How To Guide: Ender 3 Filament Replacement Super Fast!

 

Ender 3 by Creality is a versatile low cost 3D printer that can sit on your desk without impeding on your space too much.

 

The stock standard white filament that comes in the box may be a little too boring for your printing requirements.

 

Thats why I have made this simple to follow ender 3 filament replacement guide you can follow.

 

Changing your filament colour can really make your 3D print pop with detail and give it a completely different look.

 

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The process to change filament type and colour is the same on the Ender 3 but there are a few things to be aware of before you get started.

 

Just follow these simple steps and you’ll be printing in a different material/color in no time.

 

Step 1 Remove Old Filament

Begin by heating up the nozzle to the melting temperature of the type of filament

you‘re using.

 

Here are melting temperatures for the most commonly used filaments:

 

PLA: 180°C – 230°C

ABS: 210°C – 250°C

PETG: (PET, PETT): 220°C – 250°C

Nylon: 240°C – 260°C

TPU,TPE,TPC (Flexible) 210°C – 230°C

PC (Polycarbonate 270°C – 310°C

 

I’m using PLA with my Ender so use 200°C. Check out this video to see the process.

 

 

To heat up the nozzle on your Ender 3 scroll to Control Settings > Temperature > Nozzle > Move Knob To Increase Temp > Push Knob To Set

 

Once the hot end has reached the desired temperature you will notice filament starting to come out the nozzle.

 

Push the extruder lever to release tension on the filament and slowly pull the filament out completely.

 

After it’s all the way out thread it through the filament roll holes to make storage MUCH easier.

 

Here is a video to show exactly how you remove the filament once the hot end is up to temperature:

 

 

Your Ender 3 is now ready to accept a new type of filament of your choosing.

 

Step 2 Installing the New Filament

 

Mount your new roll of filament to the Ender 3 filament holder.

 

Cut the end of the filament on an angle to make it easier to feed through the hole in the extruder.

 

Filament that you unroll from the spool won’t be perfectly straight which can make it tricky to insert through the extruder.

 

To simplify this process straighten around a 5cm (2inches) of filament.

 

Push in the extruder lever to make sure there is no resistance when inserting the new filament.

 

Insert the filament through the extruder and bowden tube until you feel resistance.

 

When you feel resistance you have reached the nozzle, insert a little more filament until you see melted filament coming out of the extruder.

 

Now release the extruder lever to put tension on the filament.

 

Step 3 Purging the Nozzle

 

Before printing with your new filament it’s a good idea to purge your nozzle to remove any leftover filament left inside.

 

Pro Tip: If you are changing filament to a lower melting point material, keep the nozzle temperature set higher until purging is completed.

 

A feature of the Ender 3 allows you to completely purge the old filament from the nozzle.

 

Use the control knob to navigate to the software feature in settings:

Move Axis > 1mm Nozzle > 15 to 20

 

 

Once selected the printer will feed filament through the nozzle until you see the new colour or type of material coming out the end of the nozzle.

 

If you are still seeing the old type of filament, repeat the purge process until it’s all gone and only new filament is seen coming out.

 

Conclusion

 

You’re all set!

 

You’re ready for a new 3D print, just a quick tip before you load your next file to print.

 

Make sure you adjust the printer settings before printing if the filament has a different melting point!

 

Happy creating 🙂

 

What’s your favourite type of filament to print with? 

 

Leave a comment below if you want to let me know or need any further clarification of the steps above.

 

3D Printed Fashion: 10 amazing 3D printed dresses

3D Printed Fashion: 10 amazing 3D printed dresses

It’s quite amazing what you can achieve using 3d technology these days! With 3D printing technology, different industries are gradually evolving in their production techniques thereby bringing to life, new amazing products.

Fashion is not left out from this list as you can now find amazing dress designs created using 3d printers.

The interesting thing here is that with this technology, you can generate very specific and original fashion designs that might be complex if you try making them with the traditional fashion techniques.

