Occasionally we surprise even ourselves. We always knew that our Solidoodle design was accurate as well as rugged, but until now we didn’t know just how accurate it was. After countless hours of work tweaking the hi-resolution setting, we’ve managed to create prints that are so good that it’s difficult to tell with the naked eye that even they’ve been made by a 3D Printer. Even though the hi-res profile is still in beta testing and the standard resolution is still .3mm, the early results are super encouraging. This kind of resolution is a game changer for a $499 3D Printer.
We ran a story a few months ago about how Shaun (a.k.a Hells Plumber) planned to start a business using his Solidoodle 3D printer. We’re happy to report that Shaun’s company is now fully open for business. Hellsprops makes video game & anime replicas/props including the Combustible Lemon shown above and featured on Kotaku (sadly, the lemon does not actually explode). Shaun’s 3D Printer has recently been printing around-the-clock making the circuit board frame, speaker mount, and internal structural components for all the lemon orders he received. Keep up the good work Shaun!
In light of the recent First Ever 3D Printed Jaw Transplant in the Netherlands, we’ve been doing some experimenting of our own. The Solidoodle 3D Printer isn’t quite certified for medical use but that doesn’t stop us from dreaming big. Here we printed a human skull modeled after a real human X-Ray. Our only stumbling blocks so far are the small size and lack of a willing transplant patient. Any takers?
This a picture of Whystler’s Fairy Offering Temple (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:11759) as printed. It demonstrates the precision and beauty produced by the advanced technology features of the Solidoodle 3D Printer. The micro-stepping motors and “look ahead” capability of the Marlin firmware produce a beautiful super smooth finish. The hassle-free plastic micro stepper extruder motor virtually eliminates the strings and blobs of older technology extruders. This item, like so many others, can be down loaded free from www.thingiverse.com or you can make your using free programs such as Google Sketch Up.
The Solidoodle 3D printer is fully assembled ready-to-print right out of the box. No assembly required, period. No bags and bags of parts to sort thru and pain-stakingly put together.
Sleek styling, small foot print and extremely quiet operation allow you to use it anywhere.
Get your own for only $699.
The “Wine Glass Holder”, http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:13696 was one of the more fun projects I have worked on. It shows how the Solidoodle 3D printer can let you transform an idea into a functional design.
I first saw a wine holder similar to this when we were at an outdoor wine festival. I was able to purchase the last two for my wife and daughter; however, I would have preferred to buy a few more for some friends. No such luck, so I decided to design my own.
One feature required was to have a snap together hinge joint so that the links could pivot up against the wine glass for security. I did not like the other snap in joints I had tried previously from thingivers, so I used a spherical bump and socket. This has worked well since this configuration allows the joint to snap together easily, but is much harder to pull apart.
Another feature required is that holder must allow the stem of the wine glass to snap into the holder easily, but securely. To achieve a more or less uniform snap in stiffness along the groove, the thickness taper from 1 mm at the bottom to 2 mm at the top.
Now I can print as many as I need, even in wild flourescent orange!
The pace of innovation in the 3D Printing world is dizzying. Now you can have a 3D copy machine in the convenience of your own home. What will you copy? Buildings? Statues? Your children? Ian Johnson did a great job of scanning his Hawaiian Menehune, converting it to a 3D model with 123DCatch, and printing it on his Solidoodle 3D Printer. He says, “Using 123D Catch is very easy. Basically, choose the photos to upload, push a button, and then wait for the project to be finished.” Mind blowing.
We just contributed to Shaun Brown’s (aka HellsPlumber) Indiegogo campaign to start a business in the U.K. making video game props. Shaun will be using a 3D printer, among other tools, to bring his evil machinations to life. Check it out on Indiegogo.
It’s time to fire up the Solidoodle 3D printer again–this time to make valuable additions to your model raiload display, architecture final project, or just when you really need to play Godzilla. It’s time to unleash the power of the Google 3D Warehouse, which has thousands upon thousands of buildings which were designed for Google Earth. There we found this model of the Guggenheim Museum in NYC. Simply search for the model, convert to an STL file in Google Sketchup (see our helpful tutorial) and print. No ordering online, no searching in stores – just download and print in minutes. It’s never been easier to customize your own personal, very teeny little world.