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3D printed phone case using the powder-based, 3DPandoras printer (via kickstarter)


A small start-up company, Global Trend Trading Technology, has released a campaign on Kickstarter that has almost reached it's goal with only 17 days left. The company has developed a prosumer powder-based 3D printer, which they are calling 3DPandoras. 3DPandoras is able to print in full-color and in higher resolution than plastic-extrusion or FMD printers. However, this luxury comes at a cost. The early bird specials start at $2999 for the first 20 printers, then go up to $3699. The rest of the deals start from $5000 and up, with special perks like branding to go with the cost.

 

For a consumer marketed product, this 3D printer is significantly more expensive than plastic extruder printers like Solidoodle and Cube 3. However, the printing resolution is high and it is significantly cheaper than manufacturing grade powder-based 3D printers, which cost in excess of $10,000.

 

In fact, if you are a prosumer and want a high-quality 3D printer for your personal or business needs, buying early on Kickstarter is the best deal, as 3DPandoras is expected to retail at $10,000 after the launch next May. Yep. That is quite a hit to the pocketbook. Still, this could be good value for the functionality, if it does what it promises.

 

Powder-based printers allow more functionality as it uses powder and curing agents to create layers. After you finish your 3D print, they highly recommend you dip it in a curing and hardening agent (which they have formulated) for 20 seconds to ensure your print doesn't turn into dust and break easily. Utilizing this method, 3DPandoras has been able to create a full-color 3D printer using CMYK ink technology using their formulated powders. They say that they have worked 6 years getting the perfect powder and curing formulas right, so we'll just have to take them at their word. The 3DPandora is the 6th generation in their line, so we'll also hope that they've worked the kinks out.

 

The resolution on offer is highly more than a plastic extrusion or FMD printer which usually prints at a resolution of 0.1 mm per layer. The 3DPandora reports to print at a resolution of 0.8 mm per layer in full-color. Because it is powder-based, there is no need to 3D print structures to hold the print in place as it's being printed. Hence, the design process is streamlined, and can offer a greater success rate, so long as you cure it properly after it's printed. 3DPandora can 3D print objects up to 11.8 x 11.5 x 5.5 inches. To see their promo video and campaign, visit their Kickstarter page.

 

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Dremel's 3D Idea Builder 3D Printer

 

Pretty sweet....now if only they would mesh it with cnc technology


With 3-D printing quickly becoming the only way people build items, and industry growth occurring at 400%, Netflix is capitalizing on the craze. The Netflix original documentary, titled "Print the Legend" is going to be released September 26, 2014 with the premier occurring in New York City and Los Angeles. The documentary will also be released and available to all Netflix subscribers simultaneously.

 

This novel a Netflix original documentary follows the rise of 3-D printing giants and innovators including MakerBot, Formlabs, Stratasys, and 3D Systems. And not only captures the leaps in innovation which brought 3-D printing into the mass consumer domain, but also follows the consequences of widely available 3-D printing.

 

While 3-D printing has allowed vast improvements in medical care and experimental surgeries in the past couple years, the film also gives an insider view at Cody Wilson, the first to release designs for 3D printed gun online. This move got Cody Wilson named as “one of the most dangerous people in the world" as free and open gun designs and widely available 3D printing allows for just about anyone to make their own deadly weapons.

 

This film is directed by Luiz Lopez and J. Clay Tweel and produced by Seth Gordon (yep, the same guy that brought us King Kong). The phone has even won a SXSW Special Jury Recognition Award for Editing & Storytelling, so who knows, it may even be worth watching. If nothing else, it's practically free if you're already a Netflix subscriber, so might as well give it a go.

 

If you want to get pumped, Netflix says recently released a trailer for Print the Legend on YouTube. While the trailer gives no pertinent information, the music and quick cuts are enough to intrigue. All you tinkerers and makers can finally watch a film which fetishes the wonders of 3-D printing as you dance around with various hacked objects (3D printed, obviously).


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Being able to program is becoming not only one of the most important skills in the workplace but it is also allows you to play with the coolest toys coming onto the market. This Arduino based toy car combines Arduino programming and 3D printing to make a highly customisable project for anyone who wants to get started with programming. This simple template comes with an introductory guide detailing where you can find everything you need to get started and even coded Quickfix files to get you going! This project is based upon the user friendly Scratch coding platform currently used in schools throughout the UK to meet new measures making programming a compulsory part of the curriculum for all ages.

 

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This project is aimed towards 7-14 year olds however can be used and developed by anyone who wants a programmable toy car.

 

This is the blank lid version however more covers will be shortly available as well as other Arduino based projects. Find it all here Download Arduino Projects- Toy Car by SinéadW - MyMiniFactory.com

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All wiring and electrical components are contained within the design. I'll have  a video up in to time .

 

 

If you have any suggestions or requests for projects,just send me a message. I don't claim to be an expert in Arduino, as is the way with this community its better if we give each other a hand to get something really cool.

