Slice Engineering Copperhead Hotend!

We are fans of Slice engineering and are impressed by their new products. We had tested and reviewed their mosquito last year. Now they recently launched a new hot end that is awesome and a bit more affordable.

, The Copperhead 3D Printer Hot End
The Copperhead hot end [Source: Slice Engineering]

The Copperhead is designed by Slice Engineering, a Florida-based firm that previously introduced the Mosquito hot end, a  450C device that featured a “one handed change” capability. Now they’ve come up with an improved hot end they call the Copperhead. 

There’s a good reason for calling it the Copperhead, as it is made from a great deal of copper. As you can see in this diagram, they use a bimetallic structure involving copper, aluminum and steel elements. 

They’re attempting to increase the effectiveness of the heatbreak. This is the component that separates the cold and hot zones within the device, and it is critical to correct extrusion. 

The reason has to do with the contradiction required within the “hot end”. One segment must heat up and soften the filament suitable for extrusion, but the other end must maintain a colder temperature so that the filament remains rigid and able to be pushed into the hot zone. 

3D Printer Heatbreak Problems

Today’s hot ends generally do this quite well. If they don’t, then the filament becomes soft where it should not and extrusion problems result. Usually this is a stripped filament, as the gears gripping the filament simply pull off chunks of soft material rather than pushing the filament. 

But there’s another effect that’s been happening in 3D printing these days: high temperature 3D printing. This is a result of increased interest in the use of engineering materials such as PEEK or ULTEM. 

These high temperature materials require, obviously, higher extrusion temperatures. But that means the hot zone is hotter, and the cold zone must somehow remain cold despite being attached to a much hotter hot zone. 

If inefficient, the higher heat could leak upwards into the cold zone and cause issues and ultimately filament jams. This is particularly evident on long duration 3D print jobs, where there is a lot more time for that heat to seep into the cold zone.

The Copperhead Hot End

, The Copperhead 3D Printer Hot End
Explanatory diagram of the Copperhead hot end [Source: Slice Engineering]

Enter the Copperhead. It is specifically designed to maintain the two separate thermal zones with the use of copper. That metal has excellent thermal transfer properties, and their design seems to leverage that very well. 

Slice Engineering claims the Copperhead “conducts 60% less heat” across the heat break, and they’ve been able to verify this by using a thermal camera to observe the flow of heat, as seen here:

, The Copperhead 3D Printer Hot End
Thermal image of the Copperhead hot end [Source: Slice Engineering]

Mounting The Copperhead Hot End

The Copperhead is designed to be easily mounted on many different 3D printer platforms and systems. They explain: 

“There are a few variants of the Copperhead™ (please see the Copperhead™ Variants table on the main campaign page), but three main mounting methods:

1. Groove mount – this is a standard groove style adapter common on many 3D printers. It includes a fitting to retain a PTFE tube

2. Heat break clamp – the “Standard” and “Mk10” variants of the Copperhead™ have straight shanks which can be clamped onto with a shaft collar or held in place with a set screw

3. Threading – the “RepRap 1.75”, “RepRap 2.85” and “Mk 8” versions of the Copperhead™ thread directly into a heat sink or base plate on the OEM extruder or carriage/end effector.”

, The Copperhead 3D Printer Hot End

We are going to order one of their hotends soon to test and review on our Lotmaxx SC-10 or the JGMaker A5S or one of the future printers that we are reviewing and beta testing soon.

Please click here to check out more information from Slice Engineering’s website https://www.sliceengineering.com/products/copperhead%E2%84%A2

Makerbot Sketch

ANNOUNCING THE NEW MAKERBOT SKETCH CLASSROOM FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS

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SKETCH Classroom is built to be the complete 3D printing classroom setup with an ideal student-to-printer ratio that maximizes students’ access and teachers’ success in the classroom

MakerBot is excited to announce the launch of the MakerBot SKETCH Classroom™ designed to be the most reliable 3D printing setup for the classroom, giving students more access to 3D printing and setting up teachers for success. The SKETCH Classroom goes beyond the hardware and incorporates MakerBot’s complete education ecosystem, providing educators and students with the tools and resources they need to succeed.

