Projects blog

Phoenix ship from ComandoG by Nacho3D January 15 2021

Nacho Cayuela, also know on social media as Nacho3D, is an agricultural engineer from Spain. 2D and 3D parametric industrial design was always a huge passion for him that ultimately brought him to 3D printing. For the last three years, he has dedicated the little free time he has left after working full time and taking care of his children to design and print all the crazy things he can think of. 

Childhood nostalgia is one of the most comforting feelings, especially in today's trying times, that draws us to reconnect with the rediscovered things. We are naturally drawn to our favorite tv shows and fantasy stories that kept us in awe as kids. This is the reason why Nacho chose to create the Phoenix ship. "One-day ordering toys from my childhood, I found a keychain of the Phoenix ship from the series "Comando-G"/ "Battle of the Planets," it brought back such good memories that I said to myself, I have to try to design it and of course print it."  

As in his previous projects, the Steampunk race and a laser gun from the tv show The Visitors Nacho knows that one of the essential parts of the printing process is to pay attention to the parts' positioning. "I have learned how important it's to position the parts when printing them for the best results and place the print seams in hidden areas,he tells us. "It's very gratifying to see that the time that I have dedicated to the design has been worth it when you see the finished model."

You, too, can now put your hands on printing this Phoenix ship model since it can be found on Thingiverse and Cults3D. The PLA colors Nacho chose for the final print were PLA Extrafill Noble Blue, Pearl Ruby Red, Traffic Black, Traffic Yellow, and the "must-have" Vertigo Grey and Rapunzel SilverAs some might know, sometimes the designing process is never finished as we strike to perfect the design as best as we know. As Nacho tells us, "I'm sure that in a few months, if I take up the design again, I may make some modifications and that I can always improve it." 

 

Choosing Fillamentum in his project was a natural choice. As he says, "It's effortless to print with them because they have excellent performance in a wide range of printing temperatures. It's easy to work with them because you get high-quality parts with great precision. Of course, selecting the right color is easy because you have an extensive color palette, and to get the filaments with the vast distribution network, is also really easy."

Printed with:
PLA Extrafill "Noble Blue"
PLA Extrafill "
Pearl Ruby Red"
PLA Extrafill "Traffic Black"
PLA Extrafill "Traffic Yellow"
PLA Extrafill "Vertigo Grey"
PLA Extrafill "Rapunzel Silver"

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Prosthetics and orthosis products by Space Shapers January 08 2021

Abizer Shihorwala is a co-founder of Space Shapers Enterprises Pvt Ltd based in Mumbai, India. The focus of this newly founded company quickly became non-invasive medical 3D printing. 

"We started diverting our resources towards developing a special skill-set in the field of Prosthetics and orthosis (P&O). It turns out that this specific field can immensely benefit from what 3D printing has to offer," says Abizer. As Space Shapers kept developing more and more P&O products, a club foot brace became one of their leading products. 


(PLA Extrafill "Lilac" & "Traffic White")

Congenital talipes equinovarus (CTEV), often known as 'club-foot, is a condition by birth, where feet are inclined inwards, axially rotated outwards and pointing downwards. It's one of the most common birth defects affecting the legs. Initial treatment is most often with the Ponseti method. This involves moving the foot into an improved position followed by casting, which is repeated at weekly intervals. Once the inward bending is improved, braces like the kind by Space Shapers are worn until the age of four. "It took us around three months at the designing stage to create this product before we gave it our first print. And it turned out beautifully well. All the doctors started loving the brace due to it being light-weight in nature and the freedom of customization associated with 3D printing," Abizer tells us. Space Shapers are working on some minor changes but nothing major that would make them unhappy about their first version. Their key to success is to spend more time digitally correcting the product better in order to reduce the wastage of material and time.


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There were several determinants to choosing the right material for the job for Space Shapers. The material's quality played a major role since any error rate would cost them time and waste the material. The excessive color palette of PLA nicely caters to the young children for whom the braces are meant for. "A while back, we came across a spool of Fillamentum filament and we were amazed by its printing quality. So we went ahead and ordered a bunch of spools, and we never regretted that decision. Top of that, the wide range of colors gives us more room to cater to young children as we majorly work in the pediatrics field. Thus using Fillamentum filaments was a no-brainer for us," Abizertells us. "Secondly, PLA Extrafill was an easy choice for us because we are going to use this brace for three months old children. They cannot apply a force that will exceed the breaking point of PLA."


(PLA Extrafill "Lilac" & "Traffic White")

Currently, the model is not yet available for downloading as it's still in its testing phase. However, once the model would be fully finished, Space Shapers plan on releasing the model for free.

 

Printed with: 
PLA Extrafill "Lilac"
PLA Extrafill "Traffic White"

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The Ray Gun Projects' dream prop the Wunderwaffe DG-2 December 31 2020

The Ray Gun Project is a prop-making service founded by Andrew Lamson. He focuses on giving people the tools and education to make the props. In this project, Andrew tackles one of his dream project, the Wunderwaffe DG-2.

When Andrew first started to make 3D printed props, the Wunderwaffe DG-2 from Call of Duty: Zombies was his dream project that he initially deemed impossible. As time went on and experience snowballed as he couldn't just shake the idea from his head, he slowly found himself working on this complex project. "At first, I started solving the design problems in my head and eventually started solving them in my 3D modeling software," he says. "I've always wanted to see a Wunderwaffe prop replica that could emulate the game's reload functionality." 

Every project is only as good as his reference materials. Andrew was fortunate to get his hands on the original in-game model, which helped get the tiniest details in. Then the tedious modeling process could begin. Once all the features were modeled, he could add, split, and edit all the features and parts for 3D printing and assembly. After an initial pass, it was time for prototyping on the moving mechanical parts. As Andrew tells us, "In this project, I had to create an ejection and reloading system with very small parts and delicate electronic connections. This was the most brain-bending part of the process, but definitely worth it." All the parts were printed with a combination of PLA Extrafill Traffic Yellow, Luminous OrangeRapunzel Silver, and Traffic Black.

To create a seamless appearance indistinguishable from the in-game model, Andrew had to tediously sand and paint every part, which was the most time-consuming part of the prop building. "I spent the better part of 2 weeks meticulously sanding each part smoothly. While it was a bit soul-sucking at times, this was also worth the effort," he tells us. "After everything was printed, sanded, painted, and electronics installed, I assembled the finished Wunderwaffe DG-2 replica."  

One of the most challenging things about huge projects like this is keeping focused on the task and fighting through some building parts' tediousness and monotony. All makers know this natural flow of the making process that starts with excitement and anticipation then slowly fades into drudgery. Gladly this process can also become a learning experience, as Andrew says. "This project taught me how to accept the process making and fight through to the end, where there is joy and a sense of accomplishment." If you feel like tackling this project on your own, you can find the model with instructions at MyMiniFactory or at theraygunproject.com

"Fillamentum makes some of the best filament in the business. PLA Rapunzel Silver, in particular, is one of, if not the best metallic PLA out there. The layer consistency and precision I can achieve with Fillamentum PLA is invaluable. One of the parts of this project involved several 38-degree overhangs stacked on top of each other, which printed flawlessly. I give a lot of credit for this success to the quality of Fillamentum PLA Extrafill," says Andrew.

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MyMiniFactory
theraygunproject.com

Printed with: 
PLA Extrafill "Traffic Yellow"
PLA Extrafill "Luminous Orange" 
PLA Extrafill "Rapunzel Silver"
PLA Extrafill "Traffic Black"

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Planters and accesories by Plantarium December 18 2020

Two young founders, Zuzana Pacourková and Martina Tománková studied gardening together in Prague. They say that, "Back at school, we founded the Plantarium project so that we could use our knowledge of the field in our own way." 


(PLA Extrafill "Natural", "Light Ivory" & Timberfill® "Light Wood Tone")

"Our mission is to place the plants in everyday life as best as possible. We are looking for the most suitable setting for plants and the setting for the most appropriate plants. Since the places we work with are unique, it happens a lot that we have to create tailor-made products for these settings. This is how our 3D printed flower pots were created," the pair of designers talks about their work.


(PLA Extrafill "Mukha"
"Light Ivory")

This designer duo started to explore the possibilities of 3D printing six years ago when Martina's dad has brought his first 3D printer, and the curiosity has got their attention. The first planters were modeled and printed by Martina's dad. Now the two of them model and print all of their merchandise themself in their studio. "We use 3D printing mainly for shapes that are difficult to achieve with another production method and also for the lightness of the material," as they say.


(PLA Extrafill "Light Ivory")

At the beginning of their experiences with 3D printing several years ago, it was hard to find any sophisticated shades of filaments. This is why Martina and Zuzana initially chose to work with Fillamentum materials. The quality of the materials and the ever-growing offer or attractive colors kept them coming back for more supplies. "We are always looking forward to the new colors. In addition, we are pleased that its local production," they say. "We try to make our work as ecological as possible. Which natural as we work with plants. That's why we only use PLA Extrafill or Timberfill."


(PLA Extrafill "Mukha" & "Light Ivory")


Printed with: 
PLA Extrafill "Mukha"
PLA Extrafill "Light Ivory"
PLA Extrafill "Natural"
Timberfill® "Light Wood Tone"


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Huge Benchy by Ethan Baehrend December 11 2020

Ethan Baehrend is the young but nonetheless experienced founder and CEO of Creative 3D Technologies. A young startup focused on creating all-in-one solutions to 3D printing. The record Benchy started as a kind of a stress test for his new 3D printer, which is the leading product in Creative 3D Technologies. 

 

"I started Creative 3D after years of successfully running an online business refurbishing and upgrading 3D printers and my frustrations with the over 100 products I worked with. In short, I was tired of having many specialty printers to do the job of what I felt could be done with one printer." Ethan tells us. The Benchy he has made is a clear statement of what the company is capable doing.

One other perk on why Ethan decided to print Benchy was that "I enjoy seeing things at scales they weren't initially intended to be made at, small or large I just find it entertaining!" It has proven to be quite a challenge that he has hoped to overcome, to print a Benchy of this scale while maintaining the high precision, layer quality, and speed.

The whole Benchy challenge was to make it happen under a week with a high-precision exterior and a high strength interior. The same printer also had to be capable of printing the famous ship at the tiny scale of 14% as well as the huge scale of 1400%. The creation of this Benchy took many attempts through each iteration of machine design and helped Ethan reach a point of progress. In the end, the result was a precise, strong, and remarkably large Benchy that simply looks stunning! The only thing that Ethan considered changing was the size. "If anything, I could have made it a little bigger at 1450% scale instead of 1400%."

