New on Kickstarter is the 3Doodler, a 3D printing pen. This item is essentially a hand held extruder that allows users to draw their designs in 2D or 3D space. I think the novelty of this will appeal to many users but I think there are hidden benefits to the device also. The pen should also be able to be used as a welder to attach two prints together or to fix cracks that may have occurred in your prints. This option alone could be worth the early bird $75 entry price but I feel like there will also be lots of fun 3D doodles in our future.
After over a year without a new version, OpenScad 2013.01 has been released with a large list of features and bug fixes. Although most of these wil probably seem transparent to most users, it’s a good sign that this powerful and open tool is still progressing. Marius has also indicated that there will be another new update coming shortly.
Official Site and Downloads
Sailfish, the incredibly full featured alternative firmware for MakerBot printers has released a new version. Sailfish 4.2/7.1 was released on February 10th and includes some great new features.
- Replicator 2 Support
- SD Card Folders
- Long File Names
- Speed Control
These are just some of the highlights in this significant new release. If you own a MakerBot and you are not running sailfish, this is a perfect time to upgrade. If you have already jumped in the boat, then I’m sure this update will bring features you have been waiting for.
Sailfish Official Blog
Tonight Make Magazine is putting on it’s first International Maker Meetup to launch it’s new special issue magazine the “Ultimate Guide To 3D Printing”. AS220 Labs is playing host to the local Providence meetup starting at 7pm. We invite all the 3DPPVD crowd to join us in learning about what make did as part of this issue and what they learned during their testing. Please sign up at the link bellow to RSVP if you think you can join us.
This month, Thingiverese’s own mad scientist Tony Buser will be joining us remotely to discuss his updated process for cleaning and prepping scanned models to be ready for printing. Tony is the largest contributor to Thingiverse and his previous video on cleaning models is considered the go to source for those who want to use reconstructme to create their own head scans. There is also lots to discuss after Maker Faire New York and it’s impressive showing of 3D printers. Join us on Wednesday October 10th at 7pm to learn from the master. We will be meeting again at AS220 Labs and as usual will be hanging out after the presentation.
MIT Media Lab startup Formlabs has launched their new desktop stereo lithography 3D printer. This is the first commercially available true stereo lithography printer offered to a hobbyist or small company market. Unlike other resin printers that we have seen in the past, this machine does not use a projector to cure the resin but instead uses a laser to do the job. We are looking forward to seeing these bots in the wild but if you can’t wait to get your hands on one, head on over to their kickstarter to be one of the first to own one.