Budapest 3D Printing Days 2015 is coming next week!

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On the 14th May 2015 the 3rd edition of Budapest 3D Printing Days is going to open its doors for a three-day extravaganza on 3d printing, additive manufacturing and associated technologies. Great speakers will build the core of Budapest 3D Printing Days’ outstanding line-up of conference sessions and interesting 3d printing or 3d scanning related workshops. Whether that business involves desktop consumer 3d printing, manufacturing or even hobbyist tinkering technology (maker culture), this years event in the heart of the Hungarian capitol will be the place to do the business.

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The aim of the exhibition and thematic keynote sessions is to provide inspiration and education on all things designing and making – be that in an international aerospace and defense contractor or for homemade prosthetics for children and young adults. The 2015 line-up consisted of the leading lights from the companies that both provide and use…

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Budapest 3D Printing Days exhibitor application and 3d print design contest

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The most prominent central european 3d printing event will take place this year for the 3rd time in Budapest, the organizers at Design Terminal call you for application as an exhibitor if you want to showcase your 3d printing related products or services during the interactive exhibition on 15-17 May.

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In the last 2 years, parametric | art generative 3d print studio and GigamaX 3D Printing Technology have exhibited on the show, and they also did some interesting interactive workshops about open-source 3d printing and parametric design with Grasshopper for 3d printing. If you are into emerging technologies which will shape our future you shouldn’t miss this years event, which is going to be the most awesome ever!

parametric | art booth at Budapest 3D Printing Days 2014 photo: © Design Terminal parametric | art booth at Budapest 3D Printing Days 2014
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Budapest 3D Printing Days offers an interactive exhibition of 3D printing related tools and…

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The K8200: my favorite open-source 3d printer

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Hi there! It’s been a long time since I posted new entry on this 3d printing related blog, I really have to apologize because the last couple of months have been really busy with Gigamax 3D Printing Technology and parametric | art 3d print studio. The two projects did some huge things this summer, you can read about the great 3d printing events in Budapest organized by Design Terminal and Varinex on another blog about 3d printing.

3d print quality of the k8200 3d printer 3d printed on the Velleman 3d printer

Today I’m going to introduce you my favorite affordable 3d printer machine, the Velleman K8200 open-source 3d printer kit which I got from GigamaX3D for testing. The original design of the 3d printer has been developed by Open Electronics under the ‘3Drag’ project name, and they have organized the mass production together with the Belgian DIY giant Velleman company and gave it the name…

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Affordable 3d printing pen from Velleman

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As I discovered when I could give a try to the 3Doodler handheld 3d printer back in March, 3d sketching in the air can totally be great fun. Let’s make it clear, you won’t create any flying machines or 3d printed musical instruments but it is possible to serve up something more elaborate than a squiggle ball with a little practice. The only problem with the original 3d printing pen construction is that it’s way too heavy to create precise drawings and is uncomfortable to use after a while.

3d pen for sketching in 3D 3d printer pen by Velleman

Just like in most cases of the 3d printing industry, after the successful kickstarter project of the doodler, a lot of chinese clones appeared on the market. The only problem with chinese suppliers is that you never can trust any quality values and replacing parts or getting support might be an impossible mission as well. You’d…

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3d scanners for Christmas

Christmas is fast approaching and if you already own a desktop 3d printer, you want for Christmas nothing but a 3d scanner, but a great one, not a crap! It’s okay, it’s not as simple, but there are so many 3d scanners on the market, from the cheapest one to the most expensive industrial grade machines. 3d scanner are devices to capture our real-world environment and store it as 3d data, which can be used for 3d printing, reverse engineering, video games and animation, medical industry, dentistry, quality control and prototyping.

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Since the desktop 3d printer market has expanded and FDM machines are almost everyday objects now the 3D printing revolution generated demand in both 3D scanning and software. 3D scanning technology got upgraded in the last couple of years but 3D scanner price varies from $500 to thousands of dollars. The prices are still high for private users. If you want to buy an affordable 3d scanner, you have to get a big picture of the 3d scanner market. Basically, there are two types of 3d scanning methods: contact and non-contact techniques of collecting 3d data. Machines using the contact technology have a higher accuracy and are mostly used in quality control/measuring and reverse engineering/prototyping. I’ve seen some professional machines from Nikon at the 3d print TCT Show Birmingham last year. The group of the non-contact 3d scanning devices is divided into 2 subcategories: active and passive processes.

