Jul 26, 2012

PopFab - factory in a briefcase

PopFab is 3d printer, precision cutter and CNC mill in a briefcase. Portable miniature DIY factory created by two MIT researchers: Ilan Moyer and Nadya Peek for true mobile manufacturing. Just bring it along and print anything you need.


You can see a great talk about Making Machines that Make by Nadya Peek here:


Jul 25, 2012


I've been thinking for some time about starting a 3d services small business. It looks like there is a market for it here in Croatia since there are not many companies offering such services. I'm still not sure what should it be, but this is a great example. Moddler. Two man team with Objet Eden 500 V printer.

Moddler from Venturebeat on Vimeo.

Jul 20, 2012

OmNomNom Cretator transforms 2d to 3d

From http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:24639 :
What is OmNomNom Creator?

It is a lightweight easy to use software tool to change 2D Images into 3D objects.
You can use it to create 3D Cookie Cutters, Medallions, Logos, Surface Maps, Mazes, QR Codes, Stamps, or for anything where you need to get a 2D image into a 3D project.

Very simple to use, just drag and drop any common image format (gif, jpg, png, tiff etc.) into OmNomNom.

Choose the output format you want, and it will launch OpenScad containing a template of your 3D object.

If you don't use OpenScad, don't worry, the work has been done for you, just create the .stl and print. Changing sizes and dimensions is a breeze.

You can also create your own templates (please post your templates on Thingiverse).

** If OpenSCAD crashes or is slow exporting your models, try the development snapshot of OpenSCAD, I found it worked better **

Compatibility: Mac OS X 10.7 or later (Lion or later)
Requirement: OpenSCAD 2011.12 or later
Printing: All objects printed on a ToM with single extruder using Jetty Accelerated Firmware and Pause@ZPos

Jul 19, 2012

Rostock delta 3d printer

Rostock delta 3d printer.

Blog with project history: deltabot.tumblr.com
Videos: youtube.com/user/jcrocholl/videos?query=rostock
More pictures: flickr.com/photos/jcrocholl/tags/rostock
More details about parts: thingiverse.com/tag:rostock
OpenSCAD source files: github.com/jcrocholl/rostock
Documentation: reprap.org/wiki/Rostock

Rostock is a delta robot 3D printer prototype with the following design goals:

Build volume: 8x8x16 inches or 200x200x400 mm
Footprint: 12x14 inches
Print surface: 8x8 inches heated glass which never moves
Mass of end effector with two hotends: less than 150g
Positioning speed: 800 mm/s in all 3 directions
Positioning accuracy: at least 30 steps/mm in all 3 directions
Simplicity: fewer than 200 parts (not including washers, nuts and SMD-mounted electronics)
Hardware cost: less than $500 USD

Jun 26, 2012

Balancing 3d printed DIY robot

Made by Jason Dorweiler, this 3d printed robot balances itself. It's parts are all 3d printed except the electronics.
Notice the cool biohazard wheels :-)

Mar 8, 2012

3d printed bycicle lugs

Here is an interesting video on 3d printed metal bike frame lugs. They are printed by LaserCusing technology of concept-laser.de

VRZ 1. a tack bike frame with 3d printed lugs from Ralf Holleis on Vimeo.

Edit: Ok Ok: its bicycle. English is not my first language :-)

Steve Purdham on 3d printing and piracy

In his interview for Guardian, Steve Purdham (of We7) said:
In conversation, Purdham veers from the pragmatic to the preposterous. He concedes that making money from digital music is "like climbing Everest", before proposing that a whole new industry will soon be built around 3D printing. "People talk about piracy – they haven't even begun to scratch what piracy is going to be like in the future," he says, perched on the rust-coloured sofa in his north London office. "You design a glass jar or a sculpture, and anybody will be able to print that in their own home. You will be able to print guns. You can already print body parts on a 3D printer. All of these things that Star Trek had are starting to come true."
I think he is right. Future will be interesting.


Feb 20, 2012

Enrico Dini 3d printed houses

Big big 3d printer printing 3d buildings of complex construction by Enrico Dini.


Here is new interview with Enrico Dini about 3d printing for reef conservation:


Feb 15, 2012

New 3d printer: Tantillus

It looks like every time I turn my computer on there is a new printer out.
Introducing: Tantillus
It is self replicating and the main feature is that two machines can be connected to print using the same electronics. 

More info can be found on:

New 3d printer: Quantum ORD Bot

The Quantum ORD Bot is out. It is 3D printer  platform made from MakerSlide linear bearing. It is extremely ridged and very easy to build. The design can easily be scaled in X,Y and/or Z by simply changing the Makerslide lengths plus belt and leadscrew lengths. This is the mini or 'Quantum' version. The parts other than MakerSlide are either off the shelf standard items or easily fabricate with a laser cutter, 3D printer or CNC router. The price is around 500$.

Download the design here

Link fir more details:

Feb 10, 2012

The FreeD handheld 3d manufacturing device

Innovative handheld 3d milling device. It is held in hand and computer controlled to stop when it reaches the outlines of the 3d object. It looks that the handheld  3d printer is also in making.