PRECIOUS M 080 DMLS System is a Metal 3D printer for 3d printed jewelry

Hello Folks, A lot of my friends are into one of the oldest forms of craft in India, jewelry making. One of my pal who happened to be in Hong Kong for the Hong Kong International Jewelery Show 2014 called me yesterday and sounded scared to death. When I enquired about the cause of his worries, he said he saw a metal 3d printer that can print 3d printed jewelry. He said “our business is finish” !!.

Digging deep into the conversation I assured him that there is no reason to worry as 3d printers are here to help businesses grow and innovate further and not to take away your businesses. I asked him to be more practical and told him that Survival of the fittest is the name of the game. He did not sound convinced with my pro 3d printing tech views however he promised to be more open towards the technology and probably get a 3d printer himself to learn the tricks of the trade.

After the call was over I researched a bit and found that EOS has teamed up with precious metals supplier Cooksongold and has launched a metal 3d printer based on the direct metal laser sintering (DMSL) technology. They announced the printer at the Hong Kong International Jewelry Show. The named this precious metal 3d printer as PRECIOUS M 080 DMLS System.

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3d printed jewelry are very much a reality and PRECIOUS M 080 is yet another effort to make it mainstream. This 3d printer can take your CAD designs and turn them into real objects with utmost ease. Cooksongold told people that 3d printers like these would help Jewelry makers and Big brands gain market edge. It would create innovative new product which are intricately detailed, something people have never seen before.

Until now most jewelry is made using the age old lost wax casting which is time consuming and adds to the cost of prototyping and manufacturing cost of the finished product. Metal printers like PRECIOUS M 080 cut’s these cost as they use Additive manufacturing technology where by advanced metal powders are spread into thin layers and then this layers is solidified using advanced laser technology and the process is repeated until the finished product is ready.

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Technical specifications of PRECIOUS M 080

  • Build volume: 80 mm x 100 mm
  • Dimensions (B x D x H): 800 mm x 950 mm x 1850 mm
  • Weight: 580 kg
  • CAD interface: STL
  • Network: Ethernet
  • Laser type: Yb-fibre laser, 100 W
  • Precision optics: F-theta-lens, high speed scanner
  • Scan speed: up to 7.0 m/s (23 ft./sec)
  • Power supply: 13 A
  • Power consumption: maximum 2.3 kW

3d printed jewelry made on a PRECIOUS M 080

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Grace Choi makes a Mink 3d printer by hacking a Desktop Inkjet printer.

Hello Folks, remember Grace Choi ? don’t worry if you don’t we would refresh your memory. A few months ago we reported about Mink 3d Printer developed by her, this cosmetic 3d printer could print Makeup products. She is supposedly considered the biggest threat modern cosmetic industry has ever faced. While some admired her work there were many who called her a fake, she has recently made a video which will silence her opponents forever.

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Grace Choi was asked to attend as a speaker at a hackathon called MHacks, at the University of Michigan. She obliged the organizers and went there, however what she did there was a shock for the rest of the world. While at the hackathon she hacked a $70 HP 6100 inkjet and converted it into a make shift Mink 3d Printer. This makeshift cosmetic printer was the then used to print lipstick, nail polish, and eye shadows of virtually any color. She made a tutorial video of her hacked cosmetic printer and also gave step-by-step instructions on how to make a 3D printer to which makes lipsticks, eye shadows and nail polishes.

Here are a list of things you need to make a make shift Mink 3d Printer. Source Businessinsider 

  • A home printer (Choi recommends an HP 6100 which retails for $70)
  • A tool like Photoshop, which can pull a hex color from an image online
  • Refillable ink cartridges
  • Ink (edible ink/vegetable based ink because they’re FDA approved). Choi adds: “Make sure they’re compatible with your government’s regulations! There is a bit of trial and error here with vendors. You can also custom formulate the inks by starting with the compatible raw pigments/dyes.”
  • Some blank/white cosmetics (think BIC White Out for a nail polish base, white powder, or a clear gloss for lipstick)
  • Pliers and a screwdriver

If you have taken a note of the things needed, get ready to see how to hack a printer into a cosmetic maker yourself.

