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What’s Happening At Mocci?

Hey everybody,

Mocci is going through some developments and is working on a top secret project. It has been some time since our last update, but we are happy to still see the high amount of interest in our jewelry. We would love to share what we are working on, but it is far too early in the stages of development. Just know that this is a never before seen project which people all over the globe will be able to interact with. Our goal is to create something fresh, exciting and most importantly, something people will love.

Nevertheless, if you would like to help out, we would love your input. Who know? Maybe we will even divulge a few details to you.

So, answer the following questions and send them off to us:

Questions

  1. What kind of jewelry would you like to see 3D printed?
  2. If you could customize any piece of jewelry, what would it be?
  3. Would you buy a piece of jewelry someone around the world designed digitally?

Send your answers to moccidesigns@gmail.com

Cheers,

The Mocci Team

2015 3D Printer Buyers Guide

With a deluge of new 3D printers released every year, there are so many options to choose from that buyers can get overwhelmed. After carefully researching all 3D printers on the market, we have narrowed down the options to these 10 3D printers. This compilation is the 3D Printer Buyer’s Guide For 2015.

This guide is an excerpt from my just released book:

How To Make Money With 3D Printing: Passive Profits, Hacking The 3D Printing Ecosystem And Becoming A World-Class 3D Designer

Ultimaker 2

The Ultimaker 2 is still one of the easiest and most reliable 3D printers available on the market today even though it was released last year. It ships completely preassembled and comes with Cura, Ultimaker’s own open-source software. With a large build volume, heated glass bed, onboard OLED controls and illuminated interior the Ultimaker 2 is a feature rich 3D printer for all skill levels. Buyers looking for a high quality, ease to use 3D printer will do themselves a favor by picking up an Ultimaker 2.

Ultimaker 2 3D PrinterPrice: $2,499

Build Volume: 230 x 225 x 205mm

Ultimaker 2 3D Printer

Lulzbot Taz 4

The Lulzbot Taz 4 is the latest evolution in the line of versatile `Taz printers that are based off of the RepRap engine. The quality and consistency of this plug-n-play open source device has improved dramatically from previous versions. The Taz 4 has a large heated glass bed, which allows for big prints in a wide variety of filament materials. The design of the 3D printer won’t be winning any awards soon, but it is a production tool, created by engineers for engineers. This is the perfect 3D printer for makers, hackers and engineers.

LulzBot TAZ 4 3D PrinterPrice: $2,195

Build Volume: 298 x 275 x 250mm

LulzBot TAZ 4 3D Printer

MakerBot Replicator (5th Generation)

The newest version in a pioneering line of 3D printers, the MakerBot Replicator is gem of a 3D printer with boatloads of features. Sporting an LCD interface with a sexy precision knob, cloud compatibility and an on-board camera makes the newest Replicator a powerful creation tool. The MakerBot Desktop software is incredibly easy to use and the prints are high quality as well. The MakerBot Replicator 5th generation is a quality 3D printing tool for all skillsets. While engineers and makers may have richer options, those looking for a high quality 3D printer to show off to friends that is easy to use can really not go wrong with the Replicator.

MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer - 5th GenerationPrice: $2,899

Build Volume: 252 x 199 x 150mm

MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer – 5th Generation

Ditto Pro

The Ditto Pro with its silky white finish and clean cuts is an aesthetically pleasing performance 3D printer. If anything, the unique C-shaped design sets it apart from the rest of the 3D printers. The machine has both an interchangeable extruder and print bed, a bright on-board graphic display and an SD card input slot. Not only is the print quality highly impressive, but the Ditto Pro is affordable. The Ditto Pro is designed for professionals and consumers, but is ideal for tinkerers.

Ditto Pro 3D Printer Price: $1,899

Build Volume: 220 x 165 x 220mm

Ditto Pro 3D Printer

Printrbot Simple Metal

The Printrbot Simple Metal is a fun assembled 3D printer that has been upgraded significantly from previous versions. Its black powder coated all-metal construction will look slick on your desk next to your laptop and lamps. The bed is now warp resistant and leveling is simplified now with an auto-leveling probe included. Although the first Printrbots were entry-level DIY 3D printers, the Printrbot Simple Metal is a solid professional choice for an affordable price. Highly recommended for the budget conscious 3D printer shopper.

