Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

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    • Update

      4 months ago

      Moeparker Ghost

      I've not built the lightsaber. I hit a snag, then I started making Mini Nukes for Denver Comic Con and got so damn busy.


      Recap:


      I'm addicted to Overwatch. Add me if you want. Spidey#1373 . I mostly play Mercy or Lucio. I like support classes and saving people's asses.


      Adding stuff to the website like the Mini Nukes and Fusion Cores. And soon some 8" tall Dragon eggs.


      Soon I will be starting up a 2nd home business where I print custom T-shirts for $10-$15 each. I'm securing the T-shirt printer in the next 2 months if everything pans out. I want to make T-shirts for everyone. Friends, other people, baseball teams, soccer teams, etc. Got a lot of folks at work that want some 1-off T-shirts for kids or kid teams so I plan on helping them out.


      I'll have a website where you can upload a high resolution image and I'll make the shirt for you. There are not a lot of sites that you can make just 1 shirt, or 2 shirts. Minimum orders of 100 suck so if you only want one shirt that's all you need to get.


      That's it. Playing Overwatch and gearing up for business expansion. Now that DCC is over I can get back on that lightsaber and do a proper build journal for anyone interested. Try to keep busy. Idle hands and all that.

    • 8 months ago

      Moeparker Ghost
    • Lightsaber Build Journal 1: The Hilt

      9 months ago

      Moeparker Ghost

      I am making a series of journals detailing the steps of building your own Lightsaber. Each journal will focus on a different part of the build. I will supply links to the hardware as well as pictures of my process. Let's begin.


      The hilt, or handle, is the focus of this journal. I use a metal bathroom sink popup assembly.




      If you go to the hardware store they are $25. If you go on Amazon you can get them for $5-$10.

      Here is the one I used. (Oh, it's $12, plus $9 s/h, that's almost $20)


      When I bought mine it was $6. Looking around on Amazon looks like $12 is still a low price.


      Here is one for $13 and it has Prime shipping. IF you have prime it's cheaper.


      There are many reasons you'd want to use a metal version and not the cheaper plastic ones.

      • You can get metal extensions at any hardware store and screw them into the bottom.
      • That extension helps you lengthen the hilt so you can fit all the batteries and electronics safely inside.
      • It's metal so it'll last longer than the plastic sink parts you can buy
      • Plus metal is a good heat sink and these LEDS are high power and they need to be cooled down, so use the hilt as a heat sink!
      • The weight provides a counter balance and helps the feel as you swing it around.

      The 12 inch extension is key. You can get them at the hardware store in the plumbing section for like $10. We want the extension because we can put more of the blade down the handle, helping with overall strength of the Lightsaber. We also will need a place to store the LEDs, battery, and charging port to recharge the battery.


      Vanilla and Modded length.

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      Lazer Team for scale

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      That is the hilt I use. It's strong, expandable, can be modified, and will "handle" the abuse we are going to put it through. hehehe


      I ordered some high power very tiny LEDs as well as a polycarbonate 1inch outer diameter tube for the blade. Once I test those out I'll detail that part of the build.


      Until next time future Jedi, or Sith.

    • Lightsabers are more personal now

      9 months ago

      Moeparker Ghost

      It's been 6 weeks since I ordered my lightsaber parts (pre-made LED modules for the light). ETA was 2 weeks. It's been 6.


      So I asked for and got a full refund. That's very cool on them (SaberForge), but my grand plan of going through and showing step by step lightsaber building got killed for over a month while I waited in limbo.


      So now I guess .....we make it all ourselves!


      No ordering pre-made modules, we actually make it all!

      Yes....this is good. That way we won't get stuck waiting on a company to make us stuff.


      So I'll source out the places online to get the parts and we'll assemble them ourselves and be our own production.


      If you want to follow along I'll have all the websites for supplies and costs posted as I go. It'll be my take on the "paint along with Bob Ross", but for constructing your own DIY lightsaber that will withstand a beating.


      Next journal will focus on the hilt, which I use a metal pop up assembly for. Why?


      • You can get one off Amazon for under $10 most times
      • You can get metal extensions at any hardware store and screw them into the bottom.
      • That extension helps you lengthen the hilt so you can fit all the batteries and electronics safely inside.
      • It's metal so it'll last longer than the plastic sink parts you can buy
      • Plus metal is a good heat sink and these LEDS are high power and they need to be cooled down, so use the hilt as a heat sink!
      • The weight provides a counter balance and helps the feel as you swing it around.

