Today three years ago, a Leapfrog Dual Creatr arrived at the opqrstu studio. It took almost nine months to tame this robot. These were heavy times and if you want to know more about this frustrating experience, get a free download of this story at iTunes. But a tamed 3D printer does not exist without problems like clogged nozzles, jammed fans and Z-axis problems. This robot will never be plug and play. It’s a T-Ford and we are looking for Tesla. Not only the printer is far from perfect, so is the software. Opqrstu3D uses SkectchUp, Repetier and Slic3r. They do their job, but there’s lots of room for improvement.
Anyway, today is a day of joy. Against all odds and beyond expectations, after three years of almost daily productivity, our robot is still doing what it has to do: producing (almost) perfect thingies. In ‘Hat trick’ it starts with three separate shapes which grow together to build one light shell (without problems). A wonderful birthday treat! Next, it printed this new study of a three parts ceiling light. It’s an improvement of FullMoon: two colours and a constant voltage LED driver instead of one colour and a constant current driver.
After three years, the opqrstu3D print experience is alive and kicking, but as a blog it’s a bit finished. We discussed and solved almost all problems a starting 3D printer will encounter, there’s noting more to say. Meanwhile, it’s 2016 and there’s a new kid on the block called Instagram. A great tool to follow the future of the opqrstu3D print experience: @prdcz.