Please enter your Phone Number. Send Thanks! A link has been sent. Done Type A Machines Introduces Direct 3D Printing with Autodesk Meshmixer 3D Printing Just Got Easier Type A Machines 18 hours ago 0 shares Content preferences Done SAN LEANDRO, Calif., July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Type A Machines, award-winning 3D printer designer and manufacturer, has announced the availability of direct 3D printing through Autodesk Meshmixer, bringing ease of use to the 3D printing experience. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140
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But the more mainstream demand for3D printers, the cheaper and better the machines are going to get as components become more readily available, printer designs and mechanisms get optimized, and economies of scale kick in. Its just a matter of time. Indeed, last October Gartner said the 3D printer market had reached an inflection point, with increased consumer interest helping to drive competition and bring prices down. And so we arrive at the latest attempt to build an affordable 3D printer: Mota , aconsumer electronics company thatspreviously made smartwatches and mobile accessories,reckons its got the chops to buildsomething more sophisticated.The company launched a Kickstarter campaign earlier today aiming to raise $100,000 to produce the Mota 3D with a few bargain basement units priced at a giveaway $99. The price has now stepped up to $299, and will step up again to $499 when those pledges are bagged. The recommended retail price in North America for the Mota 3Dafter the crowdfundingcampaign is likely to be$599. Assuming it hits its funding goal, the company isaiming to have thedevice in the market by October, with backers who paidthe most getting it quickest. Now unless you bagged one of the50 loss-leading $99 units, this is by no means the cheapest 3D printer in town. The Micro, which pulled in almost $3.5 million on Kickstarter earlier this year , waspriced at circa$299, for instance. However, Mota claims its machineis a better class of affordable 3D printer. Indeed, it claims better specs and less expensive than MakerBots Replicator 2 .
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" Normal " lets users order tailor-made earphones by taking photos of their ears via a smartphone app that launched this week for iPhones and Android phones. Once each ear has been photographed, customers are led through a "customization flow" to create their earphones from various design options. The brainchild of Quirky co-founder Nikki Kaufman, Normals are then manufactured using 3D-printing technology in New York and shipped within 48 hours in a personalized carrying case. As well as staying in place whilst running, working out or simply listening to music, Normals also claim to deliver a better listening experience as the sound direction is more precisely tuned than with standard earphones. Normal was inspired by the difficulties Kaufman had finding custom-made earphones, which typically involve having silicone molds created and waiting for weeks for manufacturing before being hit with a hefty price tag. Meanwhile customizable headphones are having a moment, with Velodyne Acoustics unveiling its new customizable "skins" at the recent CE Week FashionWare showcase in New York. The ear candy brand is working on a website portal that will enable headphone users to upload their own images to create unique skins for their designs. Normals are available for $199. Technology & Electronics
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That's why we like the idea of "Normals," a new and relatively affordable line of 3D-printed earbuds by New York City-based company Normal Ears, Inc. A pair of Normals costs $199 (which includes tax and shipping), but the fitting is free: You simply download a free app from the Google Play or Apple app store, and use it to take a few photos of your ears. Pre-ordered Normals wills ship on August 9, but after that, the company says US customers will receive their earbuds within 48 hours of submitting their orders via the app. MORE: Best Headphones for Students To use the app, you'll need a quarter as well as a smartphone, so the camera can get a size reference when measuring your ear. First, make sure your smartphone's volume is on, so you can hear the timed instructions. Then, to take a picture of your left ear, hold the quarter against your face just in front of your ear with your right hand. With your left, hold your smartphone with the rear-facing camera toward your face (or get a friend to photograph you, as the app recommends). You need to get a picture that includes the quarter, the entire shape of your ear, and your nose and profile. With your ear and profile captured, you can customize the size and color of almost every part of the earbud design before sending it off to be built. Normal Ears, Inc. uses 3D imaging to create a model of your ear and then 3D print a custom sleeve in ABS plastic (one of the most common 3D printing materials) that fits your ear perfectly. The earbuds come with a cord of about 44 inches long (though you an also get an extra-long cord of about 63 inches) and a carrying case that can be custom-engraved with a twelve-character string of text. Normal Ears, Inc. isn't the only company that promises custom-fitted earphones.
