Printers and 3D Printing

Apple Sells Lifeprint AR Printer

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Apple Sells Lifeprint AR Printer

Apple Stores start selling the latest instant printer from Lifeprint-- a larger, wifi-connected version capable of printing photos users can augment through a companion iPhone app.

The selling point of Lifeprint devices the ability to print a still from a video or Live Photo, before bringing it to augmented reality life by scanning with the app. As a result, customers can easily print and share Live Photos. The update provides larger 3 x 4.5-inch prints, up from 2 x 3-inch of the previous version.

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Kodak Presents Photo Printer Dock

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Kodak Presents Photo Printer Dock

Kodak announces what it describes as an "easier and more affordable" means to print photographs from smartphones-- the Photo Printer Dock, a device offering one-touch printing from any compatible device.

The Photo Printer Dock is compatible with Android and iOS devices, as well as digital cameras and any other device with USB connection. Printing takes place over either dock or wifi and companion Printer Dock app complete with editing features, filters and stickers.

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HP Presents Sprocket Mini Printer

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HP Presents Sprocket Mini Printer

HP announces a take on the portable photo printers popularised by the Fuji Instax line-- the Sprocket, a palm-size number complete with obligatory companion app.

The Sprocket pairs with iOS or Android devices via Bluetooth or NFC, and prints 2x3 photos or stickers either directly from the handset's camera roll or social media (Instagram, Facebook or Flicker). Printing comes through ZINK (Zero Ink), the technology used by similar products from LG and Polaroid using special sheets of paper covered with heat-activated dye colour crystals instead of ink cartridges.

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Apple Stores Start Selling 3D Printers

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Apple Stores Start Selling 3D Printers

Is Apple interested in 3D printing technologies? The company's retail operation suggest this might be the case, as European Apple Stores now offer Ultimaker 3D printers.

The Ultimaker printer in question-- the Ultimaker 2+-- can be found in Apple Stores in 12 European countries, namely Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Spain, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy and Hungary.

Of course, Apple is hardly the first PC maker to offer 3D printers in own retail locations. Dell started selling MakerBot 3D printers in its showrooms, and MakerBot products are also available from Microsoft stores. And while we doubt Apple plans to make an own 3D printer, it does own some patents covering the technology.

 

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Fujifilm Updates Instax Share Mobile Printer

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Fujifilm Updates Instax Share Mobile Printer

Fujifilm announces the Instax Share SP-2-- a sequel to the company's portable instant film printer described as faster, more reliable and offering more customisation options.

Instax Share printers are able to produce Polaroid-style instant prints from photographs from either mobile phones or compatible cameras. Fujifilm promises the SP-2 is faster and quieter than the previous version, with a laser exposure system allowing it to print 320-dpi resolution photos in 10 seconds.

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The Smartphone-Powered 3D Printer

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The Smartphone-Powered 3D Printer

Smartphones can power a number of devices, including PCs and virtual reality headsets, but a startup named OLO 3D takes the concept to an unlikely place with the OLO, a smartphone-powered 3D printer.

Described as a miniature stereolithography 3D printing system, the OLO is compatible with any smartphone with a display up to 5.8-inch in size, and essentially uses a combination of companion app (iOS and Android) and smartphone display to replace the projector component in a DLP printer.

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Mattel Brings ThingMaker Back as 3D Printer

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Mattel Brings ThingMaker Back as 3D Printer

Mattel is the next company to take on 3D printing as it presents the ThingMaker at the New York Toy Fair-- a bright orange low-cost 3D printer complete with iOS/Android app co-developed with AutoDesk.

The ThingMaker is technically a resurrection of an 1960s Mattel toy named, well, the ThingMaker. The old "at-home maker device" allowed kids to create small objects by pouring liquid plastic into molds before heating and cooling. The new ThingMaker also allows kids to make small objects, if through the power of 3D printing and a companion app.

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What You Need to Know About 3D Printers

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What You Need to Know About 3D Printers

HP is in. Microsoft and Intel, too. Ingram Micro, Tech Data, ABC Data and other distributors have opened Business Units or appointed product managers. Best Buy, WalMart, Media Markt, Staples, Synaxon and even Cool Blue are selling it at retail. Not to mention companies like Verbatim selling "filament" to print in 3D as they did for the PC with diskettes and CDs.

3D printing is consumer electronics' Next Big Thing. There are 3D scanners that attach to an iPad... applications that link to HP Sprout, Oculus Rift and Augmented Reality...service bureaus and even clouds where you find 3D printing-as-a service. And a number of e-commerce platforms that sell or give away content, fighting to be the iTunes of 3D printing.

While the song may be different, many in CE will recognize the tune and dance to the beat.

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A Colour Palette for 3D Printers

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A Colour Palette for 3D Printers

Customers appear to approve of low-cost 3D printers, but such devices can create objects in only one colour. Enter the Palette, an add-on accessory allowing single-extruder 3D printers to print in up to 4 colours.

The idea behind the Palette is fairly simple-- it combines 4 different 1.75mm filaments into a single filament output. It also calculates and cuts filaments according to the design, ensuring every colour appears exactly where it should.

Interestingly the device even handles different filament materials, allowing the use of non-plastic filaments such as conductive, carbon fibre infused, stainless steel infused and woodfill.

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3D Printing, Terminator 2-Style

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3D Printing, Terminator 2-Style

Remember the T-1000 from Terminator 2, the villainous robot able to form itself from liquid metal? Mystery startup Carbon3D emerges from stealth mode to reveal a 3D printing technology inspired by that same sequence.

The technology, dubbed Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP), is stunning to simply to look at-- an arm extracts objects, seemingly fully formed, straight out of a puddle of colourful goo. How does it do it? While regular 3D printers build objects layer-by-layer, CLIP uses light and oxygen to "cure" a photosensitive liquid resin, thus creating objects in a "true" 3D manner.

Essentially, light cures the resin while oxygen keeps it from going solid. A transparent and permeable window controls the exact amount light and oxygen the resin comes in contact with, creating "dead zones" through which printer produces cross sectional images of the object in question.

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A 3D Printer… For Food

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A 3D Printer… For Food

This day and age, a 3D printer needs to be really special in order to garner descriptions such as "futuristic" or even "unique"-- But the Foodini might actually be that, as it is a 3D printer able to create actual foods.

The work of Barcelona-based Natural Machines, the Foodini uses the same technological principles as regular 3D printers. Obviously, instead of plastic filament it uses raw ingredients (as deployed via stainless steel capsules), which it prints out, layer by layer, until it forms food.

"It's the same technology," the company tells CNN. "In essence, this is a mini food manufacturing plant shrunk down to the size of an oven."

However one factor might make the Foodini unsuitable for the more lazy of customers-- it does not actually cook the food, and one still has to source their own ingredients. However, Natural Machines is working with food manufacturers to create pre-packaged ingredient capsules, as well as a future model able to cook food as well as prepare it.

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