Printer overview – the LulzBot Mini

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A couple of weeks ago we looked at buying an off the shelf 3D printer. This is the quickest and easiest way to get started, and it has some other advantages too. One is that you can get some really capable machinery that would be possible to put together yourself, but definitely not easy. A perfect example is the LulzBot Mini desktop printer. The LulzBot Mini is a mid-range printer, priced at about $1,250 in [Read More]

Building a 3D printer kit

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We’ve looked at buying a ready to go 3D printer, and the advantages it offers – especially if you just want to get printing as quickly as possible. This convenience does come at a price premium though, so for those who don’t really see themselves as hobbyists and want a commercial printer, but prefer to save on the cost, there’s also the option of building one from a kit. Going with a kit has several [Read More]

Recycled 3D printing materials

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3D printing is a massive leap ahead in rapid prototyping as well as a huge asset for all sorts of hobbies. In fact 3D printers have so many uses it’s hard to even think of them all – the versatility of a device that can create such a wide range of objects is immense. One lesser known fact about them, however, is that they can even be good for the environment. Most of the popular [Read More]

Buying a 3D printer – the convenient option

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As the last post says, the easiest way to get a 3D printer is to buy one. It costs more than building your own but if you want to have your printer up and running as quickly as possible this is definitely the way to do it. There are several advantages in buying a printer, and for many users these more than make up for the extra cost. Mostly it comes down to why you [Read More]

How can you get a 3D printer?

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If you’ve decided to get yourself a 3D printer there are a few ways to go about it. With most electronics your only real option is to buy one, but 3D printing is a bit different. It’s a fairly new technology and has a very strong hobbyist element and that means there are several paths to ownership. The question is, which one’s right for you? That’s going to depend on several factors, including: What do [Read More]

3D Printing techniques – The basics of supports

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Printing 3D objects isn’t always as simple as designing a model and sending it to your printer. It can be, but a lot of that depends on the shapes you want to print. The process of building up an object layer by layer offers unique possibilities that can’t be matched by any other manufacturing process, but it also has unique challenges. Imagine you want to print a horse. You design your model in a suitable [Read More]

Scientist uses 3D printing to recreate trilobites

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Few technologies are as up to date as 3D printing, and it’s still developing at incredible speed. Its open source nature means there are dozens of teams, and thousands of enthusiastic hobbyists, constantly working to advance its capabilities. The result is a pace of progress that the careful, methodical R&D department of a big company could never match. But in among all this cutting-edge activity, a scientist is using 3D printing to create the most [Read More]

How to feed your 3D printer

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When you start looking for a 3D printer it’s easy to get too caught up in the specifications of the machine itself – the size of object it can create, its resolution and print speed, for example. All of these are important, but probably the most important thing is one that a lot of buyers don’t consider – what it can print with. This is a much bigger deal for 3D printers than it is [Read More]

What can a 3D printer make?

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So you’ve built or bought your first 3D printer, connected it to the computer and loaded a spool of material. It’s all ready to go. The big question now is what are you going to print with it?  With a commercial 3D printer the possibilities are almost endless. Working guitars can be printed, or custom bike frames. When the Skyfall screenplay called for Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 to be destroyed three five-foot-long replicas were printed, [Read More]

Slice by slice – how 3D printing works

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Watching a 3D printer in action is a fascinating sight. At first it’s impossible to tell what the finished object is going to be, but as the print head builds up layer after layer the shape slowly becomes obvious until the finished piece is revealed. It seems almost magical – a solid object being created apparently out of thin air, with just the moving print head to bring in into existence. In fact the concept [Read More]

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