3D Printer Build Started!

Well it’s official, I’ve started to build a 3D Printer.


The first few printed parts have arrived and they look fantastic. I’ve been printing the parts for a Prusa i2 at the local library, but they have restrictions on how much I can print. I’m limited to 3 pieces a week, so I calculate that’s going to be just under 15 weeks to get everything printed. But hey, it’s free, they aren’t charging me a dime for any of these parts so I can’t complain. They even have a couple of courses available so I’ve already taken their basic one and am signed up for the advanced class next month.

So now that I have the plastic parts rolling off the assembly line it’s time to start collecting the vitamins. Nuts, bolts, screws, threaded rods, smooth rods, motors, all the electronics. I already had some Nema17 motors I’d ordred off eBay, I’ve been ordering them for a bit since I knew I’d be building a 3D printer eventually and pretty much any model is going to need a few stepper motors. It turns out I’ll need 5 of those for this model, I already have 3 and one more en route.  So as soon as I get paid tomorrow I’ll order the 5th motor. At $15 a piece that brings me up to $75 on motors, making them one of the larger costs of this project.

I also picked up some 608ZZ skate bearings at a local skateboarding shop, unfortunately they only came in 8 packs and I needed 5, but spares may come in handy so I went ahead and bought a set. They had some pretty expensive bearings there but I went with one of the more reasonably priced ones, $24.95 for a pack. Mind you they also had sets that were $64.95 and another in the $90 range. Yikes!  I already feel like I got ripped off on these bearings because they’re dirt cheap on eBay and I’ve heard many people say they’re pretty good.  But it was one thing the schematic said not to cheap out on, so I didn’t.

From here I’m going to work on getting all the nuts and bolts I need, as I think the next few pieces I print will be for the Wade’s Extruder and then I can get that assembled before the rest of the machine. I will also need a hobbed bolt for that, but I’m thinking of going the easy way and getting one off eBay for $6. Sounds way easier than making my own with the Dremel.

According to my calculations at 3 prints per week it’s going to take me about 100 days to get all the printed parts. I should be able to get the rest of the parts in that time. In 100 days I will have a 3D printer… I can’t wait 🙂

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New on Netflix – April 2016

Netflix USA

April 1

The Ascent of Woman: A 10,000 Year Story (Season 1, Documentary series)

Bob’s Burgers (Season 5, Adult animated series)

Code Girl (Documentary series)

Fixer Upper (Season 2, Reality series)

Lost & Found Music Studios (Kids comedy series)

My Girl (Drama film)

The Princess Bride (Comedy film)

The Ranch (Season 1, Comedy series)

April 8

God’s Pocket (Drama film)

Hush (Thriller film)

April 10

Girl Meets World (Season 2, Kids comedy series)

April 12

Ajin (Season 1, Adult animated series)

April 15

Cuckoo (Season 3, British comedy series)

Kong: King of the Apes (Kids animated film and series)

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season 2, Comedy series)

April 16

How to Get Away with Murder (Season 2, Drama series)

April 22

Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping (Comedy special)

April 24

Minions (Kids animated memefest)

April 27

Begin Again (Drama film)

April 29

Danger Mouse (Season 1, Kids animated series)

Special Correspondents (Comedy film)

Team Foxcatcher (Documentary film)



Netflix Canada

April 1

Charlie St. Cloud

Clash of the Titans


Cop Out

DreamWorks Shrek the Halls

Frank and Cindy

Jeremy Scott

Justin Time – Season 1 & 2

Mississippi Grind

Out of the Furnace

Paper Towns

Return to Sender


The Ascent of Woman: A 10,000 Year Story – Season 1

The Birth of Saké

The Mask You Live In

The Princess Bride

The Ranch – Season 1 – Netflix Original

Women’s List

Z for Zachariah

April 8

Downton Abbey – Series 5



April 9

Look Who’s Back

The Exorcism of Molly Hartley

April 11

Cuckoo – Season 3 – Netflix Original

Episodes – Season 4


April 12



April 13


Jaws 2

Jaws 3

Smokey and the Bandit

April 15


House of Lies – Season 4

Kong King of the Apes (film) – Netflix Original

Kong King of the Apes (series) – Netflix Original

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – Netflix Original (Cast: Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski, Tituss Burgess)

April 16


April 17


April 22

Heaven is for Real

Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping – Netflix Original

Sleeping with Other People

April 24

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

April 29

Danger Mouse – Season 1 – Netflix Original


Special Correspondents – Netflix Original

Team Foxcatcher

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El Cheapo eBay Quadcopter Build (Part 2)

It’s been a little bit since I blogged about my Quadcopter project, however things are coming along well. I just ordered what should be the second last part needed to get it in the air. This part was one of the more expensive parts, a Turnigy 9X transmitter and receiver module which started at 60 bucks but after adding shipping and converting it to Canadian it was double that.  All I need now is to head down to the local hobby store and grab a battery for the quad. I’ll be sourcing that part locally since I don’t have much for options, LiPo batteries cannot be shipped by most companies.

So how’s my parts list looking?  Well here’s the breakdown:

Part Price Date Ordered Date Received Ordered From
A2212 Brushless Motor and ESC $14.91 11/4/2015 11/24/2015 eBay
A2212 Brushless Motor and ESC $15.61 11/20/2015 12/15/2015 eBay
F450 Frame $18.69 11/28/2015 1/4/2016 eBay
F450 Frame Legs $4.39 11/28/2015 12/16/2015 eBay
CC3D Flight Controller $15.13 11/28/2015 12/15/2015 eBay
A2212 Brushless Motor and ESC $16.06 12/15/2015 12/30/2015 eBay
Low Voltage Alarm $2.49 12/18/2015 1/16/2015 eBay
Li-24 Charger $45.19 12/19/2015 12/19/2015 Local store
Deans Style T Plug Lead $1.72 12/19/2015 1/16/2015 eBay
A2212 Brushless Motor and ESC $16.23 1/2/2016 1/26/2016 eBay
3.5mm Bullet Connectors x10 $2.52 1/17/2016 1/29/2016 eBay
3.5mm Bullet Connectors x10 $2.52 1/17/2016  2/01/2016 eBay
Turnigy 9X (w/ 2 modules) $121.96 1/31/2016 HobbyKing
Total $277.42


As you can see I’m already up to $277.42 Canadian, with a battery I’m looking at probably $350 for the whole setup.  So that’s about on par with what I expected going into this. Not bad if you consider the fact that the charger and transmitter are both shared items that can be used with any future quads I built.  Did I mention I plan on building a 250 racing quad after this?

That’s it for today’s update.  Next time you hear from me will most likely be when I’ve got all the pats and am ready to start building. I plan on making a video of it to update my long neglicted Youtube channel.  Until then!

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