Using parts from a 3D printer, custom laser-cut components, and LED lighting RCLifeOn created this mechanical table that uses a magnet and a ball bearing to draw complex patterns in sand, only to erase everything it doodles. On the plus side, as soon as it wipes out an image, it gets to work on another.
THE BEST 3d Printers
Mechanical engineer Kuroki Yuto and his collaborators came up with a novel use for a 3D printer mechanism – using the 3-axis machine to manipulate and assemble parts. In this video, they show how the system can be used to put together a sandwich. They used the same technique to assemble a toy car and to fold a shirt.
Not long ago, we saw a custom-built 3D printer that could output infinitely-long objects. Now 3D printer company Creality is readying a version that anyone can buy. The 3DPrintMill has a heated continuous belt print bed which lets it print multiple small parts in a row, or very long objects. It offers a print accuracy of +/-0.1mm.
Using a mix of off-the-shelf and 3D-printed parts, maker Ivan Miranda built himself an enormous 3D printer. It took a little trial and error to get the printer set up, but the first example print turned out perfectly – a 31″ wide replica of a combination wrench. If you want to make one like it, Ivan says he’s going to post the plans online.
Electronic Alchemy’s unique 3D printer can output multiple kinds of filaments in a single print, including conductive, resistive, capacitive, and semiconducting ones, allowing it to print out objects with built-in electronic circuits. It’s got eight retractable extruders, so objects can combine up to eight different materials.
A slick upgrade for 3D printers, the Palette 2 and Palette 2 Pro let you print models with up to 4 colors from a single print head. It works with special slicing software and the Canvas Hub adapter to splice together multiple colors, and feed them to your printer at precisely the right time.
This easy to use desktop 3D printer is designed for kids. The printer works with a mobile app filled with hundreds of toy designs, and includes 8 colors of filament (aka “printer food”) for cranking out creations. Save 32% off the regular price in The Awesomer Shop.
The Hexbot is a modular, quiet and accurate robot arm that can perform a variety of tasks. By default, it comes with a pen holder that lets it write and draw. But you can also get modules that turn it into a laser engraver, 3D printer and even a pick-and-place machine.
This resin-based 3D printer builds up layers of liquid polymer for super smooth models. What makes it truly special is its 13.3″ LCD panel, which allows for builds as large as 29.2 x 16.5 x 40 cm (11.5 x 6.5 x 15.75″). It’s also available with dual 5.5″ panels for printing two models at once.
Besides speed, the big limitation of most cheap 3D printers is the size of the build area. Not so with the Creality CR-10, which can output massive, high quality PLA models – up to 300 x 300 x 400mm (11.8 x 11.8 x 15.75″), on the cheap. Also available on Amazon for about $100 more.
The da Vinci Color can print objects with fully colored surfaces. It can print 16 million colors, thanks to its proprietary process that uses CMYK ink along with PLA or PETG filament. While not good enough to make finished products, it’s great for creating prototypes.
While the majority of 3D printers melt plastic filament, this unique printer uses modeling clay as its medium, resulting in ceramic creations which would be difficult to sculpt by hand. If you already have an FDM 3D printer, you can purchase the extruder only for $399.
DFRobot’s OverLord ProPlus by DreamMaker printer outputs detailed models from PLA or ABS thanks to a great ventilation system and a heated bed. It’s easy to use, quiet, prints items up to 10.2″ tall, and is also a steal while it’s still on Indiegogo. Full review on Technabob.
No, the RoVa4D isn’t capable of printing in four dimensions, but it still does something pretty slick. It can print objects in full color by blending multiple filament colors through a single print head. It’s unclear how precise color areas can be so keep that in mind.
da Vinci’s versatile 3D printer not only outputs ABS & PLA objects on a heated bed, but it can do 3D scans, and can be upgraded with an $199 laser engraver for cutting designs into leather, cardboard, wood and plastic. A junior model for beginners is also in the works.
Get an awesome deal on this easy-to-use compact 3D printer in The Awesomer Shop. Build objects up to 4.6″ high using standard .stl and .obj files, and using a wide variety of filaments. This bundle includes the printer and four extra rolls of filament for 20% off.
Dremel’s 3D printer is designed for ease of use by all skill levels of makers. It offers a super-fine 100 micron resolution, a quiet build enclosure, an active cooling fan, and comes with software for easy 3D model customization. Available from Amazon and Home Depot.