3D Printing Powder Manufacturer Metalysis Secures £ 20 Million Investment

Posted by Editor On April - 22 - 2016Comments Off on 3D Printing Powder Manufacturer Metalysis Secures £ 20 Million Investment

The UK-based manufacturer of metal powders for additive manufacturing processes, Metalysis, has secured £ 20 million in new investment coming from British investor Neil Woodford and Australian mining company Iluka Resources.

Founded in 2001 by the University of Cambridge, Metalysis is focused on cost-effectively producing titanium, tantalum as well as other high value metals using their proprietary FFC process, which offers both economic and environmental benefits over traditional methods. According to the company, the process saves 50% on energy. The FFC process works by introducing metal oxides into a molten salt bath where it is electrolysed to form metal powders.

Metalysis’ materials have been tested in additive manufacturing components for the aerospace and automotive industries including aircraft parts such as landing gears. Additionally, they partnered with UK company TWI, who uses its tantalum powder to 3D print orthopaedic hip implants.

For more, see: http://www.3printr.com/3d-printing-powder-producer-metalysis-secures-20-million-investment-0535635/

April Marks Milestone for Makerbot

Posted by Editor On April - 22 - 2016Comments Off on April Marks Milestone for Makerbot

April Marks Milestone for Makerbot

Makerbot set a new record earlier this month in 3D printing with more than 100,000 3D printers sold worldwide. By providing what they say is the most accessible, easy-to-use 3D printing experience, MakerBot is the first company in the 3D printing industry to reach this important milestone.

“Being the first company to have sold 100,000 3D printers is a major milestone for MakerBot and the entire industry,” said Jonathan Jaglom, CEO at MakerBot. “MakerBot has made 3D printing more accessible and today is empowering businesses and educators to redefine what’s possible. What was once a product used only by makers and hobbyists has matured significantly and become an indispensible tool that is changing the way students learn and businesses innovate.”

To celebrate, Makerbot reduced the price of their MakerBot Replicator® Desktop 3D Printer to $2,499 for a limited time.

For more, see: http://www.makerbot.com/blog/2016/04/04/makerbot-reaches-milestone-100000-3d-printers-sold-worldwide

LIX Circular 3D Printing Pen Finds Success on Kickstarter

Posted by Editor On April - 21 - 2016Comments Off on LIX Circular 3D Printing Pen Finds Success on Kickstarter

8,030 backers pledged £731,690 to support 3D pen for drawing in the air

LIX pen offers 3D drawing capabilities

LIX explains how it device functions like 3D printers to quickly melt and cool LIX colored plastics to create rigid, freestanding structures. By using the ABS filament, the LIX 3D pen promises to offer greater strength, flexibility, malleability and higher temperature resistance. The ABS filament has a hot plastic smell due to its petroleum-based plastic and begins to melt at 356 °F and works at 446 °F. The PLA filament comes in a wide range of colors and levels of attractive glossy translucency and due to its plant-based origins provides a desirable semi-sweet smell when in use. The PLA filament has slightly less strength and flexibility than ABS and is also sensitive to moisture. Begins to melt at 320 °F and works at 356 °F.

The pen sells for $139.95 with pre-orders scheduled for delivery in May 2016. For more on LIX, visit: http://lixpen.com/

Digital Archeologists Celebrate Endeavor with Opening of Temple of Ba’al

Posted by Editor On April - 20 - 2016Comments Off on Digital Archeologists Celebrate Endeavor with Opening of Temple of Ba’al

Beltane Fire Festival in Edinburgh (Wikipedia Commons)

Whether by accident or design, the arrival in London of a full-size replica of an arch which stood on the site of the recently-destroyed Temple of Ba’al coincides with an ancient pagan festival that connects the modern replicas with their ancient roots: serving false idols.

The 28-meter tall 3-D printed model, created by the Institute for Digital Archeology, represents a famous arch of the original Temple of Palmyra in Syria, which drew 150,000 visitors a year until it was destroyed by ISIS in September. The first replica arch will be on display in London’s Trafalgar Square later this month during UNESCO World Heritage Week, beginning April 18th and ending on the 22nd, as a symbol of protest against religious extremism; another arch will rise in Times Square next autumn.

April 19th is not a meaningful date to most, but to occultists and worshippers of Ba’al, it is a most auspicious time. Halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice, it marked the first day of summer in ancient times, initiating a 13-day period known in the occult as “the Blood Sacrifice to the Beast.” This period culminates in Beltane, the major festival for the worship of Ba’al – or, as it is known in the Western world, May Day.


