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20 Kickstarter 3D Printer Projects Live Right Now

20 Kickstarter 3D Printer Projects Live Right Now
By Hanna Watkin


Our weekly roundup of the latest 3D printer projects live on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Which Kickstarter 3D printer is worthy of your support?

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Here at ALL3DP, we’re confident that crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo will continue to be a great source of 3D printing hardware, software, and products for the foreseeable future.

With that in mind, we’re publishing weekly updates on the latest 3D printer projects on Kickstarter and elsewhere. This is a summary of the many campaigns and projects that launch every week. And if you see any that you think are worth talking about, let us know in the comments, and we’ll consider it for inclusion.

Important to note: Before you back any Kickstarter 3D printer project, take a gander at 8 Clues a 3D Printing Kickstarter Campaign is the Real Deal. The standard advice is to minimize risk by learning as much as you can about the project and making an informed choice.

And of course, only part from an amount of cash that you can afford to lose. Caveat Emptor!

Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #1: QuadBot – Make Your Own Robot (New)


Pitch: “Become a Robot Maker. Learn Coding, 3D Printing, Design, Electronics and Maths.”

Rewards: The early bird Maker kit will set you back £123. It allows you to 3D print the files on your own (20 hours print time) and then add the delivered electronics. For £199, you’ll get the full kit with pre-fabricated pieces. For £219, you receive a full robot kit plus a Bluetooth serial module for remote control access and wireless connectivity.

Backers: 158

Pledges: £11,786 pledged of £12,500 goal

Days to go: 42

Kickstarter “Project We Love”? Yes

Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: It looks like the 3D printable, programmable, Arduino-based QuadBot gets a lot of people excited: Just a few days into the campaign it’s nearly funded. The team promises it’s “super engaging and fun to program.” We like the design, the flexibility of the robot and its open source approach. On the business side, the team have taken into consideration the cost overruns and late delivery possibility, but otherwise are confident in their product and funding is almost complete already. Shipping should start – according to the team – in April 2017.

Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #2: SafFire (New)


Pitch: “Modular top-down laser tool for SLA 3D printing and wood engraving. Unparalleled 3D print quality; includes optional resin wiper blade.”

Rewards: If you want to check out the quality of the prints, you can pledge either $45 or $75 and receive a small or large model made from an STL file of your choice. For the early bird slot, you can pledge $1,095 or more and receive one SafFire Laser Engraving System, calibrated and tested. Pledge $1,390 or more for the early bird slot of one SafFire Laser Engraving System plus the small 3D Printing Accessory, calibrated and tested. The early bird large option will cost you $3,285 – and this will give you the large SLA 3D printing option also.

Backers: 10

Pledges: $9,647 pledged of $40,000 goal

Days to go: 17

Kickstarter “Project We Love”? No

Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: The SafFire Laser Engraving System has been made for professionals who need high-quality prints. It can create usable prototypes with fine text and tiny features. The team also promise that the machine also requires no maintenance.

IndieGoGo 3D Printer Project #3: The Best 3D Printer for Creative Kids (New/Funded)


Pitch: “A fully-featured 3D printer that’s safe and simple enough for kids to unleash their creativity.”

Rewards: You can receive one of the first 50 units for $269 with shipping on Cyber Monday only. This includes one Yeehaw 3D Printer and 3 spools of filament. The Early Bird option will get you a printer and one spool of filament for $249. You can buy filament and pledge $20 or more depending on how much you need. For $299, you get the regular Early Bird special.

Backers: 72

Pledges: $28,949 pledged of $25,000

Days to go: 30

Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: Children can design their own toys‭, ‬pixel-by-pixel with Yeehaw app or use the library which is full of many different printing options. The entire printer has been designed specifically with children in mind. But, to save yourself some money you may want to check out other budget printers and simply assist your child when they use them.

Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #4: SENTINEL (New)


Pitch: “Never miss a 3D print again because of an empty spool or dust on the filament. SENTINEL is your ultimate filament watchdog.”

