Imagine this: the Australian sun beating down on you, thousands of kilometers of road ahead of you, and a car that must absorb as much solar energy as possible while simultaneously avoiding overheating of the battery. This is just one of the dilemmas that Agoria Solar Team has been working to solve for over a year. Creating a battery that can stay cool in a running car through the outback is not an easy task, so the Solar Team asked our parent company, Materialise, to assist them in building a 3D-printed battery case for their solar-powered car. A car that will carry them in a race through the Australian outback.
Agoria Solar Team has existed for 16 years now, choosing a new team of students from a Belgian university called KU Leuven every two years to carry on the legacy and create a solar-powered car to participate in an impressive race. This competition, Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, takes place over 8 days from Darwin in the north to Adelaide in the south, a total of over 3,000 km. Agoria Solar Team has been designing and building this year’s car, named BluePoint, since July 2018 in order to compete in the race October 13-20, 2019.
Clearly, this project is no easy undertaking. Students must undergo a multi-interview process in order to be asked to join the team, and once the project has begun, they sometimes work 80 or 90 hour weeks to construct this amazing car from scratch. Each year, the students have the goal to improve their vehicle’s performance 10 percent from the previous team’s creation, so there truly is plenty of hard work, determination, and collaboration that must go into this project. And this year, the team’s hard work is already showing. Team member Cédric Robert says, “We have even reached a car which is 15 percent more aerodynamic.”
So how did 3D printing come into the picture? One of the main components of the car is the battery – the unit that holds excess energy and runs the car when there is inadequate sunlight. As such a crucial part of the vehicle, there was plenty of thought and design that had to be done in order to ensure it would run as efficiently as possible. This is where Materialise’s 3D printing technology came into play.
Using Laser Sintering and the material PA12, Materialise and the team worked together on a 3D- printed battery case to effectively hold the battery segments together and keep the battery cool enough under the hot Australian sun. 3D printing is the perfect solution for a piece with needs as complex as these because it can create the lattice structure required. This design provides enough structure for the battery, allows airflow to avoid overheating, and is lightweight enough to comply with competition rules.
The group worked over two or three weeks to create the perfect design that was just thin enough to hold the battery together without breaking under the pressure of a running car. With expert 3D printing advice from Materialise, the Solar Team was able to successfully print their piece to assist them as they traverse the Australian terrain. Collaborating and communicating on projects such as these is crucial to ensure that the print is both successful and able to accomplish the designer’s goals.
Projects such as this solar-powered car give us an idea of the endless possibilities that 3D printing can have a hand in. From jewelry to art pieces to components for machines, 3D printing can be the perfect method to achieve shapes, textures, and functions that were previously impossible or too expensive to manufacture. There is now a freedom in design and manufacturing that businesses and individuals alike can run with in order to accomplish their dreams and ideas. Not only are these unique designs attainable with 3D printing, but they can also be duplicated again and again thanks to today’s technology.
Interested in cheering on Agoria Solar Team during the race? Watch their live Dutch shows on the Agoria Solar Team Facebook page each evening of the race at 8 pm CEST. Keep up with race updates, information on their project, and more on all of their social channels.
Ready to begin with your own project? Upload your designs to our platform and bring your own ideas to life.
You can of course buy a heat sink for your Raspberry Pi, but what fun would that be? In the video below, I show how to recycle the cooling fins from an old PC and turn it into a gigantic thermal energy radiator. Results are around a 15°C or 30°F temperature difference. Thermal tape used is found here on Amazon [Affiliate].
Next Tuesday, October 15, marks the day when the most biomechanically realistic synthetic version of yourself – or at least certain key bones, organs and other tissues – becomes possible thanks to the new Stratasys J750 Digital Anatomy 3D Printer.
As Stratasys-watchers know, we’ve been able to produce incredibly realistic-looking parts of the human anatomy on the J750 for a while now, leading to some remarkable stories, like the kidney cancer story we profiled at Bordeaux University Hospital.
However, with Digital Anatomy, we’re now boldly venturing into replication of the actual feel, responsiveness, and biomechanics of human anatomy. That’s important because up until now, the only real way to represent human anatomy well is on a human being. And that’s not always a good idea.
The other options all have significant shortcomings. To cite just a few:
The Digital Anatomy 3D Printer addresses all of these issues. For example, when used with the new TissuesMatrix material, we can effectively simulate functions like tear resistance, cutting resistance, suture pull force and valve regurgitation. With GelMatrix for cardiovascular anatomy, we can simulate burst pressure, guidewire insertion force, and aneurysm burst pressure. BoneMatrix can simulate tapping, reaming, spinal alignment and sawing. All of these and others are being clinically tested today.The new Stratasys J750 Digital Anatomy 3D Printer has the power to create true “digital twins” – with the look, feel, and function of real organs
The new solution includes new software in which you choose anatomies, not materials. The proprietary voxel-based slicer automatically generates the microstructures required, right down to different bone densities. The user can then modify the characteristics to replicate the desired patient demographic as needed.
