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Micro 3D printer Kickstarter funding: $1 million in just one day. Micro, an unusually sleek 3D printer, is about to hit $1 million in funding on Kickstarter just a day after it started raising funds. The project hits the sweet spot for anyone interested in 3D printing as it might be the first commercially viable $300 3D printer the world has ever seen. The Micro printer is notably light, weighing just 2.2 pounds. Micro is also doing far better on Kickstarter than Foodini, the nearly equally slick-looking food-printer that created a pretty respectable media splash, but has raised just under $60,000 so far. It’s possible that the pitch of “printing different shapes to encourage kids to eat healthy foods” needs some fine-tuning, especially in a world where people are clamoring for 3D-printed chocolate. Micro and Foodini aren’t the only popular 3D printers on Kickstarter, of course. China’s Huge 3D Printers, Soon Able to Print Automobile Sized Metal Objects.

One of the biggest possible economic impacts of 3D printing to the U.S. economy is the fact that it may eventually allow corporations to bring jobs back onshore from China. The United States outsources a large number of jobs over to Asia as a way to cut labor costs. 3D printing and robotics promises to change some of this, as companies can utilize industrial scale 3D printers and automation to manufacture parts for their products, cheaper than even the labor force in China can produce them. That’s if, of course China lags behind in their adoption of these technologies. It appears, however that China is investing heavily in 3D printing, just like those in the U.S. and Europe. Their corporate and government leaders clearly can identify an emerging technology and its possible economic impact on the future of China.

In fact, back in June, China announced a gigantic 3D printer, which they claimed was the world’s largest at the time, with a 1.8 m build diameter. Selective laser sintering. An SLS machine being used at the Centro Renato Archer in Brazil. Selective laser sintering (SLS) is an additive manufacturing technique used for the low volume production of prototype models and functional components. Selective laser sintering uses lasers as its power source to sinter powdered material, binding it together to create a solid structure. It is often confused with another similar process called selective laser melting (SLM), the difference being that it only sinters the powders together as opposed to achieving a full melt. [1] History[edit] Selective laser sintering (SLS) was developed and patented by Dr. A similar process was patented without being commercialized by R. Technology[edit] An additive manufacturing layer technology, SLS involves the use of a high power laser (for example, a carbon dioxide laser) to fuse small particles of plastic, metal (direct metal laser sintering), ceramic, or glass powders into a mass that has a desired three-dimensional shape.

See also[edit] 4D printing: Making things that make themselves. While some of us have only just got our heads round 3D printing and its potential, you might shudder at the thought of 4D printing but it’s already here. The concept: 3D printed objects that seamlessly expand, fold and harden into different forms. The cynic’s first reaction is to label 4D a gimmick, pointing out that the fourth dimension is in fact time, however at the TED conference in Los Angeles, architect and computer scientist Skylar Tibbits showed us just how it works and it’s ingeniously simple: 4D allows objects to self-assemble and adapt. Self-adaptive objects While a 3D printer builds things up layer by layer, Tibbits has developed a technology where chunks of material start separated and then intelligently arrange themselves into a pre-programmed object, and furthermore, create objects that can change after they are first printed meaning they are self adaptive.

Imagine if water pipes could expand or contract The evolution of 3D printing Coming out of MIT. Markus Kayser - Solar Sinter Project from Markus Kayser. 3D printer by Sask. man gets record crowdsourced cash - Saskatchewan. A Saskatchewan man who has developed an affordable 3D printer has attracted worldwide attention and more than $700,000 in crowdsourced funding. Rylan Grayston, 28, from Yorkton, said curiosity fuelled his quest to create a 3D copier that sells for just $100.

Other high-tech 3D printers sell for several thousand dollars or more. "I didn't have enough money for a 3D printer that I wanted, so I just started thinking about how can I do this myself? " Grayston told CBC News in an interview at a shop in Saskatoon where he is working with his brother on the project. "All I want to do is invent," Grayston said about the possible riches associated with an affordable 3D printer. "I would love to have lots of money so I can pull off my other inventions.… I don't want to buy a yacht. I won't be buying any fancy cars. " How exactly does 3D printing work? Although Grayston has no formal training in engineering or computer science, he has been a tinkerer all his life. 3D Metal printer for $1000. The Mini Metal Maker prints 3D objects from digital files directly in precious metal clay, rather than in plastic.

