Creality CR-Scan Lizard 3D scanner works on black objects, offers up to 0.05 mm accuracy (Crowdfunding)

Creality CR-Scan Lizard 3D scanner

When we first looked at 3D scanners a few years ago, products that provided decent results were fairly expensive. But at the end of last year, we covered the Revopoint POP 2 color 3D scanner that appears to offer good scans at a relatively affordable (~$420) price point. Creality, more known for its 3D printers, has now introduced the CR-Scan Lizard 3D scanner with a similar or even lower pricing point, an accuracy of up to 0.05mm, support for scanning of dark/black objects, as well as an optional color kit to scan objects with full colors. Creality CR-Scan Lizard specifications: Accuracy – Up to 0.05 mm Single capture range/area – 200 x 100 mm Point distance – 0.1 to 0.2 mm Working distance – 150 to 400 mm Minimum scan volume – 15 x 15 x 15 mm Scan speed – Up to 10 fps Light source – LED + […]

BTT SKR Pico – A Raspberry Pi RP2040 based 3D printer control board

Raspberry Pi RP2040 3D printer control board

BigTreeTech BTT SKR Pico V1.0 is a 3D printer controller board based on Raspberry Pi RP2040 MCU, compatible with Raspberry Pi Linux SBC’s, and specially designed for the compact Voron 0 3D printer, but also working with other models. The board comes with four TMC2209 motor drivers covered by a heatsink for cooling, as well as interfaces for temperature sensors, and a USB Type-C port to connect to the host computer, usually a Raspberry Pi board running Linux. BTT SKR Pico V1.0 3D printer board specifications: MCU – Raspberry Pi RP2040 dual-core Cortex M0+ microcontroller at up to 133 MHz with 264 kB of embedded SRAM Storage – TBD Motor drivers – Up to 4x TMC2209 drivers for X, Y, Z1, Z2, and E interfaces Temperature sensor interfaces – TH0, THB 2-way 100K NTC RTD sensors Host interface – USB Type-C port Misc – Built-in heatsink (Note: fan cooling is […]

HUENIT modular robot arm takes 3D printer, laser engraver, suction, AI camera modules (Crowdfunding)

Huenit Robot Arm

Most robot arms are designed to carry and manipulate payloads, but HUENIT modular robot arm is much more versatile as besides a traditional suction module, the robot supports modules such as a 3D printer, laser engraver, pen holder for drawings, and a creator module for let people designed their own. The robot arm can hold payloads of up to 750 grams, have a reach of up to 39 cm without module, supports WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, and can also optionally be fitted with a 2MP AI camera module based on Kendryte K210 RISC-V processor with built-in AI accelerators. HUENIT specifications: Robot arm 4-axis Payload up to 750 grams Reach – 390mm without module Repeatability – 0.05mm Precision – 0.1mm Speed – Up to 500mm/s Storage – MicroSD card slot USB – 1x USB-C port Wireless – WiFI and Bluetooth Misc – UART, external stepper Power Supply – 24V DC input, […]

Revopoint POP 2 – A color 3D scanner with 0.1mm accuracy (Crowdfunding)

Revopoint POP 2 3D Scanner

We’ve previously covered 3D scanners from the low-cost DIY Ciclop kit to more expensive models ($1,000+), but the market offerings have improved as shown by Revopoint POP 2 3D scanner that not only scans shapes but also colors, and is currently offered on Kickstarter for $419 and up. Revopoint POP 2 scanner relies on stereo depth capture with micro-structured light using a “proprietary micro projecting chip” enabling up to 0.1mm accuracy, and the texture scanning mode can add color/texture to 3D models as well. Revopoint POP 2 technical specifications: Technology – Micro-structured light and binocular proprietary technology Single capture – Accuracy: up to 0.1mm, range/area: 210 x 130 mm Point distance – 0.15 mm Working distance – 150 to 400 mm Minimum scan volume – 20 x 20 x 20 mm Scan speed – Up to 10 fps Light source – Class 1 infrared laser (meaning eye safe) Alignment – […]

