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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Filament Fabrication (FFF) printer which means that its core working principle is based on melting filament in order to liquify it before extruding it into the desired 3D shape. Find more in-depth information about FFF in this article.
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.Continue reading