At The Bleeding Edge Of Robotics: 2 Year Milestone For pib

2 years ago, the open source robotics project pib was launched. The goal of pib, the printable intelligent bot anyone can build themselves, is to lower the barriers and make robotics and AI accessible to anyone who is interested. Over the past two years, pib has built an active and dedicated community that supports the project in moving forward. Therefore, a lot has happened since the project launch – time to look back on how far pib has come.

Milestones, Challenges and What Comes Next

It’s not every day that a robot turns two years old, so the team celebrated with a big party. The all new pib documentary was streamed to kick off the event, followed by different stations for guests to experience pib’s newest features hands-on.

pib started out as an idea that slowly took shape in the form of a master thesis and a robotic arm. From there, a humanoid robot was created that can easily be 3D printed with the free 3D print files on the website and then built with the help of the building manuals online. pib offers many ways to implement AI trainings such as voice assistant technology, object detection, imitation and more.

For starters, the pib team and the community have optimized pib’s mobility in a joint effort. The result is impressive: In its newest version, pib can now move its arms at basically all angles.  Another rapidly progressing topic is pib’s digital twin which received a birthday present by the community members that took on this project: The camera now works in the virtual environment, enabling the camera stream to be transmitted to the outside world to be analyzed there and then become the base of control processes.

Talk To Me, pib!

Aside from that, there has been some significant progress in the field of human-machine interaction, particularly focusing on enabling voice-based communication with pib through advanced voice assistant technology. Exploring the potential of natural speech interaction has become a significant area of the team’s current efforts and the project is committed to advancing pib’s capabilities in this direction.

One of the newest features that were revealed at the pib party is communication in a multimodal world. The robot captures an image, analyzes it, and then answers questions in relation to the image. For example, when asking pib “where are we right now?” it interprets the room and its setting and will answer something like “we are in an office space”.

With this new feature, pib was also able to play its first round of Tic Tac Toe. The team drew the gameboard on a whiteboard so that pib was able to analyze the current state of the game and determine the next move with commands such as “place the next X in the top right corner”.

Join The Community

The pib community is rapidly growing and consists of 3D printing, robotics and AI enthusiasts. Whether you’re a rookie or an expert, anyone is invited to join, share their ideas and work on exciting projects together.

Robotik auf dem neuesten Stand: 2 Jahre pib als Meilenstein

Vor zwei Jahren wurde das Open-Source-Robotikprojekt pib ins Leben gerufen. Das Ziel von pib, dem printable intelligent bot zum Selberbauen, ist es, die Hürden zu senken und Robotik und Künstliche Intelligenz für alle Interessierten zugänglich zu machen. In den letzten zwei Jahren hat pib eine aktive und engagierte Community aufgebaut, die das Projekt unterstützt und vorantreibt. Seit dem Start des Projekts ist also viel passiert – Zeit, um zurückzublicken, wie weit pib gekommen ist.

Meilensteine, Herausforderungen und was als Nächstes kommt

Es kommt nicht jeden Tag vor, dass ein Roboter zwei Jahre alt wird, also feierte das Team mit einer großen Party. Zum Auftakt der Veranstaltung wurde die brandneue pib-Dokumentation gestreamt, gefolgt von verschiedenen Stationen, an denen die Gäste die neuesten Funktionen von pib selbst ausprobieren konnten.

pib begann als eine Idee, die in Form einer Masterarbeit und eines Roboterarms langsam Gestalt annahm. Daraus entstand ein humanoider Roboter, der mit den kostenlosen 3D-Druckdateien auf der Website einfach in 3D gedruckt und dann mit Hilfe der online verfügbaren Bauanleitungen gebaut werden kann. pib bietet viele Möglichkeiten zur Implementierung von KI-Trainings wie Sprachassistenten, Objekterkennung, Imitation und mehr.

