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12 Things for Christmas

Posted by Alex Dick on

So we wanted to do a special twist on the "12 Days of Christmas" for y'all who love to make "things", especially those that like to include your families in the process.  Growing up in a 3D household, my 3 year old daughter, Teagan, is already familiar with 3D Printing and has been building imaginary printers out of Lego's for some time now. She also knows her Dad makes filament and that filament goes in a 3D Printer.  Not bad for a 3 year old, right?  These little people are pretty sharp.  I'd be surprised if she isn't making her...

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The Proto-pasta brand celebrates 2 years since kickstarting!

Posted by ProtoPlant Makers of Proto-pasta on

ProtoPlant successfully kickstarted Proto-pasta brand filament by bringing 3 new 3D Printing materials to market, including World’s First Carbon Fiber PLA. Fulfilling the 500 backer rewards was 6 months of tedious work, during which we continued operating our traditional engineering services business to pay the bills. Over the past 1.5 years, we’ve pushed hard to transition nearly 100% of our business to 3D printing related activities. This transition has not been without risks and challenges. As a small 3 man team, we’ve carefully allocated resources. It’s pretty special to have had the opportunity to follow our passions while making a...

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3D Printing Holiday Gift Guide

Posted by ProtoPlant Makers of Proto-pasta on

3D Printing Holiday Gift Guide – What 3D Printers, Filament & Accessories to buy this Christmas! Best 3D Printers (least to most expensive) Easy-to-use & assembled – M3D & Printrbot Play – Printing is more affordable than ever! Missed the M3D Kickstarter? Now you can buy it! Also, check out the heavier duty, more hacker-friendly Printrbot. - starting at $349. Best open source kit – SeeMeCnc Rostock Max – Want the fulfillment of building your own printer & enjoyment of watching a Delta style printer work? Look no further that SeeMeCnc! - $999 Best value assembled – Dremel Idea Builder &...

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May is for Makers

Posted by ProtoPlant Makers of Proto-pasta on

Meet new employee Matt! He recently joined the Proto-pasta team and brings production experience and plenty of enthusiasm.  A hands-on, self-learner, he is new to 3D Printing but is already very comfortable with the technology.  In joining the Maker Community, he has found his people!!! Having never been to a Maker Faire, we decided to take a last-minute road trip from Portland, Oregon to San Mateo, CA and introduce Matt to Maker Faire.  What a great opportunity to catch up with fans and partners in the 3D Printing community!  Eyes wide open and jaw hanging in awe, Matt was overwhelmed...

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Test Printing With Wear-Resistant Nozzle

Posted by ProtoPlant Makers of Proto-pasta on

Addressing the issue of nozzle wear using composite filaments has been a priority for us and it looks like we have found a good way to extend nozzle life!  Using brass nozzles plated with a super-hard "electroless" nickel coating has increased the life of our FlashForge nozzles significantly.  With the stock brass nozzles, we can only print about 500g of material before wear becomes a problem.  With the new nozzles, we have run more than 4Kg without measurable wear. How do we measure wear?  Well, we have some ridiculously small drill bits :-)  They go up in .002in increments and we...

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