ColorFabb to produce 3D printing materials in Pellet form

ColorFabb, one of the known manufactures of 3D printing materials and filaments has announced that they would soon be producing the 3D printing materials in pellet form. These pellet filaments are aimed at DIY filament producers, who prefer to use their own DIY filament extruder, such as the Strooder.

What is ColorFabb offering its customers?

ColorFabb is offering a pack of 4 Jar, filled with 3D printing pellets of various colors, customers have the option to select the 4 different colors they need. The total quantity on offer, including all the four jars is ~ 1.2 KG.

How good is the bargain?

A typical Spool of PLA / PHA compatible 3D printing filament costs around € 35 to € 37, and that is for a pack of 750 Grams. ColorFabb offers the pack of 4 jars we mentioned earlier at an attractive price of only € 25, and that is for 1.2 KG of pellets.

ColorFabb also has on offer a pack of WoodFill pellets at an attractive price of € 20 / 1.2 KG, particularly because a typical WoodFill filament would cost you € 40 / 600 Grams.

The full material and price list is shown below;

  • PLA/PHA pellets pack – €25
  • Pre-colored PLA/PHA pellets pack – €25
  • WoodFill pellets pack – €20
  • XT pellets pack – €20
  • PLA pellets pack – €12.50

What does ColorFabb have to say?

ColorFabb CEO Ruud Rouleaux – “We have invested a lot of time and attention to make this an attractive and configurable box, so that the user can select several varieties of 3D printing materials to get started!

DRAWN makes commercial 3D printed furniture available

A few months ago we reported the (in near future) arrival of commercial 3D printed furniture, and here it is. Courtesy, a new 3D printing startup known as “DRAWN“. French in origin, as all artistic things are, naturally. The company showed off its amazing collection of 3D printed furniture, at the Maker Faire in Paris, past weekend.

Drawn was founded by Sylvian Charpiot & Samuel Javelle, in January 2014. The first prototype furniture was 3D printed in March 2014, and since then they have perfected their designs and have finally made it near perfect.

What is the technology, behind this 3D printed furniture thing?

The technology behind these 3D printed furniture lines from, DRAWN is their indigenously developed robotic 3D printing arm, GALATEA. For Now, this robot is single handed and is capable of efficiently 3D printing large scale 3D objects. The Filament disposition is done one layer at a time, until the complete object is realized.

What is DRAWN saying?

The founders of DRAWN reportedly shared a vision of revoluting the 3D printed furniture market and bridge the gap between designing and production.

They are also reported to be launching an online eShop of their own, where customers can design, evaluate and finally order 3D printed furniture. They will also be offering 3D printing services to designers and artists alike, to help them create their own unique line of 3D printed products, as reported by 3Ders.org.

Airwolf 3D’s new Thermoplastic Poly Urethane – 3D printing filament

Almost all 3D printers today use commercial grade thermoplastic filaments, which create objects which are rigid and non-versatile. So what if you need to 3D print an object, which requires having versatility as a virtue, examples being a 3D printed mobile device cover or maybe a pair of grips for you bike’s handlebars, etc. This is exactly where Airwolf 3D has cut in with its new Wolfbend TPU filament, which has the properties of rubber.

According to Airwolf 3D, “This material is much easier to print with than other more popular flexible filaments on the market, and is also much stronger. The layer-to layer bond is incredible, and layer separation is non-existent.”

T.P.U – Thermoplastic Poly Urethane, is a substance with many useful properties, these include transparency, elasticity, resistance to oil & grease, resistance to abrasion effects and is highly flexible. T.P.U has many applications including cars/bike instrument panels, wheels, power tools, medical devices, sporting goods; drive belts, footwear, inflatable rafts, and a variety of extruded film, sheet and profile applications. T.P.U is also a popular material found in cases of mobile devices, such as tablet’s or mobile phones.

Airwolf 3D says it has spent months testing and developing the WOLFBEND T.P.U filament, and it is finally ready for release it to the mass market. Currently the material is obtainable on Airwolf 3D’s website, priced at 68 USD for a spool of 1 lb/2.88mm Diameter.

Intel to launch 3D printed Robot, soon…

Intel showed off its totally customizable, 3D printed Robotic kit – Jimmy, at the Code Conference on Wednesday. Intel says it plans to bring Jimmy to the plug by the tip of the year, with a price tag beginning around 1,600 USD.

Intel’s futurist Brian David Johnson debuted the 3D printed robot Jimmy at the Maker Faire in the NY, USA last year. According to Brian D Johnson, Intel started the project around 10 years ago. “Imagine if you may produce your own robot with the help of 3D printing. What would it not look like? What would it not do? This project aims to let anyone produce robots, and alter them and share them in on-line communities, sanctioning them to be 3D printed in varied styles.

Intel will supply schematics and AI code free on-line, so folks can 3D print their own robots. The kit includes everything that cannot be written, like motors, wires, battery, processor etc and can be bought on-line at 21stCenturyRobot.com.

