Category Archives: 3D Printing Tips & Tricks

How to Cold Cast with a 3D Printer

Cold Casting with 3D Printer

Cold Cast with 3D Printed Mold There are two ways to create custom objects out of metal with a 3D printer. The first option is to print the object directly with a special 3D filament that contains metallic powders such as bronze or stainless steel suspended in a matrix of plastic material. This option works great […]

.35mm nozzle vs. .50. Which one is right for you?

.35 vs. .50 mm nozzle

.35mm Nozzle vs. .50mm. What is the difference? “Which nozzle is best? .35mm or .50mm?”. This is one of the most common questions that prospective customers have when researching their 3D printer options.  Airwolf 3D offers customers the option of purchasing .35mm nozzles but it is not always clear why they might actually prefer the .50mm nozzle over […]

PCTPE prototype: Airwolf 3D’s Cameron gets crash course in the new material.

PCTPE prototype skid plate on RC car

Designing the PCTPE prototype When it comes to men there are two universal truths: they love their tools. And they love their toys.  In this article, Airwolf 3D’s Advanced Designer Cameron got to put both of his loves to the test with a new material, PCTPE. Taulman 3D’s Plasticized Copolyamide Thermoplastic Elastomer (a.k.a. PCTPE) was designed […]

Smoothing STL files made in Sketchup with Blender for 3D printing

A Word About SketchUp Sketchup is one of our favorite 3D modeling tools here at Airwolf.  It is easy to learn, easy to use, and is capable of some incredible detail.  However, Sketchup is primarily a surface modeler.  In other words, objects are first drawn as surfaces and then must later be connected to form solid […]

No drips – Making Parts Watertight With Netfabb

watertight 3d printing netfabb

Making It Watertight In the early days of 3D printing, the term “watertight” did not mean a whole lot.  There was (and still is) this fabulous slicing program called “Skeinforge” that was very tolerant of less-than-perfect parts.  Meaning, you did not have to dot all your i’s and cross all your t’s when creating your […]