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Halloween is coming and it is time to get ready with some scary decorations in time for it at the end of the month. Things don’t go more traditional than carving a pumpkin and making something scary from it, especially in the dark and if you add some dim lights…

It all looks nice and all with a regular pumpkin in a jack-o’-lantern style, but this is already so 20th century. Where I come from Halloween is not a traditional holiday, but people are picking it up in the last years and you can see a lot of them getting prepared, especially kids of course.

Last year I have actually 3D printed a Halloween Pumpkin on a 3D printer among other decorations and added some LED lights to make it look really nice, though I can’t seem to find where I put it now. The good thing is that you can 3D print one yourself using this 3D model on Thingiverse. It looks like is a whole regular pumpkin on the outside, but when you add light inside it the eyes and mouth start to glow adding an eerie effect.

For best results you should use orange 3D printer filament to make it look like a real pumpkin. The bottom of the 3D model is open and inside it is hollow, so it will not take up way too much filament. What you need to do is to add some LED light inside to make the trick with the glowing eyes and mouth work as intended. The trick with the glowing eyes and mouth when is done with thinner walls used for the 3D model for that particular part than the rest of the pumpkin. When there is no light inside the thing looks just like a regular pumpkin…

Here is a collection of other Halloween-themed 3D decorations that you can 3D print…

simplify3d-troubleshooting-guide

The developers of the one of the most advanced if not the most advanced slicer for 3D printers – Simplify3D, have published a very useful resource for anyone having various issues with their 3D prints. The print quality troubleshooting guide is a great place to start if you are trying to improve the quality of your 3D printed parts by first identifying what possible issues you might be experiencing and then learning how to get rid of them. The guide offers a big list of the most common 3D printing issues along with the software settings that you can use to solve them and the best is that there are real world photos of the issues in action to make identifying them even easier.

Pretty much anyone that has used a 3D printer has experienced some of these issues and had to deal with them and had to try to resolve them. We have published some tips for some of the issues we’ve encountered while 3D printing ourselves, but the Simplify 3D guide is a more extensive one and some of the tips you get can also help you with using better the Simplify3D software. Other tips for resolving issues can be fixed regardless of the software you use, but having a slicer that allows you more control over the printing process like Simplify3D can be quite helpful at times. The guide can even help you find out that you might be having a problem that needs attention and you were thinking that this was the normal behavior of your device, this is especially true for novice users that do not have a lot of experience with 3D printers.

To check out the Print Quality Troubleshooting Guide by Simplify3D…

A new and apparently very useful tool called MODIFI3D has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter backed by a company called Steelmans that has over 30 years manufacturing experience. The tool is intended for everyone using FFF/FDM 3D printers for printing to help them clean the printed 3D model from support material leftovers and help in even improving some details that might need some postprocessing work. MODIFI3D is a heated tool with interchangeable tips designed to finish, repair and modify 3D printed parts and is much like a small soldering iron with specialized set of tips. It has been designed to replace some of the sanding, scraping and snapping often needed to finish off your 3D prints and comes with 4 interchangeable tips – needle, knife, scoop and point tips.

modifi3d-tool-tips

MODIFI3D Specifications:
– 5V 8W
– Size: 15mm (0.6″) x 117mm (4.6″) excluding tips
– Weight: 20g (0.8 oz)
– Cable: 1.5m (59″) long to USB A plug
– Heats up to 420-450ºC (788-842ºF) in less than 15 seconds
– Works with PLA, ABS, Nylon and other 3D printing plastics

MODIFI3D is going to be affordable and very useful with early bird Kickstarter pricing of just 10 UK Pounds (about $15 USD or 14 Euro) and a regular pricing of 15 UK Pounds or about $23 USD or 21 Euro. According to the project page the first 300 early bird backers will get their tool in January and regular backers should have the MODIFI3D tool in their hands some time in February 2016, so not much waiting.

For more details about the MODIFI3D project page on Kickstarter…


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