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Assembly of the heated bed

Just a quick update on the build.

Electric insulation of the bed by covering it up in kapton tape.

After marking the resistors on the kapton tape I removed some tape to make place for the resistors and the magnets.

Then I placed the resistors on the board with a little bit of thermal paste between them and the board. (don’t know if it will make any difference)

Then I placed the magnets, I immediately noticed how strong they are. They attract metal tools and each other like hell. Something that asks some attention.

This is the result. Wiring has also been done and now I’m still waiting for an arduino to connect everything up. I’ll keep you updated.


Arrival of the heated bed

A few weeks ago I ordered a heated bed kit from László, today it arrived.

I liked the kit allot because it’s almost complete. You have everything you need for the build.

The kit comes with an arduino shield. This offers a lot of features/flexibility for temperature control. A sketch has been made, but I’m going to add some extra functions. (warning light T>40° and etc)

The arduino activates power to the resistors with a solid state relay. This is a good longterm solution.

The bed itself is a high grade precise flat aluminium plate.

It has al the necessary holes already drilled. You van see: square holes for the magnets holding the build platform,holes for the resistors, and some holes to mount the bed without changing anything to the RapMan.

It also includes a custom Z-switch.

It’s really a wonderful package, almost “build and use” 🙂 More info can be found on the creator’s blog

I’m going to document the build on this blog later on.

Motherboard problems

Today finally got the SD readings to work. A brand new Sandisk Ultra 2G did the job. Don’t know why that card works and the others don’t.(evendo some of them worked before).

After a few prints another problem started:

It did print normally while displaying this. So there was no temperature change going on at the moment, evendo it’s displaying it. After I stopped filming it got worse. Looked like a lot of artifacts. So I decided to reboot the system, with a big suprise afterwards.

No display info at all: no splash screen,no menu. Think de display controller is faulty. With the menu layout in mind you can operate and print normally, but it isn’t that easy .

Problem reading SD cards

Today I’ve encountered a problem. The BfB board doesn’t recognize files on SD cards anymore.

I’ve tried everything:

  • formatting FAT,FAT32
  • different card
  • checking for dust
  • re-installed firmware

Nothing seems to help 😦

First personally designed object

Today I printed a new piece, one of the largest so far. An iPhone holder for navigation in the car.

Because it was tall and long it started to warp fast. Which resulted in a crack halway. Aldo this presented not much of a problem since the basic feature (holding the phone) stayed preserved.

A problem that’s worse is the following you can see below. The edge of an object consists out of two layers. One inner layer making contact with the filling. And one outer layer making contact with??, sometimes nothing so its not connected and loose. I know warping had its part in the problem. But I’ve encountered this problem earlier also with objects with minimal warp.

So I was thinking of printing without extra shells

Started again

It’s been a while that I could test some more. Yesterday new plastic arrived so improving could continue.

I’ve tried the mini cup again with far better results.

As you can see it’s a big leap forward. The previous bad results were mainly caused by loose pulley’s.

This helped the most: glue/loctite on pulleys and a filled flat on the extension bar.

Next step: understanding skeinforge 🙂

First build

After the successful prints of the rafts, the next step was printing a real object. The mini mug, to celebrate. Unfortunately there’s not so much reason to celebrate. The result isn’t that good as expected. I knew it wouldn’t be perfect , but this 😦

Feel free to post some diagnosing info.