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March 28, 2017

3Ders

Arcus-3D-M1 evolves from junkstrap into full color 3D printer

The Arcus-3D-M1 is a filament-based, FDM (fused deposition modelling) 3D printer that was recently unveiled at the MidWest RepRap Festival. This annual gathering in Goshen, Indiana is one of the largest 3D printing events in the world and sees the latest breakthroughs in 3D printing technology shown off to a crowd of enthusiastic hobbyists. One of these gifted amateurs, Daren Schwenke, had started the Arcus last year as a junkstrap, which is to say he cobbled it together from whatever mechanical parts he had lying around and could make use of. Now the machine is a fully fledged 3D printer that could be the start of a Technicolor revolution.

March 28, 2017 08:37 PM

Lightform combines 3D scanning & augmented reality in new projection mapping technology

Augmented reality (AR) startup Lightform emerged from stealth mode yesterday with news of $2.6 million in seed funding. As the first developers of a computer specially made for AR, also known as projection mapping, the San Francisco-based startup has been on the tech industry’s radar for some time. Up until now, the Lightform team was keeping relatively quiet about their new AR innovation: a computer and 3D scanning device that, when connected to any video projector, can quickly scan complex scenes and transform any object into a projection screen.

March 28, 2017 08:10 PM

3D Print.com

Swiss Chemical Company Uses 3D Printing for Catalyst R&D, Seeks to Expand North American Footprint

According to reports released by Research & Markets, North America has been at the forefront of the 3D printing industry, which makes sense, considering that the first 3D printer was created in...

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by Sarah Saunders at March 28, 2017 08:09 PM

Brazilian Obstetrician 3D Prints Ultrasound Models for Visually Impaired Parents-to-Be

Considering the wide range of items we can 3D print today, why not babies too? That’s certainly an attention-getting endeavor, and one that would probably have many different individuals and...

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by Bridget Butler Millsaps at March 28, 2017 07:04 PM

Fabbaloo

Ability3D Launches the Affordable Ability1 3D Metal Printer

Ability3D's new affordable 3D metal printer, the Ability1

Ability3D's new affordable 3D metal printer, the Ability1

We knew this was coming, and...

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by General Fabb at March 28, 2017 07:00 PM

3D Print.com

Air Force Institute of Technology Welcomes Metal 3D Printing with Acquisition of Concept Laser M2 Cusing Machine

The Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is no newcomer to 3D printing; the school has been using the technology to build polymer prototypes for more than three...

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by Clare Scott at March 28, 2017 06:11 PM

Milling Around

PCNC 440 Power Drawbars Now Available

Many find themselves purchasing machines on a budget, and therefore tend to skip some of the flashier accessories, or buyers don’t see a need to make tool changes quickly ...

by Chris Fox at March 28, 2017 05:30 PM

Fabbaloo

What is SAP’s 3D Print Distributed Manufacturing System and Why is Roboze In It?

SAP's new Distributed Manufacturing System

SAP's new Distributed Manufacturing System

Italy-based Roboze announced they’ve joined...

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by General Fabb at March 28, 2017 05:00 PM

TCT Magazine

3D Systems announces new products to accelerate production

3D Systems to accelerate additive manufacturing in the investment casting, jewellery and dental markets, and extend its leadership in metal production for healthcare and aerospace.

March 28, 2017 04:33 PM

3D Print.com

Open Source 3D Printing: LulzBot and IC3D Team Up for First-Ever Open Source 3D Printer Filament

Open source is an ideology important to much of the 3D printing community; the ethos is at the foundation of many companies involved in the scene from the beginning, and it can be a polarizing topic....

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at March 28, 2017 04:17 PM

TCT Magazine

Solidscape announces winners of Baselworld Design Competition

Leading high precision 3D wax printing manufacturer for the jewellery industry, Solidscape has announced the winners of the seventh annual Baselworld Design Competition.

by Sam Davies at March 28, 2017 03:47 PM

3D Print.com

NASA's PUFFER Microbot Has 3D Printed Wheels to Climb Up Martian Slopes

The rovers that could be used to explore the moon, or other planets in our galaxy, are increasingly being designed and built using 3D printing technology, like Part Time Scientists’...

