Last day of display for these 3D printed Ganesha Idols

Lord Ganesha is a widely worshipped deity in the Hindu pantheon. His image is found throughout India and Nepal. Ganesha is widely revered as the god of beginnings, the deva of intellect and wisdom and honored at the start of rituals and ceremonies. Citizens of Bangaluru, India can treat themselves to a very distinctive display of Lord Ganesha. For the first time in India, a 3D Printed Ganesha idols are being displayed at M.G Road Metro Station’s “Rangoli – Metro Art Centre”. Today is the last day of the display – 7th Sept 2014.

The 3D printed Ganesha consists of 8 idols, inspired by temples in Maharashtra, like Ashtavinayak, Siddivinayak etc. All the idols were created exclusively through professional 3D printers, which are capable of capturing every intricate detail in the idol. The Ganesha models are created by 3D scanning the idols & then printed in Stratasys FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) & Polyjet technology based 3D Printers. The project is initiated by Bangalore based Altem Technologies, a pioneer in professional 3D printers in India and a strategic vision partner of Stratasys. It was also awarded the India SME 100 Award for 2013-14 in the IT/ITES segment.

Mr. Prasad Rodagi, Founder Director of ALTEM Technologies said, “Lord Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, and as the god of intellect and wisdom. Being the god of beginnings, he is worshiped at the start of rituals and ceremonies. 3D Printing is a technology used right in the beginning of the engineering design cycle to overcome flaws in design & development of new products. Invariably, any product takes 3D Printed form before taking its commercial avatar. Additionally, an idol of Ganesha is one of the most intricate idols in India, which can give the viewer can excellent idea about the possibilities of 3D Printing. Hence, Lord Ganesha is being 3D Printed in this scale for the first time in the country.”

HP to enter 3D Printing Market soon…

Hewlett Packard, one of the leading manufacturers of Computers and peripherals is all set to enter the marketplace of 3D printing, by the fall of 2014. HP has nearly 40% of market share of 2D printing, so it is a natural progression for HP to enter into 3D printing business. As a lot of core patents have expired or are expiring this year, it will be a good timing for HP to enter the market so they won’t have to spend time and huge amount of money on developing the technology.

HP is one of the largest computer companies in the world, with 317,000 employees and $112 billion in annual sales. In the past years, Meg Whitman – Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – HP, has focused on reducing costs and has now returned the company to profit. HP has also focused on introducing new products, such as water-cooled servers and 3D printers. Whitman announced earlier this year that company is planning to enter the 3D printer space by the end of this Fiscal year (31st October.), so many people have been waiting for HP’s entry into this market.

Meg Whitman said HP’s in-house researchers have resolved limitations involved with the quality of substrates used in the process, which affects the durability of finished products. She said that the company is solving a number of technical problems that have hindered broader adoption of the 3D printing process, including the slow speed at which things print, and the quality.

Is this the first Announcement?

This is however not the first time, HP has decided to foray into the 3D printing market. The company had an agreement in 2010 to market HP-branded Stratasys 3D printers, but the deal dissolved in 2012. More recently, HP has provided inkjet print heads to Z-Corp, a 3D printing company that is now owned by 3D Systems. Meg Whitman also acknowledges that 3D printing as an industry has some areas it needs to improve before it goes main stream. She further pointed out that the quality of the 3D prints were not as good as it should be, however, she also noted that HP’s late entry into the 3D printing market may be a turning point, as she thinks HP has been able to finally solve the above problems. Although Meg Whitman, did not disclose exactly what is the “Big announcement”, but she did say that whatever HP offers will focus on large scale manufacturing primarily, before HP enters the consumer 3D printing market.

“We think the bigger market will be in enterprise space, that is, helping companies manufacture parts and test prototypes rather than helping regular folk’s 3D print Hershey Kisses at home.” said Meg Whitman, President and CEO of Hewlett-Packard.

Makerbot launches new Makercare Protection Plans

Makerbot, one of the major 3D printer manufacturer’s, have come up with major changes to their premium Makercare protection plans. It seems that the company is trying to re-image its after sales reputation by offering more services to its existing customers. It is a well-known fact that a large number of individuals and startup groups are using their Makerbot 3D printers for professional prototyping and service delivery.

How does it work?

Customers, who purchase any Makerbot 5 gen 3D printer, can also buy a one, two or three year comprehensive support plan. The prices vary as per the model of the Makerbot 3D printer purchased. A 3 year plan for the Makerbot Replicator series might cost you anything between $1,000 to $1,600. Looking at the prices, they are definitely not cheap; however Makerbot claims to provide Top-Notch support for any issues, via Internet or call. Customers who already own a MakerBot 5 Gen 3D Printer can extend their support plan until September 2014. Those who have a previous gen MakerBot 3D printer can also extend their current MakerCare support plan for a year or – if not already done so – purchase a new one-year plan from Makerbot.

Is this required?

