Yeah… I want one.
Joshua Harker, an artist who took up 3D printing to push beyond the limits of sculpting, took Kickstarter by storm last year with his Crania Anatomica Filigre skull design.
Now he’s back, with a new project called Anatomica di Revolutis that builds on the aesthetics of his previous work and takes it to new heights.
Harker’s first Kickstarter project raised nearly $80,000, while this latest one has over $20,000 in less than a week of funding. (In fact, the $20k mark was reached in just four days!)
The project starts with an ornate skull design at the center, which combines with two other pieces to form an elaborate mechanical sculpture: (more…)
Using a moving print bed for large-scale printing.
Phantom Geometry, winner of the new Gehry Prize thesis award, is a project by students from the Southern California Institute of Architecture. It was developed in the Robot House, a facility where students have acess to advanced robotic arms, under the guidance of Peter Testa and Devyn Weiser.
The original article on FastCo appears to suggest that the innovation in the project was to use a projector and UV cured resin to produce 3D prints. I hope that’s not what the prize was for, considering that this has been done several times already.
That confusion aside, this is a fascinating project. With typical UV resin 3D printing, the only movement of the print bed is to slowly lower, letting the project light cure one layer of resin at a time. In this case, both the print bed of resin and the projector are attached to robotic arms. This allows the machine to print structures many times larger than the print bed itself. It’s difficult to describe, so please watch the video.
The low cost stereolithography 3D printer reached almost 30x its funding goal and broke the Kickstarter record.
The Kickstarter campaign for the Form 1 stereolithography 3D printer beat all expectations and then some. It ended with $2,945,885 in funding, almost 30x the goal of $100,000. It had $1M in funding in the first day, and before the end it broke the Kickstarter record formerly held be the Oculus Rift of $2.4M.
What make the Form 1 special is that it is the first laser-based 3D printer available at an affordable price. While most stereolithography printers cost tens or hundreds of thousands, the Form 1 was offered for as little as $2299 for the first 25. It is aimed at (and price for) the professional market, but this price is still shockingly low compared to equivalent printers currently on the market.
Read more about the printer in our earlier post announcing the beginning of the Kickstarter campaign.
Purpose built 3D modelling software for designing 3D models for printing
MeshUp is a purpose built 3D modelling application for 3D printing. At first glance, MeshUp appears to have similar mesh mixing capabilities as Autodesk meshmixer. However it includes much more powerful and 3D printing specific features. Developed by a company called Uformia, they claim – “MeshUp is the first real volume modeler for meshes. We want to make life easier for 3D printing and for creators. At Uformia we envision a very different experience for users, where without effort, a creator can be sure that their models are always ready for 3D printing.” (more…)
A thousand unique versions
One Just One is a new company using Kickstarter to launch a collection of procedurally-generated 3D printed jewellery. The idea is to generate a series of base designs, tweak each one into a thousand unique models, and then sell each of those only once.
That takes advantage of one of 3D printing’s big strengths — that everything can be a unique object — without also incurring the full penalties of scale. It’s an approach that might not work (or be necessary) in every situation, but it seems like a great fit for fashion.
Another interesting bit is that all of the base designs are test printed ahead of time. As long as the variations of those designs stay within certain tolerances, customers should be able to feel more confident in ordering something that doesn’t technically exist yet. Some test prints: (more…)
Unexpected uses expected
MilliMount, an expandable smartphone mount that recently launched on Kickstarter, was prototyped early on using Ponoko’s 3D printing service.
If funding is successful, the combination phone stand/tripod mount/windshield mount will be manufactured through traditional means. But during development, Spatial Studios used one of the great strengths of 3D printing: iteration. That enabled creator Randy Ganacias to make changes over and over until the design was declared finished.
What’s neat is that although many use cases have been planned for (such as book scanner, above), it’s the unplanned ones that are most intriguing. The MilliMount has space to accommodate metal rings, elastic bands, and bolts… All in service of connecting up whatever odd thing you can think of.
Friendly and disruptive
The PandaBot 3D printer launched on Kickstarter earlier this morning, coming in an initial backer price of USD$800. Panda Robotics, the company behind the PandaBot, hopes to entice new users by providing friendly software and sturdy, attractive metal construction not normally seen at that price point.
I visited the Toronto office of Panda Robotics yesterday to have a look at the prototype unit and see some test prints. I’ve taken part in some events with Panda in the past, but I’d never really had time to sit down and watch their printer in action.
Here’s a comparison shot of how the resolution of the prototype’s prints has improved over time: (more…)
Formlabs announced today the release of the Form 1, their “prosumer” desktop printer that uses stereolithograpy to produce highly detailed models.
“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!
More on Formlabs and Wired
Kickstarter’s latest and very promising RepRap derivative
The latest and professional in appearance RepRap based 3D printer was developed by Duy Dang to have a rigid construction yet retain the low cost and ease of assembly aspects that RepRap owners and builders enjoy. (more…)
Sleek and rugged
Panda Robotics, a 3D printer company based in Toronto & Seattle, is preparing to launch their new PandaBot on Kickstarter. The PandaBot is a rugged, consumer-oriented 3D printer that aims to fit in on anyone’s desk.
I had a chance to see a PandaBot prototype in action at a Ladies Learning Code event back in July. It made quite an impression! The sturdy metal frame really sets it apart from hobbyist gear, which traditionally has either a laser-cut wood chassis, or tent poles of threaded rods.
That’s not to say that I dislike the hobbyist look (in fact I love it!)… But if desktop 3D printing is going to be adopted more widely, it has to appeal to more than just the hacker aesthetic.
If Panda Robotics can get the software workflow right, the PandaBot might be just the device to get more people turning their ideas into physical objects.
The official website is short on tech specs for now, but there’s a mailing list that interested people can sign up for right on the front page: http://www.pandarobotics.com
Derek Quenneville is a 3D printing evangelist who posts weekly on the Ponoko blog. Follow him on Twitter @techknight.