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A common criticism of 3D printing is that all it produces nothing but cheap plastic gimmicks that are of little practical use. While that criticism may not always be completely unfounded there is also more and more proof that 3D printing can be very useful indeed. 3D printed prosthetics or things like the 3D printed UAV are excellent examples of 3D printing being put to good use.
Now, moving from downloading models from Thingiverse to designing your own CAD models comes with a steep learning curve. And while there is already a considerable amount of literature out there to help you with various CAD programs, a gap still exists when it comes to using CAD to specifically design for 3D printing.
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As you may know, each year MAKE Magazine publishes what is considered being THE reference publication in the domain of 3D printing: a special issue of MAKE Magazine with a very thorough and detailed 3D printer buyer’s guide.Each of the previous two special issues for 2013 and 2014 boasted not only a large selection of the latest printer models, but also the newest developments in 3D printing, DIY instructions, articles on the hottest tech, accessories and paraphernalia on the market as well as a lot of information on developments to come.
Another weekend, another Maker Faire. As a regular follower of this blog you may have noticed that we have been travelling around Europe visiting several 3D printing/Making fairs over the past few weeks. We spend the last weekend at the Maker Faire Hannover. Even though this was only the second edition of Germany’s Maker Faire, the event had been warmly recommended to us as an event not to be missed.
We here at 3dprintingforbeginners do not focus exclusively on 3D printing (although it is undoubtedly our main interest), as we consider that this innovative technology only is a branch of the far larger concept of “digital fabrication process”. We consider ourselves as DIY enthousiasts, tinkerers and makers, hence we try to live and apply the Maker spirit or even the Maker culture in our everyday endeavors. That’s why, from time to time, we do publish articles which may slightly deviate from the core of 3D printing and which will focus more generally on the “making” part. The present article is one of these.
The June 3D Print of the Month is different than those of the previous months: I had the chance to borrow a Form1 3D printer from a friend and I have been putting it through its paces over the last few weeks. Naturally, I also used the Form1 to print the 3D print of June, a Yoda shaped vase.
This weekend marked France’s first Maker Faire, the Maker Faire Paris. The event took place from June 21 – 22 at the Centquatre, a public cultural centre located in the 19th arrondissement of the French capital. The organizer kindly made two press passes available to us such that we really didn’t have an excuse not to attend.
We have recently been contacted by Jonatan Domènech Arboleda, a student from the School of Industrial and Aeronautic Engineering of Terrassa (part of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain). Jonatan has just completed a remarkable project, a 100% 3D printed Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) also known as the Barcelona UAV.
It’s end of May, spring is here, trees have leaves and flowers are blooming. It is a beautiful time of the year and nature provides plenty of inspiration, also for the 3D print of May 2014: a 3D printed flower bouquet. This striking and unique 3D print really is a refreshing change compared to the more technical or functional objects that are typically featured in our 3D print of month series.
Nowadays one of the biggest drawbacks in 3D printing is the relative high cost of filament, i.e. the 3D printer (thermo-)plastic, the “consumable” for your 3D printer. Prices for 3D printers have been continuously dropping, but filament prices did not really follow the same path. Agreed, filament availability is far better than 2 or 3 years ago, as are color choices. Even the materials for 3D printing are becoming more and more varied and readily available.
We have just spend the last couple of days at the FabCon 3.D, one of Germany’s most prominent 3D printing expos. FabCon 3.D is a consumer/pro-sumer oriented event and 2014 only marked FabCon’s second anniversary.
The fair took place in Erfurt, from May 15 – 17 which gives it one day of overlap with the Rapid.Tech, a rapid prototyping fair aimed at a professional audience taking place in the same location.
For those of you who couldn’t make it, here is a review of what we discovered and found to be worth sharing.