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ProtoParadigm Blog

Quality products and information for desktop 3D printers.

  • Educational Discount

    For those of you who aren't aware of this already, ProtoParadigm offers a 10% discount to students and educators.  If you fall into one of these categories or feel like you should be considered, please use the following link to apply:


    If you have a unique project that you would like ProtoParadigm to provide special consideration for, please contact us.

    For those of you who are already signed up and haven't renewed for the 2013-2014 school year already, please do so using the above link.

    Thanks and Happy Printing!

  • Announcing our new LumiCord website!

    We’re very pleased to announce the launch of our new division, LumiCord, and its website, at www.lumi-cord.com.

    The Birth of LumiCord

    LumiCord is the product of research on high capacity photoluminescent (glow-in-the-dark) 3D printer-compatible materials in the spring of 2013.  During that research, it became clear to us that there are uses for an illuminated filament apart from 3D Printers, and so, LumiCord was born.

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  • Bill Me Later through PayPal

    Did you know that when you buy from us using PayPal, you can spread the cost across multiple payments interest free over time?

    Maybe you've been eyeing our printer filament and wondering if you could get more time to pay. Well, now you can enjoy your purchases and choose your payments with Bill Me Later through PayPal.

    It's that easy, because Bill Me Later is available at our online store! It's a service that you can add and link to your PayPal account, and it's convenient in many ways:

    • It's easy to apply for and easy to use. You enter your birth date and the last four digits of your social security number to determine if you're approved. Once you link it to your PayPal account, Bill Me Later is available to you during the checkout process at our online store; you won't have to use any plastic or account numbers or endure any long waits.
    • It's a flexible, reusable line of credit. With some of its special financing offers, you choose how you want to pay with Bill Me Later-- in full, or with payments spread out over time.
    • It still protects you through PayPal's Purchase Protection Program, so you don't have to worry about the security of this payment.

    And please don't forget that payment through Bitcoin is also an option! We hope that these additional services make your customer experience at our online store even more easy and pleasant.

  • Lots of Filament Back in Stock!

    As evidenced by the number of products that have been out or stock recently, our extended Summer Sale has been a hit.  As a way of thanking our loyal customers, we have decided to keep our sale prices alive and now have a number of products back in stock.

  • Accuracy vs Precision and Threaded Rod vs Leadscrews in 3D Printers

    Many Personal 3D Printers use threaded rod as a drive mechanism, usually just for the Z-axis, most of the rest use precision leadscrews.  We've seen debate in multiple forums about which is better, and about how much of a difference it actually makes.  We've even heard the argument that leadscrews are a waste of money, or that people using them in printer kits are just trying to extort more money from you.  We'd like to contribute to this discussion and mention some of the reasons we feel leadscrews are a better choice (and worth the cost) for this application.

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  • How Do You Use Polyimide Tape?

    At our lab, we find frequent uses for the wider rolls of our polyimide tape. However, we've become curious about customer uses of the thinner rolls of polyimide tape-- particularly the 10mm and 20mm widths. We'd love to hear from you, our customers, on your uses of these widths.

    And on that note, we'd enjoy commentary about your preferred width. For example,

    • Do you prefer a single wide roll or multiple thinner applications for your printer bed?
    • Do you want your tape to be precisely the width of your printer bed, or thinner, or wider?
    • Are there non-standard widths you would have a use for?

    Please let us know if you have any suggestions. As always, we thank you for your feedback!

  • Now Shipping to More Countries, New Payment Option: Pay by Check or Money Order

    ProtoParadigm is pleased to announce that we are now accepting checks and money orders.  By utilizing these new payment methods and improving our fraud protection, ProtoParadigm is able to serve more people in more countries.  Continue reading

  • What to do with a 3D printer: Celebrate 4th of July in style!

    Fireworks. Celebration. Independence. July 4th.

    As a kid, my large, extended family always had a 4th of July get-together. We’d head over to my cousin’s, eat a bunch of food, play a game of softball, swim in the pool and finish off the day with our own firework show. Part of the fun was seeing who could dress up the best and go all out with their red, white and blue decor. I may have won the contest if I would have had these:

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  • What to do with a 3D Printer: Everything (#3DEveryday)

    As soon as we tell people about 3D Printers, the first question is always, "What can you make with them?"  Or, "Ok, but what would I print?"  It's sometimes tricky because the true answer is, "Pretty much anything that can be made from plastic."  The answer given depends on the person.

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  • 3-Screw Bed Leveling and the Importance of a Level Print Bed on a 3D Printer

    Achieving and maintaining a level print bed on your 3D Printer is of paramount importance.  High quality prints and reliable printing depend on a level bed, particularly at high resolutions.  In this post we'll explain why it's so important, how to achieve it, and what you can do if you just can't get there with your printer.

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