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October 20, 2017

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3D Printing News Briefs: October 20, 2017

We have a lot of news to share with you in this week’s second edition of 3D Printing News Briefs, ranging from 3D printers and spinal implants to new filaments and facilities. Ultimaker is...

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by Sarah Saunders at October 20, 2017 08:49 PM

Virtual Human Modeling Puts Simulation Tools in Clinicians' Hands: Interview with Dassault Systèmes' Karl D'Souza

Dassault Systèmes announced the Living Heart Project in May 2014, bringing advanced simulation capabilities into play for cardiac care, and soon began to expand the reach of the project with a...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at October 20, 2017 08:17 PM

OMNI3D and SMARTTECH Team Up Again for 3D Printing and Scanning of Supercar Part

3D technology is changing automotive design on the race track, and the Divergent Blade supercar and the Arrinera Hussarya supercar have both been the product of 3D printing technology in one way or...

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by Sarah Saunders at October 20, 2017 07:41 PM

SelfCAD Brings 3D Modeling, Slicing and Other Functions Together in One Easy Program

A lot of software is involved in 3D printing. Modeling software and slicing software are only two of the types of programs regularly used in the 3D design and 3D printing process, and there are so...

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by Clare Scott at October 20, 2017 06:21 PM

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DISTRO: Researchers create digital 3D objects from incomplete 3D scanning data

Researchers from Germany’s Saarland University and Max Planck Institute for Informatics have joined Intel to improve digital 3D object creation using incomplete 3D scanning data. “VConv-DAE” is a convolutional volumetric auto encoder that learns volumetric representation from noisy data.

October 20, 2017 05:19 PM

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BIOMODEX Brings Biomechanics and 3D Printing to Physicians: Interview with CEO Thomas Marchand

The business of care is adapting with the times, as life sciences proves a fertile ground for adopting new technologies to help in patient treatments. At this week’s busy 3DEXPERIENCE Forum,...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at October 20, 2017 05:15 PM

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Golden 3D Printing?

The all new E3D V6 Gold Edition 3D printer hot end

The all new E3D V6 Gold Edition 3D printer hot end

3D printer hotend maker E3D stepped up...

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by General Fabb at October 20, 2017 05:00 PM

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Tie On Some High Fashion with 3B Army's New Line of 3D Printed Ties

Some people love ties, and some people hate them. They can be a way to express yourself, or they can be an annoyance that one has to deal with at any business, formal or semi-formal event. Most...

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by Clare Scott at October 20, 2017 04:09 PM

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University of Michigan professor doubles 3D printing speeds using vibration-mitigating algorithm

The Smart and Sustainable Automation Research Laboratory of Chinedum Okwudire, an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Michigan, has developed a software algorithm called “FBS Vibration Compensation” that effectively doubles 3D printing speeds.

October 20, 2017 03:24 PM

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More Funds Awarded to University of Pittsburgh for Research Improving Gas Turbines with 3D Printing

There have been plenty of 3D printing research projects in terms of developing materials and products that can hold up under high temperatures, such as boron nitride nanotubes, 3D printer nozzles...

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by Sarah Saunders at October 20, 2017 03:11 PM

3D Printed Mask Gives a Tiny Turtle a New Face

Many of the animals in zoos have important jobs that go beyond just hanging around and allowing themselves to be stared at by visitors. Several of them are members of endangered species, and are in...

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by Clare Scott at October 20, 2017 02:08 PM

Terry Wohlers

Vestas Wind Turbines

Have you ever wondered how wind turbine blades are made? I have. Luckily, I was a part of a special tour initiated by SME Chapter 354 that gave a good view into the manufacturing process. I was one of 27 that toured the Vestas blade factory in Windsor, Colorado earlier this week. The blades produced at the impressive facility are 54 meters (178 feet) in length, weigh seven tons, and amazingly complex. When a blade is at work, the speed at its tip is an astounding 251 kph (156 mph).

Denmark-based Vestas began to make wind turbines in 1979 and leads in the production and worldwide sales, with more than 16% of the market. GE, Siemens, and many relatively small companies are also in the business. Vestas has factories in Denmark, Germany, Italy, Spain, China, India, and Colorado. The Windsor and Brighton, Colorado factories produce a significant number of all blades from the company. Windsor, alone, produces about 2,000 annually.

The visit began with an excellent presentation by Hans Jespersen, vice president and general manager of the Vestas blade factory in Windsor. Six other employees were on hand to answer questions and serve as our tour guides. Molds used to produce the blades are the largest—and definitely the longest—I have seen in 30+ years of visiting manufacturing facilities worldwide. The molds are made of a composite material, and the blades, themselves, are made predominantly of fiberglass and epoxy. On the surface, it may sound relatively straightforward, but sophisticated methods, intellectual property, and decades of experience go into the production of the blades.

Thanks to SME Chapter 354 for setting up the tour, and special thanks to the people at Vestas for sharing their time and expertise. Our tour guide, Phil McCarthy, senior production manager at the company, did an outstanding job in showing and explaining the many manufacturing steps and processes at the company. The tour was among the best I have taken in recent years. Vestas rolled out the “red carpet,” spent a lot of time with us, and answered many questions. I now have an even greater appreciation for wind turbines and their contribution to clean energy.

by Terry Wohlers at October 20, 2017 01:49 PM

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Realistic 3D Printed Small Intestine Model and Bioreactor Helps Understand the Gut

We’ve seen 3D printed stomach models, as well as tongues and livers, and even a 3D printed pancreas, but as far as I can tell, the technology has not been used often to study one of the most...

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by Sarah Saunders at October 20, 2017 01:13 PM

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3D Printed Tires Run Over Water!

These 3D printed tires enable this RC car to zoom across water

These 3D printed tires enable this RC car to zoom across water

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by General Fabb at October 20, 2017 01:00 PM

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Thermwood & collaborators 3D print PSU helicopter mold using LSAM technology

A joint team from Purdue University’s Composites Manufacturing and Simulation Center, Thermwood Corporation, Applied Composite Engineering (ACE), and Techmer PM demonstrated how it produced a composite helicopter part using a mold that was 3D printed out of polysulfone (PSU).

October 20, 2017 10:58 AM

3D printed robotic lab allows Imperial College London scientists to examine multiple insects at once

A 3D printed robotic device developed at the UK&aposs Imperial College London allows scientists to monitor many insects at once. The Raspberry Pi-powered device allows neuroscientists to closely examine fruit flies, which are surprisingly similar to humans in many ways.

October 20, 2017 10:28 AM

Israels CollPlant to improve 3D bioprinted organs following $5M investment from billionaire Martin Schlaff

Israeli 3D bioprinting company CollPlant Holdings Ltd. has announced it will be moving ahead with the development of implantable 3D printed organs. The announcement follows a significant investment from Alpha Capital, the foreign investment company owned by Austrian billionaire Martin Schlaff.

October 20, 2017 09:43 AM

3D printed cell-opening mechanism opens new possibilities in camouflage, drug delivery

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have used 3D printing to design a unique sequential cell-opening mechanism that could be used for drug delivery and color-changing camouflage materials.

