BCN3D unveils the Sigma & Sigmax R19: A new generation of 3D printers

BCN3D Technologies, the worldly renowned Open Source 3D printer manufacturer, announced today the unveiling of a new generation of FFF dual extruder printers: the Sigma R19 and the Sigmax R19. Featuring new extrusion system with an unmatched performance composed by extruders powered by Bondtech™ and hotends optimized by e3D™, new filament runout sensor to detect material presence, Mirror and Duplication print modes, refined GUI and UX and new slicing software BCN3D Cura 2.1.0.

Today BCN3D Technologies has released the new 2019 printers generation. The new Sigma R19 is a reliable and easy-to-use desktop 3D Printer with IDEX (Independent Dual Extruder System) architecture that delivers high-resolution multi-material parts in a simple and effective way. On the other hand, the new Sigmax R19 is a professional 3D printer with IDEX architecture and a massive printing volume, ideal for those who need to increase their production capacity and manufacture industrial-grade parts.

“The new Sigma R19 and Sigmax R19 are equipped with one of the most powerful extrusion systems so far and also with the unique IDEX architecture. Such a great combination turn both printers into two of the most productive and reliable 3D printers ever seen,” states Xavier Martinez, BCN3D Technologies CEO. “We’ve partnered together with top world manufacturers such as e3D and Bondtech in order to equip our 3D printers with the top-grade components available nowadays in the 3D printing industry.”

Hotends designed and manufactured by e3D™. Sharper details. Accurate prints.

The new hotends have been optimized by the global specialist e3D™. This new partnership with the English manufacturer has allowed BCN3D to work closely with the renowned company in order to equip the printers with top-level features in terms of hotends and extrusion systems. The improved hotends include the machining and engineering know-how acquired by e3D, which ensure the highest quality standards, providing a smooth and reliable extrusion under different printing environments. The new e3D hotends are fully compatible with all previous Sigma and Sigmax printers.

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High-tech dual drive gears by Bondtech™. More power. More control.

The extruder of the new R19 printers is made with aluminum CNC machined body and hardened steel drive gears powered by Bondtech. It provides an incredible grip thanks to its high-tech dual drive gears that have proved to be the best feeding extrusion system, getting rid of grinding issues, no matter the filament used.

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Filament runout sensor.

The new R19 printers include a mechanical switch to detect filament presence, allowing to prevent from one of the most common and frustrating failure reasons. In case of running out of filament during a print job, the printer will automatically pause and warn the user to load new filament to resume the print, letting to save time and money.

Improved GUI and UX. Operate flawlessly.

Through the full-color touchscreen BCN3D users will be able to operate the printer flawlessly thanks to the refined interface that incorporates several new features, offering a smoother and more intuitive user experience.

“For this new generation of BCN3D printers, not only have we worked on creating a great hardware but also in improving the user experience, creating a refined graphic user interface with new informative screens, maintenance recommendations, new guided assistants and access to advanced settings,” states Marc Felis, BCN3D Technologies Marketing Manager. “The ultimate test of a product comes when the users confront it, not just from a list of its specifications. That’s why we’ve taken special care of each phase of the user experience.”

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IDEX architecture. Enabled Mirror and Duplication modes.

All BCN3D Printers are equipped with a unique dual extrusion architecture introduced back in 2015: the Independent Dual Extruder system (IDEX). It allows to print with 2 different colors for an aesthetic finish, or use PVA water-soluble support for intricate parts with overhangs, while ensures the finest surface finish. The idle toolhead remains parked, preventing the dripping of molten plastic into the part.

To take profit of the IDEX architecture, in 2017 BCN3D announced the Sigmax 3D printer with 2 new highly productive printing modes: mirror and duplication. These modes allow to print the same model or its symmetrical with both toolheads simultaneously, and consequently, double the production capacity.

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Now, both the Sigma R19 and the Sigmax R19 are capable to print with these powerful modes.

