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So what exactly is 3D printing?

Wikipedia defines 3D printing as “a form of additive manufacturing technology where a three dimensional object is created by laying down successive layers of material. When we print something out of a printer, the ink nozzles go across the paper while the paper come out. What is happening is that, it is printing horizontally while the paper is ejecting vertically thus creating a 2 dimensional drawing or sheet. In 3D printing we add another dimension: height. In essence, the layers of material are built sideways as well as fused and built up creating the model. The 3D printer technological innovation is fairly simple to actually understand; a computer assisted design application (CAD) directs a printer nozzle to extrude small amounts of material, building its shape to produce a 3 dimensional design. There are many types of materials that can be used to create a 3D object:

  • Nylon Plastic
  • ABS Plastic
  • Resins
  • Stainless Steel
  • Gold & Silver
  • Titanium
  • Ceramic
  • Gypsum

Are you aware that today’s 3D printer costs less than from what a laser printer was in 1985? The 3D printers of early times were big and inefficient, With up and coming technology, soon anyone will have the capability to produce anything they want right at home, whenever they want. Create jewelry, toys, small pieces of art, household goods such as vases, beer mugs and coffee cups and much more. If you can think of it and design it on the computer, then you can build it. You can find a number of various 3D printers on the market nowadays, all with somewhat different advantages, disadvantages, quirks and capabilities. However, large 3D printers can create models 2 feet high and across. The most current project was building a fully functional car.

Designers, engineers and manufacturers have been using 3D printers for over a 10 years. They primarily used them to make mockups of the product quickly before they launched into the expensive business of firing up a manufacturing facility to mass produce the real thing.

3D printing continues to be part of a number of industries and has achieved some important achievements:

  • In the world of fashion, architect Bradley Rothenberg body scanned the beautiful Victoria’s Secret models to design and create each one a custom-fitting set of “angel wings” to walk around in during their lingerie show.
  • Scientists used 3D printing to make ears which helped kids with deformities.
  • Medical scientists, researchers and engineers have developed a flexible, 3D elastic membrane that could help predict cardiac disorders.
  • The researchers at Filton Process Control Engineering began making use of 3D printers to make prototype components for wind-tunnel testing.
  • NASA continues to use 3D printers to print components for their spacecrafts.
  • Professors use 3D designs to inspire pupils to enjoy learning boring subjects like chemistry, biology, art, mathematics, physics and history. Students from the Changsha University of Science and Technology in China produced a race car from 3D printed parts.
  • In dentistry world, 3D printers are widely-used to easily make precise models of tooth crowns, dental bridges, along with other orthodontic devices.

Here is a video of some 3D printer miracles and uses.  Specifically, an ankle was created using a 3D printer to replace one that was cancerous.

As you can see the future for 3D printing seems very promising. It may be the fastest developing prototyping industry with revenues this year anticipated to be somewhere around a billion US dollars. www.inkcloners.com

3-D Pen Has Arrived

This may be the most eye catching development in 3-D printing since it was first introduced in 1980. It’s a 3-D drawing pen. It uses photo-polymers and UV light to draw in vertical space. It’s called CreoPop, the coolest Scorpionpen around. The light sensitive ink is solidified by shining ultra-violet light on it.

All of the 3-D pens out there melt plastic do dangerously hot temperatures. Just think about what would happen if somebody, especially children, gets melted plastic onto their skin or in even in their eyes. In addition, you get a quite unpleasant smell when you use pens that melt plastic and is just not nice a home environment.

The CreoPop 3-D pen does not melt plastic, there are no hot parts and no bad smell. It’s the perfect tool for anyone wanting to create their own designs, their own shapes and in many different colors. It’s great for kids and brings drawing to a whole new level. Kids can make jewelry, customized clothes for their dolls and even their own special toys.

BearThey make many types of ink:

  • magnetic ink – that can be used to make refrigerator or whiteboard magnets
  • glow in the dark ink – so you can make objects that radiate light in a dark room
  • aromatic ink – so you can make items that smell really good such as a bathroom or car fresheners
  • temperature ink – paint a coffee or tea cup and see how it changes color when you pour a hot liquid
  • body paint – since it uses cool ink you can make tattoos and henna designs

It’s an extremely novel idea never seen before.  If you think this pen is KOOL, please pledge at indiegogo.com so we can see this innovation come to life.

Konica Minolta bizhub C754/C654 Color MFP Series

Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.launched the bizhub® C754 and the bizhub® C654 Color Multifunctional Printers. MFP printers are an all in one system for printing, copying, faxing and scanning. They both feature the Konica Minolta INFO-Palette design which is a new touch screen interface allowing more advanced accessibility than before. The bizhub C754 and C654 Printer Series features a broad range of new applications and software to enhance its productivity, coupled with fast speeds and superior color quality output.

Both MFP printers incorporate a vibrant 9-inch color touchscreen display with superior resolution for print preview choices, the INFO-Palette layout on the new bizhub C754 and C654 Series provides an user-friendly “touch & swipe” interface that actually works as effortlessly as today’s fastest cellular devices. Straightforward menus and customizable icons permit users to work faster and smarter. Together with fast output speeds as much as 60 ppm color and 75 ppm monochrome on the bizhub C754, and 60 ppm color and 65 ppm black and white on the bizhub C654, this innovative series can certainly deliver customized, full-color content in-house and on-demand, saving both money and time. Regarding professional configurations such as health related, legal and education applications, the bizhub C754/654 Series allows high- speed scanning, scan-to-folder functionality and effortless integration along with industry-standard software for scanning and converting records to digital documents. The bizhub C754/C654 series comes with standard dual scanning, powerful finishing solutions, versatile document management as well as stunning high-impact color, which makes it suitable for high-volume document applications of all sorts.

The bizhub C754/C654 series also provides improved security through Konica Minolta’s bizhub SECURE and various sophisticated alternatives such as Biometric Authentication and HID Proximity Cards to protect very sensitive documents. In addition to offering Konica Minolta’s exclusive Simitri® HD polymerized laser toner, built-in Emperon® print system, bizhub OP (Open Platform) technology and PageScope® Enterprise Suite, the bizhub C754/C654 Series achieves among the lowest power consumption rate in its class – even lower than the standard specified by Energy Star certification. The INFO-Palette design additionally includes a one of a kind Eco-indicator that allows tracking of paper, toner as well as energy consumption by device, account or end-user to encourage increased cost-consciousness.