October 20, 2017 09:06 AM

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What Exactly Makes Xact Metal’s Metal 3D Printing So Cheap?

The Xact Metal XM200 metal 3D printer. (Image courtesy of Xact Metal.)  

The Xact Metal XM200 metal 3D printer. (Image courtesy of Xact Metal.)
 

This...

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by ENGINEERING.com at October 20, 2017 09:00 AM

October 19, 2017

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Collaboration and 3D Printing Streamline Boat Production

Even though large scale additive manufacturing is becoming more common, it’s still no less impressive to see what it can produce. Massive objects can be 3D printed in very few or even in one...

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by Clare Scott at October 19, 2017 09:10 PM

Studying Feasibility: 3D Printing for Spare Parts Production

There are plenty of examples of 3D printed spare parts saving companies and industries money – the technology has been used to make spare parts for automobiles, metro trains, the US Marine...

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by Sarah Saunders at October 19, 2017 08:07 PM

From Go-Kart to Forklift: More of Matt Denton's Adventures in 3D Printed Legos

In the 1970s, LEGO started producing Technic kits, which were boxes of LEGOs with rods and other parts for the purpose of building more complex, functional projects than were possible with ordinary...

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by Clare Scott at October 19, 2017 07:17 PM

New 3D Printers with Crowdfunding Campaigns: MOD-t (2nd Gen) and Platonics Ark

We like to keep you informed about the latest 3D printing technology campaigns on well-known crowdfunding sites, such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo. These campaigns are still a very popular way for...

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by Sarah Saunders at October 19, 2017 06:28 PM

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The Q4 3D Hubs Report Gets More Interesting

3D Hubs Q4 report, showing the most popular 3D printing countries

3D Hubs Q4 report, showing the most popular 3D printing countries

Each quarter 3D Hubs...

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by General Fabb at October 19, 2017 05:00 PM

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New design for more efficient solar cells takes inspiration from black butterfly wings and 3D printing

Have you heard the theory about a butterfly’s wings flapping in one part of the the world and causing a hurricane in another? A recent 3D printing development influenced by the moth’s more colourful cousin could prove to be a major contribution to the future of our climate, and in this case the butterfly didn’t even have to do anything.

October 19, 2017 04:58 PM

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Relativity Space Takes Inexpensive Rockets to New Level with Giant Stargate 3D Printer

Launching a rocket is not cheap; right now, the cost is about $100 million. Within four years, Relativity Space wants to bring that price down to $10 million. How are they going to do that? By...

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by Clare Scott at October 19, 2017 04:38 PM

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3D Printing News Roundup: Sciaky and Altem Tech win awards, NuVasive launches new 3D printed implant, more

Here’s your 3D printing news roundup for October 19, 2017. In it you’ll find news from EBAM inventor Sciaky, India-based Altem Technologies, 3D printed medical implant company NuVasive, and methane conversion researchers from Montana State University.

October 19, 2017 04:34 PM

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Using Metal 3D Printing to Make an Innovative Bike Part

EOS GmbH is the market leader in metal and plastic powder bed fusion systems. Also called selective laser sintering, laser sintering or SLS. The metal variants are called Direct Metal Laser Sintering...

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by Joris Peels at October 19, 2017 03:57 PM

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New Matter launches 30% faster MOD-t 3D printer on Kickstarter, starting at $199

New Matter, the 3D printer startup that brought us the low-cost MOD-t desktop printer in 2014, is now back and better than ever with the launch of its second-generation MOD-t.

October 19, 2017 02:59 PM

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Seth Aaron by Feetz Line Hits the Runway in Debut of the First 3D Printed Designer Shoe and Accessory Collection

We have been following San Diego-based technology company Feetz ever since we first heard Founder and CEO Lucy Beard’s custom 3D printed shoe pitch back in 2014. Not long after, the company...

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by Sarah Saunders at October 19, 2017 02:47 PM

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3D Print in Silver Now at a Lower Price

All that glitters is not gold…because today we’re focusing on silver! This is one of the materials you can use to 3D print your ideas, and is one of the most beloved metals for jewelry designs. And from now on, you can bring your design to life in silver at an even better price, especially on high-volume orders for 3D printing in silver.

With this better reduction, the more copies you order of the same model, the lower the price per unit will be. This is not a temporary discount, but a permanent price drop that’s even more remarkable for orders of 10 prints or more of the same model.

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Silver designs by Blueberries © Adela Havelkova

Ideal for jewelry designers

The exact reduction will vary for each model, according to its finish, size and weight. While all orders might receive a discount, bigger orders of the same model, especially small pieces, might benefit more. That’s why this new price is a great opportunity for jewelry designers and business owners who want to 3D print their creations.

To know exactly how much your order will cost, upload your model to our platform and choose how many you want to print. It’s that easy!

Let’s test this out with a ring that we would like to print with a high-gloss finish.

The price for one ring is €45.90, but the price per ring drops to €41.80when we print 10.

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Let’s see what happens if we want to print even more rings.

Ring Silver Test 2

The unit price decreases even more if we print 100 pieces. So, the more pieces you order, the higher will be the discount.

As you can see on the next screenshot, ordering more than 100 pieces is where the discount really kicks in, with a 16% reduction from the original price per unit.

Ring Silver Test 2

One metal, five finishes

In case you need even more reasons to love silver, we can tell you that it is the perfect metal to get creative. We have five different finishes available for silver, which means you have lots of options to get the look you want for your 3D designs.

  • Gloss: a shiny look with a high-level of detail. The surfaces are left uneven and smooth. For this finish, silver models are post-processed in a magnetic tumbler.
  • High-gloss: the most smooth and shiny finish. Thanks to hand-polishing after printing, the model has less detailed, but more sparkle.
  • Antique: a distressed look to make the object appear aged. After an oxidation process, the elevated surfaces are polished by hand to make each piece unique. The surface is left with darker and dimmer tones.
  • Satin: a duller finish that is treated with a wire brush to give models an effect of super-fine lines on the surface.
  • Sandblasted: for a smooth, matt look
Silver Finishes

Gloss, High Gloss, Satin and Sandblasted silver finishes

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Antique silver finish

This price reduction is a good reason to start using 3D printing for your jewelry business, a smart option for jewelry artists and designers. Check out these outstanding silver 3D prints to get inspiration for your designs.

If you’re new to 3D printing jewelry, carefully read our Design Guides to get the best print possible.

We also shared some ideas about the best software for 3D modeling jewelry designs for those looking for the perfect match for their creative process.

When your designs are ready, all you need to do is upload your models to get an excellent price for 3D-printed jewelry.

Featured image: Running Rabbit Ring by Vulcan Jewelry. High gloss finish. © Agnes Fong 

 

by Aura Farrando at October 19, 2017 02:44 PM

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Australia's First 3D Printed Paw Helps Millie the Greyhound Run Again

While greyhounds can also be wonderful, affectionate pets, most people know them as the dogs that run fast. Greyhounds are, indeed, incredibly fast, but Millie, a young greyhound in Australia, lost...

