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    Tested: Dremel 3D45 3D Printer!

    We review Dremel's third-generation 3D printer, the Digilab 3D45. Sean runs it through its paces and goes over his likes, dislikes, and how he adapted the printer to work with a variety of filaments. Here's why the 3D45 is a good fit for schools and maker spaces.

    Modeling Achilles' Sword for 3D Printing!

    This week, Darrell walks us through his process for 3D modeling Achilles' sword inspired by the prop from the movie Troy. Using photo reference of the prop, Darrell explains how he creates a faithful replica that retains all the characteristics of the original!

    Tested in 2018: Darrell's Favorite Things!

    Darrell, aka The Broken Nerd, is in our studio this week and shares his favorite tech from this year! Darrell gives his recommendations for favorite FDM 3D printer, SLA 3D printer, and printer filament. Plus, his new laptop that's streamlined his workflow!

    Modeling a Judge Dredd Helmet for 3D Printing!

    This week, Darrell walks us through his process for 3D modeling a helmet replica using photo reference. We've shown how he preps models for 3D printing, but much of the work happens on the computer screen. Follow along as Darrell explains how he approaches creating digital forms to exacting detail.

    Modeling and 3D-Printing Wonder Woman's Tiara for Cosplay!

    Darrell's latest project involves the modeling and printing of a custom Wonder Woman Tiara for cosplay! Darrell walks us through his process adapting the model with some unique design elements and the trials and tribulations of smoothing out and finishing the 3D print to meet his satisfaction.

    Tested: Formlabs Wash and Cure Stations

    Sean reviews Formlabs' Form Wash and Form Cure post-processing accessories for the SLA 3D printer. The wash and cure stations help clean up and cure prints to make them come out cleaner and last longer, and automates some of the cleanup you would have to otherwise do manually. But they also have some hefty costs, starting with their prices.

    3D-Printing in Multiple Colors with the Palette 2

    We check out the Mosaic Palette 2, an accessory that allows 3D printers to print in multiple colors and materials by splicing different printer filament and feeding a new strand into your printer. Mosaic's Mitch Debora explains what's new in the Palette 2 and shows us their splicer software that lets you colorize your models for printing.

    3D-Printing a NASA ACES Helmet for Adam Savage!

    We're trilled to welcome a new member of the Tested family: 3D modeler and prop maker Darrell Maloney (aka the Broken Nerd)! We're big fans of Darrell's work and YouTube videos, and are starting a new series of collaborations between him and Adam. In this first video, Darrell goes over his process adapting a model made for vfx work to be 3D printable, and the 100+ hours of printing needed to have it come out right!

    3D Printing Multiple Colors with Prusa i3's Upgrade!

    We catch up with Josef Prusa at Maker Faire to learn how the latest multi-material upgrade to the Prusa i3 Mk3 is a big improvement over last year's multi-material design. We also check out the new build platforms for the Mk3, which make removing prints a snap!

    Combining 3D Printed Models with Laser-Cut Parts

    Sean shares one of his personal projects: a LEGO-inspired computer console that's based off of the classic blue LEGO computer brick. He originally designed it to be purely 3D-printed, but has been experimenting with using laser cutting to replace some of its parts. Here are some of his lessons learned from combining 3D printing with laser cutting on our Universal Systems laser cutter.

    Testing: Prusa i3 Multi-Material 3D Printing

    Most FDM 3D printers can print in one color at a time, and just a few can use two filaments at once. But the newest upgrade to the Prusa i3 printer gives us the ability to print with four colors! Jeremy and Sean test this upgrade and explain how multi-material printing works, along with its potential and pitfalls.

    3D-Printing the Star Wars Battlefront 2 Messenger Droid Helmet

    To wrap up our build of the Star Wars Battlefront II Sentinel cosplay, Frank walks us through how he and his team made all the hard parts of the costume, including the helmet. Using references from the game, the helmet was 3D-printed and finished. But making the dome was a bit trickier. (This video was sponsored by Electronic Arts. )