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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.
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.
The latest update of the software slicer for 3D printing on MakerBot’s products – MakerBot Desktop 3.7 adds some interesting new features that might be what more advanced users were waiting for quite a while. The new version comes with Custom Profiles for the 3D printer where you not only have the Quick Print Settings page like before with only the most basic options such as Quality, Layer height, Infill percentage, Number of shells and Raft and Supports along with temperature for the extruder. It seems however that the extrusion speed and travel speed are no longer available in the Quick tab, but are only accessible via the Custom profile tab, so that could be a bit of inconvenience when working with some more exotic materials and do not need other more advanced options besides the speed.
Now there is a new tab called Custom where you can create custom presets with much more detailed and advanced options available such as the ability to set separate speeds for different aspects for the printing process, or different types of infill pattern aside from the standard hexagonal one you have multiple other options, or to print with higher quality the outer shell of a model and use thicker layer height for the infill for example. There is also much more user control available for the way that Rafts and Supports are being printed, should you wish to play with these settings and so on. The only thing missing however is a detailed descriptions of all of the new options available to the user to play and experiment with. Looking at the various settings it seems that with MakerBot Desktop 3.7 you might get some more additional features accessible that are not even present in the Simplify3D software. The Simplify3D commercial slicer package that is loved by many advanced 3D printer users thanks to the wide support for different devices and a the many advanced features available to the user to play with.