BuildTak Review – The Ideal 3D Printing Surface?

In case you own a FFF 3D printer you undoubtedly already dealt with print adhesion issues. Sometimes it is really difficult to get a 3D print to stick to the build surface, especially when you are dealing with prints that have a large contact patch. The print will start More »

Anisotropy, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Making Everything in One Piece and Love my 3D Printer

In August this year we published a book review on the book Functional Design for 3D Printing by Clifford Smyth. This book which shows you how to design objects that print and function in everyday applications, fills a knowledge gap that More »

Review of the Pirx 3D Printer – A Great Value for Money Option

When we visited the Maker Faire in Hannover in June, there was a great many things to discover. As usual, we kept an eye out for anything related to 3D printing and in one of the two main halls we More »

What Material Should I Use For 3D Printing? – Advanced Materials Review #1 – BendLay, Laywoo-D3 and LayBrick

One of the most read and most shared article on our site is actually our materials post, which we wrote nearly two years ago. We also have lots of information requests from 3D printing enthousiasts out there regarding different material More »

Formlabs Form1 Review – Effortless Precision At a Price

If you are a regular reader of this blog then you know that we own two Ultimaker 3D printers, the very machines we use for all the prints you can see in our blog posts. The Ultimaker is a Fused More »

A Comprehensive Introduction to 3D Printing Technology

3D Printers – How Do They Work? The topic of 3D printing has peaked your interest and you are looking into how to use a 3D printer? Have you tried to find information on the underlying 3D printing technology or 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 »

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 »

 

Ukiyo-e, Ancient Japanese Art Revived with 3D Printing

The finished Ukiyo-e sculpture

We have recently been contacted by Shusuke Osanai, a computer graphics designer from Tokyo, Japan. Shusuke recently produced a stunning piece of art that is 3D printed, though that is not obvious at first sight. This certainly got him our attention as we were keen to find out more about how he had created this sculpture that was also showcased at the Tokyo Designers Week 2014.

BuildTak Review – The Ideal 3D Printing Surface?

BuildTak Review

In case you own a FFF 3D printer you undoubtedly already dealt with print adhesion issues. Sometimes it is really difficult to get a 3D print to stick to the build surface, especially when you are dealing with prints that have a large contact patch. The print will start to warp which means that it starts coming loose and may ultimately be knocked off the print bed altogether.

Anisotropy, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Making Everything in One Piece and Love my 3D Printer

Anisotropy in 3D Printing

In August this year we published a book review on the book Functional Design for 3D Printing by Clifford Smyth. This book which shows you how to design objects that print and function in everyday applications, fills a knowledge gap that still exists in the 3D printing space: while many books teach you how to 3D print, hardly any literature tells you how to optimize a design for 3D printing given the physical properties inherent to the FFF production process.

3D Printing for Development in the Global South: How Localized Manufacturing Can Benefit Poor Communities By Causing Positive Social Change

3D Printing for Development in the Global South

While visiting the FabCon 3.D in Erfurt earlier this year we assisted to a series of interesting speeches that were part of the official program. One speech that stood out in particular, was the ‘Fair Trade Filament – Why does it matter?’ by William Hoyle, the Chief Executive of a UK-based NGO called Techfortrade. Techfortrade aims to leverage technologies (such as 3D printing) and innovation in order to improve the livelihoods of some of the most needy communities around the world.

In October this year, Hoyle and co-author Birtchnell released a new book: 3D Printing for Development in the Global South. Learning about this release, we contacted William who provided us with a short synopsis of the book:

Review of the Pirx 3D Printer – A Great Value for Money Option

Pirx 3D Printer Review

When we visited the Maker Faire in Hannover in June, there was a great many things to discover. As usual, we kept an eye out for anything related to 3D printing and in one of the two main halls we found a stand of a 3D printer manufacturer by the name of Pirx. We had never heard of these guys before and upon closer inspection we learned that Pirx is a Polish start-up who have brought their 1st 3D printer on the market only in January 2014.

It’s Here, Finally: Make Magazine’s Annual Guide to 3D Printing

Make Magazine Issue 42

Every year since 2012, Make Magazine assembles a team of 3D printing experts to test the latest and greatest consumer 3D printers. Since the first issue in 2012, the Make Magazine Annual Guide to 3D Printing has become a reference in the industry: not only is it a most comprehensive 3D printer buying guide but it also contains plenty of information on the latest developments around 3D printing accessories and the industry in general.

How to Make Scary glow-in-the-dark Ghost Fridge Magnets for Halloween

Halloween - glow-in-the-dark ghosts

Just in time for Halloween, we wanted to publish a 3D printing tutorial on how to make scary glow-in-the-dark ghosts fridge magnets. This tutorial is super easy to follow and is aimed at total beginners to 3D printing. Of course, more experienced users are welcome to try it out too. This detailed tutorial includes the following steps: (1) sourcing your ghost files, (2) preparing your prints in the slicing software, (3) preparing your printer (tips&tricks), (4) printing your ghosts and (5) adding the magnets.

Highlights of the 3D Printshow Paris

3D Printshow Paris sign

During last weekend (17 – 18 October 2014), we had the distinct pleasure of visiting the 3D Printshow Paris, to which the organizer had kindly given us press passes (thank you #3DPS!). The exquisite venue at the Carrousel du Louvre (the place of Pei’s famous glass Pyramid), underground but just next to the famous Louvre itself, hosted over 50 stands with some of the very big names in the industry, like Makerbot, iMaterialise, Ultimaker, Autodesk, Sculpteo, Shapeways, etc.

Discover Cults, an Eclectic 3D Model Repository

Cults Logo

One of the most visited pages on 3dprintingforbeginners.com is our listing of 3D model repositories. As the adoption of 3D printers is growing so does the number of people looking to find unique and interesting objects to print. While Thingiverse may be the most well-known 3D model repository there are less known platforms that are well worth exploring. One such repository is the French platform Cults, that has made a name for itself by featuring hand-picked designers who produce unique and clever designs.

What Material Should I Use For 3D Printing? – Advanced Materials Review #1 – BendLay, Laywoo-D3 and LayBrick

BendLay_LayWood_LayBrick

One of the most read and most shared article on our site is actually our materials post, which we wrote nearly two years ago. We also have lots of information requests from 3D printing enthousiasts out there regarding different material types, printer settings for specific filament types or even requests to do specific 3D printing materials reviews. This led us to believe that there seems to be a real need to publish more information on what other materials exist for 3D printing, what can be done with them, what are their properties and specifications, etc. So we have been working on a series of follow-ups to our initial materials review, in which we only analysed the two main and most commonly available materials, ABS and PLA. The third one, PVA can already be classified as a bit more of an exotic material.

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