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3D Printing Fidgets

{:en}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 in EDC (every day carry)…

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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 from recycled materials, while others are a test of various new composite media….

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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 3D printing. Among the many…

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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 US.  I try to support…

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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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6 tools everyone with a 3d printer should own.

I like to be prepared. Having the correct tool 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 to use tools. This also meant I…

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Assemble the gear you need to win those Office battles.

It’s time to stand up and conker your office. The weekend is here so you have time to plan your attack. When you go back to work on Monday, if you print these items of office Warfare you too will have the firepower to conker the Villians that subject you to the evil of Mondays. I plan to be amassing enough firepower…

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July’s Makerbox subscription review. Should you subscribe?

{:en}Subscription boxes can be a lot of fun to get. Every month a box of random stuff arrives at your door This is exciting because you have no idea what’s in it. This in my mind is what makes them great. That moment of what did I get followed by the fun of discovering just what’s inside. The thing is most…

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7 Printable Tools worth adding to your Workbench.

Everyone that owns a 3d printer has his vices. We print out those random things we find online and we print a lot of them. For some, it’s little figures like the Marvin or MakerBot. For others Props of all shapes and sizes. For me, it’s workbench tools. I just can’t get enough of them. I don’t think I can…

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Cosplay and 3D printing

Cosplay has always been a huge part of any convention but making outfits, weapons and armor have always been difficult to make. In some ways, this is a good thing it makes people learn new skills. We learn sewing to make cloth items like clothes. Fiberglassing or Mold making to craft armor and weapons. With those skills comes potentially great…

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Five amazing DIY 3d printers.

With Maker Faire Having wrapped up last month, I have been Pouring over hours of video thinking one of these years I’ll make the trip. I am always amazed by the talent of the makers that make the trip out to show their projects. We live in an interesting time. On the one hand you can go to just about…

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