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April 02, 2015

New reprap images on Photobucket

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Mendelmax 2.0 tweaking and adjusting

by turnymom at April 02, 2015 02:48 AM

April 01, 2015

Thingiverse - Newest Things

Co-Processed Servo Motor Test


I co-processed a servo motor into my print job so that the printer would lay filament down over it. I then used an Arduino to drive the servo motor, so it could break the build adhesion forces and move itself off the build plate. This is a test piece for a larger project I am designing.

Please check out my blog here if you want to know more or are unfamiliar with co-processing: printeraction.wordpress.com/

by printeraction at April 01, 2015 11:56 PM

Love Robot


Love Robot accepts you just as you are, and wouldn't change a thing about you, since if you did change he would need to be reprogrammed to accommodate it.

I designed this based on a drawing I did for the save-the-date cards for my wedding.

by D10d3 at April 01, 2015 11:52 PM

Thingiverse - Newest Derivatives

Clamping Y-Axis belt holder


Remixed from julieng7's X-Carriage, this Y-clamp reduces the space taken by zip-tied timig belts, this maximising the travel in the Y-Axis. Useful for when you have long Y-idlers (like me).

by yoursstreuli at April 01, 2015 09:05 PM

Birthday Cake Remix


This is a remix of robrobinson1978s birthday cake model. We used Netfabb to remove the extra shells and overlapping triangles before using Tinkercad to boolean everything together into a solid. Ready to print!

by elpllibrary at April 01, 2015 08:22 PM

March 31, 2015

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3d printed woman

Ke7dbx posted a photo:

3d printed woman

I printed this on my new printer. You can download this from the author here:http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:142032

by Ke7dbx at March 31, 2015 11:02 PM

Reprap development and further adventures in DIY 3D printing

Development update & meeting people at Madrid+Berlin 3D Printshows

It's been longer than I wanted for an update, I will try to get more frequently posting.

Roger Eueda - BCN3D Technologies at the Madrid 3D Printshow
2015 has been a busy start to the 3D Printing year. More shows, machines and materials releases dominate almost every single week of the calendar.

I recently visited the Madrid and Berlin 3D Printshows. These shows are now attracting a lot of different exhibitors and also a very wide variety of user interested in learning more about 3D printing and it's uses.

The questions from people or all ages and backgrounds are fascinating, we are definitely moving forwards with understanding of 3D print technology and it's current capabilities. The biggest observation I can make is that the low-end desktop market is being left behind and the gap between professional machines and services is getting ever wider.

When you look at the ever increasing applications of 3D printing that are being exploited many are beyond the capabilities of desktop machines. 3D Selfi's and mini-me prints are being produced in full colour sandstone or with Mcor based Iris paper printers. People expect this, not a single colour plastic model with low detail.

Mass customisation is quickly being taken seriously by big businesses, and the use of 3D printing is a channel to unique gifts and value added services beyond the mass market one-size fits all.

I do think we are reaching a saturation point with desktop 3D printers. And while new technologies like Carbon3D offer slightly different directions and speed enhancements, the lack of full colour and materials other than thermoplastic's is going to continue to hold us back.

Extremely low cost machines keep on appearing, and disappearing... time will tell if these constant attempts to 'break the mass market' do more harm than good. I'm not so sure, the eco-system is still not quite ready I fear.

Development Update - 

(Sorry for the total lack of images below - I'm just trying to get this long overdue update published before April 1st so you don't think it's a Joke!) - It's not!

My own 3D printing developments over the last 3 months have been interesting, I have plenty to share with you. I'll post more about these projects as soon as I can - 

Paste Extruder V4 - Large capacity and both heated and cold paste material printing. Exciting stuff.

The resurrection of a filament manufacturing machine (filament extruder) - An unhappy (almost dead) and under-powered Extruderbot was very kindly donated by the Fantastic 3D Filaprint team, it was fun to re-engineer and re-build and allows me now to experiment with composite materials, blends and some more unusual ideas.

An exploration in Resin 3D printing - I have made a number of experiments and designs for a RepRap Resin printer called 3DRip - lots more on this, it's still in development so I plan to post all the success and failures too of getting it running. Lots of new directions to take this too, faster and higher quality printing.

Experiments with Wax printing - Just started this one. I'm looking for anyone that's interested in wax as a 3D printing material. It's amazing stuff and I think we can do a lot more with it - let me know if you want to collaborate.

Lots of materials - New materials continue to pour onto the market. I'm testing as many as I can.

Part 2 of 3D Printing bed materials - I have some new materials to try out and I finally bought a sheet of BuildTak material at the Berlin show. I have heard good things to looking forward to testing it out.

