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The ATOM 2.0 isn’t just any Delta-style 3D printer

Makers, meet the most refined Delta printer yet.

Over the past few years, the Maker Movement has ushered in a wave of Delta-style 3D printers. Given their open-source, easy-to-assemble and expandable nature, not to mention affordability, the machines have become a popular choice for hobbyists throughout the world. However, these DIY devices have been found to sometimes be on the flimsier and fragile side. Well, one Taiwanese company is looking to change all that by launching what they believe to be “the most refined Delta printer yet.”


Unlike some others we’ve seen before, the ATOM 2.0 embodies a much sturdier look and feel than its predecessors, constructed entirely out of metal using a modular assembly system. Based on an Arduino Mega 2560 (ATmega2560), the printer boasts a spacious build volume and packs an all-new triple fan cooling system in its center hub. One fan is dedicated for stabilizing the hot end temperature, while remaining dual fans provide accelerated cooling for freshly laid down filament. This, of course, enables precise prints in relatively fast speeds, at extreme angles, and even bridges without support material.

“We’ve re-designed the entire hot end assembly from the ground up and custom built our parts so they can fit together seamlessly to provide a super consistent extrusion of filament. The hot-end is CNC milled from titanium and, paired with the custom aluminum heatsink, ensures that the heating stays in a very localized area for better temperature control and better preservation of filament integrity,” the team writes.


Designed with Makers in mind, the megaAVR powered ATOM 2.0 not only features a single extruder, but its unique modularity allows for users to swap out for double extrusion attachments or a laser engraver. With various conditions and factors meticulously controlled, the consumer-friendly machine print extremely thin layers, so thin that the layers are almost indistinguishable by the eye.

  • Printer size: 42cm x 42cm x 76cm
  • Printer weight: 13kg (28.6 lbs.)
  • Layer thickness: 0.5mm (50 microns)
  • Nozzle diameter: 0.4mm
  • Filament type: 1.75mm ABS and PLA
  • Connectivity: SD Card, USB


The company has launched a crowdfunding campaign on the Chinese funding site ZecZec, where it has already garnered its initial goal. The ATOM 2.0 is currently priced at $1,599, with the first batch of printers expected to be shipped in May 2015. Interested in one of the sleekest, most comprehensive Delta printers to date? Head over to its official page here.

3D printing a LEGO-compatible servo holder and Arduino Micro casing

Arduino continues its 3D printing tutorial series for its brand-new Materia 101.

It’s no secret that LEGO has been the perennial building blocks for DIYers spanning across decades. And, it’s also no surprise that the bricks are being paired with the Arduino open-source platform. Together, they are enabling Makers to bring their wildest ideas to life. If you recall, late last year, Arduino co-founder Massimo Banzi announced the launch of the company’s first 3D Printer: the Arduino Materia 101. The device, which is powered by an Arduino Mega 2560 (ATmega2560) and a RAMPS 1.4 shield, is currently available for pre-order. In an effort to lower the barriers of entry and get Makers started, our friends have published a series of tutorials, including this LEGO-compatible servo holder and Arduino Micro casing from Kristoffer.


First, the Maker designed a brick using the parametric 3D modeler FreeCAD, which is capable of holding a small servo. The 3D-printed brick itself is comprised of two 2×4 LEGO pieces, that joined together, serve as the project’s base. Next, make a hole for the servo, carve out a groove for the cable, extend the cylinders beneath the brick, and like that, your piece is just about complete. As Kristoffer notes, print your piece standing up with the side with the open cylinders facing downwards (as pictured above). Now, you can easily add wheels to LEGO robots and use variously-sized servos. Follow Kristoffer’s 10-step tutorial to get started.


Meanwhile, this isn’t the only LEGO-comptaible, 3D-printed piece the Maker has whipped up recently. Kristoffer also designed an enclosure for the highly-popular Arduino Micro (ATmega32U4) using a Materia, which can beused together with this DIY power function IR receiver.


In order to make the casing as minimal as possible, the Maker used a Micro without header pins. Meaning, Makers looking to create one of their own will have to solder straight onto the Arduino PCB board itself. However, in true open-source fashion, Kristoffer encourages anyone to modify the design to accommodate for the ATmega32U4 based Arduino with headers or something else.

Interested? You can head over to his step-by-step breakdown of the project, and download all the necessary FreeCAD files here.

This modded 3D printer teleports physical objects

Researchers develop a way to relocate physical objects across distances using destructive scanning, encryption and 3D printing.

