Taiwan’s XYZprinting has taken the low end 3D printer market by storm with their da Vinci 1.0 3D printer. The 1.0 can print objects up to a size of 200 x 200 x 200mm at a resolution of 100 microns, and the best thing is it only costs $499. While we haven’t had the chance to test one ourselves, YouTube user Mark Fuller made a video review of the da Vinci 1.0 earlier this month. Mark said “Overall I like this machine. Prints look decent and cannot beat sub $500 out of the box. Really like the self leveling bed option for no fuss prints.”
3D Printed Project Ara Smartphone Could Change The Way We Buy Phones
Unlike desktop or even laptop computers, smartphones have limited upgradability and customizability, which means they are basically throw away devices after a few years. Google’s Project Ara hopes to curb that problem by being the first modular smartphone of its kind. To create the modules (blocks) that make up Project Ara, Google enlisted the help of 3D printing giant, 3D Systems to mass produce the parts.
Paul Eremenko, Head, Project Ara said in a Google+ post, “Today we’re announcing the first release of the Project Ara Module Developers Kit (MDK) v0.10. This is a very early version but our goals are to give the developer community an opportunity to provide feedback and input, and to help us ensure that the final MDK – anticipated at the end of 2014 – is elegant, flexible, and complete.”
The next gen multi-material 3D printer used by 3D Systems is capable of mass producing the modules and can even print 600-dpi-colour images on each module. Eventually, customers will be able to order fully custom module designs, letting them create a completely unique phone. Google and 3D Systems won’t be stopping at pretty pattern’s though, the tech giant believes 3D printing will let users create customized circuits and electrical components.
Ara will come in three different skeleton sizes – mini, medium and large. The larger size will be able to accommodate more modules. Each Ara device will come with a skeleton body, which can dock various different modules. For example, users could have more battery modules to increase battery life or they could go with more processing power and a camera.
While Project Ara won’t replace traditional smartphones anytime soon, it will be great for those who want a more personalized mobile device and could demonstrate 3D printing’s feasibility with mass production devices. The final MDK version of Ara won’t be released until the end of this year, so don’t expect to see a full retail version on shelf’s anytime soon.
Scientists Look To 3D Printing To Recreate Human Heart
Doctors and researchers at the University of Louisville have turned to 3D printing to recreate a patient’s heart from their own fat cells. It may sound like the stuff out of science fiction, but Dr. Stuart Williams, the team leader of the project said, “The heart is one of the easiest – if not the easiest – tissues and organs to print because it’s made up of so few cells that have really only one major function, and that is to contract, to beat.”
The bio-printer works in a similar fashion to an inkjet printer. It uses a mixture of a gel material and living cells to build sections of the heart, layer by layer. The team have already created heart valves, small veins and various other parts with the bio-printer. Some of the blood vessels have already been successfully tested in mice.
Williams believes the first 3D printed heart may be tested in humans in less than a decade. He says that the first patients would likely be those with failing heats who are not candidates for artificial hearts.
Dr. Anthony Atala, who has already used 3D printers to make a kidneys at Wake Forest University, said “With complex organs such as the kidney and heart, a major challenge is being able to provide the structure with enough oxygen to survive until it can integrate with the body.”
Taiwan’s 3D Printing Development Program Steps Into Gear
Taiwan has already brought us the da Vinci 3D printer from XYZ printing, but the countries Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) hopes they can further tap into the fast growing industry with their new development program.
Under the three-year program, Taiwan will spend about US$2.33 million a year on research and development. MOST claims that current additive manufacturing processes are limited by build volume, poor print quality and slow print speeds.
The three year program will be aimed at encouraging the collaboration of academic and industrial sectors. MOST will also be assigning part of the budget to develop innovative print heads, dentistry and metal molds.
“We hope Taiwan could take advantage of its leading technology in ICT to develop our own 3D modeling software, and combine cloud technology with 3D printing development, which could further strengthen the innovation of local 3D printing industry.” The ministry said.
XYZprinting’s first generation da Vinci 3D printer was only announced a number of months ago, but the Taiwanese company has already announced the next version. The da Vinci 2.0 will be priced at $649 and will ship sometime in April.
At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this year, the da Vinci 1.0 created quite a stir with its affordable $499 price point and enclosed build area. It also features an automatically calibrated build platform, a 200 x 200 x 200mm build area and a 100 micron layer resolution. Similar to 3D Systems’ Cube filament system, the da Vinci uses propriety filament cartridges, but automatically feeds the filament into the printer.
The second generation da Vinci will come in at $649 and features dual extrusion heads that allow users to print in multiple colours or materials. Each nozzle will be 0.4mm in size. Disappointingly, XYZprinting has had to reduce the printing volume to 150 x 200 x 200mm, but retains the 100 micron print resolution.
A more expensive version of the da Vinci 2.0 will also be available. The 2.1 features all the same specifications as the 2.0, with the addition of Wi-Fi connectivity, a 5-inch colour touch screen display, a mobile control app and cloud database access. The 2.1 will be priced at a slightly higher price of $999, but in a couple of years the company expects that will drop to around half of that.
Gary Shu, senior manager of market development division at XYZprinting said “Our current production capacity cannot keep up with strong customer demand,” at the International Symposium on Additive Manufacturing, held at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology in Taipei.
The new printers will ship to the United States, China, Japan and Europe in the second half of the year. Taiwanese customers will be able to get their printers in April.
