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Konbuild has released the Koli Travel, a kind of caravan/travel trailer portable office.
Though to me, it’s more of a tiny home given it’s size and the materials used.
So I decided to upgrade to a larger printer. My Ender-2 is a fantastic little machine, but the print area is rather small. This is not a review and I simply sharing my experience. The printer was paid for by myself.
I wanted something, open source, direct drive for TPU printing and a large printing area.
- The Sidewinder X1 the Marlin firmware has been provided. (Although the firmware related to the touch screen has not)
- It has a direct drive extruder based on the e3D Titan Areo (So easier to buy replacement parts if needed)
- A large printing area of 300 x 300 x 400 mm
These photos below are ones I took.
A strain relief was one the first things needed to made.
To improve my prints, I had to adjust the X gantry in relation to the Z extrusions on the advice of their support. To make sure the rollers on each side of the X-carriage moved evenly and smoothly. Use a ruler to make sure everything is even and tighten the bolts on the bottom accordingly.
Prints improved after this. Until….
I had big issues with my Z-steppers motors not working correctly. Support was very helpful in trying to diagnose the issue. We only just worked it out tonight, as a faulty stepper driver. Supposedly this part of the machine is their own unique design. I have requested replacements.
To be honest, being asked to pull apart a brand new machine and go into the electronics was not the best feeling.
Tracy the support lady that I’ve been dealing with the most, has been supper helpful and pretty quick to respond to things. I added her to my wechat to make things easier. Facebook is blocked in china and they have to use a VPN, which is a bit of a pain for them.
My part cooling duct is available on thingiverse. I was working on this before my Z axis movement decided to go full retard. Once I receive new stepper drivers to get my printer running again, I’ll continue to develop it. At the moment, it’s not blowing air in the exact centre and evenly from each side. Also, in my test, I think I had it a tiny bit to low, as the air is blown down on an angle.
The other thing I’ll change out is the volcano nozzles with a clean brand new one.
So once I have my slicer profiles all optimized, I’ll share some more prints.
The hope with this printer is being able to print full size garden related products and parts for my aquaponics.
This is the bell siphon I designed for my aquaponics set up. The breather tube on the side allows air to reach the top to help stop the siphon. You can adjust it up and down via the thread.
This fitting for the hose is for cleaning out the breather tube on the bell siphon. An O-ring was added to make it seal with the hose fitting.
This U-lock was designed to keep the plastic vertical/flush. This is for the float valve to work more reliably.
Here’s some extra things I added to and around my IBC Aquaponics set up.
This solar air pump, is usefull for adding extra oxgen to the water for the fish. It’s also a great back up for if the pump breaks.
This solar light is used on the ‘bug zapper"‘ mode and I drilled a hole in the plastic bottom. This way at night, insects will get zapped and fall into the water to be eaten by the fishes.
This float valve is used and connected to a smaller tank to keep the water from getting to low.
Very hot summers where I am located, so I get a decent amount of evaporation.
This great outdoor solar light as some much needed lighting around the garden at night. As long as you have sunny days, they are certainly bright enough.
Here are the .stl files for download. Let me know in the comments how you go and if you have any suggestions for improving the designs.
Let me know in the comments if you have any ideas for other things that could be 3D printed for Aquaponics.
Looking for inspiration for a bright and white interior? Here some absolutely beautiful interiors that you’ll just love.
The best thing about a white interior and neutral color scheme is that you can dress it up and down as you like. You can choose shinny and clean furnishings or go for a rustic charm.
Remember to choose some warm elements, to sooth the overall look, you’re going for clean not clinical.
The images below, will help you to get the balance right. Notice how each layout, uses a very simple pallet.
The warm timber flooring, wooden table legs and the wicker basket are used to give balance to the room. When design your interior, remember to keep things in balance. What the main colors? What are the secondary colors? And which is the third accent color? The accent colors of this, is the two orange vases on the coffee table.
Just because you are going for an all white look, doesn’t mean you aren’t allowed to have a feature wall. This room above uses blue to make the space a little more fun and inviting. It breaks it up on the eyes, visually expanding the size of the room.
This room is very pale, personally, I would add an accent color somewhere to just set it of. This could be a painting, a vase or a lush plant.
This bathroom uses greeny just to give it that lift. It helps to make it inviting and reminds you that this not an art gallery, but something you can touch and feel.
Another great use of a room accent with plants used to lighten the space emotionally and make you just want to snuggle up and read your favorite novel.
