Sep 27, 2012

New stereolithogaphy 3d printer - Form 1

Form 1 affordable prosumer stereolithograpy 3d printer by Formlabs. They got all the funding in one day ... and then some. Technology sure is advancing rapidly ...



Be sure to check their Kickstarter page for detailed specifications:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/formlabs/form-1-an-affordable-professional-3d-printer

Sep 25, 2012

3d print farms - how to make money with your 3d printers?

Recently I saw large and small 3d printer farms on several sites, like this one with fleet of Ultimakers



I was wondering what was their purpose and it seems it is mostly commercial one. Owners use them to print parts for other 3d printers and sell them, print models for individual customers, print series of models for various entities and purposes (conferences, promotional material 3d objects etc.). I don't have the figures, but it seems like the sector is growing fast. Maybe I'm wrong.  Do you know of someone running 3d print farm? What is their business model?



Laywoo - 3d printable wood

New advancement in 3d printing filament. This filament has wood added in it and has some interesting aesthetic and technical properties.



LAYWOO-3D is a printable wood for reprap 3D-printers (that lay down layers of molten material)
This new filament allows to print wood polymer composite (wpc) objects with annual rings - and that without warp !
features:
- zero warp
- rough or smooth surface possible during one print
- paintable-able, grindable - printable tree-rings
- print temp: from 185°C bright to 230°C dark appearence, stics well on print bed, no heated bed necessary
- the filament contains 40% recycled wood

Kamermaker - extra large 3d printer

Sep 19, 2012

MakerBot Replicator 2 is out!

Bigger printing, same size, metal box, 2199$, 100 micron resolution, MakerBotPLA ...



Update: It looks like it's moving away from open source, interesting debate on Hackaday.

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: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eventorbot/111169638934671

Links to download plans: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:28915 http://www.reprap.org/wiki/Eventorbot


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.


http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2117793364/the-tangibot-3d-printer-the-affordable-makerbot-re

From Kickstarter page:

Scanect by ManCtl - low cost 3d scanner

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




http://skanect.manctl.com/

Here is very detailed guide how to scan with Skanect:

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-3D-scan-with-Skanect/?ALLSTEPS


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:

 http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:27794

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: pwdr.github.com

Hardware
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,-.

Software
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.

Materials
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.

Specifications
- 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.