I’m sure it won’t be long before we start printing our clothes all by ourselves at home. In this post I’ve taken time to list out for you 10 amazing 3d printed dresses that will blow your mind!

Voltage Dress by Iris Van Herpen and Julia Koerner

3d printed dress design

This beautiful black dress is the product of the collaboration between Iris Van Herpen and Julia Koerner.

With the design coming from the two designers and printed by Materialise, a Belgium based firm, its complex texture was created using selective laser sintering which is done using a laser to merge small particles together.

It’s an amazing dress and it would be impossible to make this happen using another technique.

Anouk Wipprecht’s Spider Dress 2.0

3d printed dress design

Digitally developed with Philip Wilck and enabled by the Intel Edison, this astonishing design tries to simulate the territorial instincts of a spider with robotic arms.

The arms react to the data picked up from your respiratory and motion patterns using sensors when you wear it in order to protect your personal space.

The Smoke Dress

3d printed dress design

I’m sure before now, you never thought one could wear smoke in a dress right? Well, Anouk Wipprecht says it’s possible with this innovative dress.

Designed as part of special fashion collections for Volkswagen, this dress emits smoke whenever you step into the wearer’s personal space.

The Spire Dress

3d printed dress design

Designed by Alexis Walsh alongside Ross Leonardy, this ostentatious piece is made from over 400 individual tiles printed in SLS nylon by Shapeways and hand assembled with metal ring connectors.

The Kinematic Petal Dress

3d printed dress design

Inspired by the movement of flower petals, Nervous system (a generative design studio) designed and printed this bright red garment using kinematic textile technology.

This is a technology system that allows you to print out a flexible material as a single folded piece in 3D. The petal dress comprises of 1600 materials of such piece.

The Skeleton Dress

3d printed dress design

This is another great work by Iris van Herpen but this time in collaboration with a Belgian architect named Isaïe Bloch. Designed in the shape of skeleton, this scary dress was inspired by the anatomy of various animals and it took a whole week to get it printed.

Smock Corset

3d printed dress design

Crafted by the Austrian designer Marina Hoermanseder and architect Julia Koerner, this unique 3D print is something you’ll surely love to wear. This design is a true merge of vintage and modern collection using architecture and 3d printing. The two piece corset is bound by buckles fastened by the sides and shoulders.

Incunabula Dress

3d printed dress design

If you are familiar with the Irish crocheted-lace popular in the 19th century, you’ll understand where these trio designers got their inspiration from. The Incunabula dress was designed by Kaat Debo alongside Alexander Verschueren and architect Tobias Klein. The dress was 3D printed in polyamide using selective laser sintered process.

Synapse Dress

3d printed dress design

This is another amazing design from Anouk Wipprecht. Powered by Intel Edison, this dress has a sensor fitted headpiece that tracks your attention level and tells people not to disturb you when you’re trying to concentrate on a task using embedded dress proximity monitors. It does this by turning on 120 watts of bright lights on the dress to keep people away from you if you feel threatened. It also informs you and people around you the sources of stress in your immediate environment.

Gems of the Ocean Dress

3d printed dress design

Inspired by her first snorkeling experience in the water on the island west coast of Malaysia and the iridescent shades of the sea, Melinda Looi with Samuel Canning Make Waves were able to bring this awesome piece to life. Canning, an expert in 3D design developed the technical concept of the dress. The undisputed highlight of this design is that it’s probably one of the world’s first full length 3D gowns printed in a single part. It came out of the 3D printer fully assembled after which it was color dyed and fitted with 5,000 Swarovski crystals.

 

Top 5 Benefits of 3D Printing Models for Architects

Top 5 Benefits of 3D Printing Models for Architects

 

If you were an architect 20 years ago, you would know that making a model was no mean feat; a lot of time went into scrubbing and shaping wood, foam or whatever else you worked your models on.

