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  1. Printed Solid

    Printed Solid Volunteer Admin
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    While you're waiting for your Robo to arrive, here is a shopping list of things you might want to have on hand.

    -Dial indicator (analog)
    -Digital Calipers
    -Cricut spatula
    -Jars for your ABS glue
    -Blue painters tape
    -Acetone
    -Aquanet hair spray
    -A nice firm level place to mount it.
    -activated carbon air filter
    -Flowers for your significant other (you're going to be spending some time in the doghouse for devoting too much time to your new hobby)
    -Coffee (for when you need to keep going)
    -Beer (or something harder for when you're so incredibly frustrated because your print failed for the 4th time in a row)
    -c-clamps/vice for gluing parts together
    -exacto knife
     
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    prepaid psychiatric inpatient visit? Thanks, Matt! great list.
     
  3. Harry

    Harry Team ROBO 3D
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    could you maybe get us a link for each of these things on this list? To a site like amazon or something?
     
  4. Printed Solid

    Printed Solid Volunteer Admin
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    a lot of it is just hardware stuff, but I'll put up the links to the first three.
    -Cricut spatula: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NP1ESO/ref=oh_details_o01_s02_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    -Calipers: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GSLKIW/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    -Dial Indicator (get an analog one. not digital.): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000NPPBVK/ref=oh_details_o08_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Also, a few that I forgot:
    -Shear Flush Cutters (little wire snips) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000IBSFAI/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    -needle nose pliers
    -good sharp tweezers or hemostats (got mine from the scrap bin at work, sorry)

    Probably more to come as I think of it.
     
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  5. Michael DiFilippo

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    @PrintedSolid what is the dial indicator used for? Thanks!
     
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    Printed Solid Volunteer Admin
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    Precision bed leveling and nozzle height adjustment. That, the cricut spatula, and perhaps the beer are the most important things on here.
    I level my bed to within .001" before every print.

    I started a thread on this in the calibration forum. When I get the spacing on the xaxis rods, I'm going to design an indicator jig for the robo. I'll upload the design and also keep a few on hand for speedy delivery to people who are having a lot of trouble getting started.
     
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  7. Michael DiFilippo

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    awesome thanks for the info Printed!
     
  8. Seshan

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    I ended up buying a Digital Indicator. :p It was less then $20 more. Being able to switch between mm and inches will be nice.
     
  9. Michael DiFilippo

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    Seshan my guess would be he suggested analog due to better accuracy?
     
  10. Printed Solid

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    Yes, that's why I suggested the analog, but it probably doesn't really matter much. Most people seem to be using a Harbor Freight digital dial indicator.
    Personally, I really like to be able to watch the needle move and you lose that with a digital gage, which I think has a resolution of 0.0005".
     
  11. JDM_

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    Thanks for the links. Takes all the guessing out of getting the right stuff.
     
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  12. Seshan

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    I'll see how to digital one works out, I could always pick up the analog one after if need be, the resolution of the digital one is the same as the one you posted, I should be able to compare accuracy with my calipers.
     
  13. Printed Solid

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    The accuracy actually doesn't matter in this case since you're not performing a measurement, you're just seeking to match a reference point all around the plate. Resolution is really important though.

    I'm sure the digital one will work just fine. A lot of people use them. This is just one of those cases where the more old fashioned and slightly cheaper tool is going to be better at doing the job and easier to use. I like the community we have going here so far so I wanted to make a point to recommend the tool that I believe is best for the job.
     
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  14. JDM_

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    I ordered the dial indicator, micro-shears & a helping hand today.. Couldn't fine a circuit spatula.
     
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    oops... I just bought 1" wide Kapton tape... That pic is misleading... going to take a while to cover the build platform.... lol
     
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    There is some kapton on the protoparadigm site:
    http://www.protoparadigm.com/130mm-polyimide-tape/

    A few more tools to add to the list.
    For part finishing and removing supports:
    Dremel
    Diamond abrasive bits http://www.harborfreight.com/20-piece-18-shank-rotary-diamond-point-tips-69653.html
    diamond abrasive needle files http://www.harborfreight.com/10-pc-diamond-needle-file-sets-6989.html

    And here's a link to some good cheap clamps. Wrap the ends in teflon tape so you don't glue them to your parts!
    http://www.harborfreight.com/12-ratchet-bar-clampspreader-68975.html

    Can you tell that I made my first visit to Harbor Freight Today?
     
  19. tesseract

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    how often do you have to replace Kapton tap
     
  20. Seshan

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    I wonder if the RoBo team could get custom cut kapton tape rolls, I've seen them in really long rolls so I'm assuming you could probably get them custom cut, just got to find the right supplier.
     

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