Carbon extends software to add enhanced simulation and increase efficiency

Carbon, the 3D
manufacturing company behind
Digital Light
Synthesis™ (DLS), has announced a suite of new software tools
to advance 3D printing.

Users of Carbon’s resin-based 3D printer range will now
be able to benefit from software that allows first-time
printing, optimization of support material and minimizes the
requirement for post-processing.

The update is supported by a cloud-based finite element
analysis (FEA) that allows simulation of 3D prints.

The trifecta of 3D printing

Roy Goldman, Director of Software at Carbon gave further
details, “Carbon is often recognized for its innovations in
hardware and materials science, but our software is what
enables all of these pieces to work together

“Carbon’s software creates a digital canvas on which
every cubic millimeter of a part can be designed, controlled,
and optimized before it’s printed. We’ve built this software
from the ground up, providing our customers with a
comprehensive view of the design process that helps ensure a
part performs as desired, and enables fast printing and easy
post-processing. These new FEA-backed automated support tools
are the first of their kind and take our software to a whole
new level.”

With the auto-support function, Carbon joins Materialise,
and other enterprises in the 3D printing industry, who

this feature for resin based machines
While increasingly attention has turned to the time spent on
post-production, fewer conversations are had around the work
necessary to prepare a 3D file for printing – or

During this years formnext keynote presentation, Terry Wohlers
cited work done by Premium AEROTEC that
pre and post processing can account for 70% of the costs when
working with metal additive manufactured parts
. While both
material costs and 3D printing speeds for resins are generally
faster, tools to further reduce both are welcome and necessary
3D printing is to move closer to production applications

Auto support from Carbon will analyze parts and
facilitate first time prints, users will also be prompted when
areas with additional support material are required. To ensure
that finished parts are not compromised or marred by marks left
from support removal, Carbon has introduced a fence support
option. This is designed to reduce both the amount of support
material used and also 3D print parts with fewer support

Changing the game

Speaking about the update Carbon CEO and co-founder, Dr.
Joseph DeSimone said, “Carbon’s core technology is enabling new
business models that inherently need new software.”

“Printing parts on demand, re-purposing a fleet of
machines to print a range of parts daily or even hourly, local
production for local markets – these are all challenges big
manufacturing and ERP companies have talked about for years,
but progress has largely been stagnant because the underlying
technology hasn’t existed. Carbon is changing the game by
solving each of these problems head on, moving beyond
prototyping to real-world production at scale.”

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Enter this Tinkercad competition to win a Sindoh 3DWox 3D printer and more

A 3D printing and design competition has a $1500 printer
and enough flament to keep you printing into the new year. A
Santa’s sack of 3D printing related prizes are also up for

Sindoh have partnered with Autodesk
and file-sharing platform
MyMiniFactory for this

Christmas themed design competition.

The winner will receive a Sindoh 3DWox DP2000
and $500 of 3D printing filament. The full requirements
are available on the MyMiniFactory site, but the basic
requirement states “we are looking to bring Santa into the 21st

Quite what this might look like is left to the reader’s

A user friendly desktop
3D printer

This Tinkercad Christmas competition is the third pairing
between Autodesk and MyMiniFactory and follows an
API integration between the two enterprises announced in April
this year
. This feature 
allows Tinkercad
users to share their designs to MyMiniFactory, making it easier
for designers to show their work to millions of users each

Korean based Sindoh
recently released the 3DWox
. The FFF 3D printer is intended to be a
user friendly desktop machine and is built by a company with
over 50 years manufacturing experience in the 2D world.

The 3DWox DP2000 includes features such as Wi-Fi, a built
in camera for print monitoring, assisted bed levelling, a
cartridge based filament management system and a built-in 5″
touch screen.

Other prizes up for grabs include a Creality CR – 10 3D
, a Startt 3D printer
and Tinkercad swag bags.

The Sindoh 3DWox DP2000
3D Printer.

Share to win

To enter the competition
follow this link
to the competition page, read
the brief, and follow the instructions. The rules say you must
design your creation within Tinkercad and share to
MyMiniFactory via the “share to MyMiniFactory” button.

Designers are also asked to share uploaded designs to
Twitter using hashtag #TinkerChristmas and tag

Submissions close 15th December, so if you’re looking for
a festive project to work on

click here now

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The Future of 3D Printing in Aerospace with Greg Reynolds, Vice President of Additive Manufacturing at Stratasys Direct

future of 3D printing
of 3D
printing series continues with an in depth look at the use of
additive manufacturing in Aerospace.