 

And, of course, making adjustments or making the models all over again from reiterations in the design would have been another major headache as well.

 

In this day and age, the time and effort that goes into building these scaled-down models using the same old methods simply isn’t sustainable. Remember, time is money.

 

With the advent of 3D printers, however, all of this is changing.

Let’s see some of the magic that they can do.

1 Better Visualization for Your Clients

A 3D printed model gives your design a root in reality; there’s a certain sense of tangibility in a real, physical model that a virtual 3D model can never have.

 

A well-detailed, scaled-down version of your architectural plans is a great way to show your design to your colleagues, or the clients themselves.

 

There’s no substitute for the raw, direct visualization that it offers; no amount of abstract theory and guesswork or technical drawings can convey the sense of realness that a physical model would. Perfect for making an impression.

2. Reducing Time Spent on Fuss

Here’s where you get the most returns on your investment; you save a heck of a lot of time.

You could potentially save hours, maybe even days that would’ve otherwise been spent on creating a scale model by the conventional methods.

 

Once the order for the model is placed, you can continue working on other important tasks  – the 3D printer would do its job without assistance once the parameters are set.

 

3D printers would be especially useful in cases where your design involves some very complicated design elements, like complex facades or double-curved surfaces.

 

It’s even better if you’re using an online printing service, you wouldn’t have to worry about post-procession and cleaning of your model, most of the services include these.

Another great time saving option is to put into effect the predetermined design rules in the 3D printing software; you could use one of the many templates available to create elements of your print.

 

No more creating 3D print from scratch, and increased cost savings; time is money, remember?

3. High Quality, Many Materials

Though 3D printers used to give poorly-smoothed build quality, and they often appeared pixelated, gone are those days.

 

Good, professional 3D printers nowadays can crank out architectural models with a level of detail and smoothness far surpassing even what veteran model makers are capable of.

 

Also, you have a wide variety of materials to choose from – Polyamide (SLS) is the reigning favorite.

Grey Resin has also found extensive use. You can also choose colors; if you want your model to be colorful, Multicolor would be your go-to. Wherever transparency is needed, you could use transparent resin.

4. Hassle – Free Revision and Reiteration

3D printing allows you such flexibility the likes of which are unprecedented in architectural history.

If your client wants you to make some changes, you could revise your model and have it printed in a few hours – just edit the file, and reprint! If you want a second model, you could simply print it again.

5. Easy Cross-Referencing

Since the scale models for 3D printing are all created digitally, these designs are stored digitally as well.

This vastly amplifies the architect’s ability to reference any previous build and borrow elements from them to the present build; this further saves time.

With These Benefits, It’s Hard to Ignore 3D Printers

3D printing technology is rapidly transforming the way many professionals do their work, and they seem to be nothing short of god-sent for those in the architectural profession. Invest in 3D printers and you’ll see immediate returns.

top 5 benefits of 3D printing for architects

3D Printed Camera Accessories

3D Printed Camera Accessories

 

Let us say you already have a camera and want to dive into the photography world a little bit deeper, but you don’t have the budget to get the accessories you need.

In the old days you would be stuck and possibly turned to flea market to look for some great used-gears deals although you knew such thing never really existed.

Thankfully you don’t live in the old days; you are now in a world where 3D-printing technology is on the rise.

Instead of scouring the Internet to look for second-hand camera accessories to save money, you have the options to get brand new custom accessories made for you by 3D-printing companies/services and still save money.

Here are some samples starting from the simplest to the most complex one.

 

  1. Mini tripod

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The mother of all camera accessories, a tripod is probably the first gear you buy after you get a camera.

Both amateurs and professionals use it to mount the camera in a steady position. While it probably doesn’t make any financial sense to 3D print a full-size tripod, having a mini or table-top tripod 3D printed does.

It will not hold your big DSLR, but it should handle an action cam or a compact mirrorless just fine. Just purchase some extra screws and you’re good to go.

