Lost wax plastic castingJeshua Lacock of 3DTOPO is currently building his own laser cutter. As with many DIY projects, some parts you can only build yourself out of scrap. Finding some some aluminium lying around and a DIY furnace he set about documenting a combination of making assembly parts with 3D printing and an ancient, but still very commonly used manufacturing process called lost wax or investment casting. Lacock, however has coined the term Lost PLA casting, owing to the type of plastic filament he 3D printed on his Ultimaker. (more…)
“The Form 1 marries high-end stereolithography (SL) technology and a seamless user experience at a price affordable to the professional designer, engineer and maker.”
A common complaint of current desktop printers like Makerbot, Ultimaker, and RepRap that use FDM extrusion technology, is that the print quality is too low. The Form 1 tackles this head on and the high quality results speak for themselves. Another printer in the “at home” printing market is great news for consumers too. The Form 1 promises to be “An end-to-end package. Printer, software, and post-processing kit that just works. Right out of the box.”
The price is affordable though the regular retail price has not been announced. At $2499 it is comparable to the price of the Replicator 2.
They have a kickstarter campaign to manage pre-sales and generate funds to ramp up production. The machines are selling fast! They have reached their goal of 100K in 2.5 hours.
Formlabs is a Boston-based start-up founded by a trio of MIT grads with impressive backers like Eric Schmidt and Mitch Kapor. They’ve also enlisted Dragon Innovation, a manufacturing consultancy, to assist with the production of the printers and hopefully avoid the kinds of hurdles we’ve seen other successful kickstarter campaigns face.
Nice work guys. I’m excited to see the results!
The mobile 3D printer that can print a small room.
The Kamermaker, “room maker” in Dutch, is a project by DUS architects in collaboration with Ultimaker, Fablab Protospace, and Open Coop. It’s a scaled-up Ultimaker built inside of a converted shipping container standing on its end.
The shipping container was thoroughly remodeled by DUS into a beautiful, mirrored architectural pavilion. The printer has a build volume of 2 meters square and 3.5 meters high, so this particular pavilion has the capacity to print smaller pavilions.
Continue past the jump for more photos and videos.
Designing boards and enclosures for your DIY electronics projects with free software
Rob Miles has posted a great introduction to using FreeCAD to make mounting boards and boxes for his DIY electronics projects. In this case he is using Gadgeteer hardware modules but the process could be adapted to any kind of board.
Finish off your electronic designs with some 3D printed flair
Building fully functional electronic devices yourself is a satisfying process. That magic moment when your experimentation combines software, hardware and mechanical know-how all together to become a finished product.
Add a 3D printer to the mix, and you are really in for a treat.
Rob Miles knows his way around Gadgeteer, the Microsoft .NET hardware enabler that turns a developer’s dreams into reality. Although he was already off to a great start, it all changed when Rob set himself up with an Ultimaker 3D printer. Designing and printing his own enclosures has given him a whole new perspective on DIY development and hardware hacking. (more…)
Large, quick, high-quality prints. What’s not to like?
Ultimaker kits only started shipping in May 2011, but it has already gained a loyal following. Most recently, a dozen or so local hobbyists brought their Ultimakers to the 3D Printing Event during Dutch Design Week just to show them off (images below).
And who can blame them? The Ultimaker has a large build area and produces high quality prints remarkably fast. If that’s not enough, it’s open source (due to the fact that it’s an offshoot of the RepRap family). The only downside seems to be the fact that it’s somewhat more expensive than its most similar competitor, the Makerbot Thing-O-Matic, at 1200 euros (~$1625 right now) compared to $1299.
The best time of year to be a maker
Halloween fridge magnets
These designs by David Shaw (aka daviddotshaw) have a recessed hole in the back to hold a 10mm magnet, and are small enough to print a few of them at once.
image above features Breathable Roots planter design by Kostika Spaho
Desktop manufacturing is rapidly gaining in popularity as hacker spaces, maker clubs, schools, homes, and even creative class companies buy increasingly affordable personal fabrication machines — most notably, consumer 3D printers.
The 3D Printing Event, held on Tuesday, October 25 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, will gather several of the top names from the academic and business world of personal 3D printing to discuss and present on the central theme of 3D printing at home.
The day’s seminar will include talks from Ultimaker co-founder Erik de Bruijn, Origo co-founder Joris Peels, Marcelo Coelho of the MIT Media Labs exploration of Digital Gastronomy, Jeffrey Lipton of Cornell’s Fab@Home project, as well as representatives from Solidworks, Philips Design, Z Corporation and more.
The exhibition is free, but registration is required. Seminar tickets are €95, €25 for students. Register here.
Ponoko is an official mediapartner of the 3D Printing Event.
Best of the Blog 2010 – 3D Printing
In spite of the fact that 3D printing was invented in the 1980s (really), only recently has it become accessible for anyone besides huge corporations. Since it has become available for just about anyone to use, it has exploded in popularity. It seems like prices go down, quality goes up, and more materials are available every day. It’s a good time to be a maker.
Keep reading for the best posts from the blog on 3D printing!