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.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Down to Fine Tuning

I am starting to see the potential of these little printers.  I still do not really have a use for them...but I can see the potential!  I am at the point where I get 100% adhesion to the build plate and I am comfortable that when I lift the lid I will find something printed!

That is...depending on the resin.  Fun To Do Snow White is incredible.  The sample that came with my second printer is pretty good.  The two liters of grey that I bought of Monocure is problematic!  Currently struggling to get a good print with this resin.  I am doing calibration prints measuring the expected size of an object against the cured size and am up to 35 seconds for a 60 micron layer,  At 20 seconds I was getting layer separation.

But the Fun to Do Snow White is amazing and the stuff that came with the printer is not bad at all.
Test and calibration pieces on the build plate (FTD SW).

Above off the build plate.

Collection of calibration and test prints.

White is under cured FTD SW, Clear to the right is the over cured Wanhao Sample and the Monocure Clear with a missing corner is on top.

Close up of the Eiffel Tower.  Note the result of what I assume was under extrusion in the middle of the photo.

The whole tower.


  1. Hey hello there!
    Really nice blog i really like the posts about the 3d printers!
    I am an Industrial designer in Profession and in my free time a maker and a scale model maker.
    I am thinking of buying a liquid resin 3D printer for some time...( I am quite advanced with fdm machines by now).
    So I would like to ask you would you recommend the Wanhao Duplicator?
    What are the drawbacks will I run into major problems?
    I want such machine to produce fine detail for custom scale model kits robots and tanks...

    Looking forward for your reply.

    Best Regards,

  2. Evangelos,

    Thanks. I am going to answer your question in the next couple of posts. It is not an easy question!