January 2020 UFO Contents


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Welcome to 2020! Year of the Extrusion! Or perfect vision! lol. Last year my January UFO was New Years based, this year I wanted to do something different. So I searched out holidays and found that there’s a day for celebrating electricity and also Benjamin Franklin’s birthday, so I knew I wanted to do something with electricity. The colors were chosen for electricity, though one may be a little questionable in that lol. Also I included another little bit more exotic filament this month. Which by the way, BE CAREFUL with it (read below). I really hope none break in shipment, Tinkerz wanted me to make sure you all knew some things about it. The project this month is another one that I hope you all will find fun. Thank you to Seananigans for designing the graphic for that, and 3D Printing Viking for helping me with the modelling of it. I want to close out by thanking you all for your support through the rough patches and the growing pains. This last year has seen a lot of growth for Alien3D and I couldn’t have done it without you! • Josh ~Alien3D
This month the mothership is a Z-Catch nozzle removal system!

Congrats to Jim. E for winning the January 2020 Mothership Box!

Congrats to the winners of the November 2019 Scout & Science Ship Boxes!

1 Subscriber each of the Projects & Accessories Only UFO and the Filaments Only UFO are randomly selected to receive a FULL UFO for the month.

  • Laci S.
  • Daniel M.


This month UFOs contained:

  • Proto Pasta Sticker
  • Z-Catch Sticker
  • Cotton Candy Sucker
  • Discount codes from Z-Catch, Proto Pasta

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Filament Samples

All filament samples are at least 20 meters in length (actually more, I increased the length to eat up the extra filament being left behind on the rolls)

Proto Pasta

PLA - Carbon Fiber

Extrusion Temp: 210 to 230C
Bed Temp: 30-60C

Note!!! This carbon fiber PLA is a bit brittle. You should not bend it past it's normal curvature as it will snap. I suggest printing a little slower than your may normally print unless you already print slow. It contains 10% carbon fiber, which is higher than what's usually found nowadays, but this is Proto Pasta's original blend.

A hardened nozzle is recommended for Carbon Fiber printing.

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3D Printing Canada

PLA - Purple

Extrusion Temp: 180 to 230C
Bed Temp: 0-70C

I really liked this color purple and it prints really good. 3D Printing Canada does offer free shipping to the US if you spend a certain amount, I think it's $99, but their filament is very nicely priced.

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3D Solutech

PLA - Denim Blue

Extrusion Temp: 180 to 230C
Bed Temp: 0 to 70C

The photo doesn't do it much justice, but this blue is definitely a denim blue color, kind of a greyish blue and printed really nice.

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Industrial 3D Filament (Generic)

PLA - White

Extrusion Temp: 190 to 220C
Bed Temp: 0-60C

I needed a cheap filament to offset some costs this month, so tried out a couple and liked how easily this white printed. It's definitely a generic filament, but one I think it worth checking out for those who like buying cheaper filaments.

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Bonus Accessory!

10 Piece 1/4 Inch Drive CR-V Socket Set

Heat treated, chrome plated finish for durability Length: 25MM Made of premium chrome vanadium steel with a mirror chrome finish
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Bonus Project!

Alien Abduction!

This is a take on the classic game of Operation!

The graphic was designed by Seananigans and the 3D printed parts were mostly done by 3D Printing Viking, I just made the bottom plate into a box =)

In your UFO you should find

  • 2 strands of 1 meter wire
  • 2 aligator clips with male and female dupont connectors
  • 1 buzzer
  • 1 vibration device
  • 1 tweezers
  • 1 9v battery pack with on/off switch

Save the image to the right, you'll need to print it out!

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Step 1

Print out all of the parts.

Step 2

Insert a 9v battery into the battery pack and place it so the wires go into the slot and the power switch is facing the hole.

Step 3

Cut off one end of an alligator clip, and twist it onto the black wire coming out of the battery pack.

Step 4

Place the buzzer into its compartment with the wires facing out of the slot and connect it to the red wire of the battery pack.

Step 5

Cut off about a 6 inch piece of wire, strip the ends. Twist one end to the red wire coming out of the battery pack, and the other solder or twist through one of the holes on the vibration device.

Step 6

The 2nd 1 meter wire, cut off an end that is not a match to the dupont connector on your remaining aligator clip. Feed it through the hole in the side of the bottom box, and solder or twist through the other hole on the vibration device.

Step 7

Twist the black wire from the buzzer into the wire going out of the box as well. (for some reason the vibration thinger doesn't work if you just run the black wire to it, then the outside wire to the other nub. Maybe the buzzer is eating too much power? not sure)

Step 7

Tape off all your wires and make it look pretty =)

Step 8

Take the middle plate (has a nub on one end) and place it on a piece of aluminum foil, cut out a bit bigger than the plate size so you can fold it under and tape it to the under side of the plate. I left the end with the nub a little longer so that I could fold it multiple times and make it a little stronger, you'll see why soon...

Step 9

Fold all the edges of the aluminum foil over and tape them down. The end with the nub I folded 3 times, as when it goes over the nub, this is where one of the alligator clips will clip on to.

Step 10

This part is a bit tricky because aluminum foil tears easily. You want to push the foil from the outside to the inside and create a rim of aluminum inside the shaped holes.

Step 11

You'll then want to secure the edges with some tape.

Step 12

Print out the Alien Abduction guy - (Hey, he looks familiar!)

Step 13

Lay the top plate over the images and trace out the shapes, after your trace them out, you'll want to use an xacto knife or scissors to cut out the shapes.

Step 14

Then cut some of the paper off so you can fold it over the back and tape it down on the underside of the plate.

Step 15

Clip the alligator clip in the box to the nub on the middle plate.

Step 16

Place the little pieces into the sections at the bottom of the box. Place the middle plate with the aluminum facing up on the the box, then the plate with the abductee on top facing up.

Step 17

Plug the dupont connector of your remaining alligator clip into the wire coming out of the box and clamp it onto your tweezers. I also secured mine further with some electrical tape.

Step 18

You should now be able to play the game. The video to the right shows me testing the touching of the aluminum foil. Playing is up to you!
I hope those with kids have fun with this project! I'd love to see what else maybe you all can come up with by mixing various elements from past projects even if you don't make this one!

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