[chbot] 3D printing
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:
> 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:
> 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
> 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,
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