Mostfun 3D Printer Raises Over $20K In A Week On DemoHour
Chinese 3D printer manufacturer, Mostfun has raised over $20,000 in less than a week on DemoHour, a Chinese based crowdfunding site. The Mostfun comes in two different models: the Mostfun Sail and the Pro. Separating the two models is WiFi connectivity, which comes on the Pro but not on the Sail.
Overall print volume is 120 x 120 x 120mm and objects can be printed at a 100 micron layer resolution. XY positioning accuracy is 15 microns and the nozzle diameter is 0.4mm. PLA thermoplastic is the Mostfun’s main printing material, while supported software packages include Cura, RepetierHost and MF studio.
Prices for the Mostfun range from $460 for the Sail, to $690 for the Pro on the DemoHour campaign, which ends on May 12. These will go up to $575 and $768 respectively when the printers go into retail. All backers will receive their printers before the end of August of this year.
HP Outlining Plans To Enter The Commercial 3D Printing Market In June
2014 is going to be a big year for 3D printing and one of the most hyped up pieces of news, was the announcement that HP would be entering the commercial 3D printer market in 2014. Hewlett-Packard (HP) will be outlining plans to enter the commercial 3D printing market in June, Chief executive Meg Whitman told shareholders on Tuesday. Company engineers and designers have apparently fixed a number of issues and problems that have hindered broader adoption of 3D printing.
The two major problems surrounding 3D printing have been the focus of the additive manufacturing and R&D team at HP. One was the cripplingly slow print speeds and the other was the substandard surface quality 3D printing produces. According to Whitman, researchers at HP have resolved limitations involved with the quality of substrates used in the process, which affects the durability of finished products. She said HP will make a “big technology announcement” in June how it will approach a market that has excited the imagination of investors and consumers.
3D Printing Transforms Smartphones Into Virtual Reality Devices
The Oculus Rift has been at the forefront of the modern virtual reality revolution, but a new product combining 3D printing and smartphone technology could let you take virtual reality anywhere. Altergaze, a new Kickstarter product, uses a fully 3D printed visor that will create up to a 110° field of view at high resolution (1136 x 640 on a iPhone and 1920 x 1080 on a Samsung S4). It will track head movements to six degrees of freedom and is just 15.8 cm x 8.2 cm x 7.2 cm in size.
Altergaze’s team said:
“Used as a handheld device, the Altergaze delivers one of the widest field of view ever developed for any commercial VR interface, all in a lightweight compact package.
For gaming and other complex interactive applications, the Altergaze can be strapped to your head. Optionally, you can use a 2nd device, such as your laptop or tablet, as a universal controller.
Used in combination with the iPhone 5 (Retina Display) images look sharp, bright and colourful, with only a minor screen-door-effect. The low latency head-tracking is provided by the smartphones gyroscope, with an impressive 9 degrees of freedom.”
The design is open source and customizable. A £30 pledge will net you the 3D files for all three different Altergaze models, giving you the ability to print them yourself. Those looking to get a fully assembled kit will find the £100 pledge to be their best bet. Estimated delivery time is November 2014. Watch the video below to see how the Altergaze is assembled and check it out on Kickstarter.