"It looks beautiful in the Fillamentum PLA Vertigo Galaxy and has precise layer lines to back it up! It's a personal favorite! I've always been a big fan of Fillamentum Filaments, their consistency, and of course, the colors! As a company, I hope to support them with material profiles once we've begun in-house production of our products post-fundraise." Ethan tells us.

 

Printed with: 
PLA Extrafill "Vertigo Galaxy" 


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Tatra 130 RC car tires by David Řehoř December 04 2020

Ing. David Řehoř, better known as D.R.racer, was fascinated by Tatra vehicles from a very young age. Tatra is a Czech vehicle manufacturer that is the third oldest truck-producing company with an unbroken history in the world.

As a young kid, he started to put together paper models, some of which he designed himself. Later he's got his hands on ZX Spectrum, a now retro 8-bit personal home computer. This was the beginning of his programming career. At the university, he got influenced by then-revolutionary VRML97 technology. The possibilities of recreating his favorite brand of vehicles in virtual environments were fascinating. However, he felt kind of limited with 3D Studio Max R3, so he started implementing his own 3D editor for VRML97, simply called D3Ded. His own models' creation was a natural process as many vehicles made as games addons had incorrect proportions that David has seen as a considerable fault. Slowly, several models of passenger and truck Tatras were created. "I was especially fascinated by vintage cars and trucks that survived just in few specimens or didn't survive to these days at all," David says. 

In 2004, David first saw a functional model chassis of Tatra 815 4x4 built for an RC model. As he says, "Every car fan knows that Tatra has its own distinct chassis, this model was mechanically identical. I thought this wasn't possible to replicate in model scale with enough durability." Later, he found an article about the Tatra 128 model made by the same author. "The accuracy of the model was absolutely breathtaking. I soon met the author of the models personally. Shortly after, we agreed on the construction of another complete RC model. I chose the almost forgotten prototype of Tatra 130 from 1951. It's a legend among dedicated experts - the prototype was created by modifying the mass-produced Tatra 128 by adding one more axle." David tells us.

After David stepped into the 3D printing world first as a customer, he has decided to implement this technique in his own model building workflow. From 3D scanning to cleaning up and augmenting the models in his own 3D editor, finally to 3D printing. "We initially went for stock RC truck tires for Tatra 130. Honestly, we had no other options at that time. Although Tatra managed to overcome incredible terrains with them (especially with off-road chains), the appearance wasn't correct. Now we had a possibility of recreating exactly the same tires as the real prototype truck had in 1951. One of the biggest challenges was to find a real tire for 3D scanning. Fortunately, there were used on Tatra 128's as well." David tells us.

After his first tries with PLA, he's decided to try flexible materials as well. Initial tests with now discontinued experimental Elastic by Fillamentum led him to consult the outcomes with our CEO Josef Doleček where David chose to try a sample of our Flexfill TPU 98A "Metallic Grey". "Without expecting any usable result, I observed printing behavior. This material performed the best of all previously tested samples," David talks about his experiences. Later that year, the release of Flexfill TPU 98A "Traffic Black" followed. "When I've ordered this Flexfill, I received an email from Mr. Doleček, stating that he had added a sample of a new softer Flexfill TPU 92A. The softer sample behaved great as well, the only trouble was its color. This experience made me very happy, and I was looking forward to the package. In fact, I'm now proud to say that my request for a black variant contributed to the development of the soft material for model tires by Fillamentum," says David. 

After the test from Flexfill TPU 92A "Natural" came out above expectations, David was really looking forward to the Flexfill TPU 92A "Traffic Black", which was later released. As he says, "I loaded the material into the printer and carefully began to check that its properties corresponded to the development sample with which I realized the test tire."

In particular, David was interested in whether the material still met the following:

  • perfect adhesion to the printing surface
  • printing with a layer thickness of 0.05 mm
  • the print will not deform when cooled
  • it will not jam in the feeder or try to slip out

After the first tests, it was confirmed that the above properties are still as excellent as the development sample.

After a few more iterations, the tires were ready for testing in various conditions: such are hard stony surface under the dam of a reservoir, a passage through muddy terrain, loose and wet sand, and with chains, even snowy conditions. David was overjoyed with the result, saying that "the RC model now sways a little due to all six tires' suspension when slipping from a rock or other obstacle. That is another realistic element of the model's behavior, the original hard road tires did not allow this."

As with any project, this one also gave David a lot to learn and try. "The experience with Fillamentum products is, in a word, excellent. I have never had to solve a problem with the filament itself. But it is true that I already have some experience with collecting and estimating the appropriate temperature or when the filament is wet. But there is always something to discover, explore, and learn," he tells us.

You can read more detailed findings of this project on Davids' blog here.

Printed with: 
Flexfill TPU 98A "Metallic Grey"
Flexfill TPU 98A "Traffic Black"
Flexfill TPU 92A "Natural"
Fexfill TPU 92A "Traffic Black"


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Rollercoaster scale model by Tim M. November 20 2020

Tim is a 15 years old fan of roller coasters and amusement parks living in Germany. Wanting to have a Roller coaster scale model was a given. However, as he couldn't find anything like that on the market so he has decided to create his own.

The 1:12 scale model of Vekoma Coaster came out amazing. "This roller coaster type was the first in Germany with 4 inversions, and it is also a very historical and for it's time a very innovative train design," Tim says with excitement. "The first deliveries of this roller coaster were around 1980." At first, Tim wanted to build the complete train on a relatively small scale. He quickly discovered that he would either sacrifice the detail at a smaller scale or have a bigger model with accurate functioning aspects, eventually deciding on a larger more detailed model.

As Tim says, this project was a very fruitful learning experience. "I've never really drawn a model, just technical and dimensionally accurate things. The big challenge was to build everything realistically, but I didn't have any dimensions," he said to us. The final train was printed with an awesome combination of PLA Extrafill "Vertigo Grey""Wizard's Voodoo""Traffic Black" and "Noble Blue".

Choosing the right material also played a role. Tim told us that his choice was clear from the beginning. "Because your material is one of the best materials I've ever had, it's very easy to print, has very good adhesion. The colors are just awesome. Perfect material for such a project! I used PLA because it's very easy to print. And the train doesn't have to endure anything :)" 
 

Printed with:
PLA Extrafill "Vertigo Grey"
PLA Extrafill "Wizard's Voodoo"
PLA Extrafill "Traffic Black"
PLA Extrafill "Noble Blue"

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Yellow Emperor's tea box by Laila and Antonin Nosek November 13 2020

Michal Butor is a tea master and a founder of Yellow Emperor brand specialising in loose leaf tea. He has decided to create something special for selling his teas, he has decided to commission Laila and Antonin Nosek, a designer duo with a passion for 3D design and printing.  

The task was simple to create a tea box that would add even higher value to Michal's specialty loose leaf tea while maintaining the principles of well-thought-out simple design focused on the natural aesthetic.

"From the beginning, Antonin Nosek and I have contemplated using natural materials like Timberfill a wood composite filament." Says Laila. "Unfortunately, this material does not have a Food Contact Certificate, and that is why we have opted to use PLA Extrafill "Mukha," which has the Food Contact Certificate that is important for this product. Mukha has a beautiful color with a fine grain and a delicate surface that looks like sand or wood."

As with many other projects, this one also started with idea sketches. Creating a design with many layers of comprehension was important to Laila, a design that would be an aesthetic experience as a haptic one. To make the tea box practical flexible gasket was needed since air exposure increases the chances that your tea will absorb moisture and odours. Another factor in keeping your tea in the best condition is keeping the light out since light, and UV rays degrade your tea very quickly.

HIPS was used for the prototyping process thanks to his favorable price and properties similar to PLA. Some of the ideas and iterations that didn't make it into the final product were a tea tag and simple click mechanisms for the opening that was later changed to threaded closure. To create a charming and modest impression of the teabox, Yellow Emperor's logo was placed on the lid. A part of the lid can also be taken away and used as a coaster. "If you notice, the surface under this part is made of some kind of stretched strips and thanks to PLA Mukha, they create a pleasant natural impression and an unfamiliar haptic detail resembling a split bamboo," Laila says. "Fulfilling the client's ideas is not always easy, but Michal was absolutely great and open to our ideas. Tonda added technical parameters and solutions to my visions. The three of us unmistakably created a very pleasant, functional, and aesthetically timeless design for something as great as China imported specialty tea." One more interesting detail is that the tea boxes are stackable for easier storing.

One of the interesting design changes that happened was the removal of the tag originally placed on the  gasket. The costumers used it to pull on it which make the  gasket weaker and cased it to break the design. "It is also a great experience for us to see that something may seem natural and logical to us, but the customer may see it differently. And by the daily use of the object, he can come to the conclusion that design would not be functional," Laila tells us. "However, the finishing of this project was temporarily postponed due to COVID-19. I look forward to seeing the finished product on the shelf at the Yellow Emperor." 

Choosing Fillamentum filaments was a natural choice for Laila and Antonin Nosek since Laila is Fillamentum CMO. Laila says that "Even if I wasn't the CMO of Fillamentum, our materials are just exceptional. Reliable, pretty and Antonin works with them exclusively. It wasn't even a question at the beginning. We only decided what colors, what kind and whether it will suit the needs of our client."  

Printed with:
HIPS Extrafill "Sky Blue"
HIPS Extrafill "Traffic Black" 
PLA Extrafill "Mukha"

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Wayang contemporary costumes by Baëlf design October 30 2020

Jamela Law and Lionel Wong together founded Baëlf Design, based in Singapore, and Hong Kong. This is where the futuristic reinterpretation of Wayang performances takes form and where they create many different things from fashion to interactive art installations. 

Chinese opera has its origins in Shang dynasty rituals in China but has evolved to become an established, stylized dramatic art form in many parts of Asia. Wayang is a Malay word that means "a theatrical performance employing puppets or human dancers" and is usually found in Singapore. It was brought by immigrants from China in the 19th century as part of their religious rituals. The popularity of Wayang soon rose to such a level that the large crowds at these performances worried the authorities. Since then, the popularity of Wayang has faded due to modern developments.

"In today's increasingly globalized and polarised world, Singapore is facing rapid shifts in our social and cultural environment," Jamela explains why she chose this specific topic. "The Wayang scene is dying because the younger generation is simply not interested, and the older performers have no one to pass their skills and knowledge." 


(Jing Role, source: Wikipedia)


The basis behind this project is also a citation by the founding Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew,
 "Heritage is not something static, lying hidden to be discovered, admired and conserved. It is a part of the lives of people. It shapes the ways people meet new challenges and helps them adapt and to survive."

Each of the main traditional Wayang roles carries a corresponding trait, identity, and temperament. Chinese operatic roles generally fall into one of four main categories, Sheng (male), Dan (female), Chou (clown), and Jing (mighty/painted face). Each role has several sub-roles, usually classified by age, status, and or personality. For example, Sheng roles are broadly classified by age – Lao ("old") or Xiao ("young") – and status – wen ("scholarly") or wu ("military"). 


