3D Printer Filament Guide & Comparison Chart

There is a huge amount of 3D printing materials, as there is an infinite amount of applications to give each and everyone. This great versatility of materials allows us to explore new prototypes and take them to the highest level of quality; Each 3D printer is unique and has its own attributes. Filaments (the raw […]

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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 […]

3d Printing Brushless Motors and More

3D Printing Brushless Motors – Rc Motors I love Rc cars, planes, boats you name it. I’ve owned one of just about every type of RC toy out there at one point or another and one of the many reasons I love 3d printing is because it allows me to modify my Rc toys. Usually, it’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Assemble the gear you need to win those Office battles.

It’s time to stand up and conker your office with these 3D models. 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 […]

July’s Makerbox subscription review. Should you subscribe?

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 […]

7 3D-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 printable tools. I just can’t get enough of […]

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 […]

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 […]

5 Quick tips for abs prints.

Most 3d printer owners tend to avoid ABS for a number of reasons. Some stem from misinformation some stem from fear but most are just because they can’t get prints to turn out using ABS. This is a shame really because when you think about it we are trying to get the strongest prints available. […]

Become a Mad Engineer.

So you want to rule the world. Your too smart to sit in that cubicle anymore listening to some moron drone on about TPS reports. That neighbors dog has left landmines on your lawn for the last time. Your office just isn’t Evil enough. Well then it’s time to become  a mad engineer. We don’t have […]

My E3d Titan Extruder Review and thoughts.

E3d Titan Extruder Review When I first saw the E3d Titan I had to have it. The design just made sense. I have been using an all metal MK8 direct drive setup for a while and I wanted something that could give me more precision. I stayed away from wades setups because they are 3d printed […]

The Chemistry of 3D Printing

3D printing is exploding with new filaments with unique properties. From high temperature resistance to electrical conductivity, there is a wide range of filaments to meet the needs of 3D printers. In this blog I’ll present the chemical background on the most popular filaments, along with the suggested printing temperatures and settings. PLA: Polylactic acid […]

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Recycling Filament and plastics

So the first thing we have to think about is what to do with all of your old failed prints of course recycling plastics will be the answer. Over time you get many failed prints and if you are like me keeps all of the failures in the hope that you can use them for […]

3D printing some RC projects summer time fun.

Summer is almost upon us. We all need to get outside more and what’s a better way to get outside than by printing up some fun RC toys to play with. I’m a big RC hobbyist. When I was a kid I built Gas Planes, HellisCarHell'(If you are new to RC stay away from Helicopters […]

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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Different Types of 3D-Printer Filaments

Different Types of 3D-Printer Filaments FDM 3D Printers use a wide group of plastics called thermoplastics, these range from ABS to plastics infused with other materials. There are a wide range of different types of 3D printer filaments out there. So, which one suits your needs the most and what are the distinguishing features of […]