ErectorBot large scale 3D printer

Leonard Dodd, a designer and engineer has developed an innovative 3D Printer that works directly with granules of plastic. Dodd’s ErectorBot (Bot that erects) uses the framework style similar because the alternative desktop 3D printers. The look permits him to utilize the complete length of the machine with a framework that travels the complete “Y” axis. Once the model grows or collects weight, the dynamics don’t amendment and so no further stress or vibrations because the result.

In order to print directly with pellets, the ErectorBot operates with 2 versions of Erectostruder: one is Erectostruder- pellet GHB and another could be a smaller however powerful version the “Erectostruder-pellet micro”. On the Erectostruder the pinnacle of the hopper receives a tube connected to the “blow” portion of the vacuum wherever you fill it with pellets. The top of the hose includes an optical device on that and it senses the extent of pellets. Once it runs low, it sends additional pellets.

The extruder includes a shift in a position cogwheel set to permit the extrusion of any medium one will get to carry a form,” aforementioned Dodd, “and the extruder was designed to run terribly economical even with tiny nema17 motor to prove the purpose. Integrates to any system with ease.

In addition, the Erectostruder doubles as a “Filament extruder” conjointly, with an amendment of the tip. AN Arduino small driven kit is provided for this alternate perform. “It runs from the tiniest of tip sizes all the far to 2mm with ease.” Dodd aforementioned. “It was necessary for the extruder to be ready to have the precise same ability’s because the normal extruders out there. i might perpetually advocate having each except for a unique purpose, to combine distinctive materials like the flex, or dissoluble etc. These don’t seem to be presently sold-out in pellet kind thus want the way to keep up the utilization of them.

Dodd has conjointly used a stationary bed that permits for fewer or no standardization between prints. Dodd’s stationary beds may be additional and/or deleted during a standard fashion to permit larger platforms and or stepped configurations for distinctive and huge models. It permits users to feature further axis and decay in a position turret construction. And it conjointly permits for additional viscous applications because of no vibration with the stationary 3D printer bed.

XYZprinting set to launch 3D printers for less than 1000 USD

Countries like China and Singapore are sinking millions into research and development in hopes of leapfrogging competitors within the U.S. A good example is XYZprinting, a sub-division of Taiwanese electronic giant KG.

XYZprinting launched its initial 3D printer at CES this year: a $499 desktop 3D printer referred to as the “da Vinci“. It plans to release 2 more desktop printers priced at $649 and $849. That’s still way cheaper than most U.S. printers; MakerBot, for instance, sells its three printers for $1,375, $2,899 and $6,499 respectively.

According to Phair Tsai, spokesperson – XYZprinting, the aggressiveness is attributable to trying to bring 3D printing into people’s lives by bringing down the entry barrier for many of the users who are hesitating from entering into the 3D printing world.

The “da Vinci 2.0 Duo” and “da Vinci 2.1 Duo Plus“, don’t have significantly promising features. Their build volume is really slightly smaller than that of the “da Vinci 1.0″ and they print at identical 100-400 metric linear unit (Micron) resolution. But they do contain 2 printing nozzles, which allow them to print in 2 color’s. That’s an extremely unusual feature for a sub-$1,000 printer. The 2.1 conjointly offers printing over Wi-Fi or from a tablet, and features camera monitoring.

Part of XYZprinting’s secret to giving away such cheap 3D printers is that the proprietary filament cartridges da Vinci uses, needs to be bought directly from the corporate.

XYZprinting plans to continue to move aggressively. Tsai commented that within a year, it will doubtlessly unleash a 3D printer that costs less than $499. The company is working on a stereolithographic printer, which it plans to launch within the next year – another technology that uses an optical device to cure liquid resin layer by layer. The team is additionally viewing printing food and other plastics, and is functioning to improve 3D printing code and cloud integration.

3D printing scope in India

While 3D printing is observing a powerful market trend and is being perceived as next age technology, however when somebody hears it for the 1st time, it appears like printing on a paper which is able to have 3D effect, apparently that’s not the case; it’s nothing associated to or has anything to do with printing on a paper. 3D Printing rather entails making (which is alleged as printing) an actual 3D object from a machine, that is termed as 3D printer.

A 3D printer can print a 3D model file that you just have created through a modeling/CAD (Computer motor-assisted Design) software system like OpenSCAD, SolidWorks, Google Sketchup, etc. Once a model file is formed, it’s then loaded (opened) with a Slicing software system or printer management software system, which then interacts with the connected 3D printer and prints the thing layer-by-layer. They say that if you’ll model it, we are able to print it, meaning you can design and print a toy, a canopy of good phone, jewelry things, even Food, medical things, aero instrumentation, the probabilities are limitless…

You may opt for an assembled or DIY (Do it yourself) kit. DIY could be a cheaper choice on the other hand you ought to have the aptitude to assemble it well. Recently a boy in India created his own 3D printer. However, most of the individuals in India don’t seem to be even acquainted with the term – “3D Printing”. Currently, in India, it’s primarily getting used for prototyping and additive industries or for performing some experiments, however not for production or for day-after-day work.

