Archive for February, 2013 3D Printing Tool Kit A and C thoughts

By Maxamillion Schnell

Published on Feb 28, 2013 has been providing a good range of 3D Printing accessories, I give my thoughts on the Tool Kit A and C.

Add comment February 28th, 2013

Purchase any new Vinpower TITAN Supreme & get a free upgrade to Blu-ray.

Vinpower Digital is offering a special promotion* for those who need more duplication bang for their buck. With the purchase of any new Vinpower branded TITAN Supreme autoloader, starting March 1, through April 30, 2013, Vinpower will upgrade the order to a Blu-ray model free of charge. That’s a savings of over $4,000 on select sizes! Even if you currently are not copying Blu-ray content, this is an excellent opportunity to purchase a Blu-ray model at a DVD price, so the system will be Blu-ray ready when you are.

The TITAN Supreme is a standalone high capacity autoloader duplicator and can copy up to 8 discs simultaneously and hold up to 1000 discs. The TITAN Supreme has been a staple in duplication houses for years and even moderate duplication users have found the system to be effective due to the low cost point, ease of use, and the added convenience of the autoloading capability. Contact our authorized Vinpower dealer, Octave Systems, today to learn more about this and other great deals on Vinpower products.


Add comment February 28th, 2013

Bulk-Read CDs & DVDs Automatically

Do you have hundreds if not thousands of CDs and DVDs just laying around collecting dust? Do you want to somehow store them all on a hard drive but don’t have the time to do it manually? Now you can with the Zeus Series’ automated Bulk-Read feature! just stack all your CDs and DVDs in the Zeus’s input bins, select the format in which you want the discs copied and walk away! The Zeus will do the rest for you and let you know when it’s finished. The Bulk-Read feature is an additional license option which is available for the Zeus 2, 4, and 7 drive copy-print systems as well as the Zeus 8 copy-only system.

Bulk-Read Features:

  • Copy media automatically to hard drive.
  • Store media content as disc images or as directory structure.
  • Read CD, DVD, and BD, all at the same time!
  • System keeps detailed log of the entire process.
  • Zeus-2H

    Add comment February 26th, 2013

    Taulman 618 Nylon – Customer Review

    5.0 out of 5 stars A Complete Game-Changer

    February 21, 2013
    By Julia Truchsess

    A disadvantage of 3D-printed parts has always been their relative fragility compared with injection-molded parts, and their related tendency to de-laminate. With the introduction of Taulman 618 nylon, that is no longer the case. Parts printed with this material can be 80-100% as strong as injection-molded ones.

    Changes to my normal ABS workflow on my Afinia printer were minimal. I purchased the recommended Garolite sheet and temperature-lowering attachment from Octave Systems. The Garolite is a lot thicker than the perfboard I usually use so I had to reset my initial platform height. I had to leave a bigger-than-usual gap (about 0.5mm) between the nozzle tip and the bed or else the feed stepper would jam, possibly due to the viscosity of nylon being different from that of ABS during extrusion. The temperature-lowering gizmo must be used if you’re printing with an Afinia, since the 618 nylon likes a 240 degree C extrusion temperature and the Afinia doesn’t have user-adjustable temp. I also opened my fan duct damper since the nylon seems to print better that way, whereas I’ve been keeping it closed for ABS lately for maximum part strength. I always print with a raft, so bed leveling is not super-critical for me; I didn’t even bother re-leveling.

    The material unfortunately does not come on a “real” spool, but rather in a sort of clamshell thing where the filament comes out of a zigzag seam between the two halves of the clamshell. OK, seems reasonable, by why on earth haven’t they punched a hole in the middle to act as a hub?!? I cut my own hub hole, stuck a piece of PVC tubing in it, and it seems to be working ok, but I’d much rather have a genuine spool and I’d much rather buy 1kg of it than 1 lb.

    The parts are unbelievable. Beautiful, smooth, even, glossy finish and incredible strength. It’s not just that the raw material is stronger than ABS, but the layer-to-layer bonding strength is vastly higher, resulting in parts that do not de-laminate nearly as easily under stress. Another plus is nylon’s flexibility, for things like living hinges. ABS gets stress marks and quickly cracks, but nylon is far more durable under repeated flexure.