Rewards: The super early bird option is no longer available, but for $35 you can receive a filament Sentinel which is $10 off expected retail price and can be shipped to anywhere in the world. Spend $49 and you can receive your name engraved on your Sentinel and for $99 (it could even be gold plated, if you’re into that). If you pledge CA$ 342 or more, you can receive a SENTINEL + Full Kit. This pledge includes a Sentinel plus a DyzEND-X hotend (12V or 24V, your choice of nozzle and a 300°C or 500°C sensor) and a brand new DyzeXtruder GT.

Backers: 62

Pledges: CA$ 2.894 pledged of CA$ 5,000 goal

Days to go: 26

Kickstarter “Project We Love”? No

Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: Sentinel promises to clean your filament, no matter what type, helps pause you print and can be used for multiple filaments. Sentinel has been designed to look slick and install quickly and easily. However, it can’t be used for closed hardware/firmware printers – so make sure to check your printer before pledging. The company are confident in their project and have already released previous 3D printing parts.

Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #5: Multex4Move (New)


Pitch: “Dual and Quad 3D-Extruder for 4 materials/colors/nozzle sizes with a patented, drip free and self-cleaning automatic hotend.”

Rewards: If you pledge €32 or more, you can receive a heat-resistant Multec PLA-HT filament. The early bird option for the extruder will cost you €549 or more. You will receive a Multex2Move – Dual printing head without filament feeding bowden extruder which comes complete hotend-device with 2 hotends and mechanism. Expected delivery is March 2017.

Backers: 11

Pledges: €9,217 pledged of €50,000 goal

Days to go: 24

Kickstarter “Project We Love”? No

Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: The company has a large team and successfully tested their products under continuous printing conditions. They claim they are now ready for production and are aware of the risks and challenges, outlining them clearly. There is a lot of interest in their product already, it seems the Multex4Move could be a good pledge.

Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #6: L2S 3D Printer (New)


Pitch: “The L2S is designed to last with all aluminium and stainless steel components. Tons of features and a patent pending vat system.”

Rewards: It’s a photo lithography based DLP based 3D printer. Pledge €1,898 or more and you can receive the Early Bird L2S Kit without projector. The fully-assembled early bird option will cost you €2,199. For €2,399 you can receive the early bird option of the full kit. Estimated deliveries are expected to be between April and March.

Backers: 5

Pledges: €2,558 pledged of €65,000 goal

Days to go: 26

Kickstarter “Project We Love”? No

Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This is definitely aimed at professionals and small businesses. This company promise they know what they’re doing and they have patents pending for the new machine. It has been tested and now the team are working with a local manufacturer to ensure the parts are high quality and correct.

Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #7: 8 Cubic Feet All-in-One Go Big 3D Printer (New)


Pitch: “Creating a large print volume, highly accurate and reliable 3D printer that can also be used as a laser etcher and light mill.”

Rewards: If you pledge $5,500 or more and are able to pickup your printer locally, you can receive a Go Big 3D Printer by April 2017. For those not local, you can expect to pay $6,000 or more, however, the printer is only shipped to the US. For a pledge of $6,500 or more, you can receive a printer with a Laser Etcher Option. This 3D Printer with 5.5 watt blue laser option, includes 2 pairs of eye protection goggles. Creator Ken Snyder also offers t-shirts and vase prints to those wanting to support the campaign that aren’t based in the US.

Backers: 3

Pledges: $32.00 pledged of $60,000 goal

Days to go: 25

Kickstarter “Project We Love”? No

Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This printer has been developed over two years. The founder Snyder was pursuing the design goals of creating a large, accurate and reliable printer at a reasonable price. The design has now been turned into an All-in-one CNC machine. You can mount laser or various milling options which you can print yourself.

Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #8: Illuminate DLP 3D Printer (Funded)


Pitch: “Get your 1st DLP in only 2 months! Delivery at end of December 2016. High Precision DLP 3D Printer – Metal Body – Low Price.”

Rewards: If you want an Illuminate DLP 3D printer by December 2016, snap up the super early bird option. For around US$ 776, you can receive a D2K 3D Printer set and 1 liter of D2K resin in white. The Early Bird option will be shipped by March 2017 and the first batch should also be ready by this time too.

