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About the Event:

The 2014 3D Printing Showcase is organized by the University of Melbourne now for the second time and Thinglab has been part of this yearly showcase. The showcase was a two day FREE event from Friday, 12 Sep and Saturday, 13 Sep 2014.

 

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Come and meet the MakerBot replicator 5th Generation 3D Printers at the Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo from Wednesday 9th July 10:00am – 6:00pm, Thursday 10th July 10:00am – 4:00pm.

The Inside 3D Printing conference and expo is held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC). 

We are looking forward to meet you at the expo.

Location: 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, Melbourne Victoria, Australia 3006.

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Event details can be found here http://www.mediabistro.com/inside3dprinting/australia/

 

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As part of our continued commitment to introducing the best in class 3D technologies in Australia we are very thrilled to announce that the MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printers are finally home.

MakerBot Replicator Z18 Arrived in Australia

It has been a long wait for us and our customers since the MakerBot Z18 was announced in January. The 5th generation 3D printer has the best price and performance in its category and features a massive build volume of 30.5 L x 30.5 W x 45.7 H cm. The 3D printer had a great start when it was announced at the CES 2014 winning the Mashable Best Tech.

We have had a large number of enquiries and our customers can't wait to get a hold of this beast and we can't wait to unbox one and start making massive 3d prints.

Keep an eye on Thinglab facebook page for an unboxing video. 

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If you already have been shipped your new 5th generation MakerBot replicator desktop 3d printer watch the video quick unboxing video so you can see what is included in the box:

Accessory tray sitting right on top includes 

  • Power cable
  • Quick start guide
  • And a welcome packet, the welcome packet includes
    • Product safety information and
    • A few sheets of glass build plate tape
  • The MakerBot replicator smart extruder is MakerBot’s most advanced extruder
  • The USB cable is one way to connect your MakerBot replicator 3d printer
  • Starter spool of MakerBot natural PLA  filament included
  • Remove the packaging material and carefully lift out your MakerBot replicator  

Final note: Save all of your packaging material if you want to travel with your MakerBot Replicator 

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The new MakerBot Replicator (5th Generation) Desktop 3D Printers have arrived in Australia and have already started shipping out to those customers who got their orders in early. If you want to get your hands on one, you can order from our online shop or contact us.

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We have been working hard (or playing, depending how you look at it) with our demo MakerBot Replicator and have been very impressed by what we've seen so far. Not only does it look incredibly sexy, but the new interface and graphic display are fantastic. There are a few firmware issues, but we know these bugs will be ironed out quickly by the MakerBot team. We know from past experience that MakerBot are great at delivering improvements through regular firmware upgrades. In fact, we have already seen 2 upgrades on firmware that shipped from the USA. We have upgraded the firmware for all the MakerBot Replicators we've received so our customers get the latest firmware straight out of the box.

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We recently upgraded the 3d printing lab in the Advanced Manufacturing Precinct at RMIT University here in Melbourne. Eight Makerbots Replicator 2's and two Replicator 2X's have replaced their lab of UP! printers to better meet with demands of students and the lab environment.

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 The lab has been useful for instructing students on the principles of Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) and gives valuable hands on experience to this exciting field of prototyping and manufacture.

Students from Engineering and Design have been gaining valuable insights into the potentials of this new manufacturing frontier.

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We are eager to see what students and researchers will do with them!

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The most exciting announcement (for us!) to come out of the CES 2014 (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, Nevada, is that Makerbot has released a whole new range of printers with some awesome 3d printing improvements.

 

The big announcement brings 3 new exciting products and a range of equally exciting software announcements to market:

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1) Makerbot Mini (featured left above), Released in Autumn in Australia.

A product that brings cost effective, feature rich and problem free printing with a small footprint. An ideal printer for the home enthusiast and the education sector. Bringing feature rich and reliable low cost 3d printing in reach of individuals and schools. Key to understanding processes behind Additive Manufacturing (AM) and allowing users to implement rapid design iterations into their models cost effectively.

