2014-10-22

Geomagic Design - Mesh to Solid suddenly missing


Update: FOUND IT!  You can scan meshes in the parts and the assembly editor but only in the parts editor are the other tools visible. Very confusing UI inconsistency. There's no reason this wouldn't just create a new solid part in the assembly editor.


My Geomagic Design suddenly decided to no longer allow me to convert Meshed to Solids.

That's the sole reason I purchased the last update.
I had positive email confirmation that the features would be in there (they where not on the website then, only in the promotional video for the new version) and based on that information I shelled out the money for the extended support contract that would give me that update.

My license states "Geomagic Design".
(Not "Geomagic Elements")
The website states that this feature is included in Geomagic Design.
I still used that feature extensively in May after having extended the support contract in March.
Now in October this most important feature is suddenly gone.

2014-10-12

White Ultimaker II studio case

Due to my work, I travel A LOT.
So as with my TravelCNC I'm custom making a studio case to keep my Ultimaker II 3d printer safe.
Since the Ultimaker has a nice, white case, the studio case is going to white too.

It will not be sound-proof with Basotect foam but use a hard foam to stand on and keep the Ultimaker II centered and a soft foam for padding.

Note:
You REALLY want to use buy a pneumatic rivet gun for this.
Mounting 150 rivets by hand alone is tiring, very loud and takes weeks.
...as opposed to silent operation (except of cause the compressor recharging since cheap rivet guns take a lot of air volume) of a few hours.




2014-09-18

SYSCLK DX on MacOS

I never got my 2 SYSCLK DX - USB oscilloscopes to work with their Windows software. So now I'm trying to buils the unstable version of sigrok pulseview and sigrok-cli on my Mac...

 The stable command line version seems to detect and identify the device but I can't figure out how to tell it what device to use to do any actual stuff. Last step doesn't seem to work.


bash-3.2# brew install --HEAD pulseview
==> Installing pulseview dependency: cmake
==> Downloading https://downloads.sf.net/project/machomebrew/Bottles/cmake-3.0.2.mavericks.bottle.tar.gz
######################################################################## 100,0%
==> Pouring cmake-3.0.2.mavericks.bottle.tar.gz
��  /usr/local/Cellar/cmake/3.0.2: 1641 files, 26M
==> Installing pulseview
==> Cloning git://sigrok.org/pulseview
Updating /Library/Caches/Homebrew/pulseview--git
==> cmake . -DENABLE_DECODE=y -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr/local/Cellar/pulseview/HEAD -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=None -DCMAKE_FIND_FRAMEWORK=LAST -DCMAKE_VERBOSE_MAKEFILE=ON -Wno-dev
==> make install
1 error generated.
make[2]: *** [CMakeFiles/pulseview.dir/pv/view/viewport.cpp.o] Error 1
make[2]: *** Waiting for unfinished jobs....
make[1]: *** [CMakeFiles/pulseview.dir/all] Error 2
make: *** [all] Error 2
/usr/local/Library/Homebrew/build.rb:194:in `dump': can't dump anonymous class # (TypeError)
    from /usr/local/Library/Homebrew/build.rb:194:in `rescue in

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    from /usr/local/Library/Homebrew/build.rb:179:in `
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Error: marshal data too short
Please report this bug:
    https://github.com/Homebrew/homebrew/wiki/troubleshooting
/usr/local/Library/Homebrew/formula_installer.rb:511:in `load'
/usr/local/Library/Homebrew/formula_installer.rb:511:in `block in build'
/usr/local/Library/Homebrew/utils.rb:239:in `ignore_interrupts'
/usr/local/Library/Homebrew/formula_installer.rb:505:in `build'
/usr/local/Library/Homebrew/formula_installer.rb:181:in `install'
/usr/local/Library/Homebrew/cmd/install.rb:118:in `install_formula'
/usr/local/Library/Homebrew/cmd/install.rb:45:in `block in install'
/usr/local/Library/Homebrew/cmd/install.rb:45:in `each'
/usr/local/Library/Homebrew/cmd/install.rb:45:in `install'
/usr/local/Library/brew.rb:131:in `
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2014-08-13

BMPCC display shade

I finally got around to design something again.
It's not perfectly refined yet but doing it's job.

I have a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera with the Zacuto Z-Finder.
But often I don't want to use the Z-finder on my eye, yet I need something to keep the sun out.
So I designed this parametric display shade to attach to the Zacuto's quick release frame for quick swapping.

2014-07-23

Ultimaker II - first impressions

So I have my Ultimaker II for a day now and these are my impressions so far.

Reliability

It is super reliable IF before every print I freshly level the bed, then extrude some filament into thin air using the maintenance->expert->move filament function.
For that the extruder usually needs a bit of manual push on the filament.
Maybe it retracted AFTER cooling down too much, maybe it wants to start moving to early, I don't know. It certainly starts up with a bit of grinding every time.

As for reliable, my first prints where 16 and 15 hours. while I slept and while I was away at work.
Haven't done that since the RepMan 3.0 days.

You do hear a little bit of skipping all the time but it does seem to work fine nonetheless.

Cura

is easy enough to use, maybe a bit too easy.
I cannot set the name of the gcode file when using the "export" button (I probably can using the menu).
I cannot see what the 3 default settings are to just modify one or two parameters (such as infill).

Build times are very accurate and everything works very well so far.
The Ultimaker II does display a "time left", something I've never seen before as it requires out of band information from the slicer or a complete simulation of the entire g-code including acceleration and time to change temperatures. However for a 6 hour print it did jump from 6 to 15 hours and then to 5.

Cura does seem to have an issue in deciding how to support curved surfaces on a 20% infill grid.
It likes to start and stop flat areas right in the are between infill grids.
This does work out 2 or 3 layers later.

Also beware that a "Fast low quality print" will not be water tight in any way.

What next?

Next I'll prepare a specially shaped plastic bag to protect the filament mounted on the back from dust to prevent blocked nozzles.
I couldn't get +-0.05mm filament at the moment, so I ordered some +-0.1mm and will switch in a few weeks.
I also ordered a custom made stage box to transport the Ultimaker, just like I dd with my TravelCNC.

2014-07-22

Ultimaker II

Shortly after my Kinect II (Skanect doesn't support it yet),
I received my Ultimaker II.
It's not a perfect tool but still the most reliable 3D printer I have ever seen!

Both my Makibox 3D printers (one heavily upgraded, one in stock conditon) are still for sale.
They work.
It's just that what I need is a reliable workshop tool and a $300 3D printer just doesn't reach that level.

Same as for my TravelCNC I ordered a custom made flightcase for it.
But this time I'll have a pneumatic rivet gun instead of doing this manually. ;)
I'll also custom make some plastic sheets to protect the mounted filament from any dust.
My suspicion is that my frequent filament stalls did have something to do with the slightly dusty environment. I vacuumed the filament spool regularly but there would always be some dust on it.



2014-07-13

TravelingCNC gets a new spindle

I tried to replace the fried component in the spindle control but only managed to destroy that board completely.
Since Carving-CNC didn't answer and I could not find out the technical details to get a compatible board,
I went the easy way.
I'm replacing the 230W spindle with a 300W one that is supplied with 48W instead of require a heavy transformer spool.
Since I already have a heavy 48V supply for the steppers that should reduce the weight considerably.
For the time being I'll keep a separate supply for the spindle until I'm sure electrical noise is not an issue.