3Dsimo is an impressive brand that, since it’s founding in 2013, has been at the forefront of 3D Pen development. However, David Paskevic, the brains behind the brand, understands that just 3D drawing is not enough for curious and inventive Makers, which is why 3Dsimo offers not just one, but four different models, each with a unique focus to cater to the many unique types of Makers throughout the world.
Aditek Orthodontics are a highly innovative company, focusing on providing high-tech products to dentists worldwide. As 3D Printing advances in user experience and convenience, more professional industries are finding incredible uses for this new technology. Aditek plunged into the world of 3D Printing by offering new Dental 3D Resin ranges.
When it comes to bed levelling in 3D Printing, there are few brands who are better known than ANTCLABS – the makers of the world-famous BLTouch Bed Levelling Sensor. This has, as you probably know, has rapidly gained popularity due to the ease-of-use and cost-effectiveness when compared to other bed levelling sensors, with many major brands like TEVO now equipping BLTouch sensors as stock units on their top machines.
Anycubic are a brand dedicated to manufacturing, researching, developing and refining 3D printing technologies and consumables, and have been slowly garnering a strong community of users, ambassadors and evangelists over the years. They continuously bring out new models with various improvements that aim to enhance printing quality, speed, and convenience - with the end user as their top priority through each design.
Anycubic are best-known for their Anycubic i3 Mega, Kossel Delta and Anycubic Photon printers, as well as the UltraBase, which is a modern design that utilises air pressure at different temperatures for effective print adhesion and removal.
Arduino is a widely popular open source hardware and software company, user community, and ongoing project that was founded to build, refine and mass produce highly functional low-cost microcontroller boards. They have changed the world by making electronics prototyping more accessible than ever before, allowing people like you, me and anyone else to enjoy experimenting, learning, building and playing with electronics.
As a relatively unknown yet up-and-coming brand in the world of 3D Printing, BigTreeTech has hit the ground running by taking their time to carefully observe (and actually use) all of the good, bad and downright silly parts and ideas in 3D Printing, and turning that experience into foundational knowledge for how their custom boards, components and now entire 3D Printers should be made.
This slow but powerful approach has garnered them one of the most impressive category line-ups to date, with truly unique high-class boards, displays, drivers, motors and more – but all at a realistic price that they, as Makers themselves, would be happy with.
BIQU is an awesome brand that was founded by the same amazing people who founded BigTreeTech, which have of course become quite the well-renowned brand in the world of Hobbyist 3D Printing due to their growing range of very impressive 3D Upgrades like the SKR motherboards. This has not only catapulted their popularity to the frontlines, since many 3D Makers already love BigTreeTech upgrades for various other 3D Printers, but has also garnered them the perfect position to create and offer some of the best, most versatile and most effective 3D Printers on the market.
One of our favourite aspects about BIQU is the fact that they are extremely dedicated to pushing the envelope for hobbyist 3D Printing, bringing out amazing upgrades not only for their own machines, but for a wide range of models from various other popular brands too. This of course means that you can expect to see these awesome upgrades integrated into their various models, often being even better supported since these machines are designed to work perfectly with their own upgrades.
Bondtech, creators of the world-famous Bondtech BMG Dual-Drive-Gear Extruders, have fortified themselves as leaders in extruder design, offering numerous designs for almost every hobbyist 3D Printer around, all built to an extremely high quality standard. From Extruder Assemblies to Extruder Upgrade Kits, Bondtech is ready to help you Level Up your 3D Printing Experience!
Capricorn is a brand that almost came out of the “blue”, bringing a distinctly coloured high-quality Bowden Tubing to a market that desperately needed some improvements. Since 2017, they have rapidly gathered a strong following due to the ultra-low friction, high durability and impressive tolerances of their “CapTubes”, and they’ve even brought out both a TL and an XS series in order to cater to the very defined and precise needs of 3D Makers in the industry.
Creality 3D is an up-and-coming leader in 3D printing that has taken the world by storm, offering top quality printers, consumables and accessories at competitively low prices. While they haven’t yet pushed the boundaries or brought new innovations to the industry, their focus is on taking the same reliable technologies and perfecting them – resulting in amazing, cost-effective quality that no other manufacturers have been able to achieve with the same components.
