Thursday, August 29, 2013

MakerBot to offer 3D printers, demos nationwide at Microsoft stores

After test-offering their Replicator 2 printer in Microsoft stores on the West Coast, MakerBot will begin stocking Microsoft stores across the country with 3D printers. The company will also offer demos that allow people to see 3D printing firsthand.

On top of the original stores in San Francisco, Seattle and Palo Alto, 15 more locations will be added. The full list is available on the MakerBot website.

“We’ve seen tremendous interest and enthusiasm at the three initial ‘MakerBot Experience’ stores,” MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis said in a release. “Rolling the program out to 15 additional Microsoft Stores supercharges our mission to bring 3D printing to more people.”

MakerBot’s Replicator line encompasses the most popular consumer 3D printers on the market. The Replicator 2, which is its 4th generation machine, are currently for sale on the Microsoft website for $2,549 when bundled with MakerBot’s service plan — the same price as when bought directly from MakerBot.

This isn’t Microsoft’s first venture into 3D printing. At its BUILD conference in June, Microsoft announced the inclusion of a 3D printer driver in Windows 8.1. While including printers in their stores signals a move toward the mainstream for 3D printing, it’s hard to imagine people looking for a laptop or xBox being convinced to pick up a 3D printer too. But it will be a highly public place to demonstrate what they can do.

“3D printing is a significant technological innovation, and we want all our customers to experience it first-hand, to learn how they can use and benefit from it in their own lives,” Microsoft retail stores COO David McAughan said in the release.

This article was updated at 2 p.m. PT to note Microsoft sells the printer online bundled with MakerBot’s service plan, which results in a higher price than buying the printer on its own.


Monday, July 22, 2013

Catalyst - 3D printing revolution

ABC Australia science show story on DIY Reprap machine in Bath UK.

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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Free 3d Printer Software: Autodesk 123D Design for iPad, Mac, Windows, and web

Introducing 123D Design, a new way to create 3D models for 3D printing and fabrication. Available on iPad, Mac, Windows, and the web, 123D Design has simple, natural tools for making your own products, parts, or creations. What you design is up to you.

Print your own Custom iPhone case for $1.00

Sharon Vaknin shows you to use a MakerBot printer to print a custom iPhone case.

Build a 3D Printer That You Can Take Anywhere!

Got a briefcase? Then get to building your portable 3D printer. Make awesome 3D objects wherever you are - think of the possibilities!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Dsword 3D Printer TR-1 Print Your Dream Build

  • Build envelope: 225 x 145 x 150 mm | 8.9 x 5.7 x 5.9 in
  • Build volume: About 5 liters
  • Layer thickness: 0.1-0.3 mm
  • Nozzle diameter: 0.4 mm
  • Uses ABS plastic

Software: ReplicatorG

Compatibility: Linux, OSX, and Windows. Strongly suggest installing softwares on 32 bit system, 64 bit may not be compatible • Print from SD card or over USB

Input file type: STL, gcode,s3g Printing Build envelope: 225 x 145 x 150 mm | 8.9 x 5.7 x 5.9 in Build volume: About 5 liters Layer thickness: 0.1-0.3 mm Nozzle diameter: 0.4 mm Speed: 40 mm/s Flow Rate: Approximately 24 cc/hr Extruder Temperature Recommended: Maximum 230 C Heated Build Platform: 120 C Maximum Positioning precision: 2.5 micron on Z axis ..: 11.micron on XY axis Materials

Works well with ABS • Filament diameter: 1.75 mm


Mbot Cube 3d Printer Dual Head

  • Full Assembled Mbot Cube 3d Printer Dual Head [WOOD]
  • 20cm x 20cm x 20 cm
  • 0.1-0.3 mm layer thickness

Please note this 3d printer is not made by MakerBot, but it is compatible with MakerBot.

The MBot Cube is a affordable big size personal 3D printer made by Magicfirm LLC, with single or dual extrusion (2-color printing)--and a bigger printing size, you can print things much LARGER! It have a bigger build platform, Max build size: 200x200x200mm.

Support dual extruder Support LCD control Support SD card print Starter Gift: filament x 1 or 2(dual) 3M Blue tape, 2 inch width x 1 small spade x 1 hex tool m3 x 1. This is a new version of personal 3d printer based on MakerBot's Replicator. Thanks for MakerBot's Open Source Project.