Printrbot Assembled Metal Simple 3D Printer, Black

Price: $599

Build Volume: 150 x 150 x 150mm

Printrbot Assembled Metal Simple 3D Printer, Black, PLA Filament, 1.75mm Ubis Hot End, 6″ x 6″ x 6″ Build Volume

BeeTheFirst

The BeeTheFirst 3D printer is a user-friendly printer with smart design. In fact, the machine has cleverly fused ergonomics and design in its portability. The leveling bed and spools are magnetically held together. The software is perfect for beginners and advanced users will find a repository of open-source software. The portability and usability of the BeeTheFirst 3D printer makes it a great choice for all users and skill levels.

BeeTheFirst 3D Printer

Price: $2,171

Build Volume: 190 x 135 x125mm

BEETHEFIRST 3D Printer

Zortrax M200

Don’t let the alien name scare you, but the Zortrax M200 will print some divine things for you. Its large build volume provides for a superb printing experience. The aluminum body of the Zortrax M200 is engineered for durable prints. Although the software doesn’t allow for printing temperature control, the perforated bed and leveling system help to create a complete quality print. Overall, the Zortrax M200 is a fine machine that can print large and accurate prints.

Zortrax M200 3D Printer

Price: $1,990

Build Volume: 200 x 200 x 185mm

Zortrax M200 3D Printer

Idea Builder

The Idea Builder from Dremel is the first 3D printer created by Dremel and is a product targeted towards the everyday consumer. It looks like a home appliance that you would have in your garage (or kitchen). This 3D printer is easy to get up and running. With an in-depth quick start guide, the Idea Builder is as simple to use as most of Dremel’s products have been. Price point, quality and host of features make the Idea Builder an ideal consumer friendly 3D printer for makers of all ages.

Dremel Idea Builder 3D Printer

Price: $999

Build Volume: 230 x 150 x 140mm

Dremel Idea Builder 3D Printer

Form 1+

Form 1+ is the upgrade over the original Form 1 from Form Labs. This time the sophisticated stereolithography printer feels and is high quality. The overall design is s suave and the prints that come out are some of the best you will be able to find in a consumer 3D printer. The prints come out faster and in even better quality before. Form Labs printers use stereolithography, which is a form of 3D printing that uses a laser to cure resin into a 3D shape as opposed to fused filament deposition where PLA or ABS plastic is layered on top of each other. The upgrades in the Form 1+ printer makes an unparalleled printer for those who want to print in high detail resign. The Form1+ 3D printer is ideal for those who are unyielding and only invest in high quality and precision.

Form 1+ SLA 3D Printer

Price: $3,299

Build Volume: 125 x 125 x 165mm

Form 1+ SLA 3D Printer

ProJet 1200

The ProJet 1200 is a professional machine targeted towards those who work in a small scale and use investment casting. The ProJet 1200 is also a stereolithography 3D printer, but how it differs from the Form 1+ is that the resin output can also be castable resin. Simple to use onboard controls and dependable quality makes ProJet 1200 an excellent professional printer. Its smaller highly detailed build volume makes it limited for those who work under such conditions like jewelers or dentists.

ProJet 1200 Professional 3D Printer

Price: $4,900

Build Volume: 43 x 27 x 150mm

ProJet 1200 3D Printer

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Is It Possible To 3D Print Gold?

The advancements made in 3D printing technology have been stupefying and it’s undeniable that people are relishing the possibilities that 3D printers bring. Individuals who witness a 3D printer in action for the first time often think it is magic. One question surely remains, can we 3D print one of the most sought after natural resources in the history of man – gold?

Present day jewelers use advanced technology to create accurate, exquisite wax molds for casting jewelry pieces. 3D printers that are able to print metal are still rather expensive (in the tens of thousands). Companies like Shapeways and i.materialise already provide 3D printed pure gold, gold-plated brass, and gold-plated stainless steel options. Shapeways offers a gold selection of 14k Gold, 14k Rose Gold, 14k White Gold and 18k Gold. What peaks the curiousity is the fact that gold can now be smithed and shaped with 3D printing. To fully understand if it is possible to 3D print gold, we must consider all options and devices that use 3D printing to produce gold prints.

