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Nano Dimensions recently released a product that will revolutionize the technology industry. The Dragonfly 2020 3D prints industry-standard PCB boards in minutes, allowing products to move from concept to market in Godspeed  (via Nano-di)


I stare at a board I designed every day - where am I going to get this manufactured. I don't want to wait.... What to do? The technology industry is one of the fastest moving industries – but it’s about to get faster. Nano Dimensions recently released the very first 3D printer for PCBs, and it’s going to be huge.

 

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Printed Circuit Boards are the heartbeat of the technology industry. From industrial manufacturing machines to consumer electronics, PCBs make it all possible. For manufacturers, however, the process of obtaining the devices can be intense.

 

While larger manufacturers may have engineers on staff dedicated to building PCBs, that isn’t feasible for every company. Many companies outsource their PCB needs, which can take weeks or months, and require risking proprietary company development plans (a huge risk if a company opts out of patenting).

 

PCBs are an important step in development and production is often at a standstill until the boards are ready, as PCBs are required for prototyping and testing, as well as production. Whether companies have PCB manufacturers on staff or not, the Dragonfly 2020 will greatly impact the industry forevermore.

 

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Renders don't excite me... but, I think I need this.

 

The Dragonfly 2020 is a desktop 3D printer dedicated to printing PCB prototypes. The unit can print multilayer PCBs on various materials, including glass, using standard Gerber files. Nano Dimensions claims the printed units are functional, high-resolution, and meet industry standards to expedite the development process.

 

Instead of using standard filament, Nano Dimensions created specialty ink to ensure printed devices are fully conductive and indistinguishable from outsourced boards. The company invented two high-end specialty inks – one based on silver nanoparticles and the other dielectric nanoparticles – to ensure printed boards have all the functionality of professional PCB boards, without the time lag.

 

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Nano Dimensions has not announced when its printer will be ready for market, but it looks like it’ll happen soon. The company toured the prototype at Printed Electronics USA earlier this month and has secured millions in backing to date.

 

Still, researchers continue to innovate. The company reportedly just filed a patent for conductive copper ink, potentially making the Dragonfly 2020 a one-stop-shop for all industry PCB needs.

 

If you’re interested in obtaining the Mack daddy printer, you can get your name added to the waiting list on the company’s website. The inks will also available for purchase as well and may be compatible with competitor 3D printers. 


 

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$25 for this till Monday  Fusion 360

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3D print Helmet

 

 

It's a huge disappointment for many Fallout 4 fans who were too late to pre-order the functioning Pip-Boy edition that the esteemed publisher Bethesda had released along with a copy of the video game.

Fallout 4 is the fifth major installment of the series that was released worldwide on 10th November, 2015. Gamers can play it on platforms like PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It all began at the E3 showcase, where the esteemed publisher Bethesda set the tone to an entire new level with their unveiling of the new Fallout 4 footage and a Fallout spin-off mobile game titled the Fallout Shelter. With the announcement of the Pip-Boy edition, multiple retailers were already facing with pre-order bookings as fans and collectors began to scramble for their share of the copy, until a Tweet from Pete Hines, Bethesda's Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations confirmed that the edition was limited.

 

However, while the chances to acquire a copy of the Pip-Boy edition now look slim, Hine's tweet seems to have given some ray of hope as he points out there are some retailers who might not have yet put up their stock of Pip-Boy edition yet.

 

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To go with his words, it is true that many are not yet aware as to how these retailers are indeed preparing to make their supply available to the buyers. Some of you might have already anticipated that they would be demanding a higher price by creating a line of scarcity supply. If your doubts hold true, then there is no denying the fact that many of you would be disappointed to some extent. But then, chances to get your own Pip-boy edition does not in any way seem slim as with 3D printing technology, you could just print out for yourself a 3D version of the Pip-Boy edition with no compromise to any detail.

 

Take a look at how Bret had 3D printed a Fallout prop, the epic armor helmet for his son this Halloween.

[ Side by side comparison pictures of the actual and the 3D printed helmet]

 

 

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3D Printing

 

This is the process of additive manufacturing, where a 3 dimensional object can be created using a digital file. 3D printing is a series of additive process. An object is created through the successive layering down of materials until the final output has been created.

 

The technology may however vary from one kind of production to another and so are the materials used for production. In Bret's case, he used ABS plastic to print the T-45d Power Armor.

