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 More »

Afinia H480 Review – Get Results Without Worrying About Technology

The first time I saw an Afinia 3D printer in action was at the Make Magazine 3D Printer Shootout in August last year. This compact 3D printer was producing good print results and Josh Ajima, who was testing the printer, More »

How to Store 3D Printing Filament – A Simple, Quick 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 More »

What Material Should I Use For 3D Printing? – Advanced Materials Review #2 – Taulman 618 and Taulman 645 Nylon

Welcome to another post in our Advanced 3D printing materials review series. This time, we’ll take a closer look at some more exciting 3D printer filament types and their inherent properties: Taulman Nylon 645 and Taulman Nylon 618. Keep on More »

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 More »

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 More »

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 »

 

Aztech Scenic Design: Taking 3D Printing To The Limit

Aztec Scenic design

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.

11 Experts Share Their Top 3D Printing Beginner Tips

3D Printing Beginner Tips

Let's be honest, 3D printing can be quite tricky. Home 3D printing technology is still immature and 3D printing beginners who just bought their first machine are faced with a multitude of challenges when it comes to getting reliable and repeatable 3D print results.

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

Infill & Strength - Slicer Settings

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.

How Additive Manufacturing Is Entering Arts

3D Printed White Horse Marionette

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

FryskLab 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.

Highlights Of The RapidPro 2015 Industrial and Home Professional

RapidPro Logo

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.

13 Tools to Help You Become a 3D Printing Pro

3D Printer Owner's Essential Toolkit

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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Introducing GlobalFSD: The Best Place to Shop for 3D Printer Filament Samples

GlobalFSD Logo

If you are anything like us, you love to test new 3D printer filament. And who could blame you? The 3D printer filament market is extremely dynamic and new filament types are hitting the market almost every month. Gone by are the days where 3D printer consumables were limited to ABS and PLA plastics only.

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

ABS+ spool

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!

Afinia H480 Review – Get Results Without Worrying About Technology

Afinia H480 Review

The first time I saw an Afinia 3D printer in action was at the Make Magazine 3D Printer Shootout in August last year. This compact 3D printer was producing good print results and Josh Ajima, who was testing the printer, was very positive about his experience with the machine. The Afinia H480 ended up in the solid mid-field of the Make Tests.