Soluble Support Material

RepRap Blog

One of the big things that we''ve wanted to get working for a while is support material. Whilst we have a lot of the features required for this in the host software, we still havent found a suitable material. But where can we get a material that is readily available and cheap ?

Additive Manufacturing Roadmap

Wohlers Talk

Another is an event titled Roadmap for Additive Manufacturing (RAM) Workshop, held in March 2009 in Washington, DC. The complete 2009roadmap document is available here. The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences led the development of a roadmap for the additive manufacturing (AM) industry in 1998. The effort was supported by many industrial, government, and academic organizations in the U.S. and it led to a report titled The Road to Manufacturing.


Wohlers Talk

Shapeways Shops, a service that became available in January 2009, allows artists, designers, or anyone to set up their own storefront to sell AM-produced products to the public. The cost of larger parts rise according to the amount of material used to make them. A new type of additive manufacturing (AM) service provider is targeting consumers. One of the best examples is Netherlands-based Shapeways, a company that is a part of the Philips Electronics incubator program.

Open-source 3D Printers

Wohlers Talk

The machine uses an x-y motion system to deposit materials through a syringe layer by layer. The system enables the use of many types of materials, ranging from chocolate and cake icing to plastics and living cells. A lot has been published about the makeup the systems, so researchers and others can easily try new materials and apply the machines to a wide range of new and interesting applications.

An end to ooze and support material found.

RepRap Blog

a successful days collaboration, see Before: After: PLA on ABS on PLA: ABS ooze pla support

New Step By Step Guides Now Available.

Axis CAD Solutions

Each guide is fully illustrated with screen shots and images and includes a DVD with completed and uncompleted examples (in 2009 format)for you to follow along. What’s new for the 2009 PhotoWorks Step By Step Guide? What’s new for the 2009 MotionManager Step By Step Guide?

Industry Standards

Wohlers Talk

Today, each organization must deal with these issues on their own as they attempt to force fit a wide range of prototyping machines and materials into manufacturing environments. Those present at the meeting formed five subcommittees, each of which concentrate on terminology, testing, processes, materials, and design (including file formats). Creating standard methods of testing and comparing additive systems and materials is arguably the most important activity of this effort.

Time for a new extruder controller


You trap the board between two L-shaped pieces of PCB material stuck to a flat surface with some masking tape. Having decided to switch to stepper drive for my extruder I needed to make a new extruder controller for HydraRaptor, the previous one has served me well for two years.

Copper Plating Wire Glue

RepRap Blog

It seemed to work (see pic below), although its not as clean as I would like, but a support material extruder would help with this enormously. I suggested previously that it might be possible to create PCB''s by copper plating wire glue to create a low resistance section of track.

Revisiting HDPE

RepRap Blog

This material is about a quarter of an inch thick, typically and consists of plastic foam sandwiched between two sheets of plastic coated paper. Unfortunately, however, this material tended to perish when exposed to the hot extruder head of Tommelise 1.0.

HydraRaptor's second child


I made some of the bearings in HDPE as that should be a better bearing material than ABS, lower friction and longer lasting. Back in March I had a visit from Marcin Jakubowski , the founder of Open Source Ecology.

Standup for your freedom…

Talpadk's Blog

It is actually just floor insulating material… The parts. I finally got feed up with having my FreeRunner laying flat on the table. So I decided that it was time to construct a stand for it. I had some 3mm extruded polystyrene laying around (which I use for building model R/C planes).

Costing Mendel

RepRap Blog

Mendel comes in at 395 for the lot (in the UK).

Data 52

Hello World

RepRap Blog

After that, Adrian kindly offered me the opportunity to do a PhD on RepRap , specifically I''ll be investigating the use of multiple materials, so you''ll be seeing my face around here for a few years. A potential material for this could be Sodium Acetate, commonly known as hot ice.

Hacking with Erik


He has discovered that PLA is soluble in caustic soda, so potentially could be used as soluble support material for ABS. Erik de Bruijn (RepRap evangelist) is in the UK at the moment visiting Salford and Nottingham universities to spread the word. Yesterday he came here to see HydraRaptor.

Black and blue


I got some of the 3M blue masking tape that Vik Olliver recommended as a bed material for PLA. That small amount of material was enough to turn the first few layers of my object dark grey. If it happens too much the object has material missing.

Giving Mendel Teeth

RepRap Blog

Incidentally, when reprapping something like this with a low cross-sectional area there can be problems with each layer of the part getting too much material deposited on it if you use the same reprapping settings as for larger parts.

