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3D-printed Lightsaber Design Philosophy and Printing Tips For May the 4th, I designed a 3D printed lightsaber in commemoration of Star Wars day in collaboration with Ultimaker. There were many other designs out there, but none that I was really happy with. The examples I saw were mostly over simplified, impossible to print without supports, or difficult to assemble. I knew I wanted something more faithful to the original prop with better surface quality. So I set out to build my favorite design from the series. 4 vs 14 piece design I ended up making two versions of the Lightsaber, a 4 piece version which stresses ease of printing and assembly, and a 14 piece version that makes no compromise on surface quality. In this guest blog I will explore some of the design nuances, by comparing the two design philosophies represented by the simple and complex versions of the lightsaber model. This is an example of how printing direction could potentially limit your designs, but could be overcome by printing in multiple parts. Is it worth it?

- Large Format 3D Printer with 4x Synchronous Extruder 3D Printing Greater than 470 x 435 x 690mm build Area The Beast's enormous build area allows users to print objects that have never before been possible on a printer with such a low price point. Our hope is for "The Beast" to make many previously unattainable projects and prints possible and to make it accessible to as many makers, inventors, DIY enthusiasts and artists as we can. High Speed and Simultaneous Printing The Beast's ability to simultaneously print 4 identical objects or groups of objects will enable small scale manufacturing capabilities at a fraction of the cost of 4 individual 3D printers. The Beast effectively cuts print times by 4 when printing simultaneously. 4x Synchronous printing combined with a high speed rail system and Bowden extruders means "The Beast" is capable of producing prints upwards of 10x faster than other FDM (filament type) 3D printers. 4x Printing also enables the user to print 4 of the same object/s at the same time with different colours or materials. Shipping

Wound Up - Coffee Filled Filament - 3Dom USA Wound Up™ is a coffee filled 3D printing filament made using waste byproducts from coffee. Wound Up™ uses those coffee left-overs to create a special 3D printing material with visibly unique print finishes. The filament produces products with a rich brown color and a noticeable natural grain. Now a cup printed with Wound Up™ is a true “coffee cup.” This is the first in a line of intriguing materials from 3Dom USA called the c2renew Composites. Wound Up™ filament can be printed on any machine capable of printing with PLA using standard PLA settings. Quality: All 3Dom USA 3D printer filament is manufactured in our own production facility located in Fargo, North Dakota. Diameter Tolerance: Variable diameter can cause big problems in your 3D printer. Packing Information: A full 1kg (2.2lbs) of Wound Up™ coffee based 3D printer filament arrives on the Eco-Spool™ plastic reel and is vacuum sealed with a desiccant packet to keep out any moisture.

My first Marvin... | Maker Tale | 3D Hubs Talk So I've just joined 3D Hubs and printed my first Marvin! He is such a cute little fellow, and I wanted to make sure that he would look the best he could on my keyring. I am a jewellery designer, so I am quite used to working on a small scale, even in 3D printing. I used my Ultimaker Original +, which I finished building at the beginning of January. Since then I have been printing a lot, trying to tweak the settings for the organic and cellular shapes I usually print. Perusing the forums for advice has been amazingly helpful, and the most pertinent tip I learned about was to consider the model when choosing a resolution, as higher res does not always mean a better print. Layer Height: 0.1mm Shell Thickness: 0.4mm Retraction: enabled Bottom/Top Thickness: 0.6mm Fill: 0% Print Speed: 20mm/s Temp: 210C Bed Temp: 70C Filament Dia: 2.85 Flow: 100% No Support or Adhesion I also enabled combing and set the z-hop at 0.075

