Fire Truck by Johan Gude & Edge April 03 2020
Educational toys engage children for a long time with the benefits of learning many abilities while they express their creativity by building and putting things apart and back together.
Johan Gude prints fun educative toys for his kids like this take apart Fire Truck, a puzzle that is good for learning spatial perception and fine motor skills. "It's fun to make something my kids can play with and especially when they can learn something from it," Johan says.
Edge created the Fire Truck model and uploaded the model to Cults3D. Like many other models that he created, this one was also a creative toy for his kids. "Printing this model was a combination of finding the best print orientation while keeping the balance between functionality and aesthetics," Johan explains.
Johan used several colors of PLA Extrafill and Nylon CF15 Carbon to print this Fire Truck. The main body was printed in PLA Traffic Red and White, while the details like bumper and lights were printed in Melon Yellow and Vertigo Grey. "I have several colors and love the filament. It prints effortlessly, and the PLA has a nice satin finish. And of course, PLA Vertigo Grey is my all-time favorite color!" he tells us with excitement.
"If I could change anything, I would print the wheels (tires) from Flexfill TPE next time," Johan tells us.
Additionally, the screws and bumper had to be printed in Nylon CF15 Carbon, which was a little challenge for Johan. "I also didn't have a lot of experience with printing with Nylon, so that was nice to try. And it turned out very easy!" he says.
In the end, Johan was very happy with how the project, mainly for his youngest daughter of two years, has turned out. "It turned out solid and beautiful, so I'm very pleased and so is my daughter! And it survived so far," he says with excitement.
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Electric Motorcycle by František Dvořák March 20 2020
Creating functional design and a working prototype was never more accessible than now. For his graduation project at the Technical University of Zlin, František Dvořák has decided to create a new product concept of an electric motorcycle for Kuberg, a Czech company.
"The first time I got the idea to print the entire body on a 1: 1 scale on a 3D printer, it seemed like a utopia. But in the end, it was a success," František explains. With the freehand at designing, building the whole electric bike from the sketch to the final prototype took nine months.
"Looking back after two years, this project was a unique challenge. It was a really brave decision to design and build the model of a new electric motorcycle from scratch in only nine months." František says. It took impressive 43 days of clean printing time to produce 66 printed sections and 2.5 km of CPE HG100.
The choice of the material was crucial in the making of a functional prototype. "After experimenting with ASA and ABS, I've decided to use the CPE material for printing, specifically the CPE HG100, because it seemed like the best fit," František explains. CPE is known for its high strength and heat resistance, which were essential for the construction and functionality. The ability to easily print this material at home is also a welcomed advantage.
František's design of the Kuberg's bike neatly combines the best qualities of a city scooter and a motocross motorcycle. Practical storage for a motocross helmet or a large backpack and the low seat that makes stopping at the lights in the city more comfortable. With an expected 55 kW motor that has 300 km range on one charge, you can go on quite a ride.
Like all projects, there is always space for improvement. We have asked František if he would change anything looking back at his project?
"As a designer, who must be self-critical, of course, I would design some details differently - for example the rear handle, or the stitching of the seat, etc. However, in the context of Kuberg's technical requirements and specifications, I still stand behind the overall concept."
This product concept of Kuberg electric motorcycle won an award for its design from the rector of Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Czech Republic. He was also awarded the National award for Student Design, Special prize ÚK VUT, awards in all categories at the level Good Design and a nomination for Czech Grand Design. This created many opportunities for František.
"I now work as a freelance designer. Thanks to the media and several design awards the motorcycle has received, it sometimes happens that an unknown person at the meeting tells me that he knows the bike. And it always pleases me as a creator." he tells us.
You can see the motorbike at the Regional Gallery of Fine Arts in Zlín. As a part of the exhibition of the 20th anniversary of the UTB Industrial Design department, where it will be until May 24, 2020. After that, it will be returned to the Kuberg showroom in Mankovice.
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Filla Fella Treasure Chest March 13 2020
What's inside the Treasure Chest? It's a small army of Filla Fellas! This treasure chest in a combination of an Ornamental box designed by Jukka Seppänen and a tiny Filla Fella army originally designed by Augustin Flowalistik.
These tiny Filla Fellas are only 9 mm tall, maintaining the well-known silhouette with all the little details. While the chest was printed with a 0.4 nozzle at 0.1 mm layer height, the small Fellas were printed at 0.3 mm layer height. They together create a really fun cute toy and decoration.
It took 2.5 hours to print 200 of these tiny Filla Fellas, and the color combination is just stunning. It's PLA "Traffic Purple", "Luminous Yellow", "Orange Orange" & "Pearl Night Blue" with the Box printed in PLA "Mukha".
Ornamental Box by Jukka Seppänen:
PLA Extrafill "Mukha"
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Generative Coral in Palette random mode March 06 2020
If you love printing figures and other decorative objects, you will love this Generative Coral designed by Fernando Jerez. Sometimes it can get dull printing with just one color. With Palette 2 PRO random mode, you can create an original motive that will stand out in your house.
The generative design by Fernando looks just awesome with the random color combination. PLA Luminous Green, Luminous Yellow, Everybody's Magenta, Traffic White create an eyecatching pattern. Working with Pallete 2 PRO is fairly straightforward. All you need to do is choose your favorite colors and model, and you are good to go.
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Food Print Exibition February 28 2020
The title combines the words FOOD, as in nourishment, and PRINT, which is linked to the latest 3D printers. A subtle change in pronunciation from a voiced to unvoiced consonant unfolds the second meaning of this exhibition, a "footprint" as the impact of human activities on earth.
The main message of the exhibition is to reflect on the processes connected with food production. Mainly as consumers, our mostly unconscious choices have consequences for which we need to be responsible. This is an opportunity to be involved in these topics not only as active participants but also as company leaders that can manage the movements towards the sustainability of the whole system.
The FoodPrint Exhibition is open since the 4th of March until the 22nd of April 2020 at Satelit Galery, Bratislava (Slovak Republic).
All prints are concepts of design. Before applying them into real using it's necessary to choose materials suitable for the asked use case.
Clean & Green by Dominika Špániková UTB ADE
Creating a sustainable ideal shape for growing plants without soil was the main objective in the creation of this 3D printed container. You can use it with any glass or jar containing a nutrient solution. Thanks to the simple shape Clean & Green can be used by a wide variety of people from beginners through the researchers to professionals anywhere around the globe.
Instant Garden by Tomáš Palou UTB ADE
This well thought design functions as a self-watering planter that can be hung in any sunny spot. The rope on which you can hang the planter functions also as a watering wick cord and the water reservoir is detachable. This way the herbs are watered by gravity while redundant water is kept in the reservoir tank. There are also peat pellets and herb seeds inside the containers which will make planting your convenient garden so much easier.
Herb Attachment by Ninjee Orchibat UTB ADE
The concept of this handy tool was to prolong the shelf life of fresh herbs in a fridge. The attachment is put into standard kitchen jars with water. The practical design uses hydroponics principles. The 3D printed parts can be taken apart to make the manipulation and maintenance easier. As the product is a 3D printed object the model can be easily changed to fit other containers.
Cookie cutters Cut Out by Adriána Lišková and Barbora Semanová UTB ADE
Bake creatively without limits! These cookie cutters are a handy tool in your baking repertoire. They are inspired by the original Slovak folk embroidery and colors. The three shapes offer a wide range of different patterns that can be created. Thanks to a practical space-saving stackable design you can comfortably store them anywhere.
Badges with the opinion by Simona Frková UTB ADE
To reflect on pressing world issues, Simona Frková has decided to create a wearable statement that creatively points to serious topics in our society. Among topics that the badges depict are plastics in oceans, waste, importing of local food from abroad, battery farming practices, genetic modifications, or aesthetically imperfect vegetables. By wearing these badges, you can express disagreement with these issues, building awareness. The author added little more individuality to the pins by painting the details of each pin by hand.
Choco by Kateřina Kochánková UTB ADE
This double-sided chocolate mold was created by combining basic shapes to create a continuous motive. The idea is based on combinatorics. It's a simple way to create a unique variable design. The chocolate is fairly easy to tip off the after it solidifies.
AVO - growing system by Karolína Krajčoviechová UTB ADE
This handy tool enables a comfortable hydroponic rooting of a seed into water. It consists of two parts that can be disassembled for easy cleaning and storing. The first part is made of a flexible filament Flexfill TPU 98A "Metallic Grey". Thanks to the flexibility of this part, it can fit any glass easily. The second part is solid printed with PLA Extrafill "Traffic Black" and holds the cleaned seed or a pit with three spikes gently submerged in the water. The water can be changed easily every other day until the first root and sprout appear.
Coffee Spoon by Simona Kopecká UTB ADE
The idea behind this design is to eliminate multiple disposable packagings into one. This standard Birchwood Coffee Stirrer was upgraded with additional water-soluble agents for coffee that would be usually packaged separately. Thanks to 3D printing, it was relatively simple to fabricate a mold for the coffee additives with the birchwood stirrer. This way, instead of a plastic stirrer, a sugar stick, and creamer, you'll get all in one.
The project, initiated by the Faculty of Multimedia Communications TBU in Zlin (CZ), is in a partnership with the Department of Furniture and Interior Design TU Zvolen (SK), Taipei Tech (TW), Universidade do Algarve (PT).
