makerbot-filament-challenge

You’re an expert designer and your 3D printer is perfectly configured, but your filament isn’t getting the love and attention it deserves, so the time has come to get that mess under control. That’s why MakerBot is asking you to design a brilliant new filament spool holder – create and upload your design by September 6th at midnight for a chance to win a 10 pack of MakerBot filament.

How to enter the competition:
– Design something! You can participate in this Challenge whether you’re a 3D-modeling expert or an absolute beginner. In fact, we especially encourage entries from people that are beginners!
– Post your design to Thingiverse. You can modify your design anytime up until the September 7th deadline.
– Include the challenge tag. To be considered for this Challenge, your Thing must include the tag #FilamentChallenge.
– Design iteratively. Use all of the time available to you. Don’t be afraid to upload new and different versions of your work.
– Tell the story of your design. Take time to write a good Description and Instructions for your model on Thingiverse. How did you design your model? What did you have to redesign along the way? What does your model do, and why is it cool? What settings do you recommend for 3D printing your model?
– Make it 3D-printable. While owning a 3D printer is not a requirement for entry, printing and documenting printability will go a long way toward winning.
– Take good photos to show off your work. Photograph your design from every angle and upload all of your best, most informative pics.
– Consider a video. Sometimes a video speaks louder than a photo, especially if your design moves or interacts with things. You can upload a video clip to the Thing page for your model by posting the model to YouTube and then including the link to that video in the Description. The video will then automatically be included in the Gallery for your Thing.

1st prize for the best overall design will receive a 10 pack of MakerBot Filament in PLA or ABS. Four additional designs will receive one year of MakerClub for each of the following: Best Multi-Spool Holder, Best Spool Holder Customizer, Best Novelty Spool Holder, and Best Simple Spool Holder. MakerClub members receive a 10% discount on MakerBot Filament and free shipping for one year.

For more information about the MakerBot Filament Challenge…

The creators of the MAGIGOO 3D printing adhesive for PLA and ABS filaments have released a promotional video also showing the product in action how it helps the 3D printed part to stick while the build plate is hot and how easily it is removed when the build plate gets cold. MAGIGOO is supposed to work with both ABS and PLA materials (as well as others most likely) and has been specifically designed to keep the 3D print firmly stuck to the bed while printing thus resolving the “first layer not sticking” problem. We are expecting to see the product very soon on the market and to be able to test it personally and share our experience with you as well.

For more details about the upcoming Magigoo 3D printing adhesive…

lix-3d-printing-pens

The smallest and coolest looking 3D printing pen called LIX is now available for pre-order with a price set at $139.95 USD with $10 USD off the regular price. For that price you will get the Lix 3D pen, External Power Adapter, 1 bag mixed color ABS filament and 1 bag mixed color PLA filament (bag contains 40 rods refills). The LIX 3D printing pen is available in either black matte color or white matte color, and you can get additional bags of ABS and PLA filament each of which contains 40 straight rods 8 inches long (20cm) for $10 USD. There is no exact delivery date available yet, but the pre-order website says “delivery in autumn 2015”, so it seems you ill not have to wait much. We are very much tempted to pre-order one just because it looks so cool, not that we need a 3D printing pen or are going to be using it much if we get one.

To visit the official pre-order website for the LIX 3D printing pen for more details…

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