Nov 26, 2014

3d Systems Caputre Mini 3d scanner with blue LED structured light

3D Systems also presented a new high precision 3d scanner: the Capture Mini. It works with blue LED structured light scanner paired with Geomagic software and it is optimized for small parts in industrial / professional design enviroment.

Product homepage with more details:

There is no details on tech specs or price but probably they will be published soon. Do keep in mind, if you have to ask for the price you probably can not afford it.

Here is the press release:

Nov 25, 2014

3D Systems video from EuroMold 2014

3d Systems shows their product line on EuroMold 2014.

It is presented by the CEO Ari Reichental. Nice job Ari!

Space printer makes first 3d print IN SPACE!!!!

Times are interesting people! ISS based 3d printer just made a first print:

Source ande more information:

NASA and

here is the printer being delivered on a PRIVATE spacecraft:

One under-reported development in space 3d printing field is technology leap in 3d printed satellite parts with first 3d printed antenna array which will fly in space on several satellites:

Nov 22, 2014

ATOM DIY low cost simple extruder made from plywood and ATOM 3d printer from Egypt

Atom is a very simple and low cost extruder developed in Egypt. It has few parts and it is cut from 3mm plywood. For heating block it uses scrap aluminum plate cut to 20mm x 20mm x 10mm and M6 brass bolt for nozzle.

Here are detailed instructions, files for cutting the plywood and BOM:

Parts of the extruder (usual elements such as NEMA 17 motor, fan, thermistor etc....):

This extruder is a part of broader ATOM 3d printer project to bring low cost 3d printing to Egypt and Arab world. The printer can be made for some 300 USD.


Atom has a new and improved advanced version of Atom plywood extruder with detailed build guide:

Key design features are:
  • Simple and easy to build
  • Low cost
  • Compact design
  • Low weight
  • Small footprint
  • Wire management
  • Easy to mount
  • One active cooling fan for both heat sink and nozzle tip
  • Open source
  • Can print with various type of filaments
  • ABS & PLA
  • Advanced filament materials
  • Copper, Bronze, Wood, Glow filaments
  • Designed to print with flex materials
It is still very affordable but can print with advanced materials. Here is the video build guide:

Details can be found at:

Here is Atom3D machine in action:

Nov 20, 2014

Free webinar on 3d printed car parts and car mods

Here is new free webinar from GoEngineer focusing on 3d printed car parts, car accessories and car modifications.

If you are interested in cars, car hacking, car repair, hypermiling, modding, car tuning and have access to any type of 3d printer this video will give you lots of useful tips, information and practical examples. You could theoretically make any plastic part needed for your car and customize it to fit your needs.

Webinar is presented by Tyler Reid, it is focused on Stratasys technology but the knowledge and is applicable to other 3d printers.

3d printed car parts presented here are:

  • gauge bezel
  • firewall feedtrough
  • wire tee box
  • throttle body spacer
  • battery charging box
Here is video webinar, one hour well spent ;-):

Here is a picture of installed wire tee box:

Great tutorial, thank you for the content Tyler and GoEngineer team!

There are many more similar high quality tutorials, like:

3d printed jigs and fixtures:

or 3d printed end user parts:

Here you can see another example of home 3d printers being used to make small replacement parts like AC button and cargo cover holder:


Here is a new webinar about complex geometry and 3d printing:

German RepRap 3DPrintBox 3d print server

German RepRap just released their stand-alone 3d print server control unit. It can be used from web interface from any computer or smartphone, it connects to the internet via WiFi or LAN cable and with three USB ports to the controlled 3d printer. Web camera monitoring is also available via USB ports.

It is priced at 149 euro.

Is it too much? Maybe ... you can make something similar with Raspberry Pi and other similar devices from less money. I would like to see more test to see if there are any advantages like in stability, processing or reliability.

Product homepage:

Nov 19, 2014

Josef Prusa gives interesting interview to Hackaday, in the meantime we are still waiting for Prusa i4

He is more then just a common man, he is a 3d printer also. Josef Prusa. The Guru.