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Modular Marble Runs with Makeway February 21 2020
What began as a solo project quickly grew after Elyasaf partnered with his old classmate Reuven Shahar creating a duo of industrial engineers with a background in woodworking. Later on, a company named Tross Media, experts in professional video making, crowdfunding, and advertisement found this project interesting and decided to manage the crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.
Marble runs are so much fun! That's why Elyasaf and Reuven went on a journey creating an extensive modular system consisting of magnetic units challenging your creativity with all the ways that you can assemble your marble run. Creating a brand new marble challenge couldn't be easier. All you need to do is move the track, connector, and track pieces around. The magnets will seamlessly stick to your fridge, whiteboard, or metal door creating never-ending, always-engaging super-puzzle.
With the Elyasafs ageless fascination with machines, gears, automatons, and such Marble Runs were a natural choice. "As a kid, I used to build marble courses from LEGO blocks. With the development of 3D printing technology, it was just a matter of time until I started exploring printed marble runs. Adding the magnets gave me flexibility with endless possibilities," Elyasafs explains.
Reuven Shahar met Elyasaf in 2003 when they started college to learn industrial design together; however, after graduation, they both went their separate ways. After randomly bumping into each other on the street, they started to work together. "My first thought was that this is one of the coolest games I can possibly work on, and I still think that to this day," says Reuven.
"We share many hobbies and are both excited about these types of games, but we bring different approaches to the design process. I wish I would've thought of offering him to join me sooner," says Elyasafs thinking back.
In the beginning, it was all about working late at night until they started to rent an office. "It quickly became our full-time job," they say. The atmosphere in the office is all about hard-working, 90' music, and fun. The research and development consisted of hours of 3D modeling, followed by tons of 3D printed models for testing. The prototypes were tested and improved numerous times until they achieved the wanted result.
They both learned that lousy design is apparent to everyone, but the good design comes only after hard work and demands hundreds and thousands of different prototypes. While Elyasaf started printing with silk filaments from different brands at the beginning, he encountered many issues with failed prints. That considerably delayed the research & development of which 3D printing is the main element. As he was looking for a reliable material, he encountered Fillamentum PLA Extrafill. "I was surprised by the outcome, in which the different layers were hardly visible, and the total look was similar to a real mass-production product," says Elyasaf.
"I'm happy with the result, and every time I see grown-ups playing with it for a long, it makes me happier," Elyasaf notes. All while trying to make a fairly simple product that would fascinate people, keeping them surprised, amused, and curious.
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Bonbon Valentine Brooch & Box February 10 2020
Valentine is here soon. That's why we have prepared for you this really easy project for your loved ones by Antonin Nosek. This small thoughtful hand-made present may hide more than cute Chocolate Bonbon Brooch.
(Printed with PLA Extrafill "Chocolate Brown", "Gold Happens" & "Mukha")
These bonbons are not only cute but also a wearable jewelry piece that will stay with the ones that you love. You can choose classical Chocolate colors or your Love's favorite colors! Print everything and then decor it with 3Dpen like 3Dsimo for added sweetness.
(Printed with PLA Extrafill "Ruby Red" & "Gold Happens")
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Musical Theatre Decor by 3DBGPrint January 31 2020
The possibility to multiply the virtually infinite number of identical parts it one of the main prospects in 3D printing. In this case, scenic designer Ivan Savov decided that the most efficient way of producing over 200 stage aspect would be to print them.
He then decided to contact the local professional in this area Georgi Tolev. Georgi is a CEO and a 3D Specialist in Bulgarian company for 3D services, 3DBGPrint. With the three different degrees from Universities in Sofia Georgi also participated in the implementation of the surgery with embedding 3D printed ribs into the human body.
Ivan Savov came up with the idea of creating repetitive contemporary stage decor that would be used for a long time. "That's how he found us, and we both agreed that 3D printing would be quite an appropriate technique," says Georgi. Together they created something extraordinary, modern, and creative.
"3D printing provides unlimited possibilities of creating panels, decorations, and forms. You can freely change the original item, easily set up colors, and make new items quicker at a lower price," Georgi explains. This type of decor was used for the first time in the theater production in Bulgaria. To print over 200 pieces of decoration on time, over ten identical printers had to be used to their full capacity from the beginning of August to the end of September 2019. The best results according to Georgi were achieved with a 0.4 mm nozzle, 0,25 mm layer height, and 20% infill.
PLA Extrafill was a clear choice as it's easy to print. "For perfect results, you need the right filament! Fillamentum is our long term partner. With Fillamentums' PLA Extrafill Gold Happens, we entirely fulfilled clients' expectations," Georgi told us.
Classical Operetta The Bat had the opportunity for this innovation at a perfect time. It was after 100 years that it has appeared on the stage of the Music Theatre in Sofia for the first time since 1919. The Bat is a classical dance operetta that centers around love, passion, and family problems. There are also beautiful melodies such as the waltz, regiment, and quadrille. With the plot about quite dramatic themes like love and jealousy, that challenge the marriage. The melodramatic and comedic style, combined with the beautiful music by Strauss, makes the mood of the play light and almost celebratory.
PLA Extrafill Gold Happens
The Year of Rat with Fillamentum January 25 2020
The year of Rat is here. Rat is the first of all zodiac animals, according to a legend. He is seen as a sign of wealth and prosperity.
The Lunar New Year is one of the most popular holidays around the globe and the most important Chinese holiday. We have decided to celebrate this occasion ľwith a small project print. This cute Rat is perfect for a weekend project that might bring you luck a fortune into the New Lunar Circle.
Polygon Chess by Frederik Dedík January 24 2020
Frederik Dedík created this Polygon Chess as a faculty project called "GAME " at the Tomas Bata University (UTB) in Zlin, Czech Republic. He decided to modify one of the most known strategy board games, The Chess, by redesigning the playing pieces and the gameboard.
With the emphasis on the traditional materials and with the possibilities of new technologies, he decided for 3D printing with Timberfill Rosewood and Light Wood Tone since Timberfill is a wood composite filament. The morphology of the pieces is based on the geometry of the Golden Ratio. Taking the human figure anatomy into account, he created unique shapes for the play pieces. In Chess, each of the figures is easily recognizable and has a clear role in the game and orientation on the game board.
"Authentic product Polygon Chess was created by playing with a rotation of polygons on a square base. 3D printing technology allowed me to transform these complex shapes closer to the real object," says Frederik.
One of the most significant benefits of 3D printing here is that Polygon Chess can be printed anywhere around the world. Frederik made the model available on Myminifactory. You can print it with all the different colors for everybody to enjoy the game in their unique way. The chessboard was designed to be a puzzle system making it easy to assemble and transport. The author achieved a visual symbiosis by using the same materials for the figures and the chessboard.
"I chose the material by Fillamentum because of the color range, quality, and because they are a local Czech producer of the 3D printing material," Frederik explains.
Polygon Chess was chosen at the exhibition Design Blok 2018 as one of the most interesting products by Product Design Studio of UTB. Later, Frederik got an offer by the Department of Desing of the National Taipei University to participate at the International exhibition of Wooden Works in Taiwan.
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Espana figure by Arte Creator January 17 2020
Arte Creator is a duo of two amazing artists who are also a couple, Gonçalo and Barbara. They both design and print their figures. Although each of them has their own projects and work, 3D printing is what they both do in their free time.
(Printed by Leonardo Delgado with PLA Extrafill Pearl Ruby Red, Gold Happens, Mukha, Chocolate Brown)
The reason behind designing and 3D printing the figures they are known for is giving a physical form to their designs. "Every time we print a digital design for the first time is always an amazing feeling. Our latest model Espana was created using the sensual Spanish Flamenco dancers as a reference, with a loose approach," they explain. At the same time, Espana was also inspired by traditional dolls, which is something that is not often seen in the 3D printing community.
(Printed by Filament Frenzy with PLA Extrafill Wizard's Voodoo and Gold Happens)
All learning process takes time and so with the question 'Would you change anything if given a chance?' Arte creator answered deliberately.
"In truth, no, all was where it should have been. We had to take the time to learn and to make every aspect of her as perfect as possible. She is unique because, at every step, there was a desire to improve," Arte Creator replied.
However, creating a complex model like this came with many challenges. "She was created in Zbrush. During the modeling, we learned more techniques and features in the software — lots of Live Boolean use and Folder features. We also needed to learn how to prepare the parts for multi-material printing," they added. You can find all the files for this model on Myminifactory.
(Left print by Filament Frenzy, Right print by Leonardo Delgado)
She was also created with a clear desire to allow for painting. However, painting skills are something that not everyone has learned. That's why they decided to design the model for multi-color printing — using systems like Mosaic Manufacturing Palette. "It took a lot of work, but it was worth it, the result was something unique. People still today look at the multi-colored prints of her and think they are painted," they say
Making the models easy to replicate is another essential quality aspect that Arte Creators sets as their brand goal. All the figures, including Espana, are made to be easy to print, with almost no supports, and easy to assemble without glue.
"In the end, the results were better than we expected. Not only the multi-material prints we have been seeing of her are gorgeous; each one looks like a different character. Each maker chooses its own set of colors defining its own version. We have also seen painted versions that have made our jaws drop," they say in excitement.
