Acer To Launch The World's First 15.6 Inch Notebook

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Acer hopes to attract more notebook fans by launching the world’s first 15.6 inch Chromebook.

Acer is the second largest Chromebook seller in the world and it wants to drive its sales higher by bringing in the market the world’s first notebook that will have a 15.6 inch display screen.

According to tech experts, the Acer Chromebook 15 will have modest specs. The display will come in two resolutions. One will be of 1920×1080 pixels while the other will be of 1366×768 pixels. It will also offer two CPU options, which will be based on Intel’s upcoming Broadwell-based chips. So the Acer Chromebook 15 could come in Core i3 or a Celeron variant.

The Acer Chromebook 15 will also include an 802.11 ac WiFi with MIMO 2×2 antennas. It will also have Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, HDMI 1.4 and an SD card reader. It will weigh in at 4.85 pounds. The company has promised a battery life of 8 hours.

Acer Chromebook 15 will come with either 16GB SSD or 32GB SSD storage. It will also come with either 2GB RAM or 4GB RAM. Acer hasn’t disclosed the prices of the devices, though tech experts believe that the price will start from $249.

The company has added that the Acer Chromebook 13 has also been updated and it now comes with touch screen capability. Acer is also updating its Aspire V 17 Nitro Notebook PC series with Intel 3D cameras. The camera — which will be composed of traditional camera, an IR camera and an IR laser projector — will be able to interpret 3D movements. This will allow the users to control the screen without ever having to touch a mouse or keyboard. It will also be able to act as a 3D scanner, which can then be used for generating 3D models and for 3D printing.

Aspire V 17 also comes packed with Core i7 processor and Nvidia GeForce graphics. It will have 4GB of dedicated memory, which will allow a smoother gaming experience. It will come with two storage spaces 128GB SSD or 256 GB SSD. It will have a Blu-Ray or DVD attached to it. It will also have redesigned fan, which is intended to keep the PC cooler and eliminate dust.

Acer’s new devices will be displayed at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) 2015 in Las Vegas.

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3Doodler Set to Launch 12 New Plastics, a Foot Pedal, New Nozzles & More

New 3Doodler Nozzles

New 3Doodler Nozzles

The 3Doodler, 3D printing pen has become quite the sensation as of late among artists, designers, and just plain ole hobbyist. Since raising over $2.3 million via Kickstarter in March of 2013, the “World’s First 3D Printing Pen” has garnered the attention of many media outlets, specialty shops, and discussion forums around the world.

For those unfamiliar with the capabilities of the 3Doodler, it is a handheld device that extrudes molten plastic, which hardens when cooled. When the device was first announced, many people just couldn’t fathom what it could possibly be used for. However, in the time that it has been available, we have seen all sorts of interesting, useful, and intriguing ways in which the 3Doodler has been used. We’ve seen it used to create a hexacopter drone, a remote controlled airplane, and even a Life-sized humanoid skeleton. The list goes on and on.

12 Additional Plastics Now Available

12 Additional Plastics Now Available

So far there have been over 100,000 3Doodler pens shipped out worldwide, in the 11 months since the shipments began. It is currently the most popular 3D printing device in the world, according to 3D Hubs.  On top of this, they have already shipped over 16,500,000 inches of plastic filament to their users, 20% of that being black, and 14% being white.

Because of the success that the 3Doodler has had, the company has decided to provide more options and accessories for their loyal users. Today, they announce that they are introducing 12 new colors of plastic (Radioactive Yellow, Cotton Candy Pink, Café au Lait, and six additions to the “Clearly” range, Clearly Clementine and Clearly Cherry), as well as several new accessories, at the German IFA tradeshow which runs from today through September 10th.

New 3Doodler Accessories

New 3Doodler Accessories

The new accessories are the DoodleStand, which holds the 3D printing pen and also moves, helping the artist “doodle” accurately in clean, straight lines. Also being released is a new 6-piece nozzle set, which allows designers to change out the normal circular nozzle for either a ribbon-shaped, square, or triangular nozzle, among others. This will allow for the extrusion of plastic in different shapes and sizes, providing for more design options to choose from. The most interesting of the newly announced accessories is probably the foot pedal, which allows users to hold the 3Doodler at any angle imaginable, without having to worry about controlling the flow of the extrusion with the hand that is holding the pen. It allows the user to control the starting and stopping of the extrusion by means of simply pushing the pedal to the floor.

The 3Doodler Pedal

The 3Doodler Pedal

“We’re very excited to be showing off our new accessories and plastics at IFA, after successfully shipping units globally and retailing in stores around the world.” said Daniel Cowen, Co-Founder of 3Doodler. “The simplicity of 3Doodler has sparked imaginations. Just a few of the things that have been 3D designed include a 6ft scale model of the Tokyo Tower, the first ever life sized 3D printed humanoid skeleton, fashion designs, including a fully 3Doodled dress, a Stephen Colbert “truthiness” monument, and a working RC plane. That more than a hundred thousand people are using our 3D pen worldwide marks a fantastic year for both 3Doodler and the 3D printing industry alike; and by giving people new accessories and plastics to use with the 3Doodler, we hope to continue sparking imaginations and encouraging people to doodle truly fantastic creations”.

