3D Printing Market Trends For 2017

2017 is set to have many emerging market trends for 3D printing industry. As the 3D printers become more affordable, engineers are developing new printing techniques and applications for additive manufacturing (AM). Below are some trends to follow for 2017. Desktop Market Growth Apple fans are buzzing about the possibility of Apple bringing a 3D […]

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 […]

ColorFabb Composite Filament Review

Months ago ColorFabb  Company sent me a sample box of some of their exotic composite filaments to test. These Colofilaments have been the world leader in composite filaments, combining the properties of the wood, metal and carbon, with the printing properties of PLA. Just like Proto Pasta these composite filaments add a new dimension to a […]

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 […]

Top 5 American Filament Makers 2016

Top 5 American Filament Makers 2016 I’m all for cheap filaments. Like most of us, I don’t have a lot of money to throw around.  I print a lot, and I’m always looking for an excuse to print something so I rarely buy more expensive filaments.  When I do I try to by inside the […]

Cheapest 3D Printing Filaments that don’t suck.

Printing with exotic filaments is great but it can be very expensive. It actually is the most expensive part of this hobby. I’m not just talking about the exotics, though. Matter hackers are one of the more trusted filament makers around and if you just buy the bread and butter of filaments PLA and ABS, […]

The future of 3d printing In the home.

I have been thinking about the future of home 3D printing. I have only had a 3d printer for a couple years now but I have been following the community for far longer. The days when home brew machines used weed eater line and printers looked more like an evil erector set, out to burn your […]

Snack Card Dispenser Project

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 […]

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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 […]

ColorFabb Filament Review

ColorFabb is a filament company based in the Netherlands. They are known for their quality filaments, as well as being the industry leader in exotic filaments blends. They approached me recently to test a wide range of their filaments. They sent me samples of their new high temperature (HT), as well as nGen and exotic […]

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3D Printing Dictionary

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 on 3D printing terms. As a teacher I like teaching with analogies, so when […]

Glow Filament

How To 3D Print Glow in the Dark Filaments

Among the exotic blends of filaments, the luminous Glowfill is a specialty of 3D printing. Long heralded as a kitsch material for kids toys and spooky special effects, glow in the dark plastics can be used for household purposes as well. GlowFill Material This glow in the dark material is GlowFill from ColorFabb. As a […]

Glowing Printer

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 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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3D Printing a Gun Pt.1

Ever since I started 3D printing, I have been interested in the possibility of 3D printing a gun. As a young adult I was a firearms instructor at a Boy Scout summer camp. There I learned how keep cheap .22 rifles and Remington 870 shotguns working. 3D printed guns are a hot button topic for […]

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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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3D Printing Filament Review

In a previous blog I discussed what makes good 3D printing filament. That blog was written from the hard earned experience I got in working with the filaments I’ll review here. Testing procedures All of this filament review were 3D printed on a Makerbot 5th gen Replicator or Lulzbot Taz 5. The 5th gen 3D […]