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January 18, 2018

3Ders

Sculptors use 3D printed skulls to reconstruct faces of unidentified US-Mexico border victims

Students at the New York Academy of Art have attempted to reconstruct the faces of eight unidentified men found dead on the US-Mexico border. The artists hope their reconstructions, made with clay using 3D printed replicas of the victims’ skulls, will help identify the victims.

January 18, 2018 10:47 AM

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Worlds first 3D printed toilets by Hamilton Labs could wipe out India's sanitation problems

Singapore-based Hamilton Labs is developing 3D printable toilets to help improve poor sanitary conditions in India. The toilets, which will be made with Hamilton’s robotic HamilBot Mark 1 3D printer using a recycled cement mix, will be used in the Madhubani and Darbhanga districts in Bihar.

January 18, 2018 09:44 AM

January 17, 2018

3D Print.com

MatterHackers Rebrands Signature 3D Printing Filament and Lowers Prices

If  you’re looking for a lot of options when shopping for 3D printer filament, it’s hard to find a retailer with more to offer than MatterHackers. The company is experienced with and...

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by Clare Scott at January 17, 2018 10:20 PM

Polyga's New Series of Compact 3D Scanners Offer Ease of Use and High-Quality Scans

3D scanning and mesh processing technologies developer Polyga has an important mission: create 3D scanners that are enjoyable, not frustrating, to use. The company has over ten years of experience...

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by Sarah Saunders at January 17, 2018 09:35 PM

3D Printed Sensor Mimics Seal Whiskers to Detect Underwater Vortices

The word pinniped refers to semi-aquatic fin- or flipper-footed mammals, including to seals, sea lions and walruses. These creatures also have whiskers, which are part of what makes them so adorable...

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by Clare Scott at January 17, 2018 08:51 PM

3Ders

Seurat Technologies raises $13.5M to accelerate game-changing metal 3D printing technology

Seurat Technologies, a Silicon Valley-based startup, announces it has raised $13.5 million in a Series A funding round. The significant investment will reportedly be put towards funding and accelerating the company’s much-hyped metal additive manufacturing technology.

January 17, 2018 08:15 PM

3D Print.com

Laser-Based 3D Printing Used to Fabricate Tiny Microstructures for Tissue Repair

The researchers at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland are already well known for their work in robotics, microscopy, and spectroscopy, but now they’re researching a...

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by Sarah Saunders at January 17, 2018 08:07 PM

Fabbaloo

How Long Does a 3D Printer Last?

Insights into 3D printing via 3D Hubs' quarterly report

Insights into 3D printing via 3D Hubs' quarterly report

3D Hubs released their quarterly report...

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by General Fabb at January 17, 2018 08:00 PM

3D Print.com

Argonne National Laboratory Researching Metal 3D Printing for Improved Military Applications

The military has been enthusiastically exploring 3D printing applications in a number of areas, from 3D printed drones to submarine hulls. But perhaps the most intriguing applications of 3D printing...

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by Clare Scott at January 17, 2018 07:24 PM

3Ders

Swiss team pioneers compact low-power laser 3D printing technique, with potential for surgical use

A team of researchers in Switzerland have recently made a remarkable new breakthrough that could suggest a bright future for the field of 3D bio-printing. They developed a new endoscopic SLA technique, which makes use of an ultra-fine optical fiber to focus a laser beam

January 17, 2018 06:37 PM

Fabbaloo

3D Design Futures: An Interview with Dr. Daniel Richards, Part 2

Dr. Daniel Richards on 3D design futures

Dr. Daniel Richards on 3D design futures

We asked Dr. Daniel Richards for his view of the future...

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by General Fabb at January 17, 2018 06:00 PM

3D Print.com

High-Profile Collaboration in 3D Printing Enhances Market Access, Development: CES 2018 Interview with Techniplas Open Innovation Program Partners

CES 2018 drew the tech crowds to Las Vegas last week, including many familiar faces in 3D printing. Highlighted among these in the 3D Printing Marketplace of the North Hall of the Las Vegas...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at January 17, 2018 05:43 PM

3Ders

Apple granted patent for color 3D printing system

Apple has had a patent approved for a color 3D printer. The listed inventors are Geoff Stahl, Software Director of Apple’s Technology Development Group, and Howard Miller, a former Apple printing expert.

January 17, 2018 05:30 PM

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Giving Faces to the Unnamed Dead: Reconstructing the Identities of Bodies Found on US-Mexico Border with 3D Technologies

Despite the fact that, overall, the number of migrants entering illegally across the southern border of the US declined in 2017, deaths among that population have increased sharply from the year...

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by Hannah Rose Mendoza at January 17, 2018 04:43 PM

HP Expansion Brings Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printing to India

Ever since HP released its Multi Jet Fusion system in mid-2016, it has been busy spreading the technology to as many places as possible. Last year saw a major expansion across the Asia-Pacific...

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by Clare Scott at January 17, 2018 03:51 PM

3Ders

Polyga releases new line of compact handheld 3D scanners - the HDI Compact 3D

The market for consumer 3D scanning systems is growing steadily, and the quality of these devices is increasing at the same time as the technology becomes more affordable and easy to use. The latest offering from Polyga Inc. looks set to be one of the most successful products released on the market so far, with its impressive combination of professional quality and convenience in a compact bundle.

January 17, 2018 03:11 PM

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3D Systems and Stryker Partner Up for Virtual Surgical Planning Distribution Partnership

Thanks to a new partnership between 3D Systems and Stryker that was just announced this morning, surgeons specializing in craniomaxillofacial (CMF) procedures will be able to save hours in the...

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by Sarah Saunders at January 17, 2018 02:44 PM

3Ders

Arconic & Vader Systems 3D printing projects receive DOE HPC4 funding

A metal additive manufacturing project organized by Arconic, LLNL, and ORNL has received $300,000 in funding, split evenly between the Office of Fossil Energy’s HPC4Mtls program and the Advanced Manufacturing Office’s HPC4Mfg program.

January 17, 2018 02:38 PM

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3D Print.com

3D Hubs' 3D Printing Trend Report for Q1 2018: New Data & New CNC Services

You might not be a numbers and statistics kind of person, but if you are interested in 3D printing and all the hardware, materials, and services that accompany the industry, have a look at the latest...

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by Bridget Butler Millsaps at January 17, 2018 02:04 PM

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3D Design Futures: An Interview with Dr. Daniel Richards, Part 1

Dr. Daniel Richards on 3D design futures

Dr. Daniel Richards on 3D design futures

We asked Dr. Daniel Richards for his view of the future...

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by General Fabb at January 17, 2018 02:00 PM

iMaterialise

3D Printing in Metal: More than Jewelry!

The shine of 3D-printed jewelry can eclipse other 3D-printed metals that could open up options for your next 3D design. Don’t get us wrong, we love 3D-printed jewelry and the amazing jewelry designers we meet but we wouldn’t want you to miss any opportunities to create the best 3D prints possible.

Learn more about 3D printing in metal and be amazed by some of our favorite 3D designs in aluminum, titanium, steel or copper. All that glitters is not gold, and that also goes for 3D printing!

3D printing in aluminum

This popular metal is great for 3D printing machine parts and it’s commonly used for industrial purposes, but it has so much more to offer.

