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Finishing & Painting A 3D Printed Alien!

This is going to be a write up on a technique that I have used a lot to create a semi realistic looking paint job on a 3D print, for this one here I used the Ieyo bust from Thingiverse. To start this piece was 3D printed on my Wanhao Duplicator I3 at a 0.1mm layer height in a nice bright…

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13 Best CAD Programs for Kids

Surprising how many CAD programs there out there right now, right? Most I have never heard of but I trust each one has fervent users that will tell us how well their modeling skills were corresponded by the software, besides how easy (or difficult) would be for a child getting used to. While on the subject, I believe everyone possesses…

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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…

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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…

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Design guidelines for 3D printing – part II: Design tips to excel print quality

design

{:en}In the current rapidly advancing era of home-based manufacturing, it is a requisite for every one of us to understand the intricacies of 3D printing and adapt our designs in order to get sound prints. Previously in the article Design guidelines for 3D printing – design tips to improve quality of print, we saw some basic guidelines to be followed…

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3D Printing – behind the screen

Conductive mess

{:en}We design something digging into the depths of our imagination, feed into some flashy software and obtain stunning prints. But how much are we aware of what is going on behind these processes? Let’s explore. CAD design As already known, the first step of any 3D printing process begins with designing a part in a computer aided design (CAD) software….

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Design guidelines for 3D printing – design tips to improve quality of print

contour

3D printing has opened up an entirely new avenue to physically visualise the extremes of imagination of a designer. It virtually allows building of utmost intricate designs, which even the most sophisticated lathe and milling machines are not capable of. The fact is vivid through the evolution of new concepts and products in 3D printing being unveiled every day. However,…

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3D States of Matter: Digital, physical, or other?

A 3D printed castle

3D printing is quickly becoming the next great industrial revolution. What use to be made in bulk overseas can now be made on-demand domestically. As a disruptive technology, 3D printing is largely unregulated. To date US courts are struggling with how to even classify the digital files for 3D objects. Is a 3D printed gun a tangible object subject to…

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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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Positive 3D Printing

OBI wheel chair

In a previous blog I discussed negative ways that 3D printing can be used in the world. To counter that blog I’ll discuss the many positive things that can come from 3D printing. Many of these organizations have an open source philosophy, and you can join or contribute your time or 3D printer to their causes. Pet Prosthetic The internet…

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3D Printing Piracy

3D printed master lock

3D printing is quickly growing into a ubiquitous technology that will be in many homes in the future. But just as the internet brought instant communication, it also brought its share of negative and illegal practices. Like all technology, it is neither good nor bad. Only in the application of 3D printing can prints fall into legal, legal yet immoral,…

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Medical Grade 3D Printing?

FDA not approved

On May 10th the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a draft report that will lay the groundwork for approving 3D printed medical devices. ‘Technical Considerations for Additive Manufactured Devices: Draft Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff” is a 28 page document that covers the FDA’s current position and possible regulations for future FDA approval for 3D…

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