Zunächst einmal haben das pib-Team und die Community gemeinsam die Beweglichkeit von pib optimiert. Das Ergebnis kann sich sehen lassen: In der neuesten Version kann pib seine Arme nun in praktisch allen Winkeln bewegen.  Ein weiteres sich rasant entwickelndes Thema ist der digitale Zwilling von pib, der von den verantwortlichen Community-Mitgliedern ein Geburtstagsgeschenk erhalten hat: Die Kamera arbeitet nun in der virtuellen Umgebung, so dass das Kamerabild in die Außenwelt übertragen werden kann, um dort analysiert zu werden und dann zur Grundlage von Steuerungsprozessen zu werden.

Sprich mit mir, pib!

Darüber hinaus gab es einige bedeutende Fortschritte im Bereich der Mensch-Maschine-Interaktion, insbesondere bei der sprachbasierten Kommunikation mit pib durch fortschrittliche Sprachassistententechnologie. Das Team sieht großes Potenzial in der natürlichen Sprachinteraktion und arbeitet daran, die Fähigkeiten von pib in dieser Hinsicht noch weiter zu optimieren.

Eine der neuesten Funktionen, die auf der pib-Party vorgestellt wurden, ist die Kommunikation in einer multimodalen Welt. Der Roboter nimmt ein Bild auf, analysiert es und beantwortet dann Fragen im Zusammenhang mit dem Bild. Wenn man pib zum Beispiel fragt: „Wo sind wir gerade?“, interpretiert er den Raum und seine Umgebung und antwortet etwa: „Wir sind in einem Büro“.

Mit dieser neuen Funktion konnte pib auch seine erste Runde Tic Tac Toe spielen. Das Team zeichnete das Spielbrett auf ein Whiteboard, so dass pib in der Lage war, den aktuellen Stand des Spiels zu analysieren und den nächsten Zug mit Befehlen wie „platziere das nächste X in der oberen rechten Ecke“ zu bestimmen.

Join The Community

Die pib-Community wächst schnell und besteht aus 3D-Druck-, Robotik- und KI-Enthusiasten. Ob Anfänger oder Experte – jeder ist eingeladen, mitzumachen, seine Ideen zu teilen und gemeinsam an spannenden Projekten zu arbeiten.

Experience the Future of Companionship with Doly, Launched by Limitbit soon on Kickstarter

Limitbit, a pioneer in AI powered companion technology, has announced the launch of its groundbreaking product, Doly, on Kickstarter. As of today, Doly has already captured the imagination of tech enthusiasts and educators, raising significant interest ahead of its official Kickstarter launch scheduled for February 13, 2024. 

Doly, launch day special priced at $289, is an autonomous AI-powered companion robot that seamlessly integrates robotics, AI, and coding education into one dynamic device. It is the first of its kind to offer an open hardware and open design, powered by Raspberry Pi, allowing customization and continual evolution in capabilities. 

„Doly represents a fusion of companionship, education, and technological innovation,“ says Levent Erenler, founder of Limitbit. „It’s designed to grow and adapt, offering an engaging experience for all ages and skill levels. Our open-source approach places Doly at the forefront of personal robotic innovation.“ 

Product highlights of Doly include: 

Self-acting Personality: A unique character that develops and evolves through interaction, offering a personalized experience. 

Edge AI Processing: Ensuring maximum privacy, Doly’s AI algorithms operate locally, without relying on cloud processing, safeguarding user data.

STEM Education Enabler: Doly serves as an engaging tool for learning coding and robotics, catering to both beginners and advanced users. 

Open-Source Platform: Users can innovate and customize Doly, thanks to its open hardware and open design, fostering a community-driven approach to technological advancement. 

Extensive Add-On Support: Featuring a range of I/O ports, Doly offers extensive opportunities for expansion and customization, perfect for developers and hobbyists. 

3D Printable Design: Emphasizing its customizable nature, Doly can be personalized with 3D printed parts, allowing users to tailor its appearance and functions. 

Targeted towards a wide audience that includes robot lovers, parents, children, software and hardware developers, and open-source enthusiasts, Doly is positioned as the ultimate educational and interactive robot companion. 

„Doly is not just a product; it’s a step towards a future where technology enhances every aspect of learning and daily living,“ added Levent Erenler. „Its ability to engage users in coding, robotics, and AI, while also serving as a companion robot, sets a new benchmark in the field.“ 

About Limitbit: 

Based in Markham, Ontario, Limitbit is dedicated to revolutionizing AI powered companion robots. Their mission is to blend cutting-edge technology with practical, educational applications, making advanced robotics accessible to everyone. 

