2013: A New Year and a New Focus

3D Printer Users

And, Lulzbot has announced a new, much larger capacity printer to be released 2013. And, of course, these are not the only players that we will be following in 2013. It''s been almost five years since the first entry in this blog. From the start, my interest has been on seeing the realization of low cost 3D printing beyond the realm of the hobbyists looking for the "build experience". And, for most of those 5 years, the goal seemed far, far away. But, 2012 changed all that.

Road to a fanless printhead - DIY radial blower cooling

Chopmeister's 3D Printing Stuff

I tested it then with a Dremel 300 and it was blowing like crazy, but of course, no sane person would cool their prints with a Dremel. It is of course unbearably loud, due to the cheap motor, but now I'm on the lookout for a brushless motor, with a bit more power.

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printrbot GO – amber LCD, bronze extruder gear


Gear design is of course something of perennial interest to me as a watchmaker and I understood this tooth profile to be optimized for smooth, consistent transmission of power.

printrbot GO – Trapezoidal Lead Screws


These first attempts required a little bit of filing to fit properly, but they fit well enough to allow me to start using them and of course print replacements in ABS. So I’ve been struggling with my Z axis to some extent since before I even got the GO up and running.

printrbot GO – wiring woes, duelling fans and a teeny, tiny soldering job


One of the aspects of the initial build of the printrbot GO that I struggled with was how to reliably connect the heated bed.

Road to a fanless printhead - DIY radial blower cooling

Chopmeister's 3D Printing Stuff

Monday, November 25, 2013. I tested it then with a Dremel 300 and it was blowing like crazy, but of course, no sane person would cool their prints with a Dremel. I have a separate PSU for the heated bed, so the motor will of course be connected to that. ▼ 2013. (8).

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chopmeister's 3d printing stuff: WhateverBots and the 3d printing.

Chopmeister's 3D Printing Stuff

Sunday, November 24, 2013. The coolest thing to have, of course, is N color printing (which doesnt even work right) [But it will be really awesome soon, we promise! ▼ 2013. (8). chopmeisters 3d printing stuff. A blog about my 3d printer related projects. And possibly other stuff. Pages. Links. About / Contact. WhateverBots and the 3d printing vaporware.

A Bit More Detail About the CubeX

3D Printer Users

The CubeX Offers Easier Material Handling The print heads of the CubeX have been redesigned and, of course, filament is loaded from a cartridge. The fact that CubeX was awarded the Emerging Technology Award at CES 2013, going up against some stiff competition, tells me that I am probably not going to be disappointed. While I have not yet been able to see the CubeX in person, I have found some additional information about the specs that may be of interest to those considering it.

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RepRap: Blog: Why is 3D printing such a powerful way to make solid.

RepRap Blog

Tuesday, June 11, 2013. This is a very very difficult mathematical and computational problem, and we still (2013) can only solve it for some shapes, even though we know the computer should theoretically be able to be cut out others that we cant (at the moment) solve. RepRap: Blog.

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RepRap: Blog: Vapor Treating ABS RP parts

RepRap Blog

Tuesday, February 26, 2013. posted by p0t0 : February 26, 2013 6:29 PM. posted by Snowcamo : February 26, 2013 9:59 PM. posted by Ian Johnson : February 26, 2013 11:24 PM. posted by Alastair Seggie : February 27, 2013 12:03 AM. February 27, 2013 12:08 PM.

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3D printing with flexible materials – FlexPLA tests

Algorithmic Art

Of course, I made it from normal PLA as well, I wanted to see the difference.

RepRap: Blog: Announcing AMRI: Advanced Manufacturing.

RepRap Blog

Thursday, August 08, 2013. As part of the mission of AMRI Rice, the Fellows will also take part in a 4-day Advances in Tissue Engineering Short Course where they will receive a 32-hr crash-course in all the very latest in tissue engineering research from thought leaders from around the world.

