Z-Temp ZT-HE Hot End for Zortrax M200

The Z-Temp ZT-HE is a direct replacement for the standard Zortrax V1 or V2 hot end, and it installs in minutes. Simply remove the stock hot end, swap over the heater and thermocouple, and pop in the ZT-HE.


  • Effortlessly print with virtually any PLA or PLA+PHA material. No more clicking extruder motor! Verbatim, eSun, PolyPlus, Makerbot, JustPLA, ColorFabb, BronzeFill – they all extrude “like butter”, at the manufacturers’ recommended temperatures! Being able to extrude PLA at “normal” temperatures of 195 – 210º facilitates raft and support removal tremendously.
  • Print with flexible filaments. Yes, you read that right – you can now print with PolyFlex and Sainsmart TPU flex filaments!
  • Accepts standard MK8 nozzles. Available at low cost everywhere, the savings in nozzle costs alone will quickly pay for your ZT-HE!
  • Includes two extra nozzles. The ZT-HE is supplied fully assembled with a 0.4mm nozzle, and we also include one 0.3mm and one 0.5mm nozzle for your experimenting pleasure. All nozzles are stamped with their size.
  • Installs in Minutes. The ZT-HE is a direct replacement for the standard Zortrax™ V1 or V2 hot end. Simply remove the stock hot end, swap over the heater and thermocouple, and pop in the ZT-HE.
  • Reduced burn marks on prints. The MK8 nozzle geometry tends to accumulate less plastic than the Zortrax nozzle, eliminating or reducing the infamous “burn marks” problem that has plagued Zortrax users in the past.
  • Works with ABS. The ZT-HE contains a PTFE tube rated up to 260ºC. Replacement tubing is easily installed, and we include enough for three replacements in the unlikely event it is needed.
  • Block and feed tube are precision-machined and assembled in the USA

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The Latest Technology from Polymaker!

PolySmooth & Polysher: 3D Prints Without Layers. Stay tuned for more information!

An entirely new 3D printing filament & desktop machine, to dramatically improve the surface quality of 3D printed parts

Polymaker’s new material PolySmooth and its new Desktop Machine, the Polysher, Launching on Kickstarter 25th of April 2016.

Spaced Out Design Uses Octave Filament

I am Pj Bartlett of Spaced Out Design ( Www.SpacedOutDesign.com ) I just wanted to share with you some photos of your amazing Octave Galaxy Blue ABS with some of my designs. These were printed on an UP Box @ 150 Micron.

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Spaced Out Design is an independent toy company that specializes in one of a kind collectible toys. The market is geared mainly towards adult collectors and sometimes kids. I do various online releases during the year and appear at conventions across the United States from time to time. Figures from my shop can range from $40 and up. All of my toys share a similar “fit function” as my good friends independent toy line “Glyos” (Www.Glyos.com) which has been in full production for almost 9 years now.

All of my toys are fully articulated and swap-able with Glyos System Series toys as well as the Spaced Out 3D printed line. Most of my figures are printed in Octave ABS. Spaced Out has been in business for a little over 4 years.

Afinia Drastically Drops Price Of A Primary 3D Printer

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Minnesota-based Afinia has abruptly dropped the price of their former flagship 3D printer, the H480 by almost 40%. But why?

The company has been selling 3D printers, primarily to the education market, for some years now. Starting in 2012, the company has sold a variety of 3D printers and scanners.

Now they’ve lowered the price of the H480 from USD$1,299 to only USD$799, a drop of 38.5%.

Whenever a substantial drop occurs, it is a signal that something might be going on. In this case, I think it’s a combination of factors.

First, the company has now designated the new H800 machine as their flagship machine, priced at a much larger USD$1,899, more than USD$1,000 more than the newly priced H480. However, the H800 has substantially more features than the H480 and the value is there. It’s faster, fully enclosed for reliability, easy-loading, includes automatic calibration and even has a filtration system to make the system a lot safer.

Most of those features aren’t available on the H480, so Afinia had to re-price it proportionally to the H800.

Another factor is competition: recently there have been multiple new inexpensive 3D printers that are quite capable, yet have relatively low pricing. While most of these competitors might have comparable equipment capabilities to the H480, they mostly do not have the educational focus that Afinia provides.

Thus, this move may be a way for Afinia to protect their educational market by providing a low cost alternative – that comes with educational features.

Finally, there is a different kind of competition facing Afinia: their main supplier, Tiertime, manufactures the machines on Afinia’s behalf. Their UP BOX is the basis for the H800 and its presence in the market may have caused Afinia to match pricing.

Regardless of the circumstances surrounding this re-pricing action, it’s all good for buyers of 3D printers. The lower the prices on quality equipment, the better.

You can see the Afinia H480 and the H800 models at Octave Systems here: https://www.octave.com/3D-Printers-Afinia-3D-Printer/c123457122_123457123/index.html

Download The Newest Update of Z-SUITE

The Upgraded Z-SUITE Is Here!

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The newest update of Zortrax Z-SUITE software includes:

Automatically checking Mono Framework for Mac version,
minor changes and bug fixes,
adding Zortrax Inventure and Z-ULTRAT Plus.

We’ve also fixed problems with:
split model on Mac version,
program crashing while using some antivirus software,
calculating filament usage,
opening .stl, .zcode, .zproj files.

