CES 2016 – things I found interesting
The entire world of consumer technology is bubbling as it is January – the month of CES (frankly, what else happens during this damn cold month). Along with 150,000+ others, I am visiting CES this year, meeting with new and existing partners from the 3D printing world. And it seems that this year 3D printing has quite a presence on the Sand Expo show floor. Dozens of companies from the very well known, to fresh new comers are showing their best crop for CES 2016, there is sure quite a lot to see.
I had several meetings during the first day of the show so this will be a short list
1. CEL robox – Dual Material 3D Printing.
The British manufacturer CEL-robox was showing a future upgrade to their smart and very attractive CELrobox printer. Unlike dual extrusion systems in the past, their proprietary Needle Valve system allows for ultra accurate color switching, that shows no signs of oozing or interruption in print, and even allows to reduce print time. Their CES booth was showing working models printing in two colors as well as using dissolvable supports. See in the picture I took the quality of the robox dual extrusion.
2. eSun new filaments
The popular and affordable Chinese brand presents at CES 2016 very nice looking copper filament, the finished result feels metallic and smooth and makes you want to print.. they also showed me a new aluminum PLA, Carbon fiber PLA and Stainless steel infused PLA.
3. Matterhackers – MatterControl
MatterHackers are a large US based 3D printing specialist and distributer of 3D printers at CES 2016 they are presenting MatterControl a proprietary tablet (comes in two sizes) that connects to a printer’s USB port and functions as its brain… what does this mean?
well for one it can slice, and it shows a nice big print preview along with some editing tools, the tablet’s camera serves as a remote print monitoring unit, and can be accessed from your phone to monitor the progress of a print, it offers cloud libraries for designs and much more. the cheaper model is sold for $299 on their website.
4. Aio robotics‘ ZEUS 3D printer
With a promising name, slick look and the CES 2016 Innovation Award, the ZEUS 3D printer steps into the very busy puddle of desktop 3D printers and claims to be of a new kind. In this case I do agree that it has some features I find quite cool and i would definitely like to have one at our shop to test with our catalog. The first this that strikes the eye is the big 7 inch touch screen on the front. This is not just an oversized control display, it is a full blown controller that does many things, it currently offers access to popular printing services, model editing and personalizing tools, and a set of apps to design simple creations, like one that turns text input into a 3d printable braille plate, cool. In addition the ZEUS had a heated bed, a scanner and a nice build volume. It also has a price that might make it out of the reach of most consumers, with the basic pack offered at $2900…
3DShook files on the ZEUS 3D Printer. Wifi connections at CES were extremely slow, hence the long-ish download times.
There is much more to tell about 3D printing at CES 2016. Tomorrow I will add another short review of what I found interesting and why.
Hope you found it useful.