Category Archives: 3D Printing Tips & Tricks

How to to 3D Print Large Parts in ABS and Other High-Temperature Materials

3D Print Large Parts Automotive

Whether you try to 3D print large parts or very small parts in high temperature materials like polycarbonate or ABS, the keys to success are excellent thermal management and effective bed adhesion. Successful thermal management requires three essential factors: a full enclosure, sufficient heat, and an effective way to control that heat. When working with […]

How to Make a Custom 3D-Printed Logo Fidget Spinner

Want to create your own custom 3D-printed logo spinner? Airwolf 3D Summer Intern Kevin Coulson, a second year engineering major at UC-Berkeley, walks you through the process of designing and 3D-printing your own customized fidget spinner toy. At this point, everybody knows what a fidget spinner is and how they’re typically designed — one bearing […]

How to Make a PLA Part Shiny: Dual-Color Soccer Bear Keychains

Make a PLA Part Shiny

How to make a PLA part shiny and smooth When 3D printing, it’s important to ensure proper adhesion of your print to the build plate or 3D printing surface. If the print does not stick well to the 3D printing surface, the part might become loose and flop around, causing the print to fail. Many […]

Post-Processing Techniques: Make a 3D Print Look Like Stone

Ever wonder how to make a 3D print look like stone? Try out this easy post-processing technique inspired by an ambitious grade school project. While designed to be a fun project for children, adult supervision is required to ensure safety when using 3D printers, sanding tools, and spray paint and primer. How to make a […]