Tag - 3D Printer
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.