Nvidia launches new Jetson 2GB Developer Kit!

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Introducing the Ultimate Starter AI Computer, the NVIDIA Jetson Nano 2GB Developer Kit

By Suhas Hariharapura Sheshadri and Dustin Franklin |  Tags: CUDAcuDNNfeaturedIoTJetsonJetson NanoNGCRobotics
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Today, NVIDIA announced the Jetson Nano 2GB Developer Kit, the ideal hands-on platform for teaching, learning, and developing AI and robotics applications. The NVIDIA Jetson platform introduced six years ago revolutionized embedded computing by delivering the power of artificial intelligence to edge computing devices. NVIDIA Jetson today is widely used in diverse fields such as robotics, retail, industrial, agriculture, and AIoT.

In March 2019, NVIDIA launched the original Jetson Nano Developer Kit and enabled developers, students, and enthusiasts alike to learn, explore, and build AI applications for edge devices. Rapid adoption by the enthusiast community made this our most-loved developer kit and created a Jetson movement. The new NVIDIA Jetson Nano 2GB Developer Kit is priced at $59, making it even more affordable for learning AI and robotics. This developer kit is the ultimate starter AI computer and is available worldwide starting at the end of October 2020.

The Jetson Nano 2GB Developer Kit includes a Jetson Nano module with 2 GB memory and delivers 472 GFLOPS of compute performance with a 128-core NVIDIA Maxwell GPU and 64-bit Quad-core Arm A57 CPU. The included carrier board is equipped with interfaces commonly used in edge and embedded project development, including USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports to connect peripherals including USB cameras, one MIPI CSI-2 camera connector, a 40-pin header which is compatible out of the box with many peripherals and add-ons, an HDMI display interface, and a Gigabit Ethernet port. The developer kit also includes an 802.11ac wireless networking USB adapter.

Processing
GPU128-core NVIDIA Maxwell™
CPU64-bit Quad-core ARM A57 (1.43 GHz)
Memory2 GB 64-bit LPDDR4 (25.6 GB/s bandwidth)
Video Encoder*4Kp30 | (4x) 1080p30 | (2x) 1080p60
Video Decoder*4Kp60 | (2x) 4Kp30 | (8x) 1080p30 | (4x) 1080p60
Interfaces
Networking10/100/1000 Base-T Ethernet
Wi-FiAvailable via included 802.11ac wireless adaptor†
USB1x USB 3.0 Type A port 2x USB 2.0 Type A ports 1x USB 2.0 Micro-B (Device Mode)
DisplayHDMI
40-Pin HeaderGPIOs, I2C, I2S, SPI, PWM, UART
Camera1x  MIPI CSI-2 connector
StoragemicroSD (Card not included)
Other IO12-pin header (Power and related signals, UART) 4-pin fan header†
PowerUSB-C 5V 3A

Table 1. Jetson Nano 2GB Developer Kit module capabilities and carrier board interfaces.
*Supported video codecs: H.265, H.264, VP8, VP9 (VP9 decode only).
 Not initially available in all regions

Powerful performance

The Jetson Nano 2GB Developer Kit is ideal for learning modern AI. The science of AI computing is changing fast, and researchers are constantly inventing new neural network architectures that deliver better accuracy and performance. AI practitioners today use a wide variety of AI models and frameworks in their projects, so the ideal platform for learning and creating AI projects is one flexible enough to run a diverse set of AI models and also powerful enough to deliver the performance required to create meaningful interactive AI experiences. The Jetson Nano 2GB Developer Kit not only supports all popular AI frameworks and networks, but also delivers a powerful AI performance.

Figure 2 shows the measured AI inference performance with popular DNN models for image classification, segmentation, object detection, image processing, and pose estimation. NVIDIA TensorRT was used to optimize the networks and accelerate inference for real-time performance. The Jetson Nano 2GB Developer Kit is unique in providing such powerful inference performance in this price range.

Figure 2. Jetson Nano 2GB Developer Kit inferencing performance (FP16) for various vision-based DNN models with JetPack 4.4.1 and TensorRT 7.1.

Ease of use and flexibility to explore

The Jetson Nano 2GB Developer Kit provides the development experience of a ready-to-use platform without putting any limitations on your curiosity to explore AI hands-on with various cameras, sensors, and peripherals. It’s powered by JetPack Software Development Kit (SDK), which includes a familiar Linux desktop development experience. JetPack comes with the libraries required to build end-to-end AI applications. For example, OpenCV and VisionWorks can be used for computer vision and image processing; CUDA, cuDNN, and TensorRT accelerate AI inferencing; and libraries for camera and sensor processing and much more are included.

Unlike cloud-only learning platforms, the developer kit supports many popular sensors in the AI community like Raspberry Pi cameras, Intel Real-sense cameras, the ZED 3D camera, and other USB cameras and peripherals, all working out of the box. JetPack 4.4.1 introduces support for this new developer kit and is available starting at the end of October 2020, aligning with developer kit availability. For more information, see the JetPack page.

You can learn and develop using the AI framework of your choice—frameworks including TensorFlow, PyTorch and MXNet are supported. Development containers for TensorFlow and PyTorch are hosted on NVIDIA NGC, which provide a quick one-step method to get your framework environment up and running. A Jupyter notebook learning environment with preinstalled TensorFlow, PyTorch, NumPy, scikit-learn, SciPy, and pandas is also easily installed on the developer kit using the Machine Learning container, also hosted on NGC.

If you prefer to install frameworks directly rather than using prepackaged containers, NVIDIA provides Python PIP wheels. For more information, see Jetson Zoo.

Developer community

The Jetson developer community is large and vibrant, including researchers, professional developers, AI enthusiasts, students, and hobbyists who are bonded by their passion for AI and the Jetson platform. Thousands of Jetson community members create and actively share cool videos, open-source projects, and real-world AI applications. Best of all, developers share source code and instructions for anyone to try, learn from, and enhance their projects.

NVIDIA regularly shares some favorites on the JetsonTV YouTube channel and on the Jetson Community Projects page. Most of the projects tagged for Jetson Nano can be run on the Jetson Nano 2GB Developer Kit. These are a great approach to exploring and learning AI.https://www.youtube.com/embed/fIESu365Sb0?feature=oembedVideo 1. Jetson community projects running on the Jetson Nano 2GB Developer Kit.

Jetson AI Certification Program

Also today, the NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute launched the Jetson AI Certification ProgramThe first available course is Jetson AI Fundamentals, which includes a series of hands-on self-paced educational tutorials, video walkthroughs, and project-based assessments aimed at educators and learners. This course builds on popular open-source deep learning and robotics tutorials including Getting Started with AI on Jetson NanoJetBot, and Hello AI World, and includes new instruction videos created by NVIDIA instructors and community experts.

https://www.youtube.com/embed/videoseries?list=PL5B692fm6–uQRRDTPsJDp4o0xbzkoyf8Video 2. Jetson AI playlist.

The Jetson AI Fundamentals course teaches the foundations of deep learning with classification and regression networks, along with object detection and semantic segmentation. Training and inference workflows, data collection, and real-time computer vision are all covered. The course also includes autonomous robotics topics, and walks through implementation of road following, collision avoidance and object following with the JetBot robot.

The Jetson AI Certification Program covers two certifications:

  • Jetson AI Specialist for students, makers, hobbyists, or anyone looking to get started with AI
  • Jetson AI Educator for educators and instructors who want to teach AI in their own classes or courses

To obtain certification, participants follow the hands-on Jetson AI Fundamentals course, and then create their own AI project using the concepts they’ve learned throughout the course. Projects are then reviewed by NVIDIA, with feedback provided as necessary.

Discover AI

The Jetson Nano 2GB Developer Kit is a powerful and accessible way for anyone to get started with AI and robotics. It’s great for hands-on learning and you’ll see your work perceive and interact with the world around you in real time. The online Getting Started Guide makes it quick to get up and running with a downloadable system image, and support for popular machine learning frameworks with the NVIDIA CUDA-X stack makes it easy to develop with the same software and tools powering the latest breakthroughs.

Pre-order your Jetson Nano 2GB Developer Kit today and begin your journey discovering AI.About the Authors

Suhas Hariharapura Sheshadri

About Suhas Hariharapura Sheshadri
Suhas Sheshadri is a product manager at NVIDIA, focusing on Jetson software. He previously worked with the autonomous driving team at NVIDIA, optimizing system software for the NVIDIA Drive platform. In his free time, Suhas likes to read books on quantum physics and game theory.View all posts by Suhas Hariharapura Sheshadri 

Dustin Franklin

About Dustin Franklin
Dustin is a developer evangelist on the Jetson team at NVIDIA. With a background in robotics and embedded systems, Dustin enjoys helping in the community and working on projects with Jetson. You can find him on the NVIDIA Developer Forums or GitHub.View all posts by Dustin Franklin Comments

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Continue the discussion at forums.developer.nvidia.com

We received one of the boards to test and review and will report back more on our impressions of the board and its’ capabilities.

