Free 3D Printer


Free 3D Printer

Guess what’s back, back again and from now till June 30 ? 

It’s the Free 3D Printer offer buy an “UP BOX+  and get a Free UP Mini 2″  


Yes a Free UP Mini 2 valued at RRP AU$989.90 when you purchase the


  • Build platform: 255mm width, 205mm depth, 205mm height.
  • Prints 30% faster than UP Series II
  • 0.1 mm (100 micron), 0.15 mm 0.2 mm, 0.25 mm, 0.3 mm, 0.4 mm – That’s a ultra fine HD detail of 100 microns!
  • Raftless printing: Yes
  • Support Material: Smart Supports. Intelligent snap off support material, printed in the same material, printed at a lower density and built automatically by the included 3D print software.
  • Dimension: 485 mm width, 520 mm depth, 495 mm height
  • Weight: 20kg
  • Shipping Weight: TBA kg
  • Power input: 110-220VAC, 50-60Hz, 220W
  • Power output: 20 VDC 11amp
  • Connectivity: Wireless / USB (Print job stored and spooled to Printer, ability to turn off computer during printing.)
  • Consumables: 1.75mm ABS Plastic Filament and PLA which is ideal for lost wax or investment casting
  • Warranty: 12 month return to base.
  • Software: STL 3D layout and printing software included free for Windows and MAC 10.7 Beta
  • Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, OSX 10.7+
  • Unboxing time to print: 15 minutes

Unbox Mini 2

Up Mini 2

  • Build platform: 120mm width, 120mm depth, 120mm height.
  • Selectable Z resolution: 0.20mm (200 micron), 0.2mm, 0.25mm, 0.3mm, 0.4mm
  • Raftless printing: Yes
  • Print speed: 9mins per cm3.
  • Support Material: Smart Supports. Intelligent snap off support material, printed in the same material, printed at a lower density and built automatically by the included 3D print software.
  • Weight: 5kg
  • Shipping Weight: 10kg
  • Power input: 110-220VAC, 50-60Hz, 220W
  • Power output: 20 VDC 11amp
  • Connectivity: USB (Print job stored and spooled to Printer, ability to turn off computer during printing.)
  • Consumables: 1.75mm ABS Plastic Filament or PLA (corn starch) Filament
  • Warranty: 12 month return to base.
  • Software: STL 3D layout and printing software included free for Windows and MAC 10.7 Beta
  • Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, OSX 10.7 beta
  • Unboxing time to print: 15 minutes

Offer valid till June 30 – 2018

Purchase the new UP BOX+ and you’ll receive a free UP mini 2 on the house for Zip. Zero. Nada.

This offer expires on June 30th 2018  UPBox+ with Free  UP Mini 2

Price includes delivery




On a regular basis we have people and companies from around Australia approach us to 3D print scale models of their buildings, developments and projects. The results are very impressive and we often get positive feedback from our clients including hotel developers in Brisbane pitching to investors, apartment planners in Sydney looking to better understand their space and an Architect in Melbourne who uses 3D Printing to show clients his plans and drawings. However there is usually more preparation that goes into these models than most but done properly you’ll be wowing your audience and giving them a real foundation to see the projects potential .

Below we’ll run through common issues and how to get a well priced robust model from your current full scale (1:1) CAD models.



The first step taken is usually for you to internally decide on a budget, as downstream this will affect the size of the models and therefore to what degree the files may need to be adjusted to account for small details.

As a guideline on 3D Printing costs:

  • A building printed at a size of 360 x 300 x 300mm will cost between $2,400 to $8,900 + GST
  • A building printed at a size 0f 250 x 200 x 200mm will cost between $1,200 to $2,700 + GST
  • A building printed at a size 0f 150 x 100 x 100mm will cost between $180 and $420 + GST

The reason for the variation in cost depends mainly on how much material your part will use, how much machine space it occupies and how risky it is to print. The larger the part the more this has an effect.

