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Rainmaker 06-13-2018 09:09 AM

What did you 3D print today?
In the spirit of some of the other show-and-tell threads on here, post up your most recent prints (and print settings too!!), paintball related or not (which may take this a bit OT at times, but oh well).

To kick it off, here's what I printed last night:

A "wood" tile for Settlers of Catan, the first print off many to make a fully printed set of tiles. Not my design though, it can be found here along with all the other pieces:

Settings: layer height 0.2mm, infill 20%, speed 35mm/s, printed with 5mm brim for adhesion.

JonM 06-13-2018 10:39 AM

Very nice. Will you be painting them or letting the filament determine the color?

tymcneer 06-13-2018 10:44 AM

Looking good.


Rainmaker 06-13-2018 01:35 PM


Originally Posted by JonM (Post 3493310)
Very nice. Will you be painting them or letting the filament determine the color?

Definitely will be painting them. I wish I had one of those quad print heads, that would be sweet! But paint is the cheaper option :/


Originally Posted by tymcneer (Post 3493313)
Looking good.


Thank you sir! Looking forward to seeing your first prints!

I also printed the base plate that has slots to hold little magnets. Printed this at 0.4mm layer height, 60mm/s, 20% infill. Though I'm a bit disappointed in the finish on the top layer, need to adjust a few things. I might try printing layers concentric instead of back and forth.

JonM 06-13-2018 01:53 PM

Do you think ironing would help smooth that out?

Rainmaker 06-13-2018 02:01 PM

What did you 3D print today?
I've not tried that, but in general I dislike post-processing of any kind. My ideal is to have the settings dialed in so that I can just pull it off the printer and go! Printing is so cheap that i'd rather reprint something with adjusted settings than mess with filing or ironing etc.

JonM 06-13-2018 02:49 PM


Originally Posted by Rainmaker (Post 3493379)
I've not tried that, but in general I dislike post-processing of any kind. My ideal is to have the settings dialed in so that I can just pull it off the printer and go! Printing is so cheap that i'd rather reprint something with adjusted settings than mess with filing or ironing etc.

I actually meant enabling ironing in Cura. ;)

Rainmaker 06-13-2018 03:00 PM

Oh.... Silly me

JonM 06-13-2018 03:03 PM

This should help.

JonM 06-24-2018 12:06 PM

Last night, I completed prints for the Ender 3 tool caddy and the filament guide from Thingiverse. Both turned out fantastically. I also pulled off the first prototype of my Automag rail. I've already made a few corrections in Fusion and I need to slice it again.

Today I'm starting my longest print yet. In fifteen hours, hopefully I'll have a nice new ergo grip for my M17. I'm also experimenting with the fuzzy skin feature in Cura to give it better grip. Fingers crossed.

JonM 06-25-2018 08:57 AM

I woke up this morning to find this on my printer. I really like how it came out with fuzzy skin enabled. Aside from the two spots where the supports were connected at the very top and the very bottom, you can barely tell it was 3D printed. Although, the model I downloaded is a bit too small where it connects to the gun. I'll need to file it down a bit to get it on. This thing took nearly sixteen hours to print at 100% infill. It was an interesting project but it took forever to complete.

Rainmaker 06-25-2018 09:46 AM

Nice, that looks awesome!! And wow, 100% infill? I bet it feels rock solid.

JonM 06-25-2018 09:53 AM


Originally Posted by Rainmaker (Post 3496349)
Nice, that looks awesome!! And wow, 100% infill? I bet it feels rock solid.

It does feel pretty solid yet surprisingly light. However, the handle itself is hollow to allow access to the screw hole to attach it to the gun. You can see what I mean in Thingview.

Clueless 06-25-2018 11:13 AM

I'd be more confident in this one. I printed a skeletal version and installed it on a stock class phantom due to weight concerns. It plays nice, but this one seems like it could take much more abuse than mine. Nice print, I dig the texture.

Rainmaker 07-02-2018 12:48 PM

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First iteration for test fit, crazy low resolution. A few modifications to be made to get it to fit right, but it functions!

JonM 07-02-2018 01:14 PM

Looking good! What kind of spring are you using in this video?

Rainmaker 07-02-2018 02:58 PM

Honestly I'm not sure, it came in an assorted spring pack from Home Depot. I'll have to check the dimensions.

JonM 07-03-2018 09:15 AM

I pulled off my first commissioned batch of Phantom dropout valve feed caps this morning. I'm doing some light sanding now inside for fit & finish then they're off to Canada. :canada:

JonM 07-08-2018 03:20 PM

I got back from EMR this weekend and I whipped up a replacement part for one of my Helix mags. I lost the part of the follower that holds it onto the spring. It was a simple job in Fusion 360 to recreate it. A few minutes later, it was off the printer and inside my magazine working great. I can barely tell which magazine is the repaired one.

tymcneer 07-12-2018 10:41 AM

I decided to give this one a try...

The model does not need to be reoriented.

