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April 18, 2014

The LIX 3-D printing pen creates doodles that literally leap off the page

While the 3Doodler brought the concept of a 3D printing pen to the market, the new LIX 3D printing pen is a much more compact version and can help people can see their designs jump off the page. PSFK reports.

quotemarksright.jpgLike any 3D printing device, the LIX pen melts and cools colored plastic, allowing you to create rigid, freestanding structures. It is made of aluminum and comes in a variety of colors, so you can select one that suits you. Charging only takes one minute, and the pens are quite affordable with ballpoint versions starting at $60 and the 3D printing version at $140 for a limited time.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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LIX THE SMALLEST 3D PRINTING PEN from LIX 3D PEN on Vimeo.

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April 7, 2014

The Micro is a $200 3D printer that can make a teacup in an hour

e07eab1a3053485dc47d9946d2915ea1_large.png The Micro is hitting Kickstarter today with the sole intention of becoming the first consumer 3D printer that's at once accessible, affordable and easy on the eyes. enngadget reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe dream here is definitely that you take something and install it as fast as the fastest plug-and-play device that you've ever seen and you're focused on the end result," Michael Armani, M3D's CEO tells us. "You take the design, put it in the printer, it prints as quickly as possible. quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

emily | 8:16 PM | permalink

March 26, 2014

3D Printers for Special Needs Makers

Help make it happen by contributing on Indiegogo, to provide 3D printing tools for speical needs makers in wheelchairs.

The campaign has raised $2,263 so far out of their goal of $5,000 goal. 9 days left!

emily | 9:44 PM | permalink

January 29, 2014

Patent expiration for Laser Sintering could spark a second 3D printing revolution

One of the central patents controlling production of a specific type of 3D printer expired yesterday, and the news has the 3D printing community buzzing. The patent concerns selective laser sintering (SLS), a form of additive manufacturing that offers some significant advantages over other techniques. Today the cost of an SLS printer can run as high as $250,000, but the hope is that this patent expiration will dramatically reduce that figure.

Read full article in Extreme Tech.

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January 27, 2014

Stratasys launches multi-material colour 3D printer

_72507620_stratasysmodels-102bikehelmets.jpg Stratasys, the owner of the MakerBot range of printers, has launched a multi-material full-colour 3D printer. The BBC reports.

quotemarksright.jpgIt features "triple-jetting" technology that combines droplets of three base materials, reducing the need for separate print runs and painting.

The company said the Objet500 Connex3 Color Mutli-material 3D Printer would be a "significant time-saver" for designers and manufacturers. It will cost about $330,000. quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

emily | 5:32 PM | permalink

December 3, 2013

Scientists build a low-cost, open-source 3-D metal printer

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Until now, 3D printing has been a polymer affair, with most people in the maker community using the machines to make all manner of plastic consumer goods, from tent stakes to chess sets. A new low-cost 3D printer developed by Michigan Technological University's Joshua Pearce and his team could add hammers to that list. The detailed plans, software and firmware are all freely available and open-source, meaning anyone can use them to make their own metal 3D printer. PhysOrg reports.

quotemarksright.jpgSimilar to the incredible churn in innovation witnessed with open-sourcing of the first RepRap plastic 3D printers, I anticipate rapid progress when the maker community gets their hands on it," says Pearce, an associate professor of materials science and engineering/electrical and computer engineering. "Within a month, somebody will make one that's better than ours, I guarantee it."

Using under $1,500 worth of materials, including a small commercial MIG welder and an open-source microcontroller, Pearce's team built a 3D metal printer than can lay down thin layers of steel to form complex geometric objects. Commercial metal printers are available, but they cost over half $500.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article. Image Credit: Chenlong Zhang

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November 22, 2013

3D printing may help farmers

Screen Shot 2013-11-22 at 8.33.32 AM.png The Saskatchewan inventor who caused an online firestorm with his redesigned 3D printer says the technology could have huge implications for farmers.

quotemarksright.jpg“I wouldn’t say you could fix everything on your farm with one now, but it’s going to be a technology similar to the lathe,” Rylan Grayston said about the machines, which enable users to design objects on a computer and then build them, one tiny layer at a time, into a three-dimensional object. “There’s so much you can do with it.” [via The Western Producer]

The small parts are usually made of melted plastic. Grayston’s device uses a special resin that hardens when exposed to a specific light.

