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How to Use Heat Deformation to Create 3D Printed Jewelry

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.

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How to Store 3D Printing Filament – A Simple and Cheap Way to Keep Your 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.

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Step by Step Guide to Creating 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.

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

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.

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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 to warp which means that it starts coming loose and may ultimately be knocked off the print bed altogether.

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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 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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