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UP mini 2 3D Printer Now Available


Cypress, CA , USA—July 29, 2016—Tiertime USA announced today that UP mini 2, the revolutionary desktop 3D printer with Wi-Fi technology and LCD touch screen will be available in the US on Monday, August 1st.

The UP mini 2 redefines the best desktop 3D printing experience with amazing new features all packed into a remarkable design, including fully enclosed build environment with HEPA filtering, Wi-Fi connectivity, high resolution output, a variety of build surfaces and material options to choose from, and introducing a LCD touch screen, a new and innovative way to run prints submitted from multiple sources with the touch of a finger.

UP mini 2 has the latest features available on the 3D printing market and it has also fine tuned those features to provide the best 3D printing experience…We have given much thought about intuitive user interfaces to create more consumer friendly 3D printing environment,” said Tiertime CEO Allen Guo. “As a world leading 3D printer manufacturer, Tiertime’s greatest motivation is to meet the increasing demand for consumer 3D printers on the global market. “We believe that UP mini 2 will become the best entry level 3D printing gadget for students at schools, kids at home and 3D printing fans everywhere.”

Pricing & availability UP mini 2 will be available in the US on August 1 for a suggested retail price of $599.Customers can purchase the UP mini 2 through Octave Systems, Inc.

Tiertime USA is a division of Tiertime Corporation servicing North America and it’s surrounding area. Working out of Brooklyn, New York and Cypress, California, Tiertime USA is passionate about the emerging 3D printing industry and the ability of their UP 3D printers to create a revolutionary wave of 3D printing success.


Add comment August 4th, 2016

July Special on Octave ABS Filament!

For the month of July, get Free UPS Ground shipping with the purchase of the Octave 1.75mm ABS Filament 8 Spool Bundle, 1kg (2.2lbs) each, Choose Any 8 Colors. Only $25 per spool!!


Choose from 16 different colors – white, black, natural, red, green, yellow, pink, orange, purple, blue, brown, grey, transparent, galaxy blue, silver, gold.

Octave 1.75mm 3D printing Filament 8 Spool Bundle. High quality 1.75mm 1kg spool each ABS filament from Octave. Produces excellent 3D printing results.

High-quality ABS filament, manufactured to very tight tolerances and a wide extruder temperature range, making for smoother 3D printing, and fewer extruder nozzle problems.

Add comment July 7th, 2016

Vinpower’s Disc Duplicators can accommodate up to 8TB HDD’s

All of Vinpower’s Optical Disc Duplicators can accommodate the largest available 8TB HDD’s


The fact that an 8TB hard drive exists is quite amazing, given that magnitude of the content that could be stored on that drive. So the fact that all of Vinpower’s optical disc duplicators, manual towers and autoloaders, can utilize the 8TB HDD to store projects/jobs, is also an impressive feat. It’s also fair to think, why would anyone need such a large HDD inside a duplicator.

When you think about the fact that content is getting larger and larger, for instance, UHD/4K content could be over 100GB per disc, then it’s easy to see how a user would need a much greater amount of space to store each project for future duplication jobs. Couple that with Vinpower’s new Blu-ray Copy Protection (BCP) feature, where the protected files would need to reside on the HDD to make additional protected copies without requiring additional licenses, and the amount of space needed could add up quickly.
Regardless of whether you’ll need an 8TB HDD for your duplicator or not, the key is that Vinpower strives to stay ahead of the curve and is constantly expanding the boundaries of what’s possible for our duplication hardware.

For more details on any of the Vinpower products, please visit our website at

Add comment July 1st, 2016

Vinpower’s exclusive standalone Network and Copy Connect features are MAC compatible

Vinpower’s exclusive standalone Network and Copy Connect features are compatible with the latest Apple Mac computer iOS 10.10 (Yosemite) & 10.11 (El Capitan)

Vinpower was the first to offer a true drag and drop feature in 2010 for our Standalone duplicators so that users could connect their duplicator to a computer and drag a file from the computer to the duplicators internal HDD. From there we advanced the capability to make this feature available via the network so a company could easily send files from any number of computers or a network server to the duplicator’s HDD. At first this was limited to PC’s only, but after much effort, we were able to offer this feature for those particular to Apple products, in particular the Mac users.

However, computer operating systems are continuously being upgraded to provide new features and make them stronger against viruses and hackers. This benefit to the user creates a legitimate problem for companies that make hardware that interacts with the operating systems in order to allow the computer to work with or function through the device. That’s especially true with Apple and their limited access to their iOS. Vinpower recognizes the importance of making sure all computer users can utilize the key features of our exceptional duplicators so we continue to manage our FW updates to ensure the Drag and Drop and Network features also work with the latest Mac iOS versions.

With that said, Vinpower is proud to announce that our Network and Drag and Drop features will work with the current Mac iOS 10.10 (Yosemite) & 10.11 (El Capitan).

For more details on any of the products that Vinpower carries, please visit the Octave website at


Add comment May 17th, 2016

New Kickstarter Campaign for Polymaker

PolySmooth & Polysher: 3D Prints Without Layers by Polymaker

An entirely new 3D printing filament & desktop machine, to dramatically improve the surface quality of 3D printed parts

Want to make your 3D printed parts to look like this? Sign up on this page

Add comment April 27th, 2016

Tutorial Video for PQI iConnect Mini

Check out how easy and useful the iConnect Mini from PQI USA is to use through this tutorial video

Here’s an easy quick guide on how to use the basic functions of the iConnect Mini, by PQI USA, to back-up photos and videos, play music and videos, lock and unlock content, and more. If you recently purchased an iConnect Mini for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, or thinking about doing so, this video will show you how easy it is to perform many of the basic features.