Only a few centimetres in size, Grayston’s novel device is touted as “the first $100 3D printer.” It’s simpler, smaller and far cheaper than anything else available and has created a lot of buzz in the burgeoning 3D printing sector.

Farmers won’t be using 3D printers soon to fill their toolboxes with wrenches and sockets, but Grayston said computer savvy producers could make their own dials, switches and gears.

“There are so many specialized parts that they go out of production and what do you do?” he said.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

emily | 8:29 AM | permalink

October 30, 2013

HP's 3-D printer will not be for home use but for print shops

hp3d-printer-rme-ng.jpg The rapid price drop in hobbyist printers in recent years would seems to confirm the rise of household replicators, and last week HP added momentum to the trend by revealing plans to sell 3-D printers by mid-2014. MIT Technology Review reports.

quotemarksright.jpgBut HP’s 3-D machines are unlikely to sit alongside its existing printers in offices and homes. Speaking at an event in Beijing, HP’s CEO, Meg Wittman, hinted that the 3-D printing technology being developed at the company’s research labs would aim to enable custom manufacturing shops to print out products more quickly.

Indeed, more sophisticated 3-D printing holds more promise than low-quality desktop ones.

While 3-D printing can be good at making some complex objects, like a customized porous titanium hip replacement, it is less useful for making straightforward, standardized things we take for granted, like the components found inside a dishwasher—at least when compared to conventional forms of mass production.

... 3-D printing will probably complement traditional manufacturing rather than replace it for some time. The technology’s big advantage is its ability to make unique, customized objects, but it does not replace the entire manufacturing process.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article. Image from engadget.

emily | 9:36 AM | permalink

September 23, 2013

The Peachy Printer is a $100 3D printer and scanner

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A new project seeking crown funding on both Kickstarter and Indiegogo called the Peachy Printer promises to deliver a functional 3D printer for a fraction of that price — just $100. [via Geek.com]

quotemarksright.jpgAccording to the device’s creator, he designed the Peachy Printer to be inexpensive by finding different ways to accomplish the same tasks, not by simply using cheaper parts. Instead of pricey microcontrollers, motors, and extrusion nozzles, the Peachy Printer uses a laser and some water.

... You can get your own Peachy Printer kit for $100 CAD from Indiegogo or Kickstarter. It should take about an hour to assemble and comes with 100ml of MakerJuice resin. Delivery is expected in July 2014.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more. Watch video demo.

emily | 9:01 PM | permalink

August 21, 2013

3D printer/fax machine to launch on Kickstarter

ZEUS.png Called The Zeus, the first all-in-one desktop 3D printer, scanner, copier, and fax machine is (supposedly, almost) upon us, hitting Kickstarter on September 4th. GigaOM reports via Quartz.

quotemarksright.jpg The Zeus will cost less than buying a MakerBot Replicator 3D printer and Digitizer scanner. Replicators sell for $2,199 or $2,799, and the yet-to-be-released Digitizer likely won’t be cheap either.

... It’s inevitable that 3D printers and scanners will more and more be integrated into one device. It sounds goofy to combine an antiquated technology like faxing with a 3D printer when it’s so easy to email 3D design files, but it helps the concept of 3D printing fit with non-technical users’ current understanding of the world. There’s no need to connect the Zeus to a laptop, as it has an on-board computer. Instead, the user is left with four buttons: scan, print, copy and fax. That’s simpler than a printer meant for paper.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 10:36 PM | permalink

August 15, 2013

Beyond 3D printing: The all-in-one factory

3D Printersmicrofactory.jpg are about to get an upgrade. The latest not only prints objects, it can cut and etch them too, making it far more versatile. New Scientist reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe Microfactory is a portable, self-contained machine just a little larger than an average desktop 3D printer. As well as the standard printing equipment, it contains a series of milling and printing heads that can cut and etch plastics, hardwoods and some light metals. Its creator, Massachusetts-based start-up Mebotics, describes it as the "world's first machine shop in a box".

