Filabot winds toward closed loop recycling

Filament making machine winds its way toward finishing its Kickstarter campaign rewards

Filabot ReclaimerWe last looked at Filabot, the plastic extrusion filament maker for Makerbot and RepRap style 3D printers when Tyler McNaney was in the middle of his Kickstarter Campaign, that ended up successfully raising $32,330 and was more than 320% funded.

The Filabot is a desktop machine that aims to help reduce the cost of 3D printing for filament based and reduce plastic waste by turning it into “ink” or filament for 3D printers that print by depositing and fusing plastic together.

The Filabot Reclaimer has recently had a lot of development work from McNaney, whose working hard to fulfil his Kickstarter rewards orders by the end of the year. He, recently revealed the design for the production Filabot Reclaimer on his website. The case is made from folded CNC plasma cut steel. (more…)

Manufacturing product beta?

Manufacturing development emulating the software worldDesign studio Teague recently showcased 13:30, a pair of headphones at Makerfaire. They are currently experimenting with applying the concept of releasing products in ‘beta’ to manufacturing. For Teague, John Mabry designed a pair of headphones entitled 13:30, for print on a professional grade FDM 3D printer using commonly available electronic components. (more…)

Wiki Weapon: the 3D printed gun project

What are the implications of an open source, fully 3D printable handgun?

Cody Wilson and a group of friends, working under the name Defense Distributed, want to make an open source, fully 3D printable handgun.

Their goal is that the gun use only parts printed on a RepRap-like printer except for the .22 caliber bullet. While such project have been discussed before, they appear to have put together a thorough working plan, starting with a prototype that uses an electronic solenoid.

A project of this kind is bound to be controversial, for obvious reasons. A CAD file of a gun would be nearly impossible to control or regulate. In fact, this appears to be exactly what the people behind Defense Distributed intend. Both their video above and their manifesto are strongly political, leaning towards a broad interpretation of the “right to bear arms shall not be infringed.”

They began with an Indiegogo campaign asking for $20,000 to begin the project. Indiegogo removed their campaign, presumably because it was a weapon. Defense Distributed then ran a campaign through their own site and suceeded in raising $20,000 as of 9/19. As of right now, they are continuing to accept donations to cover day-to-day expenses.

Via 3D Printing Event blog

Wood composite 3D printing filament in action

Great-looking grain

Gary Hodgson's wood composite print of mini heart gears

The wood composite 3D printer filament that Taylor wrote about this week has been making its way into the hands of folks who ordered it before the initial supplies ran out.

One early buyer, Gary Hodgson, has been hard at work, printing a few different models and experimenting with photographs of the material under different lighting conditions. The most interesting one so far is a keychain variant of the popular heart gears project, pictured above with a camera flash.

Contrast that with these fluorescent and daylight photos: (more…)

A new hi-res desktop 3D printer announced today.

Formlabs announced today the release of the Form 1, their “prosumer” desktop printer that uses stereolithograpy to produce highly detailed models.

“The Form 1 marries high-end stereolithography (SL) technology and a seamless user experience at a price affordable to the professional designer, engineer and maker.”

A common complaint of current desktop printers like Makerbot, Ultimaker, and RepRap that use FDM extrusion technology, is that the print quality is too low. The Form 1 tackles this head on and the high quality results speak for themselves. Another printer in the “at home” printing market is great news for consumers too. The Form 1 promises to be “An end-to-end package. Printer, software, and post-processing kit that just works. Right out of the box.”

The price is affordable though the regular retail price has not been announced. At $2499 it is comparable to the price of the Replicator 2.

They have a kickstarter campaign to manage pre-sales and generate funds to ramp up production. The machines are selling fast! They have reached their goal of 100K in 2.5 hours.

Formlabs is a Boston-based start-up founded by a trio of MIT grads with impressive backers like Eric Schmidt and Mitch Kapor. They’ve also enlisted Dragon Innovation, a manufacturing consultancy, to assist with the production of the printers and hopefully avoid the kinds of hurdles we’ve seen other successful kickstarter campaigns face.

Nice work guys. I’m excited to see the results!

More on Formlabs and Wired

Wood-based 3D printing filament that can print wood grain

If it looks like wood, smells like wood, and works like wood, is it wood?

LAYWOO-D3 is a wood-based 3D printing filament by inventor Kai Parthy intended for the RepRap and (possibly) similar machines. It is 40% recycled wood with binding polymers for the remainder.

3D printing with wood is remarkable enough, but this filament has the ability to mimic wood grain by varying the temperature of the print head. A temperature of 180 degrees Celcius produces a light color and 245 degrees Celcius produces a darker color. After printing, the “wood” can be cut, ground, and painted.

LAYWOO-D3 is currently available for sale via eBay and German RepRap GmbH in a 3mm thickness in small, trial amounts.

Eventorbot new open source 3D printer

Kickstarter’s latest and very promising RepRap derivativeEventorbot

The latest and professional in appearance RepRap based 3D printer was developed by Duy Dang to have a rigid construction yet retain the low cost and ease of assembly aspects that RepRap owners and builders enjoy. (more…)

Replicator 2: a new direction for MakerBot?

The much-lauded maker of 3D printers for amateurs goes pro.

As we mentioned in our recent coverage, MakerBot has just released a brand new 3D printer, the Replicator 2. It boasts a range of new features and upgrades that I won’t repeat here. It also boasts a new $2199 price tag. I doubt anyone will complain about improved print quality and larger build volumes, and, frankly, the new printer looks gorgeous. That being said, this blogger sees the Replicator 2 as a new direction for MakerBot. They have clearly and specifically labeled it “professional-grade,” a first for MakerBot. This is not necessarily a bad direction, but it is a marked change from how they began.

Type A Machines introduces big new 3D printer

Meet the new kid on the block. Hope you’re not intimidated by size…

Thinking big is kind of healthy, in the world of DIY creativity. And with this new offering from SF based Type A Machines, 3D printing just received a hefty size boost.

Keeping things on track for the budget conscious consumer, the Series 1 3D printer can be purchased for $1200 and will arrive fully assembled. That’s pretty good value for a device that is capable of speedy printing at high resolutions (0.3mm at high speed) and detail printing down to 50 microns. It’s also said to be super quiet, and the RepRap Arduino MEGA Pololu Shield (RAMPS) based system will happily respond to all your favourite software combinations to crunch your model data.

If you’re still not impressed, stop for a moment and think over what you can make with a 9 x 9 x 9 inch build volume. That’s 230 x 230 x 230mm! A whole 12.1 litres of 3D printed joy.

Perhaps it’s time to get a bigger desk…

Type A Machines via Hack a Day

3D printed exoskeletal support

Exo-Skeletons no longer mere sci-fiMagicArms 3D printed exoskeleton

In the realm of science fiction (Aliens, Halo, Iron Man, etc) exo-skeletal suits have long enabled humans to exert super human force and endure arduous conditions. But for Emma Lavelle, a young girl that was born with a condition called arthrogryposis – wearing a 3D printed external support structure is a reality to enable her to carry out everyday tasks that able bodied people would perhaps take for granted. (more…)