The 3D printing technology that makes aluminum possible is called Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS). This is a laser-based technology that uses a high-powdered laser to selectively bind powdered metal together while the machine distributes even layers of metallic powder on top.

Models in 3D-printed aluminum will be lightweight and will have a matte grey finish with a rough, less defined surface. Look at this saw wrench by the designer Pekka Salokannel. It’s a good example of a minimalist yet useful and beautiful design printed in aluminum.

Saw Wrench by Pekka Salokannel

Saw Wrench in aluminum by Pekka Salokannel

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3D printing in titanium

Though titanium is a great material for 3D printing jewelry, today we want to focus on a project from Studio Droog which caught our attention. This tableware is part of the collection Forgotten Tools, which has digitalized old shapes of tableware. It’s a beautiful project that links the past and the present, bringing forgotten tableware to the present with the help of 3D printing.

Titanium was the perfect material for this 3D printing project because it’s a very strong, corrosion-resistant and lightweight material. Like aluminum, the metal parts printed in titanium are as good as machined models.

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3D-printed tableware in titanium

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Tableware by Studio Droog

The 3D printing technology behind titanium is also Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS). Read more about this technology on our blog.

3D printing in steel

Steel is a strong, robust material printed in steel powder and infused with bronze. Another big plus for this material is the wide variety of finishes that it can have. Apart from its natural and polished finishes, which come in grey, the steel can be finished in gold, black or brown. Discover them all on our 3D printing platform!

A good example showing these colorful finishes are these chess pieces in different colors. Aren’t they cool?

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Chess Piece by Jonny Anthony. Steel Natural Polish

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Chess Piece by Jonny Anthony. Steel Gold-Plating Unpolished

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Chess Piece by Jonny Anthony. Steel Black Unpolished

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Chess Piece by Jonathan Williams. Steel Brown Polish

3D-printed steel is possible by binding together a layer of steel powder with a binding agent. The layer is dried with powerful overhead heaters before a new layer is spread and the process begins again. Once the printing is finished, the build box is placed in a curing oven and the part is sintered. Finally, the design is infused with bronze, replacing the binding agent. Read the material page on our website to understand how this 3D printing material works.

3D printing in high-detail stainless steel

High-detail stainless steel steps up the game even more. This material is a great option when you want to achieve the highest resolution and quality of detail for your 3D prints, with an excellent surface quality.

High-detail stainless steel is achieved by using a 3D printing technology that binds together layers of ultra-fine grains of stainless steel powder in a precision printer similar to that of an inkjet. After a layer is spread, a special print head deposits a binding agent at specific points. Once the layer is finished and has been dried with a powerful heater, a new layer is spread. The process goes on, layer by layer until the part is created and can be sintered in an oven at 1300°C. Look at the following video and read all about 3D printing in high-detail stainless steel on our website.

This metal can be 3D printed in natural unpolished grey or alternatively, you can get a satin or gloss finish. High-detail stainless steel is perfect for 3D printing miniatures or watch parts. Look at the fine details of this figurine by Yarrid Henrad or the Sci-Fi Buts by Garry Lloyd. We can’t get over all those details in such a small 3D-printed model!

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Aislin by Yarrid Henrard in high-detail stainless steel

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Sci-Fi Bust by Gary Lloyd in high-detail stainless steel with gloss finish

3D printing in copper

This metal has a reddish color and offers very high thermal and electrical conductivity. After oxidization, it develops a greenish hue. Copper is a very affordable option for 3D printing in metal.

The process for 3D printing in copper starts with wax 3D printing and lost-wax casting. The wax is printed using a resin-based type of Stereolithography. Read more about this process on our technology page.

Cooper is a robust material and a good electrical conductor. Look at the Bulbman figure: it’s half copper, half electric bulb. Conductors are a good example of an interesting way to use copper. Discover more on our website. 

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Bulbman by Ber de Niel. Printed in polished uncoated copper

Just like we said, 3D printing in metal has so much more to offer than just jewelry or industrial parts. If you are thinking about 3D printing in metal but you’re not sure which material is the best for your design, read the design guides on our website carefully or order some material samples. Holding a material in your hands is the best way to understand how it feels and weighs.

What is your favorite material for metal 3D printing?

We also have plenty of information about different materials and 3D printing technologies on our website! When your 3D design for metal is ready, upload it to our online platform and get an instant price quote for your metal 3D prints.

 

 

by Aura Farrando at January 17, 2018 01:57 PM

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3Ders

AeroJet Rocketdyne & NASA successfully test-fire RS-25 engine with 3D printed components

NASA and Aerojet Rocketdyne have announced the successful test-firing of a RS-25 rocket engine with 3D printed components. The innovative engine is being built to power NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS), which is expected to send a team of astronauts “to an area near the Moon” as soon as 2020.

January 17, 2018 11:03 AM

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3Ders

South African maker Tom van den Bon successfully completes 365-day 3D printing challenge

A South African maker by the name of Tom van den Bon has completed what could very well be the country’s first 365-day 3D printing challenge. The maker, who completed his personal challenge very recently, says he 3D printed at least one part or object using an FDM 3D printer every day for the past year.

January 17, 2018 09:40 AM

January 16, 2018

3D Print.com

3D Printing News Briefs: January 16, 2018

We’ve got some business news to start off today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, followed by a new material, a new 3D printing method, the successful test of a 3D printed object, and an update...

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by Sarah Saunders at January 16, 2018 10:22 PM

LulzBot at CES 2018: Live 3D Printing Factory, Looking Ahead to a New Year and New 3D Printers

How many 3D printers could a 3D printer 3D print if a 3D printer could 3D print 3D printers? It’s less catchy than the more familiar woodchuck-based tongue twister, but the LulzBot team were...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at January 16, 2018 09:44 PM

CNC Cookbook

Who Makes the Most Popular End Mills Based on Your Needs?

We run a survey to find out the most popular end mill brands every year, and 2017 was no different. But to get the most value out of a market share survey for your own buying decisions, you need to understand what the respondents were aiming for when they chose their end mills.  That’s what […]

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by cncdivi at January 16, 2018 09:40 PM

3D Print.com

Researchers Develop New Rotational 3D Printing Method

The Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) has made a tremendous amount of progress in the field of materials science, and much of that work has to do with 3D...

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by Clare Scott at January 16, 2018 08:50 PM

3Ders

3D Printing News Roundup: First 3D printed offshore crane hook, record growth for 4WEB Medical, Tethon 3D, more

Here’s another round-up of all the latest 3D printing news that you might have missed, to keep you in the loop in this rapidly changing world. Stories this time include another FDA certificate for Emerging Implant Technologies, Huisman testing the world’s first 3D printed offshore crane hook, and much more besides.

January 16, 2018 08:21 PM

KCE: 3D printed implants are not better or cheaper than traditional ones

While within the additive industry, 3D printed implants are being hailed as the future of healthcare solutions, the Belgian Federal Knowledge Center for Healthcare (KCE) has reported that the supposed benefits of using 3D printed implants are perhaps not as effective or convincing as we may have thought.

January 16, 2018 08:09 PM

Fabbaloo

Thoughts on CES 2018: A Place for 3D Printing?

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CES 2018

Having just returned from CES 2018, I have some thoughts about this event and how it...

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by General Fabb at January 16, 2018 08:00 PM

3D Print.com

All of the Lights: 100-Light Installation Illuminates Unified Individuality of 3D Printing

In many different projects, 3D printing has been behind the creation of varying types of illumination. 3D designers around the world have created lights and lamps, along with a variety of different...

