Class action suit: poor quality 3D printers caused stock price to drop
MakerBot is continuing to supply 3D printers to customers with flaws, even though the company allegedly knows there are issues, a class action lawsuit for shareholders claims. Both MakerBot and parent company Stratasys are accused in the suit of a "fraudulent scheme to artificially inflate" the stock price of Stratasys, by continuing to sell MakerBot's fifth generation of printers, which is said to have a severely-defective "Smart Extruder," a crucial component used to apply layers of plastic to create the 3D model itself.
Ultimaker Go and Extended models for desktop 3D extrusion printing
Dutch 3D printer manufacturer Ultimaker is expanding their line with two new desktop models. Joining the award-winning Ultimaker 2 is a smaller entry-level model, the Ultimaker Go, along with the Ultimaker Extended, featuring a larger build volume. The models will be available for pre-order in March and are expected to ship in April. Both models come fully-assembled, and the company says original Ultimaker kits will still be available.
Tech improvements have reduced size, cost of laser-based 3D printing
Printer manufacturer XYZprinting today announced its Nobel 1.0 3D printer, what the company calls "the most highly approachable and value-driven high-resolution stereolithography (SL) Laser technology 3D printer to-date." The plug-and-play printer with the new technology is designed to keep user costs down, minimize technical problems like jamming, and improves print accuracy. Printing dimensions with the Nobel 1.0 reach 5 x 5 x 7.9 inches, with print resolution of 0.3mm (300 Microns) on the X/Y axis, and 0.025mm (25 Microns) on the Z axis.
LG 34-inch monitor, storage and 3D printer
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Man arrested in April for violating weapons laws convicted for printing two firearms
In what could be the first conviction for making a firearm with a desktop 3D printer, a former Japanese college employee was sentenced to almost two years in jail earlier this week after being arrested earlier this year. The 28-year-old man was convicted for printing at least two functional and lethal firearms, capable of firing bullets -- in violation of Japan's strict gun laws.
New printer features free content from Autodesk, 100 micron resolution
Today, Dremel introduced the Dremel 3D Idea Builder, what the company calls "the most user-friendly 3D printing experience on the market." Through a strategic partnership with Autodesk, Dremel will provide free print-ready 3D models and simple design tools, while continuing to release new design tools on the printer's support website to coach users through the building process.
MakerBot Europe formed to manage Central, Eastern European 3D printer sales
MakerBot is making an expansion into Europe, by acquiring its largest reselling partner. A seller of MakerBot products in Germany for a number of years, Hafner's Büro has been rebranded as MakerBot Europe and will manage resellers of its 3D printer range across Central and Eastern Europe, with a view to covering more markets within the continent in the future.
Pilot scheme makes 3D printers available in 12 Home Depot stores
Home Depot is expanding its products range to include 3D printers in some of its retail outlets. A total of 12 stores located in California, Illinois, and New York will start stocking MakerBot devices from today as a pilot program, with the products available including not only MakerBot's Replicator line, but also the Digitizer 3D scanner, accessories, and plastic filament for use with the devices.
Dual color printer brings cost to $1200, opens up printing to more consumers
Electronics retailer Monoprice has announced that it will start selling its dual-color extrusion 3D printer at the end of the month. The unit, which was first shown at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, is the first 3D printer to be released from the company. The offering marks yet another expansion by Monoprice into other areas of consumer electronics. The company has gone well beyond its early offering of cables, and since branched out into game electronics and music instruments.
Strict gun laws in Japan lead to first 3D printed firearm arrest after video postings
A 27-year-old man was arrested in Japan, stemming from ownership of five firearms he created with a 3D printer, two of which were said to be functional and lethal, according to broadcaster NHK. Yoshitomo Imura, an employee of the Shonan Institute of Technology in Fujisawa in Kawasaki Prefecture, was arrested on illegal weapons possession after posting videos online showing him operating the firearms.
Modules for smartphone to use conductive inks, continuous 3D printing platform
3D Systems has provided more information about how it will handle the printing of components for Google's Project Ara modular smartphone, a deal it signed late last year. The company is working with Carnegie Mellon University and X5 Systems on conductive inks, which could allow for the creation of complete components, such as antennas, completely in the printing process and without needing to add extra parts.
Fits rumors and alleged specs, but veracity is very questionable
As we live in the age of the 3D printer, it was just a matter of time before the dubious computer-rendering of an "iPhone 6" based on rumor reports would be produced as a model that reflects those measurements and rumors, but provides little convincing evidence that the next iPhone will actually resemble it. The dummy model, which like the "iPhone 6" cases seen in and outside of China recently are based on the current iPod touch, with a thinner profile and more rounded corners than the current iPhone.
Consumer-oriented 3D printer includes self-levelling, configuration
A small 3D printer that launched on Kickstarter reached its crowdfunding goal within 11 minutes. The Micro, a compact 3D printer that hopes to offer the same printing options as the MakerBot Replicator series and other devices but with a more user-friendly approach, has soared past its $50,000 target with 29 days of the campaign left to run.
Plastic models up to 18 inches in height can be printed on Replicator Z18
MakerBot has opened up pre-orders for its latest 3D printer, made for those wanting to make larger 3D-printed prototypes or products than previous versions are capable of producing. The Replicator Z18 is the biggest in the MakerBot range, capable of printing objects up to 18 inches tall on a 12 by 12-inch build platform, giving it a printable capacity of 2,592 cubic inches.
New printer can print models with a single material, or fiber fusion
The main weakness of commercial-grade 3D printers is the tensile strength of the objects printed, according to printer company Mark Forged. The new Mark One 3D printer, unveiled at the SolidWorks World Convention in San Diego, CA, is the first multi-material printer for small print runs designed for carbon fiber extrusion, either solely or in conjunction with fiberglass, nylon, and PLA plastic.
Standard version priced at $2,849, including material cartridges
BotObjects, the creators of the ProDesk3D printer, has opened it up for pre-orders. Billed as the world's first full-color 3D desktop printer, the ProDesk3D is going on sale in two different versions, one in orange and a limited edition version with blue coloring and extra equipment, with the first shipments due to be sent by the first of October.
Device able to print 5.5-inch 3D objects from PLA, ABS plastic
Office supply chain Staples has started selling 3D printers through its online store, and a number of its retail locations by the end of June. The store is stocking the Cube 3D printer from 3D Systems, a personal desktop 3D printer capable of creating an object measuring 5.5-inches in height, width, and depth from ABS and compostable PLA plastic.