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 […]

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,  […]

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 […]

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, […]

How Tasty Can You ‘3D Print’ Your Food?

A new high-tech multicultural cuisine is right under way to be devoured at your own homes. Thanks to the skyrocketing pace of 3D printing innovations, it is now possible to actually ‘print’ the food we eat. In addition, it is also claimed that it is possible to 3D print food by using natural sources without […]

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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 […]

Vacuum Drying PLA Pt.1

Polylactic acid (PLA) is a popular filament for beginning 3D printers. It prints at low temperatures (180 – 220 C) does not give of fumes (unlike ABS) and comes in a wide range of colors. It can be printed without a heated build plate, which is attractive to low-cost and kit built 3D printers. PLA […]

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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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3D Printing Dictionary

3D printing is becoming more popular to the general public. As we talk to friends and family about what we 3D print, they may not understand some of the terms that we use. To address this, I have developed a short lexicon on 3D printing terms. As a teacher I like teaching with analogies, so when […]

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Top 5 PLA Filaments

3D printer’s PLA Filament for beginners PLA filament (Polylactic acid) is the favorite beginners’ material 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 […]

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How To Polish Stainless Steel PLA

How To Polish Stainless Steel PLA Proto Pasta is a US based filament company known for their exotic filaments. They were kind enough to send me samples of their various filaments, and I have already reviewed their coffee, magnetic iron, and conductive filaments in previous blogs. I also rated stainless steel PLA (SSPLA) in a […]

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How To Rust Magnetic Iron PLA Filament

How To Rust Magnetic Iron PLA Filament Proto Pasta  has approached 3D-PT to review their exotic PLA filaments blends. I have reviewed their Aromatic Coffee and Conducting PLA in a previous blog. I developed a rating system for filaments with their Stainless Steel PLA, and in a future blog I’ll review how to polish it […]

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How To Rate Your 3D Printing Filament

Rating 3D printing filaments   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 […]

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Heat Treating Aromatic Coffee High Temp PLA

In a previous blog I tested the printing properties of Proto Pasta’s Conductive PLA and Aromatic Coffee PLA. According to information from Proto Pasta, Aromatic Coffee Filament is a high temperature blend. Proto Pasta also provides a procedure to anneal it to be harder and more heat-resistant than normal PLA. A high temperature PLA is […]

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Testing Proto Pasta Conductive PLA with Snap Circuits

In a previous blog I wrote a review of Proto Pasta’s Conductive PLA filament. For that review I just looked at the printing properties of the material. I liked how Conductive PLA printed, and it had a smooth matte black finish. Texture wise it does feel silkier than normal PLA. When I discovered that the […]

3D printed Snap Circuit pieces

Proto Pasta Filament Review Pt.1

An exciting new range of filaments for 3D printer is the exotic composite filaments. These filaments combine metal or other materials mixed with a blend of PLA to produce prints with metallic finish or other unique properties. Proto Pasta is a filament company leading the exotic filament field. They contacted me to review their unique […]

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