Last Saturday we had a stall at the Brighton Mini Maker Faire. We brought our two 3D printers and some sample ‘printies’ to show the possibilities of 3D printing, and the different filaments that are avaliable right now.
We recently got our hands on some flexible filament samples, kindly provided to us by the guys at FormFutura. One commonly encountered problem with these filaments is their tendency to bend, buckle and loop between the extruder’s hobbed bolt and the top of the iphotend. Enter the FlexyStruder, an extruder made by LulzBot to deal specifically with flexible filaments.
The guys from Formfutura were kind enough to give us some special filaments to test not so long ago. We have started our test with the Thermochrome filament.
Thermochrome filament is a normal PLA filament with an additive that makes it change color depending on the temperature. Under 29ºC it looks black and above that it starts getting white.
We tried our usual calibration Lego Brick in our Prusa i3 printer, which we have very much under control.
Some time ago while reading about new development boards I ended up in a Microsoft site called Windows On Devices. In there they are promoting the Intel Galileo board and their dev environment with Visual Studio. To do so, they offer a free dev kit if you register and tell what you want to do with it (and they like your idea). So we’ve decided to apply explaining what Fabsterdam is and what we do with arduinos, pis, and 3d printers and some weeks ago we received a mail confirming that they’ll send us a dev kit (YEY!).
Aliens printed in green ABS and smoothed with the acetone vapor bath treatment. Spaceship printed in silver ABS, in two halfs. Not treated yet. The background is just a picture that we printed in a paper to take the photo since our photoshop skills are not that good. But overall it looks pretty good, don’t you think?
Source of the model: Flying saucer on Thingiverse.
After we set up our Etsy Shop and had a few orders, somebody came out with a custom order a bit challenging for us. He wanted some markers for a card game (like Magic) and he loved our purple tentacle so he asked if we could print 15 mini purple tentacles.
The purple tentacle model is about 7cm tall and the base is 5cm diameter and that’s too big for a card marker so he asked if we could do it about 1-2 cm base diameter. We were worried that with that much down-scaling we will lose too many details, so we decided to experiment on ways to do it just to see if it was even doable. Continue reading
We’ve been printing for a while and showing our models to everybody around us. So many people asked us where to get one of our ‘printies’ that we decided to start a shop in Etsy!
For the moment we have listed the two more popular items among our colleagues and friends: the purple tentacle and the cute octopus, but we will add more items very soon.
You can have a look at the shop here: The Fabsterdam Outlet