      More on that next journal.


    • 9 months ago

      Moeparker Ghost
    • 9 months ago

      Moeparker Ghost
    • Lightsaber update, or lack there of

      9 months ago

      Moeparker Ghost

      Lightsaber LEDs, very bright. Much high power.


      I ordered the high power LEDs Jan 19th. It's Feb 10th, over 3 weeks.

      Nothing.


      I was hoping to show you all the lightsaber building process but at the moment I'm just stewing in frustration at this slow order process. I've been on hold for almost a month waiting.


      At this rate I might order the pieces parts and build my own. Weird. Maybe they are a small shop and they are overloaded on orders. I don't know. I just know I paid $325 three weeks ago and I see nothing so far.

    • My video game playing origin story

      10 months ago

      Moeparker Ghost

      When I was in kindergarten I would go to WalMart with my mom and dad. They'd drop me off at the electronics section. I'd stand in line and wait for my turn to play this new thing that all the rich kids in school were talking about. It was a new video game, Super Mario Bros, and it was on something that they called a Nintendo Entertainment System, or NES. It was nothing like the Atari my dad had. The colors were so vibrant, and the sound was rich. The controller had so many buttons! It was awesome.


      I'd wait in line with the other kids. When you died you had to give up the controller and let the next kid play.


      I remember standing there watching a teenager play it. He was good. I have a very vivid memory of asking him "Hey...hey when are you going to get to the place with all the fire?" and he said he was working on it, but he said it very tense. Like this was the hardest he'd ever concentrated in his life.


      SMB was the cause of my first cuss word. Mom and Dad saved up a lot of money and bought me an NES for christmas. It was a lot of money back then. I realize how much it cost them looking back, but they knew I loved it. I was playing, very intense. I was in headed for Bowser ( I had read the booklet, I knew what was at stake). The hammer brother right before Bowser killed me and I screamed "SON OF A BITCH!!". Mom and dad were in my bedroom, they were watching me cause it was the LAST LEVEL! It was a big deal. Mom and dad laughed and said "Son, don't cuss LOL".


      I'll be an old man someday, if I make it, and I'll always remember standing in line with the other kids. We blocked the isle outside the electronics section of the local WalMart waiting to play this "video game" thing. If I only knew then, how video games would impact and shape my life. :)


      When did you first catch the video game bug?

    • 10 months ago

      Moeparker Ghost
    • Back to your roots

      10 months ago

      Moeparker Ghost

      A long time ago I was a nobody here on RvB. Then I did one thing: I made a lightsaber and shared the step by step instructions of how I did it. That was my blip on the community radar.


      I'm doing that again. smiley0.gif


      Over the next couple of weeks I'll be working on making my own lightsaber. I might add sounds later on, but this first version might not have them. I don't know yet. I have a few spare RBBBs from those L4D pipebombs I made, and some little speakers, but that's complicated and I bet Version 1 will just be lights and epic looking.


      I've been at Lowes today picking out pieces and parts, ordering blades and high wattage LEDs off the internet, and I'm on the living room floor starting to fit parts together and figure out how to wire it up.


      Some of the parts are special made, I will 3D print them. With my fledgling 3D modeling skills growing stronger, this kick ass 3D printer working overtime, and my silicone/resin casting side I think I'll be able to make a lightsaber that's very cool, super bright, strong enough to wail on a tree and not break, and it all cost between $150-$200. smiley0.gif


      Stay tuned if you are interested in building your own lightsaber. OR if you like but don't want to build it I might take on demand orders. We'll see. No promises on anything, ever, except one...I promise to love you. smiley12.gif

  • About Me

    My name is Jason (aka MoeParker)

    Aoina and I have started a company creating video game props, armor, weapons, necklaces, charms, keychains, desk paper weights, etc. From cosplay to collecting, you can add anything to your Inventory. Get it? The items are better than my wordplay. ;-)

    Visit our website for video game replicas, handmade jewelry, 3D printed items and much more: Inventory Screen



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  • Comments (181)

    • HybridSquirrels FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Keeper of Nuts!

      4 days ago

      Sorry i sent you a friend request, you accepted and then like a doofus i clicked my mouse (maybe i have the palsy?) and unfriended you.


