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Kickstarter is a place where more and more products head to get the funding they need to come to market. We have seen some very cool and successful products launch from Kickstarter including the Pebble smartwatch and Ouya game console over the years. One of the coolest projects that has turned up on the site in a long time for DIY fans is there now and it's for a cheap 3D printer.
The printer is called the Micro 3D printer or M3D for short. One of the biggest selling points of this printer is that it is cheap with a price of $299. That makes it hundreds and hundreds of dollars cheaper than other 3D printers on the market.
ZUtA Labs has taken to Kickstarter to fund its super mobile robotic printer known as the Pocket Printer, which will set you back just $180 if you fund it on Kickstarter now, or $200 when it begins shipping early next year.
The Pocket Printer will scoot along a piece of paper - of any length - leaving ink as tracks. It will print much slower than a traditional printer obviously, but you can't kick its portable goodness. You could take it anywhere, printing something on the plane while you're travelling, or in the coffee shop while you're trying to connect to its Wi-Fi.
ZUtA Labs' Pocket Printer has a print speed of just 1.2ppm in its current prototype specs, and in its current form, prints at 96x192 DPI. It has Bluetooth connectivity, supports Wi-Fi, has a run time of around one hour, charge time of three hours, supports Android, iOS, Linux, OS X and of course, Windows. It is just 10cm or 3.9-inch high, and 11.5cm or 4.5 inches in diameter, weighing in at 300g or 10.5oz.
In the world of 3D printing, several companies offer printers that are aimed at being used in the home and office. One of the most well known is MakerBot. The company has announced that its latest 3D printer called the MakerBot Replicator Z18 is now available for pre-order.
The printer is the largest that the company sells with a build volume of 12" L x 12" W x 18" H. The printer is far from cheap at right under $6500. While pre-orders are going right now, MakerBot is not saying exactly when the printer will ship.
The ship date is still listed as a vague "this spring." Along with pre-orders for the printer, accessories to go with it are also available. The accessories include a cart and a filament case.
If you are the sort that likes to create your own stuff, you may think that having your own 3D printer is something that would make your life much better. The problem is that many 3D printers cost thousands of dollars putting them out of reach. MakerBot has announced a new 3D printer that also happens to be the cheapest one it makes.
The printer is called the MakerBot Replicator Mini and it was unveiled during CES 2014 earlier this year. The printer is now up for pre-order and you can get one for $1375. That is about half the cost of the full size Replicator.
As you might guess with the word "mini" in the name, this printer is for making smaller items. It can produce items that measure up to 3.9" x 3.9" x 4.9". The printer is built for fast printing and uses a build plate that requires no leveling.
We all know that the NSA isn't trying to protect your privacy, nor is it even trying to spy in secret anymore now that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden blew the lid on PRISM, and GCHQ. Well, it has forced Google to start encrypting its internal traffic, which should make the NSA's job even harder now.
This will effect the NSA, as the US spy agency pulls in countless gigabytes of data per day, with up to one-third of this data coming from Google, well, until Google told the NSA to "F*** off." The news is rolling from the MUSCULAR program, which is a joint program between the NSA and GCHQ that cracks into the networks of Google and Yahoo's overseas datacenters, as we reported a few days ago now.
Even worse, the data that was grabbed, was given to President Obama during his daily intelligence briefing. The slides revealed that the NSA had become quite proficient with the internal workings of these networks, suggesting that the US spy agency either launched a significant reverse-engineering operation to look further into Google's and Yahoo's secrets, or it had gotten its hands on this information from people who work for the two search giants.
It doesn't matter which way you look at it, it is clear that the NSA has intimate knowledge of the inner workings of two massive American companies. It will be interesting to see - not that we'd ever find out as we're simply peasants to the NSA - if this actually effects the NSA and GCHQ's data mining projects.
I have to admit, I use Google Chrome's autocomplete, but not all the time. If you use it on the daily, you will want to change it after reading this, as Chrome's autocomplete sends some of your most precious personal data, including your credit card data.
Google introduced the feature into Chrome at the beginning of last year, and in order to scare you now, you should click this link and come back when you're done. Ok, you're back? Scared? Disabled autocomplete? Good. For those who don't want to try it, autocomplete fills out web forms with your personal data such as your name, address and more.
But, it actually sends out your credit card details, too, which is something that is completely shocking to hear about. You can go into Settings, and then Advanced, and untick "Enable Autofill to fill out web forms in a single click." I filled mine out above to give you an idea of what it sends, but erased my address details. It's quite shocking, so please pass this along!
At the SXSW conference, MakerBot showed off a new product that could revolutionize 3D printing. Known as the Digitizer 3D scanner, the new prototype allows users to easily scan real-world 3D physical objects into digital CAD files that can then be printed out on your MakerBot printer.
Essentially, as MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis put it, "it's possible for a MakerBot to make a MakerBot. But I'm cool with that." The best part of having a product like this is that it is easy to make replacement or spare parts for things you own. However, with this comes a host of copyright issues.
What should be allowed to be scanned into a digital form? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
I can't state it enough times, but it looks like 3D printers are really the next big thing with the 3Doodler. The 3Doodler is a pen-style device that the creators are dubbing a "world's first", as well as "the most affordable way to 3D print."
The 3Doodler is quite magical, as it allows the user to draw designs into existence by simply moving it through the air - incredible. The 3Doodler uses ABS plastic that is heated, and then instantly cooled. The developers, WobbleWorks, took to Kickstarter yesterday, breaking their $30,000 funding goal in just a few hours. The first orders of the 3Doodler should arrive later in the year, hopefully September, and we should be looking at just 5,000 of the Kickstarter-backed orders being shipped at first.
From their $30,000 goal they've passed it with flying colors - where at the time of writing, they had $344,096 pledged - over ten times their goal. If you want to buy one, you can order one now for $75 and you should receive it in October.
CES 2013 - There are several manufacturers showing off 3D printers and 3D printing technology at CES this year, and while walking the floor I saw the following gear assembly that was printed as a single print.
While printing something like this isn't possible at home quite yet, 3D technology is definitely coming along nicely and we should hopefully be able to do prints like this at home soon. The device is fully functional, as you can see in the video, which is just absolutely incredible!
Toshiba launches printer capable of erasing printed text, the first eco-friendly multifunction printer is here!
Toshiba may be onto something truly amazing here, where they've developed the world's first eco-friendly multifunction printer that is capable of erasing text and images on printed documents. This is a great feature as it would allow for paper to be reused.
The Toshiba e-STUDIO 306LP/RD30 printer sports a special toner that produces an erasable colour, which is removed from paper when passed through at a high enough temperature. This means the paper can be reused time and time again, instead of being thrown away or discarded when it's not needed anymore. A single page recycled five times would provide a 57% reduction in CO2 emissions for the entire printer system - this isn't counting the savings consumers and businesses would have on paper costs, too.
The printer itself is also a step forward in the green world, being made from bio-based plastics instead of the traditional petroleum-based plastics. Toshiba's e-STUDIO 306LP/RD30 launches in February 2013 starting in Japan, and it'll jump across the pond later in the year.