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Hello From Wales
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Hi, my name is Penny and Im currently printing and making an R2D2 using, primarily Mr Baddeleys plans. So far its going well withthe occassional hiccup although you have to expect that.

Ill be honest. I hate, and Im useless at this intro posts so ill give you some basics and if you want to ask questions then fire away

Penny, 46, Female, works as a Bus Driver full time, I also paint miniatures and for part work builds. Also working on the Build the Routemaster, Millenium Falcon and Harley Davidson. 
Ive been looking into creating my own "part work" and think R2D2 is the answer. Im also doing a weekly you tube build log which Ill post here, if acepted.
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Best wishes from OZ. The guys here have a lot of experience and will help you out with a lot of stuff.
If you have a big printer you are in luck with Michaels new one piece files but as an old timer I did the multiple (I think about 500+ can really remember). Anyway stay warm over there as we get ready for xmas by the pool with a few beers.
Phill
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(12-05-2018, 09:32 PM)phul007 Wrote: Best wishes from OZ. The guys here have a lot of experience and will help you out with a lot of stuff.
If you have a big printer you are in luck with Michaels new one piece files but as an old timer I did the multiple (I think about 500+ can really remember). Anyway stay warm over there as we get ready for xmas by the pool with a few beers.
Phill

Thank you so much for the reply. Im doing MrB`s awesome R2 print files. I only have a CR10S which is 300x although I only use about 270mm square. To be fair I personally dont like the massive build plates as its just too much to go wrong. You know what I mean? Chuck on a 3 day print and 2 hours before its finished and it fails. All I would be able to do would be to cry. That being said I also use Octoprint which had a nice little eclude region fetaure which I have used in the past to exclude areas that have failed. Very useful if you are printing multiple components and you dont want to cancel the entire print because one small part has failed.

The interesting thing about the prints is that I usually study the instructions before I start to print and really cant make head nor tail of them. Then I print the parts and suddenly everything makes sense. In addition there are so many genius elements included. It may only be dovetail joints that can not be fitted in the wrong section, little numbers so you dont fit parts the wrong way or just the way its been positioned to print on the bed usually with no supports required. You just cant not appreciate how awesome they are until youprint them. Thats why I quickly upgraded my Patreon level from $1 to $5.
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(12-05-2018, 11:16 PM)PaintWithPenny Wrote:
(12-05-2018, 09:32 PM)phul007 Wrote: Best wishes from OZ. The guys here have a lot of experience and will help you out with a lot of stuff.
If you have a big printer you are in luck with Michaels new one piece files but as an old timer I did the multiple (I think about 500+ can really remember). Anyway stay warm over there as we get ready for xmas by the pool with a few beers.
Phill

Thank you so much for the reply. Im doing MrB`s awesome R2 print files. I only have a CR10S which is 300x although I only use about 270mm square. To be fair I personally dont like the massive build plates as its just too much to go wrong. You know what I mean? Chuck on a 3 day print and 2 hours before its finished and it fails. All I would be able to do would be to cry. That being said I also use Octoprint which had a nice little eclude region fetaure which I have used in the past to exclude areas that have failed. Very useful if you are printing multiple components and you dont want to cancel the entire print because one small part has failed.

The interesting thing about the prints is that I usually study the instructions before I start to print and really cant make head nor tail of them. Then I print the parts and suddenly everything makes sense. In addition there are so many genius elements included. It may only be dovetail joints that can not be fitted in the wrong section, little numbers so you dont fit parts the wrong way or just the way its been positioned to print on the bed usually with no supports required. You just cant not appreciate how awesome they are until youprint them. Thats why I quickly upgraded my Patreon level from $1 to $5.
Have fun and enjoy the instructions are getting better ever day. You will become an expert at the end and then later you look at it and think how did I do that.
yeah doing a weeks print is nervous. The biggest one I have done on a 200x200x180 bed is about 60 hours (it was on high setting), it worked but I have still had a few short ones fail.
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Yeah, I learnt fairly early on that it was not a good idea to fill up my build volume with parts. Much safer to do a part or two at a time.

Though I am nearly a year in now (to both my build and my 3D printing experience), and the extra experience has definitely helped me get less failed prints. You can't help machine failures though.

I also stick with a policy of not printing while no-one is at home, I just don't trust my kit built printer to not burn my house down.
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