The machine can be loaded with up to four different coloured plastics or two different materials. Its internet connection allows you to remotely start the machine and monitor its progress, and download a ready-made design from the internet to manufacture directly. Alternatively the user can design the part they want using a standard software package.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 3:18 PM | permalink

August 8, 2013

3D printing with paper: A new, low-cost way of making things

20130810_STP005_0.jpg A wonderful article in The Economist explaining the different printing processes and detailing at length, the history of McCor Technologies 3D printers that use paper.

quotemarksright.jpgThere are more than a dozen sorts of three-dimensional (3D) printer. They all build up objects, layer by layer, but what the layers are made of varies from one to another. Some extrude filaments of molten plastic. Some spray special “inks”, such as liquid polymers that solidify when exposed to ultraviolet light. Some use powdered plastic or powdered metal that is then fixed in place with a laser or an electron beam. Now there is yet another way. Staples, an office-supplies company, has introduced it at its store in Almere in the Netherlands. And the layers their machine prints are made of a substance that Staples has in abundance: A4 sheets of paper.

The process was invented by Conor MacCormack, an Irish aerospace engineer, and his brother Fintan, an electrical engineer. They worked with 3D printers but found the materials expensive. (Many manufacturers put a high markup on their bespoke printing materials, just as the producers of 2D printers do on their ink.) The MacCormacks therefore set out to make a full-colour 3D printer with exceptionally low operating costs. They call the result “Selective Deposition Lamination” (SDL) and they reckon the cost of the paper needed for it works out at about 5% of the cost of the materials for other 3D systems.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 8:38 PM | permalink

August 6, 2013

Mcor Iris 3D printer creates colour models by crushing office paper

438926-mcor-iris-3d-shoe.jpgLeft, model of a shoe created by my favorite 3D printer, the Mcor Iris 3D, that colours and crushes office paper into woodern-like designs.

quotemarksright.jpgThe Australian reports that the results are stunning. Models of a house, shoe, head, iPhone and skull show incredible detail, and due to the amount of paper used, are solid and strong.

The printer uses more than one million colours to create its designs and prints at a colour resolution of 5760x1440x508 dots per square inch, and uses standard office 80gsm paper.

... At $59,950, the Mcor Iris 3D isn’t a printer a family could afford or would buy. Instead, marketing businesses and retailers can make money by creating models for paying customers.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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emily | 5:12 PM | permalink

August 2, 2013

Portable 3D printer fits in a briefcase

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A pair of MIT mechanical engineering students has developed the first truly portable 3D printer, which fits neatly into a metal briefcase. arstechnica reports.

quotemarksright.jpgPopFab—designed by MIT CADLab's Ilan Moyer and Nadya Peek of MIT's Centre for Bits and Atoms—can impressively be set up in just a few moments.

The detachable printer head not only makes the machine compact in design, but means it can also be used in a variety of different ways. By swapping in different toolheads, it can be turned into a vinyl cutting, milling, or programmable drawing machine.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Image from Gizmag.

emily | 7:54 AM | permalink

July 11, 2013

The Legobot: a 3D printer made almost entirely out of Lego

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Engineering student Matthew Krueger lacking the funds for a Makerbot created one himself with what he happened to have available: a box of Lego. Crave reports.

quotemarksright.jpg Because it uses hot glue instead of plastics, it doesn't print nearly as well as a Makerbot. "While it does print, I would call this more of a prototype than a finished project," he said of his project.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article. Watch video demo.

emily | 4:17 PM | permalink

July 10, 2013

Watch Hy-Rel 3D printer printing play-doh

Watch demo of the Hy-Rel 3D printer printing with play-doh. The Hy-Rel was funded through a successful Kickstarter.

[via boingboing]

emily | 8:25 AM | permalink

July 8, 2013

UK Electronics Chain offers 3D printer for $ 1000

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UK Electronics Chain Maplin has become the first high street retailer to sell 3D printers to consumers. The Guardian reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe £700 ($1000) machine allows users to print three-dimensional objects and has been hailed as the future of manufacturing. To print something simple like a new mobile phone case can take 30 minutes, while something more complicated such as a piece of jewellery could take several hours.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

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June 29, 2013

Bukito Portable 3D Printer - Take it everywhere!