Teachers are facing significant challenges in preparing students for a rapidly changing job market. Skill sets such as problem-solving and design thinking are high in demand; however, many students today lack those skills. 3D printing can be used to teach critical thinking, but there is a sharp learning curve to using 3D printing in the classroom successfully. Teachers and students need to learn to use the 3D printer, integrate the technology into their curriculum and manage 3D printing resources in the classroom. In addition, the challenging printer-to-student ratio in a classroom requires a different workflow setup for an effective deployment.

The SKETCH Classroom addresses the challenges of 3D printing in the classroom with a solution that includes interactive certification courses for both teachers and students that trains them on how to use the MakerBot SKETCH 3D printer, create and implement engaging curriculum, and teach design thinking and problem-solving with 3D printing.

The SKETCH Classroom offers a unique workflow solution that addresses the printer-to-student ratio challenge and provides the best setup for effective deployment. The SKETCH firmware and print management software are natively connected to MakerBot Cloud™ platform and incorporate a full suite of 3D printing applications. The SKETCH Classroom software suite provides print design, preparation, and management as a single solution out of the box. Students are able to submit their designs via MakerBot Cloud through their MakerBot account on my.makerbot.com, and teachers can seamlessly manage, queue up and monitor their students’ 3D printing projects. This is designed to be the best 3D printing setup for the classroom, making 3D printing more accessible to students, and setting educators up for 3D printing success.

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The SKETCH Classroom includes:

  • A set of two (2) MakerBot SKETCH 3D printers, with each featuring a fully-enclosed printing chamber, a heated and flexible build plate, a particulate filter, touchscreen capabilities, on-board camera, and Wi-Fi capabilities.
  • Two (2) teachers’ and ten (10) students’ licenses for the MakerBot Certification™ programs, which certify teachers in printer operations and curriculum creation and educates students in 3D printing, innovative design thinking, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. MakerBot provides the only ISTE-Certified 3D printer training programs with interactive and media-rich content, as well as applicable professional development credits for teachers.
  • MakerBot Cloud, a fully-connected platform that provides teachers with seamless 3D printing file management, allowing them to manage, monitor, queue, and print students’ projects from any browser. MakerBot Cloud is integrated with leading CAD design software, including TinkerCad®, Autodesk® Fusion® 360, and Onshape®.
  • Thingiverse Education™, access to over 600+ 3D printing lesson plans created by educators and designed for all grade levels and subjects, and the largest active 3D printing educator community.
  • Industry-leading support from MakerBot’s support team comprised of 3D printing experts.
  • Compatibility with MakerBot PLA and Tough™ materials; available in a wide range of colors, including yellow, blue, red, white, and grey.
  • Each printer comes with one (1) extra build plate, one (1) snips, and one (1) spatula.

“With SKETCH, we are changing the way 3D printing is used in schools and advancing the possibilities of learning to boost student innovation. We believe that SKETCH Classroom is the best 3D printing setup for the classroom, with an ideal student-to-printer ratio, making 3D printing more accessible to students, and setting educators up for 3D printing success,” said Nadav Goshen, CEO, MakerBot.

With its 3D printers in over 7,000+ schools across North America alone, MakerBot is one of the leading providers of 3D printing solutions for education. MakerBot’s education ecosystem is the most comprehensive on the market, providing thousands of educators with the tools and resources they need to successfully integrate 3D printing in their curricula.

SKETCH is easy to use and set up, and does not require tinkering, allowing teachers to spend more time integrating 3D printing within classroom learning. With a built-in particulate filter and enclosed chamber, the MakerBot SKETCH Classroom is safe to use in the classroom. Additionally, SKETCH is UL-Certified. MakerBot has tested the SKETCH 3D printer for over 46,000 hours for system reliability, subsystem, and print quality testing.

Full MakerBot Cloud integrations and additional features are planned for the coming months. SKETCH Classroom is expected to begin shipping on February 17, 2020 in North America, with availability in other regions shortly thereafter.

To learn more about SKETCH Classroom, visit www.makerbot.com/sketch.

Lotmaxx launches new SC-10 Shark on Kickstarter

Imagine a desktop 3D printer that can print faster than average, featuring multiple functions such as auto leveling, laser engraving and bicolor printing using simple add-ons. Plus build quality with premium materials, sleek and ergonomic design.

Now stop imagining. LOTMAXX SC-10 SHARK is a reality.  

