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Armanicreations is going to Makerfaire NYC.

Posted on Aug 14th, 2013 - By Syed Rahman - 0 Comments

For those of you who haven't been already, Makerfaire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and love sharing what they do. It's a wonderful chance for "makers" to bring to light their brilliant projects and ideas we otherwise…

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Decapede has arrived, with Reprap expansion

Posted on May 22nd, 2013 - By Michael Armani - 0 Comments

Ever wanted to control 10 stepper motors at once?  8 dc motors, fans, light switches, or heat sources?  How about a 20 amp heat source?  How about 7 thermistors? How about...ALL of the above and at the same time with lots of continuous current…

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Review: 3D/DC II: 3D Printing Comes to Washington, DC

Posted on Apr 28th, 2013 - By Michael Armani - 0 Comments

The second ever 3D printing conference in D.C. was on April 24, 2013.  D.C. is not an especially large city nor has it ever been a mainstay of 3D printing (New York on the other hand is).  So it was great that this was not yet another low key makerspace or…

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Decapede Electronics is in the prototyping phase

Posted on Mar 31st, 2013 - By Michael Armani - 0 Comments

Today we reveal our first product for Industries3D, the Decapede electronics and Reprap expansion kit, that allows you to inexpensively control 10 stepper motors with 2 amp current, a 20 amp driver, 8 one-amp drivers, 8 thermistor controls, and it's open…

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17 Fantastic Sketchup Plugins, Bundled into one for your easy use

Posted on Feb 22nd, 2013 - By Michael Armani - 0 Comments

We have been using sketchup more and more often, we we always feel there is a lack of proper tools, especially where freeform design is concerned.  This is true even for the pro version.  Luckily, Sketchup is open source in that in allows ruby script by…

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Hardware primer hosted by Armanicreations and Vescarobotics was a great success

Posted on Feb 10th, 2013 - By David - 0 Comments

On Feb 3, we helped the DC robotics group host its first ever robotics hardware workshop.  Thanks to PUNCHROCK in Adam's Morgan for hosting us as their first technology outreach event.  PunchRock is a social entrepeneurship space. The session consisted…

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Converting from sketchup to DXF for others to view

Posted on Jan 29th, 2013 - By Michael Armani - 0 Comments

Converting file types is commonly an issues, especially when going from a vector to a mesh based to a polygon or line based system.  However it is possible to take Sketchup format and convert to DXF following some careful steps: The easy way Download…

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Armanicreations Leaders will be teaching a Hardware Primer at Punchrock for DC Robotics 2/2/13

Posted on Jan 11th, 2013 - By Michael Armani - 0 Comments

Armanicreations Leaders will be teaching a Hardware Primer at Punchrock in Adam's Morgan, Saturday, February 2, 2013, 4-6PM.   Punchrock, DC's collaborative community for social entrepreneurs.  1800 Wyoming Ave NW, Washington, DC, DC (map).  Spaces…

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Evolution of Industries3D

Posted on Jan 11th, 2013 - By Michael Armani - 0 Comments

Industries3D will sell a "set it forget it" 3D production system aimed at anyone looking for a practical, fast, low-cost, and reproducible product to be made from a wide variety of materials.  These can include rubber, wax, and many new plastics. It…

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DC Robotics

Posted on Dec 19th, 2012 - By David - 0 Comments

Last Thursday, we participated in the second ever meeting of the DC Robotics meetup. It was great to meet other people with similar passions and interest in technology. It was an impressive group of individuals and I look forward to future meetings. It…

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Printing 3D parts from Mcmaster, SDPSI, etc without paying a cent!

Posted on Dec 15th, 2012 - By Michael Armani - 0 Comments

Or this should be called... "How to convert proprietary 3D cad data into undamanged STL files without paying through the nose for expensive software."   Edit 3/3/13:  Another great site with even more 3D parts available for download…

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SolidDoodle2 Breakdown

Posted on Dec 12th, 2012 - By Michael Armani - 0 Comments

I have received and examined a solid doodle 2 (that took 5 months + to receive).  The build style is very impressive, being almost entirely multiple pieces made from folded steel, lasercut acrylic, and FDM printed ABS plastic. I'm very impressed with the…

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Review of 3DEA Pop up store in Manhattan, New York

Posted on Dec 10th, 2012 - By Michael Armani - 0 Comments I took a trip to Manhattan to visit this first ever 3D printing store.  It is called a "pop-up" because it is only here for the christmas season, and serves as a trial.  Given the reception, there were many interested people not…