      Just sent another request.......

    • HybridSquirrels FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Keeper of Nuts!

      2 weeks ago

      Happy FU day!!

      Bask in its glory for as long as you can!! 

    • Myshu FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold chupariffic

      2 weeks ago

      Happy FU, man!

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        5 days ago

        damn, that's really cool! 


        I was FU once before, and on that day RoosterTeeth's servers crashed and died. The entire site lost 2 weeks worth of history, images, posts, etc. It was all wiped out. They had to back up the site from their one and only backup I think. 


        @burnie told a cool story about it on the podcast long ago, how that one backup was like the ONLY one they had, ever. And how that backup was spurred on cause someone else got their site hacked or it crashed, so Burnie was all "Yo Gus...we backing up every day, right dog?" and they found out they were NOT. So if Burnie hadn't checked on it, the entire site might've died the day I was FU. With no backups the site might've been gone, erased! 


        But cool, I was FU and nothing bad happened. I knew kicking that gypsy in the balls wouldn't haunt me forever. 

      • Myshu FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold chupariffic

        4 days ago

        Holy damn, man, that's quite a way to remember your FU.

        (Also props to Gus, the fuck-it-old-school site IT department)


        I guess they knocked on some wood the day they made you FU again, eh?

    • CiQuat FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Woop woop

      3 weeks ago

      I just picked up my first printer and having a blast! The Monoprice Select Mini was on a crazy low sale the other day and I couldn't help myself.


      Do you have a preferred brand of filament that works best for you? I picked up a roll of Robo 3D at Best Buy so I could quickly try out the printer, but I'm not loving it. I'm having a hard time nailing down the right temperature. I have a roll on its way from Monoprice, too, from their white label brand.

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        5 days ago

        OH, I need to log in here more often! LOL. 


        ok...OH printer! NICE!


        Ultimachine is where I get all of my filament. Fantastic stuff, prints awesome. 


        If you have questions I guess use twitter. I think I'm Preezerk on there. Or Moreparker, idk. I'm bad at social media. 

    • Preezerk

      1 year ago

      I'm back bitches

    • john FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Quarlton Tanks

      1 year ago

      Well hello to you too

    • Dopp FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold ROLL TIDE

      1 year ago

      Did you get that surround system in?

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        1 year ago

        Yes. Turns out this house I just bought has a lot of speaker wire ran in the walls. About 10 wire pairs are behind small panels behind the TV nook. Only 2 of them go to the back wall so I have no idea where the other 8 pairs go.


        I also now realize I've only had crappy speakers in the past. These have some heft to them. The receiver too. The RCA one I bought from Walmart is light as a feather. This Yamaha one is heavy. Someone put some actual metal in their equipment!

      • Dopp FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold ROLL TIDE

        1 year ago

        That's awesome.

        Are all the speakers wired?

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        1 year ago

        omg it is heaven. I spent Thursday night running wire around and hooking it all up. Gaming systems and media PC are good now.

        I love it. It's fast, responsive, clear. It is a godsend. Game of Thrones starts up this Sunday and I had to get something for GOT night. This is perfect! Good find. You have saved Westeros.

    • khurram_89 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Nerf herder

      1 year ago

      Not sure how you're not on my friends list yet.

      This changes now.

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        1 year ago

        Change is good. Buddha says so.

    • DrBlowitup FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      my mom says hi.

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        1 year ago

        Cool! Hi to ya both! smiley0.gif

    • CiQuat FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Woop woop

      1 year ago

      www.ted.com/talks/joe_desimone_what_if_3d...

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        1 year ago

        The second industrial revolution is coming man. It's coming!

    • SorvatS

      1 year ago

      The description of this book reminded me of someone sort of. www.amazon.com/dp/B00QXXFVWA/?tag=priceonomi...

      • SorvatS

        1 year ago

        3D printed food and or truck.

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        1 year ago

        New plan: I will open a food truck soon!

    • Aoina InvScreen

      1 year ago

      Psst have a great day and all that jazz!

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        1 year ago

        I will now! smiley0.gif

    • CiQuat FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Woop woop

      1 year ago

      Thought of you: makezine.com/2015/02/06/can-a-600-3d-print...

      • CiQuat FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Woop woop

        1 year ago

        This article here is just about enough to tempt me to break down and do it. There's been a number of times lately where I could have made good use of one.

