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Formlabs challanges the big guys!

New kid on the start up block FormLabs is rumored to announce a low cost 3D printer which uses Blueray lasers to produce hi-resolution parts up to 5 x 5 x 5″. The start up doesn’t have a whole lot of information on their website but are looking to hire talent to build their team.

The 3D printer developed by David Cranor and Maxim Lobovsky has attracted several investors including Mitch ­Kapor (investor in the transportation app Uber and the virtual world Second Life), Joi Ito – the director of MIT’s Media Lab,  and Eric Schmidt, the chairman of Google. This Wednesday, Formlabs plans to unveil its printer, the Form 1, and start taking orders. The Cambridge start-up hopes the $3,000 price point will be a sufficiently eye-catching to attract a first wave of product designers and architects as customers.

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Contour Crafting – 3D Printing homes

Contour crafting is a term thats been given to a process very similar process to 3D printing but for construction of housing. The process under development by Behrokh Khoshnevis of the University of Southern California’s Information Sciences Institute uses a CNC gantry to build…um….buildings. And it does so very quickly without manual labor. Originally conceived as a method to construct molds for industrial parts, Khoshnevis decided to adapt the technology for rapid home construction as a way to rebuild after natural disasters.

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Rapid3D introduce their new 3DTouch 3D Printer

Rapid3DAustralia’s authorised BFB reseller Rapid 3D introduces the new 3D Touch 3D printer from UK based company Bits from Bytes. Rapid3D currently have the machine in their showroom ready for demonstration and machines in stock ready to ship.

Early adopters of this new machine come from both education and industry including Melbourne University, Griffith University and Capral Limited just to name a few.

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Advantages of the 3DTouch 3D Printer

  • The 3DTouch machine  can be configured to print in just minutes.
  • Provides a strong stable platform.
  • The new Axon 2.0 software is simple and very user friendly.
  • The new touch screen is easy navigate and much easier to read than the original BFB3000.
  • Print quality is excellent.
  • Machine is available in one, two and three head versions.
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Miicraft 3D Printer now on Indiegogo

The guys behind the MiiCraft high resolution DLP 3D Printer have turned to Indiegogo to help raise funds to manufacture this great little machine. And we we say little we mean tiny, this thing has a foot print of 20.5cm (W) x 20.8cm (L) x 33.5cm (H) and has a printing area of 43mm x 27mm but can print up to 180mm high so its more targeted at jewelery and similar fine detail small parts.

The gents need to raise $100,000 within the next 45 days so if your looking for a super fine detail printers all you need to do is drop down just over $2,000 to help them reach the 100K target. Continue Reading →

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Minority Report is a reality thanks to motion sensing by Leap

Leap Motion has announced an awesome motion sensing device which they say is 200 times more accurate than anything on the market. See for yourself below:

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Another DIY DLP 3D Printer turns to Crowd Funding

The majority of current DIY 3D printers on the market are based around FDM technology which is a great simple 3D printing process. Put simply it takes a plastic filament, melts it down and pushes it out a tiny nozzle which is directed on to a bed which moves around in the X and Y directions to effectively draw your object. The print head is raised and the next layer is drawn on top until the part is complete. The process is slow and is limited in resolution due to the size of the nozzle opening and the Z stepping for each layer.

DLP (Digital Light Projection) on the other hand is a much faster printing process that is capable of printing very high resolution models and is a technology that is slowly creeping into the DIY 3D printer scene. Continue Reading →

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Dirk’s robot now eats CD’s and prints big transparent things!

Back in 2010 we posted an article about a fellow from the Netherlands who had converted a Robot that was originally used for assembling cars into a giant 3D printer. Dirk Vander Kooij’s robot is capable of printing large objects, mainly furniture, from recycled refrigerator internals. Since we last posted about him he has given his 3D printing robot a fresh coat of paint and is now being feeding it recycled CD’s so it can print clear objects such as a lamps.

Watching Dirk’s robot print is mesmerizing and reminds me of watching my first print from on a Rapman, abet on a much bigger scale. Check out the awesome video below of it in action. For more information head on over to Dirk’s website.

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MiiCraft™ DLP Printer

Home built DLP 3D printers are gaining popularity all over the place. The latest one we have come across has been designed by a bunch of guys who go by the name of MiiCraft. The design is very similar to that of  DLP Printer however this one uses a Pico projector. From the looks of the photos and video’s this thing has got promise! For more information head on over to

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Sumpod – DIY 3D Printer and CNC Router

DIY 3D Printers keep popping up all over the place and the latest guy to appear is the Sumpod. With a super solid MDF casing this guy is sturdy enough to swap the print head for a dremel which allows for light CNC machining. The desktop printer is designed, built and sold by Richard Sum of Sutton-in-Ashfield, UK and more information is available at

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3D printing at a Nano scale

Printing three dimensional objects with incredibly fine details is now possible using “two-photon lithography”. With this technology, tiny structures on a nanometer scale can be fabricated. Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna) have now made a major breakthrough in speeding up this printing technique: The high-precision-3D-printer at TU Vienna is orders of magnitude faster than similar devices (see video below). This opens up completely new areas of application, such as in medicine.

The 3D printer uses a liquid resin, which is hardened at precisely the correct spots by a focused laser beam. The focal point of the laser beam is guided through the resin by movable mirrors and leaves behind a hardened line of solid polymer, just a few hundred nanometers wide. This fine resolution enables the creation of intricately structured sculptures as tiny as a grain of sand. “Until now, this technique used to be quite slow”, says Professor Jürgen Stampfl from the Institute of Materials Science and Technology at the TU Vienna. “The printing speed used to be measured in millimeters per second – our device can do five meters in one second.” In two-photon lithography, this is a world record.

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