Audea Launches New Smart Speakers!

Press Release – September 16, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Download Press Release in PDF

SALT LAKE CITY, September 4, 2020 – AUDEA®, the world’s first voice controlled “Ultra Smart Speaker” that runs thousands of music and video Apps has begun shipping. AUDEA® is a new class of “Ultra Smart Speaker” that unlike simple streaming “smart speakers”, incorporates an App processor and display that allows you to run any App such as Spotify®, Apple Music® and YouTube® so you can browse and play your music and videos with or without a phone. 

The AUDEA Ultra Smart Speaker is the only smart speaker that allows you to browse, play and access the features of any App directly on the speaker.  “Smart speakers” or “smart displays” only stream wifi or bluetooth® music and show cover art with voice commands respectively. Only AUDEA allows you to browse your music and videos, create playlists, socially interact plus enjoy dozens of other unique App features, all with or without a phone.  In comparison, conventional smart speakers like the Amazon® Echo or Sonos® One require you to use voice commands without a display so you can’t browse and play music without a phone or desktop computer.  

AUDEA is the world’s highest quality smart speaker because it is not just a wifi streaming speaker but a complete high res 96 kHz 24 bit music player system that incorporates the first adjustable 13 band equalizer (EQ) with digital signal processing (DSP) and supports optional add-on powered speakers that dramatically enhances the spatial, immersive listening experience. 

AUDEA is the first truly universal smart speaker.  Because AUDEA runs any music App, you can play any online streaming music or downloaded music from any music store, in any music format.   For example, you can play purchased music on Apple Music, play auto curated music on Spotify, listen to Sirius XM® radio and watch YouTube music videos, all with or without a phone. 

You can run virtually any App on AUDEA including music, movies, games, news, weather, Google Assistant® home automation control, phone and video calls, email, texting, social media like Facebook®, cooking, karaoke, broadcast radio, among many others.  AUDEA is perfect for custom home integrators who want to customize a home entertainment system for their clients.

“Music lovers just want to browse and listen to their music with or without their phone” said Douglas Kihm, CEO, Founder. “Audea offers for the first time the freedom to instantly browse and play your favorite music with or without a phone.  It’s not just a wifi speaker, it’s a complete intelligent, HD quality, music and video entertainment system.”  Mr. Kihm continued, “People naturally want to visually browse by artist, genre, personal and daily curated playlists or their stored collection of high res music to choose the music they want to listen to.  Conventional voice controlled smart speakers don’t allow you to browse your music while “smart displays” only display cover art.  Audea reduces the time and effort to play music directly on the speaker”.      

Since music services such as Spotify®, Apple Music® and Pandora® offer virtually the same music, the primary value of the music service is the App’s Graphic User Interface (GUI) and unique features.  Only AUDEA gives you full control of the Apps GUI and features without requiring the use of a phone.  Only AUDEA plays high res music you own from your own cloud storage such as Google Drive® or Dropbox® so you don’t have to pay monthly subscription storage fees.  AUDEA is the only universal solution that plays all SD and HD formats of music including Apple AAC and ALAC, FLAC, WAV, MP3, Ogg Vorbis/Opus, WMA, DTS and music from its local storage or from any music store so you are not locked into one music store or streaming service.     

AUDEA is the first to play music wirelessly over Wi-fi, Apple Airplay®, DLNA and over the world’s first “2-way” Bluetooth wireless interface which allows you to both stream Bluetooth music to AUDEA from your phone and stream music to a Bluetooth speakers or headphones.

AUDEA’s “4-Play” allows you to play music 4 ways including it’s built-in 7-inch color touch display, a hand-held remote control, voice commands and with a phone, Mac or PC. AUDEA supports Google Assistant® voice control via a 4 microphone far-field array. Four touch keys on the front panel provides easy volume control, muting and a Google Assistant wake key. Its programmable 48 LED light ring indicates volume level, Google Assistant and other events.  

AUDEA is based on patented VOXXI® voice control technology.  AUDEA’s unique “private remote voice control” only turns on the microphone when the Remote’s Wake Key is pressed which prevents any potential online eavesdropping of private conversations.  

AUDEA includes a convenient hand-held remote that allows you to easily control music and video playback including play, pause, skip and volume plus 6 buttons that give you “one-click” selection of your favorite App.  AUDEA’s “EasyUp” periodically updates new software features.            

AUDEA features Android® 9 running on a 1.5 GHz Quad-core A7 processor, a 7-inch color display, 2GB’s of RAM and 10GBs of storage plus an HD 96 kHz/24-bit DAC and a 13 band Equalizer (EQ) online music player. 

AUDEA has an Aux Input for connecting a TV or phonograph plus an Aux output to connect to a stereo receiver or amplified speakers including the company’s “SoundMate 60”. AUDEA’s unique 2-way Bluetooth transmits and receives music to and from a Bluetooth device. A 48 LED, 360-degree Light Ring provides visual indication of volume, system status and system notifications. AUDEAs onboard storage and optional rechargeable battery pack plays stored music without Wifi or AC power. AUDEA incorporates dual class D amplifiers that drives a 5-way speaker system including a 4-inch high excursion, neodymium sub-woofer, two 2-inch mid-range drivers and two 1-inch tweeters. Users can customize AUDEA’s Apps, Graphic User Interface, Light Ring and system sounds to create their own personalized entertainment system that supports music, video, email and smart home Apps.  

AVAILABILITY

AUDEA is currently available online and shipped worldwide.  

PRICING

AUDEA® has a retail price of $399 MSRP.

AUDEA® TRIO, a bundled AUDEA with two SoundMate Speakers, has a retail price of $749 MSRP.

SoundMate, a 60-Watt ultra high-quality 2-way active speaker, has a retail price of $179 MSRP.

CUSTOM SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT KIT

AUDEA is based on an open architecture that can be customized for a multitude of applications.

Custom personalized features include custom home automation Apps, graphic user interfaces and LED light ring control, custom VOXXI® voice control commands plus complete customized hotel in-room and in-vehicle smart entertainment systems.

Audea Inc. is planning to release a custom Application Programming Interface (API) software developers kit for developers who want to develop custom AUDEA’s for in-home, hotel and in-vehicle applications. The “My Audea User Interface” (MAUI) software developers kit will be available at no charge to qualified developers Q4 2020.

ABOUT

Audea Inc.’s mission is to dramatically simplify and enhance people’s entertainment experience with a revolutionary, patented, voice controlled, intelligent app processor speaker that is based on patented technology. AUDEA is the world’s first “ultra smart speaker” that runs apps on its integrated app processor and display so you can browse and play music, videos and other apps with or without a phone.  It is the first smart speaker to incorporate a 13 band equalizer and optional add-on high fidelity speakers which dramatically enhances the listening experience.  Its unique Remote allows you to easily launch apps, control playback and remotely wake Google Assistant voice control with a wake key that prevents online conversational eavesdropping. 

Audea is a spin-off of Mozaex® which over the past 35 years has shipped hundreds of thousands of smart entertainment products to world class companies including IMAX® plus thousands of dealers in 24 countries. Audea’s VOXXI® voice control technology is patent protected. It’s founders are avid musicians, artists and scientists that are passionate about simplifying and enhancing entertainment. 

Audea Inc. © 2020.  All rights reserved. All product and company names are trademarks™ or registered® trademarks of their respective holders. 

Learn more at: www.myaudea.com            

Airdog X3 Air Purifier Overview

We recently received an Airdog X3 to test and review. It is easy to use, set up, and seems to work well. So far we are impressed. We will do a couple of videos soon of the system in action as well as its’ components.

According to Airdog, they are creating the world’s best breathable air. Join us.

Pre-Order launch soon on Indiegogo.  

Pre-Order

The purifier redesigned from within.

X3 integrates amazing power, simplistic style, and superhero-like technology at a household friendly price.

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X3 solves 6 big problems with 
today’s air purifiers.

along with few others as well.
01.
Is it working properly?

X3 tracks and shows the air quality in real-time on the display and on phone App. 

It knows, and is happy to share. 

