3D chocolate printer available for taking orders Jan.22, 2012 Maybe you heard about it, 3D printers is becoming consumer 3D printers. But how close they are to our daily life? Fortunately for us, 3D printing is finally starting to offer the combination of affordability and usability. Essential Dynamics, the company behind the Imagine 3D food printer, showcased the Imagine 3D printer at the International Consumer Electronics Show 2012 and announced that they were now accepting orders for the Imagine 3D printers. Why does Essential Dynamics believe that their system is unique? This Imagine 3D food printer comes fully assembled and priced at $2,995 plus $299 S/H. There is not much technical information available on Essential Dynamics' website, except that Essential Dynamics created a brand new 3D community Mongasso for sharing 3D designs for imagine 3D food printer. Below is a short video that from PSFK Rough Cut CES 2012: 3D Printer Can Print Chocolate Cupcakes In Minutes: someone in Essential Dynamics is explaining the technology.
voxeljet Concept: The First Continuous 3D Printer If there ever was a major leap in the evolution of the 3D printer, the voxeljet Concept is the benchmark machine to follow. In the explosive arena of start-ups that produce innovative 3D-printers, voxeljet has decided to challenge and change the direction of how 3D printers work. Taking a look at three specific factors that set this process apart from others on the market, it becomes quite clear just how revolutionary this concept is. The ability to have a continuous supply of consumables delivered to the machines as it is making a model. At a layer thickness of 150 to 400 microns, the resolution is decent when compared to others 3D printers but it is worth noting that this is still in the concept phase so there is the possibility to improve the layer thickness. Continuous 3D-Printing Technology represents a new dimension in the manufacturing of moulds and models without tools. Check the promo vid after the jump...
uld the house of the future look like a spider's web? Out-there architects issue plan for 3D-printed home Concept put together by London-based architecture collective Softkill DesignThey are the latest entrants to the race to put together the first 3D-printable homeComponents would be manufactured off-site then stuck together like velcro By Damien Gayle Published: 18:43 GMT, 14 February 2013 | Updated: 21:56 GMT, 16 February 2013 The house of the future could be built from plastic and look like a spider's web, if one group of conceptual architects have their way. London-based architecture collective Softkill Design have created this concept for the first 3D printed house, and say the first prototype could be built by this summer. They are the latest entrants to a race to construct the first 3D printed home, which could revolutionise house building and even potentially solve the UK's housing crisis. Scroll down for video The house of the future? 'It would take up to three weeks to have all the pieces fabricated,' said Gilles Retsin, a member of the collective, to Dezeen.com.
3D Printer Prizefight: MakerBot Replicator 2 vs Formlabs Form 1 The demand for affordable personal 3D printers has skyrocketed in recent years, with new models and designs popping up all the time. Budget-conscious enthusiasts, designers, engineers, and small-business owners can still choose from plenty of inexpensive and kit options, but the higher-performance, better-equipped designs seem to have gained the most traction. Two of the best and most talked about 3D printers, the MakerBot Replicator 2 and Formlabs Form 1, were on the scene at the Maker Faire in New York City earlier this fall, giving us a good opportunity to compare both printers' features and sample prints. MakerBot Replicator 2 MakerBot first started making a name for itself in 2009 with the introduction of the Cupcake extrusion printer kit. The Thing-O-Matic came out the following year. The Replicator 2, announced in mid-September, is MakerBot's latest attempt to push into the commercial 3D printer market. Formlabs Form 1 Print Resolution Winner: Form 1 Maximum Print Volume Winner: Tie
FORM 1: An affordable, professional 3D printer by Formlabs Are you frustrated that low-end 3D printers don’t have the quality to make the true beauty of your designs real? Do you dream of having the power and resolution of a truly professional machine on your desktop? We’ve created an easy-to-use system that rivals the output of high-end printers at a fraction of the cost. Our reason for starting this project is simple: there are no low-cost 3D printers that meet the quality standards of the professional designer. As researchers at the MIT Media Lab, we were lucky to experience the best and most expensive fabrication equipment in the world. But, we became frustrated by the fact that all the professional-quality 3D printers were ridiculously expensive (read: tens of thousands of dollars) and were so complex to use. We’ve been hard at work for over a year, and with your help, we’re ready to take the Form 1 into full-fledged production. We’ve gone to extraordinary lengths to design a complete 3D printing experience: They look like this: Spiffy, eh?