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by Sarah Saunders at March 28, 2017 03:22 PM

3Ders

CRP Technology releases rubber-like Windform RL 3D printing material

Italian additive manufacturing specialist CRP Technology has released the newest addition to its family of Windform materials: Windform RL. The 3D printing material marks the first thermoplastic elastomer in the Windform line.

March 28, 2017 03:01 PM

3D Print.com

Builder Extreme 1500 3D Printer Inspires Lay3rs to 3D Print a Full-Sized Ducati Motorbike

In November, Dutch company Builder 3D Printers introduced the Builder Extreme 1500, one of the biggest FDM 3D printers in the world with a print volume of 1100 x 500 x 820 mm. The 1500 was the...

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by Clare Scott at March 28, 2017 02:37 PM

3Ders

Mecuris NexStep: the worlds first CE-certified 3D printed foot prosthetic

Mecuris, a Munich-based manufacturer of bespoke 3D printed prosthetics, recently announced that it has shipped and delivered the world’s first CE-certified 3D printed prosthetic feet. The prosthetic in question, called “NexStep,” has been in development for some time, and with the CE mark (an important European medical certification), it is now ready for market.

March 28, 2017 02:26 PM

TCT Magazine

CRP Group launches Windform RL thermoplastic elastomer 3D printing material

CRP Group has launched the first thermoplastic elastomer material within its Windform family of materials for professional 3D printing. Windform RL's mechanical characteristics make it suited for AM applications requiring complex geometries.

by Sam Davies at March 28, 2017 02:20 PM

3Ders

Top-down Milkshake3D 3D printer blows through Kickstarter goal, raises over $70K

Hong Kong startup Orbi Lab is seeing some early success with the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for its Milkshake3D 3D printer. The “top-down” SLA 3D printer is being marketed as the ideal tool for artists, as it offers high-resolution printing and a relatively large build volume. Orbi Lab, a Hong Kong-based startup founded by a dedicated group of 3D artists and engineers, set out to design and build its own 3D printer about a year ago. Now, after much development and refining, the product of Orbi Lab’s work, the Milkshake3D 3D printer, is nearly ready for market.

March 28, 2017 01:41 PM

Planar chromatography experts hack Prusa i3 3D printer to separate & examine mixtures

Researchers at Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, have used a modified Prusa i3 3D printer to create thin layers of silica gel which can be used for thin layer chromatography, a lab technique for separating mixtures into their individual ingredients. The Prusa i3 is a versatile 3D printer, but we doubt any makers have used the RepRap machine to fabricate a mixture-separating silica gel. Until now, that is… Thin layer chromatography (TLC) is a form of planar chromatography, a process used in scientific research, quality control, and other fields in order to separate mixtures into their constituent parts.

March 28, 2017 01:40 PM

3D Print.com

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority Signs 3D Printing Research MoU with GE Additive

We discuss Dubai’s 3D Printing Strategy a lot here at 3DPrint.com…obviously. It was introduced in 2016, featuring a multi-tiered plan designed to make the UAE a global 3D printing leader....

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by Sarah Saunders at March 28, 2017 01:35 PM

Engineering.COM 3D Printing

Windform’s Specialized 3D Print Materials

There are plenty of vendors of common 3D print materials, but far fewer offering unusual composite materials. One of them is Italy-based Windform, who produce a series of exotic powdered materials for selective laser sintering (SLS) 3D printers. They’re associated with CRP Technology, one of the largest 3D print services / rapid prototyping companies in Italy today. They’ve developed the materials and now market them through Windform. An incredible 3D printed mask made with Windf...

by Fabbaloo at March 28, 2017 01:13 PM

Fabbaloo

Bondtech’s New 3D Print Extruder

Bondtech's new BMG Extruder for powerful 3D printing

Bondtech's new BMG Extruder for powerful 3D printing

Sweden-based Bondtech has released a...

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by General Fabb at March 28, 2017 01:00 PM

3D Print.com

3D Scanning and 3D Printing Get Century-Old Delage Type-S Grand Prix Car Back on the Road

It might seem that if you’ve already managed to get over a century out of your car, that you should just be grateful and willing to move along when it has a major engine malfunction. Clearly,...

