Hyrel 3D Printer Can Squirt Out Self-Setting Sugru And Even Play-Doh The Hyrel 3D printer looks like any other single-extruder additive printer. But thanks to a fairly unique nozzle called the HYREL Emulsifiable Extruder (EMO-25) you can use it to squirt out usual materials like Play-Doh, air-drying clay, and even Sugru, a self-setting rubber that dries into a solid, usable object. The creator, Daniel Hutchison funded his project on Kickstarter and is preparing to ship the printer in the next few months. The printer actually contains a full PC and raised $150,000 on Kickstarter. These materials are important because they can be smoothed down and, using products like Sugru, you could feasibly print rubber gaskets directly inside plastic objects using a dual-extruder system. The extruder is also good for schools and artists who may want to produce, say, stop-motion animations using clay or reusable models. The printers start at $1,995 and go up to $3,000.
The shape of things to come: A consumer's guide to 3D printers CES 2013 proved to be something of a coming out party for consumer-facing 3D printers. Sure MakerBot earned a fair amount of attention at last year's show with the announcement of the Replicator, which snagged its share of awards from various press outlets. This year, however, saw a relative deluge in 3D-printing representation, with strong showings from 3D Systems, FormLabs, MakerBot and the cloud-based 3D printer, Sculpteo. Even with so many companies rising to prominence, the dream of truly mainstream 3D printing still feels a ways off -- if that is indeed where we're inevitably heading. These nascent days are an exciting time, with a diverse array of companies and organizations vying to be the first to bring the technology to our homes. Most of these work by melting plastic (largely Lego-like ABS or biodegradable PLA) and squirting it out through extruder heads. 3D Systems 3D Systems has been in the 3D-printing game since before the term was coined. Bits from Bytes Eventorbot Fab@Home
Mechanical Design for 3D Printing - The Adventures of Eiki Martinson There's a great deal of hype surrounding the technology of additive manufacturing or 3D printing just now. I'm sure my audience has heard things like “It'll make whatever you can imagine”, to which the appropriate answer is, after Han Solo, “I don't know, I can imagine quite a bit.” In truth, like any manufacturing technique, 3D printing is ideal for some things, marginal for others, and completely unworkable for a few; but with a bit of knowledge about the limitations of your particular additive process and some clever workarounds, you can expand the capabilities of the machine and avoid the inevitable hype hangover. Here I've collected a few modest contributions to that: some common mechanical components and structural features that hopefully will be of use to your 3D printing projects. Screw Threads Machine screws, bolts and nuts, lead screws, and so forth are not really well suited to low-end 3D printing in its present state of development. Nut and bolt assembled Snap-Fit Pivots
Atelier 145 Mars-bound astronauts will print food & tools, NASA says NASA will transport 3D printers to space so astronauts can print tools — and potentially even food. NASA’s chief administrator Charles Bolden discussed the role of 3D printers during a recent press tour of the Ames Research Center. According to ComputerWorld, Bolden believes the technology could be “key,” particularly as the agency explores missions to Mars and beyond. “As NASA ventures further into space, whether redirecting an asteroid or sending humans to Mars, we’ll need transformative technology to reduce cargo weight and volume,” Bolden said. “In the future, perhaps astronauts will be able to print the tools or components they need while in space.” From VentureBeat Ready to think outside the (ad) box? A recent NASA blog post supports his theory; the author writes that “the agency will need to make improvements in life support systems,” and the “current food system wouldn’t meet the nutritional needs and five-year shelf life required for a mission to Mars.” Photo credit: Made in Space
Could the 3D Printer save the public library service? I have noticed for a short while something on the internet about public libraries becoming “Maker Spaces” where people can use, amongst other things, 3D printers. There’s this video which explains the possibilities, if you’ve not seen it already: For those of you who have not heard of 3D printers before, that feeling you now have after watching the video has a name. Basically, 3D printing does for producing plastic objects what home printing did for photographs. Frankly, the implications of all of this are mind blowing. “All that “Made In China” stuff could go into a museum. But the worldwide implications are for other people to worry about. The theory goes that public libraries will provide great spaces for 3D printers. That’s right up to a point but let’s go deeper. “Be prepared to see “Happy Birthday Wayne” 3D banners on roundabouts The other selling point for libraries in this is that we have friendly staff who will be able to help people in learning how to use them. Our saviour?