This is definitely not a necessity, but is only a luxury. We all know that a DIY enthusiast might never purchase a Makerbot in the first place; they would rather get an Open Source 3D printer and tweak it to their own likings or vice-versa. However, Makerbot 3D printers were designed for the no-nonsense 3D printing enthusiast, who would just like to make a design and print is with the click of a button. If you belong to this group of enthusiasts, we would suggest getting your Makerbot printer registered for these support plans. Because, Machines are just that, Machines; and no matter how much you polish it, it may stop working, causing you to (maybe) lose an important project.

Indian company develops new 3D printing App for building objects larger than the build volume


There are actually many desktop 3D printers rising on the market, however most of them have terribly little build volume that limits the sort of elements that may be 3d printed. Earlier, Makerbot has found a technique or a way to build an object larger than the build volume of a 3D printer, and filed a patent. However another company, the Indian startup Centre for Computational Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (CCTech), a CAD and CAM development company, has come back up with a replacement application “3DPrintTech” that helps the maker to create objects larger than the build volume of any 3D printer.

3DPrintTech is a free app and works as CAD plugin with Autodesk discoverer 2014, AutoCAD 2014 and SolidWorks 2014. 3DPrintTech is meant to print larger objects on a desktop 3D printer quickly. The application will divide the style of enormous object into little connectable parts, in a jiffy. The App additionally provides the user, a choice to manage the cylindrical connectors as per his demand. User will outline the connective in terms of radius, length and taper angle. User additionally manages the space between the connectors, distance between connective and object surface.

The 3DPrintTech app additionally provides the practicality to pack little objects in one print batch. 3DPrintTech app features a feature referred to as ‘3D Packing’ that collects those little parts and packs them in a given build volume. “In our benchmark testing, we found that for several cases our 3D packing technology helped to scale back the 3D printing batches from ten to one. This is positively aiming to facilitate manufacturers to print a lot of objects in less time and by investing lesser cash.” notes the team.

In addition, the app additionally provides associate interface to feature your custom printer and lots of utility functions like exportation processed objects to 3D printable STL file, Explode objects for fast examination, scaling the item for unit conversion or fitting into printer.

Sandip Jadhav, (Co-Founder & Business Executive, CCTech) says, “3DPrintTech was built to facilitate Makerbot ‘s to boost productivity by a nice degree. It’ll additionally facilitate the 3D print club to push the envelope by creating massive 3D objects.”

QSQM gets acquired for $1 Million

QSQM Technology Corporation in Fengtien, a manufacturer of DLP 3D Printer in China, proclaimed that the corporate has been acquired for $1 million by Nanjing F.M. Company.

QSQM is alleged to be one of the primary companies to analyze and develop DLP 3D printers in China. Back in January, QSQM Corporation launched a brand new DLP 3D printer crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo. DLP Projector based 3D printers are gaining in quality within the previous couple of years. Utilizing constant projectors usually used for PowerPoint slideshows, A DLP 3D printer is capable of turning liquid into finely curated 3D objects. The projector shines on the surface of a liquid plastic organic compound that hardens once exposed to a precise wavelength of light. The ray of light attracts and hardens a layer at a time till the complete model is constructed.

The new company’s headquarters are placed in Nanjing, China. Supported by Nanjing Institute of Advanced optical device Technology (NIALT), the corporate can target developing quicker, stable, and precise lower priced DLP and SLA 3D printers. During the past months, QSQM has been working on major feature upgrades to the Uncia DLP 3D printer. QSQM said that the main hardware has been upgraded, and also the printer is intended to be a lot more precise and stable than the Uncia-original. The new Uncia DLP 3D printer will be launched on 1st August on Indiegogo, with a far cheaper price: merely $299 for basic model.

QSQM conjointly, has a plant in Nanjing wherever the team is presently developing precise SLA 3D printers. “We have 2 goals for SLA 3D printers.” QSQM told the Press. “We will create it to be sensible, straightforwardandbe able to work with ‘One-button’ print. We are going to conjointly offer customizable solutions for enterprises, which includes high-resolution, giant build volume and quick print speed.” The new company can have over seventy in staff’s and primarily work in the sector of applied chemistry, light, software system and mechanics.

Organovo and Janssen to develop 3D printed living tissues for drug testing

The cost of analysis and development within the drug business — the price of clinical trials particularly — is rising considerably. Still over ninety fifth of the experimental medicines that are studied in humans fail to be each effective and safe.

The good news is, shortly it’ll be attainable to check medication directly on 3D printed practical living tissues. Bio 3D printing business Organovo proclaimed that it’s entered into an associate degree agreement with Janssen Research and Development (JRD), a company of Johnson & Johnson, to gauge the utilization of 3D bio-printed tissue in a drug discovery setting, consistent with a document filed with the government agencies.

Further money terms don’t seem to be disclosed. Janssen can work with Organovo to develop printable tissue for drug analysis. 3D printer may produce living human tissues that additional closely reproduce in vivo human tissues. These tissue models can offer researchers a correct read of how medication can behave in human beings.

This agreement is outside of the Company’s added 3D liver tissue for toxicity testing. In January this year, Organovo additionally proclaimed they’re connection along with 2 institutes from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to assist scientists print additional reliable eye tissue for safer, more practical treatments to patients on a quicker timeline.

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!

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

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.