RepRap Prusa Mendel Iteration 2 Complete 3D Printer Kit

  • Open source RepRap Prusa Mendel 3D printer kit
  • Includes everything you need to build a fully functional and high quality 3D printer
  • Kit requires assembly

Read more at Amazon,com

Afinia 3D Printer Bundle #2

  • Afinia H-479 3D Printer + 3D Printer knife set + Extruder Nozzle Temperature Switch + Octave ABS 1.75mm Filament 3 spools - 1 white, 1 black and 1 red.
  • Save with this bundle offer featuring the Afinia 3D Printer, Octave's 3D printer toolkit, and 2 spools of Octave ABS filament.
  • The Afinia H-Series 3D Printer provides a true "Out of the Box 3D Printing Experience" as the 3D Printer comes fully assembled, with easy to install software for both the PC and Mac.
  • 3D Printer knife set including 5 versatile cutting Tools. Extruder Nozzle Temperature Switch for the Afinia and UP! 3D Printers reduces the nozzle temperature by approximately 30° C.
  • Octave ABS 1.75mm Filament 3 spools - 1 white, 1 black and 1 red.

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FlashForge 3D printer, dual extruder w/2 ABS spools

  • An equipment which can turn your 3d design into real object.
  • Low price with stable quality.
  • Bigger print volume of more than 300 cubic inches
  • Printing objects in two colors
  • Good aftersale service

Manufactured and sold in China, the FlashForge Creator is a high quality, dual extruder, 3D printer that provides an affordable way to join the desktop 3D printing craze. The Creator ships direct from the FlashForge factory.


3d Printed Penny Sling Shot

This nefarious device can launch a U.S. penny across a room with ease. This miniature weapon packs a little more oomph than the Zheng3 Penny Catapult, and is a natural first upgrade for many Seej Players.

New website for 3D printing aims to make it easier to buy and sell printable designs

If Shapeways is the Etsy of the 3D printing world, Layer by Layer is the iTunes. The brand new online marketplace provides a place for designers to sell one-time prints of their designs, from vases to phone cases to toothbrush handles.

The key phrase is “one-time.” Unlike sites like MakerBot’s Thingiverse, which allows you to download design files to your computer, Layer by Layer users do not receive a file. After they hit the “Print Now!” button next to an object they desire, Layer by Layer sends instructions to their personal 3D printer, automatically printing that object.

“The whole process is a little too complicated for average people who aren’t engineers or computer scientists,” co-founder and CEO Jonathan Schwartz said. “This takes the whole printing process and simplifies it to the click of a button.”

The lack of a file transfer presents a layer of protection for designers who wish to keep their original design under wraps. When someone posts their design on Thingiverse, they are broadcasting it to anyone who cares to look and enabling endless duplication. That’s not a good feature if they want to make money off of their design. Right now, a lot of sellers turn to Shapeways, where they can set up a virtual shopfront with their designs. Shapeways takes care of the entire 3D printing process and ships objects out to buyers.

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Cubify Cube 3d Printer Silver (2nd Generation) Latest Version

Product Dimensions: 15 x 15 x 20 inches ; 15 pounds

Brand new Cube 3d printer by Cubify


MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer

  • High resolution 3D printing with 0.1 mm (100 micron) layer height resolution.
  • Huge 410 cubic inch build volume.
  • Optimized for the renewable bio-plastic PLA, with an active cooling fan for excellent overhangs and bridges.
  • FREE MakerWare software, including regular downloadble updates. Prep your 3D files for printing in seconds.
  • Sturdy powder-coated steel frame for high-speed printing in any environment.


Afinia 3D Printer H-Series

* Local US product support
* FCC approved
* 3D Printer ideal for rapid prototyping
* Easy and quick out-of-box setup & use
* Only $1599! * Available in burgundy color
* It is an improved UP! (major enhancements)
* Uses inexpensive ABS plastic
* Under 11 lbs, 245x260x350 mm footprint (10" x 10" x 14")
* Printing envelope over 5" cubed

This 3D printer is FCC approved and comes with local, US support.

Includes easy-to-use software, handling tools, and starter spool of 1.5 lbs ABS plastic filament. Perfect for rapid prototyping!

No mucking about, out of the box the H-Series printer is easy to setup (about 10 minutes), and easy to install using the included software for Mac or PC. Simply use the included utility to calibrate the printhead height, and within minutes you are printing!

The included software features an easy-to-use interface for laying out, orientating, duplicating, and scaling parts. It easily imports STL files, and the output can be customized in terms of the amount of support material and "raft" (base support) printed.

Breakaway support material is simple to remove, and tools for aiding the breakaway are included.

