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Flexible 3D printing Materials

Meet the Flexibles

By | 3D Printing, Education, FIlaments | One Comment
Along with the other Unique Filaments we have reviewed thus far, we have been recently working very closely with flexible materials for FDM 3D printing.  Each has benefits, and each have their own softness and flexibility.  Today we will be looking at PCTPE from taulman 3d, FlexSolid from MadeSolid, NinjaFlex by Ninjatek, and the new Cheetah by Ninjatek.  Along with overall properties, we will be giving printing settings and even a Cura profile to download.

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A-Z 3D Printing Handbook Download

Free 3D Printing Handbook Download

By | 3D Printing, Education, Rapid Prototyping, Software | 3 Comments

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ABS

Complete ABS Profile Print Settings

By | 3D Printing, Cura, FIlaments, Rapid Prototyping, Software | No Comments
Through trial and error we have slowly honed in our profile settings for different 3D printing materials.   This is our second profile tutorial and today we will be taking a look at the settings and profiles that have worked for us while printing in ABS.

Further than just explaining preferred temperature settings, we will be taking an indepth look at advanced support and infill settings, as well as many other factors that go into making a clean and successful print.

ABS is quite unique to PLA for a few reasons.  The first is the difficulty to print.  Small items are quite easy, and the printer can handle ABS without any issues.  The problem arises when printing large parts.  Since ABS has a high shrinkage rate which causes warping, we will only print larger ABS jobs on our TAZ5 with our proprietary enclosure or on our fully enclosed 3DGenie. Read More

PLA Prints

Complete PLA Profile Print Settings

By | 3D Printing, Cura, FIlaments, Rapid Prototyping, Software | 7 Comments
Through trial and error we have slowly honed in our profile settings for different 3D printing materials.   Over the next few months we will be taking a look at these settings and profiles that have worked for us.

Further than just explaining preferred temperature settings, we will be taking an indepth look at advanced support and infill settings, as well as many other factors that go into making a clean and successful print. Read More

3D Printing Materials

Best Unique 3D Printing Filaments of 2015

By | 3D Printing, FIlaments, Rapid Prototyping | One Comment

We have tested some very advanced materials throughout the past year from industrial grade nylons to flexible elastomers. These functional FDM materials have allowed SD3D production services to be used as a solution to demanding end-user applications. We are excited to see what 2016 will bring as material suppliers seem to be accelerating their rate of R&D. The following twelve materials are our favorite new materials of 2015. Read More

David Feeney SD3D ABC

SD3D Accepting Bitcoin on ABC 10 San Diego

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Yesterday morning Jonathan Horn of ABC 10 San Diego visited the SD3D headquarters to show an example of what can be accomplished using bitcoin and the Bitcoin network.  We began accepting bitcoin for 3D printing and 3D design work nearly 2 years ago, and while customers using this payment method are few, we are a great option for anyone looking to spend their bitcoin rather than sell them.

In fact, you can read all our involvement in our Bitcoin Meets 3D Printing article from October 1st, 2013 – just about exactly two years ago.

While our employees do not get paid in bitcoin, ABC 10 was following Airbitz, a startup in downtown San Diego who does just this.  Be sure to watch the segment with SD3D’s CEO David Feeney below:  Read More

SD3D at Printshow

SD3D at the 3D Printshow

By | 3D Printing | No Comments
SD3D was fortunate enough to have a booth at the 3D Printshow in Pasadena this past weekend.  The show ranged from large scale 3D printer manufacturers to artists utilizing additive manufacturing to their benefit.  We were able to show off some of the capabilities of our services and brought two Lulzbot TAZ 5’s with us that were printing the entire time.   Read More

Punchtec 0-100C

Not all Heated Beds are Created Equal

By | 3D Printing, Hardware, Hardware Case Study | One Comment
We do a lot of research and development on 3D printing systems at SD3D in an effort to improve the quality and reliability of our machines and to help select the best 3D printer technology available for our production factory. Recently, we took six off-the-shelf desktop 3D printers and our proprietary 3DGenie FDM printer and compared the quality of the heated build plate (HBP) with respect to surface temperature gradients. Read More