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They are big and heavy,

X3’s strong performance comes with a compact size, it has the same area as a piece of blank paper. 

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You need a tech-savvy cousin’s opinion

X3 has a smart Auto Mode that runs at peak performance when needed and runs quietly into the night… well.. all automatically. 

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They create garbage (literally)

People who use HEPA Air Purifier produce dirty filter layers as garbage (plus spends 500$ more every few months on new filters) compared to using X3 because X3 uses TPA filter that is washable by clean water.

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They make home messy.

all high-end filters use HEPA material similar to when you touch a piece of paper, like paper HEPA traps dirt as well as moist in the air that creates a bed of mold and bacteria that actually making the filtered air breath like grandpa’s old basement. 

X3 creates an electric field that kills bacteria and viruses then collected the dead remains with the next purification layer, no more filter with bad odor.  

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They demand maintenance fees

most high-end purifiers on the market, their life cycle is reduced to half after filtering about 10 packs of cigarettes.  

X3 uses filters made of material that is water washable as well as reusable demand no maintenance fees (except the water use to clean X3 of course). 

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High Performance Yet Quiet 

They thought why have a purifier that is too loud to use when you are at home working and resting? We made X3 strong air flow system in the way that no one will notices it, even for that famous Auntie’s unusual high standard.

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The X3 Story

built by an electrical engineer from beautiful California, initially seeking to get rid of the dust accumulated in the computer,  along the way with few others inspired, literally, we became dust collectors and air geeks,

that’s how Airdog X3 came alive.     

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X3 purification collecting layer can filter the smallest particles than any other purifier makers currently on the market;

Specifications

Height: 14.5″ (520 mm)

Width:  12″ (260 mm)

Power consumption: 25W

Weight: 12.7 lbs (5.8 kg)

Connectivity: Wifi, iOS App, Android App.

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Pre-Order launch soon on Indiegogo.  

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Powervision Brings Video Conferencing AI to their Hybrid Drone!

Powervision Brings Video Conferencing AI to their Hybrid Drone!
PowerVision’s PowerEgg X Brings Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Video Conferences  


New AI video conferencing camera Mode Features Unit’s 4k/60fps UHD Camera  Hands-Free User Tracking on Screen Driven by Artificial Intelligence Brings Zoom, Microsoft Teams, and Webex Meetings & Classes to Life   San Mateo, CA, August XX, 2020 – PowerVision Robot Corporation, a global leader in smart drones, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and augmented reality, has added an Artificial Intelligence (AI) video conferencing camera mode to its innovative, PowerEgg X multi-purpose drone. Its unique modular design with detachable arms allows the PowerEgg X to turn into a video camera in just one snap.  Simply attach the versatile unit to the included tripod mount, connect it to a standard tripod, or set it near a digital device! Compatible with popular platforms such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Webex, users are no longer tied to their desks and are impressing classmates or meeting attendees aplenty!       “The PowerEgg X’s AI video conferencing camera capabilities fit very nicely in the worlds of distance learning, business meetings, job interviews, daily work tasks, and many other activities,” said Wally Zheng, Founder, and CEO of PowerVision. “Its 4k/60fps output and three-axis gimbal produce crystal-clear, stunning 12-megapixel images, making it perfect for such applications. When combined with Artificial Intelligence and facial recognition technology, users are no longer stationary and are free to move about while the camera tracks them.”   PowerVision is keenly aware that the Covid-19 pandemic has drastically changed the way people live.  Dining room tables have become classrooms, small living room corners have  been transformed into conference rooms or private offices. Even massive lecture halls and trade show floors have transformed into virtual platforms.       The company’s PowerEgg X – designed to provide quality, ultrahigh-definition images – has been for a while, and remains at the forefront  of video communications.   The PowerEgg X webcam allows fidgety students to fidget, meeting presenters to walk freely about in discussing visual aids and gives meeting attendees the ability to get up and stretch or move around without disappearing off camera. Its special facial recognition, deep learning, and a tracking field of view up to 170° keeps subjects in the middle of the frame at all times without repositioning the unit.   Users who find their hands full can begin or end their video participation with a simple hand or body gesture. Through deep learning, based on a database of gestures, the PowerEgg X supports multi-gesture intelligent recognition for a variety of functions.   In addition to the AI video conferencing camera mode, PowerEgg X also includes Autonomous Personal AI Camera, Handheld Gimbal Camera, or Smart Drone modes. In drone mode, the PowerEgg X is a professional tool for aerial photography and videography. The drone features a flight time of 30 minutes, automatic obstacle avoidance, precise landing, intelligent flight modes, wind speed resistance up to 20 knots (19-24 mph), 1080P image transmission within a distance of 3.7 miles, and much more. With additional accessories, the drone can also fly in rain, land and takeoff from water – making it the only camera you will need regardless of where your adventures take you.     Three years in development and with over 100 technology patents, the PowerEgg X is truly a one-of-a-kind, multipurpose smart device.    Pricing and Availability The PowerEgg X with AI video conferencing camera mode starts with an MSRP of $899, and is available at BestBuy.com, B&H Photo, Amazon.com, Powervision.me, and PowerVision dealers.   About PowerVision With a mission to “innovate the future,” the PowerVision Group is a global technology leader focusing on UAV-related products and services, including smart drones, data visualization and forecasting, virtual reality, and augmented reality. Founded in 2009, PowerVision Group employs around 500 employees globally in China, the U.S., Japan, Australia, Germany, and Finland. For more information, visit: http://www.powervision.me, or call toll free: (855) 562-6699. — 492  

Powervision Launches new Power Egg X Drone, Gimbal all in one!

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PowerVision has the perfect device to take out on the water this Summer, its PowerEgg X All-Weather Drone. As a result of its innovative, modular design, the PowerEgg X comes with a removable waterproof housing and pontoons to make sure you never miss the shot, even out on the water.   The PowerEgg X is no ordinary camera.


Here are a few game-changing features that you are sure to love:  Waterproof/Water Landing (with accessories) – want to film at the pool, lake, or beach? No problem! The device comes with waterproof accessories (waterproof case and landing float) that enable it to take off from and land on water as well as fly in heavy rain. Camera Functionality – photography is all about capturing moments. With the PowerEgg, users can capture all of life’s best memories in ultra HD. Equipped with a 4k/60fps HD camcorder with a three-axis gimbal, the PowerEgg X produces professional-quality video and stunning 12-megapixel images. Versatile – we know that no two people are exactly alike. The device features a fully modular design, allowing users to quickly switch between the following modes: Autonomous Personal AI Camera, Handheld Gimbal Camera, or Smart Drone. AI Tracking – the device will utilize facial recognition, deep learning, and a tracking field of view up to 170° to keep subjects in the middle of the frame, even if they are running, dancing, or moving around. For more information, please visit www.powervision.me

We will be getting one to test and review and use for events. We are eager to check it out!

Here is the complete package:


You can use it as a gimbal, a drone, or on a tripod and it can be used near water, can land on water. It seems innovative and exciting!

Wainlux K6-Kickstarter Laser Engraver

Meet The Wainlux K6

We found this intriguing project on kickstarter and would love to test and review one and are tempted to back it, if the budget permits.

It’s time to leave the large expensive engraver behind. Start with a Wainlux K6 and bring it with you where you go. It’s the perfect portable art studio you can bring anywhere! 

 Engrave Your Design On Almost Any Object 

Wainlux is simple to set up, easy-to-use, and extremely stable. Its powerful laser is capable of engraving your designs clearly and quickly on almost any surface, from wood to rubber. Unleash your creativity with the world’s most compact, powerful, and easy-to-use engraver.

Simple Connect. Smart Control

Just connect your computer or smartphone to the engraver to start creating!  Using either a cable or Wi-Fi, once you connect you’ll select your design in the App and start the engraving process.

Ace engraving

Connect with your phone through WIFI by using the Wainlux APP (Ace engraving). It’s easy to use and lets you edit your photos and design without needing a computer. 

Using the WIFI connection with high speed and stable transmission won’t be limited by distance and it’ll provide more functions. You will also have two modes to set up the WIFI: 1) Wainlux K6 will create a WIFI hotspot network for you to connect to; 2) Wainlux K6 can be connected to your local network via WIFI and your devices can connect to Wainlux K6 as long as they are in the same network.

You can also connect via USB to connect your Windows or Mac computer. Once connected you can edit your designs with our software, where you can easily transform your photos into a creative engraving.

Preview and Engrave

Wainlux K6 projects a preview of your image on the surface before engraving! It displays the planned size of the engraving, making it super easy to see where your finished project will be located. Users are able to adjust the size and position of the laser. Once it’s lined up to your object, just press START to begin creating!