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by Clare Scott at October 19, 2017 02:03 PM

3D Hubs' 3D Printing Trend Report for Q4 2017 Shows Shifts in Industrial Usage, Top Cities

Every quarter, the global 3D Hubs network releases an extensive 3D printing industry report on the latest trends, covering materials, printers, manufacturers, and even the cities and countries...

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by Sarah Saunders at October 19, 2017 01:12 PM

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Waterproofing Your 3D Prints

Are your 3D prints waterproof? Mine certainly are not

Are your 3D prints waterproof? Mine certainly are not

I saw a post somewhere about...

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by General Fabb at October 19, 2017 01:00 PM

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Zoo Knoxville turtle wears tiny 3D printed mask to protect face injury

Nope, that’s not a tiny Mike Myers you’re seeing, just a small turtle wearing a 3D printed face mask. The turtle, a resident at Zoo Knoxville in Tennessee, was fitted with the 3D printed mask after suffering an injury to her face.

October 19, 2017 10:32 AM

Stargate 3D printer could help Relativity Space build rockets on Mars

Orbital launch company Relativity Space plans to use “Stargate,” which it says is the largest metal 3D printer in the world, to fabricate rockets on Mars. The 3D printer uses multiple print heads to process strong proprietary alloys.

October 19, 2017 09:51 AM

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Cosmetics brand Lush to explore 3D printed molds and products at new $17M UK facility

Cosmetics brand Lush will be investing in 3D printing technologies to manufacture molds for its products and perhaps even cosmetics, according to Mark Constantine, co-founder of the UK-based company.

October 19, 2017 08:54 AM

Australias Charles Darwin University fires up rocket-powered LIGHTSPEE3D metal 3D printer

Charles Darwin University in Australia has started using its LIGHTSPEE3D metal 3D printer, built by Australian additive manufacturing company SPEE3D. Darwin’s machine is the first operational LIGHTSPEE3D printer in the world.

October 19, 2017 08:07 AM

October 18, 2017

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XYZprinting Learning Its Identity in the 3D Printing Marketplace, Targeting Consumers and Designers

Taiwan’s XYZprinting has become a mainstay in desktop 3D printing, often seen in a leadership position drawing from its strong, varied line of desktop 3D printers available at a variety of price...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at October 18, 2017 09:17 PM

Sculpteo Introduces New Fabpilot 3D Software Solution and Updated Print Page

France-based Sculpteo, which was the first online 3D printing service to launch its API, has been focusing on its software offerings recently, partnering with ZBrush to make 3D printing more...

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by Sarah Saunders at October 18, 2017 08:32 PM

3D Printing for Prototyping and Production Course Details

If you haven’t already signed up for the opportunity to advance your 3D Printing skills this Fall, this is your chance! In this 3-week long workshop, beginning October 31, you’ll be exposed to the...

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by Saadia Khalid at October 18, 2017 07:48 PM

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SLM Solutions secures largest ever order as Asian customer requests 70 metal 3D printers

German 3D printer manufacturer SLM Solutions, named after the Selective Laser Melting 3D printing technique of which it has been a pioneer in recent years, has just announced a huge order of 70 3D printers from a major customer in Asia.

October 18, 2017 07:33 PM

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A Kosher High with a 3D Printed Medical Marijuana Inhaler

Israeli drug delivery company Syqe Medical has made a 3D printed medical marijuana inhaler. This intersection of all the buzz lacks only in a nanomaterial and big data, or it would be the sole thing...

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by Joris Peels at October 18, 2017 07:03 PM

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Desktop 3D Printer Enclosures: A Hint of Things to Come?

A new enclosure for Type A Machines' equipment hints at changes in the future

A new enclosure for Type A Machines' equipment hints at changes in the future

A new 3D...

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by General Fabb at October 18, 2017 07:00 PM

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3D Printed Concrete Bridge in the Netherlands Officially Open to Cyclists

In 2015, the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands began developing a giant concrete 3D printer as part of a large-scale research project. The massive 3D printer, which...

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by Sarah Saunders at October 18, 2017 06:21 PM

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3D Printing News Roundup: 3D printed sternum, Ultimaker Cura 3.0, Safilo 3D printed sunglasses, 3D Lab

To mark the halfway point of the 3D printing week, here’s a roundup of some more additive tidbits: Ultimaker launches its Cura 3.0 slicing software, an Anatomics 3D printed sternum implant is successfully implanted into a patient, and more.

October 18, 2017 05:33 PM

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More 3D Metal Printing Companies Achieve ISO 13485

Two more companies achieve ISO 13485

Two more companies achieve ISO 13485

The race is on to achieve ISO 13485!

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by General Fabb at October 18, 2017 05:00 PM

Elon Musk Not Using 3D Printing As Much As Suspected

SpaceX's proposed gigantic BFR transport lifting off, and some of it will be 3D printed

SpaceX's proposed gigantic BFR transport lifting off, and some of it will be 3D printed

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by General Fabb at October 18, 2017 05:00 PM

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We Need To Talk About Fablabs

Fablabs are wonderful things. Places to congregate, learn and experience, they’re a haven for makers. For many, the fablab was the first place where you saw a 3D printer and got the chance to operate...

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by Joris Peels at October 18, 2017 04:57 PM

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Mantis Hacks latest make is a giant 3D printed LEGO Forklift

Matt Denton, a maker known on Youtube for his Mantis Hacks videos, has wowed us once again with his latest project: a giant 3D printed LEGO forklift.

October 18, 2017 04:24 PM

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3D Printed Composite Sternum and Rib Cage Implanted for the First Time in the US

Chondrosarcoma is a rare type of cancer that affects the bones and joints and is resistant to traditional cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation. It requires surgical removal, and...

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by Clare Scott at October 18, 2017 03:56 PM

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New fully integrated Voladd 3D printer launches on Kickstarter for $587

A startup from San Sebastian in Spain has launched a new “fully integrated” 3D printer on Kickstarter. Called the Voladd 3D printer, the machine is available for as little as €499 ($587).

October 18, 2017 03:36 PM

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Integration is Key to 3D Printing Growth, Says colorFabb CEO

Like many growing companies working with desktop extrusion-based 3D printing systems, Netherlands-based colorFabb traces its roots to the RepRap movement, with a firm foundation in maker culture....

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at October 18, 2017 02:59 PM

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MakerBot Introduces MakerBot Labs, An Experimental 3D Printing Platform for Engineers and Developers

In 2016, MakerBot announced that it would be shifting the company’s focus to the professional and educational, and away from the consumer market. In this vein, the company is announcing the...

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by Sarah Saunders at October 18, 2017 02:02 PM

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JeeQ Data Reveals Best Selling 3D Printers Online for Q3 2017

We see numerous studies, reports and analyses on 3D printing here—not to mention evidence of incredible projects makers and businesses are creating worldwide. With the arrival of the JeeQ data each...

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by Bridget Butler Millsaps at October 18, 2017 01:04 PM

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MakePrintable Takes a Bite Out of Everyone’s 3D Printing Workflow

Repairing a broken 3D model directly within Cura 3.0

Repairing a broken 3D model directly within Cura 3.0

MakePrintable announced an...