For more information about Doly and to participate in the Kickstarter campaign, click here. 

Amazing Advancements in Soft Robotics

Soft robotics represents a groundbreaking advancement in the field, standing apart from the rigid structures people usually associate with traditional robotic systems. Learn more about recent advances in this field and the many benefits.

The Era of Soft Robots

Nature and biology heavily influence soft robots, giving them the flexibility and ability to adapt to their surroundings. For example, some commercially available soft robotic designs mimic fish, octopi and worms.

Innovative materials such as shape-memory alloys, dielectric elastomers and liquid crystal elastomers are critical to soft robotics. These materials change their properties in response to various stimuli. Grippers on soft robots, made of high-tech elastomers, mold to the target object’s shape. This flexibility ensures a gentler and more adaptable grip than rigid robots, making them ideal for tasks like fruit picking. 

Soft robots also use self-healing materials made from shape-memory alloys. These alloys allow the robots to repair themselves after damage, increasing their operational life span and reducing maintenance needs.

As technology progresses, scientists outfit soft robots with sensory systems, enhancing their ability to understand their surroundings. For example, soft pressure sensors can tell a robot if it’s gripping too hard. Some researchers are even developing soft robots capable of working in swarms, emulating the behavior of fish, bees and birds. 

3D printing, a form of advanced manufacturing, has revolutionized how scientists design and produce intricate soft robotic parts, driving innovation and accessibility in this sector. Some robots incorporate the strengths of both rigid and soft systems, resulting in hybrids that offer improved strength, precision and flexibility. Instead of traditional motors, there’s a growing trend towards fluidic actuation. Robots use liquids or air for movement, making their movements more natural. 

Soft Robotics in Medicine

Robotics is revolutionizing various aspects of modern medicine. In rehabilitation and physiotherapy, soft robotic exosuits or exoskeletons support patients recovering from strokes, spinal cord injuries or surgeries. These devices gently guide and assist patients, helping them regain motor functions, relearn movements and restore strength.

In assistive medical devices, soft wearable robots are emerging to help those with mobility issues. The Wyss Institute at Harvard University developed a soft, wearable robotic glove that assists individuals with hand disabilities in performing day-to-day activities. This glove, made from soft elastomers, can assist in gripping objects, potentially improving rehabilitation outcomes.

Scientists at the City University of Hong Kong developed a soft robot capable of maneuvering inside the stomach and intestine. The robot can change shape and size, facilitating better imaging and allowing localized drug delivery or biopsies.

A collaboration between Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard University resulted in a soft robotic sleeve that surgeons can place around the heart. This device helps the heart pump more efficiently in patients with heart failure, providing a potential alternative to organ transplants.

In diagnostics, soft robots simplify procedures like endoscopy, making it less invasive and patient-friendly. Patients can now swallow endoscopy capsules equipped with a camera and a tissue collection mechanism to get the same results traditionally obtained by putting patients under general anesthesia. 

Research teams at institutes like the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Italy have been working on developing soft robotic arms that can assist surgeons. Due to their soft and pliant design, these arms can navigate the body with minimal risk of damaging tissues or organs.

Soft Robotics in Marine Conservation

Equipped with sensors, soft robots can monitor water quality, track marine species and evaluate the health of habitats over prolonged periods. Their non-intrusive nature and versatility enable them to probe areas inaccessible to traditional robots. MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory developed a soft robotic fish named „SoFi“ that can swim naturally in the ocean, recording close-up videos of marine life and providing insights without alarming or disturbing the aquatic life.

Soft robots also offer the potential for marine clean-up efforts, such as removing pollutants like microplastics and oil spills. The WasteShark, developed by RanMarine Technology, is an ASV designed to „eat“ or collect trash in harbors and other waters close to the shore. This drone skims the water’s surface, collecting waste in its path, thereby aiding in marine clean-up.

