Thursday, February 19, 2009


Modeling an Entire City

Image: model of the city of Stockholm via:

This model of Stockholm, Sweden was printed on a Dimension Printer. The task usually takes years when done by hand, but with a Dimension Printer the project only took a couple of months!

Dimension Releases Personal 3D Printer Priced Less Than $15K
Company hopes to beat competition with new uPrint desktop unit.

via: Jan 28, 2009

The Dimension 3D Printing Group, a division of Stratasys, wants to make sure you understand that its new desktop 3D printer is a personal machine -- not for a service bureau, not for sharing with the whole department -- just for you. To make that point, the company calls the model uPrint. (Watch the uPrint video demonstration.)

The machine itself was unveiled on Monday at the Dimension Resellers Conference in Anaheim, California. Priced at $14,900, it’s available to ship worldwide immediately, according to the company.

The new model stands only 2.5’ tall, has a 26” x 26” footprint, and features an 8” x 6” x 6” build area. The machine uses Dimension’s fused deposition modeling (FDM) technology to build models of ABSplus, a material from Stratasys that is said to be 40% stronger than standard ABS plastic.

Dimension 3D Pringing Group, a division of Stratasys, has released a personal 3D printer called uPrint.

uPrint comes with CatalystEX software for converting a CAD system’s STL file output into 3D models with the necessary support structures. A soluble support-material removal system is designed to eliminate manual clean-up of the printed model. A second material bay allows users to preload material or refill without interrupting printing operation.