The Pitfalls of Kickstarter Projects

The big topic this week: Is Kickstarter still what it used to be? What are the risks involved in backing crowdfunding campaigns? Tom and Stefan discuss their experiences with past crowfunding projects and try to make sense of today’s landscape on Kickstarter and Indiegogo.
In other quick topics: Stefan’s recap of hitting 100k subscribers on YouTube and his experiences of trying “Premieres”, Apple’s interesting new Pro lineup and a follow-up on keeping filament dry.

Backlash Compensation & Auto Bed Leveling

Tom and Stefan talk about PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), 3D printer nozzle wear and vapor smoothing. The news section covers the question if bio plastics are not as biodegradable as advertised and Prusas newest release of their slicer, now called PrusaSlicer. Both talk about the necessity of backlash compensation that Lulzbot just announced for their new printers. In the Topic Of The Week, they discuss Auto Bed Leveling and if it’s cleaner to just level the bed properly in the first place manually. Question cover, if you can over-dry your filaments and if and how you can print g-code that was pre-sliced for another nozzle diameter.

Shilling on YouTube and issues with

In this super-sized episode, Stefan and Tom dissect the potential issues of Prusa’s new model and gcode sharing site and talk about the ever-newsworthy topics of 3D printed glass, organs and “large” metal drone frames. Projects this week include the modular Mendel9000, advanced heated bed investigations and wearing down nozzles on purpose.
And the big topic: Can you trust YouTubers to give their honest opinion? We show how companies try to influence what influencers tell you about products and what our stance is on neutrality.

How much material tuning do we do & silicone molds

Tom and Stefan recap the last in-car recorded podcast episode and what they were doing in the 2 weeks after MRRF2019. Tom is improving his live stream gear and Stefan tried to silicone cast his own hotend silicone socks. This episodes news cover their efforts to replace their current video editing software with DaVinci Resolve 16, the World of Tanks DMCA Takedown that happened on Thingiverse, Article 13 status and Makerbots Red Dot Design Award. Both are discussing how much material tuning they usually do for their prints and what a good approach could be.

MRRF2019 Recap!

This week, Stefan and Thomas use their 3-hour drive back from the Midwest RepRap Festival to recap all the awesome community projects and products they saw there!

“Get rich quick” with 3D printing / Meetups / Gearbest Dataleak

A new epdisode of the Meltzone Podcast has landed! Stefan and Tom talk about the highlights from Make Munich and what to expect from the upcoming MRRF, as well as their experiences with adding threads to 3D printed parts. Fiat has announced a customizable car (using 3D printed parts), E3D have announced their impossibly long Supervolcano hotend and Gearbest have release a huge dataset of their customer data into the wild – unintentionally. We hope.
Lastly, Stefan and Tom talk about way to make money with 3D printing and also about the ways you should probably avoid when trying to generate income in the maker ecosystem.

E3D Nozzle X Drama, Article 13 & 3D Scanners

On this news-packed episode Tom and Stefan talk about E3Ds Nozzle X drama and their new slicer Pathio as well as the ruthless marketing campaigns of some 3D printer manufacturers. The EU is about to vote on a new copyright law where Tom explains why this will be harmful for them as creators and for the general freedom of speech of everyone. Tom installed a new ventilation system in his studio because he had the suspicion that SLA resin fumes caused him having problems working there for longer periods of time. Both have already been working with different types of 3D scanners and outline which techniques there are and what you can use them for.

New high-speed 3D printer / S3D upgrade fees / CNC experiments

Should Simplify 3D cost (more money)? Is the newly announce “superfast” resin 3D printer approach actually practical? Are we all being infiltrated by Xiaomi and Huawei? Those very important questions and more are being discussed by Stefan and Tom in this Episode of the Meltzone! Stefan also talks about his plans to open-source his Universal Test Machine, why Tom goes into details of YouTube’s broken video processing queue.

Stepper VS Servo & has 3D printing made the world a better place?

Tom and Stefan talk about their travel plans to MRRF 2019. Tom explains how he’s getting back into PCB design and what techniques can be used to manufacture them. They discuss the differences between stepper motors and servo motors and if 3D printers could become better if they used servo motors.They also speak about if 3D printing is making the world a better place or if it’s only creating more waste. Finally they answer viewer questions on 3D printing education, materials for car parts and their video editing software of choice.

Getting snowed in and our wishlist for 2019!

It’s the first episode of 2019! Along with a 3D printing wishlist for 2019, Tom and Stefan discuss their current capabilities of driving in the snow and moan about doing taxes. But also, about whether printing ABS still makes sense in today’s landscape of advanced materials, their plans for MRRF 2019 and what 3D printers and 3D printing projects they’ve been working on!

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MRRF 2019 //
Solid-state dehumidifer on bigclivedotcom //