Greg Reynolds is the vice president of additive
manufacturing at
Stratasys Direct
, one of the world’s
largest providers of 3D printing and advanced manufacturing
services. Greg has over 25 years of experience in manufacturing
with the last 13 years in additive, specializing in aerospace

The Future of 3D Printing in Aerospace by Greg Reynolds

When I look back at the last five years in 3D printing,
the perceptions of the technology in manufacturing have quickly
evolved from hype to skepticism, and now, to credibility.
Advancements in the technology coupled with company leaders’
understanding of the business value has led to increased
adoption of additive manufacturing as a viable production
solution. Undoubtedly, the aerospace industry has been leading
the charge in the use of additive manufacturing for production
parts since the technology’s inception. Aerospace leaders, such
as GE, Boeing and

, figured out early on how to use
3D printing to boost efficiency, save money and enable
on-demand production. But there is still work to be

According to a recent survey from
ABI Research
, the US aerospace and
defense industries will make up a large portion of AM growth
over the next ten years, producing additive manufactured parts
and products with a value of USD $17.8 billion in 2026. In the
next five years, I predict we’ll see the aerospace industry
focused on three key areas to propel additive manufacturing
into more functional, end-use aircraft and spacecraft

Additive manufacturing takes flight with 3D printed bracketing for the Airbus A350, manufactured by Stratasys Direct Manufacturing with FDM Technology and ULTEM™ 9085 resin.Additive manufacturing
takes flight with 3D printed bracketing for the Airbus A350,
manufactured by Stratasys Direct Manufacturing with FDM
Technology and ULTEM™ 9085 resin.

Regulations and quality control

Being one of the most highly regulated industries with
stringent mechanical requirements, I expect we’ll see more
government agencies in aerospace putting quality controls and
standards in place to regulate additive manufacturing

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has had
challenges regulating additive manufactured parts because there
is such a wide variety of materials and processes that
continues to grow. As a result, the FAA has submitted a draft
of an

Additive Manufacturing Strategic Roadmap

that outlines steps and policies for manufacturing,
maintenance and certifications over the next seven to eight
years. We’ll also continue to see more 3D printing companies
partnering with government agencies, research institutions and
standardization organizations to improve the traceability and
qualification process of additive manufactured parts, such as

Stratasys aircraft interior parts qualification
. More formal standards will ensure
repeatability and 3D printed parts getting certified for flight

Additive metals

Another area the FAA is focused on is metal 3D printed
parts. This year the FAA gave Boeing approval to use its first
structural 3D printed titanium components in 787 Dreamliners

save over USD $2 million in manufacturing
. We’ll continue to see more 3D printed
metal parts in aircrafts over the next five years, including
additional materials formulated specifically for aerospace
applications. For example, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing
recently worked with a major aerospace company to develop

chromium zirconium copper (CuCr1Zr) alloy

for internal cooling channels within rocket nozzles.
Copper will open new doors for engineers creating novel
geometries for thermal management systems.

I also expect material manufacturers and engineers will
conduct more extensive 3D printing material tests to better
understand 3D printing material degradation and to mitigate
traceability challenges in aerospace applications. Process and
manufacturing engineers at Stratasys Direct Manufacturing

tested industry-standard metal powders

and developed controls, processes and inspection
techniques to ensure the reliability and repeatability of
additive metal parts. Process improvements and new materials
development will continue to be integral to additive
manufacturing’s advancement in aerospace.

Chromium zirconium copper (CuCr1Zr) alloy heat exchanger 3D printed with Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS).Chromium zirconium copper
(CuCr1Zr) alloy heat exchanger 3D printed with Direct Metal Laser
Sintering (DMLS).

3D printing thermal control systems

Thermal management applications in aerospace, such as
satellite heat pipes and cooling channels in rocket nozzles, is
another area we’ll see 3D printing infiltrate over the next
five years. Metal 3D printing has the potential to transform

thermal control systems
are designed and
manufactured because of the ability to build complex designs
and consolidate multiple components into one part. Additive
manufacturing can enable the implementation of nonlinear,
tapered and optimized geometries in extended structures like
fins, vanes blades, capillary wicking structures, heat pipes
and conformal internal passages that cannot be made with
traditional manufacturing processes.

Heat exchanger 3D printed with Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS).Heat exchanger 3D printed
with Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS).

