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:

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:
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:

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

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.


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


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.


Oct 20, 2013

RepRap Wally files available on Github

Bill of materials:,file=20070,filename=wally.pdf

RepRap forum:,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 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 (

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 (

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 (

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

Music: Broke For Free - 942 Miles

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: 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:

Oct 15, 2013

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:

3d printed arrow fletcher

There are many 3d printing projects in the field of archery. This 3d printed arrow fletcher has very organic and futuristic design.

From project page:

Where is the future of 3D printed product design headed and why? Niche and pricy markets like arrow fletchers may see the soonest market disruption. A good arrow fletcher holds feathers accurately and securely in place while glue dries. This fletcher was printed and delivered at the market price of current ones. 
A helical twist in the feathers create arrows with better stability in flight, but helical fletchers are generally more difficult to manufacture, leading to very few that can fletch 3 feathers simultaneously. Instead of designing products with simple extrusions and assemblies of stamped parts, this fletcher asks where forces are actually needed, and how they can be satisfied with the least.
Depending on an archer's handedness and set up, different twists are required. Instead of buying the only fletcher that meets your requirements, you can select “18.5 Degree Twist, Clockwise Rotation, 12lb Glue Pressure, Style 2”,through a customizer such as OpenSCAD and click “print”.

23 springs, yet only four parts. By understanding the elasticity of the material, we can create products which clamp and stretch and bend in predictable ways without adding more parts to assemble. Freedom from draft angle or such other constrictions allows these shortcuts to be used more freely than they have been in the past.
To use:

  • An arrow nock is snapped into the base
  • Squeezing the arms allows feathers to slide in, glue is applied
  • The arms click into the base and are folded up
  • The arms snap - with audible satisfaction - onto any diameter of aluminum arrow
  • The feathers are now secure, and the glue is left to dry


here are some more 3d printed archery accessories:

Oct 8, 2013

DMAV - RC aircraft with fully 3d printed airframe

Disposable Miniature Air Vehicle (DMAV) is cool small fully 3d printed airframe (no structural support elements like metal rods)  RC aircraft made by students.

From project site:

Nathan Kidder, Ben Rhoads, and Brian Jackson are student interns in the AFRL Discovery Lab program directed by Dr. Rob Williams. The program is a partnership between the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Wright Brothers Institute and is hosted near Wright-Patterson Air Force Base at Tec^Edge. Each year, the program hosts a multitude of interdisciplinary projects that are developed by teams of high-school, undergraduate, and graduate students. The DMAV project was part of a collaboration with the AFRL Aerospace Systems Directorate and the Dayton-Cincinnati chapter of AIAA.
During their 10-week research internship at the AFRL Discovery Lab, the trio was tasked with 3D printing a fully functional aircraft from a Makerbot Replicator 2X. The idea behind the project was that a plane could be quickly and cost effectively manufactured using 3D printing. The airframe could be printed for $16 worth of plastic in a matter of hours.
For the first five weeks of the program, the team designed and printed prototypes of their aircraft designs. With two Makerbots at their disposal, the team printed through five revisions before settling on an aircraft design they believed could fly. Stephen Warrener, an accomplished RC enthusiast, agreed to pilot the aircraft.
On the first flight of the morning, the 1.5 pound aircraft was handlaunched into a wind gust by Brian. After a brief session of controlled flight, the plane plummeted into the ground, snapping the nose cone into pieces. Undeterred, the Ohio State University students salvaged the motor and attempted to fly the second plane. "We knew the aircraft wasn't going to survive a landing. That's the 'D' in Disposable," Ben explained after the crash.
Stephen and Brian inspect the plane for damage after landing.
The second airplane, however, landed multiple times without crashing. The next flight was a success despite a rocky start. "It flew, but I was constantly fighting it," Stephen exclaimed after he recovered from a steep nosedive and landed the airplane. The plane went on to fly in two more one-minute flights before a landing which resulted in a fractured wing. The day's flight testing established the team as the first functional airplane with an airframe that was fully 3D printed (no structural aids such as carbon rods or otherwise) using an FDM machine. The aircraft was additionally the first 3D printed low wing plane to be flown. The first video below depicts the initial testing of the aircraft. The second video depicts testing following design modifications and the addition of an onboard camera.

Hopefully they will open source it.

Future business opportunities with additive manufacturing by Christopher Barnatt

Futurologist Christopher Barnatt gives his insights in the future of 3d printing business development and additive manufacturing business opportunities.

Oct 6, 2013

3d printing with sand and glue

From video description:

IAAC RS3: Digital Tectonics with IAAC MAA Co-Director Marta Male Alemany, Victor Vina and Brian Peters

Students: Miguel Guerrero Pinar, Anastasia Pistofidou, Chryssa Karakana, Carolina Miro
This video shows the fabrication process of solidifying sand piles and our experiments to define the rules of the binder deposition, in this case it is white glue. By attaching a customized board with two nozzles, one for sand and the other for glue deposition on the shopbot, we made our first primitive model of Fabbot. the idea is to use a material found on site, cheap and plentiful, take advantage of its physical rules and character, to generate easily fabricated structures with a wide range in scale. the generation of the structure is indicated both by the site specificity and the digital manipulation of the form through programming. The coordinates are taken from processing and translated into the g-code of the shopbot. There is a direct connection with grasshopper, using Ghowl plug-in to design the structures in Rhino.

More on the project website:


Pirx 3d printer from Poland

Physical Dimensions:
Without Spool: 330x420x360 mm
With Spool: 440x420x360 mm
Shipping Dimensions: 600x500x400 mm
Weight: 10 kg
Shipping Weight: 12 kg
Ambient Operation Temperature: 15-30 C
Storage Temperature: 0-30 C

AC input: 230V 50Hz
Power: 120W
Connectivity: USB

Mechanical specifications:
Chassis: heavy duty birch plywood
Build Platform: acrylic
Linear Bearings: heavy duty linear ball bearings
Stepper Motors: nema 17

Printing technology:

Method: Fused Filament Fabrication - FFF
Build Volume: 160x250x150 mm
Nozzle Diameter: 0.4 mm
Layer height: 100 microns
Supported OS: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X

Price: 799 USD

Looks like it is without heatbed.