(Dan role, source: Wikipedia)


JING

Jing characters are usually high ranking, mighty male characters wearing grandiose costumes. Baëlf Design hopes to challenge tradition by breaking the gender norms and envisioning narratives where a woman can be a person of power as well. The female Jing character will possess a goddess-like presence, emitting an aura of power and grace. In traditional Chinese opera, one-way cross-dressing was common, with male actors performing female roles in the past. It was considered improper for a man to appear on stage with a woman, and opera troupes commonly employed all-male cast members. Luckily times have changed, and women get to play male roles nowadays too.

The 3D printed dress's silhouette takes inspiration from the cascading spherical volumes on the traditional dress, where the widest falls on the waistline. Tessellating patterns of dragon scales are replaced by systematic computer-generated twisty patterns, suggesting dynamic flight-like movements. The presence of a loose hanging belt is retained. The dress parts were 3D printed in TPU Flexfill 92A Natural, then spray painted with copper color. Afterward, the components are mounted onto a translucent polyester fabric shell, over a base finished with a mandarin collar and rounded hemline.  

DAN
Futuristic interpretation of Hua Dan, aka the female protagonist. The costumes are typically vivid in design and color, with plenty of intricate floral elements and symmetrical details. We upgraded the design by introducing algorithmically generated flower and seashell-like elements. The dress parts are printed in TPU Flexfill 92A Signal Red and TPU Flexfill 98A Signal Red.


Stage props
Stage props are kept to a minimum and are often used symbolically. For example, a horsewhip represents a horse, while flags and banners with clouds and wind prints represent storms. Stock props include chairs, tables, lanterns, candles, fans, wine jars, and cups. Baëlf chose to design and print a sword in PLA Extrafill Gold Happens and war hammer in PLA Extrafill Rapunzel Silver, with PLA Extrafill Vertigo Grey details on the inside of gyroscopic sphere mechanism.
 



Quite early in the designing and modeling process, they have to 'Recontextualise the landscape.'
 Jamela compares this technique to the cartographers by overlaying cartesian grids on maps, with latitudinal and longitudinal axes, to make it easier for people to navigate. Finding it useful to envision the human topology using grids of quad shapes. By manipulating mathematical algorithms, they can formulate a collection of elaborate 3D assets for their visual library in Rhino3D. This technique's parametric nature also means that they can intuitively and easily customize the appearance of these the unit they are working on. Other variables can be changes by swiveling and scaling of all the different elements providing visual variation and movement.

Jamela also has some advice for anybody who wants to lay a hand on prototyping. "Firstly. Always stock up more filaments than you think you need! Fillamentum's materials are so beautiful and would inspire you to keep prototyping. It would be a killjoy moment to find out you run out of a specific shade. And secondly. Invest in a good printer. Suppose you tend to do big prints. Get a printer with a filament sensor that notifies you when your filament runs out and comes with memory storage. In that case, it will allow you to continue the print where it paused after a power disconnection. It can save you from many heartbreaks."

Printed with:
TPU Flexfill 92A Natural
TPU Flexfill 92A Signal Red
TPU Flexfill 98A Signal Red
PLA Extrafill Gold Happens 
PLA Extrafill Rapunzel Silver
PLA Extrafill Vertigo Grey

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Fillamentum Halloween with #SpookyFella2020 October 28 2020

Halloween is upon us, and thanks to all of our amazing fans, Filla Fella has so many spooky costumes to choose from! Congratulations Pepo AliagaIt sure was hard to choose the best one! But luckily, we had the best judge on our side Agustin Flowalistik, the original designer of our dear Filla Fella.


"I chose this remix because of how well designed it is and also due to the add-on approach. Being able to have a regular Filla Fella and suddenly transform it into a vampire, ghost or pumpkin is simply too funny," says Agustin. "Also, the approach sparks new costume ideas, which can be made with a wide range of filaments. It's a great way to make, inspire and have fun, all together."

 

You can find 15 of the best #SpookyFella costumes in no particular order below. Print them for your Halloween decor or gift them to your precious ones because the best treat for all the Trick or Treaters out there is, unquestionably, #SpookyFella. 

   

   

  

  

   

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3D printable hands-free door opener by Vladimír Kovařík October 23 2020

Vladimír Kovařík, head of the product design studio of FMK UTB in Zlín, came up with a handy tool - a 3D printable hands-free door opener. We have since printed it with PETG and are using it in our office in Bratislava.

This plastic extension is a simple solution to reducing of touching the high traffic surfaces with our bare hands. Doors are an unavoidable part of our daily lives, especially doors that others came in contact with. With this handy solution, you can avoid touching these high traffic surfaces and decrease the spread of germs and viruses. The hands-free door opener can be easily attached to the door handle with cable ties.

The hands-free door opener is easy to use and makes our offices safer places. This is why we have decided to print it with PETG Yellow and Blue with Mosaic Palettes' random mode because function things can be pretty too! PETG is perfect cost efficient material for functional prints that are in frequent use. 

"When the information that the second most common method of transmission of the virus is by touch, people began to eliminate the touch of handles in various ways. Some pull their sleeves over their palms. Others opened the door with their forearms." Vladimír Kovařík explains the initial idea.

This is what led the designers to create a plastic extension using 3D technology. "We had to find the right wall thicknesses and the right type of material to print with. Despite the initial problems, when the handle cracked, we managed to fine-tune everything in a relatively short time, and today we have a fully functional product in two versions for horizontal and vertical handle", says Mr. Kovařík.

In the instruction video, you will find instructions on easily attaching the extension to the door handle. You can find the free models here and PDF instructions for use here.

Printed with:
PETG Yellow 
PETG Blue

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FMK UTB

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Application of PETG in the production process of Fillamentum October 16 2020

Fillamentum is a producer of the highest-quality filaments for hobby and industrial applications. It's only natural that we apply our own 3D printed components into production with the constant need of production processes improvement.

Hopper lid

Before a material for filaments is processed, it needs to be perfectly dry. The material is dried in the hopper with a metal lid. Where during drying, the temperature can reach up to 70 °C. The original heavy metal lid was replaced with lighter PLA. But this material cannot withstand high temperatures, and the heat twisted the lid. The new version was printed in PETG that resists to high temperatures. At the same time, PETG has a perfect tightness due to minimal shrinkage and excellent dimensional stability.

Material collecting cups 

Material is usually mixed with colored masterbatch. When mixing the material, one can manipulate with granulates that reach high temperatures, sometimes up to 75 °C. Mixing takes place in a particular industrial box, in which the hot material is poured. For this application, the PETG cups are used. PETG is used because of its long-term dimensional stability in high temperatures.

Boxes for moisture extraction

PETG material is, thanks to its dimensional stability, suitable also for applications where there is necessary the high tightness. Like the two-parts box whose purpose is to get rid of excess water on the surface of the extruded filament. Leaks were causing problems and the extruded filament was not dry enough. PETG is more resistant to moisture than CPE HG100 that was used for the box initially.

 

Spool tightening nuts on the winding station

The system of printed nuts with threads has been used in our company for a long time. The original nuts were printed in PLA, but there was frequent cracking during handling, and the prints themselves did not have such precise threads - there was often friction in the thread and rapid wear of the nut. When switching to PETG, the nuts are significantly more resistant to mechanical damage (e.g., in the case of a fall), and the dimensional stability of the print eliminates problems with thread friction.

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Pixel Folk earrings by Eva Kazikova October 09 2020

Eva Kazikova is a graphic designer based in Slovakia that discovered the charm of 3D printing by accident. Early on, she knew that 3D printed jewelry is the right thing for her.


(PLA Extrafill Traffic White, Traffic Purple, Traffic Black, Gold Happens, Traffic Red, Everybody's Magenta, Vertigo Grey and Rapunzel Silver)

It all started when she was visiting her friend at the office. There randomly, Eva stumbled upon a dusty old piece of electronics. When she questioned her friend about it turned out to be an old 3D printer. Not long after, she realised that this technology has immense potential. 


(PLA Extrafill Traffic White and Black, Gold Happens and Rapunzel Silver)

Even at the beginning of her journey, she knew that she wanted to design jewelry. Filaments with glitter particles, left a striking impression. With the background in graphic design, sketching ideas on paper were natural for her. However, with 3D printing, a new challenge and a learning opportunity were presented. In order to have full control of the designs, Eva had to learn to use 3D modeling software. Thanks to her husband, who already had some knowledge of 3D modeling and printing, she learned Fusion 360.


(PLA Extrafill Traffic White and Red)

"It would make me incredibly happy if every woman were able to print her own jewelry in a few years before tomorrow's celebration where she wants to shine with earrings designed by me," Eva talks about her motivation. These beautiful earrings can be found at Pinshape.


(PLA Extrafill Gold Happens and Traffic Black)

The inspiration for the Pixel folk series of earrings was a combination of the new and old. The motives on the traditional Slovak garbs where often cross-stitched geometrical patterns, which Eva uses in combination with the modern pixel art techniques translated into the 3D space. The PLA Extrafill Rapunzel Silver and Gold Happens were love at first sight for Eva. When she was buying her first printer from a renowned seller, and these materials were also in the seller's portfolio, she simply had to have them. 

(Source: Wikipedia)

"For me, PLA Extrafill is still my primary choice of material, and Fillamentum offers precision, quality, market availability, and a wide range of beautiful colors, which for me, a graphic designer, are a huge advantage," says Eva. "Jewelry printing is perfect only when all the details are high quality. Therefore, I was forced to use a 0.25 mm nozzle to be satisfied with my work. That's when I understood that it is necessary to have a flawless filament in addition to a good design and a quality printer."

(PLA Extrafill Gold Happens, Traffic White and Red)

 

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Pinshape


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Educational model of Tokamak by ITER October 02 2020

International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor or ITER is a nuclear fusion research and engineering project and the world's largest magnetic confinement plasma physics experiments. They aim to prove the feasibility of fusion energy production on Earth. Tamás Szabolics, Development Engineer from the Hungarian Centre for Energy Research says that "ITER uses the stars' energy source to produce abundant energy on Earth for future generations. This technology is also CO2 neutral and does not produce long term nuclear waste." 

A tokamak is a device that uses a powerful magnetic field to confine hot plasma. It's one of several types of magnetic confinement devices that are being developed to produce controlled thermonuclear fusion power. 

Fusion is the process when two light nuclei are fused together. Typically two types of hydrogen are fused to make helium and a neutron that holds most of the energy. This is used to generate energy like in the other types of power plants by heating up water, which will generate steam that runs the generators to produce electricity. "The groundbreaking in fusion is that we would like to put a star in a "bottle", which is one of the most challenging tasks of all times," says Tamás.

