Lightning DLP

Lightning UV DLP 3D Printer USD 2,000

I just discovered a very interesting Kickstarted project, the Lightning. The most interesting thing about it is its price point vs its features and build area. If you’ve been itching to get into the resin printing arena, there has never been a better time to do so.

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The prices listed here are retail prices, but you kickstart it now, you could acquire the Lightning in December 2016 / Jan 2017 for USD 2,083.

Lightning Compared

FAQ:

1.) Yes you can use 3rd party resin

2.) It comes pre-built, no assembly required

3.) DLP printers produce details, that FDM consumer devices just aren’t capable of. That is why you want this printer =)

Lightning In a BoxLinks:

http://www.lightning-3d.com/

Lightning Official Forum

Kickstarter: Lightning DLP Printer

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Steve Jobs, the movie

 

Fluff

There are no spoilers in this post. Your welcome!

In the world of movies, we haven’t been making a lot of good movies lately. That’s why most of us turn to TV series to fill the gap. I’m surprised the “Movie” business hasn’t gone extinct yet. But it will soon, mark my words. Think about it, and there isn’t a single film that could not be presented in a TV show format. The same is not true the other way round.

So I woke up this morning, spun up Plex and decided to watch something I haven’t seen yet while having breakfast. Steve Jobs? Sure why not, it’s something I can tune out or miss some parts without having to rewind all the time, while I chow down in peace.

I expected the movie to be flimsy, dull, and at best endurable for 45 minutes. Let me tell you; that’s not how it went down. I was hooked right from the start, missing parts of this movie were proving to be an impossible feat.

the Movie

This movie is very personal, and it will force you to react emotionally, you become a “part” of this film. That is certainly not something that can be said about a lot of movies these days. The movie also makes you think about your life, and perhaps offers you the opportunity to re-evaluate some of the decisions you’ve made. If not, chances are you will at least ask yourself, if there is something that you could re-evaluate.

This movie is not about Steve Jobs, (actually, it is) it’s about us! It’s about all of us. You need to see this movie, your family needs to see this film, your parents need to see this movie. Before you watch this with your kids, look at the rating bellow.

Ratings

Kizmet: 9/10

Family Rating: Rated R

All parents make their decisions about what their children should and should not watch. It’s worth pointing out, there is no nudity in this movie, no making out, etc. This movie got its R rating due to language. For more details click here.

IMDB: 7.2/10

Trailer: (Don’t watch it, see the movie)

 

 

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1st Impression Prusa i3 MK2

3v9plg5So on the 21st of August I decided to pull the trigger and buy a 3D printer. After a lot of research, I decided that the Prusa i3 MK2 “kit” was going to be a fun project. 8 days later, the kit was delivered to my house.

The box it was shipped in contained the kit, all the tools you need to assemble the printer, the Quality Control testing sheet, and a bag of German Haribo gummy bears. Unfortunately the gummy bears did not survive long.

Assembly time: 12:17:33
Calibration time: 3 days (Im new to 3d printing)

It took me about 12 hours to assemble this beast. And building it was a lot of fun. I had a real sense of joy from completing the build phase of this project. This also resulted in me ordering about 13 different filament rolls from Amazon right away.

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Broken Y-Belt Holder

While building the printer I did manage to break a critical component,

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Spare Y-Belt Holder

the Y Belt holder. Luckily I was able to use a cable tie to tighten the belt, and then printed a spare part.

 

The Y Belt Holder that ships in the Kit is certainly flawed, and may require more infil so that it can withstand the stress of the belt being tightened.

Once built, its time to calibrate this monster. Heres my disclaimer, I have never owned, or built, or used a 3d printer before. The i3 MK2 is my first, and this is probably why I had so much trouble calibrating it. Its going to be a very steep learning curve for some, and others not so much.

However after struggling with it for 3 days, and getting help from the community as well the Prusa support team, the calibration was completed successfully. As a matter of fact, the i3 MK2, is now printing a batman logo. Which should be done by the time I finish the 1st draft of this post. But must confess, about an hour ago, I got so frustrated with my inability to calibrate the printer, that I was starting to think, perhaps this was a mistake. But alas, in the end I managed to triumph.

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Batman Logo

Here are some tips, if your about to build/purchase this printer.

  1. Be very gently with the Y-Belt holder, the one that ships in the Kit is very weak, and can break (see picture). If you do break it, like I did, dont worry, you can fix the belt using a cable tie. You’ll know what I mean once you start building.
  2. To tighten the Y-Belt, id advise you to just put the cables into the y-belt carrier 1st, then loop the other end on the motor bearing. This makes it much easier to tighten the belt.
  3. When reading the assembly manual, read the steps in this order.
    1. The warnings first
    2. then the comments from the community
    3. then the actions for step
  4. When you reach the XYZ Calibration phase, make sure you put a A4 paper on the heatbed, while the nozzle moves around and homes for the 1st phase (1st 4 points). If the nozzle hits the paper, and drags the paper across the surface, turn off the printer and lower the PIMDA probe by about 1 mm. Rinse and repeat until the nozzle doesn’t hit the paper anymore. Do not overcompensate, you will want to make these adjustments in tiny increments.

So in terms of noise, I believe the printer is about 52db loud when active. So its not really loud. Id say its about as loud as some common HP desktop printers, probably even less than that.

The printer comes with all the software required, for both Mac OSX & Windows 10. Soon as your done calibrating, your all set to go.

In case your wondering there are two ways to print.

  • Stand Alone from SD Card
  • Control printer via USB from PC

I have opted to use print standalone via SD card, because if the PC restarts or powers off this would interrupt the print job. Its easy to copy files to the SD card and then insert it into the printer. The job can be started using the printers LCD panel and menu.

