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Become Your Own Material Maker with the Felfil Evo Filament Extruder

Become Your Own Material Maker with the Felfil Evo Filament Extruder
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The Felfil Evo is an open-source 3D printer plastic extruder machine that allows you to create customized 3D printing filament from the comfort of your own home. Make your own materials from plastic pellets, flawed or old 3D prints, or plastic waste. 

With all of the brands and formulations crowding the 3D printing market, finding the right filament can be a trying experience. Sometimes, a maker knows exactly what color or characteristic they need for their printing project, but it isn’t always readily available.

The Felfil Evo is aiming to put the power of filament production into the hands of the maker community. Manufactured by the Italian startup Felfil, this plastic filament extruder is capable of creating 3D printing materials from industrial pellets, disposable 3D prints, or plastic waste. It’s a completely open source device that is made up of all-new components, all of which can be easily sourced at a low price.

Felfil Evo is equipped with a nozzle, an electronic card that is compatible with Arduino, and a specially designed extrusion screw and melting chamber that enhances the overall extrusion quality.

Whether you have a certain filament color in mind, prints or plastic waste that you want to recycle, or just want to experiment, the Felfil Evo will be the driving force in your quest to create 3D printing materials. According to the manufacturer, users can save up to 80 percent on spool costs by using the plastic extruder and their granulated plastic pellets.

With the Felfil Evo, you can produce a wide range of filament types, such as PLA, ABS, TPU, PETG, Nylon and more. The team has shared the optimal settings for each material, and they even sell their own PLA and ABS pellets to help you get started right away.

The Felfil Evo Filament Extruder: From Master’s Thesis to Market

While the Felfil Evo officially surfaced on the market in October 2017, the Italian startup has been developing its plastic extruder concept for a few years. In fact, the first prototypes of FelFil were created for a master’s thesis project. In 2015, the first iteration of Felfil Evo made its way to the popular crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, where it raised over €45,000 from a total of 168 backers.

In addition to their Kickstarter success, the Felfil team also launched a campaign on the Italian equity crowdfunding platform called Mamacrowd Projects, raking in another €119,000. This sizable amount of funding enabled the team to continue refining the design, eventually leading to the production of the second series of the filament extruder. 

By conducting surveys and listening to the feedback from their earliest adopters, Felfil has been able to continuously improve upon the Evo’s design and functionality. In October 2017, after completing their pre-sale orders from various crowdfunding campaigns, the latest version of the Felfil Evo became available for immediate order.

The Felfil Evo is currently available in three forms: Assembled (719€), Complete Kit (599€), and the Basic Kit (299€). The assembled version is ideal for beginners or those who want to get extruding right away. All you have to do is set the temperature and gear motor speed to start making your own filament. The Complete Kit comes with all of the components needed to start your filament making journey, and requires a short amount of time to assemble. Finally, the Basic Kit contains the main components needed to build the Evo, while parts like heaters and electronics need to be sourced elsewhere.  

It’s available in four different colors (yellow transparent, transparent, white, black) and comes equipped with either a 1.75mm or 2.85mm nozzle.

Are you ready to start creating and experimenting with your own 3D printing filament? You can purchase the Felfil Evo and pellets directly from the Felfil website.

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October 15, 2018 at 04:59PM
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Weekend Project: 3D Print a Bloody or Stitched Neck for Your Halloween Costume

Weekend Project: 3D Print a Bloody or Stitched Neck for Your Halloween Costume
By Tyler Koslow

Add some fright to your spine-chilling costume with this collection of Halloween-themed 3D printed jewelry, which includes a stitched neck and dripping bloody neck. 

Do you need to add some extra dread to your undead aesthetic? One Instructables user who goes by the name of Penolopy Bulnick has recently shared a collection of 3D printed Halloween jewelry that will complement the most terrifying of costumes. Her latest designs include a dripping bloody neck, as well as a stitched neck and wrists.

This collection of Halloween-themed accessories are easy to make and actually look pretty realistic, making them ideal for anyone planning to go to dress up as a zombie, vampire, or Frankenstein for an upcoming costume party. The designer has shared a handful of 3D printable models that vary in size and thickness, as well as the Tinkercad files so you can customize them yourself.

With just a few affordable jewelry pieces and these 3D printed effects, you can attach dripping blood or stitches directly to your throat. Let your friends stare in horror as you parade your gory trinkets around the neighborhood. Let’s take a look at how you can 3D print your own creepy jewelry for the haunted holiday ahead.

