3DSourced Has Acquired Rigid.Ink

We’re very pleased to announce that we have struck a deal to acquire rigid.ink, and all the excellent content that the rigid.ink team have posted over the years will now be hosted on our site.

Founded in 2014, rigid.ink was known throughout the industry for manufacturing and selling some of the highest-quality 3D printer filament around – and at a time when 3D printing was still in its infancy, and getting ahold of reliable filament was a real struggle.

More recently, rigid.ink stopped selling filament, with the founding team focusing on their 3D printing educational platform, IO3DP. Over the time they operated, they posted excellent content on different aspects of 3D printing, from their ultimate 3D printing troubleshooting guide, to how to unclog your extruder or nozzle, and much more.

We have agreed on a deal to host that excellent on our site, and to keep it updated as changes and advances occur in the industry, as part of our commitment to being the most informative 3D printing site on the web. All the content from the rigid.ink site is available within this section of our site, and you can view all the posts previously on that site below.

Rigid.Ink Content

3D Printing Raft Brim Skirt

What is a 3D Printing Raft, Brim or Skirt – Why and How to Use Them

Get the first layer right, every time It’s widely agreed in the 3D printing community that a smooth and correct first layer makes or breaks a print. In most instances, getting that … Read more

Using ABS in hot sun ABS vs ASA

Want to Use ABS in Hot Sun? We Compare ABS vs ASA Filaments

In this article, we’re going to explain the benefits of ASA, what it is, and how it compares to it’s closest alternative, the popular ABS.  If you know anything about 3D printing, … Read more

What to do with empty filament spools

What To Do With Empty Filament Spools? Here’s Our 6 Top Ideas

Used filament spools can soon pile up if you’re 3D printing quite a bit. And it’s a shame to just discard them (even if they are destined for the recycling bin) – … Read more

Pillowing Cracking 3D printing problems

Prints Pillowing, 3D Printer Stringing and Layers Splitting – 3 Worst 3D Printer Problems Resolved

One of the most frustrating aspects of 3D printing is printing defects. We’ve all been there. You’ve got a great design. You’ve sliced it and everything looks good. You start the job, … Read more

3D Slicer Settings

7 Key 3D Printing Slicer Settings You Need To Know

What is a Slicer? As you may know, a slicer is a piece of 3D printing software that takes a digitized 3D model and converts it into printing instructions that your printer … Read more

How to use 3D printer cleaning filament

How to Use 3D Printer Cleaning Filament (& What Not to Do)

This article is going to simply explain what 3D printer cleaning filament is. We’ll explain why it could be a time (and in some instances a life) saver for you. Then we’ll … Read more

Under Extrusion Problems 3D Printing

Under Extrusion Problems or Clicking Sounds? Here’s Why and How to Fix it

Has this ever happened to you? You set up a print job to run. Everything starts smoothly and looks good. The material is flowing well. There appears to be adequate adhesion to … Read more

3D Print Fill Density Settings

How to Use 3D Print Infill Settings – Increase Strength, Save Filament

In this article, we explain why you use infill, how to use it and how to decide the right percentage to use – to maximize strength or cost savings.  We’ll then cover any … Read more

Acetone Smoothing ABS

How To Easily Cold Acetone Vapor Smooth & Finish 3D Prints [Step by Step]

Acetone Polishing (Smoothing) of ABS and ASA – a step-by-step guide FDM (FFF) 3D printers often produce a final object that while being mechanically sound, tends not to have that ‘professional look’ … Read more

How to finish your 3D prints

How to Finish Your 3D Prints – Ultimate Guide to Filling, Priming, Sanding & Painting 3D Printed Parts

Your 3D prints are now coming out great & looking as they should, but then again, they’re still looking like they’re 3D printed.  Whether you’re printing for business, want to rescue a not-quite-perfect … Read more

How to Anneal 3D Prints for Strength

How to Anneal Your 3D Prints for Strength

“Mmm, who loves the smell of freshly baked prints?” * *(Nobody loves the smell of heated plastic; always print and anneal in well-ventilated areas) In this article, we’re going to explain what “3D printer … Read more

How to 3D print overhangs, bridges and the 45 degree rule

How to Print Overhangs, Bridges (& Exceeding the 45° Rule)

The difference? Bridges on the left, and the right is an increasingly proportionate overhang In this guide, we’ll explain how to defy gravity and pull off those hard-to-print objects without resorting to needing hard-to-remove … Read more

How to fuse and splice filament

How to Join or Fuse Filament Together

In this article we’ll cover why you may want to fuse filaments together, why you perhaps shouldn’t do it – and we’ll cover our top 3 methods if you really still want to do it anyway. … Read more

How to Smooth 3D Prints PLA

How to Smooth PLA to a Mirror Finish [Step-by-Step]

Need to make your prints look super smooth? Or perhaps you just want rid of those layer lines to make your print look more ‘factory finished’? For any 3D printing materials that … Read more

3D printing warping explained

3D Prints Warping or Curling? – Why It Happens and How to Prevent It

In this guide, we’re going to cover what causes warping, and how to remedy it. Including tips for specific materials, and how to make sure it doesn’t happen again! If you’ve used … Read more

Clogged Nozzle Extruder

Clogged Extruder Nozzle? – What Causes It, How to Avoid It, and How to Fix It

In this guide, we break down the common causes of a clogged nozzle, how to unblock it properly, and how to prevent it from happening again in future.  Nothing can be more irritating, or … Read more

How Many Meters of Filament on a Spool? [Filament Calculator]

Use the calculator below to work out how much filament you have left on a spool. Simply weight your remaining spool, and select the material. Our calculator will tell you how much … Read more

How to keep your filament dry

How To Dry Your Wet Filament (& Keep It That Way!)

Are you getting a slightly rough surface on your prints, or even crackling or popping during printing? If so, it’s likely your filament is a little damp. Don’t worry, in this article … Read more