Friday, January 13, 2012

Interview of Cathy Lewis at CES on Purple Paper Paradise Blog

Denise has added a video of Cathy Lewis, of 3D Systems, being interviewed at the Cubify booth.  Ms. Lewis does a great job of quickly introducing the concept and the Cube printer in a very short time.  There are some nice shots of the Cube 3D printer making an object.

It's heartening to see that people for whom I have a great deal of respect in the paper crafting community also see the potential for other ways to enhance what they are really all about, which is making things that demonstrate a real appreciation for family and friends.

Thanks, Denise!!!

In the meantime, I have created a new blog in which is dedicated to and the Cube 3D printing community.  That may seem odd, since there IS no community as yet, as far as I can tell, since noone that I know about has a Cube printer and the Cubify site is just days old.

But, I expect that to change very, very quickly and I want to be there for that creative community just as I wanted to be there for early eCraft owners.  Here is the link for the new site.  I hope you will become followers if only to keep up with what's happening.

Cubify Fans Blog

I hope to see you there!  In fact, given the level of creativity I have come to admire among the readers of this blog, I would be very disappointed if I didn't see you there so that all of us can benefit by your observations and creative contributions.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

More Images of Objects Printed by the Cube 3D Printer

As the days go by at CES more and more images of 3D objects printed using the Cube 3D printer are beginning to show up.

Here, for instance, are a number of images on Flickr.  Some are official images from 3D Systems and others appear to be images taken by attendees at CES.  Flickr's rules prevent me from linking to individual images.

Flickr Search for Cubify

I stumbled onto another site having some great images that are very useful.  Again, until I have sought permission to show an image here, I will simply link to their site.  The images of the shoes by posted by ZPrinting are especially nice.

The Verge's Cubify Gallery

The Verge images are especially useful.  As I look at these images, the following observations come to mind.

Image #1:  Chess Pieces

We can see that we are probably not going to be able to print perfectly smooth objects with the Cube.  But, what is really important about this image is to observe how the design of the Rook masks some of the uneveness as compared with the design of the Knight.  This means that we can actually design objects with the moderately low resolution in mind.   The brick patterns on the Rook work WITH the limitations and minimize them.

Images #2 & 3:  iPhone Skin

The material seems to be strong enough to allow for designs that minimize material use.

Image #4:  Cube 3D Printer

So far, this is the first image that allows us to get at least a glimpse of the LCD display screen.   We need more! 

Image #5:  iPod Holder(?)

Again, we can get some idea of the effective resolution of the printing stratification.  I also notice that from time to time a stray strand, like a spider's web is dragged along.  I have no idea if these are production models.  But, the strays seem minor and easy to deal with.  It's interesting that the holes in the side of the object don't appear to need support materials.  That's good news!

Image #6:  Frog Printing

This last photo needs a LOT more study than I can give it right now.  It demonstrates the support materials that most 3D printers, and certainly personal 3D printers, require.  Note the loose fit at the places where the actual body and the supports join.  And, look inside at the top of the frog to see how the supports are built up as the frog is printed.  We will pay a lot of attention to supports and removing supports.  But, I like what I see so far.

I'll keep you posted as I find new things and get permission to link directly to photos.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Same Community - New Direction!

Well, it's not really a new direction for me.  But, it will seem so to you.

You know that my heart has a passion for creative people like you.  And, I hope that you know that I REALLY want to do those things that will be a positive force in your ability to show your love through your creative skills.

I was first drawn to electronic paper cutters because of my desire to support my daughter in her art.  But, along the way, I learned a lot about a wonderful community of people that go out of their way to personalize their expressions of caring for family and friends.

Frankly, I've felt a bit guilty about essentially abandoning eCraft users.   The first impediment to continuing to explore the eCraft was an unfortunate and exhausting court battle into which my wife and I were forced to protect her elderly parents.   Then, by the time the court case was over, my daughter's artistic interests had returned to sculpture. 

But, to be honest, the real reason for my not picking up where I left off was that my real passion, when it comes to creative tools, is in 3D, not 2D.   It is something that has long fascinated me.

For many years I have dreamed of personal 3D printers becoming a reality.  In fact, I started several blogs on 3D software and 3D printing long before the eCraft was introduced.  And, now, what I have longed for so many years is finally a reality.  In the last few days, 3D Systems as announced Cubify, the first 3D printer for the home.  Over time I think it is going to of very great interest to many of you.

So, I am going to devote some serious time and energy to introduce the arts and crafts communities to the vast potential of 3D printing to permit you not only to make 3D objects for use in your projects; but, also customized tools that will free you to design, make and use your dies to emboss and cut.

For now, however, let me just point you to the only videos that I have found so far related to a product for which I am VERY excited! 

So, yes, I'm back.  I hope all of you that expressed so much appreciation for my eCraft videos and observations will tag along as I go in a little bit different direction.  If you do, I can promise that it going to be a fantastically interesting ride!


After initially posting this entry, I came across a brand new video from the Consumer Electronics Show that shows the Cube 3D printer at work!  I think this will clearly demonstrate why I am so excited about this new product and web site.