Another aspect worth noticing is that the 3D printing market size is growing. As per the Gartner report, Client and Enterprise 3D printer shipments are growing at an exponential rate and the 3D printer market valued at $ 3 billion can grow to over $ 5.7 billion by 2017.

At the moment, creating objects on Client printers is slow and expensive, they are also devoid of the capability to supply objects made up of multiple materials. Printing a solid plastic apple on MakerBot‘s $2,000 client printer, as an example, takes seven hours and cost $50 in making, thus it’s no competition for reasonable plastic merchandise created in China. At present 3D printing is sweet and well applied for prototyping and short runs, however once it involves production with thousands or voluminous units; it cannot match the standard producing processes for speed and value. Another challenge is that it’s not as simple to use and create styles with 3D modeling software system. 3D modeling/CAD software system is sometimes too advanced for a traditional user to form a style and switch them into files that may be written; typically it requires real-time specialized CAD designers to form the right 3D style.

So although technology isn’t into thought these days, step by step as the associated eco-system gets build up – it’ll see stronger adoption and can keep obtaining and we may witness our next industrial revolution.

India is interested in 3D printing, but will India adopt it?

India’s tech-focused businesses may not yet be making 3D printing a priority.

India is keen to put itself at the forefront of technology, but the nation is yet to begin investing in 3D printing, like its developing rivals China and the Middle East Asia. India has been keen to invest in technology hives – business parks that act as a hotbed for research and development.

There are dozens of these hubs, but some of the largest include the Export Promotion Park of India in Hajipur, Peenya in Bangalore city, and Electronics City in the Bangalore Urban district and Salt Lake City in Kolkata, West Bengal. However the fact is that, all these hubs are mainly providing Software Development and Cloud based services only, very few of them are emerging as front-running 3D printing pioneers.

Which sector looks the most promising?

India is home to major production facilities for brands including Ford and Nissan, in addition to Tata Motors and Maruti-Suzuki. It is unsurprising 3D printing is making its most confident steps in the automotive sector.

Sahara Force India Formula One team has signed a technical partnership deal with global 3D printing giant 3D Systems to develop the technique and utilize it for making cars. The multi-year agreement will fortify the relationship between the two firms, allowing Sahara Force India to make use of its existing 3D Systems equipment and reduce the manufacturing time of wind tunnel model components.

Senior vice-president and general manager of 3D production printers at 3D Systems
Kevin McAlea commented: “The opportunity to partner with emerging innovators like Sahara Force India provides tangible customer benefits that extend well beyond motorsports.”

What do we think?

Naturally speaking, the entry level or barrier cost to 3D printing is still very high. India being a small market in comparison to other countries, opportunities that can be scaled faster is on the radar. We are yet to see the effectiveness and successful proposition of 3D printing. So while India is working hard to make itself a key global technology center, 3D printing uptake may be out reach for many businesses.

As a nation, 3D printing is not something India has taken up with great vigor – definitely not, on a wide scale.

3D printing finds its way into F1 racing

UK based Formula One racing team Caterham, is using 3D printed parts to design the optimal car. Caterham revealed that the company is 3D printing between 800 and 900 parts per month to speed up, and reduce the cost, of its design process.

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3D printers in India need to be BIS complaint?

While 3D Printers do not explicitly fall under any of the categories listed under the RCRO, the nomenclature ‘Printer’ gives a vague implication that 3D printers have to comply with this new rule. The Indian Customs have already started detaining imported ‘3D printers’ at the ports of entry, citing this new rule.

Requirements for Compulsory Registration Order (RCRO), 2012 issued by the Department of Electronics and IT of the Government of India, makes it compulsory for 15 IT and electronic product categories to be compliant with the specifications of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). Only BIS compliant products will be allowed for sale, manufacture and import in India in the 15 categories mentioned. The RCRO is applicable to imported as well as locally manufactured products.

If imported goods are not BIS compliant the customs authorities can confiscate the shipments. The order allows the government to randomly select samples of registered electronic goods to ascertain whether these goods conform to the specified standards.

The categories include laptops, tablets, plasma/LCD/LED televisions, optical disc players, set top boxes, microwave ovens, video games, scanners and printers among others. The idea was to certify them for their quality, safety and health implications under Indian conditions.