If the last five years of change and evolution are any
indication of the next five years, there’s no doubt aerospace
will continue to be a driving force behind industry-wide
adoption of additive manufacturing for production. I’m excited
to see the aerospace industry usher in yet another five years
in engineering innovation with 3D printing at the

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UL introduces additive manufacturing safety certification for powder handling

Safety consulting and certification firm UL has published
an Outline of Investigation for Additive Manufacturing
Facility Safety Management. The UL 3400 document will be used
to certify operations handling both polymer and metal powdered
feedstock – an action
often requested
by the developing 3D printing industry.

A history of risk assessment 

Incorporated in 1901, UL is a leader in risk assessment for
engineering and construction industries operating in 104
countries across the globe. Making the most of its expertise,
the firm has since launched a number of industrial training
programs to help optimise safe and efficient operation in
manufacturing environments.

Since 2016, the firm has collaborated on
a program for metal 3D printing training
with EOS, and the
University of Louisville in Kentucky is home to
UL’s Additive Manufacturing Competency Center

Released mid 2017,
UL’s report on the safety of desktop 3D printers
was a well
received publication, serving to eradicate concerns about
emissions from fused filament fabrication.

A two-year, 24 page report from UL and collaborators at Georgia Tech and Emory University, took a comprehensive study on the safety of desktop 3D printers. Photo via ULA two-year, 24 page
report from UL and collaborators at Georgia Tech and Emory
University, took a comprehensive study on the safety of desktop
3D printers. Photo via UL

Powdered material saftey

In industrial environments, dealing with high temperatures and
reactive metals, a great deal of care needs to be taken when
handling and post processing 3D printed components to ensure
the health of personnel. As a particulate substance, powdered
materials have the potential to cause harm when ingested in
large quantities, and need to be stored in specific conditions
to protect the work space.

Norman Lowe, UL AM Global Program Manager, explains, “As an
Outline of Investigation, UL 3400 helps enable the industry to
move faster and be nimble in addressing the need for facility
safety guidance.”

Any facility using
machines like EOS’ P 500
, the 3D Systems range, Concept
Laser’s M2 Cusing machine and more from companies like Arcam,
Renishaw and SLM Solutions, may find the UL 3400 document
useful when considering best practice.

Compliance with the outline results in the award of a UL
Additive Manufacturing Facility Certificate.

Powder handling in an EOS machine. Photo via ULPowder handling in an
EOS machine. Photo via UL

An adaptable standard

Equipment, training and the facility as a whole are also taken
into consideration when applying for UL certification. “The
better an AM facility staff understands the inherent risks and
hazards – and how to mitigate them to an acceptable level,”
adds Lowe, “the less likely an incident could happen.”

He continues, “UL 3400 and the certification have been
developed with the global market in mind. It’s also structured
in a modular manner so it can be easily adapted for regional
code and safety requirements.”

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$40 design software SelfCAD releases nine new 3D drawing tools

3D software company SelfCAD
has released a new range of 3D drawing tools. The update
includes nine advanced 3D design options, which can also be
used for 2D creations.

With its cloud and browser-based software
available for $40 a year, SelfCAD is hoping to attract
designers, developers and engineers of all abilities.

An easy switch between 3D modes

“Although our existing 3D drawing won great
appreciation from artists, especially our free hand and
real-time boolean drawings, we continued to receive requests
from the industrial designer community to add traditional 2D
drawing as well” said Aaron Breuer, Founder of SelfCAD.

These new design options include brush, text,
line, spline, circular, rectangular, ellipse and donut drawing

A revamped drawing tool facilitates switching
between different 3D modes. The option to “drag-n-drop” basic
shapes from the “shape generator” has been retained, while a
new “click-and-drag” feature makes 3D creations easier to

“Line drawing allows you to draw rectangular
shapes, every click creates an edge connected to the previous
one. Another added feature [enables]converting lines into
splines and [combines]lines and splines into one shape,” added
SelfCAD Product Manager, Natalia Ulianets.

The “Goboat,” designed by
Tergel M. in SelfCAD. Image via SelfCAD.

3D design to 3D printing

The SelfCAD 3D design software was launched by
founder Aaron Breuer in 2016. It aims to “simplify the user
interface” and to “remove scientific naming for otherwise
simple tools.” Amongst its features are a “Magic Fix” 3D
slicer, which makes objects ready for 3D printing and
exportable as STL files.

Earlier this month, the company announced that
it would be
offering free three-year licenses

to all teachers and pupils to celebrate SelfCAD’s launch in 100

The field of 3D design and editing software
has seen recent entrants in the form of
Google Poly
Microsoft Remix 3D

A complex 3D object
designed using SelfCAD. Image via SelfCAD.

