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Old 05-20-2019, 06:05 AM   #16
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Hmm will have to see about meshmixer. Does anyone have any recommendations about any other 3D modeling software? I tried to do Sketchup but they went to a cloud-based model for their free version and it is a PITA also. I could not figure out how to import an STL and all the article Google found were for an older free version that could be downloaded.
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Old 01-03-2020, 11:03 AM   #17
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Hmm will have to see about meshmixer. Does anyone have any recommendations about any other 3D modeling software? I tried to do Sketchup but they went to a cloud-based model for their free version and it is a PITA also. I could not figure out how to import an STL and all the article Google found were for an older free version that could be downloaded.
Few folks have mentioned Fusion 360 around here, and that's what I generally recommend. It's relatively easy to use, really powerful, and it's free once you register for a hobbyist account or have a .edu email address to get a student license. There's plenty of other good free stuff out there - OnShape and Tinkercad are both browser based and you can get a lot done with them.

You seemed like you wanted to avoid cloud software, and I think your only free options are either OpenSCAD or Blender. OpenSCAD is great if you like writing code to generate your models. Blender is great if you hate yourself and like steep learning curves. Both are open source if that matters to you.

For the most part I'm still printing PLA most of the time. I prefer it partially because I'm lazy, but I really like when my printed part matches the dimensions I design for it. It can be plenty strong depending on how you design your parts, it's just bad at surviving shock and high temperatures. I've designed and printed some parts in PETG but I'm never happy with the print quality.

Dead thread I know, but I just found it. Fite me.
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Old 01-03-2020, 12:39 PM   #18
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Not a problem. I did wind up going to Fusion360. I haven't played with my printer for a while and need to dust it off and make some prints.

Right now I am fighting with my water filter faucet the design on these things suck and the way my sink is setup I can't get to it to tighten it down with a wrench so it comes loose after a while. I am going to 3D print something to go around the nut and then flare out so you can get a good grip on it and then you can hand tighten it better. I will post up the design here once I get it finalized.
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Old 02-21-2020, 09:45 AM   #19
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Got a CR10 recently after ages of failed prints on my old printer. Although things are not perfect it is a huge difference and I'm actually getting good prints on a pretty consistent basis. I switch to PLA which I think helped a lot in and of itself since my main issue was layer warping.

I though my old printer was just shitty but maybe it would be fine if I had just switched to PLA on it.

Anywho it's rejuvenated my interest in 3D printing and I've been designing parts and things in TinkerCAD Cause im too dumb to use the big boy CAD programs. It was really satisfying to print out something I had in my mind and then see it function.
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Old 02-21-2020, 01:29 PM   #20
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Congrats. you could also make a laser cutter out of the old printer if you still have it. Check HackADay they may have a project write up on it already I have seen it mentioned there.

I moved my office around and haven't gotten back to hooking up the printer. I need to get a bigger UPS so that I can plug more stuff into it. I have a project I need to print but have to start designing it and get the printer plugged in and going again. may have to make sure that the filament is still good and the head is clean enough......
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I use both Sketchup and Fusion 360. Each has their own unique pros and cons and it all depends on what you want to use it for. For straight up parts design, I use Fusion. I use Sketchup at work for data center design. I'm about to learn Revit for this, but for now, Sketchup is what I've got. I found Fusion much easier to learn than Sketchup and it's a bit more intuitive.
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Old 03-10-2020, 10:23 AM   #22
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Old 03-22-2020, 11:40 PM   #23
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Hey guys! I usually get things printed at our local library but they are closed. Can anyone help a brother out? I need a small part printed for my mixer. I got a 6-pack of 805 for my gratitude!

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Old 03-23-2020, 12:52 PM   #24
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I dunno if I'm new to this or not but www.yeggi.com is a neat search engine for finding models. It's faster and easier than using thingiverse and it searches other sites too.
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