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Hey folks. Yes, that’s right Facebook have decided to lift the 3D Printed Gun Ban. This, however, may not have been the best decision, but I’m sure Facebook has their reasons.
Liberator 3D Printed Gun
What is a 3D printed or “Downloadable” Gun?
A 3D Printed gun, otherwise known as a “downloadable” gun is exactly what it sounds like. Anyone with a printer and a bit of knowledge could simply go online buy a blueprint and print a weapon. Doesn’t sound very good, does it? Now some of you might be thinking plastic gun, plastic bullets, right? Wrong very wrong. These printed guns can shoot live ammunition. This is why Facebook banned them back in August 2018.
What was the ban?
The ban was initially implemented in August 2018, and it stopped people from being able to trade blueprints and models for 3D printed guns. This was the first ban as it was able to control the distribution of homemade guns and weapons. Printed guns are otherwise known as “downloadable guns” are also counted as unlicensed firearms and untraceable as once used they could be melted back down. However, for some reason, Facebook is deciding to lift the ban.
Why are they allowing this?
Well, to be honest, it’s not completely bad. Facebook isn’t allowing any Joe just to download a gun. The 3D printed gun ban will remain for all countries except America. They are enabling legitimate gun stores to sell the blueprints online but will only allow the sale if all applicable laws are followed. For example, the guns sold must have a serial number printed on the side and a metal strip installed within the weapon, so they are detected by metal detectors. So it’s not all bad that Facebook is going through with this.
Should we worry about 3D printed guns?
I’m not too worried as the blueprints and guns will only be available in America and currently can only be printed with large precise industrial printers using ABS. The company, however, are now creating a slightly better one usable for home printers.
What do you make of all this? Do you agree the ban should be lifted? Or do you think the ban should remain? I’d like to hear what your thoughts are in the comments below!
Have you always dreamed of owning a supercar? Well, why not 3D print yourself one! This is exactly what Sterling Backus decided to do by 3D printing a Lamborghini Aventador with the help of his son. Using inspiration from the video game, Forza Horizon 3, the chassis was designed, and hand-built and the panels were sought from Grabcad and modified for 3D printing. The rest were designed using SolidWorks.
This is what inspired the build
The Lamborghini Aventador is not completely 3D printed. Without 3D printing technology, this project would not have been possible or affordable! The sections were mostly printed on a Creality CR10S and a Creality CR10S5 and use a hefty 220 spools of filament! Around 50 of these were down to bad prints which is to be expected, therefore the parts need to be encapsulated with carbon fibre to ensure strength and rigidity, so it all holds up. The parts that require a stronger material, such as Nylon, ABS and ASA were printed on a QIDI Xpro
3D printing the steering wheel!
What about the none printed parts?
For the parts not printed, these consisted of the chassis, engine, axles, tyres and the structural components. These include the inner doors, windows etc. The engine for this project being used is a V8 5.7 litre LS1 from a 2003 Chevy Corvette, in addition to a Porsche 911 transaxle as well as a lot of OEM parts.
£16,000 is what has been invested in 3D printing a Lamborghini Aventador so far compared to over £270,000 it would cost to buy, and as a result, if you are wanting the STL files, unfortunately, this is a one-off project and not for sale.
How can I find out more?
You can check out more on the 3D printed Lamborghini Aventador by following Lasersterling on Facebook, which has lots of pictures on progress and the methods used. Check out their YouTube channel too for some fresh videos!
AXAS Interceptor (Aventador look a like) - YouTube
Let us discuss the new and latest technology here, Filaprint and Filafarm Switch, stable printing platform.
We all have that one question, Why choose print beds from FilaFarm? Well.. smooth, durable, outstanding adhesion comes to mind. Of course, when buying a 3D printer it comes with a 3D printing surface, some can stick way too much that it can damage your bedplate, model or it can damage your 3D printer in its self.
After trying different surfaces and methods, I still was not able to get my TEVO Tornado and Tevo Tarantula to stop sticking too much or not sticking at all. Although the price seemed a little high at first, I ordered two of the FilaPrint® surfaces. Filafarm shipped it out in just a few days, and shipping cost to the UK was very reasonable.
The original FilaPrint® printing surface creates the ideal conditions for professional 3D printing results. Extremely durable (>2-5 years) with lightweight material. It also improves the first layer, and when heated, the FilaPrint® develops extreme bonding to the print bed and gives the underside of the printed objects a shiny surface. After the cooling process, the adhesion decreases and the printed parts can be easily be removed from the bed.
