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Old 05-11-20, 08:38 AM
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Old 03-02-21, 10:38 PM
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Ok it has been a while. Have some news on the 3D printer front.

Splurged on some upgrades for my Ender 3 Pro that will allow me to work on some larger projects, an Endzilla 400XL upgrade kit from Manchester 3D printing.



This thing is HUGE. I won't make only progress with this until later this week, but piecing this together should be fun.



A sneak peek into the package.



The long and short is that this kit has everything that I will need to have a 400x400mm ender 3. I hope to make some other changes soon, such as quieter fans and other small upgrades.

This upgrade will change the way that my dual-z setup works, so I have also needed to purchase an extra stepper motor for that. I will also need to upgrade the firmware on my Ender 3's motherboard to support a larger build area.

After this update, by Z height will still be 250mm, but this will be large enough for me.

My fiance and I are currently looking for a house to by, and you can bet that I want a space where I can run this thing overnight without disturbing anyone. That will allow me to create larger projects and take more time to print.
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Old 17-04-21, 08:05 PM
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Ok, this update post was a long time coming. Life has been busy as I have been looking for a house since the start of this year and I have been planning a wedding. That all cuts deeply into free time.

Anyways, I got the Manchester3D 400x400 build area upgrade for my Ender 3 Pro installed. The whole printer is now MASSIVE!

https://www.manchester3d.co.uk/



I have a few other upgrades in the pipeline to improve my prints and make some future projects possible.

Right now, by second lead screw is connected to the frame of my printer in a ghetto manner, but I have printed some add-ons that will allow me to attach things properly soon.




I also hope to move my printer electronics to an external box soon, which will remove a source of vibrations from the printer's main frame.

I rushed this print using a 0.8mm nozzle and some poor slicing, but it looks good enough. I may print a new electronics box in the future to integrate the PSU, motherboard, etc (and maybe a Raspberry Pi?) into a single external box.



Using some TPU (flexible filament) I made some rubber feet for the printer that reduced noise levels by better isolating the printer from the table it is on.

I may upgrade to a direct drive setup in the future to get better results with TPU, as my current bowden setup hates TPU. Lots of failed prints, but lots of lessons learned. The feet work, so that is the main thing.



For me, I want my printer to be quieter, and that requires some changes to the Ender 3's fans. The Ender 3 is in my office, so a quieter printer helps to deliver a quieter work environment.

The next step on my journey is to replace my Ender 3's fans, and that will require some 24V to 12V voltage reducers and some Noctua fans.

Yes, these fans will push less air than my original Noctuas, but my custom fan mounts should better direct the airflow of these fans and mitigate that downside. I don't print using overly high temperatures anyway, so heat creep and lessened airflow won't be major concerns for me.

I will be using a 10mm thick fan for electronics cooling and a 20mm thick fan for the hotend. This thicker fan will also help to prevent cooling issues from being a concern for me.

While Noctua fans are popular for 3D printers, Noctua's silence comes with reduced airflow and that can cause issues if you are using a stock Creality hot-end and plan on printing high-temperature filaments over long periods of time.



Silencing the printer will allow me to make more use out of it in the future and allow me to do some overnight or multi-day prints once I have the machine re-calibrated. Before now, doing this has been impossible and I don't want to hear this thing while I try to sleep.
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Old 24-06-21, 10:12 AM
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No Walls were harmed in the making of this project

Made myself a convenient base station mount for my Valve Base station 2.0





Original plan was to make it as long as the base but that was 16hours of unnecessary printing on a 0.2mm nozzle. Instead, I reduced the gap on the cut out so it was a tighter clamp around the base mount and kept it short.

Quite nice to have like this, without the need to drill into my walls as I can always move things later.

Easy to remix too and adjust the hole diameter for any curtain rail


edit* this photo above made me realise how badly I painted my wall last month
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Old 24-06-21, 11:16 AM
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Nice work.

