3d printer

Hello I was looking into making my first 3d printer so I decided to choose something simple so I found this: http://printrbot.com/shop/simple-makers-kit/ Any recommendations of any other simple printer or comments on if this is a good printer to make  thank you in advance-TDC

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3D Design

Just wondering if anyone happens to have any good leads to the best free 3D design software?

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3d printer?

Two ideas wondering what people think.... 1. Have the up/down bed for a 3d printer go up and down with water... Just have a little valve that lets water out and the printing bed would slowly lower. At whatever speed you wanted. Could work the other way and fill up. 2. Have the extruded plastic print into water... it would cool instantly and might help with resolution? Just an idea. 

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modéle 3d

Bonjour, j'habite le nord de la france , je suis très intéressé par les nouvelles technologies , je me débrouille comme un débutant avec les logiciel 3 D ( rhinoceros sketchup ) j'ai un modéle de voiture 3D obtenu sur le net , que je voudrais transformer pour le rendre étanche solide stl pour pouvoir travailler dessus avec le logiciel 123D MAKE de solidwork et éventuellement l'imprimer ; qui peut le faire ou me guider pas à pas ,se serait cool , 

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3D Viewer

Instructables Team - I don't know when it was changed but the "View in 3D" upgrade works very well. I especially like the section analysis and exploded views.Makers - if you are like me and enjoy showing your work in CAD, please consider dropping STP/STEP files into your instructable.

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3D Printer Help

I am considering buying a 3d Printer, but I need something cheap and easy. I found a model that a like, it's the FDM 3D printer. The problem is, science I'm new to 3d printing, I have no idea what to look for. This particular printer has a low cost with a decent print size.                     Link to Website  ~~~~~> http://www.amazon.com/printer-printing-PLAfilament-applicable-Pieces/dp/B00ON2TG6U/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid;=1425238313&sr;=8-15&keywords;=3d+printer

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A 3d model idea

This is an idea that I had for the Make it real challenge. Though I didn't end up taking this path I would love to see it be completed. It goes as follows. >> Make a spherically shaped skull with all of the innards of an actual skull. >> 3d Print it using medial grade materials (Realism) >> Skull baseball :D

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3D Printing Fails.

I'm not exactly sure why, but the BBC collected a bunch of 3D printing failures. I couldn't resist sharing the screenshots and captions, especially in light of Fungus' recent topic. Enjoy.

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3D Printing Competition

Hi everyone, Hope you're all well? cartridgesave.co.uk recently held their first ever 3D Print Cup - A challenge issued to 3D artists to design an original 3D character, which they'd then print off (for free!) using a 3D Printer. The designers were all allowed to finish off their creations, and awards were given out at the wrap party, with the best overall design winning a Makerbot 2x Replicator. We had some amazing entries, from all over the UK and even the USA, South America and Europe. A gallery of the all the entrants has been uploaded at www.cartridgesave.co.uk/3dprintcup Hopefully there will be another 3D Print Cup next year, so keep your eyes peeled on the site.

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strange 3D shapes

I need help to find a 3D shape with 7 sides/faces Any help?? Feel free to name any other strange shapes while your at it.

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3d printer service

HI everyone. I am wanting to start a 3d printing service business. This would be on a small scale to start. My question is how to securely download 3d files from customers so that I can use those files to create a 3d printed object for them, then ship objects back. I thought about offering the service on craigslist and receive the customer's file through email. But I know that a website would be better, but have no idea as how to implement the capability to receive customers' files securely and while keeping those files organized. Items will be printed using a makerbot, so I would communicate to potential customers as to the limitations of said printer. Thanks, and would appreciate any answers or advice.

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The Buccaneer 3D Printer

I just stumbled upon this while looking through kickstarter. It's called the Buccaneer, it will retail for ~$350 and you can pre-order it in August. From what I've read it will ship late this year, or early next year. Check it out on their Kickstarter page or their website.

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3d printed PCB

I was wondering if you could make 3d printed circuit boards using an arc welder of electroplating method by connecting a copper "welding stick" to the extruder and a ground clip to the board.

