3D Printing Wood?

Yesterday I was looking at a list of 3D filament types. Here is a list of 16 different types of filament: 

(Please note: not all of these filament types work for my printer, and that there are more types of filament than listed below)

  1. ABS Filament 
  2. PLA Filament 
  3. PET Filament 
  4. PETT Filament 
  5. Nylon Filament 
  6. PVA Filament 
  7. Sandstone Filament 
  8. Wood Filament 
  9. Metal Filament 
  10. HIPS Filament 
  11. Magnetic Iron Filament 
  12. Conductive Filament 
  13. Carbon Fiber Filament 
  14. TPE Filament 
  15. Glow in the Dark Filament
  16. Amphora Filament 

I didn't realize that you could print wood filament. That sounded interesting to me, so I looked it up on Amazon. I read some of the reviews. Apparently, when you are 3D printing wood filament, it actually smells like wood, which is surprising because the filament is created out of such small recycled wood bits. It is mainly made out of PLA with which I have already been printing. But there is a difference from printing pure PLA versus printing with the wood filament. People say you have to use a bigger nozzle to print wood because it might clog up (don't know what a nozzle is? Click here for more info). But I did find a youtube video by CHEP that explained how you could avoid having to install a different nozzle when using Wood filament: 


3D Printing Upgrades

A while back I was looking at upgrades that I could 3D print for my ender-3 printer. I had found a couple of youtube videos on that but this one is the one I liked most: 

 

1. The first upgrade I printed was a fan cover for one of the fans, it took about five hours to print! Which I had not expected to take that long, but when it finished it fit perfectly on, here is a picture I took: 

2. The next upgrade I printed was a cable clip, the cables on the 3D printer were getting messy and I saw this cable upgrade so I printed it. Actually, before I printed that cable clip design I had printed a different design I saw on Thingiverse, but when it had finished printing I tried to clip it on but It was too big for the Ender-3 rail. That was when I found a different one on Thingiverse that fit the ender-3 rail. here is a picture I took: 

3. The last (actually first) upgrade I printed was an extruder nob, now this one was really helpful because before I had this I had to push the filament myself, but with the extruder nob, I could easily move the filament in and out by turning the nob. When I had printed it, it actually didn't fit on but my brother Gideon had a file to make the hole bigger so that the nob could fit on. Here is a picture I took: 


Dragon SpaceX Rocket

A couple of days ago SpaceX and Nasa sent a space rocket called Dragon to the ISS (International Space Station). It was the first commercial rocket that was sent to the ISS, and it had been nine years since an American rocket was launched from America and it was flown with American pilots. The crew was Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley. It was exciting watching the live rocket launch countdown video on Saturday, it had originally been planned to launch on Wednesday but the weather wasn't looking good so they canceled that launch and postponed it to Saturday. What was really cool is the number of viewers watching the live stream, as Wikipedia said: "The live stream was watched online by 3 million people on NASA feeds,[13] and the SpaceX feed peaked at 4.1 million viewers. NASA estimated roughly 10 million people watched on various online platforms, approximately 150,000 people gathered on Florida's space coast[14] in addition to an unknown number watching on television.paste wiki page amount of viewers". More about the launch Here.

Crew Dragon Demo-2 Bob and Dougjpg
By NASA - https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-to-provide-coverage-of-spacex-commercial-crew-test-flight-with-astronauts, Public Domain, Link

3D Printing "Baby Yoda" from The Mandolorian

Yesterday I printed a fun thing I found on Thingiverse, it was Baby Yoda from The Mandolorian Star Wars tv show (link to thing here). the first time I printed it I had scaled it down so small that it only took twenty minutes to 3D print, the next time I scaled it up and it took two hours to print, the end result was pretty good so today I painted it the colors of Baby Yoda. These are the settings I used:

Infill: 20% 

Supports: Yes

Layer Height: 0.2 

at the time that I am writing this, I am printing Baby Yoda's little floating crib!

(Above: My 3D print)


(Below: Baby Yoda)

Analog Stick for Xbox 360 Controller

Last Sunday I 3D printed a thumbstick for my Xbox 360 controller, a thumbstick is, as Wikipedia puts it: "An analog stick (or analog stick in British English), sometimes called a control stick, joystick, or thumbstick, is an input device for a controller (often a game controller) that is used for two-dimensional input." A thumbstick is a piece that is on most video game controllers that you move around to control the objects in the video game. My thumbstick on my controller had a bit broken off of it, and it sometimes hurt when I pushed it up every time that I played a game. Then I decided to print a new one on the ender-3, I found one on Thingiverse (Here), so then I downloaded the STL file, uploaded it to Cura, then saved the data to the sd card and started printing. When the print was finished, I noticed that the supports were a little stronger then I had expected. But I was able to take off the supports using pliers, after that, I took apart my controller and was switching them when I realized that I needed to make the hole on the bottom of the thumbstick bigger so I can attach it on. I spent another ten minutes trying to drill the right size hole, once I had gotten it to fit I put the controller back together, and another problem came I needed to sand the side part down more so that it made it easier for me to move it around. Once I had done that, I tried it out, and it worked pretty well! I am excited to use the 3D printer for other parts I may need in the future.

(Above Xbox one controller thumbstick)