3D Print of the Month – March 2014

It is time for the March 3D print of the month. Unlike for the previous months which were focused on a single object, the March 2014 3D print of the month features two separate objects. One of them was quite More »

Seasonal 3D Printing – 3D Printed Cookie Cutters (Part 2)

As described in yesterday’s blog post, cookiecaster.com is a neat and free service to create your own cookie cutters within minutes. However, the creative options with Cookie Caster are a bit limited since the design are always based on extrusions More »

Building Our Ultimaker 3D Printer

We have some exciting news to share! Three weeks ago we ordered an Ultimaker 3D printer which was delivered last Friday. We spend the weekend assembling the printer and running first test prints. Read on to see how we fared More »

Tapping Into The Cloud For Your 3D Models

When you buy a new 3D printer you may be very eager to start making a few demonstrator prints as soon as possible. Now you could fire up your favourite 3D modelling software and start crafting a new design. But More »

What Material Should I Use For 3D Printing?

This article will give you a quick overview of the current consumables used in 3D printing and will explain the main differences in terms easily understood by beginners. As explained in our previous article “What is 3D printing?”, there are More »

What is 3D Printing?

3D printing, additive manufacturing, rapid prototyping, desktop manufacturing, freeform fabrication, rapid manufacturing, digital manufacturing or fabbing – those are all buzz-words we are stumbling a lot upon surfing the Internet or checking the most recent media reports. Techies, hackers, fabbers, More »

 

3D Printing Resources – 2014 Update

3D Printing Resources

Here is just a quick shout about the updated resources section of our website. We have been hard at work over the last few weeks to compile what we hope to be one of the best resources pages for 3D printing. We have significantly extended the existing resources and added a few new pages such that our resources section now covers:

3D Print of the Month – March 2014

3D Print of the Month - March 2014

It is time for the March 3D print of the month. Unlike for the previous months which were focused on a single object, the March 2014 3D print of the month features two separate objects. One of them was quite challenging to print and pushed the Ultimaker pretty hard. Hope you enjoy this read and get some inspiration for your next 3D prints.

A Comprehensive Introduction to 3D Printing Technology

3D Printing Technology

3D Printers – How Do They Work?

The topic of 3D printing has peaked your interest? Have you tried to find information on this vast subject, but got lost either in a multitude of 3D printing news only sites, or short and/or superficial articles? Are you still trying to get your head around the ins and outs of 3D printing technology?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you are not alone! 3D printing can be complex to take in initially, as the learning curve may be quite steep. We know the feeling since we have been there ourselves. But, do not despair, we have written this article to explain 3D printing technology with the beginner in mind. To make all of this easy to understand, we have added quite a few pictures and illustrations. Hope you enjoy the read!

3D Print of the Month – February 2014

3D Print of the Month - February 2014

Time is really flying. It is already end of February and I haven’t posted the 3D print of the month yet so high time to get this done! This month I have chosen an item that is literally hands-on and very practical.

3D Print of the Month – January 2014

3D Print of the Month - January 2014

I am happy to launch the first post of what will be a monthly recurring series: the 3D print of the month. As part of my goals for 2014 I set myself the objective to do one 3D print per month where I report the complete process and results here on the blog. When I say the complete process, I mean the good, the bad and the ugly. So I will cover everything that went well and also those things that didn’t go so well.

Interview with Michael Sorkin, the co-founder of iGo3D

iGo3D Logo

We recently had the pleasure to interview Michael Sorkin, the co-founder of iGo3D, Germany’s first 3D printing shop. Discover Michael’s fascinating journey into 3D printing which started by him sneaking into the university of Bremen’s product design department just to take a peak at a 3D printer. Fascinated by what he saw, the idea of 3D printing didn’t let go of him. Today, Michael and his team are on the brink of international expansion and are planning to open 3D print shops in Russia and Turkey.

3D Printing Fairs & Events – 2014

You are interested in 3D printing but not quite sure yet whether you should go ahead and buy that home 3D printer? Or maybe you are a rapid prototyping veteran and want to stay on top of the latest developments around 3D printing technologies and services. The best way to do all of that is to visit one of the many 3D printing expos or trade shows that are happening in 2014.

Happy New Year 2014!


3D Printed Best Wishes for 2014

 

Seasonal 3D Printing – 3D Printed Cookie Cutters (Part 2)

3D Printed Snowflake Cookie Cutter

As described in yesterday’s blog post, cookiecaster.com is a neat and free service to create your own cookie cutters within minutes. However, the creative options with Cookie Caster are a bit limited since the design are always based on extrusions of an outline. Inspired by some 3D printed cookie cutters I had seen on the internet, I wanted to design cookie cutters with reliefs.

Seasonal 3D Printing – 3D Printed Cookie Cutters (Part 1)

3D Printed Boot Cookie Cutter

Christmas is just around the corner and we here at 3dprintingforbeginners.com are getting into the festive mood. As this is the first Christmas where we have a 3D printer in the house, I wanted to figure out how to put it to use with the festive season in mind.