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It’s all gone!

In this episode, the hosts start with a PSA about backing up data and Stefan’s SSD failing. Later, Tom shares his plans for SMRRF and Stefan reveals his intention to be present at both Formnext and SMMRF in 2023. The conversation then shifts towards 3D-printed salmon meat, the Hangprinter project’s challenge to the ORNL SkyBAAM patent, and Bambu’s new A1 Mini, which might impact the 3D printing industry. They discuss a proposed bill in NY that would require background checks for 3D printer owners due to the perceived risk of creating firearms and the concerning case of 3D Printing Generals channel being deleted without notice. Lastly, they talk about the disappearance of @Naomi-Wu from social media after getting into trouble with Chinese authorities.

OpenSauce & New Ankermake M5C

Stefan has just returned from OpenSauce, a recent Makerfair/Vidcon event held in San Francisco. He shares his thoughts about the event, including what he saw and missed out on. Tom and Stefan also chat about their six-week experience driving their new Tesla EV, and touch on the topic of solar charging. The duo then discuss the Ankermake M5C, which is a more affordable version of Anker’s first 3D printer, the M5. They also ponder how long it’s reasonable to hold a grudge against a company over a controversy. Later, they share their personal experiences with the Prusa MK4, and mention that Prusa has requested Tom’s machine back for an inspection. Finally, they explore some current applications of 3D printing in the industry, and attempt to explain why Marlin Firmware is referred to as “Marlin.”

The man behind Marlin: How an open source project works!

Join Tom and Stefan in this episode as they chat with Scott Lahteine, the mastermind behind the Marlin 3D Printer firmware. They delve into the workings of an open-source project, covering topics such as Scott’s role, time commitment, funding sources, and common challenges he faces.

3D Printer Manufacturer Shenanigans

On this Podcast episode, Stefan asks Tom about his experience about dubbing his 3D Printing videos with a German audio track and why uploading to a new channel might be a better option. The episode is also well-filled with discussions about intellectual property, both in video and in software form, as rebranding open source projects as your own work is a concerning trend. 3D model sites are now introducing subscription services to combat some of this.

Rocky Mountain RepRap Festival & Prusa MK4

On this Podcast episode, Stefan shares his latest acquisition, the Vectorfinesse’s 3D-printed headphones. The discussion then shifts to his recent trip to Loveland, Colorado, where he attended the Rocky Mountain RepRap Festival. Stefan shares some of the projects he witnessed and highlights the differences between this new event and MRRF and ERRF. The conversation moves on to the upcoming REVO high flow and their experience with Prusa’s new MK4. Stefan also recounts his exciting experience driving a Tesla 3 rental in LA and collaborating with William Osman for a video. Lastly, the hosts tackle a listener’s question about how to dispose of a solar battery and give pointers on building one.

Sweet 3D Printers & FreeCAD

After a skipped episode due to a COVID break, Tom and Stefan are back talking about PV systems, irrigation systems, and electric snail fences. Tom started posting a couple of shorts, and Stefan is doing his first step in delegating work and will have an intern. Then they talk about the sweetest 3D printer, the Cocoa Press, and how the Kickstarter campaign of the DIY EDM machine blew up. After that, Tom discusses his findings from trying out FreeCAD. Next, there is a bit of Prusa talk with the Prusa Link integration in Home Assistant, news that the XL finally starts shipping, and their new Tungsten Filament. Lastly, Stefan explains why his recent experiences with ordering on Aliexpress were so good. The episode is closed with an answer to why everyone praises Prusa Organic supports, and nobody talks about CURAs tree supports anymore.

Back again! Rotary CNC & Simplify3D V5 meme is over

Tom and Stefan are finally back with a new episode. They talk about why they were gone and what projects Tom recently enjoyed working on, like the NERF he used as an intro in his last video and rotary machining on the Snapmaker. Then they discuss all of the recent developments in Slicers with PrusaSlicer 2.6 and, believe it or not, Simplify V5. To top that off, the formerly known resin slicer Lychee now also supports FDM printers. Finally, Stefan tells Tom his plans about attending the RMRRF in Denver, CO, and hints that he heard rumors about an upcoming maker event in San Francisco.

New Bambulab P1P & Creality “Laser Eye Surgery” at Formnext 2022

This episode starts with a quick chat about solar batteries because Stefan was faced with a power outage on the morning of the recording. After that Tom and Stefan switch over to a discussion about new ways of 3D scanning and AI image and video generation. Then they talk about Bambulabs’ next budget printer, the P1P, and also touch on why there might not be a ton of coverage on Ankers Ankermake M5. Next, there is a quick discussion on the 3D Printing Industry Award and how they recently nuked themselves with very questionable behavior. After that, Stefan shares his impressions on Formnext 2022, and they discuss an incident where Creality used they open-style laser engraver on the event without any safety precautions. Finally, Tom presents his new coffee equipment, and Stefan answers a question about his plywood CNC router.

When 3D printing isn’t the right solution

Thanks to Bekonix for sponsoring this episode! Check them out at https://bekonix.com and use code MELTZONE for 3 months of Pro access for free. In this episode, Tom and Stefan talk about the reasons why this Podcast was postponed for so long which covers, ERRF, new/old studio, and taxes. Then they talk about Formnext 2022 that’s right around the corner and where to maybe find an affordable room. This leads to a tangent about EVs and fully suspended baby trailers. Next, there is q quick chat about Twitter being bought up by Elon Musk. Tom explains why he changed his review policy and will accept Kickstarter products in the future. After that, they talk about the similarities between coffee brewing and 3D printing and Makerbot’s new Sketch Large printer. The questions cover “Gridfinity”, criss-cross layers for better part strength, merging channels, and opening a maker space.

Back to the new old Studio & Cherry-picked Review Units?

This episode is not only about chatting and chicken but also a little update on Tom’s move back to his new old studio and his plans to completely move in before he flies out to ERRF2022. After a bit of rambling, Tom and Stefan talk about a 3D printed robot arm, Fusions360s implementation of lattice structures, and an open-source high-temperature 3D printer. After Tom got his loaf of bread out of the oven and shared his recipe, both continue talking about pathogens on 3D prints and the newly unveiled name of the Ultimaker and Makerbot merger. The question section covers cherry-picked or modified review machines, Voron vs. Ratrig, more stringing on longer nozzles, LDO vs. Formbot Voron kits, and a brief chat about alternative part cooling systems.