I moved house a little less than a month ago and still need to set up my printer. I have had far too much going on.

Getting married tomorrow!
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Nice work.

I moved house a little less than a month ago and still need to set up my printer. I have had far too much going on.

Getting married tomorrow!
You posted this yesterday so by my calculations you're married now, congrats!!
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Congratulations Mark. To you and yours, a happy healthy future.
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Old 18-07-21, 09:39 PM
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I'm glad Mark is happily married. If I were married, my spouse would be most decidedly UNhappy with the current state of my kitchen / living room. Since I have no lights in the basement thanks to previous owners DIY electrical job, I'm waiting on an electrician before my basement becomes viable for actual work.

I had a flood in my basement last year that put my 3d printing hobby on hold. Recently I got the itch again, and my only printer (Ender 5 Plus) had a dead LCD. Thankfully I had ordered an LCD upgrade kit from TH3D last year, so I resurrected the big beast with TH3D's custom Marlin firmware. Had to get the thing and a PC very close together due to a tiny USB cable. My back hurts!!

Hey Honey, how do you like the new kitchen table / living room setup? Honey? *door slams in background, tires squeal*



For the first time in 1.5 years, it lives!



So I think I accidentally started Skynet too, it's kinda creepy. Since my big printer was down, I bought a smaller printer to print parts for the big one, since big boy is getting Frankensteined in a serious way (new board / hot end / extruder / etc). Enter my second printer ever, the Ender 3 V2. Now they can upgrade themselves, and I have doomed humanity. The parallels are creepy, my name is Bart Connors. They changed it to John Connor in the movies because Bart's are too easy to find.



Not gonna mod that one until Big Boi is back up with all the upgrades. Doing some testing in the meantime with the free filament that came with the printer. Ain't even sketchy bro:
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Told myself I wasn't going to mod this new Ender 3 V2. That delusion lasted about as long as I do in the bedroom. First round of mods:


1) improved bed springs
2) JyersUI firmware (MUST HAVE for E3V2 owners!!!!)
3) Capricorn tube


After being 'out of the game' for about 18 months, it's nice to see Creality has made some strides. Much better LCD on this E3V2, but still hampered by the same old locked down firmware issues, even on the newer 32 bit board with 2208 drivers. So after watching Bryan Vines video about JyersUI, I decided to give that a shot. One word: WOW. It's Marlin specifically developed for THIS printer, so it's a very focused firmware that adds a lot of new Marlin features (eg manual bed mesh creation / storage, etc).


Compared to my Ender 5 Plus's crappy touch screen, this is gorgeous:



Loaded up some better filament, much less janky:




Getting her dialed in:



Capricorn tube installed, and I *was* going to change the tube fittings too, but my printer came with beefed up ones, WAY beefier than the dreck that came with my Ender 5 Plus:



And now to print some actual stuff, starting with an offset mount for the Big Tree SKR 1.4 Turbo board that's about to go into my Ender 5 Plus:



My local nerd shop recently put up a display with small tools for working on cell phones. Even though that isn't my thing, this little pry bar set caught my eye, and for $9CDN, ya can't go wrong. They've come in handy already, when I had to pop the plastic casing off the back of my LCD screen to access the SD card slot:



Cheers folks!
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Old 22-07-21, 03:05 PM
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Nice upgrades Bartacus.

I still need to set up my printer (Upgraded Ender 3 Pro) again after the move. I also have a few upgrades on the cards. I will be a larger update when it is all done, but here is the plan.

1. Micro Swiss Direct Drive Extruder and Hot-end
2. New Stepper Motors (Quieter Motors) (I bought one for a dual-Z upgrade and they are much quieter than the Creality stock stepper motors)
3. New fans (Noctua) (I don't plan on printing anything too hot, but the upgraded hot-end should counter any downsides from the quieter fans)

The goal is to make the 3d printer quieter so I can do longer prints without the noise being too annoying. Should also be good fun to tinker with the printer.
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