3D Lab

In our home 3d printing laboratory we will be posting useful tips and tricks, as well as describing problems with solutions that we found. Our lab is unique, because it is all about 3D printing at home.


ABS Acetone Smoothing - ABS Filament Review - 3D Printing Materials 2 comments

Since we’ve posted our ABS filament review we observed that this material was losing its popularity among 3D printing community. Despite not being the most used filament for desktop 3D printers anymore, one quality is making it special. ABS acetone smoothing allows enhancing 3D printed objects by adding the shine [...]

ABS Acetone Smoothing


The Best Time Lapse Setup for 3D Printer - Octolapse, Mobile App, Camera Mount

Have you already mastered the time lapse recording using a mobile app, camera mount or Octolapse? If you are designer or creator in 3D printing, you will need to have one more skill under your belt – time lapsing your 3D printing in action. Here’s why: it will help to [...]

The Best Time Lapse Setup for 3D Printer – ...


Fix the Sinking Office Chair with a Simple 3D Print Job

Do you have an office chair that keeps sinking under you? Chances are, you’ve got a failing gas lift cylinder on your hands. If you are the owner of a 3D printer, you can permanently fix your chair to the desired height with a simple 3D print job. In the [...]

Fix the Sinking Chair with a 3D Print – Failed ...


Hairy 3D Prints Thumbnail 2 comments

3D printing nurtures creativity and curiosity. Some more advanced makers start to find standard printing boring. They look for a challenge and push the boundaries of this technology. They “torture test” their 3D printers to see the maximum capability. New ideas are born. Designing hairy 3D prints is one of [...]

Hairy 3D Prints



Multicolor 3D Printing - Fire and Warning Signs by Obolski

Desktop FDM 3D printers have limited capabilities in terms of printing in color. The majority of such printers have a single extruder and for these, the idea of multicolor 3D printing has been a challenge for a long time. What makes it possible, however, is an option to pause, change [...]

Multicolor 3D Printing With a Single Extruder


Recycling in 3D Printing - Filament Spool Initiatives - Cardboard, MasterSpool, etc.

Recycling in 3D printing stays an open and sensitive subject. Many FDM desktop 3D printer users face the problem with plastic filament waste. With time they accumulate a great number of failed prints, leftover material as well as empty filament spools. There are a few initiatives from 3D printing material [...]

Recycling in 3D Printing – Filament Spool Initiatives – Cardboard, ...


Local Test File - 3D Printing Fragments of Original Model

Some models are successfully 3D printed by their creators and files are shared for others to print. However, 3D printers, materials and slicer settings are different in every case and therefore the end results may vary. It is quite frustrating when a print fails several hours into 3D printing. Eye-catching [...]

Local Test File – 3D Printing Test Fragments


Spray Painting 3D Prints - Adalina, Dragon Cup and Wine Hand 4 comments

During the festive season, there are a lot of shiny sparkly decorations around. Having a 3D printer, it is very tempting to try and make something special. As we are not much of the artists, spray painting 3D prints seemed like an easy solution. And what a variety of paints [...]

Spray Painting 3D Prints



Six 3D Printed Pokemons on a Mobile Phone 2 comments

Joining Pokemon Go hype, we could not resist 3D printing some of the characters. We had some trouble with printing Pikachu in yellow PLA. One of his ears was burned and melted. There is always that risk when printing tall sharp or narrow object. Extruder is working on the same [...]

3D Printed Pokemon – Pikachu’s Melted Ear Tips


3D Design Software for 3D Printing - Cactus in a Pot 2 comments

After a new 3D printer is bought, it is recommended to test it by printing something simple. Thanks to STL sharing websites there are a lot of beginner-friendly printable files available for free. Once you gain the confidence in using the printer and the slicer, it may be time to [...]

3D Design Software for 3D Printing – Tinkercad


CONTEXT 3D Printed Logo

One of our first designs was a company logo. We didn’t have to push our creativity because the logo already existed in 2D format. Sounds easy, but making a 3D printed logo appeared to be quite challenging. Usually, when designing for 3D printing we have to keep in mind the [...]

3D Printed Logo – 2D to 3D


3D Printing Filament Test 11 comments

Once your new 3D printer arrives it is good to understand its capabilities. There are many 3D printing test files to choose from on Thingeverse. The reason to use a proper test file is because it contains all hard-to-print bits. After printing such object it becomes clear what settings you need to complete tricky and detailed projects. Also these files are designed in a way that you don't use a lot of filament and printing time. Our 3D printing test is made on Delta Wasp 2040.

3D Printing Test – Cura Settings



Support in 3D Printing - Cura Settings

An object with overhangs over 45 degrees normally requires adding support in 3D printing. In a slicing software Cura there are options for 2 different types of support structures: Touching Buildplate and Everywhere. Everywhere may be a bit too much and requires extensive cleaning and polishing to perfect the result. [...]

Adding Support – Cura Settings