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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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RC car Landy 4×4 by 3DSets November 22 2019

Landy 4×4 Pickup by 3DSets is a 3D printable RC car inspired by the Land Rover 4×4 Pickup. This model is approx. 45 cm long (1:8 scale) and ready for your RC (Radio-Controlled) equipment. It has enough power to drive in terrain and is slow enough that the model is suitable for kids.

„Print, Build, Enjoy!“ is a 3DSets motto, this studio based in the Czech republic created this project in response to the ever-expanding hobby sector of 3D printing. A duo of designers Ondřej Slavík and Jiří Lorenčík spent about one year of their free time to develop their first RC car. They always dreamt of creating and offering something digital that would allow them to sell the product around the world while maintaining high quality. Now they have customers from every corner of the world. The first customer was from Mexico, the next one from Indonesia and Bali. Most customers, however, come from the Czech Republic, the USA, and Germany.

Landy 4x4 has all the fully-functional details based on a real car. Opening doors, hood, trunk, and other smaller features such as door handles, windshield wipers, side mirrors, including complete interior parts like floor mats! Even the body panels have gaps spaced like the actual car. 




“Don't buy parts - just print nearly all of them! You can print most of the pieces starting with bodywork, complete chassis, even Cardan joints, and gearbox. To complete the car, you can buy a motor, radio control electronics, tires, and dampers. Then you are ready for a ride.“ says Ondřej. Even repairs are easy. Just loose a few screws and exchange broken parts. And drive again, almost instantly!



„Many people enjoy the assembly process the most. That's why the assembly sequence is created in the way that they can continue assembling the model during the printing of other parts.“ Ondřej explains.

3DSets offers a complete package, including the 3D printable model and instructions on how most effectively print and build your car with references and links where to get non-printable parts and 3D printing materials to make the building as efficient as possible.


This is how you make your own Landy 4x4 in 4 steps:
1. Gather all the parts you need
a) The model with instructions by 3DSets
b) non-printable parts
c) 3D printing materials
2. Print
3. Build
4. Enjoy

Printed with:

Bodywork: 
PLA Extrafill „Turquoise Blue“
PLA Extrafill „Traffic White“

Chassis:
PLA Extrafill „Vertigo Grey“
PLA Extrafill „Traffic Black“

Lights and small accessories:
PLA Extrafill „Rapunzel Silver“
PLA Extrafill „Crystal Clear“

Interior:
PLA Extrafill „Chocolate Brown“

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3D printed Lamp series by UUP Design November 15 2019

Triin Kõivupuu & Andre Visnapuu are the founders of UUP Design, a design studio based in Estonia. Both of them studied at Pallas University of Applied Sciences, where they met. Soon they discovered that they share the same passion and ideas in design.



In the beginning, they brought their first 3D printer solely for prototyping purposes. However, as they discovered the capabilities of 3D printing, they soon fell in love with the final finish of the printed objects. Especially the Timebrfills natural finish fresh from the printer.

"At first, we didn't plan to build our series on 3D printing, but then we started to print with Timebrfill…" they explain.



When they started to print, PLA was their clear beginning choice because it is effortless to set up and print. Furthermore, the environmental aspect is also vital to Triin and Andre.

"By working with different materials, we are seeking special and economical solutions, designing future classics. We love what we do and hope it reflects in our products," said UPP Design.



PLA Extrafill and Timberfill are 100% bio-based and biodegradable materials. However, an industrial composting facility, where large piles are used, and aeration & moisture are appropriately controlled, is needed. Biodegradable plastics can be collected and composted through biowaste collection.

They created two collections, namely KUMA, the floor lamp & HÕÕG lighting series, with a ceiling lamp and a table lamp.



KUMA
Andre and Triin used PLA Extrafill that, when printed, exhibits pleasant texture. Ultimately the lamp gives out a cozy textilelike felling rather than the look of bleak plastic. White lampshade provides enough light for reading; it gives out a delightful mood light. The lamp is also made of elements such as textile cable, metal pipes, and metal socket, creating a charming ceiling lamp. It took about a year of testing and tweaking the product to finalize the design.



HÕÕG lighting series

UUP Design used Timberfill, which is a wood composite material with real wood fibers. The wood fibers display an authentic natural look and wood sensation. "Hõõg table lamp has a lightweight, and yet stable lamp rosette creating a lampshade which is 3D printed. Lampshades are minimal in design and inspired by the classic form," adds Andre. The dome design is created to conceal the light bulb, resulting in a clean appearance with mood hazy light.



"We couldn't be happier with this environmentally friendly material selection; all printed details are made with biodegradable plastic," Triin and UUP Design say in excitement. An important note is that this product has been designed, produced, and even packed in an environmentally friendly manner from the beginning to the end.



Printed with:

PLA Extrafill "Traffic White"
Timberfill "Light Wood Tone"
Timberfill "Cinnamon"

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3D Printed Violin by Bence Balogh November 08 2019

With a BSc degree in Mechatronics Engineering and a Master's degree in Economics, Bence Balogh found a new love for something unusual. As he participated in the Conference of Scientific Students' Associations in the subject of "Examination of 3D Printing Parameters on the products mechanical properties," he found an interesting topic by HovaLabs, an open-source project, the 3D printable acoustic violin.




"I used to learn how to play the piano and the classical guitar for many years, and I also tried playing the violin. Unfortunately, my violin career only lasted for about a month. I was fascinated by the grace of the violin, and I adore when someone is playing it professionally. It became a must to make one in order to test the connection between 3D printing and music," Ben explains.



