Well it came about 2hrs ago and not the best start to things.
The first thing I’ve found is the wires to head the extruder were detached; possibly from shipping. They’re single strand wires inside of flexible tubing…they were almost completely out of the tubing when it arrived.
Heated bed only rose 2degress C in an hour. Like I said, not the best start.
I’ve decoupled the extruder’s heat connector and I’m attempting to manually repair it. After that we’ll see what happens with things.
I manually reconnected the pins (not quite to my satisfaction but I’ll go back and do more repairs; the single wire is pretty short and getting pull out a bit) and immediately both the extruder and the bed are responding in a way I would expect them to.
However; I wouldn’t expect 1 connection on the head to affect the heated print bed. But what do I know.
So far I have to say things are about as I expected. I’ve known several people who’ve had 3D printers and complained constantly about getting them setup. Though by comparison my time is much smoother.
Here’s what I’m finding so far:
Initial setup required a bit of hardware knowledge to locate and fix a connector issue that occurred during packing/shipping
Most of the docs available are for version 2…I have version 3.
Finding a decent 3D editor that will export to STL is a pain. Sketchup is OK but once you try and line up mounting holes it becomes a right pain in the ass. I’ve a free (very old) tool I love because it gives me vertex by vertex control … but it exports to DXF which doesn’t import well to Sketchup.
If you encounter a printing error be prepared to spend about 30min cleaning up the head, repositioning, etc or you’re going to keep having printer problems.
Once you get everything working…it’s awesome being able to print up solid sturdy 3D plastic parts whenever you want/need.
I hadn’t seen that one. That’s an interesting one. I definitely think delta is the ultimate best design. I really like the DeltaMaker design but didn’t have the means to support that one at the time. Hopefully, it will end up commercialized.