3D Printer Spotlight: Replicator 1

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The Replicator 1 is great diverse FDM 3D printer. If you are looking to print in both PLA and ABS look no further.


Company: MakerBot now owned by Stratasys

Material Used: PLA and ABS

Filament Width: 1.75mm

Nozzle Diameter: 0.4mm (Basically the width of the extruded plastic.)

Bed Size: 11.2 L x 6.0 W x 6.1 H in [28.5 x 15.3 x 15.5 cm] (Basically the maximum size a printed object can be.)

Z Layer Resolution: 0.1mm PLA suggested 0.2mm ABS (This is the thickness of the essentially 2D layers.)

Cost (Assembled):  Only available used. However. since the project was open source another company decided to make almost an exact copy of it called the Flash Forge. It costs $1,199.


Cost (Kit): NA

Pros: Can print in both PLA and ABS. Has two nozzles and can print in two colors.

Cons: No longer available except used or as a duplicate machine. The bed slightly warps when heated due to it’s aluminum construction. Many suggest replacing the aluminum bed with a glass one for more even prints.

Printing Video:


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The Orange Rupee, a rupee saved is a rupee earned.

Rupee’s are always changing in the Zelda Timeline from age to age. By the time of The Original Legend of Zelda all but two types of rupees remain. The orange rupee in other timelines is worth 100, but at this time it’s worth a buck. Which begs me to ask the question who cuts the rupees and determines their value? Sounds like that would be a great side plot to explore for future games. The proportions from the 8 bit and game manual image was use to design the orange rupee. Don’t spend it all in one place.

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If you still have not watched Legend of Zelda the Complete Story. Check it out!

123D Design, all hail Autodesk the conqueror

Autodesk has been coming up with some pretty cool free software lately. Today we will be reviewing Autodesk 123D Design.  Remember, Autodesk also purchased Tinkercad and are partners with Makerbot. Did I mention they also own Instructables? Geez, who’s next?  The tools in this program are a little more complicated than Tinkercad. There are more diverse tools and a wider variety of coloring options. However, unlike Tinkercad, this application is not confined to the web – you can run it on your Mac, PC, and Ipad! Though GUI is different depending on what device you’re running it on.


I also find the web interface to be a little slower and buggier than Tinkercad. Overall it’s a great program and has a lot of features just waiting to be explored.  There are also paid premium services that allow you to download models from their database.

Here are examples of models people have made in the program.

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It’s free, so give it a try and start creating.

Elasto Plastic, a new flexible 3D printable material

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Today we are going to check out a new material from Shapeways called Elasto Plastic.


It’s the cheapest 3D printable flexible material available through an online service. Right now it is a trial material, so hopefully they will keep it permanently. The material is printed via the SLS method. Flexible material opens up a vast array of possible projects. Start brainstorming!

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Check out its properties in this video!!

Boomerang, the non-magical variety

At this point in the game you are still in the first dungeon the Eagle. A Zelda dungeon that contains two items is very rare and the Bow and the Boomerang can be found in this one.  The Boomerang is found in almost all the Zelda games and there does not seem to be much design similarity between boomerangs from different ages. Making them unique items to their time period. I used the image from game manual as inspiration for the 3D version of the Boomerang.



Now it’s time for Triforce of Wisdom Trivia!


3D Printer Spotlight: Replicator 2

The Replicator 2 is one of the most reliable FDM 3D printers on the market.


Company: MakerBot now owned by Stratasys

Material Used: PLA

Filament Width: 1.75mm

Nozzle Diameter: 0.4mm (Basically the width of the extruded plastic.)

Bed Size: 11.2 L x 6.0 W x 6.1 H in [28.5 x 15.3 x 15.5 cm] (Basically the maximum size a printed object can be.)

Z Layer Resolution: 0.1mm (This is the thickness of the essentially 2D layers.)

Cost (Assembled):  $2199

Cost (Kit): NA

Pros: Extremely reliable compared to other 3D printers. Therefore less maintenance is required.

Cons: Very expensive. Does not come in a kit. 3D printers from MakerBot are no longer open source. Can only print in PLA.

Printing Video:


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The Compass, which way to the next piece of Triforce?

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You might think that the compass appears in all the Zelda games. Nope, in fact, five games have no sign of the compass and use other means to include its function. In the original Legend of Zelda, the compass shows where in the dungeon a piece of the Triforce of Wisdom is located. In later games the compass takes on other functions. I designed this compass to closely resemble the 8 bit game image from the original legend of Zelda.

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Today I leave you with a video of some recent Zelda Fan Art enjoy!

Where is that last Dungeon Key?

While in the first dungeon you will obviously be using keys to open locked doors, in later dungeons the use of them can be critical and sometime that last key is tough to find.  Keys appear in every Zelda game. Though their appearance changes throughout the timeline.

I designed the dungeon key to look exactly like a 3D version of the 8 bit game image. It came out really great!!!



3D Printer Spotlight: Printrbot Simple

Today we are going to be spotlighting our first FDM 3D printer.

The Printrbot Simple is one of the cheapest 3D printers on the market.


Company: Printrbot

Material Used: PLA

Filament Width: 1.75mm

Nozzle Diameter: 0.4mm (Basically the width of the extruded plastic.)

Bed Size: 4″x4″x4″ (Basically the maximum size a printed object can be.)

Z Layer Resolution: 0.1mm (This is the thickness of the essentially 2D layers.)

Cost (Assembled): $399

Cost (Kit): $299

Pros: Extremely cheap and uses some interesting technology such as Kevlar belts. Good quality for price.

Cons: End stops sold separately. End stops restrict the movement of the printer when it reached it’s limits. Without them you can damage your printer if you move any of the axes beyond it’s limitations. So it is highly suggested you get the end stop upgrade.

Printing Video:


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The Bow, you’ll shoot your eye out!

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After gathering various items in the the game, your are finally ready to go to the first dungeon.  Yes, we could have gotten a potion at this point. But, it’s the first dungeon, come on, you can do it! An update on the potions – I have almost completed a unique casting technique to make the bottles. I am just waiting on a special material to arrive to make casting it even easier.

Back to the dungeon – it’s called the Eagle and is located in what seems to be a dead Deku tree.


In its depths you will find one of the most iconic items of the Zelda series, the bow. It appears in almost all the Zelda games. In this timeline it appears in A Link to the Past and Link’s Awakening. However, the bow in Link’s Awakening exists in a magical world which is the dream of the Wind Fish, whereas the bow from A Link to the Past looks very much like the game manual image of the bow from the original Legend of Zelda. Is it the same bow?

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It appears to be. I designed the bow based on this linked history.

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Stringing the bow is very easy to accomplish. See directions here.

If your still lost on the Zelda Timeline make sure you watch Zelda The Complete Story!