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  1. Those look great, I need to print them myself! Added them to the list! Keep em coming!
  2. I've always heard McMaster-Carr is a good place to get things. Not sure what shipping is like overseas though. They have a huge selection of PFA/PTFE/PVDF/FEP/MFA tubing and I'm sure several other letter combinations. Extreme-Temperature Tubing Made with PTFE and Teflon® PTFE 1/4" OD, 1/8" ID, $3.73 per ft
  3. I would not recommend printing ABS at 260 C, at least not for long prints anyways. If you want to see what happens check it out. Always check the recommended temperature settings for your filament from the manufacturer, also measure the filament when you get it, and use an average of several measurements for filament diameter in the "Material Settings" menu on the printer. I've heard that ABS can be printed ~245 C and you should be fine. For bed leveling you can use something like this. You can also keep your eye on these threads regarding upgrades for the heater block. Oh, one last thin
  4. There are several new materials we have found that may work such as Vespel and Tecasint. Check out the following thread: http://umforum.ultimaker.com/index.php?/topic/7024-teflon-spacer-replacement
  5. Can you update your profile with the printer you have? My recommendations are for the UM2, since that's what I have. 1. The easiest method I have found to have my parts stick every time is using some extra strength hairspray. NOTE: DO NOT SPRAY DIRECTLY INTO THE UM, you will wind up getting sticky hairspray into the gears and pulleys and belts (oh my). What I do is spray a good amount onto a paper towel and then wipe it onto the buildplate. It dries instantly leaving a thin sticky layer that works great. You can also pull the glass plate out and directly spray it then, but that's just more of
  6. Check out the http://umforum.ultimaker.com/index.php?/topic/9295-switching-between-pla-and-abs-thoughts-on-under-extrusion-clogging-burnt-pla with underextrusion, as it typically seems to be a result of several parts producing more friction/backpressure than they should be, rather than one single issue. Also don't forget that sometimes it's directly due to the filament itself, so it's always worth trying another spool if you have one (and don't forget to measure said filament if possible and put that diameter into the material settings).
  7. On this latest revision he has changed it to use the eyelet (aka grommet), from the bottom of the original feeder since the newer ones come with it. You can also pick them up at craft stores or ebay/amazon. The older versions used a piece of bowden tube inserted into a small slot instead (or in my case I used two eyelets).
  8. Erm? I'm assuming they use something like this: [urlhttp://catalog.fluoropolymerproducts.com/viewitems/reinforced-ptfe-teflon/glass-filled-compounded-teflon-ptfe-2?&forward=1[/url] http://catalog.wshampshire.com/Asset/psg_teflon_ptfe.pdf http://www.theplasticshop.co.uk/glass-filled-ptfe-sheet-rod.html Which all refer to the glass-filled PTFE as "reinforced with glass fibre" Glass fibre material Further information: Fiberglass/url] "Fiberglass reinforced plastics" or FRPs (commonly referred to simply as fiberglass) use textile grade glass fibres. These textile fibres are different
  9. I had a few thoughts on this, and I think the glass-impregnation is not to increase it's resistance to temperature, but rather to give it more structural strength at those higher temperatures. To decrease the chance of that 'indentation' we see at the base on the failed couplers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fibre-reinforced_plastic "Fibre-reinforced plastics are a category of composite plastics that specifically use fibre materials to mechanically enhance the strength and elasticity of plastics." But yes, there is room for improvement and I'm eagerly awaiting the fruits of your labors.
