Make: Raise 3D N2 Plus

By Matt Stultz

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There’s a lot to love about the N2 Plus starting with its size. The N2 Plus is big. While still technically a desktop 3D printer, you are going to be just as happy running this machine on the floor. Built-in casters make it easy to move around. It boasts a print size of 12″×12″×24″ (305mm×305mm×610mm), making it one of the tallest commercially available machines on the market. The machine itself takes up whopping 24.3″×23.2″×43.8″ of space.

The N2 Plus packs that large frame with numerous features. Single or optional dual nozzles are directly driven and can handle high temperatures, making them great for any filament you may want to throw at it. The entire machine is run by a built-in tablet with a touchscreen interface. The tablet also brings the ability to print from internal storage, USB, or SD card, giving users a great choice of how to store their prints. Files can be loaded onto the machine’s internal storage over the network (Wi-Fi or Ethernet) or USB. Print jobs can even be started over the network without physically interacting with the machine (although we only recommend you do this if you know your machine is ready for a print job).

The N2 Plus is fully enclosed, with a removable top lid (they suggest removing it for PLA prints for better cooling) and has a heated build plate. This means printing with materials that like to warp — like ABS — is a breeze with the N2 Plus. The included Buildtak surface ensures your prints stick right where you want them. Raise3D has opted out of any kind of auto leveling feature and instead sends your machine pre-calibrated with a bed that is tightly fixed in place; so in theory, no bed calibration is needed.

The prints on the N2 Plus were top notch. Prints came out clean and smooth, and the ability to load all our test files onto the machine at once via Wi-Fi and then just go over to the touch screen to kick them off made the process easy.

Of course, nothing is perfect, and the N2 Plus does have a few hiccups. As I mentioned earlier, the bed comes pre-calibrated and is fixed into place. I had no problems printing small objects, like our test files, in the center of the bed. However when I went to print a full plate, I discovered that it wasn’t quite level. You can adjust this yourself, but it’s not as simple of a process as it is with machines that are really meant to be adjusted. My other issue was that I found the touch screen could be unresponsive at times. This, as it turns out, is because it is a capacitive touch screen and can have a hard time registering your taps unless you are grounded. The simple solution is to touch a metal portion of the machine and then tap the screen, which works like a charm.

While the N2 Plus’s price tag and footprint might scare off those who are new to 3D printing, this machine is a veteran’s dream. The huge build volume makes so many more designs printable, and the dual high temp extruders allow us to print those big designs in any material we want (including support material). If you are ready for your second, third, or nth machine, the Raise3D N2 Plus is what you need.

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New at Octave!! 3D Printing STEM Kits for Education

3D Printing STEM Kits for Education

Project-based learning and 3D printing are pivotal avenues for teaching STEM subjects, engaging students on new levels, and preparing them for future careers. We offer several 3D Printing STEM Kits, which support project-based learning in the classroom. Each pack comes with student workbooks and a teacher’s guide to help you seamlessly integrate the projects into your curriculum.

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3D Hubs 2017 3D Printer Guide

3D Hubs 2017 3D Printer Guide: This Year’s Top 3D Printers Categorized From Prosumer to Price Budget

By Tyler Koslow on Nov 15, 2016 12:56 pm
When you think about the organization 3D Hubs, you likely focus on the 3D printing service platform aspect. The Amsterdam-based company helps people throughout the world find access to localized 3D printing services that can provide the necessary technology for almost any project imaginable. But 3D Hubs does more than connect everyday people with the proper 3D printing service. The service platform also conducts a massive amount of research to provide users with compiled data to help decide what 3D printer they should purchase or utilize.

Nothing is more exemplary of their research prowess and comprehensive data than their annual 3D Printer Guide. Whether you’re looking to purchase a prosumer 3D printer or shopping on a budget, 3D Hubs has a thoughtful answer to the difficult question, “which 3D printer should I buy?” Even more extensive than the 2016 3D Printer Guide, this year’s companion was comprised of the following data:


  • Over 8,624 reviews from verified 3D printer owners
  • < 4,982 years of 3D printing experience
  • 1.14 million 3D prints
  • 513 different 3D printer models

Working with the globally vast 3D Hubs community, the following parameters were investigated to help rank the range of 3D printers:


  • Print quality
  • Build quality
  • Reliability
  • Ease of use
  • Print failure rate
  • Customer service
  • Community
  • Running cost
  • Software
  • Value

In order to satisfy the requirements of the wide range of consumers on the 3D printing market, the 3D Hubs 2017 3D Printer Guide takes into account five individual categories for 3D printer type: Prosumer, Workhorse, Budget, Plug ’N’ Play, and SLS. This year’s guide includes 14 3D printer models, each of which has an average of 50 in-depth reviews from experienced 3D printer owners.

View the entire article HERE

New! Afinia H400 3D Printer

The new Afinia H400 3D printer is the ultimate in affordability, reliability, and simplicity. It’s perfect for educators, hobbyists, and engineers who want to start 3D printing out-of-the-box and hassle free.

