2013: A New Year and a New Focus

3D Printer Users

The problem with printer kits is that the end result is as much a factor of the skill of the builder as it is the design of the kit. THE QUEST The ultimate goal for me, in regards to a printer that goes beyond the consumer/hobbyist marketplace, is design specification fidelity. A printed 1/4" bolt should fit easily into a machined 1/4" nut without the user having to adjust the design to offset printing errors. It''s been almost five years since the first entry in this blog.

TCTShow 2013 RepRap 3D printing - Community Hub and Show review

RichRap

NopBotShop - I was so delighted that both Chris and Mary from the NopBotShop could make the show, and also bring along the stunning black Di-bond Mendel90 that Chris (Nophead) designed and developed from scratch.

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@Teach_Design @3DSystemscorp @Cubify and #3DPrinting

3D Printed Education

Ok, so it wasn't like a normal teaching day, this was something a bit special, perhaps I had better explain a bit more fully… I have found myself involved with a new organisation called “Teach Design” [link] who have recently set up to promote and support D&T and STEM.

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@Teach_Design Tech Centres … Good to go!

3D Printed Education

for a long drive from Clevedon to York for the launch of the Teach Design Tech Centres (TDTC). So, if the development of the TDTCs has whetted your apatite for some training in up to date D&T keep an eye on the Teach Design website.

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SolidWorks 2013 – Previous Version Interoperability

CAD Fanatic

SolidWorks Previous Version Interoperability introduced with SolidWorks 2013 probably isn’t what most users were wanting (or at least, were expecting), but I believe it’s what most users need.

@3DSystemscorp Partners With @Teach_Design For UK Education Initiative

3D Printed Education

November 20, 2013: Leading 3D printing manufacturer 3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) today announced an innovative partnership with Teach Design, a not-for-profit organisation set up to provide very low cost training to UK Design Technology teachers. The move by 3D Systems ensures that teachers will be able to learn how to maximise the use of 3D printers in the classroom, not just in design technology but across all areas of the curriculum.

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printrbot GO – amber LCD, bronze extruder gear

ei8htohms

Gear design is of course something of perennial interest to me as a watchmaker and I understood this tooth profile to be optimized for smooth, consistent transmission of power. And yes, you can download the design from Thingiverse also.

printrbot GO – Trapezoidal Lead Screws

ei8htohms

The threaded rods I’d been using as lead screws up to that point were not designed for precisely linear motion, and so the threads could not be expected to be as consistent as ACME or trapezoidal lead screws that were purpose built for the task. I

Makerbot and Afinia at CES

3D Printer Users

The design recognizes that ambient temperature and the environment in which we print DOES impact the warping of ABS plastic. And, the enclosure seems to be nicely and compactly designed. CES 2013 Makerbot Replicator 2X It may surprise some that I have not mentioned Makerbot a single time in these forums. It is NOT because their machines don''t work and, presumably well.

Work in Progress and RepRap Community Hub event - September 2013

RichRap

After last year, the TCT Show asked me to get more involved with trying to make this an event for both the established additive manufacturing suppliers and the wider maker, developer, designer community.

A CubeX Review from TheVerge.com

3D Printer Users

From the design of the CubeX, I don''t think it would be very difficult to adapt a nice looking addition to make it a completely enclosed print area to minimize environmental effects on the printing. 3D printer images CES 2013 CubeX TheVerge.com Aside from some errors in reporting the pricing, the most interesting review, so far, of the new CubeX at CES, was posted on TheVerge.com Of particular interest were the pictures that they''ve posted, of the CubeX in action.

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Building on Making Learning Irresistible -in D&T

3D Printed Education

My workshop was primarily to look at the implications of the new national curriculum for Design and Technology. On Friday I was given the opportunity to run a workshop for the North Somerset Learning Exchange… A primary school conference called Building on Making Learning Irresistible.

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printrbot GO – wiring woes, duelling fans and a teeny, tiny soldering job

ei8htohms

Delighted to be printing in ABS again (thanks to the newly re-attached heated bed) I dove into the OpenSCAD design tweaking process and started printing out iteration after iteration of near successes for the first and second clips necessary to add a second fan on a single ball joint mount.

SolidWorks World 2013 – Tuesday General Session

CAD Fanatic

Time to talk Beta – there were 4000 activations for the SolidWorks 2013 Beta program. Hiss then announced the winners of the SolidWorks Beta 2013 Awards. Tuesday’s General Session opened with Fielder Hiss, VP of Product Management taking the stage.