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Paid Internship for makers and engineers at Armanicreations (Bethesda, MD)

Posted on Dec 3rd, 2012 - By Michael Armani - 0 Comments

We are looking for a Maker or hobbyist that would be interested in working with a start-up on the next generation of 3D printers.  This is a money maker, a resume builder, and eye opening internship/mentorship experience.  There is also opportunity for…

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Using 1 mm nozzle makergear printer to make small parts that look decent

Posted on Nov 10th, 2012 - By Michael Armani - 0 Comments

I used a 1 mm nozzle with Slic3r (set to 0.6 mm default extrusion width, and 15 mm/s print speed) to make a adjustment knob for a coffee grinder that had broken off (cause it was originally thin, weak, and made cheap).  This worked very nicely.  The…

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Printing with a 1 mm diameter nozzle.

Posted on Nov 6th, 2012 - By Michael Armani - 0 Comments

FYI - The above picture is a 1mm printout.  It weighs 35 ounces (a measure of it being quite solid) and took only 20 minutes to print!!  It is very hardy, and this is because the infill is more sturdy. The idea of reprap is that you can print excellent…

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Robotic Harvesting

Posted on Oct 23rd, 2012 - By David - 0 Comments

Vesca Robotics is pioneering exciting new technology for robotic harvesting. Our advanced robotics and computer vision techniques will make it possible for automated systems to harvest delicate fresh-market crops. Since the 1960s, farmers have dreamed of…

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Export STL files from Sketchup 8 and import STL files to Sketchup 8

Posted on Oct 18th, 2012 - By Michael Armani - 0 Comments

Sometimes you get a new computer, reformat, etc., and its hard to remember how you modified your Sketchup.  Sometimes the old plugins are even taken down or the links get broken.  There are very few good Sketchup plugins for .STL to .SKP or .SKP  to .STL…

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Maker Faire NYC 2012!

Posted on Oct 10th, 2012 - By Michael Armani - 0 Comments

Dave and Mike attended the Maker Faire this year in NYC, Sept 29-30.  We got to meet some of the locally famous makers, such as the founders of MakerBot and Ultimachine, B9Creator's, and the Useless Machine.  The turnout was outstanding, and there were many…

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New project idea – Low cost 3D wax printer

Posted on Oct 8th, 2012 - By Michael Armani - 0 Comments

Dave sent this video and also found that 3D wax printers are about $45K.  There printers only print one material.  They are however, ideal for create a lost-wax casting mold, which is great for making jewelry.  In fact, the main attraction to this…

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See us at the UMD Technology Startup Boot Camp – Oct 10 2012

Posted on Oct 8th, 2012 - By Michael Armani - 0 Comments

Dave and Mike with be attending the MTECH sponsored boot camp.  Our hope is to present our ideas at the crowd-sourced idea innovation elevator pitch to attract talented people to our cause.  We give back to all of our members through a combination of…

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Ideas for new filament printing materials

Posted on Sep 25th, 2012 - By Michael Armani - 0 Comments

Ideas for new filaments have been brewing at ArmaniCreations for almost a month, since the realization that 3D printers could make fully functional, commercially competitive products in the future, but that it would require a bundle of new materials.  To…

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Fully Automated Electronics Board Maker

Posted on Sep 25th, 2012 - By David - 0 Comments

Traditionally, if you need to create a circuit, you'd use a breadboard for testing, then do a short run with an electronics manufacturer. It costs about $50 or so to and 3 days to make a single board from an online service. If you want 10, you might be able…

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Easy Prusa Mendel Leveling Calibrations, Optimization for makergear V2 Prusa mendel

Posted on Sep 14th, 2012 - By Michael Armani - 0 Comments

In a sept 14th RepRap Post, Michael suggests the use of paper in place of a heated bed for printing, a new way to even the printing bed base with thumb screws, modified firmware for greater speed, and a "faked small nozzle" to allow better bridging and…

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The Future is even cooler than you imagined! The 6 “Holy” Pillars of 3D Printing!

Posted on Sep 8th, 2012 - By Michael Armani - 0 Comments

The origins of RepRap, as suggested by the wikipedia article, are to make a machine that can mostly print itself. Mostly print itself? So why stop there?  Well, three of us got to thinking and quickly realized that, while it is far fetched, there is no…

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