LOTMAXX SC-10 SHARK is our latest and first-ever crowdfunded desktop 3D printer and we chose to launch on Kickstarter for a reason. Kickstarter is always the base of unlimited creativity. Helping to bring the creative projects to life, Kickstarter would be the proven bridge between LOTMAXX and the 3D printing community by bringing us together.

We believe that 3D printing has unlimited potential, and we’re only just at the beginning of this emerging industry. 3D printing technology is penetrating widely and deeply across industrial, makers and consumer sectors. It’s by launching on Kickstarter and connecting LOTMAXX with backers, getting feedback and conducting discussion that we can make further progress on development of 3D printing.

We’re just getting started and your opinions matter to us. 

Establishing ourselves in 2018, LOTMAXX is a cutting-edge technology company specializing in 3D printing. Gathered with more than 100 professionals, experienced developers and engineers from 3D printing, tablet computer and machine manufacturing industries, we’ve harnessed the great capability of design, research and production of 3D printing.

We want to vitalize the industry with our innovation. By breaking further ground in 3D printing technology, we managed to bring LOTMAXX SC-10 SHARK to Kickstarter. It’s printing faster, it’s more than the average desktop 3D printer.

It’s beyond your imagination.

Packing the Aeolus Heat Dissipation system (AHDS) and S Move System (SMS), LOTMAXX SC-10 SHARK has effectively boosted the print speed and successfully saved up to 30% average print time*. 

*Source: stats from LOTMAXX lab.   

S Move System

LOTMAXX SC-10 stays cool while printing, thanks to the unique and signature design of its modular nozzles.  The Aeolus Heat Dissipation system (AHDS) is a highly efficient  dissipation system with its uniquely developed four-fan design. This cools the nozzle from all angles, increasing the efficiency of heat dissipation by 42%*(measured in LOTMAXX lab) without compromising sprinting quality and print speed. LOTMAXX SC-10 SHARK has three speed modes available: normal, middle, and fast speed, to match your preference and need. Combining the high-speed motor, LOTMAXX SC-10 SHARK is a powerhouse that guarantees unparalleled speed as well as the stability.     

The four-fan structure
Printing faster

Auto leveling, laser engraving and bicolor printing, your call. LOTMAXX SC-10 SHARK is the whole package. No need to recode and no further adjustment is required, plug and play, it’s just that easy!  

There are 2 colors of SC-10 Shark(Deep Purple/Space Gray)

LOTMAXX SC-10 SHARK comes with optional automatic bed leveling feature. The ultra-precise technology allows for 0.1mm accuracy. While the unleveled bed might cause nozzle clogging, scratch marks and poor adhesion, the auto leveling is one of the most important benefits that LOTMAXX SC-10 SHARK can offer to the quality of your prints. Just tap the touch screen to activate the auto leveling interface, the inductive sensor will probe the heated bed. It precisely measures the print surface’s tilt, freeing you from the time-consuming and tricky manual process. Regardless of whether you are a newcomer or a skilled maker, you can enjoy a hassle-free auto leveling with SHARK!

Note: LOTMAXX procures 3D touch & BL touch from suppliers.

Auto-leveling
The 3D Touch

LOTMAXX SC-10 SHARK supports an optional 1.6 W laser engraving and allows you to engrave with a wide variety of materials like wood, plastic, leather, PVC, paper and resin. The interchangeable module is extremely easy to apply on. Plug and engrave, simply attach the laser engraver module next to the printhead and you’re ready to witness creativity turning into reality.  

Ever so often, it’s color making the artwork unique and special. While most of the 3D printers come with just one nozzle, LOTMAXX SC-10 SHARK offers optional dual color print head tier. Besides the basic option, you may choose a different package that comes with two extruders and one nozzle. Expand the possibility and upgrade your artwork, why not?

We have one of their original SC-10 printers and are very impressed with it. We are backers of the new SC-10 Shark on kickstarter. We are very eager to receive the new printer and put it through its’ paces.

Cubibot: The new standard of modern consumer 3D printer-A Preview!

We are intrigued by the Cubibot, a new 3d printer on Kickstarter.