Still allowing open source materials, the Makerbot Replicator Mini adds a number of neat features including a high resolution camera, wifi and USB connectivity, as well as a fully enclosed system for safe operation. The Makerbot Replicator Mini is plug and play out of the box, requires no levelling for operation and build speed. This is all supported by the ease of use interface that is used by the Makerbot Replicator 5th Gen. It utilises fast and easy, one touch printing.

 

2) Makerbot Replicator  - Gen 5 (featured centre above) Available soon in Australia

 Delivering all the reliability of it's predecessor the Replicator 2, the new Makerbot Replicator 5th Gen comes loaded with a host of rich features.

Makerbot has added a camera for remote observation of builds, improved build levelling with a visually assisted platform level and has replaced the hot end with a magnetically attached, changeable 'smart extruder' print head with built in filament detection, removing the fear of running out of material mid-build. An improved blower should mean even better quality prints in Makerbot PLA. Adding to the ease of use and functionality, Makerbot has added a 3.5 inch full colour, dial operated interface to navigate around settings. Improved gantry design has allowed for it to add an additional 11% to the build volume

It is App and Cloud enabled improving usability and connectivity. It's now possible to monitor your prints via your phone using the Makerbot Mobile App.

USB stick, USB cable, Ethernet and Wifi (coming soon) connectivity offers great options for connectivity.

Makerbot 5th Gen Build volume: 25.2 x 19.9 x 15 cm  (Replicator 2: 28.5 x 15.3 x 15.5 cm)

 

 3) Replicator Z18 - (featured right above) Coming to Australia in Autumn

 Including all of the features of the new 5th Gen Makerbot Replicator, the Makerbot Replicator Z18 brings a massive 30.5mm x 30.5mm x 47.5mm build volume. A professional model capable of producing very large components reliably.

Additionally, it includes a heated, fully enclosed build volume. I suspect we may see some interesting announcements regarding this as we move closer to official release.

 

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Makerware - The Next generation 

Simple to use operation is now enhanced with a number of Makerbot applications including Makerbot Desktop, Makerbot Mobile and Makerbot Printshop. All of these to be released in Autumn (Australia). These Apps bring a new level of ease of use and content rich material to activate the creative mind.

We look forward to official releases to explore these fully in the near future.

 

In the words of Bre Pettis, this has created a whole new ecosystem for the 3D printing/AM landscape and we at Thinglab can't wait to see what you do with it!

 

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One of our loyal customers has recently been working on an interesting project. His nephew owns and operates Cycles Galleria bike store in Melbourne's CBD. Rod, being the generous soul he is, has taken advantage of the flexibility of the Makerbot Replicator 2X to design and construct some awesome wall rack units to better display bike wheels in the store. While Rod is an Electrical engineer by trade, this is a great example of 3D printing in an Industrial Design application.

Using the dual print heads, he was able to incorporate the company logo into the racks to give them that personal touch.

A very impressive use of flexible manufacturing and the benefits that it brings!

 

You can read Rod's blog here and find more of his designs on Thingiverse here.

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A beautiful example of scanning to print. Here a Cambodian artifact is scanned and replicated in smaller format on our Makerbot Replicator 2 in PLA. This kind of processing and cataloging could lead to some incredible digital archaelogical reference libraries in the future. Imagine being able to download Tutankhamun's sarcophagus and print it for a class room!

Scanned using our Artec Spider hand held white light scanner.

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Thinglab will be exhibiting at the 3D Printing Showcase on 7th November at the University of Melbourne. The event is designed to "bring together Victorian researchers, educators and enthusiasts with digital fabrication vendors to discover what the future holds for this amazing technology". You can register for the event here and don't forget to come and say hello.

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It is a chance to see 3D printing up close and learn more about the exciting world of 3D printing and Additive technologies. Vendors will be demonstrating a variety of 3D printers and you will be able to hear form leaders in the fields, from researchers investigating new materials or new printer capabilities, to sponsors showcasing the very cutting edge technologies.  

There will also be heaps of prizes and give-aways during the day so please join us and help make this event fantastic!

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On our previous blog post we have introduced the announcement of the Makerbot Digitizer, today we are happy to announce that we have received a confirmation from Makerbot that the long awaited Makerbot Digitzer will be available in a few weeks.