The Ocean Exploration Trust’s E/V Nautilus expeditions have been using ROVs to explore and map uncharted coral reefs, helping scientists understand their structures, the species they harbor and their overall health. Similar soft robots can be deployed to plant sea grass and maintain coral reefs. 

ROVs like the Hercules, also from the E/V Nautilus expedition, have robotic arms that can collect geological and biological samples from the deep sea that can help scientists study ecosystems in abyssal regions, leading to new species discoveries and insights into deep-sea conservation needs.

The Challenges Ahead

Soft robotics faces challenges, but its vast potential is undeniable. A primary focus lies in developing innovative materials that combine durability, flexibility and responsiveness. While traditional actuators, like motors, aren’t suitable for soft robots, alternatives like pneumatic and hydraulic systems are on the rise, promising unparalleled autonomy.

Manufacturing these robots at scale is now more feasible due to advanced construction techniques and materials. Even as these robots retain flexibility, integrating crucial rigid components, like batteries, is becoming smoother. The scientific community aims to enhance the response times of soft actuation mechanisms to match or exceed traditional systems.

Safety remains a top priority in soft robotics, especially in applications involving humans or medical scenarios. Although the field recognizes the higher initial research and production costs, they believe ongoing advancements will reduce expenses. 

Guest article by Ellie Gabel. Ellie is a writer living in Raleigh, NC. She's passionate about keeping up with the latest innovations in tech and science. She also works as an associate editor for Revolutionized.

SourceRabbit released a new Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software

If you are a hobbyist or beginner in CNC machining or one who intermittently uses CNC routers, you might be looking for an easy CAM software for your CNC machining.

SourceRabbit, a Greek CNC machine tool manufacturer, released a new CAM software called RabbitCAM. Their new software is cross platform, meaning it works under Windows, MacOS and Linux, it features a user-friendly user interface and lets anyone generate toolpaths from 2D DXF files.

We managed to obtain a statement from Nikos Siatras, CEO of SourceRabbit, who told us
“Today’s CAM software is expensive and difficult to use for most users. Our primary goal with RabbitCAM is to create software that is easy to use, fast, affordable and able to work
under any modern operating system.”


RabbitCAM is a cross-platform software for rapid programming of 3-Axis CNC machine tools from 2D DXF files.

We built RabbitCAM to provide our customers with the fastest and easiest solution for turning their designs into parts and final products through simple material removal strategies.

The multithreaded core of RabbitCAM takes advantage of all system processors during toolpath calculations, in order to reduce user’s waiting time, while its user-friendly work interface displays them on screen almost in real time.



RabbitCAM was created with the Java programming language and works on all operating systems (Windows, MacOS, Linux, Haiku and more).

Nürnberger Unternehmen isento stellt humanoiden Roboter zum Selberbauen vor

pib – der humanoide Roboter aus dem 3D-Drucker

Nürnberg, 26.04.2022 +++ „Ein humanoider Roboter für alle, entwickelt von allen.“ Diese Vision hat das Nürnberger Unternehmen isento. Dr. Jürgen Baier und sein Team haben dafür das Projekt pib.rocks ins Leben gerufen. pib steht für printable intelligent bot und ist ein humanoider Roboter, den jede:r mit Hilfe eines 3D-Druckers selbst bauen und mitentwickeln kann.

Roboter – Helfer oder Zerstörer?

Wer kennt sie nicht? Terminator, I,Robot und alle Roboter, die sich aufgemacht haben, in Kinofilmen dieser Welt die Menschheit auszulöschen. Gleichzeitig fasziniert, aber auch besorgt, sitzt man vor der Leinwand und fragt sich, ob es wohl wirklich dazu kommen wird.

Roboter werden in den nächsten Jahren deutliche gesellschaftliche Veränderungen mit sich bringen. Diese können aber auch sehr positiv sein. Heute schon drehen in vielen Haushalten Saug- und Mähroboter ihre Runden und nehmen so manche lästige Aufgabe ab.

Wie wäre es denn da mit einem humanoiden Roboter als Helfer des Alltags, der uns mehr Zeit verschafft, um uns mit den angenehmen Dingen des Lebens zu beschäftigen? Genau diese Lücke möchte pib besetzen und schließen.

