Christmas Craft Shows…not for Christmas Crafts

When we started this venture, we agreed to be transparent about successes and failures. So here’s all about our recent failure, which has led us to figure out a few things. Maybe it will help aspiring craft-show-attendees. We’ve attended a couple shows recently to sell our Christmas crafts. We get scores of people walking up talking about how cute, awesome — even “magical” — some of the things we’ve created are. Yet, not a lot of sales. Why not? We think we figured it out. When people come to holiday-themed shows, they don’t want the Christmas crafts. They are looking for things that keep them organized, gifts that they can… Read More

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Bed adhesion tips for 3D printing: Glue, Glass, Kapton, Painter’s Tape, Ultem

I wish I had this list before I started 3D printing. Honestly, if you don’t read anything else, know that these are the things you need to be successful. Glue. I was reaching the end of my 3D printing rope, and my girlfriend asked me “have you tried glue?” Now let’s get this straight. She didn’t come up with this idea, but she googled the problem and found that simple kids’ glue keeps a print job from sliding. This is great for a beginner, but you’re eventually going to end up with glue buildup that you have to clean off. It will definitely mess up your calibration over a period… Read More

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We bought a 3D printer to fix a 3D Printer

Shoot me. I wanted to throw that printer in the pool, but my girlfriend wouldn’t let me. I think she secretly was going to do it. We got a printer and decided to try to put it together the night of her birthday, thinking it would take an hour or so and then we could go out for drinks. I’m not that awful of a boyfriend — we had already celebrated with friends and family. This thing was in ### parts. I’m not kidding, and it took forever to put together. Once we put it together, we turned on the 3D printer and hit print. Here’s what we got. A… Read More

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