Thursday, December 19, 2013

MBot 3D Printer: The MBot II Now Provides the Most Advanced Features at an Affordable Price

MBot 3D printers have been some of the true leaders in the technology side of 3D printing thanks to state-of-the-art printing availability without exorbitant cost. Recently, MBot put out the MBot Cube II that now takes home-based 3D printing to new levels at a price that's cheaper than some high-definition TV's.
When you see the features on the MBot Cube II, you'll see why it's emerging as one of the names in 3D printing that might eventually become known in every household.

Printing Larger Objects
The desire to print larger 3D objects has always been a problem on other,  less expensive printer models. For a while, printing larger objects was also more or less relegated to industrial 3D printers. Now, the MBot Cube II changes all that along with a dual extruder so you can print out objects using a mixture of two different colors. Most cheap, home-based printers have only been able to print in one particular color.
It also comes with the ability to transfer printing files through an SD card or a USB port, which is a considerable upgrade for cheaper 3D printers. You can easily read all the functions on a front-panel LCD display screen.

What the Printer Will Look Like When You Bring it Home
According to some reviews, it's not the most attractive-looking 3D printer out there. In comparison to MakerBot's better-looking earlier Replicator 2, some people might not care for the design. Then again, most 3D printers don't look overly attractive right now, despite being designed to be transparent so you can see the 3D printing process take place.
What matters is that the MBot Cube II is said to have a trouble-free user experience with good results on the larger prints. It is available in a single or dual extruder model. Tech support is catching up because of its lack of community support due to MBot not yet being a well-known name.

Will the MBot 3D Printers Corner the Affordable Market?
The affordable 3D printer market is already becoming quite large with various names like Cubify dominating. Now that MBot has moved into this game and providing high quality 3D prints at an affordable price, will they be a household name in another few years? As with any new technology, company names will come and go, with only a few standing in the end. With the MBot II being sold in mainstream locations, don't be surprised if MBot corners the market in providing affordable printing that doesn't skimp on features consumers demand.

If you want to find out the latest about affordable 3D printers with advanced features, visit us here at Mwave3D. We keep up on the latest technology news in 3D printing and scanning so you can stay informed on this fast-developing technology. Contact us if you have any questions or comments.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

3D Printing Materials: The Options Go Beyond Plastic and Metal

3D printing materials are starting to become more varied all the time in higher-end printers. While only more basic materials are available on cheaper 3D printers, you should know what the options are so you're aware of what you can do now and what you'll likely be able to do later. Based on materials available on the most advanced 3D printers, we'll be able to print virtually anything, including food.

Plastics in 3D Printing
On the most basic 3D printers, plastic is going to be the only material you'll have available. While this can be limiting depending on what you want to print, you can still make many, many amazing things using plastic. You can make everything from toys to 3D models for your own reference.

The most common type of plastic used in the more affordable models is ABS plastic, which stands for acrylonitile butadiene styrene. This is the material you see used on Legos and can be made to create various objects, including toys with lifelike 3D shapes. The second most common plastic is polylactic acid, or PLA.

It has a little bit more durability and might usurp ABS in the future.
Other plastics used in more complex printing include polyvinyl alcohol for special applications, plus polycarbonate for use in complicated printing projects needing higher temperatures. There's even a softer polylactic acid gradually becoming available to create durable, rubbery textures.

Metals on Higher-End Printers
More expensive models are starting to use metals to create truly astounding things. Recently, a complete gun was made for the first time in a Texas manufacturing company using a 3D printer with stainless steel. While that alone might create some debate on what kind of things could be created, being able to print metal objects on more affordable printers is soon upon us. Many printers are already using metals like titanium, plus even gold and silver.

Materials on the Horizon
Despite limitations on more affordable 3D printers, so many other materials are already being used in industrial settings. Expensive printers that use a syringe for more exacting designs can even use chocolate now to create edible 3D objects. You've also likely heard about bio-ink and how it's being used to print body organs taken from a person's stem cells. Other exciting materials being tested or already available include printing glass and paper objects. More stunningly, research is being done on creating bone material on a 3D printer. Plus, we might even be able to print out medications in the future to avoid having to stand in long lines at a local pharmacy. As you can see, 3D printers are going to be virtually limitless in what materials can be used. Once that becomes a household pastime, it might bring more convenience while also bringing a few concerns. Even if those issues have to be worked out later, never doubt the power of the simpler materials like plastic. You can create some basic things that have just as much usefulness than something more complex. If you want to keep up on the latest developments in 3D printing materials, visit us regularly here at Mwave3D.