3D Printer Part 19: Print guard and filament

At the end of my last post in this series, we had constructed the print head assembly (and replaced some sub standard parts).  This post focuses on the print guard and filament spool, covering issues 72 – 75 of 3D Create and Print by Eaglemoss Technology.  If you’ve skipped a part of this series you can start from the beginning, including details of the Vector 3 printer I’m building on my 3D printer page. Continue reading 3D Printer Part 19: Print guard and filament

AI for understanding ambiguity

Please do not park bicycles against these railings as they may be removed - the railings or the bikes? Understanding the meaning is easy for us, harder for machines
Please do not park bicycles against these railings as they may be removed – the railings or the bikes? Understanding the meaning is easy for us, harder for machines

Last year I wrote a post on whether machines could ever think1.  Recently, in addition to all the general chatbot competitions, there has been a new type of test for deeper contextual understanding rather than the dumb and obvious meanings of words.  English2 has a rich variety of meanings of words with the primary as the most common and then secondary and tertiary meanings further down in the dictionary.  It’s probably been a while since you last sat down and read a dictionary, or even used an online one other than to find a synonym, antonym or check your spelling3 but as humans we rely mostly on our vocabulary and context that we’ve picked up from education and experience.

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3D Printer Part 18: Print Head

At the end of my last post in this series, we had added the cables and feeder components.  This post focuses on the print head assembly, covering issues 68 – 71 of 3D Create and Print by Eaglemoss Technology.  If you’ve skipped a part of this series you can start from the beginning, including details of the Vector 3 printer I’m building on my 3D printer page. Continue reading 3D Printer Part 18: Print Head

OU Maths – halfway review

Halfway through (Q31 course image (c) Open University
Halfway through (Q31 course image (c) Open University

Well it’s been 3 years and I’m halfway through the Maths degree I started “for fun” because I needed some mental stimulation that I just wasn’t getting in my work at the time. 3 companies later and I’ve got the challenge I was craving, and since the results of the last two modules are now out, it seems like a good time to review my experiences with the OU. Continue reading OU Maths – halfway review

3D Printer part 17: Cables and feeder

At the end of my last post in this series, we had added the top plates and roller holder.  This post focuses on the cables and feeder components, covering issues 64 – 67 of 3D Create and Print by Eaglemoss Technology.  If you’ve skipped a part of this series you can start from the beginning, including details of the Vector 3 printer I’m building on my 3D printer page.

  1. Testing the connection
    Testing the connection

    Cables: Issue 64 comes with your country specific power cable, and issue 65 comes with the USB-component cable.  I initially wasn’t going to even open these as I knew there’d be no chance of printing.  However, there was a very important step – validating that the computer could talk to the printer.  As my surface doesn’t have any USB ports, I had to break out the Dell XPS.  The software from Eaglemoss requires .Net 3.5 so if you’re on Windows 10 then you’ll get an error message and need to enable this.  Microsoft have a helpful guide on how to do this if you’re not sure.  With the v3 software installed, the printer connected to the mains, the USB cable connecting them both and the power turned on, my laptop was able to “see” the printer.  This was a great step forward.

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3D Printer part 16: top plate and roller holder

At the end of my last post in this series, we had added the power module and fan.  This post focuses on the top plates and roller holder covering issues 60 – 63 of 3D Create and Print by Eaglemoss Technology.  If you’ve skipped a part of this series you can start from the beginning, including details of the Vector 3 printer I’m building on my 3D printer page.

This drop comes with another much needed binder for the magazines, starting to get us back into phase with the right number of binders to loose magazines.  With the plate covers we enclose the wires and finally start the process of building the components for the top of the printer. Continue reading 3D Printer part 16: top plate and roller holder