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April 20, 2018

3D Print.com

Markforged Begins Shipping Metal X 3D Printer to Customers and Resellers

Every January, CES is a gathering place for companies introducing the newest and coolest technology, as well as for spectators who want to get a first look at that technology. There are always plenty...

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by Clare Scott at April 20, 2018 08:28 PM

Sign Up for Our 3D Printing Innovation Showcase with an Early Bird Special

We’re launching our first ever 3DPrint.com Innovation Showcase June 5-7 online, where you’ll learn industry trends and innovations in 3D printing and additive manufacturing. Our three-day live...

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by Caitlin McKinney at April 20, 2018 07:45 PM

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Google and CyArks Open Heritage project recreates archaeological wonders using 3D technology

Google is teaming up with heritage company CyArk to launch the Open Heritage project. This is intended to give people access to some of the world&aposs most important archaeological wonders, through images and data captured using advanced laser scanning and 3D technology.

April 20, 2018 07:09 PM

3D Print.com

nScrypt Utilizes FibreTuff's PEEK Alternative PAPC 3D Printing Filaments

Two years ago, nScrypt won the Innovation Auditions Competition at RAPID 2016. The company presented a multi-nozzle hybrid machine that impressed the judges, and has built a successful business on...

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by Clare Scott at April 20, 2018 07:01 PM

Objet

Making the Old New: Re-Thinking a Classic 100 Year Old Design

Every year, the Extreme Redesign Challenge calls upon tomorrow’s engineers, artists and entrepreneurs to design a better future. It is a test to see who can come up with the most creative, mechanically sound, and realistically achievable design using 3D printing. Seven winners were selected and received scholarships for their efforts as well as features on our website and blog.

Engineering solutions for everyday life, that could possibly impact almost everyone isn’t always what comes to mind when you think of Additive Manufacturing.  But Brenner Kar and Jake Klahorst are hoping to disrupt the 100 year old design of the nail clipper with their Extreme Redesign Challenge entry of the nail shield, in the Engineering Secondary Education category.

A simple, frequent chore inspired Brenner and Jake to create the design as an assignment for an engineering class that later led to the entry.  The nail shield is a circular add-on device designed to fit on almost any nail clipper, protecting the user from flying clippings and encasing them in a removable vessel that would allow for easy disposal of the clippings when finished.  Brenner first came up with the idea after clipping his own nails and wondering why the irritations of the task had never been addressed.  “I just realized that it was a pain, for the most part to clip your nails. You have to think about where you are aiming and be careful not to step on any nails that may have missed the trash can, because it can hurt.”

Brenner and Jake  had access to 3D Printers in their classrooms at Grand Haven High School in Grand Haven, Michigan, so they were able to print a prototype of their design.  Their experience with FDM technology and ABS material greatly impacted their design considerations, and they were pleasantly surprised by the outcome of their first prototype print. After the first print Brenner stated that the final product was very similar to how he envisioned it during the design process, and it even worked when he tried it a set of nail clippers for the first time.  Brenner and Jake’s instructor, Mr. Case said that he’s not surprised by the positive outcome of the first print, as Jake and Brenner have both been in his engineering class before. He also said that the “ Using modeling software is great, but having access to 3D printing and having a machine in the classroom helps the students from getting lost in the scale. Many times they will print something and say, ‘Oh, that’s way smaller than I thought it would be, or this is WAY too big to work.  Access to 3D printing has opened up areas of opportunity in design thinking and collaboration processes that are beneficial to learning in many ways.”

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by Carrie Wyman at April 20, 2018 06:24 PM

3D Print.com

Assemblage Art, 3D Printing and R&D Tax Credits

Assemblage is the French word for assembling. Many of today’s artists take a variety of objects and assemble them together to form a masterpiece. Artists and designers can potentially use a 3D...

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by Charles Goulding at April 20, 2018 06:16 PM

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Ballistix Tactical Tracer RAM kit lets modding gamers 3D print their own LED light bar

Ballistix, the gaming-oriented division of Micron Technology, has just released a new modifiable RAM kit. The Ballistix Tactical Tracer gaming RAM offers gamers the ability to 3D print their own light bar cover, with the design files being available for free online.

April 20, 2018 06:15 PM

Fabbaloo

3D Platform Hints at Giant 3D Printer

 Artist's sketch of the upcoming 3D Platform WorkCenter 500 large format 3D printer

Artist's sketch of the upcoming 3D Platform WorkCenter 500 large format 3D printer

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by General Fabb at April 20, 2018 05:00 PM

3D Print.com

3D Printing BioPen Receives Investment from Australian Government

In 2016, researchers at the University of Wollongong partnered with orthopedic surgeons at St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne to develop the BioPen, a bioprinting pen that allows surgeons to draw...

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by Clare Scott at April 20, 2018 04:37 PM

MakerBot Rolls Out Certification Program to Train Teachers to Develop Their Own 3D Printing Curriculum

For the last two years, desktop 3D printer mainstay MakerBot has had a special focus on education, from helping current professionals further their 3D printing skills to introducing a new 3D printer...

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by Sarah Saunders at April 20, 2018 03:45 PM

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EnvisionTEC unveils worlds longest mega-chain 3D printed in its strongest material ever

EnvisionTEC, a 3D printing solutions company, launches today a groundbreaking new material, E-RigidForm. The company showcased it in a 328-foot 3D printed chain Friday morning at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit and is claiming the record for the world&aposs longest single-piece chain using 3D printing technology.

April 20, 2018 03:35 PM

Chinese surgeons create first-ever 3D printed facial implant for a child

A team of surgeons in China made use of 3D printing to produce a titanium jaw implant for a 10 year-old boy. The operation has now been declared a success, and this is the first time a child&aposs face has been successfully reconstructed using the technology.

April 20, 2018 03:13 PM

3D Print.com

EnvisionTEC Launches High-Strength Material with a 328-Foot Chain 3D Printed in a Single Piece

Rather than quietly adding its newest high performance material to its portfolio, EnvisionTEC decided to introduce its E-RigidForm in a big way – by 3D printing the world’s longest resin...

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by Clare Scott at April 20, 2018 02:09 PM

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Xijing Hospital repairs long bone defect using Xian Particle Clouds 3D printed artificial bone

Surgeons at the Xijing Hospital in China have declared a bone operation that made use of FFP 3D printing technology to be a success. The technique was used by surgeons at the hospital to repair a long segment bone defect, using biodegradable artificial bone provided by Xi’an Particle Cloud Biotechnology Co., Ltd.

April 20, 2018 01:14 PM

3D Print.com

ANSYS Releases Two New Simulation Software Solutions for Metal 3D Printing

Pennsylvania-based ANSYS is the worldwide leader in Pervasive Engineering Simulation software, helping innovative companies, like GE, create improved products by using its broad platform of...

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by Sarah Saunders at April 20, 2018 01:10 PM

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Builder Refines US Strategy

 There's a new way to get one of these large 3D printers

There's a new way to get one of these large 3D printers

Builder, the Netherlands-based...

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by General Fabb at April 20, 2018 01:00 PM

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Swinburne uses tiny BioSphere beads to grow stem cells for 3D bio-printed cartilage repair

A group of researchers at Australia&aposs Swinburne University is developing a new 3D bio-printing method. Their BioSphere project makes use of thousands of tiny polymer beads in order to more efficiently grow stem cells, which will then be used to repair tissue using a handheld &aposBio-pen&apos.

April 20, 2018 10:55 AM

Fabbaloo

Inside Stratasys Metal 3D Printing Spin-Off Vulcan Labs

 Vulcan Laboratories is a new startup spun out of Stratasys and focused on quality powder bed fusion. (Image courtesy of Vulcan Laboratories.)

Vulcan Laboratories is a new startup spun out of Stratasys and focused on quality powder bed fusion. (Image courtesy...