BIS certification is a welcome initiative by the Government of India to ensure that all electronic goods are safe to be used by the end user. However, lack of testing infrastructure coupled with the vast inventory of electronic and IT equipment being imported by thousands of vendors in India has made is extremely difficult for importers to get a BIS certification, in time.

However, since 3D printers and the technology behind them, is fairly new and at a very nascent stage in India, it still remains to clarify whether 3D printers come under the category ‘printers‘ for the purpose of RCRO / BIS certification.

India: Wake up to realize the 3D printing opportunity

The same advances that are changing the IT landscape are also creating new opportunities. For example, advances in robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), and 3D printing are making it cost effective to move manufacturing back from China to the US, Europe and India.

AI is making it possible to develop self-driving cars, voice-recognition systems, and computer systems that can make human-like decisions. AI technologies are also finding their way into manufacturing and are powering robots such as Baxter. Baxter, the robot from Rethink Robotics has two arms, a face that displays simulated emotion, and cameras and sensors that detect the motion of human beings that work next to it. It can perform assembly and move boxes — just as humans do. It will work 24 hours a day and not complain. It costs only $22,000. This is one of many such robots.

3D printing, the new form of additive manufacturing is taking the world by storm, it is now possible to cost effectively “Print” products. 3D printers can create physical mechanical devices, medical implants, jewelry, and even cloths. The Cheapest 3D printers, sells anywhere between 300 to 100 USD.

We already have printers, which can print toys and household products. By the end of this decade, we will see 3D printers doing the small-scale production of previously labor-intensive crafts and goods. In the next decade we may be 3D printing buildings and electronics.

Where is the opportunity?

These technologies are becoming readily available and cheap, but manufacturing plants aren’t geared up to take advantage of them. Most don’t have the know-how. This is where Indian companies could step in. They could master the new technologies and help foreign firms design new factory floors and program and install robots. They could provide management consulting on designing new value chains and inventory management. They could operate and monitor manufacturing plant operations remotely. This is a higher-margin business than the old IT services. We are talking about a trillion dollar market opportunity.

Mark One – Worlds first Carbon Fiber 3D printer

3D printing has entered a new dimension with Mark One, the world’s first 3D printer, which can print using a Carbon Fiber filament.

Carbon Fiber has long been the material of choice for automotive, aeronautics and various other industries, due to its light weight and extreme durability and strength. So far, 3D printing Carbon Fiber was nearly impossible, until now. The ©MarkForged – Mark One, is the world’s first 3D printer designed to print composite materials, thereby overcoming various strength limitations.

The Mark One uses Composite Filament Fabrication (CFF), in harmony with the traditional Fluid Filament Fabrication (FFF). The parts printed using this technology, are reinforced with continuous strands of Carbon Fiber, and embedded in a thermoplastic matrix. MarkForged, the company behind the Mark One 3D printer, claims that the parts printed, are up to 20 X stiffer and 5 X stronger, as compared to basic 3D printed parts using ABS plastic. The strength depends on the type, orientation and volume of the reinforcing fibers.

The magic is in the print head, says MarkForged. CFF utilizes a thermoplastic matrix that solidifies immediately after extrusion. CFF parts are ready for use as soon as they have finished printing. No nasty chemicals, no post curing. Aside from carbon fiber, the Mark One can also work with other composites, like fiberglass, nylon and PLA plastic.

The printer will be able to achieve a layer resolution of up to 100 microns for materials such as plastic and nylon. For composite materials such as carbon fiber, the resolution is 200 microns.

You can print parts, tooling, and fixtures with a higher strength-to-weight ratio than 6061-T6 Aluminum. According to the company, the Mark One can print to a maximum size of 305 x 160 x 160 mm (12 x 6.25 x 6.25 in).

Dell to sell MakerBot 3D printers online

3D printers have moved far beyond early adaptations and hobbyists, and is now being used widely in business applications, where substantial cost and time to market benefits are gained. Continue reading “Dell to sell MakerBot 3D printers online”

Sharkbot – India’s cheapest 3D printer

The Sharkbot, is going to be India’s cheapest home grown 3D printer. The inventor is a 15 year old boy, Angad Daryani. Angad, from Mumbai India, has developed several interesting mechatronics projects based on open-source hardware including a virtual e-reader for the blind, a solar-powered boat and an automated gardening system called Garduino. Angad does research on robotics and automation at the Innovators Club of India. He is also the co-founder of Makers Asylum in Mumbai, all at the young age of fifteen. If that is not impressive enough, he built a Rep Rap 3D printer at the age of 13. Continue reading “Sharkbot – India’s cheapest 3D printer”