Interchangeable toolheads. Unleash your creativity.

The new R19 printers are compatible with the Hotend Family, a range of six hotends (with nozzles from 0.3mm to 1.0mm) that enhances the versatility of 3D printing. Small nozzles are ideal for detailed models. Instead, big nozzles allow users to fabricate more resistant parts or for rapid prints.

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Additional enclosure for technical materials. Engineered for reliability.

The new enclosure for R19 printers allows getting a constant interior temperature to prevent warping in technical materials such as ABS, Nylon and PET-G. Furthermore, protects the working environment from potentially harmful particles thanks to the HEPA filter.

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BCN3D Filaments: Industrial-grade materials portfolio.

The new Sigma R19 and Sigmax R19 support the full BCN3D Filaments portfolio, composed by common polymers in several industries that cover the majority of the technical applications: PLA, ABS, Nylon, PET-G, PVA, TPU, Composites and Carbon Fiber.

New slicing software update: BCN3D Cura 2.1.0.

BCN3D Cura is a free and easy-to-use 3D printing software that prepares your model for 3D printing. It provides an intuitive user interface and an improved workflow, both for newcomers and expert users. It includes preconfigured profiles of BCN3D materials so the user can enjoy a better 3D printing experience. BCN3D Cura 2.1.0 has been released together with the Sigma & Sigmax R19.

Upgrade kits to R19 coming for previous versions of BCN3D printers.

With the intention of bringing all these new improvements to the customers that already own a Sigma or a Sigmax, we have designed the new R19 enhancements in order to be able to be offered also as an upgrade kit. Therefore, any owner of an Original or R17 Sigma will have the possibility to update their machine with the new features incorporated into the Sigma R19 thanks to the Upgrade Kit Sigma R19. The same for those users of an Original BCN3D Sigmax, they will able to upgrade their printer with the Upgrade Kit Sigmax R19.

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“Our experience says that being Open Source it has no sense to keep old users trapped in old features wanting them to purchase a new machine to catch up with the rest of the community. Instead, we want the maximum number of users to enjoy the new features, that’s why we will release these kits,” states Xavier Martinez. “Furthermore, following our commitment with the Open Source community, all CAD files of the new R19 3D printers will be published during the following months.”

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3D Printed motorcycle parts for time and cost savings

BORN Motor customizes high-quality deconstructed motorcycles and is using 3D printing for manufacturing final parts instead of traditional processes, saving €2,000 for each motorcycle modified.

Traditional processes are time-consuming, expensive for short runs of production and limits the engineers design freedom. The BCN3D Sigma is now part of the daily life at BORN Motor, empowering its engineers to create more complex parts with a fraction of the previous effort, time and money.

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The automotive company BORN Motor Co., based on Calella, Barcelona, produces high quality deconstructed motorcycles. Besides customizing, BORN Motor Co. also designs limited editions and upgrade kits for motorcycles. Last but not least, as an industrial design studio, collaborates in the aesthetic design of several motorcycle manufacturers. Exclusivity and originality are distinctive features for the BORN Motor products’. Their design and activities follow a purpose and are strongly inspired by its surrounding individuals.

The challenge

Given the culture and concept of the company, BORN Motor use traditional manufacturing technologies, like laser cutting and CNC milling, or create custom pieces by hand. However, both options are time-consuming and expensive for short runs of production. In addition, such technologies limit the design freedom and don’t allow creating complex, custom pieces. Despite BORN Motor has contemplated investing in injection molds for certain parts, the low volume inherent to its business advice against it.

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The solution

3D Printing has allowed BORN Motor to speed up his creative process, from the design to the manufacturing and testing stages. The team is now capable to iterate faster and get refined designs in a very straight-forward workflow. 3D printing also has allowed BORN Motor to overcome design limitations caused by the previous manufacturing technologies used. Thanks to the versatility that the BCN3D Sigma 3D printer offers, BORN Motor engineers now are able to fabricate end-use pieces made of different materials, such as NylonPET-G or ABS, depending on the final use of the part.

