WTFFF 466: Cad Design Help

April 13, 2017

We have an interview today with Scott Tarcy of CAD Design Help. I love that we’re going to bring in somebody else who has a different CAD design view. Somebody else really who is trying to do something similar that we are in helping to be a resource for people interested in 3D printing in one way or another. His focus is a little more in the CAD side of things. It’s a bit of a cross section. He’s more of an engineer, actually is a degreed engineer, a mechanical engineer. He has worked inside a couple of different corporations, doing real serious engineering work on products. He’s complimentary to what we do on WTFFF and 3D Start Point and we thought it would be good to have him on. He’s a great resource and he’s got a podcast. It’s called The Engineering Entrepreneur Podcast. I think he’s 24 episodes into it or something at this point. I think it’s really an interesting model of who he’s talking to that’s very different than who we’re talking to. There’s plenty of room in the space for someone else with a little different perspective.

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WTFFF 463: Teach Yourself CAD

April 6, 2017

We've been having a lot of CAD software and slicing software reviews in recent months. We're going to continue to do that because there's so many of them out there. Today's episode is a little different. We actually have an interview with a new startup company who's created a new CAD software called SelfCAD. This is a product that's been in beta for a little while. By the time this is published, it is fully released. We're going to talk with the CEO and creator, Aaron Breuer, who had decided to create SelfCAD, about why he did that. Honestly, I was a little surprised to see someone who's entrepreneurial going after what seems to be a really crowded market of CAD software. When you listen to him you can really understand why he did it.

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WTFFF 461: Review of the MakerBot Replicator+

April 4, 2017

In October MakerBot launched their first new 3D printer in years, since the 5th Generation 3D printer was released back in 2013. Ever since the Smart Extruder+ was released in February, 2016, there has been hope that MakerBot, with the backing and resources of Stratasys, is on a path to deliver best in class products, and continue to be a leader in desktop 3D printing. Here at WTFFF!? and 3D Start Point, we were given the opportunity to work with MakerBot’s latest 3D Printer, the Replicator+, as soon as it was released. The testing for this 3D printer review has been conducted over the course of several months, more than 100 3D prints, and three large spools of filament.

 So after all of this testing, has this new MakerBot 3D Printer proved to be a big step forward for the market leader, or is it just another incremental improvement?

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WTFFF 460: 3D Print Life Support

March 30, 2017

We have a returning guest today, Buzz Baldwin from 3D Printlife. He’s got something new to talk about today, which is why we wanted to have Buzz back on, because so many things have changed. We saw him at CES earlier this year and said when he was ready to launch Life Support we would have him back on the show. Buzz illuminates what 3D Print Life Support is all about, and teh details of 3D Printlife's new Kickstarter Campaign.

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WTFFF 459: Wiivv 3D Printed Sandals

March 29, 2017

Today we’re talking flip-flops, sandals, 3D printed sandals. We haven’t been able to talk about it since we visited Wiivv Wearables’ factory a month and a half ago. We went down to San Diego and got to see their whole operations with how they make their custom fit insoles today, but they gave us a preview that we couldn’t talk about until now. We had such a great conversation with Shamil Hargovan of Wiivv Wearables almost six months ago now. We did our first interview podcast with him. As soon as we were done we were asking them, “When are you going to make flip-flops?” He was like, “When I come down to San Diego next, I will share something secret with you but you can’t air it.” So, we’ve been holding out. It’s only been maybe about six weeks since we were down there. We haven’t had to keep that secret too long. It was fun to not only see how they were currently making their flagship or their first product line that they’ve really refined that manufacturing process.

For those who don’t remember or haven’t listened to that episode, we’re talking about their custom fit orthotic insoles. They fit the form of your foot. That’s what they primarily make in that factory in San Diego. They will be adding this new line to be making the Wiivv Wearable sandals. It’s really an interesting idea that they’re really looking at their factories not being 100% 3D printing. That’s going to come across a little bit in the interview with Shamil here. We are doing something a little bit out our ordinary course of Wednesday, because it’s a Wednesday podcast, and we’re adding an interview in here because we thought you should hear straight from Shamil about why they’re doing this and some of the great features that they built in.

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WTFFF 458: 3D Printed Surface Textures

March 28, 2017

Today we wanted to respond to a listener’s email, who wrote in very recently, March 22nd. Actually, We also want to just point out, and this is a good example, that we do get your emails. We do get your social media posts. If you’ve got a question or a good suggestion for a podcast topic, please write in and let us know. We just may very well put it on the show and sometimes without much delay. I thought this one that wrote in just this past week was a really good one. Something we’ve touched on a little bit in some past episodes, but I think some of those episodes may be so old now that they’re not even really available on iTunes because we’re getting up there now in episodes.

The subject is surface textures. This is written by Casey Snider. Casey wrote in about the idea of adding subtle or maybe shallow surface textures to 3D models for 3D printing. Casey is really looking for methods that would preserve an object’s basic geometry. Let's dive into this subject and review the best ways to do it!

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WTFFF457: 3D Printer Software & Hardware Development

March 23, 2017

We had a rare opportunity to interview two current employees of MakerBot on the record about a lot of issues around not just the new printers, but really all the things that are surrounding the 3D printer that are going on within MakerBot to support the user.

When they dove in, they talked about the fact that just upgrading the printer and solving features wasn’t really enough to support the user overall. Whether you’re a prosumer, an educator, a hobbyist, it doesn’t matter where you’re coming in from. It just wasn’t enough and they had to dive deeper into all of these areas, ecosystem and software and other things, to try and really make a more robust system.

I think that in the world today of 3D printing, as a company, if all you’re doing is creating a 3D printer and shipping it and that’s all you want to do, or maybe also sell some filament, you’re really doing a disservice to the customer or you’re leaving it up to the customer to figure out the rest of it on their own. I think they may not have as much success. I certainly admire what they’re doing at MakerBot. We’re going to speak with Mark Palmer, who is Head of Experience Design at MakerBot, which is more of the hardware side of things in the world of MakerBot.

We’ve spoken to Mark before. There’s a previous episode about it. We really talked more about the industrial design process and thinking about that. This is not a repeat by any means of that conversation, this goes beyond that and where MakerBot is today with all of the things they’re doing around the printer to support the users.

We also have Andrew Askedall joining us for the first time. He’s the Senior Director of Product Design. Now, at MakerBot, he’s more on the software side of things and speaks with that knowledge and experience behind him. We get to hear a lot of different aspects today.

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WTFFF 456: 3D Printer Maintenance Skills

March 22, 2017

Tom shares his thoughts on the pros and cons of developing 3D Printer maintenance skills. Is it better to develop those skills so you can help yourself through inevitable issues that will arise, or does it make more sense to use a 3D printer that does not require much maintanance? 

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WTFFF 455: 3D Printing Metal, FFF Style!

March 21, 2017

Today Tom sheds light on a new 3D Printing company that had invented a new technology for metal 3D printing. This is different from anything else that has been created to 3D Print metal, a Game Changer! Vaner Systems has invented a way to 3D print, FFF Style!

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WTFFF 454: MakerBot Behind The Scenes

March 20, 2017

Today, Tracy is going to interview Tom about his visit to MakerBot. They talk about the work environment at MakerBot, what kind of a workplace it is and how things are set up. Tom also discloses an announcement from MakerBot that is just being released today, March 20th. They discuss the new developments that the company are focusing on as well.

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