3M ScotchBlue 2090 Painters Tape Sheets, 12″ x 7.25″ Rectangles, 10 Sheets (Great for 3D Printers, Perfect for Replicator 2) by Fused3D

This Rectangle Piece of Painters Tape will cover most (if not all) 3D Printer Print Beds with one single piece. Perfect for easy application to your print bed, no need to try and line up multiple pieces of 2 or 3in painters tape. Plastic and Wood filaments alike will stick to this tape, but come off with relative ease after printing is completed.

This tape removes cleanly without adhesive transfer or surface damage for up to 14 days, even in direct sunlight. It is a medium adhesion tape that is ideal for painted walls and trim, woodwork, glass and metal.

Product Features

  • 12in x 7.25in Tape Square – 10 Sheets (Comes standard with Makerbot Replicator 2 Printers)
  • Perfect Tape to use for your 3D Printer
  • Prints come off cleanly with no lines on the bottom from multiple pieces of tape.
  • Applies to the surface cleanly, and easily with easy re position just lift off and reapply.
  • Just like the tape that comes packaged with a Replicator 2 to be used on the Printer Plate

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Three Affordable 3D Printers Available Right Now

3D printing or rapid prototyping has always been an expensive endeavor, it was only 7 years ago when my friend purchased an Objet 3D printer for 240,000 dollars. The price of a quarter of million dollars was enough to turn most companies off from ever dreaming of owning one. But for the lucky few who could afford one had the freedom of creating products from a simple sketch to an actual product in a matter of minutes.

Working for a young jewelry company at that time, a 3D printer would have saved us days of waiting for samples to be finished. As hard as I wanted to convince my boss a rapid prototyping machine would have never worked for us. There a flaw that stopped us from ever owning one which the texture of the printed objects, they often had rough textures in certain areas completely making 3D printed objects unusable as a master prototype.

But recently in the past few years 3D printers started becoming really good to the point that even solved the texture problem. In fact along with the increase in accuracy price also went to levels making it almost affordable for home use. New companies and hobbyist have push the boundaries of 3D printing making them cheaper and even simple enough for anyone to use.

Bellow are 3 of my favorite 3D printers that could one day be in your home:

The RapMan 3D Printer

The Rapman 3D Printer was an instant hit the moment it came out of the market. Its simple design and proven reliability makes it a great tool for students or small graphic design companies. The Rapman itself is portable and weights bellow 40 pounds. I only had a few minutes to try out the Rapman but that was enough for me to say that works like a charm. We printed out a solid chess piece and it took around 15 minutes to complete the print.

PrintrBot Jr

printrbot kickstarter

PrintrBot came out with the cheapest workable 3D printer that cost around $399 making it the most affordable 3D printer in the world. Although the Printrbot is meant for kids or for any one wanting to learn about 3D printing. According to the creator there are still some issues they need fix to improve the performance of the Printrbot Jr. The printer is available as a Kickstarter project and you can order one for the low price promised by the developers.

TurboCAD Touch 3D Printer

turbocad touch 3dprinter

The TurboCAD is a full 3D printing kit that comes with TurboCAD. Good software it an integral part of 3D printing. TurboCAD 19 which is packaged with their Touch 3D printer makes it one of the few 3D printers that is complete out of the box. TurboCAD 19 itself is a mature software familiar to most industrial designers.

The three 3D printers I listed above are just a few of the products pioneered by young companies pushing the boundaries of exciting world of 3D printing. A lot of people tend to look at these companies as like Apple or Amiga pushing technology and making it available to world.

About the Writer:
This article was written by Jessie Johns a member of ByHand.Me. Jessie has been creating wooden crafts for over a decade and is a contributes to Santa Monica Woodmakers Annual for over a decade. Jessie is know experimenting  with Resin and the use of 3D printing to create home made works of art made out of PLA Plastics which is a safe and biodegradable.

Practical 3D Printers: The Science and Art of 3D Printing

Desktop or DIY 3D printers are devices you can either buy preassembled as a kit, or build from a collection of parts to design and print physical objects including replacement household parts, custom toys, and even art, science, or engineering projects. Maybe you have one, or maybe you’re thinking about buying or building one. 

Practical 3D Printers takes you beyond how to build a 3D printer, to calibrating, customizing, and creating amazing models, including 3D printed text, a warship model, a robot platform, windup toys, and arcade-inspired alien invaders. You’ll learn about the different types of personal 3D printers and how they work; from the MakerBot to the RepRap printers like the Huxley and Mendel, as well as the whiteAnt CNC featured in the Apress book Printing in Plastic.

You’ll discover how easy it is to find and design 3D models using web-based 3D modeling, and even how to create a 3D model from a 2D image. After learning the basics, this book will walk you through building multi-part models with a steampunk warship project, working with meshes to build your own action heroes, and creating an autonomous robot chassis. Finally, you’ll find even more bonus projects to build, including wind-up walkers, faceted vases for the home, and a handful of useful upgrades to modify and improve your 3D printer.

What you’ll learn

  • The various types of 3D printers, what they have in common, and what sets each one apart
  • The printer toolchain, including controllers and printer interfaces
  • The art of calibrating your printer
  • How to find and create 3D models to print, including using Google Sketchup
  • How to create multipart models and meshes
  • How to upgrade both the mechanical and electronic parts in your printer

Who this book is for

Electronics enthusiasts, tinkerers, artists, and everyone who wants to use their 3D printer to do more than make more 3D printers.

Table of Contents

Ch. 1: A World of 3D Printers

Ch. 2: 3D Printer Toolchain

Ch. 3: Calibrating Your Printer

Ch. 4: 3D Models From The Cloud

Ch. 5: 3D Haiku

Ch. 6: Steampunk Warship

Ch. 7: Action Hero Mashups

Ch. 8: Mini Sumo Projetcs

Ch. 9: Bonus Round 1: More Projects

Ch. 10: Bonus Round 2: Upgrades

Appendix A: Printing Tips

Appendix B: Resources

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