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General Discussion / TCT Show - 3D Printing Expo
« on: September 19, 2018, 10:45:39 AM »
From the 25th - 27th September NEC in Birmingham will again be hosting one of the worlds largest 3D printing expos, The TCT Show.

It's a great chance to meet your filament suppliers and printer manufacturers in person, ask them questions and give them feedback, you get to see first hand the new tech coming out, plus, you walk away with an absolute ton of free filament!

You do need to register in advance which only takes a minute, but it's completely free, so what are you waiting for?

I'll be heading up there on the 25th for the day. If anyone else thinks they may be going, let me know!

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Members Projects / 3DRev's Iron Man Suit project
« on: June 24, 2018, 10:43:48 PM »
As it's going to be a long time before it's complete, I thought I'd keep a running thread of my progress as I build a full size, wearable, motorised Iron Man MK 45 suit.

Many of you will have seen my MK3 helmet which I've already printed
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I've uploaded a full build log of it here which is well worth a look for a better insight into the printing and construction of the helmet.

I am now in the process of printing the left half of the chest piece and will keep you posted with future updates:

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Every time I watch Ironman 1 I always end up designing and/or building some gadget or print later that day.
What have you watched that has made you want to stay up all night and have your significant other walk into your workshop the following morning to find you with in last nights clothes, sat hunched over your desk as you look down and marvel at your nights creation?

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General Discussion / The ideal Travel 3D Printer
« on: April 09, 2018, 02:49:26 PM »
I spend a good time of the year out of the country on work. Often whilst working, I think how useful it would be to be able to design and print something on location to help with unexpected situations.

So I'm now looking into options for a portable 3D printer. Either off the shelf or self built.

Here's the priorities:
  • Compact and hardy enough to be easily transported on planes
  • Fairly quick
  • Require fairly little maintenance

Now whist I'd much rather go with FDM for this (as I don't like the idea of flying with loads of liquids), my first impression of these requirements is SLA would be the better option to go for.

So to kick things off, can anyone think of any off the shelf options that could be worth considering?

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General Discussion / GPL Violations - What we can do
« on: April 09, 2018, 02:28:13 PM »
As many of you know, I run a 3D printing YouTube channel (though I have been away for a few months this year so it's been a while since new videos have surfaced).
Anyway, last week I received an email from one of my subscribers.

He emailed myself along with a few others who run 3D printing channels with the hope in introducing us to an issue which threatens the open source nature of our shared interest.

He included a link to which is worth watching, but in short, several printer manufactures are breaking GPL's and locking their firmware illegally, preventing open source modifications.

I'd love to hear your opinions on the issue, and what you think we, as a community can do about it.

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General Discussion / I'm still alive!
« on: March 20, 2018, 06:02:53 PM »
Hey everyone, Just wanted to raise my ugly head and let you know I'm still alive and kicking.
Sorry I've not been online recently but been out of the country for the last couple of months, very much away from my printers, and for the most part, away from decent internet too.

I've got a fair amount of time away from our precious web coming up too but I'm going to try and maintain a better presence.

As I can't actively print whilst I'm away, I'm going to try and spend more of my time working on my modelling and design skills. I've recently closed my online store and will be starting to sell my STL's rather than my models soon.

So what fun, whacky, inventive and down right mind blowing things have you all been up to in my absence?

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General Discussion / New Years Print-Resolution
« on: January 05, 2018, 02:23:21 AM »
What big or fun print projects are you all hoping to get stuck into this year?

I'll be 3D printing my fully wearable Ironman suit, I've got a fun project involving a 4ft T-Rex that I'll have more info on soon, I need to finish off my girlfriends stormtrooper helmet, and I'm hoping to build a couple of robots this year too.

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General Discussion / I'm back!!!... briefly
« on: January 05, 2018, 02:21:14 AM »
Well I've finally got my beauties up and running again after the move. But I may be heading out of the country for work for 3 months within the next 2-3 weeks so not got long to print all the things I've been wanting to get out and haven't been able to. What have I missed?

