Build area, what build area?

One of the key parameters of a Personal 3D Printer is the build area or build volume. This determines the maximum size of your 3d Print and its easy to think you have to stay within the confines of this limitation. If you think in terms of printing parts or panels of your final 3d Print then your actual build area is limitless.

Take a look at the full size RRC table we’ve just printed on our MakerBots and you’ll see the panels we’ve mentioned. Each panel sits within the build area of the MakerBot, its then easily assembled to create the real world occasional table that’s needed.

3D Printed RRC Table showing Build sized panels

Full size 3D Printed RRC Occasional Table showing Build area sized panels

So start thinking outside of the box (well the build area actually) and create useful real world items that will help fuel the 3D Printing revolution. We’d love to see what you come up with!

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Your ‘Eureka’ moment

Ask the right question and you might just experience your own Eureka moment in 2015.

Your eureka moment2015 will see some surprising applications for 3D Printing and more and more of us will be experiencing that ‘eureka moment’, the moment where we realise how universally useful 3D printing can be.

3D Printers will be settling down to work all over the globe in all sorts of environments from health care to space science, from construction to the film industry. This year will see it enter the food industry, the global automotive industry and the home entertainment industry amongst many, many others.

Could your industry benefit from 3D printing?

To answer this, we normally have to take a step back and look at the industry with an open mind and an entirely new perspective. Many of us will say, ‘We’ll actually, we could use it for …………’

We’ll look out for your Eureka moment and watch as it makes your ‘exclamation mark’ on the World.

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RepRap Central 2015 FLM 3D Printer Challenge (Draft)

We could have set a challenge this year to build your own FDM 3D Printer, but we wanted to do something that could revolutionise the 3D Printing revolution itself.

This years challenge is to create an FLM 3D Printer, FLM? Fused Layer Manufacturing. This term coined by ourselves hints at the challenge. Your going to be asked to create an FDM style 3d Printer that will print a complete layer at a time.

Imagine the benefits of this type of 3D Printer. Very rapid build times, super smooth vertical operation, a level of accuracy yet to be experienced and super quiet operation.

What could this look like? well, we think it would only need a (Vertical) Z Axis. Gone are the mechanics of the current X and Y Axis used today in most if not all existing FDM 3D Printers. A remarkably innovative ‘active extruder’ would be key to this particular design. We think it may even fill the width and depth of the entire X and Y build area. It could be a hybrid extruder possibly made from a mix of technologies, 3d printing/injection moulding/? controlled at high resolution layer level.

You’ll know what the individual layers looks like in software and its a case of reproducing these layers in their entirety at the point of extrusion. Its not going to be easy but if it can be done it should be, we’ll jump light years ahead of current FDM designs and catapult ourselves into the future.

Though this challenge originally centred on re-visualising and super-charging FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) technology, we are more than happy to showcase other methods of 3D Printing in the challenge, Turbo-charged DLP included.

We hope you’ll play a part, whether its to critique the proposal, put forward ideas, come up with designs or even build an FLM prototype. The challenge is open to anyone, individual or Business and the winning design or designs will be announced later in the year.

We’ll release more information on the challenge shortly and provide an environment where we can all share ideas and contribute thoughts and designs.


RepRap Central

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A new generation of 3D modelling

This model showcases a new generation of 3d models coming through. It’s Margo, the lead character in a venture from Bold Machines, the innovation workshop from Stratasys.

She will star in her own movie and you can download and 3D print her today at

We’ve printed her on one of our MakerBots, what are you waiting for?

A new generation of 3D Model

Margo, a new generation of 3D Model

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The Digital Florist and the introduction of ‘Dedicated 3D Printers’

Send your Flowers digitally!

Digital distribution for your physical fax machine!

Digital distribution for one type of ‘Dedicated 3D Printer’, your Physical Fax Machine

We’ll talk more about ‘Dedicated 3D Printers’ in the coming weeks, i.e. those 3D Printers that will have a specific job within your home, office or company. One example may be that of a 3D Printer operating solely as a physical fax machine, more on that shortly.

The flowers that you send would appear on your recipients physical fax machine, (web connected 3D Printer) automatically without any intervention, vase included!

Thought provoking, isn’t it!

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Quality 3D Modelling

A great deal of effort has been expended building the very latest Personal 3D Printers and we are pleased to say that the results are now there for all to see. Companies are now focusing on the quality of models available for print and this model of the Common Ground Beetle by MakerBot is just a glimpse of what’s to come.

Beautifully recreated in super detail

Beautifully recreated in super detail

We’ve just 3D Printed this on the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer and we’ve got to say that it would grace any museum celebrating the anatomical world.

The Common Ground Beetles underside

The Common Ground Beetles underside

What a wonderful new way to teach Entomology, having access to models large enough to appreciate the intricacies of these amazing creatures.

Quality 3D Modelling at its best.

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Retro Rocket Designs

This is just one of the designs from the new Cosmic Cadets collection of 3D Models designed by MakerBot. Its called the Vanguard and it would certainly take pride of place in anyones Jules Verne collection. If you’d like us to print another from the collection just let us know which one and we would be happy to oblige.

The Vanguard

Want one? Check out this link and join the space race now!

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Like a challenge?

This stunning 3D Printed Loco is six feet long, beat that!

This stunning 3D Printed Loco is six feet long, beat that!

Paul Fischer of Maryland, USA has the ultimate challenge for you. This amazing 3D Print of 4-8-8-4 Big Boy  Steam Locomotive used by the Union Pacific Railroad in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s is a challenge and a half. Paul modelled the Loco in Solidworks and printed this on the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer.

This monster print took approx. 1800 hours to model and print and is an exceptional piece of work.  You can start printing Pauls masterpiece today, the files are available on Checkout the new MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer on our webstore, the ideal tool to complete your challenge, visit the link below

The New MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer

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Next Gen MakerBots Launched!

We are delighted to announce the addition of 3 stunning new MakerBot 3D printers to our ever increasing range of Personal 3D Printers.

The MakerBot Replicator desktop 3D Printer for Prosumers, the MakerBot Replicator Mini compact 3D Printer for consumers and the industrial strength MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer for large format 3D Printing.

Next Gen MakerBots, the Replicator Mini, Replicator and Replicator Z18

Next Gen MakerBots, the Replicator, Replicator Mini and the large format Replicator Z18 3D Printers

Features include a new 3D Printing Platform, a cool new user interface, the smart Extruder and seamless connectivity.

Contact us now for more details and availability

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Your own customised XBox Controller!

2014 will see Makers create all manner of customised/personalised items. An Xbox controller is just the start, we’d love to see what you’ll come up with .XBox Controller

Make 2014 your year for 3D Printing and explore your limits!

Scan by Idea Beans and featured on Thingiverse

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