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Poly Disco Balls by Devin Montes October 11 2019

Devin Montes runs a YouTube channel and website called Make Anything with a belief that everybody should have access to well-designed products.

 

With the intent of building a single Polyhedra Disco Ball, Devin didn't hesitate to go big and printed around 1000 individual connecting parts called Polypanels. They come in any number of shapes, sizes, and forms, but the edge connectors are always the same so they are very compatible. Only two different models, the square and triangle panels, were used to make all these different shapes.

 

These Polyhedra panels are an example of the limitless possibilities that can be build just from a few simple building blocks. These particular panels were designed especially for holding pre-cut mirrors that were ordered online. PLA Vertigo Starlight was the perfect complement to the mirrors, giving that extra pop of contrast Devin was hoping for.

 

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PLA Extrafill "Vertigo Starlight"

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Ragnaros Lamp Figure by 3Dmon October 04 2019

For several years the 3Dmon team has been working in the 3D printing and 3D modeling industry. They consist of passionate 3D printers and 3D modelers based in Prague. Fantasy and cosplay being their long-time hobby they created this cool Ragnaros Lamp Figure from World of Warcraft.

3D printed fan art figures are pretty fun, but if you want to step up your game, the combination of 3D printed parts and electronics like LED’s is your way to go. 3Demon created this figure, presenting unique challenges while being pretty simple and straight forward to make. For everyone who wants to make their collection just a bit more unique Ragnaros the Fire lord is a perfect pick.


You can either pick to print your own model or order a physical one.
Read more about this project on Instructables or watch a tutorial video.

Printed with:
PLA Crystal Clear
PLA Extrafill "Vertigo Galaxy"

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3D printed sole for sandals by Lucie Trejtnarová September 27 2019

Lucie Trejtnarová, a student of the Footwear design studio, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Czech Republic, has developed the Organic 3D printed shoe collection.

"Designers of the new generation are starting to think differently with the developing of new materials and using waste and natural resources to reuse what already exists. This fact inspired me for my project," explains Lucie. 

The experimental collection of shoes is the outcome of the Diploma thesis called Organic mentored by Ivana Kaňovská and Eva Klabalová. Trejtnarová researched recently introduced ecologically friendly materials developed by designers of a new generation. Her work aims to assess the suitability of these materials for the processes of footwear and accessories manufacturing.
At the heart of the work, there is a revolution material Malai - also known as coconut leather, which is fully compostable. This material is used in combination with ecological-friendly material Piňatex – a natural fabric made from pineapple leaves. To support natural fabrics, the designer wanted to find suitable materials for soles. Thanks to cooperation with Fillamentum company from a previous school project, Trejtnarová discovered Flexfill 98A and Flexfill 92A.

The experimental sandal line integrates 3D printed outsoles from TPU-based Flexfill 98A, which could be recyclable.

 


The entire process of work and research is backed up by her experience from an internship in India, the production place of this material. With these materials, Trejtnarová chose to create sandals to suit the warm and wet conditions of India.


Printed by:
Ondřej Puchta, Miloš Cettl, Lucie Trejtnarová, Fillamentum Ltd.

Design:
Lucie Trejtnarová

Printed with:
Flexfill TPU 98A "Powder Beige"

Printed on: 
Ultimaker S3, TRILAB DeltiQ 

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The "Visitors" Laser gun by Nacho3D September 19 2019

Let us introduce to you Nacho3D an engineer from Spain who brought this nostalgic movie prop project to life.

Late '80s American TV show ‘Visitors’ which was very popular at the time is about humans fighting aliens and this fight was an inspiration for the print. Every good fight needs a good gun. In this case, heroes were shooting with laser guns or laser sniper rifles. 

 

The design of a weapon was ready two years ago, but due to difficulties with supports Nacho3d brought it to life just this year and it is definitely worth it! 

 

Let's dive into some more technical details. The gun was designed with Catia V5, a popular CAD 3D software. Some parts were printed on Ultimaker 2+ with Cura 4.1.0 slicer. Apart from the connector, the gun was printed in PLA Traffic Black with 0,4 nozzle and 0,2 layer height with the recommended printing speed 30mm/s and 215°C nozzle temperature. For the connector was used PLA Crystal Clear and PLA Crystal Clear Iceland Blue. In the case of a connector Nacho3D strongly recommends 212°C and the nozzle, layer height and speed the same as the rest. It took approximately 21hours to print the whole gun.