 

This Mink 3d Printer was able to product lipsticks, eye shadows and nail polishes of almost any color. While Grace Choi promised a full working Mink 3d printer for $300 until that is officially available, you can try hacking your printer and show your love for your lassie.

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Print the Legend Worlds first documentary about 3d Printing

3D Printing is one technology which has the potential to disrupt the way people buy and sell products. Its already called the next industrial revolution, 3d printing is already changing the way we manufacture products. To celebrate the unprecedented growth and development of 3d Printing technology Netflix decided to make a Documentary about it. They call it Print the Legend.

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The Documentary starts the the tagline “ The 3D printing revolution has begun. Who will make
it?”. it then goes on to feature the hard headed people who worked really hard to make sure 3d printing makes it mainstream. They compare the recent age of 3d printers to the “Macintosh Moment”, which actually talks about a time when people did not believe Desktop Pc’s were a possibility but then Steve Jobs launched Macintosh . Print the legend, features interviews and story of development of some major 3d Printer manufacturers like Maker Bot and Form labs. It also also talks about advantages of 3d printed prosthetic Robotic hands and dangers of 3 Printed Guns.

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We credit the development of the human race to the Industrial revolution however it was not possible to document the revolution as it happened. Print the Legend is an effort to document the new industrial revolution as it happens. The documentary is directed by Luis Lopez and J.Clay Tweel and was last screened at SXSW where it also won an award for Editing & Storytelling in the Documentary Feature Competition.

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This time round Print the Legend would be screened at laemmle music hall Beverly hills  and Quad Cinema, New York on 26th September. It would also be available exclusively on Netflix on the same day.

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They are also conducting a contest where a random winner will be given a 3d Printer featuring in the documentary. Here’s a link to the Print the Legend contest page.

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Watch Strati the worlds first 3d Printed Car in action

Back in the month of June we informed our viewers about the winner of the Worlds first 3d Printed car. It was a design challenge held by Local Motors and Strati was announced to be the winner. It was also announced that the winning design would be live 3d Printed at an event to be held between September 8-13 at Chicago, Illinois.

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Local motors planned to print the car in 40 parts and joint them to make a working car. While I held my doubts about the practicality of this adventures task, I was pleasantly surprise to know that the worlds first 3d printed car was successfully printed and assembled live in front of spectators at International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago.

Now that Local Motors have successfully printed a 3d printed car it was time to test if it actually works. So they did a test drive of Strati and it amazed everyone, It drove as good as any other car would. Local Motors plans take this new way of production of cars to the next level and take orders for 3d Printed cars in the coming months.

Worlds first 3d Printed car Strati is yet another example to prove that 3d printing is not just a technology used for prototyping products, It can also be used to manufacture real products. Lets enjoy the video and get amazed at the potentials 3d printing holds to touch our every day life.

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We are giving away a 3d Printed Superbike Ducati 1199. Do you have it in you to get one ?

Hello folks, We are glad to announce our first give away and its something extremely special. If you have in you to be worth it. Yes it’s a 3d Printed Superbike Ducati 1199.

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3d Printed Superbike Ducati 1199 is an extremely complex design which contains 40 individually designed parts, Its going to be the most challenging 3d printing we have ever done. This beast was recently made by Jacky on an ultimaker 3d printer. You can read the making of this superbike on ultimaker’s Blog.

Interested in getting one for your self ? We would be glad to make one of these 3d Printed Superbike Ducati 1199 and give it out to you for free. However there is a catch, you need to prove us that you are generous enough to get this piece fusion of art and technology.

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As you might know that People in Jammu and Kashmir (India) are affected with the worst floods in the known history. More than 750 people have died and a few lack have lost every thing they ever had. These people need urgent help. If you are generous enough to donate some money to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF), we will give this to you. Know more about the Jammu and Kashmir Floods.