You can optimise the cost with the following techniques :

  • Hollow your building and any other thick enclosed parts out and remove the base, so you end up with a ‘shell’ of the buildings. This significantly reduces the amount of material used and therefore the cost.
  • Nest parts of the building in your file if possible.
Large ISO
Large ISO Shell


With a budget in mind we can work out how to get the largest scale for your structure whilst coming in at/under cost. The size is one of the most important factors and is influenced by price, however other considerations are detail sizes, maximum printable size, orientation and likeliness to warp/deform due to thermal stress.

Min. Detail Sizes

In almost all architectural jobs we’ve done the original files need to be modified to account for details that become too small to print when scaled down from the full size. Anything under 1mm at printed size has a risk of being broken during the cleaning of the parts, so if something is 10mm thick full scale then at 1:10 scale it will be 1mm which is fine, though at 1:20, 1:100, 1:200 etc scale then this becomes undersize. The common workarounds to this are either to remove it all-together if they are ‘nice to have’ but not ‘need to have’ details, or to thicken/exaggerate the details at full size so that when they are scaled down they are thick enough to print.

Particular features to keep an eye on are stairs, balustrades and railings, pipes, windows etc.

Max. Printable Size

The largest we can print in one go is 340 x 340 x 580mm so the model will either need to be smaller than that or split into sections. If you are wanting to do a development for example try splitting it into lots.



If a part is too large to print in one piece it’ll need to be sectioned into smaller pieces which can be printed and assembled afterwards.

It’s best to try avoid cutting the part on a uniform section where a join line will be obvious, aim to cut it somewhere more obscure or somewhere that will be covered by something else.

Shelling a model is an important step in aiding it’s printability, it will also help reduce cost. The idea of shelling something is basically to preserve the outward appearance of the building etc, though inside is completely hollow and featureless. If you do want interior detail like rooms, fittings, furniture etc then you can include this and an alternative is to have the roof separate so that you are not trapping large quantities of loose powder inside.

House Seperated




We’ve pulled out all stops to bring you this news.

The newest UP Mini 2 – 3D Printer has a myriad of smart features so smart we believe it is the smartest 3D printer in Australia! & It’s so clever, it has teamed up with the UP BOX.

So, when you buy an UP BOX today, you can get the UP Mini 2 FREE. Double the muscle!

Read on to find out more.


One of the biggest head-turning new features the UP Mini 2 has to offer is the touch screenand WIFI capabilities.

It gives you as the user more flexibility to control and print with your printer. From changing filaments to reprinting any of your 10 most recent files, you won’t have to be connected to a computer!


Both the UP BOX and the UP Mini 2 are fully enclosed 3D printers, equipped with HEPA filters, making it office and classroom-friendly equipment.

Why is this important? 3D printers have been characterised as high emitters of Ultra Fine Particles. So, the HEPA filters work to help reduce your exposure to these particle emissions. Choice!

Order your UP BOX now 
& you’ll receive the new UP Mini 2
for zero, zilch, zip, nil, nought, nothing!
Terms and conditions: 
Buy 1 UP BOX and Get 1 UP Mini 2 promotion valid for purchases made on beginning date 01/11/2016 through to ending date 31/12/2016 only or while stocks last. || Purchase Orders from education providers must be received in between 01/11/2016 to 31/12/2016 to be eligible for the promotion. || Error & Omissions Exempt. || Cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion. || Promotion valid in Australia. || Promotion available until stocks last || Smart Technology reserves the right to change or cancel the promotion during the promotion period. ||

form•Z free is proving exceptionally effective for beginning fabrication students



form•Z free is proving exceptionally effective for beginning fabrication students

When we were considering the introduction of form•Z free as a reduced version of form•Z, our expectation was that it would popularize 3D modeling even among lower and middle school students. To our delight it is working great as a general introductory modeler and it is proving especially effective in the newly popular area of digital fabrication. Here is the story at one of the highly ranked design schools.

