7 Sins Of 3D Printing/Lean Manufacturing

2017-02-22T17:26:37+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|3D Start Point|

  Tom and Tracy share their list of the seven deadly sins in 3D printing that are keeping it from becoming lean manufacturing. There are supposed to be eight things that you should remove from a company to make it a true lean manufacturing model, and 3D printing actually solves a lot of those eight things. But there are also seven things being done in 3D printing that are holding it back. Listen to the podcast here: 7 Sins Of 3D Printing/Lean Manufacturing   Today, we are going to share with you our list, our actual seven sins of 3D

Clear 3D Printing – New Possibilities

2017-02-22T08:27:01+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|3D Start Point|

  In Today’s episode, Tom and Tracy discuss the new possibilities that clear 3D printing could offer. They saw a Twitter post by Daniel Norée that featured a clear 3D printed model. Tom and Tracy talk about the possible uses of clear 3D printing if it really can be done now, like in light designs, glasses and lenses, toys, awards and collectibles, and even containers. Listen to the podcast here: Clear 3D Printing – New Possibilities   Hey, everyone. This is Tracy and Tom on the WTFFF 3D Printing podcast. We’re putting 3D printing in the clear. We saw this

AstroPrint 3D Printing Apps Promote Ease of Use

2017-02-20T20:27:52+00:00 February 20th, 2017|3D Start Point|

We decided to follow up with someone we met at SoCal MakerCon. Back then we didn’t have enough time to get in depth about what they do; the company is Astroprint. In the SoCal MakerCon interview with him I said that their company is just apps and software, so it didn’t quite excite me. But now that we have learned more about it, I have learned that Astroprint 3D Printing Apps Promote Ease of Use, and I actually think it really is exciting. Drew Taylor is one of the founders of Astroprint, and we had a really good interview

Diversify Your 3D Print Freelance Work – But Not Too Much!

2017-02-20T20:27:56+00:00 February 17th, 2017|3D Start Point|

  It is back to Business Monday and we will be talking about 3D print freelance work. There are two schools of thought on freelance work. One is that you diversify. You should take as many gigs as possible, if you want to call it that way. What kind of gigs are we talking about? Like contract 3D printing if you have a 3D printer. It could be that. It could be design work or whatever it is. I have been talking to a lot of freelance association and other things lately for the Inc. articles. It is interesting and eye

End User 3D Printing

2017-05-23T15:29:04+00:00 February 16th, 2017|3D Start Point|

Today we are bringing you a follow-up interview that was mentioned in our episode with Brandon Davis where we talked about his mission with the new Blue Dragon and end user 3D printing, of FFF 3D printing. I think this is really interesting that we’re focusing on people who are really choosing FFF printers for end use production. This has happened multiple times now. I really liked doing that because I think that 3D printing, the obvious use of it has been prototyping, rapid prototyping. There are a lot of companies focused on just specifically that. While there’s certainly nothing

Planktomania – 3D Print Plankton

2017-02-15T11:26:07+00:00 February 15th, 2017|3D Start Point|

Today, we’re going to talk about 3D print plankton by Planktomania. Their website is a great resource for teachers and students out there. This just shows how 3D printing creates endless possibilities specifically in for education. Something micro can now be printed and held and experienced, taking the learning process to a whole new level. Listen to the podcast here: Planktomania – 3D Print Plankton Hi, this is Tracy and Tom on the WTFFF 3D Printing Podcast. We are going to talk about plankton today. Bet you didn’t see that coming. We’re going to talk about 3D

3D Prints for Your Pet

2017-02-14T04:28:41+00:00 February 14th, 2017|3D Start Point|

3D Prints for Your Pet The CAD file libraries are full of 3D prints to show off your love of your pet, but there aren’t quite as many 3D prints for your pet. What’s out there is nice, but doesn’t exactly show off beautifully designed items with a more unique twist compared to what you could purchase off the shelf. These files are great starting points to be inspired for your own weekend 3D print project to design 3D prints for you pet. One of the first things you need and should do when you get a new pet