 

According to Cubibot:

 

Cubibot is an affordable, user-friendly, high-quality 3D printer with a compact and dynamic design made to fit your lifestyle. Cubibot balances functionality and ease of use without compromising features. Matching the performance and quality of expensive, professional 3D printers at an affordable cost, Cubibot enables you to realize all your imaginations!   

 

It seems like a solidly designed device and would work well in educational environments, especially since it is completely enclosed and it offers an on-board air filter too.

From their Kickstarter Page here are some interesting highlights to the printer:

 

We are going to get a review unit later on and at that point we can test, review and let people know our opinion of it.

So far we are impressed with the design and implementation.

 

Please check them out on kickstarter:

The printer is being offered in two colors:

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In my opinion it is definitely worth a look!

 

Specification drawing:

See an overview video too:

Watch this video on YouTube.

 

 

 

 

 

Proforge 3d Printer-Kickstarter

PROFORGE 3D PRINTER PRESS PACK

Introduction The PROFORGE is a thoughtfully designed, Large, Metal Frame OPEN-SOURCE 3D Printer Kit.

 

It can be FULLY ENCLOSED and is set for OCTOPRINT (a wifi/web-cam control system that uses the raspberry pi). AUTO-LEVELING, an LCD SCREEN and a HEATED BED are STANDARD FEATURES.

There is also a MAXIMUM OF 150 being made for this project, this is to ensure that people who do pledge receive their Printer in the described shipping time and that the project does not get “clogged” by over subscription.

Proforge 3D Printer FEATURE SPECIFICATION Build Volume 200 X 200 X 240mm Aluminium Surface Heated Bed RepRap MK2 Heated PCB Bed – Up to 110˚ Celsius Extruder E3D V6 Clone – Up to 250˚ Celsius Printable Materials PLA, ABS, HIPS, PETG & Other exotics… Min. Layer Height 0.05mm Electronics RAMPS 1.4 / Arduino Combo Power 12v 360W Dedicated PSU Standard Features Heated Bed, Auto-levelling, LCD Screen, SD Card Support Upgradable Options Octoprint (+£60), Full Enclosure (+£75) OPENSOURCE AND HACKABLE The Proforge is a completely opensource and hackable machine from the ground up. It uses entirely off the shelf components. The only “specialized” parts are the cnc machined HDPE panels, .dxf drawings for which will be made available on our website along with all other source files once printers start shipping. The proforge also makes use of 3D printed parts making modifying and/or replacing parts super easy. All this is built around a 2020 aluminium extrusion frame held together with cast aluminium brackets. EXTRUDER The hotend is an E3D V6 Clone, an all metal hotend capable of delivering up to 250 degrees Celsius, making it super easy to print a wide range or materials from PLA to ABS and other exotics. Compatible filament diameter is 1.75mm. The extruder is mounted onto an “extruder mount” which mounts onto a “tool carriage”, this allows for an effortless swapping of tool heads (only undoing two screws). Also on the extruder mount is a 50mm blower fan with a snap fitting fan shroud that blows a cool stream of air onto the print and an inductive probe sensor for auto levelling. The extruder Feeder is both Powerful and Precise, it uses a NEMA 17 Motor and a 3:1 herringbone gear setup. This drives an MK8 feeder gear,. The Idler arm is tensioned with a simple spring mechanism (holding the nut and tightening the M5 screw increases the pressure on the filament). The filament is then pushed up through the PTFE tubing and into the hotend. EXTRUDER FEEDER AUTO BED LEVELLING The Proforge uses an inductive sensor to probe the bed at 9 points to create a curved surface mesh. The extruder then follows this curved surface for the perfect first layer. Z-AXIS The platform is a sheet of CNC machined HDPE with aluminium extrusions on the underneath for support. The Print Bed is a 220 x 220 mm, 1.5mm thick aluminium sheet on top of a PCB heated bed that sits on top of four brass 12mm stand offs, the print volume is 200x200x235mm. The platform rides on long format linear bearings and is driven by a T8 Lead screw coupled to a NEMA 17 Motor, the coupler is a spring type that clamps onto the shaft rather than using grub screws which shift and misalign the shaft only contributing to dreaded “z-wobble”. The kit also includes some PTFE grease for the lead screw. SMOOTH MOTION The Proforge has a H-style gantry powered by NEMA 17 motors; the x-motor carriage, Idler and tool carriage are 3d printed. The gantry rides on self lubricating bronze bushings and 8mm stainless steel rods. The Bushings slot into the 3d printed parts and are held down using cable ties. The Y-axis is also geared to provide greater resolution in the axis. The X-axis pulley is central through the tool carriage and the Y-axis pulleys attach onto the outer sides of the x motor carriage and Idler creating a balanced system. This configuration is smooth and incredibly effective not only for maintenance purposes but also a considerable amount quieter when printing as opposed to using ball linear bearings. Also linear ball bearings over time scratch into the rods leaving grooves, the bronze bushings instead ride on a thin layer of grease. The frame is made from 2020 aluminium extrusions held together by die cast aluminium corner brackets. Attached to the frame are CNC machined HDPE panels. HDPE is a a dense material with a very high tensile strength. Unlike acrylic it does not crack or shatter and is attached to the frame with a bolt, t-nut and spring washer. The HDPE panels create a housing at the bottom of the printer for the electronics and power supply. On the top corners of the machine these brackets hold up the motion system and extruder feeder. FRAME ELECTRONICS The Proforge is powered by a RAMPS 1.4/Arduino Mega combo, an incredibly common and reliable electronics solution for 3D printing. Motors are controlled with pololu a4988 micro-controller boards which result in 1/16 micro-stepping of the NEMA 17’s. The Proforge also uses the latest version of Marlin (RC-8 at time of writing), a very common and opensource firmware. The machine is powered by a dedicated 12v 360W Power supply. The electronics compartment also has space for a Raspberry Pi for running Octoprint. The Proforge also has an LCD screen and SD card reader making it easy to monitor the machine, preheat heaters and move motors. The SD card also lets you print directly of it and have the printer run with out it being connected to a computer. LCD SCREEN & SD CARD READER CLEAN & TIDY The Proforge uses braided cable sleeving for routing wires which gives the entire machine a sleek finish. USB and power ports are all mounted onto the back of the machine making everything easy and accessible. OCTOPRINT Octoprint lets you control and monitor your prints over your homes Wi-Fi network. Take full control of the Proforge, start and stop prints, preheat heaters and send .gcode commands. Octoprint also allows you to make awesome time-lapses of your prints too with the included on-board camera! ENCLOSURE The enclosure is made of laser cut 3mm clear Perspex panels that go around all four sided of the printer. The roof is held together using t slots and swings up and can rest vertical. The door also swings open 180 degrees. The enclosure is incredibly useful for printing ABS and other exotic materials where print quality is enhanced by having a warm printing chamber. The enclosure also improves quality by preventing unwanted drafts from blowing across the print that may cause it to warp and crack. PROFORGE 3D PRINTER KIT – All parts to build the Proforge. – A small tool kit. – Kapton tape. – SD Card. – 10m sample roll of PLA. – Country dependent power cord.