These “digital twins” have wide-ranging uses. Academic medical centers are expected to embrace them for efficient and cost-effective training on a range of pathologies, enabling clinicians to learn and develop skills prior to entering an operating room. Medical deviceMakers can use the Digital Anatomy models to optimize design throughout the product lifecycle by performing design verification, validation usability studies, competitive comparisons and failure analysis.
The latest healthcare solution from Stratasys has been years in the making, and new applications are expected in the future.
Learn more about the Stratasys J750 Digital Anatomy 3D Printer.
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Stratasys was a proud sponsor of The Manufacturing Institute’s STEP Forward program held September 26 at the General Mills Global headquarters. The goal of this program is to recognize and develop current and future women leaders in science, technology, engineering and production. The one-day program helps build networks, promote personal development and empower women in manufacturing to advance within their careers.
Stratasys Vice President of Human Resources Nichole Dahl joined an afternoon industry panel with other Twin Cities business leaders to help attendees understand how to navigate through major inflection points in their careers. Here she shares some of that wisdom and experience with us!
Nichole, you joined Stratasys two years ago but previously spent nearly 16 years at Honeywell. What formative career experiences did you gain there?
I had the opportunity to work in various HR capacities across all of Honeywell’s major businesses –Aerospace, Transportation Systems, Home and Building Control Solutions, Performance Materials and Technology. I provided HR Business Partner support for client groups including plant floor operations, R&D engineering, sales and marketing, and executive leadership teams at the Business Unit level. I also worked as an Organizational Development Process Leader focused on change management and leadership coaching.
One of the most interesting roles I held was HR Director for a $700 million business unit in Asia Pacific. I was based in Sydney, Australia, and had responsibility for a territory that included South Korea, Hong Kong/Macau, China, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, India, Middle East, and South Africa.
What did you learn from that stint working abroad?
Not only did I get to learn how to partner with people from many different cultures, I also had to manage a team in several different time zones and understand basic labor laws in each of the countries I supported. I was also able to understand the similarities and differences in the dynamics of the various leadership teams across the regions as well. It was a really valuable experience.
What brought you here to Stratasys?
The more I researched the company, the more intrigued I became by the markets Stratasys serves and the industries it plays in. Being a leader in the additive manufacturing and 3D printing solutions space is pretty cool and I’m definitely proud to say I’m part of it.
I also really value working for a business president (Rich Garrity) with a strong focus on people, culture and engagement. It was clear to me early on in my interview process that this would be a key area of focus for me and the HR team as we continue our journey toward becoming a truly top workplace.
What are some of your key priorities here?
The first priority is to improve the overall HR function – standardizing our processes, policies, and systems, while ensuring we are compliant with all laws and regulations. The second priority is to focus on building our Winning Culture. We have five teams working on a variety of Winning Culture activities.
Why is an event like STEP Forward important?
Research shows that diverse companies outperform those that are not as diverse. Stratasys’ involvement in and sponsorship of STEP Forward is just one avenue for us to continue to develop and grow our female talent. We had the privilege of sending 10 participants to learn how to set SMART goals, and how to recruit their own personal board of directors to act as a career sounding board. They also learned negotiation skills and how to apply them in different workplace settings and discussed how emotional intelligence could be leveraged in both their professional and personal lives. Finally, participants heard from female leaders in the industry and how they’ve been able to navigate and advance their careers. Aside from the learning experience, it is also a great way for women in the manufacturing industry to build their networks with talent from other organizations.
Any takeaways from the panel you were on?
I had the honor of sitting next to three other talented female leaders from H.B. Fuller, Ingersoll Rand and General Mills. We each had different stories about how we got started in our careers and the paths we’ve taken to get where we are today. The one thing we all had in common was that each of us took control of our own career paths and really drove our own development. We each had the tenacity and drive to take on bigger, more challenging assignments as they made sense for our personal situations. We have also been able to balance and re-evaluate our priorities from time-to-time to ensure we are fulfilled from both a personal and professional perspective. Feeling fulfilled, both inside and outside of work, leads to better performance and even more development opportunities.
What advice do you have for young women looking to build careers in manufacturing?
You are the only one that is going to manage your career the way you want it to be managed. Don’t wait for someone else to tell you what the right next move is. Take control of your own future and don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone to take on challenging assignments that will stretch and develop you. Be confident in your capabilities, speak up when you have something to say, and have the courage to ask questions when you don’t understand. Finally, be sure to build your network of personal advocates, both inside and outside your organization. They will help support you and guide you when you need it.
Drive your future forward by learning how to get involved with Stratasys Careers. We’ll help YOU take the next step!
