3D Hubs API integrates into 123D Apps

3DHubs 123D Apps

3DHubs 123D Apps

Dutch startup 3D Hubs is currently the largest network for 3D printers. Earlier this week, the company announced the introduction of a new enterprise-grade API that will connect 3D content with a global community of designers.

The company that will integrate 3D Hubs into a working platform is the software leader Autodesk. This type of integration will take months, however when it’s all over 3D Hubs will have a working 3D print network API for the Autodesk 123D family of apps.

Even though 3D printing is not in everyone’s home or office, you can still connect with fellow designers and get your projects printed. This platform will make it easy to turn designs into physical objects. The average delivery time for products printed via 3D Hubs is less than two days, according to 3D Hubs.

Vice president of consumer products at Autodesk, Samir Hanna says,” Integrating the 3D Hubs printer network will provide Autodesk users with more convenient access to 3D printing from fellow designers and makers located just around the corner.”

As a special thanks to the 3D printing community, 3D Hubs and Autodesk will host a free 3D modeling workshop and mixer at the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco April 11, 2014. This new collaboration will be celebrating at the Silicon Valley 3D Printing, Startup, and Creative Communities event. For more information visit: 3D Hubs

 


“Appaloza” the 3D Printing Cloud Marketplace

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– Appaloza Home Screen

3D-Pioneer Systems has launched “Appaloza,” an E-Commerce Cloud Marketplace capable of securely storing, editing, buying, and selling 3D designs. Users will be able to log in, upload their designs, and directly send them from the cloud to the printer.

Appaloza will focus on the functionality of streaming printing. Users will be able to upload their designs and share them with a tailored community of designers. This virtual marketplace allows artist to collaborate on designs and projects. Once your project is uploaded you can view statistics, profiles, likes, views, and sales to analyze your progression and reach your goals.

This virtual cloud will make buying and selling 3D designs much easier. The Appaloza assures artists that their files will not be bought and distributed without their knowledge. This marketplace comes equipped with its own g-code allowing purchasers to only download from Appaloza. Once you’ve found a design you like, just simply print from the cloud to your printer. If you do not have a 3D printer, Appaloza has you covered. From the website the customer will be able to order prints from an affiliated third-party printing bureau in a variety of materials.

3D-Pioneer Systems CEO, Alexander Tsingos says, “Appaloza, by the nature of it being created as a Cloud Platform, it is anticipated to stream data directly to a 3D printer, allowing customers to download the original 3D files. This model is being designed to ensure that a single print of an object will not expose the user’s source file. Appaloza is intended to allow artists the ability to manage their own virtual e-commerce store and sell their original 3D design files directly to customers.”

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– Appaloza Shopping Screen

Appaloza is in its final stages with the release of the Alpha build. Once financial services and feedback are acquired the beta will soon follow. You can sign up for Appaloza now on their website.  For more information visit: Appaloza.com


3D Print Food from Home with Foodini

Foodini, 3D printer, picture

Foodini 3D Food Printer created by Natural Machines 

Ordinary people can now enjoy food from the future. Just load the Foodini with food-filled capsules, and watch it print out dinner. Natural Machines, a start-up company from Barcelona has just launched a prototype 3D printer capable of printing real, nutritious foods in layers. 

Foodini is a ready to use device that can create delicious top chef cuisine. Although it is not going to print out whatever you want, Foodini is able to print pastas, burgers, pizza dough, chicken nuggets, hash browns, cookies, chocolate desserts and more.

The printer is operated by a touch-screen tablet on the front of the device that provides the user interface for printing food. Foodini also provides the user with empty food capsules so the consumer can prepare their own meals with fresh ingredients. Since Foodini is connected to the Internet, all you have to do is pick a recipe and Foodini will tell you what food to put in each capsule. Then sit back and watch it print.

This 3D food printer was designed to eliminate the most difficult steps in cooking good nutritious meals. The co-founder of the company, Lynette Kucsma says, “Foodini’s main purpose is to take on the difficult and/or time-consuming parts of food preparation that often discourage people from creating homemade food.”

Natural Machines has just launched Foodini on Kickstarter. (Kickstarter Video of Foodini) The company is seeking $100,000 to mass-produce, and backers get the first round for $999. The retail price will be $1,300, equivalent to a high-end food processor. To learn more visit: Foodini Kickstarter


Additively Connects Companies to 3D Printing Services

In Switzerland, one of Europe’s leading engineering universities, ETH Zürich, has launched a new support company, Additively.com.

Additively 3D Printing Service

– Additively 3D Printing Service

This new spin-off company is a network of over 250 service providers and professionals specializing in additive manufacturing.

Additively is designed to connect service providers with the right 3D printing technology. It offers a way for service providers to advertise their products to customers interested in buying 3D printed parts. Companies or professionals can then review the posted products and order the parts from a selected provider.

So stop spending hours searching for the right 3D printing solution! With Additively you can post the parts you need and within minutes you can review hundreds of service providers offering that product.