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by Hannah Rose Mendoza at March 28, 2017 12:29 PM

TCT Magazine

The Great American 3D Printing Road Trip

Deputy Group Editor, Laura Griffiths headed to California to go behind the scenes at two of the busiest 3D printing bureaux in the U.S..

by Laura Griffiths at March 28, 2017 12:09 PM

3Ders

Mubadala, Dubai Future Foundation, GE Additive to build UAEs first 3D printing microfactories

Mubadala Development Company (Mubadala), the Dubai Future Foundation, and GE Additive have joined forces to establish the first 3D printing microfactories in the UAE. The trio plan to start with microfactories in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Additive manufacturing news from Dubai, the UAE, and the entire Middle East region is coming thick and fast these days, largely thanks to the huge financial incentives being dangled by Dubai’s Emir, vice president, and prime minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, as well as other powerful figures in the region, in order to drive growth and innovation.

March 28, 2017 11:32 AM

TCT Magazine

Siemens NX software integrates Frustum topology optimisation and freeform geometry generator

Frustum is hoping to increase design innovation for additive manufacturing through a partnership with Siemens which will see the German company integrate its topology optimisation and freeform geometry generator as a module in the NX software.

by Sam Davies at March 28, 2017 10:19 AM

3Ders

Kickstarter for Niryo One, open source 6-axis 3D printed robotic arm, doubles campaign goal

A Kickstarter campaign for the Niryo One, an open source 3D printed 6-axis robotic arm, has more than doubled its €20,000 target after just a couple of days. The 3D printed robot is powered by Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and Robot Operating System. With STEM subjects finally starting to receive a higher priority within education, there is a greater need than ever for for affordable, user-friendly equipment that helps students learn about technical topics. 3D printers are now almost commonplace in schools, while other digital technology is slowly being phased in as well

March 28, 2017 09:54 AM

Fabbaloo

3D Systems Continues Advancing Color 3D Printing

3D Systems' new ProJet CJP 260Plus color 3D printer

3D Systems' new ProJet CJP 260Plus color 3D printer

There are still questions about the...

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by General Fabb at March 28, 2017 09:00 AM

3Ders

Frustum offers optimized generative design for 3D printed parts through Siemens NX software

Colorado-based Frustum, a developer of functional generative design and topology optimization software, has announced that, as part of the Siemens’ PLM Solution Partner Program, it will be offering its innovative design generator tools through Siemens’ NX software. Frustum’s new integrated module will allow engineers and designers to more efficiently optimize topologies for CAD-designed parts, which in turn could allow for the creation of more advanced and higher-quality 3D printed parts.

March 28, 2017 08:41 AM

Rapid Product Development

March 27, 2017

3D Print.com

BAE Systems and Emerson Open New Additive Manufacturing and Virtual Reality Centers

BAE Systems is a company with big ideas. The British aerospace, defense and security corporation has come up with some far-out technological concepts before, such as chemical vats that can...

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by Clare Scott at March 27, 2017 09:27 PM

Solidscape Announces Winners of 2017 Baselworld 3D Printed Jewelry and Fine Art Competition

Solidscape, a Stratasys subsidiary, is one of the top manufacturers of high-precision 3D wax printers for the jewelry industry. Its 3D printers are used for a number of direct manufacturing...

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by Sarah Saunders at March 27, 2017 08:43 PM

3Ders

UK researchers trial new Diode Area Melting technique for high speed 3D printing

The 3D printing industry rarely stands still for long, and it is now poised to undergo yet another minor revolution, thanks to a groundbreaking new 3D printing technique that has just been discovered by University of Sheffield researchers in the UK.

March 27, 2017 08:35 PM

3D Print.com

MRRF 2017: 3D Printing Community Comes Together to Celebrate 3D Printers, Making and Innovation

My little maker heart is full after spending 48 hours at the 5th Annual Midwest RepRap Festival (aka MRRF) In Goshen, Indiana. Yes, over 1,000 people from 18 countries around the world made their way...

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by Mara Hitner at March 27, 2017 08:02 PM

FATHOM Expands On-Site Managed Services, Customized to Clients' 3D Printing Needs

California-based 3D printing studio FATHOM has participated in some pretty interesting projects in the past. We recently saw the company featured on an episode of CNET’s “On...

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by Clare Scott at March 27, 2017 07:13 PM

CNC Cookbook

Brand New Business. No Customers. What Do I Do?