Octo4a app installs OctoPrint server on Android smartphones

Octoprint Android

Octoprint is a popular open-source 3D printer controller software that runs on Raspberry Pi boards, Orange Pi Lite SBC, Amlogic TV boxes, and other devices. But considering many people may already an older, perfectly working smartphones at home, FeelFree (Filip) decided to create the Octo4a project that install an Octoprint server on Android smartphones. It makes perfect sense since many smartphones come with a USB OTG interface that can connect to the 3D printer for control, while the touchscreen display is used for the user interface, and the camera to monitor your prints. SSH could be used to access the phone Octoprint server and change the settings manually. You can access the source code and APK files on Github. You’ll need to enable third-party apps in the settings before installing the app in order to install Octoprint on the phone. The only required permission is storage, except if you’d like […]

3D printer controller combines ESP32-S3 & Microchip SAME51 microcontrollers (Crowdfunding)

Phi Mainboard 5LC ESP32-S3 3D printer controller

Here’s another ESP32 3D printer controller board with the Phi MainBoard 5LC powered by both an ESP32-S3-WROOM module and a Microchip SAME51 Cortex-M4F microcontroller, and providing Ethernet and WiFi connectivity. Designed by Likha Labs from the Philippines, Phi MainBoard 5LC is pre-loaded with RepRapFirmware firmware running the Duet Web Control interface that allows users to upload G-code files, configure settings, start jobs, control the device, and monitor prints. Besides 3D printers, the developers explain the board can also be used to drive other digital-fabrication equipment, such as CNC machines. Phi MainBoard 5LC 3D printer controller specifications: MCU Espressif Systems ESP32-S3 dual-core Xtensa LX7 WiFi and Bluetooth microcontroller @ 240 MHz with 512 KB SRAM, 8 MB SPI flash via ESP32-S3-WROOM-1-N8 module Microchip ATSAME51N19A Cortex-M4F microcontroller @ 120 MHz with 512 KB flash, 192KB SRAM Storage – MicroSD card socket Connectivity 10/100M Ethernet 802.11b/g/n 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi 4 Bluetooth 5.0 LE […]

Photon Mono X resin 3D printer review with Wash and Cure Plus Machine – Unboxing and First Prints

Anycubic Mono X resin 3D printer review

Hey, Karl here. Today we are going to unbox and take a look at Anycubic’s Photon Mono X resin 3D printer and Wash and Cure Plus machine. The Mono X is what I would consider a medium size resin 3D printer that boasts a 192x120x245 build volume. Mono is included in the name because they have changed to a mono screen. They say there are 2 advantages when using a mono screen. 1 the screen lasts longer compared to an RGB screen and 2 it allows more light through allowing for faster prints. I won’t go into much detail as I believe most people are aware of this 3D printing method. In summary, UV reactive resin is cured layer by layer until a model is printed. The typical layer height of .05mm vs a typical .2 layer height for FDM printing allows for high detail printing and the layers are […]

Goofoo Cube – A $99 easy-to-assemble 3D printer for beginners (Crowdfunding)

Goofoo Cube 3D Printer

The Goofoo Cube is a $99 3D printer that aims to be as easy to assemble as a LEGO kit, and designed for beginners who can print directly from their phone from a library of over 1000 pieces. The compact 3D printer ships in a package barely larger than a shoebox, meaning it does not take much space on your desk but the build volume is rather small (80x80x80mm), supports PLA and PCL filaments, and can print small parts in about 30 minutes with a 0.7mm nozzle. Goofoo Cube specifications: Nozzle diameter – 0.7mm Building volume – 80 x 80 x 80 mm Print speed – 10 to 20 mm/s Non-heated printing bed Supported materials – PLA and PCL Host interface – USB or Mobile phone (WiFi) Power Supply – 24V/2A Dimensions – 255 x 255 x 208 mm Weight – 1.96kg The 3D printer is comprised of five parts […]