The Afinia H-Series can produce a part or model that is 5 inches cubed (i.e. 125 cubic inches) in volume. The output is accurate to within .2mm (8 thousandths of an inch), and has 30% of the strength of injection molded parts.

Design files can be created using online software, professional software such as SolidWorks, or by downloading from the extensive online community for free!

The H-Series can be operated in a standalone mode. Once the file is transferred to the device, the usb connection between the printer and computer can be disconnected - even during printing! Read more at

Is 3D Printing the Future for Mountain Bikes?

If you’ve been following the news out of SXSW this year you know the big story is the rise of 3D printers and scanners, bringing small-scale manufacturing to the desktop for the first time. Which got us thinking: what will this mean for mountain bikes of the future? Here are some ideas.

Get any part you need at any time

Home mechanics know this situation all too well: You just installed a new fork and you’re all ready to button everything up but realize you need a couple more spacers. Or you replace your derailleur cables and can’t find the stupid ferrules. If you had a 3D printer at home, you could just download a design file and get the exact parts you need and you could even customize them. Instead of using a stack with 3, 5, and 10mm spacers, you could print out a single spacer that’s exactly the size you need.

Even if 3D printers don’t filter down to every home mechanic, they’ll still be a boon to the local bike shop. Instead of having to stock hundreds of tiny parts or wait for special orders to come in, shops will simply have a 3D printer and access to design files directly from all the bike manufacturers. Need a derailleur hanger for your Yeti SB95? No problem, the shop will just print one out and you’ll be back in business!

With 3D printers, restoring vintage mountain bikes will be even easier. Nobody makes the part you need anymore? Find someone who has the part you need, scan it, and print out a copy. Or, design a replacement part yourself before printing.

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Is 3D Printing the Future for Mountain Bikes? | Singletracks Mountain Bike Blog

Friday, June 14, 2013

How 3D Printing Could Provide a Huge Boost to the Digital Design Industry

So, What Does this Mean for the Digital Design Industry? Well, a lot actually. Everything that is made on a 3D printer has to be designed as a digital 3D model. These digital models are designed on computers using specialist software called Computer Aided Design (CAD) software. In simplest terms; the more 3D printers are used, the more 3D designs needed. As mentioned above; it is only in the last 18 months that 3D printing has gained momentum and the attention of the public, leading to a lot of coverage in the media. This has already triggered an increase in work for digital designers and those who use CAD software. A lot of models are highly complex and detailed, and the only people who can create them digitally are highly trained specialists. But the potential of 3D printing for the design industry doesn’t necessarily stop there.


How 3D Printing Could Provide a Huge Boost to the Digital Design Industry

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

How 3D printing is revolutionizing guitar-making

Guitarists of the Pete Townshend school wouldn't be impressed, but their managers would be.

The Who's pioneering instrument-smasher could find he's met his match with one of the bespoke nylon-bodied guitars made by Olaf Diegel, professor of mechatronics at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand.

"You could throw one against the wall without worrying about it breaking," said Diegel, who will begin selling the guitars online at the end of June.

Their robustness might be music to a band manager's ears. But perhaps more notable is how Diegel makes the instruments, which are attracting interest from around the world.

Diegel is an exponent of 3D printing. His zany guitar bodies are created using computer-aided design (CAD) software, output in one piece on an EOS 3D printer. This is the new world of additive manufacturing.

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How 3D printing is revolutionising guitar-making | Technology |

Monday, June 10, 2013

MakerBot Features Next Generation Replicator 2X 3D Printer

Here at Inhabitat, we can’t get enough of 3D printers, and MakerBot’s Replicator 2 is one of the finest examples of consumer-level 3D printing. That’s why we were so excited about the release of Replicator 2X, a new, updated version of the Replicator that was unveiled this week at CES 2013. With an improved frame, ABS plastic printing and a heated build platform, the Replicator 2X will have you printing incredibly detailed, astonishingly realistic 3D models in no time from the comfort of home.

Read more: MakerBot Unveils Next-Gen Replicator 2X 3D Printer at CES 2013 | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building |

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Low Price leader: JET - Open Source 3D printer

JET - Open Source 3D printer - ReplicatorG - Dual Extruder Head

Product Features
  • Pure open source 3D printer. Use ReplicatorG control software (
  • Simple user interface. Simple but solid hardware structure. Robust design.
  • Easy to use for hobbyists and beginners. Flexible to learn, play and create.
  • Enjoy 3D printing. Play 3D printing. Safe to dissemble and assemble.
  • Top brand and top quality. Satisfaction guaranteed.
  • Compatible with most 3D Printers such as RepRap, Makertbot, Ultimaker, Up!, Makergear, etc.


