A brief look at the available methods, materials and machines for multicolor 3D printing.
I’m reading an interesting thread on Reddit about Bambu Lab enclosures and realized there could be a more widespread issue.
Do you know how to easily re-spool 3D printer filament?
An Inventor tutorial.
3D printer operators tend to be creative types. That’s the purpose of the device, to create new things. Once an operator learns how to design their own objects in CAD tools, literally anything might come off the 3D printer afterwards. But what should be made? That is the creative process, a “workflow” that begins with… Continue reading Book of the Week: Workflow: A Practical Guide to the Creative Process
If you have a 3D printer, you will know that it does break from time to time. But how should you go about fixing it?
You’ve heard about “high speed 3D printing”, but what are the things you need to know about it?
Make your manufacturing tooling faster, simpler and more reliable with additive manufacturing.
There’s an increasing number of “high speed” FFF 3D printers coming onto the market, but what specific features should you be looking for?
What you need to know when selecting, storing and using metal powders for additive manufacturing applications.
Resin 3D printing is quite challenging, but three concepts truly helped me understand how the process really works and made my printing more reliable.
Should you upgrade your desktop 3D printer?
So you want to buy a 3D scanner? These are the nine questions you should be asking.
This week’s selection is “3D Printer Troubleshooting Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Fix all Common and Uncommon 3D Printing Issues!” by Johannes Wild.
Assemblies, unlike parts, can benefit more from shortcuts than parts.
There is an incredibly simple way to recycle dirty IPA from resin 3D printing.
Let’s learn all about FEP.
This week’s selection is “3DU: A Guide to 3D Printing in Every Classroom: Simple and Affordable Ways to Start 3D Printing in ANY Classroom, No Matter What Grade or Content Area!” by Keven Rinaman.
This week’s selection is “Sketching: Drawing Techniques for Product Designers” by Coos Eissen and Steur Roselien.
This week’s selection is “3D Printing Step by Step” by Carmelito Andrade.
3D scanning can appear to be complex, but there are actually only a few standard steps required.
Be on the lookout for “Definitive Guides” to desktop 3D printing.
It might not feel like long ago when 3D printers were only accessible to big corporations, tech teams, or people with enormous amounts of money.
So you’ve decided to buy a desktop 3D printer, but when is the best time to do so?
Is there an easy way to tell whether a 3D printer is not for you? Yes, there are several.
You’ve probably done them all: the eight dumbest 3D printing mistakes — FFF edition.
3D printing calibration is mentioned all the time, but what does it really mean?
You just cracked open your new desktop FFF 3D printer. What filaments should you use?
The eternal question of those using filament-powered 3D printers needs an answer.
This week’s selection is “Creating 3D Models for 3D Printing Using OpenSCAD” by David Leithauser.
Do you have a resin 3D printer? Here’s a whole bunch of tips for you.
You just received a brand new desktop 3D printer. What should you NOT do?
This week’s selection is “3D Printing Failures: 2022 Edition: How to Diagnose and Repair ALL Desktop 3D Printing Issues” by Sean Aranda.
I’ve been using Simple Green as a resin 3D print solvent, and it works quite well — if you know what to do.
In an epic feat of diagnosis, Stefan Hermann has determined what can cause a very common 3D printing issue.
3D printing is thought to be a relatively safe activity, but is it really?
This week’s selection is “How to Find a Wolf in Siberia: or, How to Troubleshoot Almost Anything” by Don Jones.
Support material is support material. Or is it?
This week’s selection is “Getting Started with 3D Printing” by Liza Wallach Kloski and Nick Kloski.
This week’s question is about selecting 3D printers for education.
This week’s selection is “The Pragmatic Programmer” by Andy Hunt.
I’ve been doing a lot of resin 3D printing lately, and thought I’d share some tips.
I’ve been using several different resin 3D printers lately and have some tips for you.
Gluing is a practice all 3D printer operators will eventually perform, and Prusa Research has published what could be the definitive guide for it.
This week’s selection is “INSPIRED: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love” by Marty Cagan.
Get some tips for launching a Kickstarter from a veteran.
Tens of thousands of 3D printers are bought each month, but is there a wrong way to do so?
Everyone knows 3D printer filament must be dry to function properly, but exactly how is this best done?
