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Reprap development and further adventures in DIY 3D printing

Reprap development and further adventures in DIY 3D printing
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Jed Malitz V2 Glass Sculptures 3D Printer, 4th Generation Shipping Time: SHIPPING WITHIN 2 WEEKS! Now with an all-new extruder! The Solidoodle 4 is our latest generation printer. With a new extruder, concealed components, and thumbwheel calibrations, it’s our easiest printer yet! Standard Features: • Creates plastic parts up to 8" x 8" x 8" • Uses 1.75mm plastic filament (ABS/PLA) • Heated Build Platform • Resolution up to .1mm • 13.5" x 14" x 15" case footprint (L x W x H) • Internal Steel frame • Powder coated steel enclosure • Easy-open lid for quick access• Internal case fan with air filter to vent build chamber• Electronics mounted internally and thermally isolated from build chamber• Thumbwheel calibration of platform height - no wrench required (Z-tab)• Easy snap-in filament spool holder • Fully Assembled & Tested What's in the box? Precision: • Able to print at .4mm, .3mm, .2mm, and .1mm resolution

Solidoodle 4 keeps 3D printing under $1,000 (video) Sam Cervantes didn't stand on his new printer when he brought it by our offices the other day. He thought about it for second, a nice reprise of the day he introduced us to its predecessor late last year, but, well, he'd only just pulled that first unit out of the box for the first time, and he didn't want to scuff up its finish or dent the new enclosure. As to whether the new 3D printer could sustain the weight of a full grown man, he certainly thinks so. It's still got that steel structure, after all. Maybe we can convince him to put on a show at CES in January. Structural integrity questions aside, the latest printer from Solidoodle is a nice looking thing, certainly. Solidoodle 4 See all photos 20 Photos In fact, the printer looks a bit like an appliance - a mini-fridge or a maybe a tall microwave when you fire up the LED lighting inside. So, plug-and-play, check. Comments

Technology - 3D printing: A new dimension to faking it Thanks to 3D printers, budding counterfeiters could soon create parts or goods themselves. The problem for authorities is that copying physical objects is not always illegal. Rolex watches, Burberry hats and other fake luxury goods are increasingly becoming small beer to ambitious counterfeiters. They are now thinking on a far grander scale – both in terms of size and the tools for the job. According to Der Spiegel, a “fake” copy of a Beijing office and retail development designed by London-based architect Zaha Hadid is already being built 900 miles (1,500km) away in Chongqing. Ruth Orchard, director general of the London-based Anti-Counterfeiting Group points the finger of blame at the internet. The fear is that budding counterfeiters could soon create the parts themselves. It's important to remember that copying physical objects is not always illegal. Weinberg published a white paper last week that attempts to point out what is and isn't protected by copyright. Repeat and remix

GoldFish Alpha – Download – GoldFish is a CFD Solver for grasshopper written in C++ and C# I did this because C++ is fast enough to allow the user to interact with the problem and see updates in real time. It has been a long time since i wrote this but i have finally gotten around to getting it out there. Its initial release has limited functionality but there will be more to come. The installation process is a little atypical so please watch the tutorial (here)on installing and setting up GoldFish. Additionally. There are a lot of bugs and Rhino tends to crash quite easily when using goldfish so please save often. Known Bugs: 1. I hope you enjoy it. Download: GoldFishAlpha The 3-D printing revolution has begun There’s a rite of passage for many entrepreneurs with a great product idea: Ship your design to China to get a prototype made on the cheap, and cross your fingers. Thanks to the increased accessibility of 3-D printing technology, Made In China is no longer the only option. In fact, 3-D printers are empowering entrepreneurs to design more innovative products at home, taking some mystery out of the process, and saving them time and money so they can better compete with larger companies. “The impact of this technology on small business is huge,” says Tharwat Fouad, president of Anubis 3D, a Mississauga, Ont. A number of 3-D printing companies have started up across Canada to meet the growing demand, which is helping to reshape Canada’s manufacturing sector. “I think it opens the door for increased entrepreneurship, creating a lot of opportunity for business,” says Reuben Menezes, marketing manager at Proto3000 Inc., a 3-D printing manufacturer and developer in Vaughan, Ont.

