So you bought a 3D printer…now what?

We bought one. It took about two days to put the 3D printer together and we anxiously awaited the first print. Yeah, that was a big blob of filament mess. It’s not easy and we’re not sure why manufacturers sell them and market them as out-of-the box solutions. Make no mistake, they are not easy and you need a little help (ok a lot of help) getting started with out-of-the box printers, and that’s where we can help. Don’t get me wrong, 3D printing is awesome, and we use it from fixing household items to creating household decor. But unless you can get your 3D printer humming along, it’s not going… Read More

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Transforming table from meh to yeah!

So… we tried out reclaiming an old outdoor glass table and turning it into our own creation. I am going to start out by saying “AWESOME” but give you the details of our adventure. Total time to do this was about an hour and about 100 dollars in material to start. (I don’t meant total, we still have roughly 3/4 of the epoxy left) We bought some copper powder from amazon and 1 gallon of epoxy resin (1/2 gallon epoxy 1/2 hardener), and 50 grams of glow in the dark powder(green).  Here is what it looked like when we started. We had a ton of fun doing this project, We… Read More

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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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