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Sketchup’s Live Stream on 3D printing

Sketchup hosted a live stream on 3D printing today that showed off several different printers and technologies, and featured IT-Works’ E3D Titan Aero Toolhead for LulzBot Taz, along with Colorado Made Chroma Strand Labs ABS and Inova-2008 PETG 3mm filament. There’s an IT-Works coupon code too.
Video starts around 8:40, enjoy!

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3D Printer helps improve radiation treatment

Cutting edge cancer radiation treatments are being developed using LulzBot 3D printers!

http://kdvr.com/2017/05/10/3-d-printer-helps-improve-radiation-treatment/

Alex Markovic is an oncologist at Northern Colorado Medical Center in Greeley Colorado. Alex and his team came up with the idea of using scans of patients to create a 3D printed “bolus” mold that conforms precisely to each patient to optimize the distribution of radiation treatments.
After purchasing a LulzBot TAZ 6 and Flexydually v2 toolhead to test their designs, Alex and his team have received 3D Printer training and consulting from IT-Works 3D to improve their skills and results. It’s been a pleasure to do a small part to move this new medical treatment forward!

 

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Reptile Snake Skin Pattern 3D Print

How do you get a reptile snake skin appearance in a 3D print? We stumbled onto a cool method!

I was printing a combat robot chassis and stumbled upon this happy accident of a snake / reptile skin effect. To get durability in a bot for the “plastic ant” class, with its 1lb weight limit, and requirement that chassis and weapons must be 3D printed using only PLA, ABS or PETg, I used Chroma Strand Labs INOVA-1800 translucent green 3D printer filament, mainly because it looks cool- Watch for translucent green in Chroma Strand Labs’ value priced INOVA-2008 PETg soon!

3d print of a combat robot chassis in translucent green INOVA-1800 filament and cubic infill.
3d print of a combat robot chassis in translucent green INOVA-1800 filament and cubic infill. I didn’t start out to have it look like a snake- the pupils in the engraved eyes were originally round, but when I saw another print of the wheel skirts and noticed the reptile pattern, I hopped back in Fusion 360 and quickly changed them to snake eyes!

The LulzBot Mini made a beautiful print, and the build volume was “just right” for a plastic ant. A good rule of thumb- If you need a LulzBot TAZ‘s build volume, your ant is going to be too heavy (ask me how I know..).

 

Angle view to show infill pattern
Angle view to show infill pattern

I created the model in Autodesk Fusion 360 (free for maker / student / non-commercial use!!) which has been an easy to use yet staggeringly powerful 3D modeling tool for quickly iterating through designs. The cloud sync makes it a snap to move between computers!

Side view- check out those nice unsupported overhangs!
Side view- check out those nice unsupported overhangs!

The key to is the infill pattern. I was experimenting with different infill patterns in the new CURA 2 LulzBot Edition Alpha and chose cubic for it’s strength. By happy accident, the combination of the translucent green INOVA-1800 and cubic infill yielded this cool pattern!  Pictured don’t really do it justice as the surface is shiny, and the pattern shifts as it catches the light.

 

Rear view. The engraved text came out pretty well!
Rear view. The engraved text came out pretty well!

We have free shipping on Chroma Strand Labs filement, buy some INOVA-1800 today and show us what kind of reptile prints you come up with!

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New HIGH IMPACT ABS 3D printer filament from Chroma Strand Labs!

ABS is a staple 3D printer filament that’s versatile, strong, heat resistant, and inexpensive. Chroma Strand Labs brings you a new level of performance, quality, and fantastic color saturation with new American made HIGH IMPACT ABS!

Chroma Strand maintains stringent controls for dimensional accuracy, and uses premium dye packages to ensure impressive colors (seriously, the photos don’t do it justice, we need better photog skills!) and consistent printing color to color and batch to batch. If you want shiny, deep colors in ABS, this filament should be your new go-to.

Free shipping and $3 off- only $40/kg

Find out how a premium filament steps up your printing performance with Chroma Strand Labs HIGH IMPACT ABS.

More colors coming soon…

Is PETg your thing (or you haven’t discovered how it makes your printing easier), check out new Chroma Strand Labs Inova-2008 PETg too.

Yes, this deeply saturated, rich orange is just like a certain local major sports team uses!
Golden rich deep orange-yellow
Yep, that sports team’s blue too
Black is so hard to photograph. Suffice to say this is a really satisfying deep black

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Fastest 3D print you’ll see today!

We 3D printed this 10″ tall A New Vase by Benito Sanduci in only 50 minutes on our LulzBot TAZ 6 with high volume MOARstrude tool head in Polymaker Polylite PLA.

The time lapse was done by a Raspberry Pi running Octopi