We’re starting with event news in today’s 3D Printing Briefs, as Formlabs has opened registration for its fifth annual User Summit this fall. Moving on, MeaTech and Umami Meats are working together to develop 3D printed cultured seafood. MakerBot has announced major updates to its CloudPrint platform, and a single-extruder large-format 3D printer is making big money on Kickstarter. Finally, the winner of a 3D printed Ford Maverick accessory has been announced.
Formlabs Announces Fifth Annual Virtual User Summit
Registration is now open for the Formlabs Global User Summit, a free virtual event that Formlabs has been hosting for four years now; the fifth summit will take place on October 26 and 27. During the event, more than 100 million innovations created on Formlabs 3D printers will be celebrated, including generative design, realistic TV show prosthetics and props, and their positive impacts and applications. There will be many fascinating speakers at the Formlabs User Summit, including aerospace engineer Sheri Thorn of NASA Goddard and Mayo Clinic’s Amy Alexander, Unit Leader of Biomechanical Development and Applied Computational Engineering, and sessions, like the Formlabs University Track and the female-led Medical Talk track, will be offered in eight languages. You can register for Formlabs User Summit 2022 here, and anyone who registers before 11:59 p.m. EST on August 21 will be entered to win their choice of a Form 3+ or Form 3B+ SLA 3D printer.
“Each year, the Formlabs User Summit is an opportunity to celebrate all that our community has achieved and to inspire future innovators,” explained Max Lobovsky, co-founder and CEO of Formlabs. “Our users have reached an incredible milestone, printing over 100 million parts with Formlabs printers. This year’s Summit and expanded Impact Awards will highlight the many ways their designs, prototypes and 3D printed devices have impacted the medical, automotive and entertainment industries, to name a few.
MeaTech and Umami sign a memorandum of understanding for 3D-printed cultured seafood
In order to add 3D printed cultured structured seafood to its product portfolio, MeaTech 3D Ltd. announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Umami Meats, a Singapore-based cultured seafood start-up. MeaTech is already developing 3D printed bovine, avian and porcine products, and will now work on the joint development of 3D printed cultured seafood. Umami Meats, which is on a mission to reduce the cost of producing cultured seafood by developing species that are expected to experience major supply shortages, has received decent funding over the past two years. As Singapore is the only country in the world to have obtained regulatory approval for the sale of cultured meat products, this will be a boon for MeaTech and its commercialization strategy of collaborations. Initially, the two companies will focus on the cultivation of Japanese eel, red snapper and yellowfin tuna, with future plans for the production of grouper, halibut and mahi-mahi.
“We are excited to establish this collaboration with MeaTech to expand our product line with their 3D printing capabilities. This partnership will allow us to leverage our fish muscle and fish fat culture technology platform to produce a variety of structured products that meet the desires of discerning consumers,” said Mihir Pershad, CEO and Founder of Umami Meats. “We believe that cultured seafood has enormous potential to provide a local and sustainable source of healthy protein and to address many of the challenges facing our food system and our oceans.
MakerBot empowers 3D printing workflow with CloudPrint 2.0
MakerBot announced that it has updated its CloudPrint 3D print preparation and management solution to strengthen the 3D printing workflow and increase productivity. The cloud-based application allows users to prepare, print, manage and monitor 3D printing safely and easily, and this upgrade incorporates an improved user interface, as well as several other useful features, with its existing print preparation and workspace management capabilities. Some of these features include improved print queue management and notifications, and a faster CAD-to-part workflow, thanks to the ability to import multi-body parts and orient them. automatically. The CloudPrint platform, which is free, offers industry-standard security and advanced encryption, an easy-to-use dashboard, and is compatible with MakerBot SKETCH 3D Printers, MakerBot METHOD Platform, and MakerBot Series Replicator.
“The secret to successful 3D printing goes beyond hardware and includes the entire ecosystem of materials, accessories, and software,” explained MakerBot CEO Nadav Goshen. “The enhancements we’ve made to MakerBot CloudPrint are designed to provide a more streamlined approach so users can focus on other important tasks. CloudPrint simplifies print preparation and workspace management. With an easy-to-use and secure workflow, CloudPrint gives users better control and management of their prints from start to finish. »
WEEDO Kickstarter for Single Extruder Large Format 3D Printer
Nanjing WEEDO 3D Technology Corporation recently launched its second Kickstarter 3D printer campaign, and with less than two weeks to go, the company has already managed to raise more than four times the requested amount for its single-extruder large format 3D printer. ME40. The printer responds to previous feedback from backers for a more user-friendly system that still delivers excellent performance and capability, and appears to offer, along with its industrial design, the ability to withstand temperatures up to 280° C and automatic leveling, the latter supported by a proximity sensor. The new ME40 also features an optimized user interface, a 4.3″ color touchscreen with model preview and a heated print bed with a magnetic design.
The WEEDO ME40 is said to have a maximum print speed of 180mm/s and uses open-source Marlin firmware, so users can easily modify the G-code. PLA can be printed interchangeably, no need to replace the printhead, and the system is also compatible with more than ten other materials, including ABS, TPU and PETG. Additionally, it offers fast X and Y axis movement and, according to a WEEDO representative, prints quietly. Finally, the WEEDO ME40 has a limit switch for more stable printing, start-up auto-detection, optimized belt adjuster and easy assembly. There are still plenty of rewards left if you want to fund the large-scale production of WEEDO’s latest 3D printer!
3D Printed Ford Maverick Accessory Prototype Contest Winners
This winter, Ford released CAD files so 2022 Maverick owners can 3D print their own custom pickup truck components. Over the past month, two writers from The Drive prototyped their own 3D-printed Ford Maverick accessories and asked readers to vote for their favorite, between Peter Holderith’s Fluid Management Heated/Cooled Cup Holder and the Stand Rob Stumpf’s cubby-mounted MagSafe phone case and charger. While the CAD files for both accessories were released as promised, the winner, by just 16 votes, was Stumpf’s phone holder; Holderith admitted that he could have followed Stumpf’s lead on developing cubby, which could have given him the advantage in the end. Stumpf has driven the Ford Maverick extensively to figure out how best to use its FITS slots in everyday situations, and is convinced that its design is “full of utility” and “substantially more usable” than a hole in the board. on board. In fact, he states upfront that Ford should have included this option from the factory.
“I still maintain that Ford missed a great opportunity by not putting more user-facing FITS slots in the cabin. This truck was designed for young DIYers. More and more people are getting into the hobby. 3D printing time, and while still not a consumer device that everyone has in their homes, Ford obviously felt there was enough overlap in the target population of the Maverick to justify the tooling for the FITS. insert. Why not put it in more accessible places? It’s just a little confusing. Luckily, that’s where the community comes in,” Stumpf concluded.
“Finally, a quick note to current and future engineers at automakers: do more. Ford’s decision to put a printer-compatible slot in its vehicles was a bold one and hugely helpful (even with my review above). The aftermarket possibilities here are huge, and while they won’t work in every scenario like luxury cars, they certainly feel right at home in the Maverick.Plus, let’s be real: the world can always use more of manufacturers.”
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