Crowdfunding on Kickstarter, the Bukito, a sturdy fast 3D portable printer that you can take everywhere.

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Why People Will Power the 3D Printing Revolution

Together, Makerbot is turning the concept of do-it-yourself manufacturing into a reality for about the same cost as a new refrigerator. A growing number of people are already aware of three-dimensional printing's raw potential. And those individuals are increasingly utilizing Makerbot technology to produce whatever products they can functionally conceive, beginning a real manufacturing revolution in their own homes.

Watch full interview above from The Atlantic.

emily | 10:54 AM | permalink

June 12, 2013

Inside MakerBot's new 3D printer factory

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The MakerBot factory currently houses a staff of 267 employees, and the company wants to hire another 50 builders in the coming months. Techhive gives a tour.

Highlights:

quotemarksright.jpg-- It takes approximately 45 minutes for a single Replicator 2 printer to make it through the entire assembly process.

-- MakerBot doesn't use a typical assembly line to build its 3D printers; instead, workers pull together a complete kit of parts that they send over to the final assembly area.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article and watch video.

emily | 8:38 AM | permalink

June 4, 2013

Why NASA Just Spent $125,000 To Fund A 3-D Pizza Printer Prototype

smrc-3d-printer-schematic.jpg The space agency made a splash with its headline-friendly plan to print pizzas in space. But what exactly does the ability to create food for astronauts mean for our plans for exploring the galaxy? FastCompany reports.

quotemarksright.jpgEarlier this month, Quartz broke the news that Systems & Materials Research Corporation received a $125,000 grant to spend six months building a prototype of a 3-D food printer--one that will be able to print out a tasty pizza before venturing on to other food items. I spoke to NASA to find out more about its interest in the technology.

The pizza printer is the brainchild of Anjan Contractor, a mechanical engineer at Systems & Materials who has long worked on 3-D printing technologies. According to his NASA proposal, the printer spits out starches, proteins, fats, texture, and structure, while the inkjet sprays on flavor, smell, and micronutrients.

Food on long-haul space flights needs to meet a slew of requirements. It needs to have a five-year shelf life, perhaps most importantly. But there are other issues it needs to address. "This is the only food that the crew members will have, so it needs to maintain its nutrition content for the length of the mission, and it has to be acceptable. If they don’t want to eat it, they won’t eat enough," explains Grace Douglas, an Advanced Food Technology Project Scientist at NASA.

3-D printed food is one of a handful of options that NASA is looking at.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

emily | 8:30 AM | permalink

June 3, 2013

Sub-$400 3D printer, The Buccaneer, passes $500,000 on Kickstarter in just 4 days

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The Buccaneer from Palo Alto-based Pirate3D Inc is a sub-$400 3D printer ‘for all’. Since it's launch on KickstarterMay 30, its campaign has passed the $500,000 mark.

quotemarksright.jpgThe device is inherently consumer friendly, unlike many others that are priced in a similarly ‘budget’ bracket. It is easy to set up, works on desktops or mobile, and uses the company’s Smart Objects program to make 3D printing as simple as traditional paper printing.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article in TNW.

Related: Pirate3D to help bring 3D printing technologies to Africa

emily | 8:36 AM | permalink

June 2, 2013

A brand new method of additive manufacturing: Anti gravity 3D printing [video]

Mataerial, a collaborative project between Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia and the Joris Laarman Studio, is pioneering a patent-pending 3D printing method it calls anti-gravity object modelling. Researchers claim 'this new out-of-the-box printing method can help manufacture structures of almost any size and shape'.

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May 24, 2013

DIY Market Slows Dramatically as 3-D Printing Hits Its Industrial Stride

bot-660x495.jpg Wired reports that according to the Wohlers report, the overall market for 3-D printing products and services hit $2.2 billion in 2012, a compounded annual growth rate of almost 29 percent compared to the $1.7 billion the industry recorded in 2011. Over the 25 years that Wohlers has been tracking 3-D printing the compounded annual growth rate has been about 25 percent.

quotemarksright.jpgOf the 3-D printing machines sold, the low-cost category (those priced under $5,000 and where most of the DIY crowd is concentrated) accounted for almost $40 million in sales. That translates to 6.5 percent of the $617.5 million in 3-D printers sold.

