growshapes and the soon-to-launch Silicon Valley 3D Printing Accelerator will be hosting an Open House this evening from 6:30 to 8:30pm at their Santa Clara office for the Silicon Valley chapter of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA-SV).
As part of the Open House, growshapes CEO, Geoffrey Doyle will give a brief presentation on biomimicry and industrial design. His talk will focus on how the development of new structures (or combining existing structures in new ways) enables the development of new 3D printing materials. Geoffrey will also illustrate how new structures and 3D printing technologies will dramatically impact the way prototypes and products are manufactured.
There will also be product demonstrations:
Registration information can be found here.
As a reseller of Makerbot printers, GrowShapes is pleased to announce that Makerbot has just released a firmware update for 5th Generation Replicator 3D printers, as well as the Makerbot Desktop 3.2.1 software.
The firmware update is particularly of interest to us as several of our customers expressed reservations about purchasing the 5th Generation Replicator 3D printers simply because of the known issue with the extruders tending to jam. The major improvement is that of the filament unloading process. The intent is to prevent jamming and make the filament removal much easier.
Owners of the Makerbot Replicator Z18 may also find the firmware update useful as it provides users with more accurate z-homing and more specific error messages.
Additionally, Makerbot expanded the compatibility of its Desktop software. It is now available for all of the following 3D printers:
For more information, see either a 3DPrint.com article on these updates or the Makerbot News blog entries dated July 16 & July 17.
The GrowShapes team is looking forward to participating in the Bay Area Makers Startup Weekend (7/12-13) at The Tech Museum in San Jose. The weekend is geared towards hardware and software developers. This is an opportunity for makers, such as engineers, product developers and inventors, to see a demonstration of how 3D printing and scanning can be used in prototyping new product ideas.
The makers will get a chance to see desktop 3D printers, such as the Afinia and the Makerbot, in action. They will also get to see examples of the quality of output of our industrial Mcor IRIS 3D printer, which is unique in printing in true color and uses eco-friendly paper for input.
For those makers who need to reverse engineer their design, or perhaps prototype tied to several other designs, GrowShapes will also be demonstrating our DAVID 3D Structured Light Scanner (SLS). This provides high quality resolution scans at a fraction of the price of other scanners, as its cost is under $3,000.
The Bay Area Makers Startup Weekend should be blast. We hope to see some of you there!
The modular DAVID 3D Structured Light Scanner (SLS) works well both in the office and on the go, especially for prototyping, reverse engineering a design, or even quality assurance inspections.
All the components can easily be transported in the original DAVID 3D scanner box. However, if you are on the move quite frequently, you might want a more rugged container.
GrowShapes Customer Support Engineer, Edgar Aguirre, found that a Pelican case does the job well. GrowShapes is using the Pelican 1500 case for our DAVID SLS scanner, which can be found here.
Edgar, whose travelling also includes airline flights, even found a mobile carry-on case, the Pelican 1510 which will fit in the overhead airline bins, which can be found here.
For cushioning each of the DAVID 3D scanner components within the case, you also want to be sure to order the foam option.
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