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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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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.

History of RepRap Development Online

History of RepRap Development Online

Thanks to the hard work of Gary Hodgson, there’s a complete (1,758 page) history of RepRap development available for free online in both PDF and epub formats. Via: garyhodgson.com

Create What You Want When You Can’t Buy It

Create What You Want When You Can’t Buy It

One of the reasons I am totally in love with 3D printing is that it provides users with the ability to quickly, easily, and cheaply create tools that they need but either can’t purchase or can’t afford. A great example is this 3D printed microscope specimen micro-manipulator. It allows users to precisely position objects under [...]

Pushing the Curve: RepRap printed circuit boards

Pushing the Curve: RepRap printed circuit boards

The vast majority of RepRap users seem to be printing fairly simple plastic parts in PLA or ABS. But some hardy souls seem to be pushing the envelope by trying to extend RepRap designs into totally new territories, like printing electronic circuit boards. According to the Ponoko blog, Rhys Jones is trying to pioneer this [...]

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