Category: 3D Printing

Projects and creations related to 3D printing.

Indirect Laser Filament Monitor

The Duet3D laser filament monitor detects filament movement by reflecting a laser off of the filament and reading it with a precision sensor. The filament sensor detects movement of the filament and compares it with the commanded movements by the printer. If the movement detected falls outside of a user defined minimum and maximum range … Continue reading “Indirect Laser Filament Monitor”

Duet 2 – Soft Power Control

Duet 2 Soft Power Control

When running your 3D printer it is never advisable to let it run unattended. That being said, if you want the ability to set the Ender 5 to automatically power down completely using the stock power supply some modification is necessary. Soft ATX Style Power Control When it comes to power control modifications for the … Continue reading “Duet 2 – Soft Power Control”

Ender 5 – Hemera Upgrade

Ender 5 with Hemera

Aside from the Duet, one of the biggest improvements that I made to my Ender 5 is the 24VDC version of the direct drive Hemera hot end, drive motor, and extruder combination by E3D. This hot end is a dual-drive system with a hardened stainless steel drive train. An optimized heatsink ensures airflow is diverted up … Continue reading “Ender 5 – Hemera Upgrade”

Ender 5 – Flexible Build Plate

The stock magnetic flexible build plate on the Ender 5 works OK but the print surface was giving me trouble with respect to adhesion. The prints would fail because they would dislodge in the middle of printing and create a mess. Adding ABL was the first step to remedy this issue for proper build plate … Continue reading “Ender 5 – Flexible Build Plate”

Ender 5 – Automatic Bed Leveling (ABL)

Automatic bed leveling (ABL) relies on Z height readings from hardware that is interpreted by a compatible firmware for the 3D printer, ie no more fiddling with wingnuts and screwdrivers. The Ender 5 has a manual bed leveling process where you move the hot end around the bed and use a piece of paper to space it properly … Continue reading “Ender 5 – Automatic Bed Leveling (ABL)”

First 3D Printer

Ender 5 Pro

Last Christmas I was looking to buy my first 3D printer. I planned to use the printer just to tinker with at home. Over the next few blog posts you can read about which printer I selected, why, and how I ultimately modified it to add some higher end features. Prusa Printers The most successful … Continue reading “First 3D Printer”