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Updated: Highly Improved Firmware in Alpha

Today is a very good day for mUVe 3D and the open-source community. We’ve been working with Tim Schmidt and the Lansing Makers Network on building laser control into the Marlin firmware. This is an addition that allows for the use of pulsed lasers in addition to the standard FFF elements. We are still in the testing stages and there are bugs to fix and features to add, but it has been running stable enough that we can now share it with you. With any luck we will be able to roll these changes into the standard Marlin firmware and we will no longer have to maintain a separate repository for the main running firmware, only our development branches. So please read about the additions below and get to testing and let us know what you think the Google Group.

Community Created Modified Iris Mount

Today we are pleased to share our first community contributed re-design to a 3D printed part. Keith was nice enough to share his modified iris mount on our forums and definitely deserves a pat on the back for his much improved design. The new iris mount has a tensioned spring holding the iris adjustment lever as well as a set screw. This should effectively eliminate any play, and therefore changes to the laser point size during printing.

Universal Software/Updated Documentation

New Items in the Store! New to the store this week are 150mW and 50mW lasers, coming next week is QSil 216 dispensed into individual use bottles. Mixing and using Silicone Elastomer kits for reservoir coatings will be so much easier! Clarity of QSil 216 is much higher than FEP, but it is more expensive and doesn’t last as long. Thankfully the price is easily ignored when you see how the exceptional non-stick surface it creates is and see how easy it is to apply! Software and Documentation It has again been a busy few weeks for us here at mUVe 3D. There is always a ton on the horizon and always something new and exciting coming up. Today we are pleased to share some

mUVe 1 Firmware – New Beta

It has only been a couple days since we decided to get serious about fixing our firmware bugs and eliminating the GCode Fix software so that all processing takes place right inside the firmware. We’re please to announce that we already have a working beta and it’s shaping up to be a huge improvement. We really recommend you take a look at this one asap! Improvements: •No more issues having to reset the machine before homing. Homing the machine always works. •No more custom buttons for Z axis control, you can just any printer host software and the Z job buttons will control the machine properly! •All erroneous laser on pauses have been removed, prints should be of higher quality with less artifacts. •No more

mUVe 1 Firmware Development

Recently one of our contributors brought up the fact that some of the changes that the GCode fixing software manages could be baked right into the firmware. We agreed and explained how we originally had plans to do that in the past but some technical difficulties led us down the alternative road that we took. Well that has all come full circle and we are now back to developing a modified firmware for the mUVe 1 that is based on the current version of Erik Zalm’s Marlin. We opened up a GitHub Repository for the code and have already started working on the changes. If there is anyone out there that thinks they can contribute please take a look at our current task list in

Easy Support Generation For Your Models – Meshmixer by AutoDesk

There are only so many ways to generate support material for complex models, so it’s a real treat when something easy to use and free comes into the arena. Today we want to share with you a new piece of software from AutoDesk that allows you to easily generate support material for any of your models. Meshmixer is a new and very easy to use model manipulation software. One of the other neat features other than automatic support generation is the ability to easily attach pretty much any model to another model, so now you can easily create that frankenbunny you always wanted to. We think you’ll agree it’s another tool worth keeping around, so get to it and download Meshmixer. It’s time to start

New Resin From MakerJuice – SubG+

We’ve been hard at work lately and have some really exciting things happening around mUVe 3D. A lot of that information will be released over the next few weeks. Right now we want to talk about the new resin offering from our friends at MakerJuice. They’ve been busy formulating new resin mixes and this latest, SubG+,  looks to be a rather substantial addition. SubG+ has proven so far in our tests to offer much higher performance when compared to standard SubG. The first apparent difference is the feel and strength of the printed part. We have done our testing so far with red SubG+, though the other colors should be the same, and the feel is a much more solid and substantial. There is less

Support Material Tests

Sometimes you just need to print something that requires support material. Unfortunately none of the slicing engines out there really work well with resin based printers, as least so far. What we are left with is making support material ourselves within CAD software or generating it using support generation processing software. One of our customers brought up the Open Source software created by the folks behind the B9Creator. We though that we ought to give it a shot and share our thoughts with you. We truly love Open Source here at mUVe 3D and we can’t thank the folks at B9 Creations for being such active participants!   To get started we took a couple of difficult models, again by @Dizingof, and added some support

Dizingof Eiffel

It’s been far too long since we’ve posted one of our test prints, so I guess it’s about that time! The version of the Eiffel Tower that Dizingof has worked up from his exceptionally creative mind is nothing short of what to expect considering the artist/designer’s long past of fantastic models. Many of them aren’t available to the general public anymore but Dizingof has been generous enough to let us continue to use his models, and has even shared some new ones! More on that in a couple more weeks though. For now feast your eyes on the mUVe 1 printed version of the Dizingof Eiffel Tower. Please visit his site and also consider following on Twitter, @Dizingof. I’m sure there are many more wonderful

mUVe 3D GCode Fix Software Bug – Important

Anyone currently using the mUVe 1 printer and the mUVe 3D GCode fix program should read this post. Currently there is a potentially machine damaging bug in the software and we are working as quickly as we can to fix it. We hope to have something out to you all within 48 hours. The bug is rather simple to explain. At the end of the GCode file there is some end code that is used to wrap things up with printing and park the machine. For some reason our software isn’t just taking that code as is from Slic3r and appending it to the file. It actually processes the lines and then causes a major issue. Depending on how large your part is, it will

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