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An interview with Andy Kalambi new President and CEO of Rize Inc.

Rize Inc., the developer of patented Augmented Polymer
Deposition (APD) technology, has appointed Andy Kalambi,
former CEO of the ENOVIA brand and global executive of

3DEXPERIENCE at Dassault Systèmes
as its new President
and CEO.

Ahead of the announcement, 3D Printing Industry spoke directly
with Kalambi to understand more about his vision for the
company, and how the the Rize One 3D printer will stand-up in
the increasingly crowded market.

Rising priorities

A contributing factor to Kalambi accepting the role as
President and CEO is that Rize has a product already on the
market. “The good news that I have when coming into this
company,” he says, “is that we have a product which is ready,
shipping and on the market.”

“We are not collecting preorders, we are not promising
customers something in the future, we have an existing
product that is ready to be scaled.

“One of my priorities is to ensure that this product gets
into the hands of users and customers who [can see]its usage
and its value.”

All too often it seems, 3D printer providers tease products far
from reaching commercial availability. One thing Kalambi
assures of Rize is that it isn’t offering customers anything it
can’t deliver.

Rize One at RAPID + TCT. Photo by Michael Petch.The Rize One 3D
printer at RAPID + TCT 2017. Photo by Michael Petch.

Addressing additive at scale

“Achieving Additive at Scale” is a key area of focus that
Kalambi believes is well addressed by Rize.

“Additive today is trying to scale-up to match up with the
traditional, subtractive manufacturing environment […] What I
believe Rize does is focus on two areas where scaling is very

The first area he mentions is sustainability, defined by
Kalambi as the technology’s ability to produce reliable and
repeatable products, and overcome the challenges, namely
post-processing and part strength, posed to existing 3D printed

Material sustainability 

Of course material cost and availability is also essential to a
sustainable product, “One of our strongest achievements
right now is the operating cost of the machine,” explains
Kalambi, “We have focused a lot on ensuring all these parts
[materials, labour, power] are kept in check.”

Rize is also committed to material sustainability through an
open materials platform, “The APD process is an inclusive
process,” he adds, “It’s inclusive in terms of being able to
bring materials from many areas. We’re just planning out our
roadmap in terms of all the kinds of materials you will to
bring into the printer.”

A color sample 3D printed on the Rize One. Photo by Beau Jackson for 3D Printing Industry.A “zero post
processing” color sample 3D printed on the Rize One. Photo by
Beau Jackson for 3D Printing Industry.

Position among the competition

The Rize One 3D printer has been
commercially available since June 2017
, just six months
after the initial launch of the system. Details of the first
batch of Rize customers are yet to be announced, though Kalambi
assures that this information will be made available in the
next few months.

Pressed about the Rize One’s stance among the competition, its
helpful to hear that Kalambi keeps a balanced approach.

“I don’t think we are trying to specifically compete with
other vendors because we have not created another FDM machine
or another multi jet machine,”

“To me it’s not really about competing with existing
players,” he concludes, “because it’s trying to solve the
problems that our customers have not been able to solve [with
other means].”

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Featured image shows Rize’s newly appointed President
and CEO Andy Kalambi. Photo via Rize.

Fraunhofer launches futureAM to reduce the cost and accelerate metal 3D printing

Contributing to a
notable trend
in the industry, five of Fraunhofer’s
institutes dedicated to manufacturing technology have joined
forces under a new project “to significantly accelerate” and
reduce the cost of metal 3D printing.

Titled Future Additive Manufacturing (futureAM), the
project will align the expertise of the
Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT)
, with
efforts at the IWS, IWU, IGD and IFAM Fraunhofer institutes.

From January 2018, optical specialist LZN Laser Zentrum Nord
will also be joining the initiative as the Fraunhofer
Institute for Additive Production Technology (IAPT).

Fraunhofer futureAM partners meet at ILT. Photo by Andreas Steindl/ Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen, GermanyFraunhofer futureAM
partners meet at ILT. Photo by Andreas Steindl/ Fraunhofer ILT,
Aachen, Germany

The four part process

Well known throughout the world for it’s engineering
excellence, Germany is home to many companies at the forefront
of 3D printing industry. Concept Laser, SLM Solutions, OR
Laser, and EOS,
visited by us earlier this year
, are just a handful of the
metal additive experts in the country.

