introducing Geeetech Duplicator 5 dual extruder DIY 3D printer

Duplicator 5 is a DIY dual extruder 3D printer by Geeetech. It is made to be the best companion for you to embark on the fascinating 3D printing journey. Its DIY design gives you unlimited joys when you are seeing a complete machine coming out of a pile of components.

Hiding behind its gentility appearance is a slew of excellent features, making it outstanding among its competing products. High printing accuracy and speed, incredibly thin layer height, stable frame, customized 3D printing software— EasyPrint 3D, easy-to-manage LCD screen and open filament system. The most attractive one is its agile dual extruders, allowing you to print in multi-colors and unleashing your unique creativity.

With an extra Wi-Fi module, you can upgrade Duplicator 5 to enjoy the convenience brought by our cloud 3D printing solution. After you configure your Duplicator 5 with Wi-Fi hotspot, the cloud 3D printing solution enables you to enjoy a plenty of free 3D models, direct control over the whole printing process and share your printing experience via App anywhere and anytime.

Features:

1.  Multi-functional dual extruder

With dual extruder, you can print a single two-color object or two objects with each coming in different colors. Besides, you can just print one single-color object, as with other single-extruder 3D printers; or you can use one extruder for infill or support.

2. Safe, stable and space-efficient

High-quality wooden plank renders Duplicator 5 firm and durable as well as attractive in appearance. The main board and power supply unit are installed at the bottom of the printer, safe and space efficient. This structure lowers the gravity center of the printer, providing stable support for printing. The half-opened design of the printer provides you with various perspectives to observe the whole printing process as well as enough protection.

3. Printing quality: High layer resolution and tolerance deliver smooth surface finish and durable object structure.

4.Large print volume: 230x150x150mm standard printing area, enough printing volume catering to your creative ideation.

5. Self-developed GT2560 control system.

The main board is our self-developed GT2560 3D printer control board which supports dual extruder and comes with more well-designed interfaces.

With its flash memory as 256KB and working frequency as 16MHZ, GT2560 control system empowers Duplicator 5 to run at peak performance.

6. User-friendly LCD 2004 control board & SD card, stand-alone printing enabled.

Duplicator 5 adopts LCD2004 controller, with which detailed printing status could be clearly presented on the screen. Besides, it is convenient to select 3D models and adjust printing speed, temperature and other parameters via the simple operation flow.

With a SD card and the straight-forward LCD screen, Duplicator 5 can easily run under the stand-alone printing condition. This allows Duplicator 5 to print untethered to your computer.

7. Open filament system: ABS/PLA/Flexible PLA/ Nylon/Wood-Polymer, providing extendable space for your creativity. Give you a wide range of printing choices.

8. Cloud 3D printing solution: use a Wi-Fi module to enjoy 3D printing untethered. (Note: Wi-Fi module is not included in this kit; you need to buy it separately.)

After you upgrade Duplicator 5 with a Wi-Fi module, the cloud 3D printing solution is available for you to enjoy a plenty of free 3D models, direct control over the whole printing process and share your printing experience via App anywhere and anytime.

9. The joys of DIY

Further simplified and stiffened parts make it a reality to assembly and adjust the whole frame fast and easily. Building Duplicator 5 step by step, you will have an in-depth knowledge of 3D printers. Time-saving and full of the sense of accomplishment.

10. Application

Duplicator 5 can be used to deliver practical printouts for different fields, such as art, fashion, household, learning, tools and toys. Meet your virtual needs.

specifications:

Print technology: FFF/FDM

Build volume: 230 x150x150mm

Layer resolution: 0.1-0.3mm

Positioning Precision: 0.1-0.3mm

Filament diameter: 1.75mm

Nozzle diameter: 0.4 mm

Filament type: ABS/ PLA/Flexible PLA/ Wood /Nylon

Software:

Operating system: Windows/Mac/Linux

Control software:  EasyPrint 3D, Repetier-Host and other 3D printing software

EasyPrint 3D App

File format: .STL, .G-code

Temperature:

Max heated bed temperature:  about 110°C

Max extruder temperature:  about 240°C

Electrical:

Power supply:

Input: 110V/1.5A  220V/0.75A

Output:DC 24V/15A

Connectivity: USB, SD card (support stand-alone printing)

Mechanical:

Body: Quality wooden plank (black)

Build Platform: Aluminum plate + MK2A hotbed

XYZ Rods: Wear-resistant, stainless steel

Stepper Motors: 1.8° step angle with 1/16 micro-stepping

Physical dimensions:

Machine dimension: 467 x 313 x 375 mm

Shipping box: 520 x 440 x180 mm

Net weight: 8. 50 kg

Gross weight: 10.13 kg

LOL!! The “USS Enterprise Ultimate Collection is Coming. You can 3D Print All of the Ships Yourself.