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On the latest communication Makerbot said..

"Because you signed up for our mailing list, you are getting the first public glimpse of the all new MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner! It's the easiest, fastest way for anyone to create 3D models, and we optimized the whole process to work perfectly with MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers. 

  • Simple, yet sophisticated software creates clean, watertight 3D models with just two clicks.
  • Get a 3D digital design file in just minutes.
  • No design skills, 3D modeling or CAD expertise required to get started.
  • Outputs standard 3D design file formats that can be modified and improved in third-party 3D modeling programs, like Autodesk's free software MeshMixer.
  • Easily upload your unique scans directly to Thingiverse.com.

We said you’d be the first to know, so here’s an important heads up: the MakerBot Digitizer will go on sale next week at makerbot.com/digitizer. To learn more about the MakerBot Digitizer, check out our latest blog updates

Full speed ahead. "

At Inition/Thinglab we are also excited about the digitizer and will be keeping you posted on further developments of this product.

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Artec Presents - Artec Spider

New 3D Scanner from Artec Group

Don't be scared! Be excited! The Spider is coming! We are proud to announce the unveiling of Artec "Spider" 3D Scanner at the Control show in Stuttgart, Germany (May 14-17, 2013).

Why is it called Artec Spider?

Because it has many cameras...."eyes"...like a real spider.

Why did we invent Artec Spider?

Artec has been very successful in selling the Eva scanner, our flagship product. It was originally designed for scanning the human body and other organic shapes for medicine, art and heritage preservation. It is also successfully used for industrial design and manufacturing where Eva is used to scan cars, boats, airplanes, etc. However, certain spheres of mass production and industrial design require higher-precision scanning of objects with sharp edges and intricate details. We realized that we needed to develop a scanner to fill that niche: the speed and ease-of-use of Eva, but with higher accuracy, resolution and the ability to digitize the most complex, industrial parts. That's how the Spider was born. You can easily digitize complex objects in minutes and import into a CAD system. This technology will make life easier for millions of CAD users around the world.

What's so great about it?

  • High resolution (up to 0.15mm) and high accuracy (0.03 - 0.05mm)
  • No markers or any manual alignment during post processing
  • It's lightweight, handheld and has texture
  • It sees sharp edges and thin walls
  • It can work for hours with a battery
  • It scans and fuses the model in real time
  • Affordable (under 20,000USD)

Where can it be applied?

With high resolution, high accuracy and the ability to see sharp edges, Artec Spider is a perfect solution for rapid prototyping and manufacturing, as well as industries such as medicine, automotive, aerospace, quality control, heritage preservation and graphic design.

Stay tuned for more information.

Artec Spider is on its way!

*Published on Artec3D.com 02 April 2013

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MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis showed an early prototype of a 3D scanner (MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner) at the SXSW conference in texas which is running from March 8-17, 2013. The South by Southwest conference is unique for introducing creative art works and new technologies.

Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot in the official press release published 8th March 2013 said, “We are super excited to announce at SXSW Interactive that we are developing the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner,”

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 “It’s a natural progression for us to create a product that makes 3D printing even easier. With the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, now everyone will be able to scan a physical item, digitize it, and print it in 3D – with little or no design experience.”

In this press release Pettis also said “The MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner is an innovative new way to take a physical object, scan it, and create a digital file – without any design, CAD software or 3D modeling experience at all – and then print the item again and again on a MakerBot Replicator 2 or MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer.”

 “This is something you would envision being science fiction, but in fact, it is real – and it is so cool,” Pettis said.

At Inition/Thinglab we are also excited about the digitizer and will be keeping you posted on further developments of this product.

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It has been years since we have started using Desktop 3D printers and had the opportunity to test the boundaries of Desktop 3D printing, so we decided to come up with the ultimate high quality desktop print.

Desktop 3D Printer: The MakerBot Replicator 2

The first question we asked ourselves was what printer to use for this experiment and it was not a difficult decision to use the 4th generation of Makerbot, the Replicator 2 for this experiment.

