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3D Printing Fidgets

{:en}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)…

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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…

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ColorFabb Composite Filament Review

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 a 3D printer’s portfolio, and can…

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Nanodax Glass Wool Polypropylene Review

Clean print with new material

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…

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Printing with Flexible Filaments

standard tool head

When it comes to exotic filaments  flexible filaments hold a special place in the hearts of many 3D printers. These flexible thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) filaments let you 3d print squishy toys, RC car wheels, and other practical pieces. The main appeal of flexible materials is the ability to print non-ridged items. The new Lulzbot Taz 6 has NinjaFlex washers in…

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Unboxing the Lulzbot Dual Extruder Tool Head

Dual extruder

{:en} In a previous blog I wrote about my trip to the Lulzbot factory in Loveland, CO. While I was there I decided to upgrade my Taz 5 to print dual materials. To do this will require the dual extrusion tool head from Lulzbot.  With this tool head I want to print more complex prints with dual colors and print…

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A Tour of the LulzBot Factory

LulzBot Factory

Drive about 2 hours north of Denver, Colorado and you will find yourself in the beautiful ranch lands and farms of the state. At the edge of the town of Loveland and this ranch land is the headquarters of Aleph Objects, Inc. Aleph is the company that produces the LulzBot line of 3D printers. Recently LulzBot released their Taz 6,…

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A 3D Printer Designed for Travel, Foldie 3D Pt.1

Foldie 3D printer

As I started my journey in 3D printing I struck up a friendship with a 3D printer from Belgium, Yvan Van den Bossche. In 2015 he announced his Foldie 3D printer, and asked me to beta test his design. I got the files when I was still using the turd box MakerBot 5th gen  that was not reliable enough to…

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INprinting Hemp Based HIPS Filament

INprinting A California 3D printing firm sent 3D – PT a sample of their blend of hemp & HIPS to review. Hemp composite filament have long been a goal of 3D printers. Many 3D printers hope to make hemp composite items. This composite can be made with environmentally sustainable hemp, and would be appealing in states where marijuana is legal….

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Vacuum Drying PLA Pt.1

vacuum drying PLA

Polylactic acid (PLA) is a popular filament for beginning 3D printers. It prints at low temperatures (180 – 220 C) does not give of fumes (unlike ABS) and comes in a wide range of colors. It can be printed without a heated build plate, which is attractive to low-cost and kit built 3D printers. PLA is made from corn starch…

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ColorFabb Filament Review

HT vs coffee

ColorFabb is a filament company based in the Netherlands. They are known for their quality filaments, as well as being the industry leader in exotic filaments blends. They approached me recently to test a wide range of their filaments. They sent me samples of their new high temperature (HT), as well as nGen and exotic blends. I’ll review the exotic…

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How To Polish Stainless Steel PLA

comparison prints

How To Polish Stainless Steel PLA Proto Pasta is a US based filament company known for their exotic filaments. They were kind enough to send me samples of their various filaments, and I have already reviewed their coffee, magnetic iron, and conductive filaments in previous blogs. I also rated stainless steel PLA (SSPLA) in a previous blog. On the package…

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