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April 22, 2015

The 3D printer drone aimed at making temporary refuges for disaster relief

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A drone which can deliver 3d printed concrete-like material to provide people with temporary refuge is being developed.

The 'Muppette' project, from Gensler architects in Los Angeles, is aimed at exploring how far the boundaries of current technology can be pushed.

The BBC's North America technology correspondent Richard Taylor spoke to Jared Shier, who is one of the founders of the project, and who has already begun assembling a prototype of the machine in action. BBC News reports.

quotemarksright.jpgJared Shier: Essentially we have separated a 3D printer extruder from a 3D printer and we have attached it to the bottom of a multi rotor craft. We see a lot of different applications for disaster relief purposes. Something like this could be sent out to an area that was just stricken by natural disaster where roads and bridges are knocked out and they're cut off from traditional means of rescue. Some of these could be sent out to construct rudimentary shelters so the people that are stranded have a shelter.

Richard Taylor: How long would it take to actually build a rudimentary shelter? 3D Printing is slow.

Jared Shier: 3D Printing in a conventional sense is very slow, you're printing a very very fine amount of material and layering that very slowly. With something like this, we're printing a much larger quantity of material in one fell swoop. Whereas a 3D Printer layer might be a tenth of a milimiter, for us, our material could be coming out at 1 inch thick. To build let's say an 8 foot by 8 foot shelter for disaster relief purposes, it doesn't need to last forever, it's just there to provide shelter for a short amount of time, I see something like that taking about one day to print.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Watch full BBC video interview.

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April 18, 2015

Disney Reveals 3-D Printer Prototype That Can Print Out Huggable Plush Objects (VIDEO)

A new 3D printer from Disney's research lab could some day let you print out your own teddy bear. Headlines & Global News reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe entertainment giant's research lab recently released footage of a 3D printer that has the ability to print fabric material. The printer, designed by researchers from Disney, Cornell Unviersity and Carnegie Mellon University, uses a mixture of laser cutting and layer printing to create a unique printing method. "The machine builds the object up layer by layer by cutting shapes out of a sheet of adhesive felt, cramming/heating each layer together as it goes.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more.

emily | 7:41 PM | permalink

March 19, 2015

Liquid Carbon3D Printer works like magic

Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 09.39.16.png A 3D printing process that harnesses light and oxygen has been demonstrated at the Ted conference in Vancouver. The BBC reports.

quotemarksright.jpgCarbon3D said its "game-changing" process could make objects such as car parts, medical devices or shoes.

The technique was inspired by the film Terminator 2, in which the T-1000 robot rises from a pool of metallic liquid.

On the Ted stage, the Carbon3D machine produced a plastic ball from a pool of resin in 10 minutes.

"It would traditionally take up to 10 hours to print this," Carbon3D chief executive Prof Joseph DeSimone told the audience.

He said that current 3D printing methods had some fundamental flaws.

"First up, the name is a misnomer. It is really 2D printing over and over again," he said.

The process is also often very slow.

"There are mushrooms that grow faster than some 3D-printed parts," he joked.

And finally the objects created by traditional 3D printing are often mechanically weak because they are made up of multiple layers.

His method is 25 to 100 times faster and can print solid final parts. It can, he said, potentially be up to 1,000 times faster.

It works by applying different levels of light and oxygen to a pool of resin. Light hardens the resin, while oxygen stops hardening.

By intricately controlling levels of each, the resin can be forced into complex shapes.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more. Watch video demo.

emily | 10:43 AM | permalink

November 10, 2014

Make your own computer: world's first 3D-printed laptop

The world’s first 3D-printed laptop has gone on sale, allowing anyone to print their own device in their living room for half the price of some of its conventionally manufactured rivals. The Telegraph reports.

quotemarksright.jpgThe laptop, called Pi-Top, will not be launched officially until next May and costs £180 ($286), includes a template that “prints” the shell of the laptop by melting rolls of thin plastic about the thickness of a piece of paper and laying them on top of each other.

