Oct 31, 2016

Meme Monday

Here are some random 3d printing memes I saw on facebook :-)

Oct 30, 2016

3Drag Printing Chocolate

3DRAG (aka Velleman K8200) is still being used in some projects like this one where it extrudes chocolate paste. Omnomnomnom...

Here are some Halloween decorations:

Here is the general overview of chocolate printing ... mmmm ... chocolaaateeeeee  ...

Oh yes, bread and 3d printed nutella, breakfast of the champions!

TRENDi Maker V3 3D Printer

TRENDi Maker V3 DIY 3d printer follows the tradition of small machines with 3d printed parts. It is a RepRap essentially. It uses metal rods and other vitamins but there are no additional support elements lake lase cut parts other than 3d printed supports.

Project description:
This is my small 3D printer. It is not mini (A little bit smaller, than standard Prusa). No parts for laser cutting. Basic things You need to have in mind, if You want to make it:
6 mm smoth rods(relatively LM6uu bearings), M5 threaded rods for Z(2x 20mm M5 nuts), PC PSU 350W, E3DV5 (reworked) clone, Mega2560+RAMPs 1.4, Nema17 motors and Geeetech 152x152mm heated bed. My build size is XYZ 110x140x90mm. Z can be extended to 100-105 mm. X can be extended to 140 mm, if You want to lose 3 point bed leveling and to rework Y holder for heatbed.
Printer in action:

All files to make it can be found at:


Oct 29, 2016

Smartfriendz Smartalu 3D Printer

Smartfriendz from France have a new open source 3d printer design. It is the Smartalu based on aluminum frame and a large print area. It looks very sturdy.

Printer description:
Taking account of reprap evolution, we are sliding to all metal construction frames, bigger printable volume and better quality.
This printer is 27x26x25 cm printable size, with all modules made with 3mm aluminium lasercut and some printed parts.
The structure is still our 20x20 aluminium frame assembled with bosh torx 6x16 screws and drilled profiles. We can't find a better system to assemble a solid frame.

Smartalu in action:

All files and instructions to make it can be found at:



You can also buy it as a kit for 645 euro:


Oct 25, 2016

3D Printable WW2 Enigma Machine Replica

Pascal and his students made a replica of WW2 Enigma encryption machine with 3d printed mechanism. It is a very interesting project and you will learn something more about encryption.

All the code, files and instructions can be found at:




Here are two videos that explain Enigma machine and the science behind it:

Oct 24, 2016

Star Track 3D Printable DIY Astronomy Pointer and Tracker

Görkem Bozkurt developed an Arduino powered astronomy pointer and tracker that can be made on a DIY 3d printer.
It could probably be customized to move a small telescope or asrophotography setup.

He described his project as:
Star track is an Arduino based, GoTo-mount inspired star tracking system. It can point and track any object in the sky(Celestial coordinates are given as input) with 2 Arduinos, a gyro,RTC module,two low-cost stepper motors and a 3D printed structure.

Do keep in mind that lasers are dangerous and that there are strict laws against pointing at airplanes.

Very detailed build guide can be found at:


Oct 23, 2016

Open Source 3D Printable Mechanized Prosthetic Foot

Team Aractapod is developing open sourced 3d printable prosthetic foot that is motorized and has electronic control to make a disabled person walk easier.

Project homepage:


Oct 22, 2016

3D Printed Automatic Sunglasses

Yousif Ashoor developed a 3d printable sunglasses that automatically move to cover his eyes when exposed to sun.
He wrote that he did it: "To protect my virginity and my eyes". Mission accomplished.

But seriously: Cool shades bro! Cooooooooool shades. Share the design. It could become the new style.

Oct 21, 2016

Oct 19, 2016

DIY Silicone Nozzle Cover

One way to protect your nozzle from getting dirty is to wrap it in a cover, sock, sleeve or boot and prevent all the hot nasty stuff sticking to it. E3D released their silicone sock for Vulcano nozzles but someone found a way to make a DIY version.

Ubermeisters used 3d printed model of the nozzle and made a mold around it and than used some high temperature silicone mixture to produce the final cover. All steps are photographed in detail.

Here are the files and the instructions:


Build log gallery:


And here is the E3D sock:


Oct 18, 2016

Ultimaker 3 is released!!!

Much anticipated Ultimaker 3 is just released in two versions, where one version is extended with bigger print volume.

Key features include:
  •  Build volume of 215 x 215 x 200 mm and 215 x 215 x 300 mm for the Extended model
  •  Layer resolution up to 20 micron for 0.4 mm nozzle
  •  Print temperature up to 280 ˚C
  •  Dual extrusion with a soluble support material
  •  Swappable print cores
  •  Heated build plate with active leveling

It is priced at 2995 euro for Ultimaker 3 and 3695 euro for Ultimaker 3 Extended without the VAT.

Promotional video:

Here is the video overview of Ultimaker 3 new features:

Unboxing video that shows the content of the package:

Hopefully we will have some reviews and independent tests soon.

Here is the Ultimaker 3 homepage:


Ultimaker also released Ultimaker PVA (polyvinyl alcohol) water soluble support material:

It is priced at 39,95 euro without VAT for 350g.

PVA homepage: https://ultimaker.com/en/products/materials/pva

Here is the video with dual extrusion of a gyro model:

The design of the machine is very simillar to previous model:


Here is what looks like test print of 3D Benchy with dual extrusion of two colors:

Here is Thomas giving his opinion and impressions on new Ultimaker:

How to 3d print GPX data

Thingiverse user "snrk" aka Per from Sweden shared his method of converting .GPX data from a GPS in 3d printable files. He used Processing to with additional libraries to  parse the files and translate the data to points in a voxel array.

Here is the example of 3d printed run data recorded on a GPS device in .gpx format:

Full instructions can be found here: