A new 3D consumer printer, called the Big Rep One, is big enough to print out furniture. The printer is so big that it can print out objects with the volume of a cubic meter. It’s an opensource printer, which uses an aluminium frame with a printing resolution of 0,1 millimeter.
Stratasys just announced the launch of the Objet500 Connex3 at the SolidWorks World 2014, which started yesterday in San Diego and is open until Wednesday the 29th. This groundbreaking machine is the first in the Objet line to let you incorporate color (as many as 46 per print) into your prototype. The fact that the Objet 500 Connex3 is also a multi-material printer makes this a worlds first!
The 3D printer lets you build rigid, rubber-like and clear parts into one model and offers hundreds of composite materials, blended right in the 3D printer. Like a regular inkjet printer, this 3D Printer features 3 different colors, VeroMagenta, VeroCyan, and VeroYellow, which can be combined to produce, literally hundreds of colors.
The next level for 3D printing is that it could be taught at schools in order to let young people get to know more about new techniques. Teachers from the Orange County School Department of Education know all about it, since they received a masterclass on how to build a 3D printer, by company Airwolf 3D.
While many think it takes a lot of experience to create a 3D printer, reality shows a student can do the work. A college student from the US, called Shai Schechterhas, has developed an easy to use, affordable 3D printer. His device only costs a third of the price of a conventional 3D printer. Schechterhas is a student at Purchase College, State University of New York and his 3D printer is called Deltaprintr.
The groundbreaking thing about this is that the 3D printer costs less than 500 dollars. Unassembled it only costs 475 dollars and if you want the assembled large version of 2 feet high, it costs 685 dollars. Extra large (2,5 feet) will cost 705 dollars, according to Mashable. These prices are equal to the costs of a new smartphone, while the new MakerBot 3D Printer still costs as much as 2000 dollars.
The last couple of days we explained you how to create your own Christmas Ornaments on a 3D printer. Because Christmas is a feast with a lot of food, it’s cool to also learn how to bake your own Christmas cookies on such a 3D Printer. In fact it’s very easy, because everything you need is online on sites such as Thingiverse and YouTube.
Credits: Ralf Holleis.
Thingiverse is a website on which do-it-yourselfers can upload their own 3D printing files in order to make it possible for everyone to create the same objects with a 3D printer. You can find lots of objects on these websites, but also Christmas cookies. Let’s take a look at what the do-it-yourselfers at Thingiverse have to offer us.
A new step for MakerBot: the company launches a 3D print service in each of its 3D printing stores, located in New York, Boston and Greenwich, Connecticut. All you need to have with you is a USB drive with a .STL, .OBJ or Thing file. Handle it over to the staff and you can now get your file 3D printed on a MakerBot Replicator 2.
If you have a digital file then it will be printed with a MakerBot PLA Filament, which is available in white, black, translucent red, warm gray and natural. If you pay an additional fee, you could even get it printed in another color. Before the printing process starts the staff will be able to tell the customers how long it will take to print out their objects, after which they will make arrangements about the pick-up of the items.
Until today, the problem with 3D printing has been that it was too expensive for the mass market to 3D print metal objects, while a lot of important objects are made of metal. Rich scientific organizations like NASA seemed to be the only parties available of using very expensive 3D metal printers, while the rest kept on using printers such as the 3D plastic versions.
That’s why it’s good news for 3D printing that a new 3D metal printer is entering the market. The Michigan Technological University has presented an open-source 3D metal printer for only 1500 dollars. They have publicized their achievements in a scientific article, called “A Low-Cost, Open-Source Metal 3-D Printer“. What does this mean for the mass market? Well, it means anyone who has 1500 dollars could now buy a 3D metal printer. This makes a 3D metal printer even cheaper than a lot of it’s plastic counterparts.
During this years EuroMold, German company RepRap presented its new 3D printer NEO as well as the brand new electronic board RAMPS 1.4.2. The new printer will be delivered as a ready-to-print device and the design goals were as following: “unpack, set-up and print”. In other words: an easy-to-use printer designed for the masses. We spoke to Florian Bautz, Managing Director of German RepRap GmbH about RepRap’s new technology and about the future of 3D printing in general.
One of the big companies at EuroMold 2013 is Groupe Gorgé. Right now this French engineering business is presenting its first “Prodways” 3D printers. CEO Raphaël Gorgé acquired 88 percent of 3D printer maker Phidias Technologies in May, and then renamed it Prodways. Under this name, Gorgé is now releasing four 3D printers, such as the K20 Producer and the M350 Height Control.
Image: K20 Producer, Prodways.
Because of these new printers, we wanted to speak with the French business man. His company has created the so-called Movinglight® technology, and claims to revolutionize the field of 3D printing, so we really became interested in what he has to tell. Well, Gorgé thinks 3D printing can take us to infinity and beyond and it’s hard to find some-one who’s more enthusiastic about 3D printing than the Groupe Gorgé CEO. Below you can read our full interview.
Printing out chocolate on a 3D printer might sound a little futuristic to some, but the reality is that it’s already happening with companies such as Pig Chocolates. Another successful start-up is Choc Edge, that has produced The Choc Creator. Can you imagine this company being so successful that its 3D chocolate printers have been exported as far as Brazil?