Category Archives: 3D Printer

Printing a brave new world.

Paper Airplane Gun V2.0, the Papercut Wars…

It’s amazing what a man with a dream and a 3D printer can achieve, take Dieter and his paper airplane firing gun for example. With nothing more than an idea and hot plastic he was able to manufacture a gun that automatically turns ordinary office paper into 120 folded and fired paper airplanes a minute.

This latest version (2.0) of his now famous paper powered weapon of mass amusement has benefited from advances in 3D printing with Telefabrik and Fortus printers put to work making precision parts. This new advanced model also features a 200 sheet feeder and far smother operation with less paper jams.

Presented for your viewing pleasure is the bastard child of a photocopier and an AR-16 that’s more fun than spending the afternoon photocopying your butt. Sit back relax and prepare to go to paper war over ownership of the couch, this is the papercut wars.

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Strati, the World’s First 3D Printed Car…

American automobile company Local Motors have this week stunned the world with the first 3D printed car. Taking just 40 hours to print and assemble the Strati is an all electric convertible that may just be sign that change is approaching.

Built during the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago the Strati consists of only 40 parts. This is greatly helped by the fact that the chassis and body are printed as one piece. There are of course still a few parts that need to be made the old fashioned way, batteries, motor and wheels for example are all conventional parts.

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The AIO Robotics Zeus Teleportation Box, the First 3D Printer Fax Machine and more…

Teleportation, the ability to send an object from one location to another without the object moving through space is actually far closer than you could imagine, its already here.

AIO Robotics have this week released the Zeus 3D printer and scanner that like a fax machine can send an image, 3D in this case, from one fax machine to another. The scanner is able to digitize objects up to 5 inches high at a resolution of 125 microns; the printer is a standard plastic filament printer able to print at 80 micron resolution.

The clever bit is the ability to exchange 3D images between printers over the internet, automatically. A feature that gives this little grey box teleportation abilities. True teleportation does of course require the original to be destroyed, that is up to the sender of the object for now.

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3D Printings Next Frontier, Electronics and Circuit Boards…

The modern marvel of 3D printing is a technology still in its infancy. Like the Wild West new frontiers are being discovered all the time.

The latest frontier being explored by 3D printer manufacturers is the art of embedding electronics and circuits. From quick circuit board prototyping to printing entire electronic devices in one step 3D printers are getting interesting.

Presented for your viewing pleasure are videos that capture the next frontier of 3D printing, embedded electronics and the incredible technology making it all possible. Sit back, relax and let the future appear before you one layer at a time.

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The Digitizer, the Desktop 3D Scanner from MakerBot…

MakerBot, makers of 3D printers for the masses has once again broken new ground, showcasing a prototype desktop 3D scanner, the Digitizer. A new way to create the increasingly important 3D model, now 3D models can be created in minutes ready to print.

MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis made an impression in Austin Texas; he’s making a habit of it. SXSW 2009 Bre presented the groundbreaking 3D Printer Cupcake, followed last year by the amazing Replicator 2 range of 3D printers. This year Bre was on form once more stunning the crowd with the Digitizer.

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3Doodler the 3D Printing Pen, Drawing in Thin Air…

The 3D printing revolution took an unexpected leap forward this week entering the world of the pen with the 3Doodler, the World’s first 3D printing pen. 3Doodler promises to add an entirely new dimension to sketches, art can now literally jump off the page.

3Doodler burst onto the scene as a brand new Kickstarter project, passing it’s $30,000 funding goal in just a few hours. Now a little over a month later it has collected nearly $150,000 in pledges. Currently just over 1,000 pens are still available for advanced order, they will sell out with days. The first production run of 3Doodlers will ship in September while a second shipment in October will be required to complete the Kickstarter orders.

Like a hot glue gun with a 3D printing head installed the 3Doodler uses a string of ABS or PLA plastic that is fed through the back, heated by the 3D print head, coming out of the pen pliable allowing anyone to draw any object that comes to mind.

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NASA’s Laser 3D Printer, NASA hits Control P for Parts…

3D Printers, a technology on the rise, which has now been adopted by NASA. The famous rocketmen have joined the 3D craze, embracing the time and cost benefits of the new manufacturing technology.

NASA has a long tradition of adapting leading edge technology, often out of necessity, and then taking that technology to the extreme. NASA’s use of 3D printing is no different, not happy to simply print funny robot toys the parts produced by NASA’s laser 3D printers will be used in the next generation of rocket and rovers destined for the stars, Mars mainly though.

There are so many potential uses for 3D printing in the aerospace industry that we can expect this to be just the beginning. Once the printers make the journey into space even more possibilities open up; replacement parts, new robots for unexpected situations or building entire rovers at the destination.

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The Pirate Bay. Are You Ready To Copy The World?…

The Pirate Bay, those nefarious pirates of the ether, with a patch over one eye and the other eye on the future have some very clever plans afoot. Their recently announced grand vision is to allow everyone to pirate the whole of the physical world.

The most optimistic amongst us may initially think of the Star Trek replicator, but alas that is still a ways off. Instead The Pirate Bay – TPB – have established and released the first standard interchangeable 3D model file format and the mechanism for sharing those designs. This new file format is intended to be interchangeable between 3D printers, allowing anyone with the equipment –a compatible 3D printer– to make use of any shared designs and in turn share your designs with the world.

Being a very creative group of peg legs TPB have even coined a new term for these files and this new form of sharing, Physibles – Data objects that are converted into Physically Feasible 3D printer objects-.

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Made In Space: The Industrial Revolution in Space…

The industrial revolution has changed every aspect of life in the last 200 years, now it is moving on to the final frontier, Space. Made In Space – MIS -, is a recent entrant into the race to manufacture in space and they have recently completed their first series of zero-gravity manufacturing tests. With more than a billion dollars of parts flown into space every year MIS hopes to manufacture up to 30% of those parts in space, directly where they are needed, when they are needed. More than just a good idea this is the start of the industrial revolution of space.

3D printing and in-space manufacturing will dramatically change the way we look at space exploration, commercialization, and mission design today.” said Aaron Kemmer, CEO and Co-Founder of Made In Space. “The possibilities range from building on-demand parts for human missions to building large space habitats that are optimized for space.”

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Roland DG: iModela, The Desktop 3D Printing Factory…

The world is shrinking, cities seem much closer together when you travel at near to the speed of sound, computers that once filled entire buildings now fit in your pocket and what once required factories full of machines can be done by the iM-01 iModela, the desktop 3D printing factory.

Roland has managed to squeeze an entire automated production system into a box not much bigger than an inkjet printer and at $1000 they have managed to bring desktop manufacturing to the masses, anyone with a computer and spare USB port can start the production line rolling.. A product of Roland’s little known DG division the iM-01 brings flexible manufacturing to a desktop near you.

“With iModela, artists around the world can bring their most innovative design ideas to life, adding dimension and style to creative projects, whether or not they have any previous experience with 3D technologies.

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