Usually when we talk about affordable 3D printers the lower price does come at the cost of the available build volume you get, or that is true at least for most already assembled devices. If you want a device that has a larger build volume available to be able to print bigger 3D objects, then normally the price literally skyrockets and can go as high as tens of thousands of dollars for the BigRep ONE for example that offers 1.3 cubic meters of build volume. But you can find devices that still offer larger build volume than most of the traditionally available FDM/FFM 3D printers that are not much more expensive than devices that have two times smaller print volume. One such example is the CreatorBot 3D printer that started with a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter and apparently is now shipping for the backers of the project. But even if you did not back the project on Kickstarter you can already order the device and have it shipped to you early next year.


The main advantage of the CreatorBot 3D is that it offers a larger print volume than other similar devices in the same price range, with it you are able to print thing at up to 305x305x457mm (12″x12″x18″) size and the price of the base configuration starts at $1595 USD. This includes the CreatorBot 3D with a single extruder, no heated build platform and an open box frame and no WiFi, but you can upgrade the device to get extra features available should you need them or directly go for the Pro package available for $1845 USD that has dual extruders, heated bed and acrylic enclosure and for extra $75 USD you can also get WiFi support. The CreatorBot 3D is made in USA, but it is being shipped worldwide, so you can order it directly from the website of 3D PrinterWorks that are making the device.

For more information about the CreatorBot 3D printer with larger print volume…


The retro 8-bit game graphics from our childhood or young years does bring some great memories and it is cool to 3D print some cult shapes from back then or maybe create something new. Or maybe you just want to make a 3D version of the favicon of your website or blog to give as a present to readers, the 16×16 pixel grids that favicons use sure do bring some memories of the 8-bit graphic times as well. Even though it sounds simple to design a 3D model of something that is 16×16 pixels with cubes for example, when you try to do so in a traditional 3D modeling software you can easily find it is not that easy as you though. Here comes a nice and very useful web-based tool called Extrudifier that can greatly simplify your quest to turn 2D 8-bit graphics into a 3D printable object and give you an STL 3D model that is ready for printing.

Extrudifier is a HTML5 application that enables you to create 8-bit pixel designs that can be exported into 3D models ready for 3D printing. The tool uses a simple and effective approach by providing you with a 16×16 grid where you need to click to make a square black (filled) or leave it white (empty) – it is just like when designing a favorite icon, however even simpler as here you have only a single color. Then you need to set the dimensions of the full objects that you have drawn – width, depth and height, and the software will automatically generate the model in either SCAD format or STL. You can also save and load your designs in a Grid file, so that later on you can modify your designs via the Extrudifier should you need to do so.


We have designed a cute 8-bit cat face as a test design and it has worked quite well, however we need to mention something important that we have noticed. Sometimes the STL exported models from the Extrudifier tool might not be solids and that can cause you trouble when you try to print them. There is an easy fix if you notice that as an issue when you import the STL file in your 3D printer’s slicing and printing software – you can use the free web-based 3D model repair service from Trinckle that we have already covered. It will automatically detect that your 8-bit graphic design is not a solid 3D model and will fix it providing you with a downloadable STL file with the repaired model. So time to try out printing an 8-bit Alien Invader, a Pac-Man, a Super Mario mushroom or a star and whatever else you might think of could turn out to be a cool 3D printed pixel art. The only drawback is that the Extrudifier does not have support for more than a single color print, but multi-color 3D printing with devices that melt thermoplastics is still a bit of a problem.

If you are ready to try out the Extrudifier web-based 8-bit to 3D model design tool…


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.

If you are interested you should check out the Printable Scenery website for more details…