 

  1. Tripod plate

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We all have a tendency to take little things for granted until we lose them. A tripod plate is a fine example of such thing.

The plate is only useful if you use a tripod indeed, and that’s why it so often gets misplaced after you dismount the camera.

In case you have difficulties finding your misplaced tripod plate at home or getting the same exact model, search online for the 3D printed version.

 

  1. Lens caps

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Another example of easily-forgotten prone-to missing camera gear is a lens cap. Many – perhaps most – photographers have lost their lens caps at some points.

A lot of generic models come with brand names (such as Canon, Sony, Nikon, etc) but the 3D-printed ones can be fully customized to say and look like just about anything.

 

  1. Lens cap holder

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A customized holder can be manufactured in the same way too, so that you don’t have to lose the cap again. The holder is secured to the strap, minimizing your chance of losing it to practically none.

 

  1. Focus ring

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Many cameras or lenses come with rather large zoom rings so you can easily adjust how big the object would look like in pictures.

Unfortunately the same can’t be said to focus ring; in some lenses, the focus ring is so thin to the point where rotating it feels awkward.

If you have lenses of that type, there is no need to get a new one. A 3D-printed custom focus ring attachment should be sufficient to make your life easier.

 

  1. GoPro scuba mount

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And now reaching to something with more sophistication, starting with a scuba mount. As the name says, this camera accessory is an attachment for a scuba mask; if you have a GoPro and happen to be good at diving at the same time, this is the accessory to get.

Ready-made scuba mount is also available, but the good thing about 3D printing is the high level of customization option. In fact, you can have a scuba mount for any underwater camera built using 3D printing technology.

 

  1. Telescope adaptor for smartphone

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No one says fun photography always needs a DSLR. To maximize your smartphone camera’s performance in capturing distant objects, it is possible to attach an optical telescope to the lens.

With 3D printing technology, the adapter can be manufactured in a perfectly conforming shape to the phone’s design.

 

  1. Camsports EVO ski goggle mount

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It works more or less in the same way as scuba mount, only this one is created for skiing enthusiasts. Unlike in diving activity where you carry a lot of bulky gears underwater, ski requires you to be as light and streamline as possible.

Mounting a big camera to your helmet is far from ideal, so you need smaller action camera, such as the Camsports EVO, to get the trip down the snowy hill on tape. This particular accessory is made specifically for Camsports EVO, a small action cam that looks more like a tiny flashlight than a camcorder.

You can mount the camera on the helmet and then twist it to secure its position, without even taking your gloves and ski helmet off. It is small, light, unobtrusive, and effective.

 

  1. Slider

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The amateur version of a professional rail system, 3D printed slider is a relatively affordable way to get your lateral tracking shots.

Having a camera rail system 3D printed is probably too much of a hassle and expense, but a slider is easer, quicker, and cheaper to build. The actual mounting accessory can be custom-made as well.

 

  1. DSLR rig

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A shoulder mount or a rig for DSLR is more commonly used in videography than photography.

Think of it as mobile tripod mounted on your shoulder, and therefore it moves anywhere you go.

Ready-made DSLR rig can be quite pricey, and there is no guarantee that it will work best for the camera you have. The Moonrig is a fine example of 3D printed camera gear designed by professionals.

 

Not only is photography fun, but also potentially lucrative if you’re serious about it. That being said, it may take weeks – if not months – until you have full understanding of how a camera works and master all the basic skills of photography.

Things get challenging as you move up from a simple point-and-shoot pocket camera (probably even smartphone camera) to full-blown DSLR or action cam.

Let us not forget that a professional camera is in fact quite expensive, and the price does not usually include additional accessories designed to make your photography-works easier.

Although it would be exceedingly difficult to 3D print a camera, a lot of essential accessories can be 3D printed using lightweight materials without sacrificing functionality and affordability.

Do you have a favourite 3D printed camera accessory?

Leave a comment below.