Adafruit tells you How to make 3D Printed molds for custom stamps!

Adafruit’s Guide to 3D Print molds for custom Stamps Hey guys, Any printing ideas going? Well, I was diving in some of my favorite blogs and luckily found this tutorial on how to make custom stamps using 3D Printed molds! This means you can basically use any design to authenticate your objects with ink and be […]

Urn for Garden of Innocence Project, Part 1; 3D Printing Urns for Unknown Children

Garden of Innocence (GOI) provides dignified burials and cremation urn for abandoned or unidentified children. Every year GOI works with woodworkers who donate handmade caskets and cremation urns to properly bury these children. After watching the video by April Wilkerson about the urn she made, I was inspired to put my 3D printer to use for […]

GOI urn

Add full color graphics to 3D Printed parts with Hydro Dipping guide by Adafruit

Learn how to Add full color graphics to 3D Printed parts using Hydro Dipping technique! Hey guys! guess what? I just found that, a few weeks ago, Adafruit published a full guide to hydro dipping your 3D prints and it is definitely a good option if you want to give a nice finish to all your projects […]

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MP Select Mini was Hacked using Reverse Engineering by Robin Reiter

Is this one of the best years for 3D printing? Well, I’m acquainted with some awesome news and I certainly see more people getting in touch with this technology. The 3DP industry is expanding its horizons and as Moore’s law established, with the passing of the years, it must be smaller and cheaper. MP Select Mini […]

3D Printing – Layer Height Under The Microscope

3D Printed Layer Height And Its Effect On Part Strength And Print Speed I was participating in an online discussion recently regarding layer height and its effect on part “quality”, strength and print speed. Here is a copy of the chart which sparked the discussion, which I originally spotted on the 3d printing club facebook […]

3D Printing Layer Chart

PLA Filament Moisture Study: Effect of Moisture on 3D Printer Filament Properties

Moisture influences printability of 3D printing filaments. This PLA filament moisture study shows that even different filament colours influence the printing properties. PLA (polylactic acid) is a biodegradable 3D printing filament material made usually of starch, potato or sugarcane. It decomposes in a span of several months to few years. Petroleum-based plastics are non-degradable and […]

PLA filament moisture

How To Give Your 3D Prints A Battle Damaged Metal Finish!

For this tutorial I decided I wanted to recreate the helmet from the latest Batman movie, so I’m going to make a Metal finish on my print. a quick search on Thingiverse brought up the perfect result, You can download the file for yourself HERE. A list of the materials used in this tutorial: Voltivo […]

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 […]

Folgertech Kossel build Part 1

My Build and thoughts For a few years now I have pointed many people to Folgertech Kossel but I personally;never owned one. I did have it on good faith from some owners that they were a good printer. Well, I finally put my money where my mouth is and bought their Delta. Now I’m not […]

Build Plate Supported 3D Printing

3D printing unique objects with large overhangs and bridging surface prints 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 […]

Smoothiefy your 3D Printer

I had backed a Kickstarter a couple of years back called the Cobblebot and received the kit last year. The kit and instructions were abysmal to say the least; and looks like I was one of the lucky ones – that I was able to print using my kit. However, I set about modifying the […]

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

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 […]

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3D Printing And Makers Can Fix Everything

One month ago, a friend of mine managed to break my high-end headphones, which were supposedly unbreakable. As a Maker, I tried to fix them by myself using duck tape and other conventional methods, was either ineffective or plain out ugly. Now, I have been 3D Designing for 3 years and 3D Printing for 6 […]

How to: 3D Print from Minecraft

Minecraft is a massively popular block building game where a player can build, survive in an open world. It is mostly popular with the younger audience so wouldn’t it be a great to introduce children to 3D-Printing and 3D design via a video game they already know and enjoy. Many CAD programs can be intimidating […]

3d print from minecraft

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

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 3D printed castle

The Chemistry of 3D Printing

3D printing is exploding with new filaments with unique properties. From high temperature resistance to electrical conductivity, there is a wide range of filaments to meet the needs of 3D printers. In this blog I’ll present the chemical background on the most popular filaments, along with the suggested printing temperatures and settings. PLA: Polylactic acid […]

Chemistry PLA 3D Printing

Extruder clogged at mid-print? Learn how to save it!

Unfortunately this issue happens more than we could expect, especially with a low quality extruder / filament and also on some special filaments as wood and metallic. So we will approach from two fronts, how to prevent it to happen, and how to save a print if it happens. How to prevent clogging in 3d […]

How to NOT Alienate 3D Printing Customers

The 3D printing world is littered with the bitter taste and empty wallets of consumers. 3D printing is now in a volatile period of growth and market stabilization. Future companies should learn from the examples of the past. In this blog I’ll look at some of the common mistakes that companies have made in the […]

Vacuum Drying PLA Pt.2

In a previous blog  I described a possible method to recover PLA that has become unusable due to the moisture it has absorbed from the air. My hypothesis was thus: By putting stale PLA inside a vacuum clothing bag and drawing a vacuum, I could speed up the drying process. When I posted the original article, I […]

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MICROSOFT KINECT AS 3D SCANNER

MICROSOFT KINECT AS 3D SCANNER Microsoft is a company known for its ingenuity in a variety of fields. Up till the year of 2000, the gaming industry was dominated by Sony and Nintendo so when Microsoft stepped into the fray, the reception was ambivalent and lukewarm at best. However, the original Xbox managed to become […]

Kinect 3D Scanner

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 […]

vacuum drying PLA

Watch your 3D Print through a Camera online using Arduino

Watch your 3D Print at work through a Camera using Arduino It is an interesting idea but you need to put little efforts. The very first step to monitor a 3D printer via camera is to interface a quality camera module with ‘Arduino Uno’ so that it can process all records easily. In order to […]

Arduino Camera to monitor 3DPrint

How To Maintain a Lulzbot Taz 5 3D Printer

For 3D printing, I have been amazed at the difference between my first 3D printer from hell and the Lulzbot Taz 5. I have been 3D printing with the Taz 5 on a daily basis for over 8 months. Just recently I noticed a lot of stringing, and the hobbed gear was grinding filament more […]

Expanding 3D Printing Skills And Getting More Out Of Your 3d Printer

3d Printing as a hobby is great. With so many 3D Printers available these days just about anyone can get one. Maybe you bought yours to expand a hobby, add to your business or just wanted to play around with this new tech. They have become a large part of how we design and build […]