Christmas Gift Ideas

3D Printers are evolving rapidly. We thought that this would be an excellent time of year to let you know about the 3D printers available as a possible affordable Christmas present for those exploring the 3D Printing world. All of these printers take can use our Filaments. Check out our Filament Store Overview Guide here.

Also, why not get your hands on our Special Secret Santa Christmas sample pack. A fantastic addition to any 3D Printer gift! We’ll even gift wrap it for you and send it directly to your special someone.

Our Recommendations for the Perfect Christmas Gift

The Anet A8-B 3D Printer

  • 2004 LCD screen, English interface, 5 keys for easy operation, support SD card and off-line printing.
  • Customized MK8 nozzle with sophisticated technology to produce smooth filaments fluently.
  • Updated sophisticated V2.0 version mainboard, supporting multi-function, higher accuracy. Superior power supply system for safely using, 240W, 110V/220V.
  • Heated hotbed and nozzle with wide range temperature adjustments allow the printer to be compatible with many 3D filament types, such as ABS, PLA, HIP, PP and Nylon etc.
  • Wide application for printing architectural and manufacture model design, teaching and medical equipment, and other technological devices, as well as 3D toys for children, great for stimulating users’ creativity and inspiration.

CoLiDo D1315 Assembled Delta 3D Printer Kossel Kit

  • Application Area : scientific research, 3d printer DIY, teaching, archaeology.
  • Used Filament : PLA filament 1.75mm
  • Ultra-quiet operation design, suitable for quiet working environment.
  • CoLiDo D1315 Printer conductive to higher precision and quality prints.
  • Upgraded to European Standard aluminum profile ensure stable prints.
  • Print resolution: +/-0.1mm, It will be tested for 10 hours before shipment.
  • Fast Self-assembly: It just needs to Install the Z-plane kit on the XY plane about 10 minutes,
  • Portable/ Simple and convenient.
  • Product forming size: 300*300*400 mm (11.8″ x 11.8″ x 15.8″)
  • Metal plate: Solid and durable/ Low resonance.
  • high-quality nozzle: Avoid scalding injury/ scratches/Electric shock.
Who is the STARTT printer for?

  • Anyone looking for an inexpensive way to start 3D printing.
  • Technology enthusiasts who love to see how things work.
  • Parents who are looking for a great activity for bonding with their children.
  • Students interested in the freedom to design and create at home.

Why is the STARTT right for you?

  • Affordably priced compared to other printers.
  • Good printing quality, especially for the price.
  • Comes with an easy to follow instructional guide with online video tutorials.
  • A fully supported 3 month warranty on manufactured parts.

Key Features

  • Easy to assemble. The more technical components are already put together.
  • Changeable nozzles of 0.3, 0.4 and 0.5mm let you choose your resolution.
  • Nozzle temperature ranges between 170°C to 275°C.
  • All tools you need are in the box.
  • Assembly will only take around 5 hours to complete.
  • Compatible with any open source slicer including Simplify 3D and Cura.
  • Comes with 10 free 3D printable designs complements of MyMiniFactory.

That’s quite a selection. We have tested all of these models at our showroom. If you need anymore information we are always pleased to offer our friendly advice.

Don’t Forget the Secret Santa, Lovingly Wrapped Gift Set.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all the team at 3D Filaprint.

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Update on James and the Giant Me

Last month we blogged about James Bruton’s attempt at the Guiness World Record for the tallest 3D Sculpture of a human.

Sponsoring James alongside Lulzbot, 3D Filaprint were onsite at Winchester Discovery Centre with a front row seat to the event.

Take a look at the video below of James’ Guiness World Record attempt.

It amazing to see what James achieved using his Lulzbot 6 printers and we are keeping our fingers crossed that he will soon be a Guinness World Record holder.

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Last Posting Days and our Christmas Shutdown Dates

We know that Halloween and Bonfire Night were only a few days ago, however there is no escaping the fact that we only have a few more weeks until the excitement of Christmas is upon us.

We want to ensure that you get all your 3D Filament orders before the last posting day and our Christmas shut-down, so here is all the information you need.

