3D Printers, Articles

MakerBot 3D Ecosystem Expands in 2015: New Materials, Partnerships and Services for 3D Printing in Your Home

Wed January 14, 2015

This is an update to the previous blog, Cameras Used in MakerBot® Desktop 3D Replicator and Digitizer: 3D Printing in Your Home.

This video presents Makerbot Talks Makerbot 3D Replicators at CES 2015 #CES2015.

  • Cali and Jill talked with Makerbot about things that can be done with 3D printing these days and particularly the new infused PLA materials that are available.

For 2015, we are focused on enhancing the overall MakerBot 3D Ecosystem by listening to our users, fine-­tuning our 3D printers, iterating our software and apps to unlock their full potential, and launching new MakerBot PLA Composite Filaments as well as services that will make 3D printing even more interesting and accessible.

Jenny Lawton, CEO of MakerBot

Here’s what is new for MakerBot in 2015.

According to, MakerBot PLA Composite Filaments are made with composites of real Metal (including Bronze, Iron), Stone (including Limestone) and Wood (including Maple) that provide beautiful, realistic and highly stabilized material for fifth – generation MakerBot Replicator® 3D Printers.

  • Coming in late 2015, these new filaments have the look and feel of the actual metal, stone or woood, yet retain the nontoxic and ease-­of­‐use properties that make PLA such a popular 3D printing material.
    • These new MakerBot PLA Composite Filaments bring aesthetically pleasing material to 3D printing and brings Real-­Time Prototyping closer to the actual appearance of a finished product.
    • 3D print decorative bowls, furniture prototypes, model handles, and more. Sand, stain, oil, or polish to replicate the look and feel of your favorite wood.
    • The Bronze and Iron MakerBot PLA Composite Filaments have the weight and look of and also retain the properties of those metals. The Bronze will naturally develop a patina over time and the Iron can be used for numerous functional purposes, including magnetization. Bronze Filament is ideal for jewelry, sculpture, archeological models, or your next favorite personal accessory. Using Iron Filament, make prototypes of metal parts, crafts, tools, or mechanical models that you can magnetize and polish to a smooth finish.
    • Make elegant busts, realistic skeletons, paleontological or dental models with filament that looks and feels like real limestone. The Limestone can be stained or painted with just a pen and is what MakerBot believes to be a great material for architectural and archeological 3D prints.
    • To learn more about MakerBot PLA Composite Filaments, visit
  • Paired with special MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruders, MakerBot PLA Composite Filaments are planned to be available for printing on the MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer, the MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer and the MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer.
  • The MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder was created to be modular and easily swappable. New Smart Extruders are developed to match the new materials.
    • With extra MakerBot Smart Extruders on hand, you can easily swap out the extruder to match the material you are using and minimize downtime caused by clogs or mechanical issues.

MakerBot 3D Professional Services is a new division that brings MakerBot’s years of experience in the 3D printing industry directly to customers via expert consulting, education, design services, 3D printed products and software applications for companies, organizations and schools interested in incorporating 3D printing.


You’re Invited: “New Year, New You with OLYMPUS PEN” Photography Courses in London, UK, Jan.21, 2015

Mon January 5, 2015

OLYMPUS PEN E-PL7: Image by OlympusUK

OLYMPUS PEN E-PL7: Image by OlympusUK

Join Olympus and professional photographer Robert Pugh for the following FREE photography courses on 21 January 2015:

  • Confidence in front of the camera @ 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm or 2:30 pm.
    You’re taken through the best, and most flattering, poses. They will also send you a print of your best pose after the event.
  • Confidence behind the camera @ 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, or 3 pm
    Using the OLYMPUS PEN E-PL7, you’ll be taken through menu settings, lighting basics and how to shoot a still life and/or a model. At the end of your session you can take your SD card home.

Both courses last 30 minutes and run from 11:30 am to 3 pm. at

Olympus Image Space London
199 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3TY United Kingdom

If one of your New Year resolutions for 2015 is to have more confidence when having your photograph taken, or if it is to take up a new hobby such as photography then let Olympus give you a helping hand.

For more info and to book a place on one or both courses, please click here.

The following video presents The Olympus PEN Generation.

This Video is about our new campaign – Olympus PEN Generation. We created this campaign for everyone who likes fashion, beauty and of course photography. Everyone that likes to share their images or get inspired by us on Instagram:… or on Facebook:…
Our Ambassadors will share all their interesting stories about fashion, photography and lifestyle here: .
Please feel free to become part of our #olympusPENgeneration.

