Acetone Test Finish for PLA 3D Prints

View from the Top

After not being able to find much insights about using Acetone as a finish for PLA 3D Prints, just decided to get a bottle of the stuff anyway and see what it can really do. Warning here though, Acetone is poisonous and highly flammable with a flash point of 17 Degrees C, so whenever you’re using it, please do so …

Singapore Makers Meetup – 17 Jan

SG Makers Movement Meetup - Standing Room Crowd

Just a quick post event update after yesterday’s time at the SG Makers Meetup, organized by William, and graciously hosted by HackerSpaceSG! The turnout was a very large crowd, making the event a standing room only affair at the HackerSpace. There were all sorts of differnet makers in the crowd, from folk who create cardboard strucure, homemade natural products, 3D …

Replicator 2 – The Review Part 4 – Accessories, Manuals, Support and Maintenance

Accessories Shipping together with your MakerBot Replicator 2 should be all the items(as shown above): MakerBot PLA Filament (1 lb/0.45kg) Filament Guide Tube Spool Holder Build Platform Power Supply & Cable USB Cable SD Card(1 GB) Hex Wrenches (or Allen Keys as we call them) PTFE-base Grease Support Card Blue Tape Sheet However, when we got our printer, it seems …

Flaming Finish for 3D Prints

Quick trick on how to get rid of the fine strands of plastic which result after some 3D prints. Above we have one of the miniature chairs printed out where there were many small and fine strands of plastic which became interwoven amongst the vertical back parts of the chair. This was printed at med quality without raft or supports. …

Replicator 2 – The Review Part 3 – The Front Panel, Electronics and Settings

Front LED Panel of Replicator 2

The Front Control Panel Here’s the front panel and buttons of the MakerBot Replicator 2. Pretty straightforward settings with the LED displaying menus and submenus in when you’re making your selections. During the print, this will be where it shows the progress of your print job. Controlling the menu selections will be done with the arrow buttons on the right …

Friday Night Printing with Replicator 2

Levelling With Painter Tape

It’s Friday again so its print night for us! The painter tape has just come in from MBI so we managed to get 3 pieces cut 1 piece in half and pasted on the build plate, which fit and covered just about most of the area of the build platform which we normally use. After applying the painter’s tape, it’s …

Replicator 2 – The Review Part 2 – The Spool, Feed Tube and Printing Mechanism

PLA Spool and Feed Tube

Feed Tube & Spool Holder We were initially a bit unsure of where exactly should snap the feed tube into the grooves provided at the back of the printer, so we tried to guesstimate on that. During printing though, especially for large builds, it would seem like it would be wise to have the feed tube be as long as possible …

Replicator 2 – The Review Part 1 – The Enclosure and Built Platform

Front LED Panel of Replicator 2

    The Makerbot Replicator 2 comes in a sleek black finishing. Replacing the wood chassis used for previous generations is the new powder-coated metal chassis. The whole construction is very sturdy. One thing to note though is that when you are printing, it is better to leave the Replicator 2 on a sturdy table to get better results. This is …

MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer – 5 Part Review Series

Whole Replicator 2 Enclosure

Now that we have our latest toy which is the Makerbot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, we will be featuring an in-depth review on this latest model from MakerBot Industries. To be comprehensive, we”ll break this review into a 5 part series that will be posted as we go along, covering the following 1) The Enclosure and Built Platform 2) …

Quick Wood Burning (Pyrography) Tutorial

Setup

Here’s a quick woodburning (a.k.a pyrography) tutorial for those in the mood for making gifts this holiday season! =) Tools & Materials Required: Woodburning Set (I used the Soundtech 24pc Woodburning Set which doubles as a soldering iron too) Pliers (for handling the hot metal woodburning tip) Gift Object with Wooden Part Printer and Paper to create the design for …