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        1 year ago

        That's right! Save some money and just do more calibrations.

        Lady next to me here at work used to have access to a $60,000 3D printer. She had some parts from it one day. I compared them to mine and she said they were equal. That's a very good feeling to have a $1,000 printer have equal quality as a $60,000 printer.

    • trueblueoval FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 years ago

      Saw this thermal of a race and thought of you

      hBEBA9C39

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        2 years ago

        My Seek Thermal thing has a split screen option where it will record normal on the left and thermal on the right.

        It's a neat idea, but it records the normal in the camera's resolution and the thermal in the thermal resolution. Normal is HD, and Thermal is like 600x800. So they are not the same and it's strange.

        I hope they get that fixed someday cause that would be cool to see them side by side.

      • trueblueoval FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        yea its crazy seeing the tire rip apart like that, wish i could see the normal footage to compare

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        2 years ago

        That is very cool

    • Cheyza

      2 years ago

      I kinda/sorta pre-ordered the Master Chief Collection.
      I have a perfectly good wxcuse tho:
      It was in the morning after work/I had been drinking Kraken/the Moon was FULL/PMS!!!/etc,etc,etc/yadda.
      see. perfectly excuseable.....
      smiley1.gif

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        2 years ago

        You gota do what you gota do! smiley0.gif

    • thetoddg

      2 years ago

      Want to print me out a unique sign for my business?

      Post edited 9/14/14 3:57PM

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        2 years ago

        I'll take down this info and I'll see what I can do. No idea on time frame. I have 6 projects/prints before I can even get to this one. It's starting to get busy in this basement but you're on the list!

      • thetoddg

        2 years ago

        I'm not picky. If you want to use this as a guinea pig project, that's fine by me.

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        2 years ago

        That would be awesome.

        Well I can 3D print anything you need, but I am not well trained in 3D modeling. I can do a few things but I'm not up to par with those well versed in Maya or Blender or AutoCAD.

        I have a means to take line art, like a pen drawing or just text, and extrude it upwards to make a 3D model of the words. If I can get a 3D model of the AR-15 grip I can take those same letters, and do a negative boolean on it and have those letters cut out of the grip so the name is recessed. That's the high end of my 3D modeling skills so far until classes start up again.

      • thetoddg

        2 years ago

        What I would REALLY love would be an AR-15 grip with Fine Fit & Finish written 'old western' style on it from.
        I'll look around for a design, but I have no clue where to look. smiley1.gif

        *Post Edit

        something like this: grabcad.com/library/3d-scanned-magpul-moe...

        with the company came down the side.

        Post edited 9/15/14 4:37PM

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        2 years ago

        I will look around. If you find an example of a font you like I can extrude it up and make a 3d model from it.

      • thetoddg

        2 years ago

        I was thinking the words, "Fine Fit & Finish" spelled in a fancy way that you wouldn't get with a normal carving. Maybe more like desk ornament than a sign. I don't have any design made.

        My company is Fine Fit & Finish, LLC, a home based FFL.

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        2 years ago

        What do you have in mind? And do you have the 3d model of it already made?

    • Cheyza

      2 years ago

      Dayum! I don't think I've ever had a friend request answered so quick!
      smiley1.gif

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        2 years ago

        LOL. Good. Gooooooooood

    • conrad500

      2 years ago

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpbOEoRrHyU&list=...

      woo! Mainstream Net Neutrality discussion

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        2 years ago

        This is a great video!

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        2 years ago

        Interesting.

    • yelnocp FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold TNETENNBA

      2 years ago

      You sly reviewer, you. Someone on reddit found your google thing
      www.reddit.com/r/roosterteeth/comments/26kti...

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        2 years ago

        omg. LOL

      • john FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Quarlton Tanks

        2 years ago

        Looks like you beat me to it

    • Optimizer FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Still Here

      2 years ago

      So, still thinking about coming down for RTX, or is this not the year?

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        2 years ago

        My family always gets together for the 4th of July. I want to go to RTX but if it is always on the holiday weekend chances are I won't.

    • puckplayer

      2 years ago

      lego.gizmodo.com/replacing-parts-of-3d-printed...