Interview covers following topics (and more):
  • How did you get involved in 3D printing?
  • How's your business going?
  • What's the best recent advancement in 3D printing?
  • What's the worst?
  • What is the state of the RepRap project
  • What's up with the i4?
  • Thoughts on different printing technologies
  • Predict the future just came to my mind that Josef could pull a joke on us and go strait to Prusa i5 ... just sayin' ...

... and he also has a cool open hardware tattoo ...

Hackaday source article:

DIY astronomy projects made with a 3d printer and CNC

Here are a few DIY projects for all you astronomy enthusiast out there which can be done with acces to 3d printer.

Ultrascope smartphone telescope

Ultrascope is a 3d printed telescope which uses Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone with high resolution camera to get pictures and light curves from space objects. Project is developed by James Parr from Open Space Agency.

All the information about function and construction of the Ultrascope are available at:

PiKon, the 3d printed telescope attachment for Raspberry Pi camera

PiKon is a low cost project where a 3d printed mount is used to attach Raspberry Pi camera to Newtonian reflector telescope to get 5MP resolution astrophotogaphs. Project was developed by University of Sheffield in cooperation with Alternative Photonics.

PiKon photo of Moon surface

Learn more at:

Printonian, the 3D printed DIY Dobsonian telescope

From Printonian project description:
This thing is a 3D printed Dobsonian telescope designed for an 8" primary mirror with a focal length of 48". The optical tube assembly consists of aluminum extrusions attached with 3D printed ribs designed for standard hardware and covered with cardboard tubing. The optical tube was mounted onto a base that was made from 3/4" baltic birch plywood cut on a CNC router. The bottom base plates are separated with plastic bearings to allow for control.
All the files, parts list and instructions can be found at:

DIY tripod smartphone adapter

Here is the full tutorial:

There is also a DIY Dobsonian telescope that can be CNC cut from wood with files available together with detailed build guide:

There are many more DIY astronomy and telescope related projects that can be found on Thingiverse:

Nov 18, 2014

DIY 3d printed resin lens made on Form 1+

3d printing optical lenses is usually in domain of high tech companies, but Craig Broady developed and tested a method that enables you to print functional lenses on Form 1 + with clear resin. 

The process is well documented in a form of a guide on Formlabs forums and it involves a post-processing by polishing the surface with sand paper and scratch removal fluid.
The lens is 1.75mm at its thinnest and 4.32mm at its thickest, printed with a 50 micron layer thickness.

Working lens printed as a monocle on Formlabs 1+ with clear resin

3d lens during design phase, you can see supports and holding structure

Lens after printing with partial removal of support material

Lens mounted on a hand power drill to smoothen and polish the surface

More detailed guide can be found here together with lens files:

Hopefully we will see more functional objects developed like small binoculars, telescopes and others ... Great job Craig!

Nov 13, 2014

GMASS tungsten and bismuth filled high density ABS filament

GMASS is a new filament with high density ABS as main component with added tungsten or bismuth metal particles.
Only limited information is available without any tests or detailed review. There are almost no pictures of it.

GMASS is priced at 95 USD range for 0,5 kg spool.

From GMASS product page:
GMASS™ is a patent pending specially-formulated high-density ABS-based filament for 3D printing applications. It offers the ability to rapidly prototype high-density components. Using a variety of metallic fillers, it has a density approaching traditional metals, while offering the design flexibility of ABS plastic. Now your plastic parts can have the weight and feel of metal castings! Colored filament is available in limited configurations to allow further design enhancements.
The non-toxic fillers in GMASS™ make it an excellent choice for radiation shielding without the environmental impact of lead. While designed for rapid prototyping, GMASS™ also makes an excellent material for low-quantity additive manufacturing. 
Possible applications:
  • Consumer – Sporting goods, add weight, balancing
  • Healthcare – Medical x-ray shielding, nuclear medicine components, laboratory equipment
  • Industrial – X-ray shielding, reactor shielding, vibration dampening, inertial weighting

  • Filament diameter: 1.75 +/- 0.10 mm
  • Base material: ABS Plastic
  • Filler material: Proprietary compounds of bismuth and tungsten Density Range: 2.7 +/- 0.1 g/cc for bismuth, 4.0 +/- 0.2 g/cc for tungsten
  • Note that stated densities are for the filled filament material. Printed part densities may vary due to printer processing parameters, and should be confirmed by the user prior to use.