More PLAying


The first bed material I used was balsa wood. Way back in April last year I tested a sample of PLA and got as far as making a test block with it and establishing that the warping was much less than the other plastics and you don''t need a raft.

Skeinforge Support

RepRap Blog

I''ve been trying out the support material in Skeinforge and said I''d post some pictures. The settings have not been fine tuned but I''m still very pleased with the results.

Wire nozzle

RepRap Blog

By wrapping the wire around a former, then setting it in an insulating material the wire creates the working profile for the nozzle: Here JB Weld acts as the insulator. Since Zachs idea of using a stepper shaft to drive the extruder, the designs got a lot simpler.

Glass 52



Material Diameter Temperature Nozzle Weight Flow rate HDPE 3.1 Rheology is the study of the flow of matter and that is what I have mainly been doing for the past few weeks.

Support for overhangs

RepRap Blog

The program allows you to specify a support material for each material in the RepRap machine by name. The latest Java host program in the repository now contains code to compute the support needed for overhangs automatically.

New year, new extruder?


The RepRap design has always aimed to be cheap and easy to make from readily available materials. With that in mind I set about trying to design a reliable extruder that I can make with the tools and materials I have available.

Bugs Brew PLA Direct

RepRap Blog

A team from South Koreas KAIST University and the chemical company LG Chem, have developed a one-stage process which produces our favourite fabrication material, polylactic acid, and its copolymers through direct fermentation of starch. They''ve genetically engineered E.coli to do the job, which makes the production of PLA cheaper and more "commercially viable."

No-Lathe Extruder Pops Out

RepRap Blog

This combined with the extra material called for in the form of silicone tube is bringing me back closer to Forrest''s and Nophead''s extruder designs with long, thin-walled barrels and some form of heat-sink near the inlet. I''m having difficulty stopping the barrel of the no-lathe extruder popping out. As the silicone warms up it seems to lose its grip on the barrel and the latter slowly slips out of the silicone/MDF clamp.

Richards SolidWorks Blog: A Much Deeper Appreciation Now

Richard's SolidWorks Blog

New Adventure » January 03, 2009. With the exception of the beer, drinks and food items, all proceeds from shirts, DVD’s and printed materials went to help the South Texas area that was very hard hit with the hurricane this last season. January 03, 2009 at 07:36 PM in The Engineering Realm and Reality | Permalink. Posted by: Las Vegas Hotel | November 01, 2009 at 09:03 AM. Richards SolidWorks Blog. Richard Williams. About Me. Contact Me. Categories. Analysis.

LUXeXceL Releases Report Establishing Benchmarks for 3D Printing Transparent Materials

The Dutch company, founded in 2009, focuses on the 3d printing of products... View the entire article via our website. We’ve had our eye on LUXeXceL for some time now here at, covering their innovative use of transparent 3d printing. 3D Printing Business 3d printed lenses comparative research data analysis lens lenses light diffusion light transmission luxexcel research research and development research report transparency transparent 3d printing

SkyBox Engineering Using Roboze 3D Printing Solutions to Create Functional Drone Parts

Founded in 2009, SkyBox Engineering s.r.l. 3D Printing 3D Printing Materials 3D printed aeronautics 3d printed drones 3D printed motor housing aeronautics Aeronautics 3D printing Carbon-PA case study roboze SkyBox whitepaperis a spin-off company from the University of Pisa that’s focused on research and development in the aeronautics industry. As Italian 3D printer. View the entire article via our website.

GE Aviation to Build Unique Materials Factories

Additive Manufacturing

Adjacent factories to produce raw material for ceramic matrix composites (CMCs). An advanced materials revolution in jet propulsion. 2009: GE runs a F136 military engine with CMC hot-section components – a first in jet propulsion.

RepRap: Blog: Your 3D print in the London Science Museum

RepRap Blog

It is intended to feature as part of its introduction a wall of 3D printed items, of all shapes, sizes, colours and materials. RepRap: Blog. Blog for the RepRap project at - a project to create an open-source self-copying 3D printer. Monday, July 08, 2013.

America Makes Announces Complete, Qualified Database of Material Properties for Fused Deposition Modeling® (FDM®) Additive Manufacturing of ULTEM™ 9085 Resin

Additive Manufacturing

The qualification of the ULTEM 9085 material and the establishment of the material properties database by the rp+m-led team are huge steps forward for AM, particularly within the aerospace and defense industries,” said America Makes Executive Director Rob Gorham. “On

Höganäs acquires groundbreaking metal powder production technology from Metasphere

3D Printing Industry

Based in Luleå, Sweden, Metasphere was founded in 2009 and uses a combination of plasma and centrifugal forces to atomize metal and produce spherical metal powder. Materials alcoa ATO One Fredrik Emilson GKN Höganäs LPW Metasphere Technology PyroGenesis Urban RönnbäckThe metal powders for additive manufacturing market continues to see increased competition with the acquisition of Metasphere Technology by Höganäs.