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by ENGINEERING.com at April 20, 2018 09:00 AM

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BASF and Essentium create extra-strong 3D printed plastic/carbon fiber prosthetic leg

We reported last year on a major collaboration between chemicals giant BASF and 3D printing materials company Essentium, intended to develop a range of new materials solutions for 3D printing and other applications. A major breakthrough has recently been achieved by the partners, with Essentium’s subsidiary brand TriFusion Devices leveraging one of BASF’s advanced materials to develop an important new prosthetic device. The new prosthetic is the strongest 3D printed thermoplastic/carbon fiber definitive prosthetic leg socket available on the market.

April 20, 2018 01:01 AM

April 19, 2018

3D Print.com

3D Printing the SynDaver Open-Source Healthcare Mannequin

Learn how 3D printing is delivering higher practice standards for healthcare professionals using high-tech mannequins. As desktop 3D printers become more robust, reliable, and feature-rich, we are...

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by Mara Hitner at April 19, 2018 09:43 PM

Carbon and the "New Future Additive Will Bring": Exclusive Interview

While it’s the applications that draw wide attention to Carbon, and the advanced hardware, software, and materials that keep focus on the California-based company, ultimately any success comes...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at April 19, 2018 08:57 PM

Marines Embrace 3D Printing for Production of Replacement Parts

Whatever your opinion about the military and its operations, it would be difficult to argue that they are not interested in advances in technology. The US Navy recently worked with ORNL to develop...

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by Hannah Rose Mendoza at April 19, 2018 08:05 PM

3D Scanning and 3D Printing Allow for Production of Lifelike Facial Prosthetics

Losing any part of the body is traumatic, but there is perhaps nothing more traumatic than losing or damaging part of the face. The face is the first thing everyone sees, and it is what expresses our...

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by Clare Scott at April 19, 2018 07:13 PM

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Atum3D's Interesting New Partner

 Atum3D's headquarters

Atum3D's headquarters

Atum3D made a very interesting move.

The Netherlands-based company...

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by General Fabb at April 19, 2018 07:00 PM

3D Print.com

Sculpteo Partnering with Fluigent on Horizon 2020-Funded 3D Printing Microfluidics Research Project

The European Commission’s Horizon 2020 framework is the biggest Research and Innovation program ever launched by the EU. With almost €80 billion of available funding until the year 2020, the...

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by Sarah Saunders at April 19, 2018 06:27 PM

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Windsor biologists 3D print robo-toads to help study real toads unusual mating ritual

A team of researchers at Canada&aposs University of Windsor have 3D printed robotic toads to study unusual mating behaviour. The realistic replica toads are being placed amongst real ones to stimulate behaviour, in an effort to solve the mystery of brown toads in Costa Rica turning yellow for one day a year.

April 19, 2018 05:30 PM

Fabbaloo

More Interesting Stuff in 3D Hubs' Q2 Report

 3D Hubs' quarterly report is out

3D Hubs' quarterly report is out

3D Hubs once again released their quarterly report today, and...

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by General Fabb at April 19, 2018 05:00 PM

3D Print.com

Peak Sport Introduces 3D Printed Volleyball Shoe

Volleyball is a sport that requires a great deal of athleticism. Not only is precision and power needed from the arms in order to hit the ball over the net, but a lot is required from the legs and...

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by Clare Scott at April 19, 2018 04:33 PM

3D Printing of Pizza and R&D Tax Credits

Craving a slice of pizza? Well if not yet, you surely will have a craving by the end of this article. Kevin Drake, who bakes pizza at the University of Indiana’s dining court, says that pizza is...

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by Charles Goulding at April 19, 2018 03:24 PM

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Shapeways raises $30 million to expand 3D printing marketplace

Shapeways, a New York-based 3D printing company, today announced $30M Series E led by Lux Capital. Other participants in this round include Union Square Ventures, INKEF Capital and Andreessen Horowitz all recommitting as earlier investors.

April 19, 2018 03:20 PM

Objet

Collaboration is a Winning Ingredient for Mott Community College Design Team

Every year, the Extreme Redesign Challenge calls upon tomorrow’s engineers, artists and entrepreneurs to design a better future. It is a test to see who can come up with the most creative, mechanically sound, and realistically achievable design using 3D printing. Seven winners were selected and received scholarships for their efforts as well as features on our website and blog.

A trio from Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan are the NCATC scholarship winning team in this year’s Extreme Redesign Challenge. Kaylee Spears, Chase Brokaw, and Myles Archambeau are all working toward or recent graduates of the CAD based degree programs at MCC.  Their shared interest in design thinking and the iterative process of rapid prototyping helped the team to bring their idea for the multi-purpose cooking utensil to life.

The idea for the tool was borne out of Kaylee’s practical desire for a cooking utensil solution that didn’t take up so much space in her kitchen and provided ergonomic comfort to even the most mundane of kitchen tasks.  The team went to work crafting their design and using their classmates to help them iterate on each version of the utensil. They asked the class to try out the tool and offer feedback on what could improve it before settling on a final version of the design. They realized that designing a tool that was large enough for a male to hold comfortably, yet not too large where it was uncomfortable for females to use was a nuanced process. Additionally, one of their classmates shared that she has an arthritic condition, and so with another round of slight changes, the final prototype seemed to answer the test sampling usage needs.

The team was also keen to give credit for their success to their CAD Design class instructor, Dennis Hughes, for helping them to realize the design, and bring it into its final, winning form. “Dennis encourages us to try things, to do new things, so that our experiences aren’t just conceptual. This helps to exercise the analytical and creative sides of our brain.” Myles said.  This exercise in design thinking and creative agility has definitely paid off for this team of CAD designers to the benefit of home chefs.

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by Carrie Wyman at April 19, 2018 03:07 PM

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3D Housing 05: EUs first 3D-printed house debuts at Milan Design Week 2018

Engineering company Arup and CLS Architects&apos much-anticipated “3D printed one-bedroom house” has been revealed at the Salone del Mobile design in Milan. The event, hosted from April 17 to 22, features the 3D printed home in Milan’s central Piazza Cesare Beccaria, where guests can admire its 3D printed structure.

April 19, 2018 02:36 PM

3D Print.com

CG Bio Receives Approval for 3D Printed Cheekbones

Traditionally, there has always been some risk involved when implanting anything new into the human body, whether it’s an organ transplant, a bone graft or artificial implant. The body’s...

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by Clare Scott at April 19, 2018 02:32 PM

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CEADs huge CFAM 3D printer for shipbuilding completes first successful tests

Dutch company CEAD has successfully carried out some important tests on its large-format CFAM 3D printer. The huge machine, which is intended for maritime and construction applications, will now be completed at a new facility near TU Delft.

April 19, 2018 02:03 PM

3D Print.com

Shapeways to Accelerate Expansion in 3D Printing with $30M Series E Funding

As Shapeways continues on its quest to expand in business operations and strategic offerings, the 3D printing platform announces a major step forward today with its $30 million Series E funding...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at April 19, 2018 01:45 PM

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Shapeways to Expand 3D Printing Marketplace with $30M in Funding

Two months after taking on GE’s Gregory Kess as its new CEO, the 3D printing marketplace Shapeways has announced a $30 million Series E funding round led by Lux Capital, with participation from Union Square Ventures, INKEF Capital and Andreessen Horowitz—all early investors in the company. The funds will be used to speed up the company’s growth as it creates new services. Originally spun out of Royal Philips Electronics in the Netherlands in 2007, Shapeways has beco...

by Michael Molitch-Hou at April 19, 2018 01:10 PM

3D Print.com

3D Hubs Q2 2018 Trend Report Expands Beyond 3D Printing to Digital Manufacturing

The global 3D Hubs network publishes its interesting and useful 3D printing trend reports to offer an inside look at the industry. These extensive industry reports compile data from 6,000 active...

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by Sarah Saunders at April 19, 2018 01:04 PM

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Shapeways Grows Again

 Shapeways gains even more funding

Shapeways gains even more funding

Shapeways unexpectedly announced a rather large investment...

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by General Fabb at April 19, 2018 01:00 PM

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Peak Sport releases first 3D printed volleyball shoes

China&aposs Peak Sport has released the first range of 3D printed shoes for volleyball. The shoes were developed by gathering data from a number of professional players and creating an advanced design for improved cushioning, which was then printed using SLS technology.

