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3DPrint-AU Launches Newest Australia’n 3D Print Service

3DPrint-AU announced today the launch of their new 3D printing service for Australia.

Manufacturing in Australia has experienced many changes since the 3D Printing revolution began in 2011. Many Australians have started to use desktop 3D printing to prototype and manufacture products in their sheds and workplaces. Limited access to industrial capable machines have resulted in Australians having to purchase parts from overseas, with long lead times. Creators in Europe and the USA have had easy access to this technology, now it  is Australia’s turn. Having a local 3D Print service means that customers in Australia are no longer at a disadvantage. Main centres, Melbourne and Sydney will be able to receive their models within 48 hours of the printer finishing the job. Continue Reading →

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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. Continue Reading →

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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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3d Printed speakers with neat LED illumination [Video]

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LumiGeek and Autodesk enjoyed a highly artistic collaboration in early 2013 to create a pair of audio-reactive 3D printed speaker enclosures. The project was rather groundbreaking for several reasons.

First, there are very few instances where a 3D printed object is the final product, rather than an artifact of a larger process. (i.e. a proof of something to be injection molded en-mass) Small pieces of jewelry, precision aerospace parts, or medical implants are a small exception. Continue Reading →

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FormLabs announce Grey Resin for the Form1

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One of the most anticipated 3D printers to be funded on Kickstarter, the Form1, was originally launched with Grey Resin, however for reasons unknown it was replaced with clear on the first machines that shipped. But today FormLabs have announced that Grey Resin is now available

Similar to the clear resin provide by FormLabs, the grey resin has properties engineered for fine detail and functional prototyping. Grey’s tensile strength and Young’s Modulus are similar to that of ABS plastic when post cured. The neutral color allows you to carefully inspect fine details and the matte finish is suitable for immediate presentation or to serve as a base for painting.

Grey Resin is available for purchase from the Form Store for $149 and will start shipping in three weeks.

That said we’re still waiting on our Form1 which we backed on Kickstarter to actually ship so we don’t really have a need for any resin no matter the colour until FormLabs actually ship machines outside of America. FormLabs…  are you listening?

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Boosted Boards using 3D printed parts to help them develop one of the coolest electric skateboards in the world!

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Boosted Boards, a Kickstarter success, are developing a super light electric skateboard to help commuters travel the last few miles on their trips. Based on a conventional long board design they have developed their own truck with an integrated dual motor drive system. Most electronic skateboards run a single motor which only drive a single wheel. This can create torque steer when accelerating and braking so the boosted board eliminated this by running a dual wheel drive set up.

Check out more great in depth photos of the development of their drive system.

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Just click print! Windows 8.1 to add native support for 3D printing

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If you’re looking to upgrade to Windows 8 heres a solid reason to do so. Microsoft are adding native 3D printer support in Windows 8.1. A new API will allow developers to include 3D printing capabilities directly in their software, so (in theory) you’ll be able to hit print and out it will come you part, just like a conventional 2D printer.

Microsoft jumping on the 3D printing band wagon along with the merger of Makerbot with Stratasys means there’s a lot of energy going into mainstreaming home 3D printing right now. That doesn’t mean we’ll all be printing our own phones at home in two years’ time, but it does mean we’ll probably see a lot more investment focused on this area in the near future.

Microsoft’s Antoine Leblond called printing 3D “just as easy and seamless as printing in 2D” on stage today at Build, and demoed the process of printing a vase from a Windows 8.1 device to the MakerBot Replicator 2 which will soon be available in Microsoft Stores!

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Maker Machine on Pozible


Two Industrial Designers combine to bring education to life.

Jethro Pugh and Sam Nikolsky and looking for funding via the Pozible site to bring Maker Machine to market.

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Low cost 3D printer raises $400K in just a few days on Kickstarter (Video)

Pirate 3D launched a crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter only a few days ago for their low cost 3D Printer named the Buccaneer. At $349 its the cheapest fully assembled 3D printer we’ve ever seen. It’s also claiming that its the easiest to use through their intuitive iPad app and is targeted purely at the home user. The Buccaneer only prints in PLA at this stage but they are hinting that a heated bed will be available in the future for printing with ABS. The filament cartridge is mounted above the extruder and feeds from a loose coil. Having experience filament jams when running feed systems like this I am a little concerned that this may cause problems however it does offer the advantage of being able to run just about any 1.75mm material through the machine. I guess we won’t know until people start using them.

The design of the Buccaneer is quiet unique from an industrial and mechanical design perspective. The X/Y axis are based around a CoreXY system. The CoreXY has the perfect balance of speed and space efficiency however it needs to be incredibly rigid, or it will not move correctly. Pirate 3D designing the system around stamped steel parts and claim to have managed to create an XY platform that is extremely rigid yet very economical to produce. Also the Z-Axis has the linear rails fixed to the print bed which move up and down as it print, which is the opposite of most other FDM 3D Printers. From a design stand point the Buccaneer is very minimal and is a contrast to other low cost 3D printers on the market. The only issue I have is that you cannot see the print bed when its laying down the first few layers which is usually fairly critical to make sure you part bonds well to the print bed.

If your interested in pre-ordering a Buccaneer sail on over to their kickstarter campaign, but you’ll be waiting a while to received it as they won’t be shipping for a good 6 months (December 2013). This should give them sufficient time to manufacture the machine but I wonder if they will struggle to keep up with demand given that they have gone 4 times over their funding goal in just a few days.

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