Apr 27, 2013

Ilios HD DLP printer

New DLP printer kit: Ilios HD.

Tech specs:
  • Maximum VAT Area: 30cm x 30cm (X and Y)
  • Maximum Lifting distance: 20cm (Z axis)
  • Starting Layer Resolution: 0.0125mm (12.5 micron) with Full Step Motor Configuration
  • Metal Ball Bearing Spindle Resolution: 2.5mm Pitch
  • Repeat Accuracy: Less than 0.01mm on a length of 300mm
  • Motor Maximum Resolution: 1/16 of a Step
  • Motor Specifications: Nema 23, 4 lead Bipolar, 3A, Step Angle - 1.8deg,
  • Control Circuit: 3 Stepper Motor Control (4 Leads) - 3.5A, 1 Relay Control, 4 Additional Inputs
  • Electronic Features: Selectable Decay, Selectable Micro-stepping (up to 16m-steps)
  • Power Supply: 350W, 24VDC/14.6A
  • Assembled Kit Dimensions: ~60cm (L) x ~50cm (W) x ~120cm (H)
  • Price: 3210 € at

Apr 26, 2013

Open source watch with 3d printed case

OTM-02 is open source watch module project with DIY 3d printed case.


A non-waterproof, DIY 3D printing optimised case design is at an intermediate stage of development.
Other cases designed to be 3D printed in metal or other high-resolution materials are also being worked on as time permits.
The intention is to publish the source CAD data for at least one DIY 3D printable case design before the end of April 2013, earlier if possible.

  • Create a watch module that enables the end user to have complete control of its functionality and user interface,
  • Discover the benefits - and any detractions - of (potentially selling) a product developed from the outset in true open source hardware style,
  • Self-education,
  • Discover how much technology can be crammed into a wristwatch designed - and possibly manufactured - 'on the living room table',
  • Design a module that with only a little extra effort, could form the basis of other devices, eg cycle computer, dive computer, data logger, etc.

The project utilises the following parts and features:
  • EFM32LG332F256 - A USB enabled, Energy Micro ultra low power Leopard Gecko,
  • A 128x128 pixel (23.2 x23.2mm visible area) ultra low power Memory LCD from Sharp Microelectronics,
  • Recharge and programming via USB Micro B connector,
  • Programming via ARM Serial Wire Debug (SWD) protocol also available,
  • 150mAh Li-Po Battery + on-board battery fuel gauge IC,
  • Vibratory Motor,
  • Piezo Electric diaphragm,
  • Five miniature right-angle tact switch buttons, (By MCU pin assignment and feature-set native to the EM MCU, with minor board layout editing, provision exists for alternate UI methods such as capacitive touch buttons.),
  • Provision for a LED based planar light-guide type back light (utilising a 0.4mm high right-angle Avago ChipLED and laser engraved light guide. (N.B. This is highly experimental and yet to be fully developed. Any derivatives of OTM-02 with commercial intent should be aware this technology is heavily patented.)
  • Possible feature additions in modules developed subsequently include: accelerometer, Bluetooth LE, ANT+, GPS
Update (3.5.2014.):

Here is new OSWatch design that won Make's Arduino challenge:


Apr 23, 2013

New 3d Systems ProJet x60 3D Printers

Better machines, but nothing new or groundbreaking here. Looks like innovation and  drive is on the side of makers movement and DIYers.

EnvisionTec Perfactory Micro DLP 3d printer

Looks like there are more DLP printers entering in DIY / prosumer market segment. Here is short presentation of Envisiontec Perfactory Micro.

Tech specs from manufacturer web page:
  • Build Envelope (other options available upon request) - 40 x 30 x 100 mm (1.58” x 1.18” x 3.94”)
  • ERM Pixel Size - 31 μm (0.0012”)
  • Linear Z Axis Resolution - 1 μm
  • Dynamic Voxel Resolution in Z (material dependent) - 25 μm (0.0010”) to 35 μm (0.0014”)
  • Light Source - LED
  • Data Handling - STL
  • Warranty - 2 years in factory parts and labor
The Perfactory® Micro is the smallest desktop 3-dimensional printer in size with the highest resolution. It is a low cost, easy maintenance and user friendly personal desktop 3-dimensional manufacturing system. Using state of the art Direct Light Projection technology from Texas Instruments®, the Perfactory® Micro System uses 3D printing to produce the finest detail in the shortest period of time using an LED light source with zero maintenance and very low acquisition costs.

PDF datasheet:

Apr 21, 2013

How to use ATX power unit for RepRap

Neil Underwood on how to use ATX power unit for RepRap power supply.

Apr 20, 2013

New pico hot end by B3 Innovations

All new full metal hot end by B3 Innovations. Kickstarter campaign will follow soon.

