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Matte and Glossy PLA Prints

3D printing is versatile in itself but materials can be printed in different ways that result in diverse finishes that aren’t dependent on post-processing techniques. Polylactic acid (PLA) is without a doubt the most popular 3D printing filament, but it also receptive to different surface finishes produced by varying extruder temperatures. When printing our PLA […]

The Future of 3D Printing

3D printing has become more affordable. Its adoption has become more prevalent in the lower cost consumer segment thanks to light to mid-grade printers. What can this mean for the industry? Here at MakeShaper, we are seeing these lower cost machines produce more consistent, higher quality prints that are able to rival the more expensive […]

3D Printing in North Carolina

North Carolina knows rapid prototyping and 3D printing. N.C. State University, Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill and the Research Triangle Park anchor the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area, making the region a hotbed of rapid prototyping on the East Coast. The Tar Heel State also has (as of February 2017) more than 326 3D Hubs within its […]

Printing Flexible Filament – Things to Consider

Printing with flexible filament can be a delicate balancing act. To achieve great results, your printer needs to be a finely tuned machine along with using a good high quality filament and perfecting the settings in your slicing software.  Here are five things to consider when printing flexible material. Remember, changing any of these can […]

Important Advantages of PETG Filament in 3D Printing

ABS and PLA filaments are widely known in the 3D printing universe, but there are important advantages of PETG filament in 3D printing that are causing it to quickly growing as a popular option for builds. The properties of PETG make it an appropriate choice for producing a vast array of impact-resistant and flexible items. Composition […]

Laying it Down – 3D Printer Bed Prep

Bed adhesion or 3D printer bed prep is one of many factors to consider when it comes to producing successful 3D prints. The first few layers are usually the most crucial as it can set the tone for the rest of the print. MakeShaper has a few suggestions on how to prep your bed prior […]

What’s the deal with 3.0 mm filament?

MakeShaper is updating the way we label the diameter on our filament. Our 3.0 mm filament will now be labeled 2.85 mm. We’ve always manufactured our 3.0mm filament to a 2.85 mm specification, it’s just a change in the way we will label and refer to the product. So… why did we call it 3 […]

PLA Filament Review by Mike Learned

A while back we were contacted by Mike Learned (who runs a successful YouTube channel called NeoPortnoy 3D Printing) to do a review of our PLA filament for us. We sent him a sampling of our products and through a bit of back and forth conversation, we got his printer optimized and printing our filament with successful results. Check […]

MakeShaper Develops Unique Flexible Filament & Adaptors

Printing with flexible filament can open up countless possibilities and opportunities for creative and functional manufacturing. Harnessing these capabilities does not come without effort. However, MakeShaper, a filament manufacturer in Sanford, North Carolina, has cracked the code for a premium, FDA-compliant, flexible filament that is also easy to use. “We were approached by a business […]

Cubifyfan visits MakeShaper!

A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of meeting Tom Meeks and showing him around our facilities, Tom wears many hats but one of them is technology and blogging. Tom has been a fan of Cube® printers and runs the blog http://cubifyfans.blogspot.com/ , along with that Tom is heavily involved with The YouthQuest Foundation which supports the […]

PLA Filament Review by Norbert Davis

I’m not a big review person but I did promise to the MakeShaper guys that I would do one when I purchased my PLA from them a while back and well, here it is. The Review I had made a purchase on the MakeShaper site with the 10% discount on the first order special that […]

Alternative XYZ Filament Refill Kits for DaVinci Printers

MakeShaper is proud to announce the launch of refill kits for cartridges used in da Vinci 3D printers. This release offers XYZprinting customers the same fit, function and filament quantity as an original cartridge at a reasonable cost to the end user. Each refill comes with a spool of premium MakeShaper filament, along with a […]

First Alternative Cartridges for use in Cube® 3D Printers

MakeShaper, a 3D filament, and supply company based in North Carolina, is proud to announce the launch of replacement cartridges for use in Cube2®, CubePro® and CubeX® printers. This release marks the first alternative cartridges available for these popular 3D printers and offers Cube customers the same fit, function and filament quantity as original Cube cartridges. […]

MakeShaper Filament Factory Tour!

We try and accommodate customer visits and plant tours as often as time permits. A while back we had Ben visit and pick up some filament (he was a local), and he was nice enough to chronicle his experience you see below. A few months ago, I went to a 3d Hubs meetup and found […]

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