  10. So I received a new PTFE coupler and cut the old one in half to see what was going on. The pictures and descriptions are on the following thread: http://umforum.ultimaker.com/index.php?/topic/9295-switching-between-pla-and-abs-thoughts-on-under-extrusion-clogging-burnt-pla/?p=95502 I'm wondering if there are any easily attainable and machinable materials that would work as a heat break between the PTFE and brass, I know we've been looking at vespel and the I2K stuff but they're expensive, hard to obtain, and hard to machine. Maybe a sacrificial PTFE washer that rests between the coupler and
  11. So the new PTFE coupler has arrived and in the interest of science I've atomic pulled the old one out and cut it in half to see what was going on. So interestingly enough, it looks like I did have the glass-filled PTFE coupler (fbrc8 looked up the SN and it was in the 'newer' category) and it looks like that glass filling might be what the odd "feathering" around the bottom hole is. After cutting in half you can see how a plug of PLA has formed where I had to ream out the previous indention. Also how a new indention is already forming in nearly the same spot. This lea
  12. Check this out: http://umforum.ultimaker.com/index.php?/topic/5454-ultimaker2-reduce-filament-friction-in-the-bowden-tube/ https://www.youmagine.com/designs/spreading-ring-for-reverse-bend-filament-feed-for-ultimaker-2
  13. Have you tried using the snap-on filament guide? Also I now usually remove/change materials by heating to the atomic pull temp (ie 90 for PLA), opening up the feeder and just pulling it out by hand. Sometimes I do have to remove the bowden tube from the top of the print head and cut off the 'cone' if it's too large to fit, but it leaves me with a nice clean head for the next print. I did the same thing with the metal eyelets! I was having the same scraping the back of the printer issue, until I commented on the design on Youmagine and Robert pointed out that the yoke doesn't need a nut, sinc
  14. Mohissa, most filament listed as "3mm" is actually 2.85 mm +/- 0.05 mm. For some reason it's been decided to round up like that in marketing. What you should do with any filament you get is measure it (get some good calipers) in several places (5 or more), discard the smallest and largest measurements, and average the rest. That will give you an average diameter for your filament that you can put into the "Filament Diameter" setting (on the UM2 under "Material Settings" not Cura). The UM2 isn't set up for 1.75mm filament out of the box, I've heard of people using it if they get a smaller bowd
  15. EldRick did something similar and has reported that it has had a significant impact on the life of the PTFE coupler. http://umforum.ultimaker.com/index.php?/topic/6084-um2-bowden-block-cooling-improvement/
  16. I know we have the pinned post for the feeder system improvements, which was one of the first things I printed when I got my UM2, but there are a lot of other great upgrades to the UM2 that I didn't find out about until I started having issues and doing a lot of searching. So I figured I'd post what I think are some of the better upgrades for the UM2 that everyone could/should have. I'll try to link to the relevant threads if they exist (like the feeder thread). There are even more great upgrades (not printable however) like the work being done on the http://umforum.ultimaker.com/index.php?/
  17. So from what I've heard there will be an updated version of the UM2 housing coming soon, and the new plans and parts should be available soon.
  18. Well, good news everyone! Fbrc8 is sending me a new PTFE coupler, should be shipping today. I'm also going to be implementing the improvement that EldRick suggested in his thread here: http://umforum.ultimaker.com/index.php?/topic/6084-um2-bowden-block-cooling-improvement/ Adding a small diverter to increase airflow over the coupler to help keep it cool. Also if I can keep the printer going until the new coupler gets here I'll be printing the parts for the Flex3Drive I've gotten, check out the thread here http://umforum.ultimaker.com/index.php?/topic/6987-flexible-shaft-the-best-of-both-w
  19. Since my PTFE spacer failed recently (documented here) I've been reading through the forums and this thread with fervor and hope. It sounds like the results with Vespel, or some sort of insulating ring, between the PTFE and hot-end are very promising. I saw someone suggest a teflon spray (for gun parts) and was wondering if that would work on ceramics, to eliminate the PLA sticking issue. Any updates on testing and/or results? Care to explain? I think those are the same ones I just got to measure filament diameter. Recommendations for better ones? http://www.amazon.com/Inch-Digi
  20. So I started learning the G-Code and if I interpret it correctly that would: M92: Set the steps per unit of axis for the extruder (E) to 320 steps/mm G1: Move (nowhere) and extrude (E) 10 mm at a feed rate (F) of 100 mm/min So the UM2 has 1/16 micro-stepping AFAIK. Extruding 10mm means the motor should attempt to make 3200 'steps' at 1/16 micro-stepping this means 200 physical steps! Cool, need to try that when I get home. Please do! Or point him to this discussion. Hopefully this weekend I can print and test the design and firmware he has on Youmagine for the Flex3Drive. I wonder if
  21. Printing Time Calculation: I noticed that the printing time seems to be calculating oddly now. I loaded up a plate of parts at 50 mm/s and it shows a printing time of 2 hrs 0 min, 1.21 m, 10 gram. If I change the speed to 100 mm/s however the printing time only drops to 1 hr 54 minutes, same m & gram. It seems like doubling the speed should have a bigger impact on overall print time. (I would expect nearly half) This is with the default settings immediately after installing 15.01. (20 mm/s bottom speed, 0.0 for all other speeds under Advanced) Member @dirkdirk pointed out: What is y
  22. Hmm, true. I was thinking more of just a listing of issues with links to their respective threads. I guess a better solution would be to add a new level to the forum hierarchy for the version of Cura and perhaps one for just bug reporting. If this even is a bug and not something I'm overlooking. Regardless I'll change the title to reflect the issue (if possible)
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