Friday, December 20, 2013

Smoothing PLA Prints with Dichloromethane

Let me start by saying use extreme caution when when using dichloromethane, it is exrtremely caustic and carcinogenic. It is primarily dangerous when vaporized, if you have a respirator use it. Read some more on it before you determine if it is worth it for you to smooth your PLA prints.

First gather all your materials, you will need:
1.At least 4 ounces of dichloromethane, (you can obtain this from Amazon)
2.A glass container, (it will melt any plastic container.)
4.Non-rubber gloves (rubber gloves will melt.)
5.Clothing that covers all your body.
6.A funnel (you can use a plastic one, because it will only be exposed for a few seconds, which will not fully melt it)
7.Goggles (any will do)
8. Respirator(not required, but recommended)

Ok, now go outside. First fill you glass container half full with your dichloromethane. Second, place object in the container, if it is small enough use your pliers to put it in, if it is to big, just put it in with your hand, but be careful not to splash when you put it in. Next, wait for about 15 - 60 seconds, it depends on how good of a finish your want. Fifteen seconds will give objects with straight walls a nice finish, but with things that have slanted walls like a triangular prism or a sphere will need about 60 seconds to fully smooth. Now put your funnel inside the container that the dichloromethane orignaly came in, now pour your jar filled with dichloromethane and your object into the funnel. This will separate the object from the dichloromethane. Now take the funnel out of the container, and turn it upside down onto a clean paper towel. The object should come out onto the paper towel, then leave it outside to let all the dichloromethane evaporate.

Some extra info:
My first time doing this, I thought that if I put it in water right after it would clean it and get the dichloromethane residue off. It does not! It makes it look like a gold ball, with little holes.

If you do not have a respirator, I recommend not doing this in any weather above 40 degrees fahrenheit. Keep in mind that dichloromethane boils at just 104 degrees fahrenheit, and it is most dangerous when vaporized(It causes lung cancer).

Never do this inside, or vaporize it like your would for acetone and ABS.

Do this at your own, risk, do not blame me if you have a problem because of it.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Consumer 3d Printing, What Technology will be King

There are many different kinds of 3D printers, the main kinds being FDM, SLS, and SLA.  Throughout this article, I will evaluate which type will become dominant in the home, based on consumer criteria.

High-End Android becoming My printer and Me

This blog used to be called High-End Android, but last year, after a few months
of running it, I got bored of it and stopped.  Now, I have an english assignment, to create a blog, so I am redoing this blog, but under a different name and a different topic.  It will now be about 3d printing, news, reviews, and my opinions.  It will be a fun ride,  I hope you enjoy it.  Edits to turn it into a 3d printing site will take place throughout the week.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Why Google didn't announce a new nexus at google I/O

Were you disappointed with Google that they didn't annonce a new Nexus device at google I/O?  I definitely was.  After thinking about it for a while I have come up with an answer that makes sense.  Google has really taken the console approach with its Nexus tablets and smartphones.  They sell them at cost or even at a loss, then make money later when you use them, or buy games.  So why would they work tirelessly to create a new tablet when their old one is still up to par, and they don't make money selling a new one to you.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Motorola X phone : Why Are We Exited?

This a phone everyone is starting to get exited about, it is the Motorola X phone.  Lets go through the specs, wait there are no specs. I think the reason people are getting exited even though there are a lack of specs, is it will be the first Android phone made by Google.  You may have heard that Google acquired Motorola a while back, but has been hesitant to do anything with it until now.  There are plenty of rumors, so lets begin with those.  It is rumored to be released around June, that I find extremely likely because it will probably be unveiled at google I/O the May.  It will also be a non-nexus phone, I find that surprising because google could

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Wikipad : Near Perfect Gaming Tablet

The current wikipad
This is the Wikipad, it looks pretty cool right.  It is one of my favorite Android tablet ever.  That might actually be pretty bias however because I love gaming and this is the only thing that it is meant to do.  You actually have a pretty nice Android tablet.  It is slightly faster than the Nexus 7 at 1.4 GHZ.  Which is .1 GHZ faster than the Nexus 7, and it has the same amount of ram.  Which is 1 GB of it.  So you get an awesome Android tablet.  Right now it is second best gaming SOC, behind the s4 pro.  That will all change within about 2 months when the come out along with the snapdragon 600 and the Octa.

The Most Useless Android Handheld A.K.A Project Shield

Riptide GP 2 on shield

So, if your here your have probably heard about project shield.  It is a gaming portable made by Nvidia.  It is the first device to have the amazing Tegra 4 chip.  For more on Tegra for click on the link in purple.  So anyway Tegra 4 can handle 4k video, offer console quality graphics, and is amazingly fast.  Project shield which was announced at the same time as Tegra 4, and they said it would be the first Tegra 4 device.  It is pretty feature packed, it can access steam, play games from your high-end Nvidia gaming pc. It also runs on Android. So, my final thoughts turn to why they made it?