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Mika Yeap

Mika Yeap is a member of All3DP’s Content Academy and contributing writer for All3DP.com.

Mika is a creative polymath and cofounder of Tika, a group aiming to empower creativity using technology innovations. Sometimes he’s a software architect managing and building Tika’s creativity platform, Mink. Other times, he’s experimenting with micro controllers, designing and printing 3D models, writing on Medium, drawing vector art, or practicing Feldenkrais movement.

By Mika Yeap

Apr 4, 2019
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A Light Print
3D Printed Camera – Is It Possible to 3D Print a Camera?

The prospect of making a camera using a consumer 3D printer seems silly. After all, accurately capturing light is a delicate affair, right? Find out as we explore the possibility of a 3D printed camera.

Mar 23, 2019
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Advanced Milling Advances
6-Axis CNC – What Is It Exactly?

You probably know about 3-axis CNC milling. You might even be familiar with 5 axes. But did you know there's also 6-axis CNC milling? Find out about this manufacturing marvel!

Mar 17, 2019
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Coming Soon to a Factory Near You
The Future of 3D Printing – Technology on the Horizon

The future of 3D printing is bright, with several high stakes players entering the scene. People are looking to solve some very specific, challenging problems with creative innovations. Here are a handful of them.

Mar 13, 2019
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From the Safety of Your Couch
Best 3D Modeling / 3D Design Apps in 2019 (iPad & Android)

The old days are behind us – 3D modeling has gone portable! Check out the 6 best 3D apps (3D modeling/3D design apps) for iPad and Android that are available right now.

Mar 1, 2019
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Liberty, Equality, Creativity
The Future of 3D Printing – A Glimpse at the Next Generation

Similar to the way the World Wide Web democratized news, education, and entertainment, 3D printing has tremendous potential to democratize the manufacturing of certain goods.

Feb 27, 2019
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From Cat Models to the Legend of Zelda
6 Best 3D Sculpting Software Tools in 2019 (3 Are Free)

To produce models, 3D printers need files, typically in STL format, to be sliced into G-code. One type of software used to make these models is 3D sculpting software, which can recreate organic curves and freeform shapes.

Feb 21, 2019
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It's What's Inside That Counts
5 Fantastic 3D Printer Controller Boards in 2019

The controller board is the heart of any 3D printer, responsible for orchestrating components like the extruder, heated bed, motors, and sensors. Here are 5 great choices right now!

Feb 18, 2019
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Taking Manufacturing to the Next Levels
5-Axis CNC Machine – All You Need to Know

The garage-dwelling makers in the audience are undoubtedly familiar with CNC milling, a subtractive process that involves a spindle, some raw material, and lots of noise. But 5-axis CNC milling is a whole new treasure trove of discoveries.

Dec 16, 2018
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It's All in the Details
3 Best Detail Sanders of 2018

Let's face it, no matter how many digits were on your 3D printer's price tag, post-processing is still sometimes necessary. That's where detail sanders come in.

Jul 31, 2018
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Old Boat New Tricks
10 Cool 3DBenchy Variations – 3D Print Your Own Fleet!

3DBenchy is likely one of the most famous 3D printed models of all time. Commonly used as a benchmark print, "Benchy" has seen a modern revival through some creative modifications.

Jul 12, 2018
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Cut the Plank, Matey!
6 Cool Laser Cutter Projects (That Are Actually Useful)

Laser cutting is a common industrial process that has found its way into the hands of consumers. But most cutters only operate in two dimensions, which can be a bit boring unless you consider these unique functional designs.

Jun 22, 2018
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A Hemp Farmer's Path to Fortune
Bio Filaments for 3D Printing – Explained and Compared

We humans love making things out of non-renewable resources like fossil fuels. And though they'll eventually run out, we use them to make everything, including 3D printer filament. Here's some filament you can use that takes a greener path.

Jun 12, 2018
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When Nothing Else Works
How I 3D Printed A 3D Printer from Scratch

It seems ridiculous that someone without any 3D printing knowledge should, or even could, build a 3D printer entirely from scratch, but I did just that. Here's why, and how.

May 30, 2018
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Water: The Strongest Element?
WAZER – The First Desktop Waterjet Cutting Machine

With roots in mining dating back to the mid-1800's, waterjet cutting uses a high pressure stream of water to cut materials in industrial applications. Today, waterjets add flexibility to the traditionally tedious process of cutting hard stuff.

May 15, 2018
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Transparency is the Best Policy
Open Source 3D Printer – The Top 9 Right Now

An open source philosophy is fairly common in the 3D printing space, and some enthusiasts consider it a must-have on their machines. Here are some of the best open source 3D printers, followed by a quick glance at their evolution.