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        2 years ago

        In the process you linked me to you don't actually print on legos, as cool as that would be. You 3D model an item, then the special software sticks a bunch of Lego studs (or nobs) all over it that other real legos will snap into once the item is printed and you've removed it from the printer. It would be like 3d printing a lower receiver with some lego nobs on the rear of the lower so you can build the stock out of legos and have the coolest rifle at the range.

        And thanks. I have to control myself making journals about the 3D printing process. I try to tone down the "oh WTF NOOOO" moments, there are so many. But at the same time you can't sugar coat it. I had no idea what I was getting into, few do. I thought it would be like a microwave, button...DING...done. It's more like...that machine Doc Brown built in BttF3, the big one that just made ice. It's like that, but it can burn you.

      • puckplayer

        2 years ago

        Haha, right? I didn't even think of that. I mean, not that I do any 3D printing, but I like reading your journals and seeing what projects you're working on. Anyway, it's pretty clever since I'm assuming the plastic you're printing with would just melt to the legos and create a plastic version of a weld, right? It could definitely cut down on time requirements to make bigger pieces.

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        2 years ago

        I want that to catch on everywhere.

        "And this fellow scientists is the Matter Discombobulator Raygun. As you can see we used many 1x6 lego pieces to save money."

        It's like 3D printing merged with Minecraft.

      • puckplayer

        2 years ago

        I read this and thought of you.

    • Camaran FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Catamaran

      2 years ago

      I'm thinking about my own 3D printer. Probably going to build it myself. Unless you can recommend a decent prebuilt one that can be easily be sent to Australia.

      What are things I should look out for?
      Any tips?

      • Camaran FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Catamaran

        2 years ago

        It's about $300 to ship to Australia. Which is good.

        (Sorry for the multiple comments, but editing comments is so broken)

      • Camaran FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Catamaran

        2 years ago

        Just looking into the MendleMax 2. It's been said that it's cheaper and easier to build.

        I am thinking of starting with this. Problem is that it doesn't say what size the plate is (200mm x 200mm is fine for me)

        Also have a friend from the same suburb as me who has his own 3D printer and has offered to build me the parts I need.

        EDIT: The Wiki says that it's 230 mm x 310 mm x 225 mm.

        EDIT 2: It's about $300 to ship to Australia. Which is good

        Post edited 4/30/14 8:30AM

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        2 years ago

        My gut reaction to the 3dstuffmaker printer you linked is No. Here's why:

        1. I mentioned the Bowden system. Splitting up the cold end and the hot end only makes sense for a few printers. Cartesian printers mostly have the cold and hot end combined, so that the motor that has the toothed gear is right above the metal hot end that is the nozzle, they both move and are joined. This means you feed the filament straight down into the nozzle. Only reason to split them up would be to A) go faster like a delta printer can or B), parts are too weak to move them (like a delta with long skinny arms). That alone makes my eyebrow raise looking at this one.

        2. The features do not sound good. Skype support, their own database of STL files ( just went there, they have maybe 100, where as Thingiverse has...a million?), heavy duty print plate sounds like "fast learner" on a resume. It doesn't say heated bed so there is none. I've looked at enough kits to feel a bit strange about this one's "features".

        3. The extras, Maintenance kit $100? What is that? PLA spool holder is $50, so without that you don't have a friction free way to feed the printer. The spool would be on the ground. I did that, it tangled and ruined. Surface Protective Tape $15..what kind of tape? Is it just the blue painter's tape that everyone uses to print with PLA? Is it the more expensive Kapton amber colored tape? Doubt it, that stuff is too much money for me to buy and use regularly.

        4. Essential Kit is $160. Essential, like what..."this printer will suck balls unless you spend an extra $160". That's a good sign that they are like the microtransactions version of 3d printers. Get you in with a low cost job and OOPS, it broke....better get the kit.

        5. Skype support sounds neat but if I had to use Skype support to fix my printer I'd go insane. Email is fine, because if it's broken or needs a fix it's hours to do that. Get advice, go off for hours to fix, email back. That's what I did and it was fine. Not sure why you'd want a skype call other than for instant chat, and that makes me ...it makes me feel like it's a gimmick. Reviews say it's awesome customer support but some of them feel canned.