    Support removal from parts printed on the Up is only slightly more difficult than ABS; due to nylon’s greater strength and flexibility; support doesn’t “pop” off like ABS support does. There’s also a bit of extra cleanup required due to nylon’s “stringiness” – they do make clothing and carpeting out of the stuff, after all! Nonetheless, using the most recent (1.18 at the time of this writing) Afinia software, support removal is trivially easy.

    Colors are not available, but the natural nylon can be dyed with Rit® clothing dyes, either before or after printing. Maximum strength is achieved by dyeing after printing.


    Add comment February 23rd, 2013

    Taulman 3D “618” Natural Nylon Filament

    Octave Systems now carries the Taulman 618 High Strength Nylon Co-Polymer for 3D Printing. The 618’s superior strength, pliability, chemical resistance and surface texture are second to none. If you are interested, you can read the exciting news here about it being used for surgery. We carry both the 1.75mm and 3mm nylon in 1lb spools. Also check out our Nylon Bundles for Afinia/UP! 3D Printers.


    Add comment February 20th, 2013

    Real-Time Adventures with an Afinia 3D Printer

    By Christina Chun

    Excerpts from Article in 3D Printing Industry.

    Shortly after attending Siggraph again this past summer, as luck would have it, 3D Systems hosted a contest called the Cubify Challenge to win one of their new Cube 3D Printers. I really wanted my own 3D printer and this seemed like a great opportunity, so I submitted a range of designs to the contest and my bracelet design was selected as a top 5 finalist!

    I didn’t win — I think it was a blessing in disguise though. It turns out, the cost of printing models on a Cube is quite high. I also looked at Solidoodle 2 and the Makerbot Replicator 2 but then I found Afinia — or, rather they found me — on Twitter! The printer looked familiar, as it should, it is a re-branded UP! 3D printer that Afinia has made FCC compliant with some other enhancements/adjustments and it comes with US telephone support.

    I ordered via Amazon and purchased from Octave (reseller), who happen to be local to me in San Jose, CA and I literally got it the next day! I had seen various videos of both the Afinia Hseries and the original UP! 3D Printer — 200 microns? Sounded good to me. Then PP3DP released a new version of their UP! Software, which the Afinia can also use — I could print at 150 microns! It can also print using either ABS or PLA plastic filament unlike the Makerbot Replicator 2, which now only uses PLA. I initially thought the Afinia might be too small but in reality, it is more than enough for most things I can dream up for my applications. Plus, when I want something bigger, I can print out a model in stages and then put the separate pieces together.

    When my Afinia H-Series 3D printer arrived setup was quite simple. I took the printer out of the box, followed the unpacking instructions — it took me a few minutes to remove a few clips on the printer that keeps it safe during shipping, attached the filament hanger, attached the filament and fed it through the filament guide. Then I installed the software it came with, followed the rest of the directions for loading the filament as well as calibrating the nozzle and attaching the perf board to the platform. Quite literally I had everything done, setup and was printing my first model within an hour!

    I downloaded some .STL files of useful things from Thingiverse to use as test prints.

    What’s also nice is that the Afinia is packaged with some extra supplies such as a starter spool of filament, gloves, putty knife, exacto knife with blades, snipping pliers, tweezers, and other extras for your printer. The software also builds some pretty great support material from a single extruder and it breaks off easily from your model. The more intricate your details are, the tighter the spaces will be to pull out the break away material.

    The software is super easy to use. I took my models straight from 3ds Max or ZBrush, exported an .STL file, opened it in the Afinia/UP software, it loads up and calculates the layers, then prints! You can tweak the settings similar to a regular printer adjusting the layer thickness, fill settings and support material. SIMPLE!

    As an Artist first and technical person second, I thought I would need to take my file into some other program, fix it somehow, put it through some slicing program, then into some other program that only that 3D printer can read. Nope. The software that ships with the Afinia H-Series 3D printer is all you need aside from your 3D program that can export your designs to an .STL file. I’ve printed from both the Afinia and the updated UP! Software. Both work great.

    Add comment February 18th, 2013


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