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  1. Thanks very much! Did you know that you can post product reviews on our website now, there's a couple there already for the PID kits and OPV kits - but none yet for the drip trays and vent tubes 😉
  2. Nice work there! Well done. A great looking coffee corner, and it very much sounds like you now have great tasting coffee as well.
  3. I have a few "substandard" (ie seconds / print failures) of these - which are functionally OK but have some sort of printing problem or deformity that won't affect the use of them - typically the front corners have "lifted" and deformed. They'll be £4 plus postage at cost (or free collection) if anyone wants one. Not pretty, but functional and it saves me just throwing plastic in the bin! PM me for more info and to buy.
  4. Yes, it's just a necessary part of the 3D printing process - which (essentially) just squeezes out very thin liquid plastic layers, like squeezing toothpaste from a tube with a very small nozzle! The final thing is built up a layer at a time (each one is 0.2mm high) - and it's typically this that you can see in all 3D prints (unless people take a huge amount of time and effort to then sand them down etc.). The front of mine is straight (the first 15mm of it), until it curves at the top during the top 10mm. Like the OEM one, the front isn't vertical - it has a slight angle to it - and I went for a more pronounced curve as I thought it looked much better, and was more in keeping with the curve on the new drip tray of the GCP / Clsassic 2019. If I could find a cost-effective way to get them made by injection moulding in ABS plastic then I may consider it - so if anyone has any contacts in that area let me know! Tooling costs are the killer, but ongoing production costs (once you've paid thousands for the tool) are then relatively low. Just FYI, if you sent the 3D printing STL for my drip tray to a 3rd party company specialising in quality 3D printing then they'd want more than £200 per unit to make them!
  5. OK - a SMALL number of the slim drip trays (suited to the original Classic, not the Classic 2019 just yet) are now on the website - these come with 158mm long stainless vent tubes (6mm OD, 5mm ID - which gives much better flow than 4mm ID which you typically find elsewhere). I'll be putting a slightly "less deep" (front to back) version on the website soon for the GCP / Classic 2019 - due to the case changes, these trays fit the original Classic perfectly but stick out of the front of the GCP/C2019 by about 4mm - which is annoying! Get 'em while they're hot: https://www.shadesofcoffee.co.uk/stainless-steel-long-vent-tube-6mm-od-x-5mm-id-x-158mm
  6. Dont want to hijack Mudlark13's thread - but if anyone needs a 3D printed drip tray (and longer stainless vent tube 6mm OD x 5mm ID = much better flow than 4mm OD!) then take a look at the custom designed ones on my website: https://www.shadesofcoffee.co.uk/pre-2018---original-gaggia-classic-espresso-machines/slim-drip-tray-complete-with-long-vent-tube (Mudlark, if you're offended by this and want me to remove it - either now or when you start your production again - just say Sir!)
  7. See if this helps : https://www.shadesofcoffee.co.uk/pre-2018---original-gaggia-classic-espresso-machines/slim-drip-tray-complete-with-long-vent-tube
  8. That definitely looks like a whole bucket-load of fun! Good luck.
  9. That's probably not unusual - the cold water enters at the bottom of the boiler, and the sensor is half way up it (at around the same level as where the hot water leaves the boiler).
  10. I use a 12mm, which squashes and fits nicely into the slots. Conveniently it’s the same size as the one in the rear of the PID case. I doubt a 20mm will fit but you could always try if you have any lying around. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. I do try and make non-destructive mods... cutting holes in machines goes against my fundamental principles..... pressure gauge is about the only thing that really needs a hole cutting. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. You only have to check out the Decent thread to see how difficult it is to get one of those made well. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Yes, I know what you mean - but when I have black cases I may try it and see what it looks like. I didn’t model the drip tray for the PID, it was just something I was messing around with and decided to see what it looked like. I’ve had various ideas over the years about mounting PIDs in and around the funnel as well... some of them are modelled already (I’ve got something that I think is aligned with what Agentb mentioned too) and I might post some more ideas on a different thread. Too much going on at the moment though :-) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Nice job.... if you’d appreciate a rubber grommet (or even two) to put in the slots instead then just drop me a PM and I’ll sort you out. A 12mm wiring grommet squashes and squeezes nicely in those slots and you can usually get all wires through one slot within the grommet - which is how the current kit does it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Like I said, still a work in progress :-) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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