The catchphrase “Beam me up, Scotty” made its way into pop culture in the late 1960s thanks to the debut of the incredibly-popular Star Trek series. It originated from the command Captain Kirk gives his chief engineer, Montgomery “Scotty” Scott, when he needs to be transported back to the Starship Enterprise. And while quantum teleportation of data is now a realistic possibility, unfortunately apparating from place to place Harry Potter-style is not… yet.


Well, a team of Hasso Plattner Institute researchers in Brandenburg, Germany may have developed the next best thing: a machine capable of teleporting inanimate physical objects across a distance. The device itself, aptly dubbed Scotty, consists of an off-the-shelf 3D printer, like an ATmega1280 powered MakerBot, which the team had extended to include a 3-axis milling machine, a camera, and a microcontroller for encryption/decryption and transmission. The unit is driven by a Raspberry Pi, while Arduino Uno (ATmega328) handles the milling machine.


The process is comprised of destructive scanning, encryption and 3D printing. How it works is relatively simple: Users place an object into the sender unit, enter the address of a receiver unit, and press the teleport button. The sender unit digitizes the original object layer-by-layer by shaving off material using its milling machine, capturing a photo using the built-in camera, encrypts the layer using the public key of the receiver, and transmits it. The receiving unit then decrypts the layer in real-time and immediately begins the printing process. What this means is that users will see the object appear layer-by-layer on the receiver side as it disappears layer-by-layer at the sender’s side.


“Scotty is different from previous systems that copy physical objects, as its destruction and encryption mechanism guarantees that only one copy of the object exists at a time,” one of the project’s co-creators Stefanie Mueller explains.

Although the prototype is limited to single-material plastic objects, it allows the team to present a pair of application scenarios: Scotty can help preserve the uniqueness and emotional value of physical objects shared between friends, and Scotty can address some of the licensing issues involved in fast electronic delivery of physical goods.


“In the future, there will be laws enacted preventing patented designs from being shared; however, what if you simply wanted to transfer ownership of that design/object? This is where Scotty comes into play,” 3DPrint.com notes. “Not only is Scotty able to more thoroughly scan the interior of an object via a destructive scanning process, but at the same time that it’s destroying the original artifact a copy is being sent to another location and encrypted to ensure that this copy is only accessible at the receiving computer, where it can then be refabricated via a 3D printer.”

If you’re intrigued like us, you can find a much more in-depth explanation of the project, its technical details and applications here.

Rewind: The 12 most impressive DIY 3D printers of 2014

Over the past several months, we’ve seen quite a bit of Makers designing home-brew 3D printers — a trend that has surely emerged throughout open-source RepRap movement. A vast majority of them have been constructed on a shoestring budget, fully-functional and impressive nonetheless. As we round out another year, we’ve decided to take a look back at some of the our favorite DIY designs. With plenty of more making to be done in 2015, we can’t wait to see what’s in store!

Delta Twister 3D Printer


15-year-old Braden had designed a DIY 3D printer with an approximate $400 build of materials (BOM). Aptly named the “Delta Twister,” the machine was powered by an Arduino Mega 2560 (ATmega2560), a RAMPS v1.4 board with drivers, and several other notable components.

Ceramic Delta 3D Printer


A Maker by the name of Johnathan Keep has unveiled a new Ceramic Delta 3D Printer powered by an Arduino Mega 2560 (ATmega2560). The build, which only cost about $700, is capable of printing a clay medium opposed to the more traditional plastic filament.

Makeblock Constructor I 


Shenzhen-based company Makeblock, known throughout the DIY community for their mechanical parts and electronics modules, recently released a 400-piece DIY 3D printer kit. Inspired by the demands of the RepRap open-source community, the Makeblock Constructor I is powered by an Arduino Mega 2560 (ATmega2560).

Ultimaker Original-Inspired ColorFabb XT Printer


Dutch Maker Harold Reedijk is no stranger to tinkering around with his Ultimaker Original 3D printer by adding and replacing various components. In fact, he’s even created his own heated print bed, as well as even more recently replaced the entire hot-end on his Arduino Mega 2560 (ATmega2560) based machine. The Maker used ColorFabb XT filament to construct his 3D printer, which though based on the design of his Ultimaker Original, did include a few modifications such as increasing its print volume to 220 x 220 x 215mm, adding a heated print bed, including an integrated power supply, and using a Ubis ceramic hot-end.

