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IFA 2016: 3Doodler PRO rewrites 3D printing rules

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3Doodler, maker of the original 3D printing pen used this week’s IFA in Berlin to showcase its professional-grade 3D printing pen, the 3Doodler PRO. 

The sleek tool is aimed at creative professionals, like architects, engineers and artists, and is ideal for prototyping designs, concept development, and communicating their creative vision in 3D form.

Unlike other pens on the market, the PRO materials include wood, copper, bronze, nylon, and polycarbonate, complementing more than 65 compatible varieties of plastic from the 3Doodler Create range.

Maxwell Bogue, Co-Founder & CEO said: “Beyond the numerous upgrades, what really makes the PRO so unique is how the device and materials come together to answer the needs of professionals. When we started the 3Doodler journey back in 2013, we had world-leading architects telling us, ‘I want to do this’. ‘This’ was a quick wave of the pen in the air, with plastic solidifying in its wake.

“With new materials like polycarbonate, that dream is a reality. The high-performance PRO can be used for the most advanced of purposes to bring concepts to life, and become an integral part of the creative process.”

The PRO boasts new features including tactile adjustable dials for temperature and speed, an adjustable fan for user control over the cooling of the plastics, and an LCD display to show the pen’s settings. Encased in a lightweight carbon fibre shell, the pen‘s radically re-engineered drive system is designed specifically for the range of new materials. In combination with the high-speed fan, polycarbonate plastic can be used to create a solid structure in one swift gesture, making it ideal to quickly sketch out blueprints, either on a surface or in the air.

Daniel Cowen, Co-President, said: “The 3Doodler has outsold any other 3D printing device on the global market. We now have pens specifically designed for crafters, adults, children, and with this, the most advanced pen ever, professionals. Whether you’re eight or 80 years old, hobbyist or professional, the 3Doodler range of products has never been more inclusive. After being first to market, we are now pushing the boundaries of 3D creation to ever more users and use-cases.”

The pen is packaged in a premium storage case, together with accompanying accessories, including a portable battery pack, Nozzle Set, DoodlePad, and 100 strands of specialty plastic.

3Doodler PRO Specifications

●      Carbon fiber shell

●      Temperature and speed adjustment: Adjust temperature from 100°C to 250°C, speed settings between 10% and 100%; all via tactile adjustable dials

●      LCD display showing the desired temperature and indicators for each level

●      Side switch to adjust the cooling fan: Off, Low or High

●      A radically redesigned drive system for use with professional materials and filaments

●      New larger drive to keep the PRO going for longer with more intensive use

●      Plastics range: wood, copper, bronze, nylon, and polycarbonate

●      Priced from US$249

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Super Smash Bros. delivers what the fans wanted in the latest “Ultimate” instalment, writes BRYAN TURNER.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the latest addition to the popular Nintendo Smash series, has landed on the Nintendo Switch with a bang, selling 5-million copies in the first week of its release. The game has been long-anticipated since the console’s release, as many fans consider iy to be a Nintendo staple. And the wait was well worth it.

It features 74 playable fighters, 108 stages, almost 1300 Spirit characters to collect while playing, and a single-player Adventure mode that took about three days (or 28 hours) of gameplay to complete. The game offers far more gameplay than its predecessors, making it the Smash game that gives its players the best bang for their buck.

For those new to the game, the goal is to fight opponents and build up their damage score (draining their health) to knock them off the stage eventually. This makes the game seem chaotic, as many players jump around the platforms as if they were on quicksand, in order to avoid being hit by the other players.

It also services two kinds of players: the competitive and the casual.

Competitive players can be matched on the online service by skill ranking to enjoy playing with similarly high-skilled opponents. This is especially important in e-sports training for the game, and for players wanting to master combos against other human players. The casual gamer is also catered for, with eight-player chaos and button-mashing to see who comes out luckiest. This segment is also important for those wanting to learn how to play.

Training mode is also a place to go for those learning to play. It offers “CPU” players that are graded by intensity to train as a single player to learn a character’s moves, combos and general fighting style. More challenging CPU players can also be used by competitive players to train when there isn’t a Wi-Fi connection available.

Direct Play features in this game, allowing two players with two Switch consoles to play against each other over a direct connection – no Wi-Fi needed. This is especially useful to those who want to have a social gaming element on the go, similar to that of the cable connector of the Gameboy.

Click here to read Bryan Turner review of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Win Funko Fortnite in Vinyl

Gadget and Gammatek have nine Funko Fortnite figurines to give away.

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A Funko Pop figurine based on a character set is indicative of reaching the heights of pop culture. It is no surprise, then, that the world’s biggest online game, Fortnite, has its own line of Funko Pop figurines. The Funkos are modeled on the characters in game, including Drift, Ragnarok, Dark Vanguard, Volar, Tracera Ops, and Sparkle Specialist.

Now, local Funko distributor Gammatek has released the Fortnite figurines in South Africa. To celebrate, Gadget and Gammatek are giving away a set of three Funko Fortnite figurines to each of three readers (9 figurines in total). To enter, first click on your favourite Funko Pop on the next page and post the Tweet that appears. Then, follow Gadget on Twitter.

You can put the tweet in your own words, but entries must have the competition’s hashtag (#FunkoFortnite) and mention @GadgetZA to be considered valid.

Click here to select the Funko Fortnite character you want to tweet.

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