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Prusa i3 3D Printer - 3D Prints made on this printer

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 Items printed with a Prusa I3 - 3d Printer  I found this video showcasing items that have been printed with a Prusa I3 printer and immediately thought of all the questions I receive of what this printer can do and how good it can print. It was printed with an all metal hotend and the settings is shown in the video.Some of the items is quite impressive.     Please try to print these items on your Prusa I3 and send me the pictures. I would love to see your prints.     Have a look at our range of...

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Free 3D modelling CAD software to use with your 3D Printer

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This is one of the questions a lot of new 3D printer owners ask. "What 3D modeling software can I use to create or edit my projects?" Autodesk - 123D Design For a 3D printer newbie I would suggest to start off with 123D Design from Autodesk. It is a free CAD program that have a lot of features and probably enough strength for most newbies to do what they want to do.  It can be downloaded from their website: http://www.123dapp.com/design    They also have a lot of tutorial videos to help you get started with the basics, like the one...

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How to smooth PLA 3d printed items

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I found this very interesting article about smoothing PLA.  They are using Ethyl Acetate in a vapor bath the same way as acetone is used for ABS. It seems to be working very well enough for home use.   Here is a PLA octopus before and after smoothing.   The original article is below with the exact method they used. http://fabsterdam.com/3dprinting/smoothing-pla/

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Cold Casting your 3D Prints

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You can use the Cold Casting method to turn your 3D Printed objects into Metal Show Pieces     Once you have the 3d printed model you want to turn into metal in this method the first step is to print the item on your 3D printer. Then you will make a silicon mold of the 3d printed item. The next step is to do the casting with resin and your preferred metal like iron or bronze. Once it is dry remove the silicon mold and you have your metal item. Now you can give it some shine with fine...

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What heated bed should I use?

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This is a question i see and hear a lot. What heated bed is the best to use?   I found this very informative video by Thomas Sanladerer about heated beds. He is answering a lot of questions and makes a lot of good suggestions. I love these new generation beds you can stick to aluminium as it is the easiest medium for me to print on.       Have a look at our selection of heated beds.

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