Easy to Begin Designing Online and Free

Posted by Editor On April - 19 - 2016Comments Off on Easy to Begin Designing Online and Free

V-cloud rendering by Clara.io


Clara.io is a great beginner tool to start writing your own STL files. Sign up at https://clara.io/

What is an STL File?

Posted by Editor On April - 19 - 20161 COMMENT

STL FileWikipedia explains:

It’s all about triangles.

Not only are triangles the symbol of control in the semantic world of symbolism, they are the physical equation of control in the geometric realm.

Because triangles do not warp.

A four legged table will wobble if one of the legs is off. However a tripod will stand firmly even at an angle with one leg off and this is the key difference in the structure of physical shapes using numerical evaluated geometric space. What an stereolithography (STL) file does is render everything to triangular coordinates. Perhaps better said can found on Wikipedia:

“STL is a file format native to the stereolithography CAD software created by 3D Systems. STL has several after-the-fact backronyms such as “Standard Triangle Language” and “Standard Tessellation Language”. This file format is supported by many other software packages; it is widely used for rapid prototyping, 3D printing and computer-aided manufacturing. STL files describe only the surface geometry of a three-dimensional object without any representation of color, texture or other common CAD model attributes. The STL format specifies both ASCII and binary representations. Binary files are more common, since they are more compact.

“An STL file describes a raw unstructured triangulated surface by the unit normal and vertices (ordered by the right-hand rule) of the triangles using a three-dimensional Cartesian coordinate system. STL coordinates must be positive numbers, there is no scale information, and the units are arbitrary.”


Posted by Editor On April - 19 - 2016Comments Off on Podcasts

3D Printing Today

By Andy Cohen & Whitney Potter


These guys dig through all the hype to reveal the real value in what is happening today in the exciting world of 3D Printing. Andy, with 28 years in the high tech industry, and Master Craftsman Whitney Potter discuss all aspects of 3D Printing. They discuss topics such as how to tune, upgrade and maintain your desktop factory, how to develop your own designs for 3D Printing and where all the cool new stuff is. Each episode includes current events, 3-5 technically focused segments, and a “Thing of the week”. The show also includes guest segments from luminaries and specialists including Joe Larson, Emmett Lalish, Brook Drumm and lots of others across this incredible new Profession… ? Industry… ? Hobby… ?


Posted by Editor On April - 18 - 20161 COMMENT

3D Printing: Make anything you want | Global News Broadcast on bioprinting

Published on Jan 28, 2013
January 25, 2013: Imagine a world where you can make anything you want, just by pressing “print.” 3D printers have arrived and they promise a fascinating future, depending on what we make. For more info, please go to http://www.globalnews.ca/3d+printing/…

Cubify 3D printing car wheel in 4 hours | Toy car wheel using filament-fed 3D printer

Published on Jan 6, 2013
3D Build of Car Wheel built in 2011’s Toy Car Video

Zcorp 3D Printer 650 | Composite-bound 3D printer

Uploaded on Jun 4, 2010
ZPrinter® 650

Premium Color, Highest Resolution, Largest Build Size


Color: Multicolor (5 print heads, including black)
Resolution: 600 x 540 dpi
Automation: Full (automated setup and self monitoring / automated powder loading / automated powder recycling and removal / snap-in binder cartridges / intuitive control panel)
Vertical Build Speed: 1.1 inch/hour (28 mm/hour)
Build Size: 10 x 15 x 8 inches (254 x 381 x 203 mm)
Material Options: High Performance Composite
Layer Thickness: 0.0035 – 0.004 inches (0.089 – 0.102 mm)
Number of Jets: 1520

About 3D Printr Magazine

Posted by Editor On April - 18 - 2016Comments Off on About 3D Printr Magazine

3D Printr Magazine was created to make 3D printing accessible to everyone; to sponsor open-source operations and the sharing of STL files under the Creative Commons organization’s guidelines for the promotion of a freer, more creative 3D printing environment.

By providing a central hub for 3D printer enthusiasts, 3D Printr Magazine hopes to facilitate the learning and use of 3D printing on both the commercial and home model scale. As it stands now, few people except for the occasional hobbyist or mechanical engineer know of the importance 3D printing will have on the future. In time, this industry stands to grow to $12 billion by 2020, shaking up the world order on how manufacturing, artistry, even medicine, is done. 3D Printr Magazine will be there to champion a open-source environment and foster the creative collaboration necessary to see this industry benefits people to their greatest potential while honoring the rights and rewards of innovators and entrepreneurs.

