3DVIX, a new online 3D printing marketplace

Prinvix, a Miami, Florida based company has rolled out the beta version of its new 3D printing Marketplace, 3DVIX. It uses the same “3D printer on the cloud” technology platform, as Shapeways 3D.

How does it work?

The online portal is so designed that you may either upload your own 3D models or .stl files and the interface makes instant quotes available, based on the type of material you choose, to 3D print the object.

Once the ordering phase is complete, the 3D object is 3D printed and delivered to your address, and yes its international shipping (*charges/rates may change depending on the region).

What is the extra feature or how is this different?

The main advantage of this new online 3D printing portal is that, not only can you order 3D prints of your own 3D models, but also setup a 3DVIX subpage/shop of your own (like eBay) and start selling the products produced by your designs.

Enthusiasts and Designers can setup a store with their own brand within a sub domain of 3DVIX.

The store setup is simple; you make a design and upload it, 3DVIX shows you its 3D printing fees depending on the material you choose to make available to your customer, you then add your own commissions (a.k.a – Mark-up fees) to the final price and promote it on your sub domain page on 3DVIX.

3DVIX will handle the entire promotion, showcasing, sales, invoicing bits, so that you can concentrate on your designs and send you your total commission income, monthly.

What is Prinvix saying?

Prinvix as a 3D printer manufacturer has a well-known presence in Brazil and is setting up 3 local 3D printing shops out there, namely in Sao Paulo, Brasilia and in Porte Alegre.

Victor Mendes, the CEO of Prinvix, has a vision to promote general awareness and education on 3D printing, and to promote its uses in developing countries, as reported on 3Ders.org.

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.

How to make a working brushless DC motor with a 3D printer

What is a Brushless DC Motor?

A Brushless DC Motor, also known as the electronically commuted motors (ECM), are synchronous motors which are powered by DC electric source, such as a battery.

3D printing a Brushless DC Motor:

This is not a tutorial and so we shall only cover the overall procedure, for details, please download the .PDF/ZIP file available here.

The motor we have here has been designed and tested by Patrick Elles and shared on Instructables.com. This 3D printed brushless DC motor can be controlled with the help of Audrino and almost all its parts excluding magnets, solenoid wrapping wire, and Hall Effect sensors, were printed with a Makerbot Replicator 2.

The design consists of 4 basic parts – Bottom enclosure, Rotor, Top enclosure, and Solenoid Magnets.

As explained by Patrick himself – “The bottom enclosure makes up the bottom cap of the motor. The rotor contains the 8 magnets, 4 used to drive the motor and 4 used to provide position data to the hall effect sensors. The rotor slides onto the bottom enclosure in a journal bearing style. The top enclosure fits over the rotor and couples with the bottom piece to enclose the motor. The top enclosure contains the 3 hall effect position sensors, as well as triangle cutouts which allow for the solenoids to snap into the enclosure. The solenoids have triangles placed in their center to allow them to be lined up with the holes in the top enclosure, which themselves are vertically lined up with the rotor magnets.

As is apparent from the pictures the 3D printed parts are made up of PLA filament, according to source specifications include a 20% Infill with 0.2 MM layer height. Patrick explains, “The magnets and hall effect sensors were inserted into assembly by designing a correctly sized internal void in the appropriate place, printing to just below the top of the void, pausing the print and inserting the device, and then continuing the print.”

The pieces are then assembled together to get a 3D printed brushless DC motor.


The details are available as a zip here, along with cad files and the program for the brushless DC motor control. Motor control program for Arduino has been made available here on github.


3D Printed Kids’ Toys Challenge by Pinshape

3D printing community marketplace Pinshape, announced that it has teamed up with Amazon,therefore everybody will be able to flick thru a variety of cool styles from Pinshape’s designers, directly on the world’s leading eCommerce platform.

All styles posted on Amazon are sold-out as physical objects, 3d printed on demand and shipped on to the client. Pinshape seems to be choosing styles they suppose are attention-grabbing, distinctive and represent a large vary of classes.

Pinshape additionally announced the 3D printed Kids’ Toys Challenge in association with many other 3D business partners. The competition runs from June twenty five to August first, 2014 and Pinshape will present the best 3D printed toys to a Children’s Hospital.

The top prize includes:

– Toy will be 3d printed and given to the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital
– A Cintiq13 HD from Wacom
– one License of ZBrush code from Pixologic
– one Year of professional Rendering from Clara.io
– three Month subscription from Digital-Tutors
– $100 of printing credit from Sculpteo
– $250 of printing credit from Pinshape
– Toy listed on Pinshape’s Amazon.com store

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.