Have you ever wanted your own USS Enterprise Ultimate Collection of Star Trek ships to put on proud display in your home? Your wish has been answered.

Sharpen your ears, Spock fans. For all you “enterprising” Star Trek fans out there, you’ll be over the moons of Nimbus III to find out that files of every version of the USS Enterprise are now available to 3D print.

Ex Games Artist and 3D printing wizard Alexei Bruton has already released just one 3D variant of the USS Enterprise. However, he’s now back and this time he’s launched a whole fleet of 16 ships in total.

Bruton is calling this fleet the “USS Enterprise Ultimate Collection.” Now you can simply head over to the gallery and you’ll be able to download and 3D print all of the ships yourself.

However, keep in mind that most of the ships are rather small which may have been done so they’re are all in proportion. This does mean that you may want to scale them up. Also, remember that 3D printing technology is not yet advanced enough to create a real life size ship.

Download and Print the USS Enterprise Ultimate Collection

If you’re already sold and want to try and build your own fleet, then simply visit either MyMiniFactory or Thingiverse. All files can be found for free.

As well as this fleet, there will soon be an additional stand to download. Look out for this large stand which can be used to hold up all of the ships. You can then very easily create your own 3D printed Star Trek display.

Now you can go where no 3D printer has been before. Simply download the USS Enterprise Ultimate Collection and you’ll be sure to live long and prosper.

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20 Things to Make with a 3D Printer for Your Office

Here are some simple suggestions for making the most of your office desk. Feel free to share any of your ideas in the comments!

Without further ado, here are 20 cool things to make with a 3D printer for your office:

1. Whale Desk Organiser

Who’s that for? Anyone who’s resentful of the fact that they have to grow up and work can print this little whale to remind them of their childhood happiness. Check out the design on Formsfield.

2. Name Plate Pen Holder

What’s that? If you want to really seem professional then having your name hold up your pens and pencils is surely the best way to be noticed. Check out the design on Thingiverse.

3. Cat Phone Holder

Why do I need that? You probably don’t need this holder, but if you find you want to add some personality to your desk, or if you’re crazy into cats, then this could be for you. Find the design on Pinshape.

4. Office Desk Chair

Who is this for? Anyone with a large budget will be interested in 3D printing their own personalised desk chair. Otherwise, the rest of us will have to dream about the comfort of these chairs. Check out the design on GrabCAD.

5. Push Pin Monster

Why do I need this? This super cute monster is the best way to avoid pricking your fingers on pins. You can find this design on 3DShook. A cool things to 3D print for your desktop.

6. Giant Paperclip

What’s this for? The designer of this giant paperclip claims it “actually works.” If you’re feeling skeptical but want to check out the design anyway, head to Thingiverse.

7. Cable Catcher

Why do I need this? If your cables are always in a tangle, then this smart little idea will help make sure everything is sorted out properly so you don’t have to spend hours untangling those annoying leads. Find this design on Thingiverse.

8. Pentos Pen Holder

What does this do? The designer said: “This little guy will do a great job carrying your pen. However we warn you that’s all he does.” If you’re in need of a pen holder check the design out here.

9. Keyboard Feet

Why do I need this? If you have somehow managed to break the feet on your keyboard, you may find that the wonkiness is driving you crazy. These new feet can help make sure your typing is uninterrupted. Find the design here.

10. Crocodile Letter Opener

What is this? This cheeky little snapper is the best way to open your post! Download the design from Autodesk and you will have an easy way to make sure you don’t ruin your letters, or just something cool to look at.

11. Pretty Photo Frame

Why do I need this? If you’re having a hard time motivating yourself, then perhaps a picture of your family, friends or cat is the best way to remind you why you’re working so hard. This pretty frame is downloadable from My Mini Factory.

