ColorFabb bambooFill spool and prints: Groot, Wooden Shoes and LEGO Railroad Track

ColorFabb Bamboofill review

This post has been around since 2015 but since the release of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 it’s suddenly popular again because of Baby Groot!

Baby Groot (3D File from Thingiverse) 3D Printed (by.. ) with ColorFabb bambooFill
Baby Groot (Download file from Thingiverse user Byambaa) 3D Printed (by BoozeKashi) with ColorFabb bambooFill

When I visited the ColorFabb factory, I took a few filaments with me. I already wrote a review about bronzeFill and now it’s time for number two: ColorFabb bambooFill!

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ColorFabb bronzeFill 3D Printing Filament Review

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After becoming a father in december, I’m now slowly picking up my 3D printing activities. I’m going to deliver on my promise to write reviews of the Filament I took with me when I got a Tour at ColorFabb and the first one up is bronzeFill.

I’ve been doing test prints with it in the past few months and also tested various way of finishing my bronzeFill prints.

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ZYYX 3D Printer Review – Part 2: Usability, Print Quality & Conclusion

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It has been more than six weeks since I posted Part 1 of this Review, so I had plenty of time to test the ZYYX on a daily basis. It has been running smoothly overall, which allowed me to focus more on making new designs instead of tuning and fixing a 3D printer.

That’s the way it’s supposed to be! Especially for Creative Professionals for whom a 3D printer is merely a tool for creative output. This in contrast to the more established Tinkerer audience, that enjoys the actual tuning and improving of the technology over designing objects to print.

Of course I’m critical as ever,  so I also discovered some downsides of the ZYYX. Read on to find out how the pros and cons weight up!

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How I designed my Minature Polaroid Camera 3D Model in Cinema 4D

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I’m writing about 3D Printing for Creative Professionals and have decided to expand my blog beyond reviewing 3D Printers. I already wrote posts about 3D Printing Filament and 3D Printing & Design Software and now I’ve decided to cover actual 3D Design as well and share some of my own designs with you!

Last week I published my Minature Polaroid Camera Design on Thingiverse. In this post I’ll show you how I designed it in Cinema 4D and how I made it 3D Printable – which are two different things!

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Cyrus 3D Printer Review

Cyrus 3D Printer Review – Part 2

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Please Read

I wrote this review in 2014. Since the beginning of 2016, I’ve been getting emails from multiple people claiming they ordered a Cyrus and haven’t heard from the manufacturer. I’m not sure if they got a reply at the moment you read this, but I advice you to contact the company before ordering.

It has been almost a month since I posted Part 1 of this Review, so I’ve had plenty of time to test the Cyrus 3D printer. The experience wasn’t completely flawless, but after getting used to the printer, it has been running steadily almost daily without any mayor issues.

Did this printer keep it’s promises: is it really that silent? what are the benefits of Bluetooth connectivity? Does the Bowden-setup perform well? And what about that granite heated build plate? Read on to find out! I’ve even made a video for this Review, so you can see the Cyrus in action!

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How is 3D Printing Filament Made?
A Fabulous Tour at ColorFabb

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In The Creative’s Guide to 3D Printing Filament I wrote that, in my opinion, the next wave of prosumer 3D printing evolution isn’t about the printers themselves, but the thermoplastic they use to make 3D prints, called filament. I’m not the only one thinking this, because in the last few years an enormous amount of companies have started producing 3D printing filament. Because of this, the choice of filament has exploded way beyond the obvious PLA and ABS.

One popular premium filament brand is ColorFabb, produced by Helian Polymers in The Netherlands. The brand was officially launched in 2013 and already offers a variety of different, innovative 3D printing filaments. When I contacted them about the possibilities of testing and reviewing their filament, they invited me for a factory tour. An interesting experience which I’m very excited about. In this post I’ll report on my visit to ColorFabb, to give you a sneak peak behind the scenes of making exciting premium filament.

 

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3D Printer Review Request Top 5

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In September I published my Shortlist of 3D Printers for Creative Professionals. Since then I’ve been able to test and review some printers of that list: the Builder Dual Feed, Cyrus & ZYYX.

But I’ve also been keeping track of the 3D Printers you’ve mentioned in comments, tweets and e-mails, and in the short survey that’s in my Newsletter Subscription Form to get an idea about the printers you’d like me to review.

I’ve made a top 5:

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3D Printing Filament Guide

? 3D Printing Filament Guide 2017: ABS vs PLA vs many materials


Updated February 2017


 

The next wave in the prosumer FFF 3D printing evolution isn’t about 3D printers, it’s about the plastic filament used to make 3D prints. This is a comprehensive list of available filament, plus a guide with tips on how to choose the right filament for your next creative project.

While a new prosumer 3D Printer enters the market almost every day and the printing techniques is still advancing with each generation, most are actually perfecting existing concepts, especially with Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) 3D Printers (also known as FDM printers). They’re getting better at printing more accurately at higher speeds, but the increments are getting smaller. This is not because the technique has reached it technical limits, but it’s chemical limits. The problem that withholds FFF printers to get a lot faster is that after Fusing the Filament to it’s molten state and extruding it accurately, it has to be cooled down to get solid again. Most new FFF Printers have active coolers to help with this, but there’s a limit to how hard you can blow air onto something before it will deform instead of cool—or sound like a jet engine.

When you’ve accepted that 3D Printing takes time, you can open your eyes to getting creative with different kinds of filament. And that’s where innovations are going a lot faster right now! In this post I will write about the many special kinds of 3D Printing Filament that are on the market today. Some require a 3D printer with special features to print well, but many actually work well in almost every FFF printer, maybe even yours!

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ZYYX 3D Printer Review

ZYYX 3D Printer Review: Part 1 – Is this the true MakerBot Replicator alternative?

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While the prosumer 3D Printing market gets more competitive every day, 3D printer manufacturers start to focus on certain details to set their machines apart from the competition. I’ve been looking forward to testing the ZYYX 3D Printer, a €1550 (ex VAT) machine that’s marketed as “The Fume Free 3D Printer”. This is made possible by the completely enclosed build chamber with an active air filter that absorbs the bad smells some materials emit while printing.

Another unique selling point of the ZYYX is it’s build plate calibration system, which is fully automatic: a  sensor on the print head probes 3 dedicated spots on the build plate to calculate it’s angle. This deviation is corrected while printing in real time, so the nozzle is at the same distance from the build plate everywhere it goes.  This in to the assisted build plate leveling method of the MakerBot Replicator 5th Gen I reviewed earlier, which probes the build plate with the nozzle and instructs the user  to correct the angle manually. If you’ve read that review, you know that didn’t work as advertised at all, so I’m very curious if the ZYYX’ method does. If it does, it would take away a lot of the hassle associated with 3D printing, especially at very small layer heights.

As always, I’ll do this review in two parts: in this part I will cover the unboxing and setup of the hardware and software and after a few weeks I will report back on the actual day-to-day user experience and print quality.

The earlier comparison with the MakerBot Replicator wasn’t a coincidence by the way. There are multiple reasons for this. Read on to find out which!

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