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If you just want to make 3d scans of handheld objects, you don’t have to spend too much money for a high-grade model. Desktop 3d scanners like the Makerbot Digitizer or the Matterandform 3d scanner give you quite good results with simple objects, but who wants to scan simple objects?! In my own opinion, those machines are a little bit overpriced because of their monochrome features, bad scan accuracy and relatively small scan area. Although I have to mention, that I like the sleek design of the Matterandform machine, and if the specs are true, it isn’t bad at all. On their home page, they claim to be able to create watertight 3d models within 0.25 mm of the size and detail of the original object. The basic idea of this kind of 3d scanning is so simple, it doesn’t cost half the price if you check it. And the secret key of successful 3d scanning is a good software, which helps you to create a repaired mesh of the scanned point cloud and maybe with high-res textures mapped seamlessly on the polygons.

 

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© Matter and Form

But if you want something similar with a better accuracy for the half price, I would suggest you the David Laserscanner starter KIT V2 3d scanner. The setup is very simple, you also build your own if you want to, the most important part of the KIT is the software, which handles the collected 3d information (pointcloud) optimized for repair works with full color bitmap data allowing 3d models for color 3d printing as well. The main parts of the setup is a focusable red line laser, a calibration board, and a HD webcam with autofocus function. You only have to install the David 3D Laserscanner software on you computer and you can start scanning objects with 200 micron (scan distance: 40 cm) accuracy! That’s what we wanted to reach, some dimensions which fit to our desktop 3d printers. With its incredible low price, the David Laserscanner is the best machine for the best price on the 3d scanner market. At least from those, that I’ve already tested. This package contains everything you need to set up your own 3d scanner. Just hold the laser in your hand and sweep the laser line over the object you wish to scan: a sculpture, a face, anything at all. David Laserscanner will immediately generate a 3D model in your PC, capturing even fine surface details of less than 0.2 millimeter. Simply scan all sides of the object separately, including top and bottom. The software will semi-automatically align and fuse all scans to create a textured all-round model!

 

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© David 3D

If you want a resolution of 0.06 mm (6 microns!), normally you should pay at least twenty thousand dollars for an artec 3d scanner or a similar product. But David 3d scanner technologies offer and affordable solution for professionals as well! The new David-SLS-2 professional 3d scanner uses the fast and accurate Structured Light technology, which provides extremely precise 3D scanning in a blink of an eye. The 3d scanner setup is portable and can be isntalled easily in the front of the structure to be captured in 3d. Just a simple click in the easy-to-use DAVID software starts the 3d scan – and a few seconds later the digitized 3D model shows up on your screen ready to 3d print it! 
Using this technique you can partially scan all sides of a bigger object, and finally join them to a closed watertight surface. The modular and upgradeable hardware allows an easy adaptation to the pbject – any size from coin to car is possible! 
The scanned 3d data can be exported into well-known 3D formats like OBJ, STL, and PLY, and processed in other applications I’ve mentioned before for modifying and/or 3d printing! The limits are set only by your imagination!

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© David 3D

 

There are some cheap handheld solutions for capturing 3d data through an Xbox Kinect controller or some other 3d cameras, but those only can work with a 2 mm accuracy as you can see it on the picture below. There are some free DIY tools to use your Kinect as a 3D scanner, but it never will produce any acceptable quality for a 3d print. If you have a 3d printer with 100 micron accuracy, why would you work with low-res scans?

