Making Progress

This breathtaking bridge was printed out of lifelong dream of Malcolm’s, ever since he was a child (which was a long time ago) he has wanted this bridge for his slot car track. Even before we bought the CreatBot he had the files to print this amazing beauty, so once we were set up he set about printing it out. This amazing bridge took multiple prints across many hours to print and the end product is astonishingly detailed right down to the tread on the tires and Malcolm is joyful to have achieved a dream he’s always had.

This month we made a decision to buy slicing software,simplify3D, for our CreatBot rather than to continue with the free slicing version we had been using. We are still making adjustments to the settings to attain an optimal print. Simplify3D is already proving to be an excellent program, but it has and will continue to take a whole lot of tweaking to be running at it’s best.

Creating a business from scratch has taken a lot more time than I thought it was going to, when talking to people about 3D printing everyone thinks its ‘COOL’ but turning cool into actual sales, well that was harder than anticipated. This week we have managed to make 2 separate sales (our first) which has been exciting for us.

Owning a 3D printer is an awesome experience when you need something created and here in our home we have started utilising it when we need. One night Malcolm got tired of his FPV gates sitting around the garage so he created these brackets to screw into underneath his slot car track to hold the FPV gates and get them out of the way. Don’t by any means think that because he did this his garage is tidy, it’s not, and I am a little unsure why they bothered him but nothing else did.

We were also offered to place our business cards in an office and printed out this awesome circular business card holder. We wanted something that stood out and also displayed what we could do, so when we found this little beauty we printed it out and it worked well.

 

 

And then there was filament…

When we ordered our printer at the end of May this year, with it we ordered 3 rolls of PLA filament and 3 spare nozzles for our machine. After 3 months we gave up waiting and ordered 11 rolls of e-sun filament from the Australian distributor and last Monday we received those rolls boxed in a cardboard box that weighed a ton.

Over the course of the last week we have been playing around with that new filament (getting the extruding temperature right and the bed temperature). After finally getting the temperature right and learning how to unblock a nozzle without the help of the right drill bit we are finally happy with the way the new filament now extrudes in both ABS and PLA.

So with how wonderfully beautiful the jobs are turning out Malcolm has embarked on making a childhood dream a reality and is printing out a certain scalextric bridge for his slot car track. He has wanted one since he owned an analogue slot car set (which he still owns but doesn’t use) and now that he owns a digital one he is finally getting his wish. It is yet to be completed but as soon as it is I will post some photos.

 

In the beginning…

Malcolm and I have decided to start a 3D printing business; in fact our official launch was on the 10th of August. I don’t believe that if life hadn’t of gone the way it did for us we would have gone down the road of starting our own business though. It started 2½ years ago when Malcolm fell down a rather deep hole; neither of us expected that such a simple accident would have caused our life to come crashing to a rather painful halt. Within 24hrs of the event we were at the doctors then at the hospital, no one knew what was wrong at right they suspected that it was appendicitis because of the location, he underwent an enormous amount of tests from simple ultrasounds to nerve conductivity test all revealing nothing. He saw a humongous number of doctors and specialists all revealed nothing. He took an impossible amount of painkillers just so that he wasn’t in agonising pain, as his wife I watched my husband in turmoil either asleep from the painkillers or in agonising pain unable to do anything to help

After about 6 months we seeked help down the alternative route, our journey through this minefield has revealed an amazing array of massage therapist, naturopaths and acupuncturists that gave Malcolm enough relief to come off the painkillers and go back to work, but even these treatments had their limitations they were expensive and working the job didn’t help his condition. We would spend around $200 a week just to get Malcolm in a place where he could move and function without medication.

It took about 18 months for a physiotherapist to realise that the fall had actually caused Malcolm’s pelvis to become unaligned and 5 x 1hr sessions at a physiotherapist to put his pelvis back into place. He still had damage to his nerves which would become more of an issue when he was sitting down for extended periods of time, so on the 26th of May Malcolm resigned from his job as IT support for Ergon. With his long service year payout we have decided to start our 3D printing business ‘Exceeding’. We have had the 3D printer for a month and have spent that time getting to know how it works and trying out some cool as well as some practical designs. We have had a lot of fun seeing our ideas come into being and think that you will find it as exciting as we have.

Our CreatBot DX03 in action, doing yet another one of our test prints.
Here we have printed a ‘Hamel_Monohull_Paddle_Boat’ that we found on thingiverse.
This is Malcolm’s homemade FPV gate with his blue 3D printed gate support.