Belt Printers and Polar 3D | F3DPS Ep 2.19

October 3, 2017

John and Eric compare two very similar printers which emerged around the same time: BLACKBELT 3D and Printrbelt.

BLACKBELT is a Kickstarter printer that was funded back in July and looks to be a good fit for a printing bureau.
The Printrbelt is a combo of Printrbot hardware and Polar 3D software, seemingly aimed at hobbyists.
Both feature a belt as the build plate which effectively allows for an infinite build size in the Z-axis.

Prior art comment

OPENCREATORS
SquareBot
Burj Khalifa print

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Wanhao Parts and Cool Prints | F3DPS Ep 2.18

August 29, 2017

We are adding more products to our website so if you're looking for Wanhao/Monoprice parts, take a look! We are also adding some HATCHBOX and UP BOX parts. Our goal is to eventually have installation videos for the majority of the parts that we offer.

"Find My Part" tool

Models:
Thing (hand model/pen holder)
Mini Monster Truck With Suspension
Indoor Garden

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New From Formlabs | F3DPS Ep 2.17

August 4, 2017

Shot this one a while ago and just got around to editing it, so not the newest info.
We discuss newly announced products from Formlabs: the Fuse 1 and the Form Cell.

The Fuse 1 is the first SLS (selective laser sintering) printer from Formlabs. It greatly reduces the size and price of this technology, coming in around $20K with all the bells and whistles.
The Form Cell is a system that will allow multiple Form 2's to be automated via robotic gantry system. It removes buildplates and runs finished plates through the Form Wash.
Facility requirements for an industrial SLS machine

Other similar "lights out" setups:
Type A Print Pod
MakerBot Innovation Center

Voodoo Manufacturing

Glass Aftermarket Resin Tank: Z-Vat Industries
Hang Printer
3D-Fuel Mascot - Oliver Rabbit

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Road Trip Overview & Kidneys | F3DPS Ep 2.16

July 17, 2017

Jake and Eric went to Minneapolis a while back to check out some regional 3D printing companies. The videos are starting to come out, but here's an overview of who we visited!

Power Up Props
Nexxt Labs
Me3D
3D Printing Ally
NatureWorks

Kidneys Stones/3D Printing

If you want a "bootleg" tie dye shirt, let us know so we can put an order together!

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Updates and “ONO” Kickstarters | F3DPS Ep 2.15

June 12, 2017

Getting back to more regular updates! Sorry about the audio on this one.
*We shot this over a month ago, so some story details have changed*

Our 2K Sub winner was Danzca6!

We made a list!

Prusa i3 multi material update

APLA+

ONO

Snapmaker

Ability3D

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Tiko Roast and Our Sub $300 Printer (Plus Giveaway) | F3DPS Ep 2.14

April 7, 2017

**CLOSED 2K SUB GIVEAWAY**
Enter here to win Giant Patrick
(Lower 48 states only, ends April 21, 2017 at 11:59pm CST)

We dropped our podcast covering the $179 Tiko 3D printer almost exactly 2 years ago. We received a lot of criticism for our harsh analysis of their Kickstarter campaign. Their most recent update states that Tiko is in financial trouble and currently on standby.
John covers what went wrong and where they can go from here.
The M3D Micro $199 Backer Rescue

On the topic of inexpensive 3D printers, we bought an Alunar M505 earlier this year. It's pretty much the Anet A8 (Prusa i3 clone), just less popular. It's not bad for a sub $300 printer, but we've had a lot of problems.
Here's the upgrade we used for X-axis tension
Our Patrick model
Byambaa Patrick model

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Pangolins, Raise3D + Updates | F3DPS Ep 2.13

February 16, 2017

We love amaochan's model "Save Pangolins." It's a great design for a great cause.
Grab the model and the rest of the story. Check out the Facebook.

We've had a little more time of the Raise3D printer and we are still impressed. Dual extruders are always a little tricky, but its slicer is great!

The direct drive, light weight Zesty Nimble extruder is now available!

Maker Box is turning a year old and doing a give-away via their community blog. There are several ways to enter the contest. One of them is writing an approved post for their blog, so get writing!

We've started a waitlist for an aluminum build plate for the Replicator 2.

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Formlabs Form 2 First Impressions | F3DPS Ep 2.12

February 9, 2017

We got a Form 2 in the shop and are learning a whole lot about SLA printing. The first few things we printed were Marvin and the 3D Benchy. Our UV oven is still in the works.
Check out our friends Power Up Props!

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CES 2017 Wrap Up | F3DPS Ep 2.11

January 26, 2017

The F3DP team is back from CES 2017! We wanted to document the coming year's emerging tech and get interviews with some of the creators.

One of our easy favorites was the gigantic multi-head Cronus from Titan Robotics. Its five heads can work simultaneously on the same part without bumping into each other. Another favorite was a lot more gimicky, but the 3D Magic Pan pancake printer was really fun.
There were some really spendy printers at the Nano Dimension and Markforged booths, but it doesn't hurt to look! We also checked Prusa, Formlabs and ZMorph.

Our cabin in the RV park was a little small, but CES didn't disappoint! We still have a bunch of interviews coming out on YouTube, so make sure to subscribe.
Camera rig we used for the interviews

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Replicator+ & Maker Faire Milwaukee | F3DPS Ep 2.10

December 30, 2016
A bit of old news, but we went to Maker Faire Milwaukee! There were a lot of Tardises and R2D2s.
Watch our FB live here.
CreatorBot

We also got a MakerBot Replicator+. John talked about the rafts which have since been improved with updates.
Replicator+ unboxing video here.
Updated spool holder

 
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