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Julie Jolly

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A former member of the Geek Squad with a BS in Computer Science, I have had an interest in computers as long as I can remember and currently own and operate five 3D printers for the past two years.

The art of copying: how a 3D printer clone was stopped from launching on...

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For many companies manufacturing in China, imitation is also a serious business challenge undermining months of research and development and diluting the value of a product or brand. At Kodama, we experienced product cloning first hand. In this post, we want to share the story of how our latest product was copied before it became available to the market, our main lessons from the whole affair, and how we managed to come out of it on top. But before we do that, here is an overview of the practice of copying (new) products.
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Build Review: Jaune Arc’s Sword from Season 4

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For this review I will detail my build of the Jaune Arc's Sword Season 4 RWBY. This review is my own and I was offered no compensation for my opinions, which are my own. I was given the file for build but am under no promise of a good review in return. First let’s go over what we need for this build.
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Five 3D Printing Must Know Tips

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In this article I will share five tips that I have learned make the process of 3D printing a little less challenging and enhances the fun factor. The feeling of completeness that you get when a print exceeds your expectation or when you go to remove the supports and they simply fall away from the print without marking it in the least.
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3D Printer Maintenance

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Your 3D printer was printing great and now it’s not. 3D printers print great when you first get them and if you don’t properly maintain them, they will fail. In this article I will explain how to maintain your printer to ensure your ability to continue turning out great prints. All 3D printers require some amount of routine maintenance to continue printing.
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GPL Source Code for the Creality CR-10S

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Recently a growing 3D Printer company has come under fire for what is being termed a violation of GPL terms by some in the 3D printing community. First let me say I am not here to take sides and I do not represent Creality or even own one of their printers. In this article I will attempt to present my unbiased view of this incident and allow you the reader to make any conclusions. I intend to leave this article open-ended and not present my conclusion as to guilt or incidence
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Flexion Retrofit Kit Review

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My Monoprice Duplicator I3 V2 3D printer has been under extruding and I needed a way to print flexible filaments. I looked into many solutions like the Flexion Single Extruder, Bondtech QR Universal Extruder and the E3D Extruder Upgrades. I read articles and watched YouTube videos reviewing each. In the end I decided to go with the Flexion based on price and ease of installation.
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GeckoTek EZ-Stik Build Surface Review

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I recently needed to replace the China made generic build surface on my Monoprice Duplicator I3 V2 3D printer. First let me say I do not work for GeckoTek and I not being paid in any way by them for my opinion. The sheet of GeckoTek in this review was purchased by me with my own funds. While considering on what to replace it with I caught a review by the JATMN on his YouTube channel. I was very impressed with the review and so I decided to purchase a sheet and try it. GeckoTek is the name of the company and they specialize in hot, cold and magnetic base surfaces for filament such as ABS, PLA, PETG, Nylon, Composites. I have used Buildtek in the past and will discuss the differences in the two surfaces next. Their surfaces come in a wide range of sizes and are easily trimmed to fit your build plate. I bought the 200x210 and didn’t have to trim anything, it fit perfect.
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Monoprice Duplicator I3 V2 Review

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The Monoprice Duplicator I3 V2 is a 3D printer in the flavor of Reprap Prusa i3. In this article I will be presenting my review experience with the Monoprice Duplicator I3. I will also share the pros and cons of this machine and why I continue to rely on it as my go to printer. First please understand that I do not work for or represent Monoprice, Wanhao or any clone company with this printer for sale. My review of this printer are my own and I have not been influenced by any manufacturer or retailer.
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Set Up Multiple Octopi loaded on Raspberry Pi Zero

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More printers are being released with Wi-Fi as a feature, but many have printers without Wi-Fi. So, wouldn’t it be nice if you could add Wi-Fi to your printer? Problem: I have three MonoPrice Duplicator i3s in my garage. When I print to them I must place my .gcode file on a mini SD stick and then run it to the garage to print the file. Lets use Octopi
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Buying a 3D Printer with Kickstarter

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There is a new obsession in Internet shopping. There are those that believe buying 3D printer can best be done through online Kickstarter sales. Kickstarter is widely known for providing a means to prospective entrepreneurs to get their dream projects funded and fully realized. But lately it seems that some funders are thinking of it like an online shopping experience and funding projects in hopes of obtaining some new some new technological breakthrough. In this article I will explore these ideas along with the pros and cons of funding these projects.
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A Step By Step Guide – Your First 3D Printer

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So you are now the proud owner of your first 3D Printer and you have questions? In this article I will explain the first use of your new printer. No matter what model your first 3D printer is, the steps I provide here will be useful to you.