What Everyone’s Saying About Wainlux K6

Note: The laser’s power should be 3000mW and the Engraving Area should be 8cm x 8cm or 3.14 inch x 3.14 inch.

Small Size. Powerful Laser.

Leave the large pricey Engraver behind and bring your Wainlux K6 with you where you go. It’s the perfect tiny art studio you can bring wherever you go!

Its 3000mW laser power makes it 3x faster and more powerful than any other portable engraver. It makes engraving on harder surfaces a breeze!

Built For Safety

  •  Laser Shield:  Built-in protective lenses means you don’t have to wear safety glasses or attach independent shields. We wanted to create something you can set up quickly without giving up on safety.
  •  Movement Protection: Using a sensitive 3-axis accelerometer for motion deception, it will notice an accidental movement during operating, and Wainlux will shut down immediately.
  •  Overheating Monitoring: Wainlux works in any environment with enough heat dissipation. If the inner temperature approaches its heat threshold, Wainlux turns itself off for user and device safety.
  •  Safe For Engraving Food: Laser engraving on the surface of food won’t cause any chemical reactions and toxicity. With a low laser power, it’s just burning the food surface. The food is 100% safe to eat.

Engrave On Any Size

Thanks to its innovative rail and baseless design, the Wainlux can engrave objects of any size so long as they are kept horizontally stable under the laser’s XY axis.

One-Click Offline Engraving

The mobile phone or computer can work continuously in an offline state, and at the same time, the last pattern can be memorized and manually engraved. Easy to duplicate the engraving work or bulk work without re-setup.

By including a One-Click Button for offline engraving, you can set your Wainlux to engrave without a constant connection.

High Value. Low Price.

 How K6 Improves On Previous Models 

Many cheap laser engravers on some e-commerce websites are using our old ODM solution for Wainlux K2 / K4 a few years ago. Wainlux K6 is the lastest of our ODM solution.  It has been upgraded connection to smartphone App via WIFI from Bluetooth and increased the laser power to 3000mW. With the brand-new closed hidden design for the machine body include an electric motor and circuit board, the new design makes the product more compact and stable. The new power supply solution that has the certificate of CE,uL,PSE,KC provides more stability of power output. Also, the stroke switch has been developed to enhance productivity (open the machine and automatically reset to detect the maximum engraving area of ​​the product).

Maximum Customization

Manual Focus (manual control of focal length; has an accuracy of up to 0.01mm) allows you to get a deeper or better engraving with a little bit of extra work.

The best engraving distance is 3-5cm and manually rotating the focal length allows you to control the best position and accuracy of the blue light laser.

Enjoy full control of your Wainlux K6 with Directional Control (adjustable laser head) letting you move the head up, down, left, and right according to your need. You can even start and pause to make the operation easier and fit your schedule.

Durable Design

The built-in exhaust van stops any smoke from the engraving process from affecting the final design, protects the lens of the laser, and helps to dissipate heat. And with additional heat sinks, the Wainlux works for up to 8 hours continuously without overheating while maintaining strict safety standards.

Hundreds Of 5-Star Reviews On Our Old Models

With the successful development of the K1/K2/K3/K4 series, the Wainlux team has years of experience in laser engraving technology. The Wainlux K4 series was a hit with users and received hundreds of 5-star reviews on Amazon.

How To Use Wainlux K6

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Software on Computer

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Smartphone App

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Wainlux K6 Specifications

  • Weight: 0.9 Kg
  • Product dimensions: 172mm * 172mm * 162.5mm or 6.77 inch * 6.77 inch * 6.39 inch
  • Engraving time: 5 mins to 1 hour depends on the size of the image, power, and depth
  • Engraving area: 8cm * 8cm or 3.14 inch * 3.14 inch
  • Laser Source: OSRAM semiconductor blue color laser
  • Lifetime Estimation 10000 hours
  • Laser Output: 100 level adjustable max 3000 mW
  • Routing Speed: 1500 mm/min maximum
  • Resolution: 508 dpi adjustable
  • Materials: ABS + Aluminum alloy
  • Supported File Format: JPEG/ JPG/ PNG/ BMP
  • App Connection: Wifi network
  • App OS: iOS 10+; Android 4.4+
  • Computer OS: Mac OS 10.13.+; Windows 7/8/10/Vista/XP
  • Power Input : AC 110-220V, 47-63Hz

What You’ll Get

We provide the standard outlets used in different regions of your choice, including UK, UE, AU, US. We will match you with the standard plug of the corresponding region as per the delivery address you provide.

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 The Wainlux Production Process 

FDA/CE/FCC

Wainlux K6 has registered with the FDA (Accession Number: 2010047-000). Wainlux K6 is a Class 2 Laser product with CE, FCC, and other certifications. This means we are experts in laser requirements. 

About Wainlux 

Xinjia Laser Technology Co., Ltd. is a professional R&D, sales, and production company of microlaser equipment. We have been helping Amazon sellers and offline channels for ODM and OEM. We hope to launch the Wainlux brand further and innovate our products through the powerful platform, Kickstarter. We have been recognized by the European and American markets since we developed the K3 / K4 series. Now with the powerful Wainlux K6, we hope that many more users in need are satisfied with our products.

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Risks and challenges

We have been helping Amazon sellers and offline channels for ODM and OEM. We hope to launch the Wainlux brand further and innovate our products through the powerful platform, Kickstarter. We have been recognized by the European and American markets since we developed the K3 / K4 series. Now with the powerful Wainlux K6, we hope that many more users in need are satisfied with our products. Wainlux K6 has registered with the FDA (Accession Number: 2010047-000). Wainlux K6 is a Class 2 Laser product with CE, FCC, and other certifications. This means we are experts in laser requirements. We will ship products worldwide where our logistic partners can ship to, with the exception of Iran, Syria, North Korea, Sudan, Cuba, Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, Somalia, and Libya. We’ll be working in manufacturing at the end of July in advance and will get started to ship out the products once we receive the backers’ information. We are fully confident in production quality. However, unforeseen conditions in our production or delivery process might arise which may cause delays. If anything unpredictable happens, we will keep backers informed as we try our best to solve the problem. The delay risk is fairly minimal because all Wainlux K6 will be produced in July.Learn about accountability on KickstarterQuestions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Back to the future launches in 4K!


Available October 20!
In Honor of Back to the Future’s 35th Anniversary, One of the Biggest Motion Picture Trilogies Comes to 4K Ultra HD for the First Time EverExperience one of the most popular movie series of all time like never before with Back to the Future: The Ultimate Trilogy! Join Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox), Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and a time traveling DeLorean for the adventure of a lifetime as they travel to the past, present and future, setting off a time-shattering chain reaction that disrupts the space-time continuum! From filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, this unforgettable collection features hours of bonus features and is an unrivaled trilogy that stands the test of time.SHOP MOVIES Update on Back to the Future Funko Pops – Finally Shipping in August!Due to a tremendously high demand for Funko’s new line of Back to the Future Pop Vinyls, delivery to online specialty retailers (including BacktotheFuture.com) was delayed after big rack retailers (Amazon, Walmart, Target, etc.) swallowed up all existing product. However, Funko assured us this past week that our inventory will finally arrive in August, allowing all your pre-orders to ship very soon. Thank you for your continued patience!SHOP VINYL FIGURES Available August 2020!Back to the Future 35th Anniversary Limited Edition 2020 2oz OUTATIME License Plate Silver Coin — extremely limited quantities available!To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the iconic Back to the Future release, The Coin Company is excited to present the Back to the Future 2020 35th Anniversary 2020 2oz Silver License Plate Coin.

The coin’s reverse replicates the legendary OUTATIME California license plate as seen on Doc Brown’s DeLorean Time Machine in the Back to the Future trilogy. The coin is struck from 2oz of 99.9% pure silver and comes in acrylic display box with the iconic rear view image of DeLorean Time Machine printed on it.The coin’s obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the year-date and the monetary denomination.

The Back to the Future 35th Anniversary 2020 2oz Silver License Plate Coin is produced under license by The Coin Company Australia as legal tender under the authority of Niue.