DeltaMaker - A Wonderfully Innovative 3D Printer

3D Printer Users

While I have many unanswered questions, like reliability and, of course, actual accuracy over a long period of time, the DeltaMaker looks like a real winner. Every now and then I stumble onto something that completely enthrals me. That happened to me today. I have NO idea how I got there; but, somehow I ended up on the KickStart Page for one of the cleanest and most innovative 3D printer designs that I have come across.

WhateverBots and the 3d printing vaporware

Chopmeister's 3D Printing Stuff

The coolest thing to have, of course, is N color printing (which doesn't even work right) [But it will be really awesome soon, we promise! Now that I have a blog, I finally have a place to express some of what's bothering me since I entered this beautiful world of 3d printing a few years ago. Some of you won't agree with me, some of you won't care.

3D printing with cheap Nylon trimmer line/string


Other brands may have chemical components or extrusion temperatures not well suited to 3D printing, contrary to that of the Taulman Nylon of course. Is filament quality so important after all?

Chris Crowly - 3D Printing Changed My Workflow

3D Printer Users

Of course, I charge professional hourly fees for the concept, design, and CAD work, but now the printing comes free. Editor''s Note: I met Chris Crowley because he and his Cube 3D printer had a rocky first meeting. His Cube had been damaged in shipment and he asked for some advice. I quickly became an admirer of his analytical skills and the more we interacted the more I wanted others to hear from him.

What cannot be 3D printed? Time to debunk some myths!


But as I write this (april 2013), you just cannot buy a 3D printer and print anything, nor even expect it to work as advertised if you do not understand very clearly how the thing works. General 3D printing misinformation: review of facts and fiction!

RepRap: Blog: RS Components distributing RepRaps

RepRap Blog

Monday, December 02, 2013. For more details see RSs blog post here , and, of course, their catalogue here. posted by Emmanuel Gilloz : December 04, 2013 9:29 AM. posted by Serge Vi : December 08, 2013 1:07 PM. posted by edoardo calia : December 22, 2013 10:44 AM.

From creation to consumption

Thornburg Thoughts

Of course, without a large number of scientists and engineers, none of the proposed milestones will be reached. It I was engaged in conversation last night with one of my best friends in the world, Roger Wagner – the inventor of Hyperstudio ([link] ). One One of the things we talked about was the shift in educational technology use from computers as tools of creation to computers as tools of consumption.

Which hobbed bolt for a filament feeder? My homemade one!


Of course, the best results are achieved by using a lathe , a tool which is not common in the average house. Other bolts do exist of course, that I never heard of really but that look good, such as the following two.

3D Printed Bike Shifter

Nothing Labs

Of course - if you''re really concerned about reliability - you can always print a backup I''m doing my first big organized bike ride in a couple weeks - the STP (Seattle to Portland). I was thinking it might be fun to do a 3D printed part or two for my bike.

The NOT AN ARTIST Cubify Sculpt Tutorial!

Cubify 3D Printing Fans & Fun

Of course, I''m aiming a bit lower than I hope many of you are aiming. It''s a good thing that I don''t embarrass easily. Because, when people see what I''m able to achieve in Cubify Sculpt some are going to fall on the floor and laugh their heads off. Yikes!

DIMENSIONEXT: Home Metal 3D Printer: Newton 3D


Esteban was already awarded the joint winner prize for the Goldsmiths’ Technological Innovation Award 2013 by the Craft and Design Council. The project is based by the UKs current largest independent 3D printing specialist venture capital course iMakr.vc. Pages. SECTOR NEWS.

Rollerstruder: a filament feeder / driver / extruder


Give time for the bearing to cool regularly, and proceed with caution of course! The rollerstruder filament drive system on an Ultimaker Almost one year ago I got rid of the plywood Ultimaker filament drive mechanism.

