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3D printing is being used to produce more and more novel items:tools, art, even rudimentaryhuman organs. What all those items have in common, though, is that theyre small. The next phase of 3D printing is to move on to things that are big. Really big. Like, as big as a house.

In a small town in western Russia called Stupino, a 3D printed house just went up in the middle of winter and in a days time.

Pieces of houses andbridges have been 3D printedin warehouses or labs then transported to their permanent locations to be assembled, but the Stupino house was printed entirely on-site by a company calledApis Cor. They used a crane-sized, mobile 3D printer and a specially-developed mortar mix and covered the whole operation with a heated tent.

The 38-square-meter (409-square-foot) house is circular, with three right-angled protrusions allowing for additional space and division of the area inside. Counter-intuitively, the houses roof is completely flat. Russias not known for mild, snow-free winters. Made of welded polymer membranes and insulated with solid plates, the roof was designed to withstand heavy snow loads.

Apis Cor teamed up with partners for the houses finishing details, like insulation, windows, and paint. Samsung even provided high-tech appliances and a TV with a concave-curved screen to match the curve of the interior wall.

According to the company, the houses total building cost came to $10,134, or approximately $275 per square meter, which equates to about $25 per square foot. A recent estimate put the averagecost of buildinga 2,000 square foot home in the US at about $150 per square foot.

Since these houses are affordable and fast to build, is it only a matter of time before were all living in 3D printed concrete circles?

Probably notor, at least, not until whole apartment buildings can be 3D printed. The Stupino house would be harder (though not impossible) to plop down in the middle of a city than in the Russian countryside.

While cities likeDubaiare aiming to build more 3D printed houses, what many have envisioned for the homes of the future are environmentally-friendly, data-integrated smart buildings, often clad with solar panels and including floors designated for growing food.

Large-scale 3D printing does have some very practical applications, though. Take disaster relief: when a hurricane or earthquake destroys infrastructure and leaves thousands of people without shelter, 3D printers like Apis Cors could be used to quickly rebuild bridges, roads, and homes.

Also, given their low cost and high speed, 3D printed houses could become a practical option for subsidized housing projects.

In the US,tiny houseshave been all the rage among millennials latelywhat if that tiny house could be custom-printed to your specifications in less than a week, and it cost even less than youd budgeted?

Since software and machines are doing most of the work, theres less margin for human errorgone are the days of the subcontractor misread the blueprint, and now we have three closets and no bathrooms!

While houses made by robots are good news for people looking to buy a basic, low-cost house, they could be bad news for people employed in the construction industry. Machines have been pouring concrete for decades, but technologies like Apis Cors giant printer will take a few more human workers out of the equation.

Nonetheless, the company states that part of their mission is to change the construction industry so that millions of people will have an opportunity to improve their living conditions.

Vanessa is associate editor of Singularity Hub. Shes interested in renewable energy, health and medicine, international development, and countless other topics. When shes not reading or writing you can usually find her outdoors, in water, or on a plane.

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On Monday a new cloud-based, on-demand 3D printing company, calledCloudDDM(Direct Digital Manufacturing), announced itself and its plan to open a facility in partnership with UPS.

CloudDDM will allow customers to use a browser-based design program to create parts, prototypes, even complete products that can then be printed in ABS, Polycarbonate (PC), Polycarbonate-ABS (PC-ABS), and ULTEM 1010, with several color options available. They even offer different post-processing services to add various finishes to your prints. I was unable to find anything about print resolution or cost details.

This announcement comes on the heels of UPS announcing last year that it would be offering 3D printing services in some of its retail locations. The CloudDDM facility will be located at UPS worldwide hub in Louisville, Kentucky.

The fully-automated CloudDDM factory will initially house 100 3D printers and require only three employees to run it (working in 1-person, 8-hour shifts). CloudDDM hopes to eventually expand to 1,000 printers. One of the advantages of placing the facility at the UPS hub is instant access to the companys distribution infrastructure. When you place an order, if your print takes less than 4 hours, and the job is submitted by 6pm PT, you can have your components by the next day!

It will be really interesting to see where this goes and how small businesses utilize this service. Kudos to UPS for leveraging their core competencies in forging this strategic alliance with CloudDDM.

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One of the things we enjoy about the 3D Hubs 3D printing trends reports is that as they report data, theyve mastered the art of keeping it interesting too. Even if there hasnt been a huge change in 3D printing trends during some months, we can always look to3D Hubsto add a new category or point out things we had not considered. Currently, we are still adjusting to their transition from monthly reports to quarterly, and theyve had a name change as well. Now referred to as the 3D Printing Industry Trends, forQ3-2016(July, August, September) we see that 3D Hubs has also included some new information most of you will probably be curious about in the Distribution of Industry Spending category.