Each coin is packaged within an illustrated shipper and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

Back to the Future 35th Anniversary 2020 2oz Silver License Plate Coin has a limited mintage of 750 coins.SHOP COMMEMORATIVE COINS MON, JUL 27In Honor of Back to the Future’s 35th Anniversary, One of the Biggest Motion Picture Trilogies Comes to 4K Ultra HD for the First Time EverBACK TO THE FUTURE: THE ULTIMATE TRILOGY will include all three movies in collectible discbook packaging plus a bonus disc including all-new bonus content. For the first time, the past, present and future collide in eye-popping Ultra HD resolution for a time-traveling celebration. New 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray™ deliver the highest quality picture, more colors than ever before, and immersive, multi-dimensional sound. From filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, this unforgettable 35th anniversary collection features hours of bonus features and is an unrivaled trilogy that stands the test of time making this a must-own for everyone’s movie library. All three BACK TO THE FUTURE films will also be available on 4K Ultra HD digitally for the first time ever and BACK TO THE FUTURE: THE COMPLETE TRILOGY will also be available on DVD.CONTINUE READING Nominate Back to the Future sequels to National Film RegistryIn association with Back to the Future Trilogy Writer/Producer Bob GaleBacktotheFuture.com has launched a public campaign to nominate both Back to the Future Part II (1989) and Back to the Future Part III (1990) to the National Film Registry.NOMINATE BACK TO THE FUTURE 2 & 3 Eaglemoss Collections:
Build the DeLorean
Get your first two issues (model parts and magazines) for only $1.95 (FREE S&H). For a limited time only – new subscribers also get an exploded diagram poster completely FREE! Plus, there are more FREE gifts coming, as your build progresses.START BUILDING TODAY  To Be Continued, LLC, PO Box 88, Killen, AL 35645-0088, United StatesUnsubscribe

Stacker3d Launches Impressive 3d printer on Kickstarter!

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Introduction

In the past few months the world has seen the power of 3D printing in action. As Covid-19 continues to disrupt and overwhelm global supply chains the 3D printing community has stepped in to fill the gaps with masks, face shields, swabs, ventilator parts, and more. The importance of local and on-demand manufacturing has never been more clear.

Face Shields – model by 3DVERKSTAN

Imagine if every small business, college, hospital, or fortune 500 company had just one 3D printer? Of five of them? Just imagine the impact this would have. It’s time for all industries to get involved with 3D printing. It’s time to establish your own manufacturing plant. Your own print farm. Your own creative space. It’s time for you to get the essential office machine.

from Prototype to Production the F1 has you covered

Essential Machine – Essential Accessories

We are proud to introduce our new F1 3D Printer and line of F-Series accessories. It’s where high performance meets incredible value. We did our best to infuse the F1 with best-in-class safety, print quality, and reliability. It’s also the most affordable industrial grade 3D printer we have ever built. We also did our best to design much needed accessories that work with nearly all 3D printers on the market today. 

NOTE: just to be clear, the F1 printer does not come with an F-BOX, F-PAC, or F-FLEX, these must be added to your pledge. See the FAQ.

 Note:  F1 printers do not include the F-BOX, F-PAC, or F-FLEX accessories, even though it’s shown in the photo. The F1 reward tiers correctly list the items that are included with the F1. 

1. Safety

We take safety very seriously because we know where our F1 printers are going to end up: at hospitals, business offices, schools, research labs, shop floors, college dorm rooms, and of course, people’s homes. We all know that 3D printers are run overnight, and sometimes for days on end. We also know that many users run their printers unattended. That’s why we built a printer with unmatched safety features. 

Advanced thermal runaway protection. What’s thermal runaway? Basically, it’s when your hot end keeps heating up and wont shut down until you cut the power. This can happen if your controller board fails, the temp sensor fails, the temp sensor gets dislodged from the heater block, or your firmware freezes and fails to reset. 

Most printers on the market today only rely on firmware to protect against thermal runaway. Software is not good enough. To make matters worse a lot of cheap printers didn’t even enable these basic software protections, even though they are built into the firmware. In the vast majority of cases firmware protection works well at protecting you. However, no firmware is going to protect you if it crashes or if you experience a controller board or temp sensor failure.

The F1 solution. That’s why the F1 incorporates redundant specialty electronic power cut-off circuits. These specialty circuits are completely independent from the firmware or other software controls. In other words, a bad transistor or crashed firmware is not going to prevent the specialty safety circuit from doing its job. The F1 also uses two temp sensors for added security. That’s right, two temp inputs, and each input is run through it’s own specialty circuit. If the circuit reads a temp higher than 325 C it will cut the power to your hot end. Please see the illustration below.

Better temp sensors, mounted better. The F1 uses PT100 temperature sensors made from Platinum, so they are extremely reliable. Furthermore, we designed our hot end to specifically prevent the temp sensors from dislodging during use. First, we use TWO temp sensors to add redundancy, as mentioned above. Second, we use multiple fastening points to retain the sensors. Third, our temp sensors are potted into metal cartridges, which allows us to attach them more securely. Finally, we engineered the cable management of the hot end wires to further prevent the sensors from coming loose.

Special hot end heat break and heat sink. We also use a special Bi-Metallic heat break sourced from Slice Engineering to keep the heat in the heater block instead of migrating upward into the rest of the hot end assembly. Not only does this improve the printing process, it makes the hot end safer overall. Finally, we designed our own heat sink to bleed off any excess heat that rises from the heat break.

The filament drive and hot end mount uses UL approved flame retardant materials for an extra level of safety. The hot end heat sink and heat break were designed to bleed off the heat before it can rise and damage the other components on the print head.

Insulated and guarded heater block. The stainless steel guard around the heater block helps reduce severe burning. It still gets very hot, so be careful!

All connectors are genuine MOLEX brand, not some cheap offshore knockoff found on many 3D printers. Moreover, we selected connectors that are rated to carry at least double the circuits required amperage. If that wasn’t enough, we only use glow wire rated connector housings. This means that if you take a hot iron (the glow wire) and pushed it into the connector, the connector would just melt instead of burning up.

Special Z rod guards protect your hair and fingers from getting pinched or wrapped up. Each Z Axis lead screw gets its own guard. This also keeps the lead screws cleaner and reduces maintenance.

Advanced firmware. The F1 uses a modular firmware by Repetier that includes the standard thermal runaway protections found in other firmwares, but it also includes a watchdog system that helps identify firmware crashes. If a crash is detected it resets the printer to rectify the situation. 

2. Print Quality

How do we achieve best-in-class print quality? We do it by getting rid of resonance, zero crossing moire patterns, ringing, z wobble, thermal banding, and other artifacts that show up in your prints. Oh, how did we do that? Now that’s where it gets complicated! It involved engineering, proper selection of components, and lot’s of testing. Here’s a few examples.

Engineering

We started by making the F1 frame and gantry system as strong and rigid as we could. The frame is then perfectly squared during assembly, and will stay that way for the life of the printer (unless you drop it off your desk onto a concrete floor!). Next, we engineered a simple but effective chassis dampening system using visco-elastic polymer because it has a very high dampening coefficient. It combines shock absorption, good memory, vibration isolation and vibration damping characteristics. Cheap rubber feet would have saved us a lot of money, but that’s not what the F1 is about.

Next, we designed the best filament drive and hot end we could. Our filament drive uses our special filament drive gears and gear reduction design for increased power and precision. The drive gears are hardened steel and the reduction gears are stainless steel, not plastic. The F1 hot end is all metal and carbon fiber ready. The key to making a high performance hot end that works with a large spectrum of filament types is to use a heat break that has the highest temp gradient you can find. 

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Accuracy

3D printing is about more than just creating “perfect” and pretty looking prints. Best-in-class print quality is also about parts that are accurate, and fit together. Parts that have sharp corners and no over extrusion. 

The F1’s firmware incorporates a hot end pressure balancing feature that reduces the extruder movement precisely as needed before the hot end reaches any portion of the part that slows down. This allows the pressure inside the hot end to release and do the extruding instead of the filament drive. It’s clever and it works great. In fact, the F1 doesn’t require any slicer tricks, like coasting or wiping (combing).

 Here is an example of the quality you can expect from your new F1. Most of these prints are just stunning, and big credit goes to the following designers: Fotis Mint, Clockspring3D, Wekster, Daniel Noree, 3Dprintlab, and Sid Naique. We’ll have full credits and high res photos for these designers up on our website soon. 

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 This model by clockspring3d is a great example of what print-in-place looks like.

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 This is varioshore filament from colorFabb. You can change the level of softness by changing the temperature. This part is all the same filament!

Operator box by clockspring3d – just to show you that functional can also be clever and beautiful.
Logo plate printed in I-Beam Blue Wax, a special filament for investment casting patterns. Top part is the titanium casting.

 3. Reliability 

It starts with engineering and ends with the selection of premium components and high quality manufacturing.

