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 »

Discover Cults, an Eclectic 3D Model Repository

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 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 »

 

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.

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

Make Magazine Issue 42

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.

How to Make Scary glow-in-the-dark Ghost Fridge Magnets for Halloween

Halloween - glow-in-the-dark ghosts

Just in time for Halloween, we wanted to publish a 3D printing tutorial on how to make scary glow-in-the-dark ghosts fridge magnets. This tutorial is super easy to follow and is aimed at total beginners to 3D printing. Of course, more experienced users are welcome to try it out too. This detailed tutorial includes the following steps: (1) sourcing your ghost files, (2) preparing your prints in the slicing software, (3) preparing your printer (tips&tricks), (4) printing your ghosts and (5) adding the magnets.

Highlights of the 3D Printshow Paris

3D Printshow Paris sign

During last weekend (17 – 18 October 2014), we had the distinct pleasure of visiting the 3D Printshow Paris, to which the organizer had kindly given us press passes (thank you #3DPS!). The exquisite venue at the Carrousel du Louvre (the place of Pei’s famous glass Pyramid), underground but just next to the famous Louvre itself, hosted over 50 stands with some of the very big names in the industry, like Makerbot, iMaterialise, Ultimaker, Autodesk, Sculpteo, Shapeways, etc.

Discover Cults, an Eclectic 3D Model Repository

Cults Logo

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.

What Material Should I Use For 3D Printing? – Advanced Materials Review #1 – BendLay, Laywoo-D3 and LayBrick

BendLay_LayWood_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 types, printer settings for specific filament types or even requests to do specific 3D printing materials reviews. This led us to believe that there seems to be a real need to publish more information on what other materials exist for 3D printing, what can be done with them, what are their properties and specifications, etc. So we have been working on a series of follow-ups to our initial materials review, in which we only analysed the two main and most commonly available materials, ABS and PLA. The third one, PVA can already be classified as a bit more of an exotic material.

Formlabs Form1 Review – Effortless Precision At a Price

Form1 3D Print

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.

Book Review – Functional Design for 3D Printing

Functional Design for 3D Printing

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.

MAKE Magazine 3D Printer Shootout 2015

MAKE Magazine 3D Printer Shootout

We have exciting news to share!

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.

Highlights of the Maker Faire Hannover

Maker Faire Hannover

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.

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