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form•Z has been an integral part of the design curriculum at The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) for many years. Professor Brad Jirka recently provided very insightful feedback on how MCAD has integrated form•Z. Using two levels of form•Z applications, form•Zquickly and seamlessly produces exceptional results with the latest fabrication and 3D printing technology.

Click Here for more details. 


Webinar: Generative design tools in form·Z Friday October 9, 1:00pm-2:00pm EDT (17:00-18:00 GMT)

Add a new unique twist to your 3D design using the generative tools in form•Z as we demonstrate the Voronoi diagram, Delaunay triangulation, point scatter, surface scatter, volume scatter, wrap and parametric map modeling tools. These tools have practical and theoretical applications in a large number of science and technology fields and have very desirable artistic characteristics.

We’ll see how they can be used together along with other form•Z tools to generate complex organic forms and design structures in a fun and intuitive way. You’ll also see how these forms are fabrication ready such as 3D printing. Any design professional who wants to enhance their design to include a variety of spawning, scattering, cell diagram and parametric map based form generation will be interested in this topic.

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form·Z Online Training Online training classes are a great way to learn form•Z from the convenience of your computer. Online sessions follow a structured class plan and often include downloadable guides and sample files that complement the training. Class sizes are limited to keep the course moving and make sure that everyone is able to follow the presentation. Most classes have Q & A time block at the end to allow for specific questions and feedback. Classes are conducted at a variety of times and and cover a variety of subjects. image2

Trial versions of form·Z Try form•Z pro 8.5 or form•Z jr 8.5 for 30 days for free! These trial versions are fully featured software including an unlimited number of saves and the ability to import and export from any of the supported file formats.


A trial version of the RenderZone photo-realistic rendering plugin is also included! ( for commercial use see here )


form·Z Student Edition The form•Z Student Edition is free for students and faculty for academic use.


Manipulate Objects in 3D


Manipulate Objects in 3D

Leonar3Do Virtual Reality Hardware Kit

Leonar3Do’s unique technology transforms the 2D flat dimension of desktop computers and laptops into a real 3D work environment. It promises real life like interaction with your computer and with any 3D objects. Leonar3Do provides the easiest way to create, demonstrate and visualize virtual 3D creations in real space.










The main components of Leonar3Do:

  • A spatial input de­vice (the ‘BIRD’)
  • 3D glasses and
  • Monitor-mounted sensors.

Leonar3Do is the first complete and complex desktop VR (virtual reality) equipment available. The main and most useful attribute of virtual reality is that you can place an object in a virtual space in front of (or behind) the monitor space. To achieve precise and strikingly realistic visual presentation, the software uses head-tracking: the computer continually fits the displayed images to the current position of your eyes. You can manipulate this VR-image as a real object with the ability to move, modify, color, dismantle or drop it. Almost as you would do in reality.

Revolutionary IR position tracking, based on line sensors. 2
Absolute position detection with full six degrees of freedom, calibrated to the monitor. 3
The bird allows carrying out actions with six degrees of freedom, i.e., moving and rotating in all three directions in space.The result: a virtual world created in the space between the user and the monitor, a world you can manipulate using the bird. 4

Leonar3Do software solutions

  1. LeoWorld – The Offline Solution

    LeoWorld is a unique 3D VR modeling and animation software. The user is able to view and shape any form and color in 3D, change the lighting in real time, give physical attributes to virtual objects (changeable mass, gravity, impeccability, rebounding etc.), create 3D animations, and export them into a video format. The software itself is highly intuitive, easy and quick to learn and control; and the user can enjoy unlimited freedom in terms of the areas of use and usability.

    Realtime polygon optimization – one key capability of LeoWorld. With this new method of 3D geometry editing, the surface is not divided into a specified number of polygons, instead the software always calculates and re-calculates, using as many polygons as are necessary at any moment. Since the geometry of the object is changing automatically, the user doesn’t need to have special modeling expertise, and the modeling speed is revolutionary. Since the computer has to work with the number of polygons needed, even real time algorithms (such as physics simulation) can be efficiently applied on the objects.