Enjoy! / Amusez-vous bien!

Articles, Contests

Fujifilm 2015 Student Awards – ‘REFLECTIONS – Film’ for UK Students + ‘REFLECTIONS –Instax’ for All in UK: Enter Contest Before 31 March 2015

Sat January 3, 2015

Fujifilm UK Limited invites:

  • all UK (United Kingdom) students to enter the competition Fujifilm 2015 Student Awards – ‘REFLECTIONS – Film’, and
  • everyone in the UK who owns an Instax and Instax film to enter the the competittion Fujifilm 2015 Student Awards – ‘REFLECTIONS – Instax’.

There is a ‘REFLECTIONS – film and Instax’ brief for the Fujifilm UK Student Awards 2015.

Students and Instax entrants need to show amazing effects and beautiful images using mirrors, water and any other reflective surface.

We want images that show the brief, the very best of student and instant photography based on reflections – fresh ideas, creativity, technical wizardry and images that push the boundaries.

Images need to be excellent quality and photographers need to see things differently.

You can either shoot a series of images, or single images, the choice is yours. However, the judges will be looking for a single image as the winner. You can submit your series as single images and please feel free to submit many entries – there is no limit.

The judges will be looking for creativity, stand out from the crowd, images that push the boundaries, amazing effects, interpretation of what ‘reflections’ means to you, images using mirrors, water and any reflective surface and no copycat images. Experiment with: emulsions, black and white, black and white CN, instant photography.

Show the benefits of shooting on film, not digital. The Fujifilm Student UK Awards aim to showcase silver halide film at its finest.

Fujifilm 2015 Student Awards – ‘REFLECTIONS – Film’

  • Film submissions are invited from all UK students, not just those undertaking courses involving photography.
  • All images must be taken on Fujifilm film and submitted via .
  • Entry is FREE and students can enter as many photographs as they wish.
  • The overall Student (film) winner will receive the following prizes:
    • The title, Fujifilm Student Photographer of the Year 2015.
    • £200 worth of Fujifilm Professional film.
    • A professionally produced folio of prints from Metroprint.
    • A one-to-one printing/consultancy session with one of Metroprint’s top printers.
    • £100 worth of books from Focal Press.
  • Monthly ‘Curator’s Choice’ 
    • Also, at the end of each month the judges will review all the images submitted that month. From these they will select a ‘Curators Choice’ for both film (students) and Instax (everyone) and pick two winners from each category.
    • The selected image will be featured on the Awards website and social media channels.
    • The monthly (Film) winner will be presented with a book of their choice from Focal press, a free 12″ x 16″ professionally produced print of their winning image by Metroprint and 10 rolls of Fujifilm film.
  • The college or university that submits the most entries will win £500 worth of books from Focal Press.
  • The closing date for the competition is 31 March 2015.

Fujifilm 2015 Student Awards – ‘REFLECTIONS – Instax’

The following video presents Images tell a story – your story:

We see pictures as preserving a moment in time. From your child’s first birthday to your favorite sunset on the beach… images tell a story – your story :)

  • Instax submissions are invited from all of the UK, not just students or those undertaking courses involving photography.
  • All images must be taken on a Fujifilm Instax Camera using Fujifilm Instax film and submitted via – again.
  • Entry is FREE and participants can enter as many photographs as they wish.
  • The overall (Instax) winner for 2015 will receive the following prizes:
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Canon: Share Your Shots With #loveDSLR for The Opportunity to Be Featured on

Fri January 2, 2015

Canon recently launched, a new website designed to put your love of photography into practice, learn how to take great images and be inspired by others. invites photographers who are new to the world of DSLR to find everything you need to know via:

  • Inspiration – from our handpicked professional snappers and ambitious amateurs
  • Advice – learn how to take better photos when on holiday and of your family at the next party
  • Real tips – practical tips that you can put into effect today for dramatically different photos
  • Community – tag your photos with #loveDSLR and share your passion and we can feature them on the site*
    • *If your image is selected, will be in touch to gain consent.

Explore #loveDSLR for inspiration from around the world, every day. Share your love of photography with us and see what other DSLR beginners are snapping right now. Try out our handy tips and tricks for captivating images and discover your own unique photo style. Getting started with a DSLR is easy and we’ll show you how.

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Panasonic + UNESCO: Beautiful 2015 World Heritage Calendar App for PCs & Tablets in Five Languages

Thu January 1, 2015

Copyright © Panasonic Corporation

Copyright © Panasonic Corporation

Begin this year with the new 2015 World Heritage calendar application for PCs, tablets (iPad / Android).