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I visited Bangalore, India for the first time last week and the experience could not have been better. The people were extremely friendly, with many approaching me and speaking as if we had met before, although we hadn’t. I was lucky enough to spend time at interesting and successful companies, including 3D Product Development, Intech DMLS, and Supercraft3D. All three are vibrant, focused on additive manufacturing products and services, and at the forefront of AM in India.
I got two very different views of the city. A surprising number of large and notable companies that you may know little or nothing about operate out of Bangalore. Examples are HCL ($8.6 billion in annual sales), Infosys ($12.1 billion), Tata Consultancy Services ($20.9 billion), and Wipro ($8.5 billion). HCL became the first Indian IT company to reach market capitalization of $100 billion. These and other companies offer design and engineering services, and a few, such as Wipro, have a growing AM services business. These companies and their work and people are impressive.
The view of these giant and successful companies was conflicting when compared to much of the rest of Bangalore. The narrow streets were constantly clogged with cars, scooters, cycles, and motorized rickshaws. Traveling a distance that should take minutes took an hour or longer. Many of the sidewalks and curbs were crumbling and lined with coils of wire and other debris. The city is in desperate need of infrastructure improvement and updating. I was told the streets were not designed to handle such growth over the years, and trying to fix them now is next to impossible. Funding for a mass transit system would be outrageously expensive and is unlikely, according to those I spoke with.
Bangalore is an intriguing place to visit and I’m glad I did. It was a privilege to participate in the 11th NASSCOM Design & Engineering Summit, which was the primary reason for the trip. Visits to the Bangalore Palace, the State Legislature building, the city’s oldest and best known bazaar shopping district, and two microbreweries made the trip even more interesting. The food was incredibly flavorful and outstanding. Best of all, I spent quality time with a couple friends from India and met many new ones that I hope will develop into lasting relationships. Bangalore offers differing views of itself, yet I look forward to the possibility of returning.
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Simply BU is the brand behind Burçin Uçak, a Turkish interior architect based in Belgium with a remarkable talent for 3D printing. She has brought her designing talents to the 3D printing world with stunning jewelry and accessories.
This designer merges her interest for new technologies and materials with 3D printing, up-cycling and 3D game design. Welcome to the world of Simply BU!
When and why did you decide to become a designer?
Since my childhood, I have always been very creative. But despite knowing that I love designing, I never thought about doing it professionally. After high school, trying to understand who I was and what I wanted to do in my life, I participated in a month of classes at an art school thanks to a suggestion from my parents. The course included photography, interior design, painting and more. After that, I realized I couldn’t live without designing: it’s who I am and I decided to go for it.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Generally, I am inspired by geometric forms. For example, I have many square and cubic designs. However, for my last designs, I got inspired by nature and Voronoi Patterns. Now I play with more curvy and organic forms.
How would you sum up your style in a few words?
The beauty of simplicity.
What is your normal workflow for a new project?
Contrary to most designers, I do not really sketch. When I am inspired, I directly have my version of the form in my mind and I draw it in a 3D program, make copies and start playing with different versions of the idea. I find it clearer to work with a 3D model than a drawing.
After modeling, then comes the most important part for me: prototyping. I test the design by printing it with my own printer. For some designs, I remember doing at least ten prototypes in order to find the correct thickness, strength, comfort, fluent form and a better reaction from the customer. I find prototyping is an ongoing process.
When I was designing in the beginning, I was more careless, but nowadays when I design, I have learned to pay more attention to the printability of the design for the material I want to use. I pay more attention to its technical details, thickness, unnecessary and heavy vertex information, etc.
So my workflow still changes with experience, designing and testing more.
What is your favorite 3D printing material to work with?
My favorite material is polyamide. It’s affordable for the designer and the customers.
I also really like the fact that it can be painted literally in any color. A polyamide print can be turned into a unique piece by playing with the tone of colors, like ombre dyeing techniques or painting in multiple colors. The number of options gives so much freedom to the designer.
Which 3D modeling software do you use?
I use Blender to model. It’s open-source, very easy to use and it has very artistic modifiers that save a lot of time for certain complex models. It helps me a lot as I make a lot of copies of one idea and I can still go back and change the model very easily without getting lost in thousands of vertexes.
What is the main advantage of using 3D printing for your designs?
With 3D printing it’s possible to manufacture very detailed, complex designs that may not be possible or would be very hard and time-consuming to be manufactured by other traditional methods or certain materials. It also offers different material choices. One design can be printed in many different materials. I love that it offers so much freedom!
When and how did you get introduced to the world of 3D printing?
I got introduced to the world of 3D printing in 2010 when I was still studying architecture in Belgium. I saw some examples of architectural models and the following years after that I saw more DIY 3D printers from makers and Fablabs.
At the end of 2014, I got my own 3D printer and I got more and more involved with the technology since then.