Backers: 46

Pledges: HK$ 250,872 pledged of HK$ 58,000 goal

Days to go: 12

Kickstarter “Project We Love”? No

Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This campaign is an impressive one, having already smashed its funding goal in just a few days. The specifications look great: The printer has a 2K resolution LCD screen as a projector. This promises accurate parts and a high resolution. Resin cures at up to 35 micron a second. The low price of the printer and resin is also a major benefit.

The company is based in Hongkong, but there’s not much information on the team on their Kickstarter page. They also offer earliest delivery in December 2016, which is quite a task to achieve for any Kickstarter 3D printer project.

Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #9: FRIDIS (Funded)


Pitch: “A unique collection of Art Toys inspired by the great masters of the history of art. Painted by hand by Mexican artisans.”

Rewards: Pledge MX$ 400 or more and you can have one of the two T-shirts available. This costs around $20 USD. The early bird option allows you to have a Fridis for the cost of $29 USD. If you miss the early bird options, you can purchase a Fridis for around $32 USD. The more you spend, the more artwork you can own. For around $123 USD, you can even choose your own artwork to be painted.

Backers: 108

Pledges: MX$ 251,230 pledged of MX$ 240,000 goal

Days to go: 32

Kickstarter “Project We Love”? No

Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: The company are based in Chiapas, Mexico and are helping struggling artisans by fusing modern technology and ancient painting techniques. A 3D printed Frida Kahlo is used as a base for a range of portraits. The prints can be shipped to anywhere in the world.

Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #10: Sculptics 


Pitch: “A sequence of your own DNA strand will be set directly into your sculpture and cast in solid metal forever!”

Rewards: Sculptics keep it nice and simple, if you want to purchase your own DNA, you need to pledge CA$ 399 or more and you will receive your own custom sculpture.

Backers: 8

Pledges: CA$ 2,813 pledged of CA$ 6,000 goal

Days to go: 18

Kickstarter “Project We Love”? No

Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: The team point out the potential hurdles, but amazingly promise that if you do not receive your sculpture, you will get your money back. This is a low-risk project which is worth investing in if you’ve always wanted to display your DNA.

Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #11: Filament Spool Holder & Storage Case (Funded)


Pitch: “3D printer filament spool holder & storage case system for 3D printing with 360 degrees of freedom!”

Rewards: The early bird option has already sold out, but for $70 or more, you can receive the storage case and filament holder as seen in the video. The more money you spend, the more storage cases you can receive.

Backers: 18

Pledges: $1,568 pledged of $1,000 goal

Days to go: 48

Kickstarter “Project We Love”? No

Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: The company claim there are no risks or challenges as the prototypes are up and running successfully. Hopefully, this is true as the project is already funded and delivery is estimated to be in January. 

Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #12: Lightest. The levitating light 


Pitch: “Lightest, a levitating lamp without cables.”

Rewards: Pledge €120 or more and you can receive the Lightest Maker kit which includes the base and levitating magnet (which can be used to make any small object float). You can receive the earliest bird offer for €140. This includes the complete base and light. If you miss out on this offer, you could have to pay more to receive the same reward. For €279, you can receive double the lights.

Backers: 49

Pledges: €7.124 pledged of €60,000 goal

Days to go: 13

Kickstarter “Project We Love”? No

Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This project certainly has the awesome factor. You can 3D print lampshades or your choice or levitate anything you wish to display thanks to the base magnets. However, the team are bringing the project to Kickstarter to bring down the price of manufacturing. They don’t mention any other risks or challenges. Can they cope if they receive a large amount of interest which appears likely to happen?

Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #13: Re-ARM for RAMPS  (Funded)


Pitch: “Shot in the ARM for 3D printers, CNC machines and laser cutters running on RAMPS Controllers.”

Rewards: Pledge $39 or more and you can receive a Re-ARM with a January 2017 delivery. If you pledge $48 or more, you can expect a Re-ARM and Ethernet add-on board. The more money you spend, the more Re-ARM controllers you can receive.

Backers: 405

Pledges: $23,559 pledged of $5,000 goal

Days to go: 5

Kickstarter “Project We Love”? No

Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This campaign of this Arduino Shield has already smashed its funding goal showing a gap in the market. The promise is for anyone who is tired of slow 8-bit processing, print artifacts, and poor LCD performance. The Re-Arm for RAMPS want to be your 32-bit solution. The team promise to be transparent with risks and challenges in the future but appear confident.

Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #14: Snowflake Chocolate Box (Funded)


Pitch: “A snowflake-shaped chocolate box would be a great Christmas gift! 3D Models for the box, tools, molds and many extras included!”

Rewards: If you pledge €8 or more, you will receive all of the models in STL format. If you would like the models, boxes, and tools, you need to pledge €24 for the early bird option or €34 if you miss out on this. All the parts will be printed in clear/transparent PLA. If you pledge €45 or more, you will receive all of the previous rewards as well as two Snowflake Trays, two handles and one stacking tool to stack two trays. If you pledge €69 or more, you will receive all of the previous as well as one mold for one chocolate and one mold for up to 16 chocolates.

Backers: 2

Pledges: €67 pledged of €40 goal

Days to go: 4

Kickstarter “Project We Love”? No

Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: There are no risks to this campaign as the designs are all ready. However, make sure to read the All3DP guide to food safety and 3D printing to ensure your print are safe to eat from.

Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #15: Smart 3D Printing System  (Funded)


Pitch: “The easiest way to create your own custom message rings, anytime and anywhere! Sweetest personalized gifts for your family & friends!”

Rewards: If you pledge $189 or more, you can receive the early bird whisper ring silver 921. To receive the early bird:Whisper 18K Rose/Gold plated ring, you need to pledge $389 or more. The more you pledge, the more expensive the ring you can receive with the biggest discounts.

Backers: 8

Pledges: HK$3,411 pledged of $1,000 goal

Days to go: 2

Kickstarter “Project We Love”? No

Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This campaign is already completely funded.The team appears to be prepared for the interest with a low funding goal and a timeline of development.

Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #16: SPINPAL  


Pitch: “Customizable 3D printed ABS plastic spinner fidget toy. A fun and easy way to increase focus and concentration while decreasing stress.”

Rewards: The early bird option will cost you $15 or more and you can receive a  SpinPal at this limited price. Spend $35 or more for a double and $250 for a twenty pack.

Backers: 185

Pledges: $4,327 pledged of $5,000 goal

Days to go: 21

Kickstarter “Project We Love”? No

Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: This simple project and game comes with some minor risks and challenges. If you want to play Spinpal, make a pledge but if you are feeling brave, you could always have a go at 3D printing and building your own.

Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #17: Biens Communs 3D (Funded)


Pitch: “Beautiful 3D Printed household goods. We elevate objects to a new level of visual and tactile sophistication.”

Rewards: If you would like to receive a minimal mason mount, you will need to pledge $17 or more. For £3 more, you can receive the same but printed in metal. A bathtub  vide-poche, to empty your pockets into, will set you back $40 or $50. There is a whole range of different pieces on offer, so check out which you would rather before you begin pledging.

Backers: 31

Pledges: CA$ 5,081 pledged of $5,000 goal

Days to go: 5

Kickstarter “Project We Love”? No

Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: Biens Communs promise years of experience with 3D printing.Hopefully, they will not be too overrun with pledges as a target of product shipment by April 2017 is a short period.  

IndieGoGo 3D Printer Project #18: PocketMaker 3D Printer


Pitch: “Pocketmaker is a pocket 3D printer that can be afforded with pocket money.”

Rewards: For $79 you can receive the Early Bird option. It includes one Pocket maker and Pocket Nozzle as well as a spool of white PLA filament. The more money you spend, the more filament you will receive.

Backers: 427

Pledges: $53,251 pledged of $70,000 goal

Days to go: 7

Kickstarter “Project We Love”? No

Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: $79 for a 3D printer? That’s an even lower price than Kickstarter darling Tiko 3D offered. The Pocketmaker looks cute, but as you can image, it‘s very basic. Interesting features are the replaceable nozzle, Wifi access, and the removable (unheated) print bed. The team wants to ship in February 2017 for a retail price of $149. If they pull it off in time, it would be quite a feat.

Check out All3DP’s list of cheap printers to make an informed decision. Also, we have additional information on this interesting little printer.

Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #19: Morpheus Delta (Funded)


Pitch: “Far better than any other 3D printers in print-quality & speed, under $1,000-category. Personal Resin 3D Printer. Powered by LIPS tech.”