  • Recommended printing temperature: 230C
  • Recommended printing speed: 40 – 90 mm/s
  • We recommend using a heated bed: 100 – 110C
  • Advised nozzle size: 0.5 - 0.6 mm
  • Note: The filament will have a higher likelihood of clogging smaller nozzles such as 0.4mm and smaller because of the tungsten particles. Therefore a larger size nozzle is recommended.

  • A heated bed should be used to prevent warping
  • The tungsten in the filament will wear down the brass nozzle after several hours of printing. Check nozzle before each print and replaced if worn.
  • To ensure proper adhesion to print bed, a small amount of ABS slurry can be applied to the bed before starting to print.
  • To achieve maximum density, you may need to increase the flow rate about 5 – 10%. We have also found that using a larger nozzle but using a 0.4mm size nozzle in the software settings will give you better density.
  • Note: Print at 100% in-fill to achieve full density on your printed parts.

FLUX multitool Delta 3d printer

Flux is a new delta 3d printer that has easily exchangeable tool heads and integrated 3d scanner. Currently available tool heads are 3d printing head and laser engraver head with several modules under development like: a dual extruder, a ceramics extruder, and a pastry extruder.

It is on Kickstarter now

Currently, 38 days before campaign end, it has $348,923 pledged of $100,000 goal.

Flux certainly has minimal and cool design:

Comparison chart of Flux with devices it replaces:

Flux technical specifications:

Flux company page:

Nov 12, 2014

Vagler V-8E education focused 3D printer

VAGLER International is a Swedish-Malaysian 3d printer company: They just released their 3d printer aimed at educational / school market: The Vagler V-8E.

Technical specifications:
  • Max printing resolution: 50 microns (0.05mm)
  • Build volume: 13,500cm3 L, W, H 270 x 200 x 250 mm ( x x inches)
  • 1-Click printing;
  • Multiple printers and print queues from a single workstation;
  • “Child Proof” fully enclosed chassis means all moving parts for student safety and hardware longevity in a hardworking classroom environment;
  • “Teacher Lock” enabling staff to remotely lock the printer’s operation for student safety;
  • Magnetic door lock during printing, which prevents access to the 200°C+ heated parts;
  • Removable, non-heated printing plates, enabling quick access to completed objects.
  • Price: at USD 1,999 range

There are more and more 3d printers focused on very large education market and they mostly feature two main things: some sort of protection against children touching the heated parts and some sort of print job queuing. 
That tells me that we live in safety obsessed lawsuit culture (I had to buy and bring to school a set of carving technical knives at age of 10 as part of technical curricula) and that those features will not be sufficient if you want to sell in that market. We will see what will future bring in this field. Kids will have to learn 3d printing soon ...

Nov 11, 2014

New sub-100USD 3d printer made from scrap optical drives

Here is a new small 3d printer project that uses junk computer parts to create a low cost 3d printer. You will need three stepper motors from CD/DVD drives, one NEMA17 motor and some other parts. Entire setup will cost you under 100 US dollars.

Detailed build instructions and all the files can be found at:

Here is video of it in action and showing print results at the end:

On of the small weaknesses of this project is the need for separate lasercut wood or acrylic frame. It can be used without glue or screws.

