Oct 29, 2013

HYREL System 30

Very powerful 3d printer from Hyrel! Many advanced functions and technologies like: embedded PC with touch LCD screen,  interchangeable hot swappable programmable multiple extruders, live Z trim on-the-fly, real time changing of print settings, air filter, remote control ...

Oct 28, 2013

Using 3Doodler as 3d printer extruder

Anthony Liekens connected his 3Doodler 3d drawing pen to CNC machine and created a 3d printer.


MicroSlice small DIY Arduino based laser cutter and engraver

Full construction instructions:



Two students develop Windows Phone app that enables Nokia Lumia to print cover for itself

Two 15 year old South Africans create Windows mobile phone app that enables Nokia Lumia to 3d print cover for itself. Wow!

From video description:
Gerhard de Clercq and Pieter Sholtz, two South African teens, talk about their innovation that allows 3D printing directly from their phone and their mission to make 3D printing more accessible in Africa through mobile.


Update (15.1.2014):

They have released it into Windows phone store:


Shapeoko 2 desktop CNC machine

Shapeoko 2 is a simple, low cost, open source CNC milling machine kits that can be built over a weekend. Assembly is required before you can use it.
This is version 2 of the fastest selling CNC machine in the history of the world. The machine has been under development for the last five years. Edward Ford has been designing, redesigning, and building what he hoped would be a CNC machine that anyone can build. This machine is by far his best one yet.
Note: There is also further information about the machine, kits, kit contents and other things on this blog post.Updated features:
Larger work area
Dual motors on the Y axis, standard
Dual Maker Slide on the X gantry improves stiffness
Completely redesigned Z axis makes changing bits easier and improves stiffness
Open front and back for larger materials.
Easier to expand
Easier to assemble
Improved belt design keeps dust out of teeth
Mechanical Kit – $299
The Mechanical kit is designed for experts that are interested in adding their own electronics or making serious modifications to suit their needs. After assembly of the Mechanical Kit, the Shapeoko will not be functional.
Full Kit – $649 – $685
This kit includes the mechanical components, motors, controller, power supply, wiring, pulleys, belts, stepper cable, tools for assembly, and a spindle.



Here is a video of aluminum milling process:

Oct 27, 2013

3dsimo rotating platform adapter

Rotating and fixing platform that enables your 3d drawing pen to make more solid cylindrical objects.


First post on 3dsimo 3d drawing pen:


Baboi Box 3d printer control unit

From project page:

Boboi Box is the best complete electronic kit for 3D Printer beginner.

- Easy to use, Easy to Install, Pre-labelled, Pre-Programmed, Fully Tested

1 .It's an all-in-one 3D printer controller that allow you to fully control your 3D Printer without connecting to any other devices.

2. Once you have this controller, you can basically use it for any kinds of stepper motors based 3D printers that you can find in the reprap.org. Which also includes the most popular models like Prusa and Original Mendel.

3. It's an easy to use and easy to install Electronic kit that never before, Everything is pre-labelled, properly set up and well organized. All you need to do is finding the right pins and make simple connections.


Atmel ATmega 2560 with ATmega16U2

Flash Memory: 248KB
Input Voltage: 12V
clockSpeed: 16MHz
MircoSD slot: Yes
LCD pins: Yes
Joystick: Yes
Motor Driver: 4 x Integrated Allegro A4982
PWN Fan: Yes
Heatbed: Yes
Endstops: 4
External Serial ports: Yes
External I2C ports: Yes
External Reset Pins: Yes

Four integrated Allegro A4982 Stepper Driver
-Thermal shutdown circuitry
-Short-to ground protection
-Shorted load protection

Buildin Push-Push microSD card socket

2 N-MOSFETs for Extruder and Heatbed control
1 N-MOSFET for low power PWM Mosfet driven outputs

External Reset button for emergency stop
External 5V supply and GND for any other modules
External Joystick connection pins for manual control
External LCD connection pins for standard 20x4 LCD

Extra pins available for Raspberry Pi expansion and development;
RX,Tx and GND

Physical Characteristics
4-Layer PCB with proper ground plane and power distribution networks
The maximum length and width of the Baboi are 115 and 60 mm respectively, with the USB connector and power
terminals extendng beyond the former dimension. Three screw holes allow the board to be attacted to a surface or case. Baboi is deigned to be compatible with most of 3D printers in the current market.
Further from that, UART(serial port) is also connected as external pins for Raspberry Pi for further development uses.

USB overcurrent Protection
Babo has a resettable polyfuse that protects your computer's USB ports from shorts and overcurrent. Although most computers provide their own internal protection, the fuse provides an extra layer of protection. If more than 500 mA is applied to the USB port, the fuse will automatically break the connection until the short or overload is removed.

