3d printers

  • Makerbot Releases The Smart Extruder+

    Makerbot Releases The Smart Extruder+

    Makerbot has just announced the availability of their new Smart Extruder+, a PLA 3D printer head that offers “better performance over a longer period of time.” This is the first major upgrade to Makerbot’s extruder since the launch of their Fifth Generation printer. The new head is the first that has been tested by parent company Stratasys for reliability. I tested an… Read More

  • Fleks3D Lets You Pull Your 3D Prints Out Of Your Printer With A Quickness

    Fleks3D Lets You Pull Your 3D Prints Out Of Your Printer With A Quickness

    Pulling a 3D print out of your printer is usually a process fraught with conflict. Who will do it? Can you hire someone? Why does it have to be so painful? Has the deity abandoned us Earth people, leaving us to fend for ourselves in a cold, unfeeling universe? Probably not, but it’s still a pain in the butt. You see, normal 3D printers extrude onto a smooth build plate treated with either… Read More

  • A $1.5M Kickstarter Project Fails, Leaving Most Backers Without Their 3D Printer

    A $1.5M Kickstarter Project Fails, Leaving Most Backers Without Their 3D Printer

    Pirate3D Inc raised nearly $1.5M on Kickstarter in 2013, promising a 3D printer that anyone can use. A total of 3,520 backers pledged money to the project including 3,389 who pledged over $300 to eventually get a printer. But as of now, 60 percent of the orders have still not been fulfilled and it seems unlikely that in the end backers will get a refund or their product. In a convoluted note… Read More

  • Makerbot Lays Off 20% Of Employees, Restructures Brooklyn Offices

    Makerbot Lays Off 20% Of Employees, Restructures Brooklyn Offices

    Makerbot CEO Jonathan Jaglom has announced that they are laying off about 20% off the company’s 400 staff or about 80 people. The move follows a previous round of layoffs that dropped 20% of the original workforce and closed the company’s three retail stores. The company is also closing one of its office spaces in Industry City and is relocating the software and sales teams to… Read More

  • Voodoo Manufacturing Taps The Power Of 3D Printing To Make Things On Demand

    Voodoo Manufacturing Taps The Power Of 3D Printing To Make Things On Demand

    Four ex-Makerbot employees, Max Friefled, Oliver Ortlieb, Patrick Deem, and Jonathan Schwartz, have come together to create a Brooklyn-based rapid manufacturing system using – what else? – Makerbots. The group, called Voodoo Manufacturing raised $300,000 to build their 3D printing shop and are currently profitable, a testament to the power of making things quickly. The company has… Read More

  • Zortrax Launches A 3D Model Library For Its Robotic-Arm Loving Users

    Zortrax Launches A 3D Model Library For Its Robotic-Arm Loving Users

    Polish 3D printer manufacturer Zortrax has announced that they’ve added a 3D model library to its Z-Suite software suite, a closed place where Zortrax users can store and share their models. To celebrate the launch the team has released a printable robotic arm, available here. Zortrax is one of the larger 3D printer manufacturers in Europe and they recently announce the M200, a 90-400… Read More

  • Seattle’s Glowforge Is Building A Maker Machine To Challenge Amazon Prime

    Seattle’s Glowforge Is Building A Maker Machine To Challenge Amazon Prime

    Former Googler, programmer and entrepreneur, Dan Shapiro, is building a new type of 3D printer. Which actually isn’t a printer at all; it’s a laser cutting machine called Glowforge… Read More

  • A Gift Guide For The Novice 3D Printer

    A Gift Guide For The Novice 3D Printer

    This is the year you and yours should take up 3D printing. Why? Because it’s cool, because 3D printing is the future, and machines have fallen in price and risen in quality. In short, 2015 will be the year of 3D printing. Here are some amazing printers to help you ring it in in style. Zortrax An inexpensive, European-made 3D printer? Yes, please. I reviewed this model this year and found… Read More

  • Students Build Objects With Metal Using A MIG Welder And An Off-The-Shelf 3D Printer

    Students Build Objects With Metal Using A MIG Welder And An Off-The-Shelf 3D Printer

    Today in the Department of Overkill Department we present students from the University of Delft who have built a metal printer using a basic Prusa 3D printer – essentially a hobbyist printer – and a MIG welder. The system extrudes and melts a length of wire which is then laid down just like it is in plastic printers. The resulting objects, while far from pretty, prove that 3D… Read More