NVBots seeking to lift $150,000 with a crowdfunding campaign on Fundable

Boston-based 3D printing startup NVBots, supported by university students, is seeking to lift $150,000 with a crowdfunding campaign on Fundable, permitting interested parties to assist fund the adoption of the NVBots 3D printing resolution. The corporate leases its NVPrinter, delineated as “the 1st of its kind, absolutely machine-controlled, cloud-connected 3D printer,” to colleges for between $3,000 and $5,000 a year.

NVBots showed off their 3D printer last year at the Nashville mini Maker Faire. Over the past four months, the corporate has raised $850,000 seed funding from angel investors. The NVBots 3D printer permits users to simply share and operate their NVPrinters from any device. Users will print wirelessly via the cloud – they will submit a file, tailor the duty to desired specs and monitor remotely. Once a 3D print job is complete, a robotic arm mechanically removes the object to create space for a future 3D print job, thus you’ll be able to line up jobs from multiple users. Additionally, NVPrinter’s intrinsic camera permits you to monitor your prints remotely from any device. Directors will approve and organize the 3D printing queue via NVPrinter’s management system.

NVBots was supported by graduates AJ Perez, Forrest Pieper, Mateo Pena Doll and Chris Haid – “At NVBots, we have a tendency to feel most 3D printing processes are so much too cumbersome, prohibiting widespread adoption of a technology that may have a huge impact on each education and business,” aforementioned NVBots chief executive officer AJ Perez. The corporate has the goal of delivering NVBots 3D printers to thirty faculties this fall and ultimately have one hundred in use by the end of this year.

More Information can be found on nvbots.com

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.

The first Heliolithographic 3D printer and Heliolithography

Just last day I wrote about a new kind of 3D printer called Elemental, and now there is a whole new technology in the 3d printing world, called – “Heliolithography”

What is Heliolithography?

Heliolithography is nothing but an advanced version of Stereolithography – a technology, we all know about. There are a few basic improvements and usage of a whole new kind of curating laser and filament, however the base technique, remains the same.

Similar to Stereolithography, Heliolithography is a photopolymer based process, which utilizes UV Rays, to cure the liquid resin into a solid 3D object.

Instead of using photosensitive liquid plastic (polymer), as used in conventional SLA based 3D printers, a Heliolithographic 3D printer uses liquid resin to get the job done. This enhances the 3D printing speed dramatically and also opens up a whole new niche of elements, to be used for 3D printing. According to Orange Maker, the corporate group behind this new technology, this new 3D printing method offers smoother surface finish and a better level of detail, as compared to conventional 3D printing techniques. They also pointed out that this new 3D printing technology, provides a viable solution to most common adhesion issues, experienced in today’s photopolymer based SLA 3D printers. Which is quite obvious because the liquid resin, which is used in a Heliolithographic 3D printer, does not form uneven layer’s, but can be spread evenly, due to better fluidity.

Do we have a working Heliolithographic 3D printer yet?

Orange maker’s first Heliolithographic 3D printer prototype, Helios One is currently under development. The Helios One, Heliolithographic 3D printer has been designed to be compact and aesthetically pleasing to the human eye.

Doug Farber – Co-founder of Orange Maker LLC said – “Heliolithography and our new Heliolithographic 3D printer, represent a major breakthrough in process scalability, allowing the 3D printing process to be carried out from the micro-scale through theoretical size limits greater than current large-scale industrial 3D printers.

Elemental – Next Gen Pressure controlled 3D printer by Hardcotton

3D printing has evolved out of garages to industries and then to our very own table-top at home. This continuous evolution has benefited the basic “3D printer“, in more than one way, and today, we even have  Google on our side, trying to 3Dprint an entire Smart Phone!! Today, we have news of yet another new innovation in the field of 3D printing.

Hardcotton, a Canberra, Australia based startup has launched a new 3D printer called “Elemental”, the Elemental is a pressure controlled Sterolithographic 3D printer.

Elemental– the world’s first pressure controlled 3D printer

Like any other SLA 3D printer, the Elemental also utilizes a laser beam to cure photosensitive resins. However unlike other SLA printers, Elemental uses a pressure control system to control resin levels when an object is being created.

Working Principle:

By utilizing pressure controls in Elemental’s customized vat throughout the 3D printing process, the Elemental ‘s laser system can cure a layer of resin accurately and quickly, according to the startup. The creation of an object’s first layer is done by curing the resin on top of a removable build platform found at the center of the vat.

The pressure control system then permits the flow of material from a control chamber within the vat into the build chamber, incrementing the level of the resin. The laser system then sets about curing the next layer, this process is repeated until the whole object is created.

The vat’s control chambers act as reservoirs for material to flow to & fro, depending on what is needed during the print process. By controlling the pressure in the control chambers, Elemental can raise or lower the resin level precisely and erases the need for any mechanical interaction with the build area or with the resin.

