PS:126 – Wanhao Sadness

When I started out on the idea of getting a 3D Printer I read reviews, I looked around, wanted a good balance in price/quality/build area – and the reviews from most were the Wanhao Duplicator i3 was the go to printer; it had price, quality, and decent build area compared to others.

Sadly so far my own review is not fairing so well. I’ve hit just about every problem imaginable, I’ve tried throwing a few fixes folks say but then you run into the discussions where one group say “It’s this” and another say “Oh it’s that” personally? I’m starting to think it’s a lemon, or just poorly build where it’s expected the user simply will rebuild it piece by piece.

For now I’m waiting on very slow tech support from the USA branch of Wanhao, I’ve got a thread going on the user group, and I’ve just really with as exhausted as I am, not finding it fun to tinker, was hoping to just create – so thinking sadly things may just sit for a while.

For now, I am going to finish what I can on a server conversion, and go from there.

PS:125 – Flying & Timelapse

Took to Lake Ming today to fly, and found boat racing! Got a few shots from the drone & the YiCam, hope to find some time to edit tomorrow. Sadly today has been shot (haven’t even ate dinner!) as I’ve been working on converting a hardware server here in town to a virtual server on VPS server.

I’ll update things with the footage once I get it edited, or just make a new post. Super tired. Long day. What I wouldn’t do for a real vacation where I got to relax! All in time!

PS:123 – Projects

It seems like I have another batch of projects coming in, different customers, varied level of time needed, stress, and even some business changes as a possibility.

Haven’t had a ton of time for fun – I even tried to sneak in work for FlockHosting making some keychains and the 3d printer is off again, which sucks. Support told me to flash the firmware, however, its a newer model, so making sure it’s safe to do.

The weekend is nearly upon us – sadly I dread weekends. 🙁

PS:121 – Never Enough Time

So a lot going on lately. A lot.

It Just seems like the day has so few hours and I find myself standing at a crossroad each day asking myself “What next?” because honestly? I am doing my best to figure it out but seems like I take two steps for and three steps back.

This week I have a job offer floating, few things which may stop it, but honestly? If it looks good, I’ll likely take it, and that’ll mean some significant changes. Hopefully, they’ll be good.

I just wish there were more hours in the day. Seems like no matter what I reach this hour of the night and there is still a pile of things to do – so going to wrap up a few, and put this exhausted body to bed. Lilly’s already there – time to join her. Night all. Prayers appreciated.

PS:120 – 3D Printing

So when I snagged the Wanaho Duplicator i3 – I knew I wasn’t getting some “Set it and forget it!” type system. As MakersMuse’s noted even in the image preview of his review “Tinker’s Dream?” because it isn’t that easy, as I’ve learned the last few days.

If you follow me on Instagram alone I’ve posted a few pics, and let’s just say you haven’t seen everything, my biggest sadness was the stopped print due to jam:

Slowly getting done! #stormtrooper #3dprinting

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Incredibly frustrating to have gotten comfortable thinking “I got this!” and embark on a larger scale print only to go about 5-10 more layers above that video clip, and then continue the motions, but no longer extruding.

I’m learning a lot of tweaks, adjustments, mods, got some M3 nylon nuts coming which will help give some stability to bed leveling. I’m told they will help and just a lot of things to adjust, try, clean, settings to tweak – it never stops, but I’m getting closer each time I print.

It’s been a great escape for me, strangely soothing, even now Lilly’s out for the count (praying she stays that way). I have the printer on hour 9 or so of printing the cup again, and its settings are a tad rough, and it looks like I may already have a slight shift in settings, and my extruder setting I turned down to cut back on over extruding may have been a tad too much.

One of my goals with the printer is relaxing and creating, but to going to make some models myself (already made one for holding my camera). But some toys, flower pots, tech related, and just fun things to maybe even paint, as I did a Yoda bust and my cousin’s son Dalton painted it kind of cool looking. He even started painting a companion cube from Portal. Cool projects!

Keep an eye peeled more goodies coming after this mega print is done!