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?

Talking VORON, PlyBot & Is PLA eco-friendly?

In this episode, Stefan talks about his VORON 0 build he started right after the last podcast episode on his hunt for a 10 minutes Benchy. The news cover a lot of recent 3D printers and printing technologies including the current Plybot Kickstarter, Formlabs finally releasing the Fuse 1, electrochemical metal 3D printing, and a 4th axis for the Prusa that tries to save on support structure. Both shortly discuss the things that recently happened around Gamestonks and also the Bernie Sanders meme. The questions cover how deep UV light penetrates resin, closed-loop stepper drivers, and our new Podcast setup.

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.

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!

### SHOW NOTES ###
MRRF 2019 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-midwest-reprap-festival-mrrf2019-tickets-51075814135
Solid-state dehumidifer on bigclivedotcom https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vabq-s62IVM