Ember: Autodesks' new open-source 3D Printer

It was only a matter of time before Autodesk developed their own open source 3D Printer; 'Ember'.

According to Autodesk, "Ember uses digital light stereolithography to create complex objects with a level of detail and surface smoothness that extrusion printers simply can’t match. This opens new design possibilities for 3D printed components, prototypes, medical devices, art and jewelry. With a 10 micron minimum layer thickness, Ember can even be used for nano-biology."

Ember

 Ember in the middle of a print. Via GIGAOM | credit: Signe Brewster

As the developers of the fantastic free 123D Design software, which allows anyone to take control of their own design and manufacture, the owners of the hugely popular DIY project website - Instructables, it makes complete sense for Autodesk to move into hardware. My only surprise is the price... At $5995 USD (£3893.49) I don't think that this printer isn't going to end up in the hands of many grass-roots DIY Makers or 'Do-ers' very soon.

Never-the-less, it looks awesome. See Ember in action below.

Statue of Liberty - AutoDesk Spark and MadeSolid MS Resin | credit: Pete Walton

Read Signe Brewsters article on GIGAOM here.

Jamie Billing

I am Technical Director & Co-Founder of Co-oproduct. I spend most of my time thinking about how design can be more useful to the world and I make my own Cider, from my own apple tree! You can find out more about me in our 'About Us' pages.

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