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What the FFF is Fused Filament Fabrication 3D Printing? Design experts Tom & Tracy Hazzard from 3D Start Point explore all about the what of 3D Printing: what 3D design software, what 3D printers, what tools to use, what designs to print, what new materials they've tested for you and what your 3D Printing business strategy should be. They interview the who's who in 3D Print design and others who can help you figure out your what.

WTFFF?! 3D Printing Podcast: 3D Print Tips | 3D Print Tools | 3D Start Point Tom & Tracy Hazzard

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What the FFF is Fused Filament Fabrication 3D Printing? Design experts Tom & Tracy Hazzard from 3D Start Point explore all about the what of 3D Printing: what 3D design software, what 3D printers, what tools to use, what designs to print, what new materials they've tested for you and what your 3D Printing business strategy should be. They interview the who's who in 3D Print design and others who can help you figure out your what.

    3D Printed Echo Dot Holder Project

    3D Printed Echo Dot Holder Project

    After waiting to disclose, Tom shares a 3D printing project that he has completed for Amazon - the 3D Printed Echo Dot Holder Project. As a great real-world 3D product example, Tom takes us into the entire process of how the project came to be which involved rapid design and production. Amazon reached out for a product that will not only hold up their Echo Dot but support a brand as well. Tom shares his experience together with some practical lessons that he learned along the way - from handling a two-color print to the difference in sizes between the CAD file and what the 3D printer prints.

     


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    CES 2019 3D Printing Recap

    CES 2019 3D Printing Recap

    After some time where things took a downturn, 2019 saw a resurgence of 3D printing. Tom recaps his trip to the CES 2019 and lets you in on the cool things to see this year. He talks about the advances in 3D scanning, 3D printing, as well as new applications and capabilities. Reflecting on where the progress of 3D printing is heading, Tom shares his thoughts on the future of the industry - from where the prices are headed as well as the quality. He also gives out some of the interesting companies that are paving their own way in 3D printing.

     


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    • 38 min
    3D Printing In The STEM Education Curriculum with Brian Bobbitt and Jacob Spurling

    3D Printing In The STEM Education Curriculum with Brian Bobbitt and Jacob Spurling

    Former guest and STEM mentor Brian Bobbitt gives an update on the STEM education curriculum program and 3D printing. He shares his insights on the new generation of students and their capacity to pick up software and projects a lot faster. Complimenting his journey as an educator, he brings one of his students, Jacob Spurling, who gives a first-hand account of the school’s program while sharing some of his projects. Jacob also talks about his process of executing his own projects and some insights that he has learned. Together, Brian and Jacob inspires schools to push the STEM education for more students to learn more and get quality experience about 3D printing.


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    • 33 min
    Girl STEM Education with MakerGirl with Mary Hadley

    Girl STEM Education with MakerGirl with Mary Hadley

    According to a recent report by Microsoft, girls and young women remain less likely to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math; in short, STEM. In that regard, the lack of representation of women in STEM-related careers continues to grow as an area of focus. Mary Hadley from MakerGirl talks about their Girl STEM Education and mentorship program. MakerGirl is an organization that started in 2014 at the University of Illinois that introduces young girls in the Champaign-Urbana area to the exciting world of STEM fields through 3D printing sessions and creative activities. They have over 3,000 girls that have gone through their program since then. Their goal is to show girls that they can be both analytical and creative in one space.

     


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    • 30 min
    How Import Tariffs May Accelerate 3D Printed Consumer Goods with Steve Crimi

    How Import Tariffs May Accelerate 3D Printed Consumer Goods with Steve Crimi

    There are several markets now that are very viable for 3D printing, and that's what Steve Crimi, CEO of Goldsol, Inc., is looking at right now. Steve, along with his business partner and wife, Brenda, sells lots of different products on Amazon in particular. He has spent his lifetime owning and operating successful businesses in the industries of electrical, energy efficiency, and LED lighting. Steve recognizes that 3D-printed end-use products, not just prototyping, are here to stay, and it’s a very big market in and of itself. Very recently, the US government is charging product importers a tariff of 10% percent, increasing to 25% at the beginning of next year. The vast majority of products purchased in the United States being imported, Steve knows importation may just not be cost effective anymore. Steve takes a look at how import tariffs may accelerate 3D-printed consumer goods.

     


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    • 33 min
    The Tale Of The 3D Printed Doorbell

    The Tale Of The 3D Printed Doorbell

    The story of a woman named Grace is something we can all relate to. Grace is an adult living in Texas and she was a first-time homeowner about two years ago. As soon as she signed the mortgage papers, she had every home security company on earth descending on their new home pretty much the day after they moved in. One particular home security system salesperson broke the plastic button that you push on the doorbell after ringing it too many times and frustrated that she's not answering. Grace was unable to get a replacement after checking out the usual places - Lowe's, Home Depot, Ace Hardware – and finally thought about having it 3D printed. She takes the whole doorbell unit and dropped it off at this company. Two days later, the doorbell was ready for pickup. It's fixed, it worked, but it was not what she had expected. This goes to show that having something 3D printed isn’t as simple as finding somebody with a 3D printer and giving them a few bucks. Learn some important points you need to discuss with your 3D print maker to make sure you’re on the same page and getting what you want.

     


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