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By the way, Skanect and ReconstructMe are some easy-to-use software which can turn your Microsoft Kinect or Asus Xtion 3d camera into an ultra-low cost 3D scanner able to create 3D meshes out of real scenes in a few minutes.It’s quite the same with 3D Systems’ Sense 3d scanner, although I have to recognize it, that it is an easy-to-use machine focused on the user experience, and it can make better 3d scans than a Kinect. However if you can get your hands on a Primesense scanner, you can start scanning too! The Primesense scanners are only $100 more, work with both Win and OSX, and have a significant better resolution than the Kinect. Better, but still not good enough. If you aren’t interested in using open-souce tools, you can use Microsoft’s own software for 3d scan and 3d print. The Kinect gives 3D Builder extra features, in that it allows users to 3d scan people and physical objects for 3D printing. The application performs colorful scans, which can then be 3D printed directly from 3D Builder on your own 3D printer or through the company’s partnership with 3D Systems. Well, well, Microsoft with 3D Systems and maybe TakerMakerbot… I’d prefer to use Slic3r, Meshlab and Netfabb basic to 3d print my 3d scans if I want to go for a good quality and control of my prints. Within these open-source or free apps, models can be cleaned up, repaired, and splitted or cut into parts for 3d printing.

 

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© Artec3d.com

For professional use, there are some handheld devices available as well. The Artec Eva 3D scanner is widely chosen because of its promising features. A lot of companies use them to 3d scan people for 3d printed minime figurines, but you’ll need a studio lighting setup to avoid all-night post-processing works on the textures because of the shadows etc. By the way, if you want to 3d scan real people, the best way is to set up a photo booth with at least 32 DSLR cameras. At first, it sounds expensive and complicated, but once installed, it works perfectly for scanning moving objects in a large scale with high-resolution texture data. If you ever tried scanning people or animals, you might have realized that it is really hard for them to stay in the same position without any moves for a couple of minutes. With a DSLR 3D photo booth, objects are captured with the shutter speed so objects can move, it doesn’t make the point cloud messy.

 

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© The Times

There are some interesting kickstarter projects about 3d scanning, my favorite one was the Fuel3D which uses a hybrid 3d data collection technology for scanning physical objects. Fuel3D fuses geometric and photometric stereo 3D recovery techniques and is finely tuned to capture high resolution 3D color images. This raw capability provides the opportunity for an object to be captured in true 3D geometry and full color for any other non-medical applications. The technology is also inherently good at capturing other highly textured surfaces, both organic and inorganic. And it works like a point-and-shoot camera, so you can easily capture accurate 3d data from any object in seconds. That sound impressive, I’m looking forward to see the results and give it a try in real action!

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Have you ever used a 3d scanner before? What are you tips, which type of 3d scanner is the best choice for a 3d printer/maker? Any open-source tips? Would you like a 3d scanner for your 3d printer for Christmas? Which model are you interested in? Feel free to comment!

3D Printing events in Budapest

It has been a really busy week last week from a 3d printers point of view, many different great events have been organized in the last couple of days in the heart of the Hungarian capital. GigamaX 3D printing technology and parametric | art 3d print and design have participated as speakers, exhibitor, trainee and partner as well.

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© Design Terminal

The 3d printing landscape is constantly shifting: huge advances and smaller incremental innovations mean that keeping up-to-date with what’s new across the 3d printing industry is though – that’s why a lot of 3d printing related events have been organized in Hungary nowadays. Of you want to buy a 3d printer, you’ll need a lot of information before purchasing a new machine, whether that’s a desktop machine or a true production machine. The number of desktop 3d printer models and plastic extrusion systems or 3d printer head movements have increased year-by-year and manufacturers and start-ups surge into new niche areas and continued competition leads into entirely new fields of 3d printing.

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© GigamaX3D

The first 3d printing highlight of October was a mini-conference organized by Varinex and Design Terminal with more than hundred registered guests. At the Design Terminal HQ, visitors could learn about the useful application of 3d printing in design and archeology. The short presentations have showcased the applications of 3d printed objects in the medical industry, jewelry, architecture and generative design. During the coffee-breaks, guests could see the desktop 3d printers in action and monitor the real-world output. Only a costumer armed with up-to-date facts and figures, can make the right decision when it is about buying an affordable desktop 3d printer.