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The result

3D printing is now part of the daily life at BORN Motor, empowering its designers to create more complex parts with a fraction of the previous effort, time and money. While before the staff were spending time in handcrafted components, now they can focus on higher added-value parts. 3D printing for internal or non-aesthetic parts has opened the door to new solutions and design strategies, enriching the Design process and the final outcome, while reducing the time-to-market and overall labor costs.

Cost reduction

Costs are affected by several factors: from size to function and geometry influence in the decision of which traditional manufacturing technology is ideal for every single custom part. The following table is based on the modification of a dash housing for a Honda CB25.

Handcrafted
Machined
3D Printed
Iterations
1/part
2/part
6/part
Costs (labor, materials and service fee)
1500€/part
250€/part
6€/part
Lead time
24h/part
2-3 weeks
5-8h/part

BORN Motor, by using 3D printing technologies, is able to fabricate customized parts for limited edition motorcycles quickly and affordably. Are you interested to find out what BCN3D Technologies can do for your business? Contact us at info@bcn3dtechnologies.com, we love hearing from you!

Introduction to FFF technology and its most important parameters

In this article we cover the basics of FFF technology and which are the most important parameters when it comes to 3D printing.

Educational 3D printing parameters Kit.

About Fused Filament Fabrication Technology (FFF)

Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM), or Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF), is an additive manufacturing process that deposits a thermoplastic material layer-by-layer in order to build a part. FFF technology manufactures strong, durable and dimensionally stable objects with an unmatched accuracy.

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FFF technology applied to the dual extruder of BCN3D Sigma based on IDEX architecture.

Among the multiple 3D Printing technologies in the market, FFF is the most widely spread because of several reasons. First of all, both the hardware and material are affordable, requiring a low initial investment. Secondly, there is a large range of materials available, so the technology is suitable for multiple applications and markets. Finally, the design criteria needed and equipment operation are simple enough, especially compared with other 3D Printing technologies, so there is no need for specialized operators or complex training.

The technology supports industrial-grade thermoplastics such as Nylon, TPU, PET-G or ABS, among others. Check out the BCN3D Filaments, our portfolio of materials.

FFF most important parameters and its influence

Every 3D print starts with a digital design of an object, which is then divided in thin layers with a software called slicer. The layer split is made in order to print in the XY plane and then give volume through the Z axis. When using BCN3D Printers we recommend the usage of the slicer BCN3D cura, a free and easy-to-use software entirely optimized for our printers.

When printing a digital design, a slicer is required in order to select the material and the quality of the print. All the parameters described in this article are automatically calculated by the software BCN3D Cura, so the user doesn’t need to know any of them. Nevertheless, it is important to define them and know how they influence in the quality of the part and the printing time. The most important ones are explained below and they are Layer Height, Infill, Shells, Printing Speed, Temperature, Overhangs.

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BCN3D Cura slicing software.

· LAYER HEIGHT

The layer height is an implicit parameter in all 3D printing processes. Geometries are generated in the XY plane and then extruded along Z axis. This extrusion is made with layers, whose height can be modified to obtain the desired result. These layers are defined with BCN3D Cura Software.

Modifying layer height
There are two major factors that may influence when choosing layer height. First of all the printing quality, because the layer height is equivalent to the vertical resolution of Z axis. Lower layer heights will result in smoother prints, because the number of layers will increase so will do the number of points that define Z axis.

The second factor is the printing speed, because when decreasing the layer height, the total number of layers is higher, so does the printing time.

All in all, for low values of layer height, the resulting part will be smoother but will also take more time to print it. Thus, high values for layer height result in a loss of resolution but faster prints. Therefore, the designer has to chose whether time or resolution is more important. It is normally considered a high-quality part when the layer height is below 0.15mm, and low quality when this value is above 0.3mm. In the next picture, there are shown different types of layer height from 0.1mm to 0.3mm.

