Sunday, 25 October 2015

3D Printed Project #1 - Star-Lord's Element Gun (Part 3)

Star-Lord's Element Gun (Part 3)



So here we are with part 3 and the last part of my 3D printed project. In the end I picked Star-Lord's Element Gun from Guardians of the galaxy as I love the film and wanted something cool to start off my 3D printed movie/TV weapon collection (More on this soon).

This model was created by Kirby Downey (This and his other models can be found here) and is downloaded from My Mini Factory, he also has a Facebook page here. This 3D printed project is going to be printed with Floreon 3D filament.

So part 2 ended with the Element Gun, glued and filled and it was looking excellent but it's about to get a whole lot better.

So I'm new to prop building and painting so this is very much a learning process, but I'm happy with how it turned out. So let's look at the Element Gun at the next stage which was to prime it.



So now it's all one colour it looks awesome, you can see a few places where I haven't sanded as well as I could and you can see a couple of place where the poor quality print of one part shows through but it's not that bad and actually it added to the uniqueness of my Star Lord Element Gun.

So that next stage was painting the Element Gun, I should of taken more photos here maybe painted each part but I didn't so I only have pictures of the finished gun.

So here it is, my very own 3D printed Star Lord Element Gun from Guardians of the Galaxy....






HOW COOL IS THAT!!!!

Of course there are parts that could have been better and the paint theme is not movie correct, but as I've said from the start this is a learning process and I will get better.

Overall however I love how it came out and I can't wait to show my friends and more importantly add other 3D prints to my collection of 3D printed props.


Thanks for reading, and until next time.


James.

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A closer look at my 3D Printers (Including my Printrbot LC rebuild)



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Sunday, 18 October 2015

Filament Review #17 - rigid.ink PLA & ABS

rigid.ink 1.75mm PLA & ABS


The filament being reviewed today is from rigid.ink (Ingenious name, for a filament company) and was sent as a random colour free sample. The filament is available direct from rigid.ink here.

rigid.ink sell all kinds of filament including PLA, ABS, PETG, Nylon, PVA (Soluble Support) and more.

I first became aware of rigid.ink, (a UK base company) when I saw a review from an Australian based reviewer by the name of Maker's Muse.

So I thought why not get a sample for my blog, It just so happen that rigid.ink offer 1 free sample of PLA or ABS, this is a randomly chosen colour but it's so you can try out their filament so colour doesn't matter, now you might be asking how I'm reviewing PLA & ABS if it's 1 free sample, well when I ordered my free sample I selected PLA, as that's what I print most of the time. Unfortunatly rigid.ink sent me ABS by mistake which I was happy to review anyway but thought I'd let them know I had been sent the wrong filament and they were kind enough to send me a free PLA sample as well so why not review them both.

So who are rigid.ink?

Here at rigid.ink we decided enough was enough. There's far too many poor quality 3D filaments out there. When 2 or 3 in every 5 of your prints are ruined, that's less than optimal. That's why in 2014 we decided to come up with something a little bit better, and do it a little bit differently. OK, a lot better and a lot differently. 

Based in the quaint historic market town of Wetherby (exactly equidistant between London and Edinburgh) we're committed to ensuring you're happy with your rigid.ink filament. We understand that if you can rely on a good quality filament that will produce accurate, durable prints - there's no limit to what you can create. We also understand you might want to have a wide selection of colours, but without wanting to buy a whole KG of each. That's why we also do all of our filaments in multiples of 10m.

And if we don't have the colour you're looking for, let us know. We're working on more as we speak.

Help us to help you, we're all ears when it comes to feedback. We actually care, and we'll work hard to keep your business. We'd also like to hear from you if you've made anything you're particularly proud of recently. Whether it's aesthetically pleasing or a clever little gadget to make life easier. We'll be announcing competitions on the site soon for the most unusual/best/cleverest prints each month, so keep your eyes peeled and send in photos of your prints!

I'm really happy to see another UK based filament supplier and rigid.ink have a great selection of filaments to. I'll list them all here so you can see, at the time of writing they have.