"The original Hovalin was amazing, so I consulted with several musicians, especially prime violinists. They gave me useful tips about how to improve and develop the model. It became my obsession to create the violin as realistic as I could, based on the Hovalin and the recommendations by the professionals. I am really satisfied with the result so far. However, I am still working on details and collecting feedbacks for further improvements. The 3D printed violin is an instrument, ornament, and something spectacular," says Ben with excitement. 




In the beginning, Bence used basic PLA for the prototyping as it is the most common material that's also very easy to use. He had to make a few alternations regarding the bridge, as the strings were too strong and broke the original bridge made of PLA. He decided to use CPE for the neck and bridge because of the strain and holding capabilities. In the end, the body of the violin is constructed from PLA Crystal Clear "Smaragd Green", and the neck with the bridge is made from more rigid CPE HG100 "Iced Green Transparent". Full bodies took 40-50 hours to print on the Creality CR10S. Even with the lower resolution, it took 20-30 hours with few iterations. This project was very time-consuming. 




"Many of my friends who play the classical violin helped me, so I learned a lot about the soul, body, and the creation process of a violin. On the other hand, I deeply absorbed 3D printing, maintenance knowledge, 3D design, and remix skills. The most important was to have the patience for this project and the ability to learn from my mistakes. My main goal was to bring 3D printing, music, and people closer together and to challenge myself. Whenever I show the 3D printed violin to people, I see the pure joy and curiosity on their faces, and I think this is the real achievement," Ben tells us. With the help of Stella Nagy, he was able to take breathtaking pictures in The Palace of Music in Miskolc, Hungary.



Printed with:
Body: PLA Crystal "Clear Smaragd Green"
Neck, bridge: CPE HG100 "Iced Green Transparent"

Printed on: 
Creality CR10S

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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 Extrafill Traffic Black
PLA Crystal Clear
PLA Crystal Clear "Iceland Blue"

Download here:
Thingiverse
Cults3D

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Saturn V by Carcasaink September 06 2019

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

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

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

Who made the model for this make?
You can find the complete model on Thingiverse all the credits to its creator! (Mr. Paul Fischer, editor’s note)

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

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

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

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VooDoo Bree by Arte Creator July 01 2019

Did you know that Arte Creator is not one designer but a fantastic duo: Barbara & Goncalo? Now you do, and let’s talk to them about their latest design - Voodoo Bree!

Followers on our social networks may already know you for your epic designs of Bree and Summer - the skater girl. Now you’ve prepared something brand new, inspired by our Voodoo
The idea came when you guys posted some photos of the original Bree printed with voodoo filament by some makers. You guys called her Voodoo Bree at the time. We loved the name and answered back playing with the idea that even better was to make a version of her matching the name. Something like Tia Dalma from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. That idea never got out of our minds, so of course, we had to make her!

We think she looks fantastic in every colour, but sure, the prints from Tore Langelandsvik and Tom Jackson were fabulous! Where can we find the stl?
Indeed they were amazing prints that add value to the model! The STL can be found at MyMiniFactory LINK.

We were writing with you during the designing process and found it interesting to talk about it. How many iterations did you print until you got to the final shape?
Our previous models: Summer and Bree gave us a lot of experience through several experiences and iterations. They paid off with smoother production flow with this new character. As then, we’d already known what works and what doesn't. The printing went well at the first try: with her cap, head, body, featuring many details and she’s support-free. Only the base (or stand) was more labour-intensive the leaves where something new to us. As for the 3D model, there where a few iterations like the angle of the head, the hair, different cloth details, the base size and the amount of branches and leaves in it.

Which head angle didn't work out? As a designer, how do you see the need to change design because of printing?
Some angles don't work out because they can actually change the personality or intention of the character; a head bending over the doll would look intimidating if not awkward. If she were tilted to the right, it would break the flow and the body line. So we opted for this angle as it’s more like a “haaaw, you are a cute doll!! The things I'm going to do to you!!”
Her pose, similar to the original Bree, is intended to help achieve our model without supports, as the printer will always go at a printable angle. It starts going from the base to the hips, where the hands and arms are in an angle that the machine can handle without overhangs, and from there to the neck. The head was made separately as there was no way to make it without support, and it is cut flatten same as the cap so they can be printed flat on the printer bed.

There were some issues with the leaves stand… 
The problem with the leaves where the thickness and level of detail. When printing, you would have a lot of small “islands”, this makes the nozzle move like crazy from one point to another leading to some failed prints. That’s the reason why we have to test before releasing the models to the community. This can be tweaked and solved with better cooling and multiple-layered profile printing, but not everyone has, can or want that, and we don't want to impose it. So we tried to simplify the leaves’ shape, merge them a bit to make them easier to print. Overhangs and printing angles are other things that designers must take into account if they want the model to be as easy to print as possible. These are the models made by makers for makers. We first make sure the model is easy for us to print. If it works for us, it will work for everyone else if we don't push for the printers. If it fails, it will also for other people, and that's not an option, so we’re back at the drawing board!

Zbrush for modeling, our PLA for printing. Btw. what printer do you use?
Indeed, those are our tools! We use mainly our Creality CR10S, but we also have a Creality Ender 3, a Peopoly Moai, and recently acquired the Anycubic Photon.

Why did you choose our materials to work with?
We have tried other materials before but a friend advised us to try your brand, and so we did, and we love printing with them since then. They work well in our printers, and the results speak for themselves as everyone can see from the photos we have published.


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