  • Slicer - Cura 3.4.1
  • Printer - Creality Ender 3
  • Material - PLA
  • Layer height - 0.2mm
  • Infill - 30%
  • Supports - Yes
  • Rafts - No


JonM 07-12-2018 11:19 AM

Interesting. That reminds me a lot of the Ghost Flanker mod for Automags.

tymcneer 07-12-2018 01:38 PM

It is the Hammer7 to DAM mag frame. The H7 body would need some milling to make it work. I think a piece to take up some of the open space would be a good idea also.


apoc4lypse 07-21-2018 03:11 PM

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Here's something I worked up last night. A super simple tac light mount for my PPQ. The flashlight is one of those free w/purchase deals from Harbor Freight, so quality it is not, but it seems to work well, though granted I haven't shot it yet. The flashlight floats in the mount, so I can push it into the trigger guard to press the button. The slightly larger OD of the knurled sections prevents it from working it's way out under recoil (hopefully).

The mount itself is two pieces, with a middle section that interfaces with the accessory rail of the PPQ, and the screws go through it to prevent the mount from moving. If I tighten the screws too much it binds the flashlight so I may need to widen the middle section to prevent that, but otherwise I'm happy with it.

JonM 07-21-2018 09:06 PM

I have these on the printer right now. MCS charges almost $40 for theirs. I'm printing mine for about a buck.

(Photo from Thingiverse)

Rainmaker 08-03-2018 04:13 PM

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PETG Drop10s!!!

tymcneer 08-09-2018 11:56 AM

I has someone here ask if I could print a test piece to determine if the dimensions are correct... One of the two has a hole where the threads belong, and the second, on a whim, has the 10-32 threads printed in the hole. Surprisingly, they were really close to being usable. I decided to run a tap through to chase the threads, and all I cut was a very light dusting of shavings. The Creality Ender 3 is remarkably accurate.

Some specs on the print...
ZYLTech black PLA
200C hot end
60C bed
60 mm/s print speed
200 mm/s travel speed
0.1 mm layer height ( that makes a world of difference)
7 mm retraction

Printed on the Creality Ender 3 with the borosilicate Creality glass bed, and an improved fan duct.

On to the eye candy...

The same person also asked that I attempt an angled version of the same piece. I assumed that the part was going to turn out badly, as there is usually a terraced effect whenever there is a slope to be printed...

I was very pleasantly surprised. The entire piece came out looking far better than I would have expected.


JonM 08-09-2018 12:53 PM

Those turned out great!

tymcneer 08-09-2018 02:27 PM

Yes they did, and I was super impressed.

My next "project" besides cleaning up the storage room, and the shop is to print a ducted fan to be used as a chip clearing device from the mill, rather than using compressed air from the loud air compressor... If all goes well, I *might* be able to sell one of the two I use in the shop now :)


tymcneer 09-02-2018 12:07 AM

I was practicing printing Autococker barrel threads.

With my Ender 3, I have to use a 3A tolerance in Fusion360, or the threads are too tight. I have also found a lubricant makes all the difference in the world, as PLA seems to want to gall very easily. I was using coco butter, as it was handy, and it was a container that Jen did not like.

3 unsuccessful and 1 successful test...

A mostly successful print. The barrel can be used for testing, but the shank is about 3/16" short as it broke loose from the build plate with about 10 minutes left of a 7 1/2 hour print :(


JonM 09-02-2018 08:05 AM

Another thing to consider is that PLA likes to flow when under pressure. So, what's within spec today may not be a week from now if it's left screwed in tight.

tymcneer 09-05-2018 12:31 AM

So... I did a bit of testing with that barrel... it works!

I am printing another with a slightly different set of specs right now. Tomorrow before I leave for work I will be printing yet a third. If all goes as planned, I will be at Flounders house on Sunday doing some testing. :)


Rainmaker 09-05-2018 01:04 AM

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First test print on the new printer :)

Rainmaker 09-08-2018 01:34 AM

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Printed a benchy scaled down 50%. First real settings test on the new Mega, as the owl print above was the default provided gcode with the printer. Man, do I love this printer!

Shown next to a AA battery for scale
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Rainmaker 09-08-2018 07:41 PM

What dimensional calibration prints have you guys done? I'm currently printing a 20mm cube, then have to figure out how to adjust if it comes out too big/small...

tymcneer 09-09-2018 01:26 AM

I have printed the 20 mm cube and the mini overhang/calibration test.


Rainmaker 09-12-2018 07:40 AM

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I did test prints of both ABS and PETG on the Anycubic i3 mega last night. Came out nearly perfect, with excellent bed adhesion. Didn't even have to use a brim!
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The blue is the ABS, orange is PETG.

paintzapper 09-12-2018 10:31 AM

I remember reading that if you lightly use a heat gun on the finished PETG prints it will get rid of the stringyness. Also reducing your z lift helps a bit, whatever that means :)

Riot 09-12-2018 11:16 AM

Rainmaker 09-12-2018 12:22 PM

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lordkyleofearth 09-13-2018 10:37 PM

Looks like a barrel plug if some kind

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