Location:

Germany

Description:

The digital fabrication podcast

Twitter:

@theMeltzone

Language:

English


Episodes
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Formlabs "Acquired" Micronics

7/12/2024
In this episode of the Meltone Podcast, Tom and Stefan dive into their recent experiences at the Open Source Maker event in San Francisco. They discuss the latest in 3D printing technology, including the acquisition of Micronics by Formlabs and a revolutionary FDM filament that boasts strength beyond aluminum. The episode also covers the disheartening news of stat manipulation in the Octoprint community and concludes on a high note with Tom's latest project—a homemade robot arm.

Duration:01:11:46

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AC or DC?

3/30/2024
In Episode 74 of the Meltzone Podcast, Tom and Stefan revisit E3D's extruder testing, debate the pros and cons of AC versus DC power for 3D printer heating elements, and discuss the contentious issue of patents in the 3D printing industry. They explore the challenges and implications of patents that may hinder innovation and affect content creators. The episode also touches on their upcoming travel plans, highlighting the importance of maker events and community engagement.

Duration:01:11:03

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Did we do a bad job in testing extruders? (feat. E3D)

3/12/2024
This episode kicks off with Stefan sharing his recent trip to Cologne, aimed at discovering new products for his online store. They briefly discuss Tom's video on threaded inserts, including testing methodologies and Stefan shares his story about tackling a TikTok impostor. A significant portion of the episode features an in-depth discussion with engineers from E3D, shedding light on extruder testing, product development, and the nuances of testing methodologies. They discuss the challenges and strategies in developing new products, focusing on extruder efficiency, the impact of design choices on performance, and the balance between speed, quality, and reliability.

Duration:01:29:27

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It's all gone!

10/22/2023
In this episode, the hosts start with a PSA about backing up data and Stefan's SSD failing. Later, Tom shares his plans for SMRRF and Stefan reveals his intention to be present at both Formnext and SMMRF in 2023. The conversation then shifts towards 3D-printed salmon meat, the Hangprinter project's challenge to the ORNL SkyBAAM patent, and Bambu's new A1 Mini, which might impact the 3D printing industry. They discuss a proposed bill in NY that would require background checks for 3D printer owners due to the perceived risk of creating firearms and the concerning case of 3D Printing Generals channel being deleted without notice. Lastly, they talk about the disappearance of @Naomi-Wu from social media after getting into trouble with Chinese authorities.

Duration:01:47:07

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OpenSauce & New Ankermake M5C

7/25/2023
Stefan has just returned from OpenSauce, a recent Makerfair/Vidcon event held in San Francisco. He shares his thoughts about the event, including what he saw and missed out on. Tom and Stefan also chat about their six-week experience driving their new Tesla EV, and touch on the topic of solar charging. The duo then discuss the Ankermake M5C, which is a more affordable version of Anker's first 3D printer, the M5. They also ponder how long it's reasonable to hold a grudge against a company over a controversy. Later, they share their personal experiences with the Prusa MK4, and mention that Prusa has requested Tom's machine back for an inspection. Finally, they explore some current applications of 3D printing in the industry, and attempt to explain why Marlin Firmware is referred to as "Marlin."

Duration:01:08:30

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The man behind Marlin: How an open source project works!

7/6/2023
Join Tom and Stefan in this episode as they chat with Scott Lahteine, the mastermind behind the Marlin 3D Printer firmware. They delve into the workings of an open-source project, covering topics such as Scott's role, time commitment, funding sources, and common challenges he faces.

Duration:01:35:48

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3D Printer Manufacturer Shenanigans

6/7/2023
On this Podcast episode, Stefan asks Tom about his experience about dubbing his 3D Printing videos with a German audio track and why uploading to a new channel might be a better option. The episode is also well-filled with discussions about intellectual property, both in video and in software form, as rebranding open source projects as your own work is a concerning trend. 3D model sites are now introducing subscription services to combat some of this.

Duration:01:24:01

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Rocky Mountain RepRap Festival & Prusa MK4

5/4/2023
On this Podcast episode, Stefan shares his latest acquisition, the Vectorfinesse's 3D-printed headphones. The discussion then shifts to his recent trip to Loveland, Colorado, where he attended the Rocky Mountain RepRap Festival. Stefan shares some of the projects he witnessed and highlights the differences between this new event and MRRF and ERRF. The conversation moves on to the upcoming REVO high flow and their experience with Prusa's new MK4. Stefan also recounts his exciting experience driving a Tesla 3 rental in LA and collaborating with William Osman for a video. Lastly, the hosts tackle a listener's question about how to dispose of a solar battery and give pointers on building one.

