3D Print Community: The RMADS Rapid Manufacturing Advice System

This month’s community support selection is the RMADS project undertaken by researchers at Newcastle University. 

China’s Largest SLA 3D Printer Manufacturer Arrives in The West

The largest stereolithography machine manufacturer in China is setting up shop in the USA. 

A Review of TCT Show 2016

The TCT Show, this year boasting its 21st edition, continues to go from strength to strength. 

Did Apple Already Develop a 3D Printer?

I’m now thinking Apple might create a 3D printer - but not in the way you suspect. 

What Does Facebook Want with a 3D Printing Hardware Company?

Nascent Objects’ modular electronic devices, with components 3D printed using EnvisionTEC’s 3SP 3D printing technology. (Image courtesy of Nascent Objects.)

Nascent Objects’ modular electronic devices, with components 3D printed using EnvisionTEC’s 3SP 3D printing technology. (Image courtesy of Nascent Objects.)

Last week the world’s largest social media company bought a small startup with a unique offering: 3D-printed, modular electronics. 

So, why’d Facebook go and acquire Nascent Objects? 

Nascent Objects started out supplying rapid prototyping services for companies wishing to test their hardware products before going into mass production. By January 2016, the firm changed its business model slightly by actually demonstrating what they were capable of, releasing a series of modular electronics made with these same rapid prototyping capabilities.

On Indiegogo, Nascent Objects showed off three devices, a water consumption monitor, a security camera and a Wi-Fi speaker. All three featured 3D-printed shells with built-in conductive traces, as well as components that could be removed and swapped out in order to build one of the other products. Grab the main computer module and powerpack from the security camera, move it over to the speaker and it’s possible to start blasting music on the go.

The modularity of these devices hinted at a future in which one’s hardware products might never become obsolete, because rather than throw out entire objects, one could simply upgrade a module and use the old one with something else.

At the same time, Nascent Objects aimed to target startups and designers that lacked the resources to prototype such complex projects. Using these items as inspiration, small businesses could work with Nascent Objects to produce their designs before going to mass manufacturing.  At the same time, Nascent Objects had developed a unique software platform for designing modular components.

Read more at ENGINEERING.com

A Most Unusual 3D Printing Corporate Takeover

Earlier this month all shares of 3D printer manufacturer Robo 3D was completely bought by an Australian mining company?

Multi-Nozzle Desktop 3D Printers Just Died

I’ve never been a big fan of dual (or more) nozzle 3D printers because of the problems inherent in the design, but now, perhaps, that style may be heading out with a development from Prusa Research. 

CEL-Robox’s Unique Solution to The Retraction Problem: The Needle Valve

Cel-Robox’s desktop 3D printer has a feature I hadn’t noticed previously: needle valves. 

Watching Manufactured Plastic Objects Melt Up-Close is Strangely Fascinating

While Gallagher might have pioneered the act of destroying things for the amusement of a late night TV audience, YouTube has certainly helped reinvent it.

Fabbaloo’s Buying Guide Expands

We’ve added a new section to our interactive Buying Guides: Events

Arfona’s r.Pod Could Put a Dent Into Dental 3D Printer Companies

Brooklyn-based 3D printer startup Arfona has come up with a unique solution for dental applications: the r.Pod, and it could signal bad news for many dental 3D printer companies. 

Could Custom Eyewear 3D Prints Become Widespread? Fuel3D’s New Scanner Might Make It So

Fuel3D announced a new “mirror” 3D scanner that could lead to advanced eyewear applications. 

Lisa Federici – “It’s Ok to Be a Mom, an Entrepreneur, a Wife, a Student and an Employee All at Once. You Can Do This and You Can Succeed”

Lisa is the CEO of Scansite, a provider of 3D scanning, 3D inspection, and reverse engineering services, located in the Bay Area. 

Two 3D Printer Companies Offer New Innovative Materials Products

There’s much competition in the world of 3D print materials, given the vast number of devices loose in the world. Innovation is key and two companies announced new products along that line. 

A Metamaterial Demonstration Suggests Insane Future 3D Applications

I’m watching a video demonstrating a “meta material mechanism” and the mind boggles at what become of this concept.

Prusa Adds Sophisticated Calibration System

The Prusa crew have developed a rather sophisticated automated calibration system for their most recent desktop 3D printer, the Prusa i3 MK2. 

Is Carbon Fiber Filament a Marketing Gimmick?

Running a small product design and 3D printing business, shookideas.com, I receive questions about carbon fiber filament almost every week. 

Kúla’s 3D Camera Gadget is Almost a 3D Scanner

Reykjavík-based Kúla has produced a gadget that can - almost - transform any smartphone into a rudimentary 3D scanner. 

Serious Implications to 3D Printing After GE’s Acquisition

A few weeks ago General Electric announced the acquisition of not one, but two metal 3D printing companies. The implications are quite serious. 

Design of the Week: Scoop

This week’s selection is the elegantly simple “Scoop” by YouMagine contributor Zayak.