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New Matter MOD-t 3D Printer

New Matter logoPersonally I’m not convinced by the vision of a 3D printer in every home though I’m constantly reminded of IBM’s Thomas Watson and his alleged statement regarding the need for only five computers in the world. New Matter don’t have my doubts and are working hard to produce an affordable 3D printer for the home. Steve Schell brings in some printed objects for Don to admire.

New Matter are building an ecosystem around their new 3D printer, the MOD-t, to make life as easier as possible for owners. No experience of 3D modelling is required, with pre-made models in their online store. Some are free of charge, others cost a fee; it’s up to the designer. All the major 3D model formats are supported so keen owners can create their own designs if desired. It’s a single head printer so only one colour of plastic polymer can be used at a time, though the material can be changed during a print run. If I’m wrong and you want one in your home, the New Matter’s MOD-t 3D printer will be available in the summer for less than $400.

Interview by Don Baine, the Gadget Professor.


MakerBot Supports Development of 3D Printed Healthcare Tools

makerbot_logoHealth Tech Weekly host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic stopped by the MakerBot booth at CES 2015 to chat with Director of Public Relations Jenifer Howard about the ways that 3D printing is changing healthcare. She was involved with the “Robohand” project to create a prosthetic hand for someone using MakerBot’s 3D printers.

The Robohand project was initiated by two individuals, one in Seattle, Washington in the USA and the other in South Africa. They collaborated together and in just three days, using their MakerBot 3D printers and online software collaboration tools, were able to come up with a working template to print the parts for a functional 3D printed prosthetic hand.

Jenifer says that MakerBot and the 3D printing industry will continue to innovate with individuals and organizations around the world to create new tools and devices for everyday life. She noted that there are physicians and health care professionals everyday using 3D printers to make unique devices and tools for specific situations that arise in patient care.

Make sure you follow Jamie’s picks and coverage over at HTWeekly.com and the Tech Podcasts Network live CES 2015 coverage over at TPN.tv during the show where our entire CES team will be bringing you the best, the most innovative, and newest tech gadgets to you from the conference! And don’t forget to check out his shows for at NursingShow.comMedicCast.tv, and the brand new Health Tech weekly show at HTWeekly.com.

3D Printer Whiteclouds Wins Prestigious TPN Innovator Pick Award

whiteclouds_logo3D printing company Whiteclouds.com brings this new technology to anyone with their online cloud 3D printing service. Whiteclouds CEO Jerry Ropelato joins Geekazine’s Jeffrey Powers and Geek News Central’s Todd Cochrane to get the award for TPN Innovator Picks at this year’s International CES show in Las Vegas.

Whiteclouds is a company that will print virtually any 3D object you can think up. You can even scratch out an idea on a napkin and send it to them. Their designers will turn it into a 3D rendering and then print out the “real-life” version for you. Now 3D printing is available to anyone who dreams up a design for something. Whether you’re a tabletop gamer, an inventor, a mechanic or a housewife, you can be a 3D designer with the help of Whiteclouds.com.

Find out more about their 3D printing service at Whiteclouds.com.


3D Printing With Fine Detail

A New Form of Stereo-Lithography for Consumer Use

Formlabs1Formlabs, Inc combines software and a different chemical process and feedstock to create  a novel 3D printer. Targeted at professional end of the market, it is still within range of the serious hobbyist or tech enthusiast, and offers unprecedented resolution for detailed work.

Most 3D printers are based upon a thermoplastic technique – essentially a precision position X-Y-Z glue gun. The layer resolution is typically around a millimeter. This system uses a photopolymer-based process, where a high precision system directs a laser across a tray of liquid resin and causes a thin layer to solidify. This process creates layers that are much thinner, on the order of 25 microns (.025 millimeters) The build platform then rises in preparation for the next layer. After thousands of repetitions, your part is complete with exquisite detail.


TPN Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDRNews.com

MakerBot: The Open Source 3D Printer

Affordable Digital Replication

MakerBot Industries has an online community at Thingiverse.com where users can post digital design files, document their designs, and collaborate on open source hardware. That is only part of the emerging product and community surrounding one of the Top 20 NYC Startups. Makerbot has been featured  has been featured in The New York Times, Wired, Colbert Report, Fast Company, Engadget, Make: Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, Time.com, IEEE Spectrum, CNN, Financial Times, NPR, the Economist and others.

Bre Pettis has appeared on TPN for several years as a featured guest at CES.

Interview by Andy McCaskey of SDRNews and Don Baine, the Gadget Professor, for the TechPodcast Network.