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

3D Printer Round-Up - Up! Mini, Solidoodle 2, Cube 3D

Published on Dec 19, 2012. It all started back in 2007 when the first RepRap machine was built. The idea behind RepRap was to design a machine that could build complex parts in three dimensions using extruded molten plastic and that machine could also "self-replicate" or build itself a new machine. Since then 3D printers from all walks of life have emerged from the community, so we decided to reach out to a few of the more prominent names in 3D printing and do our usual round-up two step with them. Stay with us as we walk through some of the latest 3D printers in action, from Solidoodle with the Solidoodle 2, PP3DP with their Up! Mini, and 3D Systems the godfather of STL, with their Cube 3D.

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3D Printable Textiles - Eco-Friendly Printable Clothing is Like Modern Chain Mail

The future of clothing and fabric is eco-friendly, especially if designers start using the 3D printable textiles made from ink cartridges and powered plastic. The idea is to use 3D printers to create textiles, which can then be transformed into clothing.

The fabric is seamless and flexible, conforming to the contours of skin. The fabrics above look almost medieval, like a suit of chain mail, but if they have the ability to transform into different styles, this 3D printable textiles eco-friendly alternative may really take off.

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3D Printable Textiles - Eco-Friendly Printable Clothing is Like Modern Chain Mail (VIDEO)

100 Ingenious 3D Printer Pieces

Since the invention of the 3D printer, people have been able to physically create anything they can possibly imagine.

Now that dimensional printing has become more accessible to the public, industries and private businesses all over the world are changing. With the ability to manufacture any product you want to the exact specifications you need, you no longer have to go to a third party to find or make a certain item for you. The health industry, the military and even Etsy sellers have all found the benefits of creating their own customized components quickly and affordably. 

With creation possibilities including home decor, vehicle parts, apparel, architecture and food available at the click of a button, the 3D printer has changed the world of manufacturing and consumerism forever.

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100 Ingenious 3D Printer Pieces - From 3D Printed Pasta to Instantaneous 3D Photography (TOPLIST)

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How 3-D Printing Will Turn Homes Into Mini Factories

In 1984, inventor Charles Hull built the first rapid-prototyping machine, a massive device that turned digital blueprints into plastic models constructed layer by ultrathin layer. Since then, 3-D printers have shrunk from room-filling behemoths to tabletop boxes just larger than a typical ink jet. They have also dropped in cost from hundreds of thousands of dollars to as little as $500. Home printing has flowered as a result, with amateurs “fabbing” anything in plastic, from cellphone cases to scale models of Rodin’s Walking Man. Yet such tinkering, however nifty, is simply 3-D printing’s first act. Its real promise is much greater: to turn every home into a self-sustaining manufacturing and recycling center.

The changes that will enable this tranformation are happening already. Presently, home printers fab in plastic, as Hull’s machine did. But industrial printers have evolved to print a multitude of materials, from glass to stone. Printer maker Objet has released the Connex500, a $250,000 printer that works in 14 polymers at once.

Researchers at the Cornell University Creative Machines Lab recently developed a machine that they used to print components vital to working electronics, as well as a functioning electromagnet and battery. Home printers are poised to follow a similar development curve. Hod Lipson, the Creative Machines Lab director, says consumer-grade multi-material printers are less than a decade away.

Rather than fab a plastic lamp shade, makers will print the components of the entire lamp.
Just as the capability of printers is growing, so is the ecosystem of 3-D designs and design tools, making it easier and easier to print at home. At Thingiverse, makers can scour a database of thousands of downloadable designs. Autodesk design software converts digital snapshots of real-life objects into 3-D patterns. And Adobe is developing a program that evaluates designs for structural flaws before they are printed.

Alone, such advancements will turn home printing from a novelty to a necessity. (Rather than fab a plastic lamp shade, makers will print the components of the entire lamp, wiring, plug, and all.) But truly transformative change will come from another industry: recycling. Beginning in the 1970s, machines at recycling centers have ground discarded plastic into raw material that companies use to make everything from toys to carpeting.

Similar processes exist for metal and glass. In January, Tyler McNaney, a student at Vermont Technical College, debuted the Filabot, a machine that repurposes plastic at home. The tabletop device grinds and melts most recyclable plastic into the raw filament used in 3-D printers. If devices like Filabot succeed, makers will not only produce new objects in their workshops, but also repurpose old ones.

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How 3-D Printing Will Turn Homes Into Mini Factories | Popular Science