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3D Addivist Cookbook; Liberal Art Majors Invade 3D Printing

3D Addivist Cookbook; Liberal Art Majors Invade 3D Printing
The 3D Additivist Cookbook recently was published for free online, after a long hyped period of editing and collecting. The Cookbook is a compilation of different essays on a wide range of topic in 3D printing. The Additivist Cookbook started with the Additivist Manefesto in March 2015 with a call by Morehshin Allahyari and Daniel Rourke for papers about 3D... Read More

The Guardian of Techno phobia

The Guardian of Techno phobia
The internet has recently seen a resurgence in the yellow journalism of the 1890’s. Just like the newspaper wars  between Joseph Pulitzer's New York World and William Randolph Hearst's New York Journal, news sites today are using scare headlines and misleading stores to attract viewers. The More Things Change… Presidential elections and false news on Facebook are the tip of... Read More

3D Printing Fidgets

3D Printing Fidgets
Recently fidgets have become popular for adults as well as children. Fidgets on the surface may seem like toys, but they are actually adaptive devices to help people focus and calm down in their everyday life. 3D printing is full of printable fidgets. Others designers have published plenty of fidget files, including the recent explosion in EDC (every day carry)... Read More

Ash, Wood, Stone and Metal: 3R3DTM Filament Review

Ash, Wood, Stone and Metal: 3R3DTM Filament Review
I recently wrote about a prototype filament from 3R3DTM called reincarnation in a previous review and I recently receive a generous batch of their filaments to test. 3r3dtm is a Spanish Bask County firm that specializes in developing unique blends of filaments. Many of their blends come from recycled materials, while others are a test of various new composite media.... Read More

Useful Things You Can Print From Thingiverse

Useful Things You Can Print From Thingiverse
Though you’ll find hundreds of 3d printing communities on the World Wide Web, Thingiverse is probably the most popular of them all for several reasons. It is by far the most modern community that shares interesting and printable 3d print models. The fact is that Thingiverse is not just providing 3d print designs for fun sake, it is serving the... Read More

Not Shiny, but Solid: Proto Pasta Matte Fiber HTPLA

Not Shiny, but Solid: Proto Pasta Matte Fiber HTPLA
Proto Pasta is a US filament company known as the pioneers of carbon fiber PLA. I have reviewed other Proto Pasta filaments before  and have enjoyed 3D printing with them all. PLA is commonly known as a glossy, shiny, plastic that is well suited for 3D printing. As the field of filaments continue to expand,  new filaments come to market... Read More

Ashes to Filament : 3D Printing for Death

Ashes to Filament : 3D Printing for Death
Exotic filament blends are coming to the 3D printing market every day, as startups around the world are competing to produce new filaments for 3D printers. These new filaments often combine the 3D printable properties of PLA with the desired artistic or performance qualities of the composite material. 3R3DTM  is a Spanish Basque Country startup company that is developing a... Read More

Build Plate Supported 3D Printing

Build Plate Supported 3D Printing
3D printing unique objects with large overhangs and bridges often requires the printing of support materials. Supports break away (hopefully) from your print when it is finished. However, supports add time and material to the print, and can leave the surface of your print rough where it connected with the supports. People who print on 3DHubs  will want to save... Read More

Tinny Home Filament Experiment

Tinny Home Filament Experiment
In August I had the privilege to have a booth at the Tiny Home Jamboree in Colorado Springs, CO. At the booth I presented  how 3D printing can be used to match the unique needs of the tiny home community. In a future blog I plan to collect all my thoughts about the Jamboree and 3D printing. Among the many... Read More

ColorFabb Composite Filament Review

ColorFabb Composite Filament Review
CorkFill, WoodFill, GlowFill, CarbonFiber, BronzeFill, CopperFill Months ago Colorfabb  sent me a sample box of some of their exotic composite filaments to test. These filaments have been the world leader in composite filaments, combining the properties of the wood, metal and carbon, with the printing properties of PLA. Just like Proto Pasta these composite filaments add a new dimension to... Read More

Nanodax Glass Wool Polypropylene Review

Nanodax Glass Wool Polypropylene Review
Nanodax Co. Ltd is a startup filament company from Japan that is testing a new type of filament material. There prototype filament is glass wool polypropylene (GWPP). When I first read the email from Nanodax about this, I was doubtful that a filament could be made from polypropylene. I associated polypropylene with fleece sweaters and winter clothing, not as a... Read More

1st Annual Filament Olympics

1st Annual Filament Olympics
The Olympic and Paralympic Games are an amazing show of athletic talent from around the world. As the world watches the best compete for the gold medal, I wanted to see how all the filaments that I have tested compare to each other. Just like gymnastics, there is a complex grading system that I can use to rate the desired... Read More