MakerBot Link Sheet

Hello, If you've found your way here, you're probably a recent owner of a Maker-Bot, and are probably also confused. When I bought a Maker-Bot, it was a pretty steep learning curve, and I have to search for and read a lot of documentation. This Page represents all the odd bits of the internet I had to visit in order to really have a clue what was going on. Some of these are blog posts, and sometimes the comments in the blog posts are as important as that articles.

I'll keep this page updated as I debug my MakerBot. If you have something that should be added, comment.

Warning : this is for MakerBot kit revision 11. Blindly applying settings from someone else's maker-bot can damage your maker bot, so check with the forums and do more reading.

Avoid Failures
- calibrate temperature
- wrap PTFE barrel in copper pipe

Central Documentation Websites
SkeinForge
MakerBot
ReplicatorG
OpenSCAD
Blender
Meshlab

Central Discussion Forums 
Skeinforge
SkeinForge Settings
MakerBot
OpenSCAD
http://wiki.makerbot.com/forum/c-77688/talk-about-makerbot
MakerGear

Retailers
http://makerbot.com/
http://www.makergear.com/

Toolkit
calipers
multimeter
metric wrench set
bike chain / 3-in-one oil
soldering iron
drill (press)
needle nose pliers
fine screwdrivers

Calibrating the Extruder
http://groups.google.com/group/makerbot/browse_thread/thread/959d43b078f97ec4
http://wiki.makerbot.com/adjusting-the-thermistor-settings
http://hydraraptor.blogspot.com/2007/10/measuring-temperature-easy-way.html
http://wiki.makerbot.com/firmware-preferences

Understand the Raft
Understand SkeinForge Raft Settings [1,2]
http://hydraraptor.blogspot.com/2009/07/thoughts-on-rafts.html

Understand Flow Rate
Understand SkeinForge Speed Settings
http://groups.google.com/group/makerbot/msg/b6b09ef8e7dc6809
http://groups.google.com/group/makerbot/msg/67bfbc6b1021bb0d


GCode Specification
http://rapmanv3.blogspot.com/2009/05/gcodes.html

STL Specification
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STL_(file_format)

More SkeinForge Calibration
http://wiki.makerbot.com/configuring-skeinforge
http://rapmanv3.blogspot.com/2009/09/more-skienforge.html
http://villamil.org/?p=959
http://makerblock.com/2010/02/makerbot-skeinforge-tuning-and-calibration/
Understand SkeinForge Fill Settings
http://rapmanv3.blogspot.com/2009/05/skienforge-settings.html
http://wiki.makerbot.com/cupcake-skeinforge-usage

MakerBot Blogs
http://makerblock.com/
http://villamil.org/
http://sites.google.com/site/kallistibot/tuning
http://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/ten-tips-for-getting-your
http://matz-make.posterous.com
http://www.makergear.com/
http://www.kellbot.com
http://www.iheartrobotics.com
http://hackaday.com
http://www.neufeld.newton.ks.us
SkeinForge Blogs
http://fabmetheus.blogspot.com/

Common Troubleshooting
common printing problems
http://wiki.makerbot.com/tips-and-tricks
https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/Makerbot


Theory
http://reprap.org/wiki/ArcCompensation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PID_controller

OpenCSAD

Blender
Shortcuts
http://cg.tutsplus.com/tutorials/blender/a-detailed-overview-of-the-blender-interface/
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Blender_3D:_Noob_to_Pro
http://blenderunderground.com/
http://projects.blender.org/projects/blendercad/

Test and Calibration Parts
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3305
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1169
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:968
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2064

Raftless Printing
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3454

Printed Enhancements and Modifications to MakerBots
http://makerblock.com/2010/01/new-print-printstruder/
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3057

Other Enhancements
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1332

Heated Build Platform
http://www.neufeld.newton.ks.us/electronics/?p=862
http://moraesgyn.wordpress.com/2010/04/14/makerbot-plataforma-aquecida-hbp-v2heated-build-platform/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/botbuilder/4656978960/in/photostream/

Using the MakerGear Enhanced Pack Extruder Kit
http://groups.google.com/group/makergear/browse_thread/thread/a71d35d0ab36345f
http://groups.google.com/group/makergear/browse_thread/thread/a1b15ab8eee9cd08
http://www.makergear.com/pages/superpack-instructions

Using MakerGear Modular Thermistor Kit
http://groups.google.com/group/makergear/browse_thread/thread/797d791a91955b49