Maker Faire Bay Area: May 16 & 17!

Come see Octave Systems at Maker Faire Bay Area: May 16 & 17! We will be located in Zone 2 inside Expo Hall, booth number is 2486. Please note that booth numbers are not public. Attendees use the Maker Faire mobile app to find their way around the event.


Zortrax Z-Suite Update V1.0.0 for Windows and MAC

Zortrax is proud to present you the new Z-Suite V1.0.0 software and its added features. The most noticeable change is of course the interface which has changed its looks. Apart from the visual side of it, it is faster, more stable and gives full support for all the Mac OS X users. Now you can have the view of the layers of your model.

When it comes to the final version of the print you would be surprised how easy it is to remove the rafts. Raft generation has been improved in a way that avoids the model from peeling off from the platform. What is more, our users don’t have to bother about getting rid of support as we now replaced it (where possible)with bridges that are really short and easy to remove. It solves the problem of cleaning the printed model from the small parts of filament and reduces the amount of material used during the process of printing.

We have also added 0.29 mm layer for Z-ABS which allows users to select the height of layers and adjust it to their needs. In practice, it means that you can print your model much faster by choosing the higher layer. This feature is particularly useful with printing big models that can be time-consuming. If you decide to use the thinner layer, you can get your print more precised and smooth.

There are many more features that have been improved and fixed. To update simply open your Zortrax Z-Suite software and download should start automatically. You can also update manually.

New Z-Suite features added:

New user interface
Added full support for Mac OSX
Added full display of .zcode layers
Added automatic generation of the bridges
Added new 0.29mm layer for Z-HIPS
Improved performance of previewing .zcode
Improved raft generation
Improved 0.29mm layer for Z-ABS
Fixed support and raft removal problems for Z-HIPS
Fixed slicing error while „Random Seam” selected
Many other minor changes and fixes

Flashforge Dreamer 3D Printer with Advanced Dual Extruders

Advanced dual extruders

A 3D printer shouldn’t be limited to building simple cubes and sphere. It’s supposed to let your creativity flourish—however sophisticated or wild your designs may be. With Dreamer, anything you imagine can become a physical reality that you can touch, hold, and feel.

And these designs aren’t limited to just a single color either. The Dreamer dual printhead is fine-tuned to build in two colors simultaneously. So your design stands out in places where it’s supposed to shine.

Perhaps the most unique feature of the Dreamer dual printhead is the way they work in harmony to build much more complex designs, laying down each layer with unparalleled accuracy. One printhead extrudes the build material while the other fills in areas of overhang with support material. The resulting collaboration between the two is nothing short of a perfect match.

100-micron high-resolution print quality.

Dreamer has an eye for detail. With a 100-micron high-resolution build, every detail in your design comes out the exact same way you imagined them to be. Designs with interlocking pieces fit and function seamlessly together. Every circle is a perfect round, and every peak and trough has a distinct definition. With Dreamer, 3D printing becomes a digital art form.

Introducing FlashPrint.

FlashPrint takes the guesswork out of 3D printing so you can spend more time designing and discovering new things to build. Decide on the build quality from a list of presets and FlashPrint takes care of the rest.

And for those seeking more control over the software, parameters can be changed manually as well. From the individual extruder temperature to print speeds and even the active cooling fans.

FlashPrint is also the mobile control center for Dreamer. Monitor the build progress, move the extruder to different locations, start or stop a build, and much more—done wirelessly from the computer. All the functions are aesthetically embedded into a flat design that enhances the overall user experience, is simple to use yet powerful.

Built-in Wi-Fi. Always connected.

The Flashforge Dreamer has a built-in Wi-Fi that connects to your home or office network. Wirelessly transfer models to Dreamer’s built-in 4 GB internal storage. So even if your computer gives up on you, you can depend on Dreamer to finish building.
*SD card and USB 2.0 connectivity come standard.

Fully enclosed case.
The 3D printer that’s safe to use.

3D printers operate at extreme high temperature. When designing the Flashforge Dreamer, we emphasize safety first but also making sure performance is not compromised. Dreamer is designed so that all of its hot and moving components are contained inside the fully enclosed case while keeping everything else out, including dust and foreign particles. It meets strict requirements and is CE certified and RoHS compliant. So Dreamer can be used anywhere—be it the home, the office, or in classrooms.



Octave Systems in the Innovation Hangar

When visiting San Francisco be sure to stop in at the Innovation Hangar in the Palace of Fine Arts to see the Octave Booth for 3D Printing

What Is The Innovation Hangar?

Located in the iconic San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts, the new Innovation Hangar (“iHangar”) a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization celebrates the innovative spirit that defines the Bay Area. Open to the public, the 120,000-square-foot social innovation space is designed to be an epicenter of learning and exploration. Innovation Hangar features exhibits, workshops, community events, educational programming for students, and open workspaces for entrepreneurs and inventors.

Rent a 3D Printer at The Innovation Hangar

If you would like to rent printing time on a 3D printer, stop in at the Innovation Hangar in the Palace of Fine Arts to see the Octave Print Station for 3D Printing


New 3D Printing File Format to Be Unveiled by Microsoft

By Andrew Wheeler

This Thursday, April 30th, at Build 2015, Microsoft is set to announce a new file format for 3D printing that will be built into Windows 10, which is set for release as early as July 2015. Gavin Gear, Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, said recently that,“to empower people, maximize productivity, and unlock the full capabilities of this technology, a new file format is needed.”

He continued to describe the ideal 3D printing file, and it sounds pretty good:

It should align CAD software, 3D printing hardware and software on a more information-rich file format, specifically designed to support the needs of modern 3D printing. The file format must support information interchange throughout the entire 3D printing process, from CAD application to printer. The file format must contain a complete definition of the printed model, in a way that allows unambiguous and accurate processing of the model. Finally, the file format must be practical, simple to understand and easy to implement.

