Prints here! Get your Prints!

With 3D Printers on the market priced between R10,000 to R25,000, we understand they are not the cheapest machines in the world but they are probably one of the most handiest. We’ve had a few situations where guys have needed a print done but simply can’t afford their own 3D printer, we have found a solution for  this.

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Netram will now be rendering 3D Printing as a service. If you’re looking to get something printed and you have the model file available, all you need to do is send the artwork to us and we will get back to you with a quote, No problem.

We will soon be offering an artwork service for people who need a model to be made up, so if you’re looking to print a part that goes on the contraption for your What-cha-majig that no one has heard of, we’ll soon be able to help you out, but we will keep you updated when that service is available.

For now, your print sizes are limited to 200x200x200mm, which is pretty huge if you ask me. To give a ballpark figure, the calculation on price per print will depend entirely on the weight and time, The bigger the object or the more solid you need the object to be, will effect the price and vice versa. The file formats we accept are .OBJ .STL .DXF.  To get a quote, just send us an email with your artwork to production@netram.co.za

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if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to drop us an email or simply let us know in the comment section below.

Introducing Netram’s Nano

We have been on a 3D printing binge for quite a while here at Netram and it’s only for good reason as today we’ve hit a very important and exciting milestone. We are proud to announce our very own desktop 3D printer. Please welcome the NANO!

The NANO desktop 3D printer is entirely developed and assembled right here in South Africa. Containing a print volume of 200x200x200mm and total frame dimensions of  343x334x387mm, makes it small and light weight but still capable of printing the large sizes you’re looking for.The Nano uses unique extruding technology that our development team has refined, to produce prints down to 0.1mm layer heights at really fast speeds. It has a heated build platform which allows of printing any filament available from us including PLA, ABS, PVA, Flexible and Conductive filaments. It also has its own transparent doors on the side and the top to retain the heat, resulting in very little lift, these doors can be clipped on and off at any time.

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Here are some of the technical specifications available for it:

  • Printing Method: Fused Filament Fabrication
  • Printing area: 200 x 200 x 200 mm +/- 5mm
  • Nozzle: 0.4mm (Interchangable)
  • Filament diameter: 1.75 mm
  • External dimensions: 343 x 334 x 387mm
  • Supported Filaments: ABS,PLA, Flexible, Nylon
  • Heated bed for minimal curling
  • Layer Height: Down to 0.1mm
  • Connectivity: USB and SD Card Printing

Despite all the technical jargon that you may or may not understand, with a little less light, The Nano looks beautiful!

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The Nano is now currently available for purchase with a 3 week production lead time. For more information and photos, check out the product page

Rolling Out with New 3D Printing Filament!

As we all know, 3D printing filament is the blood of your 3D printer and If you’ve been in the 3D Printing industry for as long as I have, you’ll notice that finding a steady stream of good quality filament in South Africa can be really difficult, especially at prices that won’t break the bank. That’s a hurdle you just won’t ever need to jump again in the future. We are currently offering pre-orders for new 3D printing filament from Esun, so you have the chance to get your stock for a few months at a cheaper rate than you would get it anywhere else.

Esun is a 3D Printing filament manufacturer who has been working on their filament for over 10 years now, with that much experience at hand, they have their filament down to a very fine art. Their colours are gorgeous and their filament has zero diameter variance. They have been mentioned in the Make Magazine: Buyers guide to 3D Printing and have won numerous awards at 3D printing expo’s around the world for their A class quality filament. They are also the manufacturers of a new cleaning filament which is creating a stir on threads around the net. This cleaning filament will help cleanse your extruder of any filament residual and unclog filament jams. This is also available for pre-order from us, along with a conductive, flexible and UV reactive filament.

Check out the pre-order category now available on our website to reserve your stock. The Filament should land with us around the middle of October but don’t worry, a more specific date will be announced closer to the time.

3D-Printer-Filament-Blog1It’s all great having new filament, provided you have a 3D printer. So keep your eyes peeled regarding our exciting news coming up soon regarding printers!

We’ve Moved To Cape Town!

Yeah, you read that correctly. We have recently moved our Netram offices from Durban to Cape Town, South Africa’s Mother City. It’s a big jump and let me tell you it has not been easy on everyone, the good news is that it’s finally over and we’re back on track.