Building Bytes 3D Printed Bricks

2017-05-23T15:29:04+00:00 February 13th, 2017|3D Start Point|

  I love this day. Me, too. We are finding more and more fun things to highlight and show the potential of what other people are doing in terms of design. I have to say, before we push this one out today, I have been getting some really great people sending me their design inspiration in a non-pushy way, which I really appreciate. People send me a conversation to have about what inspired them. It’s not like, “Cover my idea!” It’s so nice. I want to cover them because they are inspiring me by what they are saying about

Women in 3D Printing Meetup

2017-02-08T08:25:52+00:00 February 8th, 2017|3D Start Point|

Today, Tom is going to ask Tracy questions about the Women in 3D Printing meetup that she attended virtually. Tracy will talk about the things that she learned and realized in this meetup, like the role of tech in jobs, how everything comes back to art and design and how companies in the industry need to have a little more end user empathy focus. Listen to the podcast here: Women in 3D Printing Meetup Hi, everyone. This is Tom and Tracy on the WTFFF 3D Printing Podcast. Today, we’ve got a little bit of a different format where I’m actually going

Women in 3D Printing # 3DTalk Meetup

2017-02-09T20:25:53+00:00 February 8th, 2017|3D Start Point|

Today, Tom is going to ask Tracy questions about the # 3DTalk meetup,  that she attended virtually. Tracy will talk about the things that she learned and realized in this meetup, like the role of tech in jobs, how everything comes back to art and design and how companies in the industry need to have a little more end user empathy focus. Listen to the podcast here: # 3DTalk Meetup Hi, everyone. This is Tom and Tracy on the WTFFF 3D Printing Podcast. Today, we’ve got a little bit of a different format where I’m actually going to be asking Tracy some

MorphiApp CAD Software Review

2017-05-23T15:29:04+00:00 February 8th, 2017|3D Start Point|

MorphiApp is a tablet-based CAD software that I think is a great starting point for kids or even adults who are just getting into 3D printing and CAD softwares. It has a free version and a paid version. It is only for Apple or iOS based devices for now though. But is impressive in it’s capabilities, and you can do a lot with it, even in the free version. Listen to the podcast here: MorphiApp CAD Software Review Hey, everyone. This is Tom on the WTFFF 3D Printing podcast. Today, we’ve got another in our series of CAD software

Applied 3D Printing, with Brandon Davis

2017-02-09T07:27:35+00:00 February 8th, 2017|3D Start Point|

Today, we’re going to talk about what I think is the mantra so far for the year, applied 3D printing, applications of 3D printing, applied technology. I feel like we’re at that stage in 3D printing where that has to be happening. The use studies, cases that are working. We’re shifting out of it being theoretical into being applied. I think especially with what we saw at CES this year with Titan Robotics. To me, what they have been researching and doing with Autodesk over the last year or so with Project Dasher is a great example of that,

Simplify3D Slicing Software Review

2017-02-07T08:25:57+00:00 February 7th, 2017|3D Start Point|

Simplify3D, from my experience and in my opinion, is the best slicing software that I’ve come across so far. It’s not free, but it is well worth it’s price. Simplify3D, not only does it have more capabilities than any other slicing software I’ve used, but it really is a very comprehensive program and it has a well done user interface. Listen to the podcast here: Simplify3D Slicing Software Review Hey, everyone. This is Tom on the WTFFF 3D Printing Podcast. Today, I’m going to continue another review on our series of reviews of slicing software. We’ve done a couple