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by Bridget Butler Millsaps at January 16, 2018 07:56 PM

Polymaker Introduces PolyMide CoPA 3D Printing Filament with Warp-Free Technology

Nylon, or polyamide, is a well-loved material for a wide variety of applications, as it offers numerous benefits that other materials lack. It’s strong and flexible, has good thermal...

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by Clare Scott at January 16, 2018 07:09 PM

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Fabbaloo

The Third Way to Sell 3D Printers

A 3D printed lattice structure by Carbon

A 3D printed lattice structure by Carbon

Selling commercial 3D printers is an unusual business,...

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by General Fabb at January 16, 2018 06:00 PM

3D Print.com

US Marines Mobilize 3D Printing With X-FAB

To make the US Marines an ever-more-agile fighting force and empower Marines of all ranks to innovate and create solutions wherever they may be, the US Marine Corps has developed the X-FAB, which is...

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by John Hornick at January 16, 2018 05:48 PM

3Ders

Seattle startup Iro3d unveils desktop metal 3D printer for $5000

Affordable metal 3D printing may be here sooner than we thought, thanks to a new Washington-based company by the name of Iro3d. Announced earlier this week, the American startup has gone public with a beta version of their metal printer priced at $5000.

January 16, 2018 05:46 PM

Rösler Benelux showcases RapidFinish, new surface finishing treatment for 3D printed parts

As we approach this year’s much anticipated Technishow, makers and businesses from around the world are starting to share their excitement with previews of what to expect this March in Utrecht. For those not in the know, the renowned Dutch trade show offers the largest manufacturing industry platform in the Benelux area

January 16, 2018 05:34 PM

Jeremy Cook

Assembling a Nixie Tube Clock Kit

If you’ve seen Nixie tubes on videos (or in the GIF above) they look incredible in video, and should be even more interesting in person. After receiving one of these clocks as a Christmas gift, I decided to document the assembly process, partially because the video of it in action just looked so cool!

On the other hand, most of the stuff I make is a unique creation of my own, so hopefully my subscribers will enjoy the build nonetheless. I did modify it to hang on the wall at the end of the video, so there is that.

Also, I should note that I do write blog articles for Tindie, but was not asked or paid to promote this product. I just really love how it looks! Also, I filmed everything in 4K and cut it down as needed, rather than the 1080P I’d been filming at before. Hopefully you notice the difference.

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by admin at January 16, 2018 05:30 PM

3D Print.com

17,000% Cost Reduction with Open Source 3D Printing: Michigan Tech Study Showcases Parametric 3D Printed Slot Die System

We often cover the work of prolific Dr. Joshua Pearce, an Associate Professor of Materials Science & Engineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering at Michigan Technological...

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by Sarah Saunders at January 16, 2018 05:08 PM

Milling Around

Building Fast Cars With Some CNC Help

Jacks Transmissions specializes in building custom mechanical components to make cars go fast. “We build transmissions for the Nissan R35 GTR and Mitsubishi Evo, among several other platforms, but that’s what we specialize in..."

by Chris Fox at January 16, 2018 05:02 PM

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3D Printed Aging Simulator Allows Designers to Help Seniors

While you may still be enjoying those vibrant younger years before the inevitable aches and pains of old age begin to arrive, you probably wonder what it will feel like as you begin aging. This type...

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by Bridget Butler Millsaps at January 16, 2018 04:15 PM

Venture Funding for 3D Printing

As a company, we pay attention to venture capital funding for 3D printing and additive manufacturing companies. We do not measure and compare the value of venture funding from one period to the next,...

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by Terry Wohlers at January 16, 2018 03:37 PM

Remaking Bronze Johns Award Statuettes with 3D Printing

Johns Hopkins University was founded in 1876 by the eponymous philanthropist with a bequest of $7 million, the single largest philanthropic gift in the history of the United States at that time. The...

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by Hannah Rose Mendoza at January 16, 2018 02:41 PM

Fabbaloo

Kodak's Powerful Portrait 3D Printer

The Kodak Portrait professional desktop 3D printer

The Kodak Portrait professional desktop 3D printer

At CES we were able to get a close look at...

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by General Fabb at January 16, 2018 02:00 PM

3Ders

Scaffold-free 3D bioprinted tracheas successfully transplanted into rats

Researchers from Saga University and Nagasaki University in Japan have used a Cyfuse Biomedical Regenova 3D bioprinter for scaffold-free trachea regeneration. Tracheal transplantation was successfully performed in nine rats.

January 16, 2018 01:47 PM

Rotational 3D printing lets Harvard researchers control fiber orientation for ultra-strong parts

Researchers from Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have developed a 3D printing method that allows unprecedented control of short fibers embedded in polymer matrices. They call their method “rotational 3D printing.”

January 16, 2018 12:53 PM

Fabbaloo

Ethereal Machines: A Company Making Many Different 3D Printers

The Ethereal Halo 5-axis 3D printer (and CNC mill)

The Ethereal Halo 5-axis 3D printer (and CNC mill)

We bumped into Ethereal Machines, a...

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by General Fabb at January 16, 2018 10:00 AM

3Ders

Swedish company NorDan to 3D print windows & doors using custom large-scale printer by BLB Industries

Scandinavian window and door manufacturer NorDan AB will soon be offering its clients products made with the help of additive manufacturing. The Sweden-based company even commissioned a custom 3D printer which could meet its large-scale manufacturing needs.

January 16, 2018 09:18 AM

Robinz Blog

@RUGAKL January Meetup Tomorrow! – Enscape techniques from around the world

To coordinate with travel plans Revit User Group Auckland will be kicking of the year early (not the usual Feb) with a special January meeting.

Phil Read will be covering the updates in the latest release(s) of Enscape (including support for Rhino) and his Autodesk University 2017 session. It featured the best Enscape techniques from around the world and included several NZ examples.

A summer Enscape catch-up - Sponsored by Read | Thomas

Wednesday‎, ‎January‎ ‎17‎, ‎2018 | ‎5‎:‎30‎ ‎PM to ‎8‎:‎00‎ ‎PM

Jasmax | 2 Marston Street Parnell · Auckland

Please RSVP attendance via Meetup, for catering & facility purposes $5 donation (receipt available) for Drinks and Nibbles.

by RobiNZ at January 16, 2018 07:19 AM

January 15, 2018

3Ders

Budmen Industries 3D prints 100 unique lamps in new All of the Lights installation

Budmen Industries, a Philadelphia-based industrial design studio, is hoping to make the world seem a little bit less divided with its enlightening 3D printed immersive lamp installation. Lyrically named “All of the Lights,” the installation consists of 100 unique 3D printed pendant lights which are lit and hung in a dark space.

January 15, 2018 08:45 PM

Fabbaloo

Retina-Level 3D Printing Resolution

A high-resolution 3D printed chess set by T3D

A high-resolution 3D printed chess set by T3D

At CES last week, I noticed something interesting...

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by General Fabb at January 15, 2018 06:00 PM

3D Print.com

Five-Year-Old Boy 3D Prints Prosthetic Hands for Others in Need

Five years ago, when Cameron Haight was born, it was discovered that he had Amniotic Band Syndrome, which caused his fingers and toes to be webbed, deformed, and a few to be amputated. Now five years...

