This week’s selection is “Sketching: Drawing Techniques for Product Designers” by Coos Eissen and Steur Roselien.
Book of the Week: 3D Printing Step by Step
This week’s selection is “3D Printing Step by Step” by Carmelito Andrade.
Understanding the 10 Steps of 3D Scanning Workflows
3D scanning can appear to be complex, but there are actually only a few standard steps required.
What Questions Should You Ask Before Purchasing a Desktop 3D Printer?
Be on the lookout for “Definitive Guides” to desktop 3D printing.
Benefits of Having a 3D Printer for Your Home
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.
When is the Best Time to Buy a 3D Printer?
So you’ve decided to buy a desktop 3D printer, but when is the best time to do so?
Eight Certain Signs a 3D Printer is Crap
Is there an easy way to tell whether a 3D printer is not for you? Yes, there are several.
Eight Dumbest 3D Printing Mistakes
You’ve probably done them all: the eight dumbest 3D printing mistakes — FFF edition.
The Story of 3D Printer Calibration
3D printing calibration is mentioned all the time, but what does it really mean?
The Basics of Choosing 3D Printer Filament
You just cracked open your new desktop FFF 3D printer. What filaments should you use?
Revisited: Is it Filament Weight, Length, or Volume?
The eternal question of those using filament-powered 3D printers needs an answer.
Book of the Week: Creating 3D Models for 3D Printing Using OpenSCAD
This week’s selection is “Creating 3D Models for 3D Printing Using OpenSCAD” by David Leithauser.
24 Resin 3D Printing Tips You Need To Know
Do you have a resin 3D printer? Here’s a whole bunch of tips for you.
Seven Things NOT To Do With Your Brand New 3D Printer
You just received a brand new desktop 3D printer. What should you NOT do?
Book of the Week: 3D Printing Failures: How to Diagnose and Repair ALL Desktop 3D Printing Issues
This week’s selection is “3D Printing Failures: 2022 Edition: How to Diagnose and Repair ALL Desktop 3D Printing Issues” by Sean Aranda.
How To Properly Clean 3D Prints With Simple Green
I’ve been using Simple Green as a resin 3D print solvent, and it works quite well — if you know what to do.
Common 3D Printing Issue Finally Diagnosed
In an epic feat of diagnosis, Stefan Hermann has determined what can cause a very common 3D printing issue.
Seven 3D Printing Hazards
3D printing is thought to be a relatively safe activity, but is it really?
Book of the Week: How To Troubleshoot Almost Anything
This week’s selection is “How to Find a Wolf in Siberia: or, How to Troubleshoot Almost Anything” by Don Jones.
What Is “Breakaway Support”?
Support material is support material. Or is it?
Book of the Week: Getting Started with 3D Printing
This week’s selection is “Getting Started with 3D Printing” by Liza Wallach Kloski and Nick Kloski.
Question of the Week: Selecting A 3D Printer For Education
This week’s question is about selecting 3D printers for education.
Book of the Week: The Pragmatic Programmer
This week’s selection is “The Pragmatic Programmer” by Andy Hunt.
Seven Essential Resin 3D Printing Tips
I’ve been doing a lot of resin 3D printing lately, and thought I’d share some tips.
Seven Resin 3D Printing Tips
I’ve been using several different resin 3D printers lately and have some tips for you.
Prusa’s Outstanding 3D Print Gluing Guide
Gluing is a practice all 3D printer operators will eventually perform, and Prusa Research has published what could be the definitive guide for it.
Book of the Week: INSPIRED: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love
This week’s selection is “INSPIRED: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love” by Marty Cagan.
Successfully Funding a Kickstarter a 2nd Time: Anthony Mattana and the Hooke Lav
Get some tips for launching a Kickstarter from a veteran.
Five Terrible Ways To Choose A 3D Printer
Tens of thousands of 3D printers are bought each month, but is there a wrong way to do so?
Essentium Materials Handling Guide Reveals Drying Insights For 3D Printing
Everyone knows 3D printer filament must be dry to function properly, but exactly how is this best done?
