At last: a low-cost, professional-grade light-based 3D printer Form 1 (credit: Formlabs) Formlabs’ new Form 1 3D printer could bring professional-grade 3-D prints to the home workshop. Desktop 3-D printing has largely been the domain of extrusion-based machines like MakerBot’s Replicator and homebrew RepRap designs. These lag behind the capabilities of pricier, professional stereolithography devices, where UV light cures incredibly thin layers of resin to create objects on par with manufactured goods. Developing this type of printer at a consumer price point has been an elusive goal until now. The Form 1 is a desktop-sized machine that creates professional-grade, light-cured 3-D prints, Wired reports. Their prototype units are fully functional and Formlabs will finance manufacturing via a Kickstarter campaign that broke their $100,000 target in 2.5 hours. Initial backers will be able to pre-order the Form 1 for $2,299 (only 25 will be available at this price); additional units are priced at $2499 and $2699, based on order of contribution. How it works
La frénésie des imprimantes 3D Vous avez sans doute entendu parler du projet RepRap et de leurs machines au nom de scientifiques (Mendel, Darwin, Huxley...). Ces machines, dont les plans sont disponibles sous licence libre GPL, ont été lancées par l'université de Bath (Angleterre) et ont rapidement fait écho dans les communautés de bricoleurs. Elles permettent de chauffer et de faire fondre un fil de plastique qui sera alors déposé sur une plaque en plusieurs couches afin de représenter un modèle. Des exemples de modèles imprimés ou imprimables sont disponible sur le site thingiverse Les machines créées par Reprap ont été reprises ou sont inspirées par de nombreux projets, comme "Make magazine" pour en faire leurs makerbot. Bien que vraiment bon marché comparées aux imprimantes professionnelles, elles restent relativement coûteuses (de 800 à 1.000 €) pour le quidam. Depuis quelques temps, les projets fleurissent sur la plateforme de financement collaborative kickstarter.
3D printing may put global supply chains out of business: report Will 3D printing make global supply chains unnecessary? That's a real possibility, states a recent report from Transport Intelligence. 3D printing (or "additive manufacturing," as it's called in industrial circles) takes offshore manufacturing and brings it back close to the consumer. It has enormous potential to shift the trade balance. Goods will be cheaper to reproduce within the domestic market, versus manufacturing and then shipping them from a distant low-wage country. The report, authored by John Manners-Bell of Transport Intelligence and Ken Lyon of Virtual-Partners Ltd., points to the growing role of automation in production resulting from 3D printing: "New technologies which are currently being developed could revolutionize production techniques, resulting in a significant proportion of manufacturing becoming automated and removing reliance on large and costly work forces. Manners-Bell and Lyon predict the following disruptions to the global supply-chain market:
Naissance d’un mythe de la bidouille Comme l'imprimante 3D, la carte électronique Arduino est une petite révolution dans le monde des adeptes du "do it yourself" ("faites-le vous-même"). Avec des choix philosophiques bien marqués : open source, économe, tournée vers les amateurs. L’histoire retiendra que c’est dans un bar d’une petite ville du nord de l’Italie qu’est né le projet Arduino qui, de manière totalement inattendue, est en train de révolutionner le domaine de l’électronique à l’échelle mondiale, puisque pour la première fois tout le monde peut vraiment s’y essayer et découvrir qu’il aime ça ! L’histoire retiendra également que rien de tout ceci n’aurait été possible sans le choix initial des licences libres qui a conditionné non seulement son bas prix et sa massive diffusion mais également son approche et son état d’esprit. Acteur et non consommateur, on retrouve ici le goût de comprendre, créer et faire des choses ensemble. La genèse d’Arduino The making of Arduino Le couteau suisse rêvé devenu réalité robot Arduino
Southampton engineers fly the world’s first ‘printed’ aircraft :: University of Southampton Southampton engineers fly the world’s first ‘printed’ aircraft Ref: 11/75 28 July 2011 SULSA is the world’s first ‘printed’ aircraft. Engineers at the University of Southampton have designed and flown the world’s first ‘printed’ aircraft, which could revolutionise the economics of aircraft design. The SULSA (Southampton University Laser Sintered Aircraft) plane is an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) whose entire structure has been printed, including wings, integral control surfaces and access hatches. No fasteners were used and all equipment was attached using ‘snap fit’ techniques so that the entire aircraft can be put together without tools in minutes. The project team worked in partnership with 3T RPD who undertook the manufacture and detailing of the design, as well as supplying laser sintering knowledge and expertise. The electric-powered aircraft, with a 2-metres wingspan, has a top speed of nearly 100 miles per hour, but when in cruise mode is almost silent.
First 3-D Printing Store Opens In U.S. The 3-D printing world just took another big leap into the consumer market. Next stop: world domination? MakerBot, the unofficial leader of the hobbyist 3-D printing movement, is putting the finishing touches on a consumer store located in the posh Manhattan neighborhood of NoHo. Sure, the rare 3-D printer can be found in the corners of business service centers across the United States. But MakerBot claims their location at 298 Mulberry Street is the first one in the country dedicated to selling 3-D printers, supplies for the machines, and bespoke objects printed on-location. If the new business proves successful, 3-D printing stands to expand from a relatively high-cost hobbyist venture into a mainstream consumer market. "This is the first retail 3-D printing store" in the United States, said spokesperson Jenny Lawton from inside the shop. On the heels of today's announcement the company also unveiled a 3-D printer called Replicator 2. Things From the Thingiverse 3-D World Domination?