An E-Waste 3D Printer


Can you recall the last time you used your PC’s floppy disc drive? Better question, do any of you young Makers out there even know what a floppy disc is? How about that DVD player, or have your resorted entirely to Netflix? In any case, a Maker by the name of “mikelllc” has transformed electronic waste into an extremely inexpensive 3D printer — all for less than $100.  After downloading Arduino IDE, he used an ATmega644P based RepRap Gen6 to serve as the brains of the makeshift machine; however, he does note that RAMPS (ATmega2560) can also be used to bring the printer to life. The device runs off of free Repetier Host software, while the remaining components were each devised using cheap lasercut materials.

Inkjet 3D Printer


Designed by 22-year-old engineer Yvo de Haas, Plan B is an open-source platform powered by an ATmega 2560. Unlike other 3D printers on the market, this device works just like a desktop printer. The process is similar to the Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) process, but instead of using a laser to sinter the material, an inkjet printing head deposits a liquid binder onto a layer of gypsum powder.



Designed by Richard Tegelbeckers, the DeltaTrix is an open-source and fully-hackable 3D printer, powered by RAMPS v1.4 and an Arduino Mega 2560 (ATmega2560). A linear delta robot layout providing a mechanically simple motion platform for moving the print head allows for a relatively quick printing speed. Meanwhile, the DeltaTrix boasts as LCD display and a 4GB SD memory card, which can operate on its own and eradicates the need to be attached to a computer.

3&Dbot by PUC-Rio


A team of Makers has created the world’s first autonomous 3D printing robot named 3&Dbot. Tethered to a base with four omni wheels, the entire printer itself can move to and fro in any direction — dependent upon the print data it is fed. After extensive research and development, the group of visionaries at PUC-Rio decided to embed an [Atmel basedArduino board with wireless communication built in to its body. We’d say 3D printing is on quite a roll! Perhaps, the start of a new trend?



A Maker named “aldricnegrier” has designed an Arduino-based BuildersBot machine, which can best be described as a CNC Router that is also capable of 3D printing.



While the Maker community has been using open-source printers for some time now, the 3D printing industry has been primarily focused on producing plastic or metal objects. However, a small team of Barcelona-based Makers have introduced a new digital fabrication tool that aims to knit an entire piece of clothing, like a sweater or even a Where’s Waldo-like beanie cap, in under an hour. Powered by an Arduino Leonardo (ATmega32U4), the prototype platform cost approximately $750 to build and is currently capable of controlling three needles simultaneously.

Pizza-Making 3D Printer


Designed by four undergraduate students from the Imperial College in London, F3D (pronounced “fed”) is the latest food printing research project that has set out to revolutionize the way we prepare our food. The Makers modified existing RepRap 3D printing technology to create a food printer capable of 3D printing and cooking a complete dish. Having chosen to produce a machine with at least three extruders, the students needed to explore various hardware options capable of controlling the printer. They decided upon the Arduino Due (SAM3X8E) based DUET and DUEX4 bundle. As a result, the students were able to develop a pizza-making machine that was capable of 3D printing three different ingredients with three extruders and cooking the entire dish with the halogen oven all for just £1,145.19 (just shy of $2,000). Now, pretty soon everyone can become a chef!



3D-printed chocolate. We repeat, 3D-printed chocolate. Need we say more? As we experienced (and tasted) first-hand back at World Maker Faire 2014, the 3Drag has officially made chocolate on-demand a reality. Modified with a real pastry bag for precision bakery work or a heated syringe, 3Drag is suitable for plotting lettering and lines using any type of chocolate like milk, white and dark. All this, with the advantage to design the object or the pastry directly in computer graphic. Based on an ATmega 2560, the device is fitted a special extruder (which replaces the one typically used for extruding plastic materials) with a very common 60 ml syringe. A NEMA17 stepper motor drives its piston and a heater to maintain the chocolate contained in the syringe at its appropriate temperature.



Report: 18% of organizations own 10 or more 3D printers

60% of organizations claim high start-up costs are a main factor in the delay of implementing 3D printing strategies, a new survey from Gartner has revealed. However, the study also found that early adopters of the technology are finding clear benefits in multiple areas.


Earlier this year, Gartner conducted a worldwide survey to determine how organizations are using or at least planning to use 3D printing devices — many of which are based on AVR XMEGAmegaAVR and Atmel | SMART ATSAM3X8E microcontrollers, including the incredibly-popular MakerBot and RepRap.

“3D printing has broad appeal to a wide range of businesses and early adopter consumers, and while the technology is already in use across a wide range of manufacturing verticals from medical to aerospace, costs remain the primary concern for buyers,” explained Pete Basiliere, Gartner Research Director. “3D printer vendors must work closely with their clients to identify potential applications of the technology that may have been overlooked, and improve the cost-benefit ratios of their products. Organizations that wish to experiment with the technology without incurring start-up costs should consider partnering with a local 3D printing service bureau.”