3 Modes for Baboi Box:

1. SD Card Printing mode

You can store all your gcode into MicroSD card and inserted into Baboi box, It would automatic read your gcode and start printing after it reach its printing temperature.

2. Manual Control Mode

This mode is perfect for open source 3D printers, as we all known open hardware 3D printer is not as stable as other finished products. So that you will find this mode very useful when you first time set up your printers or when you fix hardware problems. It's an easy-to-use hardware testing function.

3. PC Mode

For people who still like to connect your 3D printer to Computer, here's the mode that you probably would use.

BEETHEFIRST 3d printer from Portugal

Tech specs:
  • 3D Printing technology: FFF
  • Build envelope: 190mm x 135mm x 125mm
  • Resolution: High - 100 microns / low - 300 microns
  • Filament diameter: 1.75 mm
  • Frame: Metal / Acrylic
  • Print bed: polycarbonate
  • Software: BEESOFT
  • UBS connection
  • Compatible with Windows ( Vista / 7/8 ) / Linux ( Ubuntu 10.04 + ) / Mac OS X ( 10.7 + )
  • Printer size: 40 x 40 x 14 cm
  • Weight: 10 kg
  • Power supply: 200-230 VAC 2.0A 50-60 Hz
  • Price: 1,805 EUR + VAT


Mendel90 with lasercut MDF frame and acrylic enclosure

This looks cool. Maybe I'll find a laser cutter (which is not the easiest task in rural Croatia) in the future and try to build it. I wonder what are the heat retention impacts on print quality ...

From project description:
A modified version of the Mendel90 which uses a lasercut melamine coated MDF frame (same fixing idea as the graber i3 frame). It allows an acrylic enclosure to be fitted. 
Main changes:
Frame re-designed, Z axis changed to laser cut parts.
Some plastic parts modified (not many)
Acrylic enclosure added
Wiring simplified - all motors have detachable plugs, endstops are push fit. this allows for a wiring loom to be used.
RAMPS electronics as standard with the Panelolu2 controller.
All the detail is available on our blog:
The assembly process in more detail in in this post:http://blog.think3dprint3d.com/2013/10/mendel90-lasercut-overview.html
The commissioning and calibration in outline is here:
The printer is designed from the start to take multiple bowden extruders as an alternative to a single direct drive extruder. Updates will follow!

Files available at:


Project by: http://www.thingiverse.com/Think3dPrint3d/designs

Poppy open source 3d printable humanoid robot

Poppy Overview from Poppy Project on Vimeo.
Poppy is now released open source !

Poppy is an Open-source humanoid platform based on robust, flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software.
Designed by the Flowers Lab at inria Bordeaux (France), its development aims at providing an affordable humanoid robot for Research and Education.

More information on www.poppy-project.org

I find it somewhat creepy ... maybe its just me ...

Oct 26, 2013

Students developed and successfully tested 3d printed rocket engine

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) University of California, San Diego created Tri-D Addittive manufactured (3D Printed) static fire system (aka working metal 3d printed rocket engine). Wow!

Material: Cobalt Chromium
3rd stage of 3 Stage Cubesat
Thrust: 200 lbs.

Fuel: RP-1 (Jet Fuel)
Oxydizer: Liquid Oxygen (LOx




Now the Tri-D engine has it's own wikipedia page:


Off topic: Can City DIY mobile foundry for aluminum recycling

If DIY molten aluminum printing gets real, recycling in poor areas will definitely change as they will have cheap but powerful manufacturing tool.

Source: http://solidsmack.com/fabrication/can-city-fabricating-furniture-from-melted-aluminum-cans-on-the-streets-of-sao-paulo/

Off topic: meet Hexa drone - when hexabot and hexacopter have offspring

I, for one, welcome our robot overlords ....

From project page:

Hexapod Specs
  • PhantomX Hexapod Kit from Trossen Robotics
  • Custom 1/6th inch Carbon Fiber Plate Upgrade
  • Dynamixel AX-12 Servos
  • Arbotix Robocontroller
  • Arbotix Commander Controller

Hexcopter Specs
  • Hoverfly Pro Flight Controller
  • Custom 1/16th inch Carbon Fiber Plates and Motor Mounts
  • 2024 1/2inch OD 1/32 Wall Aluminum Booms
  • Custom CNCed Delrin Boom Mounts
  • 6 x E-flite Power 15 Motors W/ 13×6 props
  • 6 x E-flite 40amp ESC
  • Spektrum dx7 Remote

