Author Archives: Sam Westin
Cosplayers are a passionate bunch. They are willing to spend a lot of money to come up with bigger, better, more elaborate, and more intricate costumes at every cosplay event. Money.com reports that some enthusiasts spend more than $1,000 on one costume alone. What’s more, around three out of four cosplayers buy anywhere from one to four costumes a year.
The thing is, it is rather challenging to find cosplay costumes at retailers. For some people, they have the option to buy from a costume or props maker. Others prefer to use 3D printing for their cosplay needs. And with all the choices out there, we can understand how daunting choosing a 3D printer can be.
How to find the best 3D printer for cosplay? You will need to consider the build capacity, filaments supported, and price of different 3D printers for you to decide on the best one fo
Ever notice how a lot of 3D printers are big, bulky, loud, machines with really no visually pleasing features? I was showing a friend a certain printer the other day and they told me it looked like a microwave. Pretty spot on if you ask me. Luckily, not all 3D printers can be mistaken for a kitchen appliance.… Read More »
One of the biggest factors in the adoption rate of new technology is how easily people can adapt to it. Users are much more likely to be drawn to something that is easy to understand and straightforward as the quicker they can master it the more they can enjoy it. Unfortunately, 3D printing is not the easiest to… Read More »
We are a bit spoiled that some of the best 3D printers available are completely open source. There’s the LulzBot TAZ 6 and Mini, or Ulitmaker 3. All three are great 3D printers that are fully open sourced systems. While it benefits the whole, I am sure companies don’t make nearly as much as they would if their… Read More »
We often see lists of the best 3D printers or the best slicers. But rarely do we see a lot of the smaller components which make up the 3D printer. Often, these smaller parts have some of the greatest impacts on the overall print quality, performance, and material we can use. For example, there is the printer extruder… Read More »
The Prusa i3 and the Anet A8 are both DIY kits 3D printers, meaning that you will have to assemble them. Prusa i3 is one of the, if not the most famous 3D printer in the world, with the Anet A8 following it up. The reason for their popularity is that they are both open source and very… Read More »
I am sure we can all agree that 3D printers are awesome. I mean we have a machine that create just about anything you want, and can do it fairly easily. However, one thing I rarely see in the growing personal 3D printer industry is a printer that sets itself apart from the others. Most of them are pretty similar… Read More »
FlashForge Creator X improves on its former self and offers several improved features, which make owning the 3D printer much more attractive to a wider audience. The old FlashForge Creator model was actually very popular among 3D printing enthusiasts, as it was offered with an attractive price point and provided quality printing work as well. The old wooden… Read More »
Pirate 3D is among the many 3D printing companies that were made possible by the many enthusiastic users on Kickstarter.com. Their Kickstarter campaign began just a couple of years ago and since that time has raised over $1.4 million from over 3,500 different backers. While many 3D printing companies have enjoyed success on Kickstarter, Pirate 3D’s statistics rank… Read More »
Ultimaker and 3D Systems are two of the major players in the 3D printing industry. Both of these companies offer several different models and choice of accessories for your 3D printing needs and have an excellent reputation for providing value. I decided to compare two of the most popular units available, the Ultimaker 2 and the Cubify CubeX… Read More »