The consumer model runs on Intel Edison, an inexpensive laptop on a chip, in line with Re/Code. If it were to be equipped with an Intel Core i5 processor, it might amp the price to somewhere near 16,000 USD. Intel hopes that eventually buyers are able to build custom robots for fewer than 1,000 USD in about 5 years from now. Also the robots are open source, thus users will be able to alter the code according to his or her own functions. Developers can also build programs and apps, creating artificial intelligence accessible and fun. These Robots are able to walk, dance, sing and do things like tweeting, translating languages or even serving cold brew.

Johnson explains that it’s not totally different from a smartphone with customizable apps. “It’s sort of a smartphone with legs,” he said. “Your robots are utterly and totally different from mine; you customise it and program the substitute intelligence, not by having a PhD in artificial intelligence, however by downloading apps.”

The company eventually plans to supply alternative robotic kits, and launch an app marketplace at 21stCenturyRobot.com.

Strooder, 1st Consumer 3D Printing Filament Extruder by OmniDynamics

David Graves and Greg Gruszecki, founding father of OmniDynamics, are preparing to launch Strooder, a user friendly 3D printing filament extruder on Kickstarter today (27th May, 2014). A bonus of constructing your own filament from pellets is that pellets can be bought at solely a fraction of the price of ancient pre-made filament (up to five times less expensive), additionally, an extruder would doubtlessly supply better skillfulness, in material and color.

The overall aim for Strooder was to form a product that not solely performs higher than the rest on the market, but also additionally incorporates a style that matches in every multitude of environment, starting from workshops, to home offices and even faculties.OmniDynamics said. “A key distinction of Strooder compared to alternative filament extruders, aside from its gorgeous appearance, is its user friendliness.”

The strooder comes with a completely integrated 2.4 Inch Touch screen display, preloaded with all the relevant extrusion settings for a spread of various plastics. This allows folks without any expertise and technical background to control Strooder. For the layman user, all of those preloaded settings will be adjusted and saved, and there’s additionally a manual setting for extruding with non-preloaded materials.

OmniDynamics team will launch the Kickstarter campaign for Strooder today (in few hours) so as to boost funds to buy all the components in bulk. It offers ten complete and absolutely assembled Strooder’s with a critic 100g of pellets (UK shipping included) for simply £149. Another one hundred early backers will get a completely assembled Strooder for £169. The earliest delivery time is Sep. 2014.

Nanotransfer 3D printing technique

Scientists could create light-bending metamaterials from synthetic textiles for years, until now they’ve never been able to manufacture the material, which curves wavelengths of light around an object to render it invisible.

Researchers in the University of Florida, have finally figured out, how to manufacture the metamaterials on a large scale. They propose creating “invisibility cloaks” that could potentially envelop weapons the size of fighter jets, this in the most recent stealth advancement to date.

The method to create these metamaterials is by an advanced nanotransfer 3D printing technique. The nanotransfer 3D printing technique creates metal/dielectric composite films, which are stacked together in a 3D architecture with nanoscale patterns for operation in the visible spectral range. Control of electromagnetic resonances over the 3-D space by structural manipulation allows precise control over propagation of light. Following this technique, larger pieces of this special material can be created, which were previously limited to micron-scale size.

We are now able to create four-by-four inch squares of the multilayer – metamaterial, and stitch the patches together with an automated tool to create large swaths.said research leader Debashis Chanda.

While the current technology only bends light across the red and blue spectrum, researchers estimate that within a few years it will be advanced enough to outfit military tech like fighter jets with the light-bending camouflage to hide them from enemy infrared and other sensors.

ALTERGAZE – Virtual reality for your Smartphone

Altergaze is a new Virtual Reality interface that uses your smartphone power to deliver a high quality mobile Virtual Reality experience. Apart from the lenses and screw, it is completely 3D printed, with open-source design. It can be used either as a handheld or headset device.

Described in a very basic manner, the Altergaze is a simple and compact mobile phone accessory. You just slide your smartphone inside, and you’re good to go. The Altergaze design provides easy access to your smartphone in case you receive a phone call while using it.

Altergaze, is “crowd sourced” project, and is currently in a fund raising stage. The idea is simple: a fully 3D printed visor that will create up to a 110° field of view at high resolution (1136 x 640 on iPhone and 1920 x 1080 on Samsung S4). It will have “head tracking” to 6 degrees of freedom and will be easy to carry around (15.8 cm x 8.2 cm x 7.2 cm).

The design is open source and can be customized. Users can also choose to pledge £30 to receive the files and print it themselves. Or £50 and assemble it themselves. Or £100 and receive it fully assembled and ready to use. A successful funding campaign will also mean the team will develop an interactive website to access, preview and modify their Altergaze.

