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Gift Box Prints to Amaze

Gift Box Prints to Amaze

December 19, 2017

There are two types of people in this world -- those who can neatly wrap a gift and those who depend on gift bags and tissue paper. There is, of course, a third type that deserves a some attention -- those who print their own packaging! We did a little hunting to round up some holiday box print designs that are a gift in and of themselves. 

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Casting Metal Parts

Casting Metal Parts

October 20, 2017

While many of our customers have been casting metal from 3D printed parts for some time, we hadn't given it a serious effort. We finally gave it a try and the results were encouraging. We turned aluminum soda cans and an old aluminum ladder into some awesome stuff. Check out our process and lessons learned.
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MakerGear Road Warriors

MakerGear Road Warriors

August 09, 2017

Turns out MakerGear printers are not just workhorses, they're road warriors too! StartupBus teams prototyped their designs while  rolling down the highway at 60 mph on their way to the national competition in NOLA. 
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3D Printing Solutions in the Automotive Electronics Industry

3D Printing Solutions in the Automotive Electronics Industry

April 26, 2017

Automotive manufacturers typically produce parts in quantities ranging from 10,000 – millions at a time. Companies like HGM specialize in custom manufacturing in lower volumes. Custom development, from prototyping to testing, is essential and often as costly as what is required for much larger production runs. Precision and accuracy before production begins is paramount.
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The MakerGear Story

The MakerGear Story

April 04, 2017

He was a software guy, not a machinist. Not yet, anyway. But one afternoon at auction, he got into a spirited bidding war on a machine. $250 later he had his very own vintage micro-lathe. It was exactly what he needed to enable him to begin making a real difference in the dawning desktop 3D printer movement.

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Creating an Affordable, Life-Saving Device Using 3D Printing

Creating an Affordable, Life-Saving Device Using 3D Printing

January 12, 2017

In a place where supply chain economics often keep life-saving technologies out of reach, 3D printing is uniquely positioned to provide a new way of tackling global issues in the 21st century.
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Creating Products from Scratch with 3D Printing

Creating Products from Scratch with 3D Printing

December 23, 2016

“Here's a great example of a product created from scratch. From concept to design to prototype to production to packaging to marketing to store." 

Paul Higashi, Epic Junx  founder

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Happy Holidays from MakerGear!

Happy Holidays from MakerGear!

December 23, 2016

This week, we're loving these M2 ornaments our intern, Anthony, printed for all of our staff. Thanks Hank Dietz for the brilliant design! To print your own, click on this post to download the free .stl file. 

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Thanksgiving in 3D

Thanksgiving in 3D

November 23, 2016

We've pulled together a short list of prints that can add some 3D panache to your Thanksgiving table. Find the design files at the links below.
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Reinventing an Old Tradition with 3D Printing

Reinventing an Old Tradition with 3D Printing

November 04, 2016

We're hosting a mini contest to see who can fabricate the snazziest "I Voted" pin.   Post photos of your pin with #ivoted and #MakerGear for a chance to win a free nozzle set and spool of PLA! 
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Halloween Treats from MakerGear

Halloween Treats from MakerGear

October 25, 2016

Headed to the pumpkin patch this weekend?  Just in time for Halloween, we're sharing over twenty free designs for you to print your own Mr. and Mrs. Pumpkinhead. Complement your carving skills or just skip the carving entirely by printing facial features for your pumpkins this year!  

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3-2-1.....Rocket Challenge at IMTS!

3-2-1.....Rocket Challenge at IMTS!

September 19, 2016

Our friends at Rippl3D have created a brilliant rocket challenge that allows kids (and kids at heart) to design and print their own model rocket fins for test launch. We were thrilled for the chance to partner with them at the International Manufacturing and Technology Show last week in Chicago!
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