3D FilaPrint Christmas 2017 Postal Deliveries:

Single spools, sample only orders and international orders are listed here – 2017 Christmas posting dates are;
https://www.postoffice.co.uk/christmas/last-posting-dates

We are open for taking online orders all through the Christmas and New Year period.

Our final working day for dispatching deliveries before Christmas is Friday 22nd December 2017, however if you book orders for posting within the UK on this day our regular next day delivery service (2 + spools) will not reach you until Wednesday 27th December 2017.

Please note, in order to ensure you receive your orders (2 spools or more) before the Christmas break please order before Wednesday 2oth December 2017, (the extra day is because of this uniquely busy period).

Our office/unit opening hours over the Christmas and New Year 2017 holiday period are:

Friday 22nd December 2017 – Open
Saturday 23rd December 2017 – Closed
Sunday 24th December 2017 – Closed
Monday 25th December 2017 – Closed
Tuesday 26th December 2017 – Closed
Wednesday 27th December 2017 – Open
Thursday 28th December 2017 – Open
Friday 29th December 2017 – Open
Saturday 30th December 2017 – Closed
Sunday 31st December 2017 – Closed
Monday 1st January 2018 – Closed
Tuesday 2nd January 2018 – Open
Wednesday 3rd January 2018 – Open
Thursday 4th January 2018 – Open
Friday 5th January 2018 – Open

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Buy Now Pay Later with Klarna

3D Filaprint are pleased to be able to offer all their customers a simple, easy way to buy filaments before payday 🙂  No more waiting until the month is up before you can get your hands on that last bit of filament you need for a project. With our buy now pay later scheme you can get the job finished faster.

Klarna is one of Europe´s fastest growing companies and a leading alternative payment provider. Klarna’s vision is to simplify the buying experience with a simple checkout solution. With Klarna Checkout, customers only need to provide top-of-mind information to complete a purchase.

At the core of Klarna’s services is the concept of payment after delivery, which lets you buy before you pay.

You can find out more on our Klarna page but we have details all of the information below.

Check out this short video for an explanation of this service https://youtu.be/DuYnG1Z6OpM

This simplicity means a better shopping experience for you. It is really easy to do your shopping on a mobile device and you don’t have to think about taking out your card on the train or the bus.

Klarna was founded in 2005 with the vision to simplify the buying experience. In 2014 they joined forces with SOFORT and formed Klarna Group, the leading European alternative payment provider. They have about 1,200 employees in 18 markets. They serve over 35 million consumers and work with over 50,000 online merchants.

Frequently asked questions.

Who are Klarna?

Klarna are a Swedish payment service provider who take end-to-end responsibility for your payment. They support over 35 million consumers worldwide on over 50,000 websites.

I have been asked to go to Klarna’s website. Is this correct?

If you have chosen to pay after delivery (14 days grace), Klarna will send you an email with further details on how to pay. Your email will contain a link to Klarna’s payment site where you can settle your payment to Klarna with your card or with a bank transfer.

If Klarna gives me the option to pay after delivery within 14 days, does a credit search take place against me?

Neither Klarna nor 3D FilaPrint run credit searches against you that could impact your credit rating. Klarna may run so called unrecorded enquiries that do not affect credit scoring.

Other questions you might want answered.

How is my statement sent?

If you chose to pay after delivery, Klarna will send you an email with instructions on how to make the payment and a link to the payment page. Simply enter your statement number into the payment page and follow the instructions. If you do not have your statement number to hand, you can contact Klarna Customer Service here.

How does Klarna Pay After Delivery work?

After 3D FilaPrint has acknowledged your order, you will receive an email from Klarna with payment instructions telling you when and how you will need to pay.

What do I need to provide when I make a purchase?

If you want to make a purchase with Klarna you need to provide your mobile phone number and your e-mail address. The mobile number is required in case we need to reach you. All statements will be sent to your email address. It’s very important, that you give us the correct details, as otherwise you will not receive the payment information and so be liable for delayed payment fees.

What are my payment options with Klarna?

