3D Printer “Art”?

I was running a print job last night and it seemed to be going fine so I wasn’t paying much attention to it.

Apparently the tall thin part fell over after it was about 80% done. The printer just blissfully kept printing along in the air, extruding filament all over the place.

What fun.

In other news I just ordered  an E3D-V6 hot end to replace the one that came with the printer. The E3D-V6 is supposed to be the shizz-nit in hot ends. Hopefully it will improve the quality of my prints and allow me to reduce the print time.

I’m sure I’ll have to print a new mount or something too.

We’ll see.

 

Shapeoko 3 Assembly – Part 1

I got to work on my Shapeoko 3 for about 2-1/2 hours this evening and I got the plates mostly assembled. I had one bolt and nut that would not go together at all, so I’ll stop at the hardware store on the way home from work tomorrow and replace them.

Since I can’t leave well enough alone, I’ve already made some changes during the assembly. Change number one was using nylon locking nuts everywhere I could. I have an assortment of 5mm fasteners from my Shapeoko 1 rebuild, so I used some of those.

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Shapeoko 3 Has Arrived

I worked from home this afternoon so that I could be here to take delivery of my Shapeoko 3. It arrived about 1:00.

I immediately opened the box and took some pictures. I guess this is the “unboxing” post.

The very nice looking box.

The very nice looking box.

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Serious Server Upgrades On The Way

I’ve had a server in my basement on the internet since about 1998. Back then I was running a website and email server on a Pentium 133 over a 1024/768 kbs aDSL line.

I’ve been running on scrounged and cast-off hardware ever since. Generally it’s worked out pretty well with no major problems.

But the current set of hardware I’m running on is getting a little long in the tooth. I’m running a lot of stuff on one box now. It’s keeping up pretty well most of the time, but the Plex media server pushes it over the edge. The box just doesn’t have enough CPU to do the transcoding.

So today I got a pretty nice bonus at work and I spent some money on some hardware. This is the first piece of server hardware I’ve ever bought.

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Sidecar Adventures: Some Hack Hackery

On Thursday I drove the sidecar to work. After work I drove it to a friend’s house where we had a BBQ and played some games.

About 9:30 in the evening I went out to the sidecar to drive home. I turned the key and it said “Rrrr click. Click.” No start. Dead battery. WTF?

Luckily one of the people there had some jumper cables and after we figured out that the battery was under the seat, and then figured out how to get the seat off, we successfully started the hack and I rode it home.

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528i Angel Eyes Achieved!

Yesterday afternoon I decided to buckle down and make the angel eyes work. I redid all the wiring, making it cleaner.

The internet told me that there would be a red wire with a white stripe in the fuse box under the passenger side cabin air filter under the hood, and sure enough there was.

The internet also told me that this wire would have power as soon as the key was inserted and the power would stay on for a few seconds after the doors were locked. This part was not quite true.

I used my multi-meter to determine that the wire was powered when the ignition was turned on and the power stayed on for about 5 seconds after the car was turned off. Close enough for me!

I used an IDC tap (as much as I hate those things) to add a fuse to the red/white wire and ran the appropriate wires to the lights. Bingo-bango. The angel eyes come on when you start the car and turn off a few seconds after you turn off the ignition.

Here is a crappy cell phone photo showing the eyes.

On to the next project.