Honest Joy Filament Review: Solid Economy PLA, HIPS and Nylon Filament

Feiyang Group (Honest Joy) contacted 3D-PT recently to review their production line of 3D printing filaments. Honest Joy sent me a generous sample of 14 different colors and types of filament to test. This sample had a mix of colorful PLA’s, HIPS, and Nylons. Color Change PLA’s Honest Joy currently sells filaments in 1.75 mm […]

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DIY 3D Printer from scratch – Bowden vs Direct Drive

Bowden vs Direct Drive setups? Welcome to 3DPrinterChat.com, this article is part of the DIY 3D Printer from scratch. In this topic you will learn what is an extruder, what are the models and how they can affect the printing quality and speed.   One of the first things that come up when we are […]

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 […]

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5 kits to get more from your 3D Printer

Arduino/Clone Kits Most of us print toys and the random Print of the week cough furry lion cough but I like to think I print important things as well. These Arduino based kits are cheap and give you great places to start. A lot of people will tell you to just buy the electronics you need […]

Top 10 3D Printer Upgrades

3D printers present an engrossing hobby that can be quite addictive. Like all hobbies / obsessions, 3D printing is full of various types of upgrades and mods that you can buy for your 3D printer. Hardened Nozzles Printing in PLA is fairly gentle on the soft brass nozzles of all 3D printers. While it is […]

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Print the Rainbow: Dabble 3D filament review

Dabble 3D  recently approached 3D-PT to review their new line of PLA filaments. As a startup company, Dabble is claiming their edge on the filament market  by producing filaments in a wide range of colors. How wide you may ask? Dabble sent me a generous 40 color sample pack! When I got the sample pack […]

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 […]

How moist filaments will screw up your 3D-printing

It’s not a myth guys. Moisture in filaments will really screw up your precious 3D-print! – Moist Filament 101 Not so long ago I decided to put this to the test, and in this video (and article below) you can understand what’s happening! I think the general understanding of most experienced 3D-print users is that […]

3D Printing Fidgets

Recently fidgets have become popular for adults as well as children. Fidgets on the surface may seem like toys, but they are actually adaptive devices to help people focus and calm down in their everyday life. 3D printing is full of printable fidgets. Others designers have published plenty of fidget files, including the recent explosion […]

Ash, Wood, Stone and Metal: 3R3DTM Filament Review

Ash, Wood, Stone and Metal: 3R3DTM Filament Review I recently wrote about a prototype filament from 3R3DTM called reincarnation in a previous review and I recently receive a generous batch of their filaments to test. 3r3dtm is a Spanish Bask County firm that specializes in developing unique blends of filaments. Many of their blends come […]

Not Shiny, but Solid: Proto Pasta Matte Fiber HTPLA

Proto Pasta is a US filament company known as the pioneers of carbon fiber PLA. I have reviewed other Proto Pasta filaments before  and have enjoyed 3D printing with them all. PLA is commonly known as a glossy, shiny, plastic that is well suited for 3D printing. As the field of filaments continue to expand,  […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Nanodax Glass Wool Polypropylene Review

Nanodax Co. Ltd is a startup filament company from Japan that is testing a new type of filament material. There prototype Polypropylene 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 […]

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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 […]

Print Metals using a conventional 3D printer.

The Virtual Foundry Company has developed a hybrid filament between metal and thermoplastic materials in order to make Metal prints more accessible to the community; Filamet ™, the 3D printing filament allows you create high-quality metal objects from any conventional desktop printer. Metal prints 3D printing Filament Metal prints requires high-end printers that are not […]

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What 3D-Printer to buy 2016

What 3D-Printer to buy 2016 We have a lot of options these days. Companies left and right are popping up with their own take on 3D printers. Figuring out what is good and what is bad can be pretty difficult. Then you add budget into the mix and you can really get confused. Then if […]

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 […]

Hack A 3D Print

Hack a 3D Print, this technology is quickly becoming a pivotal part of many industries. With this exploding technology, a recent article published in the journal JOM highlights how 3D printing can be vulnerable to corporate espionage. As 3D printers play a larger industrial roll in our society, developing ways to attack and defend 3D […]

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6 tools everyone with a 3d printer should own.

I like to be prepared. Having the correct 3d printing tools has always been a priority of mine. As a mechanics kid, Of course, our car was always broke down but hey such is life right. My father owned the shop and I was lucky enough to have a father that insisted I learn how […]

3D Printing Is Not Dying, Calm Down

Relax John Brandon, 3D Printing is in no decline, as you argue it is. You just have to check your facts and claims before making such a bold statement.

Best ABS filament for beginners? ABS-X filament review.

At first, I would like to say hello to everyone, it is my first post here and definitely not last one ;).  In this post, I want to review probably one of the most amazing ABS filament for beginners. It is from F3Dfilament.com which is Polish based company that is producing high quality filaments. They […]

Bearing 3D printed in ABS-X