April 19, 2018 12:49 PM

iMaterialise

3D Printing at the Movies: How a Costume was 3D Printed for Black Panther

If you live on this planet, you might have already watched or at least heard about the latest Marvel movie: Black Panther.

This blockbuster has been acclaimed by the public and movie critics for many reasons, including the impressive costumes worn by the characters.

Tradition meets 3D printing

The amazing outfits for the movie were inspired by the colors and shapes of African tradition and the cutting-edge technology of Wakanda. One of the main characters, Queen Ramonda, wears an elegant crown in the movie, reminiscent of the traditional crowns worn by married Zulu women.

Queen Ramonda wearing the 3D-printed crown

Queen Ramonda wearing the 3D-printed crown

This crown was 3D-printed by Materialise. It’s a perfect example of the Wakandan blend between old and new!

When Ruth Carter, Head Costume Designer for Black Panther, was faced with the challenge of designing a crown for the mother of T’Challa – the Black Panther himself – she sought the collaboration of an experienced designer for fashion and 3D-printed wearables, Julia Körner, and put it together using the 3D printing technologies available at Materialise.

The results are out of this world!

Black Panther cast

Marvel’s Black Panther Cast

Read more about this fantastic 3D print and the designing process on the Materialise blog.

A 3D printing technology worthy of a queen’s outfit

The technology chosen to 3D print Queen Ramonda’s crown was Laser Sintering and the material was Polyamide12 or Polyamide (SLS). This is the 3D printing option that offers the highest freedom of design, one of the best options for such a creative project!

Queen Ramonda and his son T'Challa in Black Panther

Queen Ramonda and his son T’Challa in Black Panther

Julia’s 3D design skills were key to achieving a crown that was stiff enough to retain its shape but also flexible enough to be comfortably worn by the actress Angela Basset who was playing Queen Ramonda.

Polyamide is also a great material for beginners in 3D printing and designers because it gives the possibility to print the most intricate shapes, and it comes in many different finishes and colors.

You can also print your creations in Polyamide (SLS) by uploading your 3D designs to the i.materialise 3D printing platform.

You’ve never been closer to Hollywood!

During the shooting of Black Panther

During the shooting of Black Panther

Look for more inspiring stories about 3D printing in fashion and shoe design on our blog.

All images courtesy of Marvel’s Black Panther / Costume Design by Ruth Carter

by Aura Farrando at April 19, 2018 11:18 AM

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BMW demos futuristic S1000RR motorcycle with 3D printed chassis and swingarm

BMW Group has recently demonstrated a new motorcycle design that takes advantage of the potential of 3D printing technology. The futuristic-looking S1000RR is a prototype that was on display at the BMW Group Digital Day in Spain, and it has a 3D printed chassis and swingarm.

April 19, 2018 10:56 AM

Griffith uses 3D bio-printing to design personalized replacement bone for SLIL wrist injuries

A new bio-printing project at Australia&aposs Griffith University is intended to improve treatment of SLIL wrist injuries. It will make use of 3D printed scaffolds to re-grow ligament and bone tissue in the wrist, potentially saving the mobility of patients and preventing osteoarthritis.

April 19, 2018 09:28 AM

Fabbaloo

See How McLaren Uses VR for Car Body Design

 Using virtual reality to design automobiles

Using virtual reality to design automobiles

Before automobile technology even reached the point...

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by SolidSmack.com at April 19, 2018 09:00 AM

Ponoko

How To Design An Industrial Product In A Digital Making World

Has The Factory Of The Future Changed Industrial Product Design Forever?

So you want to design a product. You have a great product idea and you’re ready to start hacking at your first prototype. Problem is, you’re not sure how to go from brilliant idea to successful product at least risk. But don’t worry, understanding the fundamentals of industrial product design in a digital making world has helped designers, engineers and makers bring their ideas to life.

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by Melissa Felderman at April 19, 2018 04:30 AM

April 18, 2018

3D Print.com

Aerospace 3D Printing Pioneers Join Forces as Premium AEROTEC Acquires APWORKS

APWORKS is an expert in metal 3D printing, and has been involved with initiatives and partnerships all over the industry. Until now, APWORKS has been a subsidiary of Airbus, itself a frequent user of...

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by Clare Scott at April 18, 2018 09:28 PM

Two Dutch Material Companies Release Unique New 3D Printing Filaments

Dutch 3D printing materials manufacturer Formfutura is well known for its many unique materials, which run the gamut from wood and cork to stone and carbon fiber. The company has recently announced...

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by Sarah Saunders at April 18, 2018 08:40 PM

Consulting Firm Uses 3D Printer to Make Explosives for US Navy

Naseem Jibrin, Benjamin and Brandon Ennis, and Michael Winn are trying to work out how to create explosives using a commercially available HP 3D printer. But don’t call the FBI, because they...

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by Hannah Rose Mendoza at April 18, 2018 07:59 PM

3Ders

News Roundup: Aerotec acquires Apworks, Adaptive3D to launch new polymer, MakerBot, NAMIC, MPA Singapore, Artec 3D, Materialise, PrintLab

In case you’ve fallen behind again with all the latest 3D printing developments (and we wouldn’t be surprised if you had), we’ve got another round-up to get you back up to speed. Top stories this time are Apworks being acquired by Aerotec and Adaptive 3D launching a new polymer material, and there’s many more besides.

April 18, 2018 07:31 PM

3D Print.com

Fusion3 Introduces New F410 3D Printer; Robo Launches Earth Day Design Contest

In 2016, Fusion3 introduced its F400 3D printer, a reliable, fast and affordable desktop 3D printer that further enhanced its popularity when it adopted an open materials system later in the year....

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by Clare Scott at April 18, 2018 07:08 PM

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MatterHackers Announces Advanced Desktop 3D Printer

 The new Pulse XE desktop 3D printer

The new Pulse XE desktop 3D printer

3D print reseller MatterHackers announced a new bundle...

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by General Fabb at April 18, 2018 07:00 PM

3D Print.com

Researchers Successfully Using 3D Printing to Study Complex Animal Behaviors

While we’ve seen the effects that 3D printing can have on human mating rituals, the technology can also be used to help with animal breeding research. 3D technologies are often put to work in...

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by Sarah Saunders at April 18, 2018 06:27 PM

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Stratasys Working On New PEKK Material

 An advanced aerospace part using Stratasys' new Antero material

An advanced aerospace part using Stratasys' new Antero material

Stratasys announced a new...

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by General Fabb at April 18, 2018 05:00 PM

3D Print.com

Siemens Advancing Additive Manufacturing: Exclusive Interview, Part Two - Providing Services

Germany-based Siemens has been working with 3D printing in its global operations for some time now, integrating the technology across a variety of its businesses and developing significant...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at April 18, 2018 04:54 PM

BASF and Essentium Deliver Super-Strong 3D Printed Prosthetic Socket

The partnership between BASF and Essentium Materials has already yielded some brand new 3D printing materials, and now the two companies are turning their attention toward something even more...

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by Clare Scott at April 18, 2018 04:15 PM

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Rices 3D printed cervix models help teach cervical cancer screening

A group of students at Rice University have developed a device that can assist in the treatment and diagnosis of cervical cancer. The 3D printed device has a number of cervix models which can be used for training, and it will be particularly helpful for medical professionals in areas with limited resources.

April 18, 2018 03:50 PM

3D Print.com

Australian Researchers Using Bioengineering and 3D Printing to Design Better Replacement Bone Ligament Constructs

The most common type of wrist ligament injury occurs with the Scapholunate Interosseous Ligament (SLIL). Injuries to this particular ligament can lead to the dislocation of the lunate and scaphoid...

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by Sarah Saunders at April 18, 2018 03:20 PM

Sculpteo

3D Print.com

NAMIC Holds Additive Manufacturing Summit, Continues to Build Singapore's 3D Printing Economy

Singapore has a booming maritime industry, one that has only been enhanced of late by 3D printing. The country has been aggressively pursuing the technology in its marine sector, and behind much of...

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by Clare Scott at April 18, 2018 02:35 PM

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UNL Professor Prahalada Rao awarded $500k for new metal 3D printing process to eliminate flaws

A researcher at Nebraska-Lincoln University has been awarded a major grant by the National Science Foundation. Prahalada Rao will be developing a new data-driven 3D printing process, that could eliminate flaws in metal parts.

