My Printed Parts

After 2 months of building time the moment had come, to print my first printed part.

Many settings to be tweaked, but a proud moment!

The strenght is there, or at least it feels like a strong printed part. I am still working on “oozing” and a few other improvements.

I also printed the large gear. This took about 5hrs to print!! That is the speed you get I guess when using threaded rods and not belts.

Wades Large Gear.

I am now using slic3r to slice my stl files and I like it a lot. It is fast and I feel I am getting more control of my prints without too many things to tweak. I have eliminated “oozing”” by 99% and the Lift feature is fantastic.

I have printed several parts now, and they are strong and there is no need for any cleaning up. This is thanks to the elimination of “oozing” and the lift setting in slic3r.

I have printed some pulleys for my steppers. These are for a 9mm wide belt (GT2), 2mm toth spacing. Came out very good. It is going to be interesting and see if they will work ok, or if I need to by some metal ones. They have a perfect fit on the belt but I have no experience with wear and tear in regards to plastic pulleys. I also made some idlers for 608 bearings. These are not smooth ones for twisted belts. They have got teeth or grooves which seems to fit perfectly on the belt.

Pulley for stepper

The strenght in these parts are very good.

608 idlers

I love these parts and can’t wait to start using them to build my next printer.

Y – bearing holder

01/04/2012: I have just printed a few new parts with my new hotend design (Jan’s HotEnd MK-II) To bunnies was just a test print for some new colours.

Colour Testing of New Filament

Hopefully another part for my next printer

A template for some holes to be drilled.

The ball mechanism that controls the water filling in my toilet cistern broke the other day… fortunate to have a 3D-printer hey! Measured up the broken part, put it into 123D, sent it to the printer, went to work. When I got home it was there waiting for me…..saved me $20 (I think!) 🙂   (it’s the black part)

Black bracket designed and then printed.

Just finished printing a new bracket for a stepper motor. Very strong and the finish is very nice coming from a printer like this.

New Bracket for my stepper motor

Motor bracket, strong and rock solid.

Very happy with the quality. The finish on top layer is very nice.

A new piece for a hair dryer.


Printed on my new 3DbLue printer:

Had to give this one a try.....




Did you know that NASA has got some wonderful models that you can download and print?

They are not all easy prints but they look fantastic!







Jan (IceMan)



4 Responses to My Printed Parts

  1. Dennis Cook says:

    Excellent site with all the details covered. I like your uncomplicated solutions, with limited tools your achievements are superb. Well done.

  2. Adam says:

    Great Blog page man! I owuld love to see more info on how you dialed in the quality of your prints.

    Cute colorful bunnies by the way 🙂

    • 3dprinterman says:

      Hi and thank you Adam,

      Yes I know, there are several items I would like to add, and hopefully I get the time. I have to be careful as well as I am not an expert on this subject and would not like to give out wrong information. Most if not all the info I got from the reprap forum. It has an abundance of information. Most of it does not directly apply to my printer, but the principles do. I would like to add some info on my heatblock and update my heatbed page as well. I really started this just to keep a log of what I was doing, but you know sometimes things get out of hand… 🙂
      The bunnies was just a test print to see how the colour samples turned out….very nice colour I thought. We are very lucky to have a manufacturer right here in our backyard, Lybina.
      The bunnie ears are probably the smallest piece I have printed and it looks like I need a cooling fan to print small items like that.
      Though, I just had a thought, I think maybe the most important thing to achieve decent prints would be to have a reliable good extruder, a reliable good hotend, good quality filament and calibration done. If you don’t have ALL these right, frustration wins and your hobby is dead, as no matter what you tweak you will never get there. But this is also on the forum.

      All the best

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