AILABLE EARLY BIRD £279/$349 50 STANDARD £319/$399 100 SHIPPING & VAT TO BE COLLECTED LATER ABOUT THE CREATOR My name’s Adeel Ali, I’m an undergraduate Engineering student at the University of Bristol in the UK, I have currently taken some time out from my studies to pursue this project. I’ve been immersed in the world of 3D Printing for that last 4 years as a hobbyist, and have taken it seriously in the past year and a half to create the Proforge. I’m absolutely committed to bringing the Proforge to life and have little to no other commitments outside of Makertech 3D. In the future I plan on making more machines and innovations that help other makers make better things more easily and for a more affordable price. FAQ’S How long would the proforge take to get up and running? If the Proforge is your very first 3D Printer then I’d recommend clearing out a weekend for getting it up and running. One day for the physical build and second day for wiring, software and calibration. If however your familiar with RepRap style 3D Printers then you should be able to have the Proforge up and running with in a day. The physical build taking up most of the time. How have you managed to keep the price so competitive? If the Proforge is designed almost entirely from off the shelf parts, when bought in bulk the price comes down and sourcing is relatively easy too because the components are so common place on the market. The major advantage to this is not just a great price but also that if a part were to fail over time the user can easily find a replacement from Ebay or AliExpress. Why have only a maximum of 150 Proforge’s been offered on Kickstarter? 150 is the number I am confident I can provide in the timeline outlined and is also the upper limit of the number of people I’m willing to cater for at the moment to give the best possible experience of Makertech 3D. Limiting the campaign like this also prevents any chance of it becoming over subscribed and everyone’s experience of the project being a negative…a problem that has plagued many other large projects. Can I pledge for a Plotter/Laser/CNC Expansion mod? Unfortunately not, there are links in the campaign to what I used and can be sourced from Ebay or Aliexpress. The reason for this is to reduce project complexity. The expansion mods are there to Show what else the Proforge is capable of. I will however be providing instruction on how to do them, they will be made available on our website. What are shipping and VAT costs going to be? Firstly VAT is only applicable to UK and EU countries and will come to 20% of your pledge. However if you are purchasing as a company and can provide A VAT number then you do not have to pay this tax. Shipping is calculated using parcel2go.com with these parameters: shipping from the UK, 25KG Parcel weight and 60 x 50 x 30 cm Parcel dimensions. These are maximum estimates and may vary when it comes time to ship. Shipping estimates for some countries (cheapest options): USA – £68.39 UK – £9.78 (inc VAT) Germany – £12.71 (inc VAT) Canada – £68.72