For a earlier, more rough project with junk PC parts see:

Nov 8, 2014

Prusa i3 upgraded with MIG welder to make DIY metal 3d printer

Group of students on Delft University of Technology made a DIY metal 3d printer based on MIG welder and Prusa i3. Their goal is to get a better DIY metal 3d printer and improve current welder based designs. There are several MIG welder projects like Michigan Tech's Delta this project is based on, but non of them was based on common 3d printer design like Prusa i3.

The project is under development and they will publish the results in a paper.

Project homepage:

The group also released some files and settings for this metal printer if you want to explore them:

Here is a close-up of the heat shields constructions on the "printhead" and print bed since metal melts around 1400 C.

How to run Easel CAD on Raspberry Pi and send g code to Arduino

Easel is a very easy browser based 3d design CAD software you can now run on a Raspberry Pi thanks to this tutorial by Sacha.

It is a small hack that could be used in specific situations, ie.: if you don't want to expose your more expensive design computer to workshop environment or maybe in educational setting where cheaper hardware is more affordable ...

Detailed tutorial can be found at:

Here is the workflow from the site:
  • latest version of Raspian and Epiphany browser (type "sudo apt-get update" followed by "sudo apt-get dist-upgrade" in a terminal window if you don't have Epiphany installed)
  • Raspberry Pi Model B (hardware I tested on). Model B+, and compute module should work. I don't know if this will work on Model A, I suspect it will, but it will be even slower. Large/intricate designs might cause memory problems on the model A.
  • Some kind of Gcode sender 
  • I like GRBL Controller, it's more feature-filled and stable than Universal Gcode Sender 
  • Shapeoko attached to the Raspberry Pi via USB running GRBL on Arduino
On your design computer:
  • Create your design, save design as an Easel project.
  • You could do this on the Rasperry Pi, but using Easel on a Raspberry Pi is quite slow and does not display the 3D view.
  • On the Raspberry Pi:
  • Launch Epiphany
  • Load the file you created earlier - make sure the 2D view looks ok (you won't see a 3D view, Epiphany doesn't support it)
  • Go to machine>advanced>generate GCode. A progress bar will appear and CPU usage will max out for a while.
  • When the progress bar goes away, click Download GCode.
  • After a few moments (again, CPU usage will max out), a new unnamed tab will appear.
  • Go to that tab, you'll see a bunch of GCode on that tab. 
  • Click the gear icon in Epiphany, select "save as" and save the new tab as <file name>.nc 
  • Launch your gcode sender
  • Open the .nc file from your gcode sender and begin cutting normally.

Nov 7, 2014

ESA explores 3d printed Moon base concept

European Space Agency wants to 3d print a manned Lunar base.Similar to Sinterhab concept they want to use rover robots to 3d print with Moon surface material over inflated and pressurized surface.

From project description:
Could astronauts one day be printing rather than building a base on the Moon? In 2013 ESA, working with industrial partners, proved that 3D printing using lunar material was feasible in principle. Since then, work continues to investigate the technique. The shielding against radiation provided by a 3D-printed block of simulated lunar regolith was measured, providing important inputs for next-stage designs...
Soon the Agency is due to investigate another lunar 3D printing method, harnessing concentrated sunlight to melt regolith rather than using a binding liquid. 
But how might lunar 3D printing one day be used in practice? Foster+Partners, contributing architectural concepts for the original study, put together this outline of a hypothetical mission to 3D-print an entire a lunar base, illustrating the design factors that steered them in their work.
The rim of Shackleton Crater at the lunar south pole was chosen for the base location. The Moon’s rotation is such that the Sun only grazes its poles at low angles. The result is a near-constant ‘peak of eternal light’ along the rim of Shackleton Crater, beside regions of permanent shadow. Building in the vicinity of such a site would offer plentiful solar power, and relief from the extremes of heat and cold found across the rest of the Moon. 
In reality any lunar base remains firmly on the drawing board, but each small step forward in research makes future lunar colonisation a little more feasible. In November 2014 more than 350 experts came together for a two-day Additive Manufacturing for Space Applications workshop at ESA’s ESTEC technical centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. They discussed the potential of 3D printing – also known as Additive Manufacturing – to transform the way the space industry operates and begin preparing common standards for its use.

