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PieceMaker Next Pilot ToysRus

ToysRus PieceMaker Won The West…Again?

Two Locations For Some 3d Printing ToysRus PieceMaker Action

ToysRus are putting The PieceMaker Factory™ into their stores. It won’t be producing the famous Colt PeaceMaker, famed to be the “The gun that won the West.” (At least not in anything else but plastic.) I would think ToysRus hope that this 3d Printing initiative will be a competition leading move.

Innovation and leadership are often the keys to keeping the top dog position in business. ToysRus sprung to the front of the pack as a toy buyers super store. The concept was simple; ‘make your store as big as a warehouse’.  Have loads of product in the largest footprint retail outlet you can find. The large form factor stores really blow away the competition and help streamline inventory management.

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The New 3d Systems Industrial 3d Printer Line Up

3d Printing News Alert: 3d Systems New 3d Printer Lineup

You can dream right? 3d Systems New 3d Printer Range

This looks like a pretty strong move by the company.

I have been a bit critical of how 3d Systems had focused a little too much on the consumer range of 3d Printers. This was a great initial move by the company and gave them a huge jump on the market.

3d Systems Aggressive In The Consumer 3d Printer Space

Moving aggressively in the home consumer area gave 3d Systems media attention and certainly sold the sizzle of 3d Printing and its future to the world. “Let’s put a 3d Printer in every Blokes Shed!” Is how I would sum up the strategy from an outsiders viewpoint.  Of course that included schools, Universities and the like.

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Bionic Eye

Will 3d Printing With evok3d Fast Track Six Million Dollar Man’s Bionic Eye?

Follow-Up Case Study To The evok3d 3d Printing 2.0 Event

After attending the evok3d 3d Printing technology sessions called Updates & Insights – 3d Printing 2.0. I promised I would do some follow-up case studies.  This is the first of a series of really exciting cases on how 3d Printing is enabling breakthrough innovations.  Special thanks to the team at evok3d for keeping me across some really exciting and cutting edge use cases they are involved in.

3d Printing, Steve Austin And The Bionic Man

If you happen to be around my age you may remember a show in the early 70’s called the Six Million Dollar Man. Astronaut Steve Austin is severely injured in the crash of an experimental lifting body aircraft. They rebuild Steve and make him, “better, faster, stronger than he was before”. He becomes the ‘bionic man’. He gets a new arm, leg and eye.

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Full Colour 3d Printing In Paper? MCOR IRIS Go Figure?

3d Printing Using Paper Makes Sense When You Think About It…

You know when you hear about a new innovation and you think, “what a great idea, that is so obvious, why didn’t I think of that?”  No wise cracks ok!

Yes, 3d Printing in paper makes so much sense.  There are so many benefits.  The MCOR IRIS is certainly hitting a lot of hot points.  Let’s look at the process and list some pros and cons below.

Full Colour 3d Printing In Paper MCOR IRIS
Full Colour 3d Printing In Paper MCOR IRIS

Process

The process is very different to most other 3d Printing engines.  It warrants a post mainly because it is using so many different methods to achieve its high quality result.  The result is Full Colour 3d Printing output.

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Will Multi Jet Fusion™ 3d Printing Power HP Revival

HP Multi Jet Fusion™ 3d Printing Designed To Disrupt

“Multi Jet Fusion™” 3d Printing is set to change the 3d Printing landscape forever. To quote HP its “features include a unique synchronous architecture using multiple chemical agents that together resolve the fundamental limitations of current 3D printing systems”.

This does make a lot of sense and probably strikes at the heart of the one of the limiting aspects of the current crop of 3d Printers. Most of the current crop are very limited in materials variations they can print.  There is likely some of the larger 3d Printing players kicking their respective R&D labs up the butt as I write this. I am not sure how well HP’s innovation is covered by patents, but you would expect there to be plenty of action there. Certainly Multi Jet Fusion™ is trademarked by HP and a catchy little name at that.

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PrintAlive BioPrints Living 3d Skin - Cell Layering On Substrate

Yes It’s Real PrintAlive BioPrints Living 3d Skin

Living 3d Skin Tissues Could Change Skin Grafting Forever?

