Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Custom made PCB with Bluetooth circuit, exceptional design, made on a single desktop machine.

Challenge

Usually, when it comes to developing complex functional prototypes, the 3D printer is used for printing cases, or parts like gears that otherwise would be hard and expensive to make. The rest of the project parts like electronics or PCB have to be outsourced. Even though it’s faster & cheaper with comparing to traditional techniques, it still takes a bit time. However, there’s a different story if you choose a multitool 3D printer over a single purpose one. To create a Wireless Bluetooth Speaker the designer chose ZMorph VX. Thanks to three workflows he was able to print the speaker enclosure and fabricate a custom PCB with a Bluetooth circuit on a single machine.

Solution

After sketching the speaker enclosure, the designer chose the final design after several iterations and printed it with PLA. The PCB was designed and then made on ZMorph VX. Outsourcing custom PCB usually takes time and it’s more expensive than making them in-house. The CNC PRO Toolhead milled the board, and Laser PRO engraved the board traces. After that, it took a bit of soldering and the PCB with Bluetooth circuit was ready to use. Making this Wireless Bluetooth Speaker with design iterations and printing, and PCB manufacturing took just two working days for the designer.

Result

The Wireless Bluetooth Speaker is a fully functional prototype that resembles the final product with the design and all functionalities. It can connect to a device with Bluetooth like smartphones, laptops or smartwatches. It plays loud and clear music. The product development process took a laptop, a note & a desktop 3D printer used for 3D printing the speaker enclosure and manufacturing the PCB. That way, it’s much easier for the designer to choose the right components either for low volume or mass production. Making PCB on the ZMorph VX is from 8x to 10x faster than ordering it from suppliers. The three different workflows of ZMorph VX allows creating complex projects, like this speaker, a lot easier by cutting the costs, time and space to produce.

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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