More information can be found at:

Moon rover robot with 3d printing tool. Source: ESA

LumiPocket simple and compact SLA DLP 3d printer

Here is an interesting DLP SLA 3d printer design that can be used with almost any DLP projector. It is a cylindrical resin container with z motion add-on that enables you to use it as resin vat under a projector.

LumiPocket technical specifications:
  • Technology Stereolithography (DLP)
  • Printer Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 28 cm
  • Build Volume: 100 x 100 x 100 mm
  • Layer curing time: 3000ms-8000ms

  • Resolution X, Y axis: 50/100 microns (depending on the projector used)
  • Resolution Z: 50/100 microns
  • Electronics: Arduino Micro
  • Resins tested: SpotGP, FunToDo
  • LumiKit Includes: Finishing tray, a set of tweezers, 2 scrapers, protective gloves and glasses.
Supported projectors: 
  • Almost every DLP projector can be used. We do not recommend any modification to your projector (unless you really know what you are doing and want to void its warranty): instead, we provide you with a list of compatible projectors we already tested. Should you want to buy another model, we also provide a set of technical specifications that meets our requirements.
  • For jewelry and castable resin for metals a FullHD projector will provide the best results.
  • Minimum Requirements 2000 lumen, 1024x768
  • Recommended 
  • 2500+ lumen, 1280x720 or above
  • Tested Optoma dx325, Acer x1260, Acer x1240, Acer 6510bd, Acer P1283, Acer P1500
Key features (from Indiegogo campaign):
  • versatile: Just by adjusting the projector height, you can go from printing very detailed object, like jewelry molds, from bigger parts up to 10cm diameter by 10 cm tall. This means that LumiPocket can be used to print many different objects, not just tiny parts!
  • fast:With the best projector we tested (AcerP1500) and our recommended resin (FuntToDo IB) the curing time per layer can be as low as 0,7 seconds, with a printing area of 10x5cm. With a ~320$ projector like the Optoma DX325 or the Acer x1240/60, curing time per layer is about 3-7 seconds, that is still faster than even more expensive FDM printers, and remember that with DLP projection, printing speed is not affected by object complexity, or by the number of parts to be printed on the same tray.
  • reliable: and requires little maintenance(Goodbye, disposable vats and expensive non-stick coating) With our top projection system, we removed one the most annoying parts related with light curing resin: the need to replace often the printing vat, a delicate transparent contianer for the resin, that does also need expensive anti-sticiing coatings, often difficult to apply that last only for a certain number of prints before start degrading.Projecting from above, we removed the need for a special vat, and it will double its function of printing vat and resin container with its cover for storing the resin. You can have one for each type of resin you have and changing material on your printer is as simple as swapping the vats.
  • really easy to use: We designed a cross plaftorm software that takes care of everything: you just need to load a .STL file and it will take care of the slicing and printing. If you don't have 3d modeling knowledge, you can use our integrated 3d search engine that will let you browse online for 3d models , our use our basic templates to print many customizable objects, from Litophanes to personalized rings or keychains. It supports the newest input technologies like the Leap Motion, an innovative devide able to track your gestures and hands movements, providing a new way to explore and model 3d objects.

LumiPocket is on Indiegogo now:

3D printed transformable all-terrain robotic wheel

Carter Hurd is robotics enthusiast who developed this transformable 3d printed wheel that can go across different terrains and surface textures. It has a smooth side and transforms into spiked configuration when it needs more traction and grip.
Hopefully Carter will open source the design ...

Update: Carter replied to me that he will publish the design files and paper on the wheel soon on his homepage ... Thnx Carter!

Here is a video of earlier prototype:

Project homepage with many more cool robotics projects:

Update (28.2.2015.):

The wheel is updated, the new transformative design makes it even more capable of trversing various obstacles.

