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I am enjoying my new hobby.

Above is a fully disjoined octopus. It is printed with plastic between all the joints, and you have to spend hours removing the plastic so the arms are fully movable

No explanation needed on above.

A weatherproof house for keeping snail and slug bait safe from rain. It has a funnel under the roof that you fill with the slug bait.

Celtic coasters and holder.

Small pot plant for cacti or other small plants

Japanese dragon. Took over 3 hours to get all the plastic out of all the joints

Baby elephant

Cutaway of jet engine

The USB stick shows the size of the engine. It took over an hour to put 13 washers, nuts and bolts into just one part of this model.

The tracks on this kept breaking. It took 3 repeat prints to finally get them right. The good thing about a printer is if you break any parts, you just go and reprint them.

Toothpaste squeezer. No more wastage. Made a small one for superglue tubes.

Nut cracker

(Above and below)   Printed parts on plate. They are for a new machine. It’s a Ponsee logger.

The temperatures are very hot. Between 210 to 280 depending on the plastic used. The metal print plate is held there by magnets, and is between 50 and 80 degrees hot, when printing.

The printer is in an enclosure. The print needs to be a constant temp to keep it on the plate. The enclosure achieves this. Have also got a bench top dehumidifer. Plastic tends to absorb moisture, so this reduces the weight of the plastic. In the Waikato the humidity is high, so this plastic absorbs water. By reducing the water content, plastic flows through the nozzle freely.

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  1. There is a support material for those printers that delivers in water, rather than spending hours picking plastic out of the joints you just chuck it in a bucket of water and walk away till its dissolved.
    eSUN PVA Water Soluble 3D Printer Filament 0.5kg. how ever you need a printer with a 2 nozzle head

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