Aiming to drive Germany’s competitive edge in this area, the
partners have identified four areas of development that will be
explored throughout the three year project:

  1. Industry 4.0 and Digital Process Chains
  2. Scalable and Robust AM Processes
  3. Materials
  4. System Technology and Automation

The four parts of futureAM. Image via FraunhoferThe four parts of
futureAM. Image via Fraunhofer

Advancing for series production

Professor Johannes Henrich Schleifenbaum is coordinator of
futureAM project and Director of Additive Manufacturing and
Functional Layers at Fraunhofer ILT. Further describing the
aims of the project, Professor Schleifenbaum comments, “It is
unknown to many that some companies already use additive
manufacturing for series production – for example, for the
production of dentures, implants or turbine components”

“Building on these first pioneering achievements, we are now
concerned with implementing and integrating a new generation
of metal AM along the entire process chain.”

Next generation metal additive 

Ushering in the described “new generation of metal AM”, the
consortium will work together to completely digitize each
element of production, working online via a closed loop
Virtual Lab. In this lab, each 3D printer, post processing
system and product will be
rendered as a digital twin
, giving real-time readings of
operation and helping researchers optimize processes.

To this, Professor Schleifenbaum adds, futureAM will also
look to develop “new materials, innovative design options and
an accelerated production process by a factor of 10”.

Solid examples

One example product that will be manufactured in the test
process is a steering knuckle, as used in car suspension
systems. Following each of the project’s four steps, the
knuckle will be redesigned for multi-material AM, optimized for

selective laser melting
, and set up so that support
structures are automatically removed using laser metal

According to the announcement, “As coordinator, Fraunhofer ILT
in Aachen ensures that scalable and robust AM processes are the

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Featured image shows Fraunhofer ILT’s Christian
Tenbrock presenting SLM laboratory equipment for large metal
components to participants of the futureAM kick-off meeting.
Photo by Andreas Steindl/ Fraunhofer ILT, Aachen,

TOP 10 Resin 3D Printers

In 1986, an American named Chuck Hull created the first 3D
printing technology. This technology today is known as SLA. The
process, which is based on photo polymerization, uses a laser
on a UV-sensitive resin and has since inspired new techniques
such as DLP, MovingLight (from Prodways) or more recently the

Atom 3 SLA and FDM hybrid printer

Once reserved only for manufacturers and laboratories,
SLA technology
has become increasingly accessible, both in
terms of price and handling. It is therefore why we have
selected the TOP 10 resin 3D printers on the market.

1. The Form 2

The Form 2 represents the latest generation of 3D resin
printers from the American brand Formlabs, a company recognized
as a pioneer in office stereolithography. This version
follows the Form 1 model, a model that
was made possible thanks to their Kickstarter
campaign in 2012. You can compare its specs in our
Comparator here

With a 145 x 145 x 175 mm manufacturing chamber, it holds
several interesting features such as Wi-Fi connectability, a
scanning system for the resin tray after each layer, a mobile
application for receiving notifications, and smart cartridges
for tracking the amount of consumption. The Form 2 is currently
available for $3,499 USD. For more information, check out their
site here.

resin 3d printers

The Form 2 from Formlabs retails at $3,499.

2. The Nobel by XYZprinting

Taiwanese manufacturer XYZprinting is now one of the world’s
leading vendors of personal 3D printers, with competition from
the likes of Ultimaker and MakerBot. Already present in the
low-cost FDM printing industry, they have now launched
themselves into the resin 3D printer market with the Nobel 1.0.

The 3D Nobel 1.0 printer offers a 128 x 128 x 200 mm print
volume, while also including an intelligent filling mechanism
for the resin tank. The STL files are loaded using a USB key,
or via a USB cable connected to a computer. The Nobel 1.0 is
available for a price of only $1,499 (£1,200). For more
information, visit their website here.

resin 3d printers

The Nobel 1.0 from XYZprinting costs $1,499.

3. The B9 Creator

The American brand B9 Creator offers its printer in two
versions: a plug & play or as a kit. This printer is based
on DLP technology and works with a video projector that flashes
and solidifies the liquid resin.

The B9 Creator offers technical features that are comparable to
other market models, with their minimum layer of
thickness at 5 microns, a 50 micron XY resolution, and a
volume (resolution-dependent) of 104 x 75 x 203 mm. This kit is
sold starting from $4,595 USD (about £3,670).You can compare
its specs in our Comparator
. For more information, visit their website here.

resin 3d printers

The B9 Creator retails at $4,595.

4. The Liquid Crystal

The Liquid Crystal is a 3D, low cost, resin printer that is
available for a small price of £699 (about $875 USD), it was
unveiled in October of 2015 by Photocentric.

