Printing Stuff

Stopping Windows 10 Random Update and Re-boots

Another Windows 10 rant. I am getting very tired of writing these…

Re-boot

Early last evening, I started a 5 hour 3D printing project running on my workshop windows 10 OS computer. I had downloaded the print (.stl) file from my network server. I forgot to disconnect the LAN cable to isolate the computer from the network after I finished the download. The disconnect process is a slight PITA.

After I make sure the first layer of the print has gone down well, I usually walk away to do other things. There is no reason to stare at a running […] Continue reading » Stopping Windows 10 Random Update and Re-boots

Work Beyond 70

Seven decades now under my belt. The body is a little worse for wear, but that means it has been well used.  A little regular maintenance keeps it ticking. Ha! I have lost some weight since I retired which is a good thing – about 20 pounds.

My hobbies making things are returning a small profit. The silver work is the best. Check out KautzCraft Studio. It seems a bit crazy but folks are also paying for some of the 3D printing plastic things I make. I don’t openly offer them for sale, but I am receiving requests. Here is a link to the 3D Print […] Continue reading » Work Beyond 70

Ramblin’ Dan’s 3D Print Design Studio

3D Print

A new workshop blog from Ramblin’ Dan is about to appear. It will be 3D Print project oriented on a style like my machine shop blogs. It will not be about the tools, but what can be done with them. I’ll publish the link when it moves out of development.

Update: It’s up and running http://rd3dpds.com/

As seen in this picture, I am using a Cartesian style 3D printer. My desire is to convert to the faster operating Delta Style  printer at some point. However, if I go my own way without help from a sponsor, the printer will be seen […] Continue reading » Ramblin’ Dan’s 3D Print Design Studio