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.
Why stuff breaks, Robot Arms & Home-Compostable PHA Filaments
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This episode starts with a discussion about the longevity of common 3D printing materials and why sometimes filament snaps on its own in the Bowden tube. Next, Tom and Stefan take a look at Formlabs’ new FUSE 1+ 3D printer that claims to be able to do wasteless SLS printing, which would be an amazing step forward for that technology! Then there is a quick update on the BambuStudio source code that just was recently released. After that, Tom shares his interest in building a robot arm for filming, and 3D printing using DUET hardware and rambles about the ongoing E3D ObXidian teases that he’s fed up with. Then they talk about an STL subscription service and if that’s an alternative to buying files separately or by being a Patreon of designers. Finally, they have a talk about new PHA filaments that were just released to the market and claim to be really home-compostable.
I caught Covid at MRRF2022 & Slicing Revolution in CURA and PrusaSlicer
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This episode is slightly different because Stefan records it straight from Covid isolation which he caught, as many others, at this year’s Midwest Reprap Festival in Goshen, IN. After a short status check and some stories from MRRF, Tom and Stefan discuss the recent merger of Ultimaker and Makerbot and what this will mean for the two brands as well as Thingiverse. Staying on the topic of Ultimaker, both talk about CURAs new Arachne slicing engine that dynamically adjusts extrusion width for more detailed and denser parts. Since CURA is open source, Prusa also implemented that feature in their new 2.5 alpha version of Prusa Slicer. Talking about open source, Tom and Stefan discuss the recent issues of Bambulab and QIDI not releasing the source code of their modified PrusaSlicer and CURA builds. The final section covers the question of what happened to PlyBot?