You can pay with debit or credit card (Visa/Mastercard) immediately in the checkout or take advantage of our Pay After Delivery payment option, where you can pay for the goods once you have received them via debit card or bank transfer.

How does the Klarna payment page work?

If you want to pay your statement, go to our payment page and sign in with your statement number and the email address you entered upon ordering. If you do not have your statement number to hand, you can contact Klarna Customer Service here.

I haven’t received an email with my statement/payment information.

Please contact Klarna Customer Service here. They will be able to provide you with the payment details.

Can I postpone my due date?

You can contact Klarna Customer Service to see if it is possible to postpone the due date on your payment. You can contact Klarna Customer Service here.

Can I pay before the due date?

You can pay for your order at any point after you receive the email from Klarna with the details of your payment on. Just follow the instructions on this email to pay for your order.

Can my order be delivered to an address other than my billing address?

Yes. When selecting Klarna as a payment method, you can choose to deliver the goods to an address other than your billing address. At the checkout, you will be given the option to enter a separate delivery address.

Have you received my payment?

Once Klarna has received your payment, Klarna will send you a payment confirmation to the email address that you used for your order. If you have made a payment but not received the payment confirmation, please get in contact with Klarna Customer Service with a proof of payment. You can contact Klarna Customer Service here.

What should I do if I want to cancel my order?

If you would like to return goods or cancel your order, call 3D FilaPrint on  01772 611027. You can also contact Klarna Customer Service here, who will provide further help if needed.

I have cancelled my order. How long will it take until I receive my refund?

As soon as 3D FilaPrint have registered your cancellation or your return, the repayment will be processed within next 14 days.

What happens to my invoice, when I’ve returned the goods?

Once 3D FilaPrint have received the return (partial or full) and you have received our confirmation of this, an updated statement will be sent to you if you’ve made a partial return. With a full return, your statement will be closed.

I’ve received an invoice, but I’ve not yet received my goods

You should of course not pay your statement until you’ve received your goods. In this case, we would ask that you contact 3D FilaPrint and get an update on your order. You should also contact Klarna Customer Service so that they can postpone the due date on your payment.

How will I be refunded?

If you have paid for your order with card, the refund will be made back to the same card. If you paid using bank transfer, you will need to provide us your IBAN number in order for us to make the repayment.

Do you have any more questions regarding your payment?

Visit Klarna’s website or call Klarna’s Customer Service.

0808 189 3333 or 0203 005 0833

Monday – Friday 9.00 AM – 9.00 PM

Saturday – Sunday 9.00 AM – 6.00 PM

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30th November 2017 #Techcityonsea

We are looking forward to exhibiting at Tech City-On-Sea. THE networking event for Tech companies, Start Ups and Freelancers

The aim of the Tech City-on-Sea concept is to provide promote the growth of local businesses in the ‘techie’ field and encourage enterprise in the local area. The focus of our event in November is Exporting and promoting the Southend tech sector nationally and internationally- Tech City-OVER-Sea!

It’s an amazing event where you can meet like minded people and discover how the Tech industry is expanding faster than ever before. You can listen to Tech talks and connect with suppliers and mentors in the industry.

For more information follow the twitter tag #TechCityOnSea

Or to book your tickets CLICK HERE.

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How to convert a medical scan

As you may know our team here at 3D Filaprint are always researching and learning so that we can pass that knowledge on to the 3D Printing community.

This month we have found an extremely fascinating item on how to convert a medical scan into a 3D Printed Model.

Using data in a DICOM format we learnt how to turn data from a CT or MRI scan into a 3D printable model. The information from Instructables uses a dinosour skull for this informative presentation.

Using a software package called Osirix, which is designed for medical imaging, you can convert the format and create your own 3D Model of your scans. Download and install the free version from here. It is available for Mac only, if you are using a PC check out a similar package called Invesalius, developed by the Brazilian government and made available for free.

We’ll also be using Meshlab and Netfabb Studio Basic. You can download the software using the links. It’s all free.

Why don’t you give it a try and post your prints on our Facebook Page.

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Proto-Pasta

What is Proto-pasta?  Can I eat it?