Die Entstehung von pib

Alles begann mit einer Masterarbeit und einem Roboterarm, der das Greifen lernen sollte. Daraus entstand die Idee ein Projekt zu starten, in dem jede:r die Möglichkeit hat, ohne Vorkenntnisse und zu vergleichsweise geringen Kosten, einen eigenen humanoiden Roboter zu bauen. Es wird lediglich ein 3D-Drucker, etwas Werkzeug und einige extra Bauteile wie Schrauben oder eine Kamera benötigt.

Über die Webseite pib.rocks kann man sich dann alle Druckdaten herunterladen, die Teile mit dem 3D-Drucker ausdrucken und mit den verfügbaren Schritt-für-Schritt-Anleitungen aufbauen.

Mitmachen ist erwünscht

Da pib quasi noch in den Kinderschuhen steckt, soll der Roboter mit Hilfe einer Community gemeinsam zur Bestform gebracht werden. Hierzu kann man sich in Foren und Gruppen austauschen oder gleich die Entwicklung mit beeinflussen. Wer Ideen zur Weiterentwicklung hat, kann diese über das webbasierte CAD-Programm einbringen und braucht dafür nichts weiter als Phantasie und Enthusiasmus.

„Wir wissen, dass diese Aufgabe riesig ist und nicht in einzelnen Händen liegen kann und sollte. Gemeinsam mit einer starken Community möchten wir daher alle einladen, die Zukunft mit uns zu gestalten“, so Dr. Jürgen Baier, der sich schon seit einiger Zeit mit den Themen Robotik, 3D-Druck und Künstlicher Intelligenz beschäftigt.

Ziel ist es, die bestmögliche Version von pib zu erschaffen. Interessierte sind herzlich eingeladen, Teil von www.pib.rocks zu werden. +++

Das Start-Up LoCo CORP. möchte mit Roboterbausätzen  europaweit Schüler:innen für MINT-Themen begeistern

Zaragoza, 21. April 2022 LoCo CORP. gründete sich an der Universität von  Zaragoza als Antwort auf den Mangel an fortschrittlichen und gleichzeitig  erschwinglichen Robotiklösungen für Lernzwecke. Das Start-Up begann 2021 mit der  Entwicklung erster Roboterbausätze für den Unterricht. Zu den zentralen  Lerninhalten gehören zum Beispiel Themen wie Programmierung, Mechanik, Logik  und Design. Vor wenigen Wochen stellte das Unternehmen dann die ersten  Lernroboter vor: NOCTIS und AUREL. 

Mit NOCTIS und AUREL können Technikinteressierte erste Erfahrungen mit dem Bauen,  Programmieren und Steuern von Robotern sammeln. © LoCo CORP.

LoCo CORP. arbeitet bereits mit Bildungs- und Kulturzentren in Zaragoza zusammen. Die Einrichtungen konnten ihren Schülern mithilfe der Bausätze eine  neuartige Lernerfahrung ermöglichen, da die Roboter die Schüler:innen spielerisch  an technische Themen heran führen. Parallel dazu hat LoCo CORP. einen Großteil  seines Kapitals in die Entwicklung, Erprobung und Validierung einer eigenen Serie  von Robotern investiert.  

„Die Entwicklung von Lernrobotern ist keine leichte Aufgabe: Es geht um weit mehr als nur die reine Technik. Es kann sehr frustrierend sein sich technisches Wissen  anzueignen. Wenn ein Projekt funktioniert, ist das sehr lohnend, allerdings muss man  in der Regel viel Zeit und Mühe in den Prozess investieren. Wir wollen uns abheben,  indem wir unseren Robotern eine fantasievolle Rahmengeschichte geben, die junge Roboterfans zusätzlich motivieren soll.“, sagt Manuel Bernal Lecina, Gründer von  LoCo CORP. 

Viele autodidaktische Bastler (auch Maker genannt) zitieren in ihren Projekten  beliebte Strömungen der Popkultur. Auch deshalb hat sich LoCo CORP. dazu  entschlossen sich nicht nur auf die Entwicklung der Roboterbausätze zu  beschränken, sondern diese auch in ein eigenes fiktives Universum einzubetten – das „LoCoVerse“. Dabei handelt es sich um ein pädagogisches Ökosystem voller  Geschichten, Kurse, Tutorials, Tipps und Unterhaltung. 

