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100 Skills Every Maker or Hobbyist Should Know

Popular Mechanics recently published a great article, 100 Skills Everyone Should Know.

While its isn’t exactly an article about 3D printing, if you make, build, design, or do any sort of hobby or work on your house, its a great read.

Some of my favorites include, how to use a spade bit, how to solder, and how to change a diaper (I just had a baby!). These are all essential life skills, people.

Check out the article here.


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3D Printed Design for T-Mac Sports

We are happy to announce that we have recently completed a project with T-Mac Sports. T-Mac Sports contacted us to design, prototype, and 3D print a visor clip for their mini football helmets. They make some amazing replica mini-helmets for your favorite sports teams and high schools. Make sure to check them out.

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3D Printed Visor Clip

T-Mac Sports came to me with just an idea. We helped them flesh out their idea into something that would work and be mass producible. After completing the design, we drafted it in 3D modeling software (AutoDesk Inventor) to create a model and STL file. We did a few 3D prints with some small iterations to ensure the design looked nice and was printable.

Finally, we did a low volume production run using our 3D printer for T-Mac Sport’s publicity photos and first few orders. We look forward to working with T-Mac Sports in the future! Take a look at the image on the left for the completed project.

T-Mac contacted me today for another low volume order because their first set has sold out!

Check out the pictures below for some details and be sure to head over to our order page or contact us if you have your own ideas to develop!

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3D Printed Hand Gives 10 Year Old Boy New Life

Check out this article from Simplify3D (makers of the excellent slicer software we use)! An amazing and inspiring story about a young boy who was born without a hand. He was put in contact with 3D designers who helped make a custom hand prosthetic for him and 3D printed it. It really showcases the power to 3D printing to change the world. Make sure to contact us about your 3D printing projects!

3D Printed Hand Gives 10-yr-old Boy New Powers

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Top 5 3D Print Design Tips

We’ve covered some of these tips before, but it’s always good to review them again! Let’s review some 3D print design tips.

  1. Design to avoid supports. Supports are costly and can negatively influence the surface finish of your parts.
  2. Follow the “YHT” rule. Basically, anything Y shaped is pretty safe to print, anything H shaped will print okay if you follow the bridging rules, and anything T shape will require supports.
  3. Design for printing tolerances. Our FDM machine has a maximum layer resolution of 0.1mm and a nozzle size of 0.4mm. Keep text sizes to 16 point bold for top or bottom faces and 10 point bold for vertical faces.
  4. Design for the material. If your 3D print design will be printed in PLA or ABS, you need to have different considerations.
  5. Export your STL file correctly. Most slicers prefer STL files to be exported in millimeter format. Use a high poly count for detailed models.

Contact us if you have any questions or concerns about your 3D print design. We are happy to assist to ensure you get the best results!

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