Posts Tagged ‘MakerBot

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The latest update of the software slicer for 3D printing on MakerBot’s products – MakerBot Desktop 3.7 adds some interesting new features that might be what more advanced users were waiting for quite a while. The new version comes with Custom Profiles for the 3D printer where you not only have the Quick Print Settings page like before with only the most basic options such as Quality, Layer height, Infill percentage, Number of shells and Raft and Supports along with temperature for the extruder. It seems however that the extrusion speed and travel speed are no longer available in the Quick tab, but are only accessible via the Custom profile tab, so that could be a bit of inconvenience when working with some more exotic materials and do not need other more advanced options besides the speed.

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Now there is a new tab called Custom where you can create custom presets with much more detailed and advanced options available such as the ability to set separate speeds for different aspects for the printing process, or different types of infill pattern aside from the standard hexagonal one you have multiple other options, or to print with higher quality the outer shell of a model and use thicker layer height for the infill for example. There is also much more user control available for the way that Rafts and Supports are being printed, should you wish to play with these settings and so on. The only thing missing however is a detailed descriptions of all of the new options available to the user to play and experiment with. Looking at the various settings it seems that with MakerBot Desktop 3.7 you might get some more additional features accessible that are not even present in the Simplify3D software. The Simplify3D commercial slicer package that is loved by many advanced 3D printer users thanks to the wide support for different devices and a the many advanced features available to the user to play with.

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Thingiverse and FirstBuild have announced a Countertop Challenge for designing things that can be 3D printed to fill the empty space between your countertop and the bottom of your upper kitchen cabinets. The possibilities are endless: a custom holder for your utensils, task lighting, embedded sensors, or a weight sensing cutting board are just a few examples for ideas. Designs could be purely 3D printed accessories, with no additional components; or devices that are powered by your wall outlets or plugged into WiFi enabled, USB ports.

To participate in the challenge you need to upload your design to both the FirstBuild challenge page and Thingiverse. Use the hashtag #CountertopChallenge for a chance to be featured on the Thingiverse homepage and FirstBuild social media channels. The top 10 entries coming from community votes will be joined by 10 entries selected by the FirstBuild/Thingiverse teams to advance to judging. The combined top 20 entries will be presented to our expert judges panel to select the winners. The winners will be announced on April 20th and you have up until March 14th to submit your entries in the contest.

The first place Winner will be able to choose between receiving a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (5th Generation) or MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer. The second place Winner will receive a MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer. The third place Winner will receive three spools of MakerBot PLA filament, a Thingiverse t-shirt, and a FirstBuild t-shirt.

Fore more details about the Thingiverse FirstBuild Countertop Challenge…

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MakerBot has announced that they are going to be releasing multiple new PLA-based composite filaments are made with composites of real Metal, Stone and Wood that should provide beautiful, realistic looking results from your 3D prints. Apparently MakerBot has designed these new materials for 3D printing on their fifth-generation MakerBot Replicator 3D printers that use the new easily swappable Smart Extruder. The company says that it is developing new smart extruders designed especially for the new composite PLA materials, though we expect that the new 3D printer filaments will be compatible with other 3D printers and standard extruders as well.

The new filaments are going to be grouped in the three main categories of Metal, Stone and Wood, but there are going to be multiple options for different materials in each of these categories apparently. The MakerBot PLA Composite Filaments that are being shown on CES 2015 include Bronze, Iron, Limestone and Maple. The new 3D printing materials are designed to provide the look and feel of metal, stone and wood materials while they should remain easy to be used as standard PLA filament is. The new MakerBot PLA Composite Filaments are supposed to be available in Late 2015 according to the company’s website and there is still no information about the expected prices.

Meanwhile there are already similar materials available from other companies that are designed to be compatible with various 3D printers, especially wood and stone-like with metal ones also soon to be available from various filament manufacturers. So if MakerBot ends up with Late 2015 availability, high prices and compatibility with only their Smart Extruder-based 3D printers things may not be that great for them. Especially if their composite PLA filaments are not significantly better that what is already available or is going to be available soon and if you have to buy a special version of the Smart Extruder for your MakerBot 3D printer to be able to use a specific filament.


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