Better by design.

We all know that  hot ends jam for a variety of reasons. The cause is usually wet filament, improper retract settings, bad temp settings, poor quality filament (bad diameter tolerance or debris in the filament) and bad hot end engineering. Oh, leaving the hot end idle at full temp for a few hours is another great way to jam your hot end! If you’re like us you’re not perfect, that’s why the F1 hot end can be changed in seconds. This makes it fast and easy to change nozzles too.

Another amazing RC airplane part from 3Dlabprint, printed in colorFabb LW PLA, half the weight of regular PLA.

Premium Components

Lets take a close look at the 600 watt power supply built by Artesyn. The price of this key component is over $250. Heck, you can buy an entire offshore 3D printer for this price! So why do we use a premium power supply instead of one we can source offshore for 25 dollars, or less? Reliability and performance and safety. Our power supply incorporates PFC (power factor correction) which ensures that input voltage and current waveforms are as sinusoidal as possible. Besides, PFC is required by international regulations. Cheap power supplies don’t use PFC  and are not as reliable. Our power supply carries a 2 year warranty and should run for many years under normal use. 

Artesyn LCM600 series power supplies

Another example is our Vanadium nozzles made by Slice Engineering. These high speed steel nozzles are alloyed with Vanadium (increases strength and hardness) and then hardened to 65 Rockwell C. They cost over 30 dollars and imported nozzles cost less than 2. You get what you pay for. Slice nozzles carry a lifetime warranty against abrasion, and cheap nozzles wont last one roll of carbon fiber filament. We want you to swap nozzles to change your extrusion widths, not because they’re worn out.   

Vanadium nozzles we use on the F1
Control your printer from any computer or web enabled device. Repetier Servo Pro comes with every F1 printer. It’s the easiest and fastest way to run your printer.

Is the F1 for you?

We built the F1 for every type of business, school, or organization. It’s a true industrial grade printer, so this means it’s perfect for work groups big and small. It’s also ideal for print farms and maker spaces. The F1 is a high performance printer with advanced safety features. This means it’s safe enough for hospitals, research labs, schools, offices, and of course, your home. 

STACKER F1 FEATURES

  •  T-Slot Accessory Rail: Use the upper rail to mount your tool caddy, webcam, filament spool holders, etc
  •  Zero Maintenance V-Slot Wheels: ultra smooth, no noise linear motion
  •  Quad-Gear Filament Drive: powerful and flex filament ready
  •  Quick Change Hot Ends: swap nozzle sizes fast, all metal, 310C max temp
  •  Hardened Steel Nozzle: a must for abrasive filaments, made by Slice Engineering
  •  Dual Heater Blocks: faster and more even heat distribution for more even extrusion
  •  Redundant Electrical Cut-Off Circuits: These special circuits guard against thermal run-away of the hot end, the most critical part in any 3d printers. Provides: an extra safeguard beyond the standard firmware protections (firmware alone is not enough!), a must for safer printing, uses dual PT100 temp sensors for even more reliability
  •  Ultra Flat Print Bed: with auto bed leveling,a flat bed is key for proper fitting parts, bed leveling is, and should only be, for adjusting first layer heights to the particular bed surface
  •  Print Bed: Cast aluminum precision ground, with a 300 watt silicone mat heater and “Level Once” bed levelers.
  •  Carry Handle and LED Light Bar: comfortable grip and looks cool
  •  Customizable Front Logo Plate: print your own in the color you like
  • Dual Z Screw Guards: keeps hands and hair safe
  •  600 Watt Industrial Grade PSU: PFC type for EU regulations, smoothes out A/C pulses, more efficient, quiet,safe, reliable. Artesyn model LCM600Q-N
  •  Stacker Designed 32bit Electronics: faster printing, smoother and quieter operation, advanced safety features built-in
  • Wire free controller box: eliminates the potential for shorted wires and reduces heat and complexity
  •  Genuine Molex Brand Glow Wire Electrical Connectors: Safest connectors on the market, oversized to easily handle the current loads.
  •  Motor Drivers: ultra quiet type for smooth operation
  •  High Resolution Stepper Motors: 2X more precision over standard motors
  •  Ultra-Rigid Frame and Ganty: superior prints at a faster pace
  •  Flexplate System with BuildTak PC and PEI Bed Surfaces: optional nylon surface also available
  • Visco-elastic Dampening System: reduces noise and vibration, better print quality, won’t mar your table top
  •  Repetier Firmware: our custom version uses advanced motion planning and pressure balancing hot end controls to prevent over extrusion
  •  Repetier Server Software (requires dedicated pc, linux embedded device, or Pi): the best way to control your printer from any web enabled device, webcam option, time lapse, and a host of other amazing features, enterprise ready, NO WIFI for increased security (you can add WIFI with a Pi, we strongly recommend ethernet)
  •  Slicing software: One licence for Simplify3D, powerful and highly accurate slicing, multiple process feature, fantastic multi material print capabilities and the industry standard for generating support structures that break away cleanly. 
  •  285 x 285 x 285 mm Print Size: big prints from compact desk-sized printer
  • Compact Frame: fits on your desk
  •  Filament Spool Location: Multiple mounts available for front, top, rear mounting
  • F-BOX Compatible: Mounts in multiple locations
  • Made in the USA

Print Bed Surfaces

Genuine BuildTak brand flex plate and sheets

 We partnered with BuildTak to manufacture our custom printed PEI and Polycarbonate bed sheets and flex plate system for two reasons. First, they know what they’re doing. They are also a print shop, so they know how to produce high quality prints. Second, they make their products in the USA, and they don’t use cheap offshore components.  Again, it’s not the cheapest way to make a 3D printer, just the best. The F1 comes with a single steel flex plate, a mag base, and one sheet each of the PEI and PC. The black sheet is genuine Garolite and works amazingly well for nylon, sold separately. The PEI sheet has easier part release for a wider range of materials, but doesn’t hold has tight as the original PC sheet, especially when using PLA, PC, and PETG. 

Autodesk/Kickstarter FDM Test

We scored 28 out of 30. If you’re getting a lot of stringing between the spires it probably  means that your filament needs to be dried (and/or your retract and esteps are incorrect). Here’s how we scored it. Go here for more info on this test. 

  • Dimensional Accuracy: Score of 5
  • Fine Flow Control: Score of 5
  • Fine Negative Features: Score of 4
  • Overhangs: Score of 4
  • Bridging: Score of 5
  • XY Resonance: Score of 2.5
  • Z-axis alignment: Score of 2.5

It starts with a sketch

Step one for any new product starts as an inspiration, filling of a need, and filling of a demand. And then we sketch the product, the market, the features, etc. In other words, we make more of a story board than a pure sketch. It gave us a road map before we started the CAD modelling stages. As soon as we started to generate CAD models we began to test.

Here we’re discussing the relationships between our key verticals and feature set. It’s super important to understand what the market demand is so you can deliver on the final product. Below is the final CAD model we used for the printers you see in the video.

We usually begin by building discrete sub assemblies and important components, like the F1 Y axis (print bed) assembly shown below. The F1 uses a special 80mm wide extrusion for the Y axis, or moving print bed. This gives it rock solid stability so your prints come out accurate and looking fantastic.

First prototype Y Axis for F1

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The frames are now complete. 

And then we keep adding more and more components until we’re getting close to a finished prototype. We use advanced prototyping shops for metal, CNC, 3D printing (including a lot of prints on our own fleet of 3D printers), and fabrication. We like to have prototypes that VERY closely relate to the final product. This type of prototyping style costs more up front, but saves you a TON of headaches later when you’re into production of your first units. It just helps eliminate the inevitable surprises!

We went through a number of filament drive iterations until we finally settled on design shown on the bottom of this photo. We’re especially proud of our filament drive because it’s just so reliable, and so strong, and so light. It integrates the following components into a single 3D printed production part.

  • adjustable print head mounting bracket
  • filament out sensor bracket
  • fan mount bracket
  • ABL sensor mount
  • blower mount bracket
  • hot end attachment bracket
  • wire and cable management
  •  filament guide tube mount
  • belt guard

No matter what printer you own or what type of printing you do, we all want stronger, better looking, and more reliable 3D prints. It’s why we spend our money on top quality printers, filament, and other performance upgrades like better nozzles.

But there is one performance upgrade that is better than all the rest combined. This upgrade is guaranteed to make your prints stronger and better looking, and this upgrade works on any 3D printer. And it’s really affordable.

It’s called dry filament!