The FilaPrint® printing surface requires no cleaning or reworking and convinces with its smooth handling. Thanks to the plug-and-play concept, it is ready for use in a couple of minutes. Since the printing bed works with comparatively low temperatures, the heating phases are also short, which saves electricity.
Furthermore, the material is hardly flammable and harmless to health, as it does not contain harmful resins such as phenol or epoxy. Usually, there is a coat of ultra-thin transfer layer all along the FilaPrint. This product works great with glass surfaces, aluminium or mirrors.
The flexible stainless Switch Plate can be used with, borosilicate glass or with other print bed surfaces. FilaFarm have put lots of effort into high-quality products. The processing is gentle and on professional machines. All materials are heat stable, robust, and durable. Filafarm Switch is made in Germany.
It can come in many different sizes and colours. You can also receive Switch Plate according to your measurements. You can contact FilaFarm via their contact form or by e-mail.
Filafarm Switch exchangeable bed system for 3D-printer + FilaPrint® on CR-10 - YouTube
I have personally experienced this with the Tevo Flash, after pulling, using a scrapper under the model to prize it off the bedplate even heating it up and cooling it down, still would not budge. Oh yeah, two people were trying to get it off, I also took a hammer to the model (HAHA).
I Ended up with a broken glass bed that had to be removed and leaving the metal on show. Now I have learned from this mistake after finding FilaFarm my 3D printing life can now go on. Nothing works quite well like the FilaPrint® printing surface and FilaFarm Magnetic Switch. It is crucial that you wait until the Filaprint bed cools to almost ambient air temp before removing the print. Let it cool, and it pops straight off, no more rafts, no more broken beds or injuries.
If you are a kind of person that likes to print a lot of different materials ABS, PLA, PET, PETG, ASA, GreenTec Pro, GreenTec Pro Carbon, Biofila, Flexifil, Laybrick, Laywoo, Bendlay, HIPS, PMMA, TPU and many other Filaments. Then I do highly recommend using FilaFarm’s products. You really will be amazed by how they perform. It will make things a hell of a lot easier for you and your 3D printer.
It is used for Fused Deposit Modeling (FDM) 3D Printers only. The 3D printer is straightforward to operate with Filafarm Switch Plate. It helps release the 3D Printed objects after cooled down, with the magnetic plate and the print surface combined the two, and you have a perfect match.
You don’t need to have both of these only the FilaPrint printing surface, but it is useful if you are like me and don’t have the patience of a saint, you can take the Magnetic Switch Plate off, bend the four corners and “hey presto” it’s print time again. The Switch System permits an easy and quick change of the fixed printing surface by a little tab at the corner. It simplifies the handling and results in high rates of production.
Intrested in something diffrent want to learn and creat then how about checking out this article on creating a silicone mould – from Ewan Hutchinson
In this article, I will cover how I created a silicone mould from a 3D printed model. Come learn how and be inspired to make your own resin cast.
Products you will require to play along at home with:
3D Printer – I’m using my Tronxy X3S to print the model I picked, which is the fancy skull by- Kimbolt. You can find this model on Thingiverse, remember you can choose the model you want to make out of resin, wax or other cast-able materials.
Silicone – I needed one kilogram for my mould. I used Polycraft GP-3481F RT silicone that I purchased from Amazon for £35.00
Mixing cups – The silicone I bought came with one mixing cup, but if you want to make more than one cast, you will need a few more cups. Again I purchased these 600ml Clear Plastic Mixing Cup 10pk from Amazon.
Container – Keeping the cost down I 3D printed my container a few mm more significant than my model, you can use other things, for example – store-bought container, take away food containers, Perspex acrylic sheets or wood. Anything you can be made leak-proof and the right size as it will need to be bigger than your model for the silicone to set around it and have thick enough walls to flex and not rip.
Resin – For the resin I used was the Water Clear Casting Resin 1kg (Polyester) – Supplied with Hardener, Gloves, Mixing pots + Stirrers. But might I suggest using a more art centred epoxy type for your casts? I will be in the future as this had quite a strong smell and was slightly tricky to use. You may want to purchase some eye protection and a mask.
Filament – For 3D printing the fancy skull I used a standard PLA from the brand Eryone. But you can check out these review articles. You may find a brand there that you would like.
Why was it challenging to use the Water Clear Casting resin you may ask?
Because I chose poorly, I picked a resin that needed mixed at either 1% or 2% hardener, which made a difference I found out. More hardener means it dries faster, which can cause cracks, keep more bubbles in and seemingly discolour the resin. Using less hardener came out better for me; it gave me time to shake out some bubbles. The resin also smelled incredibly strong. I had to do the casting in the garage, which is generally a good idea in case of spills and such.