12. Flower Push Pins

Why do I need this? If you want your pin board looking pretty, then this is the best way to do it! These little flower push pins are simple yet work brilliantly! The designer said: “A fun way to grab someone’s attention when you’re not able to point out the note you left. You can decorate around your desk.” Check out the design on 3DCults.

13. Whallo Tape Dispenser

What’s this for? If you really want to continue with the theme of whales in your office, then printing this whale tape dispenser is a great idea! You can find the design on 3DShook. It’s just one of the cool things to 3D print for your home office.

14. Headphones Hanger

Why do I need this? Having a place to keep your headphones is a great idea if you always end up tangling the wires! With a hanger, they’ll be instantly accessible and untangled! Check out the design on Thingiverse.

15. Evo Collection Mug

What is this? The designer created this piece as part of a collection, they said: “Our aim is to create simple but functional objects using a basic and popular IKEA Pokal Glass.” If you fancy a quirky office mug, check out the design on My Mini Factory.

16. Cable Clip

Why do I need this? This design is yet another simple solution to the problem of tangled wires. This 3D print will help keep your space organised! You can find this design on 3DShare.

17. Memomac

What’s that? If you need somewhere to store your memos in an orderly fashion, then look no further! This Memomac is yet another way to keep your desk tidy. Check out the design here.

18. Tree Origin Bookmark

Why should I use this? If you are always losing your page then a book mark is the best way to help keep track. A simple idea and a simple design work brilliantly here, check it out on Thingiverse.

19. Portable Business Card Holder

Why do I need this? Handing over a dog-eared business card is not likely to win you any points, so make sure that your name is kept pristine with a portable business card holder. You can find this simple design on Cults3D.

20. Fibonacci Office Organiser

What’s that? This brilliantly simplistic design will give you a place to keep all of your most useful home office stationery. Check out the design on Thingiverse.

Hope our readers will get some interesting and practical gadgets from today’s article!

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19 DIY Lamp Shade (Most for Free)

You know what 3D printing is really good for? DIY lamp shades, that’s what. Here’s a selection of free & premium designs to 3D print yourself.

Here at ALL3DP, one of our favorite applications for 3D printing is custom lamp designs to light up the darkness.

In fact, digging around on specialist content repositories like Cults 3D, you can find some stunning examples of DIY lamp shades.

Presented below is a selection of the best designs. Please note that the majority of these models are free to download, except where otherwise noted for premium models.

DIY Lamp Shade #1: M&O Paris lamp

This beautiful lamp was inspired by the most famous building in Paris, the Eiffel Tower. Designed and engineered by Samuel N. Bernier, a Canadian industrial designer, this item can be easily produced using any conventional desktop 3D printer. It’s printed in several pieces however, so some assembly is required.

DIY Lamp Shade #2: Lump

The low-poly Lump is a rather endearing lamp shade. It’s pretty minimalist, granted, but it’s also incredibly easy to fabricate on a 3D printer. You won’t need any supports or rafts, so there’s no fuss or muss. Make a couple of these in any color you like, and have an instant upgrade to any light fitting in your house.

DIY Lamp Shade #3: LampiON Lamp Shade

The LampiON lamp shade is a premium design, retailing for 15 euro, which is made of two separate parts modelled on a simple hexagonal grid. You can either use one or both parts in a single construct, layering one over the other, depending on your personal style. It looks cool, for example, if you print the “web” is a different color.

DIY Lamp Shade #4: Ribone Cross One

From award winning designer Martin Žampach, Ribone Cross One is a striking design of intersecting lines. Combine this lamp shade with a dimmer switch, and it gives off a pulsing optical illusion when the lights are turned on. This premium design retails for 10 euro.

DIY Lamp Shade #5: The Pumpkin Lamp

The Pumpkin Lamp, a.k.a. “La Citrouille D’Omar”, is a novelty item perhaps best saved for the Halloween season (unless you’re one of those folks with a pale complexion for whom it’s Halloween all year long). Print off several and pair them up with green light cables, and enjoy your light-up pumpkin patch.

DIY Lamp Shade #6: Artichoke Lamp

Inspired by another vegetable, this time the leaves of an artichoke, this beautiful lamp shade would make a nice addition for the home or office. You can use any standard hanging light cord and a low temp bulb.

