3D Printing

3D printing – solving problems big and small

One of the great things about working in the Educational Technology industry is watching people learn new skills and put them into practice. We were encouraged this week to receive news from a parent who had children attend one of our 3D print workshops during the summer school break. His message read:

“Hey EduKits. I wanted to let you know how excited I am to have just completed my first 3D printing project. Two of my kids went to your tech workshops in the school holidays and after watching them at home on TinkerCad I thought I’d give it a go myself. I needed to replace a broken suspension part from one of my remote control cars and since it was plastic I thought it could be 3D printed. I managed to draw it up on TinkerCad then printed it with my kids help to get the settings right. I was so excited I created a Thingiverse account to share it with the world”.

At EduKits, we love getting feedback from our community and hearing about what projects people have been able to create with electronics, coding and 3D printing. If you’ve got a project you’ve made with our Amazing Annoyatron kit you can share it on Instagram with the #Amazing Annoyatron hashtag. Alternatively, you can send us a message through our contact page.

3D Printing Coding Education News

School holiday tech workshops a success

Over the summer holidays, EduKits ran a number of school holiday workshops for kids, held at Wagga’s co-working space, Working Spaces HQ.

This was the second time that I’ve run school holiday workshops, with the first being focused on giving kids and teens a first experience with 3D printing technology. These holidays, in addition to the 3D printing lessons, we also provided further workshops with a focus on electronics, coding and virtual reality.

It was exciting to see the outstanding uptake and support from the local community. Attendees ranged from ages 9 to 13, many of whom were completely new to what they were learning. This was, therefore, a great opportunity for me to show that learning about technology doesn’t just have to be for getting a job, but it can also be great fun as well.

Kids had great fun designing and 3D printing their own bag tags, bubble wand designs, and fantasy castles which they could take home with them after the workshops. Others used coding in a race to create the most annoying sounds (using The Amazing Annoyatron, of course), or to create chatbots that spat out random, nonsensical sentences. But overall, participants were given a wide range of technical skills and a basic understanding of how some core technologies function.

The workshops were created as a way to introduce the youth in our local community to the technologies that are going to shape our future, something that was certainly a success.

3D Printing Updates

The UP Box is back, and with a bang

Tiertime’s back on the job, just a few months after the anticipated release of their newest (at least, back then) 3D printer, the UP Mini 2. Just last week it was announced that a new 3D printer will be joining their UP desktop 3D printer range – the UP Box Plus.

I was actually very excited when I first heard about this. The release of the old UP Box, back in late 2014, truly did mark the start of a new era for Tiertime. We saw the first appearance of some massive new features we’ve come to take for granted in the UP 3D printers we know today, such as the in-built HEPA filtration system, for example.

I did assume, of course, that this release would be no different. After all, when has there been a time when Tiertime has let us down?

The new UP Box+ boasts a host of new features aimed at professionals and educators.

The UP Box, plus what?

Okay. I have to admit, when I first looked at the photos, I was a little more than a bit surprised. At first glance, the UP Box Plus seems to be the exact same as the old UP Box. Except for the fact that is says ‘UP Box Plus’ on the top of the printer, of course. On the outside of the printer, you can’t actually tell that any changes have been made at all.

The last 3D printer that Tiertime released, the UP Mini 2, got a massive makeover. You would have expected the UP Box Plus would have received at least a little bit of love in regards to its design. Of course, there was never actually anything wrong with the design of the original UP Box itself, so we’ve got nothing to complain about.

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Same on the outside, epic on the inside

Despite the one unexciting change on the exterior of the printer, inside the printer, a lot has changed.

It’s obvious that the new UP Box Plus still has all of our favourite features from the old UP Box, including the HEPA filtration system, automatic calibration, HD print quality and its massive build volume.

Wifi connectivity, one of the features we’ve been waiting to see in the UP Box since the release of the UP Mini 2, has finally been added. Users will finally be able to free themselves of those annoying USB cables always waiting to be tangled!

Another feature carried over from the new UP Mini 2 was nozzle and bed temperature settings. For years, UP users have been waiting to see this feature in the UP Box, and now, it’s finally here. This opens up the doors for a world of new filament options, including wood, bronze, copper, steel, glow-in-the-dark and even flexible materials.

The features that make this printer even more awesome

The feature we’re probably most excited to see in this new printer is auto-pause filament detection. With larger 3D printers, it’s quite easy to actually run out of filament mid-print. This can be very problematic, seeing as some prints can take up to 20 hours to print. Well, this isn’t a problem any longer. If the printer detects that the users has ran out of filament, it will simply stop the print until it’s fed with more filament.

Running out of filament isn’t the only problem larger printers face. In the event of a blackout, power failure, or some clumsy workmate accidentally switching the 3D printer off at the wall, you’ve just lost your 15-hour print. These things happen more often than we’d like them to, and Tiertime has responded accordingly.

