Aug 11, 2012

Scanect by ManCtl - low cost 3d scanner

Skanect by ManCtl brings low cost Kinect based 3d scanner.

Here is very detailed guide how to scan with Skanect:

Aug 9, 2012

How to build portable 3d printer in a suitcase

Revision 3 video with Ben Heck on his portable diy 3d printer in a suitcase:

Aug 8, 2012

Pwdr - diy powder3d printer

It looks like powder 3d printing for your home manufacturing is getting closer with open source Pwdr. It will enable whole new range of possible printed models. Still in early development stages, but technology is advancing ...

More info on:

Pwdr is an open source powder-based rapid prototyping machine. Its goal is to promote experiments and innovations in powder-based rapid-prototyping. The machine is ready to use both the 3DP as the SLS process with minimal adaption, although the printer is currently prepped for 3DP.

More information on:

The Pwdr Model 0.1 consists of chassis, tool head and electronics. The printer entirely consists of off-the-shelf components. It has a simple design and can be built within a couple of hours. The machine is easy and affordable to build and modify. Building a Pwdr Model 0.1 machine costs about €1000,-.

The accompanying software for the Pwdr Model 0.1 converts the CAD model in a printable format. This file is then uploaded to the Pwdr Model 0.1 micro-controller. The machine is controlled by easy-to-use software that allow full control of the printing process.The Pwdr Model 0.1 software has been based on open source tools like Arduino and Processing.

A whole new range of materials become available for experimenting with open-source rapid-prototyping; for example, when using the 3DP process: gypsum, ceramics, concrete, sugar, etc. And when the SLS process is fully supported, plastic materials like ABS, PP, Nylon and metals become available as building material.A Hewlett Packard inkjet cartridge is used for the deposition of binder. The cartridge can be refilled with custom binders using a syringe. A custom binder of 20% alcohol and 80% water has been proven to work.

- Maximum build size: 125mm x 125mm x 125mm
- Print resolution (3DP): 96DPI
- Minimum vertical step size: 50μm
- Speed (depending on printed part): ±1 minute per layer

Aug 6, 2012

Stone Spray Project

Robot 3d printing with sand: Sand Spray Project. Autonomous swarms of those machines could do some serious stuff.

Stone Spray Project from Stone Spray on Vimeo.

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 :
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:
More pictures:
More details about parts:
OpenSCAD source files:

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

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.