DIY Lamp Shade #7: SMF.01

The SMF.01 is an elegant floor lamp assembled from 3D printable components plus wood strips and a light cord with light bulb socket. The STL files retail for 6 euro, and you’ll have to supply the rest of the components yourself. It’s a neat idea, to make your own furniture. In fact, that’s exactly what SMF stands for — Self Made Furniture.

DIY Lamp Shade#8: Valeria Lamp

The Valeria lamp is a very sophisticated design. So sophisticated, in fact, it wouldn’t look amiss in the library of Ron Burgundy, with its mahogany shelves filled with leather books. The small dimensions of Valeria make it most useful as a table lamp, and it’s easy to assemble and print. This premium model retails for 3.99 euro.

DIY Lamp Shade #9: Night Light

The Night Light emits a warm reassuring glow, perfect for keeping nightmares at bay. And check out its sibling, the Spot Light, if you’d prefer some disco-flavored shenanigans with your interior lighting.

DIY Lamp Shade#10: Iceberg Lamp Shade

Like the Lump, the Iceberg is a DIY lamp shade with a low-poly design, but this item is more visually ambitious. Its angles have mutated and grown to an intimidating size. It should still be relatively easy to print, though. The Iceberg is a premium design that retails for 15 euro.

DIY Lamp Shade #11: Anna Flower Light

The Anna Flower Light is truly a labor of love — designer Gordon LaPlante says he made it “for my love and the co-founder of gCreate, Anna Lee”. The light resembles a hanging flower and projects light evenly across the room, while also providing ample down light.

DIY Lamp Shade #12: Z-Lamp

Another lamp from designer Helder Santos — this time offered via the collective EUMAKERS umbrella — and we’re getting another strong Ron Burgundy vibe from the Z-Lamp. Reasonably certain that Mr. Santos is a fan of the “Anchorman” films… and there’s absolutely no shame in that!

DIY Lamp Shade #13: Ribone Collection

The Ribone takes its inspiration from the visual aestheic of heat-sinks on industrial lamps or LED bulbs. And hey, it looks positively super. This premium model retails for 10 euro.

DIY Lamp Shade #14: LUX Lamp

According to its designer, the LUX lamp “celebrates the light in the darkest time of the year, winter.” It was designed and printed during the Lux Helsinki light festival in January this year. This truly remarkable design is a premium model and can be yours for just 1 euro.

DIY Lamp Shade #15: Clasp

You won’t get much shade from the Clasp, but it’s a smart little ornament nonetheless. A disembodied hand has a tight grip on the light bulb, whilst the power cord and switch trails out just below the wrist. The cool thing about this design is its versatility; it can also be attached to a wall socket and keep ahold of your phone while it’s charging.

DIY Lamp Shade #16: Monkey and Bunny Voronoi Lamps

These voronoi lamps are pretty dazzling, and you’ll want to dims the lights elsewhere in the room to see the full effect. Available as either “monkey” or “bunny“, the shades have been designed to cast some delightful shadows on the walls. Designer mingshiuan has actually created a whole series of lamps in this style, like a skull or a heart, and it’s definitely worth checking out the whole series.

DIY Lamp Shade #17: Ghost Lightclip

Convert the LED light on your smartphone into a spooooky desk lamp with the Ghost, part of the Lightclip series from Lab02. Other Lightclips include a Ninja Ghost and a Batman Bat-signal. These designs are great, but unfortunately they’re compatible with iPhone 5 / 5s and iPhone 4 / 4s only. Some adjustment of the STL files might be necessary!

DIY Lamp Shade #18: Lampe

The Lampe is a great functional print from designer extraordinaire Agustin Flowalistik. You may have encountered his low-poly Pokemon, but now he’s branching out into practical designs with a stylish flourish. With accessibility in mind, no screws or glue are required to assemble the Lampe, and it can be printed on any printer with a 120 x 120 x 120 mm printing surface (heated bed not necessary if using PLA).

DIY Lamp Shade #19: Square LED Lamp

One more roll of the dice from Helder Santos, and he’s taking a step back from the “Anchorman” influence for a more retrofuturistic design. This is a simple, elegant LED lamp designed to house a 60 cm 12V LED strip. It features a battery compartment, so it can be mounted without needing a power socket nearby. The Square can be 3D printed without supports, and doesn’t require glue or screws to be assembled.