And finally, the new extruder block. Printing with filaments other than ABS has been problematic for quite a long time. PLA is one such example. The UP Box Plus’ new extruder design features two fans, one more than the original design. This was to hopefully to remove some (or all) of the problems users have faced when printing with alternate materials. Tiertime has also kept the same magnetic extruder attachment that we’ve come to love.

The new UP Box Plus, along with the rest of the UP range of desktop 3D printers, can be found right here in the EduKits Marketplace.

3D Printing Updates

UP MINI 2 now shipping Australia-wide

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If you haven’t rushed over to the EduKits marketplace to get your hands on one of these already, here are a few of the things you’ll love about this new 3D printer.

Touch Screen

The in-built touch screen makes using this printer seriously easy. Want to change over materials? Need to reprint something? The touch screen means that these tasks previously requiring a USB connection can be done with just a few touches.

HEPA filtration system

3D printing often involves putrid odours, but not with the UP MINI 2. Not only does the built-in air filter remove dangerous particles from the air, but it also seems to remove the bad smell with it.

Aluminium carry handle

You can actually pick up this printer and take it with you. Literally. Not only is it light, but it also has a slide-up aluminium carry handle which makes it easy to move the UP MINI 2 to another room or another building.

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Wifi connectivity

Obviously, the designer of this printer wasn’t content with maintenance and printing being able to be done right from the printer’s touchscreen display. With its built-in wifi connectivity, I can calibrate my printer, change over materials and start new print jobs from another room using my iPad.

Seriously awesome.

Automatic bed levelling

Because everything else about this printer was so easy, calibration had to be that way too. Instead of playing around for ten minutes, trying to find the perfect bed height, you could just press a button and have it done for you in ten seconds.

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3D Printing Updates

UP ABS Filaments get a splash of colour

Along with the global launch of the UP MINI 2, August has also seen the addition of eleven new ABS filaments to the UP Fila family.

Tiertime announced on Monday that they will be introducing some new members to the UP Fila family. The new ABS filaments will feature the same strength, quality and post-processing ease as original UP ABS filaments. They will be able to be used on all UP 3D printers.

Originally, the renowned UP ABS filament only came in six colours. These were red, yellow, blue, green, black and white. The new collection includes some completely new colours, but also some different shades to complement existing colours.

The new colours are spring sun beige, crystal sea, iced aqua, minty green, fiery coral, treetop green, bridesmaid pink, breathless gray, skydiver cyan, California orange and fairytale purple. These will be joining the original black, blue, green, red, white and yellow.

EduKits will be stocking the new UP ABS collection when it is launched in Australia in the coming months.

3D Printing Updates

New UP STUDIO software released

Tiertime has finally released a new piece of 3D software to replace the current Up! 3D slicer and editor. UP STUDIO, currently in beta, boasts a truckload of amazing new features, including wi-fi connectivity, mobile device compatibility, in-built help and support videos and custom material profiles, just to name a few.

UP STUDIO is currently in Beta testing versions, so we can expect to see a few bugs, but overall, some amazing new features. Here are a few of the best that stood out for us.

Wi-fi connectivity

Tiertime’s new UP MINI 2 features wi-fi connectivity, allowing for you to transfer jobs and maintain your printer wirelessly. Users can switch between any printer connected to their network and quickly view unique information such as serial numbers.

Mobile device compatibility

The UP 3D printers are now truly portable with the UP STUDIO app available on the Apple App Store, allowing users to harness the wireless capabilities of their printers, on-the-go. The UP STUDIO mobile app is almost the exact same as the desktop app – you can change over filaments, monitor your print job and even scale, rotate and move your models before printing.

In-built help and support videos

You got a problem? No problems. UP STUDIO comes with a growing library of in-build support videos to help you when you get stuck. At the moment, there are only a few videos on basic topics but that’s set to grow over time.

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Custom material profiles

UP users have been waiting for this features for years, but now it’s finally arrived. The newest version of UP STUDIO allows you to create custom material profiles. Within these, you can change the nozzle temperature and heated bed temperature. As a result of this, you now have the opportunity to print with a wider range of materials than those offered by the UP range.

Users are required to be logged into their UP 3D accounts to access custom material profiles. This is so they can access your materials across all your devices.

Improved object editor

Scaling, rotating and moving your objects just got a lot easier. Gone are the days of typing a value into a box and hitting enter to transform your object. Now you just select which axes you want to affect and drag the 3D handles. Users also have the option of selecting preset values for your rotation, scale and movement.

Print photographs and images in 3D

Upload your photos or graphics, play with a few settings and watch your images print out in 3D! UP STUDIO now has the option to import images as well as 3D objects, and converts them into a printable object. This feature is currently in its early stages, so you can’t expect high-quality results just yet.

Download UP STUDIO

To download UP STUDIO, head over to our support center and download either the x64 or x86 version for your machine. The Mac app and iOS app are available for download on the relative app stores.