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Creating Mr. Beams Networked Lights Hacks

Mr. Beams produces an inexpensive line of autonomous outdoor lights. Coming in at 25$ each and 47$ or so for a pair they’re decent bang for your lighting buck. But what if you’re not satisfied with the product out of the box? What if you’d like to completely void any warranty provided with the product? Possibly break it horribly?

3D Printing: 3D Printer Build Plate Leveling

3D printers require a level build plate. We’re taking a look at how you can level your Replicator, CTC, Flashforge, or other Makerbot Replicator style printer build plate Bill of Materials for this Build: Finger Guage (or sheet of paper) (Digital) Dial Gauge 3D Printed Jig Small Magnets (optional) Hot Glue (to adhere magnets) Some newer extruders such as the Kossel style Deltamaker cleverly ...[Read More]

How To: Run a Benchmark on Linux

So you’re wondering how fast that new Linux desktop you’ve built is.  But you’re not sure how to run a quick benchmark and find out. Maybe you’re not familiar with the programs you should use. Maybe you’ve never actually run a benchmark before!  In any case we’ll go over a few basic benchmark tools that’ll have you comparing real world and synthetic perfor...[Read More]

Cleaning your 3D Printer’s Feed Drive Gear

While 3D printing there are few things worse than getting half way through a print and realizing that the filament is getting stuck in the drive gear.  Which happens when you’re running cold filament on a hard metal gear with relatively sharp teeth. Which leads to the need to clean out the drive gear!  Keeping the drive gear clean can help the filament keep flowing in the right direction and...[Read More]

3D Printing: Replicator Windows Hinges

Today’s Makerbot enhancement is a window hinge from Thingiverse complete with custom cut acrylic windows. You’ll have noticed them in the previous post’s CTC Dual Extruder 3D printer. These clips seem to work well even with the under-sizing you’ll get on converting from metric to SAE sizes. What you’re seeing there is the combination of these clips and this acrylic wi...[Read More]

CTC 3D Printer in Action

Replicator style printer from CTC printing a rectangular test print. And here we can see CTC’s 3D printer printing out a 10 by 40 mm (10mmx40mm) test block to gauge how accurate it is.

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