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New high performance US made 3D printing filaments with free shipping!

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:

  • Shiny!
  • Easy printability
  • Low Emissions
  • High Strength
  • 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!

Translucent Yellow a.k.a. Lemonade!
Translucent Red, a.k.a. Watermelon
Translucent Orange
Translucent Green
Translucent Blue

 

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New 3D printing filament: colorFabb HT!

Step up your 3D printing with new co-polyesters.

If you’ve tried the new co-polyester 3D printing filaments like Chromastrand Inova 1800 and colorFabb nGen you know how they combine the warp and split resistance and strong bed adhesion of PLA with the strength and heat resistance of ABS, while maintaining lower fume and particulate emissions.

How do you choose? There are three Eastman Amphora series co-polyester bases:

  • “Good” is Amphora 3300 is, which we carry as colorFabb nGen. nGen is a big step up from PLA in strength and temp resistance. nGen’s low price makes it a great intro to co-polyesters
  • “Better” is Amphora 1800, which increases strength and heat resistance over 3300- similar to ABS.  We carry it as Chromastrand Labs Inova-1800, which is a “super premium” filament with ultra low consistent dye percentage, and the most stringent dimensional and cooling managament during production.  If you’ve tried other Amphora 1800s, give Inova-1800 a try and see the difference
  • “Best” is Amphora 5300, which increases strength and heat resistance over 1800.  We carry it as the new colorFabb HT. Amphora 5300 is nearly polycarbonate levels of temperature handling and strength, but with low fumes and easy printability!

If you’ve not tried them yet, you’re in for a treat, try some today!

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3D Print your own Pokémon Pikachu today!

Pokémon Pikachu

This 10 inch tall 3D print of a “low poly” Pokémon Pikachu  was printed for a silent auction, but I thought it would be fun to post!  For all of you Pokémon Go fans, this is for you!  It is a low poly Pikachu printed in yellow PLA on a Lulzbot TAZ 6 3D printer.  PLA  is one of the most commonly used filaments in 3D printing because it is so easy to use. PLA has minimal warping and shrinking compared to other materials, which means it thrives when making objects featuring flat surfaces and hard angles, or requiring tight tolerances for fit. The Lulzbot TAZ 6 is also available refurbished here.  You could also scale this print down and print it on a Lulzbot Mini 3D printer!

Just look at all the fun you can have with a 3D printer!  Whether you are a Pokémon fan or a hobbyist of some other kind, you can print one of a kind 3D prints to suite your needs!  From figurines to replacement parts, a 3D printer is a useful tool to have around!  We recently 3D printed something even more useful than this Pokemon, chair feet for a kitchen table.

 

Pokémon Pikachu

Pikachu are a species of Pokémon, fictional creatures that appear in an assortment of video games, animated television shows and movies, trading card games, and comic books licensed by The Pokémon Company, a Japanese corporation.

Pikachu Pokémon
Pikachu Pokémon
Pikachu Pokémon
Pikachu Pokémon
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Super cool refurbished TAZ 6 3D Printer!!

Have you seen these new Lulzbot TAZ 6 3D Printers?! It is like a combination of a Lulzbot TAZ 5 and a Lulzbot Mini 3D printer!! This new printer has it all! From self leveling bed to self cleaning.  The bed is borosilicate glass covered in PEI!  Makers, educators, designers, and engineers all agree this printer is the most reliable, easy to use, and has one of the largest print volumes in it’s class!  Click and print, this is a printer that is just ready to use!  Check out our refurbished options “here”

Schools, Libraries, and Makerspaces are important partners in 3D printing! Click “Schools” for a selection of education suitable products and services, including low emissions filaments.

The Nitty Gritty Details!

Printing Specifications (all specifications subject to change without notice)

Print Area: 280mm x 280mm x 250mm (11.02in x 11.02in x 9.8in)
Print Surface: Heated Borosilicate glass bed with PEI surface
TopPrint Speed: 200mm/sec (7.9in/sec)
Average Print Speed: 30 – 50mm/sec(Using default nGen profile)
Average Volumetric Output: 300 mm3/min(Using default nGen profile)
Print Tolerance: 0.1mm (0.0039in) in X and Y axes; Z axis tolerance dependent on layer thickness
Layer Thickness: 0.050mm – 0.50mm (0.002in – 0.02 in), Dependent on nozzle size
Usable Filament Size: 3mm (0.1in)

Software:

