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What is Love? 3D Print Me (NSFW)

3D printing is a seductive and addicting hobby that traps many in its filament web. Like any relationship, it starts casually at first with the first print that you handle. From their 3D printing builds into a more steady relationship, as you buy your first desktop printer ; from there you go through the ups and downs  as you learn…

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Ashes to Filament : 3D Printing for Death

Exotic filament blends are coming to the 3D printing market every day, as startups around the world are competing to produce new filaments for 3D printers. These new filaments often combine the 3D printable properties of PLA with the desired artistic or performance qualities of the composite material. 3R3DTM  is a Spanish Basque Country startup company that is developing a…

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Nanodax Glass Wool Polypropylene Review

Clean print with new material

Nanodax Co. Ltd is a startup filament company from Japan that is testing a new type of filament material. There prototype filament is glass wool polypropylene (GWPP). When I first read the email from Nanodax about this, I was doubtful that a filament could be made from polypropylene. I associated polypropylene with fleece sweaters and winter clothing, not as a…

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Printing with Flexible Filaments

standard tool head

When it comes to exotic filaments  flexible filaments hold a special place in the hearts of many 3D printers. These flexible thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) filaments let you 3d print squishy toys, RC car wheels, and other practical pieces. The main appeal of flexible materials is the ability to print non-ridged items. The new Lulzbot Taz 6 has NinjaFlex washers in…

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How to Rate 3D Printers

Lulzbot Taz 5

In a previous blog  I developed a scoring system to look at the quality of filament. Others have asked me to develop a scoring system for 3D printers as well. With the wide choice of 3D printers on the market, I wanted to develop a way to rate them based on their features and options. For this blog I’ll compare…

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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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The Chemistry of 3D Printing

Chemistry PLA 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 PLA is a favorite filament…

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INprinting Hemp Based HIPS Filament

INprinting A California 3D printing firm sent 3D – PT a sample of their blend of hemp & HIPS to review. Hemp composite filament have long been a goal of 3D printers. Many 3D printers hope to make hemp composite items. This composite can be made with environmentally sustainable hemp, and would be appealing in states where marijuana is legal….

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Snack Card Dispenser Project

SCD

This year 3D-PT has a busy schedule of autism related conferences planned. At every conference the vending tables always have some candy ready to attract and fuel frazzled conference participants. I have wanted to have a 3D printed candy dispenser ready for my table. Fortunately for me there are a few vending machine designs already available. I found this snack dispenser that…

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