SolidWorks World 2013 – Wednesday General Session

CAD Fanatic

SolidWorks Product Marketing Specialist Mark Schneider took the stage to announce the winners of the 2013 Model Mania contest. They showed a video of some high school kids who were brought in and designed a flight vehicle based on a reference design to fly a mission.

Putting a CubeX 3D printer through its paces

3D Printed Education

Wanting to really try it out I designed this twisted hexadecagon (16 sided) container using CAD software and set it up for printing in very patriotic red, white and blue PLA.

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Ceramics 3D Printing - Original Motivation

3D Printer Users

In the first article, 3D Printed Ceramic Artwork author Robert Dehue covers the beautiful work of Unfold, a Belgian Design Studio. Unfold, a Belgian Design Studio, has been experimenting with 3D printing ceramics.

New CubeX 3 Printjet 3D Printer

3D Printer Users

If you need more accuracy, you can scale your file (either globally or locally) in your design software to account for the variance. One of the things I want to test is the inner and outer (Hole & Post) fit of the same design specification.

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#3DPrinting Science homework with @ClevedonDT

3D Printed Education

They had investigated how to create the correct 3D design file using a CAD program and saved it ready to print. Pretty much every break and lunch time this week there have been two visitors to the D&T department.

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Road to a fanless printhead - DIY radial blower cooling

Chopmeister's 3D Printing Stuff

I tried to design a perfect fan mount several times, but never succeeded. I know there are some nice designs out there, but I haven't had time to try them all out. You need a fan to print with PLA. I love PLA. I hate fan mounts.

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3D Printing Headpieces: Fantastic Fashions at the AVEDO Congress 2013

Additive Fashion

The ability of 3D printing to design complex structures without internal supports is perfectly suited for creating forms and shapes never before possible using conventional means. The post 3D Printing Headpieces: Fantastic Fashions at the AVEDO Congress 2013 appeared first on Additive Fashion.

DeltaMaker Passes First Hurdle

3D Printer Users

While I have nothing against lone inventors, it takes a lot of different skills to pull off designing and producing a successful product as complex as a 3D printer. But, what they did have was a fantastic team of designers. But, great design was not all of their success. Well, DeltaMaker passed its first serious hurdle by meeting and exceeding their KickStarter funding goal of $107,000. With 22 days left to go in their KickStarter campaign, they have already raised.

DfE report… 3D printers in schools: uses in the curriculum

3D Printed Education

The Department for Education in England has published a report on 3D printing in schools to enrich STEM and design subjects. Download the document here. The document looks at the experiences of 21 schools using 3D printers for the first time in Science, Maths and D&T. A write up on the Telegraph newspaper goes on to say thet 500K will be invested to allow 60 teaching schools to buy printers and train teachers to use them effectively. Posted with Blogsy.

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A Bit More Detail About the CubeX

3D Printer Users

But, a lot of thought went into designing the CubeX to ensure major improvements for the user. One of the reason I appreciate the Cube''s cartridge design is that I simply do NOT run into those issues with the Cube. For me, the result is a better multiuser platform where several designers and fabricators need to use the same printer.

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RepRap: Blog: Why is 3D printing such a powerful way to make solid.

RepRap Blog

Tuesday, June 11, 2013. This is a very very difficult mathematical and computational problem, and we still (2013) can only solve it for some shapes, even though we know the computer should theoretically be able to be cut out others that we cant (at the moment) solve. RepRap: Blog.

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RepRap: Blog: RepRap Morgan by Quentin Harley wins the Gada.

RepRap Blog

Thursday, July 04, 2013. Im delighted to announce that Quentin Harleys RepRap Morgan design has won the Uplift Interim Personal Manufacturing Prize , the funding for which was most generously provided by Kartik Gada. posted by Shane Taylor : July 05, 2013 2:34 AM. RepRap: Blog.

RepRap: Blog: Vapor Treating ABS RP parts

RepRap Blog

Tuesday, February 26, 2013. posted by p0t0 : February 26, 2013 6:29 PM. posted by Snowcamo : February 26, 2013 9:59 PM. posted by Ian Johnson : February 26, 2013 11:24 PM. posted by Alastair Seggie : February 27, 2013 12:03 AM. February 27, 2013 12:08 PM.

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3D printing with flexible materials – FlexPLA tests

Algorithmic Art

The model is designed by Jessice from Nervous System, and it is a bracelet again. with flexible material, so stay tuned, some new design concept are coming;) peace.

chopmeister's 3d printing stuff: More bearing blocks.

Chopmeister's 3D Printing Stuff

Saturday, December 21, 2013. I tested out the Simple Blocks mentioned in my last post, and I immediately saw room for improvement to the design. ▼ 2013. (8). chopmeisters 3d printing stuff. A blog about my 3d printer related projects. And possibly other stuff. Pages. Links.

