With the release of very low cost 3D printers, consumers quickly realize that in order to create a custom plastic part, the model first needs to be created in 3D. While some 3D printer manufacturers include sample 3D models which are ready to print, the process of creating a custom design and ultimately ending up with a plastic part is still not intuitive to most people.
Tools & Equipment
Tools and equipment used to create robots. 3D printers, CNC machines, CAD software and more.
Once upon a time, a portable oscilloscope meant a device that required two field technicians to carry around because of its weight and size. Joking aside, these times are fortunately far behind us now, but a real portable solution (of high quality and functionality) is still not easily affordable for most hobbyist. Today, we present to you a device which will change all of that: the Micsig Tablet Oscilloscope.
A 3D printer is a device used to create three-dimensional objects like toys, tools, model airplane parts and more from a digital 3D file. Around 10 years ago, 3D printing was relatively unknown and unused beyond the professional community. The machines were very expensive and sophisticated, specially designed for industrial use and not really affordable for the general public and were used mostly by designers and engineers to make complex pre-production prototypes, or one-off devices. Nowadays, 3D printers are becoming more accessible to the general public, with competitive prices, low maintenance and a multitude of features. With it, the market is experiencing a huge influx of 3D printers, with new models being released almost every week. In the near future, having a 3D printer at home will be as common as having a television or a desktop computer. However, the question remains : how do you choose a 3D printer that fits your needs?
Tools for the DIY enthusiast have evolved quite a lot over the past century, evolving from a simple set of hand tools to the sophisticated 3D printers seen today. If we look back just a few years, the MakerBot Thing-O-Matic was quite revolutionary in the industry, though still quite hard to use. MakerBot has since releases a lot of new (and better) 3D printers, but other companies have been growing and releasing their own 3D printer products which bring additional features and improvements to the market.
RobotShop now carries the Cube 3D printer from 3D Systems. This is a very friendly 3D printer that allows you to make colourful objects quite easily thanks to several web applications 3D Systems puts at the disposal of the printer owner. See the samples of the things you could do with this printer in the video below. Of course, you can also create your own […]
MakerBot Industries keeps innovating in the 3D printing field. Not very long ago, they unveiled the replicator, a more performant 3D printer that enabled hobbyists to print larger and more complex objects. Now, a few days ago actually, they released the new Replicator 2. It features a larger building capacity, finer resolution and a powder […]