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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…

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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…

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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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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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3D Printed Ammunition

3D missile

3D-Printed Ammunition With the possibility of 3D printed guns, 3D printed ammo is a unique possibility in the world. Along with innovative 3D gun designs, others designers are exploring innovative projectiles they can print at home. From gun accessories, shotgun rounds, to whole guns, 3D printers can make them all. Environmental Advantages 3D printed rounds can be printed in biodegradable…

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Buzzed, Wound Up, Glassed: 3Dom USA Filament Review

Buzed, wound, glass PLA

3Dom USA  is a US based company that is making their name in environmentally friendly filaments. Many are made from commercial waste products. They recently made waves when they announced their newest Buzzed filament. They were kind enough to send me samples of Buzzed, Wound Up (coffee-based), and Glass Filled PLA filaments. I printed all the samples pictured at 215…

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