At first this design looks very simple, however such fine details as the hexagon shaped tiles and natural timber really help to give a sophisticated and Scandinavian appearance.
Not into green as your accent, why not gold?
Details only your ‘design friends’ will understand and care about.
Could a staircase like this work in your home?
Really great space, everything has great proportions, but it’s missing that accent color to bring it from a display home, to a home of comfort.
What accent color would you pair with your white interior? Let us know in the comments below.
Konbuild have been hard at work creating an affordable container home that can be shipped worldwide from East Asia. Each Oslo home can be shipped in pairs of two in on standard 40 foot high cube container. They hope to address issues, such as affordable housing, granny flats, sleep outs, bungalows with this semi flat pack home. Both side folds in for easier shipping.
The model pictured, using many Australian standard parts, such as toilets and windows.
It’s very customizable, maybe as an office, extra room or even a camping lodge.
Let us know in the comments, what you would use it for.
Quality vinyl plank flooring has beed used, with tasteful base boards and a clean white interior.
Don’t get me wrong, these aren’t top end homes, but the prices reflect that. Starting at $15,900 according to Konbuild.
So head over to their website https://konbuild.com/ to learn more.
Magnetic spice tins, that you can place on your fridge door.
Currently compiling a list of container home ideas.
Which do you love, leave your comments below?
I'll keep adding to this list, if you know the architects/proper source for any of these, please let me know.
I designed this simple magnetic headphone stand. Printed at 5% infill with supports and raft.
Then I simply glued standard name badge magnets on the back with a 2 part epoxy.
Simple, essential mods to make your creality Ender-2 3D printer print awesome.
Simple quick guide to the best plants for an aquaponics system.
So after getting back to east asia after a trip to Australia. I found I had massive Spider mite infestation. I went online trying to work out the best way to remove them. Some suggested it was too late and you need to remove all the plants. However I didn't want to give up.
Some suggestions where to use garlic water, a natural pesticide. So I blended up a bunch of garlic that I bought from my local wet market. Then I got spraying. However reading online, you need to spray them regularly and in particular under all the leaves. However I'm a lazy gardener, so I didn't remember to this again. Of course because of this it didn't work.
Having looked into companion planting before. I decided to plant all the garlic around the bases of the plants. However I was too late for most of them. There was one small tomato plant that I had. Thankfully the garlic sproated and low and behold, it protected it! There were still infested tomato plants around, as the garlic hadn't yet grown next to them. So I removed this older plants and this one that was protected is growing very healthy, strong and fast.
So if you're looking for an easy way to protect your tomato plants, plant some garlic cloves.
Have you tried companion planting? Let me know your experience in the comments below.
Thanks to globalisation, we can now get a glimpse into the life of a person on a different continent without ever having to leave our homes. This has, of course, brought up a number of challenges, such as the loss of independent culture. But it has also brought us a lot closer to understanding each other.
It also helps that most of us speak a common language- English. Even though we share a common language, however, we have also noticed how that language is different in other parts of the world. Through our screens, we can see how people have phrases that mean something completely different to us.
For example, calling someone a madam in England is polite, but calling someone a madam in America might just get you slapped. This is a strange occurrence, but a common one that most of us get used to. Travellers often have to be careful about certain words and phrases. An American in Britain might search high and low for a zucchini, before eventually finding a Courgette.
And while many Brits in Australia might find what they are looking for in a supermarket, they’re still going to be left scratching their head over some unfamiliar terms. All this just to find some vegetables? As a frequent traveller, I call this the language-vegetable problem. It seems that we are all separated by a common language, and this raises a few questions. First and foremost, why do Brits, Americans and Australians have radically different vegetable names.
Courgette or Zucchini?
These members of the Cucurbita pepo family, were farmed in Central and South America for centuries before European explorers even got their funding. By the 1500’s they had made their way onto European dinner tables, and a dispute arose immediately.
Zucchinis in Italy, and Courgettes in France, with neither willing to compromise on their chosen names. Eventually Courgettes made it into British homes, where they stayed and due to an influx of Italian immigrants to America, the zucchini made its home there. Zucchini isn’t that hard to say, so the Americans allowed it to settle.
Now, both sides looked to Australia who also chose to use the term “zucchini”. Not to be biased or anything, but zucchini is a lot easier to say than courgette.
Beetroot or Beets?
This is a fun one. Sometimes, words change in different continents not because of immigrants or customs, but because of the people. For example, the people of Britain feel the need to say Beetroot, which comes from the Latin name Beta Vulgaris. Americans and Australians on the other hand are simple too busy to be bothered with such fuss and therefore refer to them as beets.