Once these clay objects air-dry, they are fired in a kiln to produce beautiful solid metal objects of high purity and precision. Using metal clay essentially replaces the entire wax-casting or lost-wax process ordinarily needed to do this. The Mini Metal Maker will add new capability for the DIY inventor or artist by making fabrication in metal easy and direct. It will be a boon for anyone interested in creating their own gears, miniature mechanisms, or printing detailed jewelry or metal ornaments. The Mini Metal Maker is built around the concept of using the minimum number of parts, reducing the cost to produce and also eliminating many chances for error during assembly. They have raised about $7500 out of $10,000 to improve the precision from 500 microns to 200 microns. We aim to raise $10,000 for materials to refine and package our technology into a producible product.

The Printer That Can Print A 2,500 Square Foot House In 20 Hours. We have seen huge advancements in 3D printing. We’ve even seen oversized wrenches printed that measure 1.2 meters in length. Now, we can print an entire 2,500 sqft house in 20 hours. In the TED Talk video below, Behrokh Khoshnevis, a professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC), demonstrates automated construction, using 3D printers to build an entire house in 20 hours. In manufacturing we use a process called CAD/CAM (computer-aided design / computer-aided manufacturing). 3D models are designed on a computer and then manufactured using CNC Machines or 3D printers. The design is manufactured into a physical object automatically, with instruction from 3D computer model to physical object without human interface.

Automated construction basically scales up this process. In this video, we see a prototype of a machine called ‘Contour Crafting’ Michael Cooney. Amaze project aims to take 3D printing 'into metal age' 15 October 2013Last updated at 06:22 ET By James Morgan Science reporter, BBC News This concept Mars probe features 3D printed components The European Space Agency has unveiled plans to "take 3D printing into the metal age" by building parts for jets, spacecraft and fusion projects. The Amaze project brings together 28 institutions to develop new metal components which are lighter, stronger and cheaper than conventional parts. Additive manufacturing (or "3D printing") has already revolutionised the design of plastic products. Printing metal parts for rockets and planes would cut waste and save money.

Continue reading the main story “Start Quote We need to clean up our act - the space industry needs to be more green. End QuoteFranco OngaroEsa The layered method of assembly also allows intricate designs - geometries which are impossible to achieve with conventional metal casting. Parts for cars and satellites can be optimised to be lighter and - simultaneously - incredibly robust. Cryostat Magnets. 3D Printing Breakthrough Yields Organic and Inorganic Multimaterial Vista Printhead.

Nanoscribe Will Sell a Micro 3-D Printer That Creates Tiny Structures in Seconds. Nanoscribe, a spin-off from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, has developed a tabletop 3-D microprinter that can create complicated microstructures 100 times faster than is possible today. “If something took one hour to make, it now takes less than one minute,” says Michael Thiel, chief scientific officer at Nanoscribe.

While 3-D printing of toys, iPhone covers, and jewelry continues to grab headlines (see “The Difference Between Makers and Manufacturers”), much of 3-D printing’s impact could be at a much smaller scale. Micrometer-scale printing has shown promise for making medical and electronic devices. Thiel says it should be possible to speed up his company’s microprinting technique even more in the future. Nanoscribe plans to start selling its machine in the second half of this year. So far, 3-D microprinting has been used only in research laboratories because it’s pretty slow. The technology behind most 3-D microprinters is called two-photon polymerization. Staples announces in-store 3-D printing service. The move by Staples, an established corporation, to offer 3-D printing further legitimizes a rapidly growing field. A new service will allow customers to print 3-D objects at Staples office-supply storesThe printers generate objects using reams of paper that are cut, stacked and glued togetherStaples Easy 3D will launch in the Netherlands and Belgium in the first quarter of 2013 (CNN) -- Pretty soon you'll be able to print your 3-D projects at the local Staples.

