Friday, April 29, 2016

Robot Hospital

Pulley stack designed by Ryan and printed for MakerBot, 2009.

Have a Bad Pulley? No Problem! Just Print Another!

What happens when you have problems with your 3D Printer? There are solutions for fixing broken components on 3D printers. It is not uncommon for plastic parts to show signs of wear and tear due to excessively running your printer. On occasion a desktop 3D printer might need a few extra pulleys or gears. If the machine is still in running order you can simply print a replacement part.

Oh no! This is a Big Problem!

Okay, so what happens if your 3D printer comes to a halt? You can't get the machine to run, because the part that you need is essential to the printing process. If this has happened to you don't panic! Here are a few alternative solutions: (1) locate a buddy that can get your machine up and running, (2) check to see if your local hackerspace has 3D printing capabilities, (3) order replacement parts from a company like Fabbr, (4) have an extra printer or two in case one breaks down. Let me discuss the forth option in more detail.

Your Own Mini-Botfarm

If 3D printing is a serious hobby of yours, or you run a small business from your home it is highly recommended to have a minimum of two printers. That way if one printer "is in the shop" for maintenance you can always turn to your backup machine. As they say on TopGear buy two Mercedes so that you can always have one that is driveable! If you have more than two your house or garage might start to look like a mini botfarm. The term botfarm originated from MakerBot. Basically it is multiple printers sharing the same space. But it is really not necessary for the average user to have more than two machines. In fact, most people will likely have one. If a problem does occur see the aforementioned options above.

One 3D Printer Is All I Can Manage

If you are an entering the desktop 3D printing market as an entry level consumer than you will most likely just have one printer. Hopefully everything will run smoothly for you, but if you need an extra part and are unable to use your machine to print one then please don't hesitate to contact us. Fabbr would be happy to print a replacement part for you. This will likely be cheaper and require less time than owning multiple printers.   

Returning Customers Order Replacement Parts

Fabbr is extremely happy with the quality and durability of our parts. We have been printing since 2009 and have come a long way in understanding and maintaining our printers. However, as I mentioned earlier some plastic parts might need replaced if you run your 3D printer a lot.We guarantee our parts. If you are in any way unhappy with your purchase please let us know and we will do what we can to resolve the issue.  If you have placed an order with us in the past and need extra parts we would certainly love to help you out and get your printer back up and running! 

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