3D Printers

Read everything about 3d printers. From metal printers to food printers and even bio printers that print human tissue.

FDM Extruder Hot Ends with Inductive Heating

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If you have a desktop 3D printer based on FDM / FFF technology you probably know how the extruder heating works and that the design principle has not changed for many years. The common extruder hot end is based on resistive heating where DC electric current causes heating up of a heater element. This solution is simple, well researched and cheap but it's bulky and takes some time to reach desired temperature. Inductive heating hot end is a more complex system with high frequency AC needed … [Read more...]

Vader Molten Metal 3D Printer

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You probably know that high-end industrial 3d printers can print metal objects by using laser or electron beams on fine metallic powder but Vader is something completely different. Vader aims at small companies or professional workshop environments by implementing proprietary MagnetoJet Printing (MJP) and magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) ceramic printhead technologies to reduce the machine cost. It uses molten metal and jets it in small droplets onto a surface similary to a standard inkjet paper … [Read more...]

BoXZY Brings Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing Hybrid to Your Desktop

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Home 3d printers are incredible machines but they have some limitations. Sometimes you just need some extra tools and capabilities to finish your project. You may want to expand your tool options and experiment with wood carving, making your own milled PCBs for electronics projects or do some metal machining. BoXZY may be the type of machine you will need since it is a multitool with easily replaceable CNC mill, 3D printer and laser engraver / cutter tool heads. Additionally to the tool changing … [Read more...]

Carbon3D Reaches Incredible 3D Printing Speeds with CLIP!

3d printer based on CLIP technology

Carbon3D, a company unknown until now, just came out with groundbreaking 3D printing technology which is 25 to 100 times faster than currently available commercial PolyJet or SLA machines. It is a true quantum leap forward for 3D printing speed! Here is a TED talk by Joseph DeSimone showing this revolutionary process live on stage and explaining the technology:   The company uses new 3D printing process they named "Continuous Liquid Interface Production" or CLIP. This new process … [Read more...]

Boeing wants to patent 3d printing of aircraft parts!

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Boeing applied for a patent and the documentation was recently published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) showing it is patent application for 3d printing of aircraft parts and that they are already massively using this technology in active aircraft! Besides Boeing trying to patent the 3d printing of aircraft parts it is also trying to patent the entire system around it including: “a parts library, a database, a parts management system, and a three dimensional printing … [Read more...]

Z-Unlimited Ultimaker rails system will enable you to 3d print very tall objects

3d printed full size mode of an elephant. You can see the modular approach to printing it and final pieces being extruded on the left.

You want to print something REALLY tall? Now you can! Dutch inventor, artist and engineer Joris van Tubergen has developed an extension rail system that enables your Ultimaker to print as high as you can stack the rails. In theory this setup gives you unlimited z-axis height and you can print very tall prints. Since the printing device is Ultimaker turned upside down you are still limited with x and y area, however you can put as many machines as you want side by side and make anything in … [Read more...]

High-tech commercial scale 3d printing factory line by Dutch TNO

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Production lines based on 3d printing are a technological dream, just imagine the possibilities of having complex products being made on a line that is fast and infinitely reconfigurable. The line would combine economics of scale seen on standard manufacturing line with 3d printing features. In theory you could have thousands of highly complex products, each customized in some way but in the price range of mass produced items. The last major attempt in this field was 3D Systems partnership … [Read more...]

Gestalt and the Modular Machines that Make

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Are we going to have 3d printers made from cardboard soon? This project is a sure sign we will! Gestalt and the Modular Machines that Make are a hardware-software framework duo that will enable whole new level of scalability, cost effectiveness, development speed and availability for anything related to digital fabrication. Beside its practical applications, it is the first step towards presenting a real alternative for dominance of archaic g-code since it doesn't use it. With it you can … [Read more...]

Students Create Chewing Gum 3D Printer

Food printing is one of the segments of 3D printing technology to amaze time after time. On a global scale, people are working on chocolate printers, candy printers and even pancake printers. There are also more healthy experiments with food printing, by companies such as Natural Machines. A new kind of food printing to be added to the ever growing list of 3D printed foods is 3D printed chewing gum. Yes, that's right: chewing gum which comes from a 3D printer. Meet the GumJet: a 3D … [Read more...]

Introducing Aha3D’s ProtoCentre 1M 3D Printer – Including interview CEO Mr. Aakash

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Aha3D Innovations, a 3D printing pioneer from India is launching the ProtoCentre 1M, their flagship industrial 3D printer at the International Event "PlastIndia 2015". This 3D printer is the first in its class and can build objects up to 1 meter in hight. Its water cooled quad-extruder print head ensures that the right tool is used for the right job, resulting in up to 60% reduction in time while maintaining the overall surface finish quality and accuracy. The Aha 3D Innovations printer's … [Read more...]