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.

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.


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.


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


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!

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!


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.


You’ve only got a week to get your hands on this offer!!

As you know we are not attending the TCT 2017 show this year due to other commitments, we have decided to giveaway our samples right here from our unit!

So if you purchase just one single spool or more from our webstore anytime from Monday the 25th September to Sunday evening 1st October 2017 we will include one of our free sample filament boxes with your order. UK orders only.

It’s thanks to your support and feedback that we can continue to grow and develop 3DPrinting technology and help schools, colleges and universities to evolve this technology to its full potential.

So a big thank you for all your support during what has been another amazing year, from all of us at 3D FilaPrint – Tim ~ Yuliya – Arif ~ Lisa – John & Marie.


Next Generation 3D Superstars

One of the great things we like to do here at 3D Filaprint is to promote 3D Printing throughout schools in our local area.

Over the last year we have worked with some fantastically creative students and helped them gain an insight into 3D Printing. As well has having fun all our students gained experience and knowledge helping them take 3D Printing into the wider business environment. We like to think that we have given them just a little spark of what can be achieved in the future of 3D Technology. More about that in our 3D Medical Blog.

What makes us even more proud is to see just how much our part in working with Career Ready has helped towards creating new life chances for the next generation.

Sarah Morton of Career Ready sent us this message of thanks.

Thank you for giving your time over the past year to help young people prepare for work. Working together, we have achieved a great deal over the past year, helping almost 7,000 students prepare for work.

Research shows that adults who recall four or more engagements with an employer while at school, are five times less likely to be NEET (Not in Employment Education or Training) and earned, on average, 16% more than peers who recalled no such activities (research by Dr Anthony Mann, Director of Research and Policy, Education and Employers Taskforce).

Your efforts have contributed to changing life chances.

We have created an infographic to say Thank You. This was created by Fraser McKay, a Career Ready student who joined the team this summer.

On behalf of all the Career Ready team and our partners in schools,


Thank you Sarah for giving us the opportunity to help a little.

We have recently run an afternoon workshop event introducing final year students to 3D Design and Printing.

Next is a presentation to 3rd year students with Dr Kholoud Mohseen of the Essex University.  Details of the event will be posted at the end of October 2017.

Tim Kay told Filablog

The afternoon session was a triumph the students loved it – we have three more planned in the near future.

Watch this space……Next is a presentation to 3rd year students with Dr Kholoud Mohseen of the Essex University.  Details of the event will be posted at the end of October 2017.

#3deducation #3dgeneration #love3d

Imagine a World of Multicolour Prints!

Most 3D Prints up until now have been of one colour.  What if you could print out your creations ready formed and painted?

What would you print? Tell us here.

Well we stumbled across this story on Wired.com which may just mean your wish has come true.

XYZprinting has announced a table-top 3-D printer that spits out whatever figurine, model, toy, or tiny hamburger you desire in full, vibrant color.

The world of 3D Printing never stands still.

Check out the full story here

Limb Saving 3D Bones

Thanks to ABC Down Under we can bring you this most amazing story of  limb saving surgery.

The first person to have a 3D-printed tibia transplanted into his leg says he cannot wait to put it to good use by walking his fiancee down the aisle.

According to Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH), Reuben Lichter had become the first person in the world to have a 3D-printed tibia or shinbone transplanted into his leg.

It has taken five operations over the past six months — the final one lasting 14 hours.

The 27-year-old developed spontaneous onset of tibial osteomyelitis, an infection of the bone, which resulted in the majority of his tibia – 36cm – being destroyed.

Normally, the only option is an above-knee amputation.

“Doctors came up to me and said there are two options — you can get amputated above the knee or we can try this experimental stuff that may or may not work,” Mr Lichter said.

“I was like, ‘bang, let’s do it’.”

Mr Lichter said his dream now is to walk his fiancee Caity down the aisle.

But he will have to wait a while. Doctors say it will be at least 18 months before he can walk again.

Mr Lichter said his young son William would be walking before he does, but he is set to take his recovery one step at a time.

The 3D-printed model was manufactured in Singapore.

It is wrapped in biological tissue which then engineers the new bone.

A human tibia bone lies to the left of a 3D printed tibia bone.

Health Minister Cameron Dick said it was like scaffolding that supported the biological tissue.

“That then grows effectively a new bone in your leg and this is the first time this has been done,” Mr Dick said.

“We’re not out of the woods yet, there’s a lot of recovery to go through but [Reuben] is very positive, he’s very happy the pain has disappeared and the infection has now gone and he’s living very positively with the future.”

This is such an amazing story and one that we hope can be replicated around the world as 3D Technology begins to evolve further into the world of medical science.

We wish Reuben all the very best for a good recovery.

#3dmedical #3dtechnology #3dtibia