Some key takeaways included:

  • While prototyping, product innovation and development are the main uses, 3D printing is also being implemented extensively in manufacturing applications.
  • By 2018, nearly half of consumer, heavy industry and life sciences manufacturers will use 3D printing to produce parts for the items they consume, sell or service.
  •  53% of respondents indicated that managers of R&D engineering or manufacturing are the primary influencer driving any 3D printing strategy.
  • A vast majority of those surveyed felt “overwhelmingly” that using a 3D printer as part of their supply chain generally reduces the cost of existing processes, especially research and product development costs.
  • The mean cost reduction for finished goods is between 4.1% and 4.3%.
  • 37% of respondents ranked the quality of the finished piece as the primary factor in selecting a 3D printer, while 28% cite price is the most important
  • 9% of respondents felt that production speed, the range of materials the printer could use, or size of parts it could create were the most important things to consider when deciding on a printer.
  • 37% of organizations had just one 3D printer within their company, while 18% own 10 or more.
  • The average number of printers per organization was 5.4.

“Clearly there is much room for future growth in this market, but vendors need to work on tools and marketing that show how the technology can be applied and drive competitive advantage. 3D printing vendors that take the time to articulate the value of their product in terms that align with their clients’ needs will be well-positioned to capitalize on any future growth,” Basiliere concludes.

Those interested in reading the entire press release and accessing the report can head to Gartner’s official page here.

Rewind: 2014 was the year of the 3D-printed prosthetic

Undoubtedly, 2014 has emerged as quite the watershed year for 3D-printed prosthetics. Whereas traditional transfemoral and transhumeral prostheses can set a patient back anywhere between $10,000 to $15,000 every three to four years due to wear and tear, 3D printing is proving to be a much more efficient, cost-effective alternative. Thanks to the rise of [Atmel based] 3D printers, a lifetime of prosthetics will soon cost much less than just a single commercially-made artificial limb.

In the near future, increased accessibility to 3D printers, as well as organizations like e-NABLE and Not Impossible Labs, will provide those in need with the ability to create custom, on-demand prosthetics.

With just weeks left before 2015, we’ve decided to highlight some of our favorite 3D-printed prosthetic projects that have made a difference over the last 12 months…

Youbionic will usher in a new era of prosthetics


Developed by Italian designer Federico Ciccarese, the white plastic hand is equipped with multi-colored wires attached to an electronic switchboard, powered by an Arduino Micro (ATmega32U4). Going one step further than the average prosthetic, the hand works through a series of sensors and actuator motors, controlled by the Arduino board. “I tried to make it as pleasing to the eye as possible while also focusing on making its movements as natural as possible,” Ciccarese explains.

This Wolverine hand is clawsome


e-NABLE volunteer Aaron Brown recently gained the attention of mainstream media after he sought out to add a new dimension to prosthetic hands, which at the time, had not been done before. In fact, he wanted to create custom superhero hands, starting with the world’s first 3D-printed prosthetic Wolverine claw. So, Brown decided to 3D print a cyborg beat prosthetic hand, using traditional “Michigan blue and yellow colors” (after all, it was on display at the Grand Rapids Maker Faire). He then attached short, plastic claws to Velcro to the hand. [h/t e-NABLE]

Iron Man to the rescue


Pat Starace recently put together a beaming, blinking and beautiful version of Tony Starks’s armor using an Arduino, some LEDs and Bluetooth. The Maker elected to develop his own hand abiding by several principles — it had to look and perform awesome, and it had to hide all the strings (typically visible in other low-cost 3D-printed prosthetic hands), so nothing distracted from its magic. “How can we help a child that faces everyday challenges with a disability? My answer is to give them the most awesome prosthetic hand, and raise their self esteem to Super Hero Levels,” Starace adds.

Students create a robotic prosthetic arm


Students at Washington University in St. Louis recently created a robotic prosthetic arm for 13-year-old Sydney Kendall. The total cost? $200, a mer of the price of standard prosthetics. The prosthesis is battery-powered and controlled with an accelerometer; while the thumb moves with a slightly different trigger – compared with finger motion.

3D printing gives man a $100 bionic hand


With the help of a $100 3D-printed design, do-it-yourselfer Howard Kamarata has regained some of the ability to use his hands after a devastating accident. While working on an outdoor project one October night, a slip of a miter saw took off four fingers above Kamarata’s knuckles. Industrial designer Casey Barrett got wind of the incident and offered to assist using a 3D printer, which he used to create the missing pieces for each finger. He rounded out the design by piecing together a glove, fishing wire, pins and screws purchased at a DIY shop.

