While my new plastic and pololu stepper driver arrived I remembered why I never use UPS from the states. The are extortionests when it comes to brokerage. My contents were roughly $100. Shipping was $20, brokerage and gst was $40. So including shipping ups is 60% of the actual thing I bought, and yes 40% if you dont include shipping. For something that amounts to printer cartridges thats eco friendly and as far as I know the only distributer in north America. As least there wasnt duty I suppose. Next time Ill use USPS.
The green PLA is awesome and it seems thinner than the clear oddly enough. Ultimachine also included a sample of Translucent blue and as someone else said it is indeed black light reactive. Wicked!!! I definitely should have ordered it as the cost of shipping and brokerage fees are somewhat counter-productive.

Its Alive!

Finally my new belts for buckybot arrived today. Thats the name Im giving my almost finished Mendel. The first set of belts I sourced locally ended up being about double the thickness they were supposed to be so couldnt do the tight turns required for the pullies. Also some green pla arrived And a nice new sample of the translucent blue color, they seriously want me to spend all my money.

It’s alive

Most of the pulleys required some cleaning which of course I mean solid abuse from a pair of scissors. Which reminds me I need to get some proper cleaning tools. The z pulley was the most problematic since it had almost no clearance with the captive nut pulley. Luckily I had a couple tiny screws that worked.
After a little bit of adjustments, since I didnt really do them in the rush of assembly, I had everything hooked up. Then I had a problem with one of the steppers. After a quick check and some multimetrring I realized it was some shoddy pins. With a bit of prodding I was firing up replicatorg to make sure things were ok.
I have movement on all 3 Axis.
Now to finish off a Wade extruded while I wait for some modular heat core kits to arrive.

Blogging made easy

Well lets see how wordpress serves me for my online prescence. Well more specifically wordpresss iPhone app. Now maybe when I get the urge to post something I wont have to jump through hoops to do it.