Top 3 Reasons Why 3D Printing is Awesome

Post by Aaron Roy

Every day there are incredible advances in the world of 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping.

Printers are cheaper, materials are stronger and more folks are turned on to an industry that for 30 years remained relatively out of the technology spotlight.

3D Printers are awesome

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The first time I heard about 3D Printing was through Melba Kurman and Hod Lipson’s book Fabricated. It was as if I had lived in the cave for the past 20 some odd years and now finally I was seeing the light. Since learning and seeing firsthand the power of additive manufacturing I’ve been absolutely enthralled with the industry and the potential it has to change the world. I know I’m not alone in my story and in honor of the awesomeness of 3D Printing I’ve put together a list of the top 3 reasons why I think 3D Printers are awesome.

1. If you can imagine it, somebody will design and print it.

The 3D Printing is full of folks from the lifehacker generation. If the water bottle holder on your bike breaks, head over to Thingiverse and print a new one. You have an idea for a crazy concept and have no idea how to build it? Services like RedProto will turn your sketch into a 3D design ready for printing.

From household objects to actual houses, if you have an idea you could be sure someone is out there willing to try and print it.

2. 3D Printers are completely changing the medical industry.

From doctors using 3D printing to help a baby breathe to Organovo’s incredible work printing biomaterial that can mimic the filtering process of the human liver, 3D Printing is absolutely changing the way we do medicine.

Everyone is familiar with the stuffy casts used for encasing broken bones in the past but by combining optical scanning and 3D printing we can now make breathable and more aesthetically appealing casts that lose nothing in the way of functionality.

For the first time there are somewhat legitimate questions around immortality because in a world where we can 3D print organs as needed, the human body can constantly be repaired.

3. We’re only just starting to realize the potential of 3D Printing.

3D Printing has moved way beyond the world of throwaway plastic pieces and we now have printers such as the Mark One that are able to print in carbon fiber and the complex turbine wheels made by voxeljet.

Printers are becoming cheaper with models such as the recent Kickstarter darlings, M3D and MOTA offering sub $200 offerings for desktop 3D Printers. Materials are also becoming stronger and more accessible.

One of the most incredible examples of 3D Printing is for manufacturing of unique components. The ability to produce highly complex parts and test their functionality without splurging on injection molding means we have real-time feedback on the viability of a part and can make changes on the fly to a design. This is absolutely disruptive technology in the world of manufacturing and revolutionizing methods that had prevailed for years.

A world in which we can 3D print entire planes isn’t just for the realm of dreams anymore and now is something that can be looked at as a possibility.

I could go on for days with the ridiculous capabilities created by 3D Printing but alas these are just a few of the ones I find most exciting.

3D Printer Operating System

New Drivers Available for 3DPrinterOS

Post by Aaron Roy

Beginning today the version 1.2 drivers are available for the MakerBot 2, 2x and dual as well as the Wanhao Duplicator 3 and 4.

Version 1.2 3D Printer Drivers for MakerBot 2, 2x and Dual

Version 1.2 3D Printer Drivers for Wanhao Duplicator 3 and 4

Thank you to everyone who has tested and provided feedback so far, we’ve incorporated that into this new release and have testers trying out the Ultimaker, Leapfrog and RepRap drivers currently.

If you are looking to test out drivers for your printer please drop us a line at info (at)


3DPI Interviews John Dogru on 3D Printing Operating System

Post by Aaron Roy

Today one of the biggest publications in the 3D Printing world, 3D Printing Industry, ran an interview with our CEO John Dogru.

Here is the interview conducted by author Land Grant in its entirety.

A few days ago, we scooped a worldwide exclusive with the first announcement of the release of 3DPrinterOS, the new 3D printing Open OS from 3D Control Systems.

Now, I’ve caught-up with John Dogru, Co-Founder of 3D Control Systems (3DCS), via Skype in Tallinn, Estonia, the company’s software development center.

If you saw our story on John & Co’s 3DPrinterOS, you’ll know this innovation was specifically designed around intra-industry compatibility and UI simplicity — in contradiction to today’s branded “walled gardens” with their complicated machine specific operating systems. 3DCS holds that its “cloud interface will allow users to access slicing, workflows and manage multiple printers, through one single standardized platform.”

In our earlier story, I quoted John Dogru as stating — emphatically, as only an entrepreneur can  — that “Software is the key to widespread adoption of the 3D Printing movement. Our plan is for the cloud to be the spinal cord connecting minds and machines.”

‘Preneur Dogru envisions a 3DCS that becomes the Microsoft/Windows-style platform of 3DP-industry compatibility. So, 3DCS is clearly out to make 3DP compatibility — with open OS seductiveness and cloud connectedness — its means to establish the universal interconnector for 3D printing.

As John Dogru described in our exchange, the 3DCS Team is driving to assure 3DPrinterOS will support the majority of design tools and 3D printers presently — or prospectively — in the marketplace.

My talk directly with John Dogru fleshed out my earlier knowledge and flushed out a great deal of additional information and insight into 3DCS’ planned march to success. Here are the key additional points you should know for your 3DP purposes and progress, as John explains them:

>>> If you want to map the new and upcoming of 3D printing, John says, just retrace the Personal Computer’s history and you can plot the milestones to our 3DP future. All that’s missing now is the implementation of compatibility software. And, Mr. Dogru — obviously — is taking his own “roadtrip” there…

>>> 3DCS comes from the security world (sister company: “Secured3D”) and has thus addressed 3D printing security. 3DCS protects the security of the design file by NOT transmitting it at all. 3DPrinterOS transfers only the motor-control commands.