Rewards: To receive a printer you will need to spend $579 or more to receive one from the first batch of Morpheus delta printers. This still is very cheap for a resin printer. The team claims they have found a cost-effective solution with their “Light Induced Planar Solidification” process. The printer is estimated to be delivered in May 2017 earliest.

Backers: 492

Pledges: $254,538 pledged of $50,000 goal

Days to go: 2

Kickstarter “Project We Love”? No

Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: The team has already done a 3D printer over Kickstarter, the Morpheus. Also, they outline their challenges clearly. They claim to have left significant time-frame margins for in case anything goes wrong. They also point out that they’ve shipped over 70 Morpheus units to 14 countries and have been improving it for mass production.

Kickstarter 3D Printer Project #20: Ez 2c 3D Viewer #1 (Funded)


Pitch: “Make & See Free 3D. Use 2 GoPros – Simple to make 3D Videos & Pics. Ez 2c 3D Viewers will help you show friends and family.”

Rewards: Pledge $20 or more, and you will receive a Mini Viewer L1. This viewer will help you and your friends see all the free 3D videos and pics created by others and shared online. Parts are 3D printed for a sturdy yet lightweight viewer for long viewing. If you pledge $25 or more, you will receive a Multi-Use GoPro Mount. With this, you can start filming in 3D. The early bird option is for if you pledge $65 or more. You will receive an Ez 2c 3D Training Viewer which is a “3-in-1 system does it all.”

Backers: 5

Pledges: $125 pledged of $37 goal 

Days to go: 3

Kickstarter “Project We Love”? No

Comments on this Kickstarter 3D Printer Project: The Ez 2c appears to be a fun little project with a Kickstarter campaign seeking out whether there is any public interest. The aim is to teach you how to see in 3D without a viewer. As the goal was only $37, they didn’t struggle complete funding – it‘s more of a marketing campaign.

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November 28, 2016 at 03:00PM
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3D Printed Quadcopter Can Withstand Extreme Temperatures

3D Printed Quadcopter Can Withstand Extreme Temperatures
By Tyler Koslow

3d printed quadcopter

Nanyang Technological University PhD student Phillip Keane made a robust 3D printed quadcopter drone with ULTEM 9085 material.

One application for which additive manufactuing has proven immensely valuable is the production of drones. The use of a 3D printer allows users to create drone components that can be easily replaced and upgraded.

But in order to produce an aerial vehicle capable of withstanding extreme environments or temperatures, using the right material is oftentimes just as important as the design itself.

This is exactly the case with the drone designed by PhD student Phillip Keane in the Singapore Centre for 3D Printing at Nanyang Technological University (NTU).  Keane created the quadcopter while researching various applications of the high-strength ULTEM 9085 material from 3D printing titan Stratasys.

Despite the high temperatures involved with printing ULTEM 9085, Keane managed to embed electronics into the drone during the production process. This professional-grade material requires a print chamber temperature of 160°C and an extruder temperature around 300°C.

The use of the aerospace-grade 3D printing material enabled Keane to create an exceptionally robust quadcopter capable of withstanding temperatures that exceed the limitations of commercial drones.

This 3D Printed Quadcopter Can Fly Where Others Can’t

The PhD student also discovered some optimal methods to embedding electronics hardware into an object mid-print.

While the 3D printing process was completed in under 14 hours, the PhD student paused the operation three times to embed the electronics within the chassis. The printer used to produce the drone was the industrial-grade Stratasys Fortus 450mc 3D Printer.

During the project, he realized that inserting the electronics hardware directly reduced the need for extra mounting fixtures. This is especially advantageous for objects where weight reduction is critical.

Additionally, by embedding electronics mid-print, he was able to completely seal the hardware within the structure, offering increased protection in high or low pressure surroundings.

The drone’s structural components and electronics can easily withstand over 150°C for several hours. The motors use high-temperature rated neodymium magnets, enabling the quadcopter to function in 180°C temperatures before they start to lose power.

Though the drone is just a prototype, Keane believes that a more refined version could be used by firefighters looking to investigate a dangerous environment. It could even be used by National Geographic to map the terrain of volcanic regions.