ABS

23 colours available in 1.75mm

22 colours available in 2.85mm & 3.00mm

PLA

23 colours available in 1.75mm

21 colours available in 2.85mm & 3.00mm

Soluble Support filaments

HIPS in 1.75mm

PVA in 1.75mm & 2.85mm

Specialist Filaments

TPU (a flexible and highly durable material) in 1.75mm

Flexible PLA (natural and biodegradable like regular PLA) in 1.75mm

PMMA (high impact strength, also suitable for investment casting) in 1.75mm

Polycarbonate (PC - extremely durable) in 1.75mm

Nylon in 1.75mm

PETG (THE filament - tough and durable, odorless, prints easily like PLA and is slightly flexible) in 1.75mm

As you can see a massive range in a number of colours, diameters and  PLA available as either 10 meter lengths or 1kg spools and ABS available as 5 meter lengths or 1kg spools with the specialist filaments available up to 0.5kg.

So let's also look at pricing while I'm listing all of rigid.inks filament, a 5 or 10 meter length starts at just £2.45 and a 1kg spool costs £24.95. The specialist filaments range from £2.45 to £29.95 depending on the filament and length. But these are all excellent prices and shipping is free over £50 or as low as £3.99 for standard delivery or a next day option is available for £15.

Right lets look at the PLA and ABS samples rigid.ink sent me, they were Red ABS and white PLA samples.




So the Red ABS has a matt appearance to it, while the White is a gloss finish. Both came is 10 meter lengths and in a zip lock bag with the now normal silica gel packet.

OK let's print with the rigid.ink filament, rigid.ink supply a small card with your filament to help you get the best from your rigid.ink, this information includes nozzle temperature ranges for both PLA and ABS as well as bed temperature ranges. They also give some tips on getting your prints to stick to your print bed and they also have a warning on there about printing in a ventilated area, which is a good idea and great to see a filament manufacture supplying this information with your order rather than just as a side note on a website.

As I said in my last review I will be using Simplifiy3D for the slicing of the model and as normal I'm printing the popular 3DBenchy model available from Thingiverse and below are the settings I'm using.

Nozzle Diameter: 0.40mm
Extruder Temp: 190°C PLA & 230 ABS
Bed Temp: 60°C PLA & 80°C ABS on BuildTak print surface
Layer Height: 0.2064mm
Perimeter Shells: 2
Top Solid Layers: 3
Bottom Solid Layers: 3
Infill: 15%
Cooling: Enabled
Retraction: Enabled (Speed: 60mm/s Distance: 1.2mm)
Support: None
Extrusion Multiplier: 0.95

Print Speeds:

Print Speed: 50mm/s
Outline Underspeed: 50%
Solid Infill Underspeed: 80%
X/Y Axis Speed: 80mm/s
Z Axis Speed: 16.7mm/s

And here's how they came out.







As you can see the ABS print had a few issues, and it's at this point I have a confession I recently formatted my PC to reinstall Windows 10, and I forgot to back up my Simplify3D FFF profiles meaning I'm back to setting up the best setting for my printer, lol. But I'm getting there and I know this software is going to make good prints.

I also think my reported nozzle temperature is wrong because the front of the 3D Benchy looks deformed from heat? I also still have cooling issues which I hope to have a solution to soon.

While the PLA print could have been better I reasonably happy with it.

To end my review of the rigid.ink ABS & PLA filament I'm going to summarise a few points I've noted down whilst using the filament.

  • 3D Printing Development, Once again I'm reviewing filament from another company and a UK based one too, It's great to see what was once a hobby where it was a case of importing from the US you can now order locally.
  • Cost, So I touched on the price of rigid.ink filaments earlier it's priced very competitively and I didn't mention this before but rigid.ink also have a 60 day hassle-free returns guarantee.
  • Colour choice, As I listed earlier rigid.ink comes in over 20 colours and even some of their specialist filaments have colours to choose from, AWESOME!!!! 

So overall I would highly recommend rigid.ink, they have great customer service, fast shipping and excellent choice and the filament prints great. I will certainly be making a purchase in the future so thank you to rigid.ink for the samples.


Thanks for reading and until next time, keep printing.



James.


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3D Printed Project #1 - Star-Lord's Element Gun (Part 3)



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Sunday, 11 October 2015

Blog Update #3

Blog Update #3

Hello readers,


Today's blog post is just a short update of what's going on at 3D Printing Reviews HQ.

First off.

My Real Job

So on a personal note, I am soon to be starting a new contract at my real job which is basically more hours/days this is going to have an impact on the blog in the sense that I will have less time to write my posts. My original plan was for 2 post a week, which I did for a while but now I'm going to move to a 1 post a week.