(Printed and painted by Grafit)
Choosing the right material plays a significant role in creating a stable product with only the highest quality. "We chose Fillamentum because your filaments are reliable. At one point, we had to rush and print Espana quickly to send her to someone. Thinking that we will be faster, we bought filament that was more at hand only to have the printed parts with inconsistent, evident layers. We had then rushed to repurchase Fillamentum material at the expense of time because we knew we could depend on it. Prints were perfect after that. Moral of the story, beware shortcuts, you might end up spending more time." Arte Creator says.
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Pneumatic Screwdriver by Vincent Groenhuis January 10 2020
By developing and publishing practically usable designs, we can show that 3D printing can be part of everybody's life where the production is actually met by demand. Vincent Groenhuis is a researcher at Robotics and Mechatronics, University of Twente, in the Netherlands. He developed this Pneumatic Screwdriver with the hope of making DIY pneumatics more popular in the 3D printing community.
"I myself enjoy developing all sorts of 3-D printable pneumatic devices," Vincent explains. As a research project at first and later also as a hobby, he first created the R-52 and R-66 pneumatic rotary engines. To make these engines usable next step had to be building a casing with a handle and controls around it, creating the Pneumatic Screwdriver.
Working on a highly technical project like this also poses many unforeseen challenges. "On the technical side, I gained useful experience in, for example designing gearboxes and how to efficiently combine a throttle lever with a direction valve inside a small volume," Vincent explains.
He learned that starting with a simple design that does the job is more effective than jumping head-on into a very complicated design that may take way too much time to make it actually work.
Vincent's direct goal was to develop a pneumatic screwdriver that is not only sufficiently compact and powerful but can also be built using current-day 3D printers while using a minimum of external parts. This screwdriver does not drive the screw too fast and can be an easy used in practical screw-driving tasks.
"I myself call this mission a success!" Vincent says with excitement. "I made two functional pneumatic screwdrivers. The one with the bigger motor (R-52) works best. I hope it lasts for a long time before breaking down. A future improvement would be the inclusion of dual-speed gear transmission allowing drilling applications."
The whole Pneumatic Screwdriver was printed in PLA Extrafill with the minimal additional items. For a mechanical print like this, PLA is an unusual material choice. However, for Vincent, this was an ideal option."PLA is easy to print and good enough for many mechanical applications. If a specific part ever breaks down, then I usually prefer to re-design the model rather than pushing the material limits by using a different material," he explains. Using PLA Extrafill Vertigo Starlight for the bodywork, Gold Happens for the bodywork details, Rapunzel Silver for the gears and Everybody's Magenta for the throttle and direction switches. This resulted in a neat, unique look.
We asked Vincent why did choose the Fillamentum filament and a PLA for technical print such is this "Fillamentum filament look good especially the metallic (Pearl) ones. It definitely gives the model some added value. I also have a multi-material printer, and it turns out that the Fillamentum (metallic) PLA filament consistently allows for reliable automatic color changes using just stock settings in the slicer," Vincent explains.
Get the Pneumatic screwdriver model on Vincent's and the Pneumatic Rotary Engine also on his Thingiverse. You can find there all the assembly and technical information.
PLA Extrafill Vertigo Starlight: bodywork (most layers)
PLA Extrafill Gold Happens: bodywork details (switch filament during printing: between 2.5 and 3.5 mm and between 26.5 and 27.5 mm)
PLA Extrafill Rapunzel Silver: gears (including bit holder), spring for the throttle return
PLA Extrafill Everybody's Magenta: throttle and direction switches
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Gingerbread Man painted with 3D pen December 20 2019
With Christmas, cookies always come to mind. Soft in the center, crisp on the edges, spiced just right for true holiday goodness. This is our favorite Gingerbread Man cookies recipe by Tonda Nosek on Myminifactory.
We know that everyone just loves decorating holiday cookies, especially the kids! There won't be any mess with batter since we used the perfect filament for the job PLA Mukha. Heat up your oven to 210 °C bake for 8 minutes. Don't forget to let them cool down! What's better icing than some Fillamentum filament with a 3D pen by 3D Simo? With more than 40 colors in PLA, you can choose the perfect color for you or your kids to play with.
We know that you will end up making lovely-looking holiday cookies ready to decorate your Christmas tree or anything else.
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Christmas Stars in Random Mode December 16 2019
When you think of homemade Christmas ornaments, there's a good chance that you instantly picture a star as a Christmas tree topper. With the 3D printed decorations becoming mainstream lately, you really have a chance to personalize everything. Mosaic Palette 2S, with its random mode, is a perfect tool for mixing your favorite colors. Just choose from more than 40 colors in PLA and create your own ornaments for a perfectly trimmed Christmas tree. These decorations were printed with PLA Pearl Night Blue and Traffic Purple because these beautiful colors complement each other really well. With lovely Christmas Tree Topper Star, we have prepared for you a matching candlestick holder for the perfect holiday decor.
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Crystal Clear Christmas Fella Lights December 13 2019
It's hard to imagine a Christmas tree without Fairy Lights!
That's why we brought little light into this matter with a small fun project. Christmas Fella Lights came to life with the perfect filament for the job, a PLA Crystal Clear. If you think that electronics and LEDs are not your area of expertise, worry not. All you need for this project are some Christmas Lights, store brought are fine, and a bunch of 3D printed Filla Fellas. Check out the model by Flowalistik on Thigniverse.
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Gold Happens with Christmas Fellas December 06 2019
Christmas is near, and that means festivities and decorations!
We have prepared a small project for this holiday time. These Christmas Fellas in PLA Gold Happens are just perfect for your Christmas tree. They are easy to print so you can lay back and relax. The models designed by the Dimelows can be found on Thingiverse.
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e-NABLE prosthetics with Ian Lewis November 29 2019
With the e-NABLE Community, "Giving the World a Helping Hand" became literal. It's a community that puts aside their differences to help those in need of an upper limb assistive device. With the open-source 3D printable designs for hands and arms, anybody can become a part of the help. Ian Lewis, who is a part of the chapter e-NABLE UK, has a rich history of 3D printing that led him to the e-NABLE community.
(Aryan, the Phoenix Hand, PLA Extrafill "Luminous Green")
With a keen interest in making robots, Ian decided to invest in his first 3D printer in 2012. The first 3D printers, back in 2012/2013, had an extensive collection of 3D printed parts. Before risking a critical part brake, It was usual to print parts of the printer in advance.
(Alex, the Alfie Arm, PLA Extrafill “Noble Blue” & “Traffic White”)
"After printing an entire set of new parts, and some things off the Internet, I realized that there had to be something more awesome these devices could do, so I searched with Google and came across E-nabling the Future," says Ian.
He became a member in 2013 after he started to do business with 3D printers, which sadly didn't work out, in the end. He found himself left with a room full of printers and a passion for helping people.
(the Phoenix Hand, PLA Extrafill “Pearl Ruby Red” and “Gold Happens”)
"The kids are amazing! I have attended the Reach Family Weekend for the last two years, and you meet so many kids running around. And nothing seems to phase them. They run and play and misbehave. You would need to double-check to see which are the limb difference kids and which are their siblings. They are all as crazy as each other!" Ian talks about his experiences.
Reach is the limb difference charity in the UK running a few events during the year. In October, they organize family weekends and an Annual General Meeting. Ian goes along to meet parents and children on his own expenses to see what they can do to help.
"My philosophy is very much that we make these hands and arms as tools. I don't expect the child to use it all the time, every day, as that would stop their natural adaption to their circumstances. But if the one job they use it for is to get that child through the first day in a new school, so kids aren't cruel whether they mean to be or not. Then it has done its job, if it sits in a drawer and never gets used again, it's fine."
(Alisha, the Alfie Arm, PLA Extrafill “Pearl Violet” and “Everybody’s Magenta”)
People can meet Ian through his Facebook or at the Reach Family Weekends or page, which is linked to the website E-nable UK. Thanks to having a stand at the Birmingham Children's Hospital, there has been more opportunity to spread the word around. Once we're in contact, I will always try and meet the recipient personally. Then we use Messenger, SMS, WhatsApp, or emails to keep in touch.
"If there is a child, I'm not going to have the chance to see, although I always try and see them at least once. Then I will take a plaster cast, 3D scan it, and print it in flexible filament so I can see how it would fit realistically. There have been times, like with Jayden, where his nan did the measuring and got it wrong, or I made a mistake and had to reprint it, but on the whole, it hasn't been too bad." Ian explains.
All that needs to be done before printing is to take the measurements and the color choices.
(Jasmine, the Phoenix Hand, PLA Extrafill “Pearl Ruby Red” and “Gold Happens”)
e-NABLE decided the best way to help the community would be to allow people to set up their own local groups to work together called chapters. There are currently over 140 chapters and hundreds of schools participating in helping to make free 3D printed hands for those in need. Anybody can set up their own chapter or join an existing one. All you need to do is make a test hand to prove that you can manage to build it, and that's about it. All of the models for e-NABLE are Open Source and are designed by the community, for the community. Ian usually uses the Phoenix Hand by the e-NABLE designers and the Alfie Arm from Team Unlimbited.
