3D Printing Blog

How Software Is Hurting Your Print Accuracy, and What You Can Do About It

Posted by Michael Armani on

Hi everyone, it’s time to explain exactly how printers differ in their accuracy and precision based on their selection of stepper motors, motor drivers, and driving voltage, and driving firmware. As you've may have seen lately, many people people are raving about quality improvements by switching from a stock electronic board to the Duet, which was the first board to use the German-produced Trinamic motor drivers.   Before we get into the details, it’s first important to understand how we define a good print as humans - and that is qualitatively.  The human eye can easily notice details typically down...

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Take a Minute to Get Your Bearings

Posted by M3D LLC on

M3D doesn’t just sell 3D printers. We also strive to provide customers with parts they need to make or fix their own. That’s why we’re offering all of our ball bearing stocks for low-volume purchase at affordable prices. We have many of the commonly-used flanged and non-flanged sizes available (flanged bearings have an “F” in the part number), including: F6700 F683ZZ F693ZZ MF105ZZ MR105ZZ MR106ZZ MR117ZZ MR128ZZ MR6000ZZ MR63ZZ MR693ZZ MR85ZZ In addition to these ball bearings, we also have Igus plastic plain bushings for 6mm and 10mm round shafts. Designed to permit smooth linear motion between a shaft and...

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Notes from the CEO: Thoughts on the Crane

Posted by Michael Armani on

With M3D preparing to jump into the Bowden extruder market with the Crane, I thought I’d take some time to talk a little about where we put real value into this printer. It’s a question we hear over and over again: why buy a Crane over the more established models already for sale? First, Crane printers are thoroughly vetted. Typical low-cost "value" printers use what I call a "customer does the QC, if there’s an issue → return to base" model.  Many will admit they only test about a third of their printers. So you'll get a good one eventually,...

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New Fans at the Store!

Posted by M3D LLC on

The savings continue to breeze in, with more fans now available for purchase in the M3D Parts store. The newest additions are the big 24V axial fan (used on the Promega cold end), and a dual parallel 5V centrifugal blower package ideal for those wanting to print multimaterial through multiple nozzles. The two-fan units are the same model as our powerful, super slim Pro cooling fan, so you get twice the cooling without weighing down your extruder. These fans join the existing Micro and Pro fans in the store, giving you more cooling options than ever before. Check out all...

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Promega Hot Ends Now at the M3D Store

Posted by M3D LLC on

M3D has added Promega hot end assemblies to the online store. All of our nozzles are uniquely designed to be leak-free, being made of a single piece of machined steel that extends through the heater block up into the cold region of the head. The heater blocks are machined to be compatible with popular hot end models, with the exception of internal threads to secure the standard, short nozzles offered elsewhere. The assemblies include nozzle, PTFE filament sleeve (for regular hot ends) or stainless steel filament sleeve (for high temperature hot ends), 48W heater, PT1000 temperature sensor, heater block, and...

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