  2. Leopoly – Online Solution

    Leopoly is a subscription-based, social 3D sculpting applicationthat lets anyone create & customize in 3D, share their designs with the world and even 3D print them. Unlike traditional CAD software Leopoly is intuitive and easy to use. Designs can made quickly and then be shared, remixed by the entire community. Want to see if Leopoly is really as easy as we say? Try it out for yourself at


    Leonar3Do is the ultimate link between 3D scanning/design and 3D printing. We provide the easiest tools to personalize your object for the ever emerging 3D printing. Design and print jewels for children, vases for the kitchen, reference and sample works, and others.

  3. LeoConf software – for real-time 3d presentations

    LeoConf is the multi-personal version of Leonar3Do which allows You to share the 3D experience for larger audience by connecting Leonar3Do to any kind of big screen 3D TV or 3D Projector. Besides 3D communication at conferences, LeoConf is also suitable for making 3D demonstrations, presentations or classes for a bigger audience.

  4. Leonar3Do Plugin for Unity Game Engine software

    9Leonar3Do’s plugin for Unity3D enables you to create your own 3D VR games. Operate your software in a stereo 3D Virtual Reality environment by using Leonar3Do’s own head tracked 3D goggles, and replace the 2D mouse, joystick, keyboard and other traditional input devices with Leonar3Do’s 3D positioning device, the Bird. Enjoy the benefits of this new spatial game controller; learn the new dimension of interactivity.


    Leonar3Do SDK ( Software Development Kit)

    We believe that spatial thinking can bring solutions in many industries’ challenges and improve personal well-being. Leonar3Do Software Development Kit enables programmers to create or adjust any software application to the Leonar3Do platform using the LeoAPl. Direct communication with the hardware is provided by the Leonar3Do System Software.

    • The application communicates with the System Software via the LeoAPI.dll functions.
    • LeoAPI programming languages: C/C++
    • Written in OpenGL
    • Multiplatform: Windows/Mac/Linux


3D printing strategies


3D printing strategies

3D printing strategies

Sixty per cent of organisations believe high start-up costs are a main factor in the delay of implementing 3D printing strategies, according to a new survey by Gartner.

However, the survey also found that early adopters of the technology are finding clear benefits in multiple areas.

“3D printing has broad appeal to a wide range of businesses and early adopter consumers, and while the technology is already in use across a wide range of manufacturing verticals from medical to aerospace, costs remain the primary concern for buyers,” says Pete Basiliere, research director, Gartner.

“3D printer vendors must work closely with their clients to identify potential applications of the technology that may have been overlooked, and improve the cost-benefit ratios of their products.

“Organisations that wish to experiment with the technology without incurring start-up costs should consider partnering with a local 3D printing service bureau.”

Smart Technology offers 3D design software experience for 3D prototyping, conceptualisation and ‘Ideation’. We provide a range of 3D printers from A$695 and a bureau service for providing 3D Prints from designed models.

We also have access to high end Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) units for faster, high quality larger builds.

Elite SLS 3D Printer

Contact us for more details on installing 3D Printing or bureau services +61 2 9939 4000 or go to

The survey also reveals that while prototyping, product innovation and development are the main uses of 3D printing, the technology is also being used extensively in manufacturing applications.


3D printing strategies Chart

formZ Subd surfaces and 3D Printing


formZ Subd surfaces and 3D Printing make a difference


formZ Subd surfaces and 3D Printing

Below is a webinar that demonstrates the power of formZ Subd surfaces and 3D Printing capabilities by walking you through a series of actual 3D printed projects modeled exclusively with subdivision tools and features. formZ is a unique 3D modelling tool with support for solid, surface, NURBS suffices and now Subd’s. It also offers an easy to use toolset and display that is available for both Mac OSX 7+ and Windows 7 /8 computers.