We are seeing a profusion of breakthroughs in the bio printing space. This one shows so much promise. The PrintAlive BioPrints Living 3d Skin! That means that it has the potential to lead the way in replacing the normally very invasive and damaging skin grafting process.

I found the video a little hard to listen to, but if you advance to about 1 minute in you can see the magic happening! The video that shows the microfluidic cartridge-based technology outputting to what seems to me to be the roll of hydrogel. This is truly giving us a glimpse of the future now. This is a little factory. It fits into my proposition that we will soon be seeing Desktop Factories! Being a printer from way back this is a really familiar process!

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3d Printing Nissan Motor Sport - Evok3d - 3d Systems

Nissan Motor Sport – 3d Printing Their Way To Bathurst 1000 Win?

Nissan Motor Sport – 3d Systems – Evok3d 3d Printing Event

I attended a “3d Printing” technology sessions called Updates & Insights – 3d Printing 2.0 organised by Evok3d on behalf of 3d Systems covering what Nissan Motor Sport racing team is doing with 3d Printing.

The next big race that Nissan Motor Sport teams will compete in is the Bathurst 1000 as of the writing of this post. They have been using 3d Printing as one of the ways to be race ready and competitive.

3d Printing Nissan Motor Sport - Evok3d - 3d Systems
3d Printing Nissan Motor Sport – Evok3d – 3d Systems

Bathurst 1000 The Ideal Test For 3d Printing

For people that are not familiar with car racing or are not from Australia the following is a short overview of the Bathurst 1000.  The Bathurst 1000 is one of Australia’s biggest motor racing events. It is a 1000 kilometre touring car race. It is now an official round of the Australian V8 Touring Car series. The Bathurst 1000 has tons of history and can be traced back to 1960, it has been know to attract over 200,000 avid fans for a weekend.

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Countdown To 3d Printing In Space

3d Printer In Space – HAL Yeah

Countdown Restarted For The First 3d Printer In Space

The first 3d Printer is about to be put into space. Yes, that’s right. History is being created. NASA will put the first 3d Printer into space and use it on board the International Space Station (ISS).  The initial launch was cancelled for Saturday, Sept. 20, but the new countdown is underway as of the writing of this post.

Countdown To 3d Printing In Space
Countdown To 3d Printing In Space

The 3d Printer That Will Make History

Below is the first 3d Printer In Space.  (All going well of course.) This is the printer that will be put into space only a few hours from the writing of this post.  It is a the Zero-G 3d Printer.  One of the goals of the project is to understand the long-terms effects of microgravity on 3D printing as well as how it can support space exploration in the future.

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The worlds cheapest 3d Printer uses a laser

PeachyPrinter – The Worlds Cheapest 3d Printer

So You Want To Try 3d Printing, But You Are A Cheapskate?

No problems, we have you covered! There are some amazing 3d Printers that can get you started with 3d Printing on the cheap. Yes, if you are on a budget, you can still score some pretty cool 3d Printers that can produce some great output.  One in particular gets my vote of support for, The Worlds Cheapest 3d Printer.

The worlds cheapest 3d Printer uses a laser
The worlds cheapest 3d Printer uses a laser.

So put that wad of cash away and just crack the piggy bank open. You can probably manage one of these with just the coins you have stashed away.

The guys at PeachyPrinter Have got a nice unit that you buy in a kit for around $100 dollars check out their PeachyPrinter Kick-starter.

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Super Size Me – BigRep ONE 3d Printer

Would You Like Fries With That BigREP ONE 3d Printer?

BigREP ONE is one heck of a big 3d Printer at 1147 x 1000 x 1188 mm. That of course is a print volume of over 1 cubic meter if you hadn’t figured that already. (Or if you are talking inches, that’s 45 5⁄32″ X 39 3⁄8″ X 46 49⁄64″)

“BigREP ONE” takes it to a whole new level as far as what you can prototype in that large build space.

If you look at the supported printing materials below, it is a pretty amazing list. Note that there are a lot marked as experimental. Not sure what that means, but if you are keen on one of these babies, then it may pay you to ask the question.   Of course it won’t produce you a real edible super sized hamburger, but it will produce a darn big prototype in plastic!  Check out the food printer here if you wan that!

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