Nov 6, 2014

Resin based fully 3d printed speaker

Here is new 3d printed speaker project where the membrane is also 3d printed. It was designed to be printed on resin based machines.
It was developed by madaeon who is also working on LumiPocket resin printer.
It goes without saying that you will need some wire and magnets to get some sound out :-)

All the files for the speaker can be found at:

Detailed instructions can be found at:

Nov 3, 2014

RetroBand DIY wearable activity tracker with 3d printed enclosure

Wearable technology is hot new tech trend that promises to change the way we interact with everything and improve human health.
RetroBand is open source project of a wearable 3d printable activity tracker armband you can make yourself. It can be connected to mobile app to display information.
Cool project ...

Tech specs:
  • Processor : ATmega328 - 3.3v (8MHz)
  • 32KB Flash(2KB is shared for Bootloader), 2KB RAM, 1KB EEPROM
  • Connected with Android exclusive app(supported over v.4.0).
  • Calculating calories based on step count.
  • Accumulating calorie data and displaying statistics in a monthly/daily/hourly data
  • Real-time check of the change of the 3-axis values measured by accelerometer
  • Open source

Detailed construction guide and all the files:

GitHub repository:

Project homepage:

Android app:

Dremel 3D Idea Builder

Dremel is well known tool brand which has big international distribution network and now they alos have their own brand 3d printer called Dremel 3D Idea Builder. It is fully enclosed single extruder machine which prints in PLA only and is priced in 1000 USD range. We will see how the market reacts ...

Dremel 3d printer presentation for Make:

Dremel 3D Idea Builder tech specs:
  • Build Volume: 9" x 5.9" x 5.5" / 230 mm x 150 mm x 140 mm
  • Layer Thickness: 4 mil | 0.004 inches 100 microns | 0.10 mm
  • SD Card: Up to 32GB in size /3D20 will not work with SD cards larger than 32GB
  • Internal Storage: 4GB
  • Weight(without spool): 19 pounds 8 oz (8.845 kg)
  • Dimensions: 19.1 x 13.2 x 15.7 inches (485 x 335 x 400 mm)
  • Operating Interface: 3.5” full color IPS touch screen
Unboxing video:

Kit content:

How to operate Dremel 3d printer and remove objects:

How to clean clogged Dremel extruder:

Dremel 3d printer homepage:

The Dremel 3d printer page also features 3d model repository.

This Dremel machine looks like it was based on downgraded Flashforge Dreamer which has higher price but features dual extrusion and ABS support. Maybe this will be in next iteration of Dremel 3d printer?
The entire machine was probably developed in partnership with Flashforge ...

Dremel 3d printer pictures:

Update (14.5.2015.):

Dremel and HP 3d printing have partnered to strengthen their positions on the market:

Nov 2, 2014

Velleman Vertex K8400 3d printer

You can see the presentation, build guide and upgrades for K8400 3d printer here.
Velleman is European DIY giant and had a very successful run with their K8200 3d printer (3Drag). Meet the successor: the Vertex K8400 dual head 3d printer.

Velleman Vertex K8400 3d printer technical specifications:

  • Print technology: Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF)
  • Layer resolution: standard: 0.1 mm (maximum: 0.2 mm - minimum: 0.05 mm)
  • Build plate: 215 x 240 mm (8.46" x 9.45")
  • Build volume: 180 x 200 x 190 mm (7" x 7.8" x 7.5")
  • Print speed: 30 mm/s - 120 mm/s
  • Travel speed: 30 mm/s - 300 mm/s
  • Build plate surface: Removable layer of BuildTak™ 
  • (consumable; also sold separately)
  • Filament diameter: 1.75 mm (accepts all filament spools with a mounting hole = 53 mm). 
  • Open filament policy.
  • Prints: PLA, ABS
  • Testing with other materials in progress.
  • Nozzle 1&2 diameter: 0.35mm
  • One nozzle supplied. Second nozzle optional.
  • Distance between nozzles: 23.7 mm
  • Maximum nozzle operating temperature: 270 °C
  • Firmware: Modified Open Source Marlin 3D Printer 
  • Firmware - user upgradable
  • Software: Repetier - CuraEngine - Slic3r (RepRap compatible)
  • Hardware:
  • Dimensions: X Y Z 360 - 380 - 395 mm 
  • (14" x 15" x 15.5") (without filament spools)
  • Frame: Polycarbonate panels and fibre reinforced molded ABS parts
  • Communication: USB 2.0 or SD card
  • Controller board: AVR ATmega2560 based
  • Dual head and heated bed capable
  • Display: 4 x 20 ch. blue LCD with white backlight
  • AC input: 100 - 240 VAC 50-60Hz 150W max.
  • Price: probably in 699 Euro range
Here it is on Velleman page:

Here is video of it in action:

Here is the video guide on how to build it with some useful tips and problem solving:

You can upgrade your k8400 with glass door, making the temperature more stable.

Files are here:

And video instructions can be viewed here:

Fully 3d printable universal filament spool holder

Very useful universal spool stand which is fully 3d printable developed by Creative Tools. Cool! Will print and use it :-)

From spool stand description:

A fully 3D-printable rotating stand for filament spools, designed to be easily made without the need for fasteners such as screws, nuts, shafts, glue, etc. Every single component in this spool holder comes right from your 3D printer's filament.
The spool holder's spindle is shaped to fit the vast majority of commonly used filament spools with shaft holes ranging from 16 mm to 62 mm in diameter. It is also compatible with spool-less filament coils.
The spindle which holds the spool's weight rotates on its own roller wheels, which makes it turn effortlessly.

The spool holder included an arm for filament guide tubes of both common sizes 1.75 mm and 3.0 mm. The arm also contains a pocket for inserting a piece of sponge which acts a a filament filter - thus keeping the filament clean and lubricated. 
  • Easy to 3D print
  • Needs no glue or fasteners
  • All parts can be 3D-printed
  • Fits almost any filament spool size
  • Has built-in filament filter!
  • Can also hold spool-less filament coils

All the files can be found at:

Maker Club will teach your children robotics with 3d printable robots

... and beside children they will also teach me. I just found out about Maker Club, and I really like the idea behind it. They provide very detailed guides and all the resources to learn robotics. They devlop electronics and mobile apps to control their projects.

From Maker Club page:

Born in Brighton, UK, Maker Club has single mission - to make learning fun. We’re based in the cities most dynamic workspace, The Fusebox, a collection of start-ups, dreamers and thought leaders that try and make the world a slightly better place.
Our vision is to make learning about electronics and coding fun, accessible and relevant to young peoples lives. When you add micro controllers, servos and sensors to 3D printing, the possibilities are limitless and we want to harness that power to inspire the next generation of inventors.
We’re developing an ecosystem where people can learn, build, collaborate and even sell their robotic creations with the aid of a learning platform, marketplace and an intuitive mobile application - but, this is just the beginning. We’d love to hear from you, so why not get in touch with us today.

As far as I see most of their stuff is under CC license that is great for me as Open Source supporter.

Here is their homepage where you can get full building instructions, code and STL files for their robots:

You can also find and support them on Indiegogo, there you can order robotics kits:

Quadmonster robot, one of the cool robots from Maker Club

flexFORM 3d printer from Poland

flexFORM is a new 3d printer form Poland which is marketed as Plug-and-Print ready.