(Justin, the Phoenix Hand, PLA Extrafill “Concrete Grey”)
"Now, I primarily print stuff for rocketry, which is my main hobby now and the hands/arms for e-NABLE, when I get requests. Requests from e-NABLE are being constructed form donations. I have been fortunate to get filament supplied from Fillamentum. I used Colorfabb in the past, but their colors were all a bit plain. You have some fantastic colors that really help the kids feel special and, at the end of the day, that's what it's all about!" says Ian.
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RC car Landy 4×4 by 3DSets November 22 2019
Landy 4×4 Pickup by 3DSets is a 3D printable RC car inspired by the Land Rover 4×4 Pickup. This model is approx. 45 cm long (1:8 scale) and ready for your RC (Radio-Controlled) equipment. It has enough power to drive in terrain and is slow enough that the model is suitable for kids.
„Print, Build, Enjoy!“ is a 3DSets motto, this studio based in the Czech republic created this project in response to the ever-expanding hobby sector of 3D printing. A duo of designers Ondřej Slavík and Jiří Lorenčík spent about one year of their free time to develop their first RC car. They always dreamt of creating and offering something digital that would allow them to sell the product around the world while maintaining high quality. Now they have customers from every corner of the world. The first customer was from Mexico, the next one from Indonesia and Bali. Most customers, however, come from the Czech Republic, the USA, and Germany.
Landy 4x4 has all the fully-functional details based on a real car. Opening doors, hood, trunk, and other smaller features such as door handles, windshield wipers, side mirrors, including complete interior parts like floor mats! Even the body panels have gaps spaced like the actual car.
“Don't buy parts - just print nearly all of them! You can print most of the pieces starting with bodywork, complete chassis, even Cardan joints, and gearbox. To complete the car, you can buy a motor, radio control electronics, tires, and dampers. Then you are ready for a ride.“ says Ondřej. Even repairs are easy. Just loose a few screws and exchange broken parts. And drive again, almost instantly!
„Many people enjoy the assembly process the most. That's why the assembly sequence is created in the way that they can continue assembling the model during the printing of other parts.“ Ondřej explains.
3DSets offers a complete package, including the 3D printable model and instructions on how most effectively print and build your car with references and links where to get non-printable parts and 3D printing materials to make the building as efficient as possible.
This is how you make your own Landy 4x4 in 4 steps:
1. Gather all the parts you need
a) The model with instructions by 3DSets
b) non-printable parts
c) 3D printing materials
PLA Extrafill „Turquoise Blue“
PLA Extrafill „Traffic White“
PLA Extrafill „Vertigo Grey“
PLA Extrafill „Traffic Black“
Lights and small accessories:
PLA Extrafill „Rapunzel Silver“
PLA Extrafill „Crystal Clear“
PLA Extrafill „Chocolate Brown“
3D printed Lamp series by UUP Design November 15 2019
Triin Kõivupuu & Andre Visnapuu are the founders of UUP Design, a design studio based in Estonia. Both of them studied at Pallas University of Applied Sciences, where they met. Soon they discovered that they share the same passion and ideas in design.
In the beginning, they brought their first 3D printer solely for prototyping purposes. However, as they discovered the capabilities of 3D printing, they soon fell in love with the final finish of the printed objects. Especially the Timebrfills natural finish fresh from the printer.
"At first, we didn't plan to build our series on 3D printing, but then we started to print with Timebrfill…" they explain.
When they started to print, PLA was their clear beginning choice because it is effortless to set up and print. Furthermore, the environmental aspect is also vital to Triin and Andre.
"By working with different materials, we are seeking special and economical solutions, designing future classics. We love what we do and hope it reflects in our products," said UPP Design.
PLA Extrafill and Timberfill are 100% bio-based and biodegradable materials. However, an industrial composting facility, where large piles are used, and aeration & moisture are appropriately controlled, is needed. Biodegradable plastics can be collected and composted through biowaste collection.
They created two collections, namely KUMA, the floor lamp & HÕÕG lighting series, with a ceiling lamp and a table lamp.
Andre and Triin used PLA Extrafill that, when printed, exhibits pleasant texture. Ultimately the lamp gives out a cozy textilelike felling rather than the look of bleak plastic. White lampshade provides enough light for reading; it gives out a delightful mood light. The lamp is also made of elements such as textile cable, metal pipes, and metal socket, creating a charming ceiling lamp. It took about a year of testing and tweaking the product to finalize the design.
HÕÕG lighting series
UUP Design used Timberfill, which is a wood composite material with real wood fibers. The wood fibers display an authentic natural look and wood sensation. "Hõõg table lamp has a lightweight, and yet stable lamp rosette creating a lampshade which is 3D printed. Lampshades are minimal in design and inspired by the classic form," adds Andre. The dome design is created to conceal the light bulb, resulting in a clean appearance with mood hazy light.
"We couldn't be happier with this environmentally friendly material selection; all printed details are made with biodegradable plastic," Triin and UUP Design say in excitement. An important note is that this product has been designed, produced, and even packed in an environmentally friendly manner from the beginning to the end.
3D Printed Violin by Bence Balogh November 08 2019
With a BSc degree in Mechatronics Engineering and a Master's degree in Economics, Bence Balogh found a new love for something unusual. As he participated in the Conference of Scientific Students' Associations in the subject of "Examination of 3D Printing Parameters on the products mechanical properties," he found an interesting topic by HovaLabs, an open-source project, the 3D printable acoustic violin.
"I used to learn how to play the piano and the classical guitar for many years, and I also tried playing the violin. Unfortunately, my violin career only lasted for about a month. I was fascinated by the grace of the violin, and I adore when someone is playing it professionally. It became a must to make one in order to test the connection between 3D printing and music," Ben explains.
"The original Hovalin was amazing, so I consulted with several musicians, especially prime violinists. They gave me useful tips about how to improve and develop the model. It became my obsession to create the violin as realistic as I could, based on the Hovalin and the recommendations by the professionals. I am really satisfied with the result so far. However, I am still working on details and collecting feedbacks for further improvements. The 3D printed violin is an instrument, ornament, and something spectacular," says Ben with excitement.
In the beginning, Bence used basic PLA for the prototyping as it is the most common material that's also very easy to use. He had to make a few alternations regarding the bridge, as the strings were too strong and broke the original bridge made of PLA. He decided to use CPE for the neck and bridge because of the strain and holding capabilities. In the end, the body of the violin is constructed from PLA Crystal Clear "Smaragd Green", and the neck with the bridge is made from more rigid CPE HG100 "Iced Green Transparent". Full bodies took 40-50 hours to print on the Creality CR10S. Even with the lower resolution, it took 20-30 hours with few iterations. This project was very time-consuming.
"Many of my friends who play the classical violin helped me, so I learned a lot about the soul, body, and the creation process of a violin. On the other hand, I deeply absorbed 3D printing, maintenance knowledge, 3D design, and remix skills. The most important was to have the patience for this project and the ability to learn from my mistakes. My main goal was to bring 3D printing, music, and people closer together and to challenge myself. Whenever I show the 3D printed violin to people, I see the pure joy and curiosity on their faces, and I think this is the real achievement," Ben tells us. With the help of Stella Nagy, he was able to take breathtaking pictures in The Palace of Music in Miskolc, Hungary.
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Autonomous Robots by Turag November 01 2019
Turag is a robotics team with only around 20 members, created in 2003 by students of the Dresden University of Technology. It was designed to enable other students to put their newly gained knowledge of programming, mechanical, and electrical engineering into practice.
Since 2006 Turag has been taking part in Eurobot. Eurobot is an international robotics contest that took place for the first time in 1998, France. For this competition, teams from around the world create autonomous robots. These robots have to complete a list of tasks depending on the topic of the event.
This year, the theme was "Atom Factory," and the tasks were inspired by Mendeleev ́s Periodic Table. Robots had to sort and transport "atoms" (hockey pucks of different color and weight) into their special compartments, put the atoms on a weighing scale or symbolically create new elements. All of that under 100 seconds, competing against another robot on the playing field and entirely on its own – without any human guidance.
Turag could celebrate a huge success thanks to their robot Dexter who brought home first place in the German finals and tenth place in the international finals in France.
Even though the main structure of Dexter is from aluminum, 3D printing plays a huge part in its development. From concepts to final parts, Turag is printing with ASA Extrafill as they need high rigidity with excellent printability for their crucial components. ASA is exhibiting outstanding impact resistance and low moisture absorption. It also has high dimensional stability under demanding conditions. That's why it's ideal for application in robotics.
ASA Extrafill Anthracite Grey
Seahorse Beast by 3Dmon October 25 2019
We asked the 3Demon team to design something awesome for our magical PLA Wizard's Voodoo filament. Their creativity truly knows no bounds. This is what they came up with!
"After a bit of thinking about what we could do, we suggested that a seahorse could be nice. We decided to put a bit of a spin on it and make the seahorse a real beast. The idea was that you could use it like a beast in a game of Dungeons & Dragons," they explained. Dungeons & Dragons, also known as D&D (or DND), is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game (RPG) derived from miniature tabletop wargames.
This seahorse is going to become part of a series of mythical beasts ready for 3D printing. The model was sculpted in ZBrush. It was printed with PLA Wizard's Voodoo & Crystal Clear Iceland Blue by 3Demon on Prusa MK2s with a 0.2 mm layer height and no supports.
