Aug 30, 2012

New 3d printer - Eventorbot

New printer on the scene: Eventorbot. Nice design ...

Info from their page:
Eventorbot! Open source 3D printer. Simple with less materials. Frame is made of a single 4' long, 2 1/2" square tube (16 gauge/1.5mm/.0598" thick, cost: less then $20.00). With this design there is less plastic parts, stronger structure, all wires are hidden, and a more appealing/finish look. The unit is supposed to resemble a robotic arm with hydraulic tubes. It was designed for prints to be less effected by vibrations. With the 1 solid frame, any vibrations of any axis will cause the other axis to move with it. For example: If the X axis causes a slight vibration/1mm movement to the right, the Z and Y axis will also move that 1mm to the right. This will result in a better print as everything will remain squared.
Please like Facebook page for updates:

Links to download plans:

Aug 16, 2012

MakiBox - printing with plastic pellets

Jonathan Buford's MakiBox, 3d printer printing with plastic pellets with great potential in reducing printing material cost and recycling of old plastic.

Video with in depth technical overview of MakiBox:

Aug 11, 2012

TangiBot - low cost Replicator clone

Clone wars have just begun! TangiBot is 100% compatible Makerbot Replicator clone for 2/3 of the price. We will see how will Makerbot react to this, by launching nuclear lawyer strike or staying true to their Open Source roots.

From Kickstarter page:

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 :-)