Zortrax Responds to Wi-Fi Issue on M200

OFFICIAL ZORTRAX WI-FI STATEMENT

While designing Zortrax M200 quality was always a priority for us. We were planning to implement Wi-Fi but it’s not going to be added because of it’s speed and a lot of problems with lost connections.

Latest versions of M200 which don’t have the module inside won’t obviously be able to use Wi-Fi as they were not designed for it. Information about it was published at out official website at the beginning of May.

Putting the Wi-Fi case aside and focusing on the top quality of our prints, we’ve been developing the reliability of the M200 models implementing various hardware and software updates during the past few years, such as: more durable ribbon cable, improved hotend version designed for printing with Z-GLASS and a many significant Z-Suite improvements. All of the updates in M200 were free and available for all Zortrax clients and each of them was the next step to achieve the highest quality in 3D prints.

Flashforge Dreamer 3D Printer: Connecting to Wi-Fi

Video Tutorial for Flashforge Dreamer 3D Printer.

One of the three ways to connect to the Dreamer 3D printer is through Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi provides a convenient and seamless experience to Creating masterpieces. It communicates with FlashPrint so that you can start controlling the Dreamer’s settings and extruder movements while you are away from home.

This video walks you through the steps needed to connect to the Dreamer’s Wi-Fi network.

3D Hubs’ July 2015 Trends Reveals Interesting 3D Printing Behavior

This month’s trends report from 3D Hubs has some interesting data that identifies who’s actually 3D printing.

The community 3D printing network is in a great position to gather stats, as they have the ability to monitor 3D printing on their nearly 20,000 (and growing) participant network. Each month they publish revealing analyses based on their findings.

This month they asked surveyed participants to categorize their purpose for 3D printing and found the following:

  • 35% Professionals, mostly product designers or engineers, who require 3D printing for their work.
  • 35% Makers, who require 3D printing to assist with various personal projects
  • 22% “Pioneers”, or people 3D Hubs considers novices, who typically do not design their own 3D models
  • 9% Students and Researchers, who use 3D printing for academic use.
  • This explains why their color frequency statistics always show approximately 50% of printed parts are either plain black or white in color. This is because parts made for machines typically do not have a specific color requirement and thus, black or white. This is likely driven by the nearly 70% who use the network for making parts for business or projects.

    There’s also some interesting effects underway in the “Most Highly Rated 3D Printer” statistics. There’s new top dogs, the Kossel XL and DeltaWASP, although the number of ratings for these machines is far less than the deposed champion, the Zortrax M200, which now sits at position three. Formlabs’ Form 1+ remains the highest ranked resin-based 3D printer.

    What’s also interesting is the near-absence of the two largest players, MakerBot/Stratasys and 3D Systems, both of whom manufacture extensive lines of desktop 3D printers. In the top twenty list we see only the original MakerBot Replicator, a machine released nearly three years ago and the MakerBot Mini, the only currently sold machine from MakerBot on the list. None of 3D Systems’ current products appear on the top-ranked list, although the Cube3 does appear on the trending list, meaning it is exhibiting a spurt of popularity.

    Afinia 3D and Makers Empire Partner to Serve North American Schools

    Afinia 3D and Australian 3D printing software company Makers Empire have partnered to sell Makers Empire products to the North American education market.

    Afinia 3D, a supplier of award-winning desktop 3D printers, will provide North American elementary and middle schools with Makers Empire’s 3D design and printing Learning Program through its Education Resellers network. The Makers Empire 3D design and printing Learning Program is comprised of easy-to-use 3D design software, curriculum-aligned lesson plans, a teacher’s portal, and online resources.

    John Westrum, Afinia 3D’s Vice President and Education Market Lead said, “We have a coast-to-coast presence in the US and Canadian educational markets and the Makers Empire 3D design and printing Learning Program is an excellent addition to our solutions portfolio. Educators have been asking us for easy-to-use 3D design software integrated with a curriculum. I believe we have now have a formidable offering.”

    Makers Empire’s CEO Jon Soong said, “Makers Empire’s 3D design and printing Learning Program was designed specifically for elementary and middle schools and tested extensively by classroom teachers and students.”

    “With so many demands placed on schools and teachers today, Makers Empire makes it simple to get started with 3D printing in the classroom. We are delighted to be working with Afinia 3D to help more schools in North America use 3D printing in the classroom to achieve learning outcomes in STEAM-related subjects,” Soong said.

    About Makers Empire

    Makers Empire is a leader in targeted 3D design and print Learning Programs for the education space. Its ground-breaking products help teachers achieve great learning outcomes as well as inspired students in critical areas such as creativity, mathematics and technology. In the words of Makers Empire CEO, “Makers Empire is to 3D printers what Microsoft was to the personal computer.”

    New Reel Size for Octave Filament

    Please be advised that we are in the middle of transitioning to a larger reel size for our Octave brand filament. For a short period of time, you may receive filament on two different size reels, old and new. The dimensions of the reel that is shipping for each color will be listed in the description of that color. We are sorry for this short term inconvenience. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

    New Reel Dimensions
    Reel Diameter 20.3 cm (7.99”)
    Reel Width 7.2 cm (2.83”)
    Hub diameter 5.2 cm (2.05”)
    Hub width 6.3 cm (2.48”)

    Problems with getting the desired look of your 3D model?

    Z-PRINT

    Various manuals will show you how to obtain the best results from your 3D printing. Zortrax also offers our step-by-step instructions and learn how to make the surface of your models really smooth and shiny. Thanks to the presented methods of treatment you can also eliminate stepping lines and other minor defects just by sanding, acetone vaporizing or spackling the model.

    Apart from that, we highly recommend the Modeling section to learn how to print more advanced models and avoid common mistakes. Now you can choose the most proper and suitable technique and make your prototypes look even more professional with even surface and accurate details- ready to be presented to your clients. All the methods covered in the sections were prepared and thoroughly tested by our 3D printing specialists.

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    Check out the Zortrax Design and Post-Processing Center HERE!

    Afinia Wins RAPID 2015 Exhibitor Innovation Award for H800 3D Printer

    Afinia 3D just received the RAPID 2015 Exhibitor Innovation Award for the H800 3D printer. The H800 is scheduled to begin shipping in July. The large build size, HEPA filtration system, and unbeatable Afinia support make this a highly sought-after 3D printer.

    “RAPID would like to congratulate Afinia 3D on winning the RAPID 2015 Exhibitor Innovation Award for their Afinia H800 3D Printer. The RAPID Exhibitor Innovation Award recognizes the most innovative new products or services exhibited at RAPID that are judged to have the greatest potential impact on the industry,” said Maria Conrado, Event Manager.

    Afinia 3D was selected as the award recipient by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers’ (SME) Rapid Technologies & Additive Manufacturing (RTAM) Committee.

    John Westrum, Vice President, and Zack Sterzinger, Sales Representative, were happy to accept the award, while exhibiting the Afinia 3D printers at the RAPID event. “We’ve listened to our customers and used their feedback to provide a printer that we feel will truly meet their needs,” said Westrum. “The H800 has undergone months of testing and preparation to ensure that it meets the high standards that Afinia 3D sets for all of our products, and we are looking forward to seeing what our customers will create with the bigger build area.”

    The H800 has a build area 5x larger (10 x 8 x 8 inches) than the Afinia 3D H480, and includes additional enhancements such as a HEPA filtration system, fully-automated leveling and height sensing, ultra-fine 100-micron print resolution, and one button filament-reel changing. Although the H800 includes many more features than the H480, the H800 delivers an “out-of-the-box 3D printing experience,” arriving fully assembled with easy-to-install software for PC and Mac.

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