Dazu Manuel Bernal Lecina, Gründer von LoCo CORP.: „Wir wollen qualitativ  hochwertige Inhalte bereitstellen, die junge Leute für MINT-Themen begeistern. So  fördern wir die Ausbildung angehender Ingenieur:innen und Wissenschaftler:innen.“ 

Das spanische Unternehmen möchte in Europa, wo es ein großes  Wachstumspotenzial gibt, zu einer festen Größe bei der Ausbildung von MINT interessierten Menschen werden und so die Bildungsziele von Familien und Schulen unterstützen. 

Weiterführende Links: 

Web: http://www.lococorp.org 

Kickstarter: https://bit.ly/3uUdOla 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lococorp/ 

TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@thisrobotisdancing

Creality’s new budget 3D scanner, the CR-Scan Lizard, is about to hit Kickstarter

Creality has lifted the veil over its latest 3D scanner. In an effort to further diversify its 3D cosmos, Creality, the well-known manufacturer of 3D printing-community-favorites such as the Ender 3, has announced its new and improved 3D scanner: the CR-Scan Lizard.

This entry-level 3D scanner for consumers follows the company’s CR-Scan 01 — which was released a fairly short time ago as an affordable option for users to digitalize objects. The new Lizard is smaller in size for better portability and feel but promises improved features such as accuracy up to 0.05 mm, and better handling of bright environments and dark objects. All that for less money than its predecessor, even.

With the Lizard, you can scan small or large objects with ease. The CR Studio software does the heavy lifting of optimizing models and even sends those files via the Creality Cloud directly to your 3D printer. The applications seem almost endless.

With some early bird specials, the CR-Scan Lizard has made a debut on Kickstarter on February 2022, and, unsurprisingly, smashed its campaign goal in next to no time.

We have gathered all the information revealed so far about this new consumer-grade 3D scanner to give you an overview of what the Lizard has in store. Creality has also already sent us a scanner to try for ourselves, so keep an eye out for our upcoming hands-on experience.

Image of Creality CR-Scan Lizard: Specs, Price, Release & Reviews: Features

Features

HIGH ACCURACY

With the CR-Scan Lizard, Creality wants to bring professional-grade accuracy to the budget market. According to its spec sheet, the scanner has an accuracy of up to 0.05 mm allowing it to capture small parts and intricate details with high precision. Thanks to the scanner’s binoculars and improved precision calibration, Creality says it can pick up rich detail from objects as small as 15 x 15 x 15 mm, or as large as objects like car doors, engines, rear bumpers, and so on.

SCAN MODES

The CR-Scan Lizard comes with three different scanning modes. You can either use it in turntable mode, handheld mode, or a mixture of the two to scan an object.

Turntable mode is suitable for 15 – 300 mm objects and will scan automatically. You can use the combination mode for larger objects up to 500 mm, where you put the object on the rotary table but hold the scanner in hand to scan. Lastly, its handheld mode is suitable for scanning large objects up to 2 meters in size, such as the car parts mentioned above.

Plus, thanks to its visual tracking, the Lizard doesn’t need markers to work. You can scan objects without having to pin a bunch of stickers to them first — its software’s tracking algorithm will take care of that for you.

LIGHT OR DARK

Besides its scan modes, the Lizard also offers some improved scanning functions that should make it easier for users to achieve good results with minimal effort.

For one, Creality states the Lizard can scan accurately in sunlight. 3D scanners typically struggle with too much direct light, forcing users to scan in a darkened room for best results. However, Creality claims the Lizard, thanks to its multi-spectral optical technology, maintains excellent performance even in bright sunlight — which would vastly improve its field of application. The scanner can also be powered by a portable charger, so, in theory, you could go out there and scan the woods to your heart desire.

What’s more, the CR-Scan Lizard promises better material adaptability when scanning black and dark objects. Sounds like it’s got it all.

