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14 July

9 Options for Free 3D Modeling Software

2016-12-21T05:35:20+00:00By |3D Printing, 3D Printing Resources, Tutorials, Tips, & Tricks|1 Comment

Do you have tons of creative 3D ideas churning around in your head? Are you in need of software to bring your 3D model ideas to life? Some of these sites let you download the software to your computer, while others allow you to use the software online. Here's a list of 9 websites that are worth [...]

25 June

Make a 3D Print from Your MRI or CT Scan

2016-12-21T05:35:20+00:00By |3D Printing, Applications for 3D Printing, Tutorials, Tips, & Tricks|Comments Off on Make a 3D Print from Your MRI or CT Scan

You've been to the doctor and just gotten a CT or MRI. How cool would it be if you could actually hold a 3D model of your scan? One of the amazing things that 3D printers can do is print models from MRI, CT-scans, and Ultrasound medical imaging. In the future we can expect that [...]

18 June

10 Alternative Websites to Thingiverse.com

2016-12-21T05:35:20+00:00By |3D Printing, 3D Printing Resources, Tutorials, Tips, & Tricks|1 Comment

10 Alternative Websites to Thingiverse.com Are you looking for alternative websites to Thingiverse? There are many similar websites that contain models you can download, whether it’s for a fee or free of charge. Whether you need designs for your home, school projects, or your business, here are 10 websites that display all kinds of 3D [...]

1 May

3D Printing from Google Earth

2016-12-21T05:35:20+00:00By |3D Printing, Fun Things to Print, Tutorials, Tips, & Tricks|Comments Off on 3D Printing from Google Earth

The world around us can be one of the best sources of inspiration for prints. There are good methods for getting printable models of buildings and landscapes from available repositories and geographic databases, two of which we'll look at in this article. This will give you a good alternative to relying on what happens to [...]

17 March

Printing Electronics: Part 2 – Adding Components

2016-12-21T05:35:20+00:00By |3D Printing, Applications for 3D Printing, Tutorials, Tips, & Tricks|Comments Off on Printing Electronics: Part 2 – Adding Components

In our last article, we covered some of the techniques that are being used to create printed circuit boards using a 3D printer. Following those, you should have the copper traces you need for your board layout. It may look neat, but the board won't do a whole lot without any components on it. Now we [...]

4 March

Printing Electronics: Part 1 – Board Preparation

2016-12-21T05:35:20+00:00By |3D Printing, Applications for 3D Printing, Materials, Tutorials, Tips, & Tricks|Comments Off on Printing Electronics: Part 1 – Board Preparation

3D printing and hobbyist electronics have a close relationship for makers. Where printing provides the physical frame and construction of a device, the logic and drive systems are normally bought. However, some people have been working on being able to print circuit boards using similar processes to 3D printing. As these get refined, it opens [...]

12 January

3D Printing Materials: Photosensitive Resin Versus Filament

2016-12-21T05:35:21+00:00By |3D Printing, Articles/How It Works, Materials, Rapid Prototyping, Tutorials, Tips, & Tricks|Comments Off on 3D Printing Materials: Photosensitive Resin Versus Filament

When it comes to consumer printers, there are two major technologies that drive the printing process: stereolithography (SLA) and fused deposition modeling (FDM, also known as fused filament fabrication, or FFF). Both methods deposit polymers in two significantly different ways: SLA uses a photosensitive resin which "cures" when exposed to light (usually ultraviolet), while FDM heats [...]

12 August

A Quick Introduction to Parametric Modeling

2016-12-21T05:35:23+00:00By |3D Printing, Rapid Prototyping, Tutorials, Tips, & Tricks|1 Comment

If you are already into 3D printing, you may have noticed is some model repositories an option to make your own version of a model—often called Parametric Modeling. It is sometimes an option for wearables and machine components. The "Parametric Measuring Spoon" may list parameters to change a part. In essence, parametric modeling is a different approach [...]