Category Archives: FDM/FFF

ABC Data Distributes Zortrax 3D Printers Across Central & Eastern Europe

By Michael Molitch-Hou

ABC Data, already one of the leading IT distributors in Central and Eastern Europe (the CEE region), has quickly become one of the leading 3D printer distributors there, as well. As reported by our Polish pundit (and Editor of the Polish printing news site CD3D), Pawel Ślusarczyk, ABC Data has already made numerous deals with companies like 3DGence, Monkeyfab, Hbot, 3NOVATICA, Spectrum Filaments, and even the USA’s own ROBO 3D. Now, the IT leader has signed on what is probably Poland’s most recognizable printer manufacturer and will begin to offer Zortrax M200 and Zortrax Inventure printers.…

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Autodesk Answers 3D Printing’s Suckiness with Project Escher Factory-in-a-Box

By Michael Molitch-Hou

At Inside 3D Printing in Santa Clara two years back, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Autodesk Jeff Kowalski became known for saying, “3D printing kind of sucks right now.” The software manufacturer has since been trying to solve that problem in a number of pretty exciting ways. It first began with the release of Autodesk’s Spark platform and the Ember 3D printer, which is designed to tackle such issues as speed, reliability, and resolution in desktop 3D printing. …

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Ultimaker Releases 3D Printer Upgrade Kit at SXSW

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Upon being selected as an Interactive Innovation Award finalist in the 3-DIY category at SXSW Interactive, for their Ultimaker 2 Go and Extended 3D printers, Dutch 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker has announced a new extrusion upgrade kit for owners of previous Ultimaker models, in order to improve their printing capabilities and the overall 3D printing experience.

At SXSW, the company announced the extrusion upgrade kit, which can be applied to previous 3D printer models, the Ultimaker 2 and Ultimaker 2 Extended, to give them the full capabilities of the Ultimaker 2+, announced at CES this year. …

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Exclusive Interview with Eugene Suyu, Founder and CEO, Tinkerine (TTD.V)

By Samuel Adams

I had the chance to talk to Eugene Suyu, the young CEO and founder of Tinkerine, one of the leading Canadian 3D printing manufacturers. During the long chat I had with him, I had the opportunity to discuss the Tinkerine vision, last year’s performance, and how Eugene intends to bring the company to profitability.
Tinkerine (TTD.V): the Only Listed dDesktop 3D Printer Manufacturer
Tinkerine is a Canadian manufacturer of desktop 3D printers – specifically the Tinkerine Ditto Pro 3D printer, assembled in Vancouver – with a strong focus on the education market.…

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Y Soft’s Professional-Grade DeeRed 3D Printer Hits the Global Market

By Tyler Koslow

Aiming to provide professional-grade 3D printing solutions at a low price point, Y Soft’s Be3D DeeRed has been a welcome tool for large-format rapid prototyping and end-use production. Since investing $2 million and gaining majority ownership within the Czech-based company Be3D back in 2014, Y Soft has released both the professional-grade DeeRed and the consumer-minded DeeGreen (which I actually reviewed for 3DPI back in December), both of which seem to be generally well-received by the industry. After gaining certain certification and increasing their production capacity, Y Soft is proud to announce that the Be3D DeeRed 3D printer will now, for the first time, be available for distribution across the entire global market.…

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SelfEco Breaks Down PLA: Making 3D Printing Eco-friendly

By Liz Pekler

Polylactic acid or PLA has brought 3D printing closer to full green sustainability in recent years. When used as a filament in 3D printing, PLA eliminates most of the issues brought about by common petro-based plastics, resulting in less waste, non-toxic products, and reduced negative effect on the environment.  PLA has become an increasingly popular choice for 3D printing material. Let’s have a look at the process from Plant to PLA filament.
Infographic: Selfeco/Green Design, MIT – Institute of Design
PLA is the same type of plastic used in making environmentally friendly disposable cups and utensils labeled “compostable” or “made from corn.” It is produced from renewable crops such as corn, sugarcane, or tapioca, and is being widely used today as a safe, non-toxic, biodegradable, and eco-conscious material in medical implants, packaging, hygiene products, upholstery, injection molding, and more.…

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eSUN Gains Approval for New OTC Trading in China

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Chinese filament maker eSUN has become a popular filament, partially for the great prices the brand offers, but, before it was a filament manufacturer, Shenzhen Esun Industrial Co., Ltd. was producing materials more generally.  Founded in 2002, the company manufactured what they consider environmentally friendly materials for the industrial market, jumping into the 3D printing space in 2007 with their own brand of filaments. Now, the material maker is ready to make the big leap into the stock market, gaining admission from China’s NEEAQ (National Equities Exchange and Quotations) to the New OTC Market on February 23, 2016.…

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‘Cluster’ of LulzBot 3D Printers Reaches Milestone with One Millionth 3D Printed Part

By Tyler Koslow

Based out of Loveland, Colorado, Aleph Objects and their LulzBot 3D printers have been steadily wrapping their tentacles around the 3D printing community for some time now (and, as their recent partnership with OpenBCI may hint at, around our heads, as well). Their homebase, which is called the Cluster, currently houses over 140 active 3D printers that operate for over 100 hours a week, all of which are working tirelessly to produce new 3D printer parts for LulzBot 3D printers. After years of endless printing, the group of LulzBot 3D printers have achieved quite the milestone, printing out their one millionth 3D printer part.…

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Type A Machines’ New ProMatte Filament 1/3 the Weight of Standard PLA

By Tyler Koslow

From their Series 1 Pro 3D printer to their Print Pod, the California-based company Type A Machines has approached the 3D printing market with an innovative and RepRap-fueled spirit. This has helped the 3D printing company garner a well-respected reputation in the Maker community. And now, Type A Machines is expanding their material capabilities with the new ProMatte 3D printer filament. The firm’s first filament, ProMatte was developed in collaboration with the filament manufacturer Polymaker, who has released a number of high-quality materials, including PC-Plus, PolyMax, PolyWood, and many others.…

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10DPrintives Releases the Quadra Synchronous 3D Printer

By Tyler Koslow

In order to make 3D printing more commercially viable, some manufacturers have been experimenting with synchronous 3D printing, using multiple print heads to print more than one object at the same time. Synchronous 3D printers can make better use of time and space on the print bed, and the trending printing method seems to be catching on. At the recent Inside 3D Printing event in Dusseldorf, Germany, one 3D printing company from Redmond, Washington, named 10DPrintives, showcased their first-ever 3D printer, a synchronous printing machine called the Quadra.…

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