Making printable threads
Not really a how-to, but I found that using ViaCAD 9, I could make a reasonable printable thread by first making a closed surface of the thread profile, then mating that up with a helix spline that was set up with the correct pitch and diameter I needed for the threads (in this case 3mm pitch and I think it was 14mm diameter). After that I used the one rail sweep solid tool to spin the thread profiles up the helix, and bam! I had threads. The only problem I had after that was finding the balance to make them usable on a printed part. My first test was was too tight to turn by hand. I ended up with a gap between the threads around 0.4-0.5mm (closer to 0.5mm) and that was able to work with a layer height of 0.15mm when printed. The thread profile in the pic does not reflect the final design since I had to tweak the threads with the push/pull tool to get the correct gap. Since I knew I was gonna have problems with the threads I printed some smaller test parts first to dial in the threads. Now just gotta print the part.
Did a 90% redesign of the drill guide, and this is hopefully now the final version. The current design is set up for 5/64, 9/64, 11/64, 13/64, 15/64 and 17/64 drills, but of course these holes could be themselves drilled out to larger sizes. The "cylinder" will be swappable pretty easily (though not as easily as I had hoped). It will still require removing a nut, a washer and a spring to do the swap. I'm printing a few test parts now to verify that I provided enough clearance for the threads and other parts, but if it works, I think this will be done.
Update 1/4/2019 - well this was not the final version, but close. I have mostly wrapped this one up and posted it here. It is still a "work in progress" but once I get the fence printed it will be done (100%, officially and for sure... done).
Adjustable "six shooter" Drill Guide
I saw a really cool drill guide on thingiverse that I was going to make, but then thought of a way to make it adjustable. This is sort of a six shooter version of it, and when completed will have an adjustable fence that will ride a pair of dovetails on the sides. I also plan to include a dust catcher which was also something I am borrowing.
Update, got bored after giving out half my paycheck today, finished up (hopefully) the design:
Actually after thinking about it, I am re-designing this again.
And also, Merry Christmas!
I was attempting to print the above model at 0.06mm layer height on my Ender 3, which is set up with a Titan Aero. The problem shown in the right side pic is that the filament got ground down and it stopped extruding correctly. The filament grinding however seems like it is probably a symptom since I have not had this problem running the same PLA at 0.2mm layer heights (and have run several prints with it with the same tension in the extruder). After some searching, I found a post which described how retraction is the likely problem:
So I now suspect the problem with the above print is due to heat creep, thanks to the lower flow with the shorter layers the heat likely has time to build up in the heat tube. To try and remedy this, I have set the retraction down to 0.8mm as a test (this is probably where it should have been for PLA based on what I have read online). Additionally I dropped the retraction speed to 30mm/s (from 40), and dropped the temps for this MakerGeeks PLA (pearl green or something) which is recommended to run at the very hot 235, turned down to 232. Will see how the next try goes...
Retraction Distance 0.8mm (was 1.8mm)
Retraction Speed 30mm/s (was 40mm/s)
Printing Temperature 232 (was 235)
Increased the tension by about 1/3 turn of the knob on the extruder
Update - below is the result with the above settings, seems that it was running good for most of the print, but then seems to have experienced heat creep when the legs started to merge (or probably more likely due to the narrowing of the top side model which started at the neck). Nice that stringing was not too bad with this config except on the supports:
Next up, will try these:
Retraction Distance 0.6mm (was 0.8mm)
Retraction Speed 25mm/s (was 30mm/s)
Printing Temperature 230 (was 232)
Update - well that didn't work to well:
Next up, will try these:
Retraction Distance 0.5mm (was 0.6mm)
Retraction Speed 25mm/s (was 30mm/s)
Printing Temperature 234 (was 230) - went back up with the temps, seems that 230 may have been too cold
I also tightened the extruder thumbscrew another 1/2 turn.
And POW, that did it, the model however did not look too great scaled down even printed at 0.06mm LH, so not sure I can use it (still debating and may give it a shot of primer to see how many details show up). Looking at the settings, it appears this was probably run at 60mm/s, where I normally use 40mm/s, so I think if I ran it at slower speed, the fingers would look better.
Quick update - had some more of the same problems with another print that was running at 0.1mm LH, and the fix seems to have been to drop the retraction further (hard to believe 0.1mm really could make a difference, though it was the only thing I changed):
Retraction Distance 0.4mm (was 0.5mm)
Retraction Speed 25mm/s
Printing Temperature 234
Don't forget your postman/lady
As usual things get busy with cleaning and getting stuff ready for the holiday and I almost forgot to tip the mailman. With all the stuff I order from Amazon and Ebay, I keep him pretty busy, and he is a great guy so I don't want to forget him this year.
Unfortunately the rules say no cash, but gifts up to $20 are OK (well most gifts).
More info here on what is cool or not.
For F' sake Amazon?!?
This box contained one thing, and although I am happy it was delivered, what waste of resources. This package made me think about the waste that comes with buying some things from Amazon. There is really no reason for me to buy TP, paper towels or other bulky items online (though I have). In my experience at least, things like these are often double boxed too, which may keep the TP un-squeezed, but seems very unnecessary. I spent 10minutes earlier this week breaking down and taking several large boxes out to the recycling bin, for things I could have just bought at the grocery store less than a mile away. I think that no matter how good the deal is, I won't be doing that again.
This project took waaaay too much time, but I learned a few things about designing enclosures (at least I think I did). Anyway, enjoy the pics.
I decided to make another module for a DSO112A which is a small touchscreen 1 channel DSO. It is not as bad as it sounds, but it is also pretty rough. I already had one though and this is a good place for it. There is also a small compartment to hold the leads. Still working out the problems with this and made some fixes to the one in the picture (forgot to add a hole for the USB port (doh!).
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