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Google SketchUp

[Updated 5/15/13 with new list of plugins] SketchUp is a great tool for doing 3D design.  It has a very low learning curve and can be used to create accurate designs.  Moreover, there are many plug-ins for use with the … Continue reading

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UR CTLT 3D Printing in the News

We were visited today by Richmond’s own WTVR senior reporter, Wayne Covil.  He interviewed me as part of a story about the 3D printing of guns (see earlier post for background). Bottom-line, current low-cost 3D printers are not quite ready to … Continue reading

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3D Printed Gun is Now Here

Both sides of the gun control debate and the 3D printed gun debate, more specifically, could discuss the issue all they wanted in a theoretical framework until now. Cody Wilson, the UT Austin law student who made a lot of … Continue reading

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Full Color FDM Printing?

Many in the low to medium-cost 3D printing world are cautiously optimistic to the initial hype for a printer that is promoted by the makers to print full color objects.  The manufacturer, botObjects, will be releasing more information in June, but … Continue reading

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3D Printed Art

The Winkleman Gallery in New York is currently exhibiting works that integrate 3D printed forms into more traditional art. To the 3D printing expert without artistic training, I can at least see a good opportunity to repurpose the plastic parts … Continue reading

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Updates on Working with the Solidoodle 3

In the video below, I describe some of our recent activity regarding optimizing printing for our Solidoodle 3 3D printer including: printing with ABS using an enclosure (no ducted fan) printing with PLA using a ducted fan (no/open enclosure) using … Continue reading

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4D Printing?

This is honestly not a late April Fools joke.  TED Fellow Skylar Tibbits gave a TED talk to describe the research and development partnerships his MIT lab is making to develop 4D printing.  What is 4D printing?  Well, you should watch … Continue reading

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Must Get One

[Update: this was an April Fools joke perpetrated by thinkgeek and disseminated by 3D printing enthusiasts] I can’t wait to review the first Play-Doh 3D printer. It’s another “I wish I though of that” product as it gets kids thinking … Continue reading

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Getting Great Prints with Enclosure on Solidoodle 3 Printer

As mentioned previously, I’m enclosing our Solidoodle 3 printer to try to get better results through minimizing warping and parts not sticking. As a slight aside, the Cubestick on glass is now working very well for sticking.  The trick is … Continue reading

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Cubify’s Cubestick “Magic Glue” for Non-Cube Printers?

We’ve had some trouble with prints sticking to the print bed over the last year and a half since we acquired our first 3D printer.  It’s mostly a matter of choice.  It’s not that we want poor adhesion, but we … Continue reading

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