Category: reprap

Prototyping A Camera Mount

Prototyping A Camera Mount

3D printing makes it incredibly easy to crank out new parts on a whim. For example, I’m about to make the trek to California for RoboGames and want to use a Contour ROAM2 HD action camera to capture some of the action – especially ComBots with the massive steel robots trying to inflict mortal damage [...]

Support Material Overview Video

Support Material Overview Video

jds232323 uploaded a very helpful series of Youtube videos covering different approaches to support material. He compares the results from different slicers/printers ‘Afinia up!, Cura, Simplify 3d, Makergear M2) and talks about manual generation of support material as well. Related links: Support material – YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43AwHi5YK08, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dgv_ggFvE0I

MakerBot Announces New Scanner

MakerBot Announces New Scanner

It’s SXSW  time again already, so it should come as no surprise that companies involved in the interactive space are rolling out press releases and product announcements designed to leverage the excitement of the moment. The most exciting, and interesting announcement that we’ve seen so far came from Makerbot on Friday. The company’s CEO, and [...]

Maker Faire Tokyo 2012

Maker Faire Tokyo 2012

121201 Maker Faire Tokyo-64, a photo by Robots-Dreams on Flickr. Had a great time at Maker Faire Tokyo over the weekend, and was able to meet with a few new 3D printer builders/design services that I hadn’t run into before. There were also a few new sources for critical components, like stepper motors, that will [...]

3D Printing PLA Filament in Fruity Colors

3D Printing PLA Filament in Fruity Colors

One of the design constraints facing artists and other creative types using 3D printing is the limited palette of available plastic filaments. Most sources of affordable filament tend to stick with primary (elementary school) colors like Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, White, and Black. That’s fine if you want to create items in the a LEGO [...]

Makerbot Replicator vs. Lulzbot A0-100 (Video)

Makerbot Replicator vs. Lulzbot A0-100 (Video)

I’m not sure what Andrew Mazzotta does for a living, but I do know that he has a boatload of 3D printers and is racking up numerous hours testing and evaluating them, which is all to the good. This week he compares the Makerbot Replicator to the Lulzbot AO-100, and throws in a few comments [...]

Josef Prusa Open Hardware Summit Presentation Slides

Josef Prusa Open Hardware Summit Presentation Slides

Here’s the set of presentation slides that Joseph Prusa uploaded for his session at the Open Hardware Summit this week in New York: You will notice that the slides are in reverse order. Hopefully Prusa will resort them. We’ll be watching for a video of his presentation to be made available online and will post [...]

New 3-Way Extruder Design Yields Multi-color 3D Printed Parts

New 3-Way Extruder Design Yields Multi-color 3D Printed Parts

3-D printing is fantastic but one of limitations we run into all the time is the limited selection of colors of filament to print with. It would be fantastic to print with multiple colors in the same part. The MakerBot Replicator has done this using a two extruder head design. Their approach is fine however [...]

Why Cleaning Up After Yourself Is Good Practice….

Why Cleaning Up After Yourself Is Good Practice….

When you’re printing plastic it’s really easy to quickly end up with lots of small bits and pieces of stray plastic all over the place. This is especially true in the bed area where you’re extruding plastic, getting stringers (hopefully not too many or too often), etc. Normally they don’t cause any problems and are [...]

Anxiously Awaiting Joseph Prusa’s New Book on RepRap 3D Printing

Anxiously Awaiting Joseph Prusa’s New Book on RepRap 3D Printing

Just received another notice from Amazon that Josef Prusa’s new book, “Getting Started with RepRap: 3D Printing on Your Desktop” is still delayed. That’s really unfortunate since Prusa is one of the most well known, and well respected leaders in the RepRap community. The current projection for the book release is the end of August. [...]

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