Fosterbot, a Makerbot Thing-o-Matic derived 3D Printer Jun.3, 2012 John Foster, "By day I am a mechanical engineer at a fiber optics company. By night I make everything I can figure out how to make." created Fosterbot, a cute 3D printer derived from Makerbot's Thing-o-Matic. "It is better, stronger and faster", said John. He published a nicely written instructables and all the necessary CAD files on Thingiverse free for everyone to download.
FormLabs 3D Printers To Ship in April Kyle.Maxey posted on February 11, 2013 | Comment | 1728 views High accuracy 3D printing wunderkind Formlabs is about to reach another milestone. After having been sued by 3D Systems for patent infringement, and also needing to make some minor tweaks to the printers design, Formlabs is set to ship their machine to customers this April. Technische Universität Wien : The World’s Smallest 3D Printer 3D-printer at TU Vienna Markus Hatzenbichler and Klaus Stadlmann with their micro-printer Printers which can produce three-dimensional objects have been available for years. However, at the Vienna University of Technology, a printing device has now been developed, which is much smaller, lighter and cheaper than ordinary 3D-printers. With this kind of printer, everyone could produce small, taylor-made 3D-objects at home, using building plans from the internet – and this could save money for expensive custom-built spare parts.
3D Printing Outside The Box Joris Peels proposes a radical idea for 3D printing: mobility. Longtime Fabbaloo readers will be familiar with the concept of a "build chamber", in which extruders or other printing mechanisms move about to create an object. The build chamber is based on the mechanical concept of three axes of movement, but it has a major limitation: objects must fit within the build chamber. If not, the extruder would have to "leave" the build chamber. That's not mechanically possible. Peels proposes a different approach: abandon the "build chamber" concept entirely and use a robot arm mounted on a moveable chassis. 3D printing has previously been done with robot arms, but providing mobility would permit the arm to reach infinitely, enabling building massive objects.
How An Army Of MakerBot Replicators Will 3D-Print The Future Ever seen a 3D printer in action? If not, here's your chance. At CES 2013, MakerBot showed off its new Replicator 2X, an "experimental" version of the company's landmark 3D printer that offers some twists on the Replicator 2's design. The 2X features dual extruding nozzles that allow printing in multiple colors, and it uses thermoplastic ABS instead of the material known as PLA, which tends to be the preferred material for those new to the 3D printing world. "If you are a MacGyver, a Doc Brown or have a little mad scientist in you, and want to experiment with one of the fullest-featured desktop 3D printers and see where it can take you, the MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental Desktop 3D Printer is for you,” said Makerbot co-founder and CEO Bre Pettis. “The MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer that we introduced this past September, is probably going to be one of the most successful 3D desktop printers of 2013, and we love its ease of use and reliability.
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The Robo Personal 3D Printer Yes, Robo is another one of those new 3D printers that appear on crowdfunding sites, but what makes it different? For one thing you'll immediately notice that it's got a very attractive case - and that's just the start. Each new filament-based 3D printer startup focuses on a particular aspect to make them stand out. Robo's focus is cost. Eventorbot! Open source 3D printer. by eventorbot Eventorbot! Open source 3D printer. Simple with less materials. Frame is made of a single 4' long, 2 1/2" square tube (16 gauge/1.5mm/.0598" thick, cost: less then $20.00). With the design there is less plastic parts, stronger structure, all wires are hidden, and a more appealing/finish look. The blue print file will get you more familiar with the construction of the unit.
CES 2013: Cubify's New CubeX 3D Printer Wins Best Emerging Tech Award 3D Systems seemed to be the only 3D printing company out in force at CES, perhaps because it was at last years' that they debuted their Cube 3D Printer. This year they pulled the sheets off of not one, but two machines: Their updated Cube 2, a faster and more accurate update to the original, and their larger CubeX, which can print "basketball size" (10.75" x 10.75" x 9.5") in both ABS and PLA. Whereas the Cube 2 still rings in at an affordable $1,299, the base model of the CubeX will set you back $2,499. That's for the single-head, or one color at a time, machine. But they're also offering CubeX Duo and Trio models, dual-head and three-head variants with slightly smaller build areas than the single-head, that come in at $3,249 and $3,999, respectively.