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by Clare Scott at January 15, 2018 05:44 PM

Partially 3D Printed adidas Futurecraft 4D Shoes Launch Commercially This Week in NYC

The latest announcement from adidas is both exciting and highly anticipated, since they have been a forerunner (yes, we had to say it!) in using 3D printing technology—and forging ahead into the...

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by Bridget Butler Millsaps at January 15, 2018 04:58 PM

3Ders

Michigan Tech open-source parametric 3D printed slot die system is 17,000% cheaper than commercial ones

Researchers from Michigan Technological University have developed an open-source parametric 3D printed slot die system for thin film semiconductor processing. By using the 3D printed system over a commercial one, users could make cost savings of over 17,000 per cent.

January 15, 2018 04:41 PM

3D Print.com

DWS Introduces XCELL 6000 Work Cell SLA 3D Printer

Italian company DWS has introduced its newest product, the XCELL 6000 3D printer. The new machine was presented at CES and is an all-in-one solution for stereolithography (SLA) 3D printing. In other...

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by DWS Staff at January 15, 2018 04:03 PM

Wang & Söderström Release 3D Printed Vase Collection

Swedish born and Copenhagen based design and architecture duo Wang & Söderström have released a series of vases as part of their collection called Excavation. Originally conceived of as simply...

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by Hannah Rose Mendoza at January 15, 2018 03:22 PM

3Ders

KENDLE launches new K2 large-format SLA 3D printer on Kickstarter for as low as $1,250

KENDLE, a hardware startup based out of Hong Kong, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its new KENDLE K2 large-format SLA 3D printer.

January 15, 2018 03:11 PM

Introducing new and improved DeltaWASP 4070 Industrial 3D printer series with heated chamber

Italian 3D printer manufacturer WASP has released a new line of industrial 3D printers. Called DeltaWASP 4070 Industrial, the new 3D printer series is an upgrade to the company’s original Delta 4070 3D printer, which originally came out in 2013.

January 15, 2018 02:40 PM

3D Print.com

AM-LINE Project Aims to Encourage Wider Adoption of 3D Printing Among Danish Businesses

In Denmark, 3D printing certainly isn’t unheard-of. The country recently became home to a 3D printed building, for example, and several companies have been implementing the technology as part...

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by Clare Scott at January 15, 2018 02:13 PM

Fabbaloo

3D Printing Is Rebuilding the Warehouse of the Future

A typical warehouse

A typical warehouse

Additive manufacturing, or what you know as 3D printing, will be incredibly...

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by Megan Nichols at January 15, 2018 02:00 PM

3Ders

Tomsk State University sets 2020 target for ultrasonic levitational 3D printer

Physicists at Tomsk State University in Russia are developing a new method of ultrasonic 3D printing that levitates small particles in an acoustic field. The technology, which could be ready by 2020, will be used for hot or chemically aggressive solutions and substances.

January 15, 2018 11:22 AM

Fabbaloo

Design of the Week: Disentanglement Puzzle

The Disentanglement Puzzle

The Disentanglement Puzzle

This week’s selection is the non-intuitive Disentanglement Puzzle...

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by General Fabb at January 15, 2018 10:00 AM

3Ders

Now you can 3D print the skull of a 200-million-years-old Massospondylus dinosaur at your home

A researcher from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, has turned to 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies to digitally recreate and study the skull of the country’s most famous dinosaur: Massospondylus.

January 15, 2018 09:59 AM

January 14, 2018

3D Print.com

NorDan to Begin 3D Printing Windows and Doors with Construction 3D Printer from BLB Industries

By now, it’s no longer a surprise when houses and other buildings are 3D printed. It’s still highly impressive, of course, that companies can create entire livable, workable buildings...

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by Clare Scott at January 14, 2018 04:57 PM

Terry Wohlers

Venture Funding for 3D Printing

As a company, we pay attention to venture capital funding for 3D printing and additive manufacturing companies. We do not measure and compare the value of venture funding from one period to the next, although we have sensed an upswing in recent months. For example, Carbon announced a $200 million round of funding in December, and this is on top of the $220 million the company had previously secured.

In July, Desktop Metal said that it had raised an additional $115 million in venture funding. Since its founding in 2015, the company has attracted a total of $212 million. In November, Markforged stated that it had raised $30 million. A month earlier, it was published that Dutch 3D-printed optics company Luxexcel received EUR 4 million in venture capital, which came after an investment of EUR 8.5 million in Q2 2017.

Other types of investments are also underway. In September, it was announced that S$60 million (US$44.5 million) is going into an aerospace facility in Singapore for the development of new technologies, including AM. In December, GE Additive said it had invested $15 million into the company’s first European Customer Experience Center in Munich, Germany. In Q3 2017, Merck of Germany opened a EUR 20 million incubator in Israel that focuses on disruptive materials and innovative technologies that include AM.

Voestalpine is investing EUR 20 million to expand its AM metal powder production facilities in Austria and Sweden. This brings the Austrian company’s total investment in AM to EUR 50 million. Meanwhile, HeyGears, a Chinese manufacturer of wearable technology products, such as custom earphones, will invest $149 million in a 3D printing facility in Guangdong, China.

The 3D printing industry is being propelled to the next level, largely by the investment community. A strong flow of venture capital and other types of investment are finding their way into start-up companies, new products and services, and centers of excellence. With the stock market booming, coupled with corporate wealth generation, I do not see it slowing down any time soon.

by Terry Wohlers at January 14, 2018 04:40 PM

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Five fun DIY 3D Printing Projects: modified Nintendo Switch controller, Nuclear Button, weather forecasting wave lamp, more

Here’s another round-up of some fun DIY 3D printing projects that have been shared online recently, as a new year for the 3D printing world starts to kick into gear. Our selection of five impressive hobbyist 3D printing efforts includes a modified Nintendo Switch controller, and a wave lamp that can forecast the weather, amongst others.

January 14, 2018 03:07 PM

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Kuehling & Kuehling’s Lapuna Project

Kuehling & Kuehling’s Lapuna Project

Kuehling & Kuehling’s Lapuna Project

I love secret project names, and Germany’s Kuehling...

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by General Fabb at January 14, 2018 10:00 AM

January 13, 2018

3D Print.com

Taking and Making Time with Ekaggrat Singh Kalsi's 3D Printed Clocks

Clocks are a recurring theme in the work of India-born and Beijing-based architect and designer Ekaggrat Singh Kalsi. His previous forays into clockmaking have included The Torlo, a clock with a...

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by Hannah Rose Mendoza at January 13, 2018 08:19 PM

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3D printed mandala at center of Arthur Mamou-Mani's 2018 Burning Man Temple

French architect Arthur Mamou-Mani is using robotic machinery, including 3D printers, laser cutters, and robotic drill arms, to build the 2018 Burning Man Temple. Burning Man is an annual gathering in Nevada in which a large effigy of a man is burnt in promotion of peace and understanding.

January 13, 2018 07:14 PM

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Ten 3D Printable Things: Rick and Morty

Welcome to Ten 3D Printable Things, where we showcase 10 fantastic and FREE 3D printable projects, designs and models from all over the web. Adult Swim’s animated science fiction series Rick and...

