Upgrading to from Prusa to Bambu Labs

  Summary: To summarize: coming from a Prusa Mk2, I am blown away at the speed, reliability, print quality and easy of use that you get with the Bambu Labs P1S. This printer seems like a great value if you are wanting a printer that makes high quality parts without...

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Prusa Mk2 Removable Magnetic Bed, DIY for cheap

If you have a Prusa MK2 or MK2s and are considering the 2.5 upgrade because you want to add the removable magnetic build plate, here is a cheaper option to consider:   Summary: You can purchase a spring steel plate from Amazon, and it works great with Prusa i3...

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What It’s Like to Own a 3D Printer

3D Printers are getting less expensive and more capable every day. It can be tempting to take the plunge into 3D printing, especially when the cost is less than than a nice dinner and a bottle of wine. Before you whip out your credit card, I’m going to share some re-world info on what it’s like to run a 3D printer, and the good and bad that comes with it.

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Which Nozzle Size is Best for Your 3D Printer

The size of the nozzle on your 3D printer can greatly affect the quality and resolution of the parts it can print. In short, the smaller the bore in the nozzle (which we’ll call “size”) the thinner the bead of plastic it will extruder. This thinner line of plastic..

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Rainbow Filament

When you’re 3D printing toys and decorations, it’s nice to use bright colors, translucent materials, or really anything that will make your parts stand out and look unique. I saw this Stronghero3D 3D Printing PLA Filament New Rainbow Multicolor on Amazon, and decided to give it a try.

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What Features Are Most Important When Choosing a 3D Printer?

If you’re considering purchasing a 3D printer, there are a number of features to look for. We’ll run down a number of must-have features for your 3D printer.

The intended use of your 3D printer is going to be the best starting point to decide which features are most important. For the purpose of this article, we’ll focus mainly on FFF/FDM type 3D printers (those that extrude plastic filament).

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Should you buy a 3D printer for home?

With the growing popularity of 3D printing, and prices dropping for hobby caliber machines, you may be asking yourself, “should I buy a 3D printer?”. Let’s weight the reasons to buy, and why having a 3D printer may not be right for you.   Reasons to buy There are...

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Should You Be 3D Printing With Nylon?

Should you be 3D Printing with nylon? In the world of home/hobby 3D printing, PLA material is by far the most popular filament material to use. It’s easy to print, cheap, melts at a lower temp, and doesn’t emit a harsh smell. Plus its made from cornstarch or sugar...

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Most Useful Tools for finishing 3D Prints

Not all 3D printed parts are finished as soon as you pry them from your build plate. In a lot of cases, there is support to be removed, holes and edges to be cleaned up or trimmed, and a number of minor modifications to be made to get pieces to fit together, or look...

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Carbon Fiber Filament Roundup

Why Carbon Fiber Nylon? The strength and durability of nylon is hard to beat when it comes to 3D-printable materials. The problem with nylon is that it’s difficult to print, and unless you are printing a bulky part with a lot of infill, nylon parts are usually more...

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5 3D Printing Tools That You Can’t Live Without

Many of today’s 3D printers come equipped with features that reduce the need for operator interaction and in some cases make some tools, like bed leveling shims, obsolete. Still there are a handful of tools that you won’t want to be without if you are running a 3D...

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How to dry your 3D printer filament for better prints

Virtually all 3D printing filament can be negatively affected by the moisture over time. Though PLA material is not necessarily ruined by being exposed to the ambient air for a short period, over time you can begin to see negative effects such as additional stringing...

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Project: 3D Printed Lithophane

Your 3D printer can produce these lithophanes surprisingly easily, and with a very high level of quality. The lithophanes themselves are simply thin squares of plastic. You can design a lithophane box with 4 or 5 sides made of printed lithophanes. This is commonly called a “lithophane box”

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How to Replace and Maintain Your PEI Sheet

Many 3D printer build plates are covered with a sheet of PEI, which is a durable, temperature resistant plastic. Though it is a tough material, its typically very thin, and after enough prints, the PEI sheet on on your Prusa i3 Mk2 (or any other 3D printer using PEI)...

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Beginners Guide to 3D Printing

3D printing has been around for decades, but recently has gained popularity - and for good reason:The technology is getting much better, and has become more accessible to the common hobbiest and maker, even for home use.If you’re new to the concept of 3D printing, in...

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