April 18, 2018 01:59 PM

Fabbaloo

There is No "Best 3D Printer", Unless There Is One For You

 Some 3D prints, but are they right for you?

Some 3D prints, but are they right for you?

I read with amusement an investment piece...

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by General Fabb at April 18, 2018 01:00 PM

3D Print.com

Filaments.directory Releases Results of 2018 3D Printing Filament Survey

In 2016, Belgium-based 3D printing material platform Filaments.directory released its first global market trend report. This survey was conducted to gain a better understanding of consumers, and...

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by Sarah Saunders at April 18, 2018 12:35 PM

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TU Chemnitz builds electrical motor using copper, ceramics and iron in a single 3D print

A team of researchers at TU Chemnitz has succeeded in fabricating the first fully 3D printed electrical motor, after over two years of research. The motor was put together using an advanced 3D printing technique that uses viscous pastes, simultaneously printing ceramics and metallic materials.

April 18, 2018 11:12 AM

U.S. Army 3D prints squid-like soft robots for improved stealth in combat

A joint research project between the University of Minnesota and the U.S. Army has taken inspiration from nature for 3D printed soft robots. The robots&apos motion is based on that of invertebrates, as this allows for improved flexibility with less complex mechanisms and electronics, increasing the viability for battlefield use.

April 18, 2018 09:27 AM

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NASA Orion capsule will contain over 100 3D printed parts designed to withstand extreme conditions of deep space

More than 100 parts for U.S. space agency NASA’s deep-space capsule Orion will be made by 3D printers, using technology that experts say will eventually become key to efforts to send humans to Mars.

April 18, 2018 06:48 AM

April 17, 2018

3D Print.com

3D Printing News Briefs: April 17, 2018

For today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, we’re covering some business news, followed up with material news and stories of 3D printing applications in the medical, aerospace, and defense...

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by Sarah Saunders at April 17, 2018 09:08 PM

Rice University Students Develop 3D Printed Training Models for Cervical Cancer Screenings

Nearly 300,000 women die of cervical cancer every year. That’s a sobering global statistic, but even more sobering is that the large majority – about 85 percent – of those deaths...

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by Clare Scott at April 17, 2018 08:34 PM

Military Investigates Invertebrates as Model for 3D Printed Active Materials for Robots

The octopus is an amazing creature. While most invertebrates are known for their ability to writhe helplessly on a sidewalk after a rainstorm, go squish when accidentally stepped on, or otherwise...

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by Hannah Rose Mendoza at April 17, 2018 07:48 PM

CNC Cookbook

What Do Hobby CNC’ers Do With Their Machines?

Did you ever wonder what your fellow Hobby CNC’ers are up to? What machines do they have?  What sorts of things are they making with those machines? I wonder, and in fact did a very popular survey about just those topics in 2016.  I think it’s time we surveyed again and compare results.  If you […]

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by cncdivi at April 17, 2018 07:35 PM

3Ders

UW researchers 3D print innovative smart device for ordering laundry detergent

A group of students at the University of Washington has used 3D printing technology in order to make a useful household device. Their &apossmart&apos device can be fitted to the cap of a bottle of laundry liquid, and it is capable of sending a message to a phone to order more detergent through the Amazon app, when the bottle is almost empty.

April 17, 2018 07:14 PM

3D Print.com

VTT Technical Research Centre 3D Prints Metal Smart Component

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has been researching advanced 3D printing applications for some time, resulting in innovations like 3D printed electronic nanocellulose bandages and other...

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by Clare Scott at April 17, 2018 07:06 PM

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A Look at Apis Cor's 3D Construction Printer

 Looking down on Apis Cor's 3D construction printer. Note sparsely filled wall under extrusion

Looking down on Apis Cor's 3D construction printer. Note sparsely filled wall under extrusion

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by General Fabb at April 17, 2018 07:00 PM

3D Print.com

Hyundai Mobis Opens New Design Model Workshop to Prototype 3D Printed Parts for Cars

Based in South Korea, Hyundai Mobis has been an automotive parts manufacturer and supplier for more than 40 years. A future-thinking company, Hyundai Mobis has just become the first automotive...

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by Clare Scott at April 17, 2018 06:08 PM

3Ders

Dartmouth researchers create smart 3D printing ink that responds to stimuli

A team of researchers based at Dartmouth has developed a new form of &apossmart&apos ink for 3D printing. This would enable the production of &apos4D&apos structures, which are capable of adapting their structure or properties according to external factors like chemical or heat stimuli.

April 17, 2018 05:51 PM

Fabbaloo

Making It Easier to Create 3D Printed Applications

 A better way to develop 3D printed applications? 

A better way to develop 3D printed applications?

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by General Fabb at April 17, 2018 05:00 PM

3D Print.com

SME Announces Keynote Speakers for RAPID + TCT: 3D Printing in Sports, Aerospace, Medicine, The Future

Nonprofit organization SME, which supports the manufacturing industry, has spent months getting ready for the 2018 RAPID + TCT Conference, which begins this Monday, April 23, in Fort Worth, Texas....

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by Sarah Saunders at April 17, 2018 04:58 PM

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Additive Manufacturing Innovations On Display At RAPID 2018

Traveling the journey from rapid prototyping and rapid manufacturing, to embracing 3D printing and the emergence of the additive manufacturing factory floor, one thing is certain, this is a journey that continues to evolve and RAPID + TCT 2018 is a wonderful opportunity to see how far we have come and see where we might go next. Thirty years since these technologies first emerged, almost every attendee at RAPID is an early adopter of a technology that is still developing and becoming capable of new applications every day. No matter where you are at on your AM journey, there is something at this year’s show in Fort Worth, TX that will be sure to delight you.

Opening Day Keynote: April 23, 3-5 p.m.

Rich Garrity and Dr. Phil Reeves from Stratasys, will be taking the stage with Brian McLean, Director of Rapid Prototyping at LAIKA, and John Owen, Technical Program Manager with the USA Luge Team. They will discuss why leaders in the sports and entertainment industries are increasingly adopting next-generation additive manufacturing to spur innovation. Join them to learn first-hand how the USA Luge Team went for the medal in South Korea and LAIKA brought new life to award-winning, stop-motion animation – all with the power of 3D printing.

Exhibitor Hall

Visit booth 1104 to see unlimited design flexibility and the value of material versatility with Stratasys 3D printing technologies. We are offering booth tours to engage attendees with some of our new and improved solutions. Be one of the first to see our newly unveiled manufacturing solutions and experience a manufacturing workflow from idea to production, that brings to life how additive manufacturing impacts the full process. You’ll also be able to learn more about the Stratasys J750’s new vivid colors, a breakthrough in 3D printing technology. While the ability to 3D print with various colors is not new, previous offerings forced users to sacrifice either color range or part quality.

Additionally, if you like games and brain teasers be sure to check out the puzzle challenge which helps attendees explore the different additive manufacturing technologies and materials represented on the show floor.  In this game, you’ll collect the pieces of a puzzle, each piece will be 3D printed by RAPID + TCT exhibitors with the finished puzzle taking the iconic shape of the Lone Star State.

Presentations and Learning Opportunities

Rapid is a wonderful platform for sharing ideas and learning new concepts and ideas.  Additionally, many of the training sessions offer unique insights for all industries as they continue to embark on their additive manufacturing journeys.  This year at RAPID, we’ll be sharing more about our new Education Certification Program and how additive plays a key role in making industry leaders more competitive by providing the tools to streamline and enhance the product-creation processes. Join us as we discuss preparing students for the future of  digital manufacturing.

  • Presentation: The Workforce Development Challenge: Bridging the Additive Manufacturing Skills Gap
  • Date/Time: Wednesday April 25th from 2:15 – 2:40 pm
  • Presenters: Gina Scala, Director Vertical Marketing, Education at Stratasys & Jesse Roitenberg, Education Segment Leader at Stratasys

It’s going to be a jam packed show next week and we’re excited to see you there!

