Feb 22, 2017

BIG 3D Printers and BIG 3D Prints from CES 2017

Joel presents some big prints and big machines from CES 2017!

Feb 21, 2017

3D Printable Hinges Design Tutorial

Angus published this great tutorial on how to design and 3D print movable hinges.

You can find the files from the tutorial here:


Feb 20, 2017

3D Printed Metamaterial with Bit Switches

Researchers at Hasso Plattner Institute improved their 3d printed metamaterial  technique to make devices that have embedded digital or "bit" switches.

This is the preview video, more information will come in the future:

Here is their earlier work:


3D Printable Control Unit with 32 Programmable Keys

Here is a very useful DIY 3d printable control unit that can send custom g-code scripts and macros via 32 programmable keys. It can be used on almost any machine that uses g code, like CNC mills, 3d printers, laser cutters and other. It is powered with Arduino Nano. 

The "Gcode Sender" was developed and released by James Sierra. Here is his description of the project:
This project is very much like using Pronterface or Repetier Host manual control to send gcode instructions to your printer while connected to the computer via USB cable, but instead using an Arduino Nano connected to a small keypad to send the Gcode scripts/macros.
Gcode sender is intended to work for 3D printers as well as a CNC mills and laser engravers. Any machine that uses gcode.
This setup allows one to send highly customized gcode scripts/macros to the printer with a push of a button. I've tested all of the scripts I included in the sketch. Any one of them can be replaced or edited.
In the sketch, i tired to include a lot of comments to make it easier to tweak the code to suit your own needs.
Communication between Gcode Sender and printer is through serial communication (Tx, Rx). On RAMPS style boards the AUX-1 port can be used. Specifics on wiring can be found in the Wiring.zip file. Be sure that Tx out wire on the Gcode Sender is connected to Rx on printer and Rx is connected to Tx. In Repetier firmware, I had to enable Bluetooth serial port to make use of the AUX-1 port.

All files and instructions to make it yourself can be found at:


How to attach a pencil to your Delta 3D printer and make it into a plotter

Here is an attachment made from plywood that can hold a pencil for Delta configuration machines. it can turn them into simple plotters enhancing your tool options. 
Video of plotter attachment in action connected to RDelta 3d printer:

All the files and instructions can be found at:


Feb 11, 2017

Six Axis Delta 3D printer from ZHAW

Oliver Tolar and Denis Herrmann, students from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)  developed a six axis Delta 3d printer with movable build plate.,

Here is the video demonstration:

Sources with further information:



Six Axis Delta, image source: ZHAW

Feb 8, 2017

How to Design and 3D Print a Key Copy

Anthony aka. "Proto G" made an Instructables tutorial on how to design and make a 3d printed copy of a metal key.

Here is the explainer video:

Full instructions can be found at:


Feb 7, 2017

How to repair Crosman 2200 Magnum and make 3d printed DIY replacement parts

YouTube user "yourbeekeeper" uses his 3d printer to repair an vintage air rifle. He services and makes replacement parts for Crosman 2200 Magnum.

Yourbeekeeper YT channel:


Polar 3D Printer Made by Miklós Devecz