The calendar application is available in five languages (Japanese, English, French, Chinese and Spanish).

  • The application version includes content that is not available in the print version, such as informative games and other information related to World Heritage sites.
  • Also, the photographs can be viewed as a slideshow.

The application was developed as an educational tool for the UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network of more than 9,000 educational institutions in 180 countries, and Panasonic plans to enhance the content of the calendar in the future.

Please click here for more info and instructions on installing the FREE application.

The following video presents Panasonic Tv commercial – Sarah Brightman – World heritage – Introduction:

To listen to Sarah Brightman’s melodic, enchanting singing of the Panasonic song, “Shall Be Done” – in its entirety – please click on the Sound icon on the upper right-hand corner of the 2015 World Heritage calendar at

3D Printers, Articles

Cameras Used in MakerBot® Desktop 3D Replicator and Digitizer: 3D Printing in Your Home

Tue December 30, 2014

MakerBot®, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd. is a global leader in the desktop 3D printing industry. Founded in 2009, MakerBot has built the largest installed base of desktop 3D printers sold to innovative and industry -­‐leading customers worldwide, including engineers, architects, designers, educators and consumers.

The MakerBot 3D system for 3D printing includes:

    MakerBot’s Thingiverse is the world’s largest 3D printing and design community with more than 300,000+ free downloadable digital designs to discover, print and share; or purchase and download files from the MakerBot Digital Store. Everyone can create and remix 3D things. To maintain an open platform, all designs are encouraged to be licensed under a Creative Commons license, meaning that anyone can use or alter any design.
  • MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner
    MakerBot® Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanner (credit: Spencer Higgins)

    MakerBot® Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanner (credit: Spencer Higgins)

    This video presents Getting Started with the MakerBot® Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanner.

    • The MakerBot® Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanner quickly turns the things in your world into 3D models that you can modify, improve, share, and 3D print.

    “With just two clicks, the MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner’s easy to use software creates clean, watertight 3D models that are ready to 3D print. The whole process works seamlessly with MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers. You don’t need any design or 3D modeling skills to get started.”

    The MakerBot® Digitizer™ Desktop 3D Scanner’s camera has 1.3 megapixel CMOS image sensor.

  • MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer: A Fifth Generation Model
    MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer

    MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer

    • The MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer has an 11 percent larger build volume than the previous MakerBot generation with a build volume of 25.2 L x 19.9 W x 15.0 H cm (9.9 L x 7.8 W x 5.9 H in) and faster print time that accelerate rapid prototyping and model making.
    • Offering 100-­micron layer resolution to get smooth-to-the-touch surfaces that don’t need sanding, finishing, or postproduction.
    • The MakerBot Replicator is app and cloud enabled, offers USB, ethernet and available Wi-­Fi connectivity to ensure a seamless production workflow.
    • It features a 3.5-­inch full-color LCD display and intuitive dial.
    • The replicator has an on-­board camera for monitoring and sharing, assisted build-­plate leveling; and features a new MakerBot Replicator Smart Extruder that is easy to swap or replace and detects filament absence and automatically pauses a print, as well as being optimized for MakerBot PLA Filament.
    MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer with MakerBot PLA Filament (red colour)

    MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer with MakerBot PLA Filament (red colour)

    • MakerBot PLA Filament is a nontoxic resin made of sugar derived from field corn and has a semisweet smell (like waffles) when heated. It is a good material to start with because it’s easy to use and performs well on most prints.

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2015 World Press Photo Contest’s Registration-Before 8 Jan., 23.59 CET & 2015 Multimedia Contest’s Registration-Before 14 Jan., 23:59 CET

Fri December 26, 2014

The following video presents Inspire Understanding from World Press Photo on Vimeo.

World Press Photo believes in the power of photojournalism to change the world and inspire understanding.


The 2015 World Press Photo Contests are the world’s largest for professional press photographers and photojournalists.

  • Calling all professional photographers and visual storytellers! The 2015 Photo and Multimedia Contests are open for entries!
  • All the prize-winning photographs are assembled into an exhibition that travels to 45 countries over the course of a year, and published in World Press Photo‘s yearbook which is is published in seven languages and distributed worldwide.

2015 World Press Photo Contest

The World Press Photo contest is only open to professional photographers and photojournalists.

A username and password are required to enter and can be requested until 8 January 2015, 23.59 CET.