Register here for a RAPID + TCT 2018 Booth Tour

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by Carrie Wyman at April 17, 2018 04:51 PM

3D Print.com

Nike Introduces Flyprint Running Shoes with First 3D Printed Upper

In Berlin in September 2017, runner Eliud Kipchoge attempted to break his own world record for fastest marathon ever. The conditions were far from ideal, with heavy rain and 99 percent humidity, and...

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by Clare Scott at April 17, 2018 03:57 PM

Stratasys, PADT, Lockheed Martin 3D Printing 100+ Final Parts for NASA Orion Spacecraft

The future of human exploration in outer space depends on our ability to successfully manufacture necessary items in zero gravity conditions, which is why scientists and engineers have been calling...

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by Sarah Saunders at April 17, 2018 03:02 PM

Milling Around

The Anatomy of an End Mill

End mills feature many different dimensions that can be listed in a tool description. It is important to understand how each dimension can impact tool selection, and how even small choices can make all the difference ...

by Harvey Performance at April 17, 2018 03:00 PM

3Ders

Pathfinder to Flexible Manufacturing Raise3D adds improvements to Pro2 3D printers

Raise 3D has added further improvements to its Pro2 range of 3D printers. The company is intending these desktop FDM machines to be used in series as part of smart factories, contributing towards its concept of &aposFlexible Manufacturing&apos

April 17, 2018 02:36 PM

3D Print.com

Identify3D Partners with SLM Solutions for End-to-End Additive Manufacturing Security

A big concern for anyone in the 3D printing industry is intellectual property security. When you’re working with digital supply chains there are unique risks, but fortunately dedicated...

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by Clare Scott at April 17, 2018 01:48 PM

3Ders

Carnegie Mellon converts desktop 3D printer into open-source bio-printer for under $500

Carnegie Mellon researchers have developed a new open-source 3D bio-printer for under $500. They put the system together by modifying a desktop FDM machine with a special large-volume syringe pump extruder, and are hoping that its accessibility will encourage more innovation and development of bio-technologies.

April 17, 2018 01:32 PM

Fabbaloo

Are Pellets Better Than Filament?

 The pellet extruder from Direct3D

The pellet extruder from Direct3D

A company has introduced an attachment for desktop 3D printers...

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by General Fabb at April 17, 2018 01:00 PM

3D Print.com

3DXTECH Launches 3D Printing Filament Based on Arkema Kepstan PEKK at RAPID + TCT

The new PEKK filaments are designed for 3D printing of highly technical parts requiring extreme performance. Properties include resistance to high temperatures and harsh chemicals, and outstanding...

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by Matt Howlett at April 17, 2018 12:45 PM

3Ders

Nikes 3D printed Zoom Vaporfly Elite Flyprint to boost Eliud Kipchoges London Marathon 2018

Marathon runner Eliud Kipchoge will run this year&aposs London Marathon in a pair of Nike trainers that were developed using 3D printing technology. The company used its Flyprint system to individually print threads of the upper fabric, in an effort to reduce weight and help Kipchoge achieve the fastest-ever marathon run.

April 17, 2018 11:14 AM

iMaterialise

5 Stunning 3D Prints in Alumide

Alumide is perhaps the most underrated 3D printing material. Often mistaken for aluminum or seen as the little brother of polyamide, alumide gets little attention as a 3D printing material. However, alumide is a material with a great look & feel and offers you a lot of design freedom.

Let’s take a look at 5 outstanding alumide 3D prints in this blog post.

Alumide models are constructed from a blend of gray aluminum powder and white polyamide powder on laser sintering 3D printers. Alumide is a strong, somewhat rigid material that can take small impacts and resist some pressure while being bent. The surface has a sandy, granular look and is slightly porous.

The color of the material is matt gray with sparkling aluminum particles. To add some color to your design, your design can be dyed in 5 different colors. Learn more about this great material here– or read on to discover 5 stunning 3D prints in alumide.

1. 3D Prints with Movable Parts

The ‘Articulated Cube II’ by Kurt Plagge is a great example of what can be created with alumide. Kurt created a 3D printed puzzle box that can only be opened by turning the right switches. Take a look at the video below to see what an alumide 3D print with movable parts looks like.

When you want to design something like this yourself, keep in mind that the spacing between your surfaces is crucial. We recommend keeping a minimum space of 0.4 mm between designed surfaces.

2. 3D Printed Spare Parts

Alumide is a great material for spare parts – since it’s strong and affordable, it’s perfect for anything that needs to be fixed while looking great. Below you can see a camera tripod that needed some repairs. We replaced a broken lever with a brand new 3D printed one.

3d-print-in-alumide

The hook that you can see below is another example of a simple, small, functional 3D print. The alumide look just makes it stand out from other plastic choices (such as ABS). Which brings us to the next point: the special look of alumide.

alumide-3d-prints

3. 3D Printed Parts for Guitars

Guitar maker Hilko Nackaerts uses 3D printing to upgrade his self-made guitars. One example of his upgrades is the customized pickup covers below. A pickup device is a transducer that captures mechanical vibrations from guitars… and alumide sure gives them a great look!

3d-printed-guitar

3d-printing-in-alumide

4. 3D Printed Jewelry

Since alumide is quite sparkly it’s also a great choice for jewelry designers. The ‘Rygo Pendant’ is an algorithmic piece designed by Bathsheba Grossman that was printed in this great material. Once again, alumide just stands out from other plastics.

3d-printed-alumide

Another artist who has used alumide for his jewelry designs is Koenraad Van Daele. Look at these bracelets 3D printed in alumdie and dyed. Discover more 3D designs from the multifaceted flemish artist on this interview about 3D printing.

3D-printed bracelets in Alumide by Koneraad Van Daele

3D-printed bracelets in Alumide by Koneraad Van Daele

5. 3D Printed Tech Gadget Mounts

Alumide works great for models that need more stiffness than polyamide prints. That’s why it can be a great choice for tech mounts. For example, the mount shown below lets you attach a GoPro action camera to a diving mask. This mount was Felipe De La Torre’s first 3D design and was printed in alumide for a strong, rigid, and good-looking result.

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Extra: 3D-printed Prototypes

Alumide can be a great material to 3D print prototypes for product design. Look at this card holder in alumide by the designer Elia Furgiele.

3D-printed card holder. Polyamide (SLS) Yellow dyed

3D-printed card holder in Alumide by Elia Furgiele

Discover how 3D printing in alumide really works on this article and learn all the 3D design tricks to get the perfect alumide 3D prints.

Still feeling a bit lost in the world of 3D printing materials? Have no fear, we’ve got the perfect blog post that gives you a beginner-friendly overview of the most important 3D printing materials and technologies.

Do you want to order your design in a high-quality alumide print (or in the 19 other materials that we offer)? Just upload your design here and see your price instantly.

by Aura Farrando at April 17, 2018 11:08 AM

3Ders

VTT 3D prints smart metal shaft in big step towards industrial A.I.

Finland&aposs VTT research centre has developed a proof-of-concept for a &apossmart&apos metal component. The 3D printed part is a metal shaft for a bearing, and it has embedded sensors that allow it to provide feedback on its own performance in real-time.

April 17, 2018 09:15 AM

Fabbaloo

Book of the Week: A Hands-On Introduction to Topology Optimization

 A Hands-On Introduction to Topology Optimization

A Hands-On Introduction to Topology Optimization

This week’s selection is the detailed work,...

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by General Fabb at April 17, 2018 09:00 AM

3Ders

News Roundup: Aeromet new AM aluminium powder, UPM launches biocomposite material, DSM, 3Dmouthguard, V&A museum, EDEM, Barnes Group

In case the speed of 3D printing developments is getting a little too much for you, we’ve got another news round-up to stop you from falling behind. The latest stories you might have missed out on include a new aluminium powder for AM developed by Aeromet International and partners, a new biocomposite from UPM, and many more besides.

April 17, 2018 01:34 AM

April 16, 2018

3D Print.com

3D Printing Materials Updates: Windform Passes New Tests, 3DVerkstan and add:north Partner Up

CRP Technology is known for its Windform 3D printing materials, a collection of high-performance composite materials with strong thermal and mechanical properties. Windform materials are highly...