However an advantage of more hours at work is more money and that means more gadgets, CNC or Laser cutter anyone :-).

Global FSD Filament Reviews

As a result of the above going forward my Global FSD sample reviews are going to be done in groups, with just sample prints and basic details shown. This is not only because of the above but I also feel that the sample reviews are all very copy/paste as the packaging, sample length etc is the same and you don't really need that info. So once I get my next lot of samples they will all be printed then I will post a blog post.


Videos Reviews/Content

I just want to put in writing that I may start looking at doing video reviews/content for the blog, as this seems a better/shorter way to get the information across. This is still just an idea and I will look at a set up to use. Any videos that have currently been used on the blog can be found on my YouTube channel.


Kickstarter Campaigns 

You would have read in the last blog update that I backed a campaign from NFire Labs for their NFire 1 The worlds first truly modular 3D Printer, well I am very happy to say that the campaign was successful. If everything runs smoothly and so far I believe everything is, I should have another 3D Printer to add to the collection around January 2016.


My 3D Printers

So I currently have 2 printers, both Printrbots but currently my first printer a Printrbot LC is sitting disassembled in a box and I've decided to rebuild it and start using it again as such I'm going to document this on the blog via a new page which I will sent up. I'm also going to give details about my other Printrbot a Metal Plus with Dual Extruders as well as any mods I've done or planning to do.


And when I get in my NFire 1 delta printer that 2 will be documented.


So that's it for the blog update, Thanks for reading, and until next time.


James.

NEXT TIME ON 3D FILAMENT REVIEWS..... 



Rigid.Ink 1.75mm ABS Review.



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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

3D Printed Project #1 - Star-Lord's Element Gun (Part 2)

Star-Lord's Element Gun (Part 2)


So here we are with part 2 of my 3D printed project. In the end I picked Star-Lord's Element Gun from Guardians of the galaxy as I love the film and wanted something cool to boot.

This model was created by Kirby Downey (This and his other models can be found here) and is downloaded from My Mini Factory, he also has a Facebook page here. This 3D printed project is going to be printed with Floreon 3D filament.

So we ended the last part with 3 parts of the Element Gun printed, and since then I have printed the remaining parts and joined them together with super glue and filled any gaps with car body filler.

Here is one of the parts I printed since the last update straight from the 3D printer so you can see the raft and support material still attached.


I'm really happy with how the part came out as I haven't printed to many thing with that much support material nor a raft but both came of the part very nicely.

I did have a problem with one of the part as my printer is still having a few issues, although I am getting the bottom of these since changing over to Simplify3D. You can see the part I had problems in the next few pictures.

So once I had printed all the parts it was time to remove all the support material and generally clean them up, they were all sanded until I was happy with them and then glued together. At this point more sanding was in order followed by filling the gaps with car body filler, and then more sanding.

So here are all the parts of the Element Gun printed and laying in the correct order.







So in the first picture you can clearly see the issue I had with that part, but I'm sure we can fix it with filler :-). In the last picture you can see all the parts lined up and doesn't in look cool.

And here are all the parts cleaned up, joined up and filled up, lol.

And this is were I must end part 2 of my 3D printed Star-Lord Element Gun. Next time I will finish the project and look at what I've learnt from doing the project and what I will print next....


Thanks for reading, and until next time.


James.

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Blog Update #3 



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Sunday, 4 October 2015

Filament Review #16 - EUMAKERS PLA

EUMAKERS 1.75mm PLA




The filament being reviewed today is from EUMAKERS and was sent as a random colour free sample. The filament is available direct from EUMAKERS hereIt appears EUMAKERS no longer offer a free sample of their filament at the time of writing this blog post unfortunately.

Right, today's filament comes from a manufacture I knew nothing about until they popped up as a recommended twitter account to follow and as I'm always keen for more filament I requested a sample.

This didn't go as smoothly as it could as the first requested sample did not arrive and after 3 weeks of waiting I contacted EUMAKERS who very kindly sent out another sample which arrived in just a few days. 

So who are EUMAKERS?

EUMAKERS is the new branch of Rignera Biocompound, a leader in the plastics sector.

The company was founded in early 2014 and aims to become a leader in Italy and Europe for the production and marketing of PLA filaments for 3D printing.

