Category Archives: possibly useful

Solder first, Trim Headers Later

I had a bunch of Adafruit Metro Minis to solder up for a workshop I’m teaching, and –as usual — almost all the header strips were longer than they needed to be. I guess it’s much quicker to pack a … Continue reading

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Lubricate your fans

(tl;dr: if you have a fan that cools your hot end or heat break, lubricate it. It may solve some problems.) It’s a good thing I splurged on the dual extruder for my printrbot way back when. Not that I … Continue reading

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Everything is parallel

Or at least multithreaded. I was prototyping some vaguely image-related ideas in Processing, and decided that I wanted to pick which image file I was going to mess with on the fly rather than hard-coding the filename and path into … Continue reading

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I like Octoprint

So I was sitting upstairs where it’s warm, instead of down in the cold basement, and suddenly I had the idea to print something I’ve been noodling on for a while. Click. Click. Click. Move the Octoprint browser window so … Continue reading

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more heated chamber

I think this is a pretty good indicator. Both prints using the same spool of ABS (which my friend Tyler at filabot dropped off for playing with because of the nonuniform color). Right without a chamber, left with chamber. The … Continue reading

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printrbot metal plus heated chamber

I think I could make this one a little better, but only at the cost of making it much harder to watch prints in progress. It’s got an outer frame of bent 3x12mm aluminum strip that clamps itself to the … Continue reading

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Sometimes it’s just nice to have the right tool

It’s holiday-cookie time, and the new beater we got for our 15-year-old stand mixer didn’t fit. It went partway on the shaft and then jammed. Grr. So this morning I went down to the basement and over to the old … Continue reading

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