• Quantum Sewing

    Quantum Sewing

    I try to design something new to print nearly every single day. It’s what I do and the reason for this hobby. For me it is not just about the printing. It’s seeing a new design become a real thing. My spouse is a quilter. Sewing is her thing. I support her the best I…

  • Tech Talk

    Tech Talk

    There is a side to the 3D printing “hobby” to which I have not paid much attention. It does not focus on printed item design at all. Printed product design is a totally different side of the hobby. I am not inferring that a hobbyist can not enjoy and pursue many sides to an avocation.…

  • Cetus 2.2

    Cetus 2.2

    Tiertime labels it just a CETUS2. It’s a two filament single nozzle FDM printer. Tiertime sent me a used prototype Cetus2 a year ago. I won it in a contest for writing a New Year’s Resolution. I also had an expectation of still receiving a first edition release version as I had invested in the…

  • Is Bigger Better

    Is Bigger Better

    I installed a set of 0.60mm extruders on my Snapmaker J1s. I have probably run at least 100 prints with these nozzles.  My goal has been to design larger print projects that will take advantage of the thicker and wider layers possible with the 0.6mm nozzle size. Print times are faster. The layering visibility is…

  • It’s Not About The Printer

    It’s Not About The Printer

    Three dimensional printing in its entire scope, is not just about the printer. The same as photography is not about the camera. It’s about the photographs one creates. The hobby is not owning the tool but rather how you use the tool. Some people collect cameras. But that doesn’t make them a photographer. Owning a…

  • Recomended

    Recomended

    I really have a workhorse 3D printer in my Snapmaker J1s. It’s an independent dual extruder FDM printer with a build area of 210x324x200 mm. Extruder temp range is up to 300 C and the bed is good to 100 C. That provides the ability to print a wide range of materials. As you can…

  • Speed Phreaks

    Speed Phreaks

    I have figured out what is going on with the marketing of speed with 3D printers. The issue with the marketing departments is they cannot sell intangibles in their marketing efforts. A quality print output is a perception by human judgement. In the world of 3D printing, there are far too many variables that will…

  • Speedy

    Speedy

    Print Speeds There is a marketing war with 3D FDM printer makers of who can advertise the fastest printing machine.  Within the last year, the brag print speed has moved from 100 mm/s, to 300mm/s, and now to 600 mm/s. Acceleration has leaped from 1,000 mm/s^2 to 20,000 mm/s^2 There are practical and physical limits…

  • Duallies

    Duallies

    Been cranking hard printing on my two newest 2 filament printers. The Snapmaker J1 and the Cetus2. Best of both flavors, IDEX and single nozzle. Neither, do I consider perfect a printer. Once I learned their individual weaknesses and work with their strengths, it has been all production and fun. Use them properly and 2…