Originally Posted by FAB
Phil - Just ordered one of these to speed up our prototyping process for some upcoming products - How's it treating you so far? I've been told results are of gear-meshable quality?
Not certain that's something that will be useful at any point but it should serve us well before I send out Alias drawings to be milled. Turn around time is just too long, even from local rapid prototyping services.
Having some time with it now I have to say it's like one of those things that has endless possibility but is very limited at the same time. I can't describe it well. But like I find myself very limited by my own skill level which kind of breaks my moral with doing things. It's just going to take time but it's just one more thing I have to invest time in to really get the full usefulness out of it.
Product-wise, I know there is a lot in the media these day's about makerbot being dicks. But the replicator 2 has been pretty solid and I have not ran into any issues with it yet other than sometimes it's kind of difficult to remove prints from the base without damaging the print or the base.
It is the perfect solution for rapid-prototyping of things. If I have an idea for something I can design it, print it and see if it works.
One thing that is my own fault, I was hoping to be able to do a few things under the hood of a car with it. But I've come to find out my replicator 2 does not print abs plastic and just uses the makerbot filament. I was under the assumption it did either or. The makerbot filament cannot withstand high temperature verses abs plastic so it kind of kills making anything to use under the hood of a car. I mean you still could use it to do so, but don't expect the item to hold up to the heat for long. I wanted to make my own catchcan to custom fit my engine bay, I still might, but I'd have to design it, see if it fits, then send the design off to be made out of higher grade materials in order to actually use it. Which I guess will work, but I was just under the wrong assumptions.
For right now I've just been finding all sorts of interesting things on Thingverse to print and trying out different print settings like infill and resolution and scale etc. I've been slowly working on my gauge faceplate for NB center consoles.
Trying to work on a bezel of sorts for the gauge angle.