“With Additively, we have an easy way to evaluate how to realize our parts with 3D printing. We just post them and within shortest time, we know whether it is possible and how much it will cost us.”  - Patrik Hoegger, Head of Production Development

The spin-off Additively will be a fresh start for ETH Zürich. They have a dedicated team of researches and developers passionate about the opportunities of additive manufacturing and professional 3D printing. To find out more please visit: Additively.com 


The Czech startup be3D unveils ‘DeeGreen’

DeeGreen 3D Printer, image

DeeGreen 3D Printer

During the CeBIT 2014 convention, be3D.cz, the Czech 3D printer manufacture unveiled a new fully automatic printer ‘DeeGreen’ to the German public.

Since 2012, be3D has become an establish company in the 3D community with the release of their older models, DeeOrange and DeeRed. Compared to the earlier models, DeeGreen has made several improvements in printing speed, and print area.

“DeeOrange as our first printer has taught us a lot. When testing possible modifications to DeeOrange we came to the conclusion that it would be better to develop a completely new model with the expansion of the printing area,” says David Miklas, be3D.cz founder.

The DeeGreen 3D Printer provides the designer with a large print area enabling you to print objects up to 150 x 150 x 150 mm. Compared to DeeOrange, the new printer also doubled its printing speed by 90 mm/s.

More improvements include an automatic bed calibration, which allows you to simplify work coming from the program into the printer. It also is equipped with a fully enclosed cabinet door to keep temperatures stable and reduce warping. The DeeGreen has also been made wireless with a new intuitive touch screen capable of printing without begin connected to a PC.

Specs:

Build envelope: 150 x 150 x 150 mm

Printing accuracy: 0.1 mm

Layer thickness: 0.1 / 0.15 / 0.2 mm

Nozzle (optional): 0.4 mm

Printing speed: 90 mm/s

Dimensions: 495 x 395 x 390 mm

Lighting: LED

Printing material: 1.75 PLA, plastic timber

Weight: 18 kg

The DeeGreen will enter mass production in April, however you can pre-order one today for $1,829. For more information on how to purchase a DeeGreen printer please visit: be3D.cz/DeeGreen


3D Printing with Augmented Reality

Glasses, Meta, Augmented Reality

MetaPro Augmented Reality Glasses

The 3D printing industry is taking big steps into the future as virtual reality software makes it possible for designers to create objects in 3D space.

The start-up company Meta is a world-class leader is 3D technology. For several months they have been developing augmented reality 3D glasses with the power of both a smartphone and a laptop.

With just hand motions, designers will be able to automatically render printable objects in real time. Meta has recently created a 3D printing and gesture-controlled sculpting app that allows the designer to sculpt with their hands using basic movements. Earlier this week, Meta released a demo showing the Meta.01 headset in action.

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Meta Augmented Reality – Meta.01 Glasses View

The Meta.01 is a developer’s edition shaped like a pair of aviator-style glasses attached to a small pocket computer. The consumer version, MetaPro, will be will be lighter, sleeker, and more powerful. However, it will still be wired. The small pocket computer is a necessary feature to give the glasses respectable battery life.

The MetaPro glasses are available for pre-order today, but they wont be in-stores until summer 2014. The glasses go for $3,650, which is twice the price of Google Glass. However, the HD display and 3D scanner make the model worth the pretty penny.

For more information on the MetaPro Glasses please visit: Space Glasses 


Functional 3D Printed Organs in the Future

The first 3D printer was released in 1992. Since then, a variety of models have been made as technology has improved. Today, we see 3D printing being used to construct everything from art to clothing to spare parts. Now, Organovo Holding Inc. is using 3D printing technology to create living tissues.

bioprint layerd tissue with blood vessels

Bio-printing Body Parts

Within the next year, bio-printed livers will be available. However, Organovo has stated that its printed liver won’t be suitable for human transplant. It will instead be used just to prove that this San Diego-based company can produce a reliable bio-printer.

If Organovo is successful, the firm will begin selling 3D bio-printers to companies in the drug and cosmetic industry. These companies plan to use 3D printed human tissues to test new products. They also focus on the ability to screen for drug safety and effectiveness.

For years, tissue engineers have tried to print human tissues, but have been limited by the production of thin tissue slices. Now, scientists can use “bio-linking” to link a matrix of tissue-friendly inks and living cells to produce a living tissue. This breakthrough has pushed Organovo to create a functional organ by the end of next year.

Bio-printing organs is a major milestone in the history of 3D printing and biomedical science. Eventually, this technology may help reduce organ shortages and transplant rejections, as patients will be able to receive organs constructed from their own cells. In the meantime, Organovo will continue to explore bio-printing technology to achieve their long-term goal of a fully functional 3D printed organ.

Until then, click here for a video of how scientists use tissue engineering to build 3D vascular networks in the creation of blood vessels.


World’s First Multicolor, Multi-Material 3D Printer

Stratasys Multicolor, Multi-Material 3D Printer

Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 3D Printer

Objet500 Connex3 Prototype Boots

       Objet500 Connex3 Boots

Stratasys is taking the next step forward in 3D printing technology – a combination of multicolor, multi-material printing. Multifunction printing is not a new concept, but it’s only in recent years due to improved manufacturing methods, that we’ve started to see it used commercially. This widespread use has helped developers like Stratasys discover new ways to meet the demands of this evolving market, most recently with the development of the new Objet500 Connex3.

