What Material Should I Use For 3D Printing? – Advanced Materials Review #2 – Taulman 618 and Taulman 645 Nylon

Welcome to another post in our Advanced 3D printing materials review series. This time, we’ll take a closer look at some more exciting 3D printer filament types and their inherent properties: Taulman Nylon 645 and Taulman Nylon 618. Keep on More »

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 »

 

Afinia H480 Review – Get Results Without Worrying About Technology

Afinia H480 Review

The first time I saw an Afinia 3D printer in action was at the Make Magazine 3D Printer Shootout in August last year. This compact 3D printer was producing good print results and Josh Ajima, who was testing the printer, was very positive about his experience with the machine. The Afinia H480 ended up in the solid mid-field of the Make Tests.

How to Use Heat Deformation to Create 3D Printed Jewelry

How to create a 3D printed ring

Today we have the pleasure to bring you yet another great guest contribution: this time, Jim Rodda shows you how to create your own 3D printed jewelry. Learn how Jim uses heat deformation to shape a 3D print that was printed flat into a ring that fits snugly onto your finger. All the 3D model files used in this tutorial have been thrown in for free! Read on, go grab the 3D model files and print your own, unique ring.

How to Store 3D Printing Filament – A Simple, Quick and Cheap Way to Keep Your Filament Dry

How to Keep your 3D Printer Filament Dry

Did you know that some of your 3D prints may have partially or completely failed just because of humidity contained in the filament you used? This sort of humidity is invisible to the naked eye, so you probably blamed your print settings, your 3D printer or even doubted your abilities, but all of that may actually not have been the cause of your problem: it was the humid filament.

What Material Should I Use For 3D Printing? – Advanced Materials Review #2 – Taulman 618 and Taulman 645 Nylon

Taulman 645 - 618 Tested

Welcome to another post in our Advanced 3D printing materials review series. This time, we’ll take a closer look at some more exciting 3D printer filament types and their inherent properties: Taulman Nylon 645 and Taulman Nylon 618. Keep on reading to find out how these materials can benefit your 3D printing projects.

Step by Step Guide to Creating 3D Printed Cookie Cutters with Christmas Motifs

3D Printed Cookie Cutters with Christmas Motifs

About a year ago, I published a tutorial on how to create 3D printed cookie cutters with seasonal motifs. While that tutorial proved very popular it had one shortcoming in the sense that it required you to have the Rhino software package in case you wanted to follow the step-by-step instructions. Hence why I decided to create new instructions but this time using free, open-source software 3D modeling software. Follow along and create your own unique and customized cookie cutters.

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.

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