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3D Printed Custom Car Parts
Rhonda Grandy | Published Nov 16, 2016

Michael O'Brien, MatterHackers' December Hacker of the Month, restores and customizes cars using 3D printing.

It would be an understatement to say that Michael O'Brien likes cars. Take one look at his Instagram, and you'll see what I mean. He's fully immersed in the automotive industry; being lead engineer at the Roadster Shop, I'd imagine that you'd have to be.

When we discovered that O'Brien (aka Magic Mike) was using 3D printing to help design and manufacture custom accessories for cars, we knew he had to be featured as our December Hacker of the Month.  (More)

Collapsible 3D Printed Surfboards
Guest Contributor Dylan George | Published Oct 31, 2016

Dylan George created a collapsible surfboard thanks to 3D printing. Learn about his process and how 3D printing can enhance your hobbies.

People who travel frequently know that airlines can gouge you for the cost of over-sized luggage. I know this all too well because I travel with my surfboard a lot. I needed to find a way to cut the cost of traveling with my board, as well as the inconvenience of hauling it through airports.

I decided to chop my board apart into three pieces (crazy) and use my Ultimaker 2 Extended to design fixtures to reattach it. It was a risky idea, but it definitely paid off thanks to 3D printing.  (More)

How to Stop Filament Warping in 3D Printed Parts
Scott Cahoon | Published Oct 23, 2016

With these tips and tricks, warped parts will be a thing of the past. Here is a guide to eliminate warped parts by using a few learned secrets and diving into brims and footprints.

Any 3D printing practitioner that has been printing for any extended amount of time (usually longer than one day) has had to deal with filament warping.  Warping is the one bad apple in the 3D printing bunch that can spoil an entire print.  Every other variable in a print may be perfect, but if material warping occurs, you'll probably need to scrap the part. (More)

How to Succeed when Printing with PETG Filament
MatterHackers | Published Oct 20, 2016

Durable and easy to print, PETG filament is likely to take over as the most commonly-used filament. This in-depth guide provides a few tips and tricks on how to get started and embrace the fantastic properties of this material.

PETG stands for Polyethylene Terephthalate, which is one of the most common polymers used today. It’s used to make water bottles, food packaging, and countless other common plastic items. As a 3D printing filament, PETG has proven its worth as a durable material that is easy to use. Figuratively speaking, it combines the most useful characteristics of ABS filament (the rigidity and mechanical properties) with the ease of printing that PLA filament affords. Kind of a “best of both worlds” scenario. - SHOP PETG(More)

You Won't Believe These Dolls are 3D Printed
Rhonda Grandy | Published Oct 20, 2016

MatterHackers' November Hacker of the Month, Aida Legrand, uses the BCN3D Sigma printer to create incredible 3D printed dolls.

Aida Legrand, MatterHackers' November Hacker of the Month, has only been 3D printing since January of 2016. Legrand's husband bought the self proclaimed "technical geek" and software engineer a Robo 3D R1 Plus to kick off her 3D printing obsession, which has now become her full blown hobby. She has since upgraded to the BCN3D Sigma, and her prints are stunning - Legrand creates 3D printed ball-jointed dolls. (More)

Sneak Peek: MatterControl 1.6
MatterHackers. Inc. | Published Oct 19, 2016

MatterHackers is about to release the latest update for MatterControl, the free, open source 3D printing software. MatterControl 1.6 will heighten the user’s experience with Print Recovery and improved interface settings.

MatterHackers will soon release MatterControl 1.6, the most advanced MatterControl yet. With an innovative print recovery system, expanded cloud control, and enhancements to aspects of the user interface, MatterControl users will now be able to move easily and swiftly through the 3D printing process.  (More)

Filament Strength Testing
Taylor Landry | Published Oct 2, 2016

Using 3D printed carabiners, we take an in-depth look at the durability of various filament to find the strongest one.

One of the most common questions we get from customers is, “What is the strongest 3D printing filament?”  That’s a great question because for 3D printing to be useful, we need to be able to print parts that are strong enough for functional use.

“Strength”, however, is a bit vague as it can refer to a few different mechanical properties - tensile strength, yield strength, fatigue strength, compressive strength, and impact strength – so it’s a difficult question to answer without more information. (More)

FarmBot: The Open Source CNC Farming Robot
Rhonda Grandy | Published Oct 2, 2016

FarmBot, MatterHackers' October Hacker of the Month, makes traditional agriculture a thing of the past thanks to 3D printed cultivation.

Meandering through the produce section of your local supermarket, grabbing items off your shopping list, and tossing them in the cart are pretty mindless tasks. If you are like me, you're probably in zombie mode while shopping, thinking about far more important things like future plans, work, or even reliving embarrassing moments from your past. I'm definitely not thinking about where the tomato in my hand is from, or how the asparagus in my cart traveled to the grocery store.  (More)