        6. The 0.7mm nozzle. That is HUGE! I use a 0.4 and a 0.35mm nozzle. That gives you fine detail. In their write up they say "Wall Thickness Range: 730-980 Microns". In otherwords 0.73mm to 0.98mm. When you print items, when you get to the top each line will be that thick. It'll look like a contour map on top, or a stair step pyramid. You want a fine nozzle. 0.4 or 0.5 is the norm. 0.35 is good too. In fact 0.35-0.5 is a nice sweet spot. Only reason you'd want a nozzle hole as wide as 0.7 is for two reasons ...A) you want to print Tglass nylon and you want your lines to be as circle shaped as you can make them so your print is as see through as you can get....B) you are printing stuff for industry and want big fat thick super strong parts you can put in machines that can take industrial abuse.


        I'm not trying to say this company or their product is bad, but from looking at this I would not invest my money into this printer. I feel like you'd be trying to turn a wooden box into an F1 car. I'd save up more and spend it on something else. You should be able to build a great 3D printer for $500-$700 that will actually last and give you great prints time and time again.

        Look on the RepRap wiki, I think I linked it in the previous comment I posted. RepRap is the term for these built at home 3D printers. You can get a complete parts list from the wiki, links to the support forums where people talk about tips, tricks, troubleshooting, advice.

        If you find a RepRap design you like you can either find the 3D printed parts on ebay or if you have a nearby Hackerspace/Makerspace/Creatorspace you can use that. If you've never heard of them they are buildings(often member founded by fellow tech folks) that have tools for you to use for a fee. Most have 3D printers and you can take a CD with the STL files you want to print and use their 3D printers to make your parts.


        hackerspaces.org/wiki/Australia

        map version
        hackerspaces.org/wiki/List_of_Hacker_Spaces


        That way you could get all the metal parts and motors, then use their 3D printer to print the special parts, then build your own 3D printer. Very James Bond like.

        Good luck! Ask more questions if you have any. smiley0.gif

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        2 years ago

        I will look at it in detail later today.

        www.makergeeks.com/prpak.html

        That is also a neat site. They sell the printed parts of things like the Prusha, then you go to the Wiki site and get a parts list, go to the local hardware store and get the "vitamins" (term for parts you can't print like metal parts and motors).

        The link you posted shows a tube, and that means it's a Bowden tube, not a direct drive where the extruder motor is mounted on the moving hot end. I didn't think Prusha printers used a bowden system. Delta printers so but most cartesian printers don't.

        reprap.org/wiki/Build_A_RepRap

      • Camaran FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Catamaran

        2 years ago

        Looking at this

        It's cheap, comes to Australia, semi built. 200x200x200mm is a good start.

        Opinion?

      • Camaran FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Catamaran

        2 years ago

        You sir, are a legend.

        Thank you smiley13.gif

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        2 years ago

        The thing that helped me was the forums on the printer's sites. I looked at the different printers, then I looked at their forums. I was going to get a prebuilt Makerbot until I looked at their forums. Too many angry customers wanting to know where the customer service was.

        That is the first step. That's why I went with the Rostock Max. The forums are full of older machinists that modify stuff. They know a lot and love to help out folks that have problems. They've helped me out a few times.


        @Jcach is in Australia and does 3D printing. He might have some good tips on shipping to Australia. His images have some info as well.



        He has a SolidDooddle.


        I have the Rostock MAX. I know mine inside and out so I can answer any questions about it.

        Looking at the forums is where I'd start.

        Read up and see if you have to upgrade any parts out of the box. For the MAX I would recommend upgrading the hot end to a Jhead or an E3D. When I did that my print quality went up a LOT. Lot of wiring, soldering, wire binding. The MAX is great for printing with PLA. It has a very open design with the metal rails that go up. I just started printing with ABS and today I have to build an enclosure to keep air drafts out of the printing area, it's cracking my ABS prints by letting them cool down too fast.

        PLA shouldn't need a heated build plate. Blue painter's tape wiped with normal rubbing alcohol is enough to make the PLA stick great. ABS needs a heated build plate.

        I would go with the kit and build it myself tbh. You get to know all the parts. That way when, no if, but WHEN it breaks down you can fix it and not have to wait for someone else to help you.


        Go here www.3ders.org/

        At the top left they have a Compare all 3D printers button. That is a great way to sort through the hundreds of printers and get a look at them and compare them. Once there you can sort them by all sorts of variables. USA, Australia, Kit, Assembled, price, etc. It's a good place for research.

