Where do we start? The holidays are now over, but before that, we had time to have fun with friends and family; part of which could have been to catch a movie. Mine was Ocean’s 8 (2018) which is about a bunch of 8 criminals who plan to steal a Toussaint Cartier necklace worth $150 Million, during a fashion gala. Spoiler Alert! They profited twofold and in a complete turn of events, it was a Makerbot 3D printer that was at the core of the heist’s success. The Misconceptions Just before you go out shopping for a printer to make jewellery here; even though you can do it here, I would like to point out a few misleading suggestions.  Jewellery can be 3D Printed  This is not a myth. As a matter of fact, 3D Printing is used by jewellers, watchmakers and craftspersons to bring to life their ideas and[…]

Our Trip to Formnext 2019

It was almost a month ago now when we travelled to Frankfurt, Germany for the world’s biggest 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing conference and exposition – Formnext 2019. And wow, what a whirlwind event that was! It was held across 4 enormous exhibition halls – we walked almost 30km in 3 days at the conference! It was simply massive and we maybe only managed to see ⅓ of it in our time there. We saw new 3D printers and technologies, met with suppliers and learned where this industry is headed. We want to share our Top 5 highlights and encourage anyone in the 3D printing world to find a way to attend in 2020! I asked our Sales Director, Ziggy Fareed, what his top 5 highlights were from Formnext; here are his answers…. 1) Xkelet Xkelet is taking 3D printing in the medical field to the next level with their slick[…]

When Life Gives You Lemons, #3DPrint: Power Plug & Socket – Part 1

The second month at Kuunda 3D as a 3D Printing Technician, I was sent for a week’s training at Build Volume on troubleshooting, servicing and repairing of Ultimaker and Formlabs desktop 3D printers. So, what does that have to do with power plugs? It has everything to do with it since the operation of a 3D printer requires a power connection. But the device in question wasn’t the printer but my laptop. First, a little history of the development of power plug and socket designs. In the 1890s, Nikola Tesla invented the AC generators; fast forward to 21st Century, we use it to power homesteads and industries. Somehow; as humanity, we have agreed that Donald Trump is an asshole, but haven’t figured out how to have a universal power socket. Different countries have different power plugs. Well, that’s not bad until you travel to a country with a power socket design different from yours. As a person who[…]

Are you an Early Adopter or in the Early Majority of 3D Printing?

There are 5 stages of Technology Adoption and each one of us falls into a category. With 3D printing, we are seeing a shift into the Early Majority from primarily Early Adopters. And this is a great thing as that means more people and business will be using the power of 3D printing to improve their lives and make their jobs easily. Which category do you fit into? Innovators (2.5%) Innovators are the very first users of a technology. In the 3D printing world, they were the first people to buy the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) kits such as Makerbot’s Thing-O-Matic way back in 2010. They were also the people building their own 3D printers and pushing desktop 3D printing with the Rep Rep project. Innovators helped create the brands we use today. Early Adopters (13.5%) Early Adopters are typically young, educated, have high social status, and are more socially forward than[…]

3D Printing in Nigeria: Kuunda 3D is headed West

In April 2019, Kuunda 3D is going to Nigeria. We are on a mission to explore 3D Printing in Nigeria! We will be sponsoring and attending the Datasheet conference hosted by Hardware Lagos in Nigeria. This conference is all about hardware product development and will be attended by the maker and entrepreneurial community in Lagos. Kuunda 3D is sponsoring a session by Brenda Livoi, of Gearbox Nairobi, entitled “Prototyping for the Masses”. Gearbox uses three Ultimaker 3D printers in their prototyping process and we are happy to support them as East Africa’s only official Ultimaker distributor. Kuunda 3D will be at the conference with an Ultimaker 3D printer on display. We will be happy to answer any questions about the 3D printers we sell, materials, training and how to incorporate 3D printing into your product design processes. We are here to answer all about 3D printing in Nigeria. And for[…]

Volkswagen saves €325,000 with 3D Printing

By using 3D printed tools, jigs, and fixtures, Volkswagen Autoeuropa reduces cycle time operation, labor, and the need for reworking, while improving tool ergonomics. Furthermore, they achieve this at a tenth of the usual cost. The company estimates that they saved €325,000 in 2017 alone.

Announcing 3D Printing Course with Strathmore University’s iLab

Learn 3D Printing – Course in Nairobi From 17 – 28th of September, Kuunda 3D will be collaborating with Strathmore University’s @iLabAfrica to offer a 3D printing and Internet of Things course. Learn 3D Printing and Design and boost your career and business! Course Details Monday Sep 17 – Friday Sep 21 – 5:30 – 8pm Monday Sep 24 – Friday Sep 28 5:30 – 8pm Location: Strathmore University’s iLab Cost: 35,000 KSH Includes a Certificate from Kuunda 3D Register your interest here. Space is limited so act quickly! Learn 3D Design You will learn the basics of 3D modelling and designing for 3D printing. This includes training in 3D design software (TinkerCAD and 123D Design) as well as design considerations. Even if you already know how to design, there are specific things to keep in mind when designing for 3D printing. You will walk away understanding these and designing[…]

Ultimaker Reveals New S5 Printer

The Ultimaker S5 is here Ultimaker has just announced their most advanced 3D printer yet – the Ultimaker S5. Built for the office, the Ultimaker S5 is a powerful, reliable, and versatile 3D printer that delivers industrial-class results.   Forward-thinking professionals all over the world, from designers to engineers to architects, discovered that the Ultimaker 3 is a powerful, low-cost solution that significantly streamlines production processes and concept development. Building on the capabilities of the Ultimaker 3, the Ultimaker S5 adds enhanced performance with a larger build volume, effortless operation, and unparalleled reliability.   Function with form The Ultimaker S5 packs powerful technology in a simple, clean, stylish enclosure that fits right in with your office. An enclosed front, with tinted glass doors, ensures that the internal temperature and airflow is optimal. An intuitive touchscreen interface guides you through operation of the printer, and displays detailed status information. Frame lights provide[…]

Using 3D Printing for Prototyping in Product Design & Manufacturing

3D printing can be used as an important step in product design as it allows quick and easy prototyping at a minimum cost. In general, the product design process involves the following: Come up with an Idea Do market research Product design development (size, materials, costing, etc) Finalize 2D drawings of product (with dimensions) Create 3D model with CAD (Computer Aided Design) software Generate physical prototype using CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) Prototype testing & iterations Manufacturing, assembly & testing Iterate until final product 3D printing is ideal for the prototype and testing steps as it allows for a larger number of iterations per design cycle because it’s so easy to get a physical prototype from a design. With traditional methods, it is very time-consuming and usually quite costly to produce a signal prototype, meaning this cycle can be very long and expensive. However, with 3D printing, in a few hours[…]

3D Printing as Manufacturing

3D Printing is actually a means of manufacturing, and should only be chosen as the method under the right circumstances. More traditional methods of manufacturing, like CNC, injection molding and casting can all still, and should, play a role in manufacturing of products. Formative Manufacturing This is typical of high volume production and requires an expensive mold to produce the products. Injection molding, casting, stamping and forging are all means of formative manufacturing. Large initial investment in tooling (molds) Ideal for high volumes of the same part Can produce at a low price after initial investment recovered The large upfront investment means high volumes need to be produced and sold in order to recover costs. These molds/tooling can be complicated to design and therefore very expensive. Molds often come from overseas. Subtractive Manufacturing Subtractive manufacturing is when material is taken away from a block of solid material (a blank), such as[…]