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The QTip-tip and other useful little helpers

Posted by o_lampe 
The QTip-tip and other useful little helpers
February 20, 2017 08:19AM
I want to start a thread where everyone can post his little pragmatic solutions around RepRap printing.

The QTip tip:
If you want to place a fan above your controller and drivers, just cut a QTip (R) in half and use it as temporary standoff. The fluffy side fit in the fan mounting holes and absorbs vibrations.
The other side fits on empty pins or between the cooling fins. It can be extended by wooden toothpicks if necessary.

The cigarette filter tip:
While assembling an extrusion frame, it is helpful to use cigarette filters to stop the square nuts from dropping.
It is also possible to fix stepper- or endstops wires with it.
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VDX
Re: The QTip-tip and other useful little helpers
February 20, 2017 08:37AM
... as "non-smoker" I was using air-gun cleaning pads instead of cigarette filters winking smiley

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Viktor
Re: The QTip-tip and other useful little helpers
February 20, 2017 11:52PM
Air gun....
I've used 4.5mm steelballs in flexible couplings between stepper shaft and threaded rod to eliminate z-compression on my Prusa. Without them, the weight of the MK8 extruder can cause z-height variation while printing.
Re: The QTip-tip and other useful little helpers
February 21, 2017 03:13PM
Blu tac to route wires in extrusion channels.
Re: The QTip-tip and other useful little helpers
February 25, 2017 08:25AM
Discovered an extremely useful trick today..... Trying to place a nut in a hard to reach area, but it keeps falling out or not staying put? Attach some magnets to your spanner so that it works like a magnetised screwdriver, never drop those nuts again!
Re: The QTip-tip and other useful little helpers
February 25, 2017 06:27PM
For when you get burned using your 3d printer: panthenol works very well for burns if you apply it right away.
Re: The QTip-tip and other useful little helpers
February 25, 2017 11:39PM
What is panthenol?
VDX
Re: The QTip-tip and other useful little helpers
February 26, 2017 02:52AM
... Panthenol is a vitamine, our body creates to heal wounds ... seems some cream vendors calls their products similar.

I'm using Dexpanthenol for mixing my super-high-viscous and -sticky brazing pastes, as it's the most viscous media I can by free ... and it will evaporate totally when heated winking smiley


Viktor
Re: The QTip-tip and other useful little helpers
February 26, 2017 03:20PM
To be entirely accurate, it's a provitamin of vitamin B5. I have a bottle sitting on my table and I've used it more than I should have had to.
Re: The QTip-tip and other useful little helpers
February 28, 2017 07:23AM
Can't say I burn myself on the printer very often... I get lots of paper cut style scratches from extrusion and tooling plate though. The edges are deceptively sharp...
Re: The QTip-tip and other useful little helpers
April 28, 2017 04:30PM
I bought a LED spotlight from IKEA which clips to the right side of my Geeetech i3 Pro B. Only £10.00. Great for lighting the print bed! smiling smiley (Mine's black.)

Play Bonny!

Soadyheid
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Re: The QTip-tip and other useful little helpers
April 30, 2017 08:38PM
Noisy steppers?

Get some rubber hose that's got an ID the size of your mounting screws (probably 3mm). Make thin 'washer' sized slices and mount them between the motor and whatever you're mounting it to.
Re: The QTip-tip and other useful little helpers
April 30, 2017 08:40PM
On most power supplies, the screws for power leads are 4mm. Replace them with socket head 4mm screws. It seems I always have a 3mm allen head lying around, but Philips head screwdrivers are scarce in my shop. Go figure.
Re: The QTip-tip and other useful little helpers
April 30, 2017 08:45PM
need a handy 5v minu USB/OTG (on the go) lead to power a RPi or something else? Get one of these devices:

[ae01.alicdn.com]

This is one of the handiest devices I've come across in a while.
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