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Layer height difference between parts.

· INFILL AND SHELLS

When 3D printing with FFF technology, most of the parts are not printed completely solid. Printing a solid part means wasting a lot of material and spending a long time printing, and that means increased costs. Instead, these parts are filled with less material and wrapped with shells. In this picture, it can be appreciated the difference between each part.

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Infill and shells schema, depending on their position.

Despite this first classification, shells can be broken down into different types depending on their position.

  • Walls: the shells placed by the sides of the model.
  • Bottom layers: the shells between the infill and the build plate. They are the first printed layers.
  • Top layers: the shells between the infill and the nozzle. They are the last printed layers.
  • Infill: the internal structure or the skeleton of the part.

Modifying shells
Strength can be improved by adding shells, which will also take more printing time and material. The wall thickness is the value of the nozzle diameter, so the size of the wall must be a multiple of the diameter to prevent voids between shells. The recommended number of shells in BCN3D Cura is 3, but it can be easily changed to the desired number. Below are shown different numbers of shells from 1 to 5.

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Number of shells difference between parts.

Modifying infill
FFF parts are usually printed with a low value of infill, around 20%. Infill is measured from 0% to 100%, being 0% a completely emptied part and 100% a completely filled part. The idea is to reduce time and material, keeping mechanical properties. When increasing the percentage it also increases the strength of the design. So, if it is necessary to print a prototype the infill should be around 15%, whereas if it is a final part the infill should be more than 50%. Below are shown different infills from 0% to 100%.

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Infill difference between parts.

· PRINTING SPEED

Printing speed is the speed at which printing happens. This speed depends on the material, size of the nozzle, layer height, etc. It is a key factor to get the highest quality in printed parts. Printing speed has an important influence on time. For small models there is practically no difference between slow and fast printing speed, but for large models it makes a remarkable difference.

· TEMPERATURE

The temperature at which occurs the print depends on the type of material and the quantity of material going through the nozzle. Each material has its theoretical melting point, but when 3D printing it exists a range of melting temperatures. The melting happens in the nozzle and it is instantaneous. Due to this factor and the presence of additives to improve the printing experience, the range temperature is noticeably above the melting point of the material.

Modifying temperature
The optimal temperature is the lowest temperature that can melt the material completely. If the temperature is too low, the nozzle can have problems with clogging because of the non-melted material.

· OVERHANGS AND BRIDGING

Because of the manufacturing strategy, sometimes it is required to build auxiliary support structures for those models with overhangs shallower than 45º from the horizontal plane.

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Creating supports with IDEX technology.

In the case of printers that only have one extruder instead of a dual extruder system, once the model is printed, it is necessary to perform a manual and time-consuming operation to remove the supports. This process affects the quality surface between the model and the supports and also increases the chances of breaking the part. In addition, depending on the geometry of the model it can be impossible to totally remove the supports by hand.

However, BCN3D Technologies proposition uses IDEX architecture to counteract the described disadvantage. IDEX stands for Independent Dual Extruder, a unique system that allows to print support structures properly and ensures the finest surface finish. Most of the other printers featuring Dual Extrusion have both toolheads in the same carriage. However, IDEX architecture allows to park the idle carriage aside, preventing the dripping of molten plastic onto the part and improving the overall quality.

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Moreover, this architecture of all BCN3D printers also adds differentiating advantages. First of all, it is possible to combine different materials, like rigid and flexible, or to use two colors to get more attractive or aesthetic models. Last but not least, IDEX opens the door to new printing strategies, allowing to use different tool sizes to cut down printing times without giving away quality.

When considering the use of supports in a print, there are two types of structures that are critical. Bridging is a structure between two points at the same height without any solid below. With BCN3D Cura, these structures may be printed without supports if the distance is not too long, and the temperature and speed let the material cool fast and keep its rigidity. In the picture below, there is a bridging test, in which a distance of 150mm has been printed correctly.

