We’re covering 3D printing files, 3D printers, business, projects, and programs today in 3D Printing News Briefs. MyMiniFactory now supports the 3MF file format, and an interior design company created a 3D printer animagraph to explain how 3D printers work. A university in Australia has purchased the DragonFly 2020 Pro, and EnvisionTEC announced a new reseller. Roboze has appointed a new territory manager, while 3D Printing Studios announced a new board member. Finally, 3D Brooklyn is set to debut its Eyeglass Factory this week, and Dremel has teamed up with Konica Minolta for a new 3D printer program for schools.
MyMiniFactory Supports 3MF File Format
3D printable object-sharing platform MyMiniFactory has officially announced its support of the 3MF file format, due to its ease-of-use and advanced functionality, and is now working with the 3MF Consortium. MyMiniFactory knows that to continue growing 3D design and print communities, there needs to be an adaptable 3D file format, and 3MF was developed specifically to avoid some of the issues that plague other formats. Through its new support of 3MF, MyMiniFactory can allow for better integration with a variety of 3D printing products and software.
“Alongside other major 3D players like Autodesk, Dassault Systemes and Microsoft, MyMiniFactory is thrilled to now support this file format, and looks forward to seeing more and more creators upload and share 3MF content. The 3MF file format provides an advanced 3D printing file format allowing for textures, colors, and internal structures to be printed easily and for free. MyMiniFactory being an Open and Independent platform, it is important for us to support this file format,” said Romain Kidd, the MyMiniFactory CEO.
The first version, and extensions, of the 3MF specification are available for download at no charge.
Animagraph Guide Illustrates How 3D Printers Work
Interior designers, as well as architecture firms with interior design departments, have been 3D printing enthusiasts for some time now – there are even college classes centered around the technology. UK-based interiors specialist Hillarys, which acknowledges that the technology can be used to create prototypes and even window blinds, recently created an animagraph guide, containing step-by-step animated images, that easily explains exactly how 3D printers work, starting all the way at the beginning with the 3D model and the plastic being fed into the printer head. With its bright, minimalistic animations and simple text, the guide is easy to follow.
“We use 3D printers in our office all the time; printing, testing and refining any brand-new ideas we have as a team. They enable us to fix and tweak designs until we have a complete project that we're happy to put into production,” explained Hillarys spokesperson Tanya Irons. “For all those who think 3D printing is fascinating, and want to know how it works, we've created the perfect animagraph to explain and show the ins and outs.”
Step four of the guide is shown below, but you can check out all of the steps here.
DragonFly 2020 Pro 3D Printer In Australia
This week, Nano Dimension announced that it has sold one of its DragonFly 2020 Pro 3D printers to the University of Technology Sydney. The sale was supported by the company’s new distribution partner for Australia and New Zealand, Emona Instruments Pty Ltd, and marks the first time an academic institution in the Asia-Pacific region will install a DragonFly 2020 Pro 3D printer, which will be used for advanced 3D printed electronics research at the university. The distribution agreement between Emona, a leading supplier of electronic test and measuring instruments, and Nano Dimension is part of the Israeli 3D printer manufacturer’s transition to commercial sales.
EnvisionTEC Names New UK Reseller