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Experiments, Filabot, Massive Dimension -

The end of October is upon us, and all of us here at Massive Dimension (and Filabot) would like to wish you a very happy (and spooky) Halloween! Hopefully, you have a big pile of candy and a most excellent costume to celebrate the 31st with- have you carved any pumpkins?  Rather than break out the carving knives, we thought we would put our 3D printers to use and see if we couldn’t print a suitable spooky pumpkin! We ended up pulling a nice looking model from Thingiverse, “Vampire Pumpkin New” by user justinds89 (thanks Justin!), sliced it in Cura, and had...

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Experiments, Massive Dimension, MDPH2, Pellet Head Extruder -

Buckminster Fuller, one of the greatest American thinkers of the twentieth century, patented the Fly’s Eye Dome in 1965. He dubbed it an “autonomous dwelling machine” and saw it as an answer to the housing crisis of humanity- a prototype for a home that could be easily manufactured, efficiently transported, and rapidly assembled. This would make it economical, and furthermore, it would be adaptable to the needs of its inhabitants. The structure relies on tension and compression to be self-supporting and can be scaled to any size while maintaining this state of suspension. The entirety is made up of a single...

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Experiments, MDPE10 -

One of our recent developments in the extrusion testing lab has been a stationary testing unit version of our MDPE10. What we hoped to achieve with this unit was a more rigorous and exhaustive test program that could monitor and log data in real-time under different extrusion conditions. This would in turn give us a more developed understanding of ideal parameters for melt flow and output for any given polymer, thereby optimizing efficiency.  A brief description of how some of these factors play out during extrusion in a screw and barrel system such as on the MDPE10: The barrel is...

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Experiments, Massive Dimension, MDPH2, Pellet Head Extruder -

One of our particular ambitions at Massive Dimension is to make 3D printing a more sustainable practice. Plastic waste is an enormous problem, and the myriad solutions presented thus far have helped to stem the tides but are just a beginning. Problems of new production aside, there is already a vast enough quantity of plastic present on our planet that creative recycling efforts must be introduced to find useful applications for what we have otherwise deemed garbage with an extremely long shelf-life. We now have clothing made from recycled plastic, plastic aggregate substituted into concrete, and in several countries around...

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Experiments, MDPH2, Pellet Head Extruder -

Large format printers possess capabilities that have allowed us to overcome what were seen as previously insurmountable barriers in the world of 3D printing- but that is not to say they do not have their own limitations. Lest we fall prey to the “bigger hammer” fallacy, it is important to recognize that as with any tool, large format printers excel at certain tasks while actually underperforming smaller printers at others. In broad strokes, we celebrate large format printers not only for their larger build capacities but also for their speed. Even if you put a filament-driven print head on a...

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