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Stratasys’ Connex technology has previously allowed users to 3D print using two different base resins, but with the new Objet500 Connex3, you can use as many as three--PolyJet photopolymer, Digital ABS, and “another material of your choice”. What that means is that you can mix a variety of different types of materials in the same print job, including materials that are rigid, rubbery, and clear with “hundreds of composite materials”. On top of that, this 3D printer offers full color support. There are 10 different color palettes you can use, and a single prototype... Read more...
Sure, 3D printing portends a future of distributed manufacturing that could blow up industry as we know it, give birth to a host of associated industries and businesses, and contribute to improved medical treatments and solutions, but it can also create delightful treats. At CES, 3D Systems unveiled its ChefJet and full-color ChefJet Pro 3D printers that can print confections, and now the company is in cahoots with Hershey to create branded edibles. With a multiyear agreement in place, the two will develop 3D-printed chocolate (and non-chocolate) products and work to commercialize a “new... Read more...
We've suspected that 3D printing would be the next underground technology to emerge on the mainstream scene, and it's nuggets like this that continue to support that belief. With a major showing at CES this year, the 3D printing world is poised to make a serious impact in Main Street, and even Adobe can't ignore it. The famed software giant has just announced 3D printing capabilities within Adobe Photoshop CC. It's available right away to cloud-based customers, enabling them to "easily and reliably build, refine, preview, prepare and print 3D designs." With today’s release of Photoshop CC,... Read more...
Now there’s a headline we never thought we’d write. 3D Systems came to CES with its truck loaded, as it were, and among the sort of announcements you’d expect from a 3D printing outfit are a few that are double-take worthy. First, 3D Systems announced the ChefJet 3D Printer series that are kitchen-ready, meaning that they can print food. (It. Prints. Food.) The printers are geared toward those who make sweet concoctions such as bakers and cake masters, and the printers include easy-to-use, non-CAD software. There are two machines, the monochrome ChefJet 3D Printer and the full-color... Read more...
While MakerBot brought some pricey 3D printers to CES, another company is looking to undercut such offerings with a $499 3D printer called the da Vinci. "da Vinci is the ultimate 3D printer for consumers and entrepreneurs because it's easier and safer to use than anything else out there," said Simon Shen, the chairman of XYZprinting, Inc. in a press release. "With da Vinci we are moving 3D printing to the mainstream market by satisfying a need in the consumer and SMB segment for a 3D printer that delivers on affordability and usability." XYZ Printing da Vinci 3D printer The latter part of that... Read more...
MakerBot brought the noise as well as the funk, as it were, to CES this year. The company, which is now a subsidiary of Stratasys, announced a trio of new 3D printers as well as new apps and a digital online store. With its 5th generation of 3D printers, MakerBot is bringing three machines to market with the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer ($1,375), Replicator Desktop 3D Printer ($2,899), and Replicator Z18 3D Printer ($6,499). MakerBot 5th Generation 3D Printers All three use the new MakerBot Replicator 3D Printing Platform, which includes an easily swappable Smart Extruder, an onboard... Read more...
If you have creative kids that like to build things, there’s a new app that will keep them occupied for hours called Blokify. Simply put, Blokify starts you out with a Minecraft-looking “construction kit” featuring themed environments and textured blocks, along with models and background music, and your kiddos can either construct the model or use their imaginations to build their own creation. The touch-based design environment is simple and intuitive, so kids can start using the iOS app immediately without any real learning curve. When they’ve made something they like,... Read more...
The 3D printer market is wide open, particularly as it pertains to innovation, and a gang of college kids from Brooklyn are sticking their collective foot in the door with a unique 3D printer design that promises simplicity, fast print speeds, and inexpensive expandable print volume. Instead of the box design that most 3D printers on the market employ, the Deltaprintr has an open air construction with a trio of tall aluminum poles with attached arms that control the printer head. The machine uses 65-lb fishing line instead of belts to control the carriages, and there’s a 10-inch diameter... Read more...
3D Systems and Xerox have been working together for some time, notably on the former’s ProJet series 3D printers, but the two companies have further cemented their relationship. 3D Systems is purchasing Xerox’s product design, engineering, and chemistry group (based in Wilsonville, OR). "We are pleased to expand our relationship with an innovative partner of the caliber of Xerox and expect that acquiring some of the Xerox Wilsonville engineering team, together with their state-of the-art development labs and selected licensed IP, will catapult our 3D printers’ development and... Read more...
The wonderful and terrifying robot future portended by Amazon’s delivery drones isn’t exclusive to the e-tailer giant; Google is getting in on the robot action, too. The company is looking to develop humanoid robots that could perform tasks such as manufacturing electronics, loading up products to ship, and even delivering goods to your front door. Andy Rubin and robots (Credit: Jim Wilson/NYT) Andy Rubin, of Android fame, is heading up the project, and according to a New York Times piece on the subject, the effort is being well-funded by Google, so it’s not just some cute idea... Read more...
3D Systems can lay claim to some compelling projects, including the handheld Sense 3D scanner, and you can add a new full color printer to that list. The ProJet 4500 is a professional 3D printer that can print in continuous CMY color with a layer of 0.1mm. The ProJet 4500 uses a plastic print material called VisiJet C4 Spectrum, which boasts high flexibility and strength and, with the ProJet 4500’s capabilities, can produce over a million unique color possibilities. The printer is designed with a feature to recycle its materials, making for a greener overall product (and one that’s... Read more...
According to a report from MarketsandMarkets, the 3D printing industry is poised for huge growth in the next several years. By 2020, the industry should hit upwards of $8.4 billion, with a compound annual growth rate of a healthy 23%. Of note is that much of that growth will come from the healthcare and aerospace industries, as opposed to hobbyists, makers, and the like, and although the Americas currently leads the world, Europe is slated to surpass it in terms of revenue by 2020. The APAC region will see a lot of growth, as well. Growth will come from hobbyists and makers with printers like the... Read more...
Motorola is forging ahead with the concept of modular, customizable smartphones first put forth by designer Dave Hakkens with his Phonebloks. The company said recently that it was officially pursuing such an idea with Project Ara, and Motorola is already putting together important partnerships to make it happen. 3D Systems, a maker of 3D printers and other related products, has signed on to create a “continuous high-speed 3D printing production platform and fulfillment system” for it. In other words, 3D Systems is going to print parts for the project, and what’s more, the company... Read more...
A British company called CEL has developed a 3D printer that portends to offer extraordinary ease of use without sacrificing high-end features. The stylish Robox 3D Printer will cost $1,364 when it launches in the U.S. early next year, and it includes CEL’s AutoMaker software that’s designed to let users simply choose the design they want and print--no fuss, no muss. The Robox doesn’t skimp on features, though; it has an auto-leveling system to ensure that the build platform is always flat, and the extruder system features a dual pinch wheel and closed feedback loop to ensure... Read more...
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