Currently fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printers are the king of the low cost consumer 3D printer market, but over the next couple of years that could change. Taiwanese company NOVA 3D is hoping to get into the low cost resin based 3D printer market early with their DLP 3D printer that comes in at $999.
DLP 3D printers use Digital Light Processing (DLP) projectors to build/cure each layer of a design. After each layer is cured, the build platform moves to accommodate the next layer and to remain submerged in resin.
The NOVA DLP is capable of hardening a 10 by 8cm layer in around 10 seconds, a process that would take almost 30 with a traditional 3D printer. Another advantage of DLP printers is their ability to print at higher resolutions. The NOVA DLP can print at resolutions of up to 100 microns consistently (quite a few FDM printers can print at this resolution now). Other features include a 100x70x150mm build volume and a total size of 212x310x600mm.
NOVA will be offering their DLP 3D printer on their online store for $999. We’re sure more information will be released in the coming weeks/months, so stay tuned.
Taiwan’s Kinpo Group announced earlier this year they would launching their own line of 3D printers under the brand of XYZprinting. Recently, XYZprinting showed off the new da Vinci 1.0 3D printer that is aimed at the low cost 3D printing market.
The da Vinci seems to have pretty standard specs with a build volume of 200x200x200mm and a print resolution of 100 microns (0.1mm) to 400 microns (0.4mm). Da Vinci runs off 1.75mm ABS filament with a theoretical print speed of 150mm/s.
XYZprinting have priced the da Vinci at (US$499) and will shipping more than 1000 domestic pre-orders on December 24. Internationally shipments will start to ship by January and February next year. XYZprinting wants to sell 100,000 3D printer units by the end of 2014 and outpace MakerBot as well.
Technology FFF (FUSED FILAMENT FABRICATION)
Maximum build volume (WxHxD) 7.8W X 7.8H X 7.8D INCH (20 X 20 X 20 CM)
Printing Mode FINE: 0.1 MM (100 MICRONS) STD: 0.2 MM (200 MICRONS) SPEED: 0.3 MM (300 MICRONS) ULTRA FAST: 0.4 MM (400 MICRONS)
Print Head SINGLE NOZZLE
Print Speed 150 MM/S
Filament Diameter 1.75 MM
Print Material ABS (12 COLORS)
File Types .stl, G code, XYZ Format
OS Supports Windows XP (.Net 4.0 required), Windows 7+ Mac OSX 10.8 64-bit +
ALT Design Launched their ATOM Delta 3D printer on Zeczec and have already smashed their goal of NT$600,000 in four days. Zeczec is a crowdfunding platform similar to Kickstarter but based in Taiwan. ALT Design was founded by Lawrence Lee and Cai Jai Yin back in 2012. The two of them have experience in architecture and industrial design.
The ATOM 3D printer is based on the much loved Delta style layout. Lee and Yin decided to go with special magnets for many of the joints. They believe this is an improvement over regular biaxial joints or ball joints and significantly reduces friction. It also features a sturdy aluminium frame and a high print resolution.
18cm + diameter x 33 cm + high build volume (8000 cm3 or more)
Precision: min 0.05mm / max 0.3mm
Filament: Ø 1.75mm PLA
Print speed: 100 mm / s
Nozzle moving speed (max): 300 mm / s
Machine Dimensions: 37 x 42 x 76 cm
Power Supply: AC 100 – 240V, ~ 2 amps, 50-60 Hz
Power Requirements: 12V DC @ 5 amps
Ports: USB, SD Card
Software: Repetier Host
NEMA17 1.8° step angle 1/16 micro-stepping
The ATOM has already raised over NT$1,400,000 and early birds can grab a kit for themselves for NT$33,000. Assembled ATOM’s will cost you NT$50,000. Check out the ATOM 3D printer over at zeczec.com and the ATOM’s website at atom3dp.com.
Kinpo Group is a Taiwanese based company and they have just announced their own 3D printers: XYZprinting. The new printers are aimed at the entry-level and mid-range segment. With printers starting at $499, they are certainly on the right track and good certainly give some of the current manufactures a run for their money.
Kinpo Electronics, a subsidiary of the Kinpo conglomerate are launching the 3D printer, while the company will promote and display their printers in the market via retail outlets, with the first ones displayed in 18 Vibo Telecom stores by December. The XYZ printers have been created via a joint venture by two Kinpo subsidiaries — Kinpo Electronics Inc. and Cal-Comp Electronics and Communications Co.
“Kinpo will pioneer the 3D printer market in Taiwan and further strengthen its deployment in the segment in the next 2-3 years”, said Kinpo company chairman Rock Hsu.
Kinpo is currently accepting pre-orders for the new printers. The “da Vinci” model 3D printer will launch before the end of the year according to Kinpo. Priced only $USD499, the new 3D printer is designed to meet the demand in the future that every family needs a 3D printer, whilst being inexpensive.
XYZprinting Chairman Simon Shen has set a global sales target of over 1 million units over the next three years. This will be achieved by expanding XYZprinting’s market to the United States, Japan and Europe in the first quarter of 2014 by partnering with online stores and retailers there.
“3-D printers are not almighty, but we believe that this technology will gradually replace people’s day-to-day household item purchases,” Shen said at a press conference to launch the new printer.
Rock Hsu believes that XYZprinting will be a long term investment rather and expects the new company will not turn a profit from its 3D printers in the next one and a half years. But Kinpo will use its experience in supplying Hewlett Packard and other major computer manufactures to its advantage.