 

Happy coding!

Sinead

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A shot of Local Motors in action building their world first, 3D printed car (via AOL)


It's finally happening, folks. The world has gone 3-D printing mad! Local Motors is heading a first in its class projects to be the first company to entirely 3-D print a car in only six days. Of course, parts such as batteries, wiring, and other un-printable will be sourced and added during assembly. However, while the traditional vehicle requires over 20,000 parts for assembly, this Local Motors car only requires 40 parts. Quite a difference. However, will it be able to run is the question we're all asking.

 

This project was run as part of the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, September 8-13, 2014. On September 14, Local Motors took their 3-D printed car for a test drive out of Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center. You can see an ongoing blog of each stage of the 3-D printing process and the test drive on the local motors website.

 

The car was 3-D printed using carbon-reinforced plastic and additive manufacturing methods at a Big Area Additive Manufacturing printer. The team notes the importance of getting the 3-D printing materials correct for each part of the car in order to get the right outcome; comparable to sourced parts.

 

The ultimate product is a car they are calling the Strati. It looks like a larger-than-life Tonka toy, but it actually works. Local Motors is planning on releasing a consumer line of 3-D printed vehicles in the coming months. They are hoping the project will be a more sustainable and cost-effective method of creating vehicles. And hey, they may be right because DARPA thinks so too!

 

DARPA chose to work with Local Motors in the crowd-sourced project to create the next Combat Support Vehicle earlier this year. I can imagine the military minds reeling with ideas of 3-D printing, fully-functional fleets of military vehicles.

 

This concept is exciting, but I can't help thinking how well this car may fair in a road accident. Still, if it's cheap enough it could be a cool thing to get you from point A to point B. Albeit, I truly hope they work on the design and create a roof for this thing – Chicago weather is not kind.

 

 

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Hello element14 community!

 

Having recently found out that I have been blessed with a 3D Printer through element14's giveaway, I have decided to document my progress in various blog posts, starting with this one.

Now, I am extremely grateful for being chosen, because these things are not cheap to buy at all - so thank you, I have been looking into the technology for a long time and now I can try it firsthand.

 

Having never tried a 3D Printer before, this will be interesting for me to see what happens and what I learn along the way, so if you are also new to the technology then keep up with the posts - you might learn something.

 

Anyways, onwards to the first thing related that I would suggest for every Velleman K8200 owner.

If you take a look at the Velleman forum under the support sections, one thing that comes up often is the levelling of the bed - it will either dip or bulge in the center. The solution?

 

Get a glass plate. Seriously, they are not that expensive and they will improve the quality of your prints. Mine arrived today.

 

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There is not much else I can say until the 3D Printer arrives, so more to come soon. But in the meantime - the next post will be on my Medical Monitoring System plan.

 

TL;DR: Thank you to element14 for running the 3D Printer Giveaway, and get a glass plate.

Raising money for a (somewhat local) D.C. high school to get a 3D printer teespring.com/ilovefablabs


If you guys have any ideas on promotion let me know. I'm all ears and really want to get this highschool going with an engineering program.




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Chinese farmer, Hu, to receive a novel surgery to replace half of his skull with a 3D print. (via IBTimes)

 

Doctors are on a roll with 3D printed body replacement parts this year as yet another pioneering surgery was done in China. A Chinese farmer, named Hu, had a 3D-printed titanium implant to replace half of his skull. Hu fell from the third story of a building during construction and suffered severe injuries to his skull. The fall caused a depression in his skull which obviously affected his brain. Due to the injuries, Hu has been unable to speak and write and has suffered vision loss.

 

Luckily, 3D printing makes creating replica replacement body parts fast, easy, and cheap. Doctors have been going 3D printing mad as they've used the technology to save many lives during emergency surgeries. Some surgeons, particularly in China, have been heading a new frontier by performing experimental surgeries which replace bones with 3D prints to give patients a shot a returning to a normal life. Recently, a 12-year old boy got a 3D printed vertebrae implanted.

 

Hu isn't the first person with a 3D printed skull implant, but Chinese surgeons used a 3D printed titanium mesh, instead of a plastic implant used on a woman recently. The doctors have placed the 3D print underneath his skin and have attached it to his remaining skull. They hope that his brain will be able to recover and that he'll regain his normal functions soon. For now, the surgery was successful, but Hu must recover for at least 3 months. Afterward, doctors will continually monitor his progress.

 

3D printing offers surgeons new avenues to accurately reconstruct bones in the body. While the long-term prognosis for patients is still unknown, the initial results seem promising. For instance, a victim of a biking accident in Britain was able to get an accurate reconstruction of the other half of their face using 3D printing technology. These new technologies not only allow doctors to get an accurate scan of the shape of the replacement parts necessary, but they can create a customized 3D print accurately, quickly, and cheaply (compared to finding an organic replacement). It seems like 3D printing can actually save lives and change patient’s lives for the better.

 

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