Anyone into 3D printing will be aware that it ends up producing a fair amount of waste. Failed prints, support materials, and other discarded parts, such as rafts, result in many used plastic that isn’t wanted. As 3D printing filaments are thermo-plastics, melting them down and re-extruding them into a new filament is possible. … [Read more...] about 3D Printing Basics: Is PLA Recyclable?
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There are plenty of methods of improving print bed adhesion for prints that are likely to warp. One of the most commonly used methods is a raft. Rafts, however, end up consuming a lot of filament for something that will get discarded. They also negatively affect the surface quality of the underside of the print. A brim can be a compelling alternative, offering the same … [Read more...] about 3D Printing Basics: What Is a Brim?
If you’re looking for models to print on Thingiverse, one of the ways you can look is by the all-time most popular list. Doing so is a great way to get reliable models that are interesting. If you actually look at the models, almost all of the top ones are functional somehow. … [Read more...] about 3D Printing Basics: What Is 3DBenchy?
One of the most difficult shapes to create with a 3D printer is a sphere. Spheres are difficult for several reasons. Firstly, spheres have a tiny contact point with the print bed, making them hard to adhere in place. Secondly, spheres have a lot of overhangs that need support. Thirdly, FDM printers end up leaving visible layer lines when printing curves that cross the Z-axis. … [Read more...] about 3D Printing Basics: How to Print Spheres
In 3D printing, keeping your print in one place during the printing process is critically important to the success of the print. If the print moves as the print process are ongoing, then future layers will be printed in the wrong position about the model, or even over thin air, leading to a bird’s nest of messy filament. … [Read more...] about 3D Printing Basics: What Is a Raft?
Polypropylene is a lightweight semi-rigid material commonly used in packaging applications prone to warping, making it tricky to print. The material itself is tough and has high fatigue resistance making it great for low-strength applications such as living hinges, leashes, and straps. … [Read more...] about 3D Printing Material Guide – What to Know About Polypropylene
If you own a computer that no longer meets your needs, you can upgrade its hardware components. For example, you can add more storage space, more RAM, and even get a better GPU. Of course, the alternative is buying a brand-new device. But if you own a Chromebook, things are a bit more complicated. Upgrading your ChromeOS laptop is not always possible. … [Read more...] about Can Chromebook Memory Be Upgraded?
Your Chromebook may sometimes throw an alert that says your connection is not private. This usually happens when you're using Chrome to visit various web pages. The alert indicates that your browser could not find a valid privacy certificate on the web page you're visiting. Let's explore what you can do about this issue. … [Read more...] about Chromebook Says My Connection Is Not Private
Your Chromebook may sometimes fail to charge your smartphone's battery. The laptop may initially show the terminal is charging. But after a few seconds, it shows that the phone is no longer charging. If your Chromebook keeps on doing this back and forth, pursue the troubleshooting solutions below. … [Read more...] about Why Is My Chromebook Not Charging My Phone?
Wood-filled filaments use a PLA base and combine that with wood particles. The exact type of wood used and its concentration varies between brands. Still, wood dust and cork are common, and most tend to be around 30% concentration. The presence of real wood particles gives prints a unique finish that looks and feels like real wood. … [Read more...] about 3D Printing Material Guide – What to Know About Wood Filled Filament