Entries by Rachael Clarkson

Swiss Guard don 3D-printed plastic helmets

The Vatican’s Swiss Guard has swapped their ancient metal helmets for updated 3D printer versions. They are nearly identical but lighter, cheaper and cooler to wear. See the full story on the BBC website. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-46964805

Top ten benefits of 3D printing in industry

Iterative design: 3D printing allows you to develop ideas faster as you can print a concept the same day as it was designed. This shrinks the development time from months to days. This allowing companies to stay ahead of the competition. Money saved: spending money of injection mold tools and production runs are very expensive. […]

Picking a 3D Printer?

Picking a 3D Printer? Here is what you need to consider Closed or open source Some printers only accept filament from their own company. This preventing you from using 3rd part filaments with it. However, they are typically very well calibrated to their own filaments. This preventing you from having to set the machine up […]

Basics of Model Design for 3D printing

Fine Details The smallest feature on a model you can make is double the size of the thread width. The thread width is calculated by finding out the diameter of the 3D printed nozzle. Typically printers have a 0.4mm or 0.5mm nozzle. This meaning that the smallest circle that the printer can draw is the […]

How to stop your model warping

Key Points Keep the bed clean and warm Level the bed properly Put your printer in a consistent environment, e.g. no rapid temperature changes. What is warping Warping is the result of material shrinking whilst 3D printing. This causes the corners of the print to lift and detach from the build plate. How does it […]

Ada Lovelace Day

The second Tuesday of every October marks Ada Lovelace Day to celebrate the achievements of women in STEM careers. Ada Lovelace was an English mathematician and writer. She is known for her work on Charles Babbage’s proposed mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. Lovelace was the first to realise that the machine could be used […]

Dog with 3D-printed skull gives researchers hope

Amazing story. A dog with a little bump on the head turned out to have a big tumour. Vets recreated his skull using 3D printing technology in order to operate. He is now happy and healthy. This has given hope to researchers seeking to help human patients. See the story below https://www.cbsnews.com/video/dog-with-3d-printed-skull-gives-researches-hope/