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..).
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!
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.
New Inova-2008 PETg 3mm 3D printing filament is made in the USA by Chroma Strand Labs and only $40/kg with free shipping!
PETg is one of the hottest new 3d printing filaments, featuring:
Very High Dimensional Accuracy
Very Low Warping and Splitting
This means it’s a great fit for anyone that wants strong, good looking prints that “just work”.
Inova-2008 joins Chroma Strand Labs Inova-1800 Amphora Co-Polyester as a premium quality filament. Chroma Strand blends and extrudes it themselves to give you:
Low dye % across all colors
Stringent tolerances for consistency of diameter and concentricity
Premium filament bases
Why do these matter? Dye doesn’t print the same as the filament base. Chroma Strand Labs goes to the extra expense to keep dye composition low so their filament prints the same color to color and batch to batch.
Check out these great new translucent colors of Inova-1800 now only $70/kg, also with free shipping!
If your 3D printer filament is not feeding correctly, or you hear clicking coming from the extruder, the ridged feed bolt “hobbed bolt” may have plastic fragments wedged into its ridges that push the filament into the extruder, and may need to be cleaned. This short video shows you how to clean the hobbed bolt on a LulzBot 3D printer, and may prove helpful in cleaning other 3D printer extruders. Click through for a short video showing you how!