3D Printing and the end of ownership - my plastic future There is a lot of discussion online regarding the possible (inevitable?) copyright/intellectual property/patent/legal fights around personal 3D printing. However, I’ve yet to see anything about a different fight that I have experienced several times now, so I figured I’d write about it and see what others think. Mine, mine, mine! As long as I’ve been printing on my Thing-o-Matic I’ve felt joy, wonder, and a bit of pride over the things I’ve been able to design and 3D print and hold in my hand in a matter of minutes. Several times over the past months that I have been 3D printing things, I’ve misplaced a piece or two here or there; or like today, a whole bag of pieces! And then I realized in one of those physically stumble and grab onto something moments: I can simply replace these “things” by 3D printing more of them. Unlike other items that share this sense of personal ownership, I hadn’t paid money for these items. Questions questions… Do we then lose the wonder of our own pieces?
Who will get the biggest slice of 3D-printed pie? | Crave MakerBot's Bre Pettis says his 3D printers are for everyone. 3D Systems' Cathy Lewis begs to differ. Each spokesperson made a strong pitch during our 3D printing roundtable at this year's Consumer Electronic Show. Who's right? 3D Systems: Old guard expertise 3D Systems announced its Cube 3D printer at CES this year, but the company has been involved with additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping since 1986. It developed the STL file format, the industry standard for 3D printed object plans. Along with its forthcoming $1,299 Cube, 3D Systems will also sell you its Sinterstation Pro DM250 (PDF), a $1 million machine that can print usable metal hip implants. Between the Cube and Sinterstation, 3D Systems offers 3D printers, laser-based stereolithography machines, and other additive manufacturing products for customers ranging from hobbyists to industrial and mechanical engineers. Cubify primarily offers two services. Cubify also lets designers sell their plans as standalone files.
Why 3-D Printing Will Go the Way of Virtual Reality Update: Tim Maly has published an excellent counterpoint to this post over at the Tech Review Guest blog. There is a species of magical thinking practiced by geeks whose experience is computers and electronics—realms of infinite possibility that are purposely constrained from the messiness of the physical world—that is typical of Singularitarianism, mid-90s missives about the promise of virtual reality, and now, 3-D printing. As 3-D printers come within reach of the hobbyist—$1,100 for MakerBot’s Thing-O-Matic—and The Pirate Bay declares “physibles” the next frontier of piracy, I’m seeing usually level-headed thinkers like Clive Thompson and Tim Maly declare that the end of shipping is here and we should all start boning up on Cory Doctorow’s science fiction fantasies of a world in which any object can be rapidly synthesized with a little bit of energy and raw materials. Let’s start with the mechanism. Most 3-D printers lay down thin layers of extruded plastic.
3-D Printed Gun Only Lasts 6 Shots | Danger Room A group of 3-D printing gunsmiths have taken another step toward making a gun you can download off the internet. This weekend, the desktop weaponeers took a partially printed rifle out to test how long its plastic parts survived spewing bullets. The result? Six rounds until it snapped apart. But that was also the point, the group’s founder tells Danger Room. It’s the first live testing done by Wilson and Defense Distributed, the online collective that aims not only produce the world’s first fully 3-D printed gun, or “Wiki Weapon,” but create a clearinghouse for sharing weapons blueprints over the internet. The gun tested this weekend was not fully 3-D printed, only partially. But Wilson learned a few things about how to improve it. Wilson first fired one round to see if the gun worked, and then handed it to another member of the group. One potential solution is reinforcing the o-ring, which the group detailed in a blog post. For weeks, they haven’t been able to even start.
How 3D printing will change the world Johannesburg-based company DemaPlasTech says 3D printing is going mainstream and will change manufacturing forever. By Duncan McLeod. An adjustable spanner created on an Objet 3D printer In a nondescript office park northwest of Fourways in Johannesburg, a printer was whirring away. But this was no ordinary printer. The Connex model from Israeli firm Objet Geometries is a 3D printer that jets a range of materials simultaneously to create 3D models. When TechCentral visited local Objet distributor DemaPlasTech, the R2,2m printer was humming away industriously, building a fully functional fitting for a garden tap (see video below). If the proponents of the technology are right, 3D printing could herald a revolution in the way the world makes things. The Economist , in an April cover story, suggested that 3D printing, also sometimes referred to as additive manufacturing, would lead to the digitisation of manufacturing and bring about the third industrial revolution.
Using 3-D Printing Tech, British Airbus Engineers Aim to Print Out an Entire Aircraft Wing Rapid prototyping, or 3-D printing, has been used to create all kinds of amazing objects in a variety of media, but a team working under EADS in the UK wants to print something heretofore unheard of: the entire wing of an airliner. Working at the same facility where Concordes were once built, researchers there are already printing landing gear brackets and other aircraft components in hopes that one day they'll be able to print out many of the critical parts for an entire aircraft. This marks just one of many recent developments that are quickly rendering "rapid prototyping" an obsolete term. Once used to churn out prototype parts in plastics and resins before actual objects were machined from metal blocks, experts in the field now say 20 percent of the output of the world's 3-D printers is final products, and that's expected to rise to 50 percent by 2020. In other words, people are prototyping and manufacturing on the same machines. [Economist]