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3D Printing - "It's all about design and quality output. Not how fast the printer can run."

Wanhao D7 Rhino Gets Wet Feet

I have posted 21 pictures of the set-up of my new Wanhao Duplicator 7 3D printer in the article portion of this web site. So, then I wanted to see if I could get it operating.  I have several copies of Creative Workshop software before it went commercial. I cobbled up a box-in-sphere trinket as my first victim, err... subject. I am not ready f...
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Sneak Peek

Too soon to report anything about the Wanhao D7 1.5. It just got off the boat from China and, well... the DHL delivery truck. Here it is setting on my floor and parts spread out everywhere. I have a big task figuring this machine out and doing the set-up. More to come later. probably much later... Ha!​
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The Story of the Tools

The intention of this website is to promote creative use of 3D printing. The printer machines are the tools, the hardware needed to make something. The software used to create the model is also a tool. The mission of RD3DPDS is to show the practical use of 3D printing.  My thoughts are that 3D printing is far more than operating the machine. T...
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Second Sniff

I discovered why the resin I was sent for use in my Wanhao printer didn't knock my socks off. The product is a water soluble resin. It can be cleaned with soap and water. Friendly to people and the environment.  I had no idea at first. It doesn't say that on the bottle. I was looking for a cast-able burn-out resin, as my intent for the printer...
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First Sniff

My D7 must be on its way from China. I received my first liter of resin from the distributer in Florida. The resin is available in USA. The printer is available in or from both the USA and China. I ordered from China as it included the new control computer as part of a special sale package. I can wait for the slow boat. I was and am concerned about...
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Impressions on Critical Design

Currently, my impression is the FormLabs Form 2 SLI, Stereo Lithographic printer is among the most professionally presented high definition 3D printer on the market. It's pricing ($3.5K) is not extreme for any business that may need one and is approachable for a prosumer hobbyist with adequately deep pockets. Notice I didn't say it was the BEST 3D ...
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CreationW3D

I am so disappointed that someone would pull a public domain software out of reach of the public domain access that created it. To me it is the same as taking the song "Happy Birthday" and simply putting a copyright on it.  Perhaps it is the only way the software could continue to improve or exist. Financial support was probably non existent a...
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New 3D Printer

A learning process awaits me in the new year. I ordered a 3D printer that uses a process with which I have no experience. That's part of the enjoyment for me. A new learning experience. It prints using ultraviolet (UV) light to harden resin. It's done in layers like my previous printers. But is not an extrusion process. The UV method produces much ...
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G-Code for Cetus

I am using Simplify3D (S3D) to create G-code files that I run on my Cetus 3D printer. I have worked out all the settings necessary to get excellent G-Code prints off the Cetus. The best part about all this is I have the best of two worlds. A very accurate printing machine and a full house slicer and G-Code generator. I am not tied to the limited pr...
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3D Printing Small Items

I have thought of using 3D printing to produce jewelry and various molded items. Not using the printed item for the final creation but for use as masters in a casting process. This includes high quality lost wax casting as well as rubber mold resin casting or any kind of pour-in material casting. All my 3D printing to date has been to produce the p...
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Great 3D Printing at the Low End. It Can Be Done.

I decided why I like the Cetus printer so well. It is made the way I would have done it. Good, accurate components in a simple arrangement. It runs very smooth and produces great printing results. It fulfills its purpose. The limit is that it is a PLA printer. Nothing wrong in trying other printing materials, but certain details like a single fan o...
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PETG Printing

My Linux computer I call "Sandbox" lost its power supply. One day working fine, the next day dead. Better sandbox than me I suppose. The most serious problem is that sandbox serves my two older 3D printers. Not only no computer, but also no printing from those printers. I have a new power supply ordered and it was shipped on Monday. Maybe by the en...
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Scratch Building 3D Not Required

I last posted how I could build a better mousetrap (3D printer). Now I don't have to. I purchased a machine that is very close to what I would have built from scratch. It is the Cetus 3D. It is a Chinese product. I have no issue with the world market. It is what it is. No USA company can afford to be in this niche market with the quality and at the...
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Scratch-built 3D Printer?

I have been running my 3D printers for almost a year. I have printed/created a huge amount of plastic "thingies". My printers are among the lowest cost available and represent the two major forms of fused filament printers. The oldest is a Cartesian, square based X, Y, Z, format and the newer is a Delta. Polar style round base with the Z axis divid...
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Ramblin' Dan Kautz

dankautzThere is no doubt one of my hobbies is writing about my hobbies. I read somewhere a long time ago, the best things to write about are the things you know very well. I have been writing and publishing long before the personal computer became the tool of choice.  My first printed and published club newsletter was created in the late 60's.

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Our Mission

The intention of this web site and “Ramblin’ Dan’s 3D Print Design Studio” is to promote creative design thinking and demonstrate how ideas can be changed to tangible creations through the proper application and use of Three-Dimensional Printing systems.

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