US Military Scientists say – 3D printing may change the face of tomorrow…

With the arrival of cheaper printers and better interfaced software systems, the US military’s use of 3D printing is skyrocketing. Scientists and officers concerned within the services’ efforts believe that troops might in some unspecified time in the future be ready to build fully-functional written objects even whereas on the piece of land or aboard a ship.

Creating models, prototypes or straightforward replacement components is simply the tip of the iceberg, they said. Scientists are currently experimenting with new substances and processes that might yield entire 3D written systems that have circuits, power storage and logic embedded within the object itself — though the fielding of such things is decades away.

Additive Producing/Manufacturing — another name for 3D printing — is presently utilized throughout several Army analysis facilities. “Scientists are planning and constructing things like 3D printed plastic components for protective masks, holders for jury-rigged device detectors, medical medicine and explosives,” – said Army Chief Technology Officer Grace Bochenek. Researchers have conjointly created 3D printed multi cell batteries, antennas, fuse parts and wings for remote-controlled craft, in line with the service.

The US Navy is also step by step increasing its use of additive producing from land-based operations to experiments, puzzled? Read further…

“The service in October outfitted the USS county, associate amphibious operation ship, with a 3D printer,” said Lt. Benjamin Kohlmann, a member of the chief of armed service operations’ fast innovation cell.

In order to arrange for 3D printing instrumentation returning aboard, six sailors took a three-week programmed training on operation, together with a “How-to” session on cleaning the nozzles, do minor repair work and integrate it with the Desktop-pc.

The message is clear – 3D printers have and will further change the way things are made and used, for the betterment of humanity!!

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US – DHS developing 3D printed Robots

Additive producing and 3D printing enable efficient production of crucial things for use in emergency situations. The DHS Science and Technology center is developing a reasonable and variable system that uses 3D printing to provide robots with multiple specialized sensors and applications for an immediate disaster response.

The system contains a library of robots: a shop front for styles, interactive parts, a database, and an entire work flow for keeping track of the data required, from model style to operation of the 3D printed robots. Presently multiple robots and device styles, are being developed, and compatible libraries for business and government use, are being built. These would permit third-party developers to keep up their material possession and receive payment if their devices are realized.

Not all mechanisms and parts are often 3D printed: motors and sensors being good examples. DHS specifies a standard set of those non-printed components that the mechanism styles use. If 100 robots need a little motor, all of them use a similar model, instead of 100 totally different motors. This approach reduces the desired inventory of non-printed components.

The Throwable Orientation Switching Robot (TOSR) –

This is a tiny, throw able machine with a pilotless mechanism. The TOSR’s body is 3D written in vinyl cyanide hydrocarbon vinyl polymer and its wheels are a mixture of stiff and versatile materials to assist the mechanism to survive being thrown. TOSR presently carries a camera payload with diode lighting and transmits the video wirelessly to an operator managed unit. The camera is positioned to ascertain that the mechanism once driving, will tilt upward to examine objects higher than the system. The system is especially helpful in situations wherever recovery of the platform might not be of potential importance (e.g., chemical or biological survey, or a building collapse).

However, choosing and prepositioning the suitable robotic assets will be troublesome, as a result of the preventative cost of production. Moreover, there are specific needs for task-appropriate attachments, the right track or wheels for the tract, the dimensions or weight of the platform, and also the sensor-carrying ability.

Ricoh – European Ink Jet technical Centre to support graphics, textile and 3D printing.

Ricoh Europe is increasing its ability to support the growing demand for its industrial ink jet print heads, utilized in wide-format graphics, textile and 3D printing, with the launch of a brand new European Ink Jet Technical Centre. Ricoh incorporates a long heritage within the industrial ink jet market and has equipped print head technology and commissioned patents to firms round the world for over thirty years.

The new Centre based in Telford, UK opens its doors in Gregorian calendar month (April) 2014 and offers localized technical support for OEM ink jet innovators across EMEA. It’s laboratories for providing internal testing, analysis and external coaching. They’re totally equipped to help European integrators with their style, analysis and validation of Ricoh’s Ink Jet elements – from development through to the subsequent debut – for wide-format graphics, direct to garment, 3D printing and different industrial applications.

Graham Kennedy, BDM, Ricoh Europe, said, ‘Ricoh’s inkjet print heads gift several exciting opportunities for the longer term and innovative developers currently have enlarged opportunities to use our competency and support facilities and push their imagination to the boundaries. We are excited concerning the chances, whether or not that’s to ascertain our print heads being employed in purposeful prototyping and advanced additive producing, or to supply customized consumer goods on demand or to support the graphics and assemblage desires of the longer term.