What is Hardcotton saying?

Scott Pobihun, Co-founder & CEO of Hardcotton said – “By utilizing pressure control, Hardcotton has developed a 3D printer that employs SLA technology but creates the 3D print without the use of a mechanical platform. This is a massive step forward for 3D printing. Because there are very few complex parts to be assembled in Elemental, we see this architecture as being the basis for the mass manufacture of 3D printers very soon.

Unfortunately, more information is not available at the time of publishing this article, but we will follow-up to bring you more news.

TOME portable 3D printer, coming soon…

3D printers today are mostly stationary, and are difficult to relocate or transfer to a different location, once in operation. But, have you thought, how it would be if you could have a TOME portable 3D printer at your disposal; 3D printing would become a breeze, right?

Philip Haasnoot and Corey Renner, from Tempe, AZ have created – TOME portable FDM 3D printer prototype, which they say is useful in places, where abundant supplies and a stable environment are difficult to obtain; such as a makeshift first aid unit, in a battlefield.

Is it logical to have a portable 3D printer?

The TOME portable 3D printer may help in more than one way; for example what would you prefer – A Desktop PC or Laptop? I would definitely take up a Laptop, not only because of the sheer joy of working on a laptop, but because it gives me the flexibility to work from almost anywhere!

A portable 3D printer, is definitely the next logical step towards evolution of 3D printing. Nowadays 3D printers are being used to print parts of a rocket engine; that’s amazing, but it definitely would take a lot of time to fix if something went wrong, while the engine parts are being transported from one place to another, or during assembly. Imagine a possibility of a portable 3D printer, capable of printing the exact same parts, but on the go!

The project would definitely complete faster, the simple reason being that the parts don’t have to manufactured and shipped from a factory anymore, they can be 3D printed right there, near the Launchpad!

So what can the “TOME” do?

The TOME 3D printer is so designed that it would be 4″ X 8″ X 11″ when folded up, with a 3D print volume of a 5 inch cube. It shall also have an integrated battery pack (Min 4hrs – Standard, 6hrs – Extended) and a detachable filament cartridge.

The duo, Philip Hassnoot and Corey Renner, plan to manufacture the TOME, in various sizes, thereby extending its range and print capacity. The commercial version may also sport an injection molded or leather wrapped case to handle everyday use.

More information on this totally amazing new concept can be found on 3Ders.org

Updates from the Google ARA smart phone developer conference

Google, the corporate updated the general public at a spectacular event, about it’s Project ARA smartphone. This might prove to be a major game changer within the 3D printing business.  The corporate turned on its standard Project Ara smartphone publicly for the first time.

Speaking at the event, Paul Eremenko, technical lead for Project ARA, Showed of a purposeful form-factor example of the standard ARA smart phone. Allthough the phone never made it past the boot screen, the project may alter the way that 3D printing is checked out by the general public and makers as a whole.

The phone, which can use electrical phenomenon interconnects to transfer information from one hardware module to the following, can use 3D Systems’ latest injectiom moulding technology in varied ways, including creating the module shells and presumably the antennae for the ARA smart phone. 3D printing gaint 3D Systems, is in a position to provide elements at fifty times the speed of different 3D printers now, with it’s latest injection molding technology.  As Eremenko recognized, their 3D printers from 3DS, are able to 3D print onerous, soft, and semiconducting materials, which allow the developers to create indeginious modules, easily.

With the success of Project Ara, 3D printing can be relegated to the pre-production stages of producing, despite the lack to really swank the phone in operation, Eremenko dreams of changeable hardware parts like a rich camera which will be detached and shared among multiple ARA users. He additionally declared a challenge for developers to provide a functioning module that enables a phone to do something innovative, something a phone could never do before. In turn, the winning developer would be rewarded with $100,000 and an invite to the following Project ARA developer’s conference.

MakeX M-One, a new Open Source DLP 3D printer

The MakeX M-One, a new Open Source DLP 3D printer, is creating quite a buzz on the internet recently. This new 3D printer utilizes DLP technology to realize 3D models.

So what is this DLP?

Digital Light Processing – a technology which uses a kind of projector technology to cure liquid resin filament, layer by layer. The 3D printed objects, created with this technology are far better, as compared to objects printed by typical 3D printers, which utilize Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) technology.

Is this a new technology?

No, DLP was invented long back in the 1980’s by Dr. Larry Hornbeck in Texas, United States. Digital Light Processing uses a projector to project the image of the cross section of an object into a vat of photopolymer (light reactive plastic). The projected light only selectively hardens the area specified in that image. The most recently printed layer is then repositioned to leave room for unhardened photopolymer to fill the newly created space between the print and the projector. Repeating this process builds up the object layer by layer.

Does the MakeX M-One live upto its hype?