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by General Fabb at October 18, 2017 01:00 PM

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MakerBot Labs: new experimental 3D printing platform is MakerBots olive branch to open source community

New York 3D printing company MakerBot has launched MakerBot Labs, an experimental platform with open APIs, custom print modes, and an online resource-sharing site. The platform purportedly allows users to “push the limits” of 3D printing.

October 18, 2017 11:44 AM

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Cicada-inspired 3D printed PEKK implants could reduce bacterial infections without antibiotics

A team of researchers from Northeastern University in Boston (MA) and the Wenzhou Medical University in China have taken inspiration from cicada wings to develop infection-resistant 3D printed orthopedic implants using PEKK plastic.

October 18, 2017 11:16 AM

Worlds first 3D printed bicycle bridge opens to cyclists in Netherlands

Officials in the Netherlands have announced the opening of the world&aposs first concrete 3D printed bridge for cyclists. The bridge, that will serve two-wheeled commuters in the southeastern town of Gemert, is eight meters long and crosses a water-filled ditch.

October 18, 2017 09:09 AM

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Millie the greyhound becomes first dog in Australia to receive 3D printed prosthetic leg

Millie, a Greyhound pup with a missing paw from Australia, has been fitted with a custom 3D printed prosthetic leg. The 3D printed prosthetic, designed by Millie’s owner, has allowed the dog to walk and even run normally again.

October 18, 2017 08:04 AM

October 17, 2017

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3DEXPERIENCE Forum Examines Realistic Digitalization in Industry

This week in Hollywood, Florida, the 3DEXPERIENCE Forum is examining Business in the Age of Experience — specifically, a more digital experience. Hosted by Dassault Systèmes, the conference is...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at October 17, 2017 11:09 PM

3D Printing News Briefs: October 17, 2017

We’re covering 3D printing files, 3D printers, business, projects, and programs today in 3D Printing News Briefs. MyMiniFactory now supports the 3MF file format, and an interior design company...

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by Sarah Saunders at October 17, 2017 08:37 PM

Ultimaker Introduces Ultimaker Cura 3.0, with Plenty of New Features for Better 3D Printing

Ultimaker is a popular company with a lot to offer, and its appeal goes far beyond just its 3D printers. Its open source Cura software is loved by many, and has been adapted by numerous 3D printer...

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by Clare Scott at October 17, 2017 07:46 PM

Self Peeling Droplets: Can Droplet Control Help Improve 3D Printing?

MIT researchers Kripa Varanasi, Jolet de Ruiter, and Dan Soto have recently published a paper in Nature Physics detailing how they can control the adhesion of droplets on surfaces. By changing the...

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by Joris Peels at October 17, 2017 07:01 PM

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MakerBot Relaunches Experimental Mode

Swapping nozzles on MakerBot's new Experimental Extruder

Swapping nozzles on MakerBot's new Experimental Extruder

MakerBot has just announced a...

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by General Fabb at October 17, 2017 07:00 PM

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3D Printing News Roundup: Creaform schools deal, NASA challenge, GE and GKN collab, more

Today’s 3D printing news roundup has a bit of everything, with medical 3D printing developments being complemented by an educational 3D scanning initiative, the launch of GKN Group’s new Additive business, and even a new NASA 3D printing challenge for students.

October 17, 2017 06:44 PM

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The R&D Tax Aspects of 3D Printing Anatomical Models

Hospitals are beginning to integrate 3D printing technologies into their operations to better prepare surgeons for high-risk procedures. Practice makes perfect, but when it comes to healthcare, no...

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by Charles Goulding at October 17, 2017 06:14 PM

Milling Around

Where CNC Fits into the Flow of Moldmaking

One of the murkiest (and most interesting) topics in the world of CNC is tool and moldmaking. Moldmakers have been around for a very long time (longer than CNC), and there is a mystery and art to the craft ...

by Chris Fox at October 17, 2017 06:08 PM

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Formlabs Deepens Dental Capabilities

A very interesting new dental material from Formlabs

A very interesting new dental material from Formlabs

I’m fascinated by Formlabs’...

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by General Fabb at October 17, 2017 05:00 PM

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Free Formlabs White Paper Discusses Benefits and Common Issues in 3D Printing and Injection Molding

While 3D printing is definitely shaking up the way many products are manufactured, it will likely never be a permanent replacement for other technologies like injection molding, which is most often...

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by Sarah Saunders at October 17, 2017 04:56 PM

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DOE awards University of Pittsburghs Minking Chyu $600K to improve gas turbines with 3D printing

The gas turbine industry just got a serious boost, thanks to a Pittsburgh researcher who’s using 3D printing solutions to revitalize the aging technology.

October 17, 2017 04:35 PM

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GKN and GE Additive to Work Together as Partners in 3D Printing

This week is a busy one for GKN, which just announced that it would be creating a new division called GKN Additive to consolidate all of its additive manufacturing activities into one area. The...

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by Clare Scott at October 17, 2017 03:58 PM

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iPad 3D scanner helps Washington University scientists measure swollen legs of elephantiasis patients

In collaboration with workers in Sri Lanka, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis have used an iPad-mounted infrared 3D scanner to measure limb enlargement and disfigurement in elephantiasis patients. The technique could replace older and impractical methods.

October 17, 2017 03:21 PM

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ZMorph CEO Sees Milestones in 3D Printing Growth with Latest Hardware and Software Offerings

TCT Show 2017 proved a showcase of milestone moments and announcements as the 3D printing industry continues to mature. This sense of maturation permeated many of the biggest announcements from the...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at October 17, 2017 02:57 PM

Frog Design Team Aims to Make Pelvic Exam More Tolerable, 3D Prints Speculums

We all have our challenges in life, along with our likes and dislikes, but most women can agree on sharing a common cringing dread for that annual visit to the gynecologist. It is a yearly...

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by Bridget Butler Millsaps at October 17, 2017 01:55 PM

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How 3D Printing Can Enhance and Expand Medtech Opportunities

In the September 7, 2017 issue of Medtech Insight, Scott Rader, founder and leader of the Healthcare Solutions team at Stratasys, along with Clemens Moeller and Christophe Durand of the Boston Consulting Group, explores the benefits of 3D-printed devices and how they are driving the adoption of the technology. They also assess how fast this evolution is happening and evaluate how – and in which biomedical applications and device markets – 3D printing could best enhance products and allow medtech manufacturers to grow their businesses.

Medical applications for 3D printing are expanding rapidly and are gradually revolutionizing the delivery of health care. 3D printing is emerging as an efficient and cost effective manufacturing option for customized medical devices such as dental implants, hearing aids, knee implants, surgical instruments, prosthesis and many more. It is poised to disrupt the medical device market by encouraging new entrants, enabling precision planning for surgeries, optimizing device design and development, increasing productivity, reducing cost, and ultimately revolutionizing the standard of care.

