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Aztech Scenic Design: Taking 3D Printing To The Limit

What can you do with a 3D printer today? There is a whole lot of misinformation out there: technology-oblivious and badly informed people will readily try to convince you that you can print “anything” with a 3D printer. While that argument is easily disproven, the category of 3D printing opponents (i.e. those that cannot or do not want to recognize the usefulness of this technology) seems more difficult to convince. They argue that especially FDM printing (i.e. the most commonly encountered type of 3D printing) only serves to make trinkets or toys and that it is hardly ever used to produce something truly useful or artistic.

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Infill and Strength: Functional Design Doesn’t Stop at the CAD Desk

In December 2014 we published a first guest post by Cliff Smyth, the author of the book Functional Design for 3D Printing. In his first contribution Cliff elaborated on how to¬†leverage the material properties of a 3D print to maximize the durability of any functional design. The success of the first article showed that there is a need for information around how to design and prepare a 3D model for printing. Hence why were are bringing back Cliff with yet another great article. This time he’ll be looking at how you can tweak your slicer settings to impact object strength.

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How Additive Manufacturing Is Entering Arts

This post is a guest contribution by CGTrader, a marketplace for sharing and selling 3D models.

Attempting to define art is a little like trying to describe a color to a blind person. It's an elusive concept that gains different meanings and forms in the eyes of different persons. Since the Stone Age, when the modern human had first made effort to depict the world around him using color pigments and produced what is now considered cave paintings, we exert enormous effort to make art. And art can be anything.

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FryskLab – Visit of a Mobile FabLab

Last month, the FryskLab, on its MakerTour 2015, passed through Luxembourg and stopped at the FabLab in Belval, Luxembourg. (N.B.: if you do not know what a FabLab is, I invite you to first read our article on the FabLabLux opening). The FryskLab visit was a unique opportunity to have a thorough look at one of the only mobile FabLab’s currently in existence in Europe. Continue reading

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Highlights Of The RapidPro 2015 Industrial and Home Professional

Last week, we spent a couple of days visiting the RapidPro 2015 Industrial and Home Professional in Veldhoven, Netherlands. We like to go to the RapidPro: not only is it completely free, but it is open to professionals as well as private users. Whether you are simply looking to see the latest 3D printers or find new and exciting 3D printing materials, whether you need somebody to mold the prototype you have developed or need a high-resolution 3D scan of any object, you will find what you are looking for at the RapidPro.

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13 Tools to Help You Become a 3D Printing Pro

Over time I have compiled a set of tools that I use to make my life easier when 3D printing. No matter whether it is to fix a 3D printer, to remove support material or to improve 3D print adhesion, these tools have come in handy time and time again. I thought it might be a good idea to share the list of the tools and accessories I use most frequently such that you get an idea of what belongs in the 3D printer owner's toolkit.

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What Material Should I Use For 3D Printing? – Advanced Materials Review #3 – ABS+ from Trideus

In this third post in our Advanced 3D printing materials review series, we are going to have a look at a very special kind of ABS: ABS+ from Trideus.¬†If you have ever printed with ABS before, you’ll certainly know that ABS can be a tricky material to work with. It tends to warp and crack… ABS+ is marketed as being ‘low-warp’ and a lot easier to use. Enough reason to put it to the test! Continue reading