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January 19, 2015, 04:58 PM #25

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    « Reply #25 on: January 19, 2015, 04:58 PM »

    February 23, 2015, 10:16 PM #26

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    Anyone here capable of whipping up a small peice for a ice auger? Just a small, 1 1/2" long peice of plastic.
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      February 24, 2015, 12:00 AM #27

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      Originally posted by fruitloops
      Anyone here capable of whipping up a small peice for a ice auger? Just a small, 1 1/2" long peice of plastic.

      Do you have any rough sketches of it? I could make a Solidworks model and see if it can be done at school for you.

        February 24, 2015, 09:25 AM #28

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        Originally posted by kdavidmazur
        Do you have any rough sketches of it? I could make a Solidworks model and see if it can be done at school for you.
        I'll make a sketch tonight with some measurements. It's a really simple peice.
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          February 24, 2015, 12:21 PM #29

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          Originally posted by fruitloops
          I'll make a sketch tonight with some measurements. It's a really simple peice.
          Awesome, sounds good!!

            March 17, 2015, 12:24 PM #30

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            Looks like there is new technology coming out for quicker 3D printing.

            http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-31918215
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              April 03, 2015, 02:49 PM #32

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                April 06, 2015, 09:27 AM #33

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                April 06, 2015, 10:30 AM #34

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                Originally posted by TheCanadian007
                This kickstarter looks very promising: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tiko3d/tiko-the-unibody-3d-printer/description

                That looks really cool.
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                  April 06, 2015, 08:31 PM #35

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                  Originally posted by TheCanadian007
                  This kickstarter looks very promising: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tiko3d/tiko-the-unibody-3d-printer/description

                  Definitely gonna pickup one of these for that cheap.

                    December 23, 2016, 12:24 PM #36

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                    Originally posted by TheCanadian007
                    This kickstarter looks very promising: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tiko3d/tiko-the-unibody-3d-printer/description

                    To bump this thread. Our office bought into the kickstarter for this and it arrived yesterday! It's actually pretty sleek. Here is my quick review after using it for about a day.

                    First Print:
                    My first test print was a snowflake and it looked pretty rough. The model was over-extruded and the edges were blobby but the print finished. I used the default settings that came with the Tiko.

                    Second and Third Prints:
                    I tried to do a print of the Sydney Opera House. Both times the printer failed to extrude the PLA material after about 30 seconds of setting down the raft. Both times required that I take the Tiko apart and remove the jammed filament. It looks like a combination of heat and force caused it to bunch up and it couldn't pass through the tube.

                    After looking at some reviews it seems that this was a known issue and was fixed with an update. So I tried to get the Tiko to update but it just would not connect to the network and would constantly crash. The last crash sent it into SOS mode and wouldn't even let me connect a device to it. I spent almost 7 hours trying to troubleshoot with tech support. When it goes into SOS mode it should give an error code but mine was not. After tech support being useless, I started tinkering around with the recovery software myself. Managed to get everything cleared up and the Tiko updated.

                    Fourth Print
                    After the update, the Tiko performed flawlessly. Quality increased and there was no longer an issue with over-extrusion. I finally printed the Opera house and it turned out great (will get pics up soon).

                    My biggest grip with the printer is that everything has to be done via WIFI. This makes it annoying if you are using a laptop that is connected to WIFI and having to disconnect just to connect to the Tiko.

                    I've noticed some areas where the Tiko under-extrudes now. I'm told there is an update being released today that should address some of these issues. I'll be looking at using other slicers to see if the quality of prints increases.
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                      December 24, 2016, 01:11 PM #37

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                      Really looking forward to seeing both yours @Igor and @TheCanadian007 's prints!
                      I recently got a ZeePro Zim that I'll be setting up over the holidays.
                      Does the Tiko have its own software for slicing and uploading files for the machine to print? Curious how Tiko is doing it!
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                        Currently printing myself a 3d printer with a friends 3D printer.  :)  Should have it all done by mid january I hope.

                          December 24, 2016, 01:33 PM #39

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                          Originally posted by charlesjm
                          Really looking forward to seeing both yours @Igor and @TheCanadian007 's prints!
                          I recently got a ZeePro Zim that I'll be setting up over the holidays.
                          Does the Tiko have its own software for slicing and uploading files for the machine to print? Curious how Tiko is doing it!


                          So far it has been a headache. I think our office was part of the first 100 or 200 shipped so the bugs have not been worked out. The latest problem shuts the Tiko down as soon as it attempts to update. I can still print with it but i'm an update or two behind which address some or the quality issues i believe.

                          Here are some cellphone shots. I'll try to get some better shots when i do some printing later.









                          The Tiko uses a web based slicer for printing. It's nothing amazing but it works for basic needs. As you can see It does solids just fine. Every now and then it over extrudes a bit but that's very seldom. Some of the bigger flaws that i've noticed are under extrusion on flat surfaces (floors/roofs of building models) and the damn raft that it prints is impossible to take off without damaging the bottom of your model.

                          I've been playing around with Craftware and Cura slicers to not have to use a raft but am having the common issue of the nozzle not getting close enough with the bed so the filament doesn't stick. I'll be playing around with it during my week off to see if I can figure it out. I'm hoping the developers figure out this update issue and quick.


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