    • conrad500

      2 years ago

      please print me one of these
      tumblr_n4bgkriI651qzakaeo1_400.gif

    • CiQuat FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Woop woop

      2 years ago

      http://techcrunch.com/2014/03/14/if-you-look-at-one-picture-of-3d-printed-chicken-today-make-it-this-one/

      Think FR3D would wanna make dinner? :)

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        2 years ago

        Man, I'm going to have to 3d print a white chef's hat, stick on FR3D.

        That is a very good print. Those technologies are very details, but the flip side is their lack of strength.

        Pretty soon now we're going to have the detail of the powder printers and the raw strength of the hard plastic melting printers. Heaven help us all when that day comes!

    • conrad500

      2 years ago

      I wonder if anyone's ripped the models for the Smash Bros. trophies... I'd pay for some of those printed! (just a random thought I had today xD )

      • conrad500

        2 years ago

        and now I want the talismans from Jackie Chan Adventures...

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        2 years ago

        I found a website that offers tutorials on how to use Zbrush to make 3D models. Last night I learned how to make my own supports, like a tree branch under the chin of a goblin. That way you don't need the software to try and figure out where supports go. It tends to put them everywhere, then you gota chip and file that shit off.

        I'll look into those trophies. If not I might make a few later on for fun to test.

    • BeardedTortuga

      2 years ago

      I'm sure you may have seen this but holy crap the things you could create with this. 3D printing metal. I'm guessing the metal is not very strong though. www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yJU3rqgd9o&featu...

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        2 years ago

        Hadn't seen this video of it yet. Very nice.

    • conrad500

      2 years ago

      server reset. lets group up this weekend!

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        2 years ago

        I hate that, when one person is just doing very well and people start screaming hacker.

      • conrad500

        2 years ago

        nah, everyone was just mad and he wasn't hacking, just using /home and spawn camping lol

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        2 years ago

        no kidding? Like he can't die? or he's super fast?

      • conrad500

        2 years ago

        hacker on right now

      • conrad500

        2 years ago

        xD I will totally help. I need a refuge for when I kill everyone

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        2 years ago

        Nice. Aoina will be over to my house to work on the printer so might get her on there too. Need some armor and lots of redstone, I have engineering plans for traps.

    • conrad500

      2 years ago

      So I finally got my new job, and now they want me to ship things they're printing. The pieces have long narrow pieces just sticking out... Y U PRINT LIKE THAT IF I'M MAILING IT! D:

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        2 years ago

        That will need some damn good packing. Esh.

    • john FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Quarlton Tanks

      2 years ago

      mobile.theverge.com/2014/1/29/5357186/new-3d-prin...

    • Larith

      2 years ago

      Moe because it's the holiday season and I'm feeling generous, I decided that I'd go ahead and let you give me Yoda this year for Xmas.

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        2 years ago

        I set him on the front porch, come get him!

        Your generosity will be remembered long after the elves have grown old.

    • conrad500

      2 years ago

      new 3d printer you might want to look at in action

      www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded...

      cutting edge

    • BuckeyeDon FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpottist

      2 years ago

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xPYMDXGyBM

    • Jcach

      2 years ago

      Hey, recon you could beat these guys? www.facebook.com/3dprintermalaysia/posts/47694...

      • Jcach

        2 years ago

        I blame the site for this. I edited my post, but it didn't update.

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        2 years ago

        Hmmmm, meat. I will meat them, I will throw steaks at them, hamburgers, even hot dogs. We will meat on a battle field and I shall tenderize them until I am the A1 champion! (I'm hungry and I saw "meat" and ran with it, but yes it would be very cool)

      • Jcach

        2 years ago

        It would be amusing to beat them.

        Post edited 12/14/13 1:36AM

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        2 years ago

        It looks like they printed it out in many pieces and glued them all together.

        I believe I could print it out in only 2 pieces (halves) , at 1.234 meters high.

    • BaghdadBean FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 years ago

      www.upworthy.com/a-boy-was-born-without-a-hand...

      • BaghdadBean FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        I instantly thought of you, and thought that maybe you could help them improve the design. This sort of thing has great potential for cosplaying as well, as I'm sure you already noted.

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        2 years ago

        ..I'll type this again...it went away.

        I have to get those files and print this out. It is amazing!