When Tamás attended the ITER communication meeting for the first time, his Czech colleague presented an ITER model which was done by molding. The model was a great educational tool; however, this model wasn't very accurate to ITER Tokamak . This was when Tamás got the idea to create a 3D printable model. As he says, "I told my idea to Laban Coblentz, Head of Communications at ITER. He was supportive, and they send me the original plans of the machine. After we got them, we could start working with our mechanical engineers to simplify the models to be ready for 3D printing." Shortly after a couple of iterations on the model, the first 3D printable ITER package was ready to be printed by the general public.


(Source: Iter.org)

"The purpose was to make an educational tool for schools and teachers and also to make 3D printing enthusiasts a new item on their bucket list 😊," Tamás explains. The model with assembling instructions can be found here. Whether you are an engineering enthusiast or want to get your hand on a visual teaching tool that makes the explaining that much easier, you will love this model. 

Tamás has decided to use PLA Extrafill for this project after discovering Fillamentum materials online. "I found Fillamentum PLA Extrafill Vertigo Grey on All3DP and on 3D printing influencers Youtube channel. It is a really great product and really looks like it would be metal," he told us. It was only natural the multi-part multi-material model of Tokamak was finished with the same series of materials.

Download here:
ITER

Printed with:
PLA Extrafill "Metallic Grey"
PLA Extrafill "Green Grass"
PLA Extrafill "Sky Blue"
PLA Extrafill "Traffic Purple"
PLA Extrafill "Vertigo Grey"
PLA Extrafill "Signal Red"


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Mostly Printed CNC Machine Johan Gude September 25 2020

Johan Gude is a father of three, a professional design engineer that's crazy about 3D printing, tinkering, and pizza, as he says. 

Johan was planning multiple home decoration projects that combine woodworking and 3D printing. For this purpose, he has decided to create a new tool, a CNC machine for softwoods. With this knowledge of 3D printing and his maker personality, choosing to build his own Mostly printed CNC machine was a given. With the useful documentation and engaging community that v1engineering build, Johan was excited to start the project. 

Johan said that 3D printing was not a challenge because the parts were well designed; however, aligning the frame was a bit of a hassle, but this is expected with any new project. The material choice for this project was CPE CF112 Carbon for any parts that would be exposed to heat from the motors, and the router and PLA Extrafill which has a very high tensile modulus that helps to get a rigid frame while keeping printing easy. 

"I love Fillamentum filaments. Fillamentum offers great colors and high quality at a decent price point. Printing is just a breeze with these materials, especially the PLA Extrafill. To get a flawless print with the carbon-filled CPE, I used a bigger nozzle and bigger layers," Johan tells us. 

The finished CNC machine looks totally awesome and Johan is as excited as we are. "It turned out awesome! Now I need to learn a bit more about setting up the CAM software and about milling. So exciting times ahead!"

See Johan's previous project about an educational toy for his kids - take apart Fire Truck

Printed with:
PLA Extrafill "Traffic Red"
Nylon CF15 Carbon

Model:
v1engineering


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Minecraft Torch Lights by Superperf September 18 2020

André Burkhardtsmaier, known as Superperf, is an IT-Network Specialist and a father of two with a passion for 3D printing. He loves creating new cool techy projects where the 3D printing and electronics are brought together. 

André and his daughter are huge fans of the popular sandbox video game, Minecraft. As they moved to a new house, André's daughter chooses the under roof attic as her room. "Since it looked like a cool Minecraft cave and we needed some new wall lamps, it was clear that we needed some Minecraft Torches there. So that's how the project was born," André says.

 

"I learned that if you have good materials, your project will look even better," he tells us. "I had zero problems with printing and assembling the Torches. Even the Installation on the Wall was quite easy." To bring a bit of realism to the Torch in Minecraft style, André has decided to use a darker wood filament, the Timberfill "Rosewood", for the base. A translucent filament was needed to be used for the "head" of the torch for the light. "Since I had tested out CPE HG100 before, it was the best material for this purpose. For a cool Torch effect, I decided to make it in two colors to give it a clean look when powered off," he says.

The simple light set up with just E14 Light Socket with an LED Bulb. "There was nearly zero post-processing for the print itself, cause the printed parts came out really nice. Just had to knock off some supports, and that's it," says André. 

 

The finished lights look just amazing like this game item was brought to life right from the videogame. "After I installed them, it was just like, WOW, that looks better than I thought. And my Daughter was clearly speechless as she came home and saw the new Lights in her room." say's Andre. The files for printing designed by Orubap these lights can be found on Thingiverse. With a little bit of 3D printing and some basic electronics, even your room can look like a videogame dungeon. 

Choosing Fillamentum was natural for Andre. "I had printed with Fillamentum Filaments before, and it got the best selection on Filaments (Colors and Material) for my project. The Diameter is really constant, so there are nearly zero extrusion artifacts on the prints."

Download here:
Thingiverse

Printed with:
Timberfill "Rosewood"
CPE HG100 "Natural"
CPE HG100 "Morning Sun"

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Faom dart lanchers with Drac Thalassa September 11 2020

Drac Thalassa is a Greek-American Engineer that as many makers, grew up taking things apart and putting them back together. When Drac started to play paintball tournaments he wanted to improve the existing blasters to be better at the game.


(Model by Captain Slug printed with PLA Exrafill "Luminous Green", "Wizard's Voodoo" & "Gold Happens")

"When I played Humans Vs. Zombies (a live-action game) back in university, I wanted my toys to be as fast and lean as possible. So I headed to my local hardware store and started replacing parts until things broke," he says. This lead to the first 3D printed parts and starting up his own online store.


(Model by Captain Slug printed with PLA Extrafill "Luminos Orange" & Crystal Clear)


Drac has initially only wanted to create refined blasters for him, but what started as a simple hobby quickly spiraled out of control. "I like to think I'm professionally 12 years old in that I've made my living making design and marketing consulting about toys. It would seem that growing up is indeed optional." Drac talks about his career focused on foam dart launchers.


(Model by Project FDL printed with PLA Extrafill "Vertigo Starlight", "Iceland Blue" & "Rapunzel Silver")

The background in playing tournaments was a huge motion behind the start of his personal store with foam blasters and a reason to organize his own competition. "Last year I founded the Foam Pro Tour, a cash-prize tournament of champions for blaster sports. It derives from a decade of experience getting to play semi-competitive Nerf all over the planet and bringing the best rules and players together to see our hobby become a sport. It's a privilege to get to watch others compete at the highest level, and I hope to have the event live-streamed someday and televised." he says fondly. 


(Model by Captain Slug printed with Timberfill "Rosewood" & PLA Extrafill "Vertigo Grey")


To start creating his blasters, there was a lot to learn at the beginning. "I learned a lot about thermoplastics and tolerances and also product development cycles. Both have been incredibly helpful in my personal tinkerings and builds, as well as the things I produce professionally," he says.


(Model by Captain Slug printed with Timberfill "Rosewood" & PLA Extrafill "Vertigo Grey")


For personal projects or professional micro productions, Fillamentum always delivers the best possible material. Drac also told us that the quality of the material has vast importance in the finished pieces. 

"You can't make the best things with second rate materials. If you want to make top-shelf blasters, you have to be using top-shelf filament. Fillamentums tolerances and color options are simply top-shelf. They run in all the different machines on my farm and consistently deliver the hits, whether on display or on the battlefield," he told us.


(Model by Project FDL printed with PLA Extrafill "Vertigo Starlight""Iceland Blue" & "Rapunzel Silver")


In a huge palette, like our PLA Extrafill, it's hard to choose a favorite color. "I mean... obviously everything looks better in Vertigo Grey, but I am a fan of the entire Extrafill series especially the PLA Wizard's Voodoo," he says. "The Flexfill TPU is very good for grips and stocks as well. I'm always excited to try out the new colors."

 

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Models by Project FDL
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Beautiful Custom Wedding Gifts by Dario Klepić September 04 2020

Dario Klepić is a self-taught 3D modeler based in Croatia, also better known as Saddex3D in the community. This digital skill later grew into 3D printing, where he makes parts from scratch and replicates existing objects and props.

When Dario designs something, he says that all he needs is a craft beer from a small brewery and his favorite old school rap. He mostly works in ZBrush and Solidworks modeling figures and movie replicas for his clients with 99.9% accuracy, as he says. Most of his designs can be found at Cults3D.  

As Dario decided to step into the married life, he decided to make his own small unique presents for the wedding guests. "Everyone can buy presents that were made exactly the same way for every wedding, and I didn't want that. I wanted something unique, and that's where the idea of the horses hearth as a present came from," he tells us.

Dario used Timberfill Cinnamon for one of his early designs, the flintlock pistol. "I was amazed by how easy it was to print with it and the quality of the printed parts. Really close to a real wood texture. When I was thinking about filament for this project, my first thought was Timberfill Cinnamon," Dario says. "I am more than happy how it turned out. As always, Fillamentum filament didn't fail me."

Download here:
Cults3D

Printed with:
Timberfill Cinnamon

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Foldable Laptop Stand by Pierre Trappe August 28 2020

Pierre Trappe is a mechanical engineer from Germany. He loves to work on a wide variety of projects and solving problems. Shortly after he learned basics of 3D modeling he got himself a 3D printer and the journey could start. One of the main advantages of additive manufacturing medium is that creating even everyday objects like this foldable laptop stand can be done almost effortlessly. 

For his studies, Pierre had to work daily with his laptop at various locations. After long hours of work, the laptop's standing height turned out to be quite uncomfortable as he had to always look down on the screen. Another point was to avoid the overheating issue, especially in the summer months. Important for Pierre was to be able to carry the stand around with the laptop without the need for assembly. To avoid a bulky design, the stand had to be foldable. "I've looked at some designs on the internet, but I couldn't find one that suited my needs. Therefore, I've created my own design," he says. 

In the end, this small project was a success. "I'm really happy how it turned out, although it does need some fine-tuning. I've learned that you can get really cool effects using transparent filament regarding print settings like infill, wall thickness, and layer height," Pierre tells us. 

Choosing the right material for the job was also an essential element. 
"For a project, I was once working on, I was looking for a more special color than just standard grey. While searching for options on the internet, I found a wide range of materials and colors from Fillamentum. Eventually, I went for PLA Rapunzel Silver, and the results I got where just amazing," Pierre tells us.