In order to print gold with a 3D Printer, the design must first be drafted with 3D CAD Modeling Software. These programs allow inventors to initiate concepts, visualize possible ideas and simulate mechanical properties. The painstakingly beautiful Concept Laser Mlab or LaserCUSING is a 3D printer which utilizes the process of Selective Laser Melting (a.k.a Cusing) to 3D print gold. It prints the gold itself, rather than 3D printed wax molds.

LaserCUSING works by melting gold powder in a nitrogen-filled build chamber with a laser. After that, layers of dense gold material is applied on top of one another until the anticipated object is made. The term LaserCUSING is made up of the letter C from CONCEPT Laser and the word FUSING which means complete melting.

Another method for 3D printing gold is Direct Melting Laser Sintering (DMLS). Direct Melting Laser Sintering is an additive manufacturing technique that uses a laser as the power source to sinter powdered material – in this case, gold. The Precious M080 is a wonderful example of an DMLS Gold 3D printer. Direct Melting Laser Sintering is a technology whereby layer by layer gold powder is melted onto each other until the end result is exactly the same as the original 3D model created by the designer.

The Lost Wax Casting method, developed in ancient Egypt, is the conventional process of making metals from a wax mold. Essentially the wax mold serves as the shape that will be formed when the molten metal is poured. After casting, the gold is manually cleaned and polished. The use of 3D printing to create intricate wax molds have been aiding jewelrymakers for years.

As 3D printing technology grows, it will greatly disrupt the high quality, small volume markets such as the jewelry and dental industries. To what extent the impact will be felt, we can never be too sure, but with LaserCUSING and DMLS it is already possible to 3D print gold. Granted, 3D printing gold technology is still in its infancy but the fact that it is already possible today changes the gold game.

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5 Ways 3D Printing is Disrupting the Fashion Industry

It is no secret how much of the world population is influenced by the fashion industry. We are all buying into a niche to create a statement with our own sense of personal style. The fashion industry has become a rapid design force that grabs the interest of the public with innovative trends. As a result, fashion designers strive to grow while also facing numerous challenges.

3D printing advancements have made a huge impact on the fashion industry. Accessories are now being created with new materials and online 3D printing services are offering a wide variety of apparel choices. 3D printed dresses were introduced to the market in 2010 and caused quite a stir with some calling 3D printing, “the next frontier in fashion“. Consumers can oftentimes download their favorite fashion piece and custom-create their own clothing, and print using multi-material and multi-color 3D printers.

When you first hear about 3D printing for clothing, it’s difficult to imagine the process each item of apparel goes through. Most consumer 3D printers use plastic materials to generate a 3D prototype layer by layer, but the increasing availability of different 3D printing services means that all kinds of materials are available at reasonable costs. For fashion categories that are dominated by only a handful of companies such as the eyewear and watch industries, 3D printing will help to blur the lines between luxury and contemporary as more and more people become makers.

  1. Shirts

Forget the old-fashioned sewing machine and say hello to 3D printed shirts. Imagine custom creating your very own shirt without a needle and thread. San Francisco based clothing company, Continuum, is joining the 3D printing fashion phenomenon, 3D Printing Hits The Fashion World. We are now about to fully create wearable items from computer generated designs and have the potential for even crazier fashion. While cotton material is an essential part of the prototype process, companies are researching items created from fibers, which mimics the breathability and texture of cotton. In fact, there is a 3D printer in development that is specifically for printing apparel. Synthetic and organic materials are manufacturers first choices when creating clothing items due to its environmentally friendliness and it won’t be too long from now when we’ll be able to 3D print these fabrics.

With 3D printed shirts, you can customize it according to your specific size and requirements without even touching a sewing machine. The garment can be designed with a highly intricate shape and created to stretch in size when mixed with different materials. One such avant-garde approach to shirt making is 3D printing chainmail. Imagine combining any two textures such as metal and cotton to create your very own shirt that is completely different from the average shirt today.

XYZWORKSHOP shows the making of a 3D printed top from inception to conception.

