Tag Archives: 3D printing

New Kickstarter – 3D Printed Buildings From Fat Dragon Games

New Kickstarter – 3D Printed Buildings From Fat Dragon Games

I’ve got a large post coming up in mid-September featuring a number of fantasy RPG gaming aids, and I’ll be covering Fat Dragon Games’ new Kickstarter in a bit more detail in that post. The Kickstarter, however, has already started and there are a number of stretch goals and surprises in store for backers. Read More

Pip-Boy: Desktop Edition

Pip-Boy: Desktop Edition

I’ve always dreamed of having my own wearable Pip-Boy and was seriously tempted by the ‘Fallout 4’ Pip-Boy Edition, but couldn’t justify the price. Now that I’ve read some reviews, and had a chance to look at one in person, I’m very glad that I didn’t splurge. While it works nicely and, with some distressing paint, would be great for cosplay, it isn’t practical or comfortable to wear while gaming. I still want a Pip-Boy-type device, so, instead of buying or building a wearable device, I’m working on a desktop model. Read More

3D Printing Tips and Tricks: PLA vs Humidity

3D Printing Tips and Tricks: PLA vs Humidity

I haven’t used my 3D printers much since February, so most of my filament has been sitting on the shelf since. This has not been an issue in recent years as this part of Texas is reasonably dry, and unusually so the last 5 years. This winter and spring, however, have conspired to teach me a lesson about the proper treatment and storage of PLA printer filament. Read More

Robox Plug and Print for Home

Robox Plug and Print for Home

The Robox 3D printer is an attempt to reduce the finicky nature of the 3D printing process with a number of innovations. Some of these I’ve seen before, but Robox may be one of the first to compile them into one reasonably priced plug-and-print machine. Read More

Acer Switch 11: DIY Printable Wall Mount

Acer Switch 11: DIY Printable Wall Mount

As part of Acer’s Seize The Idea contest I’ve continued looking around the house for a good project, and my eyes once again came back to my 3D printer table. It is cluttered, messy, and much too small for the number of things I use it for. Soon after printing the stand for the Switch 11 and changing to Octoprint for printer control a new soldering station arrived. With its placement on the table here is little room left to actually solder anything, so something else has to go. Read More

Acer Switch 11 DIY Tablet Stand

Acer Switch 11 DIY Tablet Stand

As part of Acer’s Seize The Idea contest I’ve been looking around the house at my half finished DIY projects and thinking of innovative ways to use one of the Acer products to finally wrap a few of them up. Since nearly of all my recent projects involve one or both of my 3D printers, it seems fitting that I should take this opportunity to solve a little control issue I’ve been having. Read More

Kickstarter Alert — Ingocraft: An Amazing Tool for Kid Makers

Kickstarter Alert — Ingocraft: An Amazing Tool for Kid Makers

If you’ve got a child that has the maker bug, you’re sure to enjoy this one — a new Kickstarter called Ingocraft is offering up a two new tools that combine to give young kids an amazing opportunity to stretch their creativity skills. The Kickstarter combines both a digital tool and physical elements to encourage kids to experiment, test, and build objects.
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GeekDad Walkthrough: Unboxing and Using a New Printrbot Metal Simple

GeekDad Walkthrough: Unboxing and Using a New Printrbot Metal Simple

I’ve built a number of 3D printers over the last few years, and I’ve had a chance to sit down and actually use even more of them… all mix of brands and models. One of the questions I hear most often from friends and colleagues about 3D printers is “how hard are they to setup and use?”

The answer to that question depends on the printer, of course, but the amazing thing about 3D printers over the last few years is just how out-of-the-box simple some of these things have become. I thought it might be fun to actually document the unboxing and setup of a 3D printer for GeekDad readers, so that’s what I’m going to do here with the new Metal Simple from Printrbot. I’m going to shoot some photos as I unbox, unpack, setup and begin printing… and hopefully convince anyone nervous about purchasing a 3D printer (or at least the Simple) that they needn’t worry.
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