3D Printing with Nylon 618 filament in Tie-Dye colours


You can of course use desiccant sachets, but remember these really only do absorb a tiny amount of moisture and need to be dried themselves for re-use. * T i e - D y e 3D printing with Nylon 618 * Taluman Nylon 618 is a very versatile printing material.

3D printing with a smaller nozzle diameter


For sure, a smaller nozzle produces finer details, but how tricky and troublesome it can be! Is it worth using a smaller nozzle on a 3D printer? I changed my hot end after my experiments with cheap nylon trimmer line , and it happened I had a 0.3 mm nozzle around.

Extremely fat extrusion with a 1 mm nozzle


Of course you get coarser details than with a 0.3 Going "nuts" and 3D printing with a 1.0+ mm nozzle! A ridiculously big 1.1mm nozzle make it flow like hell ! After some testing with a 0.3 mm nozzle , I really had to try and post my quick and dirty tests with a huge one.

Get your 3D Printed Menurkey!

Tales of a 3D Printer

He and his family put his project on Kickstarter in August, 2013, and it was funded almost 200%! Therefore, 2013 is the only time Hanukkah will ever overlap with Thanksgiving. OK, so the final product is actually made of ceramic, but 3D printing was integral in its prototyping stage.

Top 10 Tips for 3D Printing Design from the MAKE Stage

Tales of a 3D Printer

Kacie Hultgren, more commonly known as " PrettySmallThings " on Thingiverse, gave this helpful talk at Maker Faire NYC 2013. Of course, after I wrote this post, I realize that MAKE Magazine wrote a very nice blog post on this presentation already, you if you haven''t seen it already, you may want to check it out. While the video below does not show the slides which correspond to her talk, Hultgren kindly provided a link to the presentation on Slideshare. (If

Chromebook – my first impressions

Thornburg Thoughts

Of course GoogleDocs is the home for word processing and other traditional mainstream applications. Earlier this month I got a Samsung Chromebook because many of the schools we work with have adopted them in their one-to-one programs. I

Could Your 3D Printed Pizza Infringe a Patent?

Law in the Making

The answer is, of course, more complicated than the question. NASA recently funded a 3D food printer project – the prototype version of which is intended to make pizzas. For me, this news is another bold step toward the dream of everyone having a Star Trek-style replicator.

Floors and ceilings

Thornburg Thoughts

Of course, this transition is not easy to make. Teachers who would never give a child a book of crossword puzzles with the answers filled in, still give students textbooks with the “answers” to all the content area explored in a course. Education in the United States is about to undergo significant change with the adoption of the next generation science standards.

NumberSix's 3D Printing Blog: Installing and PID tuning new J-Head.

Number Six's 3D Printing Blog

Friday, October 4, 2013. 3 comments: Alan Ryder October 9, 2013 at 1:39 PM All interesting stuff as ever but one question comes to mind - what led to your decision to go with the JHead Mk5b? should there ever be a need of course! ▼ 2013. (16).

3D Printing is about Growing Creative Brains

Cubify 3D Printing Fans & Fun

Which, of course, is why I enjoy writing this blog which brings people like yourself into my life! Anyone that thinks 3D printing is simply about printing plastic things, is so off target that it makes you believe that if anyone needs one, it''s them!

Add Some 3D Printing News to Your Facebook Feed :)

Tales of a 3D Printer

And of course, the page to this blog, 3D Printing in K - 12 :) - This page is for my middle school students, as well as anyone interested in the fascinating potential of 3D printing and the process of getting there.

Generating G-Code in Replicator G

Tales of a 3D Printer

We usually leave everything at the default settings except, of course, when we want to make multiple ducks. :) So, what are all these steps?

New eLearning Course Gets Users Up to Speed in 3D Printing

The Solidworks Blog

I discovered this first hand when I bought my first 3D printer in 2013. With the participation of SOLIDWORKS partners FormLabs and Ultimaker, the CSWA-AM eLearning course will walk users through the following topics: Material types.

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