3D Printing Blog

Adaptive Auto-Leveling Upgrade Guide

Posted by Kim Carbon on Apr 27, 2017 12:37:03 PM

The new Series 1 Pro with Adaptive Auto-Leveling has been developed to eliminate manual platform leveling, a major challenge when operating a 3D printer. Built with high-quality induction sensor, Adaptive Auto-Leveling relies on real-time error correction that will help operators ensure that their prints are square and remain true to the build surface.

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Topics: Pro Tips, Products

Introducing Adaptive Auto-Leveling

Posted by Elijah Post on Apr 25, 2017 3:00:00 AM

When using any fabrication tool, the last thing you want to worry about is continually adjusting the tool itself.

The greatest builders and innovators are much more interested in their products  than the minutiae of the tool they’re using. The tools they choose to work with are the ones that propel them forward, rather than stand their way.

Traditionally, the biggest obstacle in 3D printing has been set up time, a factor that we’ve consistently worked to improved since we introduced our very first machine in 2012. Today we’re announcing a new feature, shipping standard with the Series 1 Pro, that eliminates one of the major difficulties with operating any 3D printer: leveling the bed relative to the tool head.

The days of finicky platform calibration steps are coming to an end. We’d like to introduce you to the new Series 1 Pro with Adaptive Auto-Leveling.

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Topics: Products

Rising to the Top: Lessons Learned by 3D Hubs Top 3D Print Service Provider

Posted by Kim Carbon on Apr 24, 2017 12:32:52 PM

With the accelerating adoption of 3D printing across industries, the number of online and offline 3D printing services across the globe, ranging from individual contractors to contract manufacturers, is also starting to grow. One of the online platforms facilitating transactions between these service bureaus and engineers and designers is 3D Hubs. We got in touch with one of its highly-rated 3D printers (Hubs), Marcel Barraza, to learn how 3D printing services like his operate. Based in San Francisco, California, Marcel talks about the importance of responsiveness, quick turnaround and having a reliable 3D printer to stay ahead of the game.

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Topics: user story

Going from STEM to STEAM, Transforming Education with 3D Printing

Posted by Kim Carbon on Apr 21, 2017 2:36:53 PM

For the last couple years, the importance of STEM (Science, Technology. Engineering, and Mathematics) education has become more evident as schools find ways to prepare students for their future careers. As this educational endeavour progresses, another movement is also gaining momentum and is being spearheaded by several educational institutions across the country - STEAM education - where the arts are integrated into STEM curricula.

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Topics: education

Top 5 Starting Materials for 3D Printing

Posted by Elijah Post on Apr 14, 2017 3:54:44 PM

At one point, there were only two materials available for 3D printing: PLA and ABS. PLA is safe and easy to use, but is too brittle and has too low of a melting point for some applications. ABS is a bit more ductile and heat resistant, but smells horrific and is made from some seriously nasty, not to mention carcinogenic chemicals. Now, ther's a much wider array of materials available for 3D printing, and the list is growing every day.

The beauty of the Series 1 platform is that you don’t have to worry about committing to a material when you own the world’s most versatile extruder. We’ve mentioned in many other places that the G2 extruder can run about 80 different materials through it using the presets we’ve included in our version of Cura alone, and more still if you’re willing to calibrate the material profiles yourself. If you’re new to doing your own 3D prints, this can be a little intimidating. Here’s where to start. 

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Topics: Pro Tips

Virtual Warehouse: Eliminating Replacement Part Inventories with 3D Printing

Posted by Kim Carbon on Apr 14, 2017 1:32:38 PM

3D printing is opening new opportunities for many industries across the globe. Its potential to bring disruptive changes to traditional manufacturing methods is gaining a foothold in many companies which are looking to increase the efficiency in different levels of their supply chain and reduce their existing costs.

Previously, we have written articles on the current and future impacts of 3D printing to the oil and gas and spare parts industry. We have mentioned a number of benefits it offers such as the acceleration of design processes of various products. Another value that the technology brings to the table - which we would now like to focus on - is its ability to produce replacement parts both in remote locations and on a make-to-order basis, thereby eliminating physical inventories and making way for the virtual warehouse.

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Topics: industry insight