COLOR MAPPING

Creality has stated that it is planning to release a fully automated color mapping texture suite in March 2022 that promises true color fidelity for your scanned objects, but its currently still in development. Once released, you can make use of the mapping process, where high-definition color pictures of the model taken with a phone or DSLR camera can automatically be mapped onto the 3D model, allowing you to create high-quality, vivid color scans.

CR STUDIO

The Lizard’s accompanying software, CR Studio, promises many features that should help to achieve clean scans. For example, the software features on-click model optimization and multi-positional auto alignment, auto noise removal, topology simplified, texture mapping, and much more.

You can also upload and share models via the Creality Cloud, allowing you to slice your scanned objects and even send them to a 3D printer — all with the click of a button.

Release Date & Availability

Creality has set up a limited pre-order via Kickstarter. The scanner is available for backing since February 10, 2022, alongside some early bird batch sales. According to the Kickstarter campaign, shipping will take place in April.

Over the past days and weeks, Creality has already released a couple of videos on its YouTube channel showing off the scanner’s features in greater detail. Be sure to check those out if the Lizard tickles your fancy.

Creality has also already sent All3DP a CR-Scan Lizard to try out, so we are looking forward to giving it a spin in the next few days. Stay tuned for a full review of our hands-on experience.

At the time of writing, the CR-Scan Lizard is available via Kickstarter with super early bird pledges, priced from $300 for the most basic Lizard package and reaching $400 for the luxury version that already comes with a color kit.

According to the campaign, the off-the-shelf price for the Lizard will be $599 for its base version. So, there are potentially some bucks to be saved if you get in early. However, it wouldn’t be the first time that prices given changed eventually.

Here are the technical specifications for the Creality CR-Scan Lizard 3D scanner:

GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Precision: 0.05 mm
  • Resolution ratio: 0.1 – 0.2 mm
  • Single capture range: 200 x 100 mm
  • Operating Distance: 150 – 400 mm
  • Scanning Speed: 10 fps
  • Tracking mode: Visual tracking
  • Light: LED+NIR (Near-infrared mode)
  • Splicing Mode: Fully automatic geometry and visual tracking (without marker)

OUTPUT

  • Output Format: STL, OBJ, PLY
  • Compatible System: Win 10 64bit (MacOS to be released in March 2022)

COMMON SPECIFICATIONS

  • Machine Size: 155 x 84 x 46 mm
  • Machine Weight: 370 g

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/3dprintmill/creality-cr-scan-lizard-capturing-fine-details-of-view

Tiertime Announces Launch of Cetus2: Revolutionary 3D Printer with On-the-Fly Material Switching

3D printing experts Tiertime, recently announced the launch of Cetus2, an advanced printer that uses an innovative new print head design making it possible to use one nozzle and switch seamlessly between multiple materials and colors on the fly. No need for nozzle alignment and no need to stop or print purge tower, Cetus2 is time and material saving, and capable of fast material switching during printing. This unique time & material saving feature has never before been possible with traditional FDM 3D printers and opens a new world of creativity for users. This exciting new product is perfect for makers and professionals who wish to elevate their 3D printing efficiency and creativity. Cetus2 is available now. Learn more here: [link]    

Cetus2 is able to seamlessly switch between 2 materials and colors on-the-fly for multi-color & multi-material 3D Printing. There is no need to stop printing during the switch. Composite materials and colors are mixed at a ratio of 0-100%, resulting in brand-new printing effects and material properties – something completely new for FDM printing.  This advanced material switching process is very fast, compared with traditional dual-extruder printing, which greatly accelerates model making and saves material. Although the technology in Cetus2 is advanced, the operation is simple and intuitive thanks to fully automatic leveling and Z-Level calibration along with powerful software that allows users to customize the path of the model outline and material switching points, which can produce special textures, colors, and effects. 

The newly developed software for the Cetus2 multi-material system allows you to define every position of material switching on the model with a simple setup. Cetus2’s self-developed software is powerful yet simple to use for voxel-level 3D printing. With built-in tools to customize the path of the model outline, simple setups of material switching points, the ability to produce special texture effects, and more, you will turn your 3D models into multi-color & multi-material masterpieces in no time.

