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Tips Tricks Advice

We are searching to find you the best News, Tips and Tricks to help you with your 3D printing. If you have any news or reviews to share or need to know any specific tips or tricks let us know. You can email us:


How to cost your 3D print.

When you set up our print point you need to work out how much will it cost to print an item. The cost of the item is not only the cost of the filament and your time. You have to consider the cost of running your printer, the cost of failed prints, the deprecation of your printer and maintenance. To assist you we have developed a cost calculator. The calculator is simple to use. You input your costs and data into the set fields and the calculator will work out the final cost of a print. The calculator is not specific to any currency or unit of weight.

If you would like a free copy please email us at



Should you 3D Print in ABS?

Angus from Makers muse reviews some ABS filaments, but askes the bigger question. Today should we still use ABS for printing when there are so many more and better options when selecting filament.






2017 Best 3D Printing Software Tools

To help you with your printing we have put together a list of great 3D printing software tools around today

If you have any feedback or had experience with these or other software we would love to know.

Remember knowledge is only valuable when you share it


CURA Slicer, 3D Printer Host

Cura cost is free. It is the standard slicer software for 3D printers.It’s fully open source and can be extended via a plugin system.

CraftWare Slicer, 3D Printer Host

CraftWare is a FREE, fast, easy-to-use slicer software that converts your digital 3D object into a .gcode toolpath format understood by most 3D printers.

3D Slash 3D Design, CAD

3D Slash The perfect tool for non-designers and children to create in 3D

TinkerCAD 3D Design, CAD

Tinkercad is used by designers, hobbyists, teachers, and kids, to make toys, prototypes, home decor, Minecraft models, jewellery

Sculptris 3D Design, CAD

Enter Sculptris, a fun and engaging way to start off your digital sculpting journey!

ViewSTL STL viewer

View 3D STL files directly in your browser - no software installation is required.

Repetier Slicer, 3D Printer Host

Repetier-Host works with almost all popular 3D FDM printers!

FreeCAD 3D Design, CAD

FreeCAD is a parametric 3D modeler made primarily to design real-life objects of any size. Parametric modeling allows you to easily modify your design by going back into your model history and changing its parameters. FreeCAD is open-source and highly customizable, scriptable and extensible.

SketchUp 3D Design, CAD

There’s a reason SketchUp is synonymous with friendly and forgiving 3D modeling software: we don’t sacrifice usability for the sake of functionality.

Meshfix STL Checker, STL Repair

Converts a raw digitized polygon mesh to a clean mesh where all the occurrences of a specific set of "defects" are corrected. Holes, self-intersections, degenerate and non-manifold elements are all replaced with valid configurations

Simplify3D Slicer, 3D Printer Host

Advanced tools to improve your 3D prints. Highly recommended even with the $149.00 US price tag

Slic3r Slicer

Slic3r is the tool you need to convert a digital 3D model into printing instructions for your 3D printer. It cuts the model into horizontal slices (layers), generates toolpaths to fill them and calculates the amount of material to be extruded.

Blender 3D Design, CAD

Blender is a popular computer-aided design (CAD) software with a steep learning curve. It’s really not the best choice for newbies, but it’s an ideal for when your skills have fully developed and you need more sophisticated 3D modeling software for 3D printing.

Netfabb Slicer, STL Checker, STL Repair

Professional software with a free trail period and a very good student offer.


Common 3D Printing Problems



Tip # 1 Use an enclosure

High end printers have enclosures for a reason. Well many reasons and reducing warping is one. You do not need to spend a small fortune to achieve this a little common sense and imagination can go a long way. You can find great examples of how some cleaver people have overcome this utilising their own 3D printer.

Tip #2: Use a heated print platform

The easiest solution is to use a heated print platform and to set the temperature to a point just below the plastics melting point. This is called the “glass transition temperature”. If you get that temperature right then the first layer will stay flat on the print platform. The print platform temperature is often set by the slicer software. You’ll normally find the recommended temperature for your filament printed on the side of the packaging or on the spool.

Tip #3: Apply Tape

Some companies supply a textured tape in the box with some of their printers, basically a large sheet of masking tape, and again adding this works excellently, although only with nonheated print platforms. We commonly use blue masking tape great results but harder to remove.

Tip #4: Try a different platform type

Change your print bed to one that offers better adhesion. There are a host of 3rd party products being developed now for 3D printers. Contoured beds are one option.

Tip #5: Level the Print platform

Print platform calibration can be another cause, run through the calibration process to check that the bed is level and nozzle height is correct.

Tip #6: Increase contact

Increasing the contact between the model and bed is an easy fix and most print software has the option to add rafts or platforms.

Tip #7: Adjust advanced temperature settings

If all else fails then you’ll need to look at your advanced print settings both on your printer and in your print software. Try increasing the print bed temperature by increments of 5 degrees.
In the slicer software look at the fan cooling, this is usually set so the cooling fans switch to full power at a height of around 0.5mm, try extending this to 0.75 to give the base layers a little more time to cool naturally.

Even if your printer has a heated print platform, it’s always recommended that you use glue and regularly calibrate the bed level.

Keeping checking back for more ways to resolve issues. If you have a particular problem email us



3D Print Moving Parts

In this video we'll check out different hinge designs you can use to give your 3D Printed designs

moving parts!

See the video below to learn how these can be achieved.

Thanks to Angus @ Makers Muse

How to unjam your extruder the Maker's Muse way


In this video Angus from Makers Muse shows how to clear a filament blockage


from MK10 style extruder



14 July 2017



ETH Zurich uses 3D printing to create “first entirely soft artificial heart”

Researchers at ETH Zurich have created a silicone artificial heart using a 3D printer. According to the Swiss group, the silicone structure is “the first entirely soft artificial heart.” Developed at the Functional Materials Laboratory by doctoral student Nicholas Cohrs and Professor of Functional Materials Engineering Wendelin Stark. Having fabricated the heart, the structure was evaluated with the help of the Product Development Group at ETH Zurich. This subsequent research was published in Artificial Organs.


Want to know more on this story click here.



20 June 2017



When Janjaap Ruijssenaars revealed his Landscape House design to the world, everyone went nuts. The Dutch architect’s proclamation that his visionary building would be 3D printed made international headlines, as did the shape it could take thanks to 3D-printing software — an M. C. Escher–esque infinite loop; a house with no beginning and no end; a Möbius strip curling in perpetuity. “For me personally, what is most exciting about 3D printing is freedom of form,” Ruijssenaars tells OZY from his home in Amsterdam, a city that has embraced the communion of architecture and 3D printing with gusto (see last year’s micro canal house by DUS Architects, printed from bio-plastic and plonked in Amsterdam-Noord).


Ruijssenaars cuts to the heart of what makes 3D printing truly revolutionary: not merely the giddy futurism of conjuring anything you please out of thin air, but the fact that it liberates design. Ruijssenaars’ “freedom of form” means we can now produce things that previously were impossible to make. And that could change, well, everything.


See how Avant-garde designer label threeASFOUR and Joshua Mook, engineering manager for additive technologies at GE Additive use 3D printing to bring the 'impossible to life' click here.