Wrestling with Filament on your 3D Printer?

My Solidoodle 3 printer finally came in last week and I was able to pretty much plug it in and start printing. I immediately noticed that something needed to be done about the filament spool. With it being a new spool, the filament was just falling off  at the slightest turn on the PVC holder which was really annoying because that meant I had to babysit it. So with a small filament holder I found on thingiverse and some old folders, I was able to come up with a solution that allows me to hit ‘print’ and then just walk away until my print is done.

We built, We raced, We lost

 

It took a lot of hard work to get the kart ready in time for the PPPRS event at Maker Faire NYC 2012.  But we made it!

Needless to say, we learned a lot.  Mainly to get started a little earlier — and not wait until 2am the night before to get the kart moving.

Burnt Mosfets, burnt motors and broken wheels later we made it back home to ponder the next one.  Here’s a video showing some of the races, we had fun.