There was a knock on my door. A very wet, very cranky delivery guy had a huge crate on a hand truck. I didn't know it at the time, but the rain we were experiencing was the very early front for Hurricane Irma. The crate being delivered was the Zortrax M300 3D printer, a big, heavy, industrial-grade printer that, at the time, sold for about $4,500. The Zortrax was also about to go on a big adventure. This review has been 18 months in the making, during which the Zortrax M300 has had three homes and traveled more than 3,000 miles. The Zortrax M300 is an odd printer with a number of interesting strengths and frustrating weaknesses. Since it arrived, Zortrax dropped the price to $2,999 and introduced a Plus model for another $600 that overcomes many of the M300's limitations. In this review, we'll talk about both products. About a week or so after the crate containing the M300 arrived, I unpacked it and moved it onto my workbench. I used the auto-calibrate function to level (or, … [Read more...] about Zortrax M300 and M300 Plus: Industrial-class 3D printers ideal for specialty applications
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Beleaguered 3D printing firm MakerBot is attempting to put to rest the string of upsets and bad news that has plagued them for the past few years. From a rocky transition as paragon of the open source movement to a closed source vendor, from a proud-to-produce-in-America production line to offshore manufacturing, the company has lived through a major acquisition, management shake-ups (it went through four CEOs in four years), a class action lawsuit (now dismissed), and mixed reviews of its fifth-generation Replicator+ 3D printers. Today, though, the company hopes all that is in the past. MakerBot announced its Method 3D printer, in a category it calls "performance 3D printing," which it says "bridges the gap between desktop and industrial 3D printing by bringing features that were previously only available on industrial 3D printers to professionals at a significantly lower cost." The changing 3D printer market This is a story of both a company and a market in transition. … [Read more...] about Is MakerBot’s new Method 3D printer ready enough to save the company?
Well, ladies and gentlemen, that day has finally come. Modern 3D printers may not be in every household quite yet, but the internet is already filled with millions of ready-to-print objects. Name practically any household item you could ever need, and there’s likely a printable version of it online. Not all these things are worth the plastic they’re printed from, but some of them are downright genius — not to mention totally free to download. Below you’ll find a collection of notable examples for an assortment of useful items — but keep in mind that the objects pictured aren’t your only option. There are tons of alternate designs available online, so feel free to search around! Shower heads Ever wanted a little more choice when it comes to your bathing experience? 3D printed shower heads are the answer. These faucets may not play music, change colors, or save water, but who knows what the 3D printed shower accessories of tomorrow hold! … [Read more...] about 20 things you’ll never have to buy again if you own a 3D printer
When I first got into 3D printing I made the conscious decision to go cheap. Over the years, I have increased my budget to include printers up to around $1,000, but I've never wanted to go above that. After all, how much better could a $1500 printer be than a $700 one? It turns out it can be a whole lot better. The Lulzbot Mini 2 is quite simply a professional quality desktop printer. With such a small form factor, Lulzbot could have been forgiven for cutting corners. Instead, it created a precisely engineered, open source, and feature packed little machine. This Lulzbot Mini 2 was loaned to us for the purposes of the review, and I've been using it for almost a month. It also came with 1 kg of 2.85 mm Polylite PLA from Polymaker that I used all of to create the models you will see in the review. A lot of smarts in a portable package An amazing out-of-the-box experience The quality of the prints will surprise you. Pros Professional printing out of the box 0.5 mm nozzle for a variety … [Read more...] about Lulzbot Mini 2 desktop 3D printer review: Portable, professional quality
MINNEAPOLIS & REHOVOT, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 23, 2018--Stratas y s Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS), a global leader in additive technology solutions, today further pushed the envelope of what’s possible with 3D printed prototypes - empowering customers to deliver highly realistic, vibrantly-colored parts at speeds up to 5x - 10X faster and more cost effective than traditional manufacturing. Designed to shrink development cycles and time-to-market, the enhanced Stratasys J750 3D Printer - alongside the new Stratasys J735 3D Printer - enables designers and engineers to build highly realistic prototypes with streamlined design-to-prototype workflows, thus decreasing both time-to-market and time-to-revenue.This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180423005543/en/Stratasys vivid colors, color matching, and clear with texture functionality is well-suited to meet the 3D printed prototype demands of auto manufacturers … [Read more...] about Stratasys Sets New Standards for Realism, Color and Speed in Rapid Prototyping With Next-Generation Polyjet 3D Printers