Print Preparation Software: MakerWare

3D Print Settings:

  • Raft: Yes
  • Supports: Yes
  • Quality: High
  • Slicer: Skeinforge
  • Infill (%): 15
  • Number of Shells: 3
  • Layer height: 0.05
  • Temperature: 230
  • Speed while extruding: 60
  • Speed while travelling: 90

Print Filament: Faberdashery

The faberdashery filament scored a more prominent color depth, extrudes consistently and produces a great finish as a result. The annoying part of this is it does not come with a spool holder so we had to design one for it.. go to thingiverse to get your copy.

The Print:

 

The Verdict:

The makerbot replicator 2 did not disappoint and was able to produce a high quality finish with 50 microns (bottom right). The 100 micron print is the official specification for a reliable print (top right) however the quality of both prints is nothing less than impressive for a low cost FDM printer.

 

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We have just 1 MakerBot Replicator Dual Head left in stock. We are selling this last Replicator for just $2,255 (inc. GST). Get in fast because it will not be around for long. 

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We ran our first print with our newly designed spool holder for the MakerBot Replicator 2 using the Faberdashery PLA filament we supply.

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This part was printed at 0.1 mm layer resolution on a MakerBot Replicator 2 using Cherry Blossom Pink PLA filament. The print took 16 hours and 11 minutes to complete with print setting were as follows:

  • Print Preparation Software: MakerWare
  • Raft: Yes
  • Supports: Yes
  • Quality: High
  • Slicer: Skeinforge
  • Infill (%): 15
  • Number of Shells: 3
  • Layer height: 0.1
  • Temperature: 230
  • Speed while extruding: 70
  • Speed while travelling: 110
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We have uploaded a new spool holder design to Thingiverse to hold unspooled material like the beautiful PLA filament from Faberdashery. The design works by utilising the 1lb spool that comes with the MakerBot Replicator 2. 

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Clip 3 of these spool holder parts onto a 1lb MakerBot material spool like the ones that ship with the Replicator 2. Make sure all of the printed clips are on the side of the spool furthest from the machine to stop it catching the parts on the back of the Bot. You will also want to mount the spool on the left hand side of the Bot, when viewed from the front (opposite side of the Bot to the power switch), so that it does not catch the power cable. As this will be a larger diameter than the usual spools you can leave the filament guide tube on the right hand side, when vied from the front, of the extruder cable.

This part was designed and tested on the Replicator 2 using Faberdashery material .

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Just upgraded our Replicator to firmware version 7.0 and now it runs super quiet and smooth. Try upgrading your MakerBot Replicator to the latest firmware and see how well it works for you.

Watch this video to show you how to upgrade your firmware using ReplicatorG. Upgrading firmware starts 3 minutes in)

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Unboxing the new Makerbot Replicator 2X

Contents of the Box

The Replicator 2x comes with two MakerBot ABS Filaments, Two Filament guide tubes, Two Spool holders, Handle and bolts, Power supply and cable, USB-A to USB-B cable, MakerBot taple applicator, Kapton tape sheets, SD card, Hex wrenches PTFE-based grease and a Support card. The frame design is basically similar to its predecessor, the replicator 2 but the 2x comes with inclosure features like a Enclosure Door with a handle, glass cover on both left and right side of the Bot and a magnetic acrylic enclosure lid for the top.

Test Print

Setting up for the test print involves, powering up the rep, leveling the build plate and loading the filament. Using the pre-loaded SD card from MakerBot Replicator 2X package we have printed the stretchlet with white ABS.

About the MakerBot Replicator 2X

The MakerBot Replicator 2X is optimized for printing in ABS plastic but can also print in PLA, PVA and other thermoplastics too. The Replicator 2X comes with a newly revised heated build platform which allows users to print with ABS and other materials which require a heated build surface. The newly revised build plate plus enclosed build area and re-engineered Dual Extruder system makes the Replicator 2X a very exciting addition to the MakerBot family. As official Distributor for MakerBot Industries, LLC, Inition / Thinglab is able to provide some of the first MakerBot Replicator 2X machines available worldwide.

You can visit the MakerBot Replicator 2 and Replicator 2X pages of our website or contact us for more details.

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