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Bridging size variation from 10mm to 150mm.

Overhangs are solid parts forming an angle with the normal of the base plane. When this angle is above 45º, supports are in most cases mandatory. But, structures with angles between 45º and 80º can be printed without supports reducing temperature and speed. In this picture, there is a structure with a variable angle from 0 to 85º, to see the evolution of the bottom layers quality. In BCN3D Cura we recommend activating the option Generate Support in order to get a better 3D print.

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Angle variation from 0º to 85º.

Would you like to better know any of the parameters described? Contact us at sales@cgztech.com , we love hearing from you!

Post Processing 3D Prints

Post Processing 3D Prints: Finishing Showcase Models and Prototypes

Post processing can do magic. Not only in movies but also with your 3D prints. Post processing techniques like sanding and painting allow you to make your 3D printed creations look and feel like the real thing, including color, texture, weight and function. If you use 3D printing professionally, consider the following easy techniques for turning your models into realistic prototypes, showcase models or movie props. If you’re a hobbyist, these techniques will make your home ornaments, gifts, cosplay accessories and other home projects look just amazing.

In this article we’ll show you how we turned a bunch of 3D printed parts into a fully functioning and professionally looking lamp. We’ll use filler and sanding paper to turn coarse 3D printed texture into a ultra smooth surface. Then we’ll use black paint and varnish to get the right color and finish. For the final effect we’ll install a lighting system.

Supplies:

  • 3D printed lamp elements. Make sure you’re using filament that works well with post production – ABS would be best but PLA will also work. We used a model by Paula Szarejko, you can download it on Instructables.
  • 6 cans of spray filler.
  • 4 cans of spray paint.
  • 3 cans of spray varnish.
  • Water sandpaper.
  • Protective mask. When using chemicals, always wear a protective mask and work in a well ventilated area.
  • LED lighting system. We used 3W modules (the more power, the stronger the light) with 30 W LED power supply and power switch cable.

Step 1. Clean the prints.

Remove all support material left after 3D printing. Use sandpaper to even out texture of your prints until they feel smooth in touch. They don’t need to be “super smooth” yet, that will come after applying filler and paint.

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Step 2. Apply filler, leave to dry.

Apply 3 – 4 layers of filler, each layer after 10 -15 minutes interval. Make sure to work in a ventilated area and wear a protective mask!

Leave to dry for about 2 hours.

Step 3. Use sandpaper to even out the surface.

The best choice of sanding paper would be fine grit, water sandpaper. If the surface of the lamp parts is not smooth enough, you can repeat steps 2 and 3 by adding more filler, leaving to dry and sanding until you get the desired effect.

Step 4. Apply paint.

2-3 layers of paint should suffice. Time to dry: about 2 hours.

Pro tip: use varnish to make the painted surface more durable.

At that point you can glue the parts together and enjoy a 3D printed lamp with industrial finish. You can also go a step further, and add a lighting system to make the lamp actually glow – that’s what we’ll do in the next steps.

Step 5. Install electronics.

If you don’t have any experience with LEDs try tutorials like this one, or ask somebody more experienced to connect all the wires of your lighting system.

The final effect – 3D printed, with post processing and lighting installed.

In this short article, we’ve shown you how to turn “raw” 3D prints into a fully functional, industrial quality lamp by using a few easy post processing techniques. This way you can create professionally looking prototypes and showcase models, or create custom appliances for you and your friends.

Improving Sara’s quality of life: A 3D printed prosthetic hand

Improving Sara’s quality of life: A 3D printed prosthetic hand

When we think about quality of life, we imagine us sunbathing on a tropical beach or just taking a breathe in a relaxed atmosphere on the other side of the world. We usually think big. However, sometimes small things can absolutely change someone’s quality of life.

And this is the case of Sara.

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Sara and her classmates observing the final prosthetic hand (RTVE, 2017).

