Evolution of a Blog

This blog has evolved as I have as a maker. It starts at the beginning of my journey where I began to re-tread my tires in the useful lore of micro electronics and the open-source software that can drive them. While building solutions around micro-electronics are still an occasional topic my more recent focus has been on the 3D Printing side of making.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Is there enough filament for my print?

This is more of a "doop" than a "eurika" but it finally occurred to me that my luggage scale can quite easily be used to tell me exactly how much filament is left on the end of the reel.  Like I said, doop, not eurika!

Weigh the reel of filament, subtract the weight of the spool, subtract the weight of the filament that is unusable (Ultimaker specific to it's feeder), compare to the grams needed for the print from the slicer.

This is a particularly accurate measurement now that I have standardized on one size of filament and in most cases to a single manufacturer of filament.  Historically I had a number of different spool sizes and hence weights.

Hey, I did say this was a doop not a eureka!

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