More 528i Wagen Fun!

About two weeks ago I had a ball joint fail in the rear suspension of Der Wagen. I had to have it towed to my local shop for repair.

I was driving through the parking lot at work looking for a space when all of a sudden there was a “bang” from the rear of the car followed by a grinding noise and an immediate slowing down.


Putting it on the big hook.

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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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