Yes, the hobbyist market is a very new one, but the growth curve it has been riding for the past few years has slowed dramatically. From 2008 to 2011 the market in low-cost 3-D printers grew 346 percent a year, according to Wohlers. In 2012, growth slowed to 46 percent.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article. Photo: Tony Buser/Flickr

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Formlabs 3-D Printer ready to ship but a lawsuit still looms

3d.printerx299.jpg Formlabs is bringing down the costs of a better 3-D printing technique, but it must survive a patent lawsuit. Technology Review reports.

quotemarksright.jpgDesktop 3-D printers are about to become available with higher-definition capabilities, with a new startup shipping its first model this month.

At $3,299, The Form 1 could expand the market for 3-D printing technology. It can produce much higher-fidelity plastic objects than the consumer desktop printers available today. But it is still cheap enough to be affordable to a wide swath of professional designers, engineers, and dedicated tinkerers. The Form 1 can, for example, create detailed functioning prototypes with mechanical parts, such as precise screw threads.

.. The company could face a big roadblock, however. Formlabs is in the middle of a court fight with 3-D Systems, which has accused it of patent infringement (Formlabs says that at least some of the patents have expired.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more.

emily | 9:01 AM | permalink

May 23, 2013

Mataerial 3D printer defies gravity

Screen Shot 2013-05-23 at 8.56.33 PM.png A new 3D printer does away with SLS layering, and is able to print gravity-defying cables in three dimensions. C/net reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThis is the sort of thing that has to be seen to be believed. The current crop of 3D printers on the market require a printing bed, and the objects produced thereon are printed in fine layers. As there is a waiting period before the material dries, the object can only be built from the ground up.

Mataerial (a portmanteau of "material" and "aerial") is different. Using a special thermosetting plastic that dries instantaneously, it is able to print on surfaces of pretty much any inclination. It was designed by students Petr Novikov and Saša Jokić from Barcelona's Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, during an internship at Joris Laarman Lab.

... Called "Anti-Gravity Object Modelling", the technique and device are awaiting patent. quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

emily | 8:51 PM | permalink

April 30, 2013

Staples opens 3D printing centre powered by Mcor’s technology

Screen Shot 2013-04-30 at 9.01.55 AM.png Global office supplies player Staples has gone live with a new 3D printing Experience Centre in the Netherlands, which is powered by technology made by Irish firm Mcor. Silicon Republic reports.

quotemarksright.jpgMcor’s low-cost, full-colour paper 3D printing technology called IRIS transforms sheets of standard A4 and letter business paper into solid, photorealistic physical models and enables Staples to provide easy and affordable access to 3D printing for everyone.

The Staples Experience Centre provides a hands-on 3D printing experience where consumers can learn all about 3D printing. Visitors will be able to interact with Mcor 3D printers, examine full-colour, paper 3D printed models, as well as attend 3D printing presentations and workshops.

“This is historic – it’s the first time a major mainstream retailer has provided 3D printing to the public,” said Mcor Technologies’ co-founder and CEO Dr Conor MacCormack.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Related: - Mcor Technologies Amazing 3D Paper Printers

To learn more about Mcor Technologies0 Selective Deposition Lamination (SDL) paper-based 3D printing, click here to download a complimentary copy of the 10-page whitepaper titled, "How Paper-based 3D Printing Works."

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emily | 8:56 AM | permalink

April 24, 2013

Stratasys/Objet Multi-Material 3Dprinter can print as many as 120 different materials

The Objet260 Connex 3D printer can print as many as 120 different materials, including as many as 14 in a single part. via @ttranpham

emily | 11:30 PM | permalink

February 27, 2013

Dreambox: The 3D Printing Vending Machine

Dreambox is producing 3D vending machines.