You are choosing the perfect model.
Remember you’ll have to pull this out of a mould so something with dramatic edges, recesses or anything to get caught could be difficult. Check out the top 10 websites to help you find the perfect model. Ultimately pick something you love as you will have a mould till you bin or break it.
Printing the model
The Fancy Skull took around a day to 3D print with a size of 111mm long by 79mm wide and 84mm tall or 110% scale. I had no problems with Eryone Filament, there was support needed for this model mainly for the small overhangs. I went ahead and printed a box in vase mode slightly larger than the skull. In hindsight, I should have made it a few bottoms and side layers, as you’ll see below, it split and leaked.
left: 100% scale, right 110% final model
Making the mould
Now making the mould was straightforward, apart from it leaking all over my printer and desk. Mixing the silicone was done by weight, which I found weird but comfortable enough. Mix it real good and pour it over your model in its container, smooth! Now let it sit overnight or at least for a few hours depending on the silicone you purchased.
It is a good idea to stick your model down as. Otherwise, it will float out if the silicon. Once the silicone mould is dry, remove it from the container and pull out your model. Some larger models may need small cuts on the outside corners of the silicon mould so it can flex and not rip. If you do cut the mould be careful not to go too deep.
Learn from my mistakes!
I made a few mistakes, so you don’t have to. For example when choosing or creating a container, make sure it is watertight… I wouldnt recomend you do what I did. Although if you’re not making a mess, you’re not having fun I guess…
I attempted to dye a red rose black to put in the resin and Failed.
It turns out you need to use a white rose instead
The resin either reacted to the water or just got hot enough to boil it. As the beautiful red rose I put in a cup of resin to test lost it’s colour then boiled, cracking the cast and not looking the best.
Flowers in resin need to be dried or coated in something like wax to prevent them from reacting. Finally, it is a good idea to stick or weigh down your 3D printed model as mine floated in my first attempt.
Making the first resin mould
Making the first cast was exciting. Mixing the chemicals and a good bit of glitter and pouring it into the silicone mould I had made gave me the feeling that drives us to be makers! Finally, let the resin set this took an hour or two for me, but I left it longer to be safe. Removing the resin cast from the silicone mould isn’t too tricky work it out and don’t drop it!
I removed my first resin cast skull from the mould, and it looked great. Every detail from the 3D printed model came through to the final product! Unfortunately, this included layer lines. This resin cast is little dark either from too much black and purple glitter or from too much hardener, either way, I had more resin and glitter so on to gen two.
Making the second mould
Casting the resin was easier the second time around. This time I added a tiny amount of purple glitter and as little hardener as I thought possible to set it and wow! Once dry, out came a beautiful clear, slightly glittery resin skull. Still layer lines so that will be fixed next time I make a mould. The fancy skull is fantastic to put lights under to shine colours through. You could put lights inside the cast if desired, all you would need to do is wait till the resin semi-hardens so that they don’t just sink.
In conclusion, this is a fantastic project to do! Whoever the end product is for or if you like to experience making new things. The whole process is not overly challenging and very rewarding. Leaving you with a resin cast of the model you made with whatever you added into your resin. I’m hoping to try mix glow in the dark powder next time. You can add anything from glitter, a colourant, an object like a coin or something you like to preserve forever.
If you enjoyed this why not read Kennet McCoy’s article on lithophanes, turning your photos to 3D prints!
We all know 3D printing is working in all the fields. When it comes to talking about how 3D printing saves sea life, Swansea University plays an important role. If you are thinking about mixing water and 3D scanning, and you consider both do not mix, of course! you are wrong.
Alex Goad’s MARS structure, made with 3D printing. On the left, the structure
Marine Biology Project
The best solutions for 3D scanning were utilized in the project of Marine biology. The project was done by a Ph. D. student at Swansea University. And, his name is Lloyd Hopkins. The Artec 3D scanners usually used in the projects are not waterproof. They are the best tool to capture the living of the sea.
There is a combination of CAD software and Artec Eva 3D scanner. Lloyd Hopkins along with his team check out an effective and amazing tactic. Hence, they make tags for a diversity of marine creatures.
3D Printing Saves Sea Life through SLAM
The SLAM (Swansea University Lab for Animal Movement) finds out the life of marine animals. With the techniques of visualizing data and technology, it has been done. It assists you in getting more about the lives of marine creatures deep in the sea.
