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Custom Deep Purple 1.75mm tool head for a LulzBot Taz 3D Printer

1.75mm tool head for the LulzBot Taz 6 3D Printed in Chroma Strand Labs Purple High Performance ABS

Keith wanted to print 1.75mm filament on his LulzBot TAZ 6, so he picked up one of our 1.75mm hexagon hotend kits
He thought black ABS would be too plain for the printed parts, so when he saw the fabulous new deep purple “grape” colored High Performance ABS from Chroma Strand Labs, he knew it was just the ticket for his cool new custom toolhead! You can find the models for the toolhead parts on Thingiverse and LulzBot’s website.
What would you like to print in this great new Purple color?

Benchy 3D Printed in Chroma Strand Labs Purple High Performance ABS
Marvin 3D Printed in Chroma Strand Labs Purple High Performance ABS

 

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How to Build your own 3D printed “plastic ant” Combat Robot

We’ve had a great time working with Shawn and Cassy of Sparkfun Electronics on their video series about how to build your own 1lb 3D printed “Plastic Ant” class combat robot for the upcoming Sparkfun AVC Oct 14th and 15th at the Denver Maker Faire!

The complete series is below. Here’s the Plastic Ant Combat Robot Class Rules, and our shared doc with helpful links to shop for plastic ant parts. We hope to see you at AVC!

Part 1: Adventures in Science: Combat Bot Weapon Types

Part 2: Adventures in Science: Using an RC Hobby Controller with Arduino

Part 3: Adventures in Science: Mixing RC Controller Inputs for Arcade Drive

Part 4: Adventures in Science: Plastic Ant Combat Bot Chassis Design Tips

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3D Printed combat robots

We had a great time collaborating on this Sparkfun video about making 3D printable combat robots!

Join us at the Denver Maker Faire / Sparkfun AVC Oct 14-15 https://avc.sparkfun.com/2017

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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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Print Solid and Flexible filaments on your LulzBot TAZ!

Want one toolhead for your LulzBot TAZ for both solid and flexible filaments?

IT-Works has been working hard on developing a toolhead based on the E3D Titan Aero for the LulzBot TAZ 5 and 6 printers, and we’ll be releasing them soon!

The  E3D Titan Aero is a high quality, British made, light weight, compact integrated hotend and extruder that makes it easy to switch between flexible and solid filaments on your TAZ.

Available for both 3mm and 1.75mm filament!

The Titan Aero also is compatible with other E3D hotends and nozzles, giving you options for upgrading your toolhead.

The toolhead is in field beta testing now, and we expect to release them in June.  Visit the product page for more information and join the waitlist for updates and notification when they are available!

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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!