The experience and results acquired over the years by the Rigenera laboratories allow the EUMAKERS to be at the forefront in the field of plastics research and to introduce in the market an increasing variety of products.

Quality of materials and service, attention to sustainability (with the use of reclaimed material), design, choice of products and colors, competitive prices.

These are the keywords of a company that does not limit their objectives to the care of its core business, but EUMAKERS intends to go with the customer (whether an individual or a company) through the experience of 3D printing at all levels.

So let's take a look at the sample EUMAKERS sent me, which turned out to be their Yellow ochre colour, they have quite a few to choose from on their website including, Skin Pink, Orange Brick, Green Metallic, Teal & Wisteria purple. EUMAKERS also produce multi-colour spools which are available in, Basic, Modern, Pastel, Fluorescent & Neutral.






So you can see the EUMAKERS Yellow ochre has a matt appearance it also has a texture to it which was odd from a solid colour PLA, I've only felt a texture on wood based filaments so far.

The filament can be purchased from EUMAKERS in both 1,75 and 2,85 mm on their unique convertible spool (A spool that, once finished with can be turned into a coat hunger. Nice touch!)

1Kg spools are priced at €29.50 + P&P & TAX which brings the cost of a spool to €47.91 or £35.39 delivered which is more than most filaments I've reviewed/seen. But with the convertible spool and the quality of the filament I've experienced It could be worth it for a special project?

So let's take a look at how the EUMAKERS Yellow ochre PLA filament prints.

Now a here's where things are going to be little different, I have recently seen a few discussions regarding slicing software and people singing the praises of Simplify3D so I just had to try it for myself and..... WOW what a difference it has made, I'm still learning what it can really do but with just a simple process set up I'm getting great results (Which you'll see below)

As normal I'm printing the popular 3DBenchy model available from Thingiverse and below are the settings I'm using.

Nozzle Diameter: 0.40mm
Extruder Temp: 190°C
Bed Temp: 60°C (BuildTak)
Layer Height: 0.2064mm
Perimeter Shells: 2
Top Solid Layers: 3
Bottom Solid Layers: 3
Infill: 15%
Cooling: Enabled
Retraction: Enabled (Speed: 60mm/s Distance: 1mm)
Support: None
Extrusion Multiplier: 0.95

Print Speeds:

Print Speed: 60mm/s
Outline Underspeed: 50%
Solid Infill Underspeed: 80%
X/Y Axis Speed: 200mm/s
Z Axis Speed: 16.7mm/s

And here's how it came out.






As you can see the Simplify3D software has made a big difference to the finished print, there is still room for improvement and I will be working on that, but overall the low printing temperature of EUMAKERS PLA filament has produced a good print.

To end my review of the EUMAKERS Yellow ochre filament I'm going to summarise a few points I've noted down whilst using the filament.

  • 3D Printing Development, The list of places to purchase 3D printer filament is growing ever longer, which is great for those of us with 3D printers. And once the cost of 3D printers comes down I see no reason why most people wouldn't have one.
  • Cost, So I touched on the price of EUMAKERS PLA and It seems to me a little on the high side compared to other PLA filament, but I guess that most of the £35 for this filament is shipping/Tax cost so It's not that bad but is it worth the wait for delivery when we have some great UK based filament suppliers?
So overall I would say give EUMAKERS a go if you are in the EU as shipping cost varies or if you are in the UK and don't mind waiting a short while for delivery. There is also the convertible spool from EUMAKERS which I actually love the idea of, I feel it's very important to recycle where we can and this is a very interesting solution.

UPDATE

So EUMAKERS were kind enough to leave a comment on my Facebook page regarding my review and made me aware of their shipping policy.

Free Samples

In order to guarantee this initiative completely free for the makers from all over the world we needed to reduce the costs, so we use the Italian postal service as courier. Unluckily this service obliged us to send the samples in group of thousands, and it was not the faster possible. As a conseguence, the first people of each group who requested the filament had to wait more respect the last ones. 

Filament spools and 3D Printers

On the contrary, we always send both the spools and the printers via DHL express, that guarantee the shipment in 48 hrs all over the world.

Thanks for reading and until next time, keep printing.



James.


NEXT ON 3D FILAMENT REVIEWS..... 


3D Printed Project #1 - Star-Lord's Element Gun (Part 2)



If any of my readers have some suggestions on ways to achieve better results with prints or on the format of my review please comment below, I'll gladly try out your suggestions.