Sara is a girl from Spain who was born with a malformation on her right hand which doesn’t allow her to use it properly. In March this year, Spanish television program “El árbol de los deseos” from RTVE, visited Sara at her school with an important gift for her. A fully 3D printed prosthetic hand.

A few months earlier, RTVE contacted Koldo, manager of DomoTek, and asked him to develop a fully 3D printed prosthetic hand for Sara. Domotek is a company that offers 3D printing machines and services and is really interested in social changing projects. Furthermore, Domotek is part of an association called “Enabling the Future“, exclusively dedicated to make open source 3D printed prosthetic hands.

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Sara’s conceptual idea and digital model of her prosthetic hand (Domotek, 2017).

Koldo managed the whole project and thanks to the BCN3D Sigma and the “Enabling the future” association, the project was a great success. The BCN3D Sigma, thanks to its dual extruder system that can print with two colours or materials at the same time, was able to print the entire piece in the exact colours that Sara wanted. So not only solving the problem but also improving it as well.

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Finished double colour 3D printed proshtetic hand on the BCN3D Sigma (Domotek, 2017).

Nowadays Sara is enjoying her prosthetic 3D printed hand as a little-big change in her life. This has been possible thanks to RTVE, DomoTek and “Enabling the future”, a non-profit association that is improving someone’s quality of life everyday thanks to its Open Source philosophy.

So is there where society has to put its energies, understanding that disruptive technologies like 3D printing can help to improve our lives. Understand from the oldest to the youngest, that the constant development of 3D printing technology it’s just the beginning of a new way to live better.

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Sara using her prosthetic hand in the park (Domotek, 2017).

BCN3D MOVEO – A fully Open Source 3D printed robot arm

BCN3D MOVEO – A fully Open Source 3D printed robot arm

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BCN3D Technologies keeps taking important steps in order to achieve his goal of bringing the digital manufacturing technology to everyone. In this occasion we are presenting the BCN3D Moveo, a robotic arm design from scratch and developed by our engineers in collaboration with the Departament d’Ensenyament from the Generalitat de Catalunya. Its structure is fully printed using additive manufacturing technologies and its electronics are controlled by the software Arduino.

Moveo, fully functional nowadays, has been born, as all the BCN3D Technologies products, with an open and educational wish.

Why BCN3D Moveo

One of the Departament d’Ensenyament worries is the high price of the materials the grade students must use on their internships. Holding that in mind, an Open Source robotic arm, adaptable by the students and low cost reproducible could take several educational itineraries: mechanical design, automatism, industrial programing, etc.

Thus, the BCN3D Moveo should allow the educational centers to enjoy a modifiable and easily accessible for the students, at a price far lower than the usual industrial equipment they used to have to acquire, with enough output for training purposes.

As a Fundació CIM area, BCN3D Technologies shares its educational vocation. That is the reason why when the Departament d’Ensenyament contacted us in order to suggest and offer this project a year ago we didn’t hesitate on taking that opportunity.

Once we had the robotic arm designed and manufactured we started the last phase of the project, which consisted on an assembling and fine tuning workshop for 15 institutes around Catalonia, which took place in the BCN3D Technologies.

These institutes already have the BCN3D Moveo in their classrooms and workshops, and will have to present an internship program that proves their knowledge about the arm during September.

 

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Open Source Technology: Github

As we have done with all our developed produtcs, the BCN3D Moveo files will be available for everyone. Thanks to the platform Github, a website where users around the world share their designs, anyone will be able to obtain all the necessary information in order to assemble his own BCN3D Moveo at home.

Unlike the other BCN3D products, the Moveo won’t be commercialized. The project has been born and developed in order to make a move for the community progress starting from the Departament d’Ensenyament idea.

Nevertheless, BCN3D will fee all the Moveo know how on our Github account, as we have been doing with all the BCN3D Technologies products. Thus, the users will be able to find the bill of material (BOM), where all the needed components for the assembling of the arm come detailed, as the CAD designs, so anyone will be able to modify the BCN3D Moveo design as they wish.