$50 3D-printed hand trumps $42,000 prosthesis


53-year old Jose Delgado, Jr. was born without most of his left hand. With the help of insurance, Delgado managed to obtain a number of different prosthetic devices over the years, including a myoelectric device that uses the muscle signals in his forearm to trigger the closing or opening of the fingers. The total cost? $42,000, of which Jose paid about half out of pocket. Unsurprisingly, Delgado eventually decided to seek a cheaper option and so approached Jeremy Simon of 3DUniverse to inquire about obtaining a simple 3D-printed prothesis. Simon recommended the Cyborg Beast – even though he was initially somewhat skeptical about the basic 3D-printed prothesis. In short, the simple, mechanical design has provided Delgado with more day-to-day functionality than his far more expensive myoelectric prosthesis.

Robohands aiding in conflict zones


Daniel Omar, who lives in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, lost both his arms at just 14-years-old when a government plane dropped a bomb near his village during the country’s protracted civil war. Omar – who is now 16 – only recently picked up a fork to feed himself for the first time in two years using a prosthetic arm with parts make on an [Atmel based] MakerBot Replicator 2. The arm was designed by Mick Ebeling, the CEO of Not Impossible Labs.

Student creates 3D-printed prosthetic arm for a classmate


Evan Kuester, a digital fabrication graduate student, didn’t feel completely fulfilled by his coursework. He worked through his studies, but wasn’t necessarily making the impact that he had hoped. After noticing a female student on campus without a hand, he decided to put his education to good use. Kuester designed the arm using Rhino with a plug-in called Grashopper. Upon taking photos of his fellow classmate’s arm and a few measurements, he began modeling something that would be both functional yet aesthetically pleasing. The final prosthetic was printed in ABS as a single piece and did require a support structure for that intricate frame work. Once the support structure was dissolved, it was ready to be worn. [h/t MAKE]

3D printing helps 71-year-old man avoid amputation


A staff of Australian doctors carried out the world’s first procedure of printing a new heel bone. Pioneered by Professor Peter Choong at Melbourne-based Saint Vincent’s Hospital, the breakthrough has allowed 71-year-old Len Chandler to avoid amputation after being diagnosed with cartilage cancer in the foot. Typically speaking, those suffering from this disease lose the leg below the knee due to possible fracture. In order to create an exact replica of the patient’s right heel bone, the team mirrored a CT scan of Chandler’s tumor-free left heel bone which had the exact dimensions. The bone was then constructed out of titanium using a 3D printer.

3D printing helps build upper jaw prosthetic for cancer patient


After a 41-year-old Bangalore man was diagnosed with cancer of the palate, surgeons proceeded to remove his upper jaw, which unfortunately left sections of his nose and mouth exposed. Shortly thereafter, the patient sought a prosthesis but dentists were hesitant in treating him, as taking an impression and producing a mold proved problematic given his inability to open his mouth. It was then that Osteo3D got involved. Using a CT scan to create a 3D reconstruction of the patient’s face, Osteo3D printed a replica of the patient’s mouth, complete with lower and upper jaw, the defect and his teeth. [h/t Gizmag]

6-year-old receives a hand from a group of college students


The family of a 6-year-old boy who was born without an arm had been struggling to find a way to afford a prosthetic limb for the child — until a group of University of Central Florida students built one for a fraction of the price with a 3D printer. Alex Pring was given his new prosthetic arm — which cost just $350 to build — after the UCF team led by Albert Manero spent two months completing a prototype and publishing its blueprints online. [h/t New York Daily News]

2-year-old given 3D-printed prosthetic


A two-year-old named Caedon Olsen recently received the gift of a new prosthetic hand, thanks to a team of computer science students at Brenham High School in Texas. Olsen was born with an underdeveloped right hand due to a disorder called Ambiotic Band Syndrome, which left the infant without fingers on his right hand and a right palm smaller than his left. His mom, Jeanette Olsenm, approached the high school and with their $1,500 3D printer, the students took on the challenge of creating a prosthetic for the boy. [h/t Global News]

Students lend a helping hand to a former teacher


Former students of fourth grade teacher Patti Anderson, who had lost one of her hands in an accident involving a professional laundry machine, had written a letter to doctors at Johns Hopkins in hopes of getting her a 3D-printed prophetic hand. And well, it worked! [h/t 3DPrint.com]

3D printing gives Quack-Quack a second lease at life


A duck was basking in the sun at National Taiwan University, when a dog randomly attacked the unsuspecting bird. A local animal hospital performed immediate surgery to repair the fowl; yet coming out of the procedure they determined that it would not be able to put any weight on its leg. In true Maker fashion, the ingenious collaboration of Taipei Hackerspace and design firm Lung X Lung turned to 3D printing to help out the duck.