Tech-specs from the product page:

3mm Filament Hot-End
303 Stainless Steel 1-Piece Leak Prevention Structure
Single point M6x1.0 top mount
Interchangeable Brass Nozzle—Exterior Tapered M6 x1.0 (available in 0.4mm & 0.5mm outlet diameters) Interchangeable 40-watt Cartridge Heater 6 x 23mm—release agent coated & 100cm heat-resistant leads (available in 12 & 24 volts)
Interchangeable 100K NTC Thermistor – 300°C Maximum—Pre-wired, crimped & soldered. Heat shrink & Teflon tube insulated leads
Eccentric 0.5mm thin Cooling Fins Material: 303 Stainless Steel
Size: 51.77mm x 14.29mm diameter
Weight: 30.73 grams

Tapered Nozzle:
Leak Prevention Exterior Tapered Threads High-Precision Purpose Machined Exterior M6 KEG x 1.0 Tapered Thread Material: Brass Size: 7mm Hex, 11.54mm Tall, 5.50mm Tapered Thread Section Outlet Diameters: 0.4mm & 0.5mm Weight: 1.89 grams

Universal Mount:
Laser-slotted and taped to fit the pico hot-end to various printers
Light weight Aluminum for reduced moment of inertia and ease of modifications

Operating Temperature:
Up to 300º Celsius (572ºF) Limited by the thermistor

Video of RepRap community event in Elkhart, Indiana

It also shows how even young children are interested and how 3d printing changes their perception of physical world around them. Near the end there is a demo of delta robot for electronic board assembly. Prusa is also here, but he is everywhere ;-) ...

Apr 18, 2013

Invertigo 3d printer concept

Inverted Delta 3d printer: the Invertigo. Interesting concept. What would be the advantages?

Matterform Photon 3D scanner (Updated with review and test)

The Photon by Matterform (on just Matterform) - The world’s first, truly affordable 3D scanner for anyone!
We will see results when it hits the markets. There are other DIY solutions that I'll blog about in the future. 

Update (11.1.2014.):

Here are they after very successful campaign on CES 2014

Matterform 3d scanner technical specifications:
Maximum object size and weight
Height: 25 cm (9.8 in)
Diameter: 18 cm (7.0 in)
Weight: 3.0kg (6.6 lbs)
Scan speed
High Speed: 5 minutes
High Quality: > 10 minutes
Scan accuracy
Capture details as small as 0.43mm
Capture size within ±0.25mm
Scanner size and weight
Height: 34.5 cm (13.5 in)
Width: 21 cm (8.25 in)
Open Length: 34.5 cm (13.5 in)
Closed Length: 8.5 cm (3.5 in)
Weight: 1.71kg (3.77 lbs)
Operating Temperature
15°–32° C [60°–90° F]

Estimated Shipping Dimensions
Length: 45.72 cm (18 in)
Width: 26.67 cm (10.5 in)
Height: 15.24 cm (6 in)
Weight: 2.68 kg (5.9lb)
Included Software
Matterform Scan
Supported Platforms
Minimum: Windows 7, Mac OS 10.6 Recommended: Windows 7+, Mac OS 10.7+
File export support
Software will be downloadable from with your special code.
HD CMOS sensor
2 lasers
USB 2.0 high speed interface
Power input
110–240 V, ~2 amps, 50–60 Hz
Power Requirements
12V DC @ 2 amps
In the box
Matterform Scanner
Power cable
USB B cable
Calibration card

Update (30.9.2014):

The 3d scanner is now mature and it goes by the name "Matter and Form". Here is full review and in.depth usage test by Tested crew:

Repairing chuck key holder on a power drill

JamesBruton shows how he repaired broken key holder on his power drill.

3d printed Oculus Rift attachment points

Oculus Rift is hot piece of VR headgear. Hackaday crew customized it with 3d printed attachment points for stuff like webcam and Razor Hydra.

Apr 15, 2013

3D metal printing videos

I just searched on youtube to see how is metal 3d printing advancing. It is moving ahead for sure ... there is even a small 3d printed jet engine prototype that is functional!

Here are the videos ...

Apr 14, 2013

KamerMaker is going to 3d print a house

KamerMaker is 6 meter 3d printer that is going to be used to print a house by years end. It will be based on typical Amsterdam canal house design. I hope this project succeeds.

Scale model of house module 

Artists impression of the house

KamerMaker (RoomMaker) printer 


Update (17.2.2014):

they have started on-site work:


Customizable 3d printer by the creators of L5 printer ... new printer model every day :-)

Apr 13, 2013

News report on 3d printed Urbee car

Looks like the Urbee project is advancing ...

Apr 8, 2013

Apr 4, 2013

TED talk on 4D printing

Fourth dimension is time. Skylar Tibbits gives talk on future of 3d printing: 4d printing. Objects that react to their environment, change, transform and re-arrange themselves. Robots without motors and electronics. Future will be interesting.