[via @Info3Dprinter]

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February 19, 2013

3Doodler: The World's First 3D Printing Pen

doodler.jpeg A new Kickstarter project for a 3D printing pen called3Doodler has just launched. Priced at just US$75, this pen seems like a very affordable way for enthusiasts to get into 3D printing technology. [via C/net Asia]

In their own words:

quotemarksright.jpg3Doodler is the world’s first and only 3D Printing Pen. Using ABS plastic (the material used by many 3D printers), 3Doodler draws in the air or on surfaces. It’s compact and easy to use, and requires no software or computers. You just plug it into a power socket and can start drawing anything within minutes.

How does it work?

If you can scribble, trace or wave a finger in the air you can use a 3Doodler.

7b229ee83e80ae2d2ee950c653e91e21_large.jpeg As 3Doodler draws, it extrudes heated plastic, which quickly cools and solidifies into a strong stable structure. This allows you to build an infinite variety of shapes and items with ease! Most people will instantly be able to trace objects on paper, and after only a few hours of practice you will be able to make far more intricate objects.

There are many ways 3Doodler can be used. 3Doodles can be created as flat forms and peeled off a piece of paper, as freestyle 3D objects, or in separate parts, ready to be joined together using the 3Doodler.quotesmarksleft.jpg

At the time of the publishing of this post, 3Doodler has raised $59,122 on Kickstarter thanks to 663 backers, surpassing their goal of raising $30,000. There are 33 days left to go.

Update - Kickstarter 3Doodler 3D Printing Pen Nothing of the Sort

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February 1, 2013

Singapore’s Pirate3DP readies affordable and easy-to-use 3D Printer

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Singapore-based startup Pirate3DP is “developing the most affordable and user-friendly 3D printer for the mass-consumer market.” TechInAsia reports.

quotemarksright.jpgPirate3DP hasn’t even launched yet, and the countdown on its homepage indicates that the startup is 72 days away from revealing its own 3D printer, dubbed the Buccaneer, which is currently in the prototyping phase. The startup says that its creation will “provide consumers with an affordable and easy-to-use 3D printing solution, but it will also become the playground for artists to create, monetize and share ideas with others.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more.

emily | 12:39 PM | permalink

January 31, 2013

2012: 3D Printing’s Big Year (in numbers)

screen-shot-2013-01-29-at-1-19-24-pm.png Makezine Blog checked in with several consumer-class 3D printer companies to see how 2012 went down for them and to get their thoughts on 2013 and beyond:

quotemarksright.jpg... Printrbot went on to sell about 3,000 printers in 2012 with sales of almost $1 million. Most sales were in December. Printrbot’s best sales have come from its low priced ($400) Printrbot Jr. model and there’s an even lower priced model to come. Meanwhile, the company just went live with Makrz, an iPhone app with 30,000 open source 3D software files.

MakerBot, the industry darling is tight-lipped about its sales figures, but PR director Jenifer Howard said sales of the MakerBot Replicator 2 were “exceeding expectations.” ... The company estimated it had 25 percent of the overall 3D printer market. Currently, there are more than 15,000 MakerBot 3D printers out in the wild, the company said.

Last month, Trinity Labs started taking orders for the printer Zygmuntowicz. With a 320mm x 320mm x 350mm print capacity, it has one of the biggest print sizes on the market. It’s going to sell for about $2,200, but Zygmuntowicz offered discounts for pre-orders and he’s already sold more than 100 with plans to begin shipping this month.

“We sold the first 50 in ten days,” he said. On New Year’s Eve, Trinity topped $100,000 in sales for one month, a record for the company. “3D printing is really on fire and exploding right now,” Zygmuntowicz said.

Trinity Labs also plans to release a “pocket printer” with a tiny 75mmX75mmX75mm print size that Ezra says makes it ideal for budget-conscious schools. “It will literally fit in your pants pocket when it’s folded up,” he said.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

emily | 9:14 AM | permalink

The Promise of 3D Printers

Aaron Pratt is VP Marketing at Microboards Technology/Afinia. He shares his pragmatic views on 3D Printing Inudustry, how far this technology sector has come and where it can go. Coming from a 3D printer manufacturer, this feels like a breath of fresh air after being in a hot and steamy room for too long. A must read.

emily | 8:40 AM | permalink

January 30, 2013

The shape of things to come: A consumer's guide to 3D printers

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CES 2013 proved to be something of a coming out party for consumer-facing 3D printers. These nascent days are an exciting time, with a diverse array of companies and organizations vying to be the first to bring the technology to our homes.

engadget has looked at the most prominent players in this field and publishes a useful consumer's guide to 3D printers.

