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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