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Testing TinkerCAD Beta

3D printing is known for producing unique and custom items. I have found that 3D printing can also be used to replace esoteric and out of production items. My father brought home a case with two cable tension gauges in it. The custom foam that held them in place had long ago wore away, and he wanted a holder that…

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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 you have a 3d printer…

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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, it will run you 30…

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The future of 3d printing In the home.

I have been thinking about this for a while. 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 house down and less like something you…

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A Tour of IT-Works

Barbie Armor

IT-Works is a full service company for 3D printers located in Longmont, Colorado. IT-Works is headed by Jamie Leben, who worked in IT before becoming a retailer for Lulzbot 3D printers. Jamie and his staff work to provide a wide range of services for local 3D printers. Zheng3 3D printed Barbie armor and Tardigrade models printed at IT-Works I have…

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A Tour of the LulzBot Factory

LulzBot Factory

Drive about 2 hours north of Denver, Colorado and you will find yourself in the beautiful ranch lands and farms of the state. At the edge of the town of Loveland and this ranch land is the headquarters of Aleph Objects, Inc. Aleph is the company that produces the LulzBot line of 3D printers. Recently LulzBot released their Taz 6,…

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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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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 often. Given all the PLA…

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ColorFabb Filament Review

HT vs coffee

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 blends. I’ll review the exotic…

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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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How To Rate Your 3D Printing Filament

color comparison

How To Rate Your 3D-Printing Filament 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 my background as a…

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