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.
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.
With the Discov3ry Paste Extruder now in more than 50 university research labs world-wide, we expect to see a lot more activity with nanomaterials and biopolymers.
As we eagerly await the results from these teams, we caught up with one research lab which has been using the Discovery for the past six months. Research Associate, Joshua Qua Hiansen and PhD Candidate Daniel Southwick from the Semaphore Lab, gave us a tour of their lab, and talked to us about their research.
Over the past few months, we’ve been working hard in the E3 lab to bring you the next update to our Discov3ry Paste Extruder. We’re happy to announce that today’s the day. So, what’s new?
Starting this week, all Discov3ry units will ship within 1-2 weeks from order date, and will include updated motors, gears, and hardware.
Stronger Stepper Motors Decreases RPM
The planetary gearbox on the motor has been reduced from 100:1 to 51:1. In laymen’s terms, you’ll be pushing the same volume with half the revolutions meaning your motor will not have to work as hard to create your print.
This will especially help when printing more viscous materials (think non-Newtonian fluids, clay, ceramic etc.).
Updated Look Improves Durability
You’ll also notice a visual change to the hardware. The internal plating is now Powder-coated white making the interior less prone to scratching and easier to clean. The face plate and wiring has also been updated to a fresh, solid white making the whole unit consistent and aesthetically pleasing.
Gearing Redesign Increases Reliability
Our upgraded system uses an internal gearbox ratio of 5:1 that we redesigned to improve reliability and durability. This brings the overall gear ratio of the Discov3ry to 255:1.
For those of you who are using some of our existing materials on the blog and forum, you’ll need to ensure you’re updating your settings to account for the change. Check out this forum thread for details, or if you have questions.
New Cartridges - Coming soon
For those of you who already have a Discov3ry, we’ll be updating our cartridge offering over the next couple of months. The new, stronger syringes will be individually packaged and sterilized for safety, especially when working with medical-grade or edible materials.
The added strength will also allow for a wider range of pastes to be used without putting added stress on the motor. These syringes will be available to order in various quantities to better suit each project’s needs. Stay tuned for updates on availability timing.
You can get your updated Discov3ry from the Structur3D store or Amazon.com. We can't wait to see what you make with your Discov3ry extruder. Be sure to share with us in the Forum and on Twitter and Facebook.
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.
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.
As first-time attendees, we left Kitchener last week with our walking shoes on hoping we were prepared for what was ahead of us, and as hoped, we were in our element - New technology…*drool*
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:
- 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).
In this project, we showcase our experiences with Organics Pure Honey, Lyle’s Golden Syrup, Certo Liquid Pectin and Philadelphia Cream Cheese.
On the one hand, printing with reactive material is complex, especially if several parts have to be mixed. On the other hand, this mixing allows for plenty of unique compositions which give the operators control over the desired characteristics. Read more about my experiment with polyurethane.
We are expanding our marketing efforts to better tell the Structur3D Printing story. Today we’re happy to introduce you to the newest member of the Marketing Team, Melanie Masson.