Dad creates 3D-printed fingers for his son


12-year-old Leon McCarthy was born without fingers on his left hand, but thanks to his determined dad, a generous inventor and a 3D printer, he now has a brand new set of digits. [h/t Christian Science Monitor]

TurboRoo gets a new set of wheels


What happens when you take an adorable dog, 3D printing and the kindness of strangers throughout the Maker community? TurboRoo is a chihuahua that was born with a birth defects that caused his two front legs never to grow. While a baby, TurboRoo’s owners created a makeshift set of wheels from an assortment of children’s toys together. Knowing that their pet required a permanent solution, they began seeking $600 in funds online to get this friendly canine into a wheelchair. Maker Mark Deadrick came across TurboRoo’s touching story online. Given the distance between the two (Deadrick lives in San Diego while TurboRoo in Indianapolis), the President of 3dyn decided to print a wheelchair merely based on online photos using a MakerBot Replicator 2.

With the advent of 3D printing, it’s exciting to see how hospitals, labs and Makers are coming together to truly ‘make’ a difference in the lives of those in need. As another year comes to a close, we can only imagine what the future holds for the next-gen technology that continues to revolutionize the medical field — for the better.

WASP Resurrection System is a stop-and-save system for 3D printers

If you’ve ever worked on a DIY project out in the garage during the summer months, then surely you’ve experienced a thunderstorm at one point or another. And, during that time, it is likely you’ve lost power — not a desirable thing when starting a 3D printing project, unless you’re hooked up to battery backup.


Two years ago, Italian 3D printer manufacturer WASP (short for World Advanced Saving Project) set out to find low-cost solutions to 3D print homes in an effort to solve the world’s ongoing housing problem. Back at Maker Faire Rome in October, the team went on to present its nearly 20-foot-tall printer that is capable of printing entire structures out of clay. Now, the company is unveiled their latest innovation, an Arduino-based “stop-and-save” system that enables Makers to save their print job and to resume it in the event of power failure.

A collaborative effort with Denis Patella, the project aptly named “Resurrection System” is essentially a buffer battery system for unexpected power loss, should a thunderstorm or another cause occur. The system consists of a resistive divider responsible for reading the voltage present along with codes to instruct an [Atmel based] Arduino to perform the “stop-and-save” function at the correct time.


How it works is relatively simple: When a Maker pauses a print job, the system automatically saves its coordinates (X, Y, Z) of where the project stopped onto an SD card. Once the user would like to resume the job, he or she can restart the print from where it left off.

“We are the first in the world to have invented this system,” team member Maurisio Andreoli told 3DPrint.com. “The desire to build homes has made it essential to the development of WASP Resurrection System, a feature that allows you not only to pause printing, but to get the data and resume from the same point in the case of power failure.”

The team explained that they have included a diode to make sure the energy would be used for the Arduino only.

“If the voltage were to suddenly go to zero, the engines can not use the energy stored in the capacitor protected by the diode, a valve that prevents the passage of current in the opposite direction,” explains the team. “Thus, the energy that is in that small battery is sufficient to keep alive the Arduino for the time necessary to perform the rescue. This function is surprisingly effective and useful. The applications are endless.”

Interested in learning more? You can head on over to WASP’s official page here.

Skeleton 3D is a small, portable and affordable RepRap printer

RepRap has debuted a new 3D printer, the Skeleton 3D. This small, simple and super portable printer becomes the latest addition to the growing list of RepRap devices based on Atmel’s megaAVR family.


The conception of the machine came about after a French Maker found transporting his Prusa i3 to be too bulky by bike. Despite its compact 250 x 250 x 250mm size, the Skeleton 3D sure does pack a punch. Powered by an Arduino Mega 2560 (ATmega2560) and RAMPS 1.4, the machine features a build envelope of 100 x 100 x 100mm, with a 150mm option for its Z-axis. Meanwhile, it also boasts an inductive sensor for the auto-leveling of its bed, a print speed of 80 mm/second, as well as a minimum resolution of 100 microns.

The Maker notes that although the Skeleton 3D is still a work in progress, the files for its most recent version are now available for download on Thingiverse and GitHub.


