Tag: 3D Printing

Latex Printing

It’s an unspoken goal of hobbyists and academia these days to be able to 3D print every material humans have yet harnessed. Chocolate printing, organ printing, concrete printing have all been done and have made headlines, but some materials, due to their physical properties are exceptionally tricky to adapt for 3D printing. Take latex for…
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3D Printer Basics – Cleaning Prints

Welcome to the last installment of the series for 3D Printer basics. This final post on the topic will wrap up how to finish prints. For those of you who have access to a 3D printer, you can try it at home. For others, you can keep it in mind for when we re-open. For…
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3D Printer Basics – Custom Support

Last week, we discovered support and their uses. Now to add to this, there is an option in Prusa Slicer (and other slicers as well) to create custom support. If you’ve printed before at the Sandbox, you know we have a “Enable Support” checkbox that does it all for you. Sometimes the automatic process over-estimates…
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PLA Recycling

As most sandbox users know, the sole kind of plastic used by our space is PLA (Polylactic Acid). One of the interesting facets of PLA is that even once you’ve made it into something, you can grind it up and re-melt it down into something else. I recently bought a filament recycler from redtec to…
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3D Printable Maps

3D models of real-world places used to require an entire survey team and hours upon hours of labour. With 3D printing and Google maps, the work involved is now trivial. To begin with, here is a tutorial from PrusaLabs on how to acquire and manipulate the terrain data. The PrusaLabs tutorial is primarily for 3D…
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3D Printer Basics – Slicers

In this following episode of 3D printers basics, I thought it would be good to talk about “slicers”. Slicers are software that take the file you wish to print and translate it into something called GCode – which are essentially instructions for the printer to follow step-by-step. There’s a few slicing software out there: Cura:…
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3D Printer Basics – Bed Leveling

This week will continue the topic of 3D printers and common issues. Starting at the basic, we will go for bed leveling. A bed that is not level can cause many of the issues that were present in last week’s guides. While there are many guides available online and YouTube videos, I selected this one…
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3D Printer Basics

My name is Michael. I am an ENCS student and was a regular at the Technology Sandbox before becoming an employee. My interests cover a little bit of everything, like a jack of all trades, with a focus on micro-controllers and things with motors. Aside coding and technology, I also enjoy fixing motorcycles and hacking…
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3D Printer Basics – Supports

Now that we’ve covered Slicers during last week’s edition, it’s time to check out supports. Support is when you have something floating in mid-air with nothing under. This is usually called overhang. Since the 3D printers we’ve talked about here build layer by layer with something supporting it under every time, if you were to…
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