ZEUS – 3D Printer, 3D Scanner, 3D Copier, 3D Fax Machine

The World’s First ALL-IN-ONE 3D Printer/Scanner/Copier/Fax Machine is available for pre-order for US$2,499

AIO Robotics has begun taking pre-orders for their ZEUS All-In-One 3D Printer. The ZEUS 3D printer can print 3D objects, scan 3D objects, copy 3D objects, as well as fax objects directly to other 3D printers.  This means that someone in Australia could scan an item on his ZEUS, and send it to another printer anywhere in the world.

The $2,499 printer has a build area of 8 by 6 by 5.7 inches and can scan objects up to five inches high. It has a 7-inch front touch screen for managing print jobs and a replaceable extruder which makes it easy to fix things if they break. The 3D printer is a standard plastic filament system that can print at 80 microns and scan at 125 microns.



Print the Future – 3D Printing Featured on 60 Minutes (Australia)

The future is here Guns, Body Parts, even Cars… and it is as simple as Click, Print Fire

This is the byline used by 60 minutes in the promotion of their story on 3D printing which went to air in Australia this evening.

It was great to see information about 3D Printing making the mainstream media – 3D Printing really does have potential to offer huge benefits in the future.  However, I found the contents of this particular story to be rather simplistic and often misleading.

Many of the technologies described are potentially possible, however there were strong suggestions that some of the capabilities described are currently available. which is not necessarily the case.   I also found that there was quite a lot of inferences related to 3D printing capabilities which were simply not true or were unrealistic.

3D Printed Gun

the 3D printed gun is certainly currently available, but like Cody Wilson,  I found the NSW Police Departments testing processes rather “conveniently” found that the gun was likely to explode.  The 3D gun printed by NSW Police was created on a very basic entry level 3d Printer.  The quality of the materials used, and the print resolution of the printer itself, is bound to result in an inferior quality product.

3D Printed Car

Whilst it may be theoretically possible to print many of the components of a car, it is currently impractical from a cost and strength perspective to do so.

3D Printed Organs

It is currently possible to print very simple body parts and prosthetics, but it is still very early days for this type of technology to become available for medical use.


Here are some “Extra Minute”  videos that were not included in the original 60 Minutes Program


3D Printing generating opportunities for 3D Professionals

Freelancer.com each quarter conducts an analysis on online jobs, that results in a top-50 listing of movements and work areas with the greatest future potential.

The latest analysis has suggested that due to the growth of popularity and adoption of 3D printing tech in both private and work settings, it’s now a golden age for industry related professionals looking for profitable opportunities – i.e. for 3D rendering, 3D modelling and 3D animation experts.


3D Printed Breast Tissue may open up Bio printing opportunities

The revolutionary, promising but so far unprofitable field of bioprinting may be given a boost by breast-tissue bioprinter company TeVido.

TeVido’s goal is to produce customized breast implants for reconstructive surgery for women who have undergone mastectomies as a result of breast cancer. The process involves the use of a 3D bioprinter that processes a composite protein material of gelatin and alginate, which are deposited via a modified inkjet type printer on to a gel substrate.

Although still under development, and expected to require significant investment, and years of further research, this type of  3d bioprinting technology offers a potential solution for lumpectomies, and could for instance, expand to the billion dollar U.S. market for breast augmentation, printing implants and nipples (which currently are often tattooed back on).

Cheap Home 3D Printers within 6 months in Australia

The merger between Stratasys and MakerBot could result in MakerBot products being widely distributed in Australian homes within the next six months.

makerbot-replicator-2Stratasys has primarily developed 3D printing technology and materials for use in prototyping and production by governments and large manufacturers. However last month the company agreed to create a joint venture to acquire MakerBot, the Brooklyn, New York-based leader in desktop 3D printing. Makerbot specialise in affordable, “desktop” 3D printers which are cheap and user friendly enough to be used by individuals at home.

Currently 3D computer operated design software is provided to schools free of charge, and many schools are investing in 3D printing technologies and therir studnets are learning how to use it.  The 3D printing revolution is set for a boost when the current generation of school children graduate and start their own printing and manufacturing workshops.


3D Printing – How Much Will It Cost?

Currently most of us cannot afford (or are not yet able to justify the cost of) a 3D printer of our own – particular if we need to print high detail objects.

There are a number of international 3D Print Services that will print objects – in a variety of materials, and ship them to you. Most of these 3D Print services will also print custom objects if you are able to provide the 3D  data files. However, trying to find the right material at the right price can be tricky.