Also, be sure to check out our other Halloween-themed Weekend Projects for more ideas:

Weekend Project: 3D Print a Creepy-Crawling Halloween Pumpkin Spider Transformer
Weekend Project: Tell Scary Tales Over This 3D Printed Tea Light Ghost

3D Printed Halloween Jewelry: What You Need & How to Build it

You can find the STL files for the stitched neck and dripping bloody neck on the designer’s Instructables post. There, she also goes over the design process for both pieces, explaining how she created them on Tinkercad.

The supply list needed to create this jewelry collection is quite short. You can either use red and black filament (Penolopy Bulnick recommends Iron Red and Black from Hatchbox3D) or spray paint once the print is complete. Aside from your 3D printer and filament, here’s what else you need to make your own bloody or stitched neck:

Necklace clasps
Necklace chain
Jump rings
Needle nose pliers

Glossy red and matte black spray paint (optional)

Since these designs are so thin, you don’t really need flexible filament to wear them. However, if you want to print a thicker version or improve the comfort a bit, a flexible material like TPU might be worth investing in. Otherwise, when loading these models into your 3D printing slicer software, double check them to make sure they aren’t too thick. If you decide to print the thicker version of the bloody neck with regular filament, the band of the design should only be two layers high.

The next step is dependent on what color filament you’re using. If you’ve already got the right color extruding out of your nozzle, there’s no need to worry about spray painting. For those who don’t have any red or black filament, or want to use paint to enhance the gruesomeness of the jewelry, you can just color the side of the print that will be on display. The designer uses a sealer after painting to give her slit neck a more glossy effect.

Next, add the jump rings to the corners of the print, followed by the clasp and necklace chain. Both the bloody neck and stitches are designed to be worn as a choker, so make sure the chain is long enough, but not too long. And that’s about all it takes to add some terrifying jewelry to your Halloween costume!

If you don’t have a 3D printer, you can also visit the designer’s Etsy shop and purchase the Halloween-themed jewelry for $7.

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October 13, 2018 at 04:55PM
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CraftBot Introduces the CraftBot 3 Dual 3D Printer to Expansive Product Line

CraftBot Introduces the CraftBot 3 Dual 3D Printer to Expansive Product Line
By Tyler Koslow

CraftBot has added the new CraftBot 3 Dual to its expansive range of 3D printers. This professional-grade desktop machine offers dual extrusion printing, an advance filament monitoring system, and a 374 x 250 x 250mm build volume. 

The desktop 3D printer market has become increasingly crowded with endless options, making it difficult to decide which machine is the right match for you. For those who want a 3D printer that is highly capable, affordable and respected across the 3D printing community, look no further than the Hungarian-based company CraftBot.

After raising more than $245,000 in their 2014 Indiegogo campaign, CraftBot set upon its journey to develop plug and play machines that are easy to use and provide impeccable quality. Thus far, the 3D printer manufacturer appears to be succeeding at that goal. CraftBot has released a number of FDM 3D printers, including the flagship CraftBot Plus and CraftBot 2. In fact, the CraftBot Plus was awarded as the Best Plug N’ Play 3D Printer by 3D Hubs in 2016, 2017, and 2018.

A closer look at CarftBot as a company showcases exactly what makes their product line so unique and highly praised by the community. Each CraftBot 3D printer is manufactured in Europe, and both software and hardware development is entirely done in-house by a team of highly qualified technicians. The company takes all of their customers’ feedback into account, allowing them to constantly improve and refine their 3D printers.

Now, to add to its expansive product line, CraftBot has been working on a dual extrusion 3D printer that goes above and beyond what we usually find on the consumer market.

The CraftBot 3 Dual 3D Printer Strikes Balance Between Affordability and Professional Quality

Following their success with the popular CraftBot Plus and CraftBot 2, the Hungarian manufacturer has now released CraftBot 3 – The Supervisor. With a superhero-like name, it’s no surprise that this desktop dual extrusion 3D printer has some magical features. At $2,199, the CraftBot 3 is incredibly affordable compared to similar dual extrusion machines.

The CraftBot 3 utilizes an Independent Dual Extrusion (IDEX) system, meaning that the two print heads operate independently from one another. Therefore, users can print two objects at once, or use PVA support material to produce more complex parts. Equipped with silicone discs, the nozzles are wiped clean while the print heads are changing, ensuring that excess filament material doesn’t muddle up the surface of your print.

While dual extrusion might seem like the main attraction here, the CraftBot 3 is jam-packed with impressive features that promote quality and accessibility. For starters, there’s a state-of-the-art filament monitoring system (FMS) that keeps track of filament consumption, provides troubleshooting when a filament jam is detected and sends messages to the user when manual intervention is required.

With the CraftBot 3, you’ll get a sizable build volume of 374 x 250 x 250mm (270 x 250X 250mm for dual extrusion and 187 x 250 x 250mm for multi-part printing). This printer is capable of printing at a layer resolution of 50 microns when using the 0.25mm nozzle. And, if you’re concerned about keeping the family up while you print the night away, rest assured that the CraftBot 3 Dual’s motor control makes this 3D printer more quiet than ever before.

