2016-11.1: 3D Printing at Home: 2

02 Nov 2016

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10:57 - Nov 2016 Act I - 3D Printing at Home, p2 (2016)

3D printing technology is changing how hobbyists build models, but we have only scratched the surface of what it can do for us.  In the second of this four-part series,  Jeff Pinchbeck discusses some techniques and work-arounds that he’s learned to get the most from his machine.

Series includes (click to watch):

1: 3D Printing at home - intro

2: 3D Printing at home - getting better results (this episode)

3: 3D Printing at home - making "under the hood" parts

4: 3D Printing at home - making helpful fixtures

Also for more, see our blog entry: A 3D PRINTER IN YOUR WORKSHOP?

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Act II: The narrow gauge niche ...

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Who makes the printer in this video and what was the price?

tpmarshall's picture


Jeff's printer is a da Vinci by XYZprinting. If you google XYZ 3D Printer you'll find several sources with current prices.


- Trevor

There are many DaVinci 3D printer models. Which model was being shown on the Backshop clinic?

I found the "DaVinci 1.0" at Sams Online for $334, which includes an $83 "Tech Savings". Is this an older model, or is it the latest one?

The DiVinci website has the 1.0 for $499.59 USD plus tax and shipping.  

ABS and PLA are indeed the most common filaments in use, there are others as well but not as popular. PLA is my prefered choice, you do use a heated bed and print times vary significantly, based on size, complexity, slicing setup etc... I have made a number of model railroad items with my printer and use PLA exclusively as it is much easier to work with than ABS. Hope this helps in some way for someone out there and this is an excellent method for making up parts for us in this great hobby for a relatively low cost

tpmarshall's picture

Hi everyone:

Rather than focus on what printer Jeff has, I suggest you shop around. Look at the DaVinci models - but also those by other manufacturers. Compare price and - importantly - features. Read the reviews. Then make up your own mind about what printer, if any, you should buy.

The point of this series is not to recommend a specific printer. It's to provide some examples of how such consumer-grade printers, which are still very coarse compared to what one can get from a service such as Shapeways, can be used in our hobby. I was surprised at the many uses Jeff has found for his that have nothing to do with printing ready-to-paint models, but nevertheless contribute to his enjoyment of the hobby. Jeff's printer makes some projects easier. It makes some projects better. It saves him time. And so on.


- Trevor

How long are you going to milk this before we see some finished products?

tpmarshall's picture

No need to be rude. If you're getting nothing out of the series, you don't have to watch it. But others are finding our exploration of the topic useful. 

How long are you going to milk this before we see some finished products?

This is a complex subject with a LOT of aspects to cover. For more background on this series along with a couple photos of some other things Jeff has made, see our latest blog post (blog/3d-printer-your-workshop). Hang on, there's still a lot to cover yet - but like we just said above - this is a BIG subject and the four parts still won't cover everything. This is the wave of the future and we will get more modelers to come share their 3D modeling experiences, too. 

It's a BIG subject for sure. We could do an entire video channel JUST on 3D printing ...

To think of this subject as being run over several videos being a bit boring for some viewers is probably a minority view because technology moves at the speed of light today and the printer I started out with was like computers, out of date within the first six months and although I have experience in this modelling form I would suggest that anyone thinking about buying a printer should watch these episodes because the detail talked about could save someone a lot of cash by knowing what questions to ask. 

Keep these videos coming because I am sure that the majority appreciate them. 

The first video was good but the second one is a rehash of the first.  It seems like everything Treavor does gets dragged out.  Just look at the spray painting videos he did.

PLA (PolyLactic Acid) is a biopolymer, i.e., a biodegradable plastic. It is made from renewable raw materials such as cornstarch or sugarcane. Aside from 3D printing, it is typically used for packaging material, plastic wrap, plastic cups and plastic water bottles. It is considered to be more ecologically friendly than ABS – after all, it’s made from plants.

ABS (Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Styrene) is an oil-based plastic. It is a tough material that can be used to create robust plastic objects for everyday use, for example in cars, electrical equipment or even in the popular Lego bricks.