"We were inspired by a trip to Vienna, where we saw this amazing sculpture at Hofburg by Rudolf Weyr. We started to think about how would we imagine traditional mythical beasts if we only heard the descriptions of them instead of seeing some already," says the 3Demon team. The sculpture they speak of is a monumental wall fountain on the facade of the Hofburg called the Power to the Sea.
This is the concept art for other beasts that Raven made with that idea in mind. We're making these into 3D printable models, and we hope we can make them by November.
FLOLA Design Lamp by 3lobit October 18 2019
Czech design and maker studio 3lobit is focusing on the practical possibilities of 3D printing — things, which are usable in everyday life.
The studio created a lamp with advanced functions inspired by life principles of a flower, FLOLA Lamp is possible to make on your own. The light comes from the inner flower petals, which are possible to regulate using a controller setting the light intensity and position of the blossoms.
"I have always dreamed of designing and creating sophisticated products for people. For this project, I found inspiration in the blossom design - which is an embodiment of gracefulness and perfection to me.
I applied the flower life principles and shapes into the FLOLA Lamp. The intensity of the light is easy to set up to create an atmosphere, which you want" says Vít Rychlý.
The author invented a sophisticated leverage system that allows the flower to be opened or closed made of 21 3D printed parts.
Source of light is cleverly installed LED strips located on the inside of the petals.
The controller located in the base of the FLOLA lamp allows you to regulate the position of the petals and intensity of the light.
The whole story about Project FLOLA and instruction on how to construct the lamp you can find on 3lobit Webpage
PLA Extrafill "Traffic White"
Poly Disco Balls by Devin Montes October 11 2019
With the intent of building a single Polyhedra Disco Ball, Devin didn't hesitate to go big and printed around 1000 individual connecting parts called Polypanels. They come in any number of shapes, sizes, and forms, but the edge connectors are always the same so they are very compatible. Only two different models, the square and triangle panels, were used to make all these different shapes.
These Polyhedra panels are an example of the limitless possibilities that can be build just from a few simple building blocks. These particular panels were designed especially for holding pre-cut mirrors that were ordered online. PLA Vertigo Starlight was the perfect complement to the mirrors, giving that extra pop of contrast Devin was hoping for.
PLA Extrafill "Vertigo Starlight"
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Ragnaros Lamp Figure by 3Dmon October 04 2019
For several years the 3Dmon team has been working in the 3D printing and 3D modeling industry. They consist of passionate 3D printers and 3D modelers based in Prague. Fantasy and cosplay being their long-time hobby they created this cool Ragnaros Lamp Figure from World of Warcraft.
3D printed fan art figures are pretty fun, but if you want to step up your game, the combination of 3D printed parts and electronics like LED’s is your way to go. 3Demon created this figure, presenting unique challenges while being pretty simple and straight forward to make. For everyone who wants to make their collection just a bit more unique Ragnaros the Fire lord is a perfect pick.
3D printed sole by Lucie Trejtnarová September 27 2019
Lucie Trejtnarová, a student of the Footwear design studio, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Czech Republic, has developed the Organic 3D printed shoe collection.
"Designers of the new generation are starting to think differently with the developing of new materials and using waste and natural resources to reuse what already exists. This fact inspired me for my project," explains Lucie.
The experimental collection of shoes is the outcome of the Diploma thesis called Organic mentored by Ivana Kaňovská and Eva Klabalová. Trejtnarová researched recently introduced ecologically friendly materials developed by designers of a new generation. Her work aims to assess the suitability of these materials for the processes of footwear and accessories manufacturing.
At the heart of the work, there is a revolution material Malai - also known as coconut leather, which is fully compostable. This material is used in combination with ecological-friendly material Piňatex – a natural fabric made from pineapple leaves. To support natural fabrics, the designer wanted to find suitable materials for soles. Thanks to cooperation with Fillamentum company from a previous school project, Trejtnarová discovered Flexfill 98A and Flexfill 92A.
The experimental sandal line integrates 3D printed outsoles from TPU-based Flexfill 98A, which could be recyclable.
The entire process of work and research is backed up by her experience from an internship in India, the production place of this material. With these materials, Trejtnarová chose to create sandals to suit the warm and wet conditions of India.
Ondřej Puchta, Miloš Cettl, Lucie Trejtnarová, Fillamentum Ltd.
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The "Visitors" Laser gun by Nacho3D September 19 2019
Let us introduce to you Nacho3D an engineer from Spain who brought this nostalgic movie prop project to life.
Late '80s American TV show ‘Visitors’ which was very popular at the time is about humans fighting aliens and this fight was an inspiration for the print. Every good fight needs a good gun. In this case, heroes were shooting with laser guns or laser sniper rifles.
The design of a weapon was ready two years ago, but due to difficulties with supports Nacho3d brought it to life just this year and it is definitely worth it!
Let's dive into some more technical details. The gun was designed with Catia V5, a popular CAD 3D software. Some parts were printed on Ultimaker 2+ with Cura 4.1.0 slicer. Apart from the connector, the gun was printed in PLA Traffic Black with 0,4 nozzle and 0,2 layer height with the recommended printing speed 30mm/s and 215°C nozzle temperature. For the connector was used PLA Crystal Clear and PLA Crystal Clear Iceland Blue. In the case of a connector Nacho3D strongly recommends 212°C and the nozzle, layer height and speed the same as the rest. It took approximately 21hours to print the whole gun.
We were wondering why did Nacho3D pick up this project. “I wanted to try to design a weapon and this laser gun appeared in an 80's series of my childhood, ‘V’ or the ‘Visitors’. It was a USA miniseries about an alien invasion that really was very popular in my country. The laser gun and the laser sniper rifle were the weapons of the aliens, but they were also used by the heroes of the series” he explains. Would you like to put your hands on this project as well? The model is available on Thingiverse or Cults3D.
Case Study: Usage of Flexfill TPU and ABS on Drones by Rotorama September 18 2019
Rotorama is a producer of FPV racing drones. These drones are about 25 cm in size, weighing around 500 g and can fly at speed of up to 160 km per hour. 3D printing is here used for printing accessories such as camera holders, antenna holders or drones’ fins. In some cases, the propeller protectors or even a whole shed are printed as well.
Fillamentum, a producer of high-quality filaments, offers solutions for flexible production and fast prototyping with an emphasis on high utility properties that predetermine professional printing. Rotorama employees use flexible materials such as Flexfill TPU for 3D printing. Each hardness, Shore 92A, and 98A is used for something slightly different. Flexfill TPU is a highly flexible, elastic material with excellent mechanical properties. It is highly durable and has excellent adhesion between layers.
Another integral part of the drones are the frames that Rotorama designs and prints themself. In production, prototypes are first printed in ABS Extrafill by Fillamentum and then cut out of carbon which is more expensive and the production is very difficult.
“The printed frame gives us a clear picture of how the carbon frame will look like. It's all clear and more graspable than on a computer model,” says Jiri Fiedler. The ABS material is ideal for the production of the first functional samples before mass production. It has excellent mechanical properties and it is easy to print even in high detail.
The printed frame model is fitted with other components and then it's tested. If the model is in order and meets the requirements, several carbon prototypes are cut and further tested, especially for the durability. As a standard, 1-2 universal holders are printed for the frames. Customers can print the rest themselves or on-demand.
Rotorama uses 3D printing technology mainly for the production of flexible parts and fast prototyping. Usually, up to tens of units are printed from each part. The components used for drones often differ in shape. Each antenna and camera have a different shape and each pilot requires a different camera tilt angle. Thanks to 3D printing, each part is basically tailor-made for the needs of the company or their customers. They can choose from a range of models that meet their requirements.
Facts about Flexfill TPU
- Flexible material with a high level of elasticity
- Interlayer adhesion
- Low warping and stringing
- Excellent mechanical properties
- Chemical resistance
Facts about ABS Extrafill
- Good mechanical properties
- Good impact strength and durability
- High quality of printed objects even in details
- Ideal for the production of a sample before serial production
“The printed frame gives us a clear picture of how the frame will look like. It's all clear and more graspable than on a computer model. The main advantage of 3D printing is the cheap production of unit pieces because the parts we print very often change. Because do the printing ourselves, we can have the necessary piece in hand in just a few hours.”
Jiří Fiedler, Developer, Rotorama
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Gyroid Stand by Agustin Flowalistik September 13 2019
The interesting part about 3D printing is the infill options. This is a project where the infill becomes the main focal point. Let’s be honest who didn’t enjoy playing with the different settings in the slicers, right?
This Gyroid stand by Agustin Flowalistik is a simple fun project opening doors to seemingly infinite possibilities. The Happy Planter Collection has been designed in collaboration with designer and artist Elisa González García.
PLA Extrafill "Melon Yellow"
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Saturn V by Carcasaink September 06 2019
While most of the people are printing small gifts and vases, team Carcasaink gets far away from basic 3D printing. Take a look at a really amazing work on printing Saturn V, designed by Paul Fisher.
Hello, how is your day going?:)
My day is doing great as always, printing a lot of stuff, bringing to reality awesome ideas.
What do you have here?
