CES 2018 Preview | F3DPS Ep 3.04

January 2, 2018

We'll be back at CES in about a week!
Although it's fun to get out of town and check out new tech, it appears that the benefit of attending CES is diminishing (for 3D printing at least). We'll see how it compares to RAPID + TCT this year and decide which event to attend in the future.

Some companies we're excited to check out:
XYZ Printing - da Vinci Color
Astroreality - AR + high quality moon model

Lunar Indiegogo
CRP - 3D printing and windforming

Anet - cheap, effective 3D printers
Flux Delta - delta printer with interchangeable head and strange marketing

STL editing in Fusion 360

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MD&M Minneapolis | F3DPS Ep 3.03

December 27, 2017

Last month, Eric and some of the F3DP team went to a trade show called Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) in Minneapolis. Desktop Metal, Stratasys and 3D Systems were all well represented.

Our first and favorite booth was RP America. They are resellers of UnionTech, Rize and Desktop Metal. They also work with an electroplating company called RePliForm.

We saw another booth called Productivity. They are a machine tool supplier which had Desktop Metal, Stratasys and a FOBA laser on display.

A few FaroArms were also on display. Two booths: one for reverse engineering, one for inspection/analysis.

Marcus went into a bit more detail about Rize.

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The 3D Hubs Debacle | F3DPS Ep 3.02

December 13, 2017

A few months ago, 3D Hubs introduced the "Express Checkout." It was a way to streamline the checkout process for newer, less experienced users. Although it may have been a great fit for some, advanced users and the hubs themselves were not pleased.

50 hubs were chosen by 3D Hubs to do the bulk of these orders and would be chosen automatically. Due to an error in the hub auto-selection, Fargo 3D Printing ended up getting a deluge of orders. We just couldn't keep up.

Although the Express Checkout has since been updated, it has alienated a large amount of smaller hubs. We will continue using 3D Hubs in the future but are currently not focusing on custom 3D printing.

"This is getting out of hand"
Express checkout FAQ

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Hangprinter + DVD Build Plate | F3DPS Ep 3.01

November 2, 2017

Long time no see! We return with "season 3" and a fresh face.
Eric Falde is back with new cohost Marcus Moldaschel, a mechanical engineering student at NDSU.

First, we look at an experimental printer that Marcus assembled. The Hangprinter is an open source printer that hangs from the ceiling and can essentially print objects as large as the space it's installed in. Marcus didn't have great luck, but did manage to get it to print. It's updated fairly often, so check the development blog for running changes.
Torbjörn Ludvigsen YouTube channel

Also, someone left a DVD collection at the shop and Eric decided that "How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days" would make a good build surface. It worked a lot better than expected!
Oliver Rabbit

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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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