The pack also contains a screen and a “Raspberry Pi” – a desktop tower the size of a credit card – that are slotted into the shell to form the final laptop.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more.

emily | 6:05 PM | permalink

November 9, 2014

Make: Magazine Shootout Names Top 10 3D Printers

m42_cover_hr.jpg Make: magazine has come up with a list of 10 standout 3D printers across a few different categories. [via 3DPrint]

It’s certainly been an inventive and exciting year in the 3D printing world, and it looks like it’s still just getting started.

quotemarksright.jpg2014 has been a full-throttle year for 3D printing since January’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) introduced us to dozens of new machines. It’s clear that additive fabrication has caught the attention of major brands in all sectors (Adobe, Microsoft, Hasbro, Dremel and even Arduino) and the push for the mainstreaming of this technology has hit new heights,” said Anna Kaziunas France, digital fabrication editor for Make: magazine.

“The field of printers we tested this year represent a departure from last year with a number of new entries from across the globe. We’ve seen 3D printers from Asia and New Zealand, and at Rome Maker Faire in October, there were dozens of 3D printers introduced.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more.

emily | 9:29 AM | permalink

November 1, 2014

The World's Smallest 3D Printer Costs Less Than $300

Starting life on Kickstarter with a $300,000 fundraising campaign that's two-thirds the way to its goal, the iBox Nano takes the road less traveled when it comes to 3D printing technology to keep it small and affordable.

quotemarksright.jpgInstead of the plastic microfilament that most consumer-level 3D printers melt and extrude to slowly build up a model, the iBox Nano uses a small pool of liquid resin that's hardened, layer by layer, using ultra-violet LEDs. So the printer doesn't need noisy cooling fans, doesn't produce that awful melted plastic smell, and can actually run on battery power when needed.quotesmarksleft.jpg

[via Gizmodo]

emily | 8:57 AM | permalink

September 27, 2014

HP Labs is working on a glass 3D printer

img_1531.jpg HP isn’t content to just 3D print in plastic. A job ad for a “robotics scientist for 3D printing” sounds normal enough until you dive into the text and read this: [via GigaOM]

quotemarksright.jpgHP Labs’ research into printing of inorganic materials is working towards hybrid printing of glass (and other inorganic materials) onto items that are already mass produced,” the ad reads.

3D printing is generally reserved for working with plastic and metal. Glass is unusual. Read a 2012 HP Labs paper.

HP is due to release its in October. We don’t know much about it except that it will be aimed at businesses and a potential boost for the ailing company. It’s unlikely it’s a glass printer though. This is a project that still lives within HP Labs.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

emily | 8:36 AM | permalink

September 13, 2014

A New Multi-Material 3D Printer Can Print (Almost) Anything

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A company in Mexico says it's working on the world's first modular 3D printer, which will be able to print just about anything out of, well, anything. [via motherboard]

quotemarksright.jpgThe printer, called the Modular MM1, is still just a prototype, but its creators, MakerMex, say that it can print ceramic, chocolate, batter, rubber, plastics, clay, and even wood fiber and Play Doh (OK, maybe that one isn't so impressive).

Unlike other 3D printers, the MM1 has interchangeable heads, and most of its other parts are modular as well, meaning it can be changed as the technology does. It's sort of the same idea behind the Google modular phone—you use the parts and features you need, and can upgrade them as necessary, rather than having to buy a new one whenever the tech becomes obsolete.

Of course, there's still a ways to go before the product hits the market—the company is planning to do a Kickstarter sometime later this year. But this isn't a pie-in-the-sky idea: The company has a good track record in Mexico and already has several commercial 3D printers available for sale.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article.

emily | 8:32 AM | permalink

June 20, 2014

Now We Can 3D Print Stuff Without Computers or Electricity

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Daniel de Bruin, a student at the University of the Arts in Utrecht, the Netherlands, has built his own version of a 3D printer, and it’s entirely analog. No computers, no wires, and no power source other than his own physical actions.

Watch video demo.

[ via motherboard]

emily | 3:12 PM | permalink

June 17, 2014 aims to shake up 3D printing with Coca-Cola branded Ekocycle Cube


The Ekocycle Cube is a 3D printer that sources its materials partly from recycled plastic bottles. It's made by 3D Systems, the US-based manufacturer that announced as its chief creative officer in January this year and Coca-Cola is also a partner in the project. The Guardian reports.

quotemarksright.jpg3D Systems will start selling the device in the second half of 2014 with a launch price of $1,199 (£706). Its cartridges will include filament – 3D printing's equivalent of ink for traditional printers – partly made from used plastic bottles.

