Urn Project Garden of Innocence: Part 2

In a previous blog, I tested out a design for an urn to donate to Garden of Innocence (GOI). In the first part I printed a 1/2 scale size urn as a test piece for my design. I also continued to get input from GOI about the design requirements for a baby’s urn. The Full […]

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Urn for Garden of Innocence Project, Part 1; 3D Printing Urns for Unknown Children

Garden of Innocence (GOI) provides dignified burials and cremation urn for abandoned or unidentified children. Every year GOI works with woodworkers who donate handmade caskets and cremation urns to properly bury these children. After watching the video by April Wilkerson about the urn she made, I was inspired to put my 3D printer to use for […]

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11 3D Prints for your Household

There is a public misconception that 3D prints are for toys and trinkets, not for household use. While I’ll admit it is tempting to 3D print trinkets like Baby Groot and fidget spinners , I actually have utilized my 3D printers for household use. In the 2 years I have use 3D printers, I have […]

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Honest Joy Filament Review: Solid Economy PLA, HIPS and Nylon Filament

Feiyang Group (Honest Joy) contacted 3D-PT recently to review their production line of 3D printing filaments. Honest Joy sent me a generous sample of 14 different colors and types of filament to test. This sample had a mix of colorful PLA’s, HIPS, and Nylons. Color Change PLA’s Honest Joy currently sells filaments in 1.75 mm […]

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3D Printed Grenade Launcher

The US Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center recently announce the production of an all metal 3D printed grenade launcher and ammo. Meanwhile in congress, Senator Bill Nelson announced that he has filed legislation with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for a new law aimed to tighten current restrictions on 3D printed guns. 3D Printed Grenade […]

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3D Printed Home a Day V.2: From Levittown to 3D Printed Homes

3D printed a home a day are not a new idea, but 3D printed home a day are now commercially possible. In the 1950’s post WWII economic boom, affordable housing was in high demand. The Levitt Brothers responded by developing methods to construct homes in a day. These homes formed the birth of cookie cutter […]

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3D Printed Guns as Illegal 3D File?

3D printing is seeing the sun set on the Wild West phase of technical freedom with the recent arrest of Sicen Sun, an Australian who was arrested for 3D printed guns . Sicen Sun was arrested after he tried to sell a 3D printed prop gun for $1 million AUS through a Facebook post. He […]

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Top 10 3D Printer Upgrades

3D printers present an engrossing hobby that can be quite addictive. Like all hobbies / obsessions, 3D printing is full of various types of upgrades and mods that you can buy for your 3D printer. Hardened Nozzles Printing in PLA is fairly gentle on the soft brass nozzles of all 3D printers. While it is […]

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Print the Rainbow: Dabble 3D filament review

Dabble 3D  recently approached 3D-PT to review their new line of PLA filaments. As a startup company, Dabble is claiming their edge on the filament market  by producing filaments in a wide range of colors. How wide you may ask? Dabble sent me a generous 40 color sample pack! When I got the sample pack […]

Debunking “Alternative Facts”about 3D Printing

The media has started turning their recent flood of alternative facts to taking cheap pot shots at 3D printing. These articles have shown that technical incompetence and click-bait fear mongering rule the commercial media. Here I’ll list some of the alternative facts that have been presented about 3D printing, and I’ll follow with just the […]

3D Printing Market Trends For 2017

2017 is set to have many emerging market trends for 3D printing industry. As the 3D printers become more affordable, engineers are developing new printing techniques and applications for additive manufacturing (AM). Below are some trends to follow for 2017. Desktop Market Growth Apple fans are buzzing about the possibility of Apple bringing a 3D […]

10 Popular 3D Printing Fidget Patterns

Recently fidgets  have come on the market as the popular Kickstarter for the fidget cube exploded onto the scene. Fidgets may seem like toys, but in truth they are adaptive devices that are designed for people with ADHD, Autism, or stress to relieve nervous energy. By providing tactile feedback and stimulation, fidgets can actually help […]