This new file will allow extra information that .STL files have difficulty processing, like color, surface texture, etc. This is a big step for Microsoft and 3D printing in general, as it seems Microsoft has found a way to significantly enrich one’s ability to 3D print complex objects, while significantly simplifying the process for users. We will let you know more of the details of this exciting new file format and anything else Microsoft announces about 3D printing development as soon as more details emerge after Thursday’s presentation at Microsoft’s Build Development Conference.

XYZ Printer with Octave ABS Filament

By Shawn Rife, RAE Industries.

I run an electo-mechanical engineering company. We develop our own products in house as well as offer contract design and manufacture services. I started working with 3D printing back in 2006 on a huge Stratasys 3D printer. I think that machine at the time cost over $80,000. Today my little XYZ Printer Da Vinci 1.0 that cost me $499 has a much larger printing bed, easier to use software and a TON of options for filament.

I like to experiment with a variety of filaments. Mainly to find the most reliable filament. I build a lot of little brackets, enclosures, and other misc parts on my 3D printers so what is most important to me is strength, dimensional stability, no de-lamination issues, and most importantly repeat-ability. I need to have the confidence to press the print button, walk away, then come back 7 hours later with a finished part 100% of the time.

In order to do this, it’s obvious that control over the heated bed and extruder temperature is a must. I purchased the XYZEROCART from World Class Technologies. This did the trick without worry about printer warranty issues or dinking around with cartridges.

I started buying a variety of different filament materials for my new Da Vinci 1.0. My first surprise was the huge range in performance differences even if it was only a change in color, but within the same manufacture. I decided that I need to figure out very quickly a reliable material and manufacturer.

It was easy to see that for my functional parts, ABS and nylon were the materials of choice for good mechanical strength, impact resistance, and reliability. HIPS printed nice and smooth, just not as strong. On further testing of filaments, I found myself always coming back to one sample bag of filament that I purchased off Amazon. It doesn’t seem to be available anymore, but it was a sample pack of 12 different colors of ABS, it had a bunch of little brochures inside it from Octave Systems. When I didn’t have the time to experiment and just needed to make something ASAP this little bag of filament became my “go-to” bag. It only took a couple of weeks and I was done messing around. I started buying spools of Octave filament ever since.

I now consume about 4 full spools a week of Octave ABS filament. Best part is nearly 100% of this is usable parts that I can profit from. The sweet spot for the Da Vinci 1.0 and Octave filament seems to be 225 on the extruder and 70 degrees on the bed and just using the glue stick. Nothing fancy beyond that.

I now have 3 Da Vinci 1.0 printers and #4 coming next week. I did have a Da Vinci 2.0, and an Airwolf 3D for a while. Both great, but since sold them as I’m becoming an expert in fixing and optimizing these quirky Da Vinci 1.0 3D printers. Plus, for the price it’s hard to beat.

Right now at my shop I have a nice little profit center running nearly 24/7. The Octave brand filaments print quality between colors vary only slightly, but from my experience varies least out of any other manufacturer I’ve tested making it my most consistent and reliable filament choice.

Happy printing!
Shawn Rife – Prez
RAE Industries.

Re-Play Your Old DVDs as 3D Printing Filament

By Michael Molitch-Hou

It’s Earth Day! You know what that means: time to sit in front of an energy-sucking computer and write-up an article on an eco-friendly company! There is a growing number of companies that are turning consumer waste into prosumer gold and the latest is reShootz, which will turn your old CDs and DVDs into 3D printing filaments.

reShootz is a spin-off of Washington-based GreenDisk, a company that has been recycling electronic media for the past 22 years. Now, with reShootz, the company plans to convert that waste into 3D printing filament. David Beschen, founder of GreenDisk and one of reShootz’s principals, says of the new company, “We were pleased to see how important sustainable practices and products are to the 3D printing community. Producing high quality, premium grade filament from this special set of recycled plastics is a natural. If someone wants to produce a product they will want the option of producing one that will qualify as environmentally preferred.”

Typically working with polycarbonate (PC), polystyrene (PS), polypropylene (PP), and ABS, the firm will be releasing three different lines of materials: Performance, Production, and Play. Beschen continues, “All of these materials were born out of electronic media but that does not mean they had to die there. These plastics come packed with special values that reShootz can put back to work. But the Makers will be the ones to tell us exactly how.”

Each line will offer different properties for a given market, with Performance taking advantage of unique material qualities from recycled goods, Production supplying recycled versions of the typical filaments commercially available, and Play offering fun, novelty filaments. Made from old CD and DVD plastic, the first product in reShootz Performance line is Vüz, which can be read by lasers! The Production line will begin with rePC, reABS, and rePP, as well as other plastics. Finally, the first filament in the Play line is Sparkle, a PC filament sparkling from the metal found in old discs.

Due to its recycling history, the company believes that it is capable of closely monitoring the quality of the filaments as they’re produced. And their knowledge of the materials allows them to better control the qualities listed above. reShootz principal Mickey Friedman elaborates, “Our recycled material come already loaded with special powers. You have to understand the history of the material and its unique characteristics to produce a quality product. Over the years, we’ve learned how to best take advantage of this particular set of recycled plastics, and thanks to the need for a tight audit trail, we know how they were made and where they came from.”

Though samples will be available ahead of time, reShootz plans to kick off its Vüz optical grade filament with a Kickstarter program this summer. A new company with a very bare website, but, given the possibilities of recycling shiny metal things for 3D printing are awesome. And who could say no to recycling? On Earth Day? Tell me! Who??

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