The team takes a lot of necessary data from the personalized tags. Usually, the tags include the activity of the animal, the speed of moving creature, offers detailed data on the patterns of moving, and the effects that the temperature of the ocean have on the performance.
PHOTO Structures built underwater using 3D printing technology for growing corals and building artificial reefs. PHOTO
Working with Multiple Institutions
On the project of 3D printing saves sea life, Lloyd and his team work along with the other groups and institutions. They include MIT, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. Also, it involves Valencia Fundacion, Brown University and the Australian Institute of Marine Science.
The research of Lloyd usually depends on the new ways to attach the tags to multiple marine creatures. So, if there are loose tags, they are not the best at all and may fall off. And, if too tight, the animal will suffer.
3D Printing Saves Sea Life Through Use of Technology
The use of animal technology is easy and safe to manage. Also, this technology is famous in the coming years. And, it is used for researching animal behaviour, also for the management and conservation efforts.
Lloyd says, “The essential thing is the ethical development of techniques and practices. In addition, the latest technologies permit us to stimulate. Also, quantify the effect of tag on the animal”. For the development of a method for marine creatures, it is essential to get the best measurement of each structure and shape of every animal.
Artec Technology and Artec Eva
Lloyd needed the software that would provide him and his team the tools and freedom for creating the tags. Hence, they selected the Artec Eva with the most famous 3D scanner of Artec. And, also, combine it with the post-processing software and Artec Studio 12 scanning.
Central Scanning Limited gave the necessary consultancy and training. So, it made sure that Llyod and his team could make the best 3D scanning solutions of Artec. In short, Swansea University utilized the scanning technology of Artec. Hence, 3D printing saves sea life by making the tags for marine creatures to check the behaviour for researching marine biology. Like our Facebook Page for more updates.
Nowadays, 3D printing is becoming famous with every passing day. Probably, the name ‘3D printed guns’ shows that they are the guns usually manufactured using 3D printers. There are plans to download them online or also make them on the PC. The 3D printed guns constitute plastic. But they can fire the regular handgun rounds. The plastic gun often needs a nail for serving as a firing pin. Also, it plays a vital role to generate metal detectors using a 6-ounce piece of steel.
Usually, its purpose is to keep the gun from running afoul of the Undetectable Firearms Act in the US. Though, this act needs the firearms to be spotted with a detector made up of metal. The components plans of 3D weapons can be downloaded online. It is probably demanding for law enforcement to trace or tack similar objects. These weapons do not usually need the registration numbers. And, the owners can gain them without having a license for firearms.
Tendai Muswere Charged for Making 3D Printed Guns
Tendai Muswere is a student of 26 years old. He is a resident of London. Muswere is the first person to find guilty after making use of the 3D printer for making a gun. Also, he pleaded remorseful to the charge of making a 3D printer gun on Wednesday. The home of Muswere invaded on an independent warrant of the drug. As law enforcement explored the house, they found several constituents. Also, these parts belong to a 3D printed gun on two different occasions.
Meanwhile, Muswere said that he did not know the gun result in firing. It was only his film project in the university through which he printed the gun. Finally, the police investigated that there is history present in the browser. He had seen various tutorials on creating 3D printed guns. And, he searched that the gun could fire the live ammunition.
Jonathan Robert Opinion
Jonathan Robert, the lead investigator, took hold of the whole process. He said, “Muswere said that he printed the firearms for a film project of his university ‘dystopia’. Although, he had not given any details why he counted the parts essential to make a lethal weapon, gun. And, we are aware that Muswere intended lining the printed firearms.
He said to the publication, “This opinion which he considers is the first related to the usage of 3D printers. Usually, this printer makes a firearm. It has prohibited the fun from involving into the hands of offenders. It is the best example of the best partnership working between the forensic colleagues, neighbourhood police and detectives.”
The case emphasises as it is becoming a severe issue on the streets. 3D printers have evolved from the making realm to the homes, having reasonable and small for the users, and nowadays, democratise the making of 3D objects. But the blueprints are a section of the mix.
Therefore, making 3D printed guns is not similar to plain sailing. Also, each part of the firearm cannot be made through these means. Before it becomes a common issue, law enforcement is working on these problems in both the UK and US.
Tendai Muswere from London is a student that 3d printed a gun
Attribution The guardian
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Do you want a fantastic glitz PLA? Want to give a WOW factor print which excites every person? Of course, you want! One of the best materials for you is the Ooznest Glitz PLA. Usually, it makes the combination of shining glitter flakes with the standard PLA. And, it provides a beautiful sparkle that you have never seen before.
