Category: 3dprinting

My friends at Shop3D.ca are having a contest and I thought you…

My friends at Shop3D.ca are having a contest and I thought you might be interested.  

They’re looking for people to submit models of ornaments that they can 3d print and add to their office Christmas tree. A favorite design will be chosen and the winner will receive a 3DSimo prize pack. I thought cosplayers would be interested because the 3DSimo Mini 2 does soldering, hot wire foam cutting and wood/leather burning in addition to 3D drawing. All around it is pretty cool, I’ve been playing with it a lot.  

(The chance to win a 3DSimo is only open to Canadians, but Non-Canadians are welcome to submit designs to be featured, with credit, on social media) 

If you’re interested you can check it out here: 
https://shop3d.ca/DecorateOurTree

An example of 3D Printing in-action! This print is made of PLA…

An example of 3D Printing in-action!

This print is made of PLA and is being printed on the Ultimaker 2 Extended.

This is extrusion printing. The PLA plastic (that kind of looks like one long piece of plastic spaghetti wrapped around a spool) is heated and pushed (extruded) through the nozzle. The nozzle moves along the print, depositing a thin layer of this plastic.

It builds your print layer by layer, which is why it can take a long time for larger prints.

You can also see there is a thin base layer that extends outside of the print. A good base layer is the basis of a good print! So if you want to start a print and walk away you should at least check the base layer and make sure it has gone down properly. If it hasn’t, some common errors might be that the plate is not level or the temperature is off.

Duckie / Admin

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