Image above of Rostock MAX.

emily | 7:58 AM | permalink

January 26, 2013

How well Objet and Stratasys fit together. They show first 3D printed model using both FDM and inkjet technology

For the longest time, there were two giants in the world of 3D printing – Stratasys and Objet. These two companies announced a merger in early 2012, and completed said merger in December. Now the company is combining its forces to continue innovating in the 3D printing space. [ WebPro News via Objet]

quotemarksright.jpgObjet recently showed off a 3D printed card and pen holder that’s made up of two parts. Each part was printed on a different printer from each company, and the pieces fit together perfectly. It’s never explicitly stated, but it’s like this particular piece is a metaphor for how well Objet and Stratasys fit together.quotesmarksleft.jpg

emily | 8:13 AM | permalink

January 15, 2013

Joris Peels: 3D Printing Outside The Box

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Joris Peels of voxelfab proposes a radical idea for 3D printing: mobility. Inspired by Dirk van der Kooij 's Endless Chair, he envisions a 3D printer with a robot arm with an extruder attached to it.

quotemarksright.jpg So I was thinking…what if you took an industrial robot, mounted an extruder on it and then put the resulting 3D printer on a chassis of some sort? A bomb disposal robot for example or a tank. You add some simple AI and sensors, such as the ones needed for soccer playing robots. Add the 3D printing/robot arm software and perhaps a remote control kill switch. ...quotesmarksleft.jpg

Below, fabbaloo gives it a review.

quotemarksright.jpgPeels proposes to abandon the "build chamber" concept entirely and use a robot arm mounted on a moveable chassis. 3D printing has previously been done with robot arms, but providing mobility would permit the arm to reach infinitely, enabling building massive objects.

The resulting "printer" might look like Peels' concept "TankPlusArm" above.

We (Fabbaloo) like this idea and believe someone should give it a try, but we see a couple of challenges.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more. Image Dave on Flickr.

emily | 7:37 PM | permalink

January 11, 2013

3D Systems CubeX 3D printer, winner of 'Best of CES Award '

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3D Systems announced today it won a Best of CES Award for its CubeX™ 3D printer, the ultimate desktop 3D printer that can print as big as a basketball in triple color. Produced and judged by editors from CNET the winners of the Best of CES Awards were announced Thursday, January 10, at 2013 CES in Las Vegas. Congrats!

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January 9, 2013

MakerBot Introduces New And Improved Replicator 3D Printer

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Red Orbit reviews reviews The MakerBot Replicator 2X, a new version of the Replicator 2, MakerBot newest desktop 3D printer unveiled at CES 2013.

quotemarksright.jpgWhile the previous version of the Replicator 2 3D printer was capable of creating small figures measuring 410 cubic inches high, the new and improved Replicator can produce items about the size of a loaf of bread.

...The MakerBot Replicator 2X has the ability to make large, ABS prints more reliably than the original replicator,” explains Pettis in his introductory YouTube video.

This new printer is aimed at those who want to push the boundaries of 3D printing, allowing for multicolor and even multi-material prints.

To help drive this new printer, MakerBot is also releasing MakerWare 1.1 software and firmware updates for existing printers and the new Replicator 2X. With this new software, users can drag the 3D models directly to the printer, as well as see their print in the colors they intend to use for the 3D object.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more. Watch video announcement.

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Start Manufacturing at Home with the Afinia 3D Printer

afinia_web.jpeg Brian McLaughlin over at Wired gives the Afinia H-Series 3D Printer — ready to go out of the box—  a rave review after trying it out. And agrees with it's winning the awards for Easiest to Use, Easiest to Setup and Best Overall Experience in the Make Magazine 3D printer showdown.

quotemarksright.jpgThe Afinia printer comes almost ready to go out of the box. All the user needs to do is remove a couple shipping clips and attach the filament spool arm. This done in a matter of minutes and the printer is plugged in with the included USB cable and power cable quickly and easily. The printer fits well on our desk right next to our HP inkjet. Installing the software from the included CD is also a breeze. Within less than an hour the printer is powered, connected to the computer, the software is installed, and I was ready to get the printer calibrated.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

