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  1. #91
    I will take some detailed pics as soon as I can but it will be a few days (out of town :-(
    Meshmixer sounds interesting. Craftware can also place supports in user defined locations (haven't played with it but know it can do it).
    Honestly, I'm not excited about Autocad products as you have to sign away your life to get it installed... but I may try it some time in the future. Too many things in the cue currently ;-)

    BREAK THROUGH !!!
    I think I have figured out how to get Cura 2.3 to work with the Peachy !! There is a setting in the “Machine Settings” called “Machine Centre is Zero”. This sets the origin to the centre of the build plate rather than the Cura 2.3 default of top left corner. I looked at the gcode output from 2.3 and NONE of the values are negative (thus working in only ONE cartesian coordinate quadrant).
    I'm hoping to do an actual test in a couple days when I'm back in front of my printer.
    Last edited by Builder1; 10-28-2016 at 04:44 PM.

  2. #92
    Ok. I have definitely confirmed that Cura 2.3 works with the Peachy printer !!
    I will have some pics uploaded later (I will add the link here)

    My most recent issue with Cura was that when I up-scaled the object 10x, the slicing time would go from 1 min to 3-4 HOURS!!!
    This intense CPU load would start to roast my poor macbook pro!
    Hoping to utilize more cores, I setup my Mac Pro with Cura 2.3 last night. Inorder to do this I had to go through EVERY SINGLE SETTING (there are LOTS) and set them one at a time on my other mac. In doing so I found ONE setting that was 10x to small. Changing that reduced the slice time on my macbook from 3-4 hours to 7 minutes !!!!

    Cura maintains two processes, each with multiple threads. The "Cura Engine" process appears to only use ONE core with TWO threads for slicing and the "Cura" process manages the UI. On my Mac Pro which has 4 cores, Cura doesn't even use two of them :-(

    So where are we at now that Cura 2.3 is setup properly?
    -"Machine Center is Zero" setting sets the print origin to the center of the build area which is what the Peachy needs !
    -Easily configurable Rafting (so the raft, not our print, gets embedded in the mesh)
    -Top & Bottom surfaces print (No more tilting !!!)
    -Customizable UI (Settings that are irrelevant to the Peachy can be Hidden from the UI !! (Bed Temp and Cooling Fan settings for example)
    -File sizes are large (334MB for the planetary gear pump. This is just the nature of the Peachy since it has 10x the Z axis resolution)

    This is a VAST improvement from where things were at previously !!

    To Do Items
    -Recalibrate the printer to the new "stew pot" build container (Height calibration, Drip calibration *should* be OK now)
    -Run more glow paper print tests to ensure print viability with new container
    -Finish drinking cranberry juice so I have a 3L Dripper bottle (It's soooooo sweet!! ...I might just dump it)
    -Drill cap and run hoses in my new Dripper bottle
    -Print Planetary gear pump and Scissor jack
    -Take close up pics of galvos and post them

  3. #93
    I've been working on an epic update but have rewritten it about 3 times so far...
    So, a mini update.

    Drip calibration continues to mess with my mind. Nothing adds up. Calculating the drips/mm does not equal the drips/mm obtained with the "Drip Calibrator" in the Peachy software. Then when I use either number in the Peachy software using simulated drips to do glow paper tests, the software does not actually drip the correct number of drips per layer!

    As part of my print tests, I've been trying to optimize the gcode files so that they are the simplest that they can be. This reduces file size, slice time and print time. Specifically, print time per layer, which is what we need to get down as much as possible to make the drip system viable. I have the planetary gear pump down to 58MB !!! (my first tests were 980MB!!!) This is all due to removing lines that are not required and having certain settings where they should be. For example, in the Peachy software there is a setting for Line Width set to 0.5mm. I was using 0.2mm in Cura. That setting alone dropped the pump file down from 120MB to 58MB.
    I will outline several important settings in Cura that I find myself adjusting constantly. Those settings have the biggest impact on fill size/gcode complexity/print time.

    I have not forgotten about the pictures. It's just that every time I make an adjustment, the print will look different. I have tossed lots of pics that are just simply out of date. I think I have the gcode optimized as much as I can now. New pics will be coming.

    I will be doing some galvo close ups too ;-)

    More to come...

  4. #94
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone !!!

    Life has been busy the last month and a half!
    With this new year, 2017, coming into focus, I have been envisioning what this new year will be for me.
    I have quite a list of things I want to accomplish in 2017 and having a fully functioning Peachy printer is definitely on that list !!!

    However, I will be approaching it a bit differently.
    I have spent way too much time testing things that just are not getting me any closer to a "fully functional" printer. I will set aside the drip system for the time being, and focus on making a stepper motor based z-axis. I have 2 different types of stepper motors with appropriate driver circuits as well as a couple arduinos. This is where I will put my focus.

    I will resume work on it probably in the second half of January (just a guess, could be earlier).

    Until then, enjoy your holidays and have a grand start to this new year !!
    Jason

  5. #95
    Quote Originally Posted by Builder1 View Post
    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone !!!

    Life has been busy the last month and a half!
    With this new year, 2017, coming into focus, I have been envisioning what this new year will be for me.
    I have quite a list of things I want to accomplish in 2017 and having a fully functioning Peachy printer is definitely on that list !!!

    However, I will be approaching it a bit differently.
    I have spent way too much time testing things that just are not getting me any closer to a "fully functional" printer. I will set aside the drip system for the time being, and focus on making a stepper motor based z-axis. I have 2 different types of stepper motors with appropriate driver circuits as well as a couple arduinos. This is where I will put my focus.

    I will resume work on it probably in the second half of January (just a guess, could be earlier).

    Until then, enjoy your holidays and have a grand start to this new year !!
    Jason
    You too!

    Can't wait to see more of your "adventures"!

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