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Release the Artist within

The New Handmade Article is looking at the development of artists using 3D technology to produce their handmade goods. This is not only for the well established artists but for all of the scientists and technology driven minds out there.
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Gone are the days that the skills of design are for the few. With the advancement of technology in all areas of creativity we all now have the tools to design, test and finally create our own artistic endeavours.

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BotObjects announce details on the ProDesk3D

BotObjects today announced that they are taking pre-orders via telephone (very hi tech) for their new ProDesk3D Full colour FDM 3D printer. They also release limited specifications on the machine and some photos of parts that were printed on the machine. Still there is no actual photos or video of the machine printing so we’re still a little dubious about the machine but lets hope their not just one big scam. Judging from the photos it appears they can only do colour variation in the vertical axis which I wouldn’t really class as full color printing.

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FormLabs release software for the Form1 – PreForm

Since the huge success of their kickstarter campaign the people at FormLabs have been working diligently on the release of their new PreForm Software.

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Desktop SLA printing is coming with the Form1 – Now Shipping

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As far as kickstarter projects go the Form1 is a project I am personally super excited about. And today they released an update saying they had just shipped their first batch of units to their backers! Like a lot of Kickstarter projects, the Form1 shipped several months after its original shipping date, but when you raise almost 30 times you original funding goal of $100,000 you can bet they had a lot more work laid out for them than they originally anticipated.

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3D Printed trophies for the Super Happy Silvercan Race (Video)

Our friends who run Super Happy Drift (radio controlled drifting series) decided to take a break from going sideways to see who was fastest around the track the conventional way… Enter the Super Happy Silvercan race. For those of you not familar with the term Silver can, it refers to the bog stock 540 motor which most stock RC cars run, and its is silver in colour, hence the name silvercan. But as any good competition goes theres not point competing unless you can win a cool trophy. So Dylan from SHD designed up a sweet set of trophies for first, second and third place using Autodesk 123D and printed them out on a 3D Touch printer from PLA. Being his first time using 123D and also a 3D printer the results are pretty impressive. Check out the video after the jump for some action packed RC racing!

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FormLabs founders interviewed on the Innovators

Max and Nathan were recently interviewed on “The Innovators” and gave some insight into FormLabs and the upcoming Form1 3D printer which is making high quality SLA printing accessible to almost anyone.

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3D printed sailboard customised for how you ride

We’ve seen a lot of products turning to 3D printing as a viable form of manufacturing. Sunglasses, jewellery, and toys come to mind however the one thing they all share in common is that they are all relatively small. So when I recently came across a website claiming they were planning on producing 3D printed sailboards I was intrigued.

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Will 3D printing change the world?

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FormLab’s Form1 3D printing a tiny Planetary Gear Box

I won’t lie, even though I haven’t used one yet I’m a big fan of the Form1 from FormLabs. The ability to print really small detailed parts is just not possible on most DFM 3D Printers. So when you see the below video of the Form1 printing some tinnie winnie little gears for a three stage planetary gear box it opens up a world of possibilities…

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Fabbster – A Retail Boxed 3D Printer from Germany

All the way from Germany comes the retail focused 3D Printer called the Fabbster. The Fabbster is a 3D printer kit using the same FDM technology that most other Reprap style of machines are based from. The big difference with the Fabbster is its unique filament and feed system. Unlike most FDM which take a 1.75 or 3.0mm plastic filament usually supplied in a spool or catridge, the Fabbster is fed small sections of plastic sticks which have been injection molded with a toothed rail and a small hook at one end. The sticks and loaded into a vertical track and are then feed from the bottom up a plastic tube into the extruded head. This toothed rail allows the sticks to be feed in to the machine one at a time and as one stick runs out the next hooks into the previous stick making a continious chain. This method allows you to change up the colors on your model as its printed giving a nice striped effect, however the down side is you are limited to using only the Fabbster materials.

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