 

We were wondering why did Nacho3D pick up this project. “I wanted to try to design a weapon and this laser gun appeared in an 80's series of my childhood, ‘V’ or the ‘Visitors’. It was a USA miniseries about an alien invasion that really was very popular in my country. The laser gun and the laser sniper rifle were the weapons of the aliens, but they were also used by the heroes of the series” he explains. Would you like to put your hands on this project as well? The model is available on Thingiverse or Cults3D.

Printed with:
PLA Crystal Clear
PLA Crystal Clear "Iceland Blue"

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Saturn V by Carcasaink September 06 2019

While most of the people are printing small gifts and vases, team Carcasaink gets far away from basic 3D printing. Take a look at a really amazing work on printing Saturn V, designed by Paul Fisher.

Hello, how is your day going?:)
My day is doing great as always, printing a lot of stuff, bringing to reality awesome ideas.

What do you have here?
The Saturn V rocket with gantry is our biggest print so far, we choose this challenge because we love the history behind this masterpiece of engineering and this model is very complex and difficult to get done, thousand of parts, small details, everything is just perfect to test our machines and settings.

Who made the model for this make?
You can find the complete model here: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:911891 all the credits to its creator! (Mr. Paul Fischer, editor’s note)

What materials did you use? 
We used Fillamentum PLA in the whole print and a lot of crazy glue to join the pieces together.

Was it hard to finish? 
Was pretty hard to finish because not only the bunch of pieces that were printed (over 2000) but also because of the fine details and the time that took the big ones. Some pieces required almost 3 days to get done, some parts of the rocket (for example, the F1 engines) took a lot of hours of gluing and because they are small pieces, sometimes the assembling process was challenging. The rocket itself was easy to print and glue together but the gantry was pretty hard, not only because it has a lot of parts but also the precision is a must.

Why did you choose Fillamentum materials for this project?
Because of its reliability, vivid colors, easy to print and its price.

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Kordran Conflict, 3D printed strategy game June 27 2019

What was the last time you played some tabletop games? If you are a daily player or you just spent a few seconds trying to remember, here is an interesting project from Plastic Alchemy. Four game lovers get their ideas together and soon we will be able to play complex 3D printed tabletop game, which is called Kordran Conflict.

It’s common to print figures and small accessories for tabletop games. But you have something more complex, please, tell us about your project.
In the last few years games have become a big reason people are getting into 3D printing. There is a bubbling community of people making miniatures and terrain for tabletop games, I think this is just the beginning. Digital distribution, DLC, photogrammetry and other opportunities exist to truly innovate games that can take advantage of the flexibility of 3D printing and it’s customisability. Just one example, imagine a detective game set in a model of your own house, with custom avatars of each player? Only now can this kind of thing happen with 3D printing.

Our team - Fotis Mint, Clockspring and Reddadsteve, all incredible designers in their own right, have joined us at Plastic Alchemy to create games that are easy to print and beautifully designed, while myself and co-designer Evan, with a growing group of playtesters are designing original games to download, print and play.

So this is just the beginning?: )
Yes, we hope so. The first thing was to make a great game, hence our first release, Kordran Conflict.

What kind of game is Kordran Conflict?
For me, the most exciting 3D printable designs are original, so from the ground up we wanted to make a game based in our own sci-fi world. Set on a distant planet with multiple nations, Kordran Conflict is a skirmish strategy game for two players. Each battle miniatures on a large hexagon grid we call the ‘Battle map’. We wanted something that was quick to play but didn’t compromise on depth and complexity either. One battle can take around 15 minutes and can be played in isolation, or players can choose to play a longer campaign that incorporates grand strategy elements, using unique modular world tiles.

How many objects do we need to print to start to play?
For all the positives in 3D printing, the time cost of making all this stuff can be an issue. We set out to reduce this by giving people a way to play the game and print more of it as they go along. By creating a ‘Hybrid’ starter set we’ve removed the need to print all 127 hexagon tiles in the game by replacing them with a board. Players can focus on printing the ‘cool’ stuff like the 18 miniatures per player, barriers and tokens. Inside the box will also be cards for each unit, rulebook, dice and a few extras to help you get playing quickly.

Btw. you can print those figures bigger and have some nice “merchandise” : ) (is it allowed?)
Funny you say that, we actually have a full size model designed by Steve that is all multi-assembly. If it’s popular, I’m sure we’d make more.

How many different materials/colours do we need to have the game in full set?
Obviously, everyone is free to print and customise the game as they see fit, however we recommend 2 colours for the units and a neutral colour for the tiles/barriers. 

