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Designing for 3D Printing With Paste [Guest Post]

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Designing for 3D Printing With Paste [Guest Post]

One of the biggest questions we see in our forums and online is around which designs work best for 3D printing with paste material. We love experimenting in our E3 lab with design options and variations, but also know talking to the experts is worth its weight in gold. We reached out to our friends over at Pinshape for their thoughts.

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A Week at Structur3D – @RobotGrrl Shares Discov3ry Experiences [Vlog]

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A Week at Structur3D – @RobotGrrl Shares Discov3ry Experiences [Vlog]

This past week, we had the pleasuring of hosting @RobotGrrl at our E3 lab while she was here in Kitchener.

'Extrude, Experiment, Explore' doesn’t even begin to crack what she accomplished this week. Take a look at her vlog:

For more information about Erin’s work, follow her on Twitter (@RobotGrrl), or visit her latest project, RobotMissions.org. If you want to check out the Python Script she used, you can access it here. Note that this is an experimental script. It directly modifies the gcode, so caution is needed as some commands may be different for your printer.

We will be following your work, @RobotGrrl! Can’t wait to see what you print next.

For more info on the Discov3ry, you can visit Structur3D.io.  

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Happy #WorldNutellaDay!!

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Happy #WorldNutellaDay!!

10 years ago, American blogger, Sara Rosso, changed the world - She loved Nutella so much that she just had to make it an ‘official’ holiday.

Happy #WorldNutellaDay!

Friday, February 5th, any Discov3ry Paste Extruder order placed through Amazon.com or the Structur3D Store will receive a free jar of Nutella (375g) as our gift to you AND FREE shipping. Offer ends at 11:59pm ET. 

 

 

 

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2015 - What A Great Year

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2015 - What A Great Year

What an amazing year it’s been, and how could it go any other way when it started with Andrew scoring a ride in a 3D printed car?

Looking back at last year’s Year-End post, it’s crazy to see how quickly things can progress. This time last year, we were just moving into our new space at 72 Leger Street, and working to streamline production and shipping. 

Fast forward 12 months, and we’ve shipped all Kickstarter and Beta Discov3ry units, and have opened up regular orders on Structur3d.io AND recently-launched Amazon.com. We’ve also streamlined and scaled manufacturing and shipping, and launched a community forum to not only keep in touch, but also share tips, tricks and projects with everyone. We’re not slowing down.

2015 by the numbers

I present you Exhibit ‘A’. In 2015, the Structur3D Team:

  • Attended
    • 2 World Maker Faires (San Fran and NYC)
    • 2 Maker Faires (Detroit and Ottawa)
    • 1 Mini Maker Faire (East Bay)
    • A Maker Festival (Toronto)
    • A Maker Expo (Waterloo)
  • Demoed at Mid West RepRap Fest, Target San Francisco
  • Co-Hosted Toronto 3D Printing Innovation Night
  • Attended Rapidx2, TCT, Inside 3D x2, Launch Scale, Inside 3D Printing, and 3D Printer World
  • Graduated from the first cohort of HAX Boost
  • Sent Discov3ry Extruders to more than 50 university research labs worldwide

As I’m the noob here, I wanted to see what Charles and Andrew thought of 2015.

Charles’ top 2015 moments

Well, I can’t really top starting out my year by officially becoming a Canadian citizen and shipping our first batch of Discov3ry units. I also gave two invited talks: “The Untapped Opportunities for 3D Printing with Soft Materials” (RAPID2015 Toronto) and “How to Build and Grow a Hardware Startup” (ACTION Conference 2015). I reconnected with my PhD supervisor when he came to visit Toronto in June, and of course, he saw the value of the Discov3ry and bought one for his lab. In December, I visited Saudi Arabia to train a customer at King Saud University on the 3D printer system he bought from us.

Andrew’s top 2015 moments

Obviously getting to ride in a 3D printed car is pretty close to the top of the list, along with shipping our first batch of Discov3ry units. Getting to see the 3D printed Shelby Cobra is up there too. I also really enjoyed working with the co-op team throughout the summer. Overall, you can't really beat attending Hax in San Francisco, after a whirlwind tour of NYC Maker Faire, and the TCT Show in Birmingham, UK, and finally getting back to Canada after nearly 2 months of traveling.

See you in 2016!

We’re going to take some time to visit with our friends and families over the holidays, and of course spend time in the lab extruding, experimenting and exploring.

Don’t worry, we’ll share in the fun. Don’t be shy to share your projects either. We love seeing what you’re up to with your Discov3ry Extruders.

We wish you and your family the happiest of holidays, and we’ll talk to you next year (Sorry, couldn’t resist the worst Dad joke ever).

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Integration Tutorials

Integration Tutorials

For the new adopters of the Discov3ry

Now that you have received your paste extruder, you are likely working on integrating it with your 3D printer. Thanks to a couple dedicated individuals we have already received tutorials for the Ultimaker and the Printrbot Metal. Considering there are over 100 printers on the market, crowd-sourcing this information will save us all time. 

3D Printing or Additive Manufacturing?

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3D Printing or Additive Manufacturing?

Despite the fact that the terms are often used interchangeably, these two production fields have significant differences in history, application and technology. Let us take a moment to clear them up.

History

The history of 3D printing (3DP) began at the beginning of this century with the first commercially available 3D printers. These systems are consumer products which can be used as a desktop application in private homes. The price-performance ratio has significantly improved in recent years and the number of different models on the market has increased exponentially.  The cost for a single unit is between a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. Makerbot, Lulzbot, Ultimaker, and Printrbot are some of the popular brands in the consumer space today.

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3 Things to check out at the OCE Discovery Conference

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3 Things to check out at the OCE Discovery Conference

Every year the Ontario Center of Excellence holds an amazing conference called Discovery. It is by far the leading exposition of bright minds around the country. Both the speakers and the exhibitors are usually exceptional so it comes as no surprise that 2600 people attend each year. 

Exhibiting companies represent a multitude of sectors including 

Energy and Environment
Government
Professional Services
Universities and Colleges
Advanced Health Technologies 
ICT and Digital Media 
Advanced Manufacturing 
Social Innovation

With a fully-packed schedule it will be impossible to see everything, so we have outlined a few things you do not want to miss:

1. Ask an Expert Panel 

This is an event that occurs Monday, April 27, between 3:45 and 5:45 in the Ask an Expert Zone.

This is a chance to foster some, always needed, business connections with experienced captains of the industry. Full list of participating experts here. Do not forget to bring a stack of business cards!

2. Bitcoin ATM

Hot in the news, Bitcoin has been a contentious subject. Nevertheless, tech enthusiasts seem to be slowly trying it out. If you remember, our co-founder Andrew Finkle actually gets part of his salary in Bitcoin. This is a good chance to test it out for yourself.  A company called BitAccess will be exhibiting their Bitcoin ATM on the showcase floor both days in the manufacturing section. Their technology allows anyone to deposit cash and instantly receive a digital wallet containing the equivalent in cryptocurrency. The future!

3. 3D Printed cookies

After a long day of walking around, you are definitely going to need a little boost. We invite you to visit the Cookie Station near the food area  to receive your very own OCE Discovery Cookie printed by our very own Discov3ries! And, of course, after you have done that, swing by to say hello to the rest of the Structur3d crew in the Energy, Environment, and Manufacturing Showcase.


Fortunately, the event so happens to be in Toronto, so there is absolutely no excuse not to make it out. Tickets can be bought here.

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