Will 3D-printed houses stand up as architecture? | Art and design 'Enter a new architecture' ... 3D-printed house by Janjaap Ruijssenaars. Photograph: Universe Architecture 3D-printing may have been used for a long time in the world of architecture, allowing visionaries to conjure ever more elaborate and unbuildable forms from the ether. This could all be set to change, now that Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars has unveiled designs for the world's first 3D-printed house. Working with mathematician and artist Rinus Roelofs, Ruijssenaars plans to create the building in sections of up to 6x9m, printed using the D-Shape printer. "By simply pressing the 'enter' key on the keypad we intend to give the architect the possibility to make buildings directly," says Dini, "without intermediaries who can add interpretation and make mistakes in the realisation." His vision is to cut out the expensive, cumbersome manual processes of conventional construction and give the designer absolute freedom.
A list of DIY high resolution DLP 3D printers Sep.11, 2012 Unlike the Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) technology we usually see on Makerbots and repraps, new generation of hobbyist printer uses light-curing resin and a DLP projector to build 3D objects. These printers use Digital Light Projection technology which produces objects with incredibly fine detail. How does it work? A DLP 3D printer utilize powerful DLP projector to shine onto a thin section of photo-initiated polymer resin. DLP is a much faster printing process that is capable of printing very high resolution models - each 0.1 mm thick needs about 8 seconds to cure. Here are some DIY DLP 3D printers being developed by enthusiasts for early adopters. B9Creator Price: Starting at US$2,375(Kit), US$3,375 fully assembled Michael Joyce, the designer of the B9Creator launched his Kickstarter campaign to help raise enough funds for first production run. MiiCraft Price: Starting at US$2,119 Sedgwick Price: US$495 (DLP projector not included) Lunavast XG2 3D Home Made from Junior Veloso
Check Out This Tiny 3-D Printed Spaceship | Wired Science The tiny spaceship in the video above was built using a microscale 3-D printer. At 125 micrometers long, the craft is about the length of a dust mite, and it took less than 50 seconds to produce. The super-fast, high-resolution printer that made the spaceship was introduced this week at the Photonics West fair by Nanoscribe GmbH , a company based in Germany that specializes in nanophotonics and 3-D laser lithography. The printer crafted the spaceship using two-photon polymerization, in which ultra-short laser pulses activate photosensitive building materials. Afterward, the ship — based on a Hellcat fighter from the Wing Commander Saga — was inspected using an electron microscope. Next step? Video: Nanoscribe/ YouTube
Fundraising begins for Junior Veloso’s resin-based 3D printer Long-awaited project aims to raise $300,000 Well, it took a bit longer than the post last month indicated, but Junior Veloso’s awesome-looking resin-based 3D printer is now taking preorders. Since the project will need a certain minimum amount of interest to be practical, the preorders are being done in the form of an Indiegogo campaign. (Indiegogo is similar to Kickstarter, but with more flexibility in funding and location terms.) Here’s how the main campaign levels break down: – $599 Basic Kit ISoftware, controller board, schematics/plans – $1,999 Basic Kit IIAbove, plus motors, linear actuators, power supply, building tray, building head – $3,999 Full KitAbove, plus DLP projector, 1kg of resin, assembly tools It’ll be interesting to see how the hobbyist community embraces the project. Also, the project will only be funded if it reaches its $300,000 goal by May 31st.
Micro 3D Printer 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. Printing microstructures with features a few hundred nanometers in size could be useful for making heart stents, microneedles for painless shots, gecko adhesives, parts for microfluidics chips, and scaffolds for growing cells and tissue.
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. While originally slated for a February release, the minor one month hiccup doesn’t seem to be dissuading early adopting hobbyists from acquiring their new systems. With 1,018 units already on order due to its record breaking Kickstarter campaign, it looks that the future for Formlabs will continue to be filled with success. Image Courtesy of Formlabs