We have tested some very advanced materials throughout the past year from industrial grade nylons to flexible elastomers. These functional FDM materials have allowed SD3D production services to be used as a solution to demanding end-user applications. We are excited to see what 2016 will bring as material suppliers seem to be accelerating their rate of R&D. The following twelve materials are our favorite new materials of 2015. Read More
Yesterday morning Jonathan Horn of ABC 10 San Diego visited the SD3D headquarters to show an example of what can be accomplished using bitcoin and the Bitcoin network. We began accepting bitcoin for 3D printing and 3D design work nearly 2 years ago, and while customers using this payment method are few, we are a great option for anyone looking to spend their bitcoin rather than sell them.
In fact, you can read all our involvement in our Bitcoin Meets 3D Printing article from October 1st, 2013 – just about exactly two years ago.
While our employees do not get paid in bitcoin, ABC 10 was following Airbitz, a startup in downtown San Diego who does just this. Be sure to watch the segment with SD3D’s CEO David Feeney below: Read More
Since releasing our technology and innovation infographic a few weeks ago we have been hard at work to display some of these hardware and software advancements in action. The first to display is our revolutionary filament monitor.
The filament monitor senses the physical position of the filament to provide closed loop motion control for the extrusion axis when used with our encoded stepper motors. This provides a solution for filament jams, material shearing and under/over extrusion. This monitor also provides feedback for automated inventory control systems, including our RFID material tracking module. Read More
Since we have a wide array of desktop 3D printers here at SD3D, we decided we would start doing a timelapse series. Each of these printers have different pros and cons, including their own failure rates. We recently decided to print a basketball hoop for the office on a Makerbot Replicator 2, and you can see, this occur at 100x normal speed. This hoop took a total of 1 hour and 6 minutes to print: Read More