May 22, 2017

Aleph Objects and IC3D Develop First Open Source Filament

Aleph Objects, makers of the LulzBot brand of desktop 3D printers and parts announced a partnership with IC3D to develop the first open source filament. The main goal is to democratize manufacturing.
The filament is Open Source Hardware Association (OSHW) certified.



Video of the talk at the 2017 Midwest RepRap festival:



GitHub repository with filament specifications and other materials:

https://github.com/IC3DPrinters/filament-extrusion/tree/master/Open%20Source%20Filament


Lulzbot is also selling the filament at 35USD per 1kg spool:

https://www.lulzbot.com/store/filament/IC3D-ABS

Source news release:

https://www.lulzbot.com/filament-freedom

Cytosurge FluidFM µ3Dprinter is world’s first sub-micron metal 3D printer

Cytosurge AG, based in Zurich Switzerland, presents their revolutionary FluidFM µ3Dprinter which is world’s first 3D sub-micron direct metal printing machine.
This 3D printer could be used as an advanced tool for development of many new scientific and engineering applications from biology to nanorobotics.
It is one of the first steps towards practical manufacturing of parts for nanobots floating in your body to repair the damaged cells.







From the video description:
At the forefront of nanotechnology, additive manufacturing, life sciences and single cell biology, Cytosurge FluidFM µ3Dprinter is the world’s first 3D printer capable of delivering sub-micron resolution in direct metal printing, while offering scalability and good prospects in both production cost and speed.
The FluidFM technology opens a new world for metal object manufacturing and enables research opportunities in fields such as microelectronics, semiconductors, surface modification, microbots, sensors, material science and many other fields. Virtually any design can be offered to the system, including overhanging structures with 90 degree angles, without support structures or post processing steps.
High-precision surface modification processes can also be executed by printing ultra-thin or structured objects and by depositing multiple metals at the target surface. With the FluidFM µ3Dprinter various metals like Cu, Ag, Au, Pt can be printed.
The printing of other metals (Sn, Cd, Cr, Ni etc.) and various alloys are under investigation.


Company homepage:

https://www.cytosurge.com/page/micro3dprinting



May 21, 2017

TriDInnov 3D Prints Electronic Components on Plastic Surfaces

Looks like TriDInnov from France has a working technology that prints conductive electronics on plastic surfaces. 






Technology description:
Startup company TriDInnov provides additive metallization for plastic and composite materials electronic packaging, is linked through a closed partnership with equipment manufacturer Kelenn Technology, launching the new Kelenn Technology DMD 100, an off-contact digital dispenser which deposits the TDI thick film formulation EOPROM (primer formulation for metallization process) showcasing their prototype circuits which have been manufactured with the DMD 100, depositing their EOPROM thick film formulation on molded device.
TriDInnov's technology brings to the electronic packaging market a new manufacturing process which repositions the MID towards new business areas such as to add value to composite materials especially in the automotive area. They are to invest in a technology platform in order to manufacture MID prototypes circuits for their customers in order to push their technology acceptance in the marketplace.

http://tridinnov.com/


BlackBelt 3D printer works with conveyor belt print surface

BlackBelt is a new 3D printer that uses a carbon fiber conveyor belt as build surface. As it prints at an angle it can produce really long objects.  It can make many different objects in series or one big object.
Due to geometry and angle, some objects will need a "starter" object or support to hang on to.
It is also possible to print support-free overhangs!




































BlackBelt specifications:

  • Industrial linear guides
  • Build volume of 13″ x 13″ x infinity
  • Adjustable print angles: 45° is the default, but some parts come out better at the lower angles of 15°, 25°, and 34°
  • 1.75 mm filament diameter
  • €9,500 for desktop version, €12,500 for large system with standing supports

This machine looks very interesting, but what gets me suspicious is a lack of video material. There are only a few short videos and no reviews, tests or extensive presentations.



Detailed Guide On How To Build Ultimaker 2 Extended Clone

You really want to have an Ultimker 2+ Extended but don't have the money? You support open source and hold a grudge against Ultimaker for going closed source? Well, here is a perfect project for you.
Betrue3d site has a detailed guide on how to make an open source version with all the details you will need.
Great work betrue3d!



Here is the link to the first post in the series:

https://betrue3d.dk/en/lets-build-an-ultimaker-2-extended-clone-part-1/

May 20, 2017

3D Printable DIY Rotary Tool aka. Dremel Clone

Makernaut developed and published this great 3d printable rotary tool or Dremel. It looks easy to make even with entry level electronics skills and has three 3d printed enclosure parts.

It is powered by 12V DC motor (listed as 6000 rpm, RS-550S motor, diameter~37mm), it has PWM DC motor controller (3A) and mini chuck / collet set for 3.17mm shaft to hold the tool bits.


Here is the build guide video with a short demonstration:




Full Instructables with STLs and parts list can be found at:

https://www.instructables.com/id/3d-Printed-DIY-Dremel-style-Rotary-Tool/

You can also go and see Makernaut's youtube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAFh1MH4rPop-ca2jyPhcpQ



New 3D Printed Airplane Seats Could Make Huge Savings

Autodesk researcher Andreas Bastian used advanced generative design to make a new type of lightweight airplane seat that could make huge savings on fuel and money if applied in future aircraft.
Due to complex geometry, the seat was made on Cronus 3D printer with 5 printheads and then cast in metal.

Project description:
The structure was 56% lighter than the conventional aluminum seats. With 30% calculated to be purely down to the generative design.
Autodesk believes these weight savings could rapidly reduce fuel emissions and thus drastically save costs. Calculating the projected cost savings, the team evaluated the weight savings into fuel savings.
By doing so, the project cites an estimate of $200 million USD in possible reductions over the lifetime of a fleet of 100 aircraft. Additionally, the team calculates fuel emission savings that could compare to removing 80,000 cars off the road for a year.




























Source:

https://3dprintingindustry.com/news/autodesk-believes-3d-printed-airplane-seat-save-airlines-millions-dollars-113082/

DIY Mobile Laser Cutter in 3D Printed Frame by Josh Hughes

Josh Hughes is developing a DIY handheld mobile laser cutter and engraver in 3d printable housing. In theory with this device, you would not be limited by a surface and it could work on a battery power.


Here is a design study:





Here is a model of 3d printable enclosure body, the design is now more refined with more ergonomic side handles:



Here is a prototype working with, what seems like, salvaged laser diode and optical drives:




You can follow the process on developers YT channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTzJuMQVJcEWoAwnt5dS5wQ


Laser engravings made as a test 


May 17, 2017

Three Hyper Cool 3D Printed Chairs

Here are three 3d printed chairs that look very futuristic and HYPER cool. They will probabyl find their place in some modern art gallery or in a tech billionaires mansion.


Voxel chair v1.0 by the Bartlett's Design Computation Lab




Source and more info:

https://www.dezeen.com/2017/05/17/robot-made-voxel-chair-new-software-bartlett-researchers-design-furniture-technology-chairs-robots/


Lilian van Daal's  Biomimicry chair



Source and more info:

http://www.dezeen.com/2015/01/30/movie-lilian-van-daal-3d-printed-biomimicry-chair/


Jungsub Shim's Connect chair made by hand with 3d printing pen




Source and more info:

https://www.dezeen.com/2017/02/12/connect-jungsub-shi-design-furniture-chairs-3d-printing/


Well, they look cool, but are they comfortable? I doubt it. I'm actually pretty certain that they are almost unusable. I like my cheap Chinese faux-leather lazy-boy copy, chewed out by my dogs, where I can chillax with beer and chips in front of the TV.