I enjoyed this CES 2016 trip and saw many interesting developments in 3D printing. Here is my third and last CES 2016 review of consumer 3D printing. As I was walking to a meeting at the main convention center (LVCC) I passed by the drones and quadcopter expo… Another technology that recently became popular and much more affordable than before. The noise was like walking through a giant robotic hive, the people already into it must be used to that constant humming (which is sort of scary on an evolutionary level…) and stopped feeling it. I wonder what people into 3D Printing got used to, that would annoy or at least slightly disturb the common new user.
short one this time…
M3D Introducing 3D Ink
The company behind the hugely successful mini printer (we have two of them running at our workshop) and its cute little spools, is introducing their own blend of filament 3D INK. They had a few sample builds on display 3D printed out of 3D INK and honestly, I was very impressed touching it, squeezing it, bending it and generally hanging out with it in my hand :). Its tough and holds up at high temperatures, comes in 12 colors, and M3D claims no wrap and up to 300% faster prints (which we will gladly inspect once we get a few spools).
Weistek Introducing MiniToy
What do all the children of the world love equally? Yup.. Minions.. the yellow bastards seem to be everywhere and maybe that was the thought behind Weistek’s very cute yellow 3D printer the Mini Toy, designed for children. The whole printing process has been simplified to a few swipes on a tablet to move between galleries, select content, and send it to slice and print without having to ever deal with it. nice:) all that will be set at a very attractive price, which is believable from a company that offers their current IdeaWerk Speed at about $700.
3D-FUEL & Algix showing SOLAPLAST
This filament manufacturer together with bio-tech company ALGIX developed their own special PLA, made out of Algae… In a proprietary process they turn the dried algae into powder, then (through a chemical process) to PLA pellets and spools at the end. Like PLA it is bio degradable, actually 3D-FUEL claims it even degrades better (lol) The filament has a nice slightly sandy finish to it and 3D-FUEL made a great job at selecting a low saturation, sophisticated and very successful color pallet, and together with the texture and origin, the end result is something quite nice. I am looking forward to print with this interesting filament.
Syfy Labs Showing their The Expanse project with MakerBot
Once again during CES ,presence of desktop FDM 3d printing inside the main convention center and at a very busy corner of the LVCC. The Syfy Channel, home of some recent popular shows such as 12 Monkeys and The Expanse has launched SyfyLab a few days ago. This new division of the channel is intended to better implement, test and exploit new tech and tie it into the channel’s programs, creating awareness and interest in return. One of their first projects was with MakeBot and in it, they used 3D models of the spaceships from The Expanse post production, adapted them to 3D printable files, printed them out in bright colors, then placed them in a very nice display. I think this is a great initiative, and even if the results are not as spectacular as on the show itself, its cool to see this type of partnership. Even cooler, all the models are available for free on Thingiverse.
Tiertime Introduces the Up Mini 2
Another little printer with a “little” price tag. The excellent printer manufacturer Tiertime, who brought us the very trusted UP series, is launching a new 3D printer. The Up mini 2 looks slick and has many features. Up proprietary filament is only an option. It prints a build volume of 120x120x120 mm, adding to the lack of standardization in FDM build volume and looks like something you want to bring home. And at about $500, it won’t even hurt your pockets too much.
That’s it. CES 2016 is almost over and its time to get back to work…
I hope you found these reviews helpful and interesting.