We love 3D Printers and the wonderful Plastic Filament they use. But you know what we love more? Hearing from you! We love your critiques, suggestions, hopes, dreams; we love it. And we were devastated to recently discover that some of what you were trying to tell us had fallen into a dark internet pit of oblivion. Here's what happened -
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Edit: We are extending the date for entries to the 25th! Best of luck and Merry Christmas!
A 3D Printer is a great thing to have during the holidays because it allows you to spend less time shopping and more time living. And so that all of us this winter can have even more fun and practical use with our printers this season we are proud to present -
ProtoParadigm's December Design Contest - Designer's Holiday : Winter Wonderland
While we weren't able to make it this year, you can see some of our products if you drop by the Trinity Labs booth at World Maker Faire New York 2012 on September 29 and 30. The Trinity Labs booth will have some amazing stuff to show off, and they'll be working with ProtoParadigm plastic!
Canning jars, also known as Mason jars, are traditionally used to preserve food but have many other uses. People have found literally hundreds of uses for them, from storage of dry goods and small parts to crafts, gardening, and other applications. A 3D Printer can be used to extend their functionality even further.
The Printrbot Kickstarter was a heck of a ride. After almost 7 months of waiting, our Printrbot PLUS finally arrived. We've not had much time to work with it since the build, unfortunately, so we'll have to do a post about its performance another time. For now though, we have a timelapse video of the build and some notes about the build process.
In the spirit of Printrbot, we took this build to the living room coffee table.
Keeping your plastic dry is critical. It greatly improves both printer reliability and print quality. A week ago, we announced our reusable indicating silica gel desiccants, along with some other products. While we mentioned in the product description that you can dry these out in a microwave to reuse them, we thought we'd give a little more guidance.
It’s been quiet around the ProtoParadigm blog these days, too quiet. But we’re happy to say that we’ve been hard at work behind the scenes. We’ve got some new products on the way, some more posts in the works, and...
It’s been a work in progress for some time, but we’ve finally finished the move to our new e-commerce software. We are very excited to be making this change, and we hope you will be too as we were able to address a number of customer complaints and requests. You asked, we listened.
- Use a Credit Card or PayPal! Many enjoy the speed and convenience of PayPal, and now you can enjoy it too with the addition of PayPal to our accepted methods of payment.
- Non-US customers, we are able to accept international orders again! Hello World.
- You can now filter products by their characteristics, such as color, material, weight, etc. As we add more products (and boy are there some doozies in the works) searching for exactly what you want will be easier than ever.
- Better access to your order information - log in to track your packages, see your order status, and more.
- Streamlined shopping cart means an easier checkout process with better feedback, and an end to the bugs in our old shopping cart.
Those with an account on the old site will need to create a new account (sorry). Also, if you see anything that looks a bit off, or find anything on the site that is clearly broken, please let us know so we can get right to fixing it.
We’ve also just published a 3D Printer Filament Buyer’s Guide to help new users along as they get started. If you’re brand new to 3D printing, give this a read.
Keep letting us know what kind of content you’d like to see, and what products you’d like us to carry.
This is intended to be a very basic Personal 3D Printer filament buyer’s guide for new 3D Printer users. Every single point presented here is worth a lengthy post, but this should serve as a top-level summary that might help you determine what plastic filaments will best suit your needs.
Additionally, see What Plastic Filament does my 3D Printer Use.