A new online service called 3D Printing Price Check (3DPPC) takes most of the hard work out of shopping around for 3D Printing Services.


3D Printing Price Check

This new service compares the prices of some of the top 3D printing sites for model/STL files that you provide (or use one of their basic sample files). Not only does 3DPPC compare the prices by using the API of top six 3D Printing services; Shapeways, i.materialise, Ponoko, Sculpteo, Kraftwurx and Panashape, it also gives the option of over 135 materials  with links to that particular material’s unique properties.

You can choose a specific supplier or “class” of material (Ceramics, Elastic, Glass, Metals, Plaster, Plastics, Precious Metals, Sandstone) , and 3DPPC will provide a (seemingly) pretty accurate indication of cost. for a range of related materials from each (or all) of the selected suppliers.

Stratasys to acquire Makerbot

stratasysTwo of the leaders in the worldwide 3D printing Industry are going to merge.   Stratasys Ltd. has announced the acquisition of MakerBot, with privately held MakerBot having agreed to merge with a subsidiary of Stratasys in a stock-for-stock transaction.


Under the terms of the merger agreement, Stratasys will initially issue approximately 4.76 million shares (currently valued at $403 million) in exchange for 100% of the outstanding capital stock of MakerBot.

The amalgamation of these two industry leaders is expected to drive faster adoption of 3D printing for multiple applications and industries.

MakerBot, (founded in 2009), has helped to develop the desktop 3D printing market and has built the largest installed base of desktop 3D printers by making 3D printers accessible and affordable. The company has sold more than 22,000 3D printers since 2009 – with the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer accounting for half of those sales in the last 9 months alone.

The merger enhances Stratasys’ leadership position in the rapidly growing 3D printer market, by enabling Stratasys to offer affordable desktop 3D printers.


3D Printing to “revolutionise” the Mining industry

service_parts_gearsA mechanical engineer specialising in 3D printing says that 3d printing could revolutionise the mining support industry.

Mackay in north Queensland hosted an Expo last week  to update industry leaders on the latest printing technologies.

Mechanical engineer Simon Bartlett says mining companies could make their own parts on site in a fraction of the time it takes get one sent in.

“It’s like Batman’s utility belt, to get through his day he needs to be able call on a number of different technologies or a number of different tools,” he said. “I think it’s definitely a new tool and people are now just trying to work out how it fits in to what they do…. It’s something that will definitely revolutionise the way we manufacture parts.”

3D printed portraits – The most realistic MiniMe’s Ever !!!

A new store in Hamburg, Germany,  allows customers to print an incredibly lifelike 3D-printed statuette of themselves.

3d-printed-portrait The idea of creating a miniature likeness of yourself using 3D printing is not new. From 3D chocolate face sculptures ans Stormtrooperswith your own face to the Japanese company Omote 3D , creating little statuettes from 3D scans.  However, Hamburg based Twinkind, has established a temporary pop-up studio where people can get the most realistic images created that we have ever seen.

You simply wander in, get yourself scanned and order statuettes of yourself in a variety of different sizes.

3d-printed-portrait-petsThe scanning technology they use is not explained, but apparently happens “in the blink of an eye” – making it possible to scan uncooperative children or even pets.  It appears that the printing process they use m,ay be based around “sandstone” printing technology such as the ZCorp “sandstone” printer, which uses a fine powder as a printing medium. As the layers are laid down, inkjet technology sets them with a bonding agent, which can be mixed with colour for a full-colour printed object. These printers aren’t really for the consumer market, though; for the lowest-end model, you’re looking at around US$15,000.

At the moment this service is limited to people who can visit the physical location in Hamburg, and prices for you own Min-Me aren’t exactly cheap. The smallest model, 15 centimetres tall, costs around AU$313 at the time of writing — all the way up to €1290 for 35 centimetres (around AU$1800). However,

UK to invest 15 Million Pounds in 3D Printing Projects

UK Investment in 3d PrintingThe UK Government has announced the biggest ever investment in the work of the Technology Strategy Board. UK businesses are to benefit from a £14.7 million investment to develop 3D printing projects

Business Secretary Vince Cable said on June 6.

“Investing in tomorrow’s technology will bring jobs and economic growth throughout the UK. With £440 million of funding they will support new manufacturing techniques to maintain the UK’s position as a world leader in technology and design. This joint investment with the Research Councils highlights the commitment from across the sector to boost manufacturing in the UK.”

The funding will help businesses to develop new manufacturing solutions in 3D printing technology across industries such as healthcare and energy.