Here is something to keep in mind with this printer, you can print all the parts yourself. So in essence, you can pre-print your spare parts, incase something breaks down the line. This makes you completely self-sufficient.

Prusa Support:

Prusa Live Chat support appears to be available 24/7, and they are more than happy to address all your questions, be they technical, or sales questions. And their friendly. To be honest I have never seen this level of support in any industry. I dont know how Joseph manages to maintain such a high quality of support. Its an incredible feat.

Verdict:

Once calibrated I was quite happy with the initial prints.

If you’ve always wanted to print stuff, you cant go wrong with this printer as your 1st buy, at USD 699. And there are many online that will attest to this.

If you don’t want to mess about building yourself, Prusa does sell them pre-built and ready to go, however that will raise the price to USD 899.

Speed: 4/5
Noise: 5/5
Build Quality: 3/5
Print Quality: 4/5

My advice, be daring! Go for the build it yourself kit, its going to be fun building it.

Prusa Gallery

 

Prusa Links

Official Prusa i3 MK2 Help / FAQPrusa i3 MK2 Build InstructionsOfficial Prusa Forums (EN)Prusa 3d online shop

 

 

 

 

 

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AI WEBSITES THAT DESIGN THEMSELVES

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This is not another do-it-yourself website builder. The Grid harnesses the power of artificial intelligence to take everything you throw at it – videos, images, text, urls and more – and automatically shape them into a custom website unique to you. As your needs grow, it evolves with you, effortlessly adapting to your needs. Want to add e-commerce? Social feeds? A different layout? The Grid just takes care of it. This is not a website builder. This is your personal AI web developer. Its first masterpiece is the website you’re looking at right now. Its next one could be yours.


The above is a straight cutout from TheGrids site. But basically I signed up as a founder.

If you manage any websites, blogs, etc, Id highly suggest you sign up too. This is incredible tech. Of course well have to see if its going to be as good as they claim.

Bottom line, I’m in for the ride. Best sign-up now, before its too late.

What features are included in the Founding Membership?

  • 1 year pre-paid subscription
  • Subscription begins v1 release, late Spring 2015
  • Life-time subscription rate of $8/month
  • 7 Sites, custom domains OK
  • Pretty much unlimited contributors, storage and bandwidth
  • Commerce engine, due late 2015
  • Grid NFC Token (limited gold edition)

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PSA: Local Kuwait Samsung Partners selling scratched S6 Edge units out of the box.

Like many of you I pre-ordered the S6 Edge from Zain Kuwait. But what followed was a nightmare.

On the 10th of April I picked up my unit from Zain. Before I left the branch I checked the display, and found that the S6 Edge had micro scratches covering 100% of the screen including the top and bottom bezels (where the home bottom and ear speaker is).

The branch staff refused to exchange the unit for me.

The micro scratches were verified by the Zains in-store workshop.

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Since I refused to leave without a possible solution, I asked the Customer Service agent to call the branch manager. The outcome? I was instructed to go the Al-Babtain Samsung Service Center to have the unit replaced.

The Kuwait Samsung service center tried to convince me that this is how the display is supposed to be. I was also informed that Samsung Dubai allegedly sent them an e-mail, informing them if they received any complaints about the display, they are to inform the customer this is how the display is supposed to look.

When I spoke with Samsung Dubai Customer care this morning, I was told this is the first time they have heard of it. An issue like this that has already received a lot of attention online, I find that hard to believe. Only time will tell how this will end. In the mean time Ill have to wait and see how Samsung will respond.

I don’t take kindly to paying KD 275 to get a damaged phone out of the box, and then being accused of being the cause of the scratched screen.

In the meantime I have created this blog especially for Samsung S6 & S6 Edge defective units.

Im hoping to garner some local support, and see if how many users in Kuwait or even the middle east are affected by this batch of defective units.

For more details head on over to the S6 Edge DOA Site.

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Chrome Beta Version 36.0.1985.32 built in flash plugin zoomed and cropped problem

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With the recent Chrome Beta update on Max OSX 10.9.3 I noticed that embedded youtube videos did not load correctly. This also affects any embedded flash content. This was very annoying as video flash content playback controls were not accessible. And for the life of me I could not figure out what the problem was. Whats interesting about this is both the built in flash plugin that comes with Chrome and the system level plugin downloaded from Adobe both are version 13.0.0.214. However the system level plugin is the one that works correctly.

Today I decided to look into this, and I finally found the solution.

  1. Download the latest Flash Plugin from adobe http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
  2. Quit all currently running browsers
  3. Install the flash player (if its already installed you may uninstall/reinstall)
  4. Start Chrome, in the address box enter chrome://plugins/ (exactly as I put it here), hit enter
  5. You will see a list of plugins, in the top right corner click on “Details”
  6. Scroll down or search for the word “Flash” (see illustration bellow)

    How to Set System Plugin
  7. Disable the flash plugin with the a location of: /Applications/Google Chrome.app/Contents/Versions/36.0.1985.32/Google Chrome Framework.framework/Internet Plug-Ins/PepperFlash/PepperFlashPlayer.plugin
  8. Close this window, check that your problem is resolved by viewing either an embedded youtube video, or any other flash object

Embedded Files working as they should

 

 

System Specs & Versions

  • 13″ Macbook Pro Retina (Late 2013)
  • Mac OSX 10.9.3
  • Chrome 36.0.1985.32 beta
  • Flash Built in with Chrome 13.0.0.214
  • Flash Version Downloaded from Adobe 13.0.0.214