January 2019 UFO Contents

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Thank You to this month’s sponsors, contributors, and companies who didn’t try to shoot our UFO’s out of the sky for using their product in this month’s box.

The January 2019 UFO Mystery 3D Printing Box has landed! Since it was the first box of the year, I really wanted to do something special. So this month contained 6 samples! The accessory and the project I felt were also pretty stellar to start the new year off, so check out the details below of what all was in the box!

Congrats to Matt (Jake from State Farm) for receiving the January 2019 Mothership Box!

The Mothership Box this month contained a 3D Printed Mothership Coin unique to the January 2019 Mothership Box. The Mothership Bonus item this month were 6 full rolls of filament instead of the 6 samples that came in the regular UFOs!

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Congrats to Jeffrey M. for receiving the January 2019 Filaments Only Scout Ship Box!

The Filaments Only Scout Ship Box is given to one random Filaments Only subscriber and receives a unique 3D printed Scout Ship and full UFO box with the projects and accessory for that month!

Coupon Codes / Swag

  • 15% off at Micro Swiss
  • Micro Swiss Sticker
  • Kuntry3D Sticker
  • FilamentOne sticker (1 of 2 different ones)
  • 10% off 3D Gloop Card

New Subscribers Received:

  • Sample bottle of 3D Gloop PLA
  • Alien3D Sticker
  • Mini Glow-in-the-dark Alien (shipping separate)

Filament Samples

All filament samples are at least 20 meters in length (actually more, I increased the length to eat up the extra filament being left behind on the rolls)

FilamentOne

PLA Pro Select - Glint Silver

Extrusion Temp: 195 to 225C
Bed Temp: 40-60C

The first of 2 colors from FilamentOne, this Silver with the glitter makes a great color for the fireworks representation!

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FilamentOne

PLA Pro Select - Blue (Not yet released to the public)

Extrusion Temp: 195 to 225C
Bed Temp: 40-60C

The second of 2 colors from FilamentOne, this Blue was just an awesome bright poppin blue that I thought would be just a great bright color to include... fireworks!

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3D Printz

Crystal Green PLA

Extrusion Temp: 190 to 220C
Bed Temp: 0-60C

Everyone knows I love green! So when I was looking for New Years colors, I had to include one! This Crystal Green I thought was a really cool color, bright and shiney with a hint of blue!

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US MonoFilaments

Yellow HTPLA

Extrusion Temp: 190 to 230C
Bed Temp: 0-70C
Annealing Temp: 80-130C

Another really bright color representing... more fireworks! And... FIRE! Not only that, it's ANNEALABLE! Very excited for Monofilaments, they seem to be a small and growing company so was happy to support them.

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Fiberlogy from Wolfworks3D

Aurora or Onyx PLA

Extrusion Temp: 200 to 220C
Bed Temp: 0-50C

Wolfworks3D is the carrier for Fiberlogy in the US and there are some really awesome colors! The Aurora is a great midnight blue with blue sparkles, and the Onyx is a deep black with silver sparkles. Both colors I thought were a great selection to represent the night sky to see... fireworks!

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Stronghero 3D

PETG Transparent Yellow

Extrusion Temp: 230 to 250C
Bed Temp: 60-100C

Stronghero is an overseas company that sells in the US on Amazon. I love PETG, so I really enjoy introducing it to subscribers whom may not venture out of the PLA box. The transparent yellow I thought was a really cool color, I love transparent filaments, and PETG, and... another representation of FIREWORKS! (too many fireworks this month? lol)

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Bonus Accessory!

Hardened Nozzle Plated A2 Tool Steel M6 Thread 1.75mm, 0.4mm

Start off the New Year with a fresh nozzle!

This is RepRap style nozzle, it is made from a A2 Tool Steel, heat treated to 57-62 RC and plated with TwinClad XT coating. If you are working with abrasive Carbon Fiber, Stainless Steel, wood filled or any other metal filled filaments, this will greatly improve the life of your nozzle.

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Bonus Project!

Temperature & Humidity Sensor

Another New Year resolution! Be sure that your filament is stored properly by monitoring the temperature and humidity of the storage area or bins!

This month came with:

  • Arduino Nano with USB cord
  • Temperature & Humidity module
  • 16x2 LCD with module & potentiometer
  • Prototype breadboard with sticky back
  • 6 Male to male wires

Download Arduino Project Code

Note, if you'd like to change the Celsius to Fahrenheit you can edit the following code in the Arduino project file (Thank you to Mark Rink!)

//lcd.print("C");
lcd.print("F");

and

//lcd.print(i[2]);
lcd.print((int)round(1.8*i[2]+32));

Download LCD Screen Driver 1.3.5

Download 3D Printable Case Files

Alternative case by Tony Nunez / Casa Del Whacos: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3352002

  1. Place Arduino into breadboard, straddling the center break
  2. Arduino 5v pin to + on breadboard
  3. Arduino GND pin to - on breadboard
  4. Place 4 pins of LCD screen starting in the last row, and in the last column before the center break (note, you will need to bend the pins out so they're at 90 degrees. To do this, I put them all in the last row of the breadboard and then bent them all at once)
  5. 1st row of LCD is GND, connect wire on breadboard -
  6. 2nd row of LCD is VCC, connect wire to + on breadboard
  7. 3rd row of LCD is SDA, use wire to connect to breadboard corresponding to Arduino pin A4
  8. 4th row of LCS is SCL, use wire to connect to breadboard corresponding to Arduino pin A5
  9. Connect female to female wires to temp & humidity sensor, Brown to +, Red to Out, Orange to -
  10. Connect the other end of the female to female wires to the Arduino ICSP pins on the 2nd row... Orange on the Left, Red to Center, Brown to Right pin.

Wiring is complete!

Programming the Arduino:

I am using Arduino IDE 1.8.5. I have seen that with newer versions, there are "new" and "old" bootloaders. So in the step to select the processor, if the 328p doesn't work, try the 328p (old bootloader). If that also doesn't work, check in the Device Manager that the Nano is actually being recognized and being assigned a COM port. If it's listed under unknown or other devices, try installing the drivers from https://www.ftdichip.com/Drivers/D2XX.htm

  1. Fire up Arduino IDE
  2. Download the project code above and open the project file in Arduino IDE
  3. Download the LCD Screen Driver, then go to Sketch > Include Library > Include ZIP Library, find the downloaded LCD zip file and include it.
  4. Go to Tools > Board > Select Arduino Nano
  5. Go to Tools > Processor > Select ATMega328P
  6. Go to Tools > Port and make note of what ports are listed
  7. Plug in the Arduino Nano to a USB port
  8. Go back to Tools > Port and select the new port that has shown up.
  9. Click the Upload button, and... after compiling and uploading...
  10. You should have a working Temperature and Humidity sensor!

Construct the case:

The case is designed so you can run the wires of the temperature/humidity sensor through the back, and then has a lip so that you can cut out a square in a plastic tub and seal the case lip to the tub. Use silicone or E6000, also plug the wire hole.

  1. Align the assembled electronics so that the Micro USB of the Nano is flush to the bottom port to be able to plug in the USB cord.
  2. Peel the sticky cover off the breadboard and stick it to the inside of the case.
  3. Run the wires of the temp/humidity sensor 1 at a time through the small hole in the back.
  4. Snap the top onto the case. (May have to bend some pins for the top to sit flush)
  5. Optional: Glue/Silicone the case through a hole in a plastic tub to use it as a dry box and monitor the humidity/temp of your drybox =)
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