Black Friday Weekend Filament Deal!

Buy 5 Get 1 Free

As a special Black Friday Deal, we’re giving away a free spool of filament of your choice if you buy 5. Applies to ColorFabb, Zortrax Filament, BEE Supplies, NinjaFlex and Dream 3D ABS. Cheapest product free. Offer expires Midnight on Sunday 29th November.

To claim this offer simply add your 6 chosen spools to the cart and the discount will be applied automatically.

Creating a Gloss Finish for your 3D Prints Part 2 – Acetone Vapours

It’s a great feeling when your models finish printing, you have your final piece in hand and it’s perfect! You wouldn’t necessarily think that exposing it to the eroding vapours of Acetone would be a good idea……but you’d be wrong! The resulting finish this method produces is fantastic and gives new life to your 3D prints.

Here’s a run down of the things you’ll need;

  • Your 3D print – This method work’s best with ABS filaments.
  • Gloves – When ever handling any irritant or chemical always wear gloves!
  • A reasonably large POLYPROPYLENE container – Why the caps and bold lettering I hear you ask. Acetone is corrosive to most regular plastic’s so using Polypropylene will ensure you don’t end up with a pile of melted goo!
  • Regular Kitchen Towel – This we will use to absorb the acetone and place along the wall’s of our container.
  • Kitchen Foil – This is purely to stop the acetone touching your prints.
  • Good quality Acetone – Please take care when handling Acetone, the fumes are very strong and it can cause irritation to exposed skin so glove up!
  • A well ventilated area!!! – If possible try and do this outside as the fumes are very strong.

Quick how to;

  1. Fold 3 sheets of kitchen towel into smaller squares
  2. Soak the kitchen towel in the acetone and unfold
  3. Place sheets on three sides of your container hanging from the top.
  4. Lay kitchen foil on the bottom of the container
  5. Add 3D prints on top of foil
  6. Securely seal the lid
  7. Check on prints every 30 minutes

Below we can see the original on the left and the acetone treated print on the right. It was 3D printed on the Zortrax M200 using Cool Grey Z-ABS filament.

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Below is our very own Dreamo Keyring treated with acetone.

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The difference is astounding, although the original print was fantastic as it was the treated version looks unrecognisable as a 3D print and looks more like something that has been projection moulded. The surface is completely smooth to the point where you can’t feel any ridges from the layers that were put down by the printer. Also the material has transformed from being matt finish to highly reflective and glossy. The acetone method is so easy to achieve but does require you to check your models frequently. Times will vary depending on the size of your container, size of the prints and the amount of acetone you have used.

Christmas 2015 Opening Times

To help you plan your orders over Christmas and New Year, please see our opening times for this festive period.

  • Tuesday 22nd December: Open for business as usual.
  • Wednesday 23rd December: Last chance to order for next day delivery – must order before 12 noon, we close at 1pm.
  • Thursday 24th December – Sunday 3rd January: Office and showroom closed.
  • Monday 4th January: Open for business as usual.

Dream 3D would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Ho Ho Ho…..Free Christmas Wrapping Kit

Christmas is just around the corner and we’re looking to help spread the festive cheer anyway we can. If like me you struggle with the skilled art of gift decoration….. don’t panic! We’ve had our own Christmas Elves create some tailored decorative gift kits just for you. Giving you more time to relax and enjoy a well earned mince pie. The kits will be either packaged neatly within your product of choice or dispatched separately if necessary.

The Christmas Wrapping Kit consist of…

  • Two Large Glossy Ribbons in Red & Green
  • A Christmas Gift Tag to write your Christmas message
  • One Large Luxury Decorative Bow

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So from now until the 22nd of December we are offering our Free Christmas Wrapping Kit’s on all purchases of 3D Printers and 3D Scanners.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from everyone at Dream 3D!

Creating a Gloss Finish for your 3D Prints Part 1 – Clear Lacquer Spray

Looking to give our 3D prints an extra something, we decided to research some different techniques for finishing. The first was to use a budget lacquer we found in a well known high-street shop. The print we would be practising on is a bust of Darth Vadar (not long until the new Star Wars movie). Printed on the Zortrax M200 in Black Z-HIPS filament it consisted of two parts. Naturally being the Dark Lord he doesn’t require much colour which saved us sometime. After removing the supports from the prints and filing away any unwanted area’s we added a little paint…..two silver dots.

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Next we headed outside with the lacquer so as to avoid suffocating ourselves (stay ventilated)! We left the raft on the main part of the print to make sure we didn’t cover any area with the pliers. Making sure to rotate the print whilst maintaining a light spray to ensure total coverage. After leaving the print to dry for one hour we then repeated the process.