Offered as a spotlight on what businesses are spending in the 3D printing services arena, three charts show industry spending distribution, and average order values by industry and by company size. 3D Hubs points out that this type of information is actually usually only in costly industry reports, but they are making it available to everyone at no cost. This information shows that when it comes to spending on 3D printing services, the top three industries are industrial design, architecture, and sensors and instruments, with the last spending the most at an average of $459 per order. According to the report, industries such as higher education and consumer goods are responsible for putting the least amount of cash into their orders, spending only $150 on the average.

The average order values dont depend much on company size for companies under 10,000 employees, states 3D Hubs. Above this number, average order values increase significantly.

And heading into the primary desktop category of Highest Rated Desktop 3D Printers, we see a knockdown has occurredsince last quarter, and thats rather exciting as were dealing with first place where the BCN3D Sigma 3D printer had reigned for four months. Now, its been relegated to second place as the Original Prusa i3 MK2 takes the 1 spot.

Its always nice to see a bit of a shakeup in the Highest Rated Industrial Printers category also. This tends to be a very stable area, not offering much in the way of change generally, but this quarter we do see that the Project 3500 HDMax is stealing number oneand not only that, it is the highest rated as well at 4.94. The Objet260 Connex is in second, and the Objet Eden260 has moved up to 3. Also dropping a bit is the Formiga P 110, down one spot to 7but probably not for long as they have received 112 reviews since last quarter. With so much going on this quarter for a quiet category, well be curious to see how the next report looks after December.

The Trending Printers category for this quarter once again highlights the Original Prusa i3 MK2, and this bears a bit of discussion as the popular 3D printer is not only the first ever to top both the Highest Rated Desktop 3D Printers category and Trending Printers categories at the same time, but it is also trending at 720% QoQ (quarter on quarter)! There are also plenty of other changes as the Wanhao Duplicator i3 V2 takes second, and the new LulzBot TAZ 6 is in third, with the FlashForge Finder at four, and the Ultimaker 2+ in fifth.

Whats also of note in the top five for Trending Printers is the quarter on quarter growth for the FlashForge Finder (growing at 78.8%), Ultimaker 2+ (growing at 68.5%), and Ultimaker 2+ Extended (growing at 61.4%). Also interesting is that in this category, the BCN3D Sigma fell back three spots, although boasting a 62.2% QoQ growth.

Top Print Cities may not change often either (when it does, thats big!), but its still exciting to visualize so many makers busy 3D printing all over in big cities such as New York, Paris, and Amsterdam. This quarter all is quiet. As 3D Hubs points out, however, autumn is always a big time for events, so make sure to keep up with their eventscalendar, keeping you up to date on 3D printing happenings in hubs around the world.

The Printer Model Distribution category shows the Prusa i3 on top with 2,800 printers, and some movement as the Robo 3D R1 moves up, knocking XYZprintings da Vinci 1.0 down a spot. This is the same scenario for the Makergear M2 and the Rostock MAX as well. For this quarter, we also see the Form 2 on this list. Printer Manufacturer Distribution shows little change, with Ultimaker still in the lead.

Popular Printers by Region is also usually an eye-opener as we are allowed to get beyond whats happening in our own areas in terms of printer popularity and see what the rest of the world prefers to use. For this quarter, the Prusa i3 seems to be serving as the workhorse for all regions, moving to 1 in both North America and Europe, and remaining so in other places.

The Color Distribution category remains neutral, literally, as the toggling between black and white seems to have settled on white for the past two quarters, allowing that it is in the top position now with a distribution of 29.7 percent.

While 3D Hubs reports that they (this is a first!) have not added any 3D printers this quarter, leaving them at the impressive number of 32,000 3D printers on their platform, they have also just added Aruba into their network. For information on previous releases, see the list of archived links at the end of theirreport. Discuss further in the3D Hubs 3D Printing Industry Trendsforum over at .

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3D Hubs, an online marketplace for 3D printing services, is tapping into two recent trends enabled by industrial 3D printing: the rapid prototyping of new products, and the move to personalised and bespoke production.

Related Articles3DHubs Raises $4.5 Million To Make Local 3D Printing GlobalThe Amsterdam-headquartered startup connects those requiring 3D printing with local 3D printers, both through its website that lets you order 3D printing jobs online, including getting a real-time quote, and via an API that enables companies to automate short production runs of products on-demand.

The latter, of course, is also poweringzero-inventory manufacturing: products are only produced on a per-order basis (and in some instances are also fulfilled directly to the end customer), which is another trend that is starting to gain traction.

To help further its mission to create a connected network of 3D printing services, 3D Hubs has closed $7 million in Series B funding. The round was led by EQT Ventures, with backing from previous investor Balderton Capital. Ted Persson, Design Partner at EQT Ventures, will join the 3D Hubs Board.

