We Are Learning 3D Printing Through Our Personal Experience…
You can say that it was just a matter of time until we saw a service offering tabletop gamers to buy 3D models of scenery for their games that they can then print on a 3D printer and then paint to make their games look even more realistic. Printable Scenery is a new service that apparently launched earlier this month and it already has a quite a few interesting stuff in the form of 3D scenery models available, even though their website is apparently not finished yet. The photos of things that they have designed, 3D printed and painted really do look very nice, so we should really try the service in the next few days and report on our experience with the purchase process and then actually 3D printing and painting some of the 3D scenery.
How about doing something different for the Christmas presents this year by 3D printing an interesting, original and cool gift box to put your present inside. You can go for a labyrinth type of box to make it harder for the receiver to actually open it up and see what is hidden inside, or go for a more traditional type of gift box. Make a treasure box replica, or a safe box with a lock combination that you need to guess… there are a lot of options. For some ideas and readily available to print gift boxes you can take a look at a collection of Gift Boxes on Thingiverse, then you can either like one and print it, modify it a bit or design your own idea inspired by some of the 3D models. Take advantage of the possibilities that having a 3D printer opens up in front of you and make even a more traditional gift a pleasant surprise when you package it in an original 3D printed gift box.
The Ultimaker is a very popular 3D printer, however there is still no version of the device that has dual extruders as an alternative to the single extruder Ultimaker or Ultimaker 2. The newer Ultimaker 2 is really a well built and very functional device, giving you a large build volume, high maximum printing speed and very good level of detail. The thing that is important to be aware of with the Ultimaker 3D printers is that they use 3mm (2.85mm) filament instead of the thinner 1.75mm and the thicker filament may not be as widely available as the thinner one. All over the world people are using the Ultimaker 3D printers in their current form, but they also want to be able to have a version with dual extruders in order to be able to take advantage of easier multi-color printing or printing with different dissolvable support material for example.
While waiting for Ultimaker to release a new model or at least an upgrade kit to with dual extruders, an Italian startup called Creatr has come up with their own dual-extrusion upgrade kit for the Ultimaker – both the original one and the new Ultimaker 2 model. The dual extruder upgrade kit from Creatr will use stock parts like the fans and replaces others, it will also come with a guide on how to upload the modified firmware and an upgraded feeder mechanism. The upgrade kit is still in a prototype stage, so at least a few more weeks before it is available for order and while there is no yet a price announced we hear that the whole thing including everything you need should cost around 250 Euro. Not a bad upgrade if it works well and allows you to take advantage of using dual extruder printing on your Ultimaker.