 2. Hats

Step inside the world of elegant high fashion headpieces. By using the latest in 3D printing technology, hats can now be custom created to bring a masterpiece to your wardrobe. These unconventional hats are not for the average consumer, but for those looking to express their style, creatively.

One of the first fashion designers to dive into 3D printed headpieces is designer Gabriela Ligenza. She is no stranger to the world of hat fashion; with decades of experience under her belt Gabriela has styled hats with the likes of royalty including Princess Diana and Princess Caroline of Monaco. Gabriela incorporates the aesthetics of architectural style with bold cuts and shapes on a headpiece. Essentially, Gabriela creates stunning works of 3D printed hats using 3D printing. She is a pioneer for the fashion world and the way we design and wear headpieces.

 3. Shoes

Fancy footwear has been and will always be a fashion statement, but who wants to deal with uncomfortable shoes? Several big names in the 3D printing shoe business include Feetz, United Nude and, yes, Nike. These companies utilize 3D printing technology to custom make footwear for consumers. With the Internet and 3D printing it is possible to tailor make shoes for a persons unique foot size and shape. Quite often one foot might be wider than the other or even smaller. Feetz solves this common problem by integrating customization with 3D printing. Now consumers can now be at ease with versatile footwear designed exactly for them.

How does it work? Each foot is photographed from a multiple angles and specific attributes are then recorded such as daily exercise activities, weight and height. The information then generates an accurate foot size and 3D model shoe. There are two custom shoe models generated – one tailored for each foot. Additionally, those with foot concerns can create fashionable shoes made with corrective orthotics to relieve foot pain and allow maximum comfort. Continued innovation in 3D printed shoes can only improve comfort and design.

Ways to 3D print shoes

 4. Eyewear

The future of eyewear is with 3D printing. Imagine creating your own pair of sunglasses or prescription glasses using your facial structure as the canvas for the glasses design. One will create glasses by optimizing the color, fit and even the optional text on the outer frame. These 3D printed frames can suit various lenses including optical, sunshades and photochromic.

It is possible to duplicate a frame you already have by scanning a similar frame with a 3D scanner. Think of it as duplicating a frame that you already have and making it into something you can call customized. A few of the early pioneers of 3D printed glasses frames are LUXeXcel, Protos Eyewear and Make Eyewear. With functional and versatile eye wear designs, transformative businesses are hoping to disrupt the eyeglass industry with 3D printing.

The future of eyewear is near!

Protos 3D printed eyeglasses

 5. Watches

The idea of 3D printing a wristwatch is a game changer for many watch designers. Having the ability to design mechanical parts and directly print them saves considerable overhead costs and time. CAD programs allow for complexity of designs and now 3D printing allows for complexity in prototyping. For inspiration, take a peek at the details in the design files for this awesome Mechanical Pocket Watch. Also, 3D systems has also released their own line of 3D printed watches: Nooka.

An essential element of a watch is the wristband, which can be printed in flexible materials using a 3D printing outsourcing service like shapeways. For upcoming products such as the Apple iWatch, right now is a great opportunity to get a head start designing wristbands for it. Similar to designing 3D printed clothes, the color, size, cut, shape and style of 3D printed watches can be completely customized with your design file. There are an infinite number of ways to design the fashion pieces we wear every day and countless materials to choose from. With 3D printing and Computer tools at hand, an inspired fashion designer just needs to think outside of the box and make it.

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8 3D Printed Jewelry Designers to Follow on Twitter

Months ago, we mentioned a few places one can go to find 3D printed jewelry. Although the 3D printed jewelry market may still be in its infancy, there are many influencers who have helped to shape 3D printed jewelry as we see it today. Everyone on this list has an affection for designing and creating 3D printed jewelry for quite some time and their advancements are sure to be appreciated by the community. Here are our picks for the 8 must-follow 3D printed jewelry designers right now.

1. Jessica Rosenkrantz

Jessica Rosenkrantz Twitter Profile Picture

Twitter Handle: @nervous_jessica

Bio: Jessica is an artist, designer and maker from Massachusetts. A graduate of MIT, she enjoys playing with code, science, and digital fabrication to create natural phenomena inspired 3D printed jewelry. Jessica is a cofounder of Nervous System which is a design studio that performs at the intersection of science, art and technology.

