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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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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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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.

 

Download here:
Myminifactory

Printed with:
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 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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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)

Made with:
PLA Extrafill Traffic Red
PLA Extrafill Traffic White
PLA Extrafill Baby Blue
PLA Extrafill Green Grass
PLA Extrafill Gold Happens
PLA Extrafill Light Ivory
PLA Extrafill Metallic Grey

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