More and more open source additive manufacturing (AM) systems keep popping up out of the woodwork. At this point the technology is well enough understood that all a new startup requires to get going is someone with a bit of mechanical engineering knowledge, a social media representative, and some seed money. With crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo to help pay for full production runs, all most small companies need is some kind of gimmick to build interest.
The QU-BD One Up 3D printer is a standard material extrusion printer, of the sort built by MakerBot, the kings of AM systems originally built on open source architecture. QU-BD, the Arkansas-based company behind the new system, does have a gimmick of sorts that should at least drive initial interest in its 3D printer. An entire QU-BD One Up kit can be had for $200.
In the course of my diligent efforts to keep you good people up to date on the state of additive manufacturing (AM), I come across many interesting news items. I’ll gather them up every so often and present them in a Rapid Ready Roundup (like this one). You can find the last Roundup here.
We’ll start today’s Roundup with some business news. MakerBot has inked a deal with Ingram Micro to distribute its lineup of AM systems and related products throughout the US. While MakerBot has a similar deal with Microsoft to sell 3D printers in the software giant’s brick-and-mortar stores, this represents the first time the company has used a large, independent distributor in the US. Continue reading
Additive manufacturing (AM) has become something of a boom industry in the last five or so years. New companies pop up all the time, produce a single 3D printer, and are often never heard from again. The AM market is highly competitive, whether you manufacture industrial or home/small business systems.
The pure number of new AM systems out there means I can’t possibly report on them all (and you wouldn’t want me to). Whether or not something hits Rapid Ready depends on innovation, presentation and a myriad of other details about a new 3D printer. I say that as way of explanation because I noticed when Ultimaker released its first AM system, and kind of ignored it. Continue reading