Let us discuss some of the features of Ooznest Glitz PLA:
Usually, it is not abrasive
Ooznest Glitz PLA contains the least smell
This material does not wrap
It is easy to print
Of course, it enhances your interest to get Ooznest Glitz PLA. It can reveal your abilities of 3D Printing. Its layers are almost invisible. Also, you can see the parts; they appear like they have not been 3D printed.
How is Glitz PLA different from others?
You may know that PLA stands for Polylactic Acid. Ideally, the PLA 3D Printer Filament is the most important material utilised in 3D printing around the world. Ooznest Glitz PLA Filament is a thermoplastic polymer which constitutes sugarcane and corn starch.
Usually, both are organic resources. So, it makes PLA recyclable. Therefore, it can break down in almost six months in the right environment. Maybe, you have a thought that PLA 3D Filament sounds like it is a weak material. Hence, it is not underestimated. The blending of Ooznest Materials PLA is less brittle and more robust as compared to others in the market. PLA takes its strength to the next level.
Why Choose Ooznest Materials PLA?
We always dream, breath and live 3D printing at Ooznest. We are utilising 3D printers regularly. It is making parts for the machines or may have fun. Ooznest glitz PLA Materials began out of a requirement for bringing the diversity of the most delicate stuff for every maker at reasonable prices. Generally, the filaments are made in Europe for high standards which the premium, no polluted raw materials.
All of the Ooznest Materials Printer Filaments consist of 0.05 mm diameter tolerance. Regularly, the filaments reach the vacuumed packed, inside the shrink-wrapped boxes, with an additional secret treat. Also, it covers the 3D Printer filament arrives in a perfect condition prepared for printing. All the Ooznest Materials PLA filaments twist on the 100 per cent natural cardboard reel. The cardboard reels are inflexible. They do not turn, deform, and tear from using it again and again.
Still not sure if this filament is best for you? No need to worry! You can purchase a sample of Ooznest Materials and give it a try. We always promise you will be happy and contented with this material. Usually, there is no exchange process or hassle return for Ooznest Glitz PLA. So, there is always a member accessible by phone or email for taking the advice of printing, or for general information.
3D Print Of Anna From Frozen
The size of Anna is printed at Y105mm, X120mm, Z 182mm, took 12 hours to 3D print on the Tevo Little Monster and using a 0.4 nozzle. I do recommend going up to a 0.5 nozzle because it may clog and you don’t want that. The basic setting I used was, Infill 12%, perimeter shells 1, top solid layers 4, bottom solid layers 3, heat bed temperature at 50c, hotend temperature 205c used a layer height of 0.25. You can find the 3D printable file of the Frozen Anna Logo Bust from Thingiverse by – kubus66.
I would happily use the Ooznest Glitz PLA Copper filament again, clean straight print no clogs or jams. PERFECT amount of glitter for me as I love when light shines off it, and you see the sparkle. Some people might think there is not enough glitter. The only let down for me was that on the listing it says ” copper ” but looks more of a Mahogany, reddish-brown colour. But overall it is an excellent filament that oozes out your nozzle on demand. To finish the model off, I have done a quick paint job on it and left the base glitter
Fancy checking out INOV3D other filament articles? Here is the 3DQF Anime Pink Filament using BREE for the model.
Over five developmental years, makeup 3D printer that is involved in making 3D print makeups from pictures is present for pre-order. The co-founder and CEO of Mink Beauty are Grace Choi. The CEO talked about the first portable 3D printer in 2014. Meanwhile, the group of Mink Beauty has been working for the development of machine and today, carrying it to the multitudes.
Now, you can easily preorder The Mink from the website of Mink Beauty. Through pre-order, people can save 100 dollars. Therefore, it reduces the price to 295 dollars. The product page shows that The Mink can fit any picture into the makeup which can be wearable.
In a press release, Choi said: “The content of beauty remains moving to digital. It moves away from traditional print and TV. People can shift these pictures for stimulation. Thus, making a chance to control the colour data of the image and change it into a somatic makeup. Finally, I am excited to share the experience of Mink with every individual”.
Makeup 3D Printer: New Routine of Makeup
The weight of the printer is only 2.2 lbs. For the purpose of using it, you can easily download the app of Mink. Start importing your favourite image from your camera roll or Instagram.
Then, you select to print one colour or the complete image. The printer can make almost 16.7 million colours. Lastly, you can add a makeup sheet into the printer.
