Autodesk launches 3D Printer, a 3D Printing Platform and a $100M 3D Printing Fund

Yesterday at Autodesk University, Autodesk formally announced the launch of there open source 3D printing platform dubbed SPARK. The details are still not 100% clear but it we do know its planned to be opened source which is a good start. They are also planning  to ship their 3D Printer which goes by the name of Ember, early next year for just under $6,000 USD. We have limited information on the machine other than it is using SLA-DLP technology so we assume the print bed size won’t be very big. Also if you have a great 3D printing idea it might be worth knocking on the door of Autodesk as they think your idea is a good one they may be keen to hand over some of their $100M 3D printing fund!
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Introducing Flow, a wireless input device.

As computers have developed, we’ve seen many alternative input devices come and go but through time the trusty mouse and keyboard have reigned king. Touch screens have taken hold on smaller devices such as tablets and smartphones but they are still rely on a virtual keyboard. Input devices such as joysticks, trackballs, gamepads and for the pong fans out there who could forget the paddle, we’re fun to play with but none really stuck around. With the growth of 3D CAD we have seen some interesting devices such as the Connexion 3D mouse and haptic input devices but they usually still require the use of a mouse along side. You may recall a device called Leap Motion which launched a few years back and allowed you to control your PC by just waving your hands around over a tiny little match box sizes object but we haven’t seen any solid uses for it apart from games.

Not to be put off by a challenge, a gent by the name of Tobias Eichenwald from Berlin figured there was room for a new type of input device. He is crowdfunding his peripheral which he has dubbed “flow” on the Indiegogo platform and needs to raise $50K to make it a reality. The wireless device allows you to control software Apps via a tap, swipe, wave and a twist of the external ring. If it’s up your alley why not back his project on Indiegogo now.

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Made For Me – Aussie Online 3D-Printing Marketplace

Made For Me a Canberra based startup is looking to tap into 3D printing’s increasing popularity in Australia by connecting designers, local manufacturers and consumers in the an online marketplace.

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According to James Antifaev Co-Founder of Made For Me they have the largest network of 3D Printing Professionals in Australia. “It’s really being driven by the fact there is not an open platform that connects every step of the value chain from the shopping experience to the design and manufacturing,” he says.

 

 

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3DHubs Raises $4.5M, Making 3D Printing Local

3DHubs, a 3D printer matching service, has raised a $4.5 million. The service allows users to find and order 3D prints from 3D printers in their local area.

Founded by former 3D Systems employees Brian Garret and Bram de Zwart, the site was one of the first global 3D printing solutions. They’ve processed over 30,000 3D prints and have about 7,100 printers in 140 countries. To use the service, you simply choose your area, upload a model, and ask for a quote. The 3D printer owner then prints things out and gets it to you via post.

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“We’re very fast and average delivery time has dropped to 1.2 days from submission to pickup/shipping,” said Garret. “Competitors like Shapeways still take about a week for their fastest materials, and much longer for special materials.”

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Additive Manufacturing: Tools without Tooling

ST_Tools-without-tooling_final-1Additive Manufacturing (AM) has been called the Next Industrial Revolution, improving virtually every aspect of the way products are made. Additive manufacturing is a key component of Direct Digital Manufacturing which generally describes the process of producing parts directly from digital CAD data.

Normally DDM stories tend to focus on end use parts, where additive manufacturing is used to cost-effectively produce the final parts that go into your car, jetliner or coffee maker. Describing its potential impact, theWohlers Report 2014 states, ”Most indications suggest that we are heading toward a relatively new method of manufacturing and an industry worth tens of billions of dollars.”

One area of additive manufacturing that can have an equally significant impact is tools – the molds, patterns, jigs and fixtures that are used throughout the manufacturing and as assembly processes.

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Artec 3D Scanner now available in Australia

Artec Eva 3d ScannerThe Artec Eva 3D scanner is a great solution for quick 3D scanning with accurate textures in high resolution and it’s now available in Australia. Eva doesn’t require markers or calibration. The Artec captures objects quickly in high resolution and vibrant color, which allows for almost unlimited applications.

Everyday CAD users will benefit in multiple application including reverse engineering and product design.  The Artec software is a powerful desktop solution.  For more information contact Objective 3D

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Autodesk Release 3D Printing Software & Hardware

Autodesk has announced both an open software platform for 3D printing called Spark and their very own 3D Printer. The hardware is to serve as a reference point for the new Spark software which they hope will bring a new level of user experience to 3D Printing.

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As with many of Autodesk’s newest products Spark will be open and freely licensable to hardware manufacturers and other interested parties. Autodesk is hoping that by making the system  available to product designers, hardware manufacturers, software developers and materials scientists it will be used to explore the limits of 3D Printing technology.

For more information sign up at http://www.autodesk.com/campaigns/spark

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Australia’s newest 3D Printing Service

Screen Shot 2014-04-15 at 5.05.07 pmIDEC Solutions Pty Ltd, a leader in design, fabrication and construction activities have joined forces with Jeff Condren the former owner of SOS Components Pty Ltd to open Australia’s newest 3D Printing Service.

The new directors of 3DPrinting.com.au Pty Ltd, Peter Gartshore and Neil Summerson are experienced business and industry experts that are committed to investing in the success of the business.  They have already purchased a Mitutoyo Co-ordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) and will be purchasing 3D scanning equipment, to enable reverse engineering.

Jeff Condren the previous owner of SOS Components Pty Ltd is one of the leading experts in the 3D Printing industry globally. With more than 8 years experience in 3D printing and a former toolmaker, Jeff is the perfect person to drive this business to be a global leader.

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3D Printed Mountain Bike

Titanium Mountains Bikes aren’t new, but 3D Printed Titanium Mountain Bikes are!

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The UK company Renishaw has teamed up with Empire Cycles to build the first 3D-printed Titanium bike.  SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) style 3D printing was used to a  transform fine particles of Titanium and a CAD file into functional three-dimensional parts.  This process can produce metal densities of 99.7% which is denser and less pourous than traditional casting process of a similar metal.

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Is This The Ultimate 3D Printer?

Connex3 color 3D PrinterObjective3D has announces the arrival of the Stratasys Objet500 Connex3, the most advanced multi-material colour 3D they have released to date, so is this the ultimate 3D Printer?

The Objet500 Connex3 is a highly advanced multi-material colour 3D Printer, featuring a large build tray size of 500 x 400 x 200mm, it enables designers & engineers to prototype in vivid colour, multi-materials and in high quality with all the characteristics and strength of PolyJet technology.

What’s Unique about Objet500 Connex3?
Connex PolyJet printing already offered ground-breaking 3D printing options, but users wanted more materials and more colour options. Stratasys answered the call with the Connex3.

The Connex3 features additional material bays, a new print block and the three part colour mix. The resulting parts are functional and offer true product realism to satisfy the artist, the designer, the engineer and the product manager according to Objective3D .

The Connex3 can build as many as 46 different material characteristics into an individual part, with users able to select from a wide range of material properties, colours and opacities.

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