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Desktop dominance: How services are pushing professionalism from small 3D printers

Published 09 October 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, manufacturing, makerbot, 3d hubs

3D printing bureau Voodoo Manufacturing has a farm of over 100 Makerbot’s producing parts

As waning consumer interest dashes the dream of mainstream 3D printing among Joe Public, there is still bright hope for the petite printers left out there.

Businesses are springing up to take hold of the low costs and flexibility offered by FDM 3D printers, and sheer volume of them out there, either sitting unused or unsold.

For the last few years 3D Hubs has built its global network to over 23,000 localised 3D printers owners, all signed up to produce parts for anyone that needs them, with a customer satisfaction five-star ratings scheme similar to that which grades an Uber driver.

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Sub-£1,000 robot MakerArm plotting a course on Kickstarter

Published 08 October 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: autodesk, cam, robot, makerarm

Multi-tasking robot of your dreams? Desktop automation from MakerArm

This low-cost robotic arm is a multitasking marvel on a desktop scale - using countless interchangeable heads to mill, 3D print, carve and engrave its way through your workload.

The MakerArm is also capable of picks and place organisation and assembly, and can even ice a cake, all for under £1,000 as it looks to simplify the automation process for desktop fabrication.

Based in Austin, Texas, its creators Zaib Husain and Azam Shahani have partnered with Dragon Innovation, the development company behind big name hardware start-ups such as iRobot, Pebble, and Makerbot to bring the robot to Kickstarter.

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3D Hubs launches professional 3D printing service globally, with a local angle

Published 08 October 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, materialise, sculpteo, sls, 3d hubs

SLS nylon parts will be available through the 3D Hubs HD service

From its position as king of distributed desktop 3D printing - with over 23,000 printers signed up worldwide - 3D Hubs has announced its new professional service launching across 37 cities at the end of the month.

3D Hubs HD sees approved professional bureaux, including i.materialise, Sculpteo and NRI, among the first signing up to ‘make industrial-grade 3D printing locally available’ through the 3D Hubs website.

Professional grade suppliers mean professional grade machines, with customers able to order Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) Nylon parts using the new service, while over the coming months 3D Hubs HD promises to unveil more materials and locations.

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Adidas Futurecraft Series set to 3D print your sole

Published 07 October 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, materialise, footwear, adidas, futurecraft

Adidas is looking to advance its custom manufacturing with 3D printing

The Futurecraft 3D story is the latest chapter of sportswear giant adidas’ race to innovate faster than the competition throughout all areas of production.

“Futurecraft is our sandbox. It is how we challenge ourselves every day to explore the boundaries of our craft,” explains adidas creative director Paul Gaudio.

“Driving material and process innovation, bringing the familiar into the future. Marrying the qualities of handcrafting and prototyping with the limitless potential of new manufacturing technologies. Futurecraft is stripped back – fast, raw and real – it is our approach to design.”

To achieve this, the Futurecraft vision is being made possible through collaboration with Belgian 3D printing experts Materialise on a range of projects, beginning with shoe soles.

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