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3D Printing Tool

I myself don't own a 3D printer, but for those lucky fellows out there that do, I think sculptris could be a great tool for 3D printers. It's basically a virtual clay sculpting program. You can also paint your sculpture. Here is the link to download it. Happy printing! (just watch out for nargles)

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3D PRINTER RECOMENDATIONS

Morning all from the shire or Oxford UK My names is Rory, happy to be a member of the site and always enjoy a good discussion Thought it would be helpful for myself and others to start a bit of a debate about 3D printers in general. I build my own 3D printer last year and was happy with it the 6x6x6 results were not the best but better than anything I had produced before, I regreted ever selling it TBH but now the time has come for me to think about getting another. Ideally looking to have a scanning unit too but it is wether to build or buy.......TOO MUCH CHOICE!! Since last year ive seen a massive jump in the tech used in this area and my main questions are: What do each of you use and why that specific printer? Whats your best results ( best object made ) which to people perfer shop brought (ready made) or home made (DIY KIT) If you could choose any 3D printer what would it be? Cheers all, Look forwards to seeing how this thread discusses this topic

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3d Printing aluminum? Answered

I was thinking about 3d printing aluminum and was wondering if you could do something like this. You have a stainless steel air tight cylinder, surrounded with some refreactory, then nichrome wire, then insulating refreactory. The first layer of refractory is to prevent an electric short between the wire and the stainless steel cylinder. Stainless steel so it will take longer to oxidize. You would fill the cylinder with aluminum, close it, turn on the heater, t would heat up the stainelss steel and aluminum and melt the aluminum. Temperature could be regulated. Air would go to a hole in the top of it, the air would be regulated by a solenoid valve and a a pressure release valve. A needle with come out of the bottom, however it would be bent into a upside down U shape and one side would poke out the bottom, this would preven the aluminum from running out when there wasn't pressure. When the solenoid is open, aluminum comes out, when the solenoid is closed the release valve is opened to get rid of any excess pressure and stop the aluminum flow. This would be put in the place of the the traditional extruder, would this work?

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Affordable 3d Printers?

Does anyone know where I can buy a quality, inexpensive 3d printer to get started in 3d printing?

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3D Printing - Metal

Is it true that there are 3d printers that print in metal? If so what kind of 3D Printer is this and about how much do they cost? Oh also how exactly does that work when 3D Printing is supposed to be additive manufacturing and metal isnt a liquid or even flexible at solid states?

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My 3D print

It has been a few weeks since I received my 3d print but I still wanted to put this on. I really like the way it turned out!!!!! For some reason, the uploader turns my pictures :S

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3d Modeling and Printing

Registration for The Cooper Union's Certificate in Digital Representation and Fabrication is now open. Check the website at cooperunion.augusoft.net

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PTAM 3D Mapping?

Hi, I've been looking around for a cheap 3D scanning system for fun and I was wondering if anyone has tried out PTAM or PTAMM for 3D  scanning?  Can these programs record point cloud datasets and pass that info to other computer applications (like the Blender point cloud skinner script)  to convert the points into 3D models?  This could be a way to make a 3D scanner for like $10 or $20 (or free if you already have a camera). Here are a couple links for the info: PTAM PTAMM http://ewokrampage.wordpress.com/projects-using-ptam/ Blender Script I was thinking to try it out in a week or two when I have some free time but it'd be fun to know if anyone has some experience with it! Thanks

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Painting 3D prints

Those of you who may have had the occasion to paint a 3D print I'm curious what products and techniques you may have used. I've used one of the Customizer Things to make some name tags and I'd like to paint the raised letters to help them stand out. Any suggestions or methods that work on ABS? Curt

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3D Scanning a Locomotive

I know nothing about 3D scanning so hope to find suggestions here. I have a large object I wish to scan and import into Rhino 3D and eventually cut (1:120 scale) on my tabletop CNC mill. The diesel locomotive upper nose has compound curves in its shape. The red rectangles in the illustration mark the area of the locomotive that is difficult to reproduce accurately in a drawing. It is this area I would like to scan. Is there a scanning system somewhere in instructables that is capable of scanning this large area of the diesel locomotive? If so, please point me to it. Thanks much.