I also finally met with other members of the 3D printing community who I have wanted to meet for such a long time. (Lots more people I didn't get a picture with, I will be more organised next time).


Florian Horsch (HypeCask) and Kay Parthy (of Lay filaments ) 
Nils Hitze (All3DP) and  Sabastian Karpp (Yeggi 3D)

Richard Curtis - Adobe - Presenting the 3D Printing capabilities of Photoshop CC - It's mighty impressive too.

Finally met with the BQ Team in Madrid - Juan Gonzalez and Alberto Valero
The shows were very good, and definitely the best way to meet people and discuss ideas.

I will post more about the shows, machines and people I met, but for now this gives you a taste of what's to come this year. Hopefully I'll meet more of the community and get to discuss 3D printing development over a beer or two. 

I'm also planning to be back in Barcelona real soon to meet many more of you :) - More on that shortly.

Berlin - And all ready to go Rachel Park, Kerry Hogarth & me - Photo by Claire Russell-Jones
It's not all just fun :) Lots of background work goes into making these events packed with high quality installations, talks and products on show.

Thomas Sanladerer caught up with me at the Berlin 3D Printshow for a discussion on current technology and what's new. That question actually totally stumped me, and I was surprised how hard it was to point out actual new innovation or development going on in the desktop market.

So much that it made me really ponder where we would be in the next 5 years. More on that in a future post.




Here is Tom's video - and before you ask - I was thinking 'Ultimaker' & 'Printrbot' and it came out as Makerbot ! I'm sorry... Catch Tom's Youtube channel here for lots more 3DPrinting videos.

Meanwhile in the USA - 

The Midwest RepRap Festival (MRRF 2015) was going on over in the US (Goshen, IN) organised by SeeMeCNC, and sponsored by many great other companies and communities. I'm really disappointed to have missed out on going over, but the timing and time off work just was not on my side this year.

This video from E3D is a great intro to the amazing and complex task of making a production extruder hot-end (that actually work well). The guys at E3D are world leaders in this area and actually do research, testing and devote both their awake time and dreams to making the worlds best hot-ends.

John Olafson has shared a lot more of the great video's over on his Youtube channel here

Disruptive Magazine - 

I'm also writing articles for the newly launched Disruptive magazine, you can download and read the very first issue here. - Let me me know what you think, good and bad. The main aim is to cut out the hype and talk about both 3D printing and it's uses in a calm and sensible way.

So you won't find any "Worlds first/smallest/fastest 3D Printed (insert anything)" headlines in the magazine or on the disruptive website - we all have enough of that already. 

And a quick shout out to one rather fantastic new 3D printing company was at the Berlin 3D Printshow. Showing what can only be described as a 1960's 'Hotrod Fridge' with a 3D Printer inside.


This was Aye Aye labs - From Poland. A new startup with design flair and inspiration from classic Hotrods and American diners of the 50's and 60's.

I'm sure Aye Aye labs are going to find their market and do very well in the coming months.

I'll be at the London 3D Printshow if you want to say hello or discuss 3D Printing, look out for the Disruptive Knowledge bar and Makerspaces.

Another update soon.

Rich.


by Richard Horne (noreply@blogger.com) at March 31, 2015 09:25 PM

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Technical Alchemy

Spring Cleaning

I've never liked blogging, probably because I wanted a more free form state, and my mind bounces around a lot. So, I will be doing a bit more. I've recently wandered across some radar stuff, so I expect to do some wiki and blogging about this.

  http://technicalchemy.wikidot.com/

 So, this.... MIT Radar construction PDF

 Lead to those who were making integrated units (still too much for my costs right now). Then we wandered over to look at radar modules, such as this:

  A sample HB100 module (there's hundreds of suppliers) However, they're all single IF output doppler modules. However, the good people of the Ham radio group brings us this information:
 
  Using an HB100 as a radio transciever

 So, we get 3KHz per mV on the input for tuning. Across 1V that's 3MHz of bandwidth. Compared to the 2.4GHz bandwidth of 80MHz, based on the FMCW bandwidth numbers and the 20ms rate, I'd need to run a rate of 1.3 KHZ, 0.75ms to match. so, I'm thinking of making an interface shield/boosterpack/whatever to tie this to a microcontroller board. I need to look into the math more and see what my bit depth and sampling rate need to be, or if I can revert to a computer audio input. At least it won't break the bank.

 Back to work.  I need to update my profile.  Switched jobs three years ago.  Different industry, same projects.

by SOI Sentinel (noreply@blogger.com) at March 31, 2015 12:58 AM