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November 2013

Trimaker

Trimaker in Argentina

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I was in Argentina for work and used the opportunity to visit the guys from Trimaker.
Trimaker is a resin 3d printer with DLP made in Buenos Aires.

I was very warm welcome,  and they let me take some pictures.

Trimaker

They currently have around 40 printers sold. Most of them in Argentina and few in Uruguay. 
If I understood properly they already have a second version of the printer, that will require less customer service effort thanks to the improvements included. In fact the pictures are from the new one, if I am not mistaken.

I arrived just when they were finishing a printing and I could see the low quantity of resin they have in the tray because the printing is done with the object hanging and going upward. 
To ensure the object stays stuck to the support platform they print a fine plate all over the support platform.

I learnt that they came to Barcelona a month ago and visited MADE, met with Joan (he is now in an accelerator in the Netherlands developing his own resin 3dprinter) and they also met the Rapid Prototyping Association.

Trimaker

Things I saw:

  • The object goes up
  • Tray with very low quantity of resin
  • Support has a fine plaque printed to ensure proper stickiness. The plaque is added by the slicer.
  • They have created a plugin for Rhino that generates the support material and validates the best object angle to avoid contraction. Usually 20 degrees as it tends to avoid contraction horizontally.
  • Their own software for slicing, it uploads stl for model and stl for supports Separately. The soft merges them and using slic3r in the background generates the bitmaps combined with some exposure adjustments (time per layer and in first layers)
  • Soft connects to printer through Wi-Fi
  • 3dcrafters.com by now only taking good designs, selected. Idea to monetize some time in the future by selling models or selling the model already list to print with all the preparation work done. Still to explore.
  • They synergies with the 3dprinter network fabshub as they also have interest in customization
  • They spent 3 years developing the printer,  3 months since launch, and around 40 printers sold in Argentina and few in Uruguay. I forgot to ask for the price!
  • They will later come to Spain. You need to make the printer in Spain in order to be viable. And in fact they have been making contacts in Spain already

I was really well welcome and I met Juan one of the partners, Gastón who does business development, Karen an industrial designer, and Maximiliano the developer.

Here you have a couple of pictures of an object just finished, with all the supports and the plaque I mentioned above.

PiezaPieza

Greetings to everyone from Barcelona!

Pipoca

Introduction to 3D printing in Pipoca

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Pipoca

Tonight I made a short speech about 3d printing in Pipoca, a new co-working space in Barcelona.

It was for the opening and we were several presenters with topics like Lean startup, 3d Printing and Dragon dreaming.

The presentation (in Spanish) is available here in Slideshare. Basically I included pictures to show the variety of things you can make, and some links to explore further.

 

Obviously I also attached information about our project fabshub where I am co-founder and the user community 3dprintbarcelona, where I am a proud and active member 🙂

Mention to CloneWars and FundacioCim too.

What I found interesting is that it is changing a bit. Finally no body asked about the gun. Although the public was novice to 3d printing, I got interesting questions over than basic ones.

For instance if you can print several materials at the same time, or if it is possible to recycle failed prints material.

This last one was asked among a small group of women, with an intro “I am going to ask you something tactless”. And I replied first thing that came to my mind: “you are going to ask me if it is possible to 3d print a dildo?”. And the answer is Yes!! The models are here in makerlove.com [Update March 2017: site no longer available]. We had a good laugh haha.

Then as always I could test how different customer desires are. A girl told me afterwards that she liked one of the objects that I presented, something I would never wear myself. That’s why we have Lean for, the speech before mine 😉

The object is in fact a wearable planter. Interesting, right?

colgante planta shapeways