The best material for this project turned out to be a CPE HG100. The stand was printed with CPE HG100 "Army Green" and "Grey Mouse Transparent". The model can be found at Thingiverse and the assembling instructions are available as stylish video on Youtube. As Pierre says, "I chose CPE HG100 because of its flexible properties. This was crucial for the spring-like part of the laptop stand. Another point was the heat deflection temperature to ensure that the laptop stand will not deform under the direct sunlight. The materials from Fillamentum are one of my favorites because they are consistent, and the print results are very good." 

 

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Thingiverse

Printed with:
CPE HG100 "Army Green"
CPE HG100 "Grey Mouse Transparent"

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Toy Designs by J. Surovsky August 21 2020

Jacob Surovsky is a San Diego based playmaker focused on toy design and themed experiences. With a keen interest in 3D printed mechanical toys and marble games that are usually only available through major toy manufacturers. 


(PLA Extrafill "Turquoise Blue", "Rapunzel Silver" & "Luminous Orange")

To create experiences that encourage his audience to be playful and tell stories, Jacob uses a wide variety of skills from coding and 3D design to writing and acting. "Being a playmaker for me means being a jack of all trades and a master of fun," he says. "Depending on the project, that can look like designing escape rooms, writing and producing a puppet show, or inventing educational toys." 


(Owl Buddy printed with PLA Crystal Clear "Smaragd Green")

Thanks to an interdisciplinary design/business program at USC, Jacob was introduced to 3D printing as a designing medium, which is reflected in the way he uses this additive manufacturing method. "3D printers for me are like the ultimate toy. When I'm designing something new, usually, I'm not following a linear process. Instead, I'm trying to be playful with my ideas and use that playfulness as a tool to create the unexpected," says Jacob. "It's not until I'm holding a tangible object in my hands that I can truly understand and come up with ideas for making it better." One of the biggest advantages of this medium is turning the ideas from digital objects to a physical one allowing for quick iterations. 

(Marble City Kinetic Sculpture printed with  PLA Extrafill "Gold Happens")

The involvement and help that Jacob received from his classmates and mentors encouraged him to start designing his own creations. This was a starting point of creating his Instagram account Coolthingsbyjacob, to document his 3D design work and other projects. "Having community engagement encouraged me to keep pushing my skills and trying out different ideas," he tells us.


(PLA Extrafill "Turquoise Blue""Rapunzel Silver" & "Luminous Orange")

With his lifelong fascination with vintage mechanical marble toys such as Screwball Scramble, he started to create his own versions of these mechanical marble runs. Over the past year, after testing different ideas, he has created Marbleous Adventures, a series of fully realized marble runs available on Kickstarter. As Jacob says, "It's been fun pushing my technical design skills to their limits to create a product that I'm really proud of."


(Big Top Bounce! printed with  PLA Extrafill "Vertigo Galaxy" & "Gold Happens")

"The only 3D printing material I really ever use is Fillamentum PLA because it's non-toxic and comes in so many great colors. My most recent printing setup had my printer in my bedroom closet, so I don't want to worry about fumes and ventilation. PLA is great because it's reliable, durable, and affordable," Jacob says. "I was blown away by both the quality of the filament and the amazing colors and styles offered. Fillamentum's colors and styles really embrace the medium of 3D printing and can make any file into an outstanding showroom piece."

Find the models here:
Cults3D
Myminifactory
Thingiverse
Patreon

Materials and prints:
Big Top Bounce! printed with  PLA Extrafill "Vertigo Galaxy" & "Gold Happens"
Marble City Kinetic Sculpture printed with  PLA Extrafill "Gold Happens"
Owl Buddy printed with PLA Crystal Clear "Smaragd Green"

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Ghost in the Shell Geisha by M. Nicholas August 14 2020

Matthew Nicholas is an ex-army paratrooper now a commission artist specializing in replica film props, including studio scale film miniatures and an enthusiastic maker.

Matthew was building film replica props for over twenty years. About 5-6 years ago he started to use 3D printer, another tool in his workshop. Even though there has certainly been a learning curve, the 3D printed parts have become his main distinctive trait.

"I chose the robot Geisha assassin from Ghost in the Shell as it was the most memorable piece from the film for me personally. Between the body and the hair remaining unpainted, I knew it would showcase Fillamentum's ABS quality. The painted inner robot parts would contrast so well from the elegant simplicity of the outer head and hair that it would give it that visual WOW factor!" Mathew says.

The model was based on incredible work for the film done by the folks over at the Weta workshop, a special effects and prop company based in Miramar, New Zealand, producing effects for television and film.

This replica model was designed by Exclusive 3D Prints with incredible attention to detail. They are professional 3D sculpture designers with over a decade of experience with a deep passion for game, comic and film-based collectible figures, 3D printable at any size.

"I am beyond happy with the final result, as well as the amount of positive feedback and attention the piece has received online. It certainly exceeded my expectations and was well worth the amount of time and effort put into building her." Matthew tells us.

One of the challenges that Matthew encountered was the sheer size of the printed object, the 1:1 in scale to a human head. The print settings and orientation for the best possible surface qualities were well fought off. After all the parts were printed out, they fit in just right. When the test fitting was done it was time to color the contrasting inner robot parts and other small details. After the final assembly, the face of the Geisha was finished with the signature pink paint. The whole project was built entirely in ABS Extrafill Traffic White and Traffic Black.

"I prefer ABS due to how easy it is to sand and work with during post-processing, but in addition, Fillamentum ABS flows and prints so wonderfully, it keeps me coming back for more!" Matthew explains.

"Surface finishes come out so smooth, even at 0.2 or 0.3 layer heights, and the colors are consistent. I love the stickers that come with each roll and the filament diameters are so consistent that I never get the filament feed errors that my printers like to throw when printing with some other brands. All in all, Fillamentum just makes my ability to output beautiful, high-quality prints that much easier. I have enjoyed working with your products so much, and hope to continue doing so into the foreseeable future!"

 

Download here:
Cults3D

Printed with:
ABS Extrafill Traffic White
ABS Extrafill Trafic Black

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Coin case created by Prototypum July 31 2020

Prototypum is a prototyping Czech based studio focused on full-service product creation. From the design to the engineering through the production of functional prototypes. This time the task was to design a case for commemorative coins issued by Paralelni Polis.

Paraleni Polis is an Institute of Cryptoanarchy based in Prague that aims to make available tools for unlimited dissemination of information on the Internet and encourage a parallel decentralized economy, crypto-currencies, and other conditions for the development of a free society in the 21st century.

The silver commemorative coins are a project by Paralelni Polis to pay tribute to the people who stood up to this system and whose work made a major contribution to the freedom of the Internet. They connect three main thematic pillars - art, science and technology of their concept. The coins acquire collector's values as the editions are limited, after the production of a hundred pieces they destroy punches. Almost the entire production process is handmade and each coin has a value of 0.01 BTC.

This year's edition of the silver coins portrays Aaron Swartz (1986-2013), American visionary, hacker, political and internet activist, and one of the most talented IT experts of his generation.

Prototypum has added multiple layers of values to the design of the coin cases too. The silver coins are a symbolic expression of respect for those who fought for freedom and therefore got persecuted, sued, and imprisoned by the government; the decor used on the box refers to prison bars. The case also creates an optical game in which you can see different parts of the coin depending on the viewing angle.
The final product was 3D printed with PLA Vertigo Starlight.

"Given the fact that Paralelni Polis connects art, science, and technology, it was obvious to select 3D printing as a production technology."
- Prototypum

Printed with:
PLA Extrafill Vertigo Starlight


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Pull Copter Finger Ring by Stian Wahlvåg July 10 2020

As a self-taught 3D designer, multimedia developer and mostly a father of two, Stian Wahlvåg designs and prints models that brings out the childhood nostalgia.  


Stian has started to tinker with 3D modeling back in 2004, and later this became a solid foundation when he borough this first 3D printer in 2010. At his day job, he works as a full-time 3D designer for a shipping bridge simulator company delivering solutions for maritime simulations. By night after the kids have gone to sleep, he spends most of his spare time working on personal 3D printing projects, mainly for his YouTube channel.

"Many of my designs have a touch of childhood nostalgia combined with my interest in everyday mechanical objects and toys," he explains. 

This time Stian wanted to test his small desktop 3D printer, the Fulcrum Minibot 1.0. He chose a fun small project for this the Pull Copter Finger Ring, a mechanical toy. While initially planning a new Surprise egg, some of the printer's characteristics suggested that the Pull Copter Finger Ring would be a perfectly suited print. Like all of his projects, the best final model went through an iterative designing process that includes a lot of modeling and test printing.

"The Ring Copter flew better than I was expecting. If I had more time to spend on the project, I would probably try to design a screwless version," Stian says. "But then again, I kind of like the look of cap hex screws, they add extra detail."

This project was about designing a simple but fun toy. Stian wanted to choose clean, bright colors to reflect this. He picked up the combination of PLA Extrafill Sky Blue, Luminous Green, Orange Orange, Traffic Purple, Red and Yellow. You can find this project on Myminifactory and print it yourself with your favourite filament color combination.

"I have always enjoyed printing with Fillamentum filaments. When I bought my first spool of Fillamentum PLA Extrafill a few years ago, I realised how much good quality filament would enhance the print quality," Stian tells us.


Download here:
Myminifactory
Cults3D

Printed with:
PLA Extrafill "Sky Blue"
PLA Extrafill "Luminous Green" 
PLA Extrafill "Orange Orange"
PLA Extrafill "Traffic Purple"
PLA Extrafill "Traffic Red"
PLA Extrafill "Traffic Yellow"

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RC car Landy 4×4 by Oscar Gonzalez July 03 2020

With a passion for Radio Controlled vehicles and toys he had since he was a kid, Oscar Gonzalez has reinvented his favorite hobby with 3D printing. 


"Since I was ten years old, I have been building RC planes, cars and boats. My father had a Radio Control store in Isla de Margarita, Venezuela. In the last five years, I've been 3D printing full-time," Oscar explains.

The combination of his two great hobbies Radio Control and 3D printing, has started with curiosity. Oscar wanted to know if he could make and modify his own pieces for Radio Control Drones projects. Currently, he can manufacture the parts for his projects in hours. 

One of the main reasons he has chosen Landy 4x4 Hardtop by 3D SetsCzech-based studio is their incredibly well-made models and thorough assembly manuals. All of their models have fully-functional details based on a real car.

The color combination chosen for Landy 4x4 Hardtop by Oscar was thought out as well. The dominant color of PLA Extrafill "Traffic Yellow" is well balanced with the contrasting PLA Extrafill "Traffic Black". The interior details like car seats were printed with PLA Extrafill "Chocolate Brown", mimicking real leather seats. Other details such as the wheel rims were printed in PLA Extrafill "Rapunzel Silver".