As for his next ULTEM-related project, Keane has considered 3D printing a drone capable of operating underwater. Though more advanced 3D printing materials are always welcome in the 3D printing industry, this particular project proves we’re already capable of creating some remarkable things.

Source: Stratasys

3d printed quadcopter

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November 30, 2016 at 03:00PM
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Shining 3D Supports MyMiniFactory’s “Scan the World” Digital Museum

Shining 3D Supports MyMiniFactory’s “Scan the World” Digital Museum
By Hanna Watkin


MyMiniFactory’s Scan the World collection claims to be the World’s largest 3D printable museum. It is now officially supported by Shining 3D, the global tech company.

MyMiniFactory hosts the Scan the World collection. Here, you can download five thousand 3D printable models for free. These aren’t just any files, they’re the most important classical statues, sculptures, and busts, scanned from world-class institutions – a repository of 3D printable cultural heritage.


Shining 3D provides 3D digitizing and 3D printing solutions. They have quite a range of 3D scanners, 3D printers, and materials. Especially their 3D scanners are known to be highly diversified and top notch quality. The company, along with MyMiniFactory, have an interest in “digical” objects or those which exist in digital and physical forms. Because of this, Shining 3D is now an official supporter of Scan the World.

The company will bring access to 3D scanning technology to the table, especially through its range of Einscan Pro 3D scanners. Romain Kidd, CEO of MyMiniFactory said of the sponsorship: “MyMiniFactory is excited to welcome Shining 3D as a sponsor. This partnership will confirm Scan the World as the leading source of quality 3D printable art.”

Scan the World to the Rescue of Endangered History and Culture

Furthermore, the hope is that with Shining 3D’s support, access to high-quality 3D scanned art will increase. Anybody with access to a 3D printer will be able to enjoy the collection.

From children in schools to researchers in academia and those hoping to preserve cultural heritage, anyone can make the most of the technology. With so many important landmarks threatened by climate change and terrorism, Scan the World could offer an important preservation method.

Li Tao, CEO of Shining 3D also shared his excitement:

“We feel excited to support the great vision of “Scan the world”. Einscan-Pro’s task is to make professional 3D scanning technology available to anybody who’d love to create something and share with others. We believe it will help more and more people join this activity, save the art and heritage in high quality 3D digital form and share them worldwide.”

Shining 3D has previously worked with MyMiniFactory at past events using Einscan Pro 3D scanners. As a result, this support for Scan the World builds on past cooperation.

Kidd also summed up the partnership, saying: “We are only at the beginning of this vision for building the museum of the future. Shining 3D, through its 3D scanning technology, will help give access to the increasing number of 3D printer owners around the to world famous and unique art pieces.”

Also, if you do have a smartphone you can participate by taking 8  to 10 photographs and sending them to If you‘re lucky, you even will be awarded a free 3D print of the scanned object.

Want to find out more? Make sure to follow the Scan the World Facebook or Twitter account to keep up to date.


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November 30, 2016 at 01:00PM
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Ulticast Process Uses 3D Printer to Cast Silicone for Soft Robotics

Ulticast Process Uses 3D Printer to Cast Silicone for Soft Robotics
By Hanna Watkin


Students from Delft University of Technology have modified a 3D printer to cast silicone for soft robotics in a process they call Ulticast.

3D printing silicone with a regular FDM printer was considered impossible. That’s subject to change. Students from Delft University of Technology made a breakthrough in 3D printing silicone.

Their process, called “Ulticast”, blends 3D printing with traditional casting methods. First, they 3D print a plastic mold, then fill the mold with a two-component silicone mix (see video below). For that, the team used a modified Ultimaker 2+ (review here).

The implications of this could be big for robotics, meaning a leap forward for the DIY and experimental medical sector. Coordinator Jouke Verlinden said: “3D printing offers a variety of applications, soft robotics being one of them. It allows you to make things that are impossible with traditional robotics.”

Ulticast Could Speed Up Soft Robotics Developments

The Delft team (Christoffer Berndtsen, Luc van den Boogaart, Max Nobel, Olivier Groot et al) exhibited their work at the Advanced Prototyping Science Fair at the Industrial Design Engineering Faculty.

