Category: design

Making the all-new Apple Mac Pro – with Robots!! (Video)

Making the all-new Apple Mac Pro – with Robots!! (Video)

Given all the video and photos I process, it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that my next computer purchase will be the new Mac Pro. Even though it’s a bit pricey, the speed and processing power it is expected to deliver will improve my output and efficiency considerably. So, it’s good to know that the [...]

Prototyping A Camera Mount

Prototyping A Camera Mount

3D printing makes it incredibly easy to crank out new parts on a whim. For example, I’m about to make the trek to California for RoboGames and want to use a Contour ROAM2 HD action camera to capture some of the action – especially ComBots with the massive steel robots trying to inflict mortal damage [...]

MakerBot Announces New Scanner

MakerBot Announces New Scanner

It’s SXSW  time again already, so it should come as no surprise that companies involved in the interactive space are rolling out press releases and product announcements designed to leverage the excitement of the moment. The most exciting, and interesting announcement that we’ve seen so far came from Makerbot on Friday. The company’s CEO, and [...]

Maker Faire Tokyo 2012

Maker Faire Tokyo 2012

121201 Maker Faire Tokyo-64, a photo by Robots-Dreams on Flickr. Had a great time at Maker Faire Tokyo over the weekend, and was able to meet with a few new 3D printer builders/design services that I hadn’t run into before. There were also a few new sources for critical components, like stepper motors, that will [...]

3D Printing PLA Filament in Fruity Colors

3D Printing PLA Filament in Fruity Colors

One of the design constraints facing artists and other creative types using 3D printing is the limited palette of available plastic filaments. Most sources of affordable filament tend to stick with primary (elementary school) colors like Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, White, and Black. That’s fine if you want to create items in the a LEGO [...]

Using 3D Printing for Practical Designs

Using 3D Printing for Practical Designs

Design World has an online webinar scheduled for next Tuesday, December 4th, featuring Chong Pak of Olloclip explaining how they used 3D printing technology to design and manufacture their 3-in-one lens system for the iPhone camera. According to the webinar registration webpage: “Olloclip has created the ultimate 3-in-one lens system for your iPhone that fits [...]

Josef Prusa Open Hardware Summit Presentation Slides

Josef Prusa Open Hardware Summit Presentation Slides

Here’s the set of presentation slides that Joseph Prusa uploaded for his session at the Open Hardware Summit this week in New York: You will notice that the slides are in reverse order. Hopefully Prusa will resort them. We’ll be watching for a video of his presentation to be made available online and will post [...]

Prusa RepRap i3 3D Printer in Action (Video)

Prusa RepRap i3 3D Printer in Action (Video)

Here’s a closeup look at Josef Prusa’s new i3 RepRap 3D printer in action:

No Surprise Makerbot is Going Closed

No Surprise Makerbot is Going Closed

It retrospect, it really shouldn’t be a surprise to discover that MakerBot is headed down the closed system path. Turns out that on November 9, 2011 they filed a patent application for “Automated 3D build processes” that was successfully granted July 24, 2012.

WebCam Mount for the Tantillus RepRap 3D Printer

WebCam Mount for the Tantillus RepRap 3D Printer

Some of my parts could take a long time to print. More complex parts could actually take several hours to complete. But I don’t want to be tethered to the printer always watching to see if there’s any problems. I want to be able to leave the printer on while I’m in another room, or [...]

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