Where can models be found , or how this is all working?
Kickstarter always looked like the best platform to launch this kind of project so we’re planning to release the full game there in September. In the lead up to the release we’re having a great time building a community who are printing free stls and downloading playtest kits from our website -  www.kordranconflict.com

Why did you choose Fillamentum as a recommended brand for your game?
Making models that look great and are easy to print is really, really important. 
Our models have built-in supports and have been designed for many brands of 3D printer, but we to guarantee those results we needed a reliable filament. Extrafill has offered us two things:
Consistent, durable filament that sticks to the bed and performs at a range of temperatures.
Beautiful range of colours that allow our work to flourish from concept, design to finished minis.

Aaaand the last one - why should we  play Kordran Conflict? : )
We’re massive gamers ourselves and drew influence from many places when designing Kordran Conflict. Our game has been compared to Heroscape, Xcom, Magic the Gathering and Infinity, all amazing games which we are delighted to be compared to. We’ve worked very hard to make something that is easy to print & to play, a game that will grow overtime, is affordable and customisable. In the next year, we’d like to continue releasing games for the same tile system, making a collection that will be fun to build and play for years!

 

Josh (Plastic Alchemy) & Laila (Fillamentum)

 

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Mechdonalds Printed by Grafit February 27 2019

He is from Hungary and we met on Twitter while he was using our materials for really nice and clean printing. “I am already helping Fernando with his top secret project, beta testing at 40% size”. We knew we are on the same page to make some good collaboration!

*Fernando Jerez is our long-time friend, he’s talented designer who started the wavey madness with his generative design.

Hello Grafit,
When I was asking you about some ideas for a new bigger project, you wanted to print exactly this amazing design by Juri Pranjic. How did you find the model?
I have seen this earlier on Twitter when Juri designed it and started printing his own. I became a follower of @3dworkbench instantly.

Two materials in seven different colours, tell us more about the printing process ... Which printer you used, how long did it take to print? Did you use any tricks or special set up for printing?
Well, the CPE Red Hood filament was a completely new material for me. And because it needed high temperature, I used my Prusa i3 MK3 for that job. No failures there. It came out nicely in the first round. On the pictures you can see, it is the tomato slice.
Since I scaled up this awesome model to 140% I had to use some tricks. For example, on the original model, every part of the burger is solid. However in a perfect world, you will never see the inside of the tomato slice, and the meat etc. so I decided to cut out most parts. The tomato slice is a ring eventually. I will post some making-of photos on my twitter later.
Ender 3 printed the burger buns (Light Ivory PLA), and the limbs (Vertigo Grey PLA). Everything else was printed on the Prusa i3 MK3.
Fries & Cheese (Melon Yellow PLA), Lettuce (Grass Green PLA), Meat (Purple Red PLA), Shields (Traffic White PLA)

Did you have any issues with stringing on CPE? Because when it’s moist, it can be  hairy printing.
Moisture did not get any chance since that was a perfectly packaged brand new spool; and after printing, I put it right back to the reusable ziplock bag. :)

It’s not an easy design but definitely worth it. What did you need for assembling it?
For the burger, I have used hot glue gun. And I designed and printed a custom fitting ring for some of the parts. The legs and arms are just slide in. For the thrusters, I used a small strip of kapton tape to make some friction so they would not fall out.

With upscaling to this giant size there can be an issue with stability which isn’t there in the original size. We almost didn’t manage to make it stand. Do you think it’s something what can decrease the head part weight to reduce the pressure on the legs? Of course he is super-awesome while sitting too, but.. : )
Yeah, the upscaling generated some issues with the tolerances. His joints became a lil’ loose. I think the main issue are the knees. I would glue them to a fix position, or drill and use a screw and a nut through the knee joint. I was able to get him standing with fries box on his back. :) I have a proof.

What are your feelings from Fillamentum materials?
I really love just everything about Fillamentum. The box, reusable ziplock packaging for moisture defense, beautiful glass clear spool, and of course, filament itself. It comes in beautiful vivid colours and quality material. I’ve never had any problems related to the material. Oh, and the surprise stickers! :)
Thank you 💛

The world is divided into two parts…. Ketchup or mayo to your french fries?: )
Lol! Ketchup.

Any ambitions for next projects?
I really like multipart models where you can combine a lot of filaments together.
That is where nice colours and glittery materials can show their beauty and form awesome combinations together. So definitely I would print something big, multipart thing with perfect material combinations.
I recently started to paint some models but then you can just use any filament. :)

 

Laila for scale : )

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