F-BOX mounted on a Prusa MK2

 No question about it, dry filament makes your prints stronger, better looking, and the printing process more reliable. The problem is that there is no easy and quick way to dry your filament, and keep it that way while you’re printing. If there was we would all be doing it. The current ways of doing it are just not very convenient, compact, and effective.

F-BOX can feed filament right from your desktop!

 The F-BOX works with ALL 3D printers (that use filament of course!). We already have designed custom mounting brackets for most popular printers. CAD files and STL modes will be available on our website by the time this product ships. Or, simply feed your filament from the desktop, as shown above. Use the PTFE guide tube that comes with every F-BOX.

The F-BOX works great on all printers, like this Creator.
Or mount it to your CR10 with this custom printed bracket!
The F-BOX is super easy to load!
Note, the F-BOX ships with TWO desiccant packs, not three. Extra desiccant packs will be available on our website soon.

WHY WE NEED TO USE DRY FILAMENT

Nobody likes ugly prints with a poor surface finish, so for this reason alone you should be drying your filament, but there are two more important reasons.

First, dry filament produces much stronger parts. You dry your filament to prevent polymer chain degradation, known as hydrolysis. Hydrolysis leads to really weak parts. The strength of your filament is derived from long chains of polymers. When humidity gets into your filament it acts like a knife, cutting up the long polymer chains into much shorter ones. 

Once your filament is dry you need to keep it this way at all times, before, during, and after the printing process is complete. In other words, drying your filament is good, but if you don’t dispense it from a dry box it will pick up new moisture in as little as 15 minutes. Also, don’t expect your filament to be dry from the factory. It’s not even close. Polyethylene bags are not impervious to air moisture. 

What size spools does it fit?
     1 Kg spools and smaller

Benefits

  •  Reduces jamming and stringing
     
  •  Dramatically improves print quality and layer bond strength
     
  •  Works with all filament, especially needed for ABS, PLA, PETG, PVA, Nylon,
     
  •  Keeps your filament dry, clean, and safe
     
  •  Helps reduce filament overrides
     
  •  Stackable design saves space
     
  •  Saves you time and money
     
  •  Better first layer adhesion
     
  •  Keeps you filament clean and dry
     

Features
Note: the F-BOX comes with TWO desiccant packs, not three as shown in some photos.

  • Exclusive square thru hole allows you to mount the F-BOX directly to any 3D printer! (may require printing a new square post spool holder, STL files available on our website).
         • Special seals keep out the moisture and dust.
         • Four quick release latches ensure a tight seal
         • Open lid design allows for fast filament spool changes
         • High performance quick change desiccant cartridges.
         • Color changing desiccant to let you know when a recharge is necessary
         • See thru box design for easy identification of filament levels, color, type, etc
         • Bowden tube fittings allow for closed loop dispensing and custom length tubes
         • Stackable, nesting, interlocking design.
         • Tightly sealed box to extend the life of your desiccant
         • Recharge your desiccant over and over and over.

The design
 We spent months perfecting the design of the F-BOX. There’s a lot more to this product than meets the eye. Take the spool post, it snaps into the main housing and has two special seals to keep out the elements, while allowing your filament to effortlessly unspool. The lid has four latches to ensure a proper seal. The high quality fitting has dual o-rings to create a perfect seal. The feet allow the boxes to stack and nest. Finally, the exclusive square thru hole allows the F-BOX to be mounted directly on your printer.

F-BOX early prototypes

As you can see our first model was, how should we say, a start?  It was a bit too big and clumsy. By model two we were off to the races and our final iteration proved to be everything we wanted. Along the way we went through MANY iterations of the feet, latches, and center post, not to mention the gasket types, sizes, etc. There is a lot more to this product than meets the eye.

We combined our F-BOX, F-PAC, and F-Flex into the Essential Accessory Kit.

F-FLEX Part Removal Tool

Removing prints from the build plate is an essential aspect to 3D printing in general. Even with modern “flex” plates, like those on the F1 and many other printers, the preferred method is still the scraper, especially for smaller parts. 

The problem with using a putty knife is the blade is too thick, the edge too dull, and the corners to sharp. We designed the F-FLEX to solve these problems. 

First, we designed the blade with just the right amount of flex. Second, we made the blade incredibly thin and sharp, very sharp. Third, we gave the blade special rounded edges to prevent it from digging into your build plate. Fourth, we fitted it with an ergonomic soft grip handle. Finally, a striking cap in the handle will allow you to “knock-off” your models.  

We can’t stress this point enough, THIS BLADE IS EXTREMELY SHARP! So please be careful and do not let children use this product. Always keep your hands behind the blade in case your print suddenly breaks loose.  

F-PAC High Performance Desiccant Pack

We know that most users store their opened spools of filament in big airtight containers, like these. It’s simple, effective, and affordable. Just make sure you’re using ones with foam gaskets for the best performance. It’s surprising how long your filament will stay dry in these boxes if you use enough desiccant. That’s why we designed the F-PAC.

The F-PAC holds a LOT of desiccant. About 2.5 lbs or 1130 grams.

 WHAT IS IT?
     The F-PAC is a custom designed high capacity desiccant pack used for keeping your filament dry. Contains approximately 2.5 lbs (1130 grams) of desiccant.

WHAT SIZE CONTAINER DOES IT FIT?
     It fits virtually EVERY container on the market today. Use one F-PAC for 5 -10 gallon containers, and more for larger ones.The size of the F-PAC is about the same size as a spool of filament.

 WHAT DOES IT DO?
     The F-PAC is a high performance molecular sieve. It absorbs moisture from the air.

FEATURES
     • High performance desiccant
     • Color changing desiccant to let you know when a recharge is necessary, the orange color is NOT a hazardous substance (the blue desiccant contains cobalt, and is hazardous).
     • Recharge your desiccant over and over and over, great value.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Weight: 2.5lbs (1130 grams)
  • Shipping weight: 3 lbs
  • Box material: Polycarbonate
  • Chemical Description Orange to Green Indicating Silica Gel
  • Formula SiO2 + H2O + C25H30ClN3
  • CAS (R Phrase Classification) 112926-00-8 amorphous silica 98.2%, activated coloring agent 0.2% max

Making a video during a pandemic

We thought long and hard about how we were going to keep everyone safe in our office. Of course the first thing we did was have everyone wear a mask during the entire shoot, except for some on camera work.  We also limited the number of team members present at the shoot to just a small handful. Finally, we opened all the doors and windows and we used a number of portable HEPA air filtration units. The good news is that nobody got sick and we are all extremely grateful for that.

Luke and John from TTPro doing their thing!

Why we chose Kickstarter?

For us this was an easy decision. First, this is our third campaign, so we have come to really value our backers on this platform. Second, Kickstarter is a fantastic platform to let the world know about your new ideas. Finally, most trade shows have been canceled for 2020 and this limited our reach. Getting early backers is so crucial to these types of products, because they take a huge amount of up front cash for molds and inventories. It’s backers like you that really make a difference in the world. Without you a lot of products would simply never see the light of day, even from established companies. Thank you for your support Kickstarter! 

We are really impressed by the printer at least via the videos and photos and the company. The design specifications and promised capabilities are impressive too. We backed the accessories since they are in the budget. If we had the funds we would back the kickstarter without a doubt or hesitation!

Uber to Acquire Postmates

July 06, 2020

Combination of platforms to provide more choice and convenience for consumers, increased demand and tailored technology offerings for restaurants, and new income opportunities for delivery people

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Uber Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: UBER) and Postmates Inc. today announced that they have reached a definitive agreement under which Uber will acquire Postmates for approximately $2.65 billion in an all-stock transaction.

This transaction brings together Uber’s global Rides and Eats platform with Postmates’ distinctive delivery business in the U.S. Postmates is highly complementary to Uber Eats, with differentiated geographic focus areas and customer demographics, and Postmates’ strong relationships with small- and medium-sized restaurants, particularly local favorites that draw customers to the Postmates brand. Additionally, Postmates has been an early pioneer of “delivery-as-a-service,” which complements Uber’s growing efforts in the delivery of groceries, essentials, and other goods.

For restaurants and merchants, Postmates and Uber Eats will together offer more tools and technology to more easily and cost-effectively connect with a bigger consumer base. Consumers will benefit from expanded choice across a wider range of restaurants and other merchants. And delivery people will enjoy more opportunities to earn income, with increased batching of orders to make better use of their time. Following the closing of the transaction, Uber intends to keep the consumer-facing Postmates app running separately, supported by a more efficient, combined merchant and delivery network.

