Lulzbot, everyone’s favorite 3D printer company, announced some amazing new stuff today. The first is a new version of their customized Cura, my choice for quick and easy slicing/plating for Lulzbot printers. But the really interesting stuff is all the hardware they announced!
Modular Bed System for both the Taz and Mini
Dual Extruder v3, with a new water-soluble support filament
A new inexpensive enclosure for either the Taz or Mini, and very exciting for a lot of libraries, a stand-alone controller for the Mini that just clips on and allows for computer-free printing directly from an SD card.
It’s great to see Lulzbot continue to innovate and make their printers even more useful. There’s a reason they are my number one choice for libraries looking at a 3d printer purchase.
This is the first truly novel FDM 3d printer that I’ve seen in years…not only do they look like they’ve solved a few issues (printing at an angle allows for overhangs to be dealt with differently) but the never-ending printed is genius. The printer isn’t cheap, but this is extremely clever engineering.
I look forward to seeing this come to fruition.
Libraries everywhere have been asking me about an enclosure for the Mini, and finally there’s one that Lulzbot stands behind. Looks great, protects from grabbing little hands, and stabilizes the print area temperatures so ABS and the like can print more reliably. Win!
Reduce warping, shrinkage, and splitting of 3D printed parts, like ABS, while keeping curious hands away from the heated, moving components of your 3D printer.
Source: LulzBot Mini Enclosure by Printed Solid | LulzBot
Super clever stuff coming out of Disney Research, in which they define balance points of 3D printed objects via internal channels and sliding mass.
The latest project from Disney Research, which is often busy with impressive projects involving 3D technologies, involves the creation of 3D printed objects capable of performing gravity-defying feats of balance.
Source: Disney Research Devises a Method of 3D Printing Models That Balance or Breakdance | 3DPrint.com
This looks like the sort of thing that you might find at Aviary…
PRINT A DRINK combines methods from robotics, life sciences, and design to explore a completely new field of 3D-printing. Rather than building up objects layer by layer, the process uses a high-end KUKA iiwa robot to accurately “inject” microliter-drops of edible liquid into a cocktail. Within a minute, PRINT A DRINK can build up complex 3D structures in a wide range of drinks – creating fascinating augmented cocktails using only natural ingredients.
Source: 3D-printed Drinks
Printing hair is revolutionary, because—in addition to being incredibly delicate—each strand has unique properties and can be customizable, says Jifei Ou, a Ph.D. student at the MIT Media Lab Tangible Media Group and the lead author of the paper.
Source: MIT Researchers are 3D-Printing High-Tech Hair
To mark the 47th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon-landing mission, the Smithsonian has made available a high-resolution 3-D scan of the command module “Columbia,” the spacecraft that carried astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins to the moon. This highly detailed model allows anyone with an internet connection to explore the entire craft including its intricate interior, which is not possible when viewing the artifact in the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. The Smithsonian is also making the data files of the model available for download so it can be 3-D printed or viewed with virtual-reality goggles.
Source: 3d.si | Apollo 11 Command Module
Disney Research has been on a serious roll with its 3D printing innovations and 3D printing patents. From high-res 3D printing processes, to replicating reflective properties onto 3D printed surfaces, to 3D printed wall-climbing robots, it seems as though Disney is looking to redefine how movie merchandise is made using 3D printing technology. But their latest study shows that they are also keen to bring 3D printing principles to other industries, for they have developed a new compiler that lets knitting machines behave like 3D printers and easily produce customized objects.
Source: 3ders.org – Disney Research brings custom 3D printing principles to knitting machines with new compiler | 3D Printer News & 3D Printing News
The soft silicone is sprayed onto an air-permeable mandrel which is then inflated and 3D scanned. Those scans are used to extruded 3D printed forms on the inflated mandrel with with a much harder silicone to form auxetic, ‘hexachiral honeycomb’ structures.
Source: 3D Printing on an Inflatable Substrate – 3DPrint.com
The team uses pre-op CT scans to create 3D models of the kidneys, which are then transferred to the printer. The kidney is then printed out of two different materials so that the tumor and vasculature stand out from the rest of the organ. This allows the surgeons to initially see the tumor and vessels that will be much harder to spot during actual surgery.
via Custom 3D Printed Kidneys Help Surgeons Remove Tumors.