Download Z-Suite here: http://support.zortrax.com/downloads/

3D Hubs 3D Printing Trends March 2016

This trend report provides a comprehensive and unmatched perspective on the current state of the 3D printing industry. Based on data from the 3D Hubs community, which includes over 27,500 printers in over 150 countries, and thousands of 3D print orders every month, we are excited to show you the printers people love and what’s trending in the world of 3D printing.

Looking for which 3D printer to buy? Check out the 2016 3D Hubs Printer Guide, a comprehensive report based on reviews of 5,350 verified 3D printer owners.

Insights: Highest Rated Desktop Printers

The PowerSpec 3D Pro has been rocking 2016, it has managed to take the gold amongst the highest rated desktop 3D printers for the 3rd consecutive month. The silver goes to CEL’s Robox, which has been steadily moving up the chart. The race is close, but will it make it to top spot?

Velleman K8400 is holding onto the bronze, followed by the Zortrax M200 which managed to get back into the top 5 this month. Concluding the top 5 is the Prusa Steel, which fell back 3 spots from the podium.

Next up is Afinia’s H480 at #6, followed by two Delta-syle Kossel printers. The Printrbot Metal Plus has moved up one spot to #9, followed by the Flashforge Creator Pro to conclude the top 10.

Looking at the rest of the top 20, the Mendel 90 has moved up 3 spots to #13, the Type A Machine Series 1 jumped 4 positions to #15 and Lulzbot Taz 4 is now accompanied by its successor at #17 and #18, respectively.

To see the Highest Rated Desktop 3D printers, click HERE

https://www.3dhubs.com/trends

Graduates with 3D Printing Skills Will Have Advantage in Job Market

Graduates with Design, Engineering & 3D Printing Skills Will Have Advantage in Job Market

by Bridget Butler Millsaps | 3D Printing, Business, Editorials

Ah, the age-old question put to children by adults who often don’t know what else to ask: “What do you want to be when you grow up, (insert name here)?” Most kids spout off the usual. They all either want to be veterinarians or POTUS—or in the case of my daughter—a mommy, a doctor, and an apple farmer (multi-tasking runs in the family).

This subject came up again last weekend though as I was driving my teenager to his freshman college orientation. Although only in tenth grade, he is lucky enough to be eligible for an early college program, which means he will—if all goes according to plan (ahem!) graduate from high school, and simultaneously, with an associates degree too. This is quite an honor and a privilege, and as we drove to the orientation, I was giving a long parental lecture about what a gift this program is and how my son was so lucky because he would have an enormous head start on a career right out of the gate.

His response to my enthusiasm, as career choices for him rolled around in my head: “Yes, that’ll be great. So after high school, I think I’ll write a book!”

While being very supportive of his intentions to write a book, inside I was screaming engineer! Be an engineer! Many children may be tired of hearing this, as it’s the cry heard from parents around the world. But the experts are with us. They may have taken a little while to come around to the idea, but specifically, being experienced in 3D printing is something that is now beginning to set graduates apart too. And no, not so they can pump out plastic key chains and purple sporks—but so that yes, they really can change the world. It’s already happening. Think bio-printing. Rockets with 3D printed thrusters headed deep into space. How about off-the-grid 3D printed homes and matching cars? Imagine working to offer third world countries self-sustainability with medical and diagnostic devices, water filtering devices, and construction technology.

According to recent information reported by the BBC, experts say we are headed for a boom in 3D printing, citing estimates that the market will top $16.2 billion in 2019. While you may already consider it to be booming just by the amount of press the technology is receiving, the idea is that those graduating with the skill sets currently are going to be melding with the initial need within industry. The timing will come together perfectly with large companies finally being convinced to turn to 3D printing. And as many guidance and career counselors in schools will be explaining to masses of graduates, companies are looking for:

Industrial engineers
Mechanical engineers
Software developers
Commercial and industrial designers
Marketing managers

The industry continues to grow at an accelerated rate—and prices on printers continue to come down, meaning accessibility, and more innovation. Admitting that it’s true 3D printing is still a very specialized skillset, Nima Mirpourian, a branch manager at Toronto’s Robert Half Technology (specializing in IT staffing) expects that to change fairly soon.

“We’re starting to hear rumblings about the hiring pickup in 3D printing,” he says, adding that nearly anyone who is experienced in the technology should be able to find a job, and in almost any area.

An entire industry will be revolving around it as well, considering that many with expertise to develop software and other technology for 3D printing will be in need, not to mention those capable of selling them, fixing them—and teaching companies how to use them. People will be called upon to operate the equipment and to pump out prototypes when necessary. While making prototypes will be key, 3D printing will be used mainly to fabricate short batch runs, as well as making tools and a variety of finished goods.

“Experience trumps all,” said Mirpourian. “This is a disruptor in the marketplace and because of that, these skills, especially on the development and design side, are super relevant.”

As the technology becomes more affordable and accessible, it will break out further into the mainstream, although we commonly already write stories regarding cases like the Navy’s use of 3D printing as well as the government’s uses for it—not to mention establishing the STEM agenda which is, undeniably, infiltrating schools with incredibly positive effects.

Experts project that progress will continue in the areas we see offering such impressive innovation right now—in medical, aeronautics, automotive, and far more. With all of the benefits offered by 3D printing, most companies with vision and an eye on their numbers are making way for this technological change that is already beginning to re-shape numerous sectors.

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