BadDevices for 3DRacers

BadDevices participated with 3DRacers (http://www.3dracers.com/) to promote their Indiegogo campaign! with a video of one of the 3D car model, the Blu Corvette, printed with our BadPrinter2.

Check out their awesome project on indiegogo page where Marco and the 3DRacers team are collecting the funds to create small and fun RC car racing that everyone can print and customize.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/3dracers-3d-printed-game-smartphone-controlled

We participate also in an Italian TV show “I fatti vostri” to live promote the project.
You can see the show clip here, from minute 6.00

http://www.rai.tv/dl/RaiTV/programmi/media/ContentItem-870146c8-1996-42bb-9a37-1e860cf75c40.html#p=

What’s new in the second batch of BadPrinter2

We completed the first six BadPrinter2 of the second batch.
All the machines are completely designed, assembled and tested by us, so our production rate is quite small; this is the reason why we are proud when we see those machines standing in line, ready for shipment. Half of them are headed to Germany; we are happy to start spreading also some BadPrinter2 across Europe.

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Two big improvements were included in this new batch; a completely redesigned heated bed and the new E3D v6 hotends.
There are some other minor changes included in the design to improve the reliability and usability of our printer.

Heated Bed: The “old” Alu sheet had done its work, but it was, sometime, tricky to adjust; also the tempered glass was not completely planar due to the heat treatment.
We switch to an 8 mm milled aluminum plate with side thrust pin on both sides in order to retain firmly the glass, but allowing a quick removal of it.
The square glass is replaced by a not tempered one (more planar) with 5 mm thickness with the option to have also a more stylish smoky glass.

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v6 hotends: in the same way, the v5 hotends are very good quality extruders, but the new one are more compact, clean (no messy kapton on the hot part to retain the thermistor in place) and with the bowden tube that goes all through the cold part there is an improvement when printing elastic and soft filament.
For the same reason, also the filament feeder bowden coupling was replaced by the bigger plastic one that allows the bowden tube to goes closer to the feeder gear.

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Production started!

Finally we are ready to start the first small batch production, we decide to go with ten machines for initial release of the BadPrinter2.
It is a week end of hard work welding all the parts, but we are very satisfied with the result, from bare steel sheets to full printer frames.
Now the frames are ready for the paintshop and in the meanwhile we have to concentrate in preparing all the cables to start building the subassembly like the carriage in the picture. Then we can go for the final stage of machine assembly and testing.
Our trustworthy prototype machines are working at night to produce the printed parts for their sister machines 🙂
Stay tuned for upcoming news

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The Maker Faire Rome experience

We are back at home, but also if three days had passed since the end of the First European Maker Faire in Rome, all the emotions and thoughts of those days are still with us.
It was a great experience and we are happy that about 35000 visitors come to see the revolution of the makers, the future of technology coming from common, but fabulous people that spend their spare time in designing, thinking and building something awesome.
We want to thank, first of all, Massimo Banzi and Riccardo Luna for organizing this fantastic event and Massimiliano Colella and Stefano Venditti of Asset Camera for making this event possible.
The presentation of BadPrinter2 was a success; a lot of people asks information about us, about our work and about the project; who was already inside the 3D printing world asks for us technical details, and gives also suggestion and it is a satisfaction to share thoughts and ideas with them; others, that never saw, a 3D printer has the possibility to see this fantastic machine running and creating things in front of them, from a simple 3D computer model.
We want to thanks all of those people, coming from Rome and from other part of Italy for their kindness and curiosity, it was a very intense experience to have contacts with such people.
We met also a lot of makers and we want to greet them all and, in particular, new friends that share with us those days: Tobeca, Sharebot, Hipstercircuits, Hardware girls, Hobbymedia, Italymaker, RepRap.me, University of Cambridge and MakeTank; see you next year!
We want to thanks also all the fablab, hackerspaces, university and schools that shows interest in our project; keep in touch with our blog and updating of the work.

The star of our booth was Pacman and ghosts Blinky and Inky :-); we made it for fun, but they show to all the people the capability of our printer. Now we have to work hard to complete the project and enter in a production phase in order to make available the BadPrinter2 to everyone, so, see you on next update.

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Education day and first open day at the Maker Faire

Friday there was an education day here at the Maker Faire Rome, a lot of Students and their teacher come to see this magic world of makers. Most of the child, the boys and the girls stop at our booth and are very surprised in seeing all the printed parts, the pac-man, the printed wrench and all the things make in the last weeks by our BadPrinter2. They stare at the printer during the creation of a part and it is exciting to see all this curiosity and passion for these new technologies. We speak to the classrooms and we are happy to share our enthusiasm with them; we hope to be, for them, a good memory of this experience.
Yesterday it was the first day of the Maker Faire open to the public and there was a lot of people, we think about three thousands visitors in one day. A lot of questions and curiosity about our printer and our work and we are extremely happy about this.
We had also interviews with a national TV and a local one, we will link the videos as soon as available.

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First day at the Maker Faire Rome

First day in Rome, we arrive yesterday and we prepare our booth for the three days Faire.
This first day we met a lot of people and other makers. It was very fun to share experience each other and show our 3D printed objects and the BadPrinter2 in action.
Today the Faire is open to the school as education day. We are very excited to meet a lot of curious boys and girls that can see closely all the projects that the makers are presenting here and not only 3D printing, but humanoid robots, awesome sculptures, every sort of electronic fun. We are very happy to share our project and participate to this education day with the makers of the future.

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