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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Changing Filament Mid-Print | F3DPS Ep 2.09

December 16, 2016
Pushing out some old podcasts!

In this episode, we talk about why you may change filament in the middle of a print. Color change, embedded parts and running out of filament are main reasons.
Here is the bottle opener.
Voxel8
Low Filament Sensor

 
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World’s Lightest 3D Printer Extruder | F3DPS Ep 2.08

November 4, 2016
We talked with Zesty Technology recently and learned about their remote drive 3D printer extruder called the "Zesty Nimble." They claim that the Nimble is the lightest 3D printing extruder in the world!

Brian and Lykle (Australia/Cyprus respectively) started talking after backing the same 3D printer on Kickstarter and now plan to make a printer of their own.

Their extruder can be used on a delta printer and dramatically reduce the retraction rate. It also works on cartesian models. The Nimble is currently on Kickstarter and will start shipping in February if the project reaches its goal.

Check out their Kickstarter today!

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Why Isn’t My 3D Printer Printing? | F3DPS Ep 2.07

October 26, 2016
We get a lot of questions as to why 3D printers aren't printing properly, so we went over a few of the most common causes that we've encountered.
In season one, we talked about "heat creep." Heat moves up the thermal barrier tube and can cause filament to expand. When it cools again, the filament can get stuck and become difficult to remove.
The orientation of cooling fans and heat sinks may not seem like a huge issue, but incorrectly install components can cause print failure.
Low quality/out of spec filament can contain foreign particles that clog the nozzle. If the filament isn't round enough or too big, it may not even get to the thermal barrier tube.

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Maker Box Interview | F3DPS Ep 2.06

October 14, 2016

Maker Box is a subscription based service for those interested in trying out new filaments without buying full spools. We spoke to the owners, Kevin and Nick, on Skype (Aug. 31, 2016) about their roles in the business and how they fulfill orders each month.
If you'd like to learn more about Maker Box, visit their website!

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