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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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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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Get your children involved in 3d printing this summer.

As a father I’m always on the lookout for things I can do with my son. The key to helping your kids grow and learn is getting them interested in learning by making it fun. Growing up I remember my father doing similar things. He would take me camping but while we were out in nature he would add small…

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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 each type of filament?…

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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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Will your 3D-printer kill you?

Will your 3D printer kill you?

Will your 3D-printer kill you? As the 3D printers spread around the world, a fact that some people call the “new industrial revolution”, there are more and more concerns about the dangers surrounding these machines. The most common desktop 3D printers use the Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) process or Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM, which is a trademark of Stratasys Inc.)…

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SLS, FDM, SLA, LOM… What 3D printer meets your needs?

Lulzbot 3dprinterchat.com

3D printers are making their way into homes and businesses around the world. As more people shop for 3D printers, they are presented with a wide range of options. All 3D printers work by laying down a layer of material at a time to build a 3D object. The difference in the machines is in how the materials are placed…

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CAD Review for 3D Printers

DNA / RNA designs

All 3D printing relies on a Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) program to generate a 3D printable file. For anyone that wants to start designing and 3D modeling, there is a wide range of free and subscription CAD programs. When looking at CD programs, consider what your design intent and purpose is before using it. Like any program, look at how…

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Rigid.ink Review

Rigid.ink a UK based company that makes their filament in the UK, which means if you live in the UK you can get fast delivery. They sell PLA, ABS as well as speciality filaments: flexible PLA, HIPs as as well as others. So let’s get to the chase, how does this filament  fair in the sea of 3D printing filaments. Let’s…

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How To Hot Iron Finish a Rough 3D Print Using a Clothing Iron

Hot iron finishing

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 3D printing hits hard. 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 and curl on…

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Selecting Good 3D Printing Filament

Beer filament

You just spent a few paychecks on a fused deposition modelling (FDM) type 3D printer. Desktop printers use plastic filament as the source materials to 3D print an object on these printers. How do you keep your printer from turning into a boat anchor due to bad filament? Just like inkjet printers, there are good and bad brands of filament….

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