These are some of the essential elements that contribute to the successful creation of a project like this according to Oscar. "The very important thing is to use a filament that always has the correct diameter and is always well wound. Also, a very well-calibrated and well adjusted 3D printer is fundamental but don't forget about patience. There are many hours of printing."

"I'm very happy with the result and in love with the impressive aesthetic result of Fillamentum colors," Oscar says with excitement. "I have been using Fillamentum PLA Extrafill for four years, and I trust the quality and good results with my eyes closed."

Oscars' future project plans are, of course, to continue creating and producing new projects like this. In the next few months, you can look forward to Radio Controlled Boat and another car. He fondly says that "Thanks to 3D printing, we reinvent ourselves with our hobbies."

Download here:
3Dsets.com

Printed with:
PLA Extrafill "Traffic Yellow"
PLA Extrafill "Traffic Black"
PLA Extrafill "Chocolate Brown"
PLA Extrafill "Rapunzel Silver"

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Audrey II by Tom Quach June 19 2020

Everybody knows that nostalgic feeling of the movies that we loved as kids. This is one of the main influences on Tom Quach's work that connects all of his projects. "Little Shop of Horrors was one of my favorite movies. I loved the design of Audrey II and wanted to have it on my desk," says Tom.


While he works as a VFX artist by the day, he makes cool 3D models as a hobby. "I started 3D printing around two years ago. I saw an amazing model of ED209 from the Robocop movie for sale that I couldn't afford, so I decided to make my own," Tom explains.

While working in the Visual Effects field helped a little, he had to learn a brand new 3D modeling software in order to make Audrey II. "This is my 3D rendering of Audrey II, I modeled in Zbrush and Rendered in Substance Painter. It's also the same model I used for 3D printing," he tells us.

The Audrey II model consists of 15 individual pieces that make the printing easier and also allow for scaling up the model so it can be printed bigger on a smaller bed. It's flawlessly printed with PLA Extrafill "Gold Happens" and the model can be found in Tom's store along with many other amazing models. The head can be easily attached to the body with magnets. This interesting detail was purposely designed so that it can be freely detached while painting the model. "I can just remove it for painting and snap it back when I'm done," Tom says.

Every project has it's own challenges, but it's also a learning experience. "I get more familiar with my printer's settings and tolerances each time I make a new model," he says, "I know what works and what doesn't. After many completed projects, I feel more confident in my skills now than two years ago." 

"I've learned over the years that not all filaments are made equal. I've been using dozens of different brands, and my favorite by far is Fillamentum. Unlike other brands, I get amazing layer consistency and smoothness. I use other brands for testing and for painted models. I never paint over my Fillamentum because they look beautiful as is. I've been saving my PLA Gold Happens filament for a special project. I finally used it on Audrey II, and I think it looks amazing." Tom tells us.

 

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Tom Quach 3D store

Printed with:
PLA Extrafill "Gold Happnes"

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Star Wars Escape Pod by Matthew Nicholas June 12 2020

Matthew Nicholas has been an avid Star Wars fan since he was a kid, and he practically grew up building models from the movies. After his time in the United States Army, he has decided to follow his childhood passion for building film prop replicas and costumes.

"In the last twenty years, I have been building and selling costumes and props as an evening hobby, and this last year I finally decided to break away, follow my passion, and try to do this full time," he tells us.

The original Star Wars trilogy, Tron, and the Indiana Jones trilogy were some of the movies that formed Matthews's childhood and are something that he always fondly comes back to. After some consideration, Matthew has chosen the Star Wars: A New Hope Escape Pod model for his collaboration project with Fillamentum."I wanted to build a replica of the studio scale filming miniature. I knew exactly how I would display it, and knew that it would be an ideal project to showcase both my abilities as well as the quality of Fillamentum's filament," he says.

The escape pod model can be found in an online subscription group of fantastic artists called Build it, and they will come, and the base was designed by Matthew and is available on Cults3d.

Every project is an opportunity to learn something as well as to practice and hone your skills and, most importantly, to have fun. Matthew has decided to add a little easter egg to his model, referencing the movies. R2 and C3-PO in their own little cockpit are looking out the window. His Father suggested finding images of a cockpit, printing them, and gluing them into the small enclosure to go on the inside of the window for an extra bit of detail.  

"This thought had not occurred to me and truly ended up being that extra layer of subtle detail that just made the easter egg that much more neat," Matthew explains.

The whole escape pod was printed with ABS Extrafill "Metallic Grey""I print mainly in ABS, out of personal preference. I have printers which print ABS extremely well, I like the end product durability, and I prefer how much easier it is to work with for post-processing," he tells us.

A little engineering was needed to figure out mounting points and the counterweight in the stand. He ended up having to put a 15 mm steel plate, which was cut to match the interior profile of the inverted star destroyer base.

Post-processing was fairly standard, after the printed pieces were sanded down the parts needed to be assembled with CA glue. After that, the glued seam was spot filled with 3M Bondo and sanded down again and then a few coats of sandable primer were applied before the final sanding session. After this, the model was ready for a paint job. An eight-hour session of airbrushing on the base using colors custom mixed to match the reference pictures as closely as possible, followed by hand painting the small details and wrapped up with a clear satin coat.

It's always a very gratifying feeling to hold the finished project in your hands. "I'm very happy with the final outcome. It's always a pleasure to have something you had inside your own head become a reality," says Matthew with excitement.

"I had heard a lot of good things about your filament but had never tried it—what a fantastic product. Your ABS Extrafill came out smooth like butter and printed so well. The pictures speak for themselves. I would not hesitate to use or recommend your product again in the future," Matthew says.

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Escape Pod 
The Base

Printed with:
ABS Extrafill "Metallic Grey"

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Marionette by Zodiac & Arthur Grygoryan June 05 2020

The collaboration between ZODIAC, a brand by REVTEC 3D and Arthur Grygoryan a USA based freelance toy designer and a 3D printing enthusiast, was about creating something a fun toy. In the end, Arthur designed this Marionette and Zodiac printed it perfectly.

Growing up with high-quality awareness and necessary experience in materials science, Emir Hamzic started to develop ZODIAC in 2018. Now they produce their own components that get the most out of every 3D printer, such as Nozzles Heatbeaks and other accessories. 

Arthur Grygoryan has initially got into 3D printing as a means of extending his skill set as a freelance toy designer and discovered this wonderful community. Creating working models and prototypes has helped him tremendously in his independent freelancer job.

Naturally, the idea of making a movable puppet with easily assemblable joints came up. "I wanted to step it up and really make something thematic and fresh, so I started looking at designer's vinyl and art toys to combine with the puppet theme for inspiration. A series of sketches later, and we settled on a look we both liked and I went on to 3D modeling!" says Arthur. The combination of PLA Mukha with PLA Traffic Red and White shows the Christmas or Winter aesthetic nicely. 

"We added wood patterns to let the PLA Extrafill Mukha look more realistic as a real wooden puppet. It came out brilliant and is easy to print," Emir explains. 

Artur had decided to go with kind of elf/Santa's helper aesthetic since it was around Christmas time when he was working on it. "There's really nothing like it out there, which is why I opted to do something so crazy by taking these seemingly unrelated elements and combining them into one charming model that can have a sense of timelessness to it," Arthur explains. This charming marionette has turned out to be a really easy project, you can find the model on Thingiverse.

Since Zodiac is a nozzle and 3D printing accessories producer, they focus on consistent and perfect print quality. They were searching for a reliable filament producer. "The print worked on the first try perfectly. If you look close, the Fillamentum filament creates harmony, which means that it is perfectly suited to our ZODIAC nozzles," Emir tells us.



Download here:
Thingiverse

Printed with:
PLA Extrafill "Mukha"
PLA Extrafill "Traffic Red"
PLA Extrafill "Traffic White"

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Steampunk race car by Nacho 3D May 29 2020

Nacho Cayuela is an agricultural engineer, also know as Nacho3D, who has an undying love for 2D and 3D parametric industrial design. For the last three years, he has dedicated most of his free time to printing all the crazy things he could think of. This Steampunk race car was a little challenge to design something with his own personality instead of designing reproduction as he usually does.

A few months ago, he finished designing a Hot-Rod inspired II World War American fighter plane. With the intent to continue the series that he has taken a liking to, he wanted to try to make an unusual vehicle design with a certain steam-punk or post-apocalyptic aesthetic.

"My inspiration or starting point was the 1937 British Thunderbolt record speed car with a brutal look underneath its streamlined bodywork, two huge motors, three axles, eight wheels...I love it," Nacho says with excitement.


(Source: Wikipedia)

As he wanted to give a realistic look to his model with the details and colors, he ended up dividing the model into many different pieces instead of printing one complex object. He ended up creating outstanding 143 pieces.

To complete the race car, he has chosen his three "must-have" filaments. Namely, the PLA Extrafill Gold Happens, Vertigo Grey and Rapunzel Silver with Traffic Black. Seeing the complete result is always very pleasing as Nacho says, "it is very gratifying to see that the time that I have dedicated to the design has been worth it when you see the finished model." However, as he always strives to improve his work, he is sure that he'll revise the design and improve some details. You can find the design uploaded on Cults3D.

We have asked Nacho that how did he like working with Fillamentum materials. "The keyword is "easy." It's easy to select the right color because you have a large color palette, it is easy to get your filaments with the wide distribution network, it is easy to print with them because they have great behavior in a wide range of printing temperatures and it is easy to work with them because you get high-quality parts with great precision." 

Download here:
Cults3D 

Printed with:
PLA Extrafill "Gold Happens"
PLA Extrafill "Vertigo Grey"
PLA Extrafill "Rapunzel Silver"
PLA Extrafill "Traffic Black"

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"Luster" a lampshade by Silvia Sukopova May 22 2020

Silvia Sukopová is Slovakia based Independent Designer. She frequently works on self-initiated projects and commissions, ranging from unique objects to complex installations. The "Luster" project became the practical part of her dissertation work at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia. 

At the beginning of her studies, 3D printing was still somewhat exclusive technology. However, she was always very interested in different techniques and how they work. After understanding the main principles, she often tries to explore the different features of the medium and use them in a manner that can be considered innovative.

"I've got very interested in 3D printing when my husband (then boyfriend) introduced me to his free time project a RepRap that he was building for a friend. Not from the kit, because back then, it was not so accessible. He was looking for all the needed components and then making first test prints. Not too long after that, he built one RepRap for me, and that's when I started to print by myself," Silvia explains her 3D printing beginnings.

What seemingly looks like printing error Silvia uses to her advantage. This came to be as she started to experiment with her own ways of using FDM 3D printer to the full extent of it's potential. "It didn't take long after I started using my own desktop printer that I got a little bored with the results. So I decided to try to find a new way of printing, something unexpected, more ethereal and unconventional in terms of FDM 3D printing. I started to print "in the air" without using support, even though they were needed. And as the filament started to fall down, I let the physics do the job."

