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Blacksmith Genesis is the world’s first rotary 3D printer and scanner


3D scan + print + copy


The world’s first compact 3D printer that can also scan items and create their digitized models has been launched and is expected to be delivered to the United States next month.

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Developed by Nanyang Technological University-originated startup Blacksmith Group, the user-friendly device allows Makers of all levels to scan any item, then edit the digitized model on the computer and 3D print it. Aptly named Blacksmith Genesis, the all-in-one device first appeared last year on Indiegogo, where it successfully garnered over $80,000. With production now complete, the printer-cum-scanner was first unveiled at the American Association Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting in San Jose, California.

“We designed Blacksmith Genesis with the average hobbyist in mind. Most 3D printers sold on the market now are not really user-friendly as their 3D models and blueprints usually have to be designed from scratch on the computer,” explained co-founder Fang Kok Boon.

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Resembling the body of a Keurig coffeemaker, the high-tech device is housed in black aluminum casing with an innovative rotary platform, which enables 360-degree scanning. Designed for both in-home and office use, the sleek Genesis can easily fit alongside any desktop computer or other appliances. In addition, it boasts a 2-inch LCD display, Wi-Fi, an integrated SD-card reader and a USB connection for instant printing. With a fine resolution of 50 micrometers, the Blacksmith Group says reproductions will be twice as detailed compared to other compact 3D printers, while its built-in 5 megapixel camera will scan objects in just six minutes — twice as fast as others on the market today.

What’s more, the Genesis offers remote monitoring and automatic error detection through its camera. This lets Makers manage the printing process right from their your smartphone. So, should you wish to stop printing, you can do so at the click of a button — anytime, anywhere.

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  • Printer size: 35cm x 25cm x 41cm
  • Build volume: 23cm x 16cm
  • Scan volume: 21cm x 16cm
  • Printer weight:  6kg (13 lbs)
  • Nozzle diameter: 0.4 mm
  • Layer Resolution: 50-200 microns
  • Filament type: PLA, 1.75 mm diameter
  • Connectivity: USB, SD Card, Wi-Fi (coming soon)

Those interested, who have missed the Indiegogo campaign, can now pre-order their Genesis. While it will be a welcomed addition to any home, office or Makerspace, it will however set you back $2,200.

Students in Singapore just 3D-printed a pair of solar electric cars


Students from the Nanyang Technological University have unveiled Singapore’s first solar electric car with a 3D-printed frame.


Young Makers from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have made history by building a pair of 3D-printed solar electric cars, a first of their kind in Singapore. These efforts follow in the footsteps of the latest advancements by companies like Local Motors in offering a glimpse into the future of auto manufacturing.

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The first car — referred to as NTU Venture 8 (NV 8) — is comprised of 150 parts that were 3D-printed using lightweight ABS plastic in order to maximize space inside the vehicle and to make the driver more comfortable while handling it. The body, internal trim and other components were then mounted on a carbon fiber monocoque chassis. According to the team, printing and assembling the shell took approximately three months to complete.

The NV 8 is described as an urban concept car that can reportedly achieve a top speed of about 37 mph, and is set to hit the track at Shell’s Eco-marathon Asia later this month. There, it will compete alongside NTU’s other prototype, NV 9. This model is a slick three-wheeled racer capable of handling sharp corners with its motorcycle-like tilting abilities.

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The eco-car prototypes incorporate handmade silicon solar cells along their curved surfaces, and have been designed to be fuel-efficient. In fact, the team claims each vehicle gets an estimated mileage of 264 miles per kWh of electrical energy. The NV 8 weighs 265-pounds without a driver, and embodies an attention-grabbing design with vertical opening doors; whereas, the NV 9 weighs a mere 93-pounds without a driver.

The NV 8 will compete in the “Urban Concept” category at Shell’s Eco-marathon Asia that takes place in Manila from February 26–March 1, while the NV 9 will partake as a “Prototype.” For the Urban Concept category, teams must enter more “roadworthy” fuel-efficient vehicles, while for the “Prototype” category, teams are encouraged to submit futuristic prototypes focused on maximizing fuel efficiency through innovative design elements. NTU had partnered with Stratasys and Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) to bring the project to life.

Interested in learning more? Read the official announcement here.