 

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@ Design Terminal

At GigamaX3D, we think that you deserve the freedom to get the job done with accessible technology. That’s why our robust K8200 3D printers take full advantage of Open Source Hardware and Software, allowing users like students to take control of the printing experience down to the finest details within a large 20 x 20 x 20 cm area of 3d printable space. It means that you can 3d print with large scale and you also have a big variety on 3d printing materials like PLA, ABS, HIPS, conductive, luminuous, flexible filaments, experimental 3d printer materials like timberfill and laybrick, and heavy duty plastics like PET and Polycarbonate (PC).

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© GigamaX3D

That’s what we wanted to present at the Szolnoki Gazdasági Fórum, which is a regional manufacturer conference for the Hungarian automotive industry. We have showcased some desktop 3d printers producing functional plastic parts from ABS filaments, in this case a Leapfrog Creatr Dual 3d printer and small RepRap Huxey open-source machine ruled the stand. The Leapfrog Creatr 3d printer is known as the ‘fastest’ ‘most accurate’ and ‘biggest’ desktop 3d printer. It fits to GigamaX’s open-source philosophy which ranges from the open-build hardware construction and the open-source 3d printer firmware. These 3d printers are really made from premium metal parts and strong materials. It has a huge heated bed, which also prevents warping.

The biggest and most significant event of the last week was absolutely the Innotrends conference in Budapest. It has been organized by the National Innovation Office of Hungary. One of the main objectives of the National Innovation Office is to stimulate the domestic research, development and innovation in the national economy, to support the development of the domestic stat-up ecosystem, and to promote the networking of the business sector. To reach these goals the National Innovation Office has organised for the second time the Innotrends Hungary 2014 international conference and exhibition between the 16th and 17th of October, 2014. This year, we have been there with GigamaX 3D Print at Innotrends 2014.

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© Design Terminal

According to the conferences, Design Terminal organized a generative 3d modeling for 3 printing workshop as a strategic partner of the Innotrends event. During the 3hours participants have seen some easy-to-use generative design tools like Grasshopper or Meshlab. Some creatures will be 3d printed by GigamaX3D in the next couple of days. GigamaX3D and parametric | art already has delivered a lot of workshops to hundreds of people across a variety of many different sectors. Manufacturers and engineers, such as those involved with injection moulding or metal casting and machining, designers, architects and sculptors as end-users from aerospace, defence, automotive and medical sectors, as well as the creative industry have benefitted. The workshops organized by Copy Depo at GigamaX3D HQ in Budapest have helped businesses and inventors to utilize the technology for an unbelievable wide range of applications, including the making of bespoke, individual implants for the digital dentistry or 3d surgery, and the production of low-volume, high-value components for defence.

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@ Design Terminal

Innotrends Hungary 2014 international conference has welcome a wide range of stakeholders and representatives of the international and Hungarian innovation ecosystem and managers of the Hungarian companies with significant research, development and innovation (RDI) activity.

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© GigamaX3D

GigamaX3D and parametric | art has got the possibility among 18 other Hungarian Startups to present themselves with their existing and visible prototypes for free.

The exhibition has been an excellent opportunity for Hungarian startup companies to showcase their innovative products and creative services in front of an audience, which is highly interested in research, development and innovation. The event provides the exhibitors with the opportunity to build professional relationships, to meet the credit market and venture capital investors, and they will be informed first hand – as a courtesy of the conference – of the current direction of the domestic and European innovation trends.

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© GigamaX3D

© GigamaX3D

© GigamaX3D – 3d printed functional part printed on the Leapfrog Creatr with blue ABS

The stands have stuffed with experts, the different stages hosted some of thought-leaders of the tech industry and – perhaps equally as importantly – the 3d printer user community has been in the same place at the same time. We met a lot of friends during the exhibition, some of them use our machines or special 3d printing materials like conductive ABS filament or flexible plastics for 3d printing. We also set up a small 3d scanner to show the audience how simple is to create a 3d model of s physical object which can be reproduced this way using an affordable and open-source desktop 3d printer.