The journey of experimenting and cultivating the flaws from a first test to final prints was, of course, lengthy. She had fine-tuned the vase mode so the final product is aesthetically pleasing and also functional.

"I use just one thread to print the whole object 40 cm in the diameter, and the object is full of holes. It took a lot of material tests to get to the collection of the pendant lights I have now."

While working with all kinds of different techniques, Silvia learns a lot about their principles and peculiarities. "With the Luster project, I learned a lot about how delicate 3D printing can be. Sometimes the test went well, and suddenly, the final print didn't work. I even had to remodel my data when I switched from one printer to another," she tells us.

In the end, Silvia opted for ASA because of its high UV and dimensional stability. However, changing from PLA to ASA wasn't without the need for remodeling of the lamps. The model had to be adjusted for ASA Extrafill; she had to account for the different printing temperature and printing speed if the final product would be with the same result.

There were a few things that Silvia wanted to prove in her Thesis:

"Firstly, I was interested in the speculation that with digital technologies, we are losing craftsmanship, which isn't true at all. I used digital technology to create the lampshades, but my work was mostly done in my studio, and I spent a lot of time testing. I had to master the particular printing process to get to the final product. The craft is not lost; it is just redefined. 

Secondly, I tried to be independent as a designer - producer. That is why I used the most accessible type of 3D printer - desktop FDM printer. And that gave me freedom. I could experiment and still produce a functional product on my own. 

Thirdly, I tried to draw attention to the fact that desktop 3D printers can also be used for more artistic projects, not only to produce sturdy little souvenir-like objects."

Everybody has their unique story of how they encountered the materials that they stay with. For Silvia, it was through the 3D printing community on Facebook. "I was looking for the best transparent filament, and Josef Doleček, the Fillamentum founder and CEO, joined the conversation and offered me to try the PLA Crystal Clear filament. After I tried the PLA Crystal Clear, I was so happy with the quality of it that I basically stuck to using Fillamentum filaments," she says. Silvia works on getting the lampshades into design stores to be more accessible but you can always get some directly from her.


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ASA Extrafill

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MiniWorld3D with Dany Sánchez May 15 2020

Dany Sánchez is a Mexican industrial designer that builds a mini 3D world as a 3D modeler and a founder of Miniworld3D. Along with 28 3D artists, he recreates famous landmarks of the world, creating an extensive collection of 3D printable architecture.


(Tikal in GuatemalaChichen Itza and Uxmal in MexicoPLA Extrafill "Pearl Ruby Red")

In late 2012 Dany won a Leapfrog Creatr 3D printer in a worldwide contest. Later in 2013, he left Mexico to travel the world and then work in the USA, Thailand, and Morocco. In his travels, he met a visually impaired person from Finland. "She asked me if 3D printing could be used to make miniatures of landmarks that the blind and visually impaired can touch because it is difficult for them to "know" what they are like. Putting together my passions for doing meaningful design, 3D printing, and travel is how MiniWorld3D started," Dany explains.


(Chichen Itza and Uxmal in MexicoPLA Extrafill "Pearl Ruby Red")

What makes MiniWorld3D unique is that you can find all of these highly detailed and reliable landmarks and even fictional places under a single account. "The vast majority of our models are free, and they can be used in aiding the visually impaired; in education, from elementary school to university-level architecture; in Museums; in AR/VR; in video games, etc.," says Dany. The models are masterfully modeled to be easy to print with tremendous detail while they also keep the file size very small. The models are created without using scans or drones just by simple parametric modeling.


(Great Sphinx of Giza in EgyptPLA Extrafill "Mukha")

The side effect of studying the buildings' shapes, proportions, details, and secrets and building them from scratch ensures that Dany can recognize them immediately, even from the smallest details. He also learns a lot about the buildings' history and context as they include this information in the publication.


(Christmas Village LampPLA Extrafill "Mukha")

"Contributions to the catalog are fueled by a healthy mix of public demand and personal experiences. Some landmarks are ultra-famous, and people always ask about them. Others are less known, but I encounter them in my travels, so I like creating souvenirs or homages to countries I visit. The other artists also send me things they make as well," Dany explains how he chooses the models he publishes.


(San Pedro Church in Gijón, SpainPLA Extrafill "Mukha")

Even though finishing the prints can be very beautiful, it also takes a huge amount of time to capture all the details. Thankfully while being stuck at home during quarantine, Dany has enough time for all the finishing touches for the printed models as he says, "Personally, I enjoy hand-painting, and in quarantine, I have the time to do it :)."


(Palermo Cathedral in Sicily, Italy - PLA Extrafill "Mukha" designed and printed by collaborator Manfredi Laguardia)

"I love painting the prints because it is in full color when they are most recognizable and impactful. Materials that can save time painting are greatly appreciated, such as Fillamentum Mukha, which already gives a great sandstone look off the printer!" Dany says with excitement.
(Tower of Hercules in Galicia, Spain - PLA Extrafill "Mukha")

Multimaterial printing is also possible with some of the Miniworld3D models. Hand painting the prints gives you more detail, colors, and shading, however, it takes time and not everyone can do it. Multi-material printing takes that time burden off from your hands but requires fine-tuning the printer settings and investing in the gear.


(PLA Extrafill "Pearl Ruby Red" and "Mint" )

Knowing that consistency and quality matters, Dany told us "When I first started printing in 2014, I used the cheapest materials I could find. Then I realized quality matters. Fillamentum is one of the top brands known for consistency, quality, and visual appeal. I know that when printing with Fillamentum, I don't have to worry, and I am able to reuse most of my settings regardless of the color. This saves me time and headaches. Also, the colors are so beautiful that it's not necessary to paint the models."


Download here:
Myminifactory

Printed with:
PLA Extrafill "Mukha"
PLA Extrafill "Pearl Ruby Red"
PLA Extrafill "Mint"

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Cosplay spells by 3Demon May 07 2020

Special effects don't have to be Computer Graphics. Adam Jech, the founder of 3Demon, created three quick and easy spells to go with your cosplay or Halloween costume. As is often the case, 3D printing is Adam's longtime hobby that later on became what he does for a living.

"I really like costumes and cosplays so far I haven't seen anything like 3D printed magic spells. A lot of my friends would love to have pictures with these handheld special effects," Adam explains.

The main intention was to create a quick and easy-to-make model of a spell that would liven up any photo. Adam has also created a detailed tutorial on 3D printing and assembling of three magical spells a Firebolt, Icebolt and Chain Lightning that you can find on Instructables

The model Konata Du Vallon looks simply stunning with her magic. Adam is also very pleased with how it turned and the pictures by Juriet look totally awesome! The creation of these spells only takes a few minutes.

The spells were printed with PLA Crystal Clear, Iceland BlueCPE HG100 Red Hood Transparent and Lemonade Translucent. Other color variants are up to the creativity of the makers by choosing different colored filaments or simply by switching the color of LED with the PLA Crystal Clear.

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3Dmon
Cults3D

Printed with:
PLA Crystal Clear
PLA Crystal Clear "Iceland Blue"
CPE HG100 Red Hood "Transparent"
CPE HG100 Lemonade "Translucent"

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Electric Guitar body by COLOR3D April 30 2020

Chiara Vannicola is a graphic designer and founder of COLOR3D, an Italian graphic studio based on an idea of integrating 3D printing technology into traditional graphics. Together with her partner Mauro who is also a graphic designer, they create a well-coordinated duo.

The COVID-19 emergency and quarantine measures have taken a huge toll on the event industry COLO3D included. While they offer a wide variety of services, the most requested products are for events and ceremonies like cake toppers, wedding favors, personalized placeholders, etc. As unpleasant as this is, there's one good thing about all of this. 

"The electric Guitar is a personal project, an idea we had in mind for a long time but hard to combine with work and personal demands. Due to the COVID-19 emergency, many of our orders have been canceled or postponed. As a result, we had plenty of time to dedicate to our ideas and experiment with new projects," she tells us.

Creating any successful project takes time, dedication, and of course, essential research. As Chiara says, "Every new project is a learning opportunity." Printing a body for a musical instrument required them to learn about music fundamentals. This knowledge is also critical to being able to make future modifications to design without compromising the proper functioning of the Guitar. They have decided to use PLA Vertigo Starlight and Rapunzel Silver to make their guitar stand out.

Their goal was very clear from the beginning to be able to 3D print the entire body of the Guitar with the possibility to customize every aspect of it. "We achieved a great result which is also suitable for additional improvements with more versatility," says Chiara.

In the end, they were delighted with the result of their work. "It is the first time we attempt to design a musical instrument. We definitely are very satisfied with the final result," she says with excitement. 

"This model continues to inspire us with many new ideas. We consider this Guitar just the first of many to come," Chiara tells us.

To create consistent quality for their product Chiara and Mauro were looking for a reliable filament. "We tried many brands, but then I got my hands on Fillamentum's products, and it was love at first sight. Today the majority of our production is made with Fillamentum's materials, and I personally consider it one the best brands of filaments on the market," Chiara explains.

 

Printed with: 
PLA Extrafill "Vertigo Starlight"
PLA Extrafill "Rapunzel Silver"

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Mechanical Fingers by Gary Fay April 24 2020

Gary Fay is a self-taught artist based in Western Australia. While he started 3D printing only in November 2018, he has created an impressive portfolio of mechanical hands that take the wearers look to another level thanks to practical effects.

With no formal education in art, Gary has always been interested in creating something out of nothing. With this creative thinking, he has taught himself how to design in Fusion 360 and how to use a 3D printer. Two weeks later he had made a full set of fingers mainly just using the basic functions.

As 3D printers are fairly affordable these days, more and more people find this medium for small scale manufacturing increasingly accessible. "I had wanted one for a few years because I had been designing articulated fingers out of icy pole sticks and fencing wire, but I was unable to make an item worth selling," Garry tells us.

Soon his mechanical hands have become a sensation. This set of fingers was printed in PLA Wizard's Voodoo and Rapunzel Silver. "I found the Fillamentum filaments very nice to work with, resulting in a very smooth finish and easy removal of rafts and supports," Gary tells us. Due to printing at home, his material of choice is PLA Extrafill. Even though this isn't the strongest material, he usually post-processes the prints to compensate for the weaknesses. "I do like experimenting with flexible and stronger materials, well with everything really. I learn by trying everything."

Earlier this year Gary was approached by Lady Gaga’s stylist del Rio. “She thought that what I was making was perfect for what they had in mind,” he says. This is how this particular set of mechanical hands ended up in promotional pictures of this famous musician. 

"After creating multiple designs, I have now realized that human-driven mechanics is an entirely new medium that I can work with, the fingers are just the beginning of what is possible," he explains with excitement. 

