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 […]

How to wire your 3D printer!

So the iTopie i3 is almost done, and what typically takes the longest is wiring everything up properly. Now, i know that part is not fun, it’s not rewarding, at least not for me, and it’s like this huge threshold between having a machine that looks finished, you know, with all the parts mounted and […]

Autoleveling on 3D printers: 9 myths and 12 sensors tested!

Twelve options to sense the surface of a 3D printer’s bed. Twelve solutions to the same problem. Twelve sensors that are all different. But there can only be one! Well, actually, each one of these has an upside, so let’s see what they can and can’t do. Myth busting 3D-printer style! Essentially these should all […]

CNC mill built from a 3D Printer!

So i’ve always wanted a CNC mill, arguably my interest in automated manufacturing in general was what got me into 3D printing in the first place, since 3D printing is sorta the same thing from a technical standpoint, just way more accessible. But i still wanted something that could machine materials and not just extrude […]

Does Acetone also work for welding and smoothing PLA 3D printed parts?

Wha’s up every one, Tom here. And at this point it can be considered pretty much common knowledge that you can smooth out the layer lines of 3D printed parts made from ABS, HIPS and delikes with an acetone vapor bath. But I was told that this should also work on some type of PLA […]