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E3D Titan Aero Toolhead for LulzBot® Mini Now Available!

Print solid AND flexible filaments on your LulzBot® Mini 3D printer, without changing toolheads!
Available in your choice of either 3mm or 1.75mm filament.

Check out the E3D Titan Aero at work

IT-Works 3D’s new toolhead based on the E3D Titan Aero extruder is compatible with all LulzBot® Minis and joins our successful and well regarded E3D Titan Aero tool head for TAZ 5 and 6 offering you convenience, performance, and greater filament options.

Prevent burned fingers!

A custom molded silicone boot surrounds the heater block, preventing accidental burns, and keeps stray filament from melting to the heater block, making cleanup of stray filament easy.

Abrasive filaments? Sure!

We can customize our E3D Titan Aero toolheads for you to better withstand the wear from abrasive filled PLA filaments like stainless steel PLA, carbon fiber PLA, and iron PLA.

Hob:
E3D Hardened Steel HOB GEAR
Heat Break:
E3D Titanium Heat Break tube (currently only available in 1.75mm)
Micro Swiss Wear resistant Coated Stainless heat break for E3D V6
Nozzle: 
Micro Swiss Wear resistant Coated Brass Nozzle for E3D V6 is a great balance of performance, price, and upgraded abrasion resistance
Micro Swiss Hardened A2 Steel Nozzle E3D V6 for maximum durability
E3D V6 Extra Hardened Steel Nozzle for maximum durability
Nozzle sizes vary by option, be sure to check them all for the size you’re looking for! Brass and copper nozzles tend to perform better than steel due to their better conductivity.

How do toolhead upgrades work?

– Purchase the optional parts you want
– In order notes, request that the upgraded parts be installed.
– We install the upgraded parts (we keep the stock parts) and ship you the toolhead tested and ready to print!
Upgrades usually take 1-2 working days

IT-Works 3D began building all E3D toolheads with upgraded BOCA sealed bearings starting Oct 2017 to improve bearing durability

Step up to the versatility and flexibility of an IT-Works E3D Titan Aero toolhead for your LulzBot®!

 

 

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1.75mm E3D Titan Aero Toolhead for LulzBot Mini preview

www.itworks3d.com will be releasing the E3D Titan Aero toolheads for LulzBot Mini very soon!
The E3D Titan Aero allows you to print both solid and flexible filaments without changing toolheads.
Upgrade to hardened parts, and you can also print abrasive filaments like Proto Pasta Carbon Fiber PLA
Check out this video of a test print with the  1.75mm filament version:

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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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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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