A few decades ago, this was just a dream, and then it became an idea, and now reality!!
WoW the world is moving fast!!

Francis Bitonti – 3D Printed Bristle Dress

Francis Bitonti a fashion designer cum architect, from New York City has created a 3D printed bristle dress, to be released in, fall 2014.

Previously, Francis Bitonti ‘s work has been published internationally in many prestigious institutions including the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and most recently has garnered media coverage for the 3D printed gown created for fashion icon – “Dita von Teese”, which received numerous accolades and a great deal of public attention when it was debuted at Ace Hotel in New York City in 2013.

The Bristle Dress is his second work of couture developed in his New Skins computational design workshop and made on a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer. Like his previous effort, the Verlan Dress, the Bristle Dress uses MakerBot Flexible Filament and MakerBot Natural PLA Filament, only this time, Francis Bitonti lined the tessellated skirt with fake rabbit fur.

About the translucent top of the dress, Francis Bitonti commented, “I wanted to bleed the body into the atmosphere“.

Ica Paru, an accessories designer and model, is the first person to wear the Bristle Dress from Francis Bitonti Studio. Paru put it on a couple of weeks ago, at a photo shoot in Brooklyn. The dress is cloudlike, in two pieces, and as much an armature that poses the body as a garment to pose in.

The Friday evening photo session, which yielded the striking images above, was the first time designer Francis Bitonti saw anyone wearing the dress. “The computer is able to visualize everything accurately, I don’t really feel the need to do fittings.” he says. “I wasn’t surprised about how it fit; I wasn’t really surprised about anything.

Nanoscribe prints Nano grade 3D models

Since a long time Nano – technology has been confined to the range of those things that will probably happen in the future. Now there is so much, NanoTech material around us that it is almost a common element. The same is now happening for Commercial Nanofabrication. The ability to 3D print Nano grade Photonic Wire Bonds (PWB) will allow computer scientists to overcome communication bottlenecks in data centers and high performance computers. In biotechnology Nano-Scaffolds are making it easier than ever to grow all types of living cells.

Nano – fabrication will have applications in the development of mechanical meta – materials and of new Nano surfaces that will, for example, replicate a Gecko’s setae, giving any one and any object Spider-man like climbing (or clinging) abilities. Another application is in filtration systems: with Nanoscribe’s machine it is possible to create Nano – fluidic filters inside channels that are only a micrometer wide.

How is Nano fabrication done?

The technology used to 3D print at a Nano scale, is called Two Photon Polymerization or Two Photo Lithography. It is very similar to regular stereo lithography, except that it uses femtosecond laser pulses (a femtosecond is 10 to the -15th seconds or 0.000000000000001 seconds) to cure the polymers at the Nano – scopic level).

Nanoscribe has developed a range of software that, just like in any desktop 3D printer, can make all the difference both in quality and accessibility.

Nanowrite is an easy to use GUI, while the Nanoslicer software transforms the “*.stl” files into the Photonic Professional GT native data format: “*.gwl”. Through the DeScribe software users can edit the GWL files, check them for printability and even monitor the writing process by means of an SEM (scanning electron microscope) connected optical camera.

Nano – printing will allow for the creation of Nano – circuits and Meta-materials and also printing Organic tissue at the Nano – scale. 3D printing’s utility in such a diverse set of fields proves that it will indeed be a ubiquitous technology in the coming years.

3D Printing: Rise of the Third Industrial Revolution

A new book, “3D Printing: Rise of the Third Industrial Revolution” scrutinizes what this will mean for the world and the future of humanity. Going beyond the headline grabbing stories of 3D printed guns this book by Aaron Council and Michael Petch graphically illustrates how 3D printing will change the world. In 2014, 3D printing will go mainstream; the authors thoroughly examine the history, the current market and the future.

Themes explored include how 3D printing is used in next-generation games consoles such as the Xbox One and how a robot can be created by combining these technologies. A discussion on the impact of 3D printing on medicine and healthcare is covered in depth, including how 3D printing will allow drugs to be downloaded from the Internet and printed using common household materials. Aaron Council, the founder and CEO of the Gyges3D.com online community, and Michael Petch, the CEO of Black Dog Consulting, explore how 3D printing is likely to change the current economic system for the better. The importance of the technology for the future of society and how it will create jobs in both the U.S and the developing world is given a detailed chapter. Political and social implications of 3D printing such as a reduction in materialism and even an end to conflict are all explored as by-products of this remarkable technology.

First coming into prominence at the end of 1970’s , additive manufacturing was pioneered for use as a rapid prototyping. But it is only in recent years that the impact is starting to be felt across a wider range of industries. 3D printing has permeated into medical science, fashion, construction and food production.

3D printing will not just change the way things are made. Wide reaching implications for society and the world as a whole must be considered. Politicians are already seeking to control the spread of 3D printed guns. But will their efforts be as successful as those of the music industry, in controlling pirated copies of their products?