Only 3 days to go before the world celebrates Global 3D Printing Day on Saturday 3rd December! 3D Printing Industry got in touch with some of YouTube’s 3D printing community to see how they will be celebrating this year.

Fargo 3D Printing

If you aren’t already familiar with North Dakota’s 3D printing hub in Fargo, this team of 6 3DP enthusiasts offer support and training for printer users and a dedicated spare parts/upgrades service. The team’s YouTube channel was launched on 15th May 2014 and in that time has grown to almost 2,000 followers and 257,856 views.

The Fargo 3D Printing team featuring founders John Schneider (center) and Jack Clark (far left) Photo via: fargo3dprinting.com

The Fargo 3D Printing team including founders John Schneider (center) and Jack Clark (far left) Photo via: fargo3dprinting.com

When 3DPI caught up with founders John Schneider and Jake Clark, they told us that the how-to videos are the most popular for viewers. We expect this is due the team’s vast knowledge of the tech they work with, and a printer bay of around 22 different 3D printers to back them up.

A modular 3D printed cruiser made by Fargo using 3D-Fuel's PLA and Entwined (hemp) filaments. Photo via: fargo3Dprinting on Youtube

A modular 3D printed cruiser made by Fargo using 3D-Fuel’s PLA and Entwined (hemp) filaments. Photo via: fargo3Dprinting on Youtube

Their most viewed video is John’s examination of the NewPro3D printer at CES 2016 which is a contender for the world’s fastest vat-polymerisation CDLP printer. A contest Carbon and their CLIP technology are also in contention for.

For Global 3D Printing Day the guys don’t have any formal plans to celebrate. But they assured us that their printers will be working hard on Saturday – making spare parts, trying out new materials, and specifically: making 3D printed pod’s for plants, which is Jake’s current project. We’ll have more from both of the guys at Fargo 3D Printing again soon.

TGAW

TGAW’s Vicky Somma is the lead software developer for a system that helps Food Safety Laboratories. She’s also a mother to two children and often incorporates family life into her 3D prints. How-to videos are also a success on Vicky’s channel, namely the tutorial showing how to embed mirrors in a print using Simplify3D.

Vicky Somma explains how to embed mirrors in a 3D print. Screenshot via: TGAW on Youtube

Vicky Somma explains how to embed mirrors in a 3D print. Screenshot via: TGAW on YouTube

Vicky’s most popular video is ‘Resuming a 3D Print (After Unplugging and Moving the Printer)’  and it sees her transport her 3D printer from a Maker Faire back home with, she adds, ‘a detour to Burger King’. The video offers practical advice on how to use MakerGear M2 and Simplify3D to resume the print.

On Global 3D Printing Day, Vicky will be taking part in a 3D Printing Ornament Exchange at a local community college, offering some of her Library of Congress ornaments for trade. This 3D printed design won the first White House 3D Printed Ornament Design Competition in 2014.

3D printed, gold plated Library of Congress ornament designed and created by Vicky Somma. Photo via: VickyTGAW on etsy

3D printed, gold plated Library of Congress ornament designed and created by Vicky Somma. Photo via: VickyTGAW on etsy

Jimmy Shaw’s Tidbits

Jimmy Shaw’s Tidbits has a range videos showing 3D prints of various models from Thingiverse and around the web. He also performs tests on 3D printers, and provides solutions to 3DP problems, as with the anti-wobble brackets that he designed for the Geeetech Aluminum Prusa I3. As chance would have it, wobbling was a problem many others were having with the printer, and the video has now reached over 12,000 views.


Gif image shows a timelapse print of Jimmy Shaw’s wobble-fix bracket for the Geeetech Aluminum Prusa I3. Clip via: Jimmy Shaw’s Tidbits on YouTube

Jimmy will be releasing a new video to coincide with 3D Printing Day, but the details of exactly what that will be are so far under wraps…

A screenshot of Jimmy's recent review of the Geeetech MeCreator2. Via: Jimmy Shaw's Tidbits on Youtube

A screenshot of Jimmy’s recent review of the Geeetech MeCreator2. Via: Jimmy Shaw’s Tidbits on YouTube

3DPI have loved catching up with these 3 YouTubers on their current plans and projects. If you have anything 3D printing planned for the weekend please mail us here citing ‘Global 3D Printing Day’ in the title, or contact us on Facebook or Twitter.

We will have a follow up to this article coming soon, but in the meantime: Merry 3D Printmas!

Featured image shows a 3D printed (and painted) ‘Screwable two-part globe earth in 3D’ by nathansquire67 on Thingiverse

 

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