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The last few years have been great for 3D printing and that goes for the development of different materials to be used with them as well. We’ve seen and tried a lot of new and different experimental materials ourselves and have covered many of them here as well. With filaments designed for 3D printing there are different strengths and weaknesses, so choosing the right one for the job can be a bit of a challenge. Now there is one more useful resource that you can check out regarding different popular materials along with useful and interesting information about each of them thanks to Simplify3D. Their 3D Printing Materials Guide explores all of the popular filaments in use today, providing expert tips to improve your 3D printing results with each material covered. The guide includes in-depth articles for more than a dozen different filament types, along with a detailed Properties Table for comparing the physical and mechanical properties of one material against another.

Along with the Ultimate 3D Printing Materials Guide, there is also a robust Filament Properties Table that compiles 25 different properties and characteristics for each material. The Table includes detailed metrics such as strength, stiffness, density, and other mechanical properties that could be useful when designing your next part. A built-in comparison tool can be used to select specific materials for side-by-side comparison. Having all of this information in one place greatly simplifies the challenge of selecting the best material for a specific application.

To check out the Ultimate 3D Printing Materials Guide by Simplify3D…
Here you can find the Filament Properties Table for direct comparison…

Our favorite 3rd parity slicer software for 3D printing Simplify3D just got even better with a ton of new features and improvements to make 3D printing easier and more problem free for a large number of devices. Some of the more interesting new features in Simplify3D version 4.0 include Variable Print Settings, Dynamic Feature Sizing, Improved Model Foundations, Dynamic Gap Fill, Enhanced Preview Controls, Smarter Break-Away Rafts and others. The new version 4.0 also includes many optimizations and bug fixes identified by the user community, so if you are already using the software you should upgrade to the latest version. If you still haven’t used the Simplify3D software you should start by checking if your 3D printer is compatible and if it is, then you should most definitely give it a go… we have been happily using it for years already and just it keeps getting better and more useful.

For more details about the new features and improvements in Simplify3D Version 4.0…

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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.

For more information about the MakerBot Buy Two, Give One promotion…


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