3D printing at home with metals is now a truly emerging trend. The release of an open source welder based home 3D printer this month has caused a huge stir in the open source 3D printing community on social media. This is ahead of a crowdfunding project for Mini Metal Printers launched in November, an emerging Liquid Metal Jet Printer (LMJP) and the ongoing RepRap open source Metallica Wrap.
Now, Esteban Schuemann, a PhD student at Brunel University in London, has announced the Newton 3D home metal printer… Newton 3D’s promotional tag line is ‘Like Isaac Newton whose scientific discoveries led to the Industrial Revolution, Newton 3D Innovated in bringing metal 3D printing.
Desktop environment.’ While the list of home 3D printers at the beginning of the article seems to top this statement with respect to the similarity of scientific discoveries to speculation, author of Principia Mathematica and several fundamental principles of modern physics. The arrival of domestic metal 3D printing in time will be a significant breakthrough, there can be no exaggeration.
Inventor Esteban Schuemann wrote a PhD project titled ‘3D deposition of silicon and metals: an exploration in real world applications’. Esteban’s primary focus has been to investigate the possibility of using 3D printing as a means of manufacturing products.
To quote from the project outline
‘Naturally every manufacturing process has limitations that determine what can or cannot be manufactured with that specific process. Thus Esteban’s research has developed a range of products and applications taking into account the strengths and weaknesses of the process.
The machine developed for the research is capable of printing in a large range of materials, including but not limited to rigid polymers, elastic polymers, ceramics and metals.’
Esteban has been awarded the Joint Winner Award by the Craft and Design Council for the Goldsmiths Technological Innovation Award 2013.
The information is carefully released, first an email to myself and colleagues about the presence of the printer for purchase. Then an email came in with a link to a webpage that had some videos of the printer working. While I’ve seen other 3D printing news channels suggesting they have unparalleled reach, these videos were sent in the usual blanket group mail, which would be anticipating a marketing strategy for any commercial product.
The project is supported by iMakr.vc, the UK’s current largest independent 3D printing specialist venture capital course. iMakr has a very corporate approach and has reached most of the domestic 3D printing niches with a very strong strategy. iMakr has appeared on the BBC, partnering with politicians to bring their 3D ‘selfies’ to London’s elite store Selfridges and more.
This company is moving away from open source or Maker approaches to 3D printing, quite the opposite – but as a source of capital, undoubtedly they are in this mainly for the money, but they are a catalyst for innovation for those people. There are also those who do not want to read. And adopt a crowdfunding approach.
The initial specifications of the Newton 3D are as follows: Metal is in the form of metal clay. The 3D printer has a standard resolution of up to 400 microns and a low build volume of 5 x 5 x 2 inches – low, but perfectly adequate for jewelery and small mechanical objects. There are many possibilities here.
It’s a very similar set of specifications to the Mini Metal Printer, which is currently in its final week of crowdfunding on IndieGogo.
Esteban is working on a project called “3D Deposition of Silicon and Metals: An Exploration in Real World Applications”.
The project studies 3D printing techniques and finds that it ultimately comes down to the process of determining what can or cannot be manufactured based on their limitations.
The 3D printer he invented overcomes many of the warnings of others issued so far, allowing the creation of jewelry and mechanical objects from a variety of metals.
Rigid polymers, elastic polymers and ceramics can also be used instead of metals (or, rather, metal clays).
For those who want technical details, the Newton 3D printer casts metal in clay form and has a build volume of 5 x 5 x 2 inches / 127 x 127 x 50 mm.
This build volume is still more than enough for the jewels and small contraptions we mentioned. Plus, the standard resolution is up to 400 µm.
iMakr.vc, the UK’s current largest independent 3D printing specialist venture capital course, is backing Newton, no doubt as it is likely to become a great source of funding in the future, even if it is an open source invention. is. Or perhaps because of it, since this approach is bound to attract designers like moths to a flame.