Overall Weight W/Batteries: 10.8 LBS

Future Plans
  • Hexapod Catch & Release Mechanism – Whats cooler then a Hexapod Merged with a Hexcopter? When the two can detach, and reattach with each other on the fly!
  • Switch to Open Source Flight Controller – Currently Leaning in the direction of using a Crius AIO PRO
  • Hexapod MavLink Support – Upgrade Hexapod Code to support MavLink Protocol for communications so you can use the APM for control of both machines
  • Upgrade Servos – Some of the servos are very strained depending on the stance, having props spun up obviously can help reduce this


Via: http://personalfactory.tumblr.com/

Blokify design software and 3d printing service



Here is Blokify demonstration on CES 2014:

Video of several interesting modular CNC movements configurations

Interesting movement modules that can be used in several configurations. I guess they could be used with 3d printers also ...

Source: http://www.youtube.com/user/SashkoSS?feature=watch

Video claims some sort of patent but that may be questionable ...

3D printed titanium horseshoes

From the source:

Scientists have channeled their inner shoe designer for this latest project – and just in time for Spring Racing Carnival.
In a horse-ome titanium 3D printing first, our scientists have scanned a race horse’s hooves using a handheld scanner and then, with sophisticated modelling software they designed the perfect fitting, lightweight racing shoe.
Four of the customized kicks were printed within only a few hours!
“3D printing a race horse shoe from titanium is a first for scientists and demonstrates the range of applications the technology can be used for, although it’s certainly very different from our everyday work,” said our titanium expert, John Barnes.

Source: http://csironewsblog.com/tag/horseshoe/


Oct 20, 2013

RepRap Wally files available on Github


Bill of materials: http://forums.reprap.org/file.php?185,file=20070,filename=wally.pdf

RepRap forum: http://forums.reprap.org/read.php?185,220993

ROSCO by Arxterra - 3d printable telepresence DIY robot

3d printable diy telepresence robot. just cool.

From ROSCO Thingiverse page:

ROSCO is a DIY hobbyist friendly almost plug and play Telepresence robot kit. The Arxterra software and website portal and control panel makes it possible to control the robot from anywhere via the internet. All you need is the printed robot, Arduino Uno, Adafruit motor shield, and a web enabled Android smart device.
Full instructions, software, control panel, and BOM available at Arxterra.com
Arxterra is about building telerobotic communities to bring people together and create a forum for ingenuity and artistic expression. The first step to creating a robotic community is to design open source, low cost robots and a cloud based eco-system in which they can live.
Our current design is our own RObot SCOut or Rosco which is based on the Android/Arduino platforms. This rover can be 3d printed and built for under $200 sans smart phone. A quick download of our Arxrobot app and you will be connected to our servers bringing you together with robots from all over the world to build, create, and explore.



Stratasys videos on 3d printing topics

I found several videos by Stratasys ... they are very educational if you are interested in industrial additive manufacturing technologies ... take a look

Additive Manufacturing 101: How the Future of Product Development and Manufacturing is Changing

From video description:
Presentation discusses how additive manufacturing can help designers create better products and gets products to market faster and cheaper. Additive manufacturing technologies allow design and manufacturing engineers the freedom to design for function rather than be constrained by designing for manufacturing.
Jon Cobb, Stratasys, Inc.

3D Printing 101: What is 3D printing?

Webinar presented by Chris MacBain of GoEngineer (www.goengineer.com).

3D Printing 201: Which 3D Printing Technology is Right for You?

From video description:

Learn about the pros and cons of the most popular 3D printing solutions available on the market today. What solution is best for your company and your needs? This presentation will help addresses those questions.
Webinar presented by Chris MacBain of GoEngineer (www.goengineer.com).

3D Printing 301: Applications of 3D Printing

From video description:

Learn about advanced applications for 3D printing in this webinar such the ability to make functional prototypes; simulate over-molding; create living hinges, flexible and clear parts, and more!
Webinar presented by Chris MacBain of GoEngineer (www.goengineer.com).

Myth-Busting 3D Prototypes

From video description:

Listen as Bonnie Meyer, Senior Applications Engineer at Stratasys, discusses 3D printing and some of the myths about parts made using additive manufacturing systems. Are high resolution parts always accurate? Not necessarily -- join us and you'll find out why. She'll also show you how additive manufacturing systems have evolved and put to rest the myths about surface finish, tolerances and repeatability.

DIY 3d printing filament extruder by Russ Gries

Russ presents his new home project: he made his own filament extruder. It is still work in progress but it looks good. Almost all parts are recycled from other machines.




