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Browsing articles in "3D Printing"

3D Printing Goes Mainstream: Staples to Offer 3D Printing Service

Nov 29, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  1 Comment

If there was ever a doubt that 3D printing would become a mainstream megatrend, this story should remove that doubt:
Staples has announced it will be offering a 3D printing service via its Office Supply stores.  The announcement was made today at Euromold 2012.  While this isn’t the first 3D printing service, it is the…

Form 1: Another New High Resolution 3D Printer Takes Off on Kickstarter

Sep 26, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Cool  //  5 Comments
Form 1 3D Printer

I just spied another High Resolution 3D printer over on Kickstarter:  The Formlabs Form 1.  With 29 days still to go, they’ve raised $366,000 against a goal of $100,000 showing there is a lot of interest in a high quality 3D printer.  This particular printer uses a technology called Stereolithography.   In both types of printer,…

Check Out Our New High Resolution DLP 3D Printer Page

Sep 11, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, DIY CNC, Products  //  No Comments

I’m very interested in High Resolution 3D Printers based on DLP (Digital Light Projectors), so I created a page for them.  These printers are different than the normal fused-filament 3D printers.  They’re capable of printing faster and of creating much higher resolution output.  “How much higher resolution?” you ask.  Check it out:

Now that’s High…

High Resolution 3D Printer

Feb 11, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments

This is an amazing project and video I saw recently on Hoss’s 3D Printer thread over on CNCZone:

3D printing an alien skull in high resolution…
There’s not a lot of information available about how this printer works, but there is a blog with some interesting pictures:

Whistle done in typical RepRap melted filament style……

Kinetic Gear Sculptures for the Desk

Oct 22, 2011   //   by   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  1 Comment

When people hear I have a machine shop, invariably they want to know what I make. And my answer tends to be “tools”. The discussion rapidly goes circular, since the curious onlooker wants to know what all the tools are going to be used to make. Making “tools” for their own sake seems not to…

Have Your Tried Additive Machining? The Ideal Harmonic Transformer

Oct 2, 2011   //   by   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, Techniques  //  2 Comments

I’ve been fascinated for a long time with articles about the world of Additive Machining. In this approach, materials are added to make a part as opposed to conventional machining which removes material by turning it into chips. Recently, I found this beautiful project to build an “Ideal Harmonic Transformer”, which is essentially a mechanical…

Alibre Acquired by 3D Systems: Is the Maker Movement Going Mainstream and Big Bucks?

Jul 19, 2011   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, Business, Cool  //  No Comments

This is a fascinating development (hat tip to Dezignworks blog for putting me on to it). 3D Systems is a 3D printing company (think everything from personal Reprap-style extruders on up to commercial industrial strength solutions) that went public relatively recently. They’re showing nearly $180 million a year in revenue and a market cap of…

Have You Seen the Maker Movement, MakerBots, and RepRap?

Sep 24, 2010   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  No Comments

I’ve know about the Maker people for a long time, but only recently subscribed to the MAKE Magazine blog, and it’s been a lot of fun. There’s a lot of homebrew CNC, but a lot of other projects too. Sort of a “nerds gone wild” sort of motif. Many of the projects are fascinating, but…



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