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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.





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Best prints #23 July 03 2019

 Hello!

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 "Gold Happens"
▷ Printed by: FilamentFrenzy
▷ Printed on: Prusa MK3
▷ Design: Jon Snow bust by David Östman on Myminifactory

 



▷ 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 "Vertigo Grey"
▷ Printed by: FilamentFrenzy
▷ Printed on: ‪Artillery‬ SWX1
▷ Design: Zefrong the Orc by Wekster on Myminifactory

 


▷ 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: CPE HG100 "Caramel Brown Metallic" 
▷ Printed by: Saddex
▷ Printed on: ‪Prusa‬ MK3
▷ Design: THE YOGA BEAR by Saddexdesign on cults3d

 


▷ Material: PLA Extrafill "Wizard's Voodoo"
▷ Printed by: Wekster
▷ Printed on: ‪Prusa‬ MK3S
▷ Design: Voodoo Priest by wekster on myminifactory

 


▷ 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 "Turquoise Blue"
▷ Printed by: Filament Frenzy
▷ Printed on: Anycubic Kossel LP
▷ Design: Master Yoda Bust by Fotis Μint on Patreon

 


▷ 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 Extrafil Light Ivory
▷ Printed by: Filament Frenzy
▷ Printed on: ‪@anycubic3dprint‬ Kossel Delta LP
▷ Design: Chucky by Wekster on Patreon

 


▷ Material: PLA Extrafill Vertigo Galaxy
▷ Printed by: Matt Coles
▷ Printed on: ‪Creality‬ CR10s pro
▷ Design: ‪Loki bust by Fotis Mint on Patreon ‬

 


▷ Material: PLA Extrafill Vertigo Galaxy & Vertigo Grey
▷ Printed by: Innovaland 3D
▷ Design: Jon Snow 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

 


▷ Material: PLA Extrafill Green Grass
▷ Printed by: Heino
▷ Printed on: Prusa MK3
▷ Design: Frog by Megs Empinado on patreon 

 

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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)

 

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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!
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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)
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Best prints #22 May 13 2019

 Hello everyone!

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.

Enjoy!

 


▷ Material: PLA Extrafill "Wizard's Voodoo" 
▷ Printed by: FilamentFrenzy
▷ Printed on: ‪Prusa‬ ‪MK3‬
▷ Design: The Clown by Wekster on Patreon

 



▷ Material: PLA Extrafill "Gold Happens"
▷ Printed by: TheLightSpeed!
▷ Printed on: Prusa
▷ Design: Moon city by Kijai on Thingiverse

 


▷ Material: PLA Extrafill "Pearl Ruby Red"
▷ Printed by: Dolphe Wow
▷ Printed on: ‪Prusa‬ MK3 with ‪Bondtech‬ extruder
▷ Design: Wonder Woman bust by Eastman on Patreon.com 

 


▷ Material: CPE HG100 "Jungle Green Metallic"
▷ Printed by: Leonardo Delgado
▷ Printed on: BQ Hephestos
▷ Design: Rasta Skull Set 5 by 3dkitbash

 


▷ Material: Mix of PLA
▷ Printed by: FilamentFrenzy
▷ Printed on: ‪Anycubic‬ Chiron, ‪Mosaic‬ Palette 2
▷ Design: Captain Marvel by ‪Wekster‬ on Patreon

 


▷ Material: PLA Extrafill "Rapunzel Silver", "Vertigo Galaxy", "Vertigo Grey" &  Crystal Clear "Smaragd Green"
▷ Printed by: Tom Vít
▷ Printed on: Prusa MK2S & MK3S
▷ Design: Dragonstone Kijai

 


▷ 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 "Vertigo Starlight"
▷ Printed by: Ian B
▷ Printed on: Creality Ender 3
▷ Design: The Huntress v1.2 by fantasygraph on pin shape

 



▷ Material: PLA Extrafill "Electric Grey"
▷ Printed by: Arte Creator
▷ Printed on: ‪Creality‬ CR10S using ‪@FilamentFrenzy‬ 0.1mm profile
▷ Design: Bree by Arte Creator on Myminifactory

