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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.
I know, this may seem a bit mundane to most, but it really is the epitome of proliferation of wireless technology. HP has released a new All-In-One printer that is just a bit more all-in-one. By that, I mean that the new HP Hotspot LaserJet Pro M1218nfs MFP--really long name, I know--will scan, print, copy, AND serve as a hotspot, allowing up to 8 people to get wireless internet.
For now, the printer is only available in India, where it might be a bit more needed due to economic conditions. However, this is something that could easily, and probably will at some point, come to the United States and Europe. "The HP Hotspot is a new All-in-One+1 printer that completely redefines the role a multifunction printer can play in a SOHO or small business environment," Nitin Hiranandani, director of printing for HP India, said in a statement.
The printer will set you back 18,306 rupees, which is equivalent to $334. Is this a feature that you would use? Would you like to see a printer like this in the US? Let us know!
For those people who can't afford a 3D printer but still want to get something printed out in 3D, Staples will be bringing 3D printers to stores in a couple of European countries in Q1 2013. The new service, called Staples Easy 3D, will be available to Staples customers in the Netherlands and Belgium.
Customers will be able to print out full-color 3D objects from their own files and have them shipped to their door or pick them up in store. Staples will be utilizing the Mcor IRIS 3D printer, which is capable of printing objects roughly 6 inches high, 9 inches wide, and 6.5 inches deep.
The exact details of file requirements and the rest are unknown, but the service will be heading to other countries after the initial stores are up and running. This means it could possibly be coming to the United States. Pricing is unknown, though the Mcor IRIS 3D reportedly has the lowest operating cost of any commercial printer, so they will hopefully be somewhat low.
Is this a service that you would take advantage of? Maybe print a custom computer part or trophy? Let us know!
Samsung has broken rule number 1 of computer security by leaving an admin backdoor hard coded into the firmware of its printers. More importantly, the backdoor is left open even when the protocol it runs on is disabled. Even worse is the fact Samsung has left it wide open and it requires zero authentication.
The admin backdoor could allow anyone who knows about it access to data on the printer, which means that those sensitive business documents could easily be obtained by nefarious people. It's also thought that the printer could be used for further attacks on an otherwise secure corporate network. Oops.
The backdoor was discovered by the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT). The backdoor is also present in some Dell printers, the ones that happen to be manufactured by Samsung. Printers released after October 31, 2012 do not have the backdoor present and a patch will be released "shortly" for the affected models.
It was only last week that we reported that Apple's new iPhone 5 "Lightning" connector would be hard to clone because of its authenticator chip, but, those days are now over. Chinese hackers have reportedly been able to clone Apple's Lightning authenticator chip.
These new third-party Lightning cables can do everything an official Lightning cable can do, and more. The cloned product can charge and sync an iPhone 5 and just for kicks, it glows. This should provide us with a future of cheap third-party Lightning cables and accessories, but at what cost to Apple? This is breaking Apple's IP, so I suspect there's going to be a lawsuit filed, if there hasn't been one already.
We should expect Apple to make an announcement, or lawsuit with their Made For iPhone (MFi) program - asking them to comply, or feel the wrath of their iLawyers, soon.
Earlier on today we visited the VIA Technologies headquarters here in Taipei where we got our first up, close and personal look at 3D printing.
VIA had a demo of its 3D printing station earlier this month at Computex, but we didn't have enough time at this stage to stick around and see a full print. We were invited back to the VIA offices today where we got our first look at 3D printing. Although not a new technology, guys were first messing around with 3D printing back in the 1980's, it's our first time to see it in person, and for me personally, I'm impressed.
VIA hooked up one of their VE-900 Mini-ITX motherboards to a MakerBot Thing-O-Matic 3D printer along with a customised VIA user interface all displayed on a touch-screen panel. We are told the VIA user interface here is much more advanced than the standard 3D printing interfaces and it provides advanced ability such as providing Dropbox connectivity and more. It's a nice interface to use too with clear menus and information provided on screen such as the device temperatures and so forth...
I'm a bit of a fan of the maker community and I have a real interest in 3D printing and prototyping. I've been chasing a 3D printer for a while now, but the cost has always kept me from buying or building one. A former MakerBot exec has now created a 3D printer that is ready to print and it costs less than $500!
Solidoodle is the company that produces this latest printer. It is led by Samuel Cervantes, who is MakerBot's former COO. The new printer can print objects up to 6"x6"x6" and is strong enough that "a 200-pound man can literally stand on top of the machine while it's printing." Not quite sure why you need that, but there it is.
The video above gives a quick explanation of how the printer works and shows some examples. Some of the stuff, such as Yoda, is really cool! It's incredible what you can now make in your house. A quick design on the computer and it can be printed in almost zero time. This is perfect for case modders like myself.