John Abella

John Abella

Maker of things, obsessive hobbyist, 3D printing and CNC enthusiast. 3D Printer Village wrangler, Lead instructor at

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Screenshot: OnShape CAD software; Plane design: Kurt Hamel

Make sense of all the fabrication terms and acronyms. Read more »


This is not a machine for people who want to tweak settings and chase the perfect print. The Cube 3 is for someone who wants to print, has no time to waste, and is willing to pay more for plastic for a toolchain that just works. Read more »


It’s immediately obvious upon unpacking the MakerBot Replicator that substantial engineering resources went into this fifth-generation machine’s consumer-focused hardware and software. It sports a large, bright, color LCD interface, mobile or PC app-controlled LAN / wi-fi printing, an internal print-watching camera and a magnetically attached, sensor-packed Smart Extruder. The onboard... Read more »


Back for a second year, Vancouver’s Tinkerine Studios has added a shiny new printer to their lineup, the Ditto Pro. We put the bright white machine through its paces and found that there’s a lot to like. Unique Open C Frame Keeping with the open design of their previous Ditto... Read more »


The single greatest reason for print failures is a first layer that either wasn’t laid down well or didn’t stick to the platform. Here are the top tips from the Make: 3DP Test Team for getting that great first layer and making sure the print stays put. Read more »


Sometimes you just want fast prints for handouts, demos, or even while exhibiting at Maker Faire! Here’s the 3DP Test Team’s curated list of fast prints that work well on any machine and take very little time. Read more »

Sample tiny prints at 25 micron resolution.

Brad Hill has designed a new 3D printer called the LittleRP that will be launching on Kickstarter today. It’s one of a crop of new affordable resin printers on the scene, and I caught up to him to discuss how it came to be and where it’s going next. How... Read more »