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by Clare Scott at April 16, 2018 09:25 PM

Engineering.COM 3D Printing

Stratasys Releases ULTEM-Killer Thermoplastic

It seems that we have reached peak innovation in terms of fused deposition modelling (FDM) 3D printing technologies. Just a couple of years ago, it seems that everyone had a new FDM printer on the market, with each company promising something slightly different (or slightly cheaper) than the last. Well, the good news is that Stratasys is still innovating, while other companies focus on marginal, incremental platform updates. The latest innovation from the granddaddy of FDM companies comes in t...

by Phillip Keane at April 16, 2018 09:10 PM

3D Print.com

Custom Prototypes Reclaims AMUG Gold with Stunning Metal 3D Printed Roman Helmet

Last week, the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) held its annual conference in St. Louis, Missouri. Many 3D printing announcements came out of the show, but the one I’m most excited...

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by Sarah Saunders at April 16, 2018 08:44 PM

SLM Solutions and Swerea Collaborate with Partner Organizations on Metal 3D Printing Project

SLM Solutions is a leading provider of metal additive manufacturing technology, and now it, along with Swedish research company Swerea IVF, is embarking on a new industrial project that will involve...

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by Clare Scott at April 16, 2018 08:01 PM

3D Printing: The New-Age Glue of Adhesive Companies

Individually shaped objects can be created in layers from various materials, for example plastic, metal and ceramics. The manufacturing industry has been using this process, also known as additive...

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by Charles Goulding at April 16, 2018 07:11 PM

DSM Helping Dutch Sports Initiative 3D Print Custom Sports Mouthguards On the Spot

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that over 600,000 visits to the emergency room each year in the US are due to sports-related dental injuries, which just makes me...

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by Sarah Saunders at April 16, 2018 06:24 PM

3Ders

BMW to open new $12 million Additive Manufacturing Campus in 2019

BMW has announced that it will be opening a new Additive Manufacturing Campus sometime in 2019. Costing around $12 million, the facility will be located just north of Munich and will be focused on interdisciplinary training and developing the most cutting-edge solutions to manufacturing problems.

April 16, 2018 05:34 PM

Fabbaloo

3D Printer Manufacturers: Who's in the Lead?

 Who are the top 3D printer manufacturers?

Who are the top 3D printer manufacturers?

An interesting report by Context reveals the “top...

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by General Fabb at April 16, 2018 05:00 PM

3D Print.com

BMW Group Invests in New Additive Manufacturing Campus

BMW Group has taken 3D printing very seriously, incorporating it into its automotive concepts on a large scale. Indeed, it could be said that BMW has set the bar for automotive 3D printing, having...

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by Clare Scott at April 16, 2018 04:29 PM

Raise3D and the Pro2 3D Printer Series Look to Boost Flexible Manufacturing in the Industry

A few weeks ago, Raise3D introduced the new Pro2 series of 3D printers, now available for pre-order. According to the company, the new 3D printers are among the fastest dual-extruder 3D printers out...

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by Clare Scott at April 16, 2018 03:51 PM

3Ders

Researchers 3D print robust, superelastic foam with tunable properties for footwear and car seating

A group of researchers at Cleveland&aposs Cape Western Reserve University have fabricated a new superelastic foam material. Using 3D printing, they modified the structure of polyurethane to have tunable properties as well as high levels of robustness and elasticity, and the foam could be useful for footwear, seating and other purposes.

April 16, 2018 03:46 PM

Objet

Thule Encourages Beyond-The-Textbook Skills

In this age of rapid technological advancement and emerging technologies, the adage “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten” is no longer enough.

We spoke with Rob Humphries, prototype engineer, product development at Thule, the outdoor enthusiasts’ company, who says it’s school, AND hands-on learning that makes a successful design engineer candidate.

Rob Humphries of Thule

Are there general qualities Thule looks for in a job candidate?

We work quickly here at Thule on many simultaneous projects. Our job involves designing products for people who may not have good spatial relations and we are often called-upon to use a creative hack to get the job done. So it requires a broad skill-set.

Can you list a few of these skills that help in this hectic and exacting process?

Tenacity, a solid understanding of materials science, creativity, organization, and a solid balance of computer and hands-on skills.

Is there one skill that stands out above all others?

Being able to solve a problem on the fly.

SMART SOLUTIONS is one of Thule’s guiding principles. How does this play out in your work?

In the prototyping realm, a Smart Solution is the right part for the right purpose. This requires knowledge of design, development, materials and equipment, so you can set-up and run equipment to make the part in the best way.

What can a student do outside of school to make him/herself a desirable job candidate?

Join an academic project, join a design team or do an internship. Take your technical knowledge and apply that knowledge toward a defined goal, not just solving a textbook problem.

Orlando Nunes, designer, Thule

So, you work at Thule as a Junior Design Engineer. What prepared you for this role?

I took the initiative to actually use the Model Shop in college. This quickly taught me I liked making things as opposed to working solely in CAD and renderings.

What kinds of projects did you pursue in the Model Shop?

I began creating physical representations of my ideas which was a huge step in the evolution of my thought process. It also quickly showed me I wanted to pursue additive manufacturing (3D printing) and rapid prototyping after college.

Outside school and the Model Shop, did anything else contribute to your success?

Entering competitions taught me a lot. Having to be good enough to be competitive was a good segue to working in the real world.

Did you pursue an internship while in college?

My first internship got me involved in multiple aspects of rapid prototyping. From that point forward, it’s been all 3D printing for rapid prototyping for me.

Any parting words?

Making mistakes is a solid way to learn. Don’t be afraid to try; there’s always something to learn from it!

Learn more about how Stratasys, higher education and our industry partners are working together to support the workforce of tomorrow!

 

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by Carrie Wyman at April 16, 2018 03:15 PM

3D Print.com

PrintLab and CREATE Education Team Up to Support 3D Printing in UK Schools

Global 3D printing distributor and curriculum provider PrintLab, based in the UK, is on a mission to support the adoption of 3D printing in schools with the help of its educational 3D printing...

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by Sarah Saunders at April 16, 2018 03:11 PM

New 3D Printing Material Uses Cellulose for Sustainability and Quality

New 3D printing materials are being developed regularly, and they’re not being made solely from plastic or metal. Scientists are creating materials from all sorts of natural substances, from...

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by Clare Scott at April 16, 2018 02:03 PM

Carnegie Mellon Textiles Lab Creates Automated Knitting Processes for 3D Meshes

You might be surprised to find out how often the worlds of knitting and 3D printing collide, with innovation and technological savvy that offers a wide range of new benefits for all involved. From a...

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by Bridget Butler O'Neal at April 16, 2018 01:20 PM

Fabbaloo

Upping The Boom on Hypersonics

 Target destroyed by a hypersonic projectile

Target destroyed by a hypersonic projectile

The US Department of Defense has been using 3D...

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by General Fabb at April 16, 2018 01:00 PM

3Ders

Youtuber James Bruton awarded Guinness World Record for tallest 3D printed sculpture of a human

A maker based in the UK has been awarded the Guinness World Record for world&aposs largest 3D printed human sculpture. The statue, which stands at 3.62m (11.8 ft), is modelled after its maker James Bruton and took over 500 hours to print.

April 16, 2018 12:19 PM

E and G and U.S. Navy use HP Jet Fusion technology to explore 3D printed explosives

E&G Associates, a company formed by engineering grads from the University of Tennessee, is collaborating with the U.S. Navy on explosives research. The company will be making use of HP&aposs Jet Fusion 3D printing technology to explore different shapes and material combinations, with tests carried out at the Missouri University of Science and Technology.

April 16, 2018 10:08 AM

Fabbaloo

Design of the Week: Orbit

 Stationary

Stationary "Orbit" 3D printed spinning tops

This week’s selection is “Orbit”, the amazing...