What is the biggest challenge you face in your jewelry business?
My biggest challenge is to turn some extreme, possibly uncomfortable models into usable, comfortable pieces of jewelry. As I use a lot of square and cubic forms, some of my rings have sharp edges.
Most people are already not used to square rings and uncomfortable forms make them question them even more. So my challenge is to find a way to soften sharp forms but still keep the identity of the piece.
How is 3D printing improving your creative business?
The most important thing is that 3D printing makes things very efficient. I should say I support the designers that make handmade, artisan products but that process requires the designer to be there from the first step to the last. You have to be fully present and dedicate yourself to a relatively long making process.
With 3D printing, after designing and prototyping, you are ready to go. For me, 3D printing is a smart, creative way of doing business. With fewer working hours and effort, you create time and energy to do anything you want.
Learn more about polyamide (SLS) and how laser sintering works to understand the possibilities of 3D printing with this material and technology. Once your designs are ready to 3D print, you can upload them to our online 3D printing platform.
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The USA Catalog Expands With Grey-On-Black & Yellow-On-Black Acrylics
We L.O.V.E. two-color acrylics (and we know you
do, too). There’s the striking contrast that makes text, logos and graphics
look great. Plus, the professional presentation is essential for brands making
Now you have even more design options with 1.5mm grey-on-black and yellow-on-black acrylic debuting in the USA catalog.
Whether you’re making electronics enclosures or signs, the contrast two-color acrylics provides not only visually organizes information but also grabs attention and creates focus.
3D printed drone with carbon fiber components [Source: Sitherus - Pinshape]
There’s a certain feeling you get when sitting trackside at high-speed races. The roar of the engines, the smell of fuel and rubber providing an adrenaline rush for both drivers and fans alike. It’s the sheer power of these machines that instills so much awe. And the same goes for any high-performance environment – whether it’s competitive sailing on the open seas or airplanes traveling faster than the speed of sound. There’s nothing like it. At Stratasys, we’re very proud to be right in the thick of it – and excited to announce our new Performance Partner Program and Summit.
There’s a lot that goes on before these powerful machines actually hit the track, air or water. Endurance and elegance of design is critical – but so is aerodynamics, strength, and heat deflection to name a few. For some years, designers and engineers of these amazing machines have endeavored to create strong, but lightweight 3D printed parts for both prototypes and final production.
We’ve all seen a 3D printed helmet here, a bicycle seat there. But never before has there been a focused, collaborative group of the who’s who of these industries -dedicated to advancing the use of additive manufacturing across these high-performance environments. That is…until now.Flying across the water with 3D Printed Parts – NYYC American Magic
Today, Stratasys is proud to officially launch our Performance Partner Program – bringing together leaders in auto racing, competitive sailing and next-generation supersonic travel to push the boundaries of additive manufacturing. We’re kicking off everything today with a first-of-its-kind event right in the heart of Speedway, Indiana. And the roster of participants does not disappoint:
Never before has there been a collaboration of this magnitude, featuring those actually utilizing additive manufacturing in these extreme environments. Each is maximizing use of Stratasys Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) to match extreme design and manufacturing requirements. The Stratasys range of engineering-grade 3D printers are ideal for building advanced conceptual models, functional prototypes, durable tools and production parts.
Many of our partners are using FDM ULTEM 9085 for parts needing superior properties and the lowest production variance; Stratasys ST-130 sacrificial tooling filament to aid in the production of hollow composite parts; and FDM Nylon 12 Carbon Fiber and ASA materials to create actual production parts, rugged tooling and advanced prototypes – matching demands for strength and stiffness of carbon-filled composite material.
And these partners are doing some amazing things. Over at Penske, an expanded technical partnership empowers their engineering and manufacturing efforts for both NASCAR and IndyCar racing platforms. This provides a tremendous advantage in production of better, stronger and more aerodynamic race car parts – getting cars on the track faster. With American Magic – challenger for the 36th America’s Cup – the team is taking carbon fiber to the water raceway for high-speed, lightweight production parts. This gives these competitive sailing yachts a sleeker, more aerodynamic design – one that can be tested and modified from race-to-race.
These relationships are going even further with the first-ever Performance Partner Summit today. Our partners are converging for a full-day session to not only explore how each is capitalizing on additive manufacturing, but get a closer look at key applications and products to make additive manufacturing even more powerful. The intent is to create a formal environment of collaboration as partners explore advanced approaches to get faster, become more competitive, and go farther than ever before.
The race is on…For more information about leveraging Stratasys advanced additive manufacturing in your industrial environment, see our Fortus 450mc or F900 pages – or check out our case studies on Team Penske or Don Schumacher Racing to see what partners are achieving with Stratasys additive manufacturing.
Until the next race – we’ll see YOU in the winner’s circle!
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