Despite the low price point, “The Supervisor” is engineered to deal with professional-grade materials. The full-metal hotend makes it possible to print at a temperature as high as 300°C, expanding the range of compatible materials beyond the usual suspects. It’s also equipped with high-accuracy ball screws to improve overall print quality.

The CraftBot team has implemented optimized object cooling technology into their latest dual extrusion machine, making it easy to print small objects at an exceptional resolution. The heated bed is designed to prevent warping and sticking, and can be easily removed once your print is complete.
The new 3D printer by CraftBot uses different colored LED status indicators to signal the current status of printing that can be customized for an even better experience. Using WiFi connectivity and CraftBot’s mobile app, users can upload 3D models to the printer, start and stop print jobs, and even control various printing settings from a remote location.
Interested? We thought so… You can purchase the CraftBot 3 Dual 3D printer directly from the CraftBot website or from the global network of official CraftBot partners.

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October 8, 2018 at 07:05PM
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Weekend Project: Tell Scary Tales Over This 3D Printed Tea Light Ghost

Weekend Project: Tell Scary Tales Over This 3D Printed Tea Light Ghost
By Tyler Koslow

Want to make your Halloween decorations more cheerful this year? This 3D printed Tea Light Ghost will make a happy addition to your seasonal adornments, greeting all of the trick-or-treaters with a smile. 

Halloween is a time for haunted houses, elaborate costumes and frightening amounts of candy, but not every decoration has to scare you out of your socks. Why not lighten up the mood with a friendly-looking 3D printed Tea Light Ghost lamp, designed by maker Greg Zumwalt.

This grinning ghost is equipped with a base for a LED tealight candle, which emits light throughout the model and creates a subtle lamp effect. It’s the perfect addition to a house that is haunted with smiles rather than spookiness. It’s easy to print and doesn’t require much time to make, making it an ideal project for beginners or makers looking for a quick way to add some Halloween ornaments to their seasonal display.

If you want to consider a different approach to this project, you can also check out Zumwalt’s Illuminated Happy Ghost Lamp on Instructables. Otherwise, let’s take a quick look at how to conjure up the spirit of your own 3D printed Tea Light Ghost.

Illuminated Happy Ghost: What You Need & How to Build it

The files for this 3D printed ghost lamp are available to download via Thingiverse. There are two versions of the ghost – one for single extrusion and another for dual extruder 3D printers. The ghost itself can either be printed as one piece or with the eyes and mouth separately.

Aside from your 3D printer and some filament, you’ll also need LED tealight candles (37.5mm in diameter), which act as the base of the lamp. You can find them at a local hardware store or order them on Amazon. Zumwalt suggests printing the parts with a 20 percent infill, no support structures necessary.

There’s no assembly process with the dual extrusion version; simply print it out and insert the tealight candle at the base. If you opt for the single extruder model, you’ll need to apply some thick cyanoacrylate glue to attach the right eye, left eye, and mouth. While mounting the eyes, you can insert your pinky finger through the mouth hole for support. When attaching the mouth, go through the bottom base to secure the ghost’s wide smile.

The final step is simple. Just press the tealight candle into the base of the ghost and turn it on. Now you have giddy decoration to lighten the spooky Halloween mood.

This project is easy to create and doesn’t take too much time or effort, so feel free to make a collection and have yourself a friendly ghost party!

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October 7, 2018 at 04:05PM
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Weekend Project: 3D Print a Creepy-Crawling Halloween Pumpkin Spider Transformer

Weekend Project: 3D Print a Creepy-Crawling Halloween Pumpkin Spider Transformer
By Tyler Koslow

Need to prepare decorations for Halloween? We’ve got you covered with this spooky 3D printed Pumpkin Spider Transformer designed by William Bruning.

The spookiest day of the year is just weeks away… Why buy your decorations when you can make them on your 3D printer? To get you prepared for the ghouls, ghosts, and trick-or-treaters that are coming to your door this Halloween, All3DP will share a handful of fun and frightening weekend projects to keep you and your 3D printer busy.

And what better creature to mark the upcoming holiday than a Pumpkin Spider Transformer (yes, you read that correctly). Designed by New Zealand-based maker William Bruning, this 3D print can appear as a plain old pumpkin at one instance, but can suddenly transform itself into a creepy spider in the blink of an eye.

We stumbled across this eight-legged print on Thingiverse, where it’s currently being featured on the front page. The creator even made a short animation video with his creation, which you can watch below.

