3D Printers

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

The Palette Filament Feeding System

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Mosaic Manufacturing just launched The Palette filament feeding system. It can be attached to almost any FDM 3D printer and with it you can print objects in multiple colors or multiple material properties. There have been many systems that promised fluid color changes and color mixing but most of them were based on new specialised extruders and in-nozzle mixing which made real application complex and heavy. The Palette approaches this problem differently and comes in the form of a separate box … [Read more...]

The Poetry2 Dual Extruder 3D Printer by Ira3D

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Ira3D®, a brand new Italian company founded in 2014, just released their first 3D printer, the Poetry2. This is a fused filament fabrication printer, easy to use and designed for professionals. There are a couple of features that make this printer a very interesting one. The build volume of 250x250x300 mm ables this 3D printer to print bigger than most desktop 3D printers currently on the market. Also, the printer has a high accuracy of 30 microns (0,03mm) layer height and a print speed of … [Read more...]

S-Max Industrial Sand Casting 3D Printer by ExOne

S-Max 3D printer fro sand casting. Source: ExOne

S-Max  is a large volume sand casting 3D printer by ExOne used to additively manufacture molds needed for industrial metal casting. This machine does not print directly in metal but makes casts and cores to pour in molten metal by jet binding fine powder. It works similary to your desktop inkjet paper printer but it applies special Furan resin binder to layers of silica sand, cerabeads or zirconia which are "glued" together making a solid 3D cast. Since there is no heat transfer issues, laser … [Read more...]

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 the desired temperature. An inductive heating hot end is a more complex hot end which needs high … [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 files patent for 3D-printed aircraft parts

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Last week, Geekwire reported that Boeing recently has filed a patent application for its 3d printed aircraft parts. 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 system.” Boeing describes a method and apparatus for requesting, authorizing, printing, and even paying for aircraft parts under the simple title: “Three … [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...]