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by Scott J Grunewald at January 13, 2018 05:06 PM

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TU Delft's 3D printed hip implant makes use of innovative hybrid bio-metamaterials with unique properties

3D printing has already made a serious impact on the construction of prosthetics and other medical devices over the last few years, and this looks set to continue as the technology progresses. The development of new materials should be a particularly large contributing factor, with bio-materials offering a whole range of advantages due to their organic basis.

January 13, 2018 03:46 PM

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Tweaks and Improvements at 3NTR

The 3NTR A2v2 professional 3D printer

The 3NTR A2v2 professional 3D printer

When we last saw 3NTR, the company had begun marketing a...

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by General Fabb at January 13, 2018 10:00 AM

January 12, 2018

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3D Printing News Briefs: January 12, 2018

We’ve got some 3D printing business and medical news to start things off in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, followed by some interesting projects featuring 3D printing. Additive...

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by Sarah Saunders at January 12, 2018 10:38 PM

BASF & CTIBiotech: Bioprinting Expands to the Sebaceous Glands

If you are starting to get the impression that there is little researchers and innovators cannot do with 3D printing, you are thinking in the right direction—as are so many companies and...

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by Bridget Butler Millsaps at January 12, 2018 09:41 PM

Hybrid Meta-Biomaterials Used to Make Better, Longer-Lasting 3D Printed Hip Implants

3D printing is increasingly seeing applications using biomaterials and metamaterials – and now with a new meta-biomaterial. A team of researchers from TU Delft developed the hybrid materials...

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by Sarah Saunders at January 12, 2018 08:56 PM

Additive Manufacturing Symposium to Highlight SOLIDWORKS World 2018

In less than a month, people from all over the world of 3D design will be gathering for SOLIDWORKS World 2018, one of the biggest events in 3D software. There was a lot of 3D printing excitement...

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by Clare Scott at January 12, 2018 08:11 PM

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AstroRealitys 3D printed LUNAR model lets you explore the moon's surface in detail with AR

AstroReality, a San Francisco-based startup, has launched a new project which could very well be the next big fad in augmented reality apps. Called LUNAR, the project consists of an amazingly detailed 3D printed model of the moon and a companion app that lets users explore the model moon’s surface and learn about Earth’s only natural satellite.

January 12, 2018 06:58 PM

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3D Printing as Seen at CES 2018: Part Two

3D printing has long made a showing at the annual CES in Las Vegas, with announcements ahead of the show serving to get visitors and watchers-from-afar eager to learn more about what will come to the...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at January 12, 2018 06:41 PM

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Do Metalenses Have a Place in 3D Printing?

A metalens concept: usable for 3D printing?

A metalens concept: usable for 3D printing?

I’m reading about a new technology called “meta...

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by General Fabb at January 12, 2018 06:00 PM

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Researchers use aerosol jet 3D printing to develop strain gauges with unprecedented sensitivity

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Texas El Paso, and Washington State University recently made use of 3D printing in a project that should lead to the development of significantly improved electronic measuring equipment. The team used the aerosol jet printing technique in their work, which involved the manufacturing of a new type of strain gauge.

January 12, 2018 05:15 PM

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Dinosaur Fossil's Secrets Unlocked Through 3D Scanning and 3D Printing

200 million years ago, South Africa was home to an herbivorous (though possibly omnivorous at one point) dinosaur called Massospondylus. It stood on two legs and was about 4-6 meters (13-20 feet)...

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by Clare Scott at January 12, 2018 05:13 PM

UNIZ Introduces UDP 3D Printing Technology and New SLA 3D Printers at CES 2018: Exclusive Interview

Two years ago, San Diego-based UNIZ Technology burst onto the 3D printing scene, touting a high-speed stereolithography (SLA) 3D printer, the SLASH. Introduced at CES 2016, the company’s first...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at January 12, 2018 04:03 PM

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How 3D Printing in Alumide Really Works

Is it plastic? Is it a metal? Alumide is both at the same time! This 3D printing material combines the design flexibility of polyamide (SLS) with the shine of aluminum. The final 3D prints are polyamide (SLS) models with a metallic-looking surface. It’s your all-time favorite polyamide with a sparkle!

Read on if you’ve always wondered how 3D printing in alumide works and how you can get the perfect alumide 3D prints.

Adding a Sparkle to Polyamide

Alumide is a blend of polyamide (SLS) with aluminum powder. While the polyamide gives alumide the properties of a rigid plastic material, the aluminum in it gives the printed part a matte and metallic-looking surface.

Alumide has a high freedom of design and the prints are well-priced, turning it into the perfect material for beginners in 3D printing. This is a suitable material if you need a model with the similar mechanical characteristics of polyamide, combined with a metallic appearance. Alumide can also resist high temperatures and is slightly porous.

Alumide prints can have a natural finish, which is matte, grey and sparkly in appearance, or they can be finished with one of the five colors available at i.materialise: Rusty Orange, Brick Red, Moss Green, Sparkly Blue and Asphalt Black. We bet you can’t resist these charming color names! Which one is your favorite?

The dyeing of the models will add 2 working days to the lead time

The Technology behind Alumide

Alumide is printed with Laser Sintering technology. With this 3D printing technology, a very thin layer of powder is spread on the surface of the powder bed, and a laser successively melts thin lines in the powder that bond together to form the layers of the model. The print chamber is heated to just below the melting point of the powder so at the end of the 3D printing process, you’ll have a big block of heated powder with the printed model inside.

After the cool-down period, the last steps of the printing process will be digging up the parts inside the block of powder, removing the loose powder from the parts and cleaning the 3D-printed models. At this point, the alumide parts are ready if you chose a natural finish. The process of dyeing the part in colorful finishes is done afterwards.

A picture (or a video) is worth a thousand words! Watch this video to understand how Laser Sintering works.

3D Design Tips for Alumide 

When designing for 3D printing there are some design tips that you should consider in order to get a flawless 3D print in alumide.

  • Wall thickness: The minimum distance between one surface of the model and the opposite sheer surface must be at least 1mm for alumide. Thinner walls would make your model too fragile for the 3D printing process.
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Minimum wall thickness for Alumide is 1mm

  • Maximum size: Models in alumide can be 650x330x560mm when choosing a natural finish, and 270x150x150mm for dyed models.
  • Interlocking or enclosed parts: When printing in alumide it’s possible to print chains or interlinking parts. The space between the rings should be at least 0.4mm.
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The space between moving parts in alumide should be 0.4mm

  • Warping: During the 3D printing process, alumide is exposed to high temperatures. That’s the reason why designing big flat plains for alumide is not a good idea and should be avoided. Models with this design are subject to warping during the 3D printing process.

  • Embossed and engraved details: Embossed letters on alumide parts should have a thickness of at least 1mm, a depth of 1.5 mm and an overall height of at least 4.5 mm. Engraved letters should have a minimum line thickness and depth of 0.8mm and an overall height of at least 3mm.

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Read the Design Guides for Alumide on our website carefully in order to avoid surprises when you order your 3D prints online.

3D Prints in Alumide That We Love

The strength and freedom of design offered by alumide and its metallic look turns it into a good option for many 3D-printed options: gadgets, decorative items, cases or jewelry.

