We are excited to announce Faberdashery filament is available to buy at the iMakr store in London. This is pretty big for us, as it is the first time we have put our filament into a physical retail space.
The store is located in central London and occupys 2,500 square feet across two floors making it the largest 3D print store in the world. Last night Faberdashery was at the grand opening. It was great to feel the buzz and excitement in the store as people took in the variety of printers, materials and accessories on offer.
We are excited by the chance to give greater accessibility to our filament. So come and see touch and smell Faberdashery at the store!
MakieLab, the have just launched their iPad app. The pioneering London-based doll and games company, utilises 3D printing technology to offer customisable action dolls. Now their ‘Makies Doll Factory’ app allows you to create you own unique 3D printed figure from the comfort of your iPad. As you’d expect from MakieLab, it’s beautifully simple with great attention to detail plus a few quirky characteristics.
The launch of this app is another landmark in the trend towards accessible 3D content creation. As 3D printing technology becomes more pervasive, we’re seeing the emergence of tools that engage with people in a far more immersive way. The new genre of easy to use, low cost (/ free) 3D content creation tools opens 3D printing technology to a wider audience of enthusiastic non-specialists.
MakieLabs having been pushing other boundaries this month, adding three new flesh colours to the SLS Nylon dolls. Makies have also become the first ever 3D printed toys to be toy certified. That’s pretty big! It’s been a great start to the year for 3D printing
Here’s a beautiful story.
Simon and Steph got married this summer. They wanted to make their wedding favours really personal to them. What better way to do this than by 3D printing them!
We’ll let them explain it in their own words:
We have been playing with the printers for around a year and were impressed with the capability and versatility of them. When we were looking into the cost of favour boxes they turned out to be pretty expensive and with the cost of everything else we decided to try and make our own. We found the design of the box on Thingiverse and sweets to go inside that we had personalised with our names and dates of the wedding to make them unique. Our past experiences with white had either come out slightly see-through or with a yellowy tinge. The Faberdashery Arctic White seemed like a perfect option. It was completely pure and exactly what we wanted-matching perfectly with the brilliant white decor. At the wedding lots of the guest said they were amazing and asked where we had got the boxes from – they were completely in awe when we said we had made them! We would just like to thank you for allowing us to have this extra wow factor on our special day!
Simon and Steph
As you can see, the results were stunning. Thanks Simon and Steph for sharing your story with us.
The KamerMaker is the world’s first movable 3D print pavillion. Capable of 3D printing entire rooms from PLA, this is one of the biggest printers around. It has an epic build size of 2x2x3.5m! The project is a collaboration between DUS architects and Ultimaker Ltd and is purposely open source. From 2013 onwards, the KamerMaker will travel to different locations in the Netherlands and beyond.
We were lucky enough to be at the launch party in Amsterdam last weekend. The event had a real block party feel with great community interaction. We got a fantastic view from inside of the machine. Yes, that’s right, you can climb inside it! Printing this big is no easy task. Although the machine is driven essentially by standard Ultimaker electronics with the beating heart of an Arduino (plus some industrial stepper drivers) feeding the plastic in requires some innovative solutions. A mini-extruder (from xtrution.com) feeds the KamerMaker with molten plastic. Thermoplastic granules are fed in the top, melted and extruded along a monstrous ‘bowden’ tube to the print head. The tube is heated PTFE with steel braiding. It is an elegant solution with pretty awesome results. The design of the machine is really beautiful, with mirrored, chameleon stainless steel finish, fitting inside a standard shipping container.
It was really inspiring to see a concept put into action. Big dreams are great. Making them a reality is even better. Already we are seeing huge potential for the KamerMaker. We would love to know your thoughts. If you could print this big, what would you print?
To see more images of the mighty KamerMaker take a look at our Flickr stream.
This month we’re introducing two new colours and pitching them against each other in an epic battle. On the one side we have Earl Grey, an industrial strength grey worthy of any Robot overlord. On the other side comes Pearly White, an ethereal pearlescent filament made from essence of Unicorn. These titans will go head to head in a battle of fabbing. Can Robot Toy defeat Unicorn Horn? Will the toy robot project succumb to a pink haired unicorn? Is Puzzled Robot a match for Unicorn Logo? In the clash of colours who will come out on top? You decide!
Credits: tekeian, videan42, bryanbrutherford, guru, relet, polymaker
There’s a mysterious glow around Faberdashery Towers… is it just the full moon?… or something altogether more sinister, like our ultra eerie Glowbug Yellow glow-in-the-dark filament.
Fab yourself a Spook-tacular Halloween with a glowing Ghost Toy by tc_fea, or perhaps a screaming skull? We love the idea of giant, luminous creepy crawlies like Antona’s Big Spider and Zomboe’s Snake. Of course prints don’t have to be classically scary… until the lights go out! Glowbug PLA turns the cutesiest of prints into sinister spooky objects, like RichRap’s glowing print of Roy the Bunny. Frankly, we wouldn’t mess with him! So what will you create… Trick or Treat ?
Wow! What a first couple of months it’s been! We’ve shipped filament across the world- from Sydney to Sweden, from New York to the Netherlands, our PLA has travelled to almost every continent. Our materials have been spotted in some awesome places like the Brighton Maker Faire; at the V&A Museum’s new show ‘The Power of Making‘; The DML at Bath’s Innovation Centre and various RepRap meet-ups.
We’ve been amazed by the response from the community and would like to say a massive Thanks! We love the fantastic stuff that you’ve been printing with Faberdashery PLA. Check out the Cups from NYC Designer, RichRap’s Traditional Fan and Heart Box, Smartroad’s fab Dyson hack and Pia Tubert’s elegant pliers. Many thanks to the blogs that also featured us, including Fabbaloo, SolidSmack, Ponoko and others.
Finally, we have had a new addition to the Faberdashery family – Baby Rose. She is bringing a lot of joy to the Faberdashery household – as well as some sleepless nights .
So thanks all for your support and fabbing love! We’re currently working on extending our range. Watch this space for more news.
Photo credit: RichRap.
Hello and welcome to our new site! It is a great feeling to be opening the doors to Faberdashery for the very first time. Here at Faberdashery we are selling a fabulous range of PLA filament for desktop 3D printing. Our filament comes in both 1.75mm and 3mm diameter, in a glorious rainbow range of colours. It has taken some testing and tweaking to get our filament just the way we wanted it – superb roundness, vibrant colouring and of course, great printability. So we are super excited to be releasing it to all you Thingsmiths out there, and even more excited to see what you will do with it!
What’s more, we are selling print filament by the meter! Buy as much – or as little – as you want. Gone are the days of reams of print material left languishing by your printer because you were itching to try the latest filament. Gone are the times when you had to buy an enormous ream of one colour just for a single object. Now you can buy a rainbow selection of print filament safe in the knowledge you only have as much as you need and that you won’t be breaking the bank. Go and try it out now folks and let us know what you think in the comments.