Your image is ready within 15 seconds. Hence, in this time, makeup can be done to your face from the print. When the image is printed with a makeup 3D printer, if you keep it covered in plastic, the pigments can remain for almost 2 weeks. The maker entitles that the machine is quite easy to use. Also, it is safe. Additionally, it utilizes the FDA approved cosmetic elements.
2019 Mink Makeup Printer Launch! - YouTube
Maybe, this machine does not work best for the people who wear makeup daily. But, it is amazing for expert makeup artists. The artists have the availability to 16.7 million colours. They can press a button that can develop the industry. This machine decrease how may palettes of eyeshadow they need to carry with.
Anyhow, Choi stated previously that the target market for the machine is for the age groups of 13 to 21.
Pros of Makeup Printer
It is a great idea to duplicate long lasting and amazing shades of makeup with the makeup 3D printer. And, this machine creates a shade to match the lipstick, blush or shadow. You will fall in love with the colours on the fills on Instagram.
This machine is best whenever you are trying to find a foundation shade that suits your skin. If you want to match a photo of yourself, there is no need to walk to the make-up counter again.
A thing to remember:
Until fall 2020, it will not be delivered. But now makeup 3D printer is present for pre-ordering.
While purchasing filament, a general query may come into your mind – is Tesla Filamentworth buying? Of course, 3D printer filaments are a significant part of the 3D printing industry. Here is all we need to know about the Tesla rainbow filament.
Let’s take a look at Tesla Filament 1KG PLA Rainbow as they call it Multicolour Gradient. This material is suitable for all FDM 3D printers that can handle 1.75mm diameter filament. The recommend hot-end temperature is 180-220c, and the hot-bed is 0-50c, for my setting, I will add them in the description of each model. Specification Composition: POLYACTIDE RESIN, Manufactured by: Extrusion, Plastic Family: copolymer, Density: 1.25 ± 0.05g / cm3, Dryness: Dryness: 99.99% ,Tensile Strength: 60Mpa ,Spool Diameter: 200mm ,Core Diameter: 57mm. Tesla performs strict tests for colour uniformity and filament diameter.
Now rainbow filaments from all different manufacturers can come in many different styles and finishes. For example, the colours can be metallic, retro, pastel, vibrant and dark. Now on to the finishes silk, gloss, matt, glitter and marble there are a lot of different types of filament out there. With any tesla rainbow filament, the transitions and where the colours are placed could be different from each 1kg of filament. This is because the filament is made in batches so it would be hard to get everyone the same.
First of all, the box, black with a colourful logo, to me the box is everything tells you that Tesla means business and takes pride in their products. Makes you want to open the box with excitement, it is excellent for giving a gift to someone and seeing them smile with joy.
Instead of a plain brown box that makes you want to leave it on a shelf (haha). Came in a vacuum sealed bag with a silica gel pouch but this bag was different from any other filaments we have had, it was resealable. Let’s get on to the more exciting part showing you pictures, videos, and what we think of the Tesla rainbow filament.
Heat Post Processing
Now using a heat gun for heat post processing your 3D printed model can serve significant benefits and problems. It can make the model stronger by helping each layer to join better, and it can also make it look more glossy matt or satin. But it can also change the colour of the 3D printed model.
How did the Tesla Rainbow filament do with heat post processing?
The Tesla rainbow filament did not handle well at all to the heat. It changed but not in the right way took away the glossy look and went dull, changing the colour to go a lot lighter to a white. I would not recommend using this technique on filaments that are silky or glossy.
3D Print Of Fancy Skull
Started with the fancy skull printed at Y220mm, X 140mm, Z 155mm, took around 25 hours. Clean straight print no clogs or jams using the Tevo Little Monster and a 0.4 nozzle. For the settings I used were, Infill 12%, perimeter shells 1, top solid layers 4, bottom solid layers 3, heat bed temperature at 50c, hotend temperature 205c used a layer height of 0.25. For my 3D printer, the default printing speed is set at 4500, but of course, you can speed it up more using the control panel. Yes, there was support needed for this model mainly for the small overhangs.
You can get this 3D printable file of the Ancient Skull Artifact from Thingiverse by – Kimbolt. She has two versions of the skull. One will require to support the one I choose, not realising her second version is built around a 3D printer that has a lot of fans. Layer cooling fans can help reduce drooping, warping but overall can help improve print quality. So for this case, you may not need to use support, and it will help reduce print time.
Kimbolt has a different version of the fancy skull that’s made into a skull planter pot. You can find this model on MyMiniFactory for sale at $2.99. It would be a great model for those who love flowers, succulents, or if you are like me who can’t keep real plants buy some artificial flowers.