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Faceted Modular Wall Planter in Alumide by 3DBrooklyn-Cults3d

 

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Guitar By Hilko Nackaerts with Alumide parts

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P90 Soapbars by Hilko Nackaerts. 3D printed in Alumide

 

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Rygo Pendant by Bathsheba Grossman

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Bronze Rhinoceros by Autodesk 123D Catch courtesy of the Asian art Museum of San Francisco

Do you want to explore the potential of alumide? Get a real look and feel for this 3D printing material and its different finishes by ordering one of our alumide sample kits!

When your files are ready, upload them to the i.materialise 3D printing platform and get an instant price quote for your model!

 

by Aura Farrando at January 12, 2018 03:57 PM

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Are 3D-Printed Consumer Ceramics Finally Here?

3D-printed performance ceramics have been available from a variety of photopolymer additive manufacturing (AM) platforms for some time, and there are even more on the horizon. 3D-printed consumer ceramics, however, are another story. Now, it seems as if that story may have reached a climax of sorts, as New York-based startup Kwambio has unveiled the Ceramo One ceramics 3D printer at International CES 2018. The Ceramo One is the result of Kwambio’s research into 3D-printed ceramics, ...

by Michael Molitch-Hou at January 12, 2018 03:25 PM

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Sintavia is the First Company to Receive Approval to 3D Print Production Parts for Honeywell Aerospace

Due to the design complexity that 3D printing offers, the technology has found use in many aerospace applications. All kinds of aircraft today, from drones to jets and rockets, use 3D printed parts....

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by Sarah Saunders at January 12, 2018 03:15 PM

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BASF & CTIBiotech announce first results of 3D human sebaceous glands technology for skin care

Sebaceous glands help the skin stay moist and protect it against external influences such as harsh weather, pollution, and microbial assaults: The oily or waxy matter that these microscopic, exocrine glands secrete – called sebum – lubricates and softens the skin and hair.

January 12, 2018 03:10 PM

Danish Technological Institute to open $14M 3D printing center aimed at SMEs

The Danish Technological Institute in Taastrup will be launching a new 3D printing project worth about $14.3 million (88 million kr.) aimed at encouraging small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to adopt additive manufacturing technologies and exploit their benefits.

January 12, 2018 02:48 PM

Five-year-old boy with deformed fingers and toes designs 44 3D printed hands for disabled kids

We reported just over a year ago on the remarkable story of 3D printing child genius Cameron Haight of North Carolina. The four-year-old boy suffered from a condition known as amniotic band syndrome, which meant that some of the fingers on his right hand were fused together.

January 12, 2018 02:35 PM

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SMARTTECH 3D Scanner Gets the Job Done for Textile Measurement Study

Unitika Garments Technology is a Japanese research agency that examines the medical impact of textiles. Its research includes measuring the human body to assess the impact of garments on it as well...

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by Clare Scott at January 12, 2018 02:27 PM

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6 Latest 3D Printing Advancements in the Healthcare Domain

A 3D printed prosthetic

A 3D printed prosthetic

Technology has always been an inseparable part of the healthcare sector....

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by Jack Warner at January 12, 2018 02:00 PM

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3D printed frog feet: the unlikely mechanism for improved soft-tissue grip

Despite the impressive strides the medical industry has taken in the field of surgical technology, doctors are still wrestling with a fundamental problem: that of soft tissue grip. As an ongoing issue in minimally invasive surgery, our current model of manipulating soft tissue without slipping revolves around the use of clunky grasping instruments with high pinch forces.

January 12, 2018 10:43 AM

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3D Printing Predictions for 2018: Industry Leaders Weigh In

The Fuse 1 is Formlab’s desktop SLS 3D printer. (Image courtesy of Formlabs.)

The Fuse 1 is Formlab’s desktop SLS 3D printer. (Image courtesy of Formlabs.)

What does...

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by ENGINEERING.com at January 12, 2018 10:00 AM

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AMADEE-18: Austrian astronauts to simulate 3D printing on Mars during Oman desert mission

Six astronauts from the Austrian Space Forum are going to Oman’s Dhofar desert for four weeks to stay in isolation and carry out experiments, simulating a mission to Mars. 3D printing will play an important role in the experiments.

January 12, 2018 09:41 AM

January 11, 2018

3D Print.com

3D Printing Put to Use to Create More Sensitive Strain Gauges for High-Temperature Applications

What’s one major thing that airplanes, bridges, and weigh stations have in common? If you answered strain gauges, you were right. These simple devices measure the strain, or pull, on an object....

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by Sarah Saunders at January 11, 2018 10:48 PM

Mars Simulation in Omani Desert to Test 3D Printing for Visit to Red Planet

Mars is our second nearest neighbor in the vast reaches of outer space. As such, it has long been easily visible in the night sky and so the circumstances surrounding its initial discovery are...

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by Hannah Rose Mendoza at January 11, 2018 09:29 PM

Quality is Key for Kodak's Professional 3D Printing Ecosystem: Exclusive Interview

One of the highly-anticipated releases being shown this week at CES 2018 in Las Vegas is from a big name that brought a big booth to match, as Kodak officially launches its first 3D printer, the...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at January 11, 2018 08:47 PM

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Untika Japan uses 3D body scanner to help optimize safety & comfort of clothing items

We reported last year on the release of an impressive new 3D scanning solution from Polish company SMARTTECH, known as scan3Dmed. The machine is optimized for 3D scanning the human body, and it is capable of obtaining a full-body scan in 0.7 seconds.

January 11, 2018 08:20 PM

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Gerfertec’s Take on 3D Printing: CNC Replacement

Gerfertec's hybrid 3D metal printer / CNC mill

Gerfertec's hybrid 3D metal printer / CNC mill

There are now plenty of 3D metal printers...

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by General Fabb at January 11, 2018 08:00 PM

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Industrial Design and 3D Printing Help Teenage Stroke Victim Regain His Swimming Stroke

Barcelona-based 3D printer manufacturer BCN3D Technologies is well known for its popular Sigma 3D printer, which was revamped and reintroduced last year as the Sigma R17. Many people have partnered...

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by Sarah Saunders at January 11, 2018 07:59 PM

Luxexcel and Roboze Announce Expansions of 3D Printing Businesses Into New Territories

It’s a new year, and with it comes new beginnings for many companies in the 3D printing industry. Those new beginnings include expansions into new territories, as is the case for...

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by Clare Scott at January 11, 2018 07:25 PM

3D Printing as Seen at CES 2018: Part One

Like most of the tech world, this week we’ve been paying a lot of attention to the goings-on at CES 2018 as announcements have arisen from the neon desert landscape of Las Vegas. Many of these...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at January 11, 2018 06:34 PM

Last Chance to Save $100 on Registration for Upcoming Additive Manufacturing Strategies Summit

No matter how serious or trivial, everyone, at some point in their life, has been or will be impacted by the medical and dental industries – which in turn have been impacted by 3D printing...

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by Sarah Saunders at January 11, 2018 06:15 PM

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Do You Have Enough Filament?

A spool that shows how much filament length remains

A spool that shows how much filament length remains

One of the most aggravating questions in...

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by General Fabb at January 11, 2018 06:00 PM

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3D printed customized orthotic swimming fin helps 16-year-old stroke victim swim again

While the industry of 3D printed prosthetics continues to boom, less often do we hear of 3D printed devices assisting in an individual’s progress toward rehabilitation. In addition to outright replacing a missing limb, additive manufacturing technology can help patients who merely need a helping hand while they re-learn how to walk, exercise and maneuver the space around them.