  • To enter the 2015 Photo contest, entries may only be submitted online via the World Press Photo entry website here.
  • The final deadline for submissions is 14 January 2015, 23.59 CET.

There are eight categories.

  • General News
  • Spot News
  • Contemporary Issues
  • Daily Life
  • Portraits
  • Nature
  • Sports
  • Long-Term Projects

Several new features of the 2015 Photo Contest include:
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Olympus PEN Selfie Contest: Post Monthly Your Selfies on Instagram Through 11:59 p.m. Dec.31, 2014 / Jan.31, Feb.28, Mar.31, 2015 Japan Standard Time

Wed December 24, 2014

This video presents #ootd OLYMPUS PEN Selfie Photo.

Olympus invites you to participate in the Olympus PEN Selfie Contest by posting world-class photos you have taken of yourself on Instagram and adding a #selfie_olympus hashtag.

  • Entry to the Olympus PEN Selfie contest is open to all holders of an Instagram account who accept the terms and conditions of entry.
  • Open Instagram, follow @selfie_olympus and post as many selfies as you like with the hashtag #selfie_ olympus.
  • If you do not have an Instagram account, download the app from the link at and register.
  • Latest entries will be displayed on the Olympus PEN Selfie Contest homepage (Instagram user names will be shown).
  • If yours aren’t the best you still have great chance of winning. You can enter again the month after (until March 31, 2015).
  • All entry dates and times are Japan standard time.
    • Round 3: 12:00 a.m. Dec. 1, 2014 through 11:59 p.m. Dec. 31, 2014
    • Round 4: 12:00 a.m. Jan. 1, 2015 through 11:59 p.m. Jan. 31, 2015
    • Round 5: 12:00 a.m. Feb. 1, 2015 through 11:59 p.m. Feb. 28, 2015
    • Round 6: 12:00 a.m. Mar. 1, 2015 through 11:00 a.m. Mar. 31, 2015

Winners (1 per month) of the OLYMPUS PEN Selfie Contest will be awarded a beautiful white Olympus PEN E-PL7 and lens in a kit worth €599 (729.55 US Dollar at the current exchange rate).

Olympus PEN E-PL7

Olympus PEN E-PL7

The PEN E-PL7 is the camera that camera designers all wish they had designed. And it’s perfect for selfies. Not just because the picture quality is so much better than on a smartphone, but also because you can flip the display down then turn it around to face you. Every PEN is compact and light enough to carry and hold at arm’s length, and easy to use even if you know nothing about cameras. Plus it has built-in WiFi for instant sharing on social media. And it’s gorgeous. Did we mention that? Holding a PEN up in the air for a selfie is a fashion statement in itself.

Here are the key highlights of the prize, Olympus PEN Standard zoom lens kit.
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Sony’s Teaser: “Welcome to the New World”

Tue December 23, 2014

This video presents Welcome to the New World.


Buy Any Olympus E-M10 One Lens Kit and Get a M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150 mm f4.0-5.6 R Lens at No Charge: Offer Ends Dec.27, 2014

Mon December 22, 2014

The following video presents Olympus M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 Lens:

The latest generation of the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150 mm f4.0-5.6 R (35mm equivalent focal length: 80-300 mm) has now arrived. It features a brand new, optimized overall design in a stylish black body. It’s small, lightweight and variable in performance – perfect for close-up portraits or long-distance scenes – and it is flexible for indoor or outdoor use. You can use this high-power zoom as the perfect companion of your standard kit lens without being burdened by travelling with too much equipment. It features an MSC (Movie and Still Compatible) focusing mechanism that is designed to deliver quiet and precise operation, for an affordable, high quality means to capture your life in still images or HD videos.

Olympus M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 Lens

Olympus M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 Lens

Get this Olympus M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm f4.0-5.6 Lens FREE with the purchase of any of the following E-M10 one lens kit:

Olympus E-M10 Standard Kit, black

Olympus E-M10 Standard Kit, black

Olympus E-M10 Standard Kit, silver

Olympus E-M10 Standard Kit, silver

Olympus E-M10 Premium Kit, black

Olympus E-M10 Premium Kit, black

Olympus E-M10 Premium Kit, orange

Olympus E-M10 Premium Kit, orange

Olympus E-M10 Premium Kit, green

Olympus E-M10 Premium Kit, green

This Olympus offer ends December 27, 2014.


FUJIFILM X-T1 and X100T Cameras are Elected as Japanese Historical Cameras by JCII Camera Museum

Sat December 20, 2014

Japan Camera Industry Institute (JCII) inspects all cameras exported from Japan in order to maintain quality standards.