Here’s a link to the video posted on YouTube for quick access to viewing:

For more details about the iConnect Mini or any product offered PQI USA, please visit our or contact a Sales representative at 800-626-8539.

Add comment March 9th, 2016

Vinpower Controller Supports All Optical Disc Drives

Vinpower is the only Controller manufacturer that supports drive firmware updates for all optical disc drives on the market today.

Vinpower has established itself as the premier manufacturer of standalone duplication controllers, especially for optical discs. We were the first to offer a wide range of unique and useful features and we’re still developing new helpful features, particularly for heavy duplicator users. While our competition is either leaving the industry or significantly reducing their offerings and capabilities, Vinpower marches on to ensure that we still provide the exceptional quality and range of features and options that we have become known for.

One of the key features that is critical, especially for heavy duplication users, is the ability to update the optical disc drive’s (ODD) firmware (FW) directly through the duplicator’s controller. Currently, Vinpower is the only controller manufacture that offers this feature, which supports all internal ODD’s that are available on the market today. Unfortunately, today’s ODD’s tend to see more glitches and bugs than previous years, this is mostly due to the low cost nature of the ODDs and the manufacturer’s limitations in time and resources to provide as wide of range of test as previously performed before releasing the drive onto the market.

Most of the bugs are related to media compatibility or other easily correctable issues, but in order to correct the problems, the user must upload the latest ODD FW. For those with duplicators using a non-Vinpower controller, that means you have to remove each drive, connect them to a computer, and update them one by one. That’s fine if you only have a small handful of drives. But if you have multiple duplicators with 10 or 15 drives in each one, then that process is going to be difficult and time consuming. With the Vinpower controller, you can update all the drives in the duplicator simultaneously in minutes without removing any of the drives. That saves a tremendous amount of time and hassle, keeping you focused on duplicating rather than updating.

For more details on any of the products that Vinpower carries, please visit the Octave Systems website at


Add comment February 19th, 2016

3D Printing Trends for February Are Here!

The new monthly 3D Hubs trend report is here. Zortrax is #6 in Highest Rated 3D Printers according to stunning number of 1258 reviews! Zortrax M200 is also one of the most popular 3D printers in Europe and Asia Pacific and is growing fast in Printer Model Distribution category. See the details below and learn more:


Add comment February 16th, 2016

PQI iConnect [Apple MFi] – USB Flash Drive

Is your iPhone, iPad & iPod low on space? Free up space on your iPhone, iPad & iPod easily with PQI iConnect. PQI iConnect is equipped with an Apple certified Lightning interface that can be plugged into an iPhone, iPad & iPod directly. It helps you to quickly back up photos and videos and stores your precious memories, leaving your iPhone, iPad & iPod with enough space to capture exciting moments at all times! What’s more, you can store your favorite movies, music, and files in iConnect and play them directly on an iPhone, iPad & iPod simply by plugging in iConnect. Media and files saved on iConnect won’t occupy any of your iPhone, iPad & iPod’s storage space, thereby satisfying your entertainment and work requirements at all times. iConnect is also equipped with a USB 3.0 interface for fast data transfer. Whether transferring data from your computer to your iPhone, iPad & iPod, or backing up iPhone, iPad & iPod data onto your computer, you can now effortlessly piece together every moment of your life with iConnect!


For more information contact the Octave Sales Dept at 800-626-8539.

Add comment January 20th, 2016

3D Hubs 3D Printing Trends January 2016

3D HUBS – This trend report provides a comprehensive and unmatched perspective on the current state of the 3D printing industry. Based on data from our 3D Hubs community, which includes over 25,000 printers in over 150 countries, and thousands of 3D print orders every month, we are excited to show you the printers people love and what’s trending in the world of 3D printing.

Insights: Average Order Value per Material
New year, new addition to our monthly Trend Report! From now on, we’re listing the average order value for common 3D printing materials.

It turns out general purpose plastics make up the least expensive orders, as the average order size stands at $34.3 for ABS and at $31.4 for PLA. Resin prints – which are still printed in most cases on desktop printers – have an average order value of $50.7.

The next 3 materials are all printed on industrial 3D printers, and along with the increased price and material costs, the order values are higher as well.

Selective Laser Sintered (SLS) Nylon orders are on average just above $80. PolyJet high detail prototyping materials are next, with an average value of $93.4 per order. Concluding our list is Full Color Sandtone, with an average order value of just below $100.

Insights: Highest Rated Desktop Printers
We’re starting off the new year with a new winner amongst the highest rated desktop printers as the PowerSpec 3D Pro skyrocketed from #9 to take the crown. The Prusa Steel took the silver this month, followed by the Afinia H480 which climbed up from #5 to the podium.

CEL’s Robox is holding firmly to the 4th position, followed by the original Form 1 to conclude the top 5. The Zortrax M200 fell back 3 positions, but now sports well over 1000 stellar reviews.

The Velleman K8400 climped up 4 positions to #7, followed by 2 Kossels and a DeltaWASP – all Delta-style printers. Printrbot Metal Plus started off the new year quite well, climbing from #18 to #11.

The Form 1+ fell back to #18 this month, but next to the Zortrax it’s now one of the 2 printers in the top 20 with at least 1000 reviews.

Insights: Trending Printers
It’s only been on the market for a few months and now the new Form 2 becomes our Nr.1 trending printer, with a stellar 133.3% growth. We expect it to remain on this list for a while if it manages to live up to its predecessors.

The Lulzbot Taz 5 has been on our list since October and it still managed to pick up speed, climbing up to claim the silver this month. The Duplicator I3 concludes the top 3, growing more than 20% this month.

The 4S from Duplicator picked up quite some steam over the holidays, making it into the top 5. In its footsteps, CraftBot rose 18 positions and now claims #6.

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Add comment January 7th, 2016

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