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A link has been sent. Done Compare Brokers Latest in 3D Printing and Wearable Tech to Converge at Designers of Things 2014 as Schedule Continues to Grow Register by September 12 to Save on the Hottest New Event in Wearable Tech, 3D Printing and the Internet of Things, September 23-24, 2014 UBM Tech 2 hours ago 0 shares Content preferences Done SAN FRANCISCO, July 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today,Designers of Things, a new conference produced by UBM Tech dedicated to accelerating the design, development and business of Wearable Tech, 3D Printing and the Internet of Things, announced new additions to the already robust lineup for the inaugural event this fall. From 3D printing in the fashion, architecture and aerospace industries to using wearable tech to track everything from your health to the well-being of your beloved pets, Designers of Things will welcome the industry's brightest design and development professionals for two days of intensive learning and networking. The event will take place September 23-24, 2014 at San Francisco's Mission Bay Conference Center. For more information and to save $150 on your VIP or Tech Pass by September 12, visit www.designersofthings.com . View photo New additions to the schedule include: 3D Printing Intellectual Property Issues for Innovators : 3D printing is rapidly changing what it means to manufacture, pushing intellectual property considerations down the supply chain with regulations struggling to keep pace. How do you know what your rights are when there isn't even a clear definition of what you're making? Patience Jones of Graphicmachine will dive into these new avenues and how to protect your work in the US and abroad. Challenges of a 3D Printing Startup : A year after Electroloom set out to make the first personal 3D printer capable of printing flexible, fibrous clothes, the company has entered the development phase and is on a quest to bring clothes manufacturing to the desktop. Join Marcus Foley, Aaron Rowley and Joseph White, the co-founders of Electroloom as they discuss the highs, lows and lessons learned from being a 3d printing startup. Wearable Technology Designing for the Quantified Other : Tracking what we love is Steve Eidelman, co-founder of Whistle's specialty.
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Image via Thingiverse/lampmaker The Venus de Milo by Alexandros of Antioch Designer Cosmo Wenman attempted to raise money via Kickstarter to offer 3D-printed blueprints for some of the world's most beloved sculptures at the Skulpturhalle Basel in Switzerland. He was unsuccessful at getting backing on the crowdfunding tool (should've gone with the potato salad, dude), he managed to acquire outside funding and is making his way through the Skulpturhalle's casts of Greek and Roman sculptures. His Venus de Milo is pretty solid: Image via Thingiverse/cosmowenman A 7th Century Bodhisattva Maitreya The Metropolitan Museum of Art hosted a MakerBot hackathon in 2012, encouraging 3D designers to make blueprints for famous works of art. Some of the recreations turned out better than others; replicating works of art on a small scale with plastics is an activity fraught with failure. Compare the original of the Seated Bodhisattva Maitreya , a sculpture found in Kabul, Afghanistan dating back to the 7th or 8th century, with its unfortunate 3D-printed equivalent. Here's the elegant original: And the wonky-ass 3D replica: Images via Thingiverse/Met Lesson learned: not all 3D printing instructions are alike, and sometimes they'll make your art recreation look like someone melted a trinket you bought at a flea market in Hawaii. A Song Dynasty Sculpture The Asian Art Museum has its own Buddhist art blueprints , with better results. A 3D version of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, a Song Dynasty sculpture of the deity Avalokiteshvara (who represents infinite compassion, which is nice) turned out better than the Met's (though, honestly, still not that great): Images via Thingiverse/AsianArtMuseum The scan was made with Autodesk123D Catch using the iPhoneproof you don't need an especially fancy tool to get a solid 3D roadmap uploaded. A Moai-Inspired Tray Of course, part of the fun of 3D printing