Sunday, 19 September 2021

My new favourite 3D printer bed leveling method

Should I heat the extruder when bed leveling, or leave it cold?


If hot, how do I deal with oozing filament?

This is my new method which addresses these issues.

Saturday, 21 August 2021

3D Printing: humidity & keeping your PLA filament dry

It is generally agreed that you should try to keep your reels of PLA filament dry.


But I'm not sure that all suggested methods on the net make complete sense!

So here are my mad ramblings on storage and relative humidity.

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

3D Printing: filament grinding & nozzle blockage

My printer stopped printing part way through a print!


I'd never experienced this before...

...and I'm still not sure what the reason was for this problem.

Friday, 16 July 2021

My 'Cardboard Box' Moth Trap

I was wondering whether the clear plastic/glass panels in a typical Skinner trap were really necessary.


This led to a few experiments, and then to the construction of a simple cardboard moth trap...

...which is probably the cheapest DIY moth trap design imaginable!

Wednesday, 7 July 2021

Monday, 28 June 2021

FreeCAD: Pads & Pockets

I'm slowly getting to grips with FreeCAD...


...but its certainly been challenging.

In this post I describe how to make a simple structure including holes & cutouts.

Sunday, 20 June 2021

Starting FreeCAD: making name plates

Drawing my own objects in 3D is the next logical step on my 3D Printing adventure.

However, 3D CAD software can be tricky to get your head around.

But this is how I designed a few 3D name plates.

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Multicolour printing on Creality CR-10-V3 with Cura

This is a detailed guide on colour printing with a single extruder.


Multicolour printing can really lift some prints, especially where appearance is more important than functionality.

The Cura slicer provides good support for this process.

Monday, 31 May 2021

Moth Trap: mark II

Now that it has finally stopped raining, its time to get the moth trap out.


But wait, I've had a idea for a better design.

So here is my mark II.