Is It Filament Weight, Length, or Volume?
The question of measuring an amount of 3D printer filament seems straightforward, but there’s more to the story.
Question of the Week: 3D Printing Life-Size Heads
This week’s question delves into the science of producing life-size head sculptures using 3D scanning and 3D printing.
How To Significantly Reduce Use Of 3D Print Support Material
I’ve bumped into a very interesting technique that could save an enormous amount of support material and 3D printing time.
How To Use A 3D Print Temperature Tower
One of the key techniques that should be used by 3D printer operators is the “Temperature Tower”. We explain how to use them.
Why Do 3D Prints Warp?
Have you ever wondered why 3D prints warp? We made some diagrams to understand what is happening.
Question of the Week: Matching Materials To 3D Printer
A reader asks about the type of resins required for a specific 3D printer, and we uncovered a solution.
3D Buzz Releases All Content
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.
Seven Ways A Business Could Begin 3D Printing
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.
3D Printing Tip: Support Structures Required In Unexpected Places
I encountered an unusual support structure issue while 3D printing and propose several ways to resolve it with Meshmixer.
Seven Ways 3D Prints Can Unstick
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.
Injection Molding: The Quick Design Guide
If you are doing injection molding, there are some important guidelines to know before you commit to a design.
Question of the Week: Resin 3D Printing Safety
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.
Question of the Week: PLA Storage in Winter
This week’s question asks how to best store and transport PLA 3D printer material in cold winter conditions.
Really, How Bad Are Abrasive Filaments For Your 3D Printer Nozzle?
What kind of damage do carbon fiber filaments do to a 3D printer nozzle? How fast does damage occur? Experiments show a surprising result.
3D Print Learning Series: Materials
This is an entry in our 3D Print Learning Series, focusing on the different materials possible in 3D printing.
When Should You Combine 3D Printing and CNC Machining?
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.
6 Tips for Selecting A 3D Printer For Your Projects
Here are six essential factors that you should consider when selecting a 3D printer.
7 Tips For Attending RAPID + TCT 2019
You’ve got your tickets and are ready to go to North America’s largest 3D printing event. What do you do?
3D Print Learning Series: 3D Scanning
This is an entry in our 3D Print Learning Series, focusing on 3D Scanning.
Book of the Week: Every Tool’s a Hammer
This week’s selection is “Every Tool’s a Hammer:” by Adam Savage.
3D Printer Maintenance Schedule: Do You Have One?
Do you know how to maintain your 3D printer?
Strengthen PLA Prints By Annealing
Many 3D printer operators are unaware of a technique for transforming materials into stronger versions: annealing.
3D Print Learning Series: Design Tips
This is an entry in our 3D Print Learning Series, focusing on additional 3D print design tips.
Don’t Forget The Maintenance Costs!
Purchasing 3D printing equipment can be a costly affair, but sometimes it’s actually far more expensive than you first thought.
3D Printer Safety: Adapting Your Home Workstation to Avoid Potential Hazards
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.
Recognizing The Signs Of A Successful 3D Printer Installation
Buying anything of great expense is a big decision, and particularly so for 3D printers.
3D Print Learning Series: Operations
This is an entry in our 3D Print Learning Series, focusing on 3D Printing Operations.
Introducing Fabbaloo’s 3D Print Learning Series
Welcome to our 3D Print Learning Series.
Scammed By A Fake 3D Printer Vendor
There are few things more frustrating than to have your scammed out of your well-earned cash by distant parties.
Hacking The uPrint
Stratasys’ uPrint is one of the classic 3D printers, but these days some operators use it in unusual ways.
Book of the Week: 3D Printing Failures 2019 Edition
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.
The Amazing CADMAPPER
I’ve been playing with an interesting 3D mapping service, CADMAPPER.
3D Printer Safety: Another Anet A8 Burns
Once again, an Anet A8 desktop 3D printer caught fire.
Question of the Week: Basic 3D Printer Filament Calculations
This week’s question deals with arithmetic.
