January 9, 2016

When printing with fused filament 3D printers, some parts have a tendency to warp. 

Here are a couple different design strategies for overcoming part warping while printing.

When melted plastic is extruded it expands, then contracts immediately as it cools. Most warp...

June 21, 2015



We helped contribute to this About.com article about the hardware, DIY electronics, firmware, and slicing software you'll need to get started building your own 3D printer.


Building Your First 3d Printer Is Easier Than Ever.

More in-depth stuff coming soon.


June 3, 2015


We needed a new printer for our shop, so we built our own!



We've committed this printer to becoming an all open source design to join the ranks of RepRep 3D printers and beyond. We're calling this super sturdy design Voxel OX (like the animal). Parts list...

May 25, 2015

For .stl, .stp, and .f3d files check out our thing on Thingiverse:



These power supply clips are designed to fit standard 22v 30a power supplies like these:


Width of bracket inte...

April 30, 2015

Click here for our Instructable: "Make Voronoi Patterns with Autodesk Meshmixer"


Voronoi patters make interesting, organic looking models. You can add Voronoi patterns to an .STL or model that will import into Autodesk Meshmixer by reducing polygons and applying t...

April 14, 2015

We just got to test out the new Volcano nozzle from E3D and it's awesome! 

The full pack includes: .6mm, .8mm, 1mm and 1.2mm nozzles.
Get it from E3D here.

​The first attempt revealed that in order to get a full melt, much higher temps were needed (265c @40mm/sec) ju...

March 16, 2015


Finished up an Instrucatble covering some more details about our homebrew DLP/SLA 3D printer build. We just got featured! Check out our Instructable here!



 "This Instructable is about building a simple yet versatile resin (SLA) 3D printer that uses a cheap DLP p...

March 10, 2015

We wanted to make nice, straight holes for screwing M5 screws into the ends of our 20/20 extrusion, so after a couple revisions in CAD here it is.




Files provided in the link below.


February 12, 2015

Inductive Auto-leveling Modification for Makerfarm kits with Mount included. This requires swapping out one 15mm M3 screw for a 20mm M3 on the extruder carriage. Read our Instructable for more information:


February 12, 2015

Hey there makers! 
ProtoBuilds is an Austin, Texas 3D printing and prototyping company for the makers, creators and inventors in all of us. We want to welcome you to our site and say hello for the first time on our new blog. We hope you like it :)

Thanks for visiting!

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