Memorable Tweet: I wrote about mushrooms, fungus sex, and space-filling spores factories

2. Natalia Krasnodebska    

Natalia Krasnodebska Twitter Profile PIctureTwitter Handle: @NKrasnodebska

Bio: Natalia is committed to building the 3D printed future of New York. Natalia is a community manager at shapeways where she specializes in jewelry. She spends her time biking and surfboarding and even has her own shop! Lasers go pew! pew!

Memorable Tweet: Got a new phone, time for a new #3DPrinted case from @shapeways Couldn’t choose so got all 3: for my love of bass: :)

3. Janell D. Wilson

Janelle D. Wilson Twitter Profile PictureTwitter Handle: @JanelleDehanne

Bio: Janelle is a 3D printed jewelry designer from Australia whose specialty is on fractal geometry and innovative ideas. Her inspirations come from both nature and technology. She is the creator & founder of unellenu, a showcase of her many designs of art, sculpture and jewelry. You can also find her on shapeways and Etsy.

Memorable Tweet: Wish I could sleep, 1:37am here (Sydney), need to be up early for my weekend job tomorrow. Keep having design ideas instead of zzzzzzz

4. Hannah Robinett

Hannah Robinett Twitter Profile Picture

Twitter Handle: @hannahrobinett

Bio: Hannah is a conceptual artist from Brooklyn. She became particularly intrigued by minimal art and the actual process of creating when she moved to New York City in 2006 to pursue her career in art and design. Hannah is the creator of 3D printed jewelry company, Mynlyn. In addition, she is a Lead Designer at Datalot.

Memorable Tweet: Highlight of my day: Ice cream truck man gave Gif (my dog) a vanilla ice cream cone as we were walking by! #brooklyn

5. Christina Westbrook

90x90_22849_53d1983c4ecf09377be41cc1c6b5699cTwitter Handle: @c_w_designs

Bio: Christina is a designer, maker and artist from San Francisco. She is the owner of C Westbrook Designs, specializing in hand finished 3D printed jewelry and iPhone cases. In her spare time, Christina loves creating 3D printed art, products & jewelry. Christina is a former 3D Printing Community Service Manager at Ponoko. She also has her own shop on both shapeways and Etsy!

Memorable Tweet: Energy low after vending @sfbazaar @makerfaire all weekend. It possible to have a hangover from too much Makerness? I bet @SavIsSavvy knows.

6. Melissa Dawn

Melissa Dawn Profile PictureTwitter Handle: @melissaddesigns

Bio: Melissa is a designer from North Carolina that loves working with her hands. Her creations include silver, bronze, stone, clay and 3D printed jewelry. Melissa finds inspiration from books, nature, science fiction and geeky things. When Melissa is not busy designing, she is hard at work running both her blog and store.

Memorable Tweet: Life is ALMOST Normal! Lots of new jewelry in the making!

7. Lori Michelle

Lori Michelle Profile PictureTwitter Handle: @lovelorijewelry

Bio: Lori Michelle is a Washington, DC-based artist. She is fond of creating custom 3D-printed jewelry for others! Her designs are industrial inspired and present themselves in raw, intricate shapes. You can find her 3D printed jewelry shop, love Lori Michelle, here.

Memorable Tweet: trying new packaging! brown paper leftover from my amazon delivery boxes (of which there are many) #reuse #recycle

 

8. Anne Lien

Anne LienTwitter Handle: @AnneLien_tba

Bio: Anne lives in The Netherlands and loves to make life a bit easier and prettier by creating things. She enjoys DIY projects for the home and for fashion related items, recipes, 3D tutorials and shopping guides. One of her favorite creations is her 3D-printed jewelry line tiny purple treehouse! Follow more of Anne’s projects on her blog.

Memorable Tweet: Damn I wasn’t used to be working all day, every day anymore, but it feels amazing! Feels like I actually deserve my party time this weekend!

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MOCCI is having a special promotion for This Weekend Only (from October 10th to October 12th Midnight) on our kickstarter.

Details

  • Backers of the Mobius Bracelet will receieve the Money Clip for FREE.
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