>>> 3DCS’ ultimate goal is to get latency down to near ”0.” Part of this process is to present as neutral to all CAD software developers and 3D printer manufacturers. Design tools or printer types won’t matter. Everyone joins hands…

>>> Distributed Manufacturing (DM) is another goal 3DCS plans to support with its products and systems. DM will be one of the big distruptors — and large manufacturers are already frightened by the prospect of DIY DM. Distributed Manufacturing will deliver more power to the individual than any large company can present.

>>> ’Preneur Dogru — new kid on the 3DP block — has positioned his O/OS, 3DPrinterOS to be irresistable to a spectrum of possible users, from early adopters to DIY/DITers to manufacturers who want to join in the future. So, John & Co. have worked to drive the process toward ”1 click.” Just connect to the Cloud and get full access to your 3D printer at all times from all devices: printing and management, remote control and Webcam control.

>>> What’s next? 3DP Omni-I/O, says John. One-stop shop for the realization of the virtual to real in the quickest time and to the closest place.

Right now, John Dogru challenges you to try the future for free. If you’re a MakerBot 2 or 2X owner — estimated 40,000+ users — download a test gratis at 3DPrinterOS.

Mr. Dogru seeks to empower users to “collaborate, communicate and create in a universal [3DP] language, for the first time.” Yes — such a positioning achieved at this early point in the 3DP commercial story will pay immense dividends to end users and industry players — and, of course, 3DCS.


Behind the scenes at Secured3D’s R & D facility in Tallinn, Estonia

Post by Aaron Roy

It’s been a crazy past few months for 3D Control Systems.

From having the privilege of being part of the Alchemist Accelerator in San Francisco to being backed by Vulcan Capital, it’s been an absolutely wild ride. Here’s an inside look from the R & D lab in Tallinn, Estonia where the ideas for Secured3D / 3DPrinterOS were born.

Secured3D 3D Printer security and ecryption

It would seem our 3D Prints are starting to take over the office.

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Anton with some of our 3D Printers at the lab.

3D Control Systems - Secured3D

Using Secured3D for command and control of the labs MakerBot Replicator 2.

CEO John Dogru - CTO Anton Vedeshin - 3D Control Systems

John and Anton



3D Control Systems closes seed round backed by Vulcan Capital

Post by Aaron Roy

3D Control Systems (parent company of Secured3D) closed a seed round with Vulcan Capital and value-added individuals including ex Docusign CEO Steve King. To continue the company’s fast-paced growth trajectory, Series A negotiations are already ongoing with VC firms in U.S. and Europe.

3D Control Systems was part of the May 2014 class at the Alchemist Accelerator in San Francisco. Funded by Cisco, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Khosla Ventures,, and US Venture Partners, Alchemist Accelerator was named VentureBeat’s Accelerator of the Year in 2013 and is focused exclusively on startups whose revenue comes from enterprises.


3DPrinterOS unites 3D Printing Operating Systems

Post by Aaron Roy

Cloud-based 3D printing operating system will allow centralized command and control by supporting printers beyond MakerBot and Ultimaker.

3D Control Systems (parent company of Secured3D) announced the upcoming release of an open operating system – 3DPrinterOS – for securely controlling a wide variety of 3D printers from around the world.

3D Printing Operating System - Secured3D

With many manufacturers offering complicated machine specific operating systems, 3D Control Systems’ cloud interface will allow users to access slicing, workflows, and manage multiple printers, through one single standardized platform. Continue reading

3DPrintler partners with Secured3D to protect 3D Printing IP

Post by Aaron Roy

3D Printler, the Ottawa based full-service providers of all things 3D, have partnered with Secured3D for managing and protecting their STL files. You may remember 3D Printler for their battle with 3D IP theft earlier this year. In what must be every designers nightmare their STL files were stolen and sold for profit.

The court case that followed marked Canada’s first regarding STL file infringement. Thankfully they prevailed in an out-of-court settlement. Although their case was the first, it most certainly will not be the last regarding 3D IP theft. Secured3D will now be encrypting and protecting their incredible designs so they can have peace of mind while storing and sending their STL files online.

More on the 3DPrintler / Secured3D partnership could be found here:

Protecting IP in 3D Printing : 3DPrintler Partners with Secured3D

The awesome designs available on 3DPrintler could be found here:

Real Example of Fully Automated Manufacturing Using 3D Printing!

Post by Ivan Gaidamakin

Fully automatic manufacturing is supported now by Secured3D cloud. Get in touch for automation of your project!

A DUFT spray was used to treat a heated bed before printing. At 120C it sticks very well, and when the temperature drops below 70C a 3D printed part just detaches from heated bed automatically, the only thing you need is to pushes it out of the built plate and starts a new session. Fully automated manufacturing!

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Additive Disruption Summit brings investors and brightest minds in 3d Printing together in San Francisco

Post by Aaron Roy

The Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco played host this past week to investors, lawyers and some of the biggest names in the world of 3d Printing. The inaugural Additive Disruption Summit featured new technologies, panel discussions and highlighted the message that 3d printing is ready right now to be a disruptive technology.

Companies such as Airbus, Boeing and Lockheed Martin were present and outlined how they are moving already from simply producing prototypes and models through 3d Printing to creating and printing production quality parts. Bioprinting, multi-material printing (metal, sand, concrete) and 3D printing in space were just some of the cutting edge topics discussed.

The summit offered a vantage point into some of the unique Intellectual Property questions companies must answer ahead as well. Highly respected names from the IP field such as patent lawyer John Hornick were present and his discussion “Away from Control,” warned of impact of at-home 3D printing on the retail business model.

We here at Secured3d were honored to have our Co-Founder John Dogru speak on the closing panel of the summit: 3D IP: Digital Fabrication and Intellectual Property Paradigms alongside Espen Sivertsen, CEO, Type A Machines and Andre Wegner of Authentise, Inc.