The Saturn V rocket with gantry is our biggest print so far, we choose this challenge because we love the history behind this masterpiece of engineering and this model is very complex and difficult to get done, thousand of parts, small details, everything is just perfect to test our machines and settings.
Who made the model for this make?
You can find the complete model on Thingiverse all the credits to its creator! (Mr. Paul Fischer, editor’s note)
What materials did you use?
We used Fillamentum PLA in the whole print and a lot of crazy glue to join the pieces together.
Was it hard to finish?
Was pretty hard to finish because not only the bunch of pieces that were printed (over 2000) but also because of the fine details and the time that took the big ones. Some pieces required almost 3 days to get done, some parts of the rocket (for example, the F1 engines) took a lot of hours of gluing and because they are small pieces, sometimes the assembling process was challenging. The rocket itself was easy to print and glue together but the gantry was pretty hard, not only because it has a lot of parts but also the precision is a must.
Why did you choose Fillamentum materials for this project?
Because of its reliability, vivid colors, easy to print and its price.
PROTOTYPUM is a Czech design and innovation studio focused on industrial design, prototyping and engineering founded in 2015 in Prague.
Trezor is a hardware wallet for cryptocurrencies (so-called cold storage) but it can be also used for secondary authentification to your email or as a password manager.
PROTOTYPUM team worked on the project from the first sketch and continued through CAD modeling, prototyping by 3D printing, prototyping in silicone and finally, preparations for the final serial production. During the first stage of prototyping, a lot of 3D printed prototypes from the Fillamentum's Flexfill 92A has been printed (over a hundred pieces). This flexible material helped them to test the features of the design before prototyping it from silicone. Fillamentum's Flexfill 92A material actually helped them to develop the product much faster and also cheaper.
Lego Stud Launcher by Agepbiz July 15 2019
Did you remember playing with LEGO? Loved every moment of it? Stian Ervik Wahlvåg more known as Agepbiz has long undying love for this construction toy as do many of us. This mechanical 3D printed fan art Stud Launcher brings out the nostalgia and is one of many of Stian’s awesome models. The model is available from Thingiverse, MyMiniFactory, Cults and Pinshape.
PLA Extrafill Traffic Black
PLA Extrafill Traffic Yellow
PLA Extrafill Traffic Red
PLA Extrafill Traffic Purple
PLA Extrafill Concrete Grey
PLA Extrafill Sky Blue
PLA Extrafill Melon Yellow
PLA Extrafill Luminous Green
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Best prints #23 July 03 2019
Looks like busts from films and series are now the biggest trend by makers.
Take a look on the best prints #23 from our materials.
Thank you to everybody who is inspiring us each day!
Enjoy : )
▷ Material: PLA Extrafill Orange Orange, Traffic White, Noble Blue, Crystal Clear Iceland Blue, Pearl Violet (not in offer anymore), Purple Red, Crystal Clear Smaragd Green and Turquoise Green
▷ Printed by: Fernando Jerez
▷ Design: Jell-E Medusa: The Scout by Fernando Jerez on thingiverse
▷ Material: PLA Extrafill "Traffic Black” & Crystal Clear "Iceland Blue"
▷ Printed by: Jake from State Farm
▷ Printed on: Creality Ender 3 with E3DOnline V6
▷ Design: Dragon GoT Lamp by 3Demon on cults3d
▷ Material: PLA Extrafill “Rapunzel Silver”
▷ Printed by: Filament Frenzy
▷ Printed on: Prusa MK3
▷ Design: Shake & twist vase by Martin John Hawkes on myminifactory
▷ Material: PLA Extrafill "Wizard's Voodoo"
▷ Printed by: GrumpyDude
▷ Printed on: Prusa MK3
▷ Design: Roadhog - Overwatch by Fotis Mint on myminifactory
▷ Material: PLA Extrafill Wizard’s Voodoo
▷ Printed by: Trilab
▷ Printed on: Trilab DeltiQ XL
▷ Design: Thanos (Infinity War) bust by David Östman on myminifactory
▷ Material: PLA Extrafill "Wizard's Voodoo"
▷ Printed by: Theodore
▷ Design: Avatar of a dead emperor by zrogers112 on cgtrader.com
The End : )
VooDoo Bree by Arte Creator July 01 2019
Did you know that Arte Creator is not one designer but a fantastic duo: Barbara & Goncalo? Now you do, and let’s talk to them about their latest design - Voodoo Bree!
Followers on our social networks may already know you for your epic designs of Bree and Summer - the skater girl. Now you’ve prepared something brand new, inspired by our Voodoo.
The idea came when you guys posted some photos of the original Bree printed with voodoo filament by some makers. You guys called her Voodoo Bree at the time. We loved the name and answered back playing with the idea that even better was to make a version of her matching the name. Something like Tia Dalma from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. That idea never got out of our minds, so of course, we had to make her!
We think she looks fantastic in every colour, but sure, the prints from Tore Langelandsvik and Tom Jackson were fabulous! Where can we find the stl?
Indeed they were amazing prints that add value to the model! The STL can be found at MyMiniFactory LINK.
We were writing with you during the designing process and found it interesting to talk about it. How many iterations did you print until you got to the final shape?
Our previous models: Summer and Bree gave us a lot of experience through several experiences and iterations. They paid off with smoother production flow with this new character. As then, we’d already known what works and what doesn't. The printing went well at the first try: with her cap, head, body, featuring many details and she’s support-free. Only the base (or stand) was more labour-intensive the leaves where something new to us. As for the 3D model, there where a few iterations like the angle of the head, the hair, different cloth details, the base size and the amount of branches and leaves in it.
Which head angle didn't work out? As a designer, how do you see the need to change design because of printing?
Some angles don't work out because they can actually change the personality or intention of the character; a head bending over the doll would look intimidating if not awkward. If she were tilted to the right, it would break the flow and the body line. So we opted for this angle as it’s more like a “haaaw, you are a cute doll!! The things I'm going to do to you!!”
Her pose, similar to the original Bree, is intended to help achieve our model without supports, as the printer will always go at a printable angle. It starts going from the base to the hips, where the hands and arms are in an angle that the machine can handle without overhangs, and from there to the neck. The head was made separately as there was no way to make it without support, and it is cut flatten same as the cap so they can be printed flat on the printer bed.
There were some issues with the leaves stand…
The problem with the leaves where the thickness and level of detail. When printing, you would have a lot of small “islands”, this makes the nozzle move like crazy from one point to another leading to some failed prints. That’s the reason why we have to test before releasing the models to the community. This can be tweaked and solved with better cooling and multiple-layered profile printing, but not everyone has, can or want that, and we don't want to impose it. So we tried to simplify the leaves’ shape, merge them a bit to make them easier to print. Overhangs and printing angles are other things that designers must take into account if they want the model to be as easy to print as possible. These are the models made by makers for makers. We first make sure the model is easy for us to print. If it works for us, it will work for everyone else if we don't push for the printers. If it fails, it will also for other people, and that's not an option, so we’re back at the drawing board!
Zbrush for modeling, our PLA for printing. Btw. what printer do you use?
Indeed, those are our tools! We use mainly our Creality CR10S, but we also have a Creality Ender 3, a Peopoly Moai, and recently acquired the Anycubic Photon.
Why did you choose our materials to work with?
We have tried other materials before but a friend advised us to try your brand, and so we did, and we love printing with them since then. They work well in our printers, and the results speak for themselves as everyone can see from the photos we have published.
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Kordran Conflict, 3D printed strategy game June 27 2019
What was the last time you played some tabletop games? If you are a daily player or you just spent a few seconds trying to remember, here is an interesting project from Plastic Alchemy. Four game lovers get their ideas together and soon we will be able to play complex 3D printed tabletop game, which is called Kordran Conflict.
It’s common to print figures and small accessories for tabletop games. But you have something more complex, please, tell us about your project.
In the last few years games have become a big reason people are getting into 3D printing. There is a bubbling community of people making miniatures and terrain for tabletop games, I think this is just the beginning. Digital distribution, DLC, photogrammetry and other opportunities exist to truly innovate games that can take advantage of the flexibility of 3D printing and it’s customisability. Just one example, imagine a detective game set in a model of your own house, with custom avatars of each player? Only now can this kind of thing happen with 3D printing.
Our team - Fotis Mint, Clockspring and Reddadsteve, all incredible designers in their own right, have joined us at Plastic Alchemy to create games that are easy to print and beautifully designed, while myself and co-designer Evan, with a growing group of playtesters are designing original games to download, print and play.
So this is just the beginning?: )
Yes, we hope so. The first thing was to make a great game, hence our first release, Kordran Conflict.
What kind of game is Kordran Conflict?
For me, the most exciting 3D printable designs are original, so from the ground up we wanted to make a game based in our own sci-fi world. Set on a distant planet with multiple nations, Kordran Conflict is a skirmish strategy game for two players. Each battle miniatures on a large hexagon grid we call the ‘Battle map’. We wanted something that was quick to play but didn’t compromise on depth and complexity either. One battle can take around 15 minutes and can be played in isolation, or players can choose to play a longer campaign that incorporates grand strategy elements, using unique modular world tiles.
How many objects do we need to print to start to play?