Features and technical specifications:
  • DESIGN: Aluminum case with LED lighting.
  • HEATED BED: Printing surface with automatic calibration.
  • 7'' TABLET: Intuitive interface simplifying the process.
  • FILAMENT FEEDER: Easy spool installation using auto-grip system.
  • AUTOMATIC CALIBRATION: You can be sure the nozzle will never hit the printing bed, and your prints will stay accurate.
  • HEATED BED: Perfect surface temperature minimizes material shrinkage and keeps the model stable.
  • AUTO-GRIP SYSTEM: Changing the spool only takes a minute – the printer automatically feeds the filament into the nozzle.
  • SHIELDED NOZZLE: Enclosed extruder block increases security by shielding you from hot elements.
  • DIMENSIONS: Printer itself 21,9 × 21,1 × 22,5 in, 17 kg, Shipping box 22,8 x 21,6 x 23,2 in, 20 kg
  • ELECTRONICS: Power supply 110/220 V, 50/60 Hz, 12 V DC, Power consumption 350 W, Connectivity: USB, Wi-Fi, SD card
  • SOFTWARE: Included software: Forge, Handled file formats: STL, AMF, OBJ, GCode, Operating system: Windows
  • PRINTING: Build volume: 7.87 × 7.87 × 7,08 in
  • Printing technology: FDM
  • Resolution: 50 ÷ 100 microns
  • Filament diameter: 0,16 in
  • Nozzle diameter: 0,02 in
  • Max. nozzle temperature: 240°C
  • Max. bed temperature: 120°C
  • Filament: any type melting below 270°C

flexFORM homepage:

Here is the flexFORM video, it is only animation ... so guys where is the video of the real thing???

Nov 1, 2014

LEGOMakerBot3D uses Lego bricks to 3d print objects

LEGOMakerBot 3D is 3d printer developed by Will Gorman. It doesn't use filament but uses 2x2 Lego blocks instead to compose 3d objects.

Here is LEGOMakerBot 3D in action:

The machine is made from LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 (31313) with additional bricks, nine motors and sensors.

You can find more details and building instructions at:

Thank you Will for making this wonderful project and sharing it! Kudos Sir!

Lego bricks 3d printer - a work of DIY art

Here is different Lego bricks based 3d printer, the Legobot, that uses hot glue gun to print:

Weld3D is developing arc welder DIY metal 3d printers

Here is a new DIY metal 3d printer based on welding process from Weld3D. It is still under development and it is combination of CNC and arc welder.

Weld3D is new company based in Huntsville, Alabama. We will probably hear more from them in the future.

Weld3D homepage:

Weld3D metal objects are still rough, one on the far left was probably post-processed

Do keep in mind that there are several welder based machines under development, to see more look at the tags beneath the post and click to follow.

3D Fabrication Desk is ideal workstation for your 3d printer

Peter Borges deigned 3D Fabrication Desk workstation that can be cnc laser cut from plywood as a part of renovation at Prince Lab. Hopefully some day the deigns will be fully available and open sourced. Now there are just some low-res image templates at project page.

From project description:
A workstation created in response to the need for dynamic design spaces as part of Prince Lab transitions into a more maker friendly facility.
Brown University School of Engineering recently embarked on a partial renovation of Prince Lab to facilitate a more interdisciplinary and creative approach to solve design problems. The space is largely based off of the recent proliferation of maker spaces across the globe.
I really like the design and material, great work Peter!

Project page with more variations and images:

For a different model of 3d printing workstation desk with detailed and easy build instructions, look at:

DIY manual digital fabrication or what to do when you don't have access to CNC

You want to design something and cut it on a CNC but you don't have a CNC? No problem!

Here is a tutorial by Jonathan Odom on how to design something in CAD, make paper cutting template and then cut it by hand. It's a sort of manual digital fabrication. You can call it contradiction-in-terms, but hey, if it's stupid and works, then it is not stupid.

Since I don't have a CNC or access to it (but I will get one some day) I find this useful since I could create some simpler smaller projects.

Jonathan designed and made a wooden stand for a laptop using simple tools and materials:
  • Jigsaw
  • Hand Drill + Bits
  • Wood Files (rounded and flat edged)
  • Sanding Block
  • Rigid straight edge used a level.
  • Pressure Clamps
  • 3/4" Plywood (18" X 24" panel)
  • Printed paper template
  • Spray Adhesive

Be your own manual human powered CNC cutter!

Detailed tutorial: