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A series of disturbing reports have emerged this week from resellers of LulzBot’s 3D printers that could alienate the open source community.
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I recently spoke with Rich Stump of FATHOM and learned how the manufacturing service industry is consolidating.
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Researchers in the US military have developed a set of tests to determine the strength of 3D printed parts that could aid in future metal 3D printing quality control.
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When you’re making parts, there are a lot of things to keep in mind… tolerances, feeds and speeds, tool wear, workholding… the list goes on and on. Whether you’re making your own parts or stuff for a customer, the final finish of your product is important to remember. Finishing can be anything from anodizing or powder coating to simply polishing or washing your parts ...
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Tethon 3D announced a new product: a ceramic powder suitable for use in SLS 3D printers to add to their extensive portfolio of printable ceramic materials.
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There’s a key barrier that’s holding back 3D printing from much more radical use, but it may be about to break down.
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HP 3D Printing and Digital Manufacturing is introducing a new material along with several other 3D printing announcements today.
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The great promise of 3D printing combined with innovative 3D design (such as generative design) is to reduce parts and material waste while creating geometry that surpasses the capability of traditional subtractive machining.
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JustSketchMe is a web-based app to create and pose 3D character models.
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3D modeling freelancer site Cad Crowd announced the winners of their COVID-19 Design Contest.
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Nestled along the coast of Belgium is the mostly open-air Raversyde in Ostend with its bunkers, observation posts, and subterranean corridors. This museum is unique in that it commemorates sites that were instrumental in both world wars: in WWI as a coastal battle and during WWII as the site where Nazi Germany built the Atlantic Wall as a defense. For the museum’s opening weekend of the season, which this year is on June 15th, they prepared a new focal point in the exhibition of the First World War Coastal Battery. The highlight of the exhibit is a massive, highly detailed, 3D-printed model of the Mauretania that carried out different but essential functions during WWI.
The Mauretania was the largest passenger ship built in 1906 and, despite its size, held awards for its speed for over 20 years. These two factors made it an ideal candidate to effectively be used as troop transport during WWI. By the end of the war, the ship was painted in what is called dazzle painting, which played a vital role in protecting naval and trade vessels during the World War. The jagged patterns and clashing colors camouflaged the ships and made it hard for enemies to get a fix on the target. During the war, the Mauretania carried British, Canadian, and American troops and was able to evade German U-boats with its speed. As the need arose, the Mauretania was even transformed into a hospital ship. Eventually, it went back to troop transport and ended up transferring soldiers from many Allied countries.
Raversyde wanted to highlight the use of Dazzle camouflage during the First World War by creating their own large-scale model for the exhibit. They had previously used another museum’s historical wooden model on loan but wanted to realize their own with a length of over 1.7 meters to impactfully fill their new exhibition space. Additionally, since this part of the museum is exposed to the elements, they wanted the model to be able to withstand the weather fluctuations, which is not the case with traditional wooden models. From their previous experience from other exhibits, they knew that 3D printing made the most sense for their project due to the size, material, and timing of the project.
The museum ended up choosing to work with i.materialise because they had previously worked with us before on another project on a recreation of the 3D model of the whole First World War battery of the site.
“As a public organization we worked with the procedure of a tender where multiple firms were asked to put in an offer, we decided to select by the criterion of the price, and i.materialise came out as the winner. Because of their previous work, we knew what quality to expect,” according to Kathleen Ribbens, the Registrar and Collection Caretaker at Raversyde.
With a tight deadline from the looming opening, the design and engineering team quickly got to work. They received a design file of the ship from the museum’s external contracted designer and used their expertise to set up all the important but minuscule details and pieces in an orientation that made the most of the material. This also ensured that the detailed pieces would not get lost in the process.
The Mauretania model was printed with our Mammoth Stereolithography machines, which are capable of achieving the highest level of detail as well as the sheer bulk required to print such a large structure. Mammoth resin was used which is constructed from liquid resin that is then hardened with a laser and suitable for printing large models up to 2100 x 700 x 800 mm. This material was chosen because the ship needed to have a smooth surface for the model to be painted afterward. After the ship was printed, the Materialise team completed the initial primer paint layer before shipping to the museum on schedule. After Trudo Modelbouwvereniging, the model painters in Sint-Truiden, Beligum, gave the ship the “dazzle” paint job, it has gone on display ready to shine for the opening weekend.
After seeing the final result, Kathleen said, “I am really pleased about the detailed work and especially the experts at i.materialise who facilitated the timely delivery!”
If you’re in Belgium from June 15th to November 11th, 2020, check out this large, 3D-printed historical recreation of the Mauretania at Raversyde!
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This project was commissioned by Raversyde, Atlantikwall, Oostende, Provincie West-Vlaanderen
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An announcement by Xaar leads to some interesting speculation about Stratasys’ future strategy, which could be a different style of involvement with additive manufacturing.