Furthermore, the Github users will find the STL files for the structure printing and the assembling, fine tuning and firmware upload manuals, which will be available both in English and Spanish.

Thanks to this project motivated by the Departament d’Ensenyament and developed by BCN3D Technologies everyone will be able to fabricate their own robotic arm at home, no highly technical knowledge needed. Therefore, we encourage you to fabricate the BCN3D Moveo and share the results on the social networks using the hashtag #BCN3DMoveo.

Realistic Mockup of a Housing Estate

Realistic Mockup of a Housing Estate

120 x 150 cm in size, amazing detail, made cheaper and faster than traditional methods.

Challenge

Creating a good architectural mock-up is no mean feat because it requires perfect reproduction of details, fine aesthetics and high quality of craftsmanship. The end result must impress potential investors and developers. The challenge was to create a highly detailed, large-scale architectural model of a modern housing estate in 3D printing technology.

Solution

Get Models Now decided to use a ZMorph multitool 3D printer to print all of the infrastructures of the mockup, and use traditional mockup making methods and materials only for finishing. The buildings were divided into segments and put together after printing. The area around the residential buildings was fenced and covered with green grass, on which a playground was placed. The remaining space was developed with trees, shrubs, parking spaces and lamps. Additionally, the mock-up has realistically made lighting inside and outside the buildings.

Result

The end result is a 120 x 150 cm realistic mockup of a housing estate made with the utmost accuracy and attention to detail, and of course a ZMorph multitool 3D printer. Creating an architectural mockup in 3D printing technology has nothing but superlatives – it’s much cheaper, faster and more accurate than traditional methods. Designing and 3D printing is an excellent tool for modern architects.

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Fully Functional Drone

Fully Functional Drone

Made by the worlds most versatile and practical 3D printer

Challenge

3D printers gained the attention of a broader audience in the second decade of the XXI century with a few open source project which offered affordable additive manufacturing machines, simultaneously sparking a market for future 3D printer manufacturers. Since that time 3D printers evolved, even surpassing the function of 3D printing. Nowadays, thanks to multitool 3D printers like the ZMorph VX, users can create complex, multi-material projects, including a PCB board. With this use case, we’d like to show you how advanced are multitool 3D printers today. The project you’re about to see wouldn’t be possible with a typical single-purpose 3D printer.

Solution

In order to make a fully custom drone we used all of ZMorph VX fabrication methods. 3D printing with ABS was used for the electronics casing, propeller guards, and landing gear. From a 3D printing toolhead we switched to Laser PRO toolhead to etch a PCB design on a PCB copper laminate plate. Next, a CNC PRO toolhead was used to cut the frame from lightweight and sturdy Dibond composite, and also to cut out the form of the PCB from the previously etched copper laminate. Then we took some standard electronics to make the drone “alive”, like sensors, main processor, battery, radio control remote. Finally, we made final post processing touches by painting some elements of the drone.

Result

We combined all three ZMorph fabrication methods: 3D printing, CNC, and laser. We used some ABS filament, Dibond, PCB laminates and some electronics, all worth around $100. This multitool 3D printer allowed us to make an awesome looking and functional drone within a desktop workspace. The same process can be used for making prototypes, showcase models and even low-volume production – proportional to the amount of owned 3D printers. A drone is only an example because the range of ZMorph’s possibilities is really vast – for more check out our catalog at zmorph3d.com/catalog. 3D printers came a long way!

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Model of a Bone Stabilizer

Model of a Bone Stabilizer

3D printing in surgery and medical engineering.

Challenge

For his master’s thesis, Filip Dominas needed a way to display the results of his biomedical engineering studies. He decided to go beyond 3D models, and use a more tangible way to illustrate his point, simultaneously showing application of a new technology in preparing for bone fracture surgeries.

