Although the things that can be done with 3D printers are certainly amazing, many 3D-printed plastic items still have a certain “look” to them. This is largely due to the fact that each item is all one uniform color.
There are not a lot of details, but an agreement was reached between 3D Systems and Motorola, whereby 3D Systems would produce 3D printed “modules” to be used in Motorola’s modular smartphone venture, Project Ara.
Motorola Mobility is taking the concept of building smartphones to order to the next level through a partnership with 3D Systems, which makes 3D printers and software scanners and builds parts on demand. It also offers the Cubify platform, which lets consumers undertake 3D printing. Under the agreement, 3D Systems will create a continuous, high-speed 3D printing production platform and fulfillment system to support Motorola’s Project Ara, which is developing a free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones.
We ran across an interesting project that’s attempting to create a system for 3D printing metal at very low cost. The idea is to do for metal manufacturing what was done for plastic manufacturing with current open source 3D printers.
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When MakerBot opened some years ago it used open source approaches to developing its products. While they produced 3D printers, they also made available the plans to make them, open source-style. That changed with the introduction of their Replicator 2 model, much to the consternation of their open source followers.
Intel’s Futurist and Director of Future Casting, Brian David Johnson, was at this week’s Maker Faire in New York City to introduce an open source, 3D printed companion robot called Jimmie. .. Continue Reading Intel’s futurist introduces open source, 3D printed robot at Maker Faire Section: Robotics Tags: 3D Printing , Aldebaran Robotics , Humanoid , Intel , Open Source , Open-source , Robotic , Robotics , Robots Related Articles: 3D print your own robot with Hello Robo’s MAKI Future Robot introduces new kiosk robot and sells 100 robots to Brazil Inventor claims this robot is “the greatest toy in the universe,” might be right Kirobo robot speaks from the ISS Arduino announces its first ready-to-roll robot T8 robot tarantula gives everyone the willies
For the last week, I’ve been living with a 3D printer – one of the cheapest on the market: the Flashforge Creator Dual. After 30 or so prints, I’ve discovered some of the foibles of home 3D printing, and some of the work-arounds. Is this a glimpse into the future of home fabrication, or a niche hobby piece?