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Original and Modern, a 3D Wooden Pot for Your Pot Plant!

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Bring a touch of originality and modernity to your succulents or cacti in pots with this Pot / pot cover design, geometric, printed in 3D Wooden.

No need to repot your plants or cacti, you can put your pot directly (standard 9cm diameter) inside!

20Its clean lines, inspired by origami, and material will bring a natural side, modern and original touch to your home, but also makes an original gift for your loved ones!

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This object is made from a special wood PLA, PLA plastic mixture to 70% and 30% PTFE certified wood.

This material gives the look, feel and unique smell of raw wood.

Why did we choose 3D printing WOOD rather than woodworking?

It’s simple: it allows us to unleash our creativity and create objects with particularly complex and detailed lines while keeping costs low, even produced in small series.

We call it the democratic design or design, originality and small series for everyone!

Welcome to Geeetech~  Here you might encounter your favorite 3D printer and create fabulous works!

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14 Cool Things to 3D Print for Everyday life

Stuck for ideas for what to 3D print? Bored of pointless trinkets and doodads? A list of cool things to 3D print which are genuinely useful.

Like us, you’re tremendously excited by the possibilities of 3D printing. Unfortunately, the landscape is cluttered with trinkets, doodads and ornaments. We’re in danger of drowning in 3D printed objects that nobody wants or needs.

Fight the tide of mediocrity! Let’s make stuff that’s actually useful! Here’s a list of cool things to 3D print, right now, today. Prove to your nearest and dearest that there’s an everyday and practical application of this wonderful technology.

Cool Things to 3D Print #1: Auto Coin Sorter for All Currencies

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Pockets laden with loose change? Impose ORDER on your finances with this coin sorting device. The smart thing is that it can be adapted for any currency in the world, from the mighy US dollar to the humble Thai baht. Thingiverse Download.

Cool Things to 3D Print #2: Collapsible Coffee Sleeve

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Perhaps you bought a cup of takeaway coffee and forgot the sleeve to protect your hands from scalding. Or maybe the prospect of filling landfills with pointless waste is putting a bad taste in your java. Either way, this collapsible, reuseable coffee sleeve has you covered. Thingiverse Download.

Cool Things to 3D Print #3: Cable Management Hive

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Phone charger cables, USB cables, HDMI cables, Thunderbolt cables, DisplayPort cables… Your desk space is covered in a spaghetti of cables, are we right? Banish the mess with this neat cable management hive. The design is stackable too, so you can extend the hive as the need arises. Thingiverse Download.

Cool Things to 3D Print #4: Cow Face Doorstop

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Annoyed by swinging doors in your home or office? Have weird fascination with bovines? Then this doorstop is for YOU. It’s lightweight, designed for easy placement, and simple to fabricate. Just don’t try to milk it. Thingiverse Download.

Cool Things to 3D Print #5: SD Card Mountain

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If you’re a regular user of digital cameras or 3D printers, then you’ll probably have little stacks of SD cards dotted around your workspace. Keep them neatly organized with this SD card mountain. Cults3D Download.

Cool Things to 3D Print #6: Shopping Bag Handle

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We’ve all been there. Trudging back home from the supermarket, laden with shopping bags. The forces of gravity are biting the plastic into your hands, amirite? NO MORE. Print off these shopping bag handles, and sore hands are a thing of the past!Thingiverse Download.

Cool Things to 3D Print #7: Jar Handle

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Upcycle an empty jam jar with a 3D printed handle. What could be simpler? YouMagine Download.

Cool Things to 3D Print #8: Drawer Knobs with Labels

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The art of storing doesn’t have to be boring. The HobbKnob is a dinky little drawer knob with a label track, so that you can describe the contents of your drawers. Never misplace your socks again! Thingiverse Download.

Cool Things to 3D Print #9: Customizable U-Hook

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This is a set of parametric u-hooks, which are suitable for universal use and very strong. How strong? One hook was used to hold a plastic bag full of heavy books weighing 47.4 kg. Use either the four sample hooks supplied, or adapt and modify for your own use with the supplied CAD files. Thingiverse Download.

