Aleph Objects, Inc. announced it has 3D printed the one-millionth part used in the production of its LulzBot line of desktop 3D printers. The LulzBot TAZ and LulzBot Mini were ranked the No. 1 and No. 4 best desktop 3D printers in the world, … [Read more...] about 1 million and counting
Personal 3D printers
ABS Material vs. PLA
PLA (poly lactic acid) and ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) are popular thermoplastic materials for personal and professional grade 3D printing systems. When deciding between PLA and ABS material, it depends on your application needs. PLA is … [Read more...] about ABS Material vs. PLA
Can you make a living from a desktop 3D printer?
The Rise of the “Printrepreneur” Lots of people and companies claim that you can quit your day job and make a good living by operating as your own 3D printing service. Going into business for your self includes many challenges. One in particular … [Read more...] about Can you make a living from a desktop 3D printer?
How fast are 3D printers?
The answer is it depends. Build speed, as it is used in this blog, refers to how long it can take to build a part as opposed to how fast do the mechanical axes supporting the material deposition nozzle, lasers, DLP system or build plate move. … [Read more...] about How fast are 3D printers?
One-stop shopping for 3D printers
“We tend to see firms experimenting with lower-cost 3D printers to assist in the development of early stage prototypes, and testing how 3D printing can transform their project development cycle,” said Joe Kempton, 3D printing analyst at Canalys. … [Read more...] about One-stop shopping for 3D printers
Dual head desktop 3d printer prints with more than 30 materials
The AXIOM 2, from Airwolf 3D, is a dual extruder 3D printer that features dual hot ends, auto leveling, and an “easy feed” filament load system. The two high-temperature nozzles are independently controllable, enabling you to combine thermoplastic … [Read more...] about Dual head desktop 3d printer prints with more than 30 materials
Airbus Helicopters prints windshield wiper prototypes with German RepRap X400 3D printer
Airbus Helicopters is reducing the high development costs of function models through the use of 3D printers. The windshield wipers of the helicopters are one example. “These windshield wipers require many tests with regard to their functionality and … [Read more...] about Airbus Helicopters prints windshield wiper prototypes with German RepRap X400 3D printer
Ultimaker launches two 3D printers at CES
Desktop 3D printers often lack capabilities and features desired by professional engineers. A few, though, such as the Ultimaker brand, can suit engineering needs. Ultimaker launched two 3D printers at CES Las Vegas 2016; the Ultimaker 2+ and … [Read more...] about Ultimaker launches two 3D printers at CES
A better print nozzle for MakerBot 3D printers
MakerBot, a global leader in the desktop 3D printing industry, announced the MakerBot Smart Extruder+, a new swappable extruder for Fifth Generation MakerBot 3D Printers. The MakerBot team worked with its parent company, Stratasys, which also … [Read more...] about A better print nozzle for MakerBot 3D printers
How to set up 3D printing for failure in 3 steps
All too frequently, bloggers and pundits make inaccurate claims about 3D printing (3DP) and Additive Manufacturing (AM) systems capabilities. You could easily make the case that over enthusiastic punditry is partly to blame for 3DSystems recent … [Read more...] about How to set up 3D printing for failure in 3 steps