Wednesday, June 15, 2016

We're Back!

Updated 7/23/16:

We are back from our break. If you have something you want 3D Printed fill out our custom order form, or visit our Etsy or 3D Hubs stores. If you any questions drop us an email.



Our shops (3D Hubs and Etsy) are currently taking a break. If you fill out a custom order form we will contact you, but at this point in time we will not be doing any printing. We will let you know as soon as we start taking orders again.

Thank you for your patience!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Robot Hospital

Pulley stack designed by Ryan and printed for MakerBot, 2009.

Have a Bad Pulley? No Problem! Just Print Another!

What happens when you have problems with your 3D Printer? There are solutions for fixing broken components on 3D printers. It is not uncommon for plastic parts to show signs of wear and tear due to excessively running your printer. On occasion a desktop 3D printer might need a few extra pulleys or gears. If the machine is still in running order you can simply print a replacement part.

Oh no! This is a Big Problem!

Okay, so what happens if your 3D printer comes to a halt? You can't get the machine to run, because the part that you need is essential to the printing process. If this has happened to you don't panic! Here are a few alternative solutions: (1) locate a buddy that can get your machine up and running, (2) check to see if your local hackerspace has 3D printing capabilities, (3) order replacement parts from a company like Fabbr, (4) have an extra printer or two in case one breaks down. Let me discuss the forth option in more detail.

Your Own Mini-Botfarm

If 3D printing is a serious hobby of yours, or you run a small business from your home it is highly recommended to have a minimum of two printers. That way if one printer "is in the shop" for maintenance you can always turn to your backup machine. As they say on TopGear buy two Mercedes so that you can always have one that is driveable! If you have more than two your house or garage might start to look like a mini botfarm. The term botfarm originated from MakerBot. Basically it is multiple printers sharing the same space. But it is really not necessary for the average user to have more than two machines. In fact, most people will likely have one. If a problem does occur see the aforementioned options above.

One 3D Printer Is All I Can Manage

If you are an entering the desktop 3D printing market as an entry level consumer than you will most likely just have one printer. Hopefully everything will run smoothly for you, but if you need an extra part and are unable to use your machine to print one then please don't hesitate to contact us. Fabbr would be happy to print a replacement part for you. This will likely be cheaper and require less time than owning multiple printers.   

Returning Customers Order Replacement Parts

Fabbr is extremely happy with the quality and durability of our parts. We have been printing since 2009 and have come a long way in understanding and maintaining our printers. However, as I mentioned earlier some plastic parts might need replaced if you run your 3D printer a lot.We guarantee our parts. If you are in any way unhappy with your purchase please let us know and we will do what we can to resolve the issue.  If you have placed an order with us in the past and need extra parts we would certainly love to help you out and get your printer back up and running! 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Let's Get Together!

A couple of weeks ago Ryan went to the FabSpace Dayton 3D Printing Meeting and was surprised with the low turnout. I am hoping that future meetings will have bigger turnouts. The meetings are held at 700 E. 4th St. Dayton, Ohio.

The meetup (the first Thursday of each month) provides an opportunity for people to learn more about 3D Printing. Everyone is welcome! Often times people will bring their own personal desktop 3D printers. It is fascinating to see a variety of printers and learn about others experiences. I encourage you to attend a meeting whether you are an expert in the field or have no idea what 3D Printing is! 

As a side note, 3D printing technology is being used by Artists, Engineers, Doctors, Hobbyists, among others. These amazing machines can print anything that you can imagine. They have the capability to print toys, model airplanes, and even prosthetic limbs, just to name a few. 

If you attend the April meeting and learn something new or interesting please leave us a comment!

Hope to see you there!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Turning 2D Art into 3D Objects!

My four year old daughter drew this picture of a penguin and we used the MakerBot PrintShop App to 3d print her drawing. The results are quite impressive. This is definitely a neat technology and one that we will be using frequently! 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Dayton 3D Printing Meetup, Thursday--2 Apr at 7:00PM

No Foolin', the next Dayton 3D Printing Meetup at FabSpace is scheduled for ThursdayApr 2ndMeetings occur on the First Thursday of the month at 7:00PM. The location is at The Old Yellow Cab / FabSpace 700 E 4th St. Dayton, OH

Last month was really exciting talking about 3D printing at the short fuse AFRL Makerfest. This month the challenge is for printer owners coming to the Meetup is to produce the GE Jet Engine desktop model. There is an awesome set of instructions and we have two more-or-less confirmed prints. They won't generate much thrust, but the models are printable and include some great details.

A couple tips for printing BIG.--Time: Be prepared for hours of machine time, especially if you add multiple parts to the prints. --PLA: New formulations have very little expansion to cause curls compared with ABS. --Settings: Plastic extruders can and do fail during long prints. Tweak temperatures and retraction for the material and test on smaller prints.--Bonus: A bad SD card, power failure, or computer update restart can just ruin your day!

This post was originally publish at our Dayton 3D Printing and Makers Google Group