They showed how to blend 3D printing and traditional methods of casting. The process works by firstly designing a 3D geometry which has a predefined internal cavity. The 3D design is then uploaded to a slicer tool. Interruptions for printing process have to be defined at set heights.

The Ultimaker 2+ first prints the mold with water soluble Poly Vinyl Alcohol (PVA). After that, an extra mounted extruder filled the mold with a two-component silicone mix.


Next, the nozzle is primed at a set location and retracts the silicone so it doesn’t spill when moving to the printed PVA mold. The mold is filled with a calculated amount of silicone; then the nozzle retreats to allow the PVA mold to be built further.

In the end, you drop the print in the water until only the silicone remains.

So far, the team have managed to print a hard skeleton inside soft silicone. Ulticasting can make printing a soft actuator much simpler and faster, making the process cheaper. It also allows for a lot of design freedom. Rob Scharff, also a member of the Ulticast team, adds: “You get a lot of freedom to personalize the behavior of robots with geometry and materials.”

Low-cost development of soft robotic orthotics and grippers which have been personalized are made possible with Ulticast. Blending both rigid and soft components could have a bigger impact on the medical world that we realize.

Want to find out more about the Ulticast process? Visit SoftRobotics2016 for more information about the process as it was taking place.

Source: Ultimaker


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November 29, 2016 at 10:00PM
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Cubichain Technologies Enhance 3D Printing Security with Blockchain

Cubichain Technologies Enhance 3D Printing Security with Blockchain
By Tyler Koslow

Cubichain Technologies

New application by Cubichain Technologies encrypts data of 3D printable parts, storing information on highly secure Blockchain networks. 

The lack of digital data security for 3D printed parts is a major problem facing the additive manufacturing industry. In case you think this is an overreaction, here are some examples.

In July, a team of NYU researchers authored a study detailing the vulnerability of additive manufacturing data to hacking on an industrial level. In October, an international team of researchers sabotaged a drone by hacking the computer controlling the 3D printer that made its parts.

3D printing technology is increasingly adopted by players in the aerospace, medical and automotive sectors. Consequently, the need for digital data security has never been greater. So what can be done about it?

One promising solution comes from California, with cybersecurity startup firm Cubichain Technologies. They’ve developed a unique application that uses a Blockchain network to protect and store the digital data of highly critical 3D printed parts.

What is Blockchain? Originally developed for bitcoin currency, Blockchain networks are decentralized digital ledgers that can record thousands of data transactions. These same ledgers can also prevent the data from being manipulated or stolen.

Unlike traditionally centralized security measures, Blockchain promises exceptional scalability and is virtually unbreakable. Outside of the 3D printing industry, for example, Blockchain-based platforms like Everledger have emerged as an immutable record for the certification and transaction of diamonds.

Still scratching your head? Here’s a short video primer from the World Economic Forum:

How Does Cubichain Technologies Work?

The application from Cubichain Technologies is based on the open source Blockchain platform MultiChain. It’s designed to encrypt digital data from additive manufacturing processes and then store it on a highly secured and private Blockchain server.

The process begins once the 3D model is created into a Digital Product Defintion (DPD). This preserves the data integrity with a unique Hash ID that is sent to the Blockchain server as though it were a bitcoin transaction.

Once validated, the network creates an immutable copy of this digital data. Before the printing process begins, manufacturers can compare and verify the digital part data hasn’t been hacked or tampered with.

Aerospace 3D printing specialists CalRAM — another company based in California — has deployed Cubichain’s Blockchain-based app to create a layer-wise build inscription for part identification. This digital data is used to ensure that the aerospace part’s digital data remains secure and unchanged during the actual additive manufacturing process.

Shane Collins, Director of Additive Manufacturing Programs for CalRAM, is confident about the potential of Blockchain. He said:

“Both additive manufacturing and Blockchain networks are disruptive technologies … combining the two will undoubtedly revolutionize the future of manufacturing. We see the greatest threats to additive manufacturing as cyber-physical hacking and counterfeiting … the deployment of a Blockchain can combat both. It’s very exciting technology.”

Now that Cubichain Technologies has proven the initial value of their Blockchain app through their work with CalRAM, the next stage will focus on developing a larger closed-loop solution for the 3D printing industry.