    • conrad500

      3 years ago

      www.engadget.com/2013/11/08/3d-systems-sense/ A nice step in scanning tech!

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        2 years ago

        Oh shit, I like that!!!!!! smiley0.gifsmiley0.gifsmiley0.gif

    • VinnieA FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 years ago

      Those 3D prints are really cool, it is so interesting to me!

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        3 years ago

        Thanks. The payoff is worth the pain.

    • BuckeyeDon FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Crackpottist

      3 years ago

      I'm thinking that you can meld this printing technology with your printing technology to make some cool self-lighting works of art. Perhaps not in a single print (at least not in the near future), but...

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        3 years ago

        I need to get a grant from the Department of Energy!

    • SorvatS

      3 years ago

      www.engadget.com/2013/11/13/smithsonian-x-3d-c...

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        3 years ago

        Ah yeah!!!!

        Dinos coming to my house!

    • billsonfire

      3 years ago

      You sir are my hero, to bad laser technology sucks so much in this universe.

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        3 years ago

        Alas no. That tech needs a lot of juice, and recharging your laser pistol off a small solar panel would take many days. Zombies won't wait that long. smiley2.gif

      • billsonfire

        3 years ago

        That's fucking amazing, but with the zombie apocalypse approaching do you have enough time?

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        3 years ago

        We need better power sources. Higher density battery packs that last longer would solve all these pesky energy weapons problems.

        I worked for the Military helping to develop Kinetic and Energy Weapons. Batteries drainage is an obstacle.

        Someday we'll all have our Laser Pistol out in the desert shooting mutated scorpions. Someday.....

    • conrad500

      3 years ago

      (posts more 3d printing junk on here www.kickstarter.com/projects/1351910088/3doodler-... )

    • conrad500

      3 years ago

      So I'm getting a new position running an architecture site. They have those industrial 3d printers that are tall as a man and cost $3000 a month to lease... I can't remember the freaking brand though. I am excite

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        3 years ago

        That is awesome. I dream of having one of those, or even just watching it print something. very cool!

    • CiQuat FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Woop woop

      3 years ago

      Figured you'd get a kick out of this: www.ksdk.com/rss/article/402707/3/Missouri... If only this had been around a decade ago!

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        3 years ago

        I've been seeing a lot of question threads pop up in 3D printing forums. "I need to get a 3d printer for my university/school/business, which one should I get?"

        lucky students smiley4.gif

    • Dopp FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold ROLL TIDE

      3 years ago

      Thought you might like this:

      vimeo.com/74350367

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        3 years ago

        That is very cool. very

    • conrad500

      3 years ago

      This could help with finding 3d models! hackaday.com/2013/09/12/3-sweep-turning-2d...

    • foofoocuddly

      3 years ago

      I has question could you 3d print and paint a Geth pulse rifle? if so how much would such a thing cost?

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        3 years ago

        Step one would be to find a 3D model of the rifle. I just checked and Thingiverse doesn't have one.

        Once I have the model then I could figure out how long and how much material it would take. A full sized rifle like that would be well over $200-300. It would probably take many days to print, over 40 hours of non-stop printing.

    • john FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Quarlton Tanks

      3 years ago

      www.kickstarter.com/projects/aiorobotics/zeus-the...

      if only I had $2k lying around

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        3 years ago

        NICE!

        This tech is advancing rapidly.

    • yelnocp FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold TNETENNBA

      3 years ago

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      Printed as a single piece.

    • SorvatS

      3 years ago

      www.flickr.com/groups/3d-print-failures/

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        3 years ago

        Now that's a cool group. smiley0.gif

    • CiQuat FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Woop woop

      3 years ago

      Can you work from SketchUp files? If so, I may have a custom order for you soon. :)

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        3 years ago

        Cool. I have some green PLA left, and I haven't touched the orange or gold.

      • CiQuat FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Woop woop

        3 years ago

        I'll reach out to you through FB with details. :)

      • CiQuat FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Woop woop

        3 years ago

        Wooo! sketchupdate.blogspot.com/2013/01/stls-for-3d-printing-...

      • Moeparker FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Ghost

        3 years ago

        I think I can convert those to stl files.

    • CiQuat FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Woop woop

      3 years ago

      I submit the following for your perusal and entertainment: patent-able.tumblr.com (via: gizmodo.com/one-man-is-resurrecting-forgo... )

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