In addition to this inspection function, JCII in 1969 started to designate some cameras as “Japanese Historical Cameras” and began efforts to preserve these important items.

Japanese Historical Cameras” serve as pages in the history of Japanese camera development, making it more accessible to the world.
Cameras which are considered significant in some regard are selected by the Historical Camera Committee, which is composed of unbiased experts and specialists in the field.
All new cameras released within the calendar year are eligible, with evaluation based on factors such as the first use of a new technology and popularity among consumers.

Most “Japanese Historical Cameras” designated in past years are held in the collection of the JCII Camera Museum, which is run by the JCII, and many are on display.

JCII Camera Museum

The Historical Camera Committee is a review group established within the Japan Camera Industry Institute.

JCII Camera Museum’s highlights include:

  • a collection of several thousand cameras;
  • displaying various types of cameras from around the world in the Special Exhibition section which includes “classic,” “masterpiece” and “curio” cameras;
  • a permanent display of historical and new cameras of Japan (Nippon)
    (approximately 300 items);
  • preserving important information pertaining to the cameras;
  • exhibiting all phases of the worldwide history of photography; and
  • promoting the understanding of photography and film in the “JCII Photo Salon” and the “JCII Library”.
    • JCII Photo Salon is the exhibition of photographs that create interest in Japanese photographic culture.
    • JCII Library contains books related to photography.

Fujifilm announced that X-T1  and  X100T cameras are elected as Japanese Historical Cameras by JCII Camera Museum.

Fujifilm X-T1 (left) and  X100T (right)

Fujifilm X-T1 (left) and X100T (right)

We are pleased to announce that X-T1 and X100T are elected as Japanese Historical Camera by Japanese JCII Camera Museum.

The first use of a new technology and popularity among consumers are among the key factors to determine the selection, and “Multi Mode Viewfinder” for X-T1 and “Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder” for X100T were regarded as significant technological advancement.

They will be put on permanent display at the Camera Museum.


Special exhibitions are held every four months, “focusing on the functions of cameras, or the products of specific countries, to show every aspect of cameras for their enthusiasts.”

JCII Camera Museum’s location:
Ichiban-cho Bldg., 25, Ichiban-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0082 Japan (Nippon)
Telephone: +81-3-3263-7100


Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2015 for Photographers: Submit Online Applications Between 15 January and 1 March 2015

Fri December 19, 2014

The following video presents Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2014 – Finalists’ Portfolios from Leica Camera on Vimeo:

  • This video shows the winners and finalists’ portfolios for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2014.
  • Thousands of entries were received from all over the world.
  • The video and awards were presented on July 9 during Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie photography festival held in Arles, France.
  • Martin Kollar won the Leica Oskar Barnack Award for his portfolio, “Field Trip” and Alejandro Cegarra won the Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award for his portfolio, “The Other Side of the Tower of David.”

There will be three Leica Oskar Barnack photography contests in 2015.

  1. Leica Oskar Barnack Award
  2. Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award
  3. Leica Oskar Barnack Public Award

Leica Oskar Barnack Award and Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award:
An international jury awards ……photographers whose unerring powers of observation capture and express the relationship between man and the environment in the most graphic form in a sequence of a minimum of 10 up to a maximum of 12 images. Entry submissions must be a self-contained series of images in which the photographer perceives and documents the interaction between man and the environment with acute vision and contemporary visual style – creative, groundbreaking and unintrusive. Only one entry per photographer is accepted.

Leica Oskar Barnack Award

The Leica Oskar Barnack Award contest is open to professional photographers (main category).

  • To take part, participants must send in a series of photographs taken in 2014 or long-term projects containing at least one photo from 2014.
  • Only one entry per photographer is accepted.

The winner of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award receives:

  • a cash prize of 25,000 Euros (30695.50 US Dollar at the current exchange rate) and
  • in addition a Leica M camera and a lens worth 10,000 Euros (12278.00 US Dollar at the current exchange rate).

Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award

The Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award is open to all (prospective) professional photographers who are aged 25 years and under at the time of entering.

The winner of the Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award receives:

  • a Leica rangefinder camera and a lens worth 10,000 Euros (12278.00 US Dollar at the current exchange rate) and
  • a cash prize of 5,000 Euros (6139.10 US Dollar at the current exchange rate).

Leica Oskar Barnack Award and Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award

All entries for the above two contests must be made via the online Application Form between 15 January and March 1, 2015.
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