24
Apr

3D Printing Tips and Tricks #1 - Layer Height is Key to Good Prints

Calibrating 3D Print Layer Height For Optimal Print Quality

3D Printing Tips and Tricks #1

Layer Height is Key to Good Prints

Over the last few years my Lulzbot AO-100 has been good to me, and has served as my workhorse. Unfortunately, as with every machine, heavy use equates to wear and tear. At just over 3-years old my AO-100 is starting to show its age, and its tolerances are not as tight as they once were. This morning I took about an hour to work on re-calibrating the printer with the main focus on proper Z-axis layer-height. 

21
Apr

3D Printable Raspberry Pi 2 Case with Windows 10 Logo

 
Raspberry Pi 2 Case with Windows 10 Logo
 
When Microsoft announced that Windows 10 would be arriving on the Raspberry Pi 2 in 2015 I became extremely excited at the possibilities that this would bring the maker community. To celebrate I wanted to design a case for the Pi 2 that incorporated the Windows 10 logo. As always, a huge thanks goes out to our site sponsors including Voltivo and Cubicity for making post like this possible through their support of the 3D Printing section here at The Makers Workbench. Check out the rest of the article for a link to download the .stl files for this project.
10
Feb

3D Printing Timing Pulleys

3D Printing Timing Pulleys

 

Over the last few months several friends and myself have been planning and launching a startup that is focused on building a high-end props for haunted houses using the latest technology available. One of the bigger challenges we have faced is prototyping on the fly. One of our props utilizes a timing belt to supply its motion, and nailing down the speed / torque ratio is crucial for the props functionality. 

8
Feb

A Huge Thanks To Voltivo And Cubicity!

Voltivo and Cubicity sponsor TheMakersWorkbench Into 2015!

We would like to extend a huge thank you to the good folks over at Voltivo and Cubicity for continuing to support our not only our website, but our 3D printing endeavors into 2015. We have long touted Voltivo's Excelfil as the best 3D printing filament we have ever used, and we still stand firm on that statement. In the past 4 months, I have been sampling and purchasing many of the low to medium priced PLA brands on the market as well as a few of the higher priced spools from well-known brands. I will admit that cheap Chinese filament quality has improved leaps and bounds over what it was even a year ago, but nothing I have used prints consistently, and retains its color like Excelfil.

10
Nov

The Raspberry Pi Model A+ has arrived!

Raspberry Pi Model A+ has been released!

The new Raspberry Pi A+ is smaller, faster, and packs a punch

This morning the Raspberry Pi Foundation released its update to the Model A revision of the Raspberry Pi. The new Raspberry Pi Model A+ features the same BCM2835 processor, and 256MB of RAM that the previous Model A utilized, but the Model A+ differs in size, power consumption, and clutter. The Model A+ features a 40-pin GPIO connectort now which breaks out additional GPIO pins as well as conforms to the new HAT standard for better module board compatibility.

8
Nov

FTDI Responds to FT232 Driver Fallout

FTDIGate FTDI Bricks Counterfeit Chips

FTDI Responds To Counterfeit Bricking Uproar

A few weeks ago the maker / tech consumer world was sent into an uproar when it was revealed that FTDI had snuck in an updated version of its FT232 drivers and included a feature that bricked any device using a counterfeit FT232 chip. This obviously caused a huge PR issue for FTDI in both the hobbyist community as well as the professional EE community as there is very little evidence if any at all as to which chip manufacturers were using in off-the-shelf devices. It appears that FTDI has back-peddled some and has removed the driver from the windows update, as well as issuing an official statement. The statement has been quoted in full at the bottom of this post.

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27
Oct

[Element14 X-Post] RSS News Reader Using Drupal and the BeagleBone Black

BeagleBone Black RSS News Reader using Drupal.

BeagleBone Black RSS News Reader Built With Drupal

In his latest posting on Element14.com, TMWB founder Charles Gant takes us into the world of Drupal as translated to the BeagleBone Black. Charles configures a traditional LAMP server on the BeagleBone Black as the stock lighhttpd configuration was proving to be troublesome. The tutorial coveres the entire process of building a desktop RSS News Reader from the ground up using  nothing but a BeagleBone Black, the BB View_70* Optional, and the Drupal CMS webframework. Charles covers the basics of getting started with Drupal as well and overall the tutorial is one of the most informative we have ever seen. Head over to Element14.com and check it out!