Ultimaker Filament and Accessories Leading Tech Since 1997 Dynamism has sold leading-edge technology, with five-star customer support, for 17 years. WAITLIST Sign up below to be on the waitlist and we'll let you know when this item becomes available. Home/3D Printers/Ultimaker 2 Extended/FILAMENT Ultimaker 2 Extended Filament Ultimaker ABS - Red $59.00 Ultimaker ABS - Black $59.00 Ultimaker PLA - White $59.00 Ultimaker PLA - Translucent Blue $59.00 Ultimaker PLA - Silver Metallic $59.00 Ultimaker PLA - Red $59.00 Ultimaker PLA - Bronze $59.00 Ultimaker PLA - Green $59.00 Ultimaker PLA - Orange $59.00 Ultimaker PLA - Magenta $59.00 Ultimaker PLA - Yellow $59.00 Ultimaker PLA - Pearl White $59.00 Ultimaker PLA - Gold $59.00 Ultimaker PLA - Ultimate Blue $59.00 Ultimaker PLA - Dark Blue $59.00 Ultimaker PLA - Black $59.00 Ultimaker CPE - White $65.00 Ultimaker CPE - Transparent $65.00 Ultimaker CPE - Red $65.00 Ultimaker CPE - Green $65.00 Ultimaker CPE - Blue $65.00 Ultimaker CPE - Black $65.00 QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS? Home

How to Store 3D Printing Filament | 3D Printing for Beginners 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. Some people tried to address this problem by creating more or less elaborate 3D filament storage solutions, like filament driers or special filament containers. The problem is that most are either bulky, energy consuming and/or slow, they come at a certain price or constructing them takes a lot of your time. Well, we may have just the solution for you: a quick, very simple and cheap way to store your filament without hassle. Your failed 3D prints could well be due to humidity contained in your filament The level of severity of these problems depends strongly on the type of filament.

3DVerkstan Knowledge Base This ultimate 3D printed Spider-Man mask is nothing short of incredible Aug 5, 2015 | By Alec Anyone who has been to cosplay convention in recent years will know that 3D printing is increasingly becoming an indispensable technology for making a fantastic costume. Of course, you don’t always have to 3D print a full Iron Man suit to benefit from a 3D printer; as one Dutch designer reminds us, 3D printing a few parts can make the entirety of a costume so much more incredible. As Yuri explains to, he wasn’t even a big Spider-Man fan growing up, but became inspired when the movie franchise kicked off way back in 2002. The final and truly amazing suit. The now thirty-year-old Yuri, who has since graduated in Media Design at the Dutch Art Academy, has spent years developing various Spider-Man suits – for as far as his budget enabled him to. The earlier version of the suit – still pretty good. And to get a high quality result, 3D printing was done by (the incidentally also Dutch) Shapeways. Assembly of the 3D printed Spidey mask. Maybe you also like:

Replication Prohibited - Demo Finuvo develops first desktop hydrographics printer for easily pimping 3D prints with hydrographic technology Aug 10, 2015 | By Alec Desktop FDM 3D printers are – as browsing of Thingiverse quickly proves – overwhelmingly used for 3D printing fun toys, little figurines and decorative pencil holders and planters. While very fun to do, not everyone enjoys having their home filled with the bright and limited palette of filament colors. Now obviously, the first question that needs answering is what hydrographics actually are. However, this new machine – called the Finuvo Aqua – is a safe, easy and affordable desktop alternative. The Finuvo team therefore set out to develop something similar for home-use, which grew into this interesting machine. This special film is made from PVA (polyvinyl alcohol), and an ink pattern (whatever you can design on your PC) is printed on top with a specialized inkjet 3D printer. However, we will still have to wait a bit before the Finuvo Aqua reaches our own desktops.

Artist Martijn Hage creates gorgeous 9-piece 3D printed ‘Hortus Filamentus’ artwork Aug 10, 2015 | By Alec While some critics have claimed the opposite at times, we here at are absolutely convinced that 3D printed creations can definitely be works of art. We’ve also seen plenty of examples proving that fact over the years, but we rarely see works of art incorporating parts 3D printed on an FDM 3D printer into a larger whole. And that is exactly what Dutch artist Martijn Hage has done over a remarkable week. At the request of Dutch radio program Opium (radio 4), he spent five days locked into De Torenkamer studio at the VondelParkCS in Amsterdam, working on his Hortus Filamentus: a gorgeous 2.5D nine piece, featuring 3D printed objects and inspiring alien-esque panels. To explain, Martijn Hage is a Dutch artist from Rotterdam, who studied Graphic Design at the Academy of Arts Minerva in Groningen and graduated way back in 1989. Hage at work. And those themes can definitely be found in this amazing nine-piece work of art. The workshop. The day/night panel