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● 12-language menu LCD screen
● EM4 Bowden extruder, easy to load filament, adjustable pressure and support flexible filament
● Z-axis lead screw fixed module

Turn Color Into Sound with Innovative Specdrums Rings, Created with the Help of 3D Printing

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From 3D printed violins and guitars to a modular synthesizer and arpeggiator, 3D printing technology has often been used to help musicians play that funky (and classical) music. A creative group of engineering, design, and music students from the University of Colorado Boulder launched a Kickstarter campaign, currently in its final hours, for Specdrums, which is one of the most interesting musical products I’ve seen in a long time. For people who can’t get enough of tapping away on tabletops, counters, and drums alike, these app-connected rings will actually turn color into sound! The rings allow you to tap on anything with color, from your clothes and graffiti-covered walls to the included 12-color keyboard, to create your own beats and melodies…the world is your own personal sound machine with Specdrums.

In addition to the rings themselves, a Specdrums package comes with a beginner’s guide, the 12-Color Specdrums keyboard, a dual micro-USB cable that charges two rings at once, and a 3.5mm AUX cable, so you can plug your mobile device directly into speakers for low latency jamming.

So, how does it work? To connect up to ten rings to the Specdrums app, available on iOS and Android, you just need to tap the device, and then tap different colors to wirelessly play sounds and musical pitches. You also have the option of selecting different types of instrument sounds, like drum kits and keyboards, and even sound collections, like sound effects and personal recordings – each different sound’s color can be customized to match different colors.

You can also use Specdrums to loop short bits of music, which are called Sloops: layered beats and melodies that have been created within the app using different vocal recordings and instruments. If you want to share your Specdrum creations, you can send Sloops to friends or share on your social media accounts so others can download and open them; they can even contribute further to the Sloops, which makes for a collaborative experience. Specdrums also give you the option to save color, instrument, and sound schemes to use them later – for example, you can make a scheme for all of the colors in your living room or at your desk.

Specdrums rings behave like a pocket-sized Bluetooth MIDI device outside of the app. This means that they can connect to music-making MIDI apps, like GarageBand, and to your laptop so you can play with them on music production software like Ableton Live.

Specdrums were specifically designed to be “the most accessible, portable musical device” for anyone, no matter their age or musical background (or lack thereof). Not only are they perfect for the percussionist in your life who just can’t stop tapping, Specdrums rings are also a neat alternative to fidget spinners, and are great for kids who enjoy playing with smart, connected toys and teachers looking for STEAM education technology.

The rings are especially handy for music educators – they’re easy to set up, don’t take up a lot of storage room, and are low-budget to boot. Kids can then use color recognition to learn different musical pitches, make their own instruments using the rings and colored construction paper, and arrange the colors to play a tune.

Engineering CAD Model

Specdrums is also open source, so developers who are interested in an open source Bluetooth LE sensor suite are in luck – you can make your own Specdrums application by visiting Specdrums on GitHub. There are many possibilities, from developing a color blindness aid and creating a color scavenger hunt game to building home automation tools and using the accelerometer for gesture recognition.

The Specdrums rings themselves are not 3D printed, but the silicon prototypes for the rings were made using 3D printed molds, which were created on a Stratasys Objet printer. Often, when we hear of objects being 3D printed, like fruit sensors, chocolate, crayons, and chess pieces, they were actually created using 3D printed molds. 3D printing is helping to expand the offerings from the team, as well, with upcoming releases being perfected thanks to the technology.

Specdrums co-founder and CEO Steven Dourmashkin told 3DPrint.com, “We also used 3D printing to work on other prototypes, that aren’t yet released (including a foot pedal, drumstick, and even marker cap)!”

Specdrums rings are definitely out of development and available via the wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, which as of now has raised more than $175,000 – over 1,100% more than its original goal of $15,000.

The campaign is only up for another several hours, and while all of the early bird specials are gone, you can still get one Specdrums ring (default color is black) for a pledge of $39; it will cost you $74 to get a pair of rings.

What do you think of Specdrums? Discuss this article and other 3D printing topics at 3DPrintBoard.com. You can also discuss in the Facebook comments below.

Full Color 3D Printing Comes to The Desktop With the Davinci Color

Over the past few years the shootout team has seen some emerging trends come to fruition, with the continued expansion of “all-in-one” machines and the huge burst in multi-extrusion machines. While multi-extrusion can mean many things, for the vast majority of users that means multi-color, and XYZ Printing steps up to the plate with the world’s first full color fused filament fabrication 3D printer. The DaVinci Color is a brand new machine with a unique combination of FDM and inkjet technologies which combine to bring the full color palette to your 3D prints, without all of the hassles and limitations additional extruders can bring.

Most of you will be well acquainted with the XYZ Printing Family, as their DaVinci series has become a mainstay in the community over the last few years. As of 2016 they were the world leading printer brand, with a stable of printers that includes the Nobel, an SLA resin printer, as well as a large variety of FDM printers, including some with scan as well as print capabilities. With the DaVinci color, they’ve taken another step in solidifying their place, bringing a technology usually seen only in expensive industrial machines to the home user.

Using a single extruder, and a proprietary PLA blend made for inkjet printing, you can now print in “full color spectrum accuracy” according to Simon Chen, XYZ Printing’s CEO. This is thanks to the addition of a CMYK inkjet technology that will customize the filament color on the fly, up to 16 million of them, lending to some great looking prints. Maybe even more impressive is what we don’t see, the usual purge tower, which will make those worried about consumable price a little happier.

Yes, there are some increased costs, as the Color-Inkjet PLA is priced at roughly $35 for a 600g spool, and a color inkjet cartridge will run the end user $64.95. This may scare off some, but for a machine that can crank out full color prints ready to go, saving the user a lot of the post processing time, it can be money well spent. As for the rest of the printer, it’s almost exactly what you would expect.  The DaVinci Color build area is average, at 200x200x150mm, with layer heights of 100-400 microns and a standard .4mm nozzle. The auto-leveling bed is removable, although not heated, and the machine itself features a 5 inch color touchscreen and wireless as well as wired printing.

For those wondering about what the end product looks like, it is a step up from what you are expecting. The colors certainly look good, and there were tons on display in the DaVinci Color’s demo prints. From dinosaur prints to superheroes, the photos show just how much difference the color makes to the finished product. Those of you who have seen our testing team member Josh Ajima’s inking tutorials will notice that the traditional capillary action is still there, leaving a charming grain to the color, although a lot of work has been done to make this much smoother. We also expect that as XYZ Printing releases this new workhorse, that the software can be tweaked to help eliminate some of the other color issues that highlight some of the usual printing artifacts, such as ringing and other surface finish issues.

One thing we didn’t expect to see was just how much better the prints would pop visually with a little bit of shading and color printed on, adding a whole layer of depth. This will likely make some of our prop and model making fans a bit of time, as some of the weathering could be printed in, saving a few washes. We haven’t seen the software itself in action yet, so just how easy it is to create these color prints remains to be seen, but this is definitely a case where we can see the cell phone scans and photogrammetry come together to make an easy end to end solution. We should also note that it will be interesting to see how this method of coloring stands up to the usual finishing processes we put our prints through. Even though the coloration is done, things like print smoothing and cleaning will still need done.

XYZ Printing has come a long way since the DaVinci 1.0 days, and with the DaVinci Color it brings something entirely new and exciting to the home users desktop. Available now for the preorder price of $2999 (MSRP $3499), we expect to see a bunch of these ending up the hands of some very happy 3D printing enthusiasts and businesses.

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