Ramblin' Dan's Workshop

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Better With Age

I have noticed my low cost Alunar 3D printer’s performance is getting better with age. The more I run the printer the better the output becomes. That tells me the linear bearings and belt stiffness are “wearing” into a smoother operation. I have been using a little very light machine oil only very o...
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A Future in 3D Printing

3D Printed Cup Holders I have been making many things with my 3D printer. Also writing a lot about here in the workshop blog. The Texas hot humid weather has kept me out of the main (unconditioned garage) workshop. The 3D printer is here in my nice cool office. The drawing of the parts in 3D CAD ( R...DSC07084 2
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Non Stop 3D

It seems like I am trying to wear out this new toy, my 3D printer. I have run two 7 hour+ print sessions just today. It is so reliable now that I have all the proper set-ups completed. I just check progress every so often and otherwise just let the printer do its thing. I bought it to use it so this...IMG 1151
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3D Printing With ABS

I have a kilogram of ABS ( Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) filament in black that I have just started to use for 3D printing. I have been using PLA ( Polylactic Acid)  Both are thermoplastics with different characteristics. Both are very popular with the extruder type 3d Printers. I was concer...DSC07051
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Setting the Stage About My 3D Printing

I want to make something very clear about my jump into 3D printing. I am very much a "Johnny-Come-Lately" I am professing I am no way an expert. All I knew when I started was what I could read from the sidelines. At first the cost was prohibitive. The field has been growing very rapidly and that has...
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