In the coming days, products will again be available for back order, we will also be growing our range with new sensors, boards, printers and a larger 3D printing filament selection which we’re very excited about.

Over and above all of this, to celebrate our new opening in Cape Town, we’re hosting an open day for everyone to come around, chat with us and check out some of the cool gadgets we will have on display. Keep your eyes peeled on our social media pages as well as the blog for more info in the coming week.

Enough of all this talk though. If you’re in Cape Town, even if you simply want to chat, come and give us a visit!

Our new address is Unit 128, The Quays, Century City, Century Way.

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We hope to see some new faces around here soon!

 

5 ways to stop 3D Prints from lifting

You just got a 3D printer and it’s been printing great right? But you’re starting to notice your corners lifting, edges warping and maybe even the model being pulled off the bed. The bottom line is your prints are just not sticking to your building platform anymore, If that is the case then this is definitely something you should read!

From R30,000 Makerbots to the R3000 RepRaps, almost every printer has the same issue with print lift and you can Google search a solution until your fingers fall off, there is no single solution for every situation. Bed temperature, extruding thickness, bed leveling, material types, the list goes on and it’s safe to say there are plenty of variables that can cause this dreaded print lift. I’ve created a small list to help fix this problem and push out some incredible looking prints!

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5)  First and foremost, having a heated bed or not makes a HUGE  difference. So if you don’t have one yet, find out how to get one installed for your printer. You will remove 80% of these problems by just getting a heated bed. This being said, printing on sandblasted glass works wonders as the tiny course holes in the surface helps keep the print stuck. If you can’t use glass, aluminum plates works just as well! Also, If you can’t afford a heated bed right now, keep reading, the other methods work just as well with a cold bed.

4)  Bed leveling. I cannot stress how important it is to have your bed as level as physically possible, not just level to your eye but level in regards to how far your nozzle is away from the bed at any given time. When leveling your bed, make sure you can slide a piece of paper, folded in half, between the nozzle and the bed and you should feel a slight drag. You always want a really good thick first layer of print before the extruder starts on the rest of the model, this helps keep the print firm and pressed to the surface.

3)  Ambient temperature can also play a big role in the quality of prints you get, especially with ABS. If your ambient temperature is too cold where you’re printing IE: The air conditioner is on, or you’re next to a window or fan. The model will end up cooling too fast and your ABS printed model will start to shrink. Material shrinkage is what will cause your lift.

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If you find print results as something like the above, try box your print up as best as you can, keep the model and warmth inside the printing area, It will reduce cracking, shrinkage and ultimately lift.

2)  Printing with a raft can greatly increase your chance of a successful print. More surface area is covered by the print allowing a better stick than you would get without. If lift still occurs, the raft edges will usually lift first without compromising the main print. An alternative to using raft is creating your model with what is known as Corner Helper Disks.

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In Makerware there is an option to add these to the corner of your models right before you print which is real handy! It helps to keep the corners down and flat against the surface.

1)  Now if you’re reaching the end of this list and thinking. “But I’ve tried all of these, and nothing seems to work! I don’t even have a heated bed, I’m doomed!” Don’t fear because here is the number 1 fix that I have used countless times as a last ditch emergency effort. This can be done on a heated bed or without. (if without, make sure you lay some Kapton Tape down beforehand to protect your bed). First, decant about 30ml of acetone into a glass bottle. Take some small, failed, ABS prints and put them inside. Let the ABS dissolve in the acetone. Once the ABS has dissolved, repeat this step until you find the acetone goes milky white in colour. Now just apply this mixture to an old rag and smear it on your build platform. This coats the platform with a thin layer of ABS, of which when the acetone evaporates will be left behind, creating a giant bed sized raft. I often find that it sticks so well I struggle to get the print off the bed but I’m not complaining. This method is used by a lot of 3D printer enthusiasts as a last resort and they swear by it.

As I said before, everyone has their own fix for lift and curling. Some guys even spray a fine coat of their wife’s hairspray on their build platform (don’t ask me, apparently this works!). If you had a problem with 3D prints lifting and found your own fix, let us know!