By integrating a Blockchain network into the 3D printing industry, Cubichain Technologies should effectively secure high value or mission critical parts from being counterfeited or compromised.

Source: CalRAM

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November 29, 2016 at 08:00PM
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Australian Hospital to Host Biofabrication Institute

Australian Hospital to Host Biofabrication Institute
By Hanna Watkin

Biofabrication Institute

A hospital in Brisbane, Australia will play host to dedicated biofabrication institute where cartilage, bone and tissue can be 3D printed for their patients.

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The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia is opening a new “biofabrication institute” where doctors and researchers can pioneer the technology for future applications.

According to Australian Minister of Health Cameron Dick, the world-class facility will be located right inside the city’s hospital. He said:

“It will be the first time a biomanufacturing institute will be co-located with a high-level hospital. Our vision for healthcare is that the biofabrication institute will pave the way for 3D printers to sit in operating theaters, ready to print tissue as needed, in our hospitals of the future.”

Doctors and researchers will be able to experiment, model and print cartilage, bone and tissues at the facility. And life-enhancing benefits for their patients — like the Australian toddler with the world’s first 3D printed ear — will become more commonplace.

Dick continued: “This institute, opening in 2017, will catapult Queensland onto the global stage as a leader in medical innovation and technology that will change the face of healthcare

Here’s an official report from 7 News Brisbane:

Biofabrication Institute For the Hospital of Tomorrow

This is a partnership between QUT and Metro North Hospital and Health Service. It will dedicate two floors of the Herston Health Precinct to 3D printing technology.

QUT Biofabrication and Tissue Morphology Group Associate Professor, Mia Woodruff outlines the potential of biofabrication.

“A lot of the implants we are developing, we can implant into a patient,” she says. “And as the tissue grows back, it is not rejected, the scaffold will reabsorb over time and the tissue will grow even more and eventually the implant is gone.”

It may be a while off yet, the institute’s biggest aim is to 3D print an organ and reduce waiting times for patients in need of a replacement. Woodruff explains:

“We are not going to be able to 3D print an organ tomorrow but what we are able to do is bring together the researchers, the clinicians, the patients, the engineers, the intellect and industry partners to be able for us to develop new technology to the level where it can be translated into the clinic.”

To learn more about the aims of the Herston Biofabrication Institute, visit the QUT website here.

Source: Brisbane Times

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November 29, 2016 at 03:00PM
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Photographer takes Beautiful Pictures with 3D Printed Lens

Photographer takes Beautiful Pictures with 3D Printed Lens
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A French photographer used a 3D printer to make his own camera lens, and rather surprisingly the quality of his images are fantastic. 

3D printers have countless possible uses, but Mathieu Stern has found yet another. He used 3D printing technology to print a camera lens.

Stern has a YouTube channel which focuses on reviewing unusual and cheap camera lenses he’s found. The idea stemmed from here to print his own lens.

He chose to glass from an 1890s lens and then came up with the design of a Monocle lens. To create his lens in a 3D model, reached out to French 3D printing companies. However, Stern received little response, but thankfully 3D printing company Fabulous saw the potential in the idea.

Check out Stern’s process in his YouTube video below:

Stern’s 3D Printed Lens Really Does Take Stunning Photographs

Stern wrote about the process with Fabulous on his website. He explained: “I met Arnault Coulet, the CEO of (Fabulous) His team and he designed the 3D prototype and printed the lens. Luckily for us, he saw all the crazy potential and fun we could create with this project.”

Stern received the final print from Fabulous and his glass lens clicked right into place, he can even customize the bokeh using 3D printed add-ons. To review the lens, as is Stern’s way, he took his camera on a trip to Le Mont St Michel. The results are stunning.


Stern’s final analysis of the lens was: “In the end, I really like the lens. Even if it’s not perfect, it’s a first step in designing your own lenses. You don’t need to buy ultra-expensive lenses to make great images. A $4 plastic lens will make great results. What really matters is your vision, ideas, and creativity.”

Stern has used the lens since to photograph model Ludivine Bernard, check out the results of the shoot below or visit his Instagram for more.

Source: TCT Magazine


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November 29, 2016 at 01:00PM
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