Once you have donate the money send us a screenshot of the receipt, we will give this 3d Printed Superbike to the person who has donate the highest amount. The winner would be announced on 30th September 2014 and we would send the Ducati replica to the winner by 15 October 2014. You can mail the receipt to my personal email address amit.d.arora@gmail.com.

This giveaway is only available for Indians as of now as PMNRF does not accept donations from international donors. We are looking into a way to make this giveaway of 3d Printed Superbike international. We will update our giveaway as soon as we find other options to help the People of Jammu and Kashmir.

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BBC Children’s Programs revamped to teach 3d Printing to UK Students

According to one famous saying, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” That’s exactly what English government is planning to do by introducing a new educational curriculum that would be implemented from Autumn 2014. The new national curriculum is based more on first hand experience rather than just the theoretical knowledge of the books. Department for Education said that the purpose of the new syllabus was to prepare children for “life in modern Britain”. Some major changes have been done in the way young pupils are though Math’s and Science, and subjects like Design and technology and Computing has been added to the new curriculum. 3d Printing and robotics as a subject is a part of the Design and technology.

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BBC Children’s and BBC Learning have decided to the frontrunner in helping the students come with terms with the new syllabus. BBC announced they they would be revamping the Children’s programs to be in sync with the new educational resources. BBC Children’s will launch a set of  new TV series, games and competitions to help young students get first hand experience of 3d Printing, Computing and Robotics.

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As a step towards “Digital Future”, BBC’s Free online study support resource, Bitesize will be redesigned to be more animated and interactive for students. BBC Children’s would air several programs that emphasize computer education. Soon Dick and Dom of Appsolute Genius a TV series on CBBC would be seen challenging young viewers to design and build their own video game app. Frankie Vu and Clara Amfu (hosts of Technobabble) would be explain how 3D printing and virtual reality can be used in the real world. Soon Nina from Nina and the Neurons would be taking kids to 3D print studios where they get their hands on the technology.

Here is what Acting Head of BBC Learning, Sinéad Rocks had to say about the new Programs that are to be launched.

“We know that many children are genuinely interested in technology and we want to play our part in inspiring and empowering them to pursue their passions and to find out even more. Our new education resources are designed to give a hands on approach through a range of great animation, video and interactive games that we hope will really engage and entertain whilst also enabling our audiences to develop key digital skills. This combined with great television and online output from CBBC and CBeebies means that the BBC can inspire children to get creative digitally both within the formal setting of the classroom and at home through television, games and competitions.”

Things are changing quickly in the 3d printing and digital computing and this rewriting of curriculum is an effort to make children aware of these technologies before they step foot in the outside world. We appreciate this effort by the UK Government and BBC Children. What do you guys think ? Do share your opinion with us and other viewers of Smartprinting.co

Source : BBC

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Meet the God of the Geeks – 3d Printed Ganpati

Its festival season here in India and every one is busy worshipping their favorite Hindu god Ganesh. It’s the time of the year when Hindus bring home an idol of Lord Ganesh and worship it and immerse the idol in water on the 10 days. Till now these Ganesh Idols were made using plaster of paris or clay as they were to be immersed in water, however that was not good enough for geeks. So they decided to make a 3d Printed Ganpati.

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Folks at Altem Technologies decided to make the 3d Printed version of the Hindu god of knowledge and wisdom. They 3d scanned 8 different forms of Ganesha and printed the idols using Stratasys FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) & Polyjet technology based 3D Printers.

These 3d Printed Ganpati idols are at public display at M.G Road Metro Station’s “Rangoli – Metro Art Centre” and would be kept there till 7th Sept 2014. Religion is an integral part of Indian social structure and this is fusion of technology with gods would go a long way in promoting 3d Printing in India.

