Testing TinkerCAD Beta

3D printing is known for producing unique and custom items. I have found that 3Ddesigning in TinkerCAD can 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 […]

Unboxing the Lulzbot Dual Extruder Tool Head

In a previous blog I wrote about my trip to the Lulzbot factory in Loveland, CO. While I was there I decided to upgrade my Taz 5 to print dual materials. To do this will require the Lulzbot Dual Extruder tool head .  With this tool head I want to print more complex prints with dual colors […]

Dual extruder

A 3D Printer Designed for Travel, Foldie 3D Pt.1

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 […]

Foldie 3D printer

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 […]

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 […]

HT vs coffee

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 […]

color comparison

Edit STL Files with TinkerCAD

As a 3D modeller, I like to think the designs I spend weeks building come out perfect and ready to 3D print. Like all modelers, realty hits hard when I open the .stl in the slicer program. All modelers know the frustration of finding gaps, holes, and other errors in our design. In a previous […]

Spool of Thrones holder

3D Printing Filament Review

In a previous blog I discussed what makes good 3D printing filament. That blog was written from the hard earned experience I got in working with the filaments I’ll review here. Testing procedures All of this filament review were 3D printed on a Makerbot 5th gen Replicator or Lulzbot Taz 5. The 5th gen 3D […]

Tricking Out Your Lulzbot 3D Printer

3D printers are amazing tool on their own, but like any piece of commercial hardware they scream out to be customized for a better user experience. Lulzbot taz 5 3D printers are known for their ability to be customized. The printers themselves are made from many 3D printed parts which are available open source from […]

Lulzbot top spool holder