I recently replaced the belts on my Lulzbot Mini. What started off as a simple bit of work ballooned into somewhat more serious work because of a few mistakes I made. The Lulzbot Mini being open source – along with Lulzbot’s excellent documenation – made the repairs possible.Continue reading Why I Buy Open Source Printers
A FreeCAD Case Study: Designing a Light Bar Clip
A while ago we bought rechargeable light bars for our pantry shelves, and we love them. The only problem was that because they were held to the underside of the shelf by weak magnets, every time we bumped a light or dropped a heavy jar into the pantry, the light would clatter to the floor.
This post covers my process of creating, in FreeCAD, clips that would hold the lights securely. I’m really pleased at how they turned out.Continue reading A FreeCAD Case Study: Designing a Light Bar Clip
Adding Heat-Set Inserts to your 3D Printed Parts
It’s time again for me to replace a couple 3D printed pieces of my Lulzbot Mini printer, so I’ve captured the details here of melting heat-set inserts into PETG 3D printed parts.Continue reading Adding Heat-Set Inserts to your 3D Printed Parts
Debugging 3D Printer Thickness Errors
I recently found my 2016 Lulzbot Mini 3D printer wasn’t printing the sides of models accurately: when I tried to print a box and lid pair, the lid was too small to fit the box. This error worried me, because the last time that problem happened it was the fault of stress fractures in the Y carriage supports, which took a lot of time and money to repair.Continue reading Debugging 3D Printer Thickness Errors
Adding a Link inside your Vellum Paperback
Links are very handy in eBooks generated by Vellum, but how do you add links inside your paperback? This post covers one alternative: QR Codes.
What is a QR Code?
A QR, “Quick Response” code is a 2-dimensional barcode, that can represent arbitrary text. In your paperbacks, you can use QR codes to embed URLs – links to web pages – for your web site and for your books’ pages on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes and Noble, etc.Continue reading Adding a Link inside your Vellum Paperback
We’ve Annexed The Independent Nation of Needhamia
It’s expensive and confusing to maintain two web sites (hobby and work), now that any of my hobbies could develop into a small business.
As of April 8, 2023 I’ve finished moving all of the Needhamia.com posts to this site. Going forward, I will post both work and hobby notes here.
Welcome, to followers of The Independent Nation of Needhamia!
Featured Image: Cuneiform tablet: commercial note concerning caravan expenses, Middle Bronze Age–Old Assyrian Trading Colony. Public Domain, courtesy of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Choosing the List Price of My IngramSpark Paperback
Once you’ve written your self-published paperback book, how do you choose a list price for it? How much will you make per book? How will book returns affect how much you make? And what about the list price in different countries, with different currencies?
This post covers my attempt to answer those questions for myself, printing and distributing a paperback book through IngramSpark. Please come along for the ride!Continue reading Choosing the List Price of My IngramSpark Paperback
Putting Your eBook on Kindle Unlimited
We recently moved Linda’s eBook The Maiden Bride to Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited. This post covers what we learned.
Printing an ABS Dishwasher Detergent Door
I recently needed to print a replacement door for the Whirlpool dishwasher’s detergent dispenser. This post details my adventure, which took three prints to get it right.
For the short version of the story, see All3DP’s brief page on how to stop ABS print warping. For the whole story, read on.
LATE UPDATE: Prusa’s excellent post on food safe printing basically says ABS = bad and that it’s really hard to make a safe 3D print regardless of the type of filament. In my opinion, you’re probably better off buying the Whirlpool replacement part rather than printing something that will harbor bacteria and fungi.Continue reading Printing an ABS Dishwasher Detergent Door
Adding an Air Filter to a Box Fan
During the wildfires of 2020 I saw many instructions for how to quickly duct-tape air filters to a box fan, to remove smoke from household air. Years before that I was interested in buying a woodworking shop air filter that would remove fine sawdust that otherwise floats in the air for days or weeks.
This post describes my experience making a air-filter-box-fan design, using 3D printed clips instead of duct tape to hold the filter to the fan.Continue reading Adding an Air Filter to a Box Fan