How to Not be a Total N00b
Are you a total n00b?
Knuckle Down: Four Approaches to Getting 3D Model Data In Hand
At an abstract level, every new project is composed of three elements:
How to Save Cash with Your uPrint 3D Printer
Stratasys’ venerable uPrint 3D printer produces fantastic output, but at a cost. Now there’s a way to reduce that cost.
Getting Maximum Value from Your Expensive 3D Printer
You’ve done it — finally pulled the trigger and invested in a majestic new 3D printer.
In 3D Printing, Temperature Counts
I’m watching a 3D printing video that shows a problem I’ve had all too often.
Where Do You Find Spare 3D Printer Parts?
3D printers are inherently full of moving parts, and thus they tend to break. Then what?
To Sand Or Not To Sand: An Experiment
Sanding 3D prints can be very tedious – but it turns out you may not need to in some cases.
Is Your OctoPrint Safe?
A fascinating article at OctoPrint.org shows the right – and wrong – ways to use OctoPrint remotely.
Book of the Week: CAD Engineering Essentials
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.
Book of the Week: Machinery’s Handbook, Toolbox Edition
This week’s selection is the comprehensive “Machinery’s Handbook” originally by Erik Oberg.
Mystery 3D Printing Problem: Solved!
At the lab we’ve solved a mysterious 3D printing problem that you might also encounter.
Six Good 3D Printing Troubleshooting Guides
Everyone who has operated a 3D printer knows something important: they don’t always work.
A Solid Solution to 3D Print Air Quality
I’m watching a video from the folks at DIY3DTECH, where they show a comprehensive air system.
How to Reduce the Cost of 3D Printing
As 3D printing becomes more of a requirement for industries today, costs become a higher factor in production.
How to Achieve a Brilliant Paint Finish on Your Prototypes
We can always depend on industrial designer Eric Strebel to put a ton of effort into every project he makes
Six Key Ways to Leverage 3D Print Design
3D printing technology isn’t for every application, but what is it good for?
Some Resin Casting Tips When Using 3D Printed Molds
I’m watching a short video showing casting tips.
The Several Methods of Dual Extrusion
With the increasing buzz over the near-necessity of dual extrusion, we thought we’d say a few words about how this is done.
9 Things You MUST GET RIGHT Before 3D Printing
When 3D printing failure is a looming presence, but it’s appearance can be limited by taking several key steps.
Watch Industrial Designer Eric Strebel’s Method for Making 120 Cast Parts From Scratch
Always one for ingenuity, Eric Strebel puts his industrial design expertise to good use even with the simplest of tasks.
Do You Have Enough Filament?
One of the most aggravating questions in desktop 3D printing is: Do you have sufficient filament left to complete the print?
Seven Key 3D Printer Upgrades To Consider
Your desktop 3D printer is likely far more well equipped than early machines, but are there things to make it even better?
The Troubles with Some 3D Models
I had occasion to 3D print an aircraft 3D model and found a common problem.
Why Are 3D Metal Printers So Tall?
I don’t know if you noticed, but some styles of 3D metal printers have a problem; a size problem.
Pro Tip: An Easy Way To Remove “Stringies” From Your 3D Print
Are you haunted by “stringies”? There’s an incredibly easy way to remove them.
7 Handy Resin Casting Tips and Tricks
Before you get to work on the final product of your design, it’s in your best interests to make a prototype first, right?
5 Tips For Setting Up Your 3D Printing Business
When 3D printing arrived, the public waited to see how it would change the world.
The Best 3D Printing Book Yet?
There have been a number of fascinating 3D printing books emerge, but we believe this one could be the best yet.
Dialing In a 3D Printer? What’s That All About?
Often you’ll hear someone talking about “dialing in” their 3D print. What does this mean?
How To: Persistent 3D Print Failure? Here’s What To Look For
The problem: you keep printing an item on your desktop 3D printer but it always fails. Solution? Read on.
Your 3D Printer’s Most Worn Out Component?
There’s a peculiar problem that exists on a great many 3D printers that could be avoided by a simple software fix.