For all the positives in 3D printing, the time cost of making all this stuff can be an issue. We set out to reduce this by giving people a way to play the game and print more of it as they go along. By creating a ‘Hybrid’ starter set we’ve removed the need to print all 127 hexagon tiles in the game by replacing them with a board. Players can focus on printing the ‘cool’ stuff like the 18 miniatures per player, barriers and tokens. Inside the box will also be cards for each unit, rulebook, dice and a few extras to help you get playing quickly.
Btw. you can print those figures bigger and have some nice “merchandise” : ) (is it allowed?)
Funny you say that, we actually have a full size model designed by Steve that is all multi-assembly. If it’s popular, I’m sure we’d make more.
How many different materials/colours do we need to have the game in full set?
Obviously, everyone is free to print and customise the game as they see fit, however we recommend 2 colours for the units and a neutral colour for the tiles/barriers.
Where can models be found , or how this is all working?
Kickstarter always looked like the best platform to launch this kind of project so we’re planning to release the full game there in September. In the lead up to the release we’re having a great time building a community who are printing free stls and downloading playtest kits from our website - www.kordranconflict.com.
Why did you choose Fillamentum as a recommended brand for your game?
Making models that look great and are easy to print is really, really important.
Our models have built-in supports and have been designed for many brands of 3D printer, but we to guarantee those results we needed a reliable filament. Extrafill has offered us two things:
Consistent, durable filament that sticks to the bed and performs at a range of temperatures.
Beautiful range of colours that allow our work to flourish from concept, design to finished minis.
Aaaand the last one - why should we play Kordran Conflict? : )
We’re massive gamers ourselves and drew influence from many places when designing Kordran Conflict. Our game has been compared to Heroscape, Xcom, Magic the Gathering and Infinity, all amazing games which we are delighted to be compared to. We’ve worked very hard to make something that is easy to print & to play, a game that will grow overtime, is affordable and customisable. In the next year, we’d like to continue releasing games for the same tile system, making a collection that will be fun to build and play for years!
Josh (Plastic Alchemy) & Laila (Fillamentum)
Sacred Geometry Lights by David Shorey June 21 2019
Hello David! It’s lovely to have you here for a chat. You have been working on a “research” in combining the 3D printing and fabrics for several years now. The first design I remember from you was your dragon scales designs. Now something brand new!
I have been working on a system that connects other objects together.
A maker toolkit is what I have been calling it. I want to have a standard set of connectors that I can start with when prototyping.
What will the maker toolkit be for? For lamps?
It’s general purpose designed for quick connection of standard things like Lego, paper clips, wooden dowels, servo motors, etc.
Oh, nice! We have already seen your lego joints, which are in progress now. What’s your opinion, how many parts will be in the toolkit in the end?
I feel like it will be an ongoing thing. I will make the sets like Wooden Dowels connectors, Hex nut holders, embedded Magnets holes, etc.
What name did you give to your new lamps project?
Sacred Geometry Lights.
Again it’s a combination of fabric, printing, and if my eyesight is right, also wood.
I wanted the lights to have a warm natural feel, so I used wood and 100% cotton fabric.
Didn’t the cotton burn during printing?
No, that cotton is actually one of the best fabrics I have found to print on.
So why have you used the plastic ones all the time? We thought it's because cotton burns faster in lower temperatures and also has smaller “pores” for melting the plastic in it.
I found that a good test to see if the fabric will be printable is by holding it up to a light and see how much light shines through it. Some cheap tulle fabric will melt or become brittle during the printing process.
As usual, are these models also on your Patreon where people can also support your work?
I will be putting the connectors on both the Patreon and MyMiniFactory.
You’ve won a prize for the best maker, your works are at a museum. WOW. Congratulations!!!
I didn’t win in the MyMiniFactory Poly Panel contest.
I got the Editors’ Choice Ribbon at Maker Faire Bay Area 2018.
The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago contacted me to be in their 15-month long exhibit: Wired to Wear. I was thrilled that they reached out to me. I was able to show my work to my niece and nephew in the same museum where I would go as a kid. The place is huge and has an annual attendance of over 1.5 million people.
What are your next plans?
More high-end designs for lights.
Some handbags using 3D printing, carbon fiber, and Kevlar fabric.
I’m focusing on the Great Gatsby meets Iron Man style.
That’s a really unusual combination. We’re excited about it already!
Thank you so much.
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3D printed Dragon lamp by 3Demon May 30 2019
Hello Adam! Nice to have you here for a chat : ).
Hi, same here.
It was some time ago when you published your epic 3D-Printed Dragon Lamp on Instructables. Is there any story on how you came up with this idea?
Making 3D models for printing is my hobby and job at the same time, and I love the Game of Thrones since I read the first book. The Cat’s Paw Dagger and King’s Aide Buckle were the early models. The Dragon spitting fire came immediately after.
Books are always better than films/series. What do you think about the final season? A lot of people were seriously mad..
I never compare a film with a book -- it’s a different medium. I’m crazy about books because my fantasy is rich, and I see the worlds from all angles and in all colours. I admire films because I can take a rest from using fantasy :D. The end was fine, I even almost clapped.
Awesome then! But back to the project : ). Is the model downloadable for free and if yes, where?
No, the model isn’t for free, but it comes at a nominal price to allow me to make more models and give people other designs. You can download the model here: https://3d-mon.com
What do you need to assemble the lamp?
To mount it, you indeed need a banana :-D. Let’s get serious now, apart from a 3D printer and a light, you don’t need almost anything else. You can find better instructions here.
The 3D printing takes a bit over 27 hours, because we wanted a high-quality product.
On the internet, people are selling your designs as printed objects. What do you think about that?
I’m happy when people like my designs; but I like it less when people forget to mention they aren’t designers but rather just 3D printers. I don’t ban anyone from printing my designs, I don’t even mind selling prints; as compensation, I’d like to see somewhere a link or acknowledgement. And I feel even sorrier when people use my photos.
It happens a lot in the 3D printing scene :(. Have you thought about a special licence price for commercial use (selling the prints) and special for makers in non-commercial printing?
We haven’t considered a special licence yet since we often get inspiration from film and the works of others. It wouldn’t be completely ok.
What are you planning to do next?
Ha-ha, there are many plans but I can probably leak that Mandalorian, and some other lamps are coming.
Why did you choose our materials?
I’ve been printing with Fillamentum since the early days when I was establishing the MakersLab in Prague (2015 - the 3Demon’s predecessor), and the quality and reliability of your materials proves me that I don’t need to look for anything else.
Adam Kure Jech (3Demon) & Laila (Fillamentum)
Best prints #22 May 13 2019
Some time has passed since the last time... But nevertheless we would like to introduce to you another volume of Best Prints by amazingly talented makers.
We’ve got a whole pack of awesome dragons this season!
And of course we can’t forget about lots of fantasy figures to go with them. Let’s see what else we’ve got here for you.
▷ Material: Flexfill 98A "Vertigo Grey"
▷ Printed by: Ravmeimad
▷ Printed on: Trilab DeltiQ XL
▷ Design: Katana handle shifter knob by Bcheirif on hingiverse
▷ Material: PLA Extrafill “Vertigo Starlight”, "Rapunzel Silver” & "Vertigo Galaxy"
▷ Printed by: Giuseppe Pasquarelli
▷ Printed on: Anycubic
▷ Design: Viserion Ice Dragon by Xander3D on www.gambody.com
▷ Material: PLA Extrafill "Traffic Purple"
▷ Printed by: FilamentFrenzy
▷ Printed on: Prusa MK3
▷ Design: Bloodhound-Bust from Apex Legends by Rober Rollin on MyMiniFactory
▷ Material: PLA Extrafill "Wizard's Voodoo"
▷ Printed by: Grafit
▷ Design: RoboKitty by James M. Drachenberg on myminifactory
▷ Material: PLA Extrafill "Wizard's Voodoo"
▷ Printed by: Filament Frenzy
▷ Printed on: Artillery3D X1
▷ Design: Fortress of the Crescent by Kijai on myminifactory
▷ Material: PLA Extrafill "Vertigo Grey"
▷ Printed by: Heino Kaljuve
▷ Printed on: Prusa MK3
▷ Design: Bone Golem by rocket pig games on rocketpiggames.com
PLA Extrafill "Rapunzel Silver", "Vertigo Galaxy", "Traffic Red", "Gold Happens" & "Vertigo Grey"
▷ Printed by: Giuseppe Pasquarelli
▷ Printed on: anycubic and geeetech
▷ Design: Leonidas by Sanix on malix3design.com
The end : )
Best prints #21 March 01 2019
It seems like action figures have become real popular lately, the details are just breathtaking wouldn’t you agree? On top of that there is no shortage of awesome mechanical prints and charming decor.
Let's take a look at all of these beauties printed in out with Fillamentum materials no less.