Ricoh’s technical team also will assess spouting characteristics, part application compatibility and fluid performance – permitting customers to possess their fluid tests performed regionally. Additionally to the technical support and business development groups, chemists likewise as mechanical and electrical engineers are going to be based mostly at the Centre to support client requirements. The Centre could be a new resource specifically for EMEA-based customers and can add collaboration with Ricoh’s world network of technology and part producing facilities to supply responsive native technical support.

With an oversized proportion of ink jet technology customers based mostly in EMEA, there was a pressing need to offer the region with localized support. Crucially, this permits our purchasers to grasp their ideas faster and afterward bring their merchandise to plug in an exceedingly quicker and additional economical manner. The institution of the support centre ensures we are alert to their desires and enhances our existing support facilities throughout the region.

Ricoh Europe representatives are going to be obtainable at industrial print show, InPrint 2014 from eight to ten Gregorian calendar month (April) in city, Germany, to satisfy with European partners and discuss however the European Ink Jet Technical Centre will facilitate them bring their ideas for future inkjet applications to life.

InPrint 2014 provides the right platform to debate however the services and support provided by the European Ink Jet Technical Centre, in addition to Ricoh’s experience in serving to businesses advance on their digital journeys, can facilitate customers to navigate the challenges and embrace the opportunities of the digital age.

Hyphen to promote 3D printing research in a Canadian University

Canada has taken the next leap forward in promoting 3D printing and additive manufacturing. Hyphen, a division of Christie Digital Systems Canada Inc., has partnered with the Canadian University of Guelph, as a part of the effort.

Hyphen will now have access to the Canadian university’s Digital Haptic Lab (DHL), geared towards the design and prototyping of haptic devices, and, in exchange, the school’s researchers and students will be able to use Hyphen’s 3D printing technology and expertise at a reduced cost. This new partnership also allows students and researchers to have access to Hyphen’s 3D printing and environmental testing for research purposes, it will also allow Hyphen to further entrench itself in Canada’s educational institutions.

The use of 3D printing is applicable across all of the research streams we work with at the university, including art, engineering, robotics, biology, horticulture, and aerospace. Typically, you use the tools you have at your disposal to find solutions to design problems. With our new partnership with Hyphen, we now have access to a greater set of tools so we will be able to offer a greater variety of solutions to our researchers. This will dramatically change the way we approach and tackle problems and opens up new possibilities for how we combine the use of 3D printing with haptic technology.” – said Philips, Design engineer and Manager of the DHL facility.

Advances in rapid prototyping and 3D printing are opening up new ways of thinking and doing things within the manufacturing industry worldwide. People are starting to see the significant benefits, including speed and efficiency, of taking a computer generated model and turning it into a physical object as part of the design and review process. This is a great way for Hyphen to educate others on the benefits of additive manufacturing, and to demonstrate the depth of Canadian knowledge and expertise within the additive manufacturing industry. We are excited to work with arts, science and engineering teams through this partnership and look forward to pushing the boundaries of rapid prototyping together.” – Said Mr. Mark Barfoot, Managing Director – Hyphen

This new partnership is an indication of Canada’s growing value as an Additive Manufacturing hub, which is clearly indicated by the intentions of Mr. Mark Barfoot, Managing Director – Hyphen.

Stratasys expanding operations in China

Stratasys, one of the leading manufacturers of 3D printing equipment, achieved a global revenue share of 359 Million Dollars (US), last year. This year, Stratasys is all set to meet the rising demand of additive manufacturing in China, and is planning to set up a Research and Development Centre in the mainland.

Stratasys founder, Scott Crump said – “From an industry standpoint, the odds are pretty good that China will become the second-largest market for 3D printers after the US within five years.

The Chinese market currently makes up 5-10% of Stratasys’ business each quarter. Stratasys is present in China’s automotive, aerospace, medical, dental, jewelry, consumer electronics packaging and education sectors. In meetings last month with officials of the Chinese government in Beijing, Crump said Stratasys discussed potential collaboration with China to initiate and accelerate research, development and adoption of 3D printing.

We want not only to expand our business, but to do some development or co-development in China. We’re also interested in teaching industrial and business applications.” Crump said.

Stratasys has seen exponential growth of sales and interest over the past 24 months, a context supported by the massive investments made by the USA in manufacturing institutes, some USD$200 million, and US President Obama’s supportive enthusiasm of 3D printing in his last, State Of The Union Speech.