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May 2015

iPhone 6+ Cup holder dock

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This iPhone 6 cup holder dock has been specially designed to work in conjunction with the Robox iPhone 6+ bumper case. No longer do you need to remove your case when plugging your phone into your dock, whether it be at your desk or in your car.

The dock sits tidily on your desk and most car/van cup holders, why not print two! The dock integrates the iPhone 6+’s charger comfortably.

Recommended Settings;

Resolution: Normal
Infill: 10 – 20%%
Material: PLA

Pebble watch strap V2

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Another CEL designed pebble watch strap printable on the Robox. Some Assembly Required!

Recommended settings;

Resolution: Normal or Fine
Infill: 10%
Material: ABS

We recommend 94 links to start with. Your watch strap may require more or less links depending on the size of your wrist. You will always need 1 x link latch and 8 x link blanks. The original spring pins from the Pebble were used to connect the straps to the watch itself. The links are held together with ABS filament fed through them. We recommend using 2mm bar for the part the latch clips on too.

TRMW CONFERENCE 20.05.2105

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Yesterday our very own Chris Elsworthy attended a speaker panel at the TRMW Conference at the IP EXPO Conference Centre in Manchester, along with other panel members Chris Thorpe, founder of @icanmakehq, James Bruton of XRobots Guy, XRobots.co.uk, designer Brendan Dawes, and Professor Brian Derby, a lecturer at University of Manchester

The purpose of the panel was to discuss “Material World: A Printed Future? – Why make a thousand units a thousand miles away, when you can make exactly what the customer wants, on the spot, from a standard set of raw materials. New materials and advanced manufacturing are set to disrupt every aspect of production from extraction to consumption. Or are they?”

An hour of discussion crossed a multitude of topics, but here are some of the questions, and Chris’s replies:

Why hasn’t 3D printing caught on so far in the home?

  • “The main reason is a lack of understanding about the technology and what it is capable of. And in particular, what we would need a 3D printer for. There will be a slow social change as more and more people become makers and adoption of consumer 3D printers increases as a result. Also important is the difference between children and adults – children get 3D printing straight away but it can take a while to convince many adults about the technology.”

What are the problems with 3D printing and 3D designs?

  • “Too often, people just want to recreate objects which already exist. They say that they want to replicate that glass or that toothbrush, but these designs were made for different manufacturing processes. In the future, there will be more designs made specifically for 3D printers and as a result users will get much better and more satisfying results as the technology matures.”

What is the far future of 3D printing?

  • “3D printing with more and more types of materials will make 3D printing more and more useful. Imagine being able to 3D print an entire combustion engine, complete with everything you need including the oil. Once this can be done efficiently, manufacturing processes will change dramatically.”

Chris was delighted to meet some like-minded people who understand his vision for the future of 3D printing, included Tom Cheesewright, BBC Tech expert and founder of Book of the Future.
tom cheesewright

Robox Carabiner

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This CEL designed Robox Carabiner is a nice, fast print and makes a great keyring. We must warn you though, this carabiner is not suitable for belaying your Robox!

Recommended settings;

Resolution: Fine
Infill: 20 – 30%
Material: ABS

When Printed in ABS, the carabiner has plenty of flex to open and close without showing signs of wear.

Pebble Watch Strap

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Its no surprise that we love technology here at CEL UK, and the only thing we love more is integrating 3D printing into our gadgets.

This Robox designed Pebble watch strap fits together using standard pebble 22mm 1.5mm diameter spring pins, making it easier to assemble and more secure than a push fit design.

The part pictured was printed using a material we have been testing in the office that changed colour from purple to pink when heated.

Recommended settings;

Resolution: Normal or Fine
Infill: 10 – 20%
Material: ABS

 

2015 UK election stones

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Print your own commemorative UK 2015 election stone, avaliable in conservative, labour and Liberal democrat flavors.

You can edit the stones to include your own manifesto using Tinkercad – Click here

Recommended Settings;

Resolution: Fine or Normal
Infill: 5 – 10%
Material: ABS or PLA

These are easy to print parts, we flipped them onto their side and used automaker to scale them to 100mm in height to print them as big as we possibly could.