Without a doubt, the 3Doodler is here to stay. It is nice to see them innovating upon their already extremely successful product, in order to keep their fans happy. These new accessories definitely make the “3Doodling” experience one that is even more fun than ever before.

The DoodleStand

The DoodleStand

What do you think about these new colors and new accessories that 3Doodler has announced? Are you looking forward to using any of them? Discuss in the 3Doodler announcement forum thread on 3DPB.com.

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Tarsus to Launch 'Industrial Print Expo' in Monterrey, Mexico Early Next Year

thumb_eventos20121128-73bf5_Manufactura13In 2015, Mexico will host its first tradeshow dedicated exclusively to industrial printing in the realm of manufacturing. As the potential of 3D printing becomes increasingly obvious, its footprint is expanding across the globe. In some places, 3D printing is just becoming a part of the way that manufacturing is done. In others, such as Mexico, additive manufacturing is already being practiced on a large scale and is the driving force behind a great deal of economic development, such as the expansion of BMW in San Luis Potosi. man15h11evAs such, Tarsus Group and E.J. Krause & Associates saw the country as the perfect location for this latest addition to its portfolio of manufacturing events, the Industrial Print Expo. The 2015 event will take place in Monterrey and run alongside the Expo Manufactura, currently the most prominent business forum for the Mexican manufacturing industry. Expo Manufactura currently showcases manufacturing technologies in areas of CAD/CAM, robotic metrology, quality control, logistics, and micromechanization among others. In a press release given by Tarsus and E.J. Krause, the collaborating entities described the nature of the event:

“Industrial Print Expo will be a platform for displaying cutting edge technologies and solutions, sharing knowledge, and generating investment within the industrial print sector. The even will timthumbbring together specialists and key decision makers from both the public and private sectors. Attendees, whether representing industrial, commercial, public, government or military, will be able to see and compare the latest print technology solutions and applications, learn and understand the benefits and opportunities offered, discuss specific requirements, and meet industry professionals from across a wide array of sectors and technologies.”

Given the McKinsey Report’s prediction that anywhere from $230 to $550 billion dollars of growth could be generated by 3D printing by 2025, the time to invest in the culture of additive manufacturing and the establishment of networks for communication and advancement is now. Plans are for the show floor to bring together the most up to date equipment, techniques, and processes in ink jet technologies and 3D printing. In addition, the expo will showcase additional technology from hot stamping, to laser and thermal transfer. The event will be co-located with Expo Manufactura and run from February 3 – 5 in Monterrey at CinterMex.

Are you planning on attending this even?  Discuss with others in the Industrial Print Expo forum thread on 3DPB.com

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First Full 3D Production Center in Canada to Launch Through Burloak

In the next five years, we will see the establishment of Canada’s first full advanced manufacturing and production additive manufacturing center. This facility is being developed as part of a five-year, 11.5 million dollar strategic plan initiated by Burloak Engineered Solutions. Among the ‘firsts’ claimed by the facility will be the first production DMLS system in Canada in addition to SLS and subtractive systems. This transition was made possible by a private equity investment concluded in July.

logotBurloak was founded in 2005 as a privately held company based in Dudas, Ontario. They have focused on the delivery of services and solutions in the areas of 3D printing, advanced manufacturing, metrology and engineering services. In a statement released to the press, the company spokesperson said:

“Over the years we have invested in leading edge technologies and delivered high quality services that have seen our team working on projects in North America, South America, Asia, and Europe. We will continue this investment over the coming years as we continue to strengthen our value proposition. Our mission is to build a team that consistently exceeds the expectations of our customers and builds long term collaborative partnerships with our suppliers so that we achieve sustainable growth in an environmentally responsible manner.”

dreamstimemedium_10770328Burloak’s facilities are being developed to provide services for clients in the defense, medical, architectural, aerospace, automotive, and industrial sectors. These services will include prototyping, as well as, both development and final production level additive manufacturing in addition to engineered solutions.

Production is expected to begin by the middle of August with the company having already begun commissioning its first set of machines. The initial equipment is being ordered from EOS and is comprised of SLS and DMLS 3D printers. Further orders are being placed with Elliott Matsuura for 3, 4, and 5 axis CNC machines and CMM systems.

dimensional_106_20130822_1761993192With this new direction, the company intends to begin a rebranding campaign as well, starting with the creation of the corporate entity Burloak Technologies under which will operate two wholly owned subsidiaries, Burloak Advanced Manufacturing, Inc. and Burloak Engineered Solutions, Inc. The services of the corporate entity will be divided with advanced manufacturing services being provided by Burloak Advanced Manufacturing and inspection, alignment, metrology, 3D scanning, reverse engineering, tooling, BIM modeling, long range laser scanning, and CAD services offered under the Engineered Solutions subsidiary.

As additive manufacturing continues to spread throughout manufacturer’s floors, Burloak continues to establish themselves as a major player within the space, putting Canada on the map as well.  Let’s hear your thoughts on this transition, in the Burloak 3D printing forum thread on 3DPB.com.