Empty PartyWhat if you threw a party and nobody came? My wife and I love to entertain.  We throw lots of parties, and are famous in our town for certain themed parties we do every year.  The parties are always well attended and we have met many new people as our friends bring their friends to…

by Bob Warfield at March 27, 2017 06:51 PM

3D Print.com

MakerOS 1.0 Release Adds Inventory Tracking to Its AutoQuoter and Other Improvements

MakerOS launched their Public Beta in late 2015. This month saw the release of MakerOS 1.0. This marks a huge milestone for the startup, which was founded in Detroit, Michigan in 2015. Mike Moceri,...

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by Michael A. Parker at March 27, 2017 06:22 PM

3Ders

3D printing service i.materialise launches new rhodium-plated brass material

Popular 3D printing service i.materialise has just unveiled its newest 3D printed metallic: rhodium-plated brass will now be available as a 3D printing material for those using the online-based service. The smooth, glossy surface of rhodium is perfectly suited to jewelry designers working in precise detail,

March 27, 2017 06:08 PM

Fabbaloo

Autodesk’s Hobbyist Strategy is Now Clear

Autodesk's strategy

Autodesk's strategy

With the demise of many of Autodesk’s free 3D offerings, it seems...

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by General Fabb at March 27, 2017 05:00 PM

TCT Magazine

Experts suggest 3D printing to disrupt European construction sector within five years

Experts from the 3D technology and construction industries have suggested Europe could steal a march on disrupting the building sector in the next five years by further embracing 3D printing methods.

by Sam Davies at March 27, 2017 04:54 PM

3D Print.com

A Traditional Lace Design Results in a New 3D Printed Breast Reconstruction Method

The city of Calais in France is well known for its beautiful lace, which is appropriately called “Calais lace.” Produced since the early 1800s, the fabric, distinguished from other types...

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by Clare Scott at March 27, 2017 04:49 PM

Exmet AB's Amorphous Metals 3D Printing Technology Receives Investment Boost from AM Ventures, Accelerating Commercialization

It used to be that the only way to produce metallic glass, or amorphous metal, was to rapidly cool it before the solid-state crystalline structure was able to form. This made it hard to produce...

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by Sarah Saunders at March 27, 2017 03:54 PM

3Ders

Dubai DEWA teams with GE Additive to give 3D printing bigger role in future energy strategy

The future of 3D printing in the UAE looks a lot brighter today, as a new agreement was established that will assure significant investment and research into the technology by a number of parties. Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) signed a bilateral MoU with global additive manufacturing giant GE Additive, in which they agreed to collaborate on 3D printing, additive manufacturing and digital technologies.

March 27, 2017 03:46 PM

TCT Magazine

Fathom to expand on-site managed services after augmenting customer's 3D printing applications

Advanced manufacturer, FATHOM has expanded its on-site managed services by augmenting a customer’s in-house 3D printer and additive manufacturing equipment operations.

by Sam Davies at March 27, 2017 03:14 PM

3Ders

US-based Emerson opens new 3D printing plant in Singapore

US-based additive manufacturing heavyweight Emerson has launched a new 3D printing plant in Clementi, Singapore. The state-of-the-art facility is Emerson’s second worldwide development hub, and comes as part of Emerson’s ongoing investment in the Asia-Pacific region, which has totalled over $80 million in the past five years.

March 27, 2017 03:13 PM

3D Print.com

Milkshake3D: The 'Artist's 3D Printer' Surpasses Kickstarter Funding Goal in a Matter of Days, Continues to Grow

It’s encouraging to see that despite the multiple high-profile Kickstarter failures that have happened recently, the 3D printing community still has faith in crowdfunding. Campaigns like...

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by Clare Scott at March 27, 2017 03:02 PM

iMaterialise

Alumide Price Drop: 3D Printed Alumide Just Got 15% Cheaper!

Good news for 3D printing community. After announcing a steep titanium price drop in 2016, and an aluminum price drop earlier this month, we’ve got the next surprise in store: our alumide prices just dropped by 15%!

In order to give every designer, artist, tinkerer and creative mind access to our cutting-edge 3D printing technologies and materials, we are happy to announce that alumide prices just dropped… significantly.

