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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Amazing 3D Printed Objects

Everyday someone is coming up with an amazing idea to create with a 3D printer and some of the ideas are truly above and beyond.

From a basic 3D items of clothing to a 3D Printed Breathable cast for broken bones!

Here are some pictures of amazing 3D printed objects!

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Coming right out of Auckland, New Zealand a man named Ivan Sentch, a programmer has started a project of printing a replica 1961 Aston Martin DB4 piece by piece at his home.

This project of his has been in the work since Christmas 2012 and he is now at 72% of the body Once completed he’ll make a fibreglass Mold of the print.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 3D Printed Smartphone Cases

Annex Products has been using a new flexible SLA material to 3D Printer prototypes of flexible parts similar to silicon or TPU before manufacturings the final product.

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Annex products have used 3D-Printers to print a flexible prototype phone case before creating their new Quad Lock Samsung Galaxy S4 Bike Mount.

This material is not watertight, not dishwasher safe, not recyclable, and not food safe, but it’s a great material for this application because it replicates the Quad Lock’s Poncho case which will be made from TPU very nicely.

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On the left is the 3d printed prototype and on the right is the first real case from the production tool (T0)

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Worlds First 3D Printed Rifle

3D Printing has taken another step into the world with its first print of a working 3D rifle, the rifle fired 14 rounds before breaking, which is pretty impressive for a rifle made out of ABS (Lego Plastic) apart from the firing pin.

Originally the gun only made one shot from afar using a string to fire to protect the shooter from “The Grizzley” incase it exploded, but now with the upgrade 2.0 14 shots can be first before breaking.

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The Created named Matthew released quite a few videos of him using “The Grizzley” to show people what can be done.

More info found here: http://www.3ders.org/articles/20130805-upgraded-worlds-first-3d-printed-rifle-fires-14-shots-before-breaking.html

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3D Printing in Space

NASA has approved a 3D printer to be sent to the International Space Station next year so that astronauts can print components, tools and equipment on-demand.. in Space!Testing a 3D Printer in Microgracity
This printer has been built specifically to handle the environmental challenges of space and has been tested during 4 microgravity flights last two hours so that they could test the printing capabilities of the 3D Printer in space.
This printer is estimated to be capable of building 30% of the spare parts on the space station as well as hundreds of useful items that will be able to be printed on demand from clips, buckles and containers to replacements for broken or damaged accessories.

An Amazing step forward into the future of 3D printing and NASA.

NASA has a 3D Printer

More info can be found here: http://www.dezeen.com/2013/07/29/nasa-3d-printing-in-space-by-made-in-space/

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BotOjects release the first ever video footage of their ProDesk Colour 3D printer in action!

In an email update earlier today, BotObjects released a video showing a simple part being printed at 25 micron from PLA filament on their yet to be released ProDesk3d Colour FDM 3D printer. As you can see by the video the colour mixing is only possible in the Z axis so the “full colour” part of colour printing is not exactly that useful unless you like printing rainbows. The surface finish looks pretty good but printing at 25 microns meeans prints are going to take very very long time to finish!

More details here http://botobjects.com/latest-updates#video

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3D Printing Graphene will change the World as we know it!

Graphene is a relatively new material, so new your spell checker probably won’t recognise it. Discovered in 2004 by two scientist, its a 2D hexagon lattice of carbon atoms that is very thin… so thin that you a 1mm sheet of Graphene contains 3 million layers!

If you’ve never head of it before the video below gives you a pretty good overview and rundown of the possibilities of this awesome material. In short, its clear, light weight and 200 times stronger than steel. Its also as flexible as rubber and also more conductive than copper. The possible applications for this material will change almost every product in existence.

The conductive properties of Graphene will allow us to build much faster and smaller computers which are flexible and super strong… Also as the material is transparent, flexible displays are possible… You’ll never have to worry about dropping an iPhone made from Graphene!

Interestingly, 3D printing is leading the way for manufacturing electronic circuits from Graphene. Previously harvesting large quantities of Graphene was difficult, however researchers at Northwestern University have devised a new method of creating large volumes of high-quality Graphene which is then mixed into an ink and printed via a convention inkjet printer! Pretty bloody cool if you ask me!

More info here

http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/156347-high-quality-inkjet-printed-graphene-circuits-one-step-closer-to-foldable-computers 

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IBM Kiosk creates 3D printed trophies using live feed data at Wimbledon 2013

IMB is offering a different kind of souvenir this year, a way to give tennis goers a new perspective on the competition. IBM is ranking players at Wimbledon based on their in match form and the fans opinion of them on social media. The top players are then listed on the IBM Wimbledon Leader board.

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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!

Via TechCrunch

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