Rewind: A look back at some of the notable 3D printers from 2014

Evident by the countless number of new releases and the sheer volume of devices throughout Maker Faire’s 3D Printing Village, 2014 was certainly quite the year for 3D printers — and it’s only getting bigger. In fact, recent Gartner reports suggest worldwide shipments of 3D printers will reach 217,350 units in 2015 — up from 108,151 in 2014. These shipments are expected to more than double every year between now and 2018, by which time units are projected to surpass 2.3 million. As a result, the market once valued at $1.15 billion will rise to an astonishing $4.8 billion in 2019, with consumer demand fueling the charge.

With the year just about over, we thought we’d highlight some of the next-gen machines that grabbed our attention over the past 12 months. As we look ahead, the future appears brighter than ever, which leaves us excited to see what 2015 has in store.

So without further ado, here’s a look at some of our favorite printers from 2014…

Arduino Materia 101


Earlier this fall, Massimo Banzi announced the launch of the company’s first 3D printer, the Arduino Materia 101. The device, which is powered by an Arduino Mega 2560 (ATmega2560) and a RAMPS 1.4 shield, is currently available for pre-order.

Sintratec SLS Printer


Based on the Atmel ATSAM3X8E MCU, the Swiss startup has taken to Indiegogo to unveil the world’s first desktop laser sintering 3D printer.

Dremel 3D Idea Builder


Announced back at MakerCon 2014, this ARM Cortex-M4 powered machine is certainly aimed at the mass market, catering to experienced Makers and novices alike. Capable of creating models of just about anything, the printer is equipped with its own on-board software, a color touchscreen, and can function as either a standalone device or connected to a computer. The toolmaker’s printer recently went on sale at Home Depot and Amazon.

gCreate gMax 1.5


After last year’s successful Kickstarter campaign for its large and versatile 3D printer, the gMax, gCreate has returned with a pair of upgraded systems: the gMax 1.5 and gMax 1.5 XT. Like the original, each of the printers are powered by an Arduino Mega 2560 (ATmega2560) along with a RAMPS 1.4 shield.

RepRapPro Huxley Duo


RepRapPro has debuted its newest Atmel | SMART SAM3X8E Cortex-M3 based 3D printer kit, which is the offspring of its successful predecessor, the Huxley.

CEL Robox


The team over at CEL previously introduced its newest desktop 3D printer and micro-manufacturing platform, Robox. After having the chance to see the Atmel | SMART MCU based device at Electronica 2014, its creators may be right, Robox may very well “demystify” the 3D printing process.

Bad Devices’ BadPrinter 2


Italy-based Bad Devices launched its latest 3D printer, the BadPrinter 2 — which is based on an ATmega2560 MCU. We had the pleasure of checking it out back at Maker Faire Rome, and certainly look forward to what the team has in store for 2015.

Printrbot Simple Metal


Printrbot’s first all-metal 3D printer immediately caught the attention of Makers following its debut earlier this year. Powered by an AT90USB1286, the machine certainly stands out from the pack with its metal construction and GT2 belt pulley system. The device was even named one to watch in 2015 by MAKE: Magazine!



After a successful Indiegogo campaign last year for its all-in-one, low-cost desktop personal fabrication device, FABtotum began shipping earlier this fall. The printer’s main board is powered by an ATmega1280 while an ATmega8 lies within its hybrid head. With a 210x240x240 mm build area, and a 24% print-to-printer size ratio, the FABtotum is already a solid choice when picking out a high-end printer. Heck, even Arduino co-founder Massimo Banzi called it “undoubtedly the coolest 3D printer at Maker Faire New York.”

SnowWhite by Sharebot


The Italy-based 3D printing company has expanded upon its popular FFF machines and Arduino partnership to SLS powder printers with the SnowWhite that is expected to launch early next year. Compared to the FDM, its creators say that the printer will use a system of thermoplastic powders that, starting from a digital file in CAD, creates 3D objects thanks to the sintering and fusing of a thin layer of polymer powder at a time. Oh, and the price tag will only be about $25,000.

Yvo de Haas’ Plan B


Designed by 22-year-old Maker Yvo de Haas, Plan B is an open-source platform driven by an ATmega 2560. Unlike other 3D printers on the market today, this device works just like a desktop printer. The process is similar to the SLS process, but instead of using a laser to sinter the material, an inkjet printing head deposits a liquid binder onto a layer of gypsum powder.

LulzBot TAZ 4 


The open-source printer, which was named MAKE: Magazine’s “Most Maker Machine” for 2014, is an extremely versatile device designed to bring DIYers’ wildest ideas to life. With more consistent, higher quality prints than ever before, TAZ 4 is designed with a series of plug-and-play features ranging from a dual-extruder mount to the ability to print two different colors or materials at the same time.

