jds232323 uploaded a very helpful series of Youtube videos covering different approaches to support material. He compares the results from different slicers/printers ‘Afinia up!, Cura, Simplify 3d, Makergear M2) and talks about manual generation of support material as well. Related links: Support material – YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43AwHi5YK08, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dgv_ggFvE0I
Nico3ck posted an excellent photo journal in the forum showing all the steps in building a Tantillus 3D Reprap printer. You can really get a feel for what’s involved, the number of pieces, and how it all goes together. Related links: Nico’s Build
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
The latest promotional video from Shapeways:
[Flash Snoot - test print at approximately 10% completion.] One of the primary advantages of affordable, accessible 3D printing like RepRap is the way that it facilitates the design process. The ability to imagine a new part or product then quickly prototype the concept and hold the actual part in your hand within an hour [...]
Sublime (Brad) at Tantillus.org printed a fully functional hobby lathe using PLA plastic capable of cutting metal parts. Each of the parts necessary to build the lathe was small enough that they could be produced on an affordable 3D printer within the budget of most robot hobbyists. The lathe design was the result of contributions from many people, though [...]