Best 3D Printers

HIPS, The Dissolvable Printing Filament

direct comparison guide between FDM & SLA printing technologiesProbably the most flexible filament on the market.

This article discusses the different uses for HIPS filament and how it assists with creating intricate parts.

We discuss the following:

  • What makes HIPS a good and bad filament
  • Hardware requirements for using HIPS
  • Pro tips
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Components That Make Up A 3D Printer

direct comparison guide between FDM & SLA printing technologiesUnderstanding the parts that make up a FDM printer is half the battle to creating good models.

Included is

  • Fine tune printer speeds.
  • Achieve better quality prints.
  • Upgrade or modify parts when needed.
  • Maintain your printer for greater longeivity.
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Turning Your Mobile Device Into A 3D Canvas

direct comparison guide between FDM & SLA printing technologies

Most likely the first every app designed to allow you to draw directly on your mobile device screen.

I have included 5 main factors that I thought were interesting to discuss. This included the following:

  • What features the 3Doodler app contains.
  • Recommended 3D pen(s) for drawing on your device.
  • Potential long term effects to your device and screen.
  • Screen size & predicted limitations.
  • Children’s Cognitive Thinking & Learning.

FDM vs SLA: Direct Comparison Guide

direct comparison guide between FDM & SLA printing technologies

As printing technologies progress & evolve, it is wise to keep up with the trends and advancements.

It is these type of changes that bring you better equipment and printing capabilities while bringing down the cost of older technologies you once could not afford.

We, therefore, look at the main differences between FDM & SLA and which one best suits you!



3Doodler PRO Pen Review

Illustration showing the 3Doodler Pro Pen drawing in mid air

The PRO version of the 3Doodler has finally hit the market.

The multipurpose freehand pen that is catered for professionals from all walks of life, allows you to draw your 3D models in thin air next to no time.

It has been seriously upgraded from its predecessors, offering a whole host of new features.

Find out more: 3Doodler PRO pen review


MakerGear M2: The Ultimate Guide

Illustration of the 3D printer Makergear M2

Introducing the ultimate guide for setting up and using one of the best valued 3D printers on the market.

The MakerGear M2 is so versatile, that it is ideal for both entry and professional level users.

So if you are looking for everything you need to know on this printer, look no further and check out this ultimate MakerGear M2 guide.



3D Printing Problems & Solutions

Illustration demonstrating 3D printer issues with oozing effect while printing
Printing problems do not only come to those who are beginners, the pros. get their fair share of the frustration.

There are literally hundreds of things that can cause printing issues, such as warping, oozing, nozzle blockages, under extrusion and so on.

This is why I have developed this ultimate troubleshooting guide to fixing common 3d printing problems


A Mini Intro To My 3D Printer Site

The main goal of this small website is to provide as much information covering 3D printers as possible, while also supplying tips and tricks on how to fix printer issues inexpensively.

Often it can be difficult to pinpoint the source of the problem as in many circumstances it can be a combination of things.

Along with this, some articles will be on printer guides on specific makes and models, as well as my personal reviews on certain products that I may feel are good, useful or simply cool (some affiliate links)!

I have included a blog to complement the site, but rather than talking about 3D printers, I wanted to discuss the other end of the spectrum… the creation of the models which are required before any form of printing is possible.

Being able to model your 3D models ready for print is an integral part of printing.

Let’s be honest, how boring will it get printing off ready-made 3D models, when you can actually make your own creations?

By no means is learning how to model easy, but it is possible and can be done without using expensive software. In fact, it is entirely possible to use open source tools such as Blender (a personal favourite of mine).

It is worth noting that these models need to be sliced, which is the process of cutting up your model into many layers in order for your printer to understand what to print.

 I bring this up not to state the obvious, but rather to explain that not all Blender blog posts on here are related to slicing, but are often on the modelling and rendering process itself. I feel this assists with visualizing what you might want your final printed object to look like.

On that note, even though this may not be the biggest or most informative site on the web, I hope that even if you discover something new (no matter how small), then that can only be a bonus.


Wishing you all the best.

Apm Designs