Made in america


#1

I hear a lot of people talking about cancelling and getting a cheapo Chinese laser, and that is fine, have fun. I am holding out this time for many reasons, and one that I just remembered is that this thing is made in America. For many International users, this is a non-issue. I just wanted to thank Dan for creating manufacturing jobs here.


#2

cheapo chinese lasers are great learning tools, and can still make some cool stuff til your real laser comes.


#3

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#4

While I am waiting for the Glowforge, I’ll keep busy with learning more about 3D printing. I have a Lulzbot Taz 5, and need to install the Flexydually head so I can dual extrude!


#5

I just got a Taz 5!! Haven’t had time yet to finish all the initial set-up, but I can’t wait to start trying stuff out.


#6

Sweet! I love my Taz. I found that using glue sticks really helps to get prints to stick. Also, download their Cura settings from the website, they are tuned for the Taz, and takes a lot of guesswork out.
I just got some dampeners for the motors and installed them this morning. I heard they really make a difference on how much noise the thing makes.


#7

Wow, thanks for the glue stick and dampener tips! Definitely using all the settings they give out. Have you had a lot of experience using PLA with yours? I have friends who have one and they’ve had a few minor problems with the PLA getting gummy at the hot end.


#8

I tend to use ABS for the most part, but have done a couple things in PLA. I know if you are getting bad results, it is a good idea to clean the nozzle. I ordered these things and they work great, but maybe a bit brittle https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0154MHQVE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
It seems that getting really great prints is difficult, but you can refer to some of these guides that will help you printing issues https://all3dp.com/common-3d-printing-problems-3d-printer-troubleshooting-guide/


#9

Yeah, I’m planning on using ABS as well (mostly because it’s what I already have on-hand lol). They also thought some of the problems with the PLA could have been because they weren’t using very good quality filament. Before I really start using my Taz I’m definitely going to get some maintenance tools, maybe even a spare extruder kit just in case…

anyway, totally didn’t mean to derail the topic!! The glowforge being manufactured in America is a really awesome selling point. :grin:


#10

Lulzbot is made in america too :smiley:


#11

That’s very true!! That and their customer support was one of the big deciding factors for me when trying to pick which printer to get.


#12

Usually a sign of insufficient airflow / cooling in the transition zone. My Ultimaker 2 had that problem until I replaced a failing fan in the hot end. I print almost exclusively with PLA and find that a bit of gluestick and a bed temp of 60ºC eliminates any adhesion problems.


#13

Thanks for the tip!! I have way more knowledge of the modeling/file setup side of 3D printing than I do of the troubleshooting/mechanics side, so every little bit of info is always appreciated :grinning:


#14

Anytime! I don’t claim to have extensive knowledge on that side either, but fixing this problem and a few others have taught me a few tricks. :wink:

Lulzbot is just up the road from my old makerspace and donated a rack of early gen printers. The makerspace set up a “class” where we tore them down, cleaned, calibrated, and reassembled them. Guess you could call that the Tom Sawyer approach.


#15

Oh mannnn that must have been awesome :heart_eyes: I was really tempted to buy a DIY 3D printer kit, but for the most part it didn’t sound like the quality of prints they could produce was worth it. Plus I knew it would sit half-finished for waaay too long haha.


#16

Look into PEI if you have a heated bed. It makes gluesticks a thing of the past.


#17

The experience was pretty good, but the biggest thing that I took away is that the Taz had (IMHO) a severe design flaw – they use a 4 point rectangular bed suspension, making a “true” leveling stupendously hard to achieve, which is why they added the auto-level function that mathematically corrects for this. The UM2 uses a 3-point suspension and is easy to level, even after taking it completely apart.

BTW – My assertion could well ignite a flame war. Let me just say that I love all 3D printers equally. I just love my UM2 a little bit better.


#18

Wow, that’s a really neat point- I will fully admit different bed suspension methods is something I never even looked at when debating between printers! Haha and no worries about 3D printer war participaton on my end- I try to stick to the belief that each printer brings its own pros and cons, and it’s up to the end user to decide which meets their needs best :blush:


#19

Never crossed my mind that it would be you – I seen others come out of the woodwork when I’ve said this elsewhere!


#20

I love my Taz 5 (upgraded from a 4) but I will still agree the 4 point bed leveling is a beast of a fight to correct when it gets off kilter.