Weve connected 3D printers from around the world to our online platform to let anybody access them, 3D Hubs co-founder and CEO Bram de Zwart told me during a call last week. So if you dont own a 3D printer, you can go to our website and upload your design and we route your order to the best local supplier.

He says those supplies span 33,000 3D printers world-wide, capable of different kinds of 3D printing and materials. That means that, along with hobbyist manufacturers who were early to the platform, 3D Hubs is now primarily used by professional product designers and manufacturers who prefer not only the choice that a 3D printing marketplace can offer but also the convenience 3D Hubs provides when placing repeat orders and so on.

Thats because, de Zwart says, the startup has worked hard at streamlining the ordering and quotation features, including tech that can check the integrity of any uploaded CAD file and spot any problems in around 90 per cent of cases.

Meanwhile, the 3D Hubs CEO, who is undoubtedly well-positioned to know, tells me he thinks 3D printing is and will lead to a renaissance in local manufacturing, as many products in the future move away from mass, largely Asia-based production.

This, he says, is already seeing different 3D printers selected depending on where in the world the resulting products are to be shipped, not where the design of the products originate. In this way, 3D Hubs enables companies to have a 3D printer (and, potentially, fulfillment too) located anywhere their customers are, says de Zwart.

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We started up our studio in 2013 with the aim of accelerating the design process by heavily utilising in-house 3D printers. Having unlimited access to these machines allows us to rapidly iterate, improve upon and then optimise the design process, resulting in better products in much shorter lead times.

Working on developing new or improved products is what weve developed a reputation for. Our culture is quite different from any other product design agency, as we prefer a more hands-on approach and allow for more active participation of the client in all stages of the design project.

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3D Hubs Marvin – Key Chain

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Just printed a JUMBO version of this MARVIN model! Check out my time lapse video of the print:

time to fire up .06 mm layer height and low speed 🙂

Having some kind of issue. When I printed it at .25mm it printed well, but I wanted it to look a little better around the key ring, so I made it .1mm and when I do that it seems as if its not registering the entire part of the feet for the first couple layers..

So cool! Does this need supports to print?

Just printed an entire ARMY OF MARVINS! Check out my time lapse video of the print:

perfect print so love these little guys

in the middle of its printing working good tho thx

My Printrbot Simple Metal does the job of printing Marvin quite fine, the only complain I have is that the back side of Marvin curls up slowly, since my printer only cools from the left side and the right side is not getting as much cooling. I tried a better fan, which blows stronger, but there is still not enough cooling coming to the right side of marvin. Therefore it looks really rough on one side. I am going to try a 360 degree cooling shroud soon, so lets see if it helps!

hey, guys! my marvin doesnt look so good, I believe I have some issue with my z axis 🙁

I used resolution 0.2mm and slowed the axis travel speed from 150 to 120mm/s. not sure how to fix that, any thoughts?

I slowed down travel speed to 50mm/s and it looks a lot better!

when printing on an FFF does this model require supports?

So Im getting ready to print a bunch of these to hand out and spread awareness of 3d printing.

But I just got to know. What printer did you guys use to print the Really big one. He came out so amazingly perfect haha…

Hey Kenwhite! Awesome that you are spreading the news, The big one was actually printed with a printer call The Pivot maker.

Prints great! Very cute. Though sadly the loop is too small for my key ring :(.

hmm those in the big picture are SLS prints?

I get this printed well with FFF but my problem is my retraction, coasting, xtra restart settings that ruin the print usually :). I have a few absolutely flawless prints also luckily

Nice! Wed love to see the picture. Mind sharing it on /talk/marvin?

These are printed with an SLA printer 😉

This will never print correctly for us. We have sliced with Slic3r and Cura, both have the same results. I have noticed that a layers prints with nothing below it. Basically in mid air. This is what is causing the problem. Please advice.

You can see where it starts to join the two legs.

Is it only between the legs where youve got problems? It is a difficult part to print – yes, but with the right settings found it should be do-able. What kind of printer are you printing with? 😉

I just got my Hub running and I printed this guy! It was awesome! If you guys need anything printed, you can always go to my website: m/

Thank you for all the feedback!! We have a special talk channel dedicated to this little guy: If you are having trouble printing it go over to 3DHubs.com/talk/marvin to ask for help or share your settings to help others!

