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How To Use Support Material: Part 2
Alec Richter | Published Feb 9, 2017

Learn about different dissolvable materials and how they can enhance your dual extrusion prints in the second part of our in-depth look at support material.

Our previous article, How To Use Support Material: Part 1, delved into the specifics of how single extrusion support works and some design considerations that you might have to take into account when modeling an object. With dual-extrusion support printing, all that goes out the window. (More)

Tanner's Story: 3D Printing for Good
Guest Contributor Paul Yanzick | Published Feb 9, 2017

Paul Yanzick, our February Hacker of the Month, reminds us that 3D printing can be used to impact the lives of others, including his son, Tanner.

Like many of you, what brought me to 3D printing was the ‘cool factor’ – being able to create things out of nothing but a model and what looked like colored trimmer string. I started my journey over 3 years ago now, and at the time I was googly eyed by the impressive prints that people were making, and found it truly amazing that I could make a butterfly, a Christmas tree topper and a minion (my first two prints ever) right in my living room, out of plastic! I was looking forward to the direction that this new hobby may take me, but I would have never guessed where it would go. (More)

MatterHackers and BCN3D Technologies Unveil Reengineered Sigma R17 3D Printer
MatterHackers | Published Feb 7, 2017

The improved BCN3D Sigma R17 empowers users to materialize their idea faster and more efficiently.

MatterHackers and BCN3D Technologies will unveil the reengineered BCN3D Sigma R17 3D printer at SOLIDWORKS World 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, February 8th in MatterHackers’ Partner Pavilion booth #1013. MatterHackers will also be hosting a public Meetup event at their headquarters in Orange County on February 9th, from 7:00-10:00 pm to showcase the Sigma R17. MatterHackers and BCN3D representatives will be available at both events to answer questions. (More)

How One Educator is Using 3D Printing in the Classroom
Rhonda Grandy | Published Dec 19, 2016

Theater masks, rockets, e-NABLE hands and more - see how Ashley Ricart, our January Hacker of the Month, is using 3D printing in the classroom.

Ashley Ricart, our January Hacker of the Month, was first captivated by 3D printing technology around 2012. She originally went to school for character modeling, which eventually led to her discovery of 3D printing. Ricart, who is now a teacher, has been on a mission to implement 3D printing throughout her school - not just in STEM focused classes, but multiple courses, including Theater, English, Latin, and Art. Her most recent endeavor was producing masks and props for the schools production of the play, The Lion King. In total, thirteen masks were printed using seven to eight spools of PLA filament(More)

How To Use Support Material: Part 1
Scott Cahoon | Published Dec 18, 2016

Part one of an in-depth look at how to use support material. First up: single extrusion. Learn successful design considerations and how to use support material to create complex prints.

When designing models for 3D printing, the prudent designer will ensure that negative space is minimized and that the positioning of the model on the printer assists in navigating or mitigating that space.  However, any designer who has been around the block once or twice knows that there will come a time when the use of supports cannot be avoided.  With that in mind, this article will explore some considerations during design to mitigate printing over negative space and to venture more in-depth on the use of supports while printing. (More)

How To Make ABS Juice, Glue, and Slurry
Alec Richter | Published Dec 11, 2016

This guide will show you how a few simple mixtures of ABS and acetone will be a helpful new staple in your 3D printing toolbox.

When someone is new to 3D printing, it is highly recommended to start with PLA filament, and having mastered that, to begin experimenting with different and more advanced materials. While PLA and ABS filament are the two most popular filaments, they have drastically different properties from each other.

PLA is such a great beginner material because it doesn't warp, doesn't need high temperatures, and it doesn't give off fumes as you print. ABS has the opposite properties on all accounts, however, what it holds over PLA is its temperature resistance; leave a PLA print and an ABS print in your car on a hot day and you will find the PLA has warped but the ABS hasn't. Additionally, ABS has more finishing techniques available from its chemical makeup: it sands easier than PLA and you can use acetone to melt away the layer lines. (More)

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

See the amazing 3D printed custom car parts from Michael O'Brien, MatterHackers' December Hacker of the Month. 

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)