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The Afinia H400 3D printer is perfectly built with ease of use, safety, and reliability combined in its elegant design that will fit on any desktop. The printer produces dimensionally-accurate plastic parts for education, design, or engineering applications.

The printer is fully-enclosed with a built-in, recirculating HEPA 7 air filtration system that continually cleans the air in the enclosure of particulates and odors as the model is printing. The H400 also has power failure protection. If power is cut to the printer, it will remember where it left off and allow you to finish the print after power resumes.

The Afinia H400 3D printer has a large touchscreen display and built-in WiFi to allow the system to be operated either locally or remotely. The new Afinia 3D Studio software allows prints to be sent not only from PC or Mac, but also from iOS devices such as iPads and iPhones.

The H400 platform comes factory-leveled and does not require adjustments and has auto-nozzle-height detection. The H400 has a new feature allowing for custom temperature setting of the nozzle and heated platform to allow for printing of not only ABS and PLA, but other materials requiring different temperatures.

New and Improved Features

WIFI – transfer your print job wirelessly from a computer or mobile app
Touch screen control – conveniently perform basic operations without a computer
Better resolution – with layer thickness as fine as 0.15mm
Power failure protection – resume printing from where a print was stopped due to power failure

Additional Features for Safe & Easy 3D Printing

Automatic nozzle height detection – helps ensure your print adheres securely to the print bed
Software-assisted leveling – compensates for warped or imperfect print surfaces to help you achieve a successful print
HEPA air filtration – reduces 3D printing air emissions for a safer 3D printing environment

Start 3D Printing in No Time

The Afinia H400 is shipped fully assembled, ready to use, and with all the materials you’ll need*, so you can start printing in minutes. Just install the software (compatible with Windows XP/7/8/10, Mac OS, and iOS) and wirelessly (or via USB) transfer your print.

Guide to Green 3D Printing – 4 Ways to be More Sustainable!

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From Pinshape Blog

The effect of 3D printing on the environment has been a growing topic as people begin to be more aware of their carbon and waste footprints. If you love 3D printing but want to find ways to make it more “green”, here are a few considerations.

Before we get to that, however, we’ll start with the concerns – how can 3D printing be bad for the environment?

4 Barriers to Green 3D Printing

1) Support Material Goes to Waste: Although this material is sometimes necessary to save your entire print from ruin, ideally you don’t need supports to successfully print a design. This is why we encourage 3D designers create models which don’t require supports. Not only are they a pain to remove – they’re wasteful.

2) Most leftover plastic material ends up in the garbage

Most of us don’t know what to do with our failed prints, so they end up in the garbage. It’s not that we don’t want to recycle them, it’s that we’re not exactly sure how to recycle it/compost it. Before we go over the options, I think it’s important to distinguish between biodegradable and compostable as there is a lot of buzz around new filament materials that are compostable.

Biodegradable- According to the FTC’s Green Guide, for something to be biodegradable, it must show evidence of breaking down in nature until microorganisms digest it and it returns to the earth. This process must happen in a reasonably short period of time after disposal. When something is just degradable, it means that it will break down into smaller pieces and will not necessarily be digested by microorganisms.

Compostable– This means the material will completely biodegrade fast enough in a certain environment. Compostable plastic will have three features:

The material breaks down into carbon dioxide, water, and biomass at the same rate as paper

The material fully disintegrates in a compost pile

No toxic residues are left and the compost supports plant growth

So which filaments are compostable and which aren’t? The two most common filaments to print with are ABS and PLA. ABS is a thermoplastic that is great for 3D printing because of it’s strength and durability. This material is not biodegradable or compostable, but can be recycled in other ways if you want to re-heat the material to use it again in a filament recycler.

Some PLA is compostable, though it requires a very specific temperature and environment to do so. It is made from products like cornstarch, sugar cane, and tapioca root so it can be absorbed by microorganisms. Experts recommend Makers to not throw their PLA in a recycling bin because it can biodegrade in the recycling process. One option is to compost your PLA in an industrial facility. Since the conditions in which PLA composts are somewhat sensitive, it’s not recommended to compost it at home.

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Bunker – Your 3D Printer’s Perfect Companion

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The Bunker is a smart filament storage system. It monitors your usage and keeps you informed with a mobile app.

What Is Bunker?

Bunker is a smart filament storage system that can be used with your favorite 3D printer, with any type of filament and features some huge benefits:

*Every Inch – Bunker keeps track of every last inch of your filament.
*Wireless – Stay informed when you’re away from your 3D printer.
*Moisture & Dust-Free – Improves reliability & quality of 3D printing.
*Statistics – Print times, duration, success, fails, mileage and more!
*Bunker App – Receive important notifications on your mobile.
*Print Settings – Find the perfect print settings for your filament brand.

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Get more information on the Bunker HERE

Discover the new Zortrax Support Center

Discover the new Zortrax Support Center video manuals.
The step by step tips are exactly what you need to 3D print successfully.

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