U.S. Navy will rely on 1,000 3D printed parts by end of 2018

The U.S. Naval Air System Command (NAVAIR) is ramping up production of 3D printed parts.

System Command estimates that it will have approximately 1,000 3D printed parts approved for use across the fleet before the end of 2018. Currently only 135 3D printed parts are authorized for use.

3D printing helmets to flight-critical parts

3D printed parts will be used in a range of Naval applications, from modifications to helmets to critical parts for aircraft: NAVAIR categorizes parts depending on their air-worthiness. Parts not requiring airworthiness can be fabricated more quickly.

In 2016 NAVAIR proved that 3D printing could be used to produce safety-critical parts with the successful flight of an MV-22B Osprey, fitted with a 3D printed titanium engine nacelle link and attachment. Last spring, a 3D printed flip-top valve was added to the T-45 Goshawk breathing mask, allowing pilots in training to breathe cabin air up to a certain altitude. 300 valves were printed within a month without which training would have been impossible.

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John Marello http://www.octave.com

Add comment April 12th, 2018

3D Printer Bundles for Education

Octave Systems3D Printer Bundles for Education are packages designed to give you the printer and accessories you need to get 3D printing set up and going in your classroom. Each kit includes a printer, recommended filament bundle and any particular accessories which the manufacturer recommends. These are all discounted from the base price, so you save with each kit. See the Printer Bundles on the Octave website HERE

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Add comment March 9th, 2018

For Sale!! Used Tiertime UP Plus 2 3D printers

Octave Systems has a number of “Like New” Tiertime UP Plus 2 3D printers for sale. While they last!! Only $299!!!

30 day warranty.
Prints with 1.75mm ABS and PLA Filament.
Heated build platform.
Build Volume: 5.5″ x 5.3″ x 5.5″ /140 x 135 x 140 mm.
Auto Nozzle Height Detection.
Auto Platform Leveling.

The UP! Plus 2 3D desktop printer has an open frame, all-metal black chassis and fabricates objects using 1.75 mm ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) or PLA (polylactic acid) thermoplastic filament (sold separately), with a vertical resolution from 150 to 400 microns (0.15 to 0.40 mm). The printer can build objects to maximum dimensions of 5.5″ x 5.3″ x 5.5″ /140 x 135 x 140 mm (W x H x D). The included printer management software runs on a Windows or Mac OS X computer, reads Standard Tessellation Language (STL) files generated by computer-aided design (CAD) software (sold separately), and commands the printer through the provided USB cable. An included platform-level calibration device can be used with the software to help ensure a level build surface. The software can also read the included nozzle-height detection device to calibrate the nozzle’s vertical position for accurate operation.

The extruder has a heat and wind shield that helps prevent injury, and redirects air to help cool the material for a fine finish. A metal build platform heats to 105 degrees C to help provide thermal stability. A perforated cell board fastens to the platform by spring clips for a secure fabrication base. Solid metal guide rails and precision slide bearings help ensure precise movement. The belt-driven stepper motors meet the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) standard ICS 16-2001.

John Marello http://www.octave.com

Add comment January 16th, 2018

Emblaser 2 Laser Cutter/Engraver with Air Assist, Camera, WiFi

Emblaser 2 Laser Cutter/Engraver with Air Assist, Camera, WiFi

Perfect for the classroom

Designed, engineered and proudly made in Australia, the Emblaser 2 is the second generation desktop laser cutter and engraver that is a perfect combination of ease-of-use, size, power and price. Designed to be user friendly, easy to setup, safe and easy to use in any classroom.
So many materials

The Emblaser 2 can cut, mark or engrave cloth, cardboard, paper, leather, wood, plastics and so much more.

Safety first

Traditionally laser cutters have only been available for specialized learning areas, but the Emblaser 2 is a Class 1 laser making is safe to use in any classroom when combined with it’s air filtration unit.

The AS/NZS IEC 60825 classification divides lasers into 6 classes, with 6 being the highest and most harmful. The Emblaser 2 is a Class 1 device considered the safest and does not permit human access to laser radiation during operation.

