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