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Tiertime Unveils Three New 3D Printers at Rapid + TCT 2018

At the Rapid + TCT show in Texas, Tiertime shone a light on not one but three new 3D printers. One sees an upgrade to a familiar face — the company’s popular Up Mini 2 — while the other two are all-new, including a 12-print-bed toting beast.

The Rapid + TCT show is a veritable wonderland of 3D printing and additive manufacturing tech. So it stands to good reason that there are a few curtains raises on eye-catching new 3D printers and products.

One company looking to make a splash at the show is Tiertime. Self-proclaimed as China’s first 3D printer manufacturer, the company has used the show to debut three new 3D printers.

Dubbed the UP Mini 2 ES, UP300 and X5, the printers each cater to differing 3D printing needs. The two UP machines appear to be the more consumer-oriented of the three, with the X5 taking a small-business/low-volume manufacturing route with an interesting print bed automation feature we’ll detail below.

Taking aim at three different use cases, the UP Mini 2 ES, UP300 and X5 all share a few commonalities that are new to the Tiertime ecosystem. In addition to being FDM filament-based 3D printers, they all feature what the company calls an “advanced touchscreen” for user interface, plus dedicated USB memory stick ports, Ethernet port and integration with the new Tiertime Print Queue software.

Tiertime UP Mini 2 ES

Tiertime UP Mini 2 ESThe Tiertime UP Mini 2 ES

Three New 3D Printers from Tiertime

The UP Mini 2 ES is an upgrade over the company’s established UP Mini 2. We credit the UP Mini 2 as a top 3D printer for beginners, so it’s nice to see some fresh upgrades find their way to the machine.

Like its predecessor, the UP Mini 2 ES features a HEPA filtration system to remove ultra fine particles (UFPs) from the emissions released when printing. We’ve yet to see a specification breakdown of the UP Mini 2 ES, but would surmise it to be mostly identical to the existing UP Mini 2.

In addition to the beginner friendly UP Mini 2 ES, Tiertime revealed the UP300. A 3D printer that is “more industrial” than the company’s previous machines, it’s clear that Tiertime mean business with the all-new printers it has announced.

Tiertime UP300

Tiertime UP300The Tiertime UP300

Featuring a 205 x 255 x 225mm print area and HEPA and Carbon air filters, the UP300 also debuts a couple of company-firsts: double-sided removable print plates and three material specific print heads.

The three prints heads are custom-designed to specifically handle the printing of 1.75mm PLA, ABS and TPU filaments. Meanwhile, for print adhesion the removable print bed is glass on one side with an adhesion-friendly perforation on the other. Other quality of life features include automatic bed-leveling and calibration, filament run out detection and blackout-foiling print resume functionality.

Tiertime X5

Tiertime X5The Tiertime X5

Tiertime X5, a Short-Run Workhorse

Capping off a producterific Rapid + TCT for Tiertime is the X5 3D printer. A decidedly more robust offering positioned as a “short-run workhorse”, the TierTime X5 boasts one particularly cool party trick in its print job automation.

To complement the new print queuing ability Tiertime is adding to its machines with the Tiertime Print Queue software, the X5 has the physical capability to automatically eject a completed print on its print plate, load in a fresh one from its internal magazine and continue straight on to the next print.

The X5 can accommodate 12 print beds at once and, best of all, print beds that have been cleaned of completed prints can simply be loaded back into the system from the other side. This should add up to virtually endless printing with minimal intervention require on the user’s part.

At 180 x 230 x 200mm, the X5’s print area doesn’t quite match up to the UP300, but it does retain the quality of life features and air filtration system of the aforementioned printers.

No word yet on pricing or release dates, but we’ll provide further coverage as we learn more.

Source: Tiertime

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Ultimaker unveils next generation of open-source 3D printing

Ultimaker 3When Ultimaker, a manufacturer of open-source 3D printers headquartered in Amsterdam with an office in Boston, announced recently the global availability of the next generation of its 3D-printing product line, it promised professionals unprecedented freedom of design. Open-source 3D printing has become popular, particularly in the desktop printing market, according to John Kawola, U.S. President of Ultimaker.

In an interview with PlasticsToday, Kawola reviewed his more than 10-year career in the 3D-printing industry, starting at a time when prototyping with polymer materials represented 90% of the market. “What’s happened in the last five years is that the market has changed drastically,” said Kawola. “It has consolidated, and I was part of that consolidation. Also, we saw the introduction of desktop 3D printers as well as the rise of metal 3D-printing machines. Today, there’s more public awareness, and part of that is due to the [advent of] desktop printers selling at $5,000 and less. That’s where Ultimaker fits in.”

“What has happened in the desktop space in just the last couple of years is that a large portion of the growth of 3D printing is now in the desktop segment, from 275,000 units to over 400,000,” Kawola said. “The percentage being sold in the enterprise space was close to zero five years ago. Today it’s close to 50%. Parts are better, more materials are available, the machines are more reliable and the desktop printers are bumping up against the larger, more-expensive machines. For the price difference, more companies are looking at desktop 3D printers [rather than] the $50,000 stand-alone printers.”

Find out what’s new and what’s coming in 3D printing at the 3D Printing Summit at this year’s PLASTEC East event in New York City in June. Go to the PLASTEC East website to learn more about the event and to register to attend.

“Open source or open materials 3D printing is the idea that somebody has developed hardware and software but they don’t try to keep it secret or patent it; they open it up so that even the software codes are open,” explained Kawola. “The idea behind open source is that the greater community will make the products better and everyone can share in this.”

Ultimaker has embraced the concept of open source and offers software that is open to the greater community for anyone to use. “As a company, Ultimaker has had a net benefit from our open source product,” Kawola noted. “The product is better—we can improve the software at a much faster pace. We have been able to do many things much faster. But in reality, people copy you and compete with you. Is it a net benefit or net detriment? We still feel it’s a net benefit,” he added.

Materials is one area that has benefitted. Because it’s an open environment, the range of materials that have been developed and put on the market has grown very quickly, Kawola stated. “The big guys had closed systems and you had to buy their film or powder. By 2007 or 2008, 90% was Stratasys materials for Stratasys machines, which had attractive margins

Gov't unveils plans to nurture 3D printing, 5G, artificial intelligence

SEOUL, Dec. 27 (Yonhap) — South Korea on Tuesday unveiled a list of emerging technology sectors, including 3D printing, fifth-generation telecommunications and artificial intelligence-based security services, to develop them into the next-generation drivers of growth.

Virtual reality, augmented reality, self-driving vehicles and the Internet of Things technology were among the sectors named to receive the government’s investment, although financial details of the investment were not announced.

The government plans to help car and aviation industries swiftly adopt the 3D printing technology.

Also, the government will encourage the military and railroad sectors to produce components through the 3D printing technology. Medical sectors will be encouraged to produce artificial bones or rehabilitation devices using 3D printers, according to the plan.

This undated photo shows a 3D printer (Yonhap file photo)This undated photo shows a 3D printer (Yonhap file photo)

As part of efforts to launch a commercial service of ultra-fast fifth-generation (5G) telecom networks in 2020, the government will allocate a high-frequency spectrum for the 5G service to carriers in 2019.

The 5G technology aims to offer data transmission speeds about 100 times faster than the current fourth-generation wireless networks.

To help consumers embrace the 5G service, the government will nurture five technology sectors, including virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence butler and autonomous car.

To better cope with a growing threat of cyberhacking, the government plans to support firms developing artificial intelligence-based security services.

Such cyber security services aim to create a firewall in which computers can develop their own system against cyberattacks, according to the plan.

A government-wide body will be formed to develop the nation’s cyber security capacity.

To support the ailing shipbuilding industry, the government plans to encourage shipbuilders to adopt the Internet of Things and big data technologies.

Port and shipping businesses will also be encouraged to embrace the new technologies to raise their competitive edge, the plan said.


Maker Faire Orlando: Millebot Unveils Giant Multifunctional 3D Printer, Pays Tribute to Victims of …

milleAs the 3D printing industry grows and the technology becomes more capable and more complex, it’s interesting to watch the appearance of certain trends in 3D printer manufacturing. Right now, there are two things that are repeatedly standing out in the industry: size and multifunctional capabilities. Printers are getting bigger and bigger as 3D printed buildings become a reality, and companies are also starting to get very creative in terms of combining multiple manufacturing technologies into one machine.

8730bb_da2f0c99512e4cabbfef757d5410db22-mv2Orlando-based startup Millebot Inc. has leveraged both size and multi-functionality in the creation of the Millebot, a gigantic multipurpose 3D printer/mill called Mille (pronounced “Millie”). The printer, which Millebot describes as a “mega sized industrial multi-tool digital fabrication system,” can print, mill and more, with multiple interchangeable tool heads that include clay and concrete extruders, a laser head, a plasma cutter, and more, with options for customization.

Mille can do just about anything, according to Millebot, describing the machine as ideal for manufacturing, disaster relief, temporary housing, prototyping, aerospace and automotive applications, etc. One thing that makes Mille especially interesting is the fact that every unit is built into a repurposed cargo container, making them easy to transport anywhere as well as protecting them from the elements. Each cargo container is air and water tight, stackable, and rigged with electronics including Wi-Fi capabilities, remote surveillance, and remote control capabilities. Low-maintenance and corrosion-proof, each unit has a lifespan of at least 30 years.

The machine itself features a closed loop electronic control system that ensures accuracy to within 1/1000 of an inch. The gigantic patent-pending printer offers a build area of 10 x 6 x 6 feet, yet it’s about as portable as a desktop printer; it’s essentially a factory in a box. It’s a smart factory, too.


“Our machine is designed and built with intelligence,” said Andy Tran, Millebot CEO. “We are developing proprietary software that controls the machine, where you can network into it, diagnose it, run operations.”

image23DPrint.com was given the opportunity to speak to Tran and check out Mille in person last year. At that point, Mille was still very much a work in progress, but it has come a long way over the past year. Millebot, which currently works out of the Orlando fabrication lab and co-creation space Factur, unveiled Mille over the weekend at Maker Faire Orlando, which took place on October 22 and 23.

While the Millebot team was thrilled to be finally introducing Mille, which has been in development for five years, to the public, there was a bittersweet tone to the event as well. The pain of the June 12 shooting that claimed 49 lives at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub is still felt strongly throughout the city, and the Orlando natives at Millebot wanted to do something to honor the victims, so Mille’s first public project was to mill a sign reading #PulseOrlando, which Maker Faire attendees were given the opportunity to paint in bright colors in exchange for donations.

“It was very simple…We’re a locally based company here in Orlando, so we wanted to bring the community together,” said Jack DeMarco, Millebot’s Media Specialist.

All donations (a total of $100) gathered from the project, plus the sign itself, will be given to the Pulse of Orlando Fund. If you’re interested in purchasing or leasing a Mille unit, investing in the company, or have any other questions, you can contact Millebot here. Below, you can hear more from Tran and DeMarco onsite at Maker Faire Orlando:

Discuss in the Millebot forum at 3DPB.com.

Mattel unveils ThingMaker, a 3D printer for kids

Mattel is hoping to make at-home 3D printing more popular than ever with its new ThingMaker, 3D printing technology designed for kids. Unveiled at the New York Toy Fair, the system can be used to create everything from dolls and action figure robots to wearables like bracelets and necklaces, the company said.

ThingMaker is actually a modern reboot of Mattel’s 1960s at-home plastic toy maker that has been spruced up with 3D printing technology. While the original product used to produce simple creepy crawlies, the ThingMaker 3D printing ecosystem is much more versatile.

“In today’s digital age, it’s more important to than ever for families to transcend the digital world and make their ideas real,” Aslan Appleman, Mattel senior director, said in a press release. “ThingMaker pushes the boundaries of imaginative play, giving families countless ways to customize their toys and let their creativity run wild. We’re thrilled to work with 3D design experts at Autodesk to bring this one-of-a-kind experience to life.”

The ThingMaker 3D printer will begin shipping this fall and will be priced at $300. The company is already taking pre-orders for the device on Amazon.com.

The technology is meant to be easy to use. Families can download the ThingMaker Design App, which provides design templates for different kinds of toys. The more ambitious can come up with their own inventive designs, using hundreds of possible toy parts at their disposal. Once the design is complete, it is sent off to the ThingMaker 3D Printer, and — voila — each individual part is printed out and ready for assembly.