Cool Things to 3D Print #10: Piggy Bank

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Keep your loose change safe in this cutesy coin bank in the shape of an overweight pig. 3DShook Download.

Cool Things to 3D Print #11: Wall Outlet Shelf

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Put a shelf on your power socket, so you can prop up the phone when charging. This model also has an angled slot that holds your smartphone and tablets in an upright viewing position. MyMiniFactory Download.

Cool Things to 3D Print #12: Soap Dish

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An elegant soap dish for the bathroom, in two separate pieces that are washable. You can customize the inner tray with your own patterns, if you prefer. Cults3D Download.

Cool Things to 3D Print #13: Shower Head

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Is bathing under a waterfall on your bucket list? The next best thing is this 3D printed shower head (probably). Thingiverse Download.

Cool Things to 3D Print #14: Self-Watering Planter

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Houseplants dying from neglect? NEVER AGAIN. Print off this easy-peasy automatic plant waterer, and your conscience will remain clean. Particularly useful for kitchen herbs, where you can make them last up to a week longer by repotting in this natty device. Cults3D Download.

Have any 3D printing ideas of your own to share? Let us know in the comments!

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20 Challenging Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models (for Free) |Part Two

Hi, you guys ~ Today we will continue  to share another ten dual extruder 3D printer models to satisfy your curiosity for the fabulous 3D printing world! !

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #11: Two-Color Octopus

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Oh hey, did you think nervoussystem would stop at a mere frog? Nope! Here’s a two-color octopus…

(Download from Thingiverse)

Dual Extrusion 3D Printer Model #12: Two-Color Cat

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… and here’s a two-color cat! This colorful feline is available in two poses: relaxed, and ultra-relaxed.

(Download from Thingiverse)

Dual Extrusion 3D Printer Model #13: Yin-Yang Dimmer Knob

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The eternal battle between lightness and darkness made literal, with a quirky dimmer switch in a yin-yang style. The design of this dimmer switch is especially appropriate for the next item on our list…

(Download from Cults3D)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #14: Artisan Soap-Dish

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We’re stumped as what qualifies this soap dish as “artisan”, exactly. But hey, it comes in two tones. Pretty!

(Download from Thingiverse)

Dual Extrusion 3D Printer Model #15: Green Lantern Ring

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If you’d like to keep your cosplay subtle and sophisticated, then this magical Green Lantern ring should fit the bill. Green not your color? Maker Kevin Skeuse has a whole series of lantern rings for every spectrum in comic book legend: blue, red,indigo, orange, sapphire and yellow.

(Download from Thingiverse)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #16: Retro 8-Bit Geek Glasses

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Demonstrate your boffin credentials with with these retro 8-bit geek glasses. Also available in a “nerd” variation of pixelated pride. Whose side are you on: Geek or Nerd?

(Download from Thingiverse)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #17: D20 Dice

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Another great application for dual extrusion is dice. This model is a 20 sided die with flush numbers, perfect for long sessions of role-playing games like Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.

(Download from YouMagine)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #18: Aria the Dragon

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This model is actually at the centre of a major controversy on Thingiverse, where multiple designs have founded their way onto eBay as 3D printed objects in violation of Creative Commons licensing. Designer Louise Driggers first sounded the alarm when she found that her Aria the Dragon was one of over 2,000 designs being sold without maker consent or permission.

(Download from Thingiverse)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #19: Two Color Vase

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This elegant ornament can be printed in either one color or two. But it’s much more striking when fabricated with dual extrusion in two contrasting shades.

(Download from Cults3D)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #20: Star Keychain from Super Mario World

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A very simple dualstrusion project here, a flat keychain in the retro style of the 16-bit star from Super Mario World. What makes it so easy is that the design is more 2D than 3D, so the complexity is kept to a minimum.

(Download from Pinshape)

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20 Challenging Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models (for Free) |Part One

Need an advanced and colorful challenge? Here are 35 free dual extrusion models specially designed for your dual extruder 3D printer.

3D printing is a fun hobby, and one that you can make as simple or as complicated as you like. Making stuff in a single material, for example, is pretty much the standard option for most 3D printers and projects. But what if you wanted to print something in more than one material? This is where a dual extruder 3D printer comes in handy.

