XT Copolyster Filaments

We have just added ColorFabb XT Copolyster 2.85mm filament to our range.

ColorFabb XT filament is produced from Amphora™ 3D Polymer by Eastman Chemical Company. In 2013 Eastman and ColorFabb entered a joint development program in order to develop a new unique 3D Printing material for Desktop 3D Printing.
Many formulations of specialty polyesters have been tested for functionality, printability and safe printing.

All these efforts have lead to a unique formulation for 3D Printing that features excellent properties : High strength and very high toughness, Odor Neutral processing, High Tg / improved temp. resistance, Styrene free formulation, FDA food contact compliance, BPA (Bisphenol A) free formulation.

Amphora 3D™ Polymer will allow the user to produce 3D printed functional products in a safe way. ColorFabb XT is the first filament in the market to be produced with Amphora™ 3D Polymer, and now is available in a variety of colours.

Visiting The 2015 3D Print Show in Paris

When it came to visiting the 3D Print Show at The Louvre, it was a tough assignment to fulfil, but someone had to do it!

We arrived at the show on Friday morning after a crafty croissant and it was brilliant to see it as a hive of activity. The variety of 3D printers, material and various other accessories on display was very impressive.

As we entered the show area we walked past a race car sponsored by the 3D printing giant Stratasys (who own MakerBot) and were greeted by the extensive Ultimaker stand with multiple models of the Ultimaker 2 3D printer range, including the Ultimaker 2 Go, Ultimaker 2 and Ultimaker 2 Extended, along with the Original and loads of excellent prints.

Wandering around we saw plenty of ideas for prints. Some excellent vases and funky looking lampshades that we’ll definitely be giving a go soon.

Smack bang in the middle of the show floor was the Zortrax stand, which featured a very slick looking array of cabinets with some electrically powered printed models that naturally drew lots of attention. But the star of the show was their yet to be released Zortrax Inventure. The demo unit wasn’t printing on the day, but it was great to be able to see it in the flesh and get hands on with the build quality. Overall it looks set to be a market leader on its release, especially if the performance of the Zortrax M200 is anything to go by.

Ultimaker 2’s and Zortrax M200’s were on lots of other stands too, which says a lot about their position in todays market.

Also on display were some fascinating printers by a company called Wasp, they print with a suspended print head that flies around the build area like a bee in a jar… Perhaps this is where the name comes from? If not, it should be!

Which leads me nicely onto the BEEVERYCREATIVE stand, with a variety of BEE printers on show. The BEETHEFIRST is still in my opinion a very under-rated printer and of course it was printing away happily on the day. The helloBEEprusa is their new 3D printer that come in a kit and they had one of these printing on the day too.

An interesting area of the show was dedicated to artists that incorporate 3D printing into their work. Highlights were some animatronic bird wings, some figurative sculptures and botanical pieces.

For a more in depth view and to get a feeling of the atmosphere on the day, take a look at our walkthrough video below.

Designing our Mascot with 3DS Max

Looking to help with our brand awareness, we decided to create our own 3D printable mascot. The idea was to create something that was instantly recognisable, easy to print but also modelled in a way that demonstrates the ability of the 3D printers we sell.

We started by sketching out ideas that were relatively simple. When we had a rough shape, we then designed some further detail such as the helmet and antenna. The next step was to start building the model in 3DS Studio Max. Using standard poly modelling to create each individual part was fairly simple. However ensuring the model was water tight was slightly more challenging. If there are any intersecting faces (shapes/faces inside the model) this will confuse the 3D printer and could cause failed prints. Our solution came from using the ProBoolean tool within Max. Essentially we duplicated the model and subtracted each individual part from what ever other part it was intersecting with. This gave us each individual shape with clean edges that would align perfectly with another. However after our initial print we noticed weaknesses in the design to which would have to be altered. To achieve the look and robustness we were after, this process was repeated a few times over.

After lots of tweaks to such areas as the legs, body and antenna we had finally produced a model we were happy with and we named him Dreamo.

Dreamo now serves as our company mascot and can be produced on any printer to demonstrate it’s capabilities, you can download him as a keyring here.

See the full video we made about the process…

Now Taking Pre-Orders for the Zortrax Inventure

The Zortrax Inventure is a smart affordable dual extruder 3D printer that brings the highest reliability and the best professional quality 3D printing to a broader audience.

There is a special pre-order price of £2,250 (inc VAT) between 26th October and 23rd December (price after this will go up to £2,500).

We are taking pre-orders for delivery in late December or early January. Pay 25% deposit (£562.50) and the remaining 75% (£1,687.50) when the printer is ready to be delivered.

3D Scanning a Dog with Fuel3D SCANIFY

Recently we scanned something a little bit different on our Fuel3D SCANIFY, Oliver’s golden retriever dog called Doug.

We started off by scanning Doug’s face, it was a little bit of a challenge trying to keep him still but we got there in the end. The scanner needs a target to be held in the view of the camera in order to take a scan, the main purpose of this is to ensure that the scanner is held the correct distance from the subject. As you are holding the scanner a live feed from camera is being show on the computer, the are indicators on the computer and also on the scanner that show you whether to move the scanner closer or further away from the subject. Once the scanner is the correct distance from the subject you can take the scan by pressing one of the two buttons on top of the scanner, the 3x flashes will light up and the scan will be taken in just a tenth of a second.

The scan that is collected includes full colour but if you’re using the scanner with a desktop 3D printer its not necessary. Within the Studio 2.0 software you can crop the scan so that the unnecessary parts are removed. You then have the option to export the scan out as an stl file, you can also extrude out the scan to the desired thickness so it can be immediately printed on a desktop 3D printer.

We then took another couple of scans which included the other side of Doug’s face and the fur on his back. All the scans came out brilliantly, it was amazing to see the details that had been picked up.

Watch the video below to see the scans that we captured…

New Product | colorFabb PLA/PHA Halloween Pack

Save Extra this October

with our colorFabb PLA/PHA Halloween Pack

For the whole of Halloween we’re offering extra discount on our special Halloween Pack of colorFabb PLA/PHA. The colours included are: Glowfil (glow in the dark), Dutch Orange, Olive Green, Traffic Red and Standard Black.

Perfect for spooky seasonal prints!

New Product | Z-ABS Halloween Pack

Save Extra this October

with our Z-ABS Halloween Pack

For the whole of Halloween we’re offering extra disount on our special Halloween Pack of Z-ABS. The colours included are: Pure White, Orange, Cool Grey, Pure Black and Red.

Perfect for spooky seasonal prints!

Flashforge 3D Printers Join Our Range

The Flashforge affordable 3D printers have joined our range. These printers are packed with features at very affordable prices.

  • Flashforge Creator Pro – This is an open source, dual extrusion 3D printer with a good track record for reliability.
  • Flashforge Dreamer – This is an easy to use and reliable dual extrusion 3D printer.

If you would like to find out more about these machines please click on the links above.

Print Beds

Introducing the Leapfrog 3D Printers

We are excited to announce that the excellent Leapfrog 3D printers have joined our range.

There are three 3D printers from Leapfrog…

  • Leapfrog Creatr HS – This printer has the largest print area in its class comes with dual extruders.
  • Leapfrog Creatr HS XL – In addition to the features of the standard HS this model comes with a huge print area of 27 x 27 x 59 cm.
  • Leapfrog Xeed – This is a professional dual extruder 3D printer that is still affordable.

If you would like to find out more about these machines please click on the links above.