Upcoming Equipment Additions Will Enhance 3D Printing Capabilities
- 12 November, 2013
- MELD Workshop
- 3d printer, 3d scanning
We're dedicated to making sure that there is always new and exciting equipment at MELD. Here is some of the new 3D scanning and 3D printing equipment that's on its way.
Matterform 3D Scanner
This is an IndieGoGo project that I had backed in the spring and it will be arriving at MELD in early December. This will be very useful for quickly pulling in and scanning small to medium objects and making modifications before archiving, sharing, or 3D printing them. Visit the Matterform website for more info on the scanner.
This 3D scanner will plug into an iPad and is excellent for creating 3D scans of large objects (even people) and whole rooms. This will be great if you want to create a 3D rendering of a piece of furniture or a vehicle. Pretty much anything that won't fit onto the Matterform 3D scanner. This scanner is slated to ship in February or March of 2014.
3D printing isn't perfect. There is a lot of scrap material that piles up, whether it's discarded support material or botched prints. Instead of throwing the plastic filament away, we will remelt and extrude that filament so that it can be used again. Enter ExtrusionBot. This device can take ground up scraps or raw ABS and PLA pellets.
Think of the 3Doodler as a 3D printing pen. This is already at MELD, it came in about a week or two ago, so if you want to play around with it swing by and try it out!
Not to be confused with the 3Doodler, this is a very simple sketching tool enabling everyone who can hold a pencil to make their drawing come to life with a 3D-printer. This way people can get familliar with the 3D printing technique not just by seeing how the printer works, but by creating something themselves! And all this without needing any knowledge of difficult 3D design programs. The Doodle 3D should be shipping in the next month or two.
That about wraps up the new, upcoming additions to 3D printing and scanning at MELD. Some of these items have already arrived while others won't be showing up for a few months. Rest assured, MELD is dedicated to staying on the cutting edge of consumer-level 3D printing! What new equipment are you most excited about?