January 11, 2018 04:03 PM

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How the Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge is Bringing Focus to Robotics Teams

Even just a decade ago, the word “STEAM” was associated more with saunas than with education. But today, STEAM education—which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics—is recognized as critically important in the education of today’s children.

The U.S. Department of Education projects that the number of jobs in STEAM-related fields will grow by 14 percent from 2010 to 2020. Compare this to the national average of 5 to 8 percent growth across all sectors, and it’s clear that children need to have a strong foundation in the subjects that make up STEAM.

As important as the subjects being taught, though, are the methods. STEAM is more than just rote textbook learning. Because the STEAM fields develop and change so rapidly, the focus is on developing critical thinking and problem solving skills in students. They are encouraged to ask questions and experiment, not memorize and repeat.

Robotics perfectly captures the blend of experimentation, problem solving, creativity, learning, and fun that makes up a STEAM education. And the results of participating in robotics are compelling. According to FIRST, a nonprofit dedicated to designing accessible STEAM programs for students, kids who get involved in robotics are 88 percent more interested in doing well in school than their non-robotics peers, 90 percent more likely to take a challenging math or science course, and 91 percent more likely to be interested in going to college. They also have improved problem solving skills, increased time management skills, increased conflict resolution skills, and strengthened communications skills. Scholarly articles back up these statistics. (B. Barker & J. Asange, 2014A. Welch & D. Huffman, 2011)

3D printing provides advantages for robotics teams that are difficult to replicate with other products. In a competitive environment, 3D printing allows for the quick testing of new solutions. It allows teams to have tangible, physical outcomes for their ideas: They can see in real time with real, made-to-order products whether their ideas worked. If their ideas don’t work, they can tweak them, and see how the final product changes. This sort of hands-on learning is proven to keep kids engaged, and help them learn.

The Biomimetic Robotic Prosthetic Hand produced for the Extreme Redesign Challenge 2017, and won the secondary education, engineering category.

It also teaches kids that 3D printing, and other cutting-edge technology, does not need to be reserved for mechanical engineers, or other professionals with advanced degrees. Increasingly, the interfaces are intuitive and easy to use. Even without being on a robotics team, students can still have opportunities to use 3D printer technology to learn about robotics and STEAM skills. Increasingly, there are tutorials and guidelines online that kids can use to make their own robots using 3D printers. For instance, you can find a free online tutorial for how to make interactive robotogami—foldable robots printed from a 3D printer. Additionally, each year we sponsor the Extreme Redesign Challenge, an opportunity for students of all ages to redesign an existing product to improve how a task is accomplished, or design something entirely new that addresses an unmet need. This is a quest to find the most creative, mechanically sound and realistically achievable design using 3D printing. Last year, the first place winner in the engineering, secondary education category incorporated robotics to create a biomimetic robotic prosthetic hand. And while entries in the Extreme Redesign Challenge do not need to incorporate robotics, last year, for Grayson Galisky it proved to be a unique and winning strategy.

3D printing and robotics go hand in hand. It allows students to hit all the goals of STEAM learning: creative, quick thinking; team work; communication; experimentation; and a deepening, hands-on understanding of STEAM concepts. These are skills that will set kids up for success, whatever their career path. To learn more about 3D printing in STEAM education, click here. 

To learn more about the Extreme Redesign Challenge and how to enter the 2018 design contest, click here.

 

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by Carrie Wyman at January 11, 2018 04:01 PM

3D Print.com

REGEMAT 3D Offers Customized Options for 3D Bioprinting

There are a few companies that immediately come to mind when 3D bioprinting is mentioned- Organovo and EnvisionTEC among them, for example. But bioprinting isn’t just the domain of a few...

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by Clare Scott at January 11, 2018 03:58 PM

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Ethereal Machines wins CES 2018 Best of Innovation award for its Halo hybrid 5D Printer

Towards the end of last year, we reported on a groundbreaking new additive manufacturing development from an exciting start-up based in Bangalore, India. The Ethereal Machines team had been making waves with its new Halo 5D printer, a machine that goes way beyond the usual limits of of 3D printing and even the growing field of shape-shifting ‘4D printing’ technologies.

January 11, 2018 03:51 PM

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Cryogenics and 3D Printing Used to Create Super-Soft Replicas of Biological Structures for Tissue Regeneration

Researchers with Imperial College London (ICL) have developed a new 3D printing technique for creating replicas of biological structures, which could potentially be used for tissue regeneration, and...

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by Sarah Saunders at January 11, 2018 03:08 PM

Custom Copper Inductors Optimized for 3D Printing with Web-Based Configurator

Trinckle was founded in 2013 in Germany and has been making headlines ever since. Collaboration is at the core of what they do and their most recent venture is no exception. Having previously...

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by Hannah Rose Mendoza at January 11, 2018 02:31 PM

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Winsun's 3D Printed Bus Shelter

A 3D printed bus shelter

A 3D printed bus shelter

Winsun has been busy.

The China-based company’s claim to fame...

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by General Fabb at January 11, 2018 02:00 PM

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Modla showcases Reebok new Flexweave material with 3D printed training mask

To celebrate and promote its new and innovative Flexweave material, sports brand Reebok invited some of the world’s top designers to create useful objects from it. The end results include a smart glove, a 3D printed training mask, and an active chair.

January 11, 2018 01:09 PM

3D printed Age Suit lets young people feel what it's like to be old

Get Models Now, a modern design studio based in Poznan, Poland, has designed a 3D printed “Age Suit” that lets wearers experience what it feels like to be elderly. The suit, made from PLA and other materials, restricts movement to replicate the feeling of age.

January 11, 2018 12:46 PM

Dry ice helps Imperial researchers 3D print super soft biological structures for artificial organs

Researchers at Imperial College London have developed a new freezing and 3D printing technique that can be used to create biological structures for tissue regeneration and replica organs. The printed structures can mimic the properties of organs like the brain and lungs.

January 11, 2018 10:30 AM

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Onshape Sweeps into 2018 With Advanced Modeling Tools Enhancements

Onshape's development roadmap

Onshape's development roadmap

2017 was a good year for Advanced Modeling Tools enhancements...

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by SolidSmack.com at January 11, 2018 10:00 AM

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IDC forecasts global 3D printing spending to increase by nearly 20% in 2018 to $12 billion

From within the 3D printing industry it is clear that additive manufacturing is growing in terms of its applications and adoption, though it is still always interesting to put some cold hard numbers to the industry’s growth and worth.

January 11, 2018 09:51 AM

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DyeMansion’s Expanded Post Processing System

Perfectly finished nylon 3D prints from DyeMansion. (Image courtesy of Fabbaloo.) From their name, you’d figure that DyeMansion has something to do with coloration, and you’d be right. What you may not know is that they’ve branched into additional post processing methods. DyeMansion’s key proposition is, of course, the ability to provide highly consistent coloration of 3D printed nylon parts. This is actually quite a problem for many companies, because although ...

by Fabbaloo at January 11, 2018 07:53 AM

January 10, 2018

3D Print.com

Two Companies Invest in Multiple EOS Industrial Metal 3D Printing Systems

EOS, one of the top suppliers of industrial metal and polymer 3D printers, had a busy 2017, with the introduction of a new 3D printer and software updates, a new material and metal powder handling...