By making products that cannot be manufactured in any other way, 3D printing has the potential to revolutionize the standard of care by addressing previously unmet needs. 3D printing has already had a transformative effect on hearing aid manufacturing. Today, 99% of hearing aids that fit into the ear are custom-made using 3D printing. Everyone’s ear canal is shaped differently, and the use of 3D printing allows custom-shaped devices to be produced efficiently and cost-effectively.

With 3D printing we will see more products being made directly at the point-of-care, possibly accelerating treatment and reducing the number of visits for patients. 3D printing can also offer less costly alternatives to standard treatments, making advanced medical treatment more widely accessible. For example, patients who have multiple chronic diseases could have their medications printed in one multi–dose form that is fabricated at the point of care. Providing patients with an accurate, personalized dose of multiple medications in a single tablet could potentially improve patient compliance.

As a patient-customized, on-demand solution, 3D-printed medical models can lead to mutual benefits for patients, providers and payers. Patient-specific models created through 3D printing have enormous potential to assist clinicians in planning successful surgeries. They can help surgeons make the right decisions up front by determining the feasibility of a procedure, selecting the appropriate surgical approach, and practicing the procedure in a risk-free environment. From a patient perspective, this can translate into a faster recovery and better outcome. Providers benefit from cost savings through reduced operating room time and hospital bed utilization, directly impacting profit margins where reimbursement rates are fixed for a given procedure. A recent study shows that patients who experience surgical complications have 119% higher hospital costs than patients without complications, and payers’ reimbursement costs are 106% higher. The benefits of improved surgical planning are clear.

The medical advances that have been made using 3D printing are already significant and exciting. As 3D-printing technologies become more sophisticated and new materials become available,  the authors  project that we will see even more novel applications emerge such as  bio-printed assays for research and drug testing, complex implantable organs, and 3D-printed drugs and drug delivery devices. The authors conclude, “3D printing has the potential to dramatically change the future of medicine in the long term.” To read more, click here.

 

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by Mary Christie at October 17, 2017 01:41 PM

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HP Puts a Dent into Competitor’s Stock Prices

HP vs 3D Systems vs Stratasys

HP vs 3D Systems vs Stratasys

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by General Fabb at October 17, 2017 01:00 PM

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Free 3DPrint.com Webinar Available for Those Interested in Learning More About HP's MJF 3D Printing Technology

From the moment HP Inc. first announced its breakthrough Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) 3D printing technology in 2014 until it was finally introduced last spring, the industry has been extremely...

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by Sarah Saunders at October 17, 2017 12:58 PM

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How to Use 3D Printing for Product Design: Meet the Fellow Coffee Lovers

For entrepreneurs, it can be difficult to predict if a good idea for a product will be accepted in the market, but a good design is often the key to success. The story behind Fellow is a good example of that. This start-up based in San Francisco has created some exceptionally beautiful and functional coffee brewers, and they use 3D technologies to bring their ideas to life.

What started as a class project has grown into a small company devoted to good coffee and product design. In 2013, Fellow founder Jake Miller launched a successful Kickstarter campaign for the first company’s product: the Duo Coffee Steeper. Eight months and countless prototypes were needed to create this product.

Since then, this “handful of nerds in love with coffee”, as they call themselves, haven’t stopped creating functional objects that allow them to achieve a clear goal: a ridiculously good cup of coffee.

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Duo Coffe Steeper by Fellow © Fellow

Creative minds at work

Fellow is inspired by their customers and what they can do to make the user experience easier and more approachable. On the aesthetically, they draw a lot of inspiration from Scandinavian and Mid-Century Modern industrial design.

Every member of this small start-up, from sales to marketing to engineering, is a maker in some way or has a creative mind. All of them are involved in the creative process in Fellow.

“This aspect of our company helps us gain a unique perspective on special features and helps us understand the user experience better because we have more heads combining to tackle a problem or product”, explains Hannah McPhee, brand manager for Fellow.

The ideation sessions they hold every Friday are open for anyone to attend in the company. This is where they can present a new product idea they have floating around in their brain or present input on how one of the current products can be improved.

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Raven Stovetop Kettle by Fellow © Fellow

3D printing coffee dreams

3D printing is used in multiple points of the design process in Fellow, where they are constantly making new prototypes. According to the start-up, they never follow the same prototyping process with each new product they make. They use different 3D design tools when they are working back and forth between industrial designers and engineers.

Hannah sees it as a learning process: “We learn something new in the design process of every product, so no two 3D printing and modeling program recipes have ever stayed the same product to product.”

Fellow doesn’t hesitate in stating that 3D printing is vital to the company because it makes it possible to see products to scale, hold them and feel their diameter and height. “To see how our product takes up space in kitchens is incredibly helpful to figure out if we are on the right track for form and function.”

3D printing will definitely be part of future products designed by Fellow as they create iterations of the same product with 3D printing during the design and engineering process. “We’d be shocked if we created a product without the use of 3D printing in the future.”

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Joey Mugs by Fellow © Fellow

“We’d be shocked if we created a product without the use of 3D printing in the future.”

Encouraging new business ideas

Fellow gives a crucial piece of advice to start-ups and creatives with business ideas: prototype as much as possible with customers and users using 3D printing or other high-end prototyping.

This will help the business understand as closely as possible how customers will interact with their products. Hannah adds some more tips: “Observational research is key. Hold user testing focus groups with surveys. Try to get as close as possible to that natural interaction between the final product and the user’s home for the product.”

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Stagg EKG electric pour-over ketlle by Fellow © Fellow

Their new product, the Stagg EKG electric pour-over kettle, is a good example of this design process. “We 3D printed a ton of different bases for this kettle to help us understand our users’ needs better,” explains McPhee. Faithful to their origins, the launch of this kettle started as a successful Kickstarter campaign. “We are shipping our first Kickstarter batch this month, and we’re incredibly excited to share our creation with our backers.”

We hope Fellow’s story was inspiring and useful for all the companies who want to start using 3D printing in their business and projects.

What is your creative business project?

Like Fellow, it is good to know all 3D printing software options available before choosing the right one for your needs.

Once you’ve chosen your software, upload your model to i.materialise to get an instant quote on prototypes or parts for your product.

 

 

 

 

by Aura Farrando at October 17, 2017 11:59 AM

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$2,500 Platonics Ark billed as first 3D printer for architects

Finland-based 3D printing startup Platonics has launched an Indiegogo campaign for the “Ark,” billed as the first 3D printer for architects. Earliest backers can secure the basic version of the FDM 3D printer for €2,095 ($2,465).

October 17, 2017 11:17 AM

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Iowa State researchers develop ultra-quiet turbine blades using 3D printing, owl wings

Researchers at Iowa State University are using 3D printing to develop propellor blades inspired by owl wings. The innovative designs could lead to quieter aircraft, wind turbines, and other machines.

October 17, 2017 09:52 AM

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Update on Mass Portal’s 3D Printer Filament Dryer Technology

Control panel on Mass Portal's FD1 3D printer filament drying system

Control panel on Mass Portal's FD1 3D printer filament drying system

We obtained some...

