We start building at 9 AM on Saturday, November 5th, 2016.
Yes, the Build Date is different than the Event Date as stated on the ticket. There is a substantial cost in ordering the equipment. Eventbrite doesn't release the funds until after an event ends, so I need to set a register by date early enough to recieve the funds, place the orders, and have all of that delivered by a reasonable date for assembly. After all, the main kit is coming from China.
For the build day, I will setup an invitation only event. Each registrant will receive and Invitation with the real build date and exact location.
If you have the following skills:
- Able to turn a screwdriver
- An attention to detail
- Know how to use a mouse and keyboard
- and most importantly have the ability to be patient
then you can build your own 3D printer.
By the time you leave you will have:
- An assembled 3D printer
- The printer mounted on a base
- It will be calibrated
- Customize and load the firmware
- A decent slicer profile
- An idea of how to create your own models
- The overwhelming desire to extrude massive amounts of plastic
The printer we will be building is the large bed version of the Tevo Tarantula. This printer has been selected as one of the best Budget DIY printers of 2016. It has over 4700 people on the dedicated Facebook page. You can't imagine the level of support you get though that page literally 24 hours a day.
This printer is capable of printing PLA, ABS, PETG, WOOD, and PVA. With the large bed option(which is what we will be doing), you get a build surface of 200mm x 280mm x 200mm. For you non-metric types, that is roughly 8.5" x 11.0" x 8.5". A really good sized build volume.
This printer is highly customizable. It really reminds me of the 90's when people were figuring out what features they really cared about and building their own computers . The base model is really good, but you can certainly turn this into a beast of a printer. It all depends on how far you and your imagination want to push things.
So for the just the price of a ticket, you too can join in the fun and adventure.
I promise once you start building things on your printer, you will look at the world a bit different.
Why am I doing this?
There are many reasons why I am doing this:
- I am excited and want to share the 3D printing fun.
- I need some others to share my pain when one of my prints blows up.
- I want others to grow by trying new things.
- I learned so much during this process I have to share my knowledge.
- I still have a lot to learn and helping others is one of the best ways I know to really understand a subject.
Yes, it is all about me.
So what am I getting?
A Tevo Tarantula purchased directly from the manufacturer. This printer has made a name for itself. So much so, that a number of other companies have started to market their clones of it. You know you have made it big when people start to clone you.
Although the printer is a standalone type kit, you need a little more than what comes in the box. So here is a list of those things:
- 24" x 30" mounting board. This is a white finished board. Nice surface that is hardened and should stand a good bit of use.
- 130 #8 flat washers
- 30 #6 flat washers
- 1 - M1.6x12 bolt and nut
- Mounting brackets for mounting to the board
- Screws and Bolts for the mounting brackets
- 8.5" x 11" plate glass
- AquaNet super Hair spray <- yes I am for real.
- Small tube of white lithium grease
- Crimp on electrical connectors
- Blue painters' tape
- and a few other assorted things.
So what else am I paying for?
There is an extra bit of money to purchase one(1) extra printer with the supplies. That is the printer I will be building along with you guys. However, that printer is not for me. I will be donating the printer to a charitable organization in the name of the group. I have my long time friend Mike Squires looking for a suitable charity that will be annouced as soon as it is picked. If you happen to know of one, please let me know.
Can I bring some friends?
Sure! Bring whoever you like. Tag team if you like. There are a couple of electrical and heat related tasks that will require an adult, or at least very, very, very close adult supervision.
What is the refund policy?
Due to nature of ordering the printers, once the order has been placed there will be no refunds. You will get the printer and parts when they show up. You are welcome to sell your spot to someone else though. Just let me know.
Don't we get a discount for buying in bulk?
Yes, I am talking directly to the manufacturer. They have indicated that there is a discount when purchasing anything over 10 kits at a time. I don't know how many kits to buy, so the price is going to be the full retail price. If we get enough to get a discount, I will refund the difference. Which will be up to you whether it is cash at the event, or extra filiment to play with. I would vote for the extra filiment.
What should I bring to the event?
Most of the following can be found at Home Depot, Lowes, Harbor Freight, Rockler, Elliot's, etc. You do not need the top end quality, but you certainly do not want the bottom of the barrel.
The following is a list of things I would recommend you bring the day of the build:
A good square. A 45, 30/60 degree triangle work as well. Not too large as you will be squaring things on both the outside and inside of the build frame.
Calipers, or if you are really insane, a micrometer. It needs to measure things in the Metric system. I have calipers that have an accuracy of 0.03 mm and does both English and Metric measurements. The calipers will ultimately be more useful as you can measure things inside, outside, and deep.
I decent set of metric sized open end wrenches. I will confirm the sizes used, but a set that contains 4mm thru 10mm will be great. If you want I will provide the exact sizes you need.
A small cresent wrench. There are a couple of times an adjustable wrench will come in handy.
A wire striper and crimper. Sometimes these are two different tools, sometimes they are combined. Either is great.
A small diagonal cutter. There is nothing really big to cut, so no Lineman's pliers.
What would be a good idea to bring to the build?
Your own set of large handled metric allen wrenches. I have a set from iFixIt. Although you get all the allen wrenches you need, it just nicer to have a couple of the same sizes. Also after a day of turning those little allen wrenches, a nice big handle will make sure you will not get what I am calling "allen wrench thumb". Those jack knife allen sets work as well.
A precision screwdriver set. The iFixit kit (and kits like them) has the bits that will come in handy.
A maginfying glass. The older I get the smaller things get.
A pair of tweasers.
Extra Tie wraps. You can just never have enough of these.
A notebook, or way to jot down notes and such.
Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Send me some email(email@example.com), ping me on facebook/twitter
So can I get some footage of this thing actually working?
Yes you can. I got a number of videos on youtube. Here is one of the printer in action: