3D printing supplies and software developerMatterHackers--a company we’ve enjoyed following for some time now–has just released the newest version of their open source MatterControl 3D printing software. TheMatterControl 1.4 updatebrings a grip of new features and upgraded functionality designed to streamline and simplify the 3D printing workflow. The focus seems to be on connectivity, with free cloud storage, web-based 3D printer controls and new compatibility with several more models of desktop 3D printers. And they even added in a new feature to easily create prints optimized for the visually impaired.
Our generation’s obsession with selfies doesn’t seem to be coming to an end any time soon, and why should it when companies are making it so easy and fun to take a boring old picture of your face and bring it to entirely new levels? Instagram filters and cutesy emoji stickers are just scratching the surface, but why stop there when you can capture and create a 360-degree, 3D printable likeness of your beautiful self? ReconstructMe’s intuitive 3D scanning system allows you to create 3D scans of everything from your face to an entire room, and is now available entirely for free.
Danish R&D company Create it REAL is an interesting one, working on a variety of products ranging from white label manufacturing of 3D printers to developing 3D printer processors meant to speed up a machine’s printing speed. The company also supplies a graphical 3D printing software called REALvision that manufacturers can use to run their printers. Now, this REALvision platform will not only be able to handle a 3D printer’s output, but its input as well, as Create it REAL partners with MyMiniFactory.com to connect REALvision to the complete MMF database of 3D models.
Cute: We haven't heard of a "Sony Xperia smartphone" before. However, with this phone you can use 3D Creator and send creations/scans to PostNord, which will 3d print the part with their Stratasys J750 3D printer (in color).
As you would expect from a company that prides itself on selling 3D printers based on open source technology, Aleph Objects feels the same way about the software that they use to run them. They recommend that owners of their LulzBot 3D printers operate them and convert their 3D models into GCODE using their customized Cura LulzBot Edition software. Not only is Cura widely considered one of the best slicers available, but the LulzBot Edition was developed specifically for their entire line of 3D printers. The LulzBot team has even created pre-set Cura print profiles so no matter which of their 3D printers their users have, the Cura software has been optimized for that specific 3D printer.
AstroPrint, both a service and a device, lets users control their 3D printers from a tablet or other wireless device and connect to their account on AstroPrint.com. From there, a cloud platform lets users take on a variety of tasks like slicing designs, organizing .stl files and gcodes.
Thanks to our start-up friendly culture and crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo, it can be easy to forget about some of the original 3D printing companies that have helped lay the foundation for accessible and low-cost 3D printing. Among others, Materialise has been at the forefront of 3D printing from the get-go.
Materialise announced today that they will be launching new metal 3D printing production services in Bremen aimed at industrial customers in the aerospace, automotive and industrial manufacturing industries.
As 3D printing technology inches into the mainstream, users of various devices are requiring easy compatibility between their PCs, laptops, and tablets, and the various desktop 3D printers currently on the market. While we’ve seen Microsoft push forward with initiatives to better integrate 3D printing into their Windows 8 and Windows 10 operating systems, we are still a ways away from the ease in compatibility seen within the 2D printing space, and Apple’s Mac compatibility is still seemingly lagging behind.
There have been many endeavors seeking to create cloud and network control software and hardware for 3D printers, including open source solutions such as OctoPrint and closed solutions that are directly rooted in those open source projects. Here, it is interesting to see that FORMIDEOS is only partially open source, though I’m not sure which portion of the project is closed.