Solution

Filip created a simplified 3D model of the bones, suitable for 3D printing. For this case, only the fibula, tibia and talus bones were fully modeled. Ligaments were reduced to simple connectors in-between. Other elements, such as veins or nerves are skipped, due to their insignificance for the mechanical stress analysis. Filip also modeled and printed the stabilizer itself in the form of plates to be attached to the 3D printed bones. Finally, the model was divided into parts corresponding with ZMorph 3D printer work area dimensions and prepared for printing using Voxelizer software. After the parts were finished, Filip combined them together, resulting in a 1:1 scale model.

Result

In this study, a real-life case of a bone fracture was analyzed, in order to find the best way to ensure successful healing of the tibia bone fracture by varying a stabilization method of a fibula. Five different scenarios were modeled, calculated, summarized and compared. 3D printing on a ZMorph 3D printer has been chosen as the most cost-effective method of displaying results of the study and complete the master’s thesis. A similar process can be used by engineers to prepare showcase models and even create innovations for medical devices. Analogically, doctors can use 3D printing to communicate more clearly with their patients and prepare better for surgeries.

3D printed bone stabilizer

Bone stabilizer 2

Bone stabilizer 1

 

3D printing helps the Design Does* exhibition at the Design Museum

The Domestic Data Streamers team uses BCN3D Sigma and Sigmax 3D printers to produce several items that can be found at the Design Does* exhibition, currently open at the Design Museum of Barcelona.

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Exhibition Design Does* 

Design Does* is a co-production between the Museu del Disseny de Barcelona and Elisava, in collaboration with Domestic Data Streamers.

The exhibition is a research project to generate knowledge at group level by questioning the current use of design and reflecting on how sometimes it offers advantages and on other occasions drawbacks. Thus it defines future challenges and poses the question of what role the designer plays in society.

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Free Universal Construction Kit, a project by Golan Levin (F.A.T. Lab) and Shawn Sims (Sy-Lab)

An unconventional approach

Can we live without plastic? Can design pose moral challenges? Where do things come from? How do we join together what industry separates? Can we design something we cannot see?

These are some of the 15 questions linked to current events that the visitor will encounter and which will be represented by 15 real projects developed by renowned designers all around the world.

The exhibition is a dynamic initiative that generates knowledge and breaks away from standard exhibition structures. It places visitors in a key position, requiring them to reflect and turning them into an active component which in turn generates new content.

With its strong technological character, Design Does* encourages interaction with visitors, who can relate to the exhibits by responding to the questions asked of them. Their answers will be stored on a card that will be used to research public opinion.

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Follow, project by Daniel Armengol Altayó

The virtue of 3D printing in short-term designs

The exhibition, curated by Elisava and Domestic Data Streamers, uses 3D printing technology to create some of the pieces that can be found throughout the exhibition. Domestic Data Streamers (DDS) is a Barcelona start-up that researches new communication formats using data.

The DDS team has long been committed to the use of 3D printing as a tool to revolutionize their workflow, as was the case of The Timekeeper project in collaboration with Spotify. Additive manufacturing enables them to bring to life unique designs with complex geometries that will only be manufactured once. Undoubtedly, one of the features of 3D printing and the benefits it provides compared to other technologies is the agility and speed to manufacture end products, which drastically reduces project costs and the time required to develop it.

The only restriction is imagination

Death Inc. is one of the most appealing installations in the exhibition – a robot whose entire structure is printed in 3D using BCN3D Sigma and Sigmax printers.

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Death Inc., project by Domestic Data Streamers

As the visitor approaches, the robot is activated and traces their path with a laser pointer while turning on a 360° axis. The project poses the question of whether we should we automate everything and attempts to challenge and project how design can be incorporated into ethical issues, such as designing autonomous weapons that are able to make decisions in the face of any situation without the need for human interaction.

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One piece printing and the assembly process of the Death Inc.

As a technology, 3D printing is loaded with moral and ethical implications. Now that we have reached the point when anybody that owns a 3D printer is able to print whatever they like, we should ask ourselves what impact that may have in the future.