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 – Duet 2 Upgrade

Duet 2 Ethernet

The stock Creality v1.1.5 silent 8-bit mainboard works fine out of the box. However, if you like hacking and modding then upgrading your mainboard is probably on your mind. When it comes to upgrading going to a 32-bit ARM based board is a no brainer. Ryan Carlyle’s answer is a convincing argument for a 32-bit … Continue reading “Ender 5 – Duet 2 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”