While the filament may resemble spaghetti, Proto-pasta is not actually pasta. The name is a combination of the company, ProtoPlant, and the pasta-like shape of filament. #donteatthepasta.

You can find it in our shop.

Where is Proto-pasta made?

Proto-pasta is manufactured by ProtoPlant, a small professional engineering firm in Vancouver, Washington, USA founded by Dustin Cram.

Proto-pasta: Powered by ProtoPlant Extrusion Technology

Dustin Cram and team have an endless passion for designing, building, and tinkering.  What began as an exploration into creating extrusion machinery, resulted in the Kickstarting of 3 new materials for affordable FFF/FDM Style 3D Printers such as Lulzbot, Makerbot, Printrbot, Robo3D, SeeMeCnc, Type A Machines, Ultimaker, etc. Since Kickstarting Additive Manufacturing’s First Carbon Fiber Composite Reinforced PLA, the Proto-pasta brand has evolved into an expanded palette of materials including Steel, Iron, High Temperature, and Conductive PLAs (with more to come).

Proto-pasta is powered by ProtoPlant’s self-made industrial extrusion technology. It’s what makes making Proto-pasta pastable (that’s fun to say)!

Proto-pasta: 3D Printer filament for makers, by makers

The Proto-pasta brand was born from a unique intersection of passion for making, access to technology, and growing online communities. With a mission to make 3D Printing more interesting and useful, through improved access to unique materials, they continue to innovate and extend their reach through partnering with new communities such as 3D Hubs.

Dustin told us more about the projects humble beginnings.

Born on Kickstarter, we owe our success to the many communities of makers and 3D Printing enthusiast from around the world who believe in what we we are doing.  Little known fact, all of our test prints for our first crowdfunding were made on a 1970s end mill retrofitted with numerical control and an E3D hot end.  We mixed materials on a hot plate and did small test extrusions using our lathe. Yup, we’ve added some printers and purpose-built machinery since then, but doesn’t get much more maker than that!!!

What can I make with Proto-Pasta?

The possibilities are endless but if you are creating prints that need to re-create a metal component or figure then this is the perfect filament for you. Proto-Pasta have a great getting started page on their website.

We asked one of our team to make a print using Proto-Pasta. Here’s a print of Yip Man made with Proto Pasta!

Now that you have more information about Proto-Pasta why not give it a go. Visit our shop to see our full range of Proto-Pasta filament.

 

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Polybox by Polymaker

We are loving this new PolyBox™ . It is a filament storage box that allows you to store your materials in their optimum printing environment while still being able to print with them. PolyBox™ features a thermo-hygrometer to monitor your filaments inside the box. The humidity is regulated by large desiccant bags which absorb moisture from the air inside the PolyBox™, specifically designed for hygroscopic materials such as PolySmooth™, PVA or Nylon. The PolyBox™ can house two 1kg spools simultaneously or one 3kg spool and is compatible with both 1.75mm and 2.85mm filament diameters. (Please note that the large 3Kg spools available by Poylmaker fit neatly into the PolyBox™, the 2.3kg spools currently supplied by FilaPrint do not fit. However all of our other spools fit as snug as a bug in a PolyBox!!)!

Take a look at this video and the video review below by The 3D Print Guy.

Get Your Polybox™  Here

Specifications

Desiccant type                                         Silica gel

Desiccant specifications                     4*Desiccant sachets 100g

Supported filament spools                2 spools ≤ 1kg or 1 spool 3kg

Humidity range                                      10-99%

Accuracy                                                    ±5%

Resolution                                                 1%

Response                                                   10 seconds

Temperature range                              -50~70 °C

Accuracy                                                    ±1 °C

Battery specifications                         LR44*1

Product size                                            315(L)*190(W)*310(H)

Package size                                           196(L)*320(W)*320(H)

Product weight (without

desiccants and wires)                        1.150kgs

Package weight                                     1.700kgs

We found a great review from That 3D Print Guy. Honest and real review of the PolyBox™ .

Don’t forget you can GET IT HERE!

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Happy Halloween Prints and the Halloween Givaway

Halloween is not far away. We’ve searched the web to bring you the best spooks and ghouls of the 3D Printed Halloween World.