“Uber and Postmates have long shared a belief that platforms like ours can power much more than just food delivery—they can be a hugely important part of local commerce and communities, all the more important during crises like COVID-19. As more people and more restaurants have come to use our services, Q2 bookings on Uber Eats are up more than 100 percent year on year. We’re thrilled to welcome Postmates to the Uber family as we innovate together to deliver better experiences for consumers, delivery people, and merchants across the country,” said Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi.

“Over the past eight years we have been focused on a single mission: enable anyone to have anything delivered to them on-demand. Joining forces with Uber will continue that mission as we continue to build Postmates while creating an even stronger platform that brings this mission to life for our customers. Uber and Postmates have been strong allies working together to advocate and create the best practices across our industry, especially for our couriers. Together we can ensure that as our industry continues to grow, it will do so for the benefit of everyone in the communities we serve,” said Postmates Co-Founder and CEO Bastian Lehmann.

Uber currently estimates that it will issue approximately 84 million shares of common stock for 100% of the fully diluted equity of Postmates.

The boards of directors of both companies have approved the transaction, and stockholders representing a majority of Postmates’ outstanding shares have committed to support the transaction. The transaction is subject to the approval of Postmates stockholders, regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions and is expected to close in Q1 2021. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz served as legal counsel to Uber. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC served as financial advisor and Latham & Watkins LLP as legal counsel to Postmates.

Conference Call with Uber Executives to Discuss Transaction

Today at 5:30 a.m. Pacific Time (8:30 a.m. Eastern Time), Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi will host a conference call with Uber CFO Nelson Chai to discuss the transaction and answer questions from financial analysts. The live webcast of the conference call and a slide presentation will be available on the Uber Investor Relations website at investor.uber.com.

Uber Second Quarter 2020 Results Conference Call

Uber will hold its quarterly conference call to discuss its financial results for the second quarter of 2020 on Thursday, August 6, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time (4:30 p.m. Eastern Time).

A live webcast of the conference call and earnings release materials can be found on Uber’s Investor Relations website at investor.uber.com. A replay of the conference call will be accessible for at least 90 days.

Forward-Looking Statements

This communication contains forward-looking statements regarding Uber Technologies, Inc.’s (“Uber,” “we” or “our”) future business expectations which involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from the results predicted, and reported results should not be considered as an indication of future performance. Forward-looking statements include all statements that are not historical facts and can be identified by terms such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “contemplate,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “hope,” “intend,” “may,” “might,” “objective,” “ongoing,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “target,” “will,” or “would” or similar expressions and the negatives of those terms. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. These risks, uncertainties and other factors relate to, among others: risks and uncertainties related to our pending acquisition of Postmates Inc. (“Postmates”), including the failure to obtain, or delays in obtaining, required regulatory approvals, any reverse termination fee that may be payable by us in connection with any failure to obtain regulatory approvals, the risk that such approvals may result in the imposition of conditions that could adversely affect us or the expected benefits of the proposed transaction, or the failure to satisfy any of the closing conditions to the proposed transaction on a timely basis or at all; costs, expenses or difficulties related to the acquisition of Postmates, including the integration of the Postmates’ business; failure to realize the expected benefits and synergies of the proposed transaction in the expected timeframes or at all; the potential impact of the announcement, pendency or consummation of the proposed transaction on relationships with our and/or Postmates’ employees, customers, suppliers and other business partners; the risk of litigation or regulatory actions to us and/or Postmates; inability to retain key personnel; changes in legislation or government regulations affecting us or Postmates; developments in the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting business and operational impacts on us and/or Postmates; and economic, financial, social or political conditions that could adversely affect us, Postmates or the proposed transaction. For additional information on other potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from the results predicted, please see our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 and subsequent Form 10-Qs or Form 8-Ks filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). All information provided in this communication is as of the date of this communication and any forward-looking statements contained herein are based on assumptions that we believe to be reasonable, and information available to us, as of such date. We undertake no duty to update this information unless required by law.

No Offer or Solicitation

This communication shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offering of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

Important Additional Information Will be Filed with the SEC

Uber will file with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4, which will include a prospectus of Uber. INVESTORS ARE URGED TO CAREFULLY READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT AND OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS TO BE FILED WITH THE SEC IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT UBER, POSTMATES, THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION AND RELATED MATTERS. Investors will be able to obtain free copies of the registration statement and other documents filed with the SEC through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov and on Uber’s website at investor.uber.com.

About Uber

Uber’s mission is to create opportunity through movement. We started in 2010 to solve a simple problem: how do you get access to a ride at the touch of a button? More than 15 billion trips later, we’re building products to get people closer to where they want to be. By changing how people, food, and things move through cities, Uber is a platform that opens up the world to new possibilities.

About Postmates

Postmates is a leader in on-demand food delivery. The platform gives customers access to the most selection of merchants in the US with more than 600,000 restaurants and retailers available for delivery and pickup, many of which are exclusive to Postmates. The market leader in Los Angeles, Postmates operates in all 50 states. Customers can get free delivery on all merchants by joining Postmates Unlimited, the industry’s first subscription service. Learn more or start a delivery by downloading the app or visiting www.postmates.com.

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Slice Engineering Copperhead Hotend!

We are fans of Slice engineering and are impressed by their new products. We had tested and reviewed their mosquito last year. Now they recently launched a new hot end that is awesome and a bit more affordable.

, The Copperhead 3D Printer Hot End
The Copperhead hot end [Source: Slice Engineering]

The Copperhead is designed by Slice Engineering, a Florida-based firm that previously introduced the Mosquito hot end, a  450C device that featured a “one handed change” capability. Now they’ve come up with an improved hot end they call the Copperhead. 

There’s a good reason for calling it the Copperhead, as it is made from a great deal of copper. As you can see in this diagram, they use a bimetallic structure involving copper, aluminum and steel elements. 

They’re attempting to increase the effectiveness of the heatbreak. This is the component that separates the cold and hot zones within the device, and it is critical to correct extrusion. 

The reason has to do with the contradiction required within the “hot end”. One segment must heat up and soften the filament suitable for extrusion, but the other end must maintain a colder temperature so that the filament remains rigid and able to be pushed into the hot zone. 

3D Printer Heatbreak Problems

Today’s hot ends generally do this quite well. If they don’t, then the filament becomes soft where it should not and extrusion problems result. Usually this is a stripped filament, as the gears gripping the filament simply pull off chunks of soft material rather than pushing the filament. 

But there’s another effect that’s been happening in 3D printing these days: high temperature 3D printing. This is a result of increased interest in the use of engineering materials such as PEEK or ULTEM. 

These high temperature materials require, obviously, higher extrusion temperatures. But that means the hot zone is hotter, and the cold zone must somehow remain cold despite being attached to a much hotter hot zone. 

If inefficient, the higher heat could leak upwards into the cold zone and cause issues and ultimately filament jams. This is particularly evident on long duration 3D print jobs, where there is a lot more time for that heat to seep into the cold zone.

The Copperhead Hot End

, The Copperhead 3D Printer Hot End
Explanatory diagram of the Copperhead hot end [Source: Slice Engineering]

Enter the Copperhead. It is specifically designed to maintain the two separate thermal zones with the use of copper. That metal has excellent thermal transfer properties, and their design seems to leverage that very well. 

Slice Engineering claims the Copperhead “conducts 60% less heat” across the heat break, and they’ve been able to verify this by using a thermal camera to observe the flow of heat, as seen here:

, The Copperhead 3D Printer Hot End
Thermal image of the Copperhead hot end [Source: Slice Engineering]

Mounting The Copperhead Hot End

The Copperhead is designed to be easily mounted on many different 3D printer platforms and systems. They explain: 

“There are a few variants of the Copperhead™ (please see the Copperhead™ Variants table on the main campaign page), but three main mounting methods:

1. Groove mount – this is a standard groove style adapter common on many 3D printers. It includes a fitting to retain a PTFE tube

2. Heat break clamp – the “Standard” and “Mk10” variants of the Copperhead™ have straight shanks which can be clamped onto with a shaft collar or held in place with a set screw

3. Threading – the “RepRap 1.75”, “RepRap 2.85” and “Mk 8” versions of the Copperhead™ thread directly into a heat sink or base plate on the OEM extruder or carriage/end effector.”

, The Copperhead 3D Printer Hot End

We are going to order one of their hotends soon to test and review on our Lotmaxx SC-10 or the JGMaker A5S or one of the future printers that we are reviewing and beta testing soon.

Please click here to check out more information from Slice Engineering’s website https://www.sliceengineering.com/products/copperhead%E2%84%A2