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There are a lot of different nozzles available for 3D Printing and deciding which one to use for a given print can be daunting. You have nozzles in different materials such as brass, nickel plated coppersteel, stainless steel, and even with gem stone inserts. Then you have nozzles with a range of different diameters. This article will offer things to consider when selecting a nozzle. Read More

With any hobby, you can find yourself totally consumed and drawn away from the people in your life.  3D Printing is no different.  I'm sure we've all had the experience of that all consuming first few weeks or months where 3D Printing becomes all you can think about.  A little bit of time obsessed with a hobby is fine, but too much can take away from the real relationships in your life.  

Valentine's Day is a great opportunity to reflect on this.  3D Printing *IS* awesome and rather than taking you away from that special person in your life, it should be bringing you closer together.  

Here are some ideas for how to do that.  

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Fall is an awesome time for 3D Printing.  There are many great events.  One of the biggest for makers and 3D Printing is the World Maker Faire in NYC.  

The 2015 event will be held at the New York Hall of Science on September 26th and 27th.  There will be a ton of amazing Makers showing off their work and lots of hands on activities.  More info about the Faire can be found here.  

Printed Solid will be there in the 3D Printing Village with some cool things to show off and some cool things to buy. 

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A few weeks ago, I read the announcement that Smooth-On had launched a product for post processing 3D printed objects to help smooth the layers called XTC-3D. From their product page, here is the description and the performance claims:

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Have you ever had a nozzle clog? :)  I'm sure the answer is no, right?  That never happens in 3D printing. Of course I'm being sarcastic.  Nozzle clogs happen.  There are things you can do to minimize them such as using quality filament and installing a filament cleaner, but they're still going to happen on occasion.  I've found that they seem to be at their worse when using filled materials and when doing a lot of changes between filament types. Read More
As you've seen in some of my previous posts, I've spent a fair amount of time experimenting with using an acetone vapor bath to smooth 3D Printed parts. Recently, I saw this cool make of a Moai head posted by thingiverse member Shapespeare.  He used acrylic cement to manually smooth the PLA printed part with a really great result. Read More
A few weeks ago, my wife and I had some friends over for dinner.  They wanted to see the printers. So, we went into the shop and talked about how the printers worked, different file formats for models, etc.  Then one of them pulled one of her son's drawings of Boba Fett out of her purse and said, "Can you make this?"  My response was, "of course". Read More
Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!  Cheery Consumerism! Whatever you believe in, it is definitely a time of year for festivities with friends and 'stuff'.  What better way to check out 'stuff' than with a 3D printer? 3D printing is a really fun hobby, it can be a money saving prototyping tool for inventors, and can even be a production method for new products. Read More
I’ve been pretty busy working on customers’ proprietary projects over the past weeks and haven’t really been able to post about anything I’ve printed.  So, I’m doing a writeup on a silly little technique I came up with for things that I make for my daughter. She wanted a princess crown. with sparkles (of course). Read More
Last weekend, my wife and I decided that it was time to hang the baby gates as our youngest is just starting to walk.  However, we could not find the metal hinge pieces.  We had bought the gates years ago from a warehouse store.  There was no manufacturer identified on the gate, so we didn’t even know where to go to get the replacement.  Read More