The M-One offers the lowest material price and low maintenance expense. It’s compatible with all third-party resins, permitting you to use new materials at low costs. Its printing trace log system (PTLS) will establish any over-used space, maximizing the use of the silicone base layer. Users can also replace the silicone layer and the bulb by themselves for an awfully low price during their service life. The ​M-One also offers a simple and user-friendly software.

How can you get one?

The MakeX teams have submitted their project to Kickstarter and are trying to collect $100,000 USDin order to scale up their assembly line.

Their webpage mentions that 3 different editions to be launched “We offer a basic package with a Silver M-One, a special Black M-One edition, and a very limited, not yet unveiled Collector’s Edition package! Please stay tuned! ”

3Der’s.org reports that the expected price on Kickstarter for an everyday package is around $2K, whereas the first bird package starts underneath $1700, which incorporates a M-one printer, one bottle of organic liquid resin filament, and one end user maintenance Kit.

No details could be found on Kickstarter at the time of publishing this article.

QU-BD introduces a new version of the One Up 3D printer

QU-BD a Little Rock, Arkansas-based company had successfully raised over $400,000 from almost 1,200+ supporters, with the help of their Kickstarter campaign for their $199 One Up 3D printer in Nov 2013.

This year the Little Rock, Arkansas-based company had unveiled a number of new versions of its 3D printer at the Bay space Maker Faire in California last weekend, Gizmag reports. The 3D printer looked just about an equivalent of the One Up 3D printer, however in bright Neon inspired colours. A QU-BD corporation rep told Gizmag reporter, Eric – “We are currently operating at full capacity to provide printers to all or any the Kickstarter backers, however were additionally taking new orders and hope to be ready to begin delivering those orders next month.”

The success of its Kickstarter campaign has made QU-BD busy for fulfilling the orders of over 1,200+ backers that was fifty times larger than what they needed for their $9,000 initial goal. Fulfilling a project that’s not well ready may be a disaster. Several of these backers have left bitter and frustrated comments on our earlier post. The most hyped grievance was lack of communication: no printer, and no emails.

QU-BD says it’s still operating to satisfy orders placed through Kickstarter, therefore hopeful that all backers will get their printer as early as it becomes feasible.

For additional information please visit their Website.

Kast3DP unveils the Kast 3D printer on Kickstarter

3D printing startup Kast3DP showed off its new Kast 3D printer, on Monday. The Kast 3D printer is a stereo-lithographic 3D printer that enables you to create top quality 3D printed plastic components in a matter of minutes. Stereo-lithography (SL) is amongst oldest strategies used to produce 3D-printed objects. The Kast 3D printer hardens liquid plastic (photopolymer) with associated ultraviolet laser beams (UV), layer by layer and converts liquid plastic into solid objects.

Unlike alternative desktop SLA printers, the Kast 3D printer is claimed to be ready to print twelve times quicker than existing machines. Kast3DP, supported by Nirvana Jay and Compiler Liu, aforesaid their printer has “higher speed, larger print volume, higher precision“, due to their patent-pending “retina casting” technology. The corporate also mentioned that they will eventually create their own filament to regulate the print quality and keep the printing value low.

The Kast 3D printer has been launched on Kickstarter and the recommended retail value is around $3,000, early bird Kickstarter’s will be offered the same at a discounted price of $1,790.

“Kast3DP enables prototyping and making products the same thing, on everyone’s desktop. It’s an honor to make it come true. We are fascinated to join the revolution makes the age of people go design everything everywhere and produce everything everywhere, this is the age to release the energy of making things, the democracy of products.” Says Nirvana Jay – – Founder of KAST3DP, on their homepage.

BotObjects – 3D printing speed to come down to minutes from hours

UK based startup “BotObjects” has claimed that its latest ProDesk3D printers are going to be quicker than the typical 3D printer – by up to twelve times. The promise is in line with its declared mission to “change the face of the 3D printing market” by leading with advancements that may trigger mass-market adoption of the technology. “Speeds and feeds” have invariably dominated the printer market since the primary dot-matrix created its impression. The 3D printing market is not completely different and therefore the hours taken to provide results, beside high costs, have been serious blockades to wider uptake.

Martin Warner, business executive and co-founder of BotObjects, explained, “We are currently enabling the ProDesk3D variety to dramatically increase its speed so massive 3D prints will currently be done in minutes. We firmly believe this move is as transformative as it can be and can galvanize the prototyping and style institution and set the new benchmark, for the trade to follow. The speed of this new printer may be a real game-changer. Speed is at the guts of mass consumerisation for 3D printing.”

The company is one among the quickest growing GB start-ups and currently incorporates a twin base in London and New York.

“We believe that the ProDesk3D can revolutionize the 3D desktop printing market, like Apple did for the laptop. Re-defining skilled grade printing in a very powerful and splendid printer with essential options like full color, automotive vehicle levelling platform and simplifying the approach of plug and play,” Warner concluded.