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by General Fabb at October 17, 2017 09:00 AM

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LLNL & Girls Who Code team up to teach CAD and 3D printing skills to local students

As 3D design and additive manufacturing become an increasingly important aspect of most manufacturing-based industries, it is becoming more and more apparent that these subjects should be taught in schools, to give younger generations a leg-up for the future job market. For girls especially, learning about STEM subjects and making them accessible at a young age can help break down barriers they might feel of face later in their lives—when entering the still male-dominated technology sector, for instance.

October 17, 2017 08:47 AM

October 16, 2017

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Polish Company Glaze Prosthetics Offers Customizable 3D Printed Prosthetics

Obviously, it’s not the easiest thing to be missing a limb – even if you have prosthetic devices that can help you perform different tasks and activities, it’s still a struggle...

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by Sarah Saunders at October 16, 2017 09:01 PM

Agenda Announced for Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo San Diego

We’re currently in the middle of a very busy conference season in the 3D printing world, and there are plenty more still to come as the year begins to wind down. It’s now just about a...

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by Clare Scott at October 16, 2017 07:44 PM

Stratasys Teases 3D Printing Technology Announcements at Upcoming formnext

The formnext 2017 exhibition in Frankfurt is still about a month away, but we’ve already been seeing announcements about the various 3D printing innovations companies like Materialise and RP...

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by Sarah Saunders at October 16, 2017 06:31 PM

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About Those Voice Commands For Your 3D Printer

The Amazon Echo Dot voice command system

The Amazon Echo Dot voice command system

The current craze for intelligent voice commands...

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by General Fabb at October 16, 2017 05:00 PM

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GKN Group Consolidates All Additive Manufacturing Activities Into New Company Brand

Global engineering group GKN plc has separate, specified company divisions in aerospace, automotive engineering, and powder metallurgy, and has utilized additive manufacturing in each of them for...

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by Sarah Saunders at October 16, 2017 04:58 PM

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3D Printing News Roundup: ConforMIS knee implants, Sigma Labs PrintRite update, SelfCAD, Stratasys Redesign challenge

The 3D printing week is off to a good start, and we’ve got a few updates to share with you from companies ConforMIS, Sigma Labs, SelfCAD, and Stratasys.

October 16, 2017 04:55 PM

Casio Mofrel 2.5D printer can print realistic textures like leather & fabric onto paper

Last year, we wrote about how Japanese electronics company Casio was developing a 2.5D printing technology which would allow users to easily print embossed, textured surfaces on paper. Now, Casio has finally unveiled its 2.5D printer, a machine called Mofrel, and recently demonstrated the novel technology at the CEATEC event in Japan.

October 16, 2017 04:04 PM

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Hauke Scheer Presents a 3D Printed Horseshoe Crab That Turns Into a Person

Horseshoe crabs are, interestingly, sometimes called living fossils, as they’re one of the oldest species on the planet. The invertebrates originated 450 million years ago and live in oceans...

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by Clare Scott at October 16, 2017 03:56 PM

Need Some New 3D Printing Supplies? Win an Amazon Gift Card in Our Latest Giveaway!

It’s hard to believe, but it seems to happen earlier and earlier every year: stores are already beginning to put up their Christmas displays. I’m of the opinion that retail establishments...

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by Clare Scott at October 16, 2017 03:00 PM

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3D printable Necroplex terrain-building kit set to take over tabletops

Fans of tabletop role-playing games and model making have found a new lease on life in recent years, thanks to the growing accessibility of 3D printing. The technology is really expanding the range of these fantasy universes in terms of the complexity of models, as well as enabling people who were previously mere enthusiasts to become manufacturers and suppliers in their own right.

October 16, 2017 03:00 PM

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Formerly Conjoined McDonald Twins Progressing and Hitting Milestones One Year Post-Op

One year ago this month in a 20-hour surgery, surgeons at the Children’s Hospital of Montefiore (CHAM) in New York successfully separated young craniopagus twin boys Jadon and Anias McDonald, who had...

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by Sarah Saunders at October 16, 2017 01:59 PM

How Sonova Became a Global Leader in Production 3D Printing and Helped the Hearing Aid Industry Go Digital

The hearing aid industry today owes its current appearance to hearing aid manufacturer Sonova and 3D printer manufacturer EnvisionTEC. Fifteen years ago, EnvisionTEC 3D printed hearing aids for...

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by Clare Scott at October 16, 2017 01:01 PM

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The CreatorBot 3D Pro Series II Professional Desktop 3D Printer

The CreatorBot 3D Pro Series II Professional Desktop 3D Printer

The CreatorBot 3D Pro Series II Professional Desktop 3D Printer

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by General Fabb at October 16, 2017 01:00 PM

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Striking the Balance between Prototype Realism & Functional Performance

Stratasys has just released 3 ground-breaking material enhancements to its flagship J750 full-color, multi-material rapid prototyping solution.

In this short hands-on video below, we take a dive into the incredible prototyping versatility that these materials now open up to professional designers and engineers.

Tough Functional Engineering Parts

First up is an example of tough engineering parts in the new Digital ABS Plus material. The ball valve design in the film is a rework of the traditional 3 piece ball valve that can be disassembled for easy cleaning and maintenance. Traditionally this type of valve would have been secured with 4 nuts and bolts. This design, created by our very own Stratasys Application Engineer, Naftali Eder, utilizes a quick release, tool-free mechanism, which is secure yet easy to operate.

Consumer Goods Featuring Rubber and Full Color Texture

Next up are some consumer goods/electronics packaging prototypes featuring Agilus30 rubber-like material for enhanced tear resistance and rubber-like texture. And then some amazing earphone case covers in smooth, glossy color textures including marble, wood-grain, carbon-fiber and more.

Eyewear Prototypes Get More Real and More Functional

Also a first, Stratasys takes the J750 into the world of eyewear, with the new dedicated VeroFlex solution, offering advanced design verification and functional performance capabilities tuned to the needs of eyewear design and manufacturing companies. We delved into detail on this in a previous post, here.

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by Sam Green, Head of Marketing for Rapid Prototyping Solutions, Stratasys at October 16, 2017 12:48 PM

3Ders

Syqe Medical, Israeli developer of 3D printed marijuana inhaler, targeting US market

Syqe Medical, a drug delivery company based in Israel, is continuing to enjoy huge success with its 3D printed cannabis inhaler, designed to allow those with chronic pain to inhale a precise dosage. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will trial the device next year.

October 16, 2017 11:09 AM

Feetz & Project Runway designer Seth Aaron take $175 3D printed shoes to FashionNXT runway

Oregon-based designer Seth Aaron, whom most will know as the winner of Project Runway’s seventh season, has debuted his latest fashion collection at Portland fashion event FashionNXT. Inspired by Japanese looks from the 60s, the collection consists of minimalist dresses, tops, trousers, and, most notably, eye-grabbing 3D printed shoes.

October 16, 2017 10:06 AM

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Design of the Week: The HIVE

The amazing and easy to make HIVE stackable drawer system

The amazing and easy to make HIVE stackable drawer system

This week’s selection is the...

