Archives for the category: 3D printers
January 29, 2014
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.
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January 27, 2014
It features "triple-jetting" technology that combines droplets of three base materials, reducing the need for separate print runs and painting.
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December 3, 2013
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.
Similar 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."
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November 22, 2013
The Saskatchewan inventor who caused an online firestorm with his redesigned 3D printer says the technology could have huge implications for farmers.
“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]
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October 30, 2013
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.
But 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.
September 23, 2013
According 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.
August 21, 2013
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.
August 15, 2013
3D Printers 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.
The 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".
August 8, 2013
There 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.
August 6, 2013
Left, model of a shoe created by my favorite 3D printer, the Mcor Iris 3D, that colours and crushes office paper into woodern-like designs.
The 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.
August 2, 2013
A pair of MIT mechanical engineering students has developed the first truly portable 3D printer, which fits neatly into a metal briefcase. arstechnica reports.
PopFab—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.
Image from Gizmag.
July 11, 2013
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.
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.
July 10, 2013
Watch demo of the Hy-Rel 3D printer printing with play-doh. The Hy-Rel was funded through a successful Kickstarter.
July 8, 2013
The Â£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.
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June 29, 2013
Crowdfunding on Kickstarter, the Bukito, a sturdy fast 3D portable printer that you can take everywhere.
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.
June 12, 2013
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.
-- It takes approximately 45 minutes for a single Replicator 2 printer to make it through the entire assembly process.
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June 4, 2013
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.
Earlier 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.
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June 3, 2013
The 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.
Read full article in TNW.
June 2, 2013
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'.
May 24, 2013
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.
Of 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.
Desktop 3-D printers are about to become available with higher-definition capabilities, with a new startup shipping its first model this month.
May 23, 2013
A new 3D printer does away with SLS layering, and is able to print gravity-defying cables in three dimensions. C/net reports.
This 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.
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April 30, 2013
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.
Mcor’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.
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."
April 24, 2013
February 27, 2013
Dreambox is producing 3D vending machines.
February 19, 2013
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:
3Doodler 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.
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.
February 1, 2013
Pirate3DP 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.
January 31, 2013
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:
... 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.
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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.
January 30, 2013
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.
Image above of Rostock MAX.
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]
Objet 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.
January 15, 2013
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. ...
Below, fabbaloo gives it a review.
Peels 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.
January 11, 2013
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!
January 9, 2013
While 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.
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.
The 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.
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January 8, 2013
The 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.
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January 6, 2013
Solidoodle announced that it will be launching a 3D printer for just $799, shipping in January.
From their press release:
With 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.
January 1, 2013
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.
So 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.
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December 31, 2012
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.
Why 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.
December 27, 2012
December 19, 2012
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.
Autodesk's involvement is a major step in helping to commercialise, refine and mass produce Organovo's NovoGen MMX Bioprinter.
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Autodesk Chief Technology Officer Jeff Kowalski on the partnership with medical research firm Organovo: "Bioprinting has the Potential to Change the World"
December 18, 2012
CeraFab is capable of printing ceramic objects in very fine detail due to a photo-curing process. After the final treatment in the kiln the object is ready – needing no additional finishing touches. The accuracy of this process is an impressive 0.1mm.
December 12, 2012
Fabbaloo explains 3D metal printing.
Metal-capable machines are typically quite expensive and are varied in features and abilities. Generally metal printing involves some form of powder-based printing in which tiny metal particles are fused together.
December 4, 2012
The combined company will trade on the NASDAQ stock exchange as Stratasys Ltd. (“Stratasys”) under the symbol SSYS.