Liquid Crystal is based on an innovative process that uses an
LCD screen in order to photopolymerize the liquid resin. This
saves time and reduces production costs. This printer also
offers a generous volume of 200 x 100 x 200 mm. You can compare
its specs in our
Comparator here
. For more information, visit their website

resin 3d printers

The Liquid Crystal by Photocentric: £699.

5. The Ember by Autodesk

The Ember is Autodesk’s first step into the 3D printing market
and was unveiled in 2014 at Maker Con in San Francisco by their
CEO, Carl Bass. Following the open source movement, Autodesk
has also taken the opportunity to fully open the plans of their

Sold for $5,995 (£4,780), the Ember 3D printer operates via a
DLP process to create objects at a speed of 15-mm/ hour (with a
resolution of 35 microns), and has a maximum volume of 64 x 40
x 134 mm. For more information, visit their website here.

resin 3d printers

The Ember from Autodesk: $5,995.

6. The Moonray

After a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter in
April of 2015, MoonRay is now in the marketing phase, selling
for $5,999 (£4,790). The printer, which was developed by
SprintRay, operates on a DLP process that uses a
custom-designed projector with a lifetime of 50,000 hours.

As for its performance, the MoonRay displays a minimum layer of
thickness of 20 microns for a horizontal resolution (XY) of 100
microns and has a manufacturing volume of 127 x 81 x 229 mm.
For more information, visit their site here.

resin 3d printers

The MoonRay from SprintRay retails at $5,999.

7. The GiziMate

Gizmo3D, a company based in Brisbane, Australia, developed 3
models of 3D DLP printers: the GiziPro, the GiziMax and the
GiziMate. Each one with different options and different
manufacturing volumes.

The GiziMate, by default, is equipped with a production chamber
of 130 x 200 x 113 mm. It includes a projector that is
downwards, in opposition to the main models on the market. When
creating your object, the piece is gradually immersed in the
resin pan and has the advantage of minimizing the creation of
supports, allowing you to print finer pieces. The GiziMate
prices start at $2,400 USD (about £1,920). For more
information, visit their site here.

resin 3d printers

The GiziMate from Gizmo3D: $2,400.

8. The Morpheus 3D

Like most 3D printers, the Morpheus 3D was realized, thanks to
a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. The company behind the
printer, OWL Works 3D, wanted to develop the Morpheus 3D into a
machine that could create pieces with large dimensions.

The Morpheus 3D offers a nice volume of 300 x 180 x 300 mm and
uses an LCD screen to solidify the resin, layer by layer (not
voxel by voxel). Another advantage is that this printer will
allow you to use many of the resins that are currently on the
market. The Morpheus 3D is available for preorder now, with
prices starting at $649 USD (about £520). Deliveries are
expected to begin shipping in June of this year. For more
information, visit their site here.

resin 3d printers

The Morpheus 3D from OWL Works 3D: starting from $649.

9. The CoLiDo DLP 1.0

Specializers in FDM technology, with nearly 7 models of 3D
printers, Colido has officially launched its first 3D DLP
printer at the CES 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Based in Hong Kong, The brand offers the CoLiDo DLP 1.0 with a
volume of 100 x 76 x 150 mm, is equipped with a resin tank that
is 4 times larger than its competitors, and has an automatic
resin filling system. Prices for this machine begin at $3,300
USD (about £2,630). You can compare its specs in our
Comparator here
. For more information, visit their site

resin 3d printers

The Colido DLP 1.0: $3,300 USD

10. The Projet 1200

Developed by the American giant 3D Systems, the Projet 1200 is
a Micro-SLA 3D printer that is specially designed for jewelers
and dental prosthetists who are looking for more precision.

With its compact dimensions, the Projet offers a limited
manufacturing volume of 43 x 27 x 150 mm, a minimum layer of
thickness of 30 microns, and a resolution of 585 DPI. Prices
for this printer begin at $4,900 USD (about £3,910). You can
compare its specs in our
Comparator here
. For more information, visit their site

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The ProJet 1200 resin 3D printer by 3D Systems for

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Should companies just accept their IP rights will be infringed upon?

In the first part of our IP article we covered the current IP
situation and what it means for consumers, designers, and
professionals. During the research process we interviewed
several professionals in the sector. These included Christopher
J. Higgins, a 3D printing expert & Senior Associate at
Orrick, as well as General Counsel at Shapeways, Michael
Weinberg. They mentioned the current IP situation with large
rights holders many times, so we searched deeper into the
current status quo.