What’s a dual extruder 3D printer? It’s an evolution of the Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) technology, where instead of one hot-end extruding molten thermoplastic filament, it has two hot-ends with two separate spools of filament. Therefore, it becomes possible to print off objects in two colors or two materials (or both).

It’s also a useful technique for fabricating objects with complex geometry. Using a secondary dissolvable material, you can create removable supports for those tricky overhangs and bridges that single extruder 3D printers can’t handle.

In software terms, “dualstrusion” works by overlaying two separate (but interlocking) models on top of each other in the same physical space, and the slicing software issues commands to the 3D printer to distinguish between them when printing the object.

Current dual extruder 3D printers on the market include the Ultimaker 3BCN3D Sigma, Makerbot Replicator 2X, Printrbot Plus and Flashforge Creator Pro. Some manufacturers go even further, and offer machines capable of triple and evenquadruple extrusion!

But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. Here’s a list of models that are just perfect for dual extruder 3D printers. Master these objects, and you are truly on the path to becoming a true 3D printing guru.

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #1: Low-Poly Pokemon

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According to designer extraordinaire Flowalistik, Pokemon and 3D printing have something in common: they both evolve. The multi and dual extrusion Low-Poly Pikachu is designed to show all the possibilities of dual and multi extrusion 3D Printers. This model is more complex but easier to print, and it keeps all the features from the original design: it doesn’t need support material, infill or prime tower. There are three more in the series: Squirtle, Bulbasaur, and Charmander.

(Download from YouMagine)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #2: Jack the Pumpkin King

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From the Brothers Ruiz at Adafruit comes this deliciously evil pumpkin head, named after (we presume) Jack from The Nightmare before Christmas. Print one off in time for Halloween, but keep those candles away — unless you like the smell of burning plastic.

(Download from YouMagine)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #3: Mini Tri-Spinner

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This is a sophisticated fidget toy, powered by a mini ball bearing, that spins and spins with just a flick of the fingers. The dual extrusion is just to add a bit of color and flair as it rotates.

(Download from YouMagine)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #4: Uli3ot Female

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A bit of fun to celebrate the launch of the Ultimaker 3 — a dual extrusion 3D printer, if you hadn’t already heard — sees the popular Ultibot mascot given a gender swap with an artfully placed number 3.

(Download from YouMagine)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #5: Captain Underpants HypnoRing5

This is a cosplay prop from a kid’s TV show, the Captain Underpants HypnoRing. The beauty of this design is that, if the white section is printed with glow-in-the-dark filament, it adds a nice luminous effect in low-light conditions. Perfect for beguiling your opponents!

(Download from YouMagine)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #6: Fashion Traffic Cones Collection

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Perhaps the first thing people attempt with dual extrusion is the humble traffic cone. With two tones of orange and white, it’s a simple and appealing design. This collection builds on that concept with more elaborate variations, so the printed object looks less like a traffic cone and more like a wizard’s hat!

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 Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #7: Two Color World

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A very early proof of concept for dual extrusion — dating back to 2011 — is the two color world, with a representation of the Earth rendered in blue and green filament. A remixed version is the Giant Hollow Two Color World, which is a super-sized version for folks with bigger printers.

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Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #8: Dual Color 3DBenchy

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3DBenchy, the jolly 3D printing torture test, started out life as an open-source calibration model for FDM 3D printers. The little tugboat has proved tremendously popular, and its designers have extended the design to cover dual extrusion 3D printers too. Another version for full multi-color printing is also available, but don’t run before you can walk!

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Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #9: Micro Glider

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This micro glider is made by combining two different types of filament, PLA and filaflex, to form a functional object that can fly through the air with the greatest of ease. Firstly, a super fine 0.2 mm layer of filaflex is laid down, and then overlaid with PLA, to create an elastic membrane. Proof that “dualstrusion” is not just about aesthetics, but can have an engineering application, too.

(Download from Cults3D)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #10: OpenRC Experimental Wheel

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The Open R/C Formula 1 project is a great initiative by maker Daniel Noree, who’s shared his open source blueprints for a 3D printed radio controlled car. The most critical component of any car — radio-controlled or otherwise — are the wheels. Which is why Noree has been experimenting with printing the wheels using a dual extruder: flexible rubber for the tires, plus solid ABS for the rims. The model is still at an experimental stage, however!

(Download from Pinshape)

via all3dp.