DFRobot is a company that is best known for their sheer passion for open-source electronics manufacturing, development and evangelism. They are the masterminds behind the ever-popular LattePanda series of development boards, and are constantly pushing the boundaries of communications, robotics and IoT. This has secured them a leading role in hobbyist electronics world-wide, offering top quality products at impressively low prices.
Espressif Systems is a Shanghai-based fabless semiconductor company dedicated to utilising modern technology to create a world with less waste and pollution. By focusing on and leveraging wireless technologies, Espressif strive to design products that are more intelligent, adaptable, versatile and eco-efficient for the modern world.
eSUN is one of the leading international 3D Printer Filament manufacturers, with one of the widest ranges of filaments available – Including ABS, PLA, PVA, PC, HIPS, PA, as well as an array of exotic filaments imbued with woods, metals and other non-plastic materials for unique effects.
Fillamentum is a passionate brand that has been the 3D Printing space for a long time now, and since 2013, have been helping push the consumables and materials side further than anyone could have originally thought possible. They are dedicated to opening up new possibilities through a diverse and versatile range of very high quality filaments, with a core focus on quality and consistency through each and every batch – resulting in a premium 3D Filament that Makers throughout the world can genuinely rely on and trust.
FlashForge is a reputable company that was founded in 2011 with the core vision of “Create a Joyful 3D Life with You”, and this simple but effective vision has led them to become one of the most renowned 3D Printer designers and manufacturers in the world. One of our favourite aspects about FlashForge is that they themselves are end-users and 3D Makers, so they understand how important high-end components are, while also understanding the importance of an affordable price despite the incredible quality that their 3D Printers offer.
Shenzen Hello 3D Technology, known as “Hello 3D” for short, is an awesome brand that’s been around for many years, but has never received much attention despite some truly amazing achievements. As creators of the world’s first Frosted Bronze, HPLA, Silky and Conductive Filaments, we love how Hello 3D continuously push the industry forward, setting new benchmarks and forcing other brands to try to keep up!
iTEAD Studios is a software and hardware development company with the aim to enhance the world through advanced technology. They are constantly pushing the capabilities of current tech’ to meet the ever-increasing demands of modern consumers, and not only continuously bring out world-class products like their SONOFF range, but also provide a mutually beneficial means for anyone to get involved and build their own world-class products from just an idea.
Micro Swiss are a team of three brothers from various manufacturing and engineering professions, who began by sharing a common passion for the emerging technology of 3D Printing before deciding to join together to bring their own unique flavour into the industry - propelling them forwards into a position where they are not only refining designs, but are now developing their own parts and upgrades for a wide range of different 3D Printer brands and machines.
Guangzhou e-Design Intelligent Technology Co, better known as Miniware, is one of our favourite brands here at DIYElectronics. From as early as 2000, Miniware have been dedicated to crafting and supplying handheld and portable workshop tools like soldering irons, oscilloscopes, power supplies and more – all ready to be taken out into the world for testing, troubleshooting, repairing and prototyping exciting electronics projects.
Within the world of SLA and DLP Printing, there are few brands who can truly stand out from the crowd with quality 3D Resins, and amongst these brands, the choice of colours, polymers and other unique characteristics are extremely limited. That was true, at least until we found Monocure, who are arguably the most impressive 3D Resin brand in the world.
Newstar LED Co., Limited is a market-leading innovator and professional manufacturer with more than 10 years of LED R&D experience. They supply various types of LEDs to countries across the world. With a well-trained team full of experienced technicians and salesman intent on achieving their main goal of excellent quality and service.
When it comes to filaments and major R&D leaders in the world, there are few Makers who don’t know the name NinjaTek. This is because, over the past few years, NinjaTek ‘s dedication, passion has proven time and time again that they are not only capable of producing pristine quality filament, but also a wide range of different polymers with very unique properties.
Particle is a modern-age company focused on bringing the Internet of Things into the homes, offices and public spaces of businesses, consumers, and anyone else who can benefit from them. From hardware to software and cloud capabilities to connect them all together, Particle offers secure, simple to use, scalable solutions that can allow almost anything to connect to the internet and adapt to the modern world in a variety of unique ways.
