Bake your PLA and have it outperform everything else! #Filaween

Ok, so I mentioned how Proto-pasta promises extra strength and rigidity for their HTPLA line of filaments if you essentially bake them in the oven and anneal them. This causes the typically unorganized, amorphous microstructure of the plastic to crystallize and form larger grains that are much more of a consistent, uniform element within themselves […]

Smoothing PLA with Sandpaper

Hi, Welcome to Tinkerine Experiments. This is a new series where we will take different myths and rumors around 3D printing and test them out for ourselves. Today we are going to start things off with something simple. We will take these PLA prints and some sandpaper to try to polish the surface. We have […]

Zero waste 3D printing

(bright upbeat music) There are 100+ 3D printers at UC Berkeley Producing more than 600 lbs of plastic waste per year Students Nicole Panditi and Scott Silva have a solution to recycle that waste, here on campus They collect the biodegradable PLA plastic They grind it up in a blender 20 minutes per load They […]