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This week’s selection is “Prototyping and Modelmaking for Product Design” by Bjarki Hallgrimsson.
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Recently I spoke with Xometry’s Aaron Lichtig to find out how the 3D printing manufacturing network is faring during the crisis.
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Most mass manufacturing is done at centralized locations. Many produce millions of products annually. Envision a future where this capacity occurs in many more locations much closer to the customer. Deliveries occur faster and less expensively. Relatively small quantities of products are tailored to the needs of the geographic area. Inventories are smaller, with true just-in-time delivery closer to reality for a greater number of companies and products. Functionality, quality, and value improve.
This development is slowly and quietly underway. It is being made possible from the flexibility and responsiveness of companies running additive manufacturing systems and ancillary processes. The diffusion of this approach is still small compared to the opportunity. Even so, it is real and exciting to watch develop. Most large manufacturing sites are not breaking up into smaller ones. Instead, entirely new products and businesses, such as custom eyewear, footwear, jewelry, spare parts, and after-market products are developing. Production runs are a small fraction of what a large factory produces.
How AM Addresses Supply Chain Gaps and Distributed Manufacturing is the subject of the second in our Virtual Game Day Series brought to you by America Makes and Wohlers Associates. This 90-minute panel session is on June 18 and is free of charge. Four experts will answer questions and address important issues associated with supply chain challenges and how distributed manufacturing and other factors can help address them. I have the pleasure of moderating the session. Virtual networking opportunities will occur before and after the 12:00 Noon ET panel.
Plan to be a part of shaping the future of our supply chains and distribution manufacturing by attending this event. Your questions and participation are welcomed. I hope to see you there.
Farsoon announced a monstrously huge deal with Falcontech to provide the AM service with no fewer than 50 advanced metal 3D printers.
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A startup company has developed services to assist the transition to additive manufacturing technologies by performing a sophisticated analysis of target parts.
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In my latest video, I show how to create custom pegboard holders for my metric and English allen packs. While I’d guess you won’t have the exact same tools in your workshop, hopefully the process will be helpful.
Basically I scanned in the packs with a flatbed desktop scanner, then traced/scaled it to fit in Fusion 360 and extruded. It worked out better than I was expecting, though there was definitely some iteration involved.
Also, don’t make a mirrored image, a mistake which illustrate while creating the second holder. STLs are available here if you just so happen to have the same packs.
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Creating an ideal 3D printable model can be intimidating to new users. If you follow this blog closely, you’ve probably heard us advise you about avoiding common 3D modeling errors. That’s why many people ask us: what happens if I place an order, but my file still contains errors?
There are clear rules for the use of each and every 3D printing material. We summarize them in something we call ‘design guides’. Sticking to the guidelines and rules in these guides will ensure that your model will be printable. That’s why we ask all designers to take a look at the design guide of their material of choice before ordering their print.
But of course, in practice it isn’t often as easy, and modeling errors can and will occur. That’s why we’ve installed a system to spot most of these mistakes. Not only does this allow us to identify unprintable files, but we will also give you feedback on what went wrong. In some cases we might even be able to fix the errors on the spot!
So here’s how our error-spotting and file-fixing system works:
We will try to fix minor errors automatically. If you upload your model to our website and it contains errors, our software will try to fix it on the spot.
If an auto-fix doesn’t solve the error, we’ll take a look at your design in person. Our team of support engineers with years of experience in 3D modeling and 3D printing will take a look at your design. They will then give you feedback on what went wrong. Maybe the wall thickness you chose was too thin, maybe the details were too small, maybe you uploaded several models in one file. The list of possible errors might be long, but with the information that you will get from our support team, you will be able to perfect your design and make it error-free.
So as you can see, there is a safety net in place. Just a word of caution, however: As a designer it is your responsibility that your design is printable. Our software and trained personnel will do their best to spot and fix any errors, but we cannot guarantee that no errors will slip through. That’s why it is so important to read the design guidelines before you place an order (I know I’m repeating myself, but I can’t stress enough how important they are).
If we spot mistakes we will cancel your order and refund you completely: Whenever we find mistakes that make your model unprintable, we will cancel the order, send you an email with detailed feedback, and refund 100% of your money.
Sometimes users are surprised that their order was canceled, even though our online tool showed them a price and they were able to place an order. That’s because receiving a quote is not a guarantee that the file is actually 3D printable.
With the instructions in the cancellation email, you will be able to fix your file and place a new order.
In order to avoid receiving the unpleasant surprise of a canceled order, you should take a look at the three magic topics that are responsible for most design errors: minimum wall thickness, grouped models, and minimum detail size.
So is your file ready for printing now? Upload it here and place your order! Are you still in the design process? Then take a look at our 100+ 3D printing materials and finishes and try to optimize your 3D model by using the material-specific guidelines.