Phaetus is a brand with an unrelenting focus on creating some of the highest quality 3D printing upgrades and equipment on the market. They have pioneered many fantastic designs that reimagined the hotend as we know it. But with the wind firmly caught in their sales, Phaetus is not stopping there! The company began with a goal to plow into the pain points of 3D industry and come up with innovative solutions that meet the needs of DIY enthusiasts and professionals in the 3D industry. If you love the idea of upgrading 3D printers to a premium standard of greater functionality, you will not be disappointed by the excellent quality and fun upgrades that Phaetus has to offer.
Pi Supply is a brand that has humble roots in building custom audio systems for customers’ vehicles, and over time, has grown to become a truly awesome brand, producing their own lines of Raspberry Pi products and adding to the ever-growing catalogue of fantastic toys, tools and addons that you can get for Raspberry Pi Boards! From their very own JustBoom Audio HATs and PiJuice HATs to other awesome modules and expansions, Pi Supply have proven to be valuable contributors to the ever-growing Raspberry Pi Global Movement.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a charity that was founded in 2009 to promote the study, development and education of basic computer science in schools. Now they are one of the largest single-board computer manufacturers in the world, with a range of Raspberry Pi models and accessories that are surprisingly powerful, versatile and easy to learn and work with.
SA Filament is a local brand that is comprised of passionate 3D Makers, and is born out of the necessity to try and make 3D Filaments as freely available as possible for South Africans.
After 2020 being a year that none of us will ever forget, the team at SA Filament decided that South Africans needed a faster and more reliable way of getting good quality but affordable filament for getting involved in 3D Printing face masks and PPE, and there was simply no better way of achieving this than by opening up a manufacturing plant of their own.
This passion to provide for fellow South Africans, coupled with a Local Is Lekker attitude and the willingness to put in countless hours of hard work to turn a simple idea into a practical reality, SA Filament has proven that it's not only capable of delivering on its promise, but that it can even match international standards for the quality that local 3D Makers need from their filaments.
Seeed Studio was founded in as early as 2008 with the belief that “Electronics Can Be Art”, and since then has dramatically grown in popularity and market share due to the awesome quality, low price and full support of each and every product they stock. And in a very similar way to how we do it, they only ever stock goodies that they use themselves, meaning that they can support each item with first-hand knowledge and experience, giving them a true upper hand over the plethora of competitors that also sell low-cost electronics modules and components.
Shelly (IoT) was built by a team of talented young developers devoted to the dream of not just working smart, but also living smart. The Shelly name is one of the fastest-growing IoT brands in the world. With a focus on smart automation, Shelly has released various devices geared toward providing quality of life solutions to home and office buildings. Their WiFi relays and smart light bulbs open the wonderful world of Home Automation to all Makers looking to live calmly and happily.
Slice Engineering is a relatively unknown brand that has only started garnering a following since 2019, but over such a short time, Slice Engineering have made big waves in the industry with their now-famous Mosquito hotend. With a passion for engineering, a desire to uplift the growing 3D Printing industry, and the simple but powerful ethos of "Let Form Follow Function", Slice Engineering is more than just capable of delivering excellent products that may even go so far as to redefine hotend standards within Hobbyist 3D Printing.
Sonoff is a subsidiary of ITEAD Studio, and is the branch responsible for developing and manufacturing wireless control systems and home automation products. Some of their most popular products include relays and light switches that can be controlled via online smart phone apps, allowing users to turn lighting, machines or almost any other type of electrical device on or off from anywhere with an internet connection.
As 3D Makers, we completely understand that a change (in filament) really is as good as a holiday, and if you've been looking for an awesome new filament supplier to sink your teeth into, we've got just the brand for you! Introducing SunLu, a relatively unknown brand here in SA that is about to take the SA 3D Maker scene by storm with a wide range of great quality 3D Filaments at prices that are genuinely affordable for us Makers living in SA.
Offering many of the classics like PLA, ABS and PETG, some of the more advanced Exotics like TPU, as well as the unique Semi-Exotics such as Twinkling, Marble and Rainbow filaments, SunLu has an entire range that any 3D Maker would be delighted to take advantage of. And of course, whether you're into 3D Printing for fun, functional, funky or just plain freaky prints, SunLu will have the ideal colour and material combination to suit whatever your particular needs are.