Large Rights Holders

During our interview with Steve Solomon in the first interview,
we found that he had received several DMCA requests. These were
within these companies’ legal rights – he isn’t legally
authorised to create his fan-art. Some argue he should be
allowed to. He creates 3D fan-art models of Charlie Brown and
Barney Rubble among others. He isn’t harming anybody, and isn’t
selling his wares. This paints a picture of the big evil fish
going after the little minnows of the 3D printing pond.

And companies who do this are wrong, but not for the reason you

They are wrong because they seem to have forgotten the
developments of the last decade. This is not the first time the
internet has disrupted business models. In the music industry,
people became unwilling to pay for songs when they were so
easily available online for free. The music industry’s response
was an aggressive law-suiting of everyone, and became a PR
disaster. The same thing happened in the movie industry as the
internet led to rampant torrent sites. This has given companies
a decade to learn from their mistakes.

We can all agree that trying to “sue it out of
existence…usually doesn’t work and it alienates a lot of your
fans,” as Michael Weinberg told us in our interview. You just
seem like the big, bad bully. So what is the best response

intellectual property 3d printing

An example of Steve Solomon’s fan-art, from The Flintstones


Collaboration was a key theme of both our interviews. Unable to
withstand the bad press in our digital age, companies have
taken to collaborating with fans who wish to create models of
their characters. But does this mean that to survive, companies
must just accept that their rights will be infringed upon and
just smile through the pain?

Christopher J. Higgins didn’t think so, stating “I don’t think
it signals an acceptance that infringement should be allowed,
but rather shows that companies recognize the opportunity to
interact with more consumers in nontraditional ways. We’ve seen
a number of similar arrangements for toys, video games, and
movie characters. To the extent that these companies can get
their characters or toys in front of consumers, whether through
toys sold in a brick and mortar store or through toys printed
by a 3D printer in a home, that leads to greater exposure and
expanded product reach. I think we will continue to see these
types of collaborations between non-3D printing companies and
3D printing service providers.”

Michael Weinberg’s view was somewhat similar. He said brands
should “Find a way to productively engage with it. And that
usually ends up being a commercially valuable thing to do and
something that helps your community.” He views the opportunity
to collaborate with fans as a valuable thing, as these fans
really care about the brand. “I wouldn’t say it is an
acceptance that your rights will be infringed upon. I would say
it is an acceptance that if you are lucky enough to have really
engaged fans, you should think about a framework that you are
comfortable with, as a rights holder, that allows those fans to
engage in the way that they want.”


To conclude, brands will likely see their rights infringed
upon, but acceptance doesn’t mean giving up their rights. It
just means they see better commercial opportunities in allowing
fans to have fun with their characters. In the digital era
where building relationships with fans is so important, this
will become increasingly common.

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TOP 10 Best Low Cost 3D Scanners

Appearing at the end of the 1970s, laser triangulation
technology has paved the way for new technology that is capable
of 3D digitizing objects. Usually reserved for
industrialists, this tool has gradually evolved over
time, allowing us easily find affordable 3D scanners
to use for ourselves. From scanners by Makerbot
to new scanners that can
scan underwater
, find our TOP 10 best low cost 3D
scanners from the highest priced to lowest!

10 –Scanify from Fuel3D

This 3D scanner from Fuel3D was created by engineers
at the University of Oxford and was originally intended
for the medical sector. In order to fund their project, Fuel3D
took part in a crowd funding campaign that raised more
than $300,000.

The scanner itself has a dual laser and a pre-calibrated camera
that can capture a 3D image in a tenth of a second. The SCANIFY
3D scanner can scan details up to 0.25 mm, making it an ideal
tool for capturing a human face. The cost of this scanner
begins at $1,490 (about £1,190).

3d scanner

9 – Einscan- S from Shining 3D

The EinScan-S is the first 3D
from the Chinese company Shining 3D. Marketed as a
result of a Kickstarter campaign that raised more than
$120,000, it can be bought at prices beginning at $1,199 (about
£960). A decent price when considering the price to quality
ratio. With it’s 1.3 megapixels resolution, it is based on a
structured light technology and has two cameras and a rotating
place to scan objects 360°.

