Graphene 3D Lab, developer of specialty conductive filaments, has just launched a new web portal that offers users free downloadable functional 3D printing projects. ShareStation3D will allow 3D printing enthusiasts of all skill levels to share, download and print exciting and educational projects with each other. The new 3D printing community already offers several simple projects that can be be made using Graphene 3D Lab’s conductive filament, including working circuit boards, Arduino components, solar lighting projects and battery housings, as well as a growing selection of DIY design and educational activities.
ShareStation3D was created to spotlight the growing versatility available to standard desktop 3D printer owners. Thanks to the development of advanced printing materials like those manufactured by Graphene 3D Lab, 3D printers have more material options and uses than ever before. Their conductive filaments allow working electronic components to be 3D printed and integrated into working devices that can light up, generate sounds or collect solar power without needing to source expensive or hard to find parts.
The ShareStation3D platform is the first step in bringing functional 3D printable projects into the home and encouraging everyone from novices to experts to design, build and share their working projects with each other. The goal is the to eventual enable the creation of fully-functional consumer electronics like MP3 players, lights, automated timers and even the ability to repair damaged electronics with 3D printed replacements.
“Up until now, most home 3D printers have been limited to one type of print material – likely polymer – and owners are limited to projects that are static like cupholders, models, or jewelry. Using functional or specialty filaments allow users to print working projects, dramatically expanding what can be accomplished with a 3D printer,” said Co-CEO of Graphene 3D Elena Polyakova.
All of the projects uploaded to ShareStation3D will be completely free and will include full instructions, part and supply lists, ready-to-print 3D files and even free software that will allow users to convert their custom designed projects like circuit boards into working 3D printable files. ShareStation3D includes a social media interface that allows user to save projects, upload their own, like other users’ projects and even tell the creator that they built their own. Users are invited to view and share others projects and help build a new online community that can help advance next generation 3D printing technology and materials.
“ShareStation 3D is an analogy for the advancement of 3D printing in the manufacturing sector. 3D printing started with static multi-dimensional objects, now we are adding functionality. Soon 3D printing will be able to create multi-functional devices in a single print allowing 3D printing to be at the heart of the manufacturing industry. ShareStation 3D.com allows home users to take part in this exciting advancement and be a part of the ever-expanding capabilities of the 3D printing phenomena,” explained Graphene 3D Co-CEO Daniel Stolyarov.
Some of the great 3D printing projects already available to new users include an Arduino sound maker board, a working 3D printed miniature traffic light, a solar powered light up butterfly garden decoration, a 3D printed battery housing and 3D printed DNA sculpture. Most of the projects require the use of glow-in-the-dark filament, or Graphene 3D Labs’ conductive filament. You can purchase any of these specialty filaments from online retailers like blackmagic3d or Amazon.
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