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Browsing articles in "3D Printing"

What If Kids Had 3D Printer Stands Instead of Lemonade Stands?

May 22, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, Business, CNC Projects, Manufacturing  //  5 Comments

I must say, CNCCookbook’s new Rostock 3D Printer has attracted more attention from non-CNC friends across all age groups than any other thing CNCCookbook has done.  Part of it is that there’s been an awful lot of hype around 3D Printing, but part of it is I show them an iPhone case made with the…

Polishing 3D Printed Parts With Acetone Vapor

May 21, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Techniques  //  3 Comments

Finishing techniques give your work that final professional look, so they’re worth paying attention to.  3D printing with a filament extruder is a process that leaves a lot of room for improvement in the surface finish of the parts.  Most hobby-grade printers leave very visible patterns from the extrusion that are sometimes attractive and other…

Customer Uses G-Wizard Estimator for Space Age Pet Food Bowl

May 11, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, FeedsSpeeds, Manufacturing, Products, Software  //  2 Comments

It seems an unlikely combination, but when you’re an entrepreneur, anything is possible.  Luke Colby’s company, Rocket Thermodynamix, makes parts for rockets.  I’m talking about full-on beautifully machined aerospace quality components.  Here is a typical example:

A pyrotechnic actuated poppet valve…
Yeah, I don’t know what you’d use one of these for either.  Maybe Luke…

Building the Rostock MAX v2 Printer, Part 4: First Part Printed

May 11, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, Cool  //  10 Comments

With one more session of fiddling, the CNCCookbook Rostock MAX v2 was mechanically and electronically complete and it was time for the next stage:  calibration followed by printing the first part.  We got through the fiddling, calibration, and first part in one long afternoon–about 4 hours.
The calibration took the longest, and we encountered some…

Getting Your Print to Stick to the Bed When 3D Printing

May 7, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog  //  11 Comments

Like anything else, there is a learning curve associated with 3D printing.  Having gotten a new 3D printer in house here at CNCCookbook, we’re working our way through the learning curve.  You’ll likely see more than a fair share of 3D printing articles until we get things printing smoothly and then we’ll return to a…

Building the Rostock Max v2 Printer, Part 3

May 7, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC, Products  //  2 Comments

Progress continues on the CNCCookbook Rostock 3D printer.  This is our third installment representing our third weekend of progress.  Each weekend my brother and I have spent both afternoons for a total of about 6 to 7 hours.  Based on that, we’ve now spent probably 20 hours.  The printer is mechanically complete and has entered…

Design a Case for Your iPhone

May 1, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, Techniques  //  2 Comments

Phone cases are a straightforward project for any CNC’er, whether they plan to make the case using a 3D Printer or to machine it from a solid block of material.  The key is accounting for the dimensions of the phone itself.  One can measure the phone, or, in the case of Apple at least, we…

Building the Rostock Max v2 3D Printer, Part 2

Apr 27, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC  //  2 Comments

Part 1 got us to the point where the base was assembled, though there is quite a lot of wiring yet to be done there.  For part 2, I worked about 7 hours evenly split across a Saturday and Sunday afternoon.  This got me to about page 120 in the manual.  The printer is considerably…

Building the Rostock Max v2 3D Printer, Part 1

Apr 21, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC  //  5 Comments

We just got in our Rostock Max v2 3D Printer kit from SeeMeCNC the other day, so I want to chronicle what it’s like to build one.  Here’s the contents of the big box delivered to our door:

Related parts are individual bagged into parts kits.  Printer structure is laser cut melamine…
The parts are…

5 3D Printing Clock Projects

Apr 10, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  1 Comment

Long time CNCCookbook readers will have come across my project-in-planning Astronomical Clock.  It’s one of those projects I promise myself I will be devoted to when my life is a little less busy (does that time ever come?).  Meanwhile, with a new 3D Printer on its way to CNCCookbook (just got the tracking notice yesterday,…

New 3D Printer Kit Coming to CNCCookbook Soon

Apr 2, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC  //  5 Comments

We’ll have a new 3D Printer project underway here at CNCCookbook soon.  I just ordered the SeeMeCNC Rostock MAX v2 3D Printer Kit.  The Rostock is a “Delta” style printer, which has always intrigued me.  The kit purports to include everything you need except for a few tools and supposedly can be assembled in about…

AtomicCNC: Revolutionary New 3D Printing Process

Apr 1, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  10 Comments

3D printing is great stuff, but the reaction of many is that it is either a toy or at best only suited to prototype work.  Most 3D printing processes are too slow and too inaccurate to be used for full-scale manufacturing.  Until now.
I recently found out about an entirely new 3D Printing process invented…

Foodini: 3D Printing Food in Your Kitchen for $1000

Mar 26, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  No Comments

Are you ready for this?
Foodini has launched a Kickstarter program to sell their 3D Printer for Food.  The machine hails from Barcelona, Spain from a company called Natural Machines.  The earliest “investors” on Kickstarter will be able to get a Foodini 3D Food Printer for $999.  The Foodini retail price will be $1300.
The…

3D Printing for Patternmaking and Foundry Work

Feb 3, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  2 Comments

Sand such as is used for casting is a good medium for 3D printing.  The green sand already used for casting is a combination of ingredients that help it to hold the shape of the pattern placed in the sand.  The pattern is a reproduction of the part to be cast so that the sand…

What’s Dell Going to Do With 5000 3D Printers?

Jan 23, 2014   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  2 Comments

Just read an interesting story on 3Ders.org:  Dell has just ordered 5000 3D printers from Polish-maker Zortrax.
Zortrax went through a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the development of the printer, and they’ve now launched their product and are apparently geared up for very large orders such as this one from Dell.
It’s a slick…

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