The filament – PLA and ABS – create new opportunities to stretch the limits of 3D printing. Essentially, Makers can more easily create and design objects such as functional hinges, joints and items that can be shaped to fit the body. According to the MakerBot crew, Flexible Filament’s low melting temperature of 60 degrees Celsius allows designers to deftly adjust the prints.
“For example, we heated this model of a human hand until it became translucent,” MakerBot’s Ben Millstein explained in an official company blog post.
“In this state, MakerBot Flexible Filament gets smoother and becomes easily adjustable, maintaining your changes after it cools. We decided to teach this hand the symbol for ‘love’ in American Sign Language.”
In other MakerBot news, the company is also shipping its new Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner, which allows users to quickly “transform” (scan) objects and items into 3D models that can be easily modified, shared and printed on 3D printers like the Atmel-powered MakerBot Replicator 2.
Last, but certainly not least, MakerBot MakerWare 2.3 is now live. The update offers Makers a number of new features and optimizations including advanced dual-extrusion, multimaterial printing using MakerBot Dissolvable Filament, UI changes and print preview. Interested? MakerWare 2.3 can be downloaded here.