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  1. #3981
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    Lol, I stick with Micro Center stuff for now. It is good. I like Esun filament from Amazon too.

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    Micro Center? Haven't tried anything yet I don't think! Trying a little PETG from eSun. Haven't done to much yet though so rough on settings.

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    MicroCenter isn't in all cities. It is a smaller privately owned electronics chain. Nerd paradise. Kind of like a Best Buy, but tons better and actually decent and competitive prices.

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    I haven't heard of one here but I will look into it.

    How do you all metals do with PLA? I have heard that the Micros Swiss all metals may not be the best for PLA. I am working on ABS right now with them.

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    Good prices on PLA. Not sure what shipping will be though. What filament of theirs do you like?


    Quote Originally Posted by jfkansas View Post
    MicroCenter isn't in all cities. It is a smaller privately owned electronics chain. Nerd paradise. Kind of like a Best Buy, but tons better and actually decent and competitive prices.

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    I haven't ran PLA at all. It should be fine, I have like 1 roll of purple I guess I could try sometime. I think it is because of the inconsistency of PLA temps. ABS is almost always good at 235 or so. I have seen numbers of PLA from 180 to 220+, so something is different about all that PLA.

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    Been too busy to post, but here's what I've done with mine:
    - I built a small workbench out of 2x4s with 2x12s as the top (used a leg kit from 2x4basics.com). Super stable and much better than the cheap Ikea desk I had it on. Need a rubber mat for the top now to further reduce vibrations.
    - Someone in this thread suggested to rotate the power plug / switch panel so that the switch is easier to access. I cannot recommend this simple 5 minute mod enough! The power plug was always in the way of the switch and it's no longer an issue.
    - Disconnected the stepper motor driver fan. Amazing that such a little fan is so loud! I need to run my printer a bit and check driver temperatures with and without the fan to see if it even makes a difference. Prior to this, I had made a little duct so that the fan would blow more air onto the drivers.
    - Upgraded my z-axis rods, build plate, and hot ends with jfkansas' offerings. HUGE difference. Build platform is much more stable now and print quality has improved.
    - Built an air scrubber based off a design I saw on Thingiverse. Mine uses 100mm Sundstrom respirator filters that are available on Amazon and eBay. Hopefully it will cut down on the smell when printing in ABS. The cool thing about these filters is that you can stack them. Right now I'm running a P100 particulate filter plus a VOC / chemical filter. Will put my design up online soon!

    Next up, I'd like to work on soundproofing a bit. Unfortunately I have to keep my printer in my office and the noise gets rather annoying. I was thinking of applying Dynamat or a similar sound deadening material to all exposed metal surfaces. Maybe even build an enclosure around it.

    And finally, I have an annoying problem: the little blower has gotten pretty loud. Sounds like the bearings are shot. Any leads on a high quality replacement?

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    Which "little blower"?

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    The extruder blower

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    Ok, the part cooler one on the side. QIDI has them on ebay for cheap.

    Search for QIDI.

    I got a bunch of stuff off there from them since prices were so good.

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