To those who asked about me at the 3D printing show last week, sorry I missed you. I'll be on the show floor at Siggraph, if any of you plan to attend.
Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (and creepy)
I like a dancing robotic 3D printed spider as much as the next guy and this one is absolutely the coolest I've ever seen (I've never seen another). But, at $1350, I'm afraid this is a gift for the man who has everything. Gomez Addams comes to mind.
That's a Lot
How many people were on the fence, waiting for a sub-$500 3D printer with a good feature list? If Pirate3D's Buccaneer is any indicator, at least 3,520. The Buccaneer is now the most financially successful FFF 3D printer ever crowd funded. It also has the most units sold of any crowd funded 3D printer, FFF or otherwise.
BotObjects released a non-CGI photo of the ProDesk3D's case last week and aside from a few minor artifacts that could be explained by camera settings and lighting, it appears to be genuine. No, this doesn't mean the ProDesk3D actually does full color. No, this doesn't prove the previous printed object images came from a ProDesk3D (any FFF printer can print gradient colors via filament swapping or by using gradient filament). No, this doesn't explain the mystery of where the cartridges might go.
However, the new photo proves something very important. They are working to move from concept to reality. That's good news. Even if their engineers only manage to match one of the stats they've boasted, it would still be a great printer. For those who don't remember, the key stats were: 25 micron layer height, 175 mm/s max printing speed, custom color selection, software-specified color mixing while printing, auto-leveling bed, separate PVA support structures.
This is a welcome (albeit subtle) shift in marketing strategy. As long as we keep getting a steady diet of straight development news, BotObjects will find no shortage of supporters or champions, including myself. So, to Martin Warner and Mike Duma, I submit congratulations on a big step forward and I'm anxious to see what's next.
Why Stop With the Fingers?
Richard Van As is at it again. The South African leader of the Robohand project has developed a version of the prosthetic that is controlled at the elbow joint, allowing for replacement of the entire hand, instead of just the fingers. You can show your appreciation on the Robohand Facebook page. I'm not suggesting it's a moral imperative and I'm not looking for excuses to link it multiple times. I'm just saying, go visit Robohand.