Wednesday 20 April 2016

Trying a different type of 3D Printing video update - need feedback

Hi everyone,

I'm trying to get some feedback on the way I do things - please help - thanks.

I thought I would try a slightly different type of 3D Printing update - I'm still trying to work out how I should continue with project updates / review's and advice about 3D Printers / materials and stuff.

Feel free to give me any feedback - good points / bad points and any ideas of what you would like to see from a 3D Printing YouTube Channel and/or blog etc.

I keep on going with the Blog because sometimes a video can be a great end result and a blog can be easier to follow and read. Blog posts do require many times more work than a quick update video, so I'm trying to find the balance - Do you read my Blog posts? of just watch my videos?

In the past many of my blog posts were considered too long (big developments / review's ) or TLDR.

I don't want to fall into the trap of doing great long video's (unless that's something people want) - under 15 minutes seems like a good level.

Maybe I should do more 5 minute ones? (Even this one below turned out longer than I expected, but is short 'news' actually useful?)

I'm currently updating YouTube, Blogger, Twitter and G+ and often that seems like too much.

I have no interest in posting to Facebook - is that wrong?

Anyway back to the point of this post - A roundup of things that are going on in the community, and projects / products, components and materials I'm looking at right now -

Or watch on YouTube in HD here - and please consider subscribing to my channel, thanks.

In this video I talk a little about the following and more - 

The E3D Titan extruder and EDGE filaments -

Also supporting Support Gina Häußge with Octoprint


Tom's 3DP. 
Tom's Youtube channel -


And congratulations Nils on the new baby Zelda :)

WIO Link - Kickstarter

The OLO 3DPrinter - Kickstarter

Discussing Core XY / XZ / YE - that needs much more discussion...

Please let me know what you think. I really appreciate it.

And remember to check out Gina's Patreon funding for ongoing Octoprint development -



Thursday 14 April 2016

Simplify3D Profile for the BCN3D SIGMA 3D Printer

Just a quick one - I thought some of you may be interested to test out a new profile for Simplify3D

I have shared my Version 5 Dual extruder profile for Simplify3D - this is for the BCN3D Technologies SIGMA 3D Printer. (Profile download the the end of this post)

Feel free to download and try it out if you want to experiment with the SIGMA and Simplify3D.

This is for Dual PLA at the moment, on the standard SIGMA with dual 0.4mm nozzles.

I have experimented with many more nozzle sizes and materials, so expect more profiles and tweaks in the future.

I wanted to see how more people get on with using the SIGMA under Simplify3D, so please do comment if you try it out - also please comment on what material / type and manufacturer you used / tried.

Above - Nervous System dual colour tree frog - very good model to test out dual extrusion printers - get it here

Above - Another great model for checking dual printing capability - The dual pen pot by Mark Durbin (MakeAlot) - Download the model here

One thing you will notice is that the tool change retraction is short, this is deliberate - so make it longer at your own risk! - I found that many complex dual prints would fail after many, many small retractions and rapid tool change-overs if the tool-change retraction was long (more than 6.5mm) - so it's shorter now, with added restart distance to make up for the ooze of a stationary tool.

The YouMagine Entry is also in open Wiki mode so anyone can edit it, and upload more profiles if you wish. If you make a new or improved profile, share and upload over on the same YouMagine page (Download here)

I'll have an update on using the BCN3D Sigma 3D Printer very soon.

Thanks for reading,