Maker Faire NYC part 2

Its been awhile since I posted anything about Maker Faire or how the trains are coming along. There is a good reason for that. I have been busy. I don’t mean, oh I skipped watching a TV show or I haven’t picked up that book I started kind of busy. I mean the kind were you get home from work, eat dinner and then continue to work until 11 pm. I have had a interesting 2 weeks. First, the new Prusa printer decided that the bed thermistor was done.

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After printing for 8 hours of a 36 hour print the thermistor in the bed said mercy and checked out. I am really glad I ordered spare parts with the printer. However before that I finally had the first jam with the new printer. I had to take the entire extruder apart to pull the offending material out and at that time I decided to go ahead and put in the updated parts that Prusa pushed out as part of their “summer update” announcement. This included a updated firmware which when added all together took 4 hours to do. So that was 2 nights shot.

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I did manage to get one more train completed since last time. It would have been 2 but after restarting the model for one train for the 3rd time I figured it would be better to move on. I did start printing the large model that will be on display. How large you ask? 42 inches! That is still only 7% the size of the real thing so it could be worst. As I prepped the model for printing it dawned on me that I should plan out want needs to be printed.

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That landed to the next problem. It will take 276 hours of printing to finish, that is over 11 days of printing. So now I am in the process of hobbling the old printer back into service. I had the brilliant idea that instead of handing out business cards with info about the project I should have maker coins.

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They are cool but to make 20 of them takes 11 hours. There is a lot less time to do everything else. I figure I need about 200 at a minimum so there is another 110 hours of printing. In all honestly if I get the other printer running it should run non stop up until the day I leave for Maker Faire. If I did that I would have 2200 coins, that sounds like enough. That is only 12 kg of PLA, which means it would cost…..$264. Yikes. In all honesty I could spend that much on business cards, that might just end up in the trash. Coins it is!

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The first batch of printed train bodies are out and they look awesome. I have some N-Scale train parts and track so hopefully soon you will see them flying around under their own power. Can you see the rivets on the side of the train?

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With all of this going on, my daytime job and my side work, there is not much free time anymore. Which only makes me wish I had more hours in the day to get more done, or figure out a way to survive with out sleep. Somehow I don’t think either of those are possible.

That is all for now, I hope to have more for you next week. The idea of publishing a post a week about the progress was a wishful idea that I will keep trying to achieve.  Just be aware they may not make much sense. Now time for bed.

 

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