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17 Oct, 18 tweets, 5 min read
welp, i finally broke down and bought my first 3d printer! this one is an Ender 3. 🧵
it comes in a flat pack, this is basically like the Ikea bookshelf of 3D printers.
there are two layers of parts in this box!
ooh close call, glad i checked! (my country uses 115V, not 230V!)
lots of parts.
the front panel LCD has chips underneath these blobs of epoxy.
here it is mostly assembled.
i leveled the bed, and now it is time for a test print! something small so it won't take too long.
it is starting to take shape.
done! it is a little tiny maze. now to chisel it off and remove the support structure.
the little support pedestal peels off quite easily, leaving me with the finished maze.
not too shabby. i could probably tune things a little more but this is usable.
now it is time to print something useful. any guesses as to what this is?
still no guesses?
here's the finished part. it's not perfect but it still came out pretty well.
it's the rear bracket for an MCA card!
(technically i did all that printing yesterday but just didn't have time to post pics until now.) this morning i printed another part: the volume knob for the Snark Barker!
that was quick! one advantage of a 3D printer is you can iterate quickly. here are 3 versions of brackets for the Plaid Bib.

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