In this session you’ll experience:
• Powerful subdivision modeling and how it can be used in your project workflow.
• Seamless conversion of subdivision models to NURBS or Quad Meshes.
• How the inherent quad mesh personality of subdivision objects lends itself perfectly to 3D Printing.
• How converting your subdivision models to NURBS adds an additional layer of flexibility to your design capabilites.
• The advantage of minimal time involved with analyzing and prepping the model for 3D printing due to the subdivision personality.


formZ Pro 8 is available now from Smarttec or call +61 (0)2 9939 4000





Subdivision modelling and 3D printing

COFA changes name to UNSW Art and Design


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COFA changes name to UNSW Art and Design

in a special ceremony on September 30 hosted by dignitaries inlcuding Chancellor & Vice Chancellor, a new stage in the long history of this fine school.

During the first week of Semester break and between September 29 to October 1 2014 – Smart Technology provided a succesful 3 day training workshop at the new campus of UNSW Art & Design ( formerly known as COFA ).

Hosted in the new facilities and organised by Petra Svoboda we provided ‘in depth’ training on the latest formZ Pro 8 SE software for 3D modelling, rendering and 3D Printing by Matthew Holewinski a Technical Consultant with AutoDesSys Inc. Matthew has been involved with 3D modeling, rendering, and animation for 20 years in a variety of disciplines including architecture, product design, mechanical engineering, historical recreations, museums, art and nature.

After 3 days of methodical and practical review all attendees were able to extend their knowledge and skills in the powerful 3D modelling tool used for 3D design and most were producing interesting models for 3D printing.


COFA Group


Our 3 day formZ Pro 8 experts – UNSW Design & Art Technical Support team and trainer Matt Holewinski (1st LHS. )

Many learnt in the tasks how to model unique shapes including using the new easier to model ‘Subdiv surfaces’ included in formZ Pro 8


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Early stage jug design from basic polygon shape using subdiv surface tool.

UPBox new bigger and better UP 3D Printer


Friday Sept 19 – Announced that in  few weeks the addition of  a new 3D Printer to our existing range with the Upbox new bigger and better UP 3D Printer  offering significant improvements in the ease of use, production throughput, accuracy and build size.

UPBox new bigger and better UP 3D Printer

This uncompromising new addition to the range adds:

larger build area: 255 x 205 x 205mm

30 % increase in print speed over UP Series 2

improved print accuracy with prints down to 100 micron (0.1mm )

new enclosed heat chamber with air filtration

Pricing $2,695 + $87 delivery + GST

Availability June 2015


Watch this space for new details, pricing on release and availability including offers with the latest formZ PRO 8 software

New 3D Up Printer

While this unit adds a new level of productivity and ease of use the existing 3D Up Series II printer that has recently seen a significant price drop – ( 3D Up Series II only $1,795 + dely  ) remains a well tested and reliable fast FDM Printer ( Fusion Deposition Printer )

The new model adds a step up in size, quality and speed of build at a price that will be similar to the original 3D UP Printer.







Low cost 3D Printing



Low Cost 3D Printing – 3D UP Mini creates a new price entry

The 3D Up mini printer has created a new low price in allowing the entry of easy to start and quality 3D Printing now reduced from $1,000 to the new low price of $755.00 (plus GST & delivery)

The 3D Up Mini Printer is an easy to use yet high quality Fusion Deposition Printer ( FTP ) capable of creating high quality ABS plastic parts up to 120 x 120 x 120mm in size an down to 0.2mm resolution from it’s own Mac/Win software that allows import in .stl format and provides for accurate production and intelligent support structures for any 3D designed software.

Included with the package is the powerful 3D design software formZ 3D FREE modelling software which is upgradable from the basic software package to the new formZ Junior or formZ Pro software

Up Mini Review by Techlife
UP Mini 3D Review Youtube video