Gregory van Zuyen | Managing Editor

Gregory is an instructor in 3D printing at Santa Monica College Continuing Education, where he has been teaching graphic arts for fourteen years. His favorite thing to do is talk about 3D printing which is why he is often not invited to parties. Otherwise he is quite likable.

Franka Schoening | German Editor

A German native, Franka moved to sunny Southern California in 2011 to attain her Masters of Communications Management at the University of Southern California. Since graduating she has worked in operations in the medical industry and as group events coordinator in eco-tourism.

In her free time you can find her in the rabbit room at the South Los Angeles Animal Shelter, cooking vegan feasts, treasure hunting at estate sales and thrift stores, or picking up a random new hobby, lately sewing. She also organizes events and fundraisers for LA Rabbit Foundation and has a small rabbit boarding business.

Taila Rodrigues | Portuguese Editor

Taila grew up in the nineties in a small town surrounded by rural areas in the state of Parana, in the south of Brazil. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Ourinhos Integrated Faculties (FIO) in Sao Paulo. In Sao Paulo, she served in the Office of Social Services as director of the Municipal Department of Psycho-Social Assistance, helping people in situations of social vulnerability. She moved to Los Angeles, California in search of a personal development in technological skills.

Adventurous and inspired by curiosity, her motivation is her belief that technology can be accessible for people worldwide. Besides a passion for 3D modeling, her loves are photography, music, nature, yoga, and cats.

Ratthakorn Niramitmahapanya | Thai Editor

Ratthakorn is from Thailand. As a full time student at Santa Monica College, he is taking the entrepreneurship certificate program. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Chiang Mai University, northern Thailand. He has two year’s experience in the engineering field. He has worked with Michelin, the tire manufacturing company, in the position of garniture engineer. He has experience designing 3D printing metal parts and uses CATIA V5 which he considers one of the best in 3D-modeling software. His belief is that technology never stops growing, and the importance of 3D printing in the manufacturing process cannot be overestimated.

Fred Kaplan | Contributing Editor

Fred is a 3D printing material specialist, who has worked with SLA, SLS, FDM, ColorJet, ADAM, DLP, LOM, FFF, MultiJet, Polyjet, and SDL 3D printers. Specializing in matching the best technology to a particular 3D printing application, he has also worked with many brands of 3D scanners and many CAD packages.

Prior to his work in additive manufacturing, Fred received a Los Angeles area Emmy and other awards for documentary filmmaking.

Tsion Asmamaw | Technical Editor

Tsion is an Ethiopian-American residing in the Los Angeles area. She has been in a wide variety of industries ranging from retail sales management for a major international women’s clothing line to doing 3D modeling and CNC work for cabinetry production.

She has a variety of hobbies including jewelry design, home decor, traveling and reading mysteries. She also enjoys refurbishing and refinishing antiques. A recent graduate of UCLA Extension’s Coding Boot Camp, she brings a wealth of information on internet technologies with an emphasis in web development.

James Mary O’Connor | Architectural Editor

In 2007, James Mary O’Connor, FAIA, received the American Institute of Architects Young Architect Award, cited as “a virtual ambassador for American architects, he brings excellence, humanity, and honor to his profession.” Born in Dublin, Ireland, James came to Charles Moore’s Master Studios at University of California, Los Angeles in 1982 as a Fulbright Scholar. James received his Master of Architecture from UCLA, his Diploma in Architecture from the Dublin Institute of Technology, and his Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree from Trinity College, Dublin. He joined Moore Ruble Yudell in 1983.

As Principal-in-Charge, James has provided design leadership for several award-winning residential, academic and mixed-use urban projects. International work has become a focus, with large-scale housing and planning projects in Sweden, The Philippines, Japan, and several areas of China. A current prominent project is the competition-winning Grangegorman Master Plan in Dublin, Ireland. He has a special interest in uncommon building types, reflected in his work on the Sunlaw Power Plant Prototype in Los Angeles and the Santa Monica Civic Center Parking Structure. James has also led Moore Ruble Yudell teams in national and international design competitions, such as the Beijing Wanhao Century Center and the winning design for the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park, Maryland. Over the past 25 years, James has taught design studios, lectured, and been invited as guest critic at universities around the world. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a Registered Architect in the State of California.

Reaching out to us? Contact us by email at editor@3dprintrmagazine.com. Follow us on Twitter @3DPrintrMag.


Posted by Editor On April - 18 - 2016Comments Off on Thingiverse

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Show us what you made: the world wants to see it! 3D modeling and printing is still in its infancy. The more you share your work, the more your designs inspire others, get printed, and do awesome things.

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