Autodesk releases ingredients of 3D printing resin under Creative Commons

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The high-cost of Stereolithography (SLA) printing resin has definitely restricted the adoption of these 3D printers. The costs have come down greatly, which helps, but Autodesk’s recent release of their Standard Clear Prototyping Resin (PR48) may be just want the industry needs to grow.

I’m no chemist, so the ingredients are a bunch of gobbledygook to me; but that shouldn’t stop new resin manufacturers from diving in.

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Printing Custom Music Boxes

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Music Drop is a well-executed concept that re-imagines the classic, hand-wound music-box in a form suitable for hobbyist 3D printers. But rather than being a one-off art project, its designers have also built a custom web UI for composing new songs:

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The site still left me wondering how much one of these toys costs (since they print and assemble it for you); but it still serves as a perfect example for a 3D printer-backed business that costs nearly nothing to operate (since you create products on demand.)

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3D printing circuit boards

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The ability to print circuits has been a RepRap goal from nearly the beginning. In order for a printer to replicate, it needs this ability. If you dig through the forums, you’ll find plenty of people working on this problem, but none close to selling a machine that hobbyists can buy. (And please correct me if I’m wrong on that — I’d love to see more of these.) That’s what makes the EX1 on Kickstarter special. It’s more “circuit plotter” than “3d printer”; but if we ignore that, what we have is a consumer-usable device that eliminates one of the road-blocks in sharing and prototyping electronic hardware.

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The results don’t compare to custom boards and pick-n-place machine quality, but that’s not the point. Much like consumer 3D printing, the EX1 allows rapid prototyping and exploration before sending a design off for professional production. Furthermore, because it’s just laying down conductive paths, you can put these on a variety of materials. This capability gives the device huge potential.

When this technology takes off, we won’t just be printing holiday ornaments for our trees — we’ll be printing the ornaments and the circuit board for the LEDs!

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