L.A. MakerBot Meeting Recap June 20
CRASH Space hosted the monthly L.A. MakerBot meeting on Sunday and had a great turnout, including three new visitors.
Brandon brought his Batch XIII bot which included some interesting modifications, including a Lenovo mini computer which he had mounted on the side to control the bot. He is also developing a modular tray to fit in the power supply area of the MakerBot which includes a smaller power supply, all the electronics, and a LCD status display.
Brandon recommended putting ReplicatorG 0017 on the CRASH Bot, and boy was he right – it’s a great update and greatly simplifies the build process.
A first-timer named John was curious about printing RepRap (Darwin) parts, so I downloaded the set off Thingiverse and printed one as a demo of what was involved. It was bigger than previous parts that have been printed, so it was a good test for the MakerBot as well. It took a couple hours to work out the quirks of the new RepG, but the resulting print was pretty awesome:
The sides are very straight, and the top and bottom are nicely filled.
I’m going to try one of the bigger cube-like pieces next, but I think the bot is working pretty well now. I still need to put together an operation checklist on the wiki because there are still a few quirks to deal with (mostly with the software). And Chris and I are going to try and swap out the control computer because the crashes are getting more frequent. (Though strapping a computer to the side now seems like a really good idea.)
We will be having a class on basic MakerBot operation in the near future, as well as classes in 3D modeling for MakerBot printing.
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Theron has now gotten a basic Makerbot Operation page up on the wiki:
I’m still working on it, but that was my initial brain dump. I’ll be cleaning it up, verifying the information, adding pictures, and generally spiffing it up over the next litle bit.