Centrifuging Liquids DremelFuge Workshop

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Within the STEMulate Learning workshops, several events have been focused on SOLID Learning principles to test and share the potential for 3D Printed materials and tools. The purpose of the SOLID Learning effort has been to develop 3D Printable resources … Continue reading

Making Proprietary Generic, Reusable and Inexpensive

3D Printed Custom Refilling Funnel with Side Ports

Using a 3D printer and a few cents’ worth of plastic, one teacher can now refill proprietary printer cartridges for 1/20th the cost of a new cartridge using generic supplies. It took three tries to bypass all measures designed to prevent refilling by the manufacturer, but this involved only simple changes in a CAD program and a little time for reprints. Continue reading

3D Printable Spool Supports

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To make the most of our #SciFund crowdfunding support, I printed additional custom supports for less than $1 USD so we can use smaller-diameter lower-cost filament spools than those included with the MakerBot itself. I can now buy spools for $31 USD instead of $48 USD from the printer’s manufacturer, saving a third of the price for a dollar’s worth of effort. Continue reading

Tools To Start 3D Printing

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Anyone starting out in 3D printing will need a few simple, basic tools to enhance their success with RepRaps, MakerBots and other FDM printers. Most of these are available at local Wal-Mart, Harbor Freight or Hobby Lobby stores and will cost less than $30 USD all together. Continue reading