Italian Firm ZARE Cuts Manufacturing Costs 50 Percent with Stratasys 3D Printing Technology

Following 50 years in the field of precision mechanics, Italian firm ZARE Prototyping became an independent rapid prototyping service provider back in 2009. 3D Printers 3D Printing Business 3d printed aerospace applications 3d printed automotive parts additive manufacturing aerospace 3d printing Andrea Pasquali Davide Ferrulli italy stratasys ULTEM 9085 thermoplastic material ZARE

Shape Memory Resin Demonstrates Remarkable 3D Printing Potential

3D Printing Industry

St Georgen, Germany-based 3D-LABS is a rapid prototyping service founded in 2009, which has been one of the first to widely publicize its adoption of Prodways MOVINGlight (Scan LED) technology, along with its SLA and MJM manufacturing capabilities. 3D Printing DLP Materials

Caterpillar Inc.’s plans for additive manufacturing

Leslie's Blog

By 2009, the team purchased its first desktop printer. The elastomeric materials have the right properties that hold up to in this low-volume aftermarket application. Begin by charging a fee just for the material.

New Partnerships Accelerate Create it REAL's Journey in High Speed and Secured 3D Printing

R&D company Create it REAL, founded in Denmark in 2009, creates 3D printers for other companies on demand using its innovative development platform, which is compatible with FFF and SLA 3D. View the entire article via our website.

Additive manufacturing turns design efficiency on its head

Leslie's Blog

But the sobering reality is that no matter how perfectly manufacturing steps are followed cost is always being designed into the part—every pocket cut, every hole drilled comes with a price in material waste, cutter wear, and machine time. With 3D printing, engineers can design cost out of a part when adding features while eliminating extraneous material and additional assembly steps. Design cost out by increasing part complexity.

RepRap: Blog: Print any colour you like.

RepRap Blog

SEPARATE MIXING PHASE WITH MIXING AND FILAMENT PRODUCING MACHINE Want to share an idea that is not mine on a multiextruder for different, materials, colors ecc. RepRap: Blog. Blog for the RepRap project at - a project to create an open-source self-copying 3D printer.

RepRap: Blog: Reprap Prusa Iteration 2 Build Event in Cologne.

RepRap Blog

Signup by email, kliment.yanev @ Included in the course price are all the parts as well as some plastic print material. RepRap: Blog. Blog for the RepRap project at - a project to create an open-source self-copying 3D printer. Sunday, November 27, 2011.

RepRap: Blog: Quality - Open Source for the Win (Part Deux)

RepRap Blog

Comments: While multi-material printing is what I'm holding my breath for, I have to admit this is impressive. RepRap: Blog. Blog for the RepRap project at - a project to create an open-source self-copying 3D printer. Tuesday, November 29, 2011.

RepRap: Blog: Like a glue gun on a robot arm.

RepRap Blog

I would like to see a newer gen spin on the reprap to bypass the need for filament feed material deposition and fusion. RepRap: Blog. Blog for the RepRap project at - a project to create an open-source self-copying 3D printer. Saturday, May 25, 2013.

RepRap: Blog: A Tipping Point of Print Quality (Open Source for the.

RepRap Blog

Don't forget the dimension can actually print large objects without warp, and has real support material. RepRap: Blog. Blog for the RepRap project at - a project to create an open-source self-copying 3D printer. Friday, September 09, 2011. A Tipping Point of Print Quality (Open Source for the win). On the left is the Venetian Lion by Tony Buser printed by Prusajr on a $550 to assemble RepRap Prusa, on the right is the same model printed on a Stratasys uPrint+.

RepRap: Blog: Inside 3D Printing

RepRap Blog

Featured sessions will include Digital Materials, Spotlight on Fashion, Design Tools in the Age of 3D Printing, Transforming Education Through 3D Printing, Art & Architecture: Redefining the Future of Design, How Professional Investors are Playing the 3D Printing Boom, and 3D Printing Firearms: The End of Gun Control? RepRap: Blog. Blog for the RepRap project at - a project to create an open-source self-copying 3D printer. Monday, March 04, 2013. Inside 3D Printing.