PhysiblesMarket.com ArtiVasc 3D 3-D printer going to space station in 2014 Made in Space Made in Space team members with their 3-D printer hang on during a Zero-G test flight. By Mike Wall, SPACE.com A 3-D printer is slated to arrive at the International Space Station next year, where it will crank out the first parts ever manufactured off planet Earth. The company Made in Space is partnering with NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center on the 3-D Printing in Zero G Experiment (or 3-D Print for short), which aims to jump-start an off-planet manufacturing capability that could aid humanity's push out into the solar system. "The 3-D Print experiment with NASA is a step towards the future. "The first printers will start by building test coupons, and will then build a broad range of parts, such as tools and science equipment," he added. The 3-D printer is slated to blast off in August 2014, tagging along with a cargo mission private spaceflight company SpaceX is launching to the orbiting lab for NASA. Related: Pizza printouts?
3D printing All our products and projects are produced with 3D printing technologies. First we make a CAD file in a 3D software, such as Studio Max, Maya, Solidworks or Cinema 4D. We then upload the file to a 3D printer and finally unpack the 3D printer and take the product out. It pretty much works like you would be printing a normal Microsoft Word document out of your home 2D printer, but now you can just 3Dprint real stuff in a whole range of different materials such as plastics, metals, rubbers and ceramic materials. We believe in a future where people will have 3D printers at their homes and they can just download files for products from the internet and produce them by themselves. 1. 2. 3. Here is a link also to a making off video Here you can see the actual printing process of the famous Punchbag design by Janne Kyttanen and Jiri Evenhuis.
Getting Started with 3D Design 3D Design Software 101 While MakerBot operators are more than happy to print the tens of thousands of incredible objects posted to Thingiverse, eventually many want to get started designing models of their own. Your mission: to create a solid, manifold (watertight) STL-formatted file for importing into MakerWare or ReplicatorG. STL is the most widely used format for stereolithographic CAD files, so the design application options are vast. ReplicatorG also offers experimental file import capability for OBJ and Collada, two other widely used formats, although the files are then converted to STL, and MakerWare supports OBJ as well as STL. Choosing your Hammer To get started building a model, you'll need some good tools. POV-ray (excellent tutorials here), FreeCAD, HeeksCAD, and Art of Illusion also have serious fans in the 3D printing world, too, but we haven't done much experimenting with them yet. But there's no need to spend upwards of $1k on design software. On your mark, get set... Go!
about us We created Nervous System to explore a design approach that relates process and form in a context of interactivity and openness. Our trajectory focuses on generative design methods using both algorithmic and physical tools to create innovative products and environments. Formally we are attracted to complex and unconventional geometries. To evolve such forms, we systematically engage in generative processes. Our studio exploits this possibility by releasing our work online as a series of interactive applets which customers can use to craft their own personalized products. Our products are designed to be affordably and ethically made.
In Tomorrow's Wars, Battles Will Be Fought With a 3-D Printer | Danger Room Army Staff Sgt. Joshua Rucinski checks his 3-D printer at Joint Base Balad, Iraq on June 8, 2011. Less than two years later, an increasing number of military officers are saying this could change the way we fight wars. Photo: U.S. Army A 3-D printed drone is shot down by insurgents near a far-flung base manned by the U.S. military. It’s a far-out vision for future combat, but at least one naval officer thinks it could happen. Aside from drones — which have already been printed — ammunition could potentially be produced with the machines, as the casings would be “relatively easy,” he writes. None of this amounts to the official position of the Pentagon, but publications like the Armed Forces Journal serve as influential arenas where many theories and ideas from military officers — some which are later incorporated — are first put up for debate. In April, Navy lieutenants Scott Cheney-Peters and Matthew Hipple sketched out a theoretical future Navy in the widely read U.S.