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Posted: 14March2014 in Uncategorized
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Posted: 9March2014 in Uncategorized
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The MakerBot at Techshop is back up and running again!


MakerBot, you are mine on Tuesday morning!!!!

Maker Tales: Reimagining the family portrait in the age of 3D printing


Most families feel compelled to commemorate their existence in one way or another throughout their lives. In the ancient world, affluent citizens would commission busts or statues of themselves and their kin. Centuries later, wealthy families chose to adorn their houses with painted portraits. Then photography took over to bring family snapshots to the masses. Today, we can embrace a whole new level in family portraiture: 3D printed figurines. We spoke with Manuel and Sabina Groeneweg, an entrepreneurial couple that is looking to tap into this market.

From body casts to detailed statuettes

Sabina has been making body casts of pregnant women for eight years. When her husband Manuel noticed that 3D printing was becoming better and more accessible, he decided to help her take her business to another level. “I figured that plaster casts will soon be a thing of the past,” says Manuel. “When I learned about the possibilities for making scans and printing just about anyone (not only pregnant women), I realized that she needed to step in because she could broaden her target group and move faster than her competitors.” Sabina was really enthusiastic about the idea, so they decided to delve into it further.

Manuel found out that several people in the US had made full-body 3d scanners with low-cost hardware like the XBox Kinect. He decided to try and make one too. “With some help from other people and Instructables, we finally got a decent scanner up and running. The setup consists of an XBox Kinect and a turning platform. We use ReConstructMe as the scanning software and free tools like MeshMixer to clean up the model.”

With ReConstructMe, Manuel and Sabina are able to make quick, high resolution scans. The trickiest part is the actual printing. “We managed to scan a few friends and neighbors and made some prints on our newly acquired printer ourselves,” says Sabina. “Then we got some unexpected print fails because our printer wasn’t properly calibrated, so we decided to get an extra hand. I wanted to continue printing throughout the holidays since the figurines make great gifts.”


Working with Kay’s Hub in The Hague and Bouke’s Hub in Rotterdam, Manuel and Sabina were able to produce superb quality prints. “We made fantastic prints for friends and family and even produced some for new clients,” says Sabina. “Now I’m ready to launch my new service: DoubleMe3d.”

Sabina is currently offering figurines in different colors printed with PLA. For makers that want to try this at home themselves, our hubs recommend that you avoid setting your printing temperature to very high settings. To make the model sturdier, you can use two shells, sliced in 0.09mm layers with a 20% infill.

Sabina also recommends that you pay attention to your support settings as it can be tedious to remove the material residue from the prints. “The quality of your supports will depend on having the right software with the right specifications,” says Sabina. “I couldn’t get the optimal settings with Slic3r so I’m using Simplify3D, which gives us better results.” The printing process is also long, taking up to 30 hours in certain cases. But the wait is certainly worth it!

via Maker Tales: Reimagining the family portrait in the age of 3D printing | 3D Hubs Blog.

Maker Tales: 3D Printing and architecture’s brave new future

Most of us have some kind of concept in mind of what the ideal home or office should look like, but only a few actually get to create one from scratch. Nowadays, thanks to 3D printing, architects and designers are reinventing the wheel, testing new possibilities for structure design, modelling and construction. This Maker Tale features one of these architects.

Meet Simen Lambrecht


Simen is a third-year architecture student based in Ghent. Like many architects, he loves to test the boundaries of physics and design, constantly embarking on new challenges. “You can never become an ultimate architect,” says Simen. “Every year, every month and every day you learn something new that will affect your image of what architecture really means.”

A few months ago, Simen contacted Kim’s hub in Antwerp for assistance with a school project. His task was to design a playground for a school in Kortrijk, a Belgian city located in the Flemish province of West Flanders. The playground had to shelter students from rain and wind, so a roof was an absolute necessity. But a traditionally supported roof would simply not cut it. His challenge was to make a large structure without the need for supporting columns in the middle. After all, who would like to see columns in a playground full of running children?

Simen decided to solve this with a curved self-supporting structure made of wood and plastic. The structure would be held together by a total of 336 nodes organized in rows. Each series of nodes needed to be placed at a specific degree to obtain the optimal curvature. The lowest 2 rows (lowest to the ground that is) at an angle of 6°, the subsequent ones at 3° and the top row nodes at an angle of 10°. Each of these nodes also needed to have at least 0.5mm of thickness on the sides to make them stable enough to stay firm when placed together.


With only 2 weeks to deliver his scale model, 3D printing seemed like the best alternative to produce the nodes. “I wasn’t sure how I would be able to produce such a large amount of material in a short period of time,” says Simen. “So I started doing some research and stumbled upon 3D Hubs. I had the 300+ nodes with me at home in a week’s time.”

Collaboration was also key to deliver a working prototype. Simen: “It was my first time printing something in 3D so I was bound to encounter some issues. For instance, some materials shrink slightly when they cool down after printing, so I had to take that into account. I was glad to get help from Kim, who was able to provide the information I needed to make my model more precise and suitable for printing.”


A glimpse into the future

With this project, Simen has joined hundreds of architects across the world who are embracing 3D printing for professional use. “3D printing will soon become a basic tool for architects and designers looking to produce prototypes quickly and with increased detail,” says Simen. But uses for the technology may even go beyond modelling. Studios like California-based Smith|Allen and DUS architects in The Netherlands have already started printing entire structures, paving the way for faster adoption in the industry.

via Maker Tales: 3D Printing and architecture’s brave new future | 3D Hubs Blog.


Posted: 4March2014 in Uncategorized
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NEMA 17 stepper motors?                                Check!

Endstop Switches?                                            Check!

GT2 Timing Belt?                                               Check!

3D printable pieces?                                         …..




Posted: 3March2014 in Uncategorized
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Well, I went to Techshop today to print out some parts for the printer. Worst possible thing happened. The MakerBot failed, and is down for the foreseeable future.

The hot-end stepper motor kept skipping along the “Y” axis, so each succsesive lair was about 1/8th of an inch to the left of the previous layer.

This means that until it is fixed, I’m effectively stopped in my build. I need the parts to continue on from where I am at now.

Anyone had a 3d printer that I can use? 



My rods for the printer arrived!

Posted: 26February2014 in Uncategorized
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My rods for the printer arrived!

I purchased these from a fellow TechShop member who has an awesome Ebay store for all of your 3d printer needs! I seriously cannot recommend this guy enough!
His store is at check him out!