The company says each cartridge will contain 25% of "post-consumer recycled materials", using an average of three bottles.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more.

emily | 12:16 PM | permalink

June 11, 2014

Printeer, a 3D printer for kids and schools

3D printers certainly aren't toys, but one US company is preparing to launch a 3D printer for children called Printeer. [via The Guardian]

quotemarksright.jpgMission Street Manufacturing is trying to raise at least $50,000 on crowdfunding site Kickstarter to get the project off the ground, with plans to ship the first units by October this year.

The printer will have a companion app for Apple's iPad, which children will use to create 3D designs that they can then print out. Printeer uses PLA plastic filament for the printing, which the company says is non-toxic.

... Mission Street Manufacturing says it is already working with schools in its native California to test its new device, with hopes of persuading more to buy units when it goes on sale. For now, parents and teachers can pay $549 to secure a device from the first production runquotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more.

emily | 10:21 PM | permalink

A universal paste extruder for virtually any desktop 3D printer

A new Kickstarter campaign that launched today, the Discov3ry, is an affordable paste extruder that can easily be added to almost any existing 3D printer. If your printer uses plastic filament, it is almost certainly compatible with the Discov3ryand will expand the range of materials beyond molten plastic, to include a wide range of pastes.

Some other materials that can be 3D Printed : Silicone, Polyurethane, Wood Filler, Clay, Ceramics, Icing Sugar, Nutella, Conductive Paint ... and many pastes that we haven't even thought of trying to print with yet.

[via Metro]

emily | 10:07 PM | permalink

May 8, 2014

Coming soon: Print your own makeup

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A Harvard Business School student has invented a printer that uses inkjet technology to mix colours and print makeup at home. [via C/net]

quotemarksright.jpgGrace Choi, speaking at TechCrunch Disrupt describes what she is calling Mink: a printer that works just like an inkjet to mix colours to the user's specification to print custom makeup. All you need is the printer, colour picker software to copy the hexcode of a colour, and print software.

The print materials used are FDA-compliant substrate and ink, both of which come from the same source as those used by trusted makeup brands, Choi said.

The colours themselves can come from pretty much any digital image: a photo snapped by the user on their smartphone, a colour found on the web, a YouTube video. These are then sent to the Mink and printed as either a pressed powder or cream makeup in the chosen colour.

"The inkjet handles the pigment, and the same raw material substrates can create any type of makeup, from powders to cream to lipstick," Choi said. "Implementing this ability on the Mink is not hard to do."

The Mink and print materials will be available later this year. Choi hopes to retail the printer for around US$300, with pricing for the materials yet to be confirmed, although Choi said it will be "competitive".quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article. Watch video demo.

emily | 7:57 AM | permalink

May 7, 2014

Flying 3D printer drone could seal off nuclear waste

Engineers from Imperial College London have built autonomous "flying 3D printer" drones, which could protect people from nuclear waste. [via the BBC]

quotemarksright.jpgThe drones can "print" a sticky foam on dangerous objects before attaching themselves and lifting the hazard away.

The engineers hope that the drones will one day be capable of printing nests in treetops to enable them to rest and recharge before continuing. quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read more and related article in New Scientist.

emily | 9:56 PM | permalink

April 25, 2014

DrugPrinter: print any drug instantly

1-s2.0-S1359644614001214-fx1.jpg This paper published in Science Directproposes a 3D-printer-style machine designed to print any drug instantly, at the chemical level. [via adafruit]

quotemarksright.jpgIn drug discovery, de novo potent leads need to be synthesized for bioassay experiments in a very short time.

Here, a protocol using DrugPrinter to print out any compound in just one step is proposed. The de novo compound could be designed by cloud computing big data. The computing systems could then search the optimal synthesis condition for each bond–bond interaction from databases. The compound would then be fabricated by many tiny reactors in one step. This type of fast, precise, without byproduct, reagent-sparing, environmentally friendly, small-volume, large-variety, nanofabrication technique will totally subvert the current view on the manufactured object and lead to a huge revolution in pharmaceutical companies in the very near future….quotesmarksleft.jpg

Related articles:

-- Print your own drugs!

-- Researchers developing “chemputer” that prints drugs

emily | 8:17 AM | permalink

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

Read more.


emily | 10:05 AM | permalink

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.

emily | 10:05 PM | permalink

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


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

emily | 8:03 AM | permalink

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


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]

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

Read more.

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

Read more.

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

Read more.

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

Read more.

emily | 5:12 PM | permalink

August 2, 2013

Portable 3D printer fits in a briefcase


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


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.

emily | 11:51 AM | permalink

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


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.


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


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

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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.

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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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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

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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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