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Backlash Compensation & Auto Bed Leveling

Tom and Stefan talk about PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), 3D printer nozzle wear and vapor smoothing. The news section covers the question if bio plastics are not as biodegradable as advertised and Prusas newest release of their slicer, now called PrusaSlicer. Both talk about the necessity of backlash compensation that Lulzbot just announced for their new printers. In the Topic Of The Week, they discuss Auto Bed Leveling and if it's cleaner to just level the bed properly in the first...


Shilling on YouTube and issues with

In this super-sized episode, Stefan and Tom dissect the potential issues of Prusa's new model and gcode sharing site and talk about the ever-newsworthy topics of 3D printed glass, organs and "large" metal drone frames. Projects this week include the modular Mendel9000, advanced heated bed investigations and wearing down nozzles on purpose. And the big topic: Can you trust YouTubers to give their honest opinion? We show how companies try to influence what influencers tell...


How much material tuning do we do & silicone molds

Tom and Stefan recap the last in-car recorded podcast episode and what they were doing in the 2 weeks after MRRF2019. Tom is improving his live stream gear and Stefan tried to silicone cast his own hotend silicone socks. This episodes news cover their efforts to replace their current video editing software with DaVinci Resolve 16, the World of Tanks DMCA Takedown that happened on Thingiverse, Article 13 status and Makerbots Red Dot Design Award. Both are discussing how much material tuning...


MRRF2019 Recap!

This week, Stefan and Thomas use their 3-hour drive back from the Midwest RepRap Festival to recap all the awesome community projects and products they saw there!

“Get rich quick” with 3D printing / Meetups / Gearbest Dataleak

A new epdisode of the Meltzone Podcast has landed! Stefan and Tom talk about the highlights from Make Munich and what to expect from the upcoming MRRF, as well as their experiences with adding threads to 3D printed parts. Fiat has announced a customizable car (using 3D printed parts), E3D have announced their impossibly long Supervolcano hotend and Gearbest have release a huge dataset of their customer data into the wild - unintentionally. We hope. Lastly, Stefan and Tom talk about way to...


E3D Nozzle X Drama, Article 13 & 3D Scanners

On this news-packed episode Tom and Stefan talk about E3Ds Nozzle X drama and their new slicer Pathio as well as the ruthless marketing campaigns of some 3D printer manufacturers. The EU is about to vote on a new copyright law where Tom explains why this will be harmful for them as creators and for the general freedom of speech of everyone. Tom installed a new ventilation system in his studio because he had the suspicion that SLA resin fumes caused him having problems working there for...


New high-speed 3D printer / S3D upgrade fees / CNC experiments

Should Simplify 3D cost (more money)? Is the newly announce "superfast" resin 3D printer approach actually practical? Are we all being infiltrated by Xiaomi and Huawei? Those very important questions and more are being discussed by Stefan and Tom in this Episode of the Meltzone! Stefan also talks about his plans to open-source his Universal Test Machine, why Tom goes into details of YouTube's broken video processing queue.

Stepper VS Servo & has 3D printing made the world a better place?

Tom and Stefan talk about their travel plans to MRRF 2019. Tom explains how he’s getting back into PCB design and what techniques can be used to manufacture them. They discuss the differences between stepper motors and servo motors and if 3D printers could become better if they used servo motors.They also speak about if 3D printing is making the world a better place or if it’s only creating more waste. Finally they answer viewer questions on 3D printing education, materials for car parts and...


Getting snowed in and our wishlist for 2019!

It's the first episode of 2019! Along with a 3D printing wishlist for 2019, Tom and Stefan discuss their current capabilities of driving in the snow and moan about doing taxes. But also, about whether printing ABS still makes sense in today's landscape of advanced materials, their plans for MRRF 2019 and what 3D printers and 3D printing projects they've been working on! ### SHOW NOTES ### MRRF 2019

“The Makerbot Method” and our year as YouTube creators

Stefan talks about his upcoming project on paste extrusion and his latest Dremel 3D45 printer he’s testing. He discusses with Tom the “Makerbot Method” and what could make it different from other currently available 3D printers. Furthermore they argue weather PLA or PETG is their material of choice and what the advantages and disadvantages of both are. Finally they both talk about their year as a YouTube creator and what they think is going on with platform at the moment.


Virtual 3D Printed Fibers and what Slicer to use!

In this episode, we discuss the proposal to use "virtual fibers" to strengthen FDM 3D printed parts that work by adding tiny holes to your model! We also go through whether you actually need to buy a slicer or if the free and open-source ones are now just as good - and finally, Tom twist's Stefan's brain with continuous belt 3D printers and why they can't use a vertical Z-axis. ### SHOW NOTES ### RepRap Ltd. article on virtual fibres Joel's video on Simplify3D...

Harmful 3D printer emissions & TCT Formnext 2018

Stefan talks with Tom about his visit to TCT Formnext 2018. They discuss two recently released papers on potentially harmful emissions of 3D printers. They further debate if it is worth buying a cheap printer and then investing a lot of time on upgrading it or if it is more efficient to buy a decently working one right away. Finally, they answer viewer questions regarding grinding up plastic scraps for recycling and the usefulness of infinite z-belt printers.


3D Printer Fingerprints & DIY Filament Making

Tom and Stefan talk about their experiences in annealing PLA prints and discuss the recent change in Fusion 360's pricing model. Recently a paper on a so called "3D printer fingerpint" was released that claims to be able to track prints back the printer they were made on, with stunning accuracy, so they talk about how realistic this could be and what the implications of such a method might be. Tom recently came back home from his roadtrip all over Europe where he filmed bits for his RepRap...


Kit or self-sourced printer and picking the perfect filament for the job! (With RichRap and Sanjay from E3D)

Tom, Richard Horne (RichRap) and Sanjay Mortimer (E3D) discuss who 3D printer kits are for and when you should self-source instead, as well as what FDM materials are being developed, which ones are already available and where they each fit in!


MRRF 2019 controversy, Bowden VS Direct Extruders and Thermal Cameras

Tom explains the drama that has been going on with MRRF 2019 and discusses with Stefan the advantages and disadvantages of bowden and direct extruders used in 3D printers. Tom also got himself a new FLIR thermal camera and talks about its applications in 3D printing. They finally discuss the question when FDM printing will become obsolete.


Larger or faster printers and the Prusa SL1!

In their first Podcast episode Tom and Stefan talk about current projects, Prusa's recently announced SL1 resin printer and discuss whether they would prefer a much faster or a much bigger 3D printer. They also answer community questions about lasers, warped beds and cheap V6 knockoffs from China.