For those of you who want to get into 3D-Printing, one of our developer (Bruno G.), who is also on the forum, wrote a little “How-to-start” guide for you
Where to get the files from?
We would like to empower the creativity of our community so with this forum we want to provide a way for sharing the 3D-Designs that help you on set. There are also other outlets for free 3D designs like Thingiverse or Grabcad you can take a look at. Of course, you can also design your own parts to print but I guess not everyone has the time or experience to do so.
How to get things printed?
In case you don’t want to jump right in with your own printer, there are a lot of 3D-Printing services to choose from. You just have to send them the 3D-Data (STL) downloaded from our forum or created yourself, select a material (we recommend PLA or ABS) and they’ll send back your part. Some well-known are 3D-Hubs , Shapeways and i.Materialise, but in most bigger towns there are some local businesses who offer prints.
OR you could buy your own printer, which doesn’t have to be as expensive or complicated as you might think. There are a lot of printers out there in different price ranges, but here are some great tips what to buy to get into it.
Anycubic I3 Mega (300-400$)
The cheapest of the lot, based on the popular Prusa I3 design this is still a very capable printer and a good starting point, offers a touchscreen panel, heated glass printbed and filament sensor. You might even get cheaper sets that need some assembly before use.
Prusa I3 MK3S (700-1000$)
This one is the original I3 design with some improvements made by Prusa like the very handy auto bed leveling. They offer costumer support and Prusa replacement parts can be easily found including tutorials for repairs. You can buy this one as a cheaper DIY kit for self-assembly or prebuild and tested.
Ultimaker offers a great and durable printer that is easy to use and deliver great results, they both come prebuild and ready to print. The 3 also offers dual extrusion (for multicolor or different materials), easy swappable printheads and wifi connectivity.
As software solution Cura (free) or Simplyfy3D (paid) would be recommended for creating the gcode files to print from. All of the above printers print great out of the box with PLA plastic, for other materials like ABS or Nylon it may take a few trials or modifications to get them right.
Happy printing everyone & please feel free to share your designs with the community!
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I find myself using these quite often - they're just simple 15 & 19mm rod clips, useful for routing cables over rods (FIZ, VF cables, etc). These don't pinch the cables to the rods so they're not considered strain relief, simply ways to keep everything tidy.
After countless hours of designing I finally finished the "table-top stand" for the cPro hand-unit.
It uses the existing quickrelease threadhole and provides support when you want to set the hand-unit down on a flat surface.
I added Arri locking pins to prevent twisting and threaded the hole accordingly.