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by General Fabb at October 16, 2017 09:00 AM

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3D printed MOF monoliths help Missouri scientists capture CO2 for fire extinguishers, spacecraft

Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology have 3D printed two types of metal-organic framework (MOF) monoliths, from MOF-74(Ni) and UTSA-16(Co). The 3D printed monoliths can be used to capture carbon dioxide, which can then be used in practical applications.

October 16, 2017 08:58 AM

Konica Minolta offers US schools free 30-day trial of Dremel Idea Builder 3D printer

Konica Minolta Business Solutions, a division of the eponymous global tech company, has announced that it will be launching a free 30-day trial 3D printing program for schools across the United States. Through a partnership with tool and 3D printer manufacturer Dremel, Konica Minolta is aiming to make additive manufacturing in the classroom more accessible.

October 16, 2017 08:06 AM

October 15, 2017

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3D Printing Courses in Arizona and Dubai Will Prepare Workforce for Industry Additive Manufacturing

3D printing offers design freedom, allows companies and organizations to save on production cost and time, and often increases performance as well. As the technology becomes more widespread, we are...

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by Sarah Saunders at October 15, 2017 03:11 PM

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5 fun DIY 3D printing projects - elephant shot dispenser, emergency button, cable 3D printer, LED lamp, water droplet automaton

You can’t spell additive manufacturing without fun, and in these dark times a little 3D printing wackiness could do us all some good. So here’s a round-up of five recent DIY projects, that probably won’t rival anything Airbus or 3DSystems has to offer, but they’ve got their own unique amateurish charm to spare. A 3D printed elephant that serves drinks?

October 15, 2017 02:40 PM

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What Dangers Face 3D Printer Set Top Users?

A typical Raspberry Pi-based 3D printer set top box configuration

A typical Raspberry Pi-based 3D printer set top box configuration

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by General Fabb at October 15, 2017 09:00 AM

October 14, 2017

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3D Systems Showcases End-to-End 3D Printing Solutions Across a Variety of Verticals

From racing to recreations, and from medical to materials, 3D printing at 3D Systems has never been busier — or broader. During the recent TCT Show in the UK, 3D Systems held court in a complex...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at October 14, 2017 06:14 PM

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Adafruit and Hackaday founders upgrade $20 bill with 3D printed Harriet Tubman stamp

Two US makers are taking American currency into their own hands with a new initiative of stamping Harriet Tubman’s face onto $20 bills. Phillip Torrone and Limor Fried were compelled to start the project after hearing the good news that the United States Treasury would be putting

October 14, 2017 02:12 PM

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October 13, 2017

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3D Printing News Briefs: October 13, 2017

It’s Friday the 13th – instead of walking under ladders, breaking mirrors, or generally going outside at all, it’s probably safest to stay in and read today’s edition of 3D...

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by Sarah Saunders at October 13, 2017 09:38 PM

Sharebot's EDUino is an Adorable Way to Teach Kids About 3D Printing and Robotics

Nowadays, it’s important for kids to learn things like 3D printing and robotics at an early age. The challenge is for teachers to present that advanced material in a way that’s easy...

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by Clare Scott at October 13, 2017 08:14 PM

UK Designer is Back with a New 3D Printed Animatronic Bird

Some 3D printing projects definitely grab my interest more than others. While it is always fascinating to see the ways that the technology is changing the landscape of manufacturing and industry,...

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by Bridget Butler Millsaps at October 13, 2017 07:13 PM

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Diverse Festive Showcase 2017

The Makerhood showcase at Diverse, the independent gift shop in Brixton, will run again this Christmas, from 2 December to 6 January.

Anita Thorpe, who owns Diverse, has always been a great supporter of local makers, giving many of them their first experience of selling through a retailer. So if you have never sold through a retailer, this is a great opportunity to dip your toe in the water. (Previous sellers are welcome back too!) Anita is very patient and gives useful feedback about your work and how the process works.

Items are taken on a sale or return basis, with 35% commission. If you are selected to take part you will also need to pay £10 donation towards the cost of marketing and drinks for the preview event.

To apply, send email to info@diversegifts.co.uk with sample images or a link to your website/social media. Include retail price details. State MAKERHOOD FESTIVE SHOWCASE in subject box.

Closing date for applications: midnight on Tuesday 31 October.


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by Kim at October 13, 2017 06:26 PM

3Ders

3D Printing Roundup: Stratasys, SwissLitho & EVG, Strangpresse, ORNL, 4WEB Medical, Nano Dimension

Just in time for the weekend: here are some quick 3D printing stories to catch up on this Friday. Stratasys sponsors new LAIKA exhibit at Portland museum, SwissLitho and EVG team up to develop a method for printing 3D optical structures, Strangpresse acquires exclusive licensing for ORNL&aposs additive manufacturing extruders, and much more besides.

October 13, 2017 05:10 PM

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The Very Intriguing Mooz Transformable 3D Printer Series

The three models of Mooz transformable 3D printers, Mooz-3, Mooz-2 and Mooz-1

The three models of Mooz transformable 3D printers, Mooz-3, Mooz-2 and Mooz-1

An...

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by General Fabb at October 13, 2017 05:00 PM

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Speedy Software Design and Titanium 3D Printing Relieve Nerve Pain with Custom Spinal Implant

Thanks to its low density and high strength, titanium is one of the most commonly used metals when it comes to 3D printed medical implants for humans, and even for animals. In Australia, we’ve...

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by Sarah Saunders at October 13, 2017 04:34 PM

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LAIKA is Animating Life with the Help of 3D Printing Technology

Invention, innovation and adaptation are said to all be creative processes that that apply exiting solutions, techniques or products to new scenarios or changed conditions. Innovative creativity however, refers to thinking that results in new solutions and the ability to do things differently than they’ve ever been done before.  These thinkers and artists often challenge our existing paradigms to uncover and question the status quo. This might be the category of creativity that drives Brian McLean, Head of Rapid Prototyping at LAIKA to think differently about the ways to make an animated film, incorporating 3D printing technologies to bring their ideas to life.

A scene from Kubo and the Two Strings, and a 3D printed Giant Undersea Eyeball character on display at the Portland Art Museum.

Prototoyping Gives Form to Imagination and Brings Characters to Life

The team at LAIKA offers visionary thinking and innovative creativity in the art of animation, and will be displaying a look inside their unique and wonderfully crafted world at the Portland Art Museum with “Animating Life: The Art, Science and Magic of LAIKA”.  Some of LAIKA’s award winning films include Coraline, The Boxtrolls, and Kubo and the Two Strings.  The films use characters crafted using the polyjet-based technologies of the J750 and Connex3, which offer life-like qualities enhancing the ability to grab and hold the viewers’ attention, helping to tell stories that will endear for generations to come. “Bringing inanimate objects to life is one of the oldest forms of movie magic.” said Brian – who won a Scientific and Engineering Oscar in 2016 for pioneering Rapid Prototyping in character animation. “By harnessing the power of 3D printers, we are able to create emotions and subtle facial performances never before seen in stop-motion animation.  It is this technology – combined with the amazing talents of so many different creative disciplines within LAIKA – that allow us to tell really complex and enduring stories.”