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3d Printer RESIN

Hi, i'm planning on buying a SLA printer, but i want to be sure that i can get a good amount of resin at a fair price, i found some places but since i'm from Bolivia-Latin America, the shipping and buying from Us Europe or Asia it becomes quite expensive, sometimes like +65% to 80% of the product itself. If someone knows a DIY resin, or some good places that doesn't cost as much per L or Galon plz let me know and share it with everyone else. Anyway, thx a lot for reading and take your time, i hope i can get an answer. 

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cardboard 3d models

First, you'd have to be very careful not to cut yourself (a leather glove to hold the piece helps). If you print the pieces for a cardboard model, instead of cutting, it'll look better if the pieces are sliced. These are the steps that I take: 1. After printing the models, I cut the pieces leaving 1/8 to 1/4 white space along the edges. 2 I use 12/24 pack cardboard from soft drinks (the cardboard from hot pockets works also, but its harder to cut) 3. use a glue stick to transfer the pieces to your cardboard and roll any round object to remove any bubbles. 4. when dry use a pair of scissors to cut the pieces. 5. lay the template face down on your material and use a pen to trace the outline. if using cardboard, use a box cutter blade and slice the parts out, slicing to the line of adjacent pieces. For slots, cut the width thru the cardboard, and slice the required length. Use an exact-o knife to cut the ends, flip over and trim. I've built over a dozen models and my three grandchildren love them.

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3d Tutorial: Model A Sacred Merkaba For 3D Printing

In this quick tutorial, we model what is known as a Sacred Merkaba for 3d printing or digital asset design.  Symbolic of ancient spirituality and mysticism, this shape has been part of religious iconography for thousands of years.  Geometers and mathematicians recognize it as a Stellated Octahedron, or Star Tetrahedron.  I'm using 3dsmax 2012 for this example, but the techniques can be translated to any capable polygonal modeling package. 3dsmax: Blender 3D:

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Finfing This 3D printer for Students

Hello I received this subject and instructable for a cheap printer 3D, but now this page its not here. Somebody may help me in this search. Thank you so much. $60 Hi-Res DLP 3D Printer This was constructed with an old pc  Regards

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3D Printing in the Glass Medium

I've only used plastics when 3D printing so it's pretty cool to see a movement into the glass medium. Besides the practical application, the video of the printer creating glasswork is quite pretty.  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2015/08/25/why-being-able-to-3d-print-glass-objects-is-such-a-big-deal/

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3D Printing layers separating

Hi! I have a project going with a 3D printer. Is a 4" X 4" X 10"  square enclosure used for holding electronics in an ROV. Whats happening is that the plies are separating. Not a good thing for an underwater vehicle. Has anyone experienced this with a larger 3D printed object? Will upload a pic when I get to my home computer.

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Need information on 3D printing

So I am looking to make decorative phone cases using a 3D printer. But I have no experience with them. Essentially what I am hoping to do is make snap on or slide on covers. What kind of 3D printer would be able to do this? What sort of designs/colours would I be able to do? Anything I have to take into consideration?

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What Kind of 3D Printer?

I am looking into getting a 3D printer for hobby projects and what not.  I don't have a lot of experience with 3D modeling, or 3D printing and 3D printers are expensive.  I would like to get a good printer but not spend a lot.  Does anyone have any suggestions of what kind of printer I should get, should I get single or double extruders how big a printing area etc?  I have been looking at Makerbot, and Rap Man.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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3D Printing Business Question

From reading https://www.instructables.com/community/What-3D-printers-can-do-and-what-they-cant/, this article. It seems as the sky is the limit as long as I have a good artist, a proper 3D modeller and the correct material.  However, I want to start a business whose main focus is 3D printing. What are things, I really can't make? Besides hiring an artist and 3d modeler. What printer would you recommend for the business idea? How many would you recommend as starting point for a small business with an expansive focus? Is there some multiple materials printer that includes glass, plastic, resin, wood, etc.?