 

I would usually target fitting– 20 hours of print time for pieces on the printer at a time and the large print size of the printer was ideal for this. Every evening after work I would sort through my print list and assemble the 20 hours of pieces via Cura, load it on the SD card and print it. It kept my non-print time to a minimum, and after roughly every 50 hours of print time I would grease the machine– which was all the upkeep that had been required so far. I had a few single pieces that took just over 24 hours to print, such as the lower front quadrants”, was what Bret had to say about his first experience with 3D printing.

 

In fact, you can create some of the best Fallout 4 props by just downloading the digitized files and then 3D printing them right away!

 

Some stunning 3D printed Fallout props that you can create on your own -

 

#1 – Pip-Boy 3000

 

As mentioned earlier, the Pip-Boy edition of season 4 got sold out in just a few hours. However, you can get your own 3D printed Pip-Boy edition in no time. The Pip-Boy 3000 is the central hub of all interaction that a gamer can use for getting items, maps, stats and even radio stations. As essential as it sounds, an important note for any Fallout gamer – Never leave your vault without this, or else it's Game Over!

 

#2 – AEP7 Laser Pistol

 

A high-tech sidearms that can emit a concentrated beam of coherent light, the AEP7 Laser Pistol comes with sufficient wattage that is capable of doing considerable damage. The thing is, just don't run out of juice supply first.

 

#3 – Protectron Action Figure

 

“Violence will not be tolerated”, is one of its best line. The Protectron can be your fierce enemy. However, the secret is that, if you manage to hack it the Protectron can perform a lot of dirty work for you.

 

#4 – Vault- Boy Bobblehead

 

The Vault-Boy Bobblehead comes very handy, since it can raise a gamer's skills by one point. Better make sure you have it.

 

#5 – 10 mm Pistol

 

The 10 mm Pistol can be easily found in the wasteland and is present in the new Fallout 4 games. You would hate to miss this out, for this baby can be upgraded fully into an even more powerful tool.

#6 – Nuka Cola Pistol

This is a brand new toy and no information is available as to what the weapon is capable of doing. However, if you are considering to 3D print your own Nuka Cola Pistol, here is what you would want to know – The pistol comes with 11 parts to print, paint and assemble.

 

I could have added a few more names to my collection list, but then why not look out for yourself what else can a 3D printer generate for you. You can also Test Print a sample for yourself if you want to. The thrill does not get better than this! Right?

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The dune buggy designed was created by contest winner Kevin Lo. The LM3D Swim is a fully driveable car made up of 75% 3D-printed materials. (via Local Motors)


3D printing has the ability to create a lot of unexpected products that are actually useful: clothing, prosthetic arms, and now cars. No, not a toy car. A car you can actually drive down the street. Earlier this year, Local Motors held a contest to build a stable car using mostly 3D printed parts and the winner, Kevin Lo, was picked in July. It's a petite car that may remind you of a Mini Coop or Smart car. Named the LM3D Swim, the vehicle will cost $53,000 with pre-sales launching in spring 2016 via Indiegogo and retail sales coming later that year.

 

The LM3D is entirely electric and is currently made up of 75% 3D printed parts, but the company is ambitious and wants to increase that number to 90% as they further develop technology. Currently, the company is working with a blend of 80% ABS plastic and 20% carbon fiber. They also want this car to be customizable. Owners will be able to choose from a range of features specially built and only made possible through DDM and 3D printing. Though they earlier suggested there would be removable panels this detail hasn't been confirmed.

 

Before people can take this dunebuggy-like car out on the highway, the LM3D still has to work out a few kinks. For one thing the company still hasn't picked an automotive partner for the production vehicle's powertrain and chassis. And even though the company wants to get these cars out by next year, it still has to perform crash tests, which won't happen until the end of 2016. This means certification most likely won't happen until 2017. To make things even stickier the company's factory in Knoxville, Tennessee is still being built and is supposed to be running at the end of the year.

 

Despite this, Local Motors plan to build about 2,400 cars a year depending on demand. The thought of driving a mostly 3D printed car is a bit frightening, but the Local Motors wants to assure people they have these issues in mind while developing the car. On their site,  they say one of their goals is to make 3D printed cars safer than traditional vehicles. Also, this isn't the company's first foray into the 3D printing market. They are actually the world's most prominent maker of 3D printed cars and previously built the Strati using the same technology. For those who want to take the risk and have a truly unique car sitting in their garage, stay tuned for more details in the upcoming year.


I suppose getting parts for LM3D Swim would be easy! I like the idea, not the price.



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