We Are Learning 3D Printing Through Our Personal Experience…
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.
– 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.
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.
Last year we have tried the Low Friction MK8 Extruder Nozzles from Performance 3-d as an upgrade to our MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printer. These were among the first, if not the first, 3D printer nozzles that were available with a low friction coating to help prevent filament jams and extend the life of the nozzle. Since then we’ve seen more options getting released on the market in the form of nozzles with various material and coatings, and since we’ve also seen a lot of new exotic filaments released on the market these more durable 3D printer nozzles have become a hot topic. We have already tried some other alternatives to and now Performance 3-d has also upgraded their product line with improved nozzles and new models from different materials.
Performance 3-d now also offers improved thermal barrier tubes to go along with your new improved nozzle upgrades with both being Swiss CNC machined and plated with our Duraplat3-d low-friction, wear resistant coating making them great for all around printing as well as when using abrasive filaments like carbon fiber or metallic. They are now offering not only Brass, but also high-heat transfer Aluminum and tough-as-nails Tool Steel 3D printer nozzles that are all completely coated with the Duraplat3-d coating. The direct replacement and upgrade for Makerbot Replicator 2 thermal barrier tubes can also improve the experience by reducing problems as they are also plated with the electroless nickel based Duraplat3-d coating. The high lubricity plating, along with the stepped internal bore, will prevent clogging in the liquid zone of the hot end meaning that when combined with a plated nozzle filament jams should become a thing of the past.
Duraplat3-d coating benefits:
– Specially engineered for improved lubricity and low friction
– Entirely coated inside and outside
– Reduce extrusion stress and help prevent hang-ups
– High hardness (68Rc) for a lifetime of printing
– Eliminate plastic globs stuck to nozzle
– Reduce plastic curl during extrusion
– Wear resistant for abrasive filaments (carbon fiber, metallic, etc…)
– Corrosion resistant
– Used in aerospace and injection molds and dies
We already have got some nozzles from the new and improved Elite series (coated brass nozzles) as well as from the Hercules series (coated steel nozzles) and the new coated thermal barriers to try out, so we’ll be posting our feedback from using them shortly. Meanwhile you can check the specifications of the new specially coated nozzles as well as the new thermal barrier tubes from Performance 3-D for full specifications and additional details.