“Hobbyists, makers, and professionals alike are using 3D printing for creativity, industry and fun. This groundbreaking technology gets better and more affordable continuously. The one drawback however has been the relatively slow process and the need for time-consuming setups that are required when printing models of differing materials and colors. Cetus2 revolutionizes that process with a totally new print head design for seamless material and color switching that elevates and expands what you can do with 3D printing. ” Tiertime, CEO

In addition to the revolutionary on-the-fly material switching, Cetus2 is packed with powerful features for advanced 3D printing such as single/dual extruder options, automatic build platform, touch screen

control, internet remote control support and full Gcode support. As a creative tool, Cetus2 offers endless possibilities. Whether printing something for fun from PLA, or producing functional prototypes from engineering materials – Cetus2 can handle any task with ease and blended creativity. 

Cetus2 with on-the-fly material and color switching is available now with special deals and discounts for early adopters.

Revopoint POP 2 3D Scanner Launched on Kickstarter

The upgraded and even more feature-rich version of Kickstarter’s Most Funded 3D Scanner Ever was launched today

Shenzhen—Following its successful Kickstarter story with the platform’s most funded 3D scanner ever, Revopoint is launching today the second generation of the device, offering a new version that supports more functions and an enhanced 3D scanning performance. Catering to the requirements of 3D printing creators, VR/AR model makers, reverse design creators, and high-tech enthusiasts in general, Revopoint POP 2 3D Scanner has been launched at <https://bit.ly/30tcYiJ>.

POP 2 adopts a Binocular and Micro-Structured Light formula for an exceptionally high precision and texture scanning performance. The device uses a proprietary micro projecting chip to ensure that the fast acquired 3D point cloud data is captured with a high accuracy of 10 frame rates, achieving a 0.1mm single-frame accuracy. 

POP 2 has a built-in high-performance 3D calculation chip that supports fast 3D scanning. Its embedded 6Dof Gyroscope also enhances a fluent shape, marker point and color feature point cloud stitching. „And the user can enjoy these amazing features with any ordinary smartphone, tablet, or laptop due to POP 2’s intelligent algorithms, which ensure speed and accuracy for the scanner regardless of the computer you use it with,“ Miss. Vivian, the co-founder of Revopoint, added.

The 3D scanner launched today allows users to explore expanded scanning possibilities, including using it as a handheld scanner for big statues and other big figures outdoors, or to mark points to scan large or featureless objects. POP 2 also innovates by using an invisible eye-friendly infrared light source to project and scan. This makes it possible for users to scan human and animal faces and body parts without producing any discomfort to the scanned subject.

„This is a professional-grade 3D scanner with a wealth of high-end features offered at a consumer-grade price. Everyone can buy it and use it,“ said Vivian. The versatile device supports high-precision handheld and turntable scanning, featuring impressive accuracy combined with a simplified one-button operation.

Designed for professionals and demanding hobbyists, POP 2 is a compact 3D scanner that can be carried and used anywhere. Its single cable can be used to charge and connect to the user’s smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

The scanner’s software is also simplified and user-friendly, allowing for the operation to be displayed on its interface. „If there’s an error, you can simply roll back, correct it, and keep moving forward with no worries,“ Vivian assured. The software works with Windows, Mac, Android and iOS, unlike conventional 3D scanner software, which only supports Windows.

The company representative further clarified that the device is especially designed for 3D printing, human body scanning, large-scale sculpture scanning, a plethora of cultural and creative design applications, reverse modeling, different medical applications, and advanced VR/AR and 3D modeling applications.

The Revopoint POP 2 3D Scanner campaign on Kickstarter at <https://bit.ly/30tcYiJ> is seeking to raise $9,975 to fund the large-scale production of the scanner. Backers who support the campaign gain early and discounted access to the device.

About Our Company 

Revopoint focuses on the research and development of cutting-edge structured light and 3D imaging core hardware technology. The company’s core technical team leverages many years of experience in 3D imaging and artificial intelligence technology research and development, having developed different devices in the field, from chips to complete machines, focusing on 3D cameras and 3D scanner products.