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What aspect of 3D design or printing did you find hardest to wrap your head around when you were starting out, and/or what do you wish you'd known before you started out?

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Scanning 3d / 3D Scanning using a Microsoft XBox Kinect
« on: November 09, 2017, 10:27:21 AM »
If you're looking to try your hand at 3D scanning but don't want to break the bank, fear not. Using an XBox 360 kinect which costs around 15 on ebay, you can 3D scan to a surprisingly high quality with very little effort.

Here's my video on how to do it:


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Simplify 3d / Beginners Guide - Simplify 3D
« on: November 09, 2017, 01:14:28 AM »
Hey everyone,

I've put together a step by step guide to using Simplify 3D, from setting it up with your printer, through importing a model, to exporting the gcode file for your printer:


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New Developments / The dawn of the desktop SLS printers
« on: November 08, 2017, 04:19:40 PM »
We already have a plethora of options to choose from when buying a 3D printer for our small workshops or our homes. FDM is cheap, has a huge range of materials to choose from, and is the more time tested method for home use, SLA is quickly growing in popularity at home, generally carrying a higher price tag to FDM but still easy and safe to use but offering the potential for much higher resolution prints.

Well say hello to the new kid on the block. Up until now, SLS printers have been only available in industrial flavour, costing tens or hundreds of thousands of pounds. However, there's a few making their way to our home desktops very soon!

Still carrying a much higher price tag than what you may be used to for your home printer, the desktop SLS options are still a far sight cheaper than their industrial counterparts, coming in at around the 4500 - 6000 mark. It's only going to be a matter of time before this price falls further and it will open up some really exciting doors for home 3D printing.

So, you ask yourself, what is SLS 3D printing and why is it so much better than FDM and SLA?
There are two main advantages of SLS over our more common methods, both of which are best explained whilst explaining how it works.

SLS puts down a fine layer of powdered material, then using a laser, melts the area required into a solid shape, applies another layer of powder, lasers again, and so on and so forth. This means that there is always a perfect level bed of powder for each new lasered layer. And what does this mean? No support material is ever needed. You can print fine details, suspended in the middle of the air, because it is actually being printed on a bed of powder. And the other advantage? Well I actually kind of just answered it, SLS can generally print with an extremely high quality.

So, onto the contenders. Who are producing these magical new printers for us?

Well, there are two I'm keeping my eyes on.

The first may sound familiar, the Fuse 1, brought to by, yep, Form Labs.
The Fuse is quite a bit more expensive than the second option, coming in at around 10k, but it is a good insight into where the industry will be heading.
It's well worth checking out their web page for it to get a better idea of how they are going to function and why you should be excited about them: https://formlabs.com/3d-printers/fuse-1/

The second is a new comer, the under dog, Sinterit.
At just over half the price of the Fuse 1, it will likely be a lot more attractive to most home users looking to make the move to SLS printing and it seems to bring the numbers: https://sinterit.myshopify.com/

Take a look at them, and let me know what you think? Will you be jumping straight on the band waggon or will you be holding back for a couple of generations?

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General Discussion / 3DRev's Ironman suit
« on: November 08, 2017, 03:50:00 PM »
As many of you may know, I printed and put together a motorised ironman helmet around a year ago.
Well the project to build the entire suit is now underway. I'll keep you posted on the progress in this thread and

on my channel:


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Cartesian / Silencing your CR-10 [Video]
« on: November 08, 2017, 03:47:02 PM »
I got my CR-10 3 months ago and have been incredibly impressed by it's performance right out of the box. Quick and easy to put together, huge build volume, but damn, that thing sounds like the hounds of hell having a screaming party.

I decided to try some techniques I'd seen online for making it run quieter and I popped the process and the results into a video.

Enjoy, and let me know if you have any questions.


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