3D Printing

I finally decided it was time to buy a 3D printer… and it has been a learning experience. I bought a Creality Ender 3 v2, 4.2.7 MB, CR Touch “auto” leveling sensor and a filament runout sensor. I tried doing my own firmware compilation, but apparently I haven’t found quite the correct settings. After playing with the stock firmware. I finally have the magic Z offset figured out and am getting consistent prints with the PLA they sent with the printer. I ordered 2 reels of Hatchbox PLA, 1 Overture PLA and 1 Tecbear PLA based on recommendations from other sites for the Ender 3 series. So far I have only had 2 reliable prints from the Hatchobx PLA out of 30.

The Overture took a bit to dial in, but is printing well. Once these prints are done, I’ll pull out the Tecbear for some test prints.

The Hatchbox seemed to do better at 210/65. The Overture is doing good at 200/50. I need to spend more time with the Hatchbox to dial it in. When it does print, it prints very nicely.

I also learned the hard way you have to wash and keep your glass plates clean… old filament and finger oils cause all sorts of first layer attachment issues.

Hopefully in a couple weeks I’ll figure everything out and start getting consistent output, especially since I have a particularly large print waiting I designed in FreeCAD… and wasting 1 1/2 days per print to not have it turn out would not be fun.

Insurrection my ass…

The videos I reviewed in the days after Jan 6 proved to me that the left was lying… Capitol police were letting people in (and they take their marching orders from Congress), Antifa wearing MAGA gear… and Pelosi calling it an insurrection. That was more than enough for me to realize it was all a lie from the beginning. The truth about so many things are going to come out in the next 6 to 9 months, but only a handful of people will ever see it because FB, Twitter and the MSM will suppress it. FB, Twitter, MSM and others need to be held accountable for their roles in lying to the American public and not just a $200 million fine… people need to face firing squads or be hung in public. There was a reason our ancestors made punishment public… it actually deterred further crimes.

Lack of Common Sense?

I’m still trying to grasp the mentality of the left on gun control, when shootings in California, Chicago and NYC outnumber shootings anywhere else… every single weekend of the year. These cities and states have the harshest gun controls already in place preventing people from exercising their 2nd amendment right to protect themselves.

Granted, I understand the real reason for the 2nd amendment. Since none of us can own full auto weapons, rocket launchers, tanks, etc., we’re already at a disadvantage to protect ourselves against the government unless those in the military resolve themselves to truly disregard unlawful orders.

System Updates

My primary laptop is offline, so updates might be a bit slow. I’m hoping to have it rebuilt over the next 48 hours as I work off of my secondary system. The Windows 21H1 update started causing a large loss of disk space over the past week or so. That machine had been stable for months and suddenly started losing Gigs of disk space even though the only updates had been to Wireshark (which only uses a few MBs) and my text editor… My other machines that updated to 21H1 seem to be ok, so I’m in the process of moving 500GB+ of data around and rebuilding it from scratch, rather than restoring my last backup.

Plague, Inc.

If you’ve never played Plague, Inc… I highly recommend it. My record to infect and kill off everyone on earth with a bio-weaponized virus is now less than 18 months (and I did start that one in China)… It is a semi-realistic simulation of how things spread once introduced to the population in various regions and then mutates. It can be a bit scary to watch it spread, but you can play both sides… those who want to infect everyone and those who want to stop it. If nothing else, it might open your eyes to what could have happened if Fauci and the Wuhan lab had made it more deadly.

How is defunding working out for you?

I’m so glad “defund the police” is working all over the country… shootings are up and no level of additional gun control will fix peoples willingness to perform evil tasks. You can pass 1,000 new gun controls laws, but no criminal who is willing to disrespect “Thou shalt not kill” is going to obey them. It just makes more things you can charge them with after someone has already been killed. It doesn’t save a single life.

Fund the police and treat them with the respect they deserve. They put themselves on the line with every call they go to. Let honest working people defend themselves until the police can get there, because as much as I respect LEO, they are NOT the first line of defense.

Range Time

Got to finally hit the long range with the rifle I built… there are few things that make me feel like a kid again, but hitting a 300 yard target on the first shot did the trick.