3D Printer Filament Guide & Comparison Chart

There is a huge amount of 3D printing materials, as there is an infinite amount of applications to give each and everyone. This great versatility of materials allows us to explore new prototypes and take them to the highest level of quality; Each 3D printer is unique and has its own attributes. Filaments (the raw […]

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UK startup Fishy Filaments turns fishing nets waste into 3D printer filament

UK startup Fishy Filaments recycles fishing nets and turns them into filament for 3D printing The increase in plastic wastes found in the sea is a global phenomenon that manifests itself on a local scale. Whether they are Microplastic pollution, discarded, lost, or abandoned; fishing gear on the sea, or even the increasingly amount of […]

Just How Strong is PLA? Lab Experiment!

So I had the wonderful opportunity to use my school’s physics lab for whatever experiment I wanted, as long as the teacher approved and as long as it was for the purpose of a school paper. So, I decided to test how much stress could be tolerated by 3D Printed PLA bars, with different settings […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Vacuum Drying PLA Pt.1

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 […]

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Top 5 PLA Filaments

3D printer’s PLA Filament for beginners PLA filament (Polylactic acid) is the favorite beginners’ material for 3D printing. It is biodegradable and made from sustainable resources; unlike petroleum-based ABS. It 3D prints at low temperatures (190 – 210 C) and is easy to recycle. For this blog I’ll combine my past reviews with updates based […]

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How To Rust Magnetic Iron PLA Filament

How To Rust Magnetic Iron PLA Filament Proto Pasta  has approached 3D-PT to review their exotic PLA filaments blends. I have reviewed their Aromatic Coffee and Conducting PLA in a previous blog. I developed a rating system for filaments with their Stainless Steel PLA, and in a future blog I’ll review how to polish it […]

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How To Rate Your 3D Printing Filament

Rating 3D printing filaments   With 3D printing, a good filament can make the difference in your print job. 3D printers can share horror stories about their experiences with bad filament. While there are ways to test filament with expensive mechanical testing equipment, I wanted to develop a way to test filament at home. With […]

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Heat Treating Aromatic Coffee High Temp PLA

In a previous blog I tested the printing properties of Proto Pasta’s Conductive PLA and Aromatic Coffee PLA. According to information from Proto Pasta, Aromatic Coffee Filament is a high temperature blend. Proto Pasta also provides a procedure to anneal it to be harder and more heat-resistant than normal PLA. A high temperature PLA is […]

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Will your 3D-printer kill you?

Will your 3D-printer kill you? As the 3D printers spread around the world, a fact that some people call the “new industrial revolution”, there are more and more concerns about the dangers surrounding these machines. The most common desktop 3D printers use the Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) process or Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM, which is […]

Will your 3D printer kill you?

Testing Proto Pasta Conductive PLA with Snap Circuits

In a previous blog I wrote a review of Proto Pasta’s Conductive PLA filament. For that review I just looked at the printing properties of the material. I liked how Conductive PLA printed, and it had a smooth matte black finish. Texture wise it does feel silkier than normal PLA. When I discovered that the […]

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Proto Pasta Filament Review Pt.1

An exciting new range of filaments for 3D printer is the exotic composite filaments. These filaments combine metal or other materials mixed with a blend of PLA to produce prints with metallic finish or other unique properties. Proto Pasta is a filament company leading the exotic filament field. They contacted me to review their unique […]

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Rigid.ink Review

Rigid.ink a UK based company that makes their filament in the UK, which means if you live in the UK you can get fast delivery. They sell PLA, ABS as well as speciality filaments: flexible PLA, HIPs as as well as others. So let’s get to the chase, how does this filament  fair in the sea […]

Autotune PID what it is and how to use it

Autotune PID is a feature that is included in Marlin and most branches of it to help determine the best settings for the hot-end temp control. So what does it do? Well simply put it heats up the hot-end and cools it several times to determine the optimum setting for the heating element part. PID […]

How To Hot Iron Finish a Rough 3D Print Using a Clothing Iron

3D printers like to think that the print comes clean off the build plate of their printer. After a couple long and complex prints, the reality of  Finishing prints. Brims, rafts and support material leave sharp jagged edges around the print. Supports create rough bumpy points on flat surfaces. Overhanging and bridging surfaces still droop […]

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