Innovative Creativity on Display

As a proud sponsor of the retrospective at the Portland Art Museum, we were on hand yesterday for a behind the scenes look at what visitors can expect as the show opens October 14, 2017 and runs through May 20, 2018. Rich Garrity, President of Americas, at Stratasys shared some of his thoughts on the ways in which LAIKA Studios uses 3D printing to bring form and life to their animated characters.  “LAIKA’s advanced use of our 3D printing technology is not only breaking new barriers in film-making, but expanding what’s now possible across 3D printing in general to encourage use across a diverse range of businesses. We consider LAIKA a valued and collaborative partner, opening new doors for what our customers can achieve.”

Click here for more information on the printers that LAIKA used to create their custom characters.

 

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by Carrie Wyman at October 13, 2017 04:19 PM

3Ders

AIM3D game-changing CEM-based ExAM255 system cuts metal 3D printing costs by using granulate materials

AIM3D, a German startup founded by a team of researchers from the University of Rostock, is aiming to revolutionize the 3D printer market with its innovative CEM technology. The startup is currently developing the ExAM255, a 3D printer which takes inspiration from injection molding processes to additively manufacture in both metal and plastic.

October 13, 2017 04:08 PM

Siemens uses Gefertec 3DMP metal 3D printing technology in electric motor factory

The recent EMO show in Hannover saw the demonstration of Gefertec’s latest 3D printing development. The new GTarc metal 3D printing center allows metal parts to be produced using the company’s revolutionary 3DMP technology, and they are produced quickly and cost-effectively.

October 13, 2017 03:31 PM

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ORNL and Strangpresse Continue 3D Printing Partnership with Exclusive Extruder Licensing Agreement

In 2014, Youngstown, Ohio company Strangpresse was formed to develop and commercialize lightweight, fully controllable thermoplastic extruders for 3D printing. This week, the company was granted an...

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by Clare Scott at October 13, 2017 03:12 PM

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Design In The Digital Age: Experimental Dutch designer Joris Laarman's 3D printed creations debut in NYC

Renowned experimental Dutch designer Joris Laarman has officially made his U.S. debut with a new 3D printed design exhibition and accompanying book. Featuring furniture generated by algorithms, a 3D printed steel bridge, and downloadable chairs

October 13, 2017 02:29 PM

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Stratasys Sponsors Retrospective Museum Exhibit on LAIKA's Use of 3D Printing in Stop Motion Animation

Feature film animation studio LAIKA, founded in 2005 and headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is no stranger to using 3D printing technology in its award-winning animated films, including stop motion...

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by Sarah Saunders at October 13, 2017 02:21 PM

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How to Get Started with 3D Printing on Modo

Modo is a 3D modeling, animation and rendering program which runs on Windows, Mac and Linux computer systems. This software by Foundry is a 3D printing design tool suitable for every field: games design, arts or science, but it is designed for 3D artists in particular.

Modo stands out for its interface and tool set, which provide a very intuitive workflow. It can work with existing pipelines and it supports a wide variety of industry-standard files and image formats, allowing a bi-directional exchange of data.

Modo is a great tool for 3D professionals and advanced users thanks to its integration functions. It is considered one of the most popular design software programs for 3D printing.

Main features of Modo for 3D printing

Modo offers many advantages for 3D designers and we want to highlight some of its main features.

Modeling

This the most remarkable feature of this 3D design software. The big amount of modeling tools and options available on Modo can be overwhelming at first but they are grouped by function. Understanding the use of every group will help you when working with each individual tool. This software features MeshFusion Boolean tools for a smoother experience.

Modo is a polygon modeling software and most of its tools are a combination of building blocks, transforms, action centers and fall offs. These can be combined to get more powerful tools: a default toolset with a potential for limitless numbers of variations. If you find a variation that you like, you can save it as a tool preset and use it again whenever you want.

The work plane is a 2D plane upon which all tools operate and it’s adaptive: it will predict which plane you want to work on depending on how you are looking at your model. Tools will always work across this active plane. You can align the work plane to any part of your model and the whole tool system will adapt that change, allowing you to work locally in any part of your scene. These costume planes can also be saved to be used later on.

Models here can exist in any combination of 3D polygon types which you can choose depending on what you are making, so you can use it for a wide variety of tasks.

Modeling in Modo

Modeling Functions on Modo © Foundry

Selection in Modo is very easy as components can be paint selected, loop selected, pattern selected, moved, expanded, contracted or inverted. You can even select components based on their geometric properties and the intuitive polygon tools allow you to slice, slide, bridge, extend and extrude geometry with them.

Modo has many different modeling approaches, so you can decide which one is better for you at any time.

If you need to work on repetitive tasks while modeling, it can be useful because you can use a macro to record your actions, save them to your configuration and rerun them when needed, speeding your workflow considerably.

Sculpting

Another important feature with Modo is that it offers the possibility to model and sculpt a basic texture and then go back to model again, making the workflow very pleasant. Modo also integrates 2D and 3D painting techniques.

It is advisable to use a pressure-sensitive tablet for greater precision when modeling and texturing with Modo.

The software has three types of sculpting and each one has its own requirements.

Mesh: Great for building rough forms. It uses raw geometry and is not recommended for fine details

Image-Based: Uses image maps for accurate details

Multi-Res: A mix of the other two types. It offers the flexibility of mesh sculpting with the fine detailing of image-based sculpting. The drawback of this kind of sculpting is the big amount of resources needed to calculate multi-resolution meshes

By combining a basic tool with different brushes and inks you will be able to generate a great number of costumed tools and save those as presets. You can even control and preview the shape of a brush and apply it with a variety of tools, as well as creating masks to control the surface of the models. There are many different solutions depending on your approach to sculpting.

 

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Sculpting Functions on Modo © Foundry

Visualization

Modo is a great tool for visualizing 3D design projects at any point during the creative process. You can import many formats to program and, once on the software, you will have access to all the texturing and rendering tools. The UV tools will help you reach every part of your object to work on it.

With the drag and drop workflow you can manipulate images and place them in context, and the renders preview allows you to see your changes in real life.

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Modo © Foundry

As you can see, the possibilities are endless and the great thing about it is that you can personalize your workflow and adapt it to every design and project. It might not be the best option for beginners in 3D design but its versatility turns it into a very good solution for experienced 3D artists.

You can get started on Modo with a 30-day free trial and become an expert with their learning packages and tutorials.

Printing your Modo 3D design

To print your 3D design created on Modo, you can export your files to STL format and the export will triangulate or freeze the mesh for you. Before that, you should make sure that all units are in millimeters, to avoid incompatibilities.

Is your Modo design ready for 3D printing? You can upload your model to our website and we will print it in high quality with the material of your choice.

To be sure about which material suits your design and texture better, compare different materials for 3D printing and even order one of our sample kits in advance.

If you are interested in 3D sculpting, you should also check out these other 3D sculpting programs: you’ll be sure to find the program you need.

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