 

We are rather impressed by the design and the printer and would love to get one to test and review. We also do educational events and a dual extruder printer would be cool.

 

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Now  that is pretty awesome!

Our Beta Test and Review of the Xyz Printing Davinci Jr. 2.0 Mix Printer.

We recently had the opportunity to test and review, beta test the Davinci Jr. 2.0 mix. This product is the company’s one of the newly released plus series 3D printers in the market. The physical appearance of the printer is very similar to the da Vinci Jr. 1.0. If you have limited experience with 3D printing or even if you are experienced it is an excellent choice too, I recommend you to adopt one of these cool printers.It is a decent  printer at an affordable price range and it offers many filament colors.
We found their software, Xyzware to be easy to use, and reliable. The output quality is very nice, actually better than most of the other printers that we have tested and reviewed. We like the design of the printer, it is cosmetically appealing, solid and it is solid in design. The set up was easy to do. The software, and wifi set up is relatively easy. It uses only the Xyz filament, which ensures that it works well, and with their equipment. It would be cool to be able to use other filament, but not a really big issue. The support is also quite decent from Xyz and their folks. Overall we recommend the printer to schools, families and small businesses. We really liked the ability to mix colors or print more than one color at a time too. It would be cool to have a full color version at some point.

We really liked the printer overall.

The only downside is that your have to use filament that is from XYZ Printing only and can not use open source filament.

It uses XYZware which we found to work well, especially for color mixing and printing.

Some folks like Cura, Simplify and Slicr, but overall we liked XYZware and it got the job done in an easy and efficient manner.

We wish that the printer could connect to wifi from the device, it uses a 2 step process, that works but could have been easier.

We definitely were impressed by the printer, its’ design and the output quality was better than most 3d printers that we have tested and reviewed in the last few years.

Specifications and Details-->

Product Information

Product Dimensions 23.1 x 20 x 18.7 inches
Item Weight 35 pounds
Shipping Weight 35 pounds
Manufacturer XYZprinting, Inc.
ASIN B01NBVL966
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Item model number 3F2JWXUS00D
Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

Date first available at Amazon.com January 16, 2017

 

This is an unbiased, unpaid review!

 

 

See our youtube video collage as well on the cool printer:

Watch this video on YouTube.

Our amazon Review of the Davinci Jr. 2.,0 Mix

Output Sample Gift Box

Mcor Launches World’s First Full-Color, Desktop 3D Printer, Mcor ARKe!

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Company aims to put a 3D printer in every office, classroom, and did showcase Mcor ARKe at CES 2016

LAS VEGAS, January 6, 2015 – Mcor, the leader in industrial full-color 3D printing, today launched Mcor ARKe, the world’s first, full-color, desktop 3D printer. With Mcor ARKe, Mcor now offers their industrial quality full color 3D printing on the desktop. The premium 3D printer is also low cost, reliable and safe, enabling 3D printing to jump the chasm to a much broader range of creative professionals and truly facilitating creative learning like no other 3D printer has to date. CES 2016 attendees can see Mcor ARKe in action today through Saturday, January 9 in the 3D Printing TechZone, Sands Expo Booth 72916.