Cura LulzBot Edition is standard. Other compatible Free Software options include OctoPrint, BotQueue, Slic3r, Printrun, MatterControl, and more Available Tool

Tool Head Upgrades

Flexystuder: Prints flexible filament materials (such as NinjaFlex®)
Dual Extruder: Prints two different rigid filament materials at once
FlexyDually: Prints rigid and flexible filament materials in a single print

Physical Dimensions

Overall Dimensions (metric): 66cm x 52cm x 52cm
Functioning Footprint: 82cm x 63cm x 52cm Packaged Dimensions: 88.3cm x 66.04cm x 29.85cm (34.75in x 26in x 11.75in)
Packaged Product Weight: 19.5 Kg. (43 Lbs.)

Electrical Power Requirements:

100-240 VAC
Power Supply: 24V
Average Power Draw: 5.3 Amps(US), 2.65 Amps(EU)

Temperature

Max operating temperature (hot end): 300°C (464°F)
Max bed temperature: 120°C (248°F)

Support

30-day money-back guarantee from IT-Works.

30-day guarantee from IT-Works.

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Print your own chair feet!

The Problem: Kitchen chairs!

Our kitchen chairs were what my Granny would have called, catywompus!  The plastic feet inserts broke over the years , but when we thought we would just add new ones, we discovered they were custom to the chair.   After much searching online, I found a whole lot of nothing.  I decided to save myself the hassle and hand Jamie a chair foot so that he could draw up a design in Tinkercad!  A couple of days later he handed me back a 3D printed chair foot, very similar to the one I originally gave him!

It snapped in easy peasy!   Jamie printed off enough for the rest of the chairs and ten minutes of install later our chairs were no longer ‘catywompus’.   Easiest home improvement/fix up ever!!  I am slowly discovering that having a 3D printer comes in quite handy for around the house stuff and making parts that you may otherwise have to have custom-made.   That, and it’s just a lot of fun!!

How To:
For this project Jamie used a Lulzbot Mini 3D Printer and black ABS filament.  At first we considered using a flexible filament called Ninja Flex, but decided against it.  I was concerned that with it being flexible and sort of ‘grabby’ for lack of a better description, that it would be difficult to move across the hardwood floors.  The ABS is a tough and smoother filament and moved easily on the floor, although in the end I’m not sure if that mattered because I put furniture sliders on top of the chair feet.

If you have broken things around your house or little broken parts that are difficult to come by, you may  be able to design a replacement yourself and 3D print it, just as we did these chair feet.

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Camping, 3D Print style!!!

I’m often trying to find practical uses for 3D printing, but it wasn’t until I started planning our summer camping trip that I found how useful having a 3D printer could be!

Starting with my favorite print: This is an extension for a kayak paddle.  It is a handle for the paddle, giving something larger to hang on to while out on the water!  Just slip the kayak paddle in and bolt the two parts together around it!

Kayak handle for a kayak paddle!
Kayak handle for a kayak paddle! Just slip the kayak paddle in and bolt the two parts together around it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next up is a chair foot replacement!  You know those folding camping chairs and how sometimes the stupid feet break on them.  I used to just cope with sitting in an unbalanced chair and make jokes about being unbalanced! Now you can just print a replacement foot.  Remove the old hardware from the broken foot, replace with this handy 3D printed foot, and you’re good to go!  They make them for the front feet as well as the back!

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Folding camping chair replacement foot! Just remove the old hardware from your broken chair foot and replace with the new 3D printed one!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This next one is a cool little rope tightener. I apologize for everything being in black, I didn’t really feel like swapping out filament for each print. 😉 ‘nGen” filament is made by ColorFabb!

Camping Rope Tightener
Camping Rope Tightener
Camping Rope Tightener
Camping Rope Tightener

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last up is a tent pole cap! Sometimes the peak of the tent needs a little reinforcement or support! This cool little print while made of black nGen could be made of a more flexible filament like NinjaFlex , SemiFlex, or even PCTPE.  NinjaFlex is a flexible filament and a favorite of mine.  The SemiFlex is also flexible like the NinjaFlex, but has some extra firmness. The PCTPE is a flexible and dyeable nylon so you could customize that to your liking.  For what it is worth, nGen comes in a variety of colors as do most of our filaments.  I’ll spare everyone my need to print in pink ABS.. this time! 🙂

Tent Pole Cap
Tent Pole Cap
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Tent Pole Cap