Why is the Objet500 Connex3 so hot?

The Objet500 Connex3 is the world’s first multicolor, multi-material 3D printer. It uses triple-jetting technology to combine three different colors, VeroMagenta, VeroCyan, and VeroYello in order to produce hundreds of color combinations, including opaque and transparent. This printer allows designers to create prototypes in half the time, with the intended colors, materials, and surface finish.

Despite the price, the Objet500 Connex3 has some incredible qualities. Its multi-material options let you combine the strongest PolyJet photopolymer and Digital ABS with any material of your choice. Connex has also expanded the maximum number of base resins to three, and added color to your choices for endless customization.

In short, the Objet500 Connex3 is an amazing piece of machinery, perfectly suited for designers to graphically display color easily and efficiently whilst creating ultra-realistic prototypes. Although this groundbreaking machine is geared toward manufacturers, there is still more to come for the average consumer as 2014 progresses.

The Objet500 Connex3 will change the way companies design, engineer, and manufacture products. The price for this amazing technology is $330,000, so if you or any businesses you know might be interested please visit: Stratasys Website. 


Is a Delta 3D Printer the Best Choice for You?

With so many 3D printers / designs to choose from, simpler might be better.

The Deltaprintr - an affordable, 3D delta printer.

The Deltaprintr was designed by four college students and is one of the most recent delta 3D printers to hit it big on Kickstarter.

Whether you’re investing in a 3D printer or planning to build one on your own – there are generally two paths you can take (and one that is more likely to succeed/satisfy): rectangular printers and delta printers.

The first option is a rectangular 3D printer . Common examples of this include the MakerBot Replicator 2, the Ultimaker line, and 3D Systems’ Cube and CubeX series. Some are enclosed, others are not, but they all utilize the same rectangular shape and X, Y, Z layout. In many ways they look exactly like a picture you’d see in a high school geometry textbook, with everything laid out along a grid.

The second option is a delta 3D printer. A delta printer is – as its name suggests – built on a delta robot platform. It has three arms connected to universal joints, and like rectangular printers it can only move along the X, Y, and Z axes. There are fewer commercial examples of the delta 3D printer in production, but it is a favored design among DIY Makers.

Between these two options, however, the delta printer is the better choice for three reasons:

  1. It is cheaper. The delta printer doesn’t need a large frame to hold it together, and thus wastes very little material or space. It can also use simpler materials as it is not as reliant on long, reinforced structures (one printer even uses fishing wire). This makes it particularly well suited as an entry-level printer.
  2. It has a larger build volume. Because of the vertical nature of the delta printer’s design, it is able to build much taller items than a traditional, rectangular printer. Though the build volume is admittedly a bit limited along the X- and Y-axes. (This is why pictures of delta printers often show them printing cups, vases, and other vertically-oriented items)
  3. It has a better visual aesthetic. Admittedly, this one is a pretty subjective reason. But when you look at your average delta printer / rectangular printer side-by-side chances are you will agree that the delta printer is more attractive. In part, this is due to the more stripped down appearance, which is much more forgiving when you are using simple, everyday parts (as opposed to the professional parts used in the high-end rectangular printers).

Obviously there are a ton of delta and rectangular printers that have worked/succeeded, and a ton that have failed. So the final choice should reflect your own preferences as well as the preferences of any potential customers or users. But if Kickstarter trends have anything to say about entry level 3D printers, it is that delta printers are not only more affordable, but are more likely to bring in funding.


Metal 3D Printing at Home

3D print metal parts from the comfort of your own home or workshop.

MiniMetalMaker 3D Metal PrinterThe current world of personal 3D printing is best summed up in three words: Fused Filament Fabrication. While FFF has and continues to serve the 3D printing industry well, however, it is always nice to have other options. For example, wouldn’t it be great to print your own metal items at home? Well now you can.

The MiniMetalMaker (MMM) is the first personal 3D printer to specialize in metal 3D printing. The brainchild of David Harktop, the MMM is currently up at IndieGoGo and is looking to raise $10,000 to bring the prototype to production.

What makes the MiniMetalMaker so impressive isn’t just the end product (3D metal prints at home), but the way they’ve managed to get you there. MMM prints using special metal clay, which allows the printer to form complicated shapes with the same sort of ease you’d find in a traditional FFF printer. Once the printed object has dried, it is fired in a kiln in order to burn off filler and bond the tiny pieces of metal into a single, solid object.

Unlike more expensive methodologies, such as direct metal laser-sintering (DMLS), the MMM manages to retain the simplicity and low cost of extrusion-based printing while still delivering the strength and appeal of metal printing.

If you are someone who likes to make their own gears and gadgets, or even designs their own jewelry, then the MMM is something you should definitely check out. For only $1000 you can pick up your own pre-assembled printer through their IndieGoGo campaign; or tack on a firing kiln and two tubes of filament for an extra $500 (grand total of $1,500).