a reply to: Serdgiam
52 possible points of failure AND 52 individual cells to manage voltage. But, given the fact you can grab them from laptop batteries to tool
batteries.. pretty hard to ignore. Just remember, many of them throw out 10+ amps! I know that number means something to you, and its not a rating to
be taken lightly.
Of course, given my propensity to make things much more complex than they need be, I could easily rig up something to do some automatic switching
should a dead cell be detected. That's actually not a bad idea.
(OK, maybe it is, but that's never stopped me before, lol)
Also remember with the PC power supply, they only pull what they need (I know you know).. so a build that is actually pulling 600w is.. lets
say "rare." Mine pulls ~200w (iirc) with a 1070ti, 2700k, and water cooling with everything overclocked.
Sounds like a nice machine. I'm running a 1090T with 16 GB DDR3 RAM and twin 7200 RPM TB drives. It pushes a 600W power supply, mainly when cutting
video, but as you say that is not necessarily continuous power. (I just recently had to upgrade to a 750W... wore the old 600W out out trying to keep
up.) I just don't like underestimating power requirements, so I always figure worst case.
BTW, my motherboard has overclocking (an older ASUS board) built in... I've never tried it. As it is, with 5 cores at 100% for extended periods, I run
about 52-53 degrees C during the summer. I was wondering what kind of temperature increase you were getting with the overclocking?
The issues with long runs on a printer are almost exclusively environmental. They are shockingly reliable mechanically. After thousands of km
of filament, my only issue was the thermistor crapping out. An easy fix, though I've really been focusing on the guitar stuff so I haven't gotten to
I shouldn't have any issues with environment if I am able to pull off what I am thinking. I've somehow managed to get WiFi to cover a couple acres
here. with my shop at the extreme end but connected through a
. I have a small spare room in my house that would make a great place for a mini-office, printer, and 3d printer, and it is
temperature-controlled and fairly dust-free (except for my smokes of course). As long as I get a printer that is WiFi enabled, it should work
perfectly, since it is pretty close to my network hub area.
The only drawback is walking back and forth to get a part... but with a print time measured in a couple of hours, that isn't really a big deal. Just a
little logistics consideration.
As for file differences, I actually haven't messed with .obj much. My understanding though is that it has some superior qualities which may
make it a better format. However, as far as I know, either one will frequently be converted to gcode for the actual print, so it might be a bit moot.
I'm seeing references to G-code.. my son (CNC machinist) is constantly talking about G-code, and seeing 3D printing appears to be an offshoot of CNC,
I am assuming it is a variation of what he uses. If so, if the printer actually uses G-code, then any app that would slice the object bring printed
and convert it should work. That alleviates a lot of my concern there.
I am starting to scale back my original plans. I'm looking at one of the smaller machines now, in the range of a few hundred dollars, just to give me
a chance to get started with 3D printing. TinySickTears may actually have an advantage over me in some respects, being totally unfamiliar with 3D: I
am likely to have some built-in biases from my previous work that don't carry over well to the printing. A cheaper machine to start with might be a
good way to overcome those without spending too much cash up front.
I did something similar with my Smithy. I bought a Midas 1220
, their low-end model, while
what I thought I wanted was one of the larger Granite
models. As it turns out, I am NOT a
machinist! I cannot touch the capability of the Midas unit, and my son is very good about pitching in to help me with more complex parts... so I'm
better off with the smaller machine shop where I can just handle small jobs in house.
Same thing with welding. I have a nice, smaller Lincoln MIG that does a great job, much more than I am capable of doing. I can run a bead... an ugly
bead, but a bead... so I don't need a bigger, fancier machine. It would be a waste of money. As it is, the grinding is about as expensive as the
welding for me, trying to grind off all that excess metal, lol.