3&Dbot by PUC-Rio


A team of Makers has created the world’s first autonomous 3D printing robot named 3&Dbot. Tethered to a base with four omni wheels, the entire printer itself can move to and fro in any direction — dependent upon the print data it is fed. After extensive research and development, the group of visionaries at PUC-Rio decided to embed an [Atmel basedArduino board with wireless communication built in to its body. We’d say 3D printing is on quite a roll! Perhaps, the start of a new trend?

Hardcotton’s Elemental


Designed by the crew at Australia-based startup Hardcotton, Elemental is the world’s first pressure controlled stereolithography (SLA) 3D printer. Powered by an Atmel | SMART ATSAM3X8E Cortex-M3 MCU, the device is destined to become one of the latest and greatest innovations in the consumer space with its unique spin on 3D printing.

Makeblock Constructor I


Shenzhen-based company Makeblock, known throughout the DIY community for their mechanical parts and electronics modules, recently released a 400-piece DIY 3D printer kit. Inspired by the demands of the RepRap open-source community, the Makeblock Constructor I is powered by an Arduino Mega 2560 (ATmega2560).

Smart Box by SmartBox Lab


Based on an ATmega1284P MCU, SmartBox is a low-cost 3D printer boasting a rather large building space and an LCD screen, which is just as easy to afford as it is to use. The machine was successfully funded on Kickstarter, garnering well over its initial $6,000 goal.

Sculptify David 


Created by Columbus, Ohio-based Todd Linthicum and Slade Simpson, David aspires to provide Makers the ability to use a variety of materials for their 3D-printed projects right out of the box.



Part 3D printer, part CNC router, all powered by an Arduino Mega (ATmega2560).

M-One by MakeX


M-One is described by its creators as a “personal desktop factory” for Makers, designers, artists and engineers. Since its debut in June, the open source DLP 3D printer attained 134 backers and over $180,000 in funds, exceeding its initial $100,000 target.

The New PancakeBot


3D-printed breakfast? Yes, please! The latest iteration of the platform – which made its debut back at Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 – comprises an acrylic body packed with Adafruit motor shields, an Arduino Mega (ATmega1280), two stepper motors, a pair of belt drives and a vacuum pump. The PancakeBot also made an appearance at this year’s inaugural White House Maker Faire, where it even created a flapjack for the President himself!

The PartDaddy by SeeMeCNC


A 16.2-foot-tall delta style printer. Need we say more?

Which 3D printer are you most looking forward to in the new year? Share your favorites below! 


Rewind: A look back at the top 3D printing stories of 2014

Whether you like it or not, it appears 3D printing is set to dramatically alter the way in which we create and consume products in the future. Over the past year, we’ve seen some pretty remarkable 3D-printed projects that continue to expand the capabilities of additive manufacturing — proving time and time again that the trend is, indeed, here to stay. Exemplified by jam-packed Maker Faire 3D Printing Villages to an upsurge of crowdfunded startups, tinkerers and engineers alike are finding extraordinary ways to implement the next-gen technology. As we prepare for the year ahead, let’s take a look back at some of the top 3D printing stories and more that captured our attention in 2014.

Made In Space and NASA successfully 3D print the first object in space


Local Motors drives into the future with its 3D-printed car


Arduino announces the Materia 101


Ceramic printing gains popularity


3D printing lets the visually-impaired relive their cherished memories


DIY gets majestic with the first-ever 3D-printed castle


Architect looks to construct an entirely 3D-printed estate 


Artist grows van Gogh’s ear using DNA and a 3D printer


Barack Obama becomes the first U.S. President with a 3D-printed bust


3D-printed prosthetics help kids feel like superheroes


Youbionic enables Makers to create their own prosthetic hands


The first 3D-printed band rocks out


This onesie turns you into a walking Wi-Fi hotspot and MP3 player


Instruments help measure oxygen levels in newborns


3D printers are now being used to create lifelike hearts 


FDA approves the first 3D-printed facial implants


New set of wheels gives this puppy a second lease on life


Dog runs for the very first time thanks to 3D-printed legs


I scream, you scream, we all scream for 3D-printed ice cream!


It’s not delivery, it’s 3D-printed pizza!


Bioresorbable splints save baby’s life


3D printing merges contact lens and QLEDs


Floating along on the world’s first 3D-printed kayak


Dress exposes your body as you reveal data


3D printing your own crossguard lightsaber


Well, it’s safe to say that it’s been a pretty amazing year for the megaAVR and Atmel | SMART driven technology. As we prepare to kick off 2015 at International CES, what do you expect to see from the 3D printing world in the coming months?