For 3d Printing, Levelling the Bed is Finicky

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So a week or so ago I tweaked some­thing on my print­er. Maybe it was ini­tial lay­er height. Maybe I adjus­ted a bed screw. Not sure, but all of a sud­den my prints wouldn’t stick to the bed prop­erly.

Using the ‘paper drag’ meth­od of bed lev­el­ling ‘sort of’ worked. But it really was tri­al and error and very small changes in adjust­ment that seem to be work­ing.

Prints are, once again, print­ing. Yay. #frus­trat­ing

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3d printing small board game accessories

Boardgame bits funnel tray - holding Fate and Honour tokens from Legend of the Five Rings (2017).
Boardgame bits fun­nel trays — hold­ing Fate and Hon­our tokens from Legend of the Five Rings (2017).

I’m really happy when I can com­bine two of my hob­bies. This time it’s Boardgam­ing and 3d Print­ing.

Often, many games have tokens or chits that are pooled for play­ers to take at dif­fer­ent times dur­ing play.  Usu­ally, these sit in piles around the main game area.

On Thingi­verse, swholmstead shared this neat design — which I promptly down­loaded and prin­ted.

From: Stack­able Game Bits Fun­nel Tray by swholmstead, pub­lished Oct 3, 2017

Super Effect­ive! Keep­ing the game table neat and tidy.

3d Printing Terrain for Dungeons & Dragons

Gateway.

Pretty cool what a little time, 3d Print­ing tech­no­logy, some cre­at­ive design work, and a spool of PLA will get you.

I’ve been test­ing vari­ous dun­geon com­pon­ents to see how well they’ll work with our play style. And how good they’ll look once painted and fin­ished.

Unfinished Crates

The crates above have yet to be fin­ished. Usu­ally, I prime them with Flat Grey, then col­our, light­en or darken as neces­sary. This example also uses short walls, allow­ing us to see the con­tents of the room from any­where on the table.

Surprise!

If you’re inter­ested, I’ve been keep­ing all the land­scape and ter­rain designs I find on Thingi­verse in this col­lec­tion.

3d Printing some feet to display photos on my desktop

We had these ugly plate-stand style photo stands for some alu­min­um photo prints. Had that ‘wrought-iron’ look. Totally not suit­able for a very white shot of our dogs. 3d Print­ing to the res­cue.

Then I found these simple ‘feet’ on Thingi­verse — a per­fect solu­tion.

I prin­ted off one batch, but had a bit of a flash­ing issue inside the front of one clip caus­ing the clip to break along a print seam.

Simple solu­tion, rotate the clip 90 degrees, caus­ing the print seams to be ver­tic­al rather than hori­zont­al.

Photo stand 1

Installed photo standClean look

Photo by bgri­er