Though we give thanks to Nigel @NHDesigns3D for designing this 3D printable skeleton key ring.  We are currently trying print enough of these little spookies to give away with each order of 1 spool or more purchased between Monday 23rd and Friday 27th October 2017 and that’s in addition to the FREE “Glow” filament sample that all our customers will be receiving during this exciting giveaway week.

We also really liked this cute 3D Skeleton with moving parts. You could print him using our Glow in the Dark Green filament and upscale him to make a bigger impact on your doorstep or at your Halloween Party!

How about making some Halloween Cookies with these 3DPrinted Cookie Cutters! Yum…

You could use our spooky orange filament and create witches, cats and pumpkins.

Or create a Skull Lantern and add some spooky light to your doorstep!

Whatever you are planning this Halloween we hope you have a spooky time and enjoy all the fun but remember only visit those homes with a pumpkin on the doorstep!

 

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James and the Giant Me

We feel privileged to be able to help our customers and sponsoring this amazing guy is no exception.  Interrupting his extremely busy life we caught up with one of the biggest names in 3Dprinting, James Bruton, and asked him a few questions.

When did you first become aware of 3dFilaprint and how did you find out about us?

Long time ago, about 4 years to be exact, when I first had a 3Dprinter and was trying to find a reliable supplier. I found 3DFilaprint on eBay originally and have been using them ever since.

How have you found our service and products?

Pretty good. I buy a lot. There have been a few issues but Tim is great a sorting out a problem.

What do you like best about our service and products?

Reliability, community and collaboration. I have attended a few TCT events with Tim and team and enjoy working with them.

Tell us more about your last projects.

The Spiderman Robot

Lego Skateboard

The Exo Suit is another ongoing project. It’s made of wood and steel but all the complex bits are 3D printed. You can see James’ latest big update on this project here.

I use a Lulzbot printer and they support my YouTube Channel where there is a new show every Tuesday

What was your favourite project using 3D Filaprint products?

Lego Skateboard. You can see all three episodes of the YouTube shows I made for it here

What other projects are you running using 3D Filaprint filament?

All of them. My day job is working for Bladez Toys so I am working on several projects here as well as my own projects.

What other products should we stock that would be beneficial to you?

I was at the TCT Show recently and saw what Filkemp are doing. They have a low warp, low temperature nylon which doesn’t absorb moisture. This is mainly for clothing and industrial use but could have benefits in many other applications.

What advice would you give to children and young people who are at school and would be interested in pursuing a similar career?

I’m a toy prototype engineer + full time YouTuber, my advice would publish what you do and be active in the community then the toy companies will be able to find you.

You have a thriving YouTube channel, how much time do you put into managing that?

5 days a week. It takes a lot of time to present each episode.

This week we promoted the Spiderman Homecoming which was sponsored and approved by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Sony Pictures asked me to do a Spider-Man DIY project to help promote the Blu-ray and Digital release of Spider-Man Homecoming, so I decided to make my Spider-Man robot launch a surveillance drone! The drone was modified to look like the Spider-Man surveillance drone in Spider-Man Homecoming, and I also built a 3D printed robotic drone launcher pod that unfolds it.

What is your favourite annual event/conference and when and where will you be showing/demonstrating next?

I don’t tend to go to too many as they take me away from creating content. I did go to the TCT show last month.

As for demonstrations I am attempting a Guinness World Record in London on 20th October 2017. The record attempt is for the largest 3D sculpture of a human. The record is 3.06m tall. We are going for a Giant Me of 3.6m. Over 50kg of filament was used in its production. Check out the latest information about the event here.

Good Luck James!

Are you doing anything for Halloween?

I don’t really have a lot of time for celebrating as I am working on another secret project, however I have been invited to a Bonween event. It’s an event between Halloween and Bonfire Night.

I don’t know about you but that could just catch on!

Look out for James next big thing on this blog on 24th October. Also, we will have a report next month on his Guinness World Record attempt!

Thank you James for your time. We look forward to working with you on your projects in the future.

 

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