We Are Learning 3D Printing Through Our Personal Experience…
MakerBot is currently running an interesting promotion that allows users buying two fifth generation MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D printers to give one refurbished 3D printer to a school of their choice. Alternatively a school can purchase two 3D printers and also get a refurbished third one for free as well as the promotion allows for that as well. You can participate in Buy Two, Give One promotion either with a purchase from the official MakerBot website or with one of these partners: Staples, Home Depot, Best Buy, PC/MacMall, VWR, SHI, CDW, B&H, and Dell. Unfortunately it seems that this promotion for purchasing two new MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers with at least 1-year of MakerCare and donating a refurbished model to the school of your choice is only available in USA.
The creators of the MAGIGOO 3D printing adhesive for PLA and ABS filaments have released a promotional video also showing the product in action how it helps the 3D printed part to stick while the build plate is hot and how easily it is removed when the build plate gets cold. MAGIGOO is supposed to work with both ABS and PLA materials (as well as others most likely) and has been specifically designed to keep the 3D print firmly stuck to the bed while printing thus resolving the “first layer not sticking” problem. We are expecting to see the product very soon on the market and to be able to test it personally and share our experience with you as well.
The smallest and coolest looking 3D printing pen called LIX is now available for pre-order with a price set at $139.95 USD with $10 USD off the regular price. For that price you will get the Lix 3D pen, External Power Adapter, 1 bag mixed color ABS filament and 1 bag mixed color PLA filament (bag contains 40 rods refills). The LIX 3D printing pen is available in either black matte color or white matte color, and you can get additional bags of ABS and PLA filament each of which contains 40 straight rods 8 inches long (20cm) for $10 USD. There is no exact delivery date available yet, but the pre-order website says “delivery in autumn 2015”, so it seems you ill not have to wait much. We are very much tempted to pre-order one just because it looks so cool, not that we need a 3D printing pen or are going to be using it much if we get one.