This scanner, which we tested here in our 3Dnatives lab, offers
two modes of scanning: automatic through means of a rotating
plate, allowing the scanning of an object in less than 3
minutes or manual, for scanning of wider elements up to 70 x 70
x 70 cm. You can compare it in our Comparator

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8 – Digitizer from MakerBot

The Digitizer is one of the first 3D consumer scanners to
emerge on the market. Designed by the MakerBot team, it is
based on a
laser triangulation process
, which includes a CMOS sensor
of 1.3 megapixels.

This fixed scanner is equipped with a rotating platform that
offers more precision in scanning in the order of 0.5 mm. The
MakerWare software that is used with this machine has also
undergone many improvements since its launch. The Digitizer 3D
scanner starts at just $799 (about £640). You can compare its
specs in our Comparator

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7 – David Starter Kit V2 from David

David Laserscanner is a German manufacturer who has created
several models of 3D scanners. The Starter Kit V2 is their
entry-level version, and is based on laser triangulation
technology. The scanner comes with the David-4 software that
merges the different faces of the object once it is scanned.

The kit offers accuracy up to 0.2 mm and requires manual
sweeping of the object with the scanner. Starting at $680
(£540), it makes it an interesting option on the market of
low-cost 3D scanners!

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6 – Matter and Form

This 3D scanner comes from the Canadian firm Matter and Form.
With two lasers, it allows for the scanning of objects of a
maximum height of 9.8 in (25cm) and a diameter of 7.0 in (18
cm). It features a high-definition CMOS sensor and is an
alternative to the MakerBot Digitizer, with the scanner having
the ability to capture details with an accuracy of 0.43 m.

The scanner is compatible with Windows 7+ as well as iOS 10.7+,
and starts at $519 (£415). You can compare its specs in our

3d scanner

5 – Cubify Sense from 3D Systems

The Sense by 3D Systems remains one of the most popular low
cost 3D scanners on the market today. It can scan large
columns, ranging from 200 x 200 x 200 mm to 2 cubic meters.
This portable scanner measures at 178 x 129 x 330 mm and offers
an accuracy of 0.90 mm.

Operating with structured light technology, it comes with 3D
sense software that includes a simplified interface and
interesting post-processing tools. The scanner retails at
around $399 (about £320) and is compatible with both Windows 7+
and iOS 10.7+. You can compare its specs in our Comparator

3d scanner

4 – The Structure Sensor

This scanner allows you to attach it directly to your tablet or
Apple smartphone. After downloading the associated application,
you will be able to scan 3D models autonomously for up to 4

With dimensions of 119.2x28x29 mm and a weight of .21 Ib (95
g), it’s one of the world’s smallest 3D scanners. Its precision
can reach up to 0.5 mm and it is marketed at $399 (£320) or
$519  (£415) for the complete bundle. You can compare its
specs in our
Comparator here

3d scanner

3 – Ciclop from BQ

BQ’s Ciclop scanner is the only Open Source 3D scanner in our
ranking. It comes with the Horus software and all the
information on its design, software and electronic components
are free online.

The Ciclop, based on laser triangulation technology, can scan
objects in under 8 minutes. It is available in a kit
version for a price of less than $500 (less than £398) and it
contains a step-by-step guide on how to mount the 3D scanner in
less than an hour. You can compare its specs in our Comparator

3d scanner

2 – The XYZprinting Scanner

Taiwanese 3D printer manufacturer XYZprinting launched its
first 3D scanner in 2015. XYZ and Intel collaborated to design
the scanner using RealSense technology. The XYZprinting 3D
scanner captures 3D models ranging in size from 3.93 inches to
27.55 inches (10-70 cm) for a price of only $199.95 (£160)! You
can compare its specs in our Comparator

3d scanner

1 – Microsoft’s Kinect

Initially dedicated to the Xbox console by Microsoft, this
accessory was quickly adopted by makers to 3D scan full-color
objects. It does this using its infrared sensor and its
640-resolution RGB camera with 480 pixels. With a price of only
$99.99 (about £80), how could it get any more affordable than

To transform it into a real 3D scanner, several software
programs have emerged such as Skanect, Shapify, ReconstructMe,
and Volumental. Microsoft has since developed its own
application called “3D Scan” and integrated it into its 3D
building software.

3d scanner

Bonus – 123D Catch Autodesk

As an added bonus, the free 123D Catch application allows you
to create 3D scans directly from your smartphone. Developed by
Autodesk, this application is free. Although the quality of the
models remain limited, it offers an interesting introduction to
the world of 3D scanning!

For more 3Dnatives articles about 3D scanners, click here. In
addition, check out our Top
10 Low Cost 3D Printers
, too! To compare the full 3D
scanner range in our Comparator, click here.

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