▷ Material: PLA Extrafill "Gold Happens"
▷ Printed by: GRΛFIT
▷ Printed on: Creality Ender 3
▷ Design: Joker bust by Vedran Marjanović on myminifctory.com
▷ Material: PLA Crystal Clear "Iceland Blue"
▷ Printed by: Alexandre Facompré
▷ Printed on: Creality3d Cr-10S
▷ Design: Christmas tree Topper / Weihnachtsbaumspitze by e2 mars on thingiverse.com
▷ Material: PLA Extrafill "Vertigo Starlight" & Translucent Clear PRO Series PLA
▷ Printed by: Devin Montes
▷ Design: Icosahedron Earth // Folding Polyhedra by Devin Montes on myminifactory.com
▷ Material: PLA Crystal Clear
▷ Printed by: Fablab EEBE
▷ Design: computed tomography (CT)
▷ Material: PLA Extrafill "Vertigo Grey"
▷ Printed by: Steven Almas
▷ Printed on: RailCore II 300ZL
▷ Design: Deadpool Bust (Remastered Supportless Edition) by David Östman on myminifactory.com
▷ Material: PLA Extrafill "Gold Happens"
▷ Printed by: Marcus Frohberg
▷ Printed on: Ultimaker 2 Extended +
▷ Design: Succubus - Medium Fiend by Printed Obsession on myminifactory
▷ Material: CPE HG100 "Red Hood Transparent", PLA Extrafill "Light Ivory", "Vertigo Grey", "Melon Yellow", "Green Grass", "Purple Red" & "Traffic White"
▷ Printed by: GRΛFIT
▷ Printed on: Prusa i3 MK3 & Creality Ender 3 printed the burger buns and the limbs
▷ Design: MECHDONALDS // GUARDIAN OF THE FRIES by 3dworkbench on cults3d
Mechdonalds Printed by Grafit February 27 2019
He is from Hungary and we met on Twitter while he was using our materials for really nice and clean printing. “I am already helping Fernando with his top secret project, beta testing at 40% size”. We knew we are on the same page to make some good collaboration!
*Fernando Jerez is our long-time friend, he’s talented designer who started the wavey madness with his generative design.
When I was asking you about some ideas for a new bigger project, you wanted to print exactly this amazing design by Juri Pranjic. How did you find the model?
I have seen this earlier on Twitter when Juri designed it and started printing his own. I became a follower of @3dworkbench instantly.
Two materials in seven different colours, tell us more about the printing process ... Which printer you used, how long did it take to print? Did you use any tricks or special set up for printing?
Well, the CPE Red Hood filament was a completely new material for me. And because it needed high temperature, I used my Prusa i3 MK3 for that job. No failures there. It came out nicely in the first round. On the pictures you can see, it is the tomato slice.
Since I scaled up this awesome model to 140% I had to use some tricks. For example, on the original model, every part of the burger is solid. However in a perfect world, you will never see the inside of the tomato slice, and the meat etc. so I decided to cut out most parts. The tomato slice is a ring eventually. I will post some making-of photos on my twitter later.
Ender 3 printed the burger buns (Light Ivory PLA), and the limbs (Vertigo Grey PLA). Everything else was printed on the Prusa i3 MK3.
Fries & Cheese (Melon Yellow PLA), Lettuce (Grass Green PLA), Meat (Purple Red PLA), Shields (Traffic White PLA)
Did you have any issues with stringing on CPE? Because when it’s moist, it can be hairy printing.
Moisture did not get any chance since that was a perfectly packaged brand new spool; and after printing, I put it right back to the reusable ziplock bag. :)
It’s not an easy design but definitely worth it. What did you need for assembling it?
For the burger, I have used hot glue gun. And I designed and printed a custom fitting ring for some of the parts. The legs and arms are just slide in. For the thrusters, I used a small strip of kapton tape to make some friction so they would not fall out.
With upscaling to this giant size there can be an issue with stability which isn’t there in the original size. We almost didn’t manage to make it stand. Do you think it’s something what can decrease the head part weight to reduce the pressure on the legs? Of course he is super-awesome while sitting too, but.. : )
Yeah, the upscaling generated some issues with the tolerances. His joints became a lil’ loose. I think the main issue are the knees. I would glue them to a fix position, or drill and use a screw and a nut through the knee joint. I was able to get him standing with fries box on his back. :) I have a proof.
What are your feelings from Fillamentum materials?
I really love just everything about Fillamentum. The box, reusable ziplock packaging for moisture defense, beautiful glass clear spool, and of course, filament itself. It comes in beautiful vivid colours and quality material. I’ve never had any problems related to the material. Oh, and the surprise stickers! :)
Thank you 💛
The world is divided into two parts…. Ketchup or mayo to your french fries?: )
Any ambitions for next projects?
I really like multipart models where you can combine a lot of filaments together.
That is where nice colours and glittery materials can show their beauty and form awesome combinations together. So definitely I would print something big, multipart thing with perfect material combinations.
I recently started to paint some models but then you can just use any filament. :)
Laila for scale : )
Recipe (material list):
- CPE Red Hood
- Light Ivory PLA
- Vertigo Grey PLA
- Melon Yellow PLA
- Grass Green PLA
- Purple Red PLA
- Traffic White PLA
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The Submarine Door Box by Odrivous February 15 2019
A young father, skilled designer, and what's more, even an experienced printer – that's our ex-employee who now works at Prusa Research as the Head of Testing – Jindrich Benes aka Odrivous. Let’s read about one of his newest projects which he made in his free time – The Submarine Door Box.
Hello : )
When I've seen the first photos of this project, they amazed me. I know you're highly skilled at modelling, I'd already seen that form your ongoing project of the modelling and printing of characters from Terry Pratchett's Discworld. Now, this is a thing! How did you get to this idea?
It all started last January when I knew what I would like to give to my father and brother for Christmas. I made for myself a 3D-printed metal belt buckle and decided to make matching belts for them as well. Now, since we have the technology, why not make a fancy box for the gift?
They are guys and into mechanics, so let's make it technical – that's what I was thinking. And lo, the idea of a box with gears, bars, transmissions, and rivets came to be.
Now that’s a unique “wrapping paper”! How did your father and brother react?
They didn't expect anything like it at all. At first, they both thought it must be an intricate puzzle but then found out the opening of the box is rather straightforward. But that gave me some new ideas ...
Oh, and they did like the belt as well.
You've made something that looks fantastic, what comes first for you, a form or function?
Mostly, a form is the reason I create (while keeping the technical side of things – printability – in mind). Here, I sort of made an exception, I knew I wanted a working mechanism as intricate as I can create while referencing the submarine door aesthetics.
So you could say the form and form of motion were the leading aspects here as well.
This is not a simple model at all. When I was asking you about this interview, you immediately answered saying you don’t have all those prototypes anymore. How many of them did you have?
This project took about 10 months from the first prototype to the final product.
There were about 6 major prototype versions of which the first three were just experiments with gear kinematics. I am no engineer, so the whole mechanism is a result of trial and error. This gave me some idea of how the gears actually work and provided a base for the mechanism's final composition. Lastly came the fine-tuning of the prototypes in the components' dimensions and tolerances.
What modelling software did you use and what was the biggest challenge you needed to solve?
I used Autodesk Fusion 360 – great software for home use with 3D printing – to design the whole model.
I would consider myself a fluent user of Fusion 360, so the design process was quite smooth. The time-consuming part, though, was the kinematics of the mechanism itself. Luckily, with 3D-printing, I can make some design changes in that one hour I have for modelling in the evening and check the results in the morning.
For printing, you used the Prusa printer, of course. Did you use some special settings to get such great results?
If you want to rivet a door using no glue, you might want to experiment with rivet sizes and increase or decrease them a little. Each printer might need a specific size multiplier to make it fit just right. Alternatively, you can just glue in the outer rivets.
The Slicer PE which I mostly use does have this handy “elephant foot compensation” setting – it battles a sharp squeeze to bed on objects by offsetting the first layer inside. I used it with great success on the gears and thus ensured they move smoothly.
Some of the parts require supports; namely: wheel, rivets, hinges, and single-piece version of the main box. The rivets can benefit from larger “XY separation” in the Slicer PE support settings – say 80%.
Can you share some post-processing and assembling tips with makers? Where did you get the plexiglass on the top from?
The hinges are connected with a piece of 1.75 filament which should go in with a small resistance under slight force.
Correct bars are indicated by a corresponding number of notches on both bars and the base plate.
The plexiglass cover on the door is optional. There is a .DXF amongst the print files which you can use to cut the lid from plexiglass at your local maker-space or provider of laser-cutting. In my case, I used the Prusa Lab – an open maker-space at Prusa Research HQ.
But since the box is intended primarily for the FDM 3D-printing, the main version of the cover is printable with holes to reveal the cogs.
Is there anything you want to say to the makers reading this? : )
Thank you for reading this interview.
Enjoy the free time you have when you have it.
If you'd like to contact me, feel free to use one of the channels below.
In the interview: Odrivous & Laila
3D printed love from leftovers February 11 2019
We all know this. Last 5m filament on the spool. The material is so awesome, so it will be a waist to just throw it away. But what to do with so little???
Let's print some love and spread it all around!
Design: Laila (Blender)
Stl adjusted for 1, 2, 5 and 10m leftovers by A. Nosek in Prusa Slic3r for settings 0.4 mm nozzle, 0.1 layer height and 2 perimeters (walls). Of course you can scale it how you need in your slicing software.
On pictures printed with:
- 10m of filament - PLA Traffic Red
- 5m of filament - PLA Pearl Ruby Red
- 2m of filament - PLA Traffic Purple
- 1m of filament - PLA Lilac