3d printers

  • 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

  • “It’s Just So Big”

    “It’s Just So Big”

    As soon as Apple announced the new, larger iPhones, cries went up, prompted by the sheer size of the new devices. Will it fit in the pocket of my skinny jeans? How will it sit in my small hands? Can it double as a cheeseboard? These valid questions are hard to answer without a tangible representation with which to test. Read More

  • Pour Your Pellets Into The Sculptify David For Some 3D Printing

    Pour Your Pellets Into The Sculptify David For Some 3D Printing

    Most home 3D printing systems use a few basic tools to build objects. First you have a build plate and an extruder. A motor pulls plastic filament through a heated nozzle and squeezes it out, slowly but surely creating layer after layer until you have a 3D-printed Pokemon knock-off. But specialized filament is comparatively expensive, and the raw resource from which it’s made… Read More

  • Mota $99 3D Printer: Too Good To Be True

    Mota $99 3D Printer: Too Good To Be True

    An affordable yet high quality consumer 3D printer has turned out too good to be true, surprising no one. The 3D printer market is generally sitting in a quasi-limbo state that’s progressed beyond proving itself on early adopters willing to shell out serious dollar to live the dream, yet still has a very long way to go — and specifically a lot of squeezing of price-tags… Read More

  • Mota Tries Its Hand At Making A Cheaper 3D Printer That Doesn’t Churn Out Junk

    Mota Tries Its Hand At Making A Cheaper 3D Printer That Doesn’t Churn Out Junk

    3D printers are getting cheaper. The space has seen a fair few attempts to drive down the price-tag of owning an additive manufacturing machine in recent years, including the likes of the MakiBox, Pirate 3D Buccaneer and The Micro. And so we arrive at the latest to attempt to build an affordable 3D printer: Mota has kicked off a crowdfunding campaign aiming to raise $100,000 to produce the Mota… Read More

  • The $199 MOD-T Printer May Not Amaze, But It Points Towards The Future Of Home 3D Printing

    The $199 MOD-T Printer May Not Amaze, But It Points Towards The Future Of Home 3D Printing

    When netbook prices fell below $200 around 2010, it was a big deal. This milestone meant that the race to the bottom had started, but the resulting firestorm of popularity brought about the rise of the tablet ecosystem as well as the rise of slim, high-powered machines like the Macbook Air. The MOT-t, a new printer backed by Idealab, aims to repeat history with its $199 New Matter MOD-t… Read More

  • Mainstream 3D Printer Ownership To Build Slowly

    Mainstream 3D Printer Ownership To Build Slowly

    Despite the on-going hype attached to 3D printing, and the advent of more consumer-friendly, affordable machines designed with a mainstream user in mind, consumer adoption of 3D printers is set for relatively slow growth in the near term, according to analyst Juniper Research. Read More

  • The 3D Printing Landfill Of Opportunity

    The 3D Printing Landfill Of Opportunity

    There are lots of reasons to love 3D printing. It democratizes manufacturing, putting consumers in granular control of the things they own — rather than requiring them to choose from a finite pre-made selection. However there’s a flip-side to this freedom. The detritus that will inevitably be created simply because it’s possible to print a physical object at the click of… Read More