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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 [...]

Filastruder Cheap filament for 3D printing

Filastruder Cheap filament for 3D printing

    There’s a new Kickstarter project named “Filastruder” for a cheap ABS filament extruder that’s practical for a hobbyist to use. It claims to reduce ABS filament costs dramactically. Related links: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/833191773/filastruder-a-robust-inexpensive-filament-extruder

Getting Started with Makerbot Book Ships

Getting Started with Makerbot Book Ships

  Finally received confirmation that Bre Pettis’s new book, “Getting Started with Makerbot” has shipped and will arrive in a few days.

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 [...]

Makerbot Replicator vs. Lulzbot A0-100 (Video)

Makerbot Replicator vs. Lulzbot A0-100 (Video)

I’m not sure what Andrew Mazzotta does for a living, but I do know that he has a boatload of 3D printers and is racking up numerous hours testing and evaluating them, which is all to the good. This week he compares the Makerbot Replicator to the Lulzbot AO-100, and throws in a few comments [...]

Stratasys Video Interview Features PRUSA 3D Printer (Video)

Stratasys Video Interview Features PRUSA 3D Printer (Video)

The US Embassy in Prague posted a video featuring an interview with Jeffrey E. DeGrange, a Stratsys V.P. during the October 2012 3D Print Days Conference. Unfortunately the Stratasys printers are completely enclosed, so it’s difficult to capture any video of them actually producing parts. As a result the video editor, either knowingly or unknowingly, [...]

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 [...]

Bre Pettis Responds to the Makerbot Going Closed Controversy

Bre Pettis Responds to the Makerbot Going Closed Controversy

Bre Pettis, one of the original founders of Makerbot Industries and the current CEO, put together a thoughtful, frank, and detailed response titled “Let’s try that again” to the current controversy over Makerbot going closed. Whether you agree with Pettis, or disagree, you have to give him tons of credit for addressing the questions head-on [...]

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