Hey everyone! Between moving from New York to San Francisco and work on a 3D-printed Space Capsule project, things have been pretty busy for the past few months. But Bits to Atoms is coming back to Tested, and I wanted to share with you some interesting products and technologies I saw at the recent 3D Printshow and Inside 3D Printing Expo conferences in NYC. Here's what's new in the world of consumer and professional 3D printing.
Mcor Paper Printer
I wrote about the unique Mcor IRIS SDL (Selective Deposition Lamination) printer last year and stopped by their booth for an update on their interesting print tech. As a refresher, the Mcor machines cut the layers of a model out of standard printer paper and glues them together to form 3D prints. The IRIS uses proprietary inks to add full color detail, to the models. This year, the IRIS has been updated to the IRIS HD with an improved, carbide cutting tip and revamped color mapping technology, to improve color accuracy and sharpen details, while also reducing the amount of ink used. Finished prints can be sealed for strength or coated in a new semi-flexible coating.
For those not familiar, the 3Doodler is, basically, a handheld hotend, like on an FFF printer, that allows you to extrude plastic, freehand, to make sculptures, amongst other possibilities. I have to confess - when the 3Doodler came out last year, after a successful Kickstarter, I was skeptical. It was big and clunky and I felt the novelty of making squiggly sculptures would wear out quickly, especially considering the cost. . A year later, and we now have v2 and I have to say, it's a big upgrade. Due out this month for $100, version 2 has been slimmed down considerably, features forward and reverse for unloading, a hi/lo temperature control, a fast, slow or continuous feed setting and the ability to run off battery.