The question of measuring an amount of 3D printer filament seems straightforward, but there’s more to the story.
This week’s question delves into the science of producing life-size head sculptures using 3D scanning and 3D printing.
I’ve bumped into a very interesting technique that could save an enormous amount of support material and 3D printing time.
One of the key techniques that should be used by 3D printer operators is the “Temperature Tower”. We explain how to use them.
Have you ever wondered why 3D prints warp? We made some diagrams to understand what is happening.
A reader asks about the type of resins required for a specific 3D printer, and we uncovered a solution.
I’m not sure if you’ve heard of a site called “3D Buzz”, but their content could be of interest to anyone in the CAD field.
Many small businesses don’t yet use 3D printing, but probably could benefit from the technology. We list seven ways to help get that process started.
I encountered an unusual support structure issue while 3D printing and propose several ways to resolve it with Meshmixer.
Of all the 3D printing issues you can encounter, bed adhesion, or lack of, is one of the most frequently seen. We list seven ways this can happen and offer suggestions on how to avoid them.
If you are doing injection molding, there are some important guidelines to know before you commit to a design.
Exactly how dangerous is 3D printer resin, and what do you do about it. We list some thoughts and actions you can take to ensure additional safety.
This week’s question asks how to best store and transport PLA 3D printer material in cold winter conditions.
What kind of damage do carbon fiber filaments do to a 3D printer nozzle? How fast does damage occur? Experiments show a surprising result.
This is an entry in our 3D Print Learning Series, focusing on the different materials possible in 3D printing.
Here’s a look at when it might be necessary to CNC machine a 3D printed part, plus some tips for machining parts after you’ve created them.
Here are six essential factors that you should consider when selecting a 3D printer.
You’ve got your tickets and are ready to go to North America’s largest 3D printing event. What do you do?
This is an entry in our 3D Print Learning Series, focusing on 3D Scanning.
This week’s selection is “Every Tool’s a Hammer:” by Adam Savage.
Do you know how to maintain your 3D printer?
Many 3D printer operators are unaware of a technique for transforming materials into stronger versions: annealing.
This is an entry in our 3D Print Learning Series, focusing on additional 3D print design tips.
Purchasing 3D printing equipment can be a costly affair, but sometimes it’s actually far more expensive than you first thought.
Personal 3D printers are a (relatively) new introduction to the home interior. In a way, some might consider 3D printers a home appliance like an oven, sewing machine, or toaster.
Buying anything of great expense is a big decision, and particularly so for 3D printers.
This is an entry in our 3D Print Learning Series, focusing on 3D Printing Operations.
Welcome to our 3D Print Learning Series.
There are few things more frustrating than to have your scammed out of your well-earned cash by distant parties.
Stratasys’ uPrint is one of the classic 3D printers, but these days some operators use it in unusual ways.
This week’s selection is “3D Printing Failures: 2019 Edition: How to Diagnose and Repair ALL Desktop 3D Printing” by Sean Aranda and David Feeney.
I’ve been playing with an interesting 3D mapping service, CADMAPPER.
Once again, an Anet A8 desktop 3D printer caught fire.
This week’s question deals with arithmetic.
Are you a total n00b?
At an abstract level, every new project is composed of three elements:
Stratasys’ venerable uPrint 3D printer produces fantastic output, but at a cost. Now there’s a way to reduce that cost.
You’ve done it — finally pulled the trigger and invested in a majestic new 3D printer.
I’m watching a 3D printing video that shows a problem I’ve had all too often.
3D printers are inherently full of moving parts, and thus they tend to break. Then what?
Sanding 3D prints can be very tedious – but it turns out you may not need to in some cases.
A fascinating article at OctoPrint.org shows the right – and wrong – ways to use OctoPrint remotely.
This week’s selection is “CAD Engineering Essentials: Hands-on Help for Small Manufacturers and Smart Technical People (No Nonsense Manual Book 3)” by Mark Lynch.
This week’s selection is the comprehensive “Machinery’s Handbook” originally by Erik Oberg.
At the lab we’ve solved a mysterious 3D printing problem that you might also encounter.
Everyone who has operated a 3D printer knows something important: they don’t always work.
I’m watching a video from the folks at DIY3DTECH, where they show a comprehensive air system.