 


▷ 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: CPE HG100 "Jungle Green Metallic" 
▷ Printed by: Leonardo Delgado
▷ Printed on: BQ Hephestos
▷ Design: Owl Skull Set 5 by 3dkitbash

 


▷ Material: PLA Extrafill "Vertigo Grey"
▷ Printed by: Clint Thorson
▷ Printed on: Sidewinder X1
▷ Design: Drogon by KerberosFI on ‪Thingiverse‬

 


▷ Material: PLA Extrafill "Rapunzel Silver"
▷ Printed by: Wekster
▷ Printed on: ‪Prusa3D‬ MK3S
▷ Design: Spawn by wekster on patron

 



▷ Material: PLA Extrafill "Vertigo Grey"
▷ Printed by: Heino Kaljuve
▷ Printed on: Prusa MK3
▷ Design: Bone Golem by rocket pig games on rocketpiggames.com

 



▷ Material: PLA Extrafill "Rapunzel Silver" & "Vertigo Galaxy"
▷ Printed by: Kijai
▷ Printed on: ‪Prusa‬ i3 MK3
▷ Design: Daenerys Stormborn by Kijai on Myminifaktory

 


▷ Material: PLA Extrafill "Wizard's Voodoo"
▷ Printed by: GrumpyDude
▷ Printed on: A‪nycubic‬ Kossel LP
▷ Design: SKULL - DEMON by bugman_140 on Thingiverse

 



▷ Material:  
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

 


▷ Material: PLA Extrafill "Vertigo Galaxy"
▷ Printed by: D3D DYNAMO3D
▷ Design: Shazam bust by wester on myminifactory

 


▷ Material: PLA Extrafill "Green Grass"
▷ Printed by: Grafit
▷ Design: The Pharaoh by Trajan1990‪ on ‬cgtrader.com

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Best prints #21 March 01 2019

Hello makers!

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.

Enjoy! 


▷ Material:PLA Extrafill "Traffic Black", "Vertigo Grey", "Rapunzel Silver" and  "Luminous Red"
▷ Printed by: Giuseppe Pasquarelli
▷ Printed on: ‪Anycubic
▷ Design: Dark Lord (bust) by Sanix


▷ Material: PLA Extrafill "Vertigo Grey"
▷ Printed by: 3dimpact
▷ Printed on: Tevo Tornado
▷ Design: Beerus Bust by pthofantastic on gambody.com



▷ Material: PLA Extrafill "Gold Happens"
▷ Printed by: GRΛFIT
▷ Printed on: Creality Ender 3
▷ Design: Joker bust by Vedran Marjanović on myminifctory.com



▷ Material: PLA Extrafill "Gold Happens", "Vertigo Grey", "Rapunzel Silver" and "Signal Red"
▷ Printed by: Odrivous
▷ Printed on: Prusa
▷ Design: Submarine door box by Odrivous on cults3d

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▷ Material: PLA Extrafill "Light Ivory"
▷ Printed by: The Mariday
▷ Printed on: Creality CR10
▷ Design: The Mariday



▷ 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 "Traffic Black"
▷ Printed by: Hawk 3D Proto
▷ Printed on: ‪Ultimaker‬ 2
▷ Design: Blenderoth by Kijai on myminifactory

 

▷ Material: PLA Extrafill "Vertigo Starlight"
▷ Printed by: SADDEXdesign
▷ Printed on: Prusa mk3
▷ Design: Spider-Man bust by David Östman on myminifactory


▷ Material: PLA Extrafill "Vertigo Grey"
▷ Printed by: Exotics Land
▷ Printed on: Prusa I3MK2s
▷ Design: Exotics Land


▷ 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

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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.

Hello Grafit,
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?: )
Lol! Ketchup.

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. :)

 

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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?
Hello.
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%.

Material: PLA Extrafill "Gold Happens", "Vertigo Grey", "Rapunzel Silver" & "Pearl Ruby Red"

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.

 

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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. 

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