Duration:01:23:31

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Sweet 3D Printers & FreeCAD

3/24/2023
After a skipped episode due to a COVID break, Tom and Stefan are back talking about PV systems, irrigation systems, and electric snail fences. Tom started posting a couple of shorts, and Stefan is doing his first step in delegating work and will have an intern. Then they talk about the sweetest 3D printer, the Cocoa Press, and how the Kickstarter campaign of the DIY EDM machine blew up. After that, Tom discusses his findings from trying out FreeCAD. Next, there is a bit of Prusa talk with the Prusa Link integration in Home Assistant, news that the XL finally starts shipping, and their new Tungsten Filament. Lastly, Stefan explains why his recent experiences with ordering on Aliexpress were so good. The episode is closed with an answer to why everyone praises Prusa Organic supports, and nobody talks about CURAs tree supports anymore.

Duration:01:07:58

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Back again! Rotary CNC & Simplify3D V5 meme is over

2/22/2023
Tom and Stefan are finally back with a new episode. They talk about why they were gone and what projects Tom recently enjoyed working on, like the NERF he used as an intro in his last video and rotary machining on the Snapmaker. Then they discuss all of the recent developments in Slicers with PrusaSlicer 2.6 and, believe it or not, Simplify V5. To top that off, the formerly known resin slicer Lychee now also supports FDM printers. Finally, Stefan tells Tom his plans about attending the RMRRF in Denver, CO, and hints that he heard rumors about an upcoming maker event in San Francisco.

Duration:01:49:42

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New Bambulab P1P & Creality "Laser Eye Surgery" at Formnext 2022

11/22/2022
This episode starts with a quick chat about solar batteries because Stefan was faced with a power outage on the morning of the recording. After that Tom and Stefan switch over to a discussion about new ways of 3D scanning and AI image and video generation. Then they talk about Bambulabs' next budget printer, the P1P, and also touch on why there might not be a ton of coverage on Ankers Ankermake M5. Next, there is a quick discussion on the 3D Printing Industry Award and how they recently nuked themselves with very questionable behavior. After that, Stefan shares his impressions on Formnext 2022, and they discuss an incident where Creality used they open-style laser engraver on the event without any safety precautions. Finally, Tom presents his new coffee equipment, and Stefan answers a question about his plywood CNC router.

Duration:01:35:42

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When 3D printing isn't the right solution

11/4/2022
Thanks to Bekonix for sponsoring this episode! Check them out at https://bekonix.com and use code MELTZONE for 3 months of Pro access for free. In this episode, Tom and Stefan talk about the reasons why this Podcast was postponed for so long which covers, ERRF, new/old studio, and taxes. Then they talk about Formnext 2022 that's right around the corner and where to maybe find an affordable room. This leads to a tangent about EVs and fully suspended baby trailers. Next, there is q quick chat about Twitter being bought up by Elon Musk. Tom explains why he changed his review policy and will accept Kickstarter products in the future. After that, they talk about the similarities between coffee brewing and 3D printing and Makerbot's new Sketch Large printer. The questions cover "Gridfinity", criss-cross layers for better part strength, merging channels, and opening a maker space.

Duration:01:37:31

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Back to the new old Studio & Cherry-picked Review Units?

9/29/2022
This episode is not only about chatting and chicken but also a little update on Tom's move back to his new old studio and his plans to completely move in before he flies out to ERRF2022. After a bit of rambling, Tom and Stefan talk about a 3D printed robot arm, Fusions360s implementation of lattice structures, and an open-source high-temperature 3D printer. After Tom got his loaf of bread out of the oven and shared his recipe, both continue talking about pathogens on 3D prints and the newly unveiled name of the Ultimaker and Makerbot merger. The question section covers cherry-picked or modified review machines, Voron vs. Ratrig, more stringing on longer nozzles, LDO vs. Formbot Voron kits, and a brief chat about alternative part cooling systems.
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Bambu VS Voron VS Prusa XL & Kicked out of the Studio?

8/25/2022
This episode starts with a short and frustrating story on why Tom might have to leave his new studio again. Next, Stefan and Tom talk about Corridor Crews YouTube channels once again, which recently was hacked. Stefan gives a quick insight into his new home automation setup that sends him notifications once a print is finished. Then there is a quick ramble about the "influencer playbook" that was published by a marketing agency that explains how to annoy influencers to promote a product with little to no pay. The question section covers the difference between sandpaper grids in Europe and the US, a quick comparison of the BambulabX1, a Voron 2.4, and the upcoming Prusa XL. Finally, Tom and Stefan answer whether small nozzles can be used for significantly wider extrusions and if they plan to build the upside-down Positron V3 printer.
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Prusa XL Delayed, Scams & NoZZles

8/11/2022
Thanks to Siraya Tech for sponsoring this episode! Check them out at https://siraya.tech/products/build-resin-high-resolution-engineering-resin or on Amazon at http://go.toms3d.org/Siraya In this episode, Stefan talks about what recently put him out of order for almost 4 weeks but how he used the time to discover some amazing new channels. Tom talks about his experience of redeeming his Prusameters and his recent CF lamination projects. Both quickly discuss their most recent videos on obsolete 0.4 mm nozzles and obsolete Volcano hotends. Next, they go through Prusa's recent blog post in which the latest developments regarding the Prusa XL are discussed. Finally, Tom and Stefan talk about their plans with the upcoming ObXidian nozzle and the scam comments they were both victims of.
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Why stuff breaks, Robot Arms & Home-Compostable PHA Filaments

