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Building Printers

Over the past 3 months I have been building a number of larger 3D printers and I would like to share what I learned with you! The first thing is you set your sights at a reasonable target. This was a fairly simple for me, I wanted to make a 12’x12’x12′ printer to print computer

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3D Printer Garage Style – Day 2 Notes

Building a 3D printer is certainly a test of patience and will. When building a non-standard 3D printer it becomes easily apparent what kind of undertaking it may become.   The gantry that was originally built was constructed of wood using draw slides as bearings. Threaded 1/4 – 20 rod is being used as the drive mechanism.

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3D Printer Progress — Garage Style

I won’t go through the instructions on how to build a 3D printer. They can be found pretty much everywhere online. What I will do is show the progress that has been made so far with my garage printer. The first thing is this is a Wolf / Gantry style 3D printer.   I made

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Open Hack Space — New Used Equipment

Had the privilege today of acquiring a new used tool. I was able to pick up a EMCO Compact 5 Mini-Lathe and Mill. Here is what I got off of Craigslist today for $140.   You can clearly see that it is a little beat up however nothing I can’t fix. The important part to

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Lathe Cross Slide Repair

Here is a short video of a Cross Slide Repair. Fecke – KJ4ZRZ

Lathe Cross Slide Inspection

Here is short video of what to check on a lathe cross slide and way. Fecke – KJ4ZRZ  

Advanced Micrometer Reading

On the higher quality micrometers (mics) they will often be able to measure to .0001 of an Inch. Where as a regular mic can only read to .001 of an inch. Reading this style of mic takes a certain amount of finesse and experience. In this photo below you will that on the internal barrel there is

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Reading a Micrometer

Reading a micrometer is considered a basic skill for any machinist and should be considered so for any fabricator. In the following pictures I will explain how to read a regular .001 graduated micrometer (mic). This will be same process for any .001 graduated mic, whether it is a depth mic or C-mic. The first thing

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A young blacksmith indeed.

  I was a little over ten years old when I started blacksmithing with my father. Over the years I eventually became a machinist. Early on my father had a talent for making knives. They were quite popular in the southern Wisconsin area in the late 80’s and early 90’s.     Below are some

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This weeks focus — Measuring Accurately!

There are a just as many ways to measure things as there are things to measure. The focus this week will be placed on measuring things accurately. This will include a brief overview of machinist gauging and basic usage of that gauging. The intent is to have a solid starting point for everyone. I will

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