Give depth to your work

A true 3D cutting & engraving machine, the Emblaser 2 allows you to achieve different levels of depths and details.

It gives your piece that extra dimension by giving you the control to adjust the height of the laser while cutting. Cut through thicker materials by setting your laser to automatically lower with multiples passes.

Precise Alignment

Use the built-in camera to overlay your design onto your project. Take out the alignment guesswork

What’s in the package:

  • Emblaser 2 wireless desktop laser cutter engraver
  • Clean cut air assist
  • 4 x cutting mats
  • Extraction hose
  • LaserWeb Software Windows, MAC & Linux
  • Lens cleaning kit
  • 120-220v – 12vDC Power Supply
  • USB Cable
  • Fire Blanket
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
  • Online & Phone Customer Support
  • Optional

  • Indoor filtration unit
  • Spare filter
  • John Marello http://www.octave.com

    Add comment October 26th, 2017

    Professional grade Structured Light 3D Scanner at an Amazing Price

    Octave Systems customers can save 5% when you BUY DAVID SLS-3 Scanners or Scanner Bundle – while Supplies LAST! Just use the promotion code OCTAVE-SLS3

    DAVID SLS-3 Structured Light 3D Scanner

    The DAVID SLS-3 is a professional-level 3D scanning solution using structured light technology, based on a combination of hardware, software and accessories.

    “ This is a fantastic scanner. It is replacing a Next Engine that didn’t have the resolution I needed for scanning jewelry. It’s not as plug and play as the Next Engine but the scan results blow it away ” -Robert, May 2016

    The main difference from the DAVID SLS-2 is the customized full-HD camera. It has a fast high-resolution chip and a USB 3.0 interface making the 3D scan possible at 54 FPS at maximum resolution (1920 x 1200) and still be twice as fast as the DAVID SLS-2.


    DAVID SLS-3 Structured Light 3D Scanner Bundle Deal

    The DAVID SLS-3 is a professional-level 3D scanning solution using structured light technology, based on a combination of hardware, software and accessories.

    This Bundle comes with DAVID SLS-3 3D Scanner + HP Automatic Turntable Pro + FREE Desk Scan Lever to perfect your 3D scanning experience.

    You can see the David Scanners and purchase from Growshapes Website, https://www.growshapes.com/david-3dscanner-sls3.html

    John Marello http://www.octave.com

    Add comment September 14th, 2017

    Cetus 3D Printers now in stock at Octave Systems

    The Cetus 3D printer is a simple, reliable and easy-to-use desktop 3D printer with minimalist design. With excellent print quality and a build volume of 180 x 180 x 180mm for the Standard MKII model and 180 x 280 x 180mm for the Cetus Extended model, the Cetus is the perfect choice for Educators, hobbyists or the casual maker.


    We want everyone to enjoy the fun of 3D printing, let your ideas realized and shared in a simple and tangible way. However, most 3D printers on the market are difficult to use, unreliable and expensive. 3D printers tend to be ever more complicated, bulky and confusing. Therefore we made a printer for you and ourselves, the Cetus, a minimalist printer that delivers the joy of creating and building ideas.


    As a truly essential system, the body is made of aluminum extrusions, and the machine is simplified into only six modules

    • 3 x axis modules (IKO linear bearings)
    • 1 x electronic module
    • 1 x print bed module
    • 1 x print head module

    Small Size but a BIG Printing Volume

    With a total weight of 3.2kg/7.1lbs and machine dimensions of 260x260x280mm/10.2″x10.2″x10.7″, Cetus is highly portable so you can take your creativity anywhere!

