I really like the movie Worlds Fastest Indian. It’s based on a true story and if the main character isn’t a ‘hacker’ in his own way, I don’t know what he is.
In the opening scenes, the camera pans through his workshop across a shelf full of blown pistons. Clearly this guy has obtained his knowledge and skill at the expense of many failed experiments.
After I got my makerbot working, I tried to find the internet equivalent of that shelf. I figured somebody must have collected pictures of common printing problems, possible causes, and recommended solutions. The forums are full of descriptions and the community, like all communities is evolving its own vocabulary. Raft, tower, splodge, ooze, and shells are a few of the new words in my life. It’s daunting for newbies.
But it’s been surprisingly difficult to find that kind of information in any organized form. So, I’m starting to collect what I find and what I learn here. I’m adding a new category of ‘common print problems’ and a tag ‘offerings’ Hope someone finds it useful.
To start things off: The best collection of images and descriptions I managed to find. Thanks Tony!
nophead has an excellent blog with many good photos. Here’s a typically good post about infill not meeting perimeter and the cause.