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by Metalcaster
Thu Apr 27, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: print test on the 550
Replies: 3
Views: 150

Re: print test on the 550

I think the problem with printing the piece mentioned was that it was a tall bracelet and it invariably failed somewhere during the 12 hour print... I think the Problem is that he is printing on a 1.2 machine using pdms. PDMS will get destroyed on a long 12 hour print. When I have tall pieces like b...
by Metalcaster
Thu Apr 27, 2017 8:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Good ring sizing software from keith at CADWAX.com
Replies: 1
Views: 53

Good ring sizing software from keith at CADWAX.com

Hi guys, Some of you have software that sizes rings up and down easily like Matrix... But, if you have Rhino, Keith at cadwax.com makes this great software plugin that he installed using teamviewer directly on my computer. Sizes rings up or down within minutes . This can be very helpful. I have used...
by Metalcaster
Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Projector drifting out of focus
Replies: 5
Views: 224

Re: Projector drifting out of focus

I used electrical tape to stop it from moving... Just make sure to tape it and recheck
to make sure it did not move while you were taping.

Only need a piece of tape going from the top of the rotating rim to the body .
by Metalcaster
Fri Apr 21, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Projector drifting out of focus
Replies: 5
Views: 224

Re: Projector drifting out of focus

Had it seem to happen 2 times. I was in the factory late one night and a big heavy truck came by... Shook the table the machine was on... and presto, that print was out!
by Metalcaster
Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Curing Unit's Glass Jar
Replies: 10
Views: 505

Re: Curing Unit's Glass Jar

Simple solutions :-) works for me
by Metalcaster
Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: VAT SLIDE AT THE TOP VELOCITY ON STARTING
Replies: 11
Views: 319

Re: VAT SLIDE AT THE TOP VELOCITY ON STARTING

I have never heard having to do that sequence every time I print.
by Metalcaster
Mon Apr 17, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: VAT SLIDE AT THE TOP VELOCITY ON STARTING
Replies: 11
Views: 319

Re: VAT SLIDE AT THE TOP VELOCITY ON STARTING

Hi Mike, My cords are all permanently taped so there is no movement of the cords or power supply .I was not plugging in or changing anything. The Machine had finished a print earlier... I then set up another print job,Clicked on "print" and it took off! I used my power strip shut down of t...
by Metalcaster
Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:29 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: VAT SLIDE AT THE TOP VELOCITY ON STARTING
Replies: 11
Views: 319

Re: VAT SLIDE AT THE TOP VELOCITY ON STARTING

I have had this happen a number of times, but can't figure out the reason it happens. When it happens, like today, it made a nice mess and splashed resin all over. Had to take most of the insides out and clean them. I have a power strip with just the printer and the power supply on it for emergency ...
by Metalcaster
Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:06 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Power lamp flashing
Replies: 29
Views: 1069

Re: Power lamp flashing

I believe there is a small filter inside the casing that stops the heat from transfering to the lense area. It is in the inside wall going to the lense. If this one cracks,it allows heat into the lense area and you will get flashing light. I know there is one in the 585 projector... Not sure if it i...
by Metalcaster
Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:56 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Curing Unit's Glass Jar
Replies: 10
Views: 505

Re: Curing Unit's Glass Jar

You can use a clear plastic bottle and cut it to the height you need.
I did this before I got the curing box. Eventually, the plastic gets dirty and has to be thrown away... but.. there are PLENTY of plastic bottles out there that need to be recycled somehow :-)
by Metalcaster
Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: Troubleshooting
Topic: 12HR PRINT FAILING AT 1/2 WAY POINT
Replies: 8
Views: 335

Re: 12HR PRINT FAILING AT 1/2 WAY POINT

I have gotten some big , tall, highly detailed bracelets on the 1.2 machine at 50XY... the problem is the PDMS tends to get damaged before the print is finalized. You have 1 shot with new PDMS...probably bake it longer to make it a bit more resistant to damage and you may get 1 bracelet. Otherwise, ...
by Metalcaster
Mon Apr 03, 2017 9:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Prints stick to PDMS
Replies: 8
Views: 461

Re: Prints stick to PDMS

Angle the supports as Robert said, I would also separate them a bit.. you want the resin to be able to move around the supports...stuck together, they block movement of the resin. I'm not sure if thats a good thing, But what happens to resin stagnating in an area? The Supports that Robert is showing...
by Metalcaster
Thu Mar 30, 2017 12:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PDMS recoating issues
Replies: 13
Views: 602

Re: PDMS recoating issues

Looks like air bubbles coming up. I had a few Trays like that in the beginning... They no longer have that problem in production.
Run a bead of glue underneath and it stops.
by Metalcaster
Tue Mar 28, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PDMS recoating issues
Replies: 13
Views: 602

Re: PDMS recoating issues

The first picture you sent looked a bit wavy to me... seeing the picture of the entire tray shows the pdms looks good. I think those are airpockets coming up through the bottom of the glued window. I had some trays like this...I used superglue all along the bottom edge. from the back. Give that a tr...
by Metalcaster
Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PDMS recoating issues
Replies: 13
Views: 602

Re: PDMS recoating issues

Looking at the surface of the PDMS, I can see ripples in it. I got that if I moved the trays after 1 hour... I use an oven to cure PDMS when i use it. I mix it, move the material back and forth for a couple minutes to make sure it's everywhere... then I put it in my small baking oven to settle for a...
by Metalcaster
Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:26 pm
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Problems again - Z-axis motor does not work!
Replies: 6
Views: 307

Re: Problems again - Z-axis motor does not work!

If the problem was caused by the assembly, you would be able to hear the motor groan a bit and then stop. I believe you said the motor is doing nothing. First, does the threaded rod turn when the power is off... can you turn it by hand. If it is hard to turn, then it could be the motor and you might...
by Metalcaster
Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: PDMS recoating issues
Replies: 13
Views: 602

Re: PDMS recoating issues

Maybe the edge of the plastic is sharp or has slight defects in that area? It should be nicely rounded and smooth to the touch.
by Metalcaster
Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Problems again - Z-axis motor does not work!
Replies: 6
Views: 307

Re: Problems again - Z-axis motor does not work!

If the X axis moves, but the Z axis does not move.....
Sometimes , the connectors to the control board can be loose.... Also, the control board could fail. I believe there is a reset button on the control board... that may work. not expensive to replace.
by Metalcaster
Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Problem calibration
Replies: 2
Views: 116

Re: Problem calibration

The lettering on the print is good on the areas I can see, so I do not think this is an MSM problem. Check the platform for perfect flatness against a piece of glass. this particular platform can become a little twisted and can cause this problem. Take your platform off while it is still attached to...
by Metalcaster
Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Hardware
Topic: Power lamp flashing
Replies: 29
Views: 1069

Re: Power lamp flashing

I do not turn off the computer or the printer... ever... except to do an update or new software.My Projector light is always on... that is standby. If I have to print with this , I have to push the create button and right away push the bottom of the Round circle button to activate the projector. My ...

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