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Tiko 3D Printer: Kickstarter Gem or Lemon?

Among the world of Kickstarter 3D printers, the Tiko 3D printer is one that has made a large impression on backers,  and has held high the hopes (or hype) of an affordable desktop printer. The Tiko smashed its funding goal on Kickstarter reaching $2,950,874 in initial backing, well over the $100,000 goal. Tiko has released its 3D printer to Kickstarter…

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3D Printing Dictionary

Glow Filament

3D printing is becoming more popular to the general public. As we talk to friends and family about what we 3D print, they may not understand some of the terms that we use. To address this, I have developed a short lexicon of terms used in 3D printing. As a teacher I like teaching with analogies, so when possible I’ll…

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Top 5 PLA Filaments

3Dom USA

PLA (Polylactic acid) is the favorite beginners’ filament 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 on the scoring system I developed in a past blog. All of…

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Laying out 3D Prints in Cura Slicer

comparison of test pieces.

Laying out 3D Prints in Cura Slicer When it comes to laying out 3D prints in our slicing program, one of the most important things to consider is how overhangs and bridges will be supported. In all slicer programs, there is a way to control the amount and geometry of the support material used. On the flip side, the support…

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