So I’m not an expert at describing the colours, I will state the basics. For this model, it changes about 11 times this is including the transitions, the following bold colours that appeared are yellow, orange, cream, red, purple, blue and teal. The pictures don’t give it justice. Tesla filament came out fantastic with all the transitions in the right places, silky smooth with pastel like colours
3D Print Horse Ornament Wealth And Fortune
The Second two tests are of the Horse Ornament Bring Wealth And Fortune, both the same size, Z 100m, Y 85mm, X 45mm, took under 3 hours each. Printed on the Tevo Nereus and used a 0.4 nozzle. Of course, I had to try the Tesla rainbow filament with a small model to see if there would be a decent amount of colour changes. For the settings I had set them to, Infill 12%, perimeter shells 2, top solid layers 4, bottom solid layers 3, heat bed temperature at 60c, hotend temperature 190c using a layer height of 0.25.
For the Tevo Nereus, the default printing speed is set at 3000. You can speed it up more by using the control panel or by editing the firmware. Yes, there was support needed for this model mainly for the small overhangs again. The print surface I used is the FilaPrint and the Switch manufactured by FilaFarm.
The 3D printable model is on Cults3D by – Stronghero3D. There are many great models from them. I’m not sure if they designed them. I will name some fresh models. Necalli Street Fighter, Phoenix, Monkey King and Guan Yu (an ancient Chinese hero). Some people may recognise there name Stronghero3D are known for 3D printer filaments also. I don’t have much information on these models just where to find them.
close up to the random colours appearing
Again I will state the primary colours, really pleased how they came out silky and shiny. For the first print test, it changed only two times from a green to a golden brown and the second test had three colour changes gold, peach, pink. But in both models there seem to be mysterious colours transforming throughout.
There are strips of blues, reds, greens, greys and possibly black. The pieces are blended into the model quite well, so you will need to look closer. This may have occurred while making the filament. Smooth transitions on both models, no hard line showing where the new colour stopped and started. Printed fantastic on the Tevo Nereus.
Final test the Spiral Vase printed in vase mode at Y220mm, X 140mm, Z 155mm, just over 2 hours 30 minutes on the Geeetech A10M 3D printer using a 0.4 nozzle. The settings that were used are, Infill 12%, perimeter shells 2, top solid layers 0, bottom solid layers 3, heat bed temperature at 60c, hotend temperature 200c using a layer height of 0.25.
For the Geeetech A10M, the default printing speed is set at 3000. I couldn’t help myself to speed it up to 150%, but this reduced the print time by 1 hour less, quality came out amazing. The only fault is that when higher speed it starts doing salmon skin. This will be something I will need to fix, no support needed!
Interested in printing the spiral vase, it can be download from Thingiverse by –Streetfire_Industries. This person has 24 designs on his page seem to be mixed models, parts for 3D printers. There isn’t any information regarding the vase. All in all, the spiral vase is a good model. If you want to test out the colour transition, easy, quick 3D print in vase mode.
There is not much to say, not many colours on the 3D printed vase in general, the colours again are fantastic. Rose pink to a teal green with a perfect transition in between of pale pink.
Tesla Filament Conclusion
Needing a rainbow that is good for overall 3D prints? Tesla Filament is the way to go. Easy to print with no clogs or jams, 100% with virgin natural materials and ECO-friendly. Minimum tolerance and low warping to ensure consistent feeding and stable prints with an extremely high success rate.
3D Printing and Tabletop Gaming are a match made in heaven, am I right? The ability to go from thought to idea, to design, and then, right in your hand in as little as an hour or two is the stuff of Science Fiction… or, it used to be! Any Dungeon Master knows that the right terrain can bring an entirely new level of realism and fun to a campaign.
Games like Warhammer 3000 have had miniature models supporting that realism and fun for decades. Now, whatever style tabletop games you are into, there’s the capability to bring your game to life in front of your eyes. Hayland Terrain wants to help you get there faster, and they’ve launched another Kickstarter to do so. I had the pleasure to interview the owner and operator, John-luc Haywood.
How did you come up with this idea?
Lately, we have been playing a lot of Frostgrave – what is a fantasy tabletop skirmish game -, and I thought, what scenery would be great to make the game even more immersive? That [is] what gave me a push on the jungle theme; as they had an expansion, called ghost archipelago.
I went through a few concepts with some of our backers, and they thought it was great; so we just carried on designing for it.
Why Kickstarter, as opposed to other crowdfunding methods?
