Hardware.info takes an extensive look at 6 models of 3D Printers based on performance and price. With 3D printing becoming more mainstream, they wanted to show what may fit your needs and budget.
Quote:"FDB 3D printers are actually quite simple machines. A roll of plastic thread, usually PLA or ABS plastic, is heated up to around 200 degrees Celsius, This causes the plastic to melt, and then the nozzle on the printer moves back and forth above a flat surface, and the melted plastic is ejected. It cools down and solidifies, and by adding more layers of plastic, the printer slowly builds up a 3 dimensional object.[/nq]
The printers they look at are: Inno3D M1, Makerbot Replicator 5th Gen, Ultimaker 2, XYZPrinting da Vinci 1.0 AiO, XYZPrinting da Vinci Junior 1.0 and Zortrax M200
Throughout the course of your life, you're going to end up getting any number of injections, and no matter how stoic you are they always hurt at least a little. Comfortably Numb is a new 3D printed gadget that aims to change that.
New makeup formulas require testing to ensure they won't cause rashes or worse, but testing on animals is not a good option for a wide variety of reasons. L'Oreal is now using 3D printing technology to have their makeup and test it, too.
3D printing is increasingly popular for many items, but what they all have in common is being made of non-biological materials. The folks at BioBots are looking to change that, and have begun experimental printing of living human tissue. Science is equal parts fascinating and frightening sometimes, isn't it?
Not only is 3D printing changing the way we conduct our everyday lives, it is making a world of difference for people such as Faith, who just received her cool new custom-3D-printed pink and purple arm.
Blender is a free and open source 3D animation suite. It supports the entirety of the 3D pipeline—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing and motion tracking, even video editing and game creation.
The folks over at Structur3d Printing are starting up a video blog called GET PAST3D. In the first episode they show you how to get started tweaking your printer to use silicon to make a snazzy looking bracelet. By snazzy I mean a big blocky, wobbly, torque nut sorta thing... But it's still silicon, so it's still cool.