    • Standard Version printing volume: 180(W)x180(H)x180(D) mm/7″x7″x7″
    • Extended Version printing volume: 180(W)x280(H)x180(D) mm/7″x11″x7″


    Precise and fine quality prints without hassle

    Quality Linear Rails

    Self-lubricated | Maintenance Free | High Precision | Long Lifespan | Quiet

    A Simple yet Effective Extruder with 3 Nozzle Options – 0.6mm strength, 0.4mm normal, and 0.2mm HD

    NO Leveling Necessary for Users

    The build plate is a 3mm aluminum plate, which ensures a perfectly flat build surface. It is fixed onto the linear guide directly, and there are no moving parts between the slider and the build plate. This ensures that the build surface is flat and parallel along the X-axis. The Y-axis is carefully calibrated in the factory, so users can start printing right out of the box, and there is no need to level the machine before getting to work!

    Novel Build Surface

    A special print bed surface coating is applied to guarantee a perfect print every time.
    The surface sticks to PLA and has a high tolerance for nozzle height error.
    Thanks to this surface coating, removing your prints from the surface is surprisingly easy and clean.
    The coating itself is very durable and could last for a long time.

    Software: Best of Both Worlds

    The dedicated Cetus 3D-printing software features a straightforward interface, easy breakaway Smart Support, photo to lithopane, custom print material, and more! The software is also supported by Windows, Mac, and iOS. Furthermore, user can use third party slicing softwares such Simplify3D, Cura, Slic3r and etc. So that advanced user can fine tune their print to get the best quality. Gcode compatibility also means you can mod the machine to do things like laser engraving or other CNC type functions.

    The Cetus MKII Standard model and the Cetus Extended model are both in stock at Octave Systems. All Cetus 3D printers purchased from Octave Systems come with an exclusive 6 month warranty – parts and labor. Please visit our website at www.octave.com or call our Sales Dept. at 800-626-8539 ext. 1, if you have any questions.

    John Marello http://www.octave.com

    Add comment August 17th, 2017

    New!! Octave Precision PLA Filament for 3D Printers

    The Octave Precision PLA line is designed to produce better results, fewer clogs and less wasted filament than any other PLA available today. When your print job demands the best, reach for Octave Precision.

    Superior Diameter Consistency

    During production, laser measurement instruments constantly check filament diameter and roundness, ensuring no greater than 20 microns in variation. Your 3D printer’s hot end is going to be fed the amount of material it expects at all times, which means less discrepancy in layer height and depth, and smoother prints.


    Intelligently Wound Spooling

    Advanced robotics are employed to wind the filament onto each spool, perfectly placing each layer of filament side by side, one on top of the other. This results in tangle-free unwinding, an end to clogs caused by filament cross-binding while printing.


    Remaining Filament Estimator

    The side of the clear spool is marked to reveal the length of filament remaining in meters.
    Take the guesswork out of gauging whether or not there is enough left to complete a print job.

    Contaminant Free Purity

    Produced in an atmospherically pure, temperature and humidity-controlled environment, airborne particulates cannot reach the filament as it is being made and unwanted moisture is not introduced into the process. Technicians clean the extrusion machinery after every run to guarantee each spool suffers no imperfections from material build-up. Octave Precision PLA begins its life as pure PLA and remains pure PLA after it becomes filament.

    Single Spool Inspection

    Every spool of Octave Precision PLA is inspected by a technician before it is packaged. If it doesn’t meet our quality-control checklist, it is discarded.

    Moisture Free Packaging

    After inspection, before it ever leaves the contaminant-free production area, Octave Precision PLA is vacuum sealed in plastic wrap with a desiccant to protect against condensation forming during shipping.

    John Marello http://www.octave.com

    Add comment May 8th, 2017

    Copy Protection For Free on Vinpower Duplicators

    Vinpower has enabled its entire range of optical disc duplicators with their exclusive copy protection feature for both DVD and Blu-ray* discs.

    In a time when most companies want to give you less and charge more for it, Vinpower is doing the opposite and providing more for less. Previously, the Copylock software and capability to support Vinpower’s market leading DVD copy protected image files were optional add-ons, but now Vinpower will make it available for free on all new eligible duplicators. So if you purchase any Vinpower branded DVD duplicator, the Copylock copy protection software and capabilities will be included for free*!

