Items tagged with 3D-Printing

The 3D printing market is a growing yet nebulous one, populated by a many different types of printers of varying quality. There are lots of players already, but it’s still a wide open market as each manufacturer looks to find that special sauce that entices the most users. Formlabs is updating its offering, the Form1, a 3D printer that uses laser stereolithography technology. Now you can get the Form 1+, and Formlabs says that among the upgrades is up to 50% faster performance. The Form 1+ also features a higher-power second-gen laser; greater precision and accuracy thanks to a new galvanometer;... Read more...
A new twist on 3D printing could let users print their own cosmetics at home. That’s the angle inventor Grace Choi is taking with her sub-$200 Mink 3D printer, anyway, and she hopes that young ladies age 13-21 will be the ones buying up the machines. Perhaps it seems unbelievable impractical to own a 3D printer whose sole purpose is to print makeup, but if you break down the costs, it’s actually not all that crazy. First of all, you can spend a lot of money on makeup--hundreds of dollars every year. (The range is huge. Cheap stuff costs a few bucks and the elite products are marked... Read more...
3D Systems is as enmeshed with Google’s Project Ara team as possible; there’s even a 3D Systems employee camping out with the team and developing 3D printing technology for the project right there in-house, and some of the fruit of that labor is the news that 3D Systems is experimenting with printing using conductive ink. That would enable the team to print items such as antennas, which is something the Project Ara team is doing in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University and X5 Systems. X5 Systems Project Ara antenna prototypes X5 Systems has intriguing technology called AntSyn... Read more...
3D printing is quickly evolving, and a group called Rabbit Proto is pushing that evolution onward with its 3D printer attachment that lets you print 3D electronic circuits on or within an item while that item itself is being printed. Put more simply, Rabbit Proto makes it possible to print electronic devices and their cases simultaneously using capacitive “ink”. What they’ve developed is a print head add-on that plugs into your 3D printer (with software and documentation to go along with it). The team says that the Rabbit Proto works with RepRap printers that have dual-extrusion... Read more...
We love a good mod around here, and this one is priceless: Using a Rasperry Pi, a pair of hacked-up video glasses, a tiny wireless keyboard, and some 3D-printed parts, you can create your own Google Glass-like spectacles that will mount on virtually any sunglasses or prescription frames. Basically, you can pull apart the video glasses and extract some key components and then fit them into some 3D-printed pieces, the designs for which are free from Thingiverse. Poof, there are your high-tech specs. To power them--and this is the ungraceful part--you need to put together a pocket-sized Raspberry... Read more...
Remember that neat little Micro 3D printer that we covered a few days ago? The one that was looking for $50,000 in funding via its Kickstarter campaign? It was doing well out of the gate, nabbing about $1 million on its first day, but that frenetic pace has not abated much. The current total in pledges is at $2.28 million and counting, and the campaign still has 25 days left to go. The Micro 3D Printer’s appeal is obvious. It promises incredibly simple functionality, at least reasonable quality, a small size to fit comfortably in the home or office, and--most importantly--a relatively low... Read more...
In the race to drive down costs for and increase the capabilities of 3D printers, the team behind the Micro 3D printer believe they’re among the frontrunners. The Micro is designed to be inexpensive and incredibly easy to use while also offering reliability and consistency. “It is the most affordable 3D printer that can be used right out of the box. Perfect for beginners and experts alike, just plug in the printer, download or create models, hit print, and watch your custom creations form right before your eyes,” reads the team’s Kickstarter pitch. The Micro features auto... Read more...
Although the 3D printing market has and will continue to grow rapidly, there are still some capabilities that the market needs that we take for granted on the paper printing side of things. For instance, you have to convert those excellent 3D models into a printable format, and that can be tricky. Enter Slic3r, a free and open source tool that coverts STereoLithography (STL) files into a printable format. The software cuts the 3D model into “slices” and then “generates toolpaths to fill them and calculates the amount of material to be extruded”, so says Slic3r supporter... Read more...
Valve is still working on the final edits to its new Steam Controller, and it’s showing off the device at GDC where we got to spend some time snapping pictures of it on the show floor. We’ve already discussed what the new controller will look like, particularly compared to the original, but what we didn’t know was how Valve was prototyping the thing. As it turns out, the company is using 3D printing. If you look closely, you can even see the 3D printer lines and artifacts. That makes sense, as one of 3D printing’s killer applications is that it’s ideal for that sort... Read more...
For a lot of people, their first 3D printer may well be an HP printer. The company is readying a big announcement for June that will pertain to 3D printing technology, and although there’s not much else to go on in terms of details, the company has revealed to Reuters that it has figured out some of the technical issues that can make the 3D printing process slower and less accurate. Particularly, HP engineers have supposedly solved a problem with substrate quality that affects the quality and durability of prints. "It's like watching ice melt,” said HP CEO Meg Whitman on the speed of... Read more...
Makerbot’s making them both big and small these days. Just weeks after beginning orders for the Replicator Mini Compact 3D printer, Makerbot announced that the big brother of its new line of 3D printers, the Z18, is available for purchase. Whereas the Mini Compact offers a petite build volume of 10x10x12.5 inches, the Z18 can handle 2,592 cubic inches of build with dimensions of 12x12x18.5 inches. The Z18 is Makerbot’s largest 3D printer to date, and it comes with an optional Makerbot Cart ($1,250) for moving it around and Makerbot Filament Case ($750) that holds XL and XXL spools to... Read more...
The smallest member of MakerBot’s 3D printing platform, announced at CES, is now available to order at MakerBot’s website or at one of the company’s three store locations in New York, Boston, and Greenwich, CT. The Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer (the build volume is 10x10x12.5 inches) is designed to be easy to use with features such as One Touch printing, plug-and-play capabilities, a no-leveling build plate, and included free software. The printer offers a 200 micron resolution and is optimized for MakerBot PLA filament (available in 17 colors) and connects easily to Thingiverse... Read more...
3D Systems announced that it has collaborated with EksoBionics to build a 3D-printed hybrid exoskeleton robotic suit that ostensibly will allow users with paralysis of the lower extremities to walk upright. A woman named Amanda Boxel was the test pilot for the suit (although this isn’t the first time she’s tested a prototype of this sort),and you can see in the photos that she indeed is standing up and taking steps without any third-party human assistance. Boxel has been paralyzed from the waist down ever since suffering a freak injury in a skiing accident 22 years ago. (Skip to about... Read more...
Innovation in the 3D printing space is exploding. At CES alone, we saw printers that can create food and ceramics, and there’s also a new multimaterial 3D printer that gives you full-color prints. And the Mark One 3D printer from Mark Forg3d prints in carbon fiber. Carbon fiber, people. Mark Forg3d claims that its composite material printer “print parts, tooling, and fixtures with a higher strength-to-weight ratio than 6061-T6 Aluminum”, or 20 times stiffer and 5 times stronger than ABS plastic. “The incredible strength of carbon fiber comes from the long, continuous strands... Read more...
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