[chbot] 3D printing

Carl Ranson carl.ranson at gmail.com
Thu Sep 28 09:49:33 BST 2017

You'll be surprised how many ideas you'll come up with.

only recently, I've done:
shopping bag clip for the car
mounting brackets for a led strip light
case for component tester
charging dock for smart watch
and several parts for the cocktail robot I'm finally getting around to.

and then there's thingiverse.com.
I have a few bits up on there under the username Section8

On 27/09/2017 5:44 PM, Andrew Errington wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> My 3D printer arrived today.  Now I can hang with the cool kids.
> For the longest time I have coveted this:
> https://hobbyking.com/en_us/catalogsearch/result/index/?dir=desc&order=price&q=Malyan+m200
> It is the Malyan M200, aka the Monoprice MP Select Mini.  It was 
> announced to great excitement just over a year ago as the first 
> actually decent 3D printer for less than 200 US dollars:
> https://hackaday.com/2016/06/13/review-monoprice-mp-select-mini-3d-printer/
> So, for the price it's pretty good, all things considered.  I was 
> overseas when it was announced, and I didn't want to try and get one 
> delivered to me there, nor did I want to carry it back to NZ when I 
> eventually returned.
> I kept my eye on it at hobbyking, and another eye on the exchange 
> rate.  As you know, GST is not collected on imports if the GST amount 
> is less than NZD 60, which equates to a shipment value of NZD 400 
> including shipping. Unfortunately, if you exceed this threshold you 
> get some other fees tacked on too, approximately an additional hundred 
> dollars.
> The shipping cost from Hong Kong is about USD 65, so all up it's right 
> on the edge of being slightly over the limit, depending on the 
> exchange rate.
> Lately the NZD has been quite strong so it was quite likely I would 
> not be over the limit, but it's marginal.
> Last week I spotted it was on sale with about USD 50 discount.  I 
> bought one on Friday and it arrived today.  At least if you're paying 
> that much for shipping you actually get good service.  I bought the UK 
> version to be sure it was capable of 240V operation, but I think all 
> models are the same, just with a different figure-8 mains cable supplied.
> Out of the box you get five metres of PLA and a microSD card with a 
> sample model (and the manual) on it.  They supply a small Allen key 
> for you to check the bed is level, after which you load the filament 
> and press print.
> Now I have joined the horde of 3D printer owners with no real need for 
> one... but it's cool.
> Best wishes,
> Andrew
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