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 bars, printed 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 […]

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

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 […]

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The Tantillus Part 2 Get Organised

The Tantillus Part 2 Get Organised So you have got your work area clean tidy and safe ,all of your tools,your hardware , printed parts and laser cut parts.If you are struggling to get anything have a look on this UK website . For our build we are going to make a Tantillus with a […]

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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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

How To Rate Your 3D-Printing Filament 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. […]

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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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How to Print in Multiple Materials with a Single Extruder

The one disadvantage of a single nozzle machine is that you can only print in a single colour or material, or can you? Well there is a more manual way in where you can print in 2 colours or even materials with a single nozzle 3D-Printer. We can do this by setting our G-Code to […]

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?