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by Sarah Saunders at January 10, 2018 10:14 PM

South African Designer Completes 365 Days of 3D Printing for 2017

While New Year’s resolutions abound each year, success stories do not. So, when Tom Van Den Bon announced his very unique intention for 2017 to 3D print something every day, we began following with...

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by Bridget Butler Millsaps at January 10, 2018 09:13 PM

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Schaffen Watches launches new Reference 65 range of timepieces with customized 3D printed rotors

As fashion and technology trends evolve and grow, there’s still something distinguished and elegant about a quality, well-built wristwatch, and a timepiece that was personally designed is one of the most luxury products that a person can own.

January 10, 2018 09:02 PM

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Nano Dimension Joins Techniplas Open Innovation Program, Will Use DragonFly 2020 Pro 3D Printer for Automotive Applications

Global design and manufacturing provider of automotive products and services Techniplas, headquartered in Wisconsin, brings 3D printing companies together to offer benefits from their shared...

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by Sarah Saunders at January 10, 2018 08:11 PM

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The Kinect is Dead; How to 3D Scan Now?

The now defunct Microsoft Kinect

The now defunct Microsoft Kinect

It turns out that Microsoft has now officially ceased...

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by General Fabb at January 10, 2018 08:00 PM

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R&D Tax Credit Aspects of 3D Printing Lighting Products

The lighting industry is using LED technology to completely change its product offerings. 3D printing enables lighting manufacturers and lighting designers to achieve product innovation, process...

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by Charles Goulding at January 10, 2018 07:14 PM

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The Road to Standards for 3D Printing

Where will the new upcoming 3D printing standards be hung? 

Where will the new upcoming 3D printing standards be hung?

Industries all start in a chaotic...

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by General Fabb at January 10, 2018 06:00 PM

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Porimy launches new 3D ceramic printer and first certified 3D printed ceramic dental fixtures in China

3D printed ceramics are continuing to develop at a considerable rate, and the technology’s improvement is increasing the number of potential applications it has, in a variety of sectors. The latest advance in this field today saw China’s Porimy 3D Printing Technology Co., Ltd, a start-up offshoot of the Kunshan Industrial Technology Research Institute

January 10, 2018 05:57 PM

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Polaroid Debuts New Range of Consumer 3D Printers at CES 2018

At a friend’s birthday party this weekend, I was introduced to the Pic-300 Instant Analog Camera by Polaroid for the first time. I felt a little behind the times, as I didn’t even know...

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by Sarah Saunders at January 10, 2018 05:50 PM

Agendas and Speakers Announced for Inside 3D Printing Singapore and Dusseldorf

CES 2018 is just getting started, but it’s never too early to begin thinking about the other trade shows that are coming up – they’ll be here before we know it. One such trade show...

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by Clare Scott at January 10, 2018 04:52 PM

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3D Printing Design Tips from Professional Designers

Designing for 3D printing is not always an easy task. While creativity has no limits when you’ve mastered the right 3D design software, optimizing 3D designs for 3D printing can be tricky for beginners.

That’s why we wanted to offer you a compilation of the best design tips for 3D printing given by those who know it well: 3D professional designers.  How does their 3D design process look like? Which 3D printing software do they use? Which tips would they give to new 3D designers? Read on to discover their thoughts!

  1. Choose the right wall thickness

Kristoffer Rønn-Andersen, the jewelry designer behind Primal Crafts, explains that he starts new designs with a rough sketch drawn by hand or by jumping directly into his 3D modeling software – which is Rhinoceros for the most part. For some designs, the 3D file might take shape in SolidWorks or Blender as well.

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Photo by PrimalCrafts.com

Kristoffer thinks that the biggest challenge and most important step when designing for 3D printing is to optimize the 3D model for the printing material.

According to the designer, choosing the right wall thickness for 3D designs is essential: “To me it is crucial that these aspects are integrated into the early design of the pieces, otherwise they might not turn out well; either because the piece is not printable or because you have to make last-minute changes to the dimensions, which ruin the design.”

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  1. Keep in mind the minimum detail sizes for each material

Each 3D printing material has different design needs that are important to keep in mind when you design. Not just when making them printable, but also to adapt the design to your ideas.

Jewelry designer Noah Händel explains it with the example of his ring: “With bronze, you can achieve everything from matte brown to shiny gold. That depends on how you design the highs and lows and how even the surface is. The vines of the ring are a great example. Even though the indentation between the vines is only around 0.8mm deep, it looks a lot deeper because it has a darker shade that you can’t polish. A rough surface always looks more detailed than a plain one.”

Garden Ring

Garden Ring. Copyright Sören Schulz & Noah Hähnel

This young jewelry designer uses Cinema 4D for his designs and gives another simple but important tip for those looking to print unique pieces in different sizes or with small alterations:  keep your files as easy to edit as possible.

“When I started out, I finished with one completely merged object which was easier to export, but difficult to make alterations on after completion, like changing the wall thickness, or the size of certain details.”

Silver Finishes

Gloss, High Gloss, Satin and Sandblasted silver finishes

This technique will only allow you to change small details for each customer to make the object a little more unique. Furthermore, you will be able to increase the ring size without increasing the bounding box, which allows for cheaper prints.

  1. Understand the 3D printing technologies

The designers behind the jewelry brand Blueberries are a couple from the Czech Republic called Zbyněk Krulich and Markéta Richterová. They use Houdini by SideFX for their 3D designs because it has a node-based workflow where everything is built in a procedural way. Instead of moving vertices, the couple create small systems to manipulate data in 3D. For the final analysis and exportation they use Meshmixer.

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The tip Zbynek and Markéta would give to their fellow designers is to get a better understanding of the 3D printing technologies and how to design for 3D printing with them. For Blueberries, this is crucial because they always work on the edge of what is possible to make with 3D printing.

Their design process starts with a concept and with that in mind, they create the first designs with a 3D software program. Afterwards, they perform several iterations for the prototyping phase. Once they have a finalized prototype, Zbynek and Markéta make some last iterations for the final design, in order to get the perfect final results.

Delaunay Star Gold by Blueberries

Delaunay Star Gold by Blueberries

  1. Experiment and prototype

The product designers for the coffee product brand Fellow have a very open approach to design for 3D printing. They use different 3D design tools when they are working back and forth between industrial designers and engineers, and they see this 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.”

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Duo Coffe Steeper by Fellow © Fellow

Fellow encourages prototyping 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.” Prototyping allows them to create iterations of the same product with 3D printing during the design and engineering process.

Your idea, your design, your intellectual property.

Sketch of the ‘Love Lamps’ by Sandro Lominashvili

As you can see, there is not one single approach to design for 3D printing. Knowing the material and technologies that you will be printing with is key for getting the perfect outcome. Obtaining a flawless 3D print might not happen on your first attempt, but following these tips will help to make it easier.

Another important step to consider when you start your designs is choosing the perfect 3D design software for 3D printing.

Once your 3D files are finalized and ready to 3D print, upload them to our 3D printing platform to get an instant price quote. Our 3D printing platform is also a good place to discover all the printing options that we offer, as well as the finishes and colors available for each material.

Are you a 3D designer yourself? Leave your tips for 3D printing beginners in the comments and share your creations with us on the i.materialise Forum or on social media with the hashtag #imaterialise.

Featured image: Mjolnir Key Chain by Little Things | 3D Printed in Polished Natural Steel

 

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