Spring Onion or Scallion?
There is a common misconception that green onions and scallions are the same thing. They are not. Scallions are often mistaken for green onions and can also be found under the names of “Welsh onion” and “Japanese bunching onion”. So, which of these are correct?
A true scallion has a long green stalk and a white tip that doesn’t have a bulb. Scallions can also be called spring onions and terms such as shallots, green shallots and salad onions are used to identify scallions. The actual name comes from the ancient Philistine city Ashkelon (Latin name Ascalonia), where it is rumoured that these onions were first cultivated.
This is an interesting case of names being different due to a common misconception and the variety of names that are available. In other words, someone couldn’t remember the name of a scallion and simply described it, the name took off and stuck. While others stubbornly refuse to give up the original name. Isn’t language a wonder?
Swede or Rutabaga?
The vegetable in question was first noticed by Swedish botanist, Gaspard Bauhin, who noted it growing wild. This led to the name “Swedish turnip” or simply swede. This shortened name was made popular in many Commonwealth nations and still sticks around today, which is why Australians and Brits use the term “swede”.
At some point, Americans adopted the term “Rutabaga” from the old Swedish word Rotabagge, which when roughly translated, means “root ram”. We aren’t sure why this distinction occurred, but we’ll side with the Americans on this one because Rutabaga is a lot more fun to say than swede.
Arugula or Rocket?
In possibly one of the strangest twists ever, the Brits have the more fun name for a vegetable. This leafy green was first used by the Romans who referred to it as Ruchetta. It eventually made its way over the Alps to France, where it became Roquette. As it made its way over the English Channel, the “qu” was dropped for the “ck” which sounded more Anglican, I suppose. And the “ette” was eventually shortened to “et”.
Meanwhile, in America, the Italian term “rucola” was brought across the seas. Somehow the term was changed to Arugula, but only in America, because Italians still use Rucola.
A Citizen of the World:
You’ve finally made it through the foreign shopping trip, and you now have all your favourite vegetables in your shopping basket. You understand that these different names are due to a series of factors.
Sometimes immigrants bring their terms with them and it sticks. Sometimes an innocent mistake on the part of some unknown person is the cause of a phrase sticking to an entire country. Sometimes most people use a certain term and it stays and sometimes a term or name is tailored for the country.
You are feeling world wise and certainly very smart. You think to yourself that maybe this whole travelling thing isn’t all that hard. And as you walk up to the cashier, feeling satisfied and contemplating immigration, you smile at the cashier.
He/she smiles back and you look down at their name badge to start a conversation, but you freeze as your eyes capture the sight. The name badges in this country are different from those back home. Great.
Konbuild is has just launched an expandable shipping container home that you can order directly from mainland China. Their website is a little scare on information at the moment, so I'm looking forward to seeing it updated. I'm a huge fan of tiny homes and container homes. So it's good to see such an affordable solution come to the market. As an Australian we call these granny flats.
It's pretty neat how it all folds up and expands. I'm sure this will save a lot on shipping. You'll still need to build your own foundation first though.
This is their standard Oslo version.
Their latest model now comes with a clading and a small gable roof.
Two new 2018 Models have been announced.
The Oslo Double and the Oslo Tiny Home.
Finished product first! This is about 4 weeks after planting. Closest middle hexagon holds sage, thyme, basil, cilantro, and lemon verbena. Next to the left holds arugula and brussel sprouts. Behind that holds more brussel sprouts, bok choy, green onions, shallots, and fennel. Right of that holds carrots and sweet onions. Right of that holds potatoes.
Got a bunch of cheap 2' cedar leftovers from a local lumber yard
Profile of each board type you need to cut. In total I needed 22 of the bottom board, 18 of second from bottom, 60 of third from bottom, and 54 of top. Top 3 boards each form panels that make up sides of garden box while bottom board forms post that holds each panel together.
All boards cut down to size.
6 boards of a given type with a post form an assembled panel.
All panels assembled.
I almost messed this part up -- half of the parallelogram-shaped panels should face one way and half should face the other way.
All assembled! I was really surprised how easily everything fit together given how little measuring I did.
On planting day.
4 weeks later (potatoes still haven't shown up in the far right hexagon, I'm beginning to get suspicious). Cost was about $130 for the wood, $40 for the screws, $60 for compost and $40 for a truck to haul the compost. Total cost $270.