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any ideas for 3d printing

Has anyone got ideas of what would be a cool thing to 3d print? perhaps something with moving parts, any ideas would be appreciated thanks.

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Wheres the best 3d service?

Hi everyone, I was wondering what people are using for printing services out there, and which ones they prefer. I was thinking about entering the make it real challenge if i have enough free time and needed somewhere to get the idea printed, preferably the service would be one that uses the Objet 3d printer. Thanks for your time.

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Paleontologist prints fossils in 3D

French palaeontologist Paul Tafforeau has been using 3D lithography to make microscopic fossils, hidden in opaque blocks of amber, vsible for detailed study.Using intense light from a synchrotron (a kind of particle accelerator), he illuminates the amber, revealing, so far, over 350 specimens of trapped insects in 2kg amber. Some of the species are new to science.3D images are built up with micro-tomography, and these digital images are used to recreate millimetre-scale insects as plastic models at a scale that allows easy handling and visual study without needing microscopes.BBC Story (included iPlayer video, which may not be viewable outside UK)

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Aluminum Casting with 3D Prints

Is there any reliant and consist way to create high RPM gears using 3D prints? What I had planned to do is 3D print some gears out, make silicon molds out of them and then pouring wax in the silicon molds. I then would put the wax into sand and then pour molten aluminum into it. To me, it sounds good in theory but I thought somebody else might have tried making PLA 3D prints into metal.

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Looking for a cheap 3D printer

Hi! I am looking for a cheap 3D printer that is easy enough to set up for teenagers.Could anyone give me some suggestions?Thanks a lot!

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3D Printing Vinyl Record

I'm trying to make 10 3d printed vinyl records, does anyone know a place that can make these form me? -Mike

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3D printer for cheap beginners?

         I am a person that is cheap. I want a 3d printer assembled or kit that is cheap, reliable, and that doesn't print high quality (it coul print high quality, but for $'s sake it doesn't have to). Any info helps, but remember, i'm a nube, so don't criticize please.                                                                                                                                                                                                       thanx,                                                                                                                                                                                                       theboygenius I forgot too mention, >$350 if possible

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Formula1 Parts 3D-Printed

Interesting story, they have family printers too http://www.corriere.it/english/13_maggio_14/formula-one_70300362-bc81-11e2-996b-28ba8ed4f514.shtml

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3D Printing Open Survey

Hi everyone! I am a huge 3d printing enthusiast from Poland (Europe). I run personalfactory.tumblr.com - news aggregator/blog concerning 3d printing, fablabs, open-source hardware and related. If you have some spare time please fill in my 3D Printing Open Survey - If you could make almost anything, what would it be ? Updated results are publicly available after completing questionnaire (Please press "Wyślij" - Send button and "Wyniki ankiety" - Results button at the end). This survey will be used to evaluate demand for 3d printing services globally. It consist of 30 questions about: - open-source 3d printers - future of additive manufacturing - 3d printing services - ecology in 3d printing - copyright issues and 3d printing Three example questions: 2. Which of the following 3d printing applications is the most interesting? * - Things personalization - Printing food - Attempts to print structures resembles in functioning living tissues or blood vessels - Creating impossible or difficult to create by using conventional technology things - Printing rooms or buildings on earth/moon - Printing chemical compounds (for example drugs) - Using in renewable energy sources - Printing parts and/or mechanical vehicles 3 . Have you ever heard about cheap DIY 3D Printers (for example RepRap, PrintrBot, MakiBox A6) ? * DIY - Do It Yourself - Yes - No 4 . When 3D Printers will become one of the typical household appliances ? * - After 5 years - After 10 years - After 15 years - After 20 years or later - Never - I don't know Feel free to ask questions! :)

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3D Print Workshop at a library

We've had a 3D printer at our library for about 6 months now. We would love to offer workshops on how to use software like Tinkercad or 123D to create your own designs. We are currently looking for someone to lead the workshop. Any ideas where we could connect with someone? We are located in Marin County, right next to San Francisco: http://www.beltiblibrary.org/ Many thanks for any suggestions on forums, people to reach out to or even workshop ideas.