RepRap: Blog: Announcing AMRI: Advanced Manufacturing.

RepRap Blog

Thursday, August 08, 2013. The summer fellowship program currently has two components: 1) engineering design challenge. optionally followed by: 2) fundamental scientific investigation (pending the success of the engineering design challenge). RepRap: Blog.

chopmeister's 3d printing stuff: TwisterBlocks installed (with.

Chopmeister's 3D Printing Stuff

Monday, December 23, 2013. Its not often a design does exactly what you want it to do from the first try, but this time it worked. Im always eager to hear other peoples experience with my designs. ▼ 2013. (8). chopmeisters 3d printing stuff.

DeltaMaker - A Wonderfully Innovative 3D Printer

3D Printer Users

I have NO idea how I got there; but, somehow I ended up on the KickStart Page for one of the cleanest and most innovative 3D printer designs that I have come across. As you can see, it''s quite a unique design. And, if they can prove that their design functions at the same level as their "Cool Factor", I''ll certainly be cheering them on. Every now and then I stumble onto something that completely enthrals me. That happened to me today.

Chris Crowly - 3D Printing Changed My Workflow

3D Printer Users

a Mechanical Engineering consultancy specializing in medical equipment design. I can now simply print prototype designs on my Cube and test them with my clients. Of course, I charge professional hourly fees for the concept, design, and CAD work, but now the printing comes free. my product designs are better. My design cycle is much shorter. As you know, human skin a full of sensitive nerves and tiny changes in the clip design really affect the comfort.

Road to a fanless printhead - DIY radial blower cooling

Chopmeister's 3D Printing Stuff

Monday, November 25, 2013. I tried to design a perfect fan mount several times, but never succeeded. I know there are some nice designs out there, but I havent had time to try them all out. ▼ 2013. (8). chopmeisters 3d printing stuff.

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Haddon out - new bearing blocks and belt tensioners in

Chopmeister's 3D Printing Stuff

Tuesday, December 17, 2013. While there are ways to fix that, currently I dont see any way of doing it that meets my design criteria (easy to print, small number of parts, reuse most of the parts from stock UM etc.). ▼ 2013. (8). chopmeisters 3d printing stuff.

3D printing buildings and entire streets – will additive manufacturing revolutionize the building industry as well?

Algorithmic Art

Working versions of 3D printing building technology are already printing 2 metres (6 ft 7 in) of building material per hour as of January 2013, with the next-generation printers capable of 3.5

chopmeister's 3d printing stuff: Ultimaker to HBot? Enter Haddon.

Chopmeister's 3D Printing Stuff

Monday, November 11, 2013. Anyways, that all seemed like a fun idea so I set out to design something. ▼ 2013. (8). chopmeisters 3d printing stuff. A blog about my 3d printer related projects. And possibly other stuff. Pages. Links. About / Contact.

2b3d Budapest 3D Printing Days

Algorithmic Art

My 3D printing passion is getting greater, and the best thing is that many people are getting interested in my 3D printed designs as well! © @andreashepherd on Instagram. Design Terminal. Design Terminal. Design Terminal. Design Terminal. Design Terminal.

Haddon out - new bearing blocks and belt tensioners in

Chopmeister's 3D Printing Stuff

While there are ways to fix that, currently I don't see any way of doing it that meets my design criteria (easy to print, small number of parts, reuse most of the parts from stock UM etc.). I need to ponder that a bit, so I'll publish the design and files tomorrow, after I test it out.

More bearing blocks.

Chopmeister's 3D Printing Stuff

I tested out the Simple Blocks mentioned in my last post, and I immediately saw room for improvement to the design. I've spent quite a while pondering new ideas and came up with something very nice - the TwisterBlock. [No

3D Print at Personalize TCT Show Birmingham

Algorithmic Art

The TCT Show + Personalize took place at the NEC in Birmingham UK from 25-26 September 2013, Hall 3a. The TCT Show auditorium has been filled with designers, developers, engineers, investors, business owners, makers and the media.

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Laser Cut Circuit Boards

Nothing Labs

I''m very interested in how it goes if anyone tries this process with a board designed using EAGLE or other real software. I''ve had my laser cutter ( Full Spectrum 40-watt CO2 ) for about 1.5 years - and over that time have spent a good amount of time trying to make circuit boards on it.

Mendel90 design improvements

HydraRaptor

I temporarily suspended kit production for a few weeks in order to have some time to make some improvements to the design. Another little tweak to the design was to angle the hole for the idler axle.