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This is what Mr. Prasad Rodagi, Founder Director of ALTEM Technologies had to say about the 3d Printed Ganpati :

“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 on the occasion of Ganesha Chathurthi.”

They also made a hash tag #3dprintedganesha to promote this effort of theirs. Here’s a short teaser video they launched before they put the 3d Printed Ganpati on display

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3d Printed lingerie to beat the ban on Lace underwear’s by Eurasian Union

We have heard a lot about 3d Printed guns, 3d Printed houses and a zillion other things that can be 3d Printed. Its time for the 3d Printed lingerie to get its One Minute Of Fame. Why on earth would any one want to print an underwear ? Hold your breath we will explain.

This July the Eurasian Union, which consists of Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus passed a law banning import, production or sale of synthetic lace lingerie. What !!!

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No, the Russians were not planning to start a no underwear cult when they passed this law. As a matter of fact they want to protect their people from low-quality synthetic fibers as they aren’t “hygroscopic”  enough, which means they don’t allow the skin to breathe like they should. However lazy wording by the bureaucrats meant that instead of tackling only the use of low-quality synthetic fibers, it outlawed any underwear made of non-natural material that does not meet a 6 per cent absorption threshold.This Dumb Law, was not well accepted by girls in Eurasian Union and there were wide spread protest.

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A German Company Lascana decided to do something about this situation, and they hired a Russian designer Victoria Anoka to help them make a 3d Printed Underwear. Once the designing was completed it was sent over to 3DPrintus a Moscow based 3-D printing company. They printed this shells and pearls based 3d Printed lingerie using Nylon.

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Lascana informed that these 3d Printed lingerie would be available by November for around a thousand rouble or around $80, but definitive prices have yet to be announced. it is said that

Every woman should have lace panties in her sexy lingerie drawer. Sheer, stretch lace is sexy and demurely feminine – a combination any guy would love.

Do have know something more about 3d Printed lingerie that we don’t know ? Share with us.

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Customs made 3d Printed Electric Guitars for the Rock Stars of Generation Z

3d Printing technology is changing the way we make and sell products. We can now 3d print anything from pin to plane and some internal body organs as well. It’s the technology that has infinite practical application at a fraction of the cost that we spend righ now. Custom made 3d Printed Electric Guitars is yet another example of how this technology can revolutionize the production of things we need.

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Every soul which plays guitar has a dream to purchase a custom made guitar for himself. Who does not need a guitar that looks and feels the way they want, however this need of ours were decided by the guitar manufacturers. They were like a robot making factory which kept producing the same kind of robot for years and people were forced to buy one as they could not afford the high cost of Custom made Guitars. 3d Printed Electric Guitars is set to change the way play our music as well.

Customuse is a company based in United Kingdom and founded by Mahdi Hosseini which has the capacity to change the dream of a affordable custom made Guitar into a reality. It is said that “necessity is the mother of all invention”, so when Mr. Hosseini’s girlfriend was not able to afford a custom made guitar to gift him one, they decided to make customs made 3d Printed Electric Guitars which people could afford.

“I always had a passion for 3D printing, so when we were discussing the issues with the high cost of personalization of guitars due to inefficient manufacturing processes, I had one of those AHA moments, It all became clear, why not use the latest technology? That is when we came up with the idea to make personal, unique and affordable 3D-printed electric guitars.”

Customuse guitars are not all about 3d printed parts, as a matter of fact it’s a perfect blend of the old and the new. The printed body is wrapped around a CNC-machined tone wood block, the neck is still wood and hardware like bridge, pickups and tuners are as you would find them on a traditionally-made guitar.

The body of the 3d Printed Electric Guitars is made using SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) machines with very large print-beds. Mr. Hosseini was very confident about the quality of his 3d printed Guitar when he said  “This allows us to print our guitar bodies in a single piece using nylon 12 powder; hence creating a much more robust and resonant structure in comparison with other 3D printing technologies. The outcome is a very solid body with a smooth finish especially on the rounded edges. In the future, we aim to create a more available alternative for younger players using a more affordable FDM (Fused Deposition Molding) process. However, this method has its limitations and the final outcome would not compete with the current SLS models.”