Scan The World Initiative, with Jonathan Beck

2017-02-02T11:29:56+00:00 February 2nd, 2017|3D Start Point|

Today, we’re going to take a deeper dive into scanning, and in particular 3D scanning art, and on an initiative that is really trying to scan the whole world in reality. It’s pretty ambitious. We’ve got Jon Beck on the show. He’s Project Manager at MyMiniFactory for the Scan The World project. It is very cool. It is the idea that they’re going to scan sculptures around the world in hopes of 3D print art preservation and 3D scanned art preservation of course. Also, to really make these 3D scans available to people around the world to be able

Gold Liquid 3D Printer

2017-02-01T16:27:52+00:00 February 1st, 2017|3D Start Point|

Liquid gold or gold 3D printing can forever change the industry of jewelry design. But are all jewelry designers going to need to go learn CAD? Or will that limit their artistic skills and creative process? Also, you’ve got to have the right printer for these types of designs or you’re not going to get the feedback you need. One solution is to align yourself with someone who can do the more technical side of things for you as you focus on the design side. Listen to the podcast here: Gold Liquid 3D Printer Hey, everyone. This is Tom and Tracy on the WTFFF

3D Print Get Rich Quick Guide : Yeah Right!

2017-01-31T11:26:05+00:00 January 31st, 2017|3D Start Point|

We get a little bit critical today of a book called 3D Printing Business: How to Get Rich from Home with 3D Printing.  We found this book on Amazon and even though it was only $4, we think it is totally not worth it! But it’s not just the book, it’s the whole concept of ‘3D Print Get Rich Quick’ that we think really hurt the 3D printing industry. 3D printing is not a get rich from home overnight type of thing. It’s just not that. Listen to the podcast here: 3D Print Get Rich Quick Guide : Yeah Right!

3D Start Point Pick – Best 3D Printer for The Tech Un-Savvy

2017-01-30T16:25:55+00:00 January 30th, 2017|3D Start Point|

We’ve always said there is no one best 3D printer for everyone, but there are some 3D printers that are the best for many. In all honesty though, it does boil down to your WHAT – what you want to make with your 3D printer. However, there are some printers that are better for certain types of people, and we’ve identified what the best 3D printer for the tech un-savvy is – the XYZ daVinci Jr. 3D Start Point Pick – Best 3D Printer for The Tech Un-Savvy The XYZ daVinci Jr makes our pick for the best 3D

3D Print Teaching Startpoint with Drew Lentz of MakerBot

2017-02-01T00:27:43+00:00 January 30th, 2017|3D Start Point|

We have an education beast interviewing with us today with someone who is really in the trenches of 3D print teaching. Anyone of our listeners that’s a teacher, educator, head of the PTA, or anyone who is considering getting 3D printing into schools this is the one for you. We have Drew Lentz on the podcast today. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering but he is also involved in product design and was a middle school science teacher. Now for the last two years he has been an employee at MakerBot and is now the manager of the

Feetz Custom 3D Printed Shoes, with Lucy Beard

2017-01-26T11:26:47+00:00 January 26th, 2017|3D Start Point|

  Today, we are super excited to interview Lucy Beard about Feetz Custom 3D Printed Shoes. We had the opportunity to hear Lucy speak in San Diego at the Inside 3D Printing conference last December. We were really impressed, and went up to her after her talk to ask if she would be a guest on the show. She was more than happy to do it. She was also requested by Eduardo Martini via Facebook, who saw the online promo video for their shoes and suggested her as a guest. We’ve been looking for female CEOs in the 3D printing world. She

Cura Slicing Software Review

2017-02-22T17:26:42+00:00 January 24th, 2017|3D Start Point|

Cura is a free slicing software that is created by Ultimaker. Cura has a lot of features, and these are definitely for the advanced user. If you’re serious about doing your own slicing and want to do advanced things that go beyond predefined basic slicing settings, then the Cura slicing software is definitely a good slicer to try out. Listen to the podcast here: Cura Slicing Software Review   Hey there, everyone. This is Tom on the WTFFF 3D Printing podcast. Today, I’m going to be doing a review of the slicing software called Cura. This is going