Introducing the UP mini 2 3D Printer!

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Now Taking Pre-Orders! ETA is first week of August. Get your today as the first shipment is selling out fast!

UP mini 2 is not only affordable, reliable and easy-to-use like the first generation UP mini, it also comes with many new features related to usability, portability and connectivity.

  • Touch screen control: Provides better 3D printing user experience.
  • WIFI connection: WIFI support, enabling better user control of the 3D printer via mobile APPs.
  • Built-in HEPA air filtration: Reduces 3D printing fumes and emissions making for a healthy and safe 3D printing environment.
  • Aluminum handle and separate spool container with built-in toolbox: Easy to carry, easy to use.
  • One of the many new features to come to the UP Mini 2 is the ability to resume printing after power loss! With this new feature you will not have to worry about those long prints that leave the printer unattended. Once the printer regains power it is able to detect the unfinished print and will prompt the user with a simple yes or no question “would you like to resume the previous print”. In the world of 3D printing there are not many printers that have this capability and even fewer in the price range of the UP Mini 2.

    Visit our online store to see this product as well as our full line of products. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions or just need help in making the right selection for your needs. 800-626-8539

    Octave Spends the day at Ceres High School

    Octave Systems spent the day at the Ceres High School MPGT Academy! Check it out!!

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    Free Shipping on Octave ABS Filament!

    For the month of July, get Free UPS Ground shipping with the purchase of the Octave 1.75mm ABS Filament 8 Spool Bundle, 1kg (2.2lbs) each, Choose Any 8 Colors. Only $25 per spool!!

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    Choose from 16 different colors – white, black, natural, red, green, yellow, pink, orange, purple, blue, brown, grey, transparent, galaxy blue, silver, gold.

    Octave 1.75mm 3D printing Filament 8 Spool Bundle. High quality 1.75mm 1kg spool each ABS filament from Octave. Produces excellent 3D printing results.

    High-quality ABS filament, manufactured to very tight tolerances and a wide extruder temperature range, making for smoother 3D printing, and fewer extruder nozzle problems.

    Look for in the Coming Months – Zortrax M300

    Zortrax introduces you to Zortrax M300, the 3D printer for those who want make their big ideas really BIG.

    And it certainly is bigger. While the M200’s 200x200x180 mm build space wasn’t the smallest around, many users will quickly get used to the M300’s comfortable 300x300x300 mm build space – large enough to 3D print entire motorcycle helmet in a single session.

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    Of course many of the familiar features of the M200 have returned with this new 3D printer, but the M300 also contains several new features that are intended to optimize the prototyping experience. “The new 3D printing material spools are larger than those used in the M200 and allow users to check how much material has been used; making it easier to plan each subsequent print and project,” its makers say. “The M300 also comes bundled with Side Covers. These protect a user’s 3D print and help maintain a constant temperature within the build space, which can help prevent any model deformations.”

    But like its predecessor, the M300 also relies on Zortrax’s layer plastic deposition (LPD) 3D printing technology. 3D printing at a resolution of anywhere from 90 to 300 microns for a single extruder, the Zortrax M300 is capable of using 4 different types of Zortrax 3D printing filaments: the versatile Z-ULTRAT, the matte Z-HIPS, the semi-transparent Z-GLASS and Z-PETG, which is known for its resistance to just about all kinds of salts, acids and a lot more.

    Download the Latest Version of Z-SUITE

    To improve user experience even more, Zortrax has introduced a new set of upgrades in the Z-SUITE software.

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    The 1.6.0. version includes new types of infill in high speed mode
    and 3MF file format.

    We’ve also:
    • enhanced slicing performance in Mac version,
    • added new geometry reading in .dxf file,
    • improved random seam in shell mode,
    • added dynamic view of estimated print time and material usage in pause mode,
    • improved top surface of the models,
    • added hotkeys.

    Download Z-Suite HERE

    University of Illinois Veterinarians Use 3D Printing

    University of Illinois Veterinarians Use 3D Printing to Help With Eagle’s Surgery

    There’s no denying the impact that 3D printing technology has had on the medical industry. From surgical preparation to patient-specific prosthetics, it has become a viable technological solution for a growing number of healthcare-related applications. This impact extends way beyond human healthcare too, and has served a vast range of species, particularly our winged and feathered bird brethren. Throughout this year alone, we’ve seen Phillip the duck receive new 3D printed feet, a Chinese cockatoo saved with a beak prosthetic, and a Brazilian macaw that obtained the world’s first-ever titanium beak replacement.

    It also appears that 3D printing technology is helping veterinarians prep for surgical procedures on one of the most prized bird species in the world. Recently, students from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine had come across a wild eagle with its left humerus out of alignment, due to improper healing after it was shattered by a gunshot wound months earlier. In order to help the bird take flight again, an intensive surgery was required. To do this, the veterinarian students turned to those in the College of Engineering, who assisted by creating two 3D printed life-sized models of the eagle’s humerus, one that was healthy and another that replicated the actual injured bone.

    Before the the 3D printed models were used by Dr. R. Avery Bennett, an acclaimed avian surgeon, to help perform the procedure, a massive dataset was procured from the spiral CT scan taken by veterinary radiologist Dr. Stephen Joslyn. Consulting from Australia, Dr. Joslyn added a so-called ‘threshold’ into the data, which enabled the computer to separate ‘bone’ and ‘not-bone’ from the subtle and delicate CT scan information. Since the injured bone was fragmented, and thus unable to be printed in a single piece, medical illustrator Janet Sinn-Hanlon utilized software to manually thicken and link the bone areas together.

    After communications went back-and-forth between experts across the world, which were facilitated by Wildlife Medical Clinic intern and University of Illinois student Dr. Nichole Rosenhagen, it seemed that the life-sized models were set to be 3D printed in the university’s Rapid Prototyping Lab. But, the day before the surgery was planned, it turned out that the 3D printing queue was full. Thanks to Ralf Möller, the lab supervisor and director of technical services in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, the models were 3D printed overnight in about six hours, and were good to go by the time the lab opened up the next morning.

    Möller enlisted the help of undergraduate student and lab technician Nick Ragano, who visited the lab overnight to ensure that 3D models would be prepared for use, and also pressure washed the starch-based support material used to print the plastic models. That morning, the 3D printed bones were collected by Dr. Rosenhagen, and the injured eagle received successful orthopedic surgery in a matter of three hours on May 5th.

    Thanks to 3D printing technology and the collaborative effort between the University of Illinois students and experts, the veterinarians involved in the procedure are hoping to see this majestic eagle take a normal flight sometime in the very near future. Discuss further in the Vets 3D Print Eagle Humerus forum over at 3DPB.com.

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    by Tyler Koslow | Jun 1, 2016 | 3D Printing, Health 3D Printing

    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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