Over the last months, we have been working hard on optimizing our printing facility and have acquired some of the most advanced 3D printers in the world – which allow us to print at much lower prices as of today! Of course, you will benefit from these savings as well.

The exact percentage of the price drop depends on the volume of your 3D model. Looking at our order history we can say that– on average – our customers will save 15% on their alumide prints from now on. To find out your new price, upload your model(s) now and start saving big time!

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About 3D Printed Alumide

Alumide models are constructed from a blend of gray aluminum powder and white polyamide (nylon) 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 matte gray with sparkling aluminum particles. To add some color to your design, your design can be dyed in 5 different colors.

Click here to learn more about this great material – or discover 5 stunning alumide 3D prints here.

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by Fabian at March 27, 2017 02:38 PM

3D Print.com

BRL Team to Create Biomimetic Forebrain for 3D Printed Robotic Hand

Individuals—and different cultures—worldwide have varying perceptions of how robots should look, and what they should do. Dating back to the first popular science fiction books and movies, our...

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by Bridget Butler Millsaps at March 27, 2017 02:18 PM

Frustum's Topology Optimization Comes to Siemens' NX Software in a Partnership Bringing Design Innovation to Additive Manufacturing

Topology optimization isn’t just a good candidate for your next band name, it’s a critical part of design for additive manufacturing. Innovative production technologies like 3D printing...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at March 27, 2017 01:45 PM

3Ders

Solidscape highlights best of 3D printed jewelry design at Baselworld 2017

Wax 3D printer manufacturer Solidscape, Inc. has announced the winners of the Baselworld Solidscape Design Competition, which highlights the best and most innovative 3D printed designs in the fields of jewelry and fine arts.

March 27, 2017 01:43 PM

Fabbaloo

Windform’s Specialized 3D Print Materials

An incredible 3D printed mask made with Windform's materials

An incredible 3D printed mask made with Windform's materials

There are plenty of vendors...

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by General Fabb at March 27, 2017 01:00 PM

3Ders

3D printing used to restore worlds only 1914 Delage Type-S grand prix car

Grant Cowie, an engineer and pre-war motorcar specialist from Australia, has used 3D printing to restore a 103-year-old grand prix car. The vehicle, whose engine was recreated using a 3D printed sand mold, is the only surviving 1914 Delage Type-S in the world.

March 27, 2017 12:43 PM

TCT Magazine

Metal additive manufacturing research group ADAPT recognised for accelerating Colorado economy

The Alliance for the Development of Additive Processing Technologies (ADAPT) has been honoured by the Jefferson County Economic Development Corporation (Jeffco) with its Genesis Award.

by Sam Davies at March 27, 2017 12:11 PM

ERM Fab & Test to supply atum3D DLP solutions to French professionals through new partnership

3D technology manufacturer, atum3D has announced a partnership with French additive manufacturing company, ERM Fab & Test, who will now supply atum3D's DLP technology to its French customer base.

by Sam Davies at March 27, 2017 11:20 AM

3Ders

BAE Systems speeding up aircraft with falcon-inspired 3D printed feathers

Inspired by the physiology of the peregrine falcon, researchers at British defense company BAE Systems and City, University of London have developed 3D printed “sensory feathers” and other new aircraft technologies that could be applied to real aircraft within the next 20 years.

March 27, 2017 11:11 AM

NASAs tiny 3D printed PUFFER robot could be the ultimate Mars rover sidekick

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has been behind some groundbreaking projects in the field of space exploration, and one of its most recent projects, though small in size, has us pretty excited. NASA is developing a Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot, PUFFER for short, a tiny 3D printed robot inspired by origami that is destined to accompany rovers in space.

March 27, 2017 09:40 AM

Fabbaloo

Design of the Week: PiKon Telescope

The PiKon 3D printed telescope

The PiKon 3D printed telescope

This week’s selection is the ambitious PiKon 3D printed...

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by General Fabb at March 27, 2017 09:00 AM

3Ders

Rave like Iron Man with the 3D printed Arc Reactor Orbit

A group of enterprising young ravers from San Francisco have 3D printed a Tony Stark-inspired Arc Reactor Orbit. Perfect for creating your own light show on the dance floor, this one-of-a-kind orbit houses up to 8 LED lights

March 27, 2017