The top three 3D printers, scanners or other whatsits that have come to our attention over the last seven days.
The PancakeBot prints pancakes in intricate designs
No questions about where to start this week. Of all the devices on show at the Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo, California last weekend, the one that seems to have captures the web’s imagination most fiercely is PancakeBot – a 3D printer for pancakes.
The brainchild of American-born, Norway-based designer Miguel Valenzuela , the printer was exhibited in two versions – one made of LEGO and a newer Acrylic version. The latter version packs two Adafruit Motor Shields, two stepper motors, two belt drives that control the batter location and a vacuum pump for batter control.
Valenzuela hopes PancakeBot will inspire children to take a greater interest in both food and engineering, his original LEGO version being inspired by his two young daughters. Explaining the technology, the designer said:
The LEGO version of PancakeBot uses the NXT 2.0 system but also works with the NXT 1.0 software. As a matter of fact, it was originally made using the NXT 1.0 software. Making basic round pancakes is pretty simple with PancakeBot. Drawing different shapes and designs takes a lot more work and even some programming experience.
Sculptify plans to launch 3D plastic pellet printer on Kickstarter
Sculptify, which was founded in 2013 to offer 3D print users more choice and flexibility, has announced its plan to launch a very interesting device on Kickstarter soon. A personal printer with previously unheard of material options, it uses pelletized plastics as oppose to traditional filament, as part of a new 3D print methods known as Fused Layer Extrusion or FLEX.
As well as being affordable, this system allows consumers to print objects with new levels of durability, flexibility softness and hardness, in the same material that is used to create many mass produced products. It’s simple to use too. Loading the pellets into the device is as easy as filling a coffee machine.
Sculptify co-founder Slade Simpson explains it like this:
We want to nederlandsegokken online casino make 3D printing easier for everyday use but also expand versatility for enthusiasts and professionals. Our goal is to deliver a 3D printing system that offers a wide range of printing materials at significantly reduced cost. We’ll be able to print using many different types of thermoplastics… Pelletized plastics offer an appealing alternative to filament. They are not only more affordable, but also create an inviting experience due to their ease of use. We believe this will attract new customer to 3D printing and to Sculptify.
Airwolf 3D’s AW3D HDx can print polycarbonate and nylon
Airwolf 3D has introduced an upgrade for its popular AW3D HD model, the AW3D HDx, which allows users to print in polycarbonate, bridge nylon, nylon 645 and numerous other engineering grade materials. The desktop printer comes with JRx, Airwolf’s patent pending jam resistant hot end that allows it to print at heats of up to 315 degrees.
It’s faster and more accurate than the model it is replacing, making it definitely worth a look for the consumer 3D printer buyer. Here is a full list of its specifications and features:
Materials: Polycarbonate, Nylon, Nylon Bridge and more
Build envelope: 300mm x 200mm x 300mm (W x D x H)
Build volume: 18,878 cubic cm
Nozzle diameter: .5 .35 mm
Minimum layer thickness: .06 mm
Maximum speed: Perimeter 150 mm/s, Travel 400 mm/s
Theoretical positioning precision: .02 mm
Input format: GCode
System compatibility: Windows/ Mac
Power supply: Internal auto-switching 13.5V DC, 320W
Weight: 18 kg