Printing with a MakerBot ® Desktop 3D Printer on Windows 8.1 is now as simple as clicking a button. We’ve built a robust MakerBot 3D Printer Driver for Windows 8.1 so that anyone can 3D print directly from any 3D modeling application that supports the Windows 8.1 3D print pipeline. Microsoft’s Shanen Boettcher said, “Microsoft’s goal is to make the experience of 3D printing as easy as creating and printing a document using Microsoft Word.
3D-printer company Makerbot is leading a crowdfunding drive to buy 3D printers for every school in America. The push, called Makerbot Academy, will begin with CEO Bre Pettis personally pledging a Makerbot to every public high school in the company's home town of Brooklyn. “MakerBot Academy is a big thing
Urbee 2, the first road-ready, fuel-efficient car built using 3D printing, is the subject of a collaboration between design firm KOR EcoLogic, direct digital manufacturers RedEye On Demand, and 3D-printing manufacturer Stratsys. Their aim is to put the 7 hp (5 kW) three-wheeled, rear-steering eco-hybrid on the roads by 2015, and then demonstrate its capabilities by crossing the US using only ten gallons (38 L) of fuel
At this year’s 3D Printshow we witnessed the awards ceremony in which 14 awards were presented to leaders in the 3D printing community. Who were they
3d printing is becoming a very powerful tool for robot makers in the present and will become even more important tool in the future.
Stratasys, one of the largest 3D printing companies in the world today, faces transition. While the company built itself upon the FDM (fused deposition modeling) process it invented years ago, the patent for that process has expired.
3D printers have already migrated from factories to the home and are now set to journey into space, where the cost of delivering replacement tools, components and structures can cost in the millions.
In a world where mammoth human-driven robots walk the earth (“Pacific Rim”), exotic blue aliens fight for freedom (“Avatar”), and flying superweapons blast bad guys (“Iron Man”), one company creates the effects that give moviegoers the fantastic worlds they crave. That company is Legacy Effects, and one man, lead systems engineer Jason Lopes, uses his MakerBot ® Replicator ® 2 Desktop 3D Printer to create the physical objects that power CG-animated movie magic.
Thinking big is no challenge for architects Michael Hansmeyer and Benjamin Dillenburger; they’ve created a 3D printed room using algorithms to design its intricate cathedral-like interior. Assembled out of 64 massive sandstone-like parts printed out with a huge 3D printer, the room contains 260 million surfaces printed at a resolution of a tenth of a millimeter. The 11 ton room took a month to print but only a day to assemble.
Boasting the largest print envelope available for less than US$5,000, the LulzBot TAZ is a RepRap-style 3D printer that presents an open, no-frills design. The TAZ 1.0 is LulzBot’s fourth generation printer, and it uses the company’s sixth generation hot-end (the nozzle and extrusion mechanism for 3D printing). This printer uses an open-source format for both its software and hardware, also known as Libre Hardware.