Jumbo 3D-Printer PRotos X400 | German RepRap GmbH The biggest 3D-Printer based on RepRap technology known to us with a printing area of 400x400x350mm. The new PRotos X400 by German RepRap combines the advantages of the OpenSource technology with a performance and a quality “Made in Germany” interesting for professional operators in machinery and plant engineering, small batch production or in electronic industry and for ambitious private users. A layer thickness up to 0.1mm and a printing space of 400 x 400 x 350mm, allow the printing of precise models with a volume up to about 56 liter. High-quality components were installed, such as low-play drives, as they are used in mechanical engineering. Since only one motor drives the z-axis, the PRotos X400 is less prone to step losses. The PRotos X400 has an overall dimension of 65 x 65 x 70 cm (W/D/H), weighs about 35 kg and is assembled on a stable aluminium frame.

Our System | Matterport The Only End-to-End 3D Media Platform 1CaptureUse the Matterport Pro 3D Camera to scan your space and upload your 3D data to the Matterport Cloud.2Create & HostMatterport cloud-processing technology generates and hosts fully immersive models from captured 2D and 3D data.3Share & EngageMatterport’s 3D Showcase allows anybody to interact with 3D models anywhere with just a browser. Technology Matterport Pro 3D Camera Capture any space with ease. 2D and 3D SensorsThe Matterport Pro 3D Camera uses an array of 2D and 3D sensors to quickly capture HDR images and space geometry.Easy Capture ProcessOur iPad-based 3D Capture app allows you to visualize progress and edit scans on the fly.Fast & PortableOur camera is lightweight, easy to use, and designed to produce excellent models quickly. Matterport Cloud Cloud-based creation and hosting of high-fidelity 3D models. HDR-Quality 3DThis isn’t CGI. No SoftwareNo software to install. Matterport Portal Access and organize your 3D models. Be there. Company

arcode: Introducing Elvis Elvis is a 6-axis robotic arm the size of a human arm, built from off the shelf electronics and laser-cut acrylic pieces, and is directly driven from Rhino + Grasshopper. This is the official introduction of Elvis 1.0. Elvis is open source and shared under a GNU GPL v3.0 licence so you can download everything required to build and use it from its GitHub page. Elvis Mission Control in Grasshopper Why Elvis? Robotics is an interesting area of design/fabrication research, and recent developments by the likes of ETH Zurich, ICD Stuttgart, Bot & Dolly, TU Delft and numerousothers have created excitement and spurred curiosity around the interesting potential robotics has in design and architecture. Elvis was conceived to fit this need. Technical Details DOF/Axis: 6 Motors: 8 x Servos, Dynamixel AX-12A Range: ~525mm for wrist Centre (diagram below explains in detail) Cost: £480 (UK). Future Development Broadly speaking, the precision of the arm needs to be significantly improved. Acknowledgements

3D printing industry While some 3D scanner companies are working to scale down the cost and size of 3D laser scanners, mechanical engineer Callan Mackay has decided to take matters into his own hands. Mackay, a graduate from Scotland’s Heriot Watt University, has taken onto to show how to build an affordable and functional 3D Laser Scanner. Mackay’s DIY scanner is capable of scanning both indoor and outdoor environments, and seems to offer some big capabilities for a fraction of the usual cost. This isn’t the first laser scanner on Instructables; there have been quite a few different iterations ranging in price and quality. But, according to Mackay, there are two major factors that set his scanner apart from the rest. Depending on what source you go through to buy the necessary parts, Mackay estimates that, in order to fully build the 3D Laser Scanner, it will cost you just around £20 to £30 for the parts that Makers may not already own. Materials required: Electronics Required:

AxiDraw Introducing the AxiDraw The AxiDraw is a simple, modern, precise, and versatile pen plotter, capable of writing or drawing on almost any flat surface. It can write with your favorite fountain pens, permanent markers, and other writing implements to handle an endless variety of applications. Its unique design features a writing head that extends beyond the machine, making it possible to draw on objects bigger than the machine itself. Applications: The AxiDraw is an extremely versatile machine, designed to serve a wide variety of everyday and specialized drawing and writing needs. It allows you to use your computer to produce writing that appears to be handmade, complete with the unmistakable appearance of using a real pen (as opposed to an inkjet or laser printer) to address an envelope or sign one's name. Suggested applications include: Handling pens and paper: The XY travel (printable area) of the AxiDraw is just over US letter (8 1/2 × 11") and A4 (297 × 210 mm) paper sizes.