Adventures in Ender 3 Pro Noise Reduction (plus a Review)

I recently acquired an Ender 3 Pro. I was immediately impressed with how nicely organized everything is with it. Granted, the last printer I actually bought was one of the very first MakerBot kits. Anyway, I love my little Ender 3 Pro. As someone who’s done a lot of custom printer work, I couldn’t help but make changes, as much as I bought this machine specifically with the intent of changing nothing.

In my case, I decided to try to keep the machine looking fairly stock. I like mods that are subtle but high-impact.

Here’s a video I’ve made to largely convey the same noise reduction info that’s in this post, plus a bit of an overall review:

Here’s a quick list of the changes that I made that have substantially reduced the noise generated by this machine.

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Fix INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE with Boot Camp Windows Systems

Like any self-respecting computer geek, I like everything. I typically run-up Windows on my Macs by installing it via Boot Camp, and then booting it as a VM. This lets me run everything in parallel, but also go full native mode when needed.

Recently, I found I couldn’t boot my Windows natively any more, though it would still work fine in my VMware Fusion. When booting natively, my Windows install with BSOD on an INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE exception. After a bit of googling, I found that this was likely related to storage drivers. I ultimately managed to fix my Windows environment (without a reinstall), here are the steps:

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Make an old Mac OS X install DVD from macOS Catalina

This brief post is just my notes specifically on how to make a Mac OSX Lion install DVD from within macOS Catalina. This isn’t really meant to help anyone other than my future self. But I hope it helps the odd other person too.

Step 0. Optionally order a copy from Apple, do a search online and you can find Lion and Snow Leopard disks still available for order directly from Apple, as of late 2019.

Step 1. Get the Installer Image from Apple (I’ve personally been archiving these for a while).

Step 2. Open the Terminal, enter the command:

hdiutil burn LionInstaller.iso

That’s it. Done. Here’s example output:

3D Printable Makita Wall Hanger

I adore my Makita Cordless Electric drills and have long since wanted to print hangers for them to go on my walls along with other valued tools. The preexisting models I could find all were kind of corny. The challenge here was the Makita drill has a super fluid shape, nothing is square to anything.

Here’s what I came up with:



The red model is what I made. I found a really impressive CAD model for a Makita drill here. This helped me not have to carefully measure my as-built drill.

I used Fusion360 and the end result was excellent:

Links/Downloads

Here’s an export of my Fusion360 project file:
MakitaWallHangerByDocDawning-20190331.f3d

A 3D printable STL has been attached to a posting I’ve made for this model here: Thingiverse

Maine Coon Kitty Hunt: Round 3

Here’s the sequel to my last Maine Coon Kitty post, round 2 (here)

After the wild success following our adoption of our (first) awesome Maine Coon, from Major Tom Maine Coons located in Nova Scotia Canada, we decided to adopt another kitten from this awesome breeder.

I’m now finding I’m getting asked from folks looking for a good breeder for comments on my experience with Major Tom Maine Coons. So I decided to create this post to help aid in my replies.

First, I’ll review the first kitty. Then introduce the second and finally discuss why I like this breeder.

Maine Coon Kitten #1: Whiskey

The first kitten we adopted contains to thrive and grow. She’s got a bubbly-happy personality and she jackie-chan sprint-climbs, like a mountain goat, high on caffeine.

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