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Universal 3d printer cabinet

Hi everyone... just wanted to share with you a new campaign we launched live today on Kick Starter. Its a universal 3d printer cabinet we have been working on for a while... Its got almost 4 cubic feet of storage and can be accessed from a front door and the top of the cabinet...its ready to be customized with multiple knock out's to really get the results you want... We are producing in Black, White and solid Stainless Steel... I appreciate you taking a look and your time! Regards, Brian McLoughlin Maker Kase http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1045344246/maker-kase-universal-printer-cabinet

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"Best" 3D Printer on the market today

Many of the 3D Printer reviews are a more than a year old that I have found. So the question is what is the "best" 3D printer and/or Printer Kit for someone who wants to start 3D printing. Cost is an obvious factor, but quality to finished product and simplicity for a beginner are also important. 

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Didn't receive my 3D prints :(

Hi,I had emailed the required stl files 2 months ago but didn't any shipment confirmation message :(

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New on 3d printing: asking for advice

Hi everyone, Do you have any suggestions for an amateur to buy her first one printer? Thanks for your advice firstly!

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Choosing my 1st 3d printer

So I have been considering to purchaser my own home 3d printer for a while now, but I am not sure which go for as I am happy to spend around about 500Euros or so on a 3D printer but I would prefer one that can use at least 2 colours. I would mainly be using it to create still like little figurines and statues. I have enough skills in 3d modeling that I don't need a store or 3d model assets but that would be nice. tho I am use you can use any 3d model files that you can download online. I came across this one for $100 http://www.peachyprinter.com/#!methods/cjg9 I was using this website to look for affordable 3d printers http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/affordable-3d-printer/ But I guess what I also want to ask isn't just what are peoples suggest 3d printer to choose from but also what things should I look out for when buying one such as maybe special filament used or poor quality 3d prints noise problems or slow speed?? so any suggestions what ones to go for or what ones to stay away from Many thanks.

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Can I make a 3d scan using a dslr

Can I make a dslr to scan multiple people at the same time?what do I have to do?  if so, what are the precaucions I have to do?

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Is there a software where i can download and make my own 3d printer items?

Is there any software where i can make my own custom 3d printer items to download and make through mine?

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volpin spine sculpt method+another one like it?/3d modeling help?

This is a 2 fold question: http://volpinprops.blogspot.com/2011...as-part-1.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNZK8-z0ndk&feature;=plcp http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTg5kpzXkJg&feature;=plcp http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsiGgR9HVJQ&feature;=fvsr http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDq_uHKZeIM I’m trying to use volpin’s method of make 3d objects using photos of views of an object, making a skeleton (he uses MDF; I want to use cardboard), and then placing foam or something sandable in the skeleton and shaping it using the spines. I also found this video where a guy uses a similar method and I was wondering if I could get some help on how I could combine these 2 methods. I want to use the method off the youtube video, but I don’t know how to do it with the side, top, bottom, back, and front view method volpin uses. Also, I tried volpin’s method on google skethup and just using the spines doesn’t quite give the results I thought it would. Does this mean you have to sand the rest of the way and make sure everything is even? If so, IMO, I would want to do the youtube method more (no offense volpin, im just not as good a sculpter and artist as you lol; I need lots of help). My second question(which ties in with the first) is about 3d modeling. I’m trying to make complex shapes using volpin’s method and the methods on 2 anim8or tutorials on the 2 youtube videos (the side views off photos) to make pepakura files, still using google sketchup. Is there a book or something I can use to learn how to make stuff like in the anim8or tutorials? Usually I could watch and teach myself, but for some reason my mind can’t wrap around the concept. Also, is sketchup bad for the job, and if so why? What should I be using (something free since this is a one time deal for me)? An additional note, I am currently using google skethcup and corelDRAW X5. Where can I learn how to make the reference photos like volpin makes (look for skyrim helmet on his blog and the daft punk helmet in the link) so I can send them to the 3d model program? What I’m trying to do is take pictures off of a playarts kai halo master chief and make armor files. Any help would really really be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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