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by General Fabb at April 16, 2018 09:00 AM

Objet

3D Patient Specific Models Prove Integral to Life Saving Vascular Surgery

Taking Complex Aortic Aneurysm Cases from Inoperative to Operable

As an internationally recognized Center of Excellence when it comes to its Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, the University Hospital Mainz is applying 3D printing to transform the hospital’s surgical planning process for complex, life-saving vascular cases improving not only patient outcome, but also reducing procedural costs.  How are they achieving this? – By minimizing operating time and designing and selecting the best fitting implant the first time around.   According to Dr. Bernhard Dorweiler, Head of the Department of Vascular Surgery at University Hospital Mainz, the adoption of 3D printing is playing a crucial role in elevating the standard of patient care.

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a common clinical condition that poses a considerable threat to patients’ lives (1,2).   As recently as 2001, over two-thirds of AAA repairs were performed using open repair (3).   However, over the last two decades, catheter based minimally invasive interventions, such as, endovascular aortic aneurysm repair (EVAR), have rapidly become a mainstay of treatment for AAA requiring operative intervention (4,5,6).

 

Endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) demands a high-level of technical-competency, particularly if the patient presents with a Juxtarenal Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (JAAA). This anatomical complexity is characterized by a short proximal neck – less than 10 mm of normal aorta between the renal artery takeoff and aneurysm sac – making it impossible to secure a series of modular synthetic tubes with metal mesh supports to the vessel proximal and distal to the aneurysm sac to create a new “pipe,” as is done in the standard EVAR procedure, preventing further growth and subsequent aneurysm rupture.

A more technically challenging fenestrated endovascular aortic repair (FEVAR) procedure is required. A graft with small cut outs for the renal arteries and the superior mesenteric artery (SMA) allow graft-vessel apposition at the proximal aneurysm neck, a type of placement not possible with standard EVAR grafts. As the takeoff angle and offset height of the renal arteries and SMA vary from patient to patient, the grafts are custom-designed and manufactured for each case based on diagnostic CT angiogram imaging (CTA). Small stents are placed from the graft through the fenestrations into each visceral artery to keep it open.

So what role does 3D printing play?  FEVAR cases are challenging because both CT scans and CT three-dimensional reconstruction are difficult to interpret and may not present the precise anatomical geometry of the aorta.  This makes achieving the exact fit and positioning of the graft to allow cannulation of the aortic branches, critical to the success of the procedure, difficult to achieve (7).

“On average, CT scans with 1000-2000 images can be made per vascular-related patient case, which the surgeons use to analyze and diagnose the illness. This can be ambiguous and time-consuming when the issue is complex,” says Dr. Dorweiler. “With 3D printed models, we can quickly understand the individual patient anatomy and best determine the type of treatment required to successfully treat it.”

This was illustrated in a recent case Dr. Dorweiler and his team undertook in a 53-year-old woman who had already been turned down by several other hospitals in Germany and beyond – because of the complexity of her anatomy and the potential operating risk. Due to an aortic malformation close to the heart, the patient was suffering from a bulging blood vessel on her neck. Recognizing the need for urgent medical attention, Dr. Dorweiler and his team reviewed CT scans; however, the results did not provide the level of clarity required to make an accurate diagnosis.

“Looking through the CT scans, it was impossible to clearly visualize the anatomy,” says Dr. Dorweiler. “So we decided to 3D print a model, and it was then for the first time that it became clear what the origin and magnitude of the problem was.”

Dr. Dorweiler and the surgical team was not only able to use the model to visualize the problem, but to explain the findings to the patient – facilitating informed consent for the planned 3-step operation.

“We even took it into each of the three surgeries as a point of reference during the operation, which was crucial to the successful outcome,” comments Dorweiler.

Why was the model helpful in surgery? Fenestrated stent grafts have a complex deployment process including: 1) critical image guided placement and deployment to ensure the fenestrations open to three major branching arteries of the abdominal aorta, 2) concurrent control of multiple catheter systems from up to three arterial access points, 3) coordinating overlap of five or six modular stent grafts to achieve a leak-proof system and avoid the possibility of endoleak, a major complication requiring further surgical intervention. To date, treatment of complex aortic aneurysms with the endovascular method has been a difficult procedure, with surgeons relying on intraoperative images on a 2D monitor to implant a small stent through the arteries to be placed at the affected area of the aorta.

In this case, Dorweiler and his team faced the deployment challenge in a very complex aortic arch aneurysm. Requiring an intricate implant, the team undertook a pre-operative simulation of the surgery using a stent prototype and 3D printed patient-specific aortic arch model. This process has since been repeated across several cases with surgeons able to practice surgery on the model repeatedly, ensuring the correct design and fit of the stent implant the first time – significantly reducing time and cost in the operating room.

“As pointed out in current published studies, there are savings in operating time of 5-45 minutes when using 3D printed models prior to surgery,” said Dorweiler. “Research is still ongoing, but if you take an average surgery time of 2-4 hours, you are looking at time savings of up to 40 percent. When you are dealing with complex vascular cases every day, these time-savings can be the difference between life and death.”

The University Hospital Mainz has an extensive training facility, in which its library of 3D printed patient-specific models plays an integral role. “We use the Stratasys Eden260VS 3D Printer in our BiomaTicS research platform to produce models of aortic anatomies from real-life cases, so that we can use them to teach future vascular surgeons how to successfully perform complex endovascular surgeries,” said Dorweiler. “With the ability to 3D print patient-specific aortic models in clear transparent material, the trainees can practice endovascular procedures and learn difficult wire-skills using the accurate replicas of blood vessels. For healthcare, it is crucial that we continue to leverage the capabilities of 3D printing for medical training, education and research for future breakthrough-implementation.”

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by Mary Christie at April 16, 2018 05:29 AM

April 15, 2018

CNC Cookbook

Easy Guide: Lollipop Cutters – Undercutting End Mills [Feeds & Speeds]

Lollipop Cutters, also known as Undercutting End Mills, can be very useful for certain situations. But they also have their pitfalls and limitations. For example, the shank is smaller than the ball diameter, so they’re more subject to tool deflection than you might expect. In an undercutting situation, excess tool deflection can get one into […]

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by cncdivi at April 15, 2018 09:51 PM

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ESP8266 contention during programming

To put the ESP8266 into serial programming mode it needs to be reset with GPIO 2 held high, GPIO 15 low and GPIO 0 low. On the other hand to start it executing flash GPIO 0 needs to be high during reset. I have seen lots of circuits on the web, for example the NodeMCU board and Adafruit's  Huzzah board that pull GPIO 0 to ground with a switch and / or with DTR from a USB to serial adapter.  Reset can be driven from RTS to automate programming with the Arduino IDE.

A lesser known fact is that when the ESP8266 goes into programming mode it outputs a 26 MHz clock on GPIO 0 with considerable drive strength and fast edges. Shorting this to ground or DTR is not good at all as it causes massive contention and generates a lot of noise. This can cause programming to fail unless there is some hefty decoupling on the supply rail. The simple solution is to put a resistor between GPIO 0 and whatever is pulling it low. Here is what the signals look like with 10K between GPIO 0 and DTR from an FTD1232.


The oscillation doesn't show up at full amplitude with a slow time base but I can assure you it is full swing with plenty of overshoot due to not being terminated. You can see a bit of it coupled onto the TX line and this is when it is through 10K. Imagine how noisy things get when it is fighting with the FTD1232 DTR line and winning.

Another lesser know fact is that when the ESP8266 is in reset its GPIO lines get pulled up internally. You can see with 10K pulling it down the GPIO line only goes down to about 0.7V during reset.

Before reset my application is driving GPIO 0 low. RTS goes low a short time before DTR, so it briefly becomes an input and gets pulled to 3.3V by DTR before it pulls it low again. This explains the spike on the left.

I haven't seen any circuits published that avoid this contention.

by noreply@blogger.com (nop head) at April 15, 2018 07:04 PM

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by Sarah Saunders at April 13, 2018 06:11 PM

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WIT Develops Work-Ready Graduates With Certification in Additive Manufacturing

As more industries depend on additive manufacturing (AM), studies show there is a widening gap between these advanced solutions and the number of skilled workers who know how to use them. Experts predict a shortage of skilled workers will lead to millions of unfilled jobs in design, engineering and manufacturing. Part of the problem is new applicants are short of experience and missing technical competencies.

