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Leapfrog Creatr (not the HS yet) Review – Part 1: Installation

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Let me start by thanking everyone on for the many, many great responses and compliments on my earlier posts through E-mail, Twitter and Google+. Your feedback makes writing these in-depth user reviews worth it! And to that extend I’ve some good news and some bed news. The bad news (because I know most of you are eagerly awaiting my posts about it) is that the new Leapfrog Creatr HS – which I ordered in the first week of July and have been writing 3 anticipation posts about about – has been delayed. A representative let me know that I can expect it to arrive in the first week of September.

The good news is that they offered to let me use an original Creatr. This is nice because I can finally 3D print again after returning my MakerBot Replicator 5th Generation a month ago and because in a month I can compare that printer to both the Replicator and the Creatr HS. This makes for interesting writing because I’m very curious to what Leapfrog has improved with the Creatr HS compared to the original Creatr, that was received with mixed reviews.

Like I said in my MakerBot Replicator 5th Gen Review (I’ll refer to it as the Rep 5 from now on to keep things clean) I don’t  think that anyone can write a thorough 3D Printer Review by toying with such a machine for a week. I’ve the Creatr up and running for a day now (although I got it 4 days ago – more on that later) so this post is just the introduction part to this Leapfrog Creatr Review covering installation and setup.

Allright, let’s dive into it!

Spoiler: If you liked reading about the flaws of the Rep 5 you will surely like this!

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Tips for Modeling for 3D Printing with Cinema 4D

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Although I’ve just recently entered the world of 3D Printing I’ve been doing 3D design for over 10 years – mainly for animation and visual effects projects. My tool of choice for this is Maxon’s excellent Cinema 4D software. I’m using the latest R15 version and have the Broadcast edition. But the steps below can be done in any edition.

Because I’ve learned that designing objects for 3D printing is different than designing for screen output I decided to do a quick tutorial with some basic tips for optimizing models for 3D printing within C4D.

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3D Printing Software Review: Simplify3D vs MakerBot Desktop

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The performance of a 3D printer and the quality of the 3D prints it makes are only partially a result of the hardware specifications. The other part is the software that’s used to prepare the 3D files and convert them to the gcode instructions that instruct the printer what to do –  a process called slicing.

In this post I will compare two commercial 3D printing software packages:

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Creatr HS vs Replicator 5th Gen Journal – Part 2: Comparing Specs & Expectations

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In Part One of this Journal I wrote about my decision to order a Leapfrog Creatr HS to replace the MakerBot Replicator 5th Generation I’d sent back after 3 months of problems. In this part I compare the specs of both 3D printers and write about my expectations. So keep in mind that this post based on actual user experience with the MakerBot but not of the Leapfrog. I’ll write a review of the Creatr HS when it arrives to see of the expectations in this post became reality.

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Creatr HS vs Replicator 5th Gen Journal – Part 1: Prologue

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In this on-going Journal I will write about my experiences with the Leapfrog Creatr HS 3D Printer and compare that to my experiences with the MakerBot Replicator 5th Generation – which I owned and used for 3 months before sending it back.

In this first part I write about my re-orientation and criteria for a new 3D printer.

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MakerBot Replicator (5th Generation) Review.
User Verdict: Not Ready for Market yet.

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In this review I write about my 3-month experience with the MakerBot Replicator 5th Generation Desktop 3D Printer that eventually ended returning the printer after having both the Smart Extruder and the 3D printer itself replaced multiple times.

I wrote this review partially because I always learn a lot from summarizing my experiences in writing, but also because there are very few comprehensive reviews about the MakerBot Replicator 5th Generation Desktop 3D Printer at this point. I’ve read some written by tech journalists that probably got to test the printer for a week. Most notably I just couldn’t believe that the Wall Street Journalist that wrote this review was still positive after he had experienced two clogged extruders on this MakerBot Replicator Mini (which uses the same Smart Extruder) within the reviewing period.

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