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Survey of Several Years of Desktop Printer Mods and Upgrades #3DPrinting #3DThursday

ThingM‘s todbot, an engineer and 3D printing early adopter deeply involved in Crash Space in LA, shared a write up of the extensive mods and tuning he has done over the year to repair and improve his Replicator 1 printer, an interesting document given both his background in product design and DIY. (And he was, I believe, actually the very first non-staff customer to receive the Replicator 1, to put this into context….)

After two years, I think I have my Replicator (apparently the first one shipped) finally working reliably to produce >1 hour prints. Thank you @iandanforth for asking if I had a description of the mods I did and prompting me to write this.

The Replicator has been a very frustrating product. After a few out-of-the-box failures, it worked great for the first week and then rapidly deteriorated. And a few months later, the Replicator 2 was announced and support for my product rapidly evaporated. Many of the things I print are small and take less than 15 minutes to print, so I’ve been dealing with a less than 30% success rate of printing, or using other 3d printers. But I think I’ve been slowly iterating towards a reliable Replicator.

Things I have done thus far (in roughly chronological order):

Read the entire sequence back on his blog!

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