A new service called "Staples Easy 3D" will allow customers to upload their designs to Staples' website, then pick up the printed objects at their local office supply megastore, or have them shipped to their home or business — not unlike the photo- and document-printing service the company already offers. The project was announced today at Euromold 2012 by 3-D printer manufacturer Mcor Technologies, who is partnering with Staples to provide its new Iris printers for the service. A 3-D printer created this shoe. Printrbot jr. : Your kid's first 3D printer by Brook Drumm. **NEW :: JUST ADDED INTERNATIONAL REWARD!! ** (posted Dec. 1) The world of 3D printing is exploding, but many schools have special challenges that make it difficult to acquire a 3D printer. We need your help to sidestep these challenges and simply GIVE THEM TO SCHOOLS. Two 3D printers for $700 will be the seeds you can use to grow a community of Makers in your local school.

The Printrbot jr. - the tipping point? Small. For Schools and Makers, alike. Education is one of my passions. Traditional public schools and young students are our chief target with this project, but we have heard from all sorts of Makers dreaming of what they could do with a 3D printer. Sourcing parts and scaling your business is hard (we have done it) and can slow the process of delivering product. I have labored for months at Printrbot and now have the knowledge and some of the best sources in the world for the parts needed to build these bots. World's first 3D printing pen smashes Kickstarter goal in a few hours. 3D printers are getting smaller and cheaper all the time, but they're still not exactly mainstream.

The 3Doodler is an attempt to change that — it's a small pen-style device that its creators call both a "world's first" and "the most affordable way to 3D print. " It won't be able to print pre-rolled objects such as Nokia phone cases, of course, but instead lets you draw your designs into existence by moving it through the air.

Like many 3D printers, the 3Doodler uses ABS plastic that is heated and instantly cooled. WobbleWorks launched the project earlier today on Kickstarter, and shot past its $30,000 funding goal within a few hours; at the time of writing, it's raised close to ten times that amount. The first orders are scheduled to ship in September, though there only looks to be enough stock for around 5,000 Kickstarter backers in total. Read Next: PlayStation 4: does Sony's next generation start now? Makerbot announces new desktop 3D scanner—you know, to go with your 3D printer. Fresh off the recent news of a 3D-printed semi-automatic gun and a 3D-printed bong, Makerbot has announced a new prototype that could make scanning objects, digitizing them, and then 3D-printing them even easier. "We are super excited to be able to announce at SXSW Interactive that we are developing the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner," said Bre Pettis, the company's CEO, in a statement on Friday.

"It's a natural progression for us to create a product that makes 3D printing even easier. With the MakerBot Digitizer, now everyone will be able to scan a physical item, digitize it, and print it in 3D—with little or no design experience. " According to TechCrunch, the scanner "uses two lasers to map small, breadbox-sized objects and a webcam to create a digital model of any object. " Presumably the scanner translates that information into a CAD file. Frustratingly though, Makerbot has not disclosed any specifics on the Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner.

Self Replicating 3D Printers

Formlabs Starts to Ship Its Professional 3-D Printer. Shipping: The Form 1 3-D printer is now coming off a factory production line. Desktop 3-D printers are about to become available with higher-definition capabilities, with a new startup shipping its first model this month. At $3,299, the Form 1 could expand the market for 3-D printing technology. It can produce much higher-fidelity plastic objects than the consumer desktop printers available today.

But it is still cheap enough to be affordable to a wide swath of professional designers, engineers, and dedicated tinkerers. The Form 1 can, for example, create detailed functioning prototypes with mechanical parts, such as precise screw threads. “We wanted a product with a discretionary price point,” says Formlabs cofounder Natan Linder , a PhD student at MIT’s Media Lab. The process the Form 1 printer uses—stereolithography—is not new. The Form 1, an attractive desktop cube, has been available on preorder since November. “It’s like a DSLR camera. With plenty of work to do, Formlabs is busy. Peachy Printer's sub-$100 3D printer smashes fundraising goal (video)