Developed with the vision of making full color 3D printing more accessible to a latent creative market, Mcor ARKe achieves this goal in several ways:

• Full, photorealistic color: With a DPI of 4800×2400, Mcor ARKe brings high resolution color to the desktop transforming desktop 3D printing from a monochromatic age to a world of full color
• Cost-effective: using Mcor’s unique Selective Deposition Lamination technology, Mcor ARKe makes low cost, professional class 3D printing accessible
• Safe and eco-friendly: No harmful particle emissions, or toxic chemicals are used during printing, making Mcor ARKe a safe addition to any classroom or office. Further, green processes and recyclable materials are used in operation
• Customizable and compact: Mcor ARKe allows users to choose from a selection of covers to suit their unique style
• Reliable and easy-to-use: High-resolution touchscreen and LED progress task bar makes viewing status of a build possible from anywhere in a classroom or studio
“Our mission is to put a 3D printer in every office, classroom, and eventually every home, and Mcor ARKe is a huge step in that direction,” said Dr. Conor MacCormack, co-founder and CEO of Mcor Technologies. “The launch of Mcor ARKe is a defining moment for Mcor and the 3D printing industry, much like the iPhone was for Apple and the 747 was for Boeing. I believe that this is a disruptive step that will transform this industry stimulating widespread adoption of 3D printing particularly in education and among creative professional. Further, we have already received over 2,500 pre-orders for Mcor ARKe and anticipate unrivalled demand in 2016.”

Mcor ARKe has a launch price of $5,995 USD MSRP for the CES event and is available Q2 2016. For more information on Mcor ARKe, please visit [www.mcortechnologies.com] or stop by Booth 72916 at CES.

 

A sample of their output–>

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About Mcor
Mcor Technologies Ltd is an innovative manufacturer of the world’s most affordable, full-color premium 3D printers. Established in 2005 with a talented team of specialists in the area of 3D printing hardware and software, Mcor’s vision is to make 3D printing more accessible to everyone. The company operates internationally from offices in Ireland, the UK, America and APAC. www.mcortechnologies.com.

Our Commentary:

I had the opportunity to see samples printer on MCOR’s printers and I was quite impressed. They are made from paper, and are printed in full color so the objects look close to being real. Despire being made of paper, the printed items feel quite solid. I am rather amazed by my first exposure to their amazing 3d printer.

David #makers4autism

Testing the Davinci 1.0a from XYZ Printing!

We were recently loaned a Davinci 1.0A printer to test and review.

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So far as first impressions it is very commercial in its’ design almost like a microwave, which is nice for the office environment.

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It self calibrates and is quite easy to set up out of the box to get it up and running.

The print quality so far has been rather decent as long as one occasionally cleans the print head.

We tested it with the abs filament and were impressed.

I am not entirely sure if it can print with soft PLA so that phone cases can be printed with it or not.

Here is  one of the test prints that was printed on it–>


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We will have more details in a future article.

So far we like the design, ease of setup and use, and the build quality is decent.

We wish that it could print on materials other than pla and abs.

In addition, the software is works well but not as flexible as other software such as matter control from matterhackers.

For more information go to XYZ Printing!

We will have a video up soon, and more information on the Davinci 1.0a as well.

Overall it is a nice device that is very solid and well constructed and is definitely a decent value for the money.

Cool Videos of 3d Printing from Youtube-Pretty cool, Eh?

3D PRINT

We are huge fans of 3d printing and really want to want to test and review a few of them:

Here are some cool examples in action!!

Makerbot Cityscape video-->

Watch this video on YouTube.

Ultimaker 2 – 3D printing timelapse of a beautiful Deer model

Watch this video on YouTube.

Solidoodle Timelapse of Dr. Who Chess

Watch this video on YouTube.

3D Printer Da Vinci Timelapse With GoPro

Watch this video on YouTube.

Time Lapse footage of an Afinia H-Series 3D Printer creating a Klein bottle sculpture. We know that black would have been more traditional, but this color looks much cooler!

Watch this video on YouTube.

We really want to be makers for autism education and fundraising events, really want to test and review a few printers, and do art for autism with them!

An a variety of things that have been made with a 3d printer-->

Watch this video on YouTube.