Printed with: 
PLA Extrafill Wizard's Voodoo"
PLA Extrafill "Rapunzel Silver"

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Foam Dart Launchers with Project FDL April 17 2020

Project FDL is a small business in the US, run by Jesse and Jackie Kovarovics. They create 3D printed Foam Dart Launchers or short FDL.

"We've started this business from a hobby that Jesse got into. Now we have our blasters in the hands of players all around the world. We also run two leagues for competitive play, the Atomic Dart League and the Neutron Dart League," says Jackie.

It had all started when Jesse got his first 3D printer as a Christmas gift. At that time, he's also got his first Nerf blaster from work so he could play with it in the office about six years ago. However, his creativity had him never settle for anything "basic". That's how he created the FDL-1 as turret mounted to his desk at the office. "While we didn't know this was what we wanted to do back then, now it's our passion and something we love to do as a family," they say.

From there, many improvements were made to make the design smaller, more handheld, and the FDL-2 was born. At the moment there are three blasters in the library. The FDL-3 is the latest model created to be more versatile. It consists of a system of noses and tails that you can choose based on how you will play with it and what kind of darts you plan to use. 

"We are always looking for ways to improve our designs. The FDL-3 came to be thanks to a lot of feedback from our owners on what they would like to see next," Jackie talks about the work behind the blasters.

A great thing about Project FDL blasters is that the costumers can choose between buying the custom blasters made by Jackie and Jesse or printing and assembling their own blasters as the 3D printable files are uploaded on Github and Thingiverse free of charge. You can also find electronics, magazines, and darts on their webpage for easier assembly. They also have a youtube channel with various resources like the assembly tutorials and explanatory videos.


"Since the FDL line is all open source, there are always small improvements being made, and those are taken into consideration when we are designing the next blaster. We currently have a backpack and small blaster set up that uses HIR (High Impact Round) darts that look like small foam golf balls. It's a blast to play with!" Jackie explains.

We have commissioned Jackie and Jesse to print one of their awesome FDL-3 blasters for our team at ERRF 2019 (East Coast Rep Rap Festival), as we just had to have one on display at the booth. The blaster turned out to be a really cool with the full nose, auto tail blaster with full stock, it uses full-sized darts with the auto tail, and many features can be changed to suit the different gameplay. Featuring an OLED screen, the rate of fire, speed, spin up, and more can be changed. The blaster also has three preset buttons in which you can save your favorite settings for more comfortable use and two magazine releases to make swapping magazines a breeze. It was printed with PLA Extrafill Vertigo Galaxy, Luminous Yellow, and Crystal Clear.


"We LOVED how the blaster turned out! The contrast between the Vertigo Galaxy and the Luminous Yellow is stunning, and with the added Crystal Clear, it gave a balance that rounded the blaster out," says Jackie with excitement.


"We have loved working with Fillamentum for years. Jackie's first blaster had used PLA Everybody's Magenta, and she was hooked. PLA Vertigo Grey is one of the most used filaments in our shop, as well as the Wizard's Voodoo," Jesse tells us.

Model:
Github
Thingiverse 

Printed with: 
PLA Extrafill "Vertigo Galaxy"
PLA Extarfill "Luminous Yellow"
PLA Crystal Clear

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Dog Trophy Lamp by Ecohunt April 10 2020

Five years ago, Bence Koós started the Ecohunt brand as a hobby during his interior design studies. His low-poly paper zoo located in Budapest, Hungary, soon grew to be a full-time job. You can find his work appear in restaurants, homes, offices, commercials, photo works, and as a wedding or other event decorations.


His latest significant work is the dog trophy lamp, made for Papírkutya, which means  Paperdog in Hungarian. It's a memorial trophy for the owners' dog, named Bodza which means elderberry in Hungarian.

"In late September, the owner of Papírkutya contacted me, that they want a trade-sign for their new restaurant's wall. At that time, I was experimenting with PLA Crystal Clear because I wanted to create unique trophy lamps from long ago. In those experiments, I've created a fox head with a black surface and glowing edges that my client really liked, so we finalized the design with this style," Bence tells us.


"While I usually work with paper, when I 3D print, my go-to material is PLA. A huge advantage of the Fillamentum PLA Extrafill series is the wide range of colors corresponding to the RAL color system. When I work with clients, we can operate with existing color codes. Some clients like vivid colors, others like the pastel ones, and all of them can be found in the PLA Extrafill palette," says Bence.

As the experimentation was with smaller sizes that could be printed in one piece, the final lamp had to be 50cm wide and 60cm tall so different approach was needed. "My idea was to print only the glowing edges and fill the gaps with the laser-cut cardstock triangles. This way the print would be faster and consume less material. I divided the trophy's frame to elements that fit into the printing volume, and the printing has begun," Bence explains.

Preparation and planning are crucial in bigger projects. To check if everything would easily fall in place. Bence has printed a simple pyramid to test the technique he has chosen. It was a perfect fit, so from there, the final printing could be started. Most of the printed parts and settings were fine-tuned in advance. However, a few hiccups couldn't be avoided, but that's nothing a little bit of sanding couldn't fix.


"I am absolutely happy with how it turned out, and so was the clients and their customers too. I feared that the light would glow differently at the glued joints, but it became an entirely homogeneous lighting surface," says Bence with joy.

The whole lamp frame took 132 hours to print on a 0,3 mm layer height and consumed 1.5 kg of PLA Crystal Clear. The whole building process took a full week of 12-16 hours of daily work. The building process included designing the frame, dividing, modeling, slicing, detaching supports after printing, sanding the joints, sandblasting the surfaces for diffuse glowing, frame assembling, laser cutting the filling triangles, painting them, attaching them and finally installing the finished lamp.

The continuous experimentation with different materials and technologies enables him to create various uses for his designs ranging from small jewelry to huge festival decorations. Teaming up with different co-designers and co-creators, they can take the final artworks to a higher level.

As a kid, Bence often used to play with LEGO, with the dream of designing his own lego bricks. When he started to work at Limes Model, an architectural studio creating scale models and accessories, he felt like anything can be 3D printed, not just lego bricks.

"I was always interested in 3D printing, reading a long while FreeDee's articles about the topic. They are the official distributors of Fillamentum in Hungary. When we started to use 3D printing at Limes Model, we bought the machines and materials from them. We tried several brands' several materials, but this brand became the best choice for us. As I started my own business last year, I kept working with Fillamentum filaments. It has a wide color palette, the quality of the filament is perfect, I like the design of the spools, the packaging is well designed and I really love the small stickers!!!" Bence tells us.

Printed with: 
PLA Crystal Clear

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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.

Printed with:
PLA Extrafill "Traffic Red"
PLA Extrafill "Traffic White"
PLA Extrafill "Melon Yellow"
PLA Extrafill "Vertigo Grey"
Nylon CF15 Carbon

Model by Edge:
Cults3D


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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.

 

Printed with:
CPE HG100

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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: 
Myminifactory

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Printed with:
Filla Fellas:
PLA Extrafill "Traffic Purple"
PLA Extrafill "Luminous Yellow"
PLA Extrafill "Orange Orange"
PLA Extrafill "Pearl Night Blue"

Ornamental Box:
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 GreenLuminous Yellow, Everybody's MagentaTraffic 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.

Model by Fernando Jerez: 
Myminifactory

Printed on:
Palette 2 PRO

Printed with:
PLA Extrafill "Luminous Green"
PLA Extrafill "Luminous Yellow"
PLA Extrafill "Everybody's Magenta"
PLA Extrafill "Traffic White"

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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. 

This plant container was printed with PLA Extrafill "Traffic Black" on Trilab DeltiQ by the Product Design department at Tomas Bata University. 

 

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.

The planter was printed with PLA Extrafill "Light Ivory" on Trilab DeltiQ by the Product Design department at Tomas Bata University.

 

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.

Printed with PLA Extrafill "Traffic White""Traffic Black" on Trilab DeltiQ by the Product Design department at Tomas Bata University. 

 

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. 

The Cookie cutters were printed with PLA Extrafill "Noble Blue" and "Traffic Red" on Trilab DeltiQ by the Product Design department at Tomas Bata University.

 

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. 

The Badges were printed with PLA Extrafill "Noble Blue", "Traffic Red", "Traffic White" & "Metallic Grey"  on Trilab DeltiQ by the Product Design department at Tomas Bata University.

 

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.

The Choco mold was printed with PLA Extrafill "Luminous Green", "Turquoise Blue" and Crystal Clear, on Trilab DeltiQ by the Product Design Department at Tomas Bata University

 

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.

The growing system was printed on Trilab DeltiQ by the Product Design Department at Tomas Bata University.  

 

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. 

It was printed with PLA Extrafill "Traffic Black" & "Metallic Grey" on Trilab DeltiQ by the Digital Design department at Tomas Bata University. 


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

Elyasaf Shweka, an industrial designer from Israel, started to develop a fun project, a magnetic marble run, named Makeway.

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. 


Printed with:
PLA Extrafill "Gold Happens"
PLA Extrafill "Rapunzel Silver"
PLA Extrafill "Vertigo Grey"
PLA Extrfaill "Traffic White"

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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")



This well-thought design by Antonin Nosek cleverly hides the back bar pin of the Brooch on the top of the box. While the little box can hide some other sweet surprise. Find the model on Thingiverse.

 
Model: 
Thingiverse

Printed with:
PLA Extrafill "Chocolate Brown"
PLA Extrafill "Mukha"
PLA Extrafill "Gold Happens"
PLA Extrafill "Ruby Red"


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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, 3DBGPrintWith 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.


Printed with:
PLA Extrafill Gold Happens

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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. 

Find the model here:
Thingiverse - Designed by Big Nic Dimelow

Printed with:
PLA Extrafill Gold Happens

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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.

 

Model:
Myminifactory

Printed with:
Timberfill Light Wood Tone 
Timberfill Rosewood

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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. 

Model:
Myminifactory

Printed with:
PLA Extrafill Pearl Ruby Red
PLA Extrafill Wizard's Voodoo
PLA Extrafill Gold Happens
PLA Extrafill Chocolate Brown
PLA Extrafill Mukha

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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.

Models:
Pneumatic screwdriver 
R-38 Pneumatic Bourke Rotary Engine

Printed with:
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.

Find the model here:
Myminifactory

Printed with 
PLA Extrafill Mukha 
PLA Extrafill Traffic White
PLA Extrafill Lilac
PLA Extrafill Pearl Ruby Red
PLA Extrafill Mint
PLA Extrafill Green Grass

For a perfect Christmas tree check out also Gold Happens with Christmas Fellas and Crystal Clear Christmas Fella Lights

 

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