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3Doodler 3D Printing Pen Featured on CNN (Video)

3Doodler 3D Printing Pen Featured on CNN (Video)

I usually have CNN muted on the TV in my office while I work, and glance up to see what’s going on in the world from time to time. But, I didn’t expect to see the 3Doodler printing pen featured. WDAM.COM – TV 7 – News, Weather and Sports Thanks to their recent success with [...]

Filastruder Cheap filament for 3D printing

Filastruder Cheap filament for 3D printing

    There’s a new Kickstarter project named “Filastruder” for a cheap ABS filament extruder that’s practical for a hobbyist to use. It claims to reduce ABS filament costs dramactically. Related links: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/833191773/filastruder-a-robust-inexpensive-filament-extruder

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 [...]

Josef Prusa’s RepRap i3 Printing a Giant Vase

Josef Prusa’s RepRap i3 Printing a Giant Vase

Prusa RepRap i3 printing giant vase, a photo by josefprusa on Flickr. Josef Prusa, one of the most famous and most prolific creators in the 3D printing RepRap community will be demonstrating his i3 printer design at the World Maker Faire in New York this coming weekend. This photo of the i3 producing what appears [...]

A 3d printer build-a-thon! 11 Tantillus printers in one place!

A 3d printer build-a-thon! 11 Tantillus printers in one place!

A 3d printer build-a-thon! 11 Tantillus printers in one place!, a photo by John Biehler on Flickr. Totally awesome! Looks like Tantillus is getting the attention and recognition it deserves.

3D Printed Humanoid Walking Robot

3D Printed Humanoid Walking Robot

Walker-1, a photo by Robots-Dreams on Flickr. When I visited Makerbot Industries last month I came away with some of the windup walker mechanisms for a special project I have in mind. The first step was to create a ‘negative’ model of the space needed by the walker mechanism. That took a few attempts, but [...]

Small Treasure Chest

Small Treasure Chest

120731 Treasure Chest-1, a photo by Robots-Dreams on Flickr. Small Treasure Chest (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:27635). This was the first attempt and went much better than I expected. The lid fit perfectly with the hinges snapping into place. The 3D model was sliced with 150 micron layers and printed in PLA with no stringers or other problems. It [...]

All RepRap Filament Is Not Created Alike

All RepRap Filament Is Not Created Alike

120708 Fraser Valley RepRap Group-9, a photo by Robots-Dreams on Flickr. I mentioned before that an important learning during my recent Canada/US trip was that RepRap filament suppliers don’t all produce filament with the same characteristics. Filament quality can vary considerably, and even basic dimensions, like the filament diameter, can be all over the map. [...]

Fantastic RepRap Part Finish

Fantastic RepRap Part Finish

120708 Fraser Valley RepRap Group-25, a photo by Robots-Dreams on Flickr. Derek Anderson with Army of Evil Robots shared some RepRap printed parts with me during my visit with the Fraser Valley RepRap Group that had a glass like finish on the bottom. A lot of us print using the 3M blue painters tape and [...]

If You Don’t Like It – Then Fix It Yourself!

If You Don’t Like It – Then Fix It Yourself!

120708 Fraser Valley RepRap Group-23, a photo by Robots-Dreams on Flickr. One of the things that I find most interesting and personally satisfying about 3D printing is that it removes the typical barriers to creativity. For example, if you find that a particular device doesn’t feel quite right to you personally, you don’t have to [...]

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