Software - slicing and printing
fabmetheus - Skeinforge - site Skeinforge is a popular piece of software for slicing a STL object into GCode, which in turn tells the the 3D Printer what steps to take to re-create your 3D object.
The official Solidoodle website provides a pre-configured Skeinforge package, which will allow you to slice models using proper Solidoodle settings right out of the box.
pronterface - site Pronterface is a software package that sends GCode and controls your 3D printer.
It is included in the Official Solidoodle software package.
The over-all look is like this (a Bowden-modified Printerbot Jr):
Filastruder hot end
E3D v6 Hotend
$80 - All-metal E3D (v6) Hotend - 12 Volt / 1.75mm Universal w/Bowden Extras
With no PEEK or PTFE in hot regions of our HotEnd you can reach 300C with the supplied thermistor. By swapping a thermistor for a thermocouple (may require additional electronics) you can reach over 400C.
This not only allows you to print extremely high temperature materials like Polycarbonate and Nylons but also eliminates HotEnd meltdown failures associated with PEEK/PTFE designs. Although the latest v6 hotend has a PTFE liner inside the hotend this liner is never subjected to high temperatures so there is no risk of damaging the liner through overheating.
The new HeaterBlock gives the fastest heat up times and the most responsive temperature control by clamping around the cartridge for maximum thermal contact. The new thermistor placement means you get the most accurate temperature readings with the fastest response. What this means for you the user is that you can go from 20C to 200C in just 65 seconds, temperature control is responsive enough that you can keep the hotend within 0.5C of your set temperature or less with ease.
I do love my E3D, no more heat creep ruining my prints and with the shorter overall assembly I went from 100mm to 125mm in the Z axis. It was pricey but I am definitely happy and would recommend it. The only issue I have had with it is clogging (with PLA), I followed this method and I haven’t had any more issues. I have had successful 20+ hour prints.
By burning vegetable oil on the metal, you’ll be creating a slippery, very thin, heat resistant polymer coating that makes it very much easier to remove the filament in the future.
soliforum - SD4 extruder upgrade: E3D V6
- EXTRUDER TEMP: 210-225 ° C
- Bed TEMP: 20-55 ° C
- BED ADHESION: Blue Painters Tape
TPE filament is a flexible 3D printing material that feels and acts much like flexible rubber. TPE filament can be used to make parts that can bend or must flex to fit their environment - stoppers, belts, springs, phone cases and more. This extremely flexible 3D printer material will allow you to create 3D prints that will have the properties of a soft rubber, making it even more flexible and elastic than our Soft PLA filament. TPE 3D printing filament is available in 1.75mm and 3mm.
$22 / 1kg - HATCHBOX 1.75mm Blue ABS 3D Printer Filament - 1kg Spool (2.2 lbs) - Dimensional Accuracy +/- 0.05mm
eSUN ABS Filament 1.75mm Red 1kg Spool for Makerbot, Reprap, UP, Afinia, Flash Forge and all FDM 3D Printers, Red