3D Printing

3D Printing

Postby AlbertaClipper » Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:04 am

Has anybody tried adding/making a 3D printer hot end and extruder to their 3-axis router? I think it would be relatively easy, hardware wise, since we already have the 3 axis device but what about the software. Could Aspire handle a 3D printing job? I know we would have to edit or write a PP but was wondering if anybody has already tried this.
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Re: 3D Printing

Postby LittleGreyMan » Sat Jan 20, 2018 9:30 am

It's physically doable and some manufacturers sell a printing head.

I doubt Vectric will add this feature. It is not a matter of pp. You have to slice the model at your Z printing resolution and print slice by slice. This has obviously nothing to do with milling toolpaths, so 3D printers use very specific software.

Have a look at Cura:
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Re: 3D Printing

Postby Adrian » Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:41 am

I have recently got into 3D printing and there is much more to the software than you would think. Infills, temperature control, fan control, supports, skin thickness etc etc. Add in the lack of undercut support in Aspire (understandable given its purpose) it would be a whole new piece of software really.

The other thing is that sawdust and molten plastic don't play well together. The amount of cleaning required between switches would be a nightmare.
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Re: 3D Printing

Postby garylmast » Sat Jan 20, 2018 1:53 pm

Ditto to what Adrian said. I have a commercial grade 3-D printer that I got ripped a new one when I bought it, which has to heat to around 300°F before it starts and has two heads to print supports. 3-D printers have involved now where a good one is relatively inexpensive. Here's a link for price comparisons: http://www.3ders.org/pricecompare/3dprinters

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Re: 3D Printing

Postby Frunple » Sat Jan 20, 2018 2:07 pm

Check the Mach3 forum. It's been done long ago.
But the previous posts are correct, has nothing to do with Vectric, you would need an actual slicer.
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Re: 3D Printing

Postby dbrook » Sat Jan 20, 2018 4:45 pm

I you are interested in getting into 3D printing and don't want to spend a bundle there is an inexpensive 3D printer that I have found that works well and is made well. it is the Monoprice 115365 Select Mini 3D Printer with Heated Build Plate, Includes Micro SD Card and Sample PLA Filament. I found it on Amazon and made the purchase shortly after Christmas. I comes with software. It has work flawlessly printing numerous mechanical parts I have designed in Aspire. I don't think you can beat the price for the quality. There is a good community of users out there as well as numerous video segments on it on Youtube. I considered the CR10 printer with a larger build area but decided to go with the Monoprice as a first learning step. The CR10 or adding an extruder to my cnc table may well be the next step. I attached a picture of special knob I designed in Aspire and printed for a friend.

Here is the link if anyone is interested.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01FL ... UTF8&psc=1
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