Printed great!!!! I love having a mellow way to show off 3-d printing

I had a problem with the file (using makerware, I dont know why) and would not print one of the legs properly. Using Meshmixers analytics, there was a hole or two one the bottom of the right leg that was easily taken care of (using the analyze menut). I also used meshmixers layout to get an optimized position (though I did rotate it to a final 45 degrees so it would face up to eliminate the need for support thus eliminating any need to clear out support material. Sending it back as an stl to Makerware, I then printed it WITH a raft, but NO support, as the Meshmixer file is complete with better support. Lots of people have been looking for a way to smooth and gloss PLA. I found that dipping (not vapor bathing) PLA printed objects to be a great method to do it. Just swish it around for perhaps 5 seconds – its a good rule of thumb from which to experiment further.

it so cute i am going to make lots of this

Awesome!! We want to see pics of that!

Where can i get the printer that made the blue Marvin in image 3

I initially printing this with auto-slowdown enabled for small layers and it helped. I later edited the G-code and introduced non-printing orbits outside the print area and it helped a lot more. Same idea as printing multiple items, but doesnt use any extra filament.

If the key ring has print issues from melting, or the bridging between the legs get soft during printing, you may like to try a trick I found.

Using my MakerBot Replicator 2X and ABS I set the build plate temp to 90 deg C and the Extruder / Print Head to 215 deg C and and the vertical resolution to 0.2mm. Then to prevent over heating I printed 2 of them at the same time. I moved them about 60mm apart. Then I set the travel speed to 80mm / second. I set my print speed to 70mm/s. By making two items and slowing the travel speed down, the layers on each had time to cool and harden before the next layer was printed on either of the items. Overhangs are really improved.

I also have problems with the keyring part. Any suggestions?

By looking at the first image, (the one with colored Marvins in green, red, orange and yellow), I would bet thats a wax print.

Its actually Makerjuice SubSF resin. Heres the initial file:

so how do you do the keyring part? because that fails.

At 0.1mm height, the bottommest of Marvin between his legs is a pure print on air… Do you use support or let it drop till it overcomes the issue 3 or 4 layers further (boo!) 😉

What layer height and mm/s settings did you run for this print mate? I just printed my first few but I think I need to A) slow the print down a tad more and B) drop the layer height down a tad more.

Hi! We use 20% infill, 0.10 layer height and normally turn the marvin 90 degrees so that the fan blows between Marvins legs, and use a slightly lower printing speed (75%) on an Ultimaker 2. Settings vary greatly between 3d printers and even between those of the same brand. Best thing is to tinker, tinker, tinker! Hope that helps… let us know how you get on!

that is a very clean print, what are your print settings?

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thingiverse-9641a84075b13021ce4dc0c82d620a83 About 10cm high, like it? 😉

Cura shows separation between the ring and the key-chain(hubbie)

You are right, thanks! I will fix it ASAP. Thanks man!

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Back in the 1950s, houses were often designed with only one or two outlets per room. Since then, the standard has risen to require an outlet at least every eight feet along a wall, starting over anytime there is an opening in most rooms and every four feet in kitchens and bathrooms. The increase is a reflection of the rise in the number of electronic devices in use in the average household from electric toothbrushes to espresso makers to laptops. We are more plugged in than ever and now we even have devices we have to plug into our devices, causing a demand for USB ports that cant be met by the standard number of connections anymore.

On my desk alone, I need a USB port for a keyboard, track pad, scanner, two external hard drives, and a card readerbut my computer only has four spots. Sure, I could buy a USB hub to add more, but why bother when I could make my own, right? Or at least, print my own using a design created by Mikko Syrjälä which would allow for four USB devices to be charged at once using the electricity from a 12V car battery. Syrjälä found himself in the same situation as so many others: a plethora of devices and a dearth of connections, and decided to do something about it.

In an interview with , he discussed what led up to creating this design:

I own an old RV and there are only a few power outlets, so something that would add more would make a huge difference. I wanted to create something that wouldnt require me to route power through a big inverter and use many small chargers. With this device, I can have all of that and its very efficient.

The hub is created around a cigarette lighter charger which it uses as its source of power. To model his idea, he used Autodesk Inventor, first creating the 3D models of the non-3D printed parts such as the charger, switches, and LED indicator light and then developing the casing to surround them. It took Syrjälä less than an hour to complete the design and just under three hours to print it. He has sharedthe file on Thingiverseso that others can use it to reach maximum USB capacity quickly.

A master machinist and electrical engineer, Syrjälä is already looking around for his next project, and this time hes thinking on a much bigger scale. Frustrated by how much ABS costs to print and the large amounts of it that just get thrown away, hes working to develop a machine to recycle the ABS back into usable media. He is getting closer to finalizing his creation, but there are still some refinements that need to be made before its street ready.

Even if you have to buy new filament though, this is a print that a lot of people will find worth the effort, so power up, print out, and plug in.

Will you create your own USB hub from this design? Let us know about your results in the3D Printed USB Hub forumthread over at m.

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