10302034_330024173814353_3776776068490786881_nWe also presented our brand new website called Objectshop, which is going to be launched in a couple of weeks. It will be some kind of mixture of Thingiverse and 3DHubs. The basic idea behind the concept is fairly simple – to connect the global 3d designer community to the local 3d printer community – that’s what we’d like to reach with the new 3d website. Designer can upload their designs or design some unique stuff for special request, while 3d printer guys can earn some money with 3d printing for others. Those, who do not own a desktop 3d printer and cannot 3d model their own .stl files for 3d printing, they can browse the unique 3d model library curated by recognized designers or ask a designer to create something awesome for them. With the .stl file prepared for 3d printing, they can ask somebody in the neighborhood with a 3d printer to realize their 3d objects and they easily can pick up the piece or they also can be shipped by mail. So the simplest explanation what Objectshop for the 3d designer community does: you list your services for who need 3d design for 3d printing services. For 3d printer: you list your printer for those who need a local 3d printer. For everybody: you want something globally, you will get it 3d print locally;)

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We have made some really nice relationships, and also got into the Hungarian start-up scene which is totally inspirational and fizzy. During the demo, we have 3d printed some figurines for our neighbor exhibitors for their table game project, and also made some 3d printed prototype parts for an innovative wifi-connected smart-shower which works using only 5 l of water for a single shower. Just look at the pictures!

Open-source 3d printing workshop by GigamaX3D at Budapest 3D Printing Days

Design Terminal, the Hungarian startup center organizes the Budapest 3D Printing Days between 5-7 June for the second time. The 3-day-long event provides a talks, workshops, roundtable discussions by industry experts, a pitch event and exhibition of 30 Central-Eastern Europe-based 3D printing related companies.

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© Design Terminal

The goal of the event is to build bridges between the  emerging  Central Eastern European 3D printing communities. With the wide variety of topics the organizers try to touch various applications of 3D printing from industrial to desktop usage, opportunities in education and health and more.

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© photo by parametric | art

The event provides 30 regional exhibitors, 6 workshops,  +20 speakers and  3 locations in the heart of Budapest. Beside the local players, most of the exhibitors are coming from various countries of the CEE region, such as the Poland-based Zmorph. Also, there will be some high profile speakers like David Lakatos from Formlabs, who sold his previous company to Dropbox or Marcelo  Coelho, a research affiliate at MIT Media Labs, who was earlier involved in the Hyperform 4D Printing project.

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© photo by GigamaX3D

3D Printing can really change the way we think, design, the way we build and even the way we dream. This new additive digital fabrication technology gives us the freedom to transform imagination and innovation into physical reality. It’s changing everything from art to architecture and from manufacturing to medicine. But until now, 3D printing has been expensive and complicated. This workshop will be instructed by GigamaX3D, the official distributor of one of the world’s finest and most popular open-source 3D printers, the affordable Velleman K8200 desktop 3d printer KIT.

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© photo by GigamaX3D

If you’re wondering which 3D printer is right for you or looking for beginner CAD software tutorials so you can design your own 3D printed objects, check out our booth and free-to-attend workshops at Budapest 3D Printing Days, from how printers work to unique and innovative applications and finishing techniques.
Have you ever seen some RepRap 3d printers in real life? RepRap is the family of 3D printers that can reproduce their plastic parts. These 3D printers are completely open source, developed by an active community. During our workshop you’ll see ho you could build such a 3D printer from a kit.

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© photo by GigamaX3D

The hands-on event, held June 8 in at Design Terminal in Budapest, is intended to help people of all skill levels acquire a working knowledge of 3D printing by building, calibrating, operating and troubleshooting a Velleman K8200 or other RepRap open-source 3d printer kits. As part of the build process, workshoppers will learn how to how to calibrate and operate their 3d printers for optimum 3d print quality as well as troubleshoot them when things go wrong.

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© photo by GigamaX3D

In this free 3D print workshop by GigamaX3D we’ll give you that basic understanding by putting some open-source 3D printers into action. And yes, you’ll leave the room with some 3d prints, free of charge: everything is included. You’ll gain exposure to the main facets of 3D printing including 3D scanning, 3D modeling, preparing the file for print, and finally, 3D printing.