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January 8, 2013

3D Systems’ Outsized Machine Does Multicolor Prints as Big as Your Head

photo1.png 3D Systems, the industrial 3-D printing giant, is expanding its desktop line of printers with the oversized, multicolor-printing CubeX printers. Wired reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe printers, announced Monday at CES, promise an oversized print platform that can output objects up to 10.8″ x 10.45″ x 9.5″, more than twice the build volume of printers from other manufacturers such as the Makerbot Replicator 2. The line offers from one to three print heads to allow for colorful printouts, although information about the ability to blend the filaments into additional colors was not released.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

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January 6, 2013

Solidoodle to Launch New 3D Printer retailing for $799

Solidoodle announced that it will be launching a 3D printer for just $799, shipping in January.

From their press release:

quotemarksright.jpgWith printable dimensions of 8” x 8” x 8” (512 in³) — more than twice the volume of the Solidoodle 2 (216 in³) — users will be able to print large objects with up to .1 mm in layer resolution. Priced at $799, this latest addition keeps with Solidoodle’s commitment to providing consumers with high-quality, plug-n-play 3D printers. The new printer is available for pre-order and will begin shipping in January 2013.

... Within its initial year of operations, the company has grown to over 60 employees and has delivered over 1,200 printers. With the announcement of its latest model, Solidoodle expects to see a record-breaking 2013.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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January 1, 2013

Low-Cost plug & play 3D Printer RoBo, at retail price of $520, a hit on Kickstarter

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With 31 days left in its campaign on Kickstarter, the desktop, low-cost, open source, easy to use 3D printer RoBo has already raised a whopping $84,000 after setting an initial goal of just $49,000. Mashable reports.

quotemarksright.jpgSo what's got all those backers so excited? It likely starts with the RoBo's super-affordable (relatively speaking) price point. The team behind the RoBo says it will sell for just $520, compared to most 3D printers, which have price tags well into the thousands of dollars. Another big sell for the RoBo is its convenience. Users will essentially be able to plug it in and start printing "within minutes" after bringing it home.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Watch video demo.

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December 31, 2012

A Plea for More 3D Printer Manufacturers

3D printing aficionado Joris Peels writes a long treatise begging major manufacturers to produce 3D printers. He specifically requests HP, Brother, Xerox, Seiko Epson, Ricoh, RolandDG, IBM, Texas Instruments, Konica Minolta, Fujifilm and Sony to make a line of 3D printers. Fabaloo repots.

quotemarksright.jpgWhy make such a request when we have several decent manufacturers already in place, including Objet/Stratasys, 3D Systems, EOS, Arcam, Envisiontec and many others? Peels has a strong argument: many of the companies mentioned above hold valid patents on various 3D printing processes, yet they aren't visibly using them. This, at a time when 3D printing is about to take off - just the moment when true entrepreneurs should be piecing together products. quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more.

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December 27, 2012

December 19, 2012

Autodesk Developing CAD Software to Design, 3-D Print Living Tissue

half_novogenmmx.png Autodesk, the industry leader in CAD software, has announced it is partnering with biological printer manufacturer Organovo to create 3-D design software for designing and printing living tissue. Wired reports.

quotemarksright.jpgAutodesk's involvement is a major step in helping to commercialise, refine and mass produce Organovo's NovoGen MMX Bioprinter.

It’s an area of interest to Autodesk, whose software runs the industrial design and architecture worlds, allowing them to expand further into new fields by helping researchers interface with new tools.

Organovo’s bioplotter, one of the only machines that can shape living tissue, works like a standard desktop 3-D printers but uses living cells instead of ABS plastic. It creates tissue by printing a gel base material as a scaffold and then deposits cells which mature into living material that can be used in the process of developing new pharmaceuticals.

Specific details about the system, including pricing and availability, are not yet available. Even with scant details, executives at both companies are excited about the potential of such a system.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

Autodesk Chief Technology Officer Jeff Kowalski on the partnership with medical research firm Organovo: "Bioprinting has the Potential to Change the World"

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