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The final result is great and very cost effective.

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Our next test will be using a method which uses acetone vapours. This method should not only give our print a high gloss finish but also actually smooth the print surface and remove any indication of the layers it’s made up of.

3D Printing in 2 Colours on the Ultimaker 2

Printing in 2 colours on an Ultimaker 2 is really easy and can be done with just the one extruder. Although the dual extrusion kit for the Ultimaker 2 may seem like it’s never going to happen, this method is a really simple compromise for printing multiple colours in the Z direction.

In the menu screen on your Ultimaker there is an option to ‘pause’ when your print is in progress, this can also be programmed to happen at set intervals in Cura.

‘Why would I want to pause a print half way through?’ you may ask.

Well, once you’ve paused, you are then given the option to ‘change material’. Allowing you to switch to a new colour, or even switch to an alternative material, like NinjaFlex for specific areas of the model.

Once you’ve changed the material, you are given the option to ‘Resume’ your print and hey presto! The Ultimaker 2 will start exactly where it left off, attaching the new colour/material to your existing model.

 

If you want to see the process in action, take a look at this video:

Batch 3D Printing our Dreamo Keyring on the Cel Robox

Looking to test the Cel Robox’s ability to produce multiple prints, we decided to mass produce our company mascot Dreamo in keyring form. Using the Automaker software is really easy and user friendly. All we did was to import in our keyring file multiple times and then select auto layout which spaced the models equally over the build-plate. Then we simply selected high quality from the automated set up options and hit Make.

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We couldn’t be happier with the quality of the prints. The standard remained high through all 15 individual prints and required no clean up what so ever. The print time was around 16 hours but was well worth the wait for the fantastic quality it produced. We believe this is due to the Robox’s patented nozzle valve system, this system cuts of the filament from passing through the nozzle when the printer head is moving from model to model. Therefore removing the annoying oozing and stringiness you sometimes find on other printers when attempting multiple prints. For it’s price the Cel Robox can not only produce great standalone prints but can really push the boundaries when tasked with printing multiple objects.

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Free Olsson Block with Every Ultimaker 2 or Extended

For the next month or so every Ultimaker 2 or Ultimaker 2 Extended we sell will come with a free Olsson Block, worth £100, which you can use to modify your 3D printer. The kit includes 4 interchangeable nozzles ranging from 0.25mm to 0.8mm.

With the ever increasing popularity of special filaments such as XT CF20, Copperfill, Bronzefill and Brassfill, the stock brass nozzle on the Ultimaker 2 can wear out pretty quickly as it was never intended for filaments like this. That’s exactly why Anders Olsson came up with the Olsson Block. It is a threaded replacement heater block that allows you to replace the nozzle within seconds. This opens up the possibility of using different sized nozzles, smaller ones for more detailed prints and larger ones for faster, larger prints. Or even reserving certain nozzles for specific materials. Looking forward to seeing what you create!

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The Ultimaker 2 Extended named ‘Best Large Format 3D Printer’

Make Magazines latest ‘Ultimate Guide to Desktop Fabrication’ has awarded the Ultimaker 2 Extended ‘Best Large Format 3D Printer’ for 2016.

This annual buyers guide to 3D printers is highly renowned for being one of the most influential in the industry.

The best large format category is for ‘sizeable machines for those who want the biggest prints’.

Make described the Ultimaker 2 Extended as the “Best Large Format: The Ultimaker 2 Extended gives you a great print area while not taking up your entire desk”

 

This latest ‘Ultimate Guide’ has put the full field of 3D printers to the test by Makes expert team of digital fabrication experts.

 

Check out our unboxing video below

Comparing prints on the Ultimaker 2 and Zortrax M200

When it comes to choosing a high end desktop 3D printer you’d struggle to not come across the Ultimaker 2 and Zortrax M200. We get lots of people asking for comparisons of the two and which printer is right for them.

As with all 3D printers, their strengths do vary, but we thought we’d have an experiment by printing the same model at the same settings, or as close as we could get on both the Ultimaker 2 and Zortrax M200.

 

The settings:

We went with a layer height/resolution of 90 microns (0.09mm). This is the lowest that the M200 (firmware updates speculated to increase this to 25 microns) will currently print at and although the Ultimaker can go down to 20 microns, the print time is increased dramatically.

The infill amount was around 20% which was set to ‘light’ in Z-Suite.

We printed the Ultimaker 2 model in colorFabb PLA/PHA and the Zortrax model in Z-ABS. the 2 default materials for both machines.

 

The Results:

Both prints turned out very well. There were a few differences in the finished models which you can see in more detail in the video below.