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3D printing enables you to produce complex shapes using less material than traditional manufacturing methods. 3D printers have become very accessible and helpful for every drone pilot.

Resin and Filament are the most widespread 3D printer technologies. This category will also cover 3D printing consumables such as filaments, resins, and other accessories.

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Elegoo Neptune 4 series comparison: Pro, Plus, & Max

Elegoo Neptune 4 Pro, Plus, and Max
In May 2023, Elegoo announced its first high-speed 3D printer with Klipper firmware, named Neptune 4 Pro. After four months, they announced two new members of the N4 series named Plus and Max. The Neptune 4 Plus and Neptune 4 Max not only inherit the great features of the original Neptune 4 Pro but also get some significant improvements...

SUNLU S2 Filament Dryer: Moistureless 360° Surround Heating

SUNLU S2 FilaDryer
Many 3D printing filaments are hygroscopic, which means they readily absorb moisture from the environment when they are removed from the original package. Moisture can turn into steam in the hot end, leading to issues like poor layer adhesion, bubbling, or even clogging of the nozzle. Using a filament dryer box such as the SUNLU S2 is essential to...

Mintion Beagle V2: Swiss army knife of 3D printer monitoring

Mintion Beagle V2 camera
Even though I'm a MacGyver-type guy, I learned the importance of selecting the right tools for the job. Improvising will not always give you the expected result. The Mintion Beagle V2 is the Swiss Army knife for 3D printing monitoring. It provides real-time video feed and remote control on your phone or PC wherever you are in the world....

Elegoo Saturn 3 Ultra 12K resin MSLA 3D printer

Elegoo Saturn 3 ULTRA
Elegoo, one of the most popular entry-level LCD resin 3D-printers manufacturers, announced their first 12K MSLA machine. Despite its small size and desktop form factor, the Elegoo Saturn 3 Ultra has a 10.1-inch monochrome LCD screen with a resolution of 11520x5120px and a COB + refractive light source.  This promises incredibly precise and detailed 3D-printed models. The Z-axis adopts an...

Elegoo Neptune 4 Pro: Ultra fast Klipper-enabled 3D printer

Neptune 4 Pro
Retailing for a very reasonable $299, the new Elegoo Neptune 4 Pro is one of the most promising FDM 3D printers running on Klipper firmware, attracting beginners and budget-focused DIYers. Its max speed was doubled from its predecessor's 250mm/s to 500mm/s. N4 Pro's motherboard features and quad-core 64-bit 1.5GHz ARM  processor that allows fast g-code file processing and motor control....

Elegoo PLA: Cheap 3D filament for big projects

Elegoo PLA filaments
I mostly printed drone parts in my last filament reviews, so I decided to try something else this time. Using Elegoo PLA filament, I printed a vertical modular hydroponic tower system for plants. My wife was happy to find out that she would always have fresh herbs at home. Hydroponic tower gardens are becoming popular, especially among urban gardeners, due...

ELEGOO’s new Mars 4 DLP 3D Printer welcomes DIYers on a budget

ELEGOO's Mars series gets a new member, a DLP (Digital Light Processing) version that promises reach details, long lifespan, and low power usage —all you can wish from a budget desktop resin 3D printer. DLP and LCD resin 3D printers operate similarly, creating objects using a light source to cure the liquid material. The light source projects onto the resin...

ELEGOO PHECDA Laser Marking Machine

ELEGOO, a well-known 3D printer brand, is about to start a funding campaign on Kickstarter for their first laser marking and cutting machine.  Established in March 2015, ELEGOO Inc. is a thriving technology company dedicated to open-source hardware research & development, production, and marketing. In 2019 they announced their first LCD 3D printer named MARS, which became quickly popular among...

SUNLU PLA Carbon Fiber filament: Is it Good for Drone Frames?

3D-printed FPV drone frames offer a number of advantages over traditional frames made from carbon fiber or other materials. Firstly, they can be completely customized to suit the pilot's specific needs, allowing for greater control over the design process and resulting in a perfectly optimized frame. It is great for prototyping, allowing testing of different design approaches conveniently and...

eSUN PLA+ review: Grab The Best Filament!

eSUN PLA+ filament review
PLA (Polylactic Acid) is the most popular and widespread filament used in 3D printing. It’s affordable, easy to print, and, more importantly, safe (made from natural materials). PLA is also considered compostable and recyclable. eSUN has a wide range of PLA filaments with different characteristics and applications in more than 26 color options. In this review, we will have a...

Nanovia filaments review: Best for RaceWhoops

Nanovia filaments
3D printing has become increasingly popular in recent years thanks to its affordability and ability to create complex and elaborated objects in the comfort of your garage. One of the most important decisions you'll make when 3D printing is choosing the suitable filament, as the material you select will greatly affect the outcome of your project. With so many...