Monday, April 16, 2007


Walking before running and Zach's fudge factor

I've never had a lot of patience. I want to make parts and Slice and Dice is not quite up to the job, not so much because it doesn't do what it is supposed to but more that what I imagined that it needed to be doing isn't a whole lot like what Tommelise is prepared to do.

Fortunately, thanks to Zach Smith's kind assistance, I have an XML format file that Slice and Dice generates that the Tommelise Control Panel. It's pretty easy to hack an existing XML file into making something quite different. That's how I created the shot glass and that's for, for the moment at least, how I am creating replacement parts for the Mk 1 AEM extruder.

Following the principle that I must learn to crawl before I learn to walk I took a hard look at the polymer pump. When you take away the holes and the RepRap logo the RepRap Mk 2 polymer pump really has only two different vertical sections. This one...

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