Currently, not enough students are graduating with the right knowledge or the ability to adapt as the pace of innovation accelerates. Students entering the workforce may know what 3D printing is, but the majority have very little practical experience in the skills industry demands.

Wentworth Institute of Technology (WIT) has taken the step towards giving students AM experience that’s above and beyond tinkering on consumer-grade 3D printers. They are now offering students certification in additive on professional-grade 3D printers through the Stratasys Additive Manufacturing Certification program.

We sat down with lead instructor Steve Chomyszak at WIT to find out how certification is benefiting students and the school.

Can you share a brief overview of how you incorporate certification content into your course?

WIT has created a dedicated course utilizing the Stratasys curriculum and materials for the purpose of providing education, training and certification to our students in the field of AM.

How does this fit in the WIT curriculum for engineering?

WIT has always been laser focused on hands-on education. As part of that education, we maintain CNC machining, fabrication, welding and foundry facilities for our students. We are currently building a dedicated Additive Manufacturing Center which is a perfect fit with the AM certification course.

What is the profile of most of your students in the class?

Currently our students are full-time day students from a variety of engineering, design and computer majors. The addition of our new AM Center will allow us to expand our course offerings to our continuing and professional education students as well.

How are students reacting to the certification content?

We offer certification courses in other topics, so our students are quite receptive and eager to participate in a certification course focused on AM.

What kind of benefits does certification provide for students?

Certification, in general, provides our students with experience and accomplishment recognized by industry experts. This is one of several things that we do at WIT to make our students highly sought after employees.

What does certification provide for your institution?

Certification helps WIT to become a collaborator with our industry partners, which further strengthens our reputation for producing work-ready engineers.

Do you think certification will be important to employers?

Certification represents a certain standard of education that employers can trust. The AM industry is approaching its ‘knee’ and there will be more and more demand for engineers who can design components to take advantage of AM, and technicians who have the skills to prepare, set up and operate AM equipment. Certification in this area will help the industry by establishing its own specific standard of education from which it can influence the preparation of future employees.

What are some success stories of graduating seniors who have achieved certification?

The AM course taught at WIT has provided inspiration for a few of our students to begin studies at the graduate level in AM. We also have students who are now employees at some of our Boston-based AM companies.

To learn more about additive manufacturing certification click here.

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by Shelby Mobley at April 13, 2018 05:59 PM

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by Clare Scott at April 12, 2018 08:31 PM

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by Sarah Saunders at April 12, 2018 07:59 PM

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by Clare Scott at April 12, 2018 07:05 PM

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by General Fabb at April 12, 2018 07:00 PM

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by Sarah Saunders at April 12, 2018 03:59 PM

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A Champion for Veterans and 3D Printing: Gordon Bosker and the San Antonio VA Hospital

Last year, Stratasys and the Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Center for Innovation collaborated as part of the Stratasys Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Program to install 3D printers in five Veterans Administration hospitals across the country, including the South Texas Veteran’s Healthcare System in San Antonio.  The goal was to leverage 3D printing capabilities to address the individual health care needs of Veterans across the United States.  This is the newest story from the project, a success story about how to lead by example, accelerate change and truly make a difference for patients.

Every 3D printing program needs a champion — someone who not only has a vision for how the technology can help patients, but who can effectively communicate that vision to colleagues. For the San Antonio VA, that champion is Gordon Bosker.  Gordon is a prosthetist, a health specialist who is trained to create and fit prostheses such as artificial limbs for patients.  Gordon is also an avid 3D printing enthusiast.  When he heard that a Stratasys 3D printer was headed to San Antonio, he volunteered to house the 3D printer in the Prosthetic Service’s Lab. Gordon’s team was skeptical of his plan; they weren’t sure a 3D printer could be useful to their patients.  However, the team respected Gordon, who served as the acting Chief of Prosthetics and had over 20 years of experience in the field.  More importantly, the team trusted and believed in Gordon as a thought leader. After perhaps a little hesitation, Gordon’s team agreed to help him set up the 3D printing lab.

As it turns out, Gordon’s interest in 3D printing was not new.  In fact, he was one of the few pioneers who adopted the technology decades earlier.  Gordon, who is also a Veteran, started his career as a rehabilitation engineer. As an engineer, he was highly adept at making things (and breaking things…but more on that in a bit). He immediately took an interest in 3D printing when it was introduced, and as a prosthetist, he asked how the technology could benefit amputees. This question eventually inspired Gordon and colleagues at the University of Texas Health Science Center and the San Antonio VA to create one of the first ever 3D printed lower extremity prosthetic limbs.  The work culminated in a published case study in the year 2000, more than 17 years ago.

Unfortunately, the process was slow and expensive, and many of Gordon’s colleagues were skeptical of the feasibility of 3D printed prostheses. These hurdles stalled progress. Gordon eventually moved on to other endeavors, but there was always that voice in the back of his head telling him that 3D printing had an important role to play in the care of amputees.

When the Texas team received their Stratasys Mojo 3D Printer, Gordon seized the opportunity to jump back in where he had left off.  Significant technical advances since Gordon’s first experience had drastically sped up 3D printing and lowered the cost.  Custom software was available, and 3D printers were more intuitive and user friendly. While most of the team members were entirely new to 3D printing, they quickly advanced from simple to complicated 3D prints over the course of a few months, fueled by their desire to continue Gordon’s earlier work. They 3D printed several scaled prototypes of lower extremity prostheses on the Stratasys Mojo 3D Printer, and eventually purchased a larger 3D Printer that allowed them to build full scale prototypes.

Clockwise from top: Gordon Bosker, Randy Breaux and Ben Salatin (visiting from Albuquerque) check “under the hood” of the San Antonio Stratasys 3D Printer.

As they got closer to a working prototype, they turned their attention to safety and quality: lower extremity prosthetics must be able to handle the weight and activities of the patient under a variety of circumstances. For Gordon, this involves thinking of all the conventional (as well as unconventional) ways a 3D printed prosthetic might be stressed, and testing those scenarios. Gordon summed this philosophy up as follows: “As an engineer, you make it fail to make it work”. In one iteration, Gordon was finally able to break a prosthetic limb after he froze it and smashed it while still frozen.  His conclusion: “This could be used any place other than Antarctica.”

The team is already exploring several ways that 3D printing technology may potentially improve on current manufacturing techniques, including being able to incorporate more advanced features without additional added cost (so called cost penalty), or 3D print with higher performing materials that have variable properties of flexibility or strength in different areas of a prosthesis. 3D printed prosthetics may be designed to be lighter than their conventionally manufactured counterparts. Under Gordon and the team’s watchful eyes, a handful of Veterans have tried out the new 3D printed prostheses with promising results.

When asked what he would say to his fellow colleagues that still think 3D printing has no role in prosthetics, Gordon said, “They are missing the future, change is coming.  Stop and look- aircraft parts, car parts, more and more parts are being created on 3D printers.  Come on people, it’s here!”

The San Antonio team’s hard work and dedication is working to help define how 3D printing interfaces with prosthetic services in the VA system.  While 3D printed hand orthotics and some upper extremity prosthetics are starting to be incorporated into VA clinical practice, 3D printed lower extremity prosthetic limbs are still in the research and development phase within the VA.  Gordon and team are hard at work to ensure that when 3D printed lower extremity prostheses are adopted into clinical practice, they will be safe, high performing and worthy of our nation’s Veterans.  We at the VA Center for Innovation look forward to updates from the San Antonio team in the future!

The rapid pace of iteration at VA San Antonio over the course of 6 months. Left: Gordon Bosker shows off the inaugural 3D print from the San Antonio Stratasys 3D printer, a small figure which they affectionately refer to as “Mojo Man”.  Middle: Randy Breaux, prosthetist health technician and 3D printing early adopter, holds a 3D printed prototype of a lower extremity prosthesis. Right: John Arnold Garcia, the 2nd patient at San Antonio to test-fit a 3D printed prosthetic (printed on a Prosthetic Design Inc. 3D printer). This photo was taken at Government Canyon in San Antonio during a 7 mile hike!

 

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by Beth Ripley at April 12, 2018 03:24 PM