7/21/2022
Thanks to Private Internet Access for sponsoring this episode! Check them out at https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/TheMeltzone This episode starts with a discussion about the longevity of common 3D printing materials and why sometimes filament snaps on its own in the Bowden tube. Next, Tom and Stefan take a look at Formlabs' new FUSE 1+ 3D printer that claims to be able to do wasteless SLS printing, which would be an amazing step forward for that technology! Then there is a quick update on the BambuStudio source code that just was recently released. After that, Tom shares his interest in building a robot arm for filming, and 3D printing using DUET hardware and rambles about the ongoing E3D ObXidian teases that he's fed up with. Then they talk about an STL subscription service and if that's an alternative to buying files separately or by being a Patreon of designers. Finally, they have a talk about new PHA filaments that were just released to the market and claim to be really home-compostable.
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I caught Covid at MRRF2022 & Slicing Revolution in CURA and PrusaSlicer

7/12/2022
This episode is sponsored by Linode! Check out their scalable cloud solutions and get $100 free credit at https://linode.com/themeltzone This episode is slightly different because Stefan records it straight from Covid isolation which he caught, as many others, at this year's Midwest Reprap Festival in Goshen, IN. After a short status check and some stories from MRRF, Tom and Stefan discuss the recent merger of Ultimaker and Makerbot and what this will mean for the two brands as well as Thingiverse. Staying on the topic of Ultimaker, both talk about CURAs new Arachne slicing engine that dynamically adjusts extrusion width for more detailed and denser parts. Since CURA is open source, Prusa also implemented that feature in their new 2.5 alpha version of Prusa Slicer. Talking about open source, Tom and Stefan discuss the recent issues of Bambulab and QIDI not releasing the source code of their modified PrusaSlicer and CURA builds. The final section covers the question of what happened to PlyBot?

Duration:01:07:48

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Anker Make M5 & BCM3Ds novel resin printing method

4/13/2022
This episode is sponsored by Linode! Check out their scalable cloud solutions and get $100 free credit at https://linode.com/themeltzone This episode starts with a quick update on Tom's new studio as well as the office space Stefan has an eye on. Next, Stefan quickly tells the story of how All3D has been using content from a ton of creators without their permission over the last years and how they want to change their business practice now. BCN3D formally known for their dual-head FDM machines are getting into the market of resin 3D printing but with a real twist, which will allow using higher performance resins and even multi-material printing. Prusa has done a lifecycle analysis of their new recycled materials they are offering and Tom and Stefan talk about "real" recycled 3D printing filaments from the German Start-Ups RecyclingFabrik and QiTech. Then there is an update on the Prusa XL which will stick to regular and open-source nozzles in stark contrast to E3Ds REVO. The last topic covers the just-started Kickstarter of the Anker make M5 and if it might be worth the $759 MSRP. In the question section, Martin asks if Copper would have advantages over a Brass volcano adapter.

Duration:01:22:45

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Dream Studio, Macro Photography & Sneaky 3D Printing Quiz

3/14/2022
In this episode, Tom talks about finally finding his dream studio and office space! Both Tom and Stefan recently reviewed professional machines where they got a ton of negative feedback from viewers that made comparisons to maker and DIY tools. They ask themselves if there is space for taking a look at professional machines on their channels or if it's generally negative for them and the manufacturers. Tom also received a request for reviewing a Markeforged printer and debates whether he should have a look at it (a second time). After purely technical materials, Markforged also just recently introduced simple PLA on their machines - why? Stefan talks about his passion for macro photography and how he's able to shoot amazing pictures with a $20 objective. He also talks about the reasons why his recently released Volcano Adapter failed during testing and what he did that this doesn't happen at customers. Finally, they talk about an advertised 3D printing quiz which they think is rather used to create classification data for an AI. In the questions section, Tom and Stefan discuss why most 3D printers use thermistors and not thermocouples.

Duration:01:28:07

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Simplify3D V5 "confirmed" & REVO problems

2/17/2022
The first topic of this episode covers a controversial article where the author "has the feeling" that the release of S3D V5 might not be far away though there is very little substance to that claim. More substantial news is that Anker, the power bank and electronics accessories maker, will get into the 3D printer market and will launch their first machine on Kickstarter soon. Next, Tom and Stefan cover 3D printable accessories for a new Ford truck and the Steam Deck, for which Valve recently released the CAD files. Next Stefan talks about an issue he recently had with his E3D REVO review unit and Tom discusses his Form 3 review machine that turned out to be an unreleased Form 3+ which he didn't know about. Stefan quickly gives an update about the "killed" stepper driver. Questions cover 3D printer recommendations, especially pre-built core XY, and what happens to additives and pigments when you compost plastics.

Duration:01:24:47