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Customuse is currently selling 3 types of 3d Printed Electric Guitars on their etsy store for £1,500.00. They are planning to launch an online platform where the customer would be able to customize things like Color of the body, tone woods, hard-tail or tremolo bridges, single-coil or humucking pickups, and neck profile and wood for their custom Guitar. These customization would revolve around the few custom made templates of guitars which would be selected by the customer. Once the customization is complete and an order is placed, the Customs made 3d Printed Electric Guitar would be delivered at the door step within 2 weeks.

This is what Mr. Hosseini had to say about the level of customization this browser based application would have :

“We allow customers to choose a tone wood that best matches their special tone,” explains the company’s founder. “For example we suggest mahogany or walnut for players who favor a warmer darker tone; and ash for a brighter result. If a player chooses to use our standard specs, we will fit the guitar with a tone-wood that we believe matches the pickups and the character of that particular model. We also use the same dimensions for all our wooden center block (with the exception of Sunrise) this means that the customers would be able to purchase a Customuse guitar today and change it into another guitar of a different shape later by ordering a new body.”

The online platform that allows one to customize their own 3d printed Guitar is supposed to go live by November 2014. For people who are old school and do not like technology to take over every aspect of life the company is planning to offer a premium service where the player can sit down with one of the Customuse designers and build their ultimate personal instrument.

Source: Customuse

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David 3d Printer is the worlds first to print using Plastic Pellets

David, is the worlds first commercial desktop pellet 3d printer from Sculptify, and its now available for crowd funding on Kickstarter. I know you would have this question in your mind. What’s difference between David 3d printer and other zillion others available in the market ? While the 3d printers available right now use Plastic Filaments, David is the first 3d printer used plastic pallets as raw material.

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David 3d Printer is quite a revolutionary concept as it breaks the manufacturing cycle of a Plastic filament. Hence the Plastic pellets that the David 3d Printer is way cheaper than the actual Filaments, which makes the 3d printed objects way cheaper as well.

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David 3d Printer is available for a price tag of $3195 which seems higher than the other printers available for sale, however if you compare the operational cost of the printer is way cheaper then the other options available.

David 3d Printer Features  :

  • Print Volume : 20w x 22d x 18.5h cm (7.8in x 8.6in x 7.3in)
  • Heated print bed & Automatic bed calibration
  • Prints ABS, PLA, Nylon, high-density polyethylene, ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA), thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), high impact polystyrene, polycarbonate, and wood composites.
  • David 3d Printer runs on an open source software to print.

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Who would not want a 3d printer that does so much at a cheaper printing cost ? Kickstater community seems to be in love with this printer already. Sculptify wants $100000 to make David 3d printer a reality, out of which $26,703 is already pleaded within a few hours.

If you thought you have known almost everything about David 3d Printer you are about to be pleasantly surprised. According to the CEO of Sculptify Slade Simpson David 3d printer is made with the motto to print using recycle material, here is what he had to say :

We have done a few trials of recycling parts in-house, and for all intents and purposes, it’s completely feasible. Since most (if not all) of the materials that David will ever print will be thermoplastic polymers, they can be printed and reprinted over and over, with the only limit being the degradation of the material. In theory, you could print a part, use it for a while, then grind it, and reprint it. This could potentially go far beyond David just printing recycled materials (like the new 3D Systems machine) – he could, practically speaking, reuse the same material over and over, until contamination/degradation becomes an issue – let’s see Will.I.Am do that.

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If you were waiting to jump into the 3d Printing bandwagon and want to buy the David 3d Printer we have a good news for you. David 3d Printer is available at a discounted price $2745 on Kickstarter however this offer is only available for the first 40 3d Printers. So hurry up and head over to Kickstarter to pre order one today.

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