Kickstarter gives us an outreach that we wouldn’t be able to get from other crowdfunding platforms and even our website. We have our website and also use the backer kit, for the end of the campaign and late pledges.
The main reason for Kickstarter is, it allows extra sets to be designed during the campaign, and get feedback on what people want. It also helps us determine designs for future campaigns.
How is running a Kickstarter?
I love running the kickstarters! It gives a great and simple way of showing our products and giving more to the people that support them. Plus, it provides a more personal experience with the community, compared to just having a website.
This is our 17th Kickstarter in only two years and doesn’t see ourselves stopping anytime soon!
How is your Hayland Terrain Kickstarter doing, compared to what you thought it would do?
It is doing great. I want to see it go higher so I can give even more to backers. That’s why we have been keeping the stretch goals at only £250 between [each] goal.
I try to think about what I would love to see in an STL Kickstarter. I try to give a bit of everything, and then fill them out even more during the campaign. Everything we design is made to go together but kept generic, so it has more than one use.
What size is the community you support through your product?
Over the past two years, we have a decent following on our website. On Kickstarter, we have noticed a vast increase in new backers; which makes me happy, as that means more people are getting into 3d printing overall.
What makes your product stand out against the competition?
I feel that our products stand out due to us focusing on the furnishings and scatter, compared to other companies. Most of them design impressive buildings, but not the stuff to fill them. That’s why I try to create with that in mind, and also multiple variants; so then you have a choice between them.
One of the advantages of 3D printing is the number of times you can print it out; for example, with our latest Kickstarter, we have a 3D Printable Dock and Barges. [As] a dungeon master, you can set the scene and make it more immersive for [your] players with them two sets alone.
Does Hayland Terrain offer a “starter set”?
We have a few files up on Thingiverse, but I say our last sci-fi / 3D Printable Sci-fi Terrain, scenery and vehicles: it is only £25 and you get a lot of good sci-fi bits; perfect for star wars legion.
How much should someone just starting in Table Top Gaming (TTG) expect to invest in having the basics for a successful campaign?
We try to keep ours affordable. Our central pledge on each campaign is around £30-£40 max, as we wanted to give more [to] the community at an affordable price.
What do you envision for the next 5-10 years of TTG future?
In the future, I see it will be a mixture of 3d printable files and resin. The perk of the STL industry is the number of variants you can get, and it doesn’t have a massive cost of the investment; especially for the tabletop industry. You can get essential plugin and print printers for less than £170!
How does Hayland Terrain fit into supporting that vision?
Our plan for the future is to offer both digital files and resin versions to support both sides. Some people prefer just buying resin models instead of having the hassle of printing. What we intend to do is support as much as possible with Stls, Resin, and metal casting!
For someone who has never played a tabletop RPG, how would you describe what 3D printing has done for this industry/ community?
Honestly, it has revolutionised the tabletop industry. It is still in its early days, but it is just getting bigger and better. It allows people to get a lot of choices; especially scatter to make your games more immersive -which, overall- gives it the finishing touch for a DM.
How long have you owned a 3D Printer?
I have owned a few printers over the past three years. We started with a MakerBot clone that was called CTC. Honestly, it wasn’t a good printer, but it got us started. Then we moved to Flashforge Finders as they’re cheap and reliable. We have 4 of them and 2 Formlabs Form 2s for master printing, for our resin side.
How long have you been making terrain?
We have been making terrain for just over two years now. 0We have done over 16 successful Kickstarter already, and got more planned!
What printers do you use to print terrain?
Flashforge Finders, Form Labs Form 2
What got you interested in modelling 3D Terrain for printing?
Well, I have grown up in a tabletop household. My father used to work for a games workshop as a metal caster. Then, when 3d printers got cheap, I taught myself how to do 3d modelling; very basic at the beginning. I would say the most significant push was when I used to work with Mantic on their Kickstarter videos. That made me think, “yeah, I want to get into the terrain for a living.”
What was your first model?
I did quite a few models before Hayland, but I would say the first one for doing it for a Kickstarter was the campsite in our first Kickstarter
Do you have a favourite model you have created?
I would say my favourite at the moment is in the latest Kickstarter, and that is, the Dock and Crane set. The docks are fully modular using open-lock, so you can make it any size you want.
What is your workflow for creating pieces?
I either look at what I’m playing or what others are, then think, “what would be awesome to make?” Then, I just put a few bits together, making a base mesh, then texturing, and a test print once that is done. I work on other versions for that set and see what comes together.
To the reader:
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Hayland Terrain and how they can help you “up your game”! Looking for more content like this? Check out our interview with Aether Studios.