Reviews

Review: The Cetus3D Printer

Launched through a successful Kickstarter campaign last year, the Cetus3D Printer has proven itself to be a rare exception. While the 3D Printing community has become understandably wary of crowd funded projects, the Cetus3D not only managed to meet but exceed most expectations. Providing backers with a well built, low cost option, they have created two of the best… Continue reading Review: The Cetus3D Printer

Guides

Guide: Installing the Z-Brace Mod Kit (Maker Select v2)

The beauty of the Maker Select and Wanhao Duplicator printers is that with several upgrades, they can achieve results that rival much more expensive machines. At the top of the list for upgrades, you will always find the Z-Brace Mod as the number one recommendation. The i3 frame design is quite popular and remains a… Continue reading Guide: Installing the Z-Brace Mod Kit (Maker Select v2)

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Guide: Replacing the Y-Carriage Plate (Maker Select v2)

In recent weeks, replacing the Y-Carriage Plate has become one of the most popular mods among the Maker Select and Wanhao Duplicator community. The plate included with these printers is stamped metal which tends to easily warp with usage, making it vastly more difficult to properly level the bed. After taking my Y-Carriage plate off the printer… Continue reading Guide: Replacing the Y-Carriage Plate (Maker Select v2)

Contests

The Micro Swiss Giveaway Contest (Finished)

I am pleased to announce the first Let’s Print 3D contest, sponsored by our friends over at Micro Swiss LLC. They specialize in CNC Swiss Machining Services and have contributed some fantastic prizes for the 3D Printing community! Manufacturing some of the finest parts available for our machines, you will not find better quality for the price or… Continue reading The Micro Swiss Giveaway Contest (Finished)

Articles

5 Calibration Tests to Achieve the Perfect 3D Prints

Let’s face it, we spend more time tinkering with settings, leveling our beds and performing upgrades than we do actually printing. Unless you spend several thousand dollars on the absolute top of the line printers, you are probably going to need some form of calibration out of the box. Many hobbyist printers invest hundreds of hours… Continue reading 5 Calibration Tests to Achieve the Perfect 3D Prints

Guides

Guide: Upgrading the Extruder Gear (Maker Select v2)

Replacing the stock extruder gear is a cheap, quick and easy upgrade that can drastically improve print quality and reduce defects. The extruder gear’s job is to pull your filament from the spool and feed it into the hotend. The original brass gear however has large, widely spaced teeth with dull edges that can result… Continue reading Guide: Upgrading the Extruder Gear (Maker Select v2)

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10 Best Free 3D Modeling and Design Tools to replace Autodesk 123D

After Autodesk 123D, one of the most popular free 3D design suites announced that it will close up shop this month, many are left scrambling to find a new set of tools. This line of products was already discontinued as of last year, where the download links and account creation were removed from their website. As of April 1st however, any… Continue reading 10 Best Free 3D Modeling and Design Tools to replace Autodesk 123D

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Guide: Installing the Micro Swiss All-Metal Hotend (Maker Select v2)

While I have installed a rather extensive list of mods on my Maker Select 3D Printer, the Micro Swiss All-Metal Hotend has been by far my favorite. Living in an apartment, my ventilation options are extremely limited, making certain toxic materials such as ABS a no-go. With the All-Metal Hotend in place, I can instead… Continue reading Guide: Installing the Micro Swiss All-Metal Hotend (Maker Select v2)

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Guide: Installing a MOSFET Board (Maker Select v2)

After countless hours of choosing a 3D Printer, I fell in love with the Maker Select (a.k.a. Wanhao Duplicator i3). I read every review on Amazon, Reddit discussion and web article I could find before finally landing there. The one major drawback was a problem from the factory… they are ticking time bombs. Without making some changes,… Continue reading Guide: Installing a MOSFET Board (Maker Select v2)