    In today’s savvy hi-tech world, consumers are often purchasing a single video and making copies for their friends which limit the overall sales. If you worked hard and put in a lot of effort and expense into creating your video project, you shouldn’t be restricted in the number of units you can sell because you can’t afford the high price of replicated copy protection. Instead, by using Vinpower Digital’s Copylock (CPS) technology, you can feel secure by adding FREE Copy Protection* with the OCP or EZ BD format** and OptoDisc manufactured media in less time and with no minimum or maximum quantities required.

    Why should it cost you extra to protect what’s rightfully yours? Keep the savings in your pocket and increase your revenue by adding Vinpower’s free Copy Protection along with the superior OptoDisc manufactured media.

    For more details about this product or any of Vinpower Digital’s range of hardware, software, and media offerings, visit the Octave website, www.octave.com or speak with our authorized Vinpower representative at 800-626-8539.

    *In order to utilize the free copy protection, the user must use DVD or BD media with the OptoDisc MID code, contact Vinpower for a list of such media options.
    **For Blu-ray copy protection, the duplicator must be enabled to produce BD copy protected discs, check with your sales associate to make certain before purchasing.


    John Marello http://www.octave.com

    Add comment February 17th, 2017

    Copy Master III Duplicators with Plextor Burners

    CMIII_c The Copy Master III with the latest Plextor SATA duplication grade DVD Burner reads and writes DVD/CD at blazing fast speed of 24X. The Plextor DVD burner has passed stringent testing procedures to ensure better compatibility with different media brands available today. It also incorporates a new improved chassis design to tremendously reduce noise and greatly improve writing quality. Also, with Industrial tray gears & pulleys, the Plextor burner provides a more stable disc loading tray for a longer life cycle.

    With the Plextor drives, they may cost slightly more initially, but they are a much better value in the long run…

    When you contemplate whether something is a better deal because the initial cost is cheaper than the competition, to understand the true cost of ownership, you need to take into account the full cost over the lifespan of the product, including durability, reliability, and longevity, to get a full picture.

    For example, if we compare the high quality duplication grade Plextor PX-891SAF CD/DVD recorder drive with another common CD/DVD recorder drive that offers a slightly lower cost. In this scenario, the alternative drive is $5 cheaper than the PX-891SAF, however, the alternative drive lasts only 6 months at most under the heavy duplication production, while the PX-891SAF lasts at least 12 ~ 15 months under the same production load. That means that you would have to purchase 2 ~ 3 replacements of the alternative drive over the lifetime of a single Plextor PX-891SAF drive. So that $5 initial savings is not only wiped out, but you end up paying nearly 2 times more for the alternative drive(s) compared to the PX-891SAF over the lifespan of the drives.

    In this scenario, I only looked at the true hard dollar costs of ownership, there’s also the issue that the PX-891SAF offers superior quality and less rejects than the competition. That’s another cost that should be counted when determining the overall cost of ownership. Optical drives may not be very expensive and therefore you may not think it’s worth doing a cost projection for them, however, when you consider the number of times you have to replace your drives, then you’ll quickly realize how those savings can add up.

    For more details about the Copy Master III duplicators, please visit our website, www.octave.com

    John Marello http://www.octave.com

    Add comment January 17th, 2017

    New! Octave 3D Printing Pen

    Octave 3D Printing Pen

    Suitable for designers, animators, illustrators, hand-crafters, students, etc.

    Advanced unclogging mechanisms technology prevents jamming.

    Package content

    3D Printing Pen
    Base for the 3d pen
    Power adapter
    1.75mm PLA filament, two colors, each 60g
    (Filaments are on the bottom of the box.)

    Product information:

    Weight: 70g
    Pen Size:18.4*2.0*1.8cm
    Color: Blue
    Printing Speed: 2mm-40mm/S
    Material required: 1.75mm ABS / PLA filaments
    Material output size: 0.7mm
    Temperature: 230°C (446°F) – ABS; 200??392°F?- PLA.
    Packaging Size: 21.5*14*5.5cm
    Certification: RoHS, CE, FCC
    G.W: 0.5kg


    John Marello http://www.octave.com

    Add comment November 8th, 2016

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