This isn’t one of those difficult projects that require soldering, various electronics, or anything that might scare away a 3D printing novice. In fact, the Halloween Pumpkin Spider Transformer is fully 3D printed, making it an easy way to spruce up this year’s decorations. Let’s take a peek at how to print and put together this creepy-crawling project.

Halloween Pumpkin Spider Transformer: What You Need & How to Build

The STL files for the Halloween Pumpkin Spider Transformer are freely available on Thingiverse. The model is comprised of seven different parts (six if you attempt to print the chest in one piece). Bruning recommends using support structures, a 10 percent infill, and a .15mm resolution.

As for colors, you’ll probably want the outside of the pumpkin to be orange, which you can either achieve via colored filament or (preferably) spray paint. Once the parts are finished and the supports are removed, it’s time for the assembly process.

First, put a bit of superglue on the base of the ball joint in the middle of the chest to strengthen the connection. Next, push the leg ball joints into the chest socket. According to the designer, the assembly may be a bit tight, but there shouldn’t be any issues that end up breaking the part. After that, click the other end into the slices of pumpkin to finish the leg section. Lastly, connect the head to the body via the two neck joints.

In order to make it look like a spider, move the head to the front. To disguise it as a pumpkin, movie the head down until its fit snugly into the middle of the model. And that’s about all it takes to make your own Halloween Pumpkin Spider Transformer!

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October 6, 2018 at 07:05PM
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ZMorph VX – Review the Facts of this Multitool Machine

ZMorph VX – Review the Facts of this Multitool Machine
By Bulent Yusuf

ZMorph VX

The magical multitool machine gets upgraded with the ZMorph VX. Review the facts on this 3-in-1 3D printer, CNC mill, and laser engraver.

Are you ready for the next generation of multitool 3D printer? Is the world even ready? Nobody knows for sure, but Polish company ZMorph says to hell with the consequences. They’ve gone ahead and announced their new multitool machine, the ZMorph VX.

ZMorph already has a solid reputation for their versatile 3D printers; we had a decent experience with the ZMorph SX not so long ago. Their point of distinction is being able to offer multiple fabrication methods within the one desktop machine. And thanks to their modular design of detachable heads, a ZMorph machine can work with dozens of available fabrication materials. More than enough to satisfy even the most demanding professional designers, engineers, and educators.

The next generation model, the ZMorph VX, boasts advanced solutions in print quality and machine reliability. The company promises that the machine is easier to set up and operate than ever before. In addition, there’s a flexible pricing system for those who want to pick and choose the feature-set for their custom requirements. In addition to 3D printing, you can upgrade to CNC milling, laser engraving, and even food printing.

“Whether you want to make a fully functioning drone, a bluetooth speaker or a plastic enclosure for your project, ZMorph VX is a solution that is always up for the task.”

“We’ve been making digital fabrication machines since 2013. Long enough to learn that quality, reliability, and ease of use are the keys for every creative business,” says Przemek Jaworski, ZMorph CEO, and Founder.

“That’s why we bring the new ZMorph VX to the public — a workhorse, versatile object making machine, ready to prototype or mass produce as 3D printer, CNC cutter or laser engraver. Whether you want to make a fully functioning drone, a bluetooth speaker or a plastic enclosure for your project, ZMorph VX is a solution that is always up for the task.”

ZMorph VX has New Hardware, New Software Improvements

While the preceding SX model already featured a solid aluminum body with fully enclosed electronics, double belt drive, and original closed loop system, the VX model introduces several hardware upgrades of note.

These include:

Super-flat borosilicate 3D printing worktable;
Stiffer construction of X and Y axis with top quality linear guides;
Improved cooling system; a reinforced X axis carriage;
Redesigned Dual Extruder toolhead with interchangeable hotends feature;
Injection-molded plastic parts.

The company has also sought to address the user experience. A significant hardware change is the fully automatic calibration system, which should make the 3D printing process just that little bit less frustrating.

There’s also a new CNC worktable for those who want to work with CNC and laser-engraving. This has a sturdy aluminum construction with pre-set holes to provide a stable, flat surface and easy clamping of materials like wood, acrylic glass, modeling boards, and PCB boards.

On the software side, there’s the completely revamped Voxelizer software. It has “faster and smarter algorithms” plus a cleaner interface for both absolute beginners and experienced pros. This last announcement is perhaps the most encouraging; in previous iterations, the Voxelizer software suite was the weakest link in the ZMorph ecosystem.

So how much is a ZMorph VX going to cost? And when can you buy one? They’re available worldwide now from ZMorph and authorized resellers.

Our tip for prospective buyers? You’re definitely going to want the Dual Extruder with Mixer Hotend in there somewhere, it’s an impressive piece of kit.

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September 26, 2018 at 08:59PM
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