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  1. I agree with what's been said so far. I think SLA and FDM machines do similar things but have costs and benefits, each of which make them fill different niches as Valcrow mentioned. Benefits of SLA: smooth texture, high accuracy on small parts, quick print times. Costs of SLA: weak material strength, high cost of printing material (which will definitely come down in price as time progresses), few material types to choose from, and curing times. I see SLA being primarily utilized by people that want to make figurines, or jewelry to form a mold with which can then be made into an object
  2. Hey guys, looks like there aren't really any official submissions. Thanks for the participation regardless :grin:! It appears that the MPC isn't really taking off though so this will be the last one. It was fun, and actually really challenging; that mini gear was a tough nut to crack. Hope to see your future prints in Post Your Latest Print!
  3. Hey guys, to answer some questions: I'm using the standard file, except for the text. I used the thingiverse customizer to remove the text on the outside of the print. Hmm, regarding the tools we are limited to; I would like to keep this thread democratic, but if no one has any objections, I think your imagination should be the limiting factor. If people think you are pulling cheap moves then they will overlook you when voting. Yup, I disabled solid top and bottom in Cura with zero infill. The rationale behind this was to keep the nozzle from heating up surrounding plastic by just printi
  4. Alright a much better job, in Cura with good ABS; I didn't have to rely on any shrinkage. I'm going to try and go even smaller.
  5. Blarp, my latest attempt: I really like Sander's print; the first one to get a reasonably small size printed really sets the bar in this month's competition. I'm not deterred yet, I've still got several ideas I'm going to try out that include different filaments, for example will shrinking ABS plastic work better here? I have some really bad ABS that shrinks like crazy, could be useful.
  6. Hey guys, I was curious to see what I could do with Cura last night. Here is my .25 and .2 scaled test prints, I think they turned out alright looking, but still no functional rotation. There seem to be gaps between the gears, I think the first layer is bonding everything together. I'm interested in using scad, I haven't had the need to use it before, but see a lot of people discussing it. Due to the settings I imposed on the printer, really cold and really slow, I too got a couple of midair prints. I've seen this happen before when I tested this printing scheme; and thought it to be a
  7. There seems to be a tie, so I flipped a coin at http://www.random.org/coins/ and Emmet's Gear Bearing with customizable text, by pyrophreek won. I'm interested to see how this one goes, I wonder how small we can get the gear bearing! I have some ideas I want to try already, good luck everyone!
  8. I got this stuff called PolyFlex from a Kickstarter, I'm interested to try it out. I saw a test piece from them at the maker faire and got my package about 2 weeks before moving. Perhaps I can try to print out two halves of a sandal? I think I'll try a simple test geometry first :mrgreen:.
  9. Hey guys! Thanks for all the interesting print ideas and submissions! With the influx of print suggestions I got last night, I think it fair to wait until ya'll have gotten a chance to look them over. I'll post the Current Challenge tonight at https://www.google.com/search?q=eastern+time&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS503US503&oq=eastern+time&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.1656j0j4&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8#q=Time%20in%20virginia, for a list of all the potential August prints check out the http://umforum.ultimaker.com/index.php?/topic/6769-monthly-print-challenge-mpc-august/?p=62860
  10. Looking forward to seeing this thing in action! I think I can see how some of it goes together, I definitely can't figure it all out though. Great to see another modification to the printer come to life.
  11. Hey guys thanks, I'm excited to start printing again! Well, so far we have Better Dragon by illuminarti with or without baked in support in the lead, but I'll wait until tomorrow morning https://www.google.com/search?q=eastern+us+time&rlz=1C1CHFX_enUS503US503&oq=eastern+us+time&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.2019j0j1&sourceid=chrome&es_sm=122&ie=UTF-8 to update the official print. I'll start the new topic and leave this one to be populated as long as needed. Just remember to continue following this topic and we'll be able to keep tabs on what's going on. http://umforum.u
  12. Greetings and welcome to the Monthly Printing Challenge! ********************************* Guidelines: Beginning on the first of every month a winner is declared from the previous month. Votes and submissions can be made at any time during the MPC month. Below are ways to help me understand what people are trying to vote for, I'll read your post and try to figure out what your intention is regardless of your use of this format; they are simply suggestions for organization. Votes for favorite post = "Vote:Name" Official Print Submission = "Submission" Print Suggestions = "
  13. Hey guys, I want to apologize for my extended absence. The week after we started the challenge I found out that I was going to have to move due to circumstances out of my control. I had only lived in that house for ~1 year, and to be honest I was stressing over everything after I found out moving was imminent. Some things people find very stressful in their lives I can handle with ease, but there are things that I obsess over and this is one of them. I do not like moving. To make matters worse I was put in a very tight financial situation that almost resulted in me being penniless. The tw
  14. Blarp, hey guys; Tuesday evening my housemate told me he's moving out soon. I really super sucks hard because Tuesday was the beginning of a 5 day vacation for me and he totally F'd it up. It's hard to get an exact date out of him, and as such I've had to turn my vacation into a hunt for a new place to live. I can't realistically afford to live here by myself and I need to start now so I can move into somewhere sometime next month. I may be sparsy appearing on the forums for a few weeks until I can get everything settled and planned out, I'll still be monitoring the MPC and printing though
  15. Alright!! A pinned topic! Yeah! Thanks IRobertI With regard to watching videos on the forum, it's always seemed glitchy to me as well. I use firefox and it automatically uses my VLC player to render the video. I hate dealing with QT's BS.
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