The MakePrintable 3D Printing Roundup will be a weekly recurring post where we want to bring you a condensed summary of all the interesting, groundbreaking, exciting and fun things happening in 3D printing. We’ve noticed that lately it has become more difficult to distinguish between the truly interesting 3D printing innovations and the hype. We want to be a filter for you by giving you one blog post to rule them all. We welcome any feedback as to what we include here, so do tip us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Printables of the Week
We found some super fun printables this week for you to print out:
Over on YouMagine there is a nice Amazon Echo Wall Mount, The NYU School of Engineering uploaded a bunch of very exciting educational models for STEM education using 3D printing. This hook is a really simple print and works really well.
On Pinshape there is this lovely bird feeder design. MyMiniFactory is continuing the Pokeball aimer trend with new phones being added and a nice Micro Drone printed in Carbon Fiber. Cults has Moveo a fully open source printed robot arm. Instructables has a guide on how to make your own 3D printed quadcopter.
Fabbaloo reports on Formlabs significant new investment, while Aleph Objects reports its revenue and Zortrax may have to answer some more questions on the Dell deal that wasn’t while Stratasys and 3D Systems disclose their quarterly results.
3DPrint.com reports on a 3D printed cubesat.
3Ders mentions that San Draw has introduced variable density 3D printed insoles in silicone. This is a very important development and Steve Wood has been working on using Filaflex variable density insoles for a while. By varying infill insoles could be custom made that would be specific to one’s weight or walk, something that can not be done with traditional manufacturing methods. Interestingly currently these insoles print better and less expensively on desktop 3D printers and could be commercialized in that way.
- Ever wanted to know more about our venerated STL file type?
- We 3D modelled a athletic sports statue for you to go with the athletic-y sports stuffs that is ongoing.
- We did an interview with our CEO Mo.
- Reverse all your G-Code with MakePrintable.
- Together with FormaFutura, NewMatter and CGTrader we are organizing a Space Ships 3D Printing Challenge. Check out how to enter here.
Hyrel 3D had hot swappable interchangeable tool heads for 3D printers a few years ago in 2013. Prior art or something else entirely?
This LED array 3D printer paper could point the way to a whole new generation of 3D printers. Currently Stereolithography (SLA) and DLP printers dominate the market for molds, jewelry and hearing aids. Increasingly however people are working on using LED arrays to 3D print, letting 3D printing piggyback on the huge investments in LED. This could bring about a whole new generation of more efficient 3D printers.
Uniz has launched a Kickstarter LED 3D printer, as did MakeX, the Morpheus also uses LED and RichRap is building an open source printer using a different technology. RichRap uses LCos panels found in Pico projectors. Asiga has had its LED based systems on the market for a few years now.
This downloadable paper on Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) looks at creating large 3D printing systems using pellets instead of filament and servo driven screw extruders instead of steppers. A lot of people are looking at making larger scale systems and the switch to servos and pellets would bring a lot of cost and speed advantages to 3D printing.
Images & Videos of the Week
- 3D Printed Rims.
- Blood Vessels 3D Printed by Japanese Researchers.
- And MarkForged shows us how to embed nuts in 3D prints.
- Another 3D printed violin. Does SLA sound better than SLS?
12 hour and counting video of people live printing Pokemon to hide around Dixon, Illinois. Currently printing air.
What are the Muggles talking about?