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© photo by GigamaX3D

Designers, engineers, technologists, entrepreneurs, hackers and hobbyists: this class is suitable for both novices and those more experienced with technology. Anyone with an interest in 3D printing and wants to learn should come along!

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© photo by GigamaX3D

The Gigamax 3D print workshop will present an overview of the exploding world of 3D printing as well as detailed info on the various 3d printing materials and software. We will also cover how to create basic models, modify existing 3D models and use advanced 3d print techniques available in Repetier/Slic3r and the Marlin RepRap firmware. As the K8200 (3D Drag) 3D printer is an open-hardware design (its controller is based on Arduino) and Slic3r and Pronterface are completely open-source software, we will also discuss modifying the 3d printer and other advantages of open-source hardware and software.

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© photo by GigamaX3D

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© photo by MOME Tárgyalkotó

The rapidly decreasing cost and widespread adoption of 3D printers has been aided and accompanied by new software applications that make 3D modeling for 3d printing simpler for everyday people. This workshop is an introduction to 3D modeling and 3D printing for all the newbies: families, educators and more. Participants will learn the use of several free 3D modeling applications (including the Meshlab, Meshmixer, Netfabb, Repetier and Slic3r) — as well as the use of the K8200 3D printer, an inexpensive open-source desktop 3D printer widely used in schools and hackerspaces. The workshop will also present the many different ways in which people around the world are using 3D printing to create useful, expressive, and critical objects.

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© photo by GigamaX3D

The 3d printing tools which will be taught in this course are Meshlab, Netfabb Basic, and Repetier/Slic3r. All software is available for a free download as a trial or is completely free/open-source. All participants are encouraged to bring a laptop if they own one so that they can install the software. If you are able to repair your bicycle than you can build a 3D printer. For the workshop you don’t need special skills like: programming, metal work, or soldering. Elementary skills in 3D modelling are highly welcome.

Meshlab

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© parametric | art

MeshLab is an open source, portable, and extensible system for the processing and editing of unstructured 3D triangular meshes. 
The system is aimed to help the processing of the typical not-so-small unstructured models arising in 3D scanning, providing a set of tools for editing, cleaning, healing, inspecting, rendering and converting this kind of meshes.
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Meshmixer

screen-shot-2013-08-05-at-2-16-17-pmAutodesk Meshmixer is a free tool for making crazy-ass 3D stuff without too much hassle. Or boring stuff too. You decide. It is an effective tool for generating custom tree-like support structures. Download it and give it a whirl!

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© parametric | art

Netfabb

Netfabb Basic is a freeware for handling of files on stl-format. The freeware includes Advanced Model Browsing, STL Fixing and Part Analysis, Measurement and Quality Management. The freeware also include a Basic Slicing module and give you first steps into the 3D printing and data preparation.
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Slic3r

screen-shot-2013-08-05-at-2-28-54-pmSlic3r is the tool you need to convert a digital 3D model into printing instructions for your 3D printer. It cuts the model into horizontal slices (layers), generates toolpaths to fill them and calculates the amount of material to be extruded.
(download link)
Pronterface/Repetier

Screen Shot 2014-04-17 at 15.58.58Pronterface and Repetier are free 3D printer controller software for RepRap 3D printers. Pronterface (and Printrun) are pure python 3d printing host software and this way they’re completely open-source. If you have a 3d printer, you need to feed it with data. Slice the models into thin slices and compute a path for printer head. This is done by a slicer software, which converts the model into g-code, the language your printer speaks. The 3d printer host software sends the g-code to your 3d printer.
(download link)

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Participants need their own laptop with the suggested tools installed. Attending is free, but you need to register here. See you at Design Terminal next week!

 

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© photo by parametric | art

By the way, there has been a 3d print competition connected to the event, we also have submitted a design of our architect. Check out this 3d printed generative cellular pendant designed by parametric | art, it can easily customized because it has been designed parametrically, and you can print it with different colors on a simple and cheap desktop 3d printer like the Velleman K8200. You can vote for the designs by clicking the image here and then ‘Like’ the design in the facebook gallery. Thanks;) and c u at the Budapest 3D Printing Days!

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© design by GigamaX3D