Russ is also well known for his DIY Delta printer build:


BadDevices BadPrinter2


Without Spool: 40 x 40 x 40 cm

With Spool: 40 x 40 x 53 cm

Max Spool Dimension: Ø20 x 13 cm

Weight: 11 kg (Without spools)


Power Supply: 100 - 240 Vac, 50 - 60 Hz, ~4 A

Typical Power Consumption: 200 W (~17 A @ 12 Vdc)

Max Power Consumption: 240 W (~20 A @ 12 Vdc)

Connectivity: USB, SDcard


Frame: Aluminium (P) / Laser Cut Steel (S)

Color: Matt Black (P) / RAL Powder Coated (S)

Build Platform: Heated, Mirror (P) / Tempered Glass (S)

XYZ Bearings: Linear Ball Bearings (P) / Wear-resistant,

Tecnopolymer (S)

Lead Screw / Nut: Steel / Tecnopolymer 1.5° pitch

Stepper Motors: 4,8Kg/cm torque — 1.8° step angle with

1/32 microstepping


Print Technology: Fused Filament Fabrication

HotEnd: E3D All-metal HotEnd x 2 (Double Extrusion)

Max Temperature: 300 °C

Build Volume: 20 x 15 x 15 cm (P) / 20 x 20 x 20 cm(S)

Layer Resolution Settings:

High 100 micron (0.1 mm)

Standard 200 micron (0.2 mm)

Low 300 micron (0.3 mm)

Positioning Precision:

XY: 6 micron (0.00625 mm)

Z: < 1 micron (0.0002 mm)

Filament Diameter: 1.75 mm

Nozzle Diameter: 0.4 mm


Marlin Open Source Firmware


Tested with: Repetier Host, Cura, Pronterface, Slic3r,


File Types: .stl, .obj, .amf

Makeraser - 3d printing tool for smoothing and gluing

Makeraser is a tool that smooths, glues and strengthens 3d printed object by applying acetone or acetone based "ABS juice".  It looks like nifty little simple and useful tool.



here is the video review of Makeraser:


Break the Mold documentary

Break the Mould documentary from 3dify on Vimeo.

Documentary following the project Break the Mould - an interactive 3D scanning and printing art installation that took place during the Brighton Digital Festival 2013. The scanner was housed inside a giant willow sculpture to give participants the experience of stepping inside a giant womb where they were 3D scanned and then printed out as 8cm high figures on Ultimaker 3D printers.

3Dify built the 3D scanner using a rig of their own design, an Xbox360 and Skanect. The rig rotated around the person at various heights and was controlled using an arduino and piloted using a retro 80's joystick.

Thanks to digital creative agency Developing Dreams, artist Emilia Telese, Ultimaker for the 3D printers, Faberdashery for providing us with top quality filament, and Frit for directing, shooting and editing the documentary http://saritafrit.com/.

Music: Broke For Free - 942 Miles

Oct 18, 2013

Top 5 Myths about 3D Printing busted by leading experts

From video description:

The more 3D printing becomes popular, the more myths about it appear in the mass media. Watch how top 5 myths about 3D printing are being debunked by experts and stay wise. The original interviews belong to The London Science Museum. Professionals that are sharing their remarks on this video are:
  • Richard Hague (University of Nottingham, 3D printing research group) talks about 3D printers in every home.
  • Adrian Bowyer (creator of RepRap project) disputes about danger that 3D printers bring.
  • Brian Derby (University of Manchester, Professor of material science) explains the role of 3D printing in transplant surgery.
  • Chris Tuck (University of Nottingham, 3D printing research group) gives reasons about speed of 3D printers.
  • Lisa Harouni (Digital Forming, software developer) tells us about modeling software issues in 3D printing.




here is new mythbusting presentation by Joris Peel with more information and recommendations:


Oct 17, 2013

RepStrap - bootstrapped 3d printer

RepStrap is 3d printer made from any parts available. They have raw DIY appeal and some of them are masterful DIY devices that would make MacGyver envious. Low cost of RepStraps is another advantage. They are not the most beautiful machines and noise level seems high ... but hey ... it's another type of cool ..

RepRap wiki with more details:


WolfStrap RepStrap with build details:


Youtube user: http://www.youtube.com/user/MongrelShark?feature=watch has documented build process for his RepStrap, here is first video in the series:

Update video on W.Afate African 3d printer made from e-waste

Meet Kodjo Afate Gnikou. He is from Lome, Togo, he builds awsame DIY 3d printers from electronic waste and he works at the Woelab Hackerspace.

First post:



They had successful crowd-funding campaign on Ulule to get them to 3D Prinshow in New York,


Here is new video about this project:


Pinhole - DIY 3d printable camera


Improving production process, reducing cost and shortening time in high-tech production by using 3d printers in Seuffer company

This video shows how German midsize high-tech company is using 3d printing to optimize it's production process, cut costs drastically and reduce time needed for component manufacturing.

Oct 15, 2013

3d printed enclosure for prototype oscilloscope watch

Here is a cool project on Kickstarter:


it is an oscilloscope watch! Now, how cool is that! Oscilloscope you wear on your wrist!

The enclosure is 3d printed, you can see an Afinia in background of the video. Gabriel (the creator) planes to have plastic case similar to modern watchers, but I like this rough 3d printed style. It is more geek kind of cool.

3Dsimo - multimaterial 3d drawing pen

From the 3Dsimo project Indiegogo page:

3Dsimo as a first on the world provides to user the possibility to choose print options on a digital display. The adjustability of temperature and speed of materials throughput now offer amazing opportunities for your creativity. We can handle various materials as ABS, PLA, PVA (water-soluble material), nylon at different temperatures in order to achieve fast filling or even print in the air.
Other options include backlight, turn on preheating or memory for storing settings. These parameters are used to determine the appropriate method of drawing.
Do not be limited by the choice of materials, for example choose between golden, silver, wooden or flexible PLA. Over time, new materials will be increasing due to the growing trend of 3D printing. Our 3Dsimo is fully prepared for this due to configurability of all parameters and thermal feedback for determining the exact temperature.
How it works?
3Dsimo is so simple to use as a pencil. Everyone who have ever draw with pencil will not have a problem to use 3Dsimo. After plugging it in you set the desired speed and temperature according to the material (these data will be appended together with 3Dsimo and new materials will be updated). 3Dsimo is based on the principle of FDM technology thus extruding plastic material through the hot end. If you want to print into the air or create infill of any object you can do it easily and quickly. There is no problem just make your choice. After a while of use you will find that with 3Dsimo you can create fantastic objects.
3Dsimo has many utilization:
Repairing of plastic devices
Bonding and assembling models of 3D printers
Repair abortive print (due to repair you don’t need to enter new several hours lasting print)
Creating jewelry
To implement your ideas
Simply for the joy of modeling

Indiegogo campaign:



3Doodler is getting more and more competition and alternatives.


3dSimo rotating platform:


here is new generation of 3dSimo:


Oct 13, 2013

Lulzbot TAZ 2 3d printer

From Fundable campaign:

Built upon the philosophy of freedom, Aleph Objects, Inc. is transforming the 3D printer industry. Based in Loveland, Colorado, we founded the LulzBot brand on a dedication to the free and open exchange of information and innovation, and in doing so, have made a name for ourselves in the growing maker community. In fact, LulzBot 3D printers are the only 3D printers to carry the Free Software Foundation's Respects Your Freedom certification. Our TAZ printer is our fifth generation printer and is representative of the best and brightest ideas sourced from a global community of passionate innovators.
Why TAZ 2 is the Best Desktop 3D Printer for You:
  • TAZ offers the largest build area of any assembled desktop 3D printer. Print your large part in one complete piece or multitask by printing many smaller prints simultaneously.
  • New to TAZ 2 — print without being attached to a computer. TAZ 2 comes with a LCD display with a SD card reader for untethered printing. 
  • You have the flexibility to use the optimal material for your project by choosing from the broadest selection of printing material.
  • Minimize your ongoing printing cost with free software upgrades, free upgraded designs and the ability to do self repair.
  • Create detailed, higher quality prints with 75 micron print resolution.
  • Finish your prints faster and more reliably with excellent hot-end control and 200mm/s print speed.

Now on Fundable:


Skull shaped microscopic 3d printed bacterial cages

From the source:
By caging bacteria in microscopic houses, scientists at The University of Texas at Austin are studying how communities of bacteria, such as those found in the human gut and lungs, interact and develop infections.
In a recent experiment they demonstrated that a community of Staphylococcus aureus, which can cause some skin infections, became more resistant to antibiotics when it was contained within a larger community of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacteria involved in various diseases, including cystic fibrosis.
The work was published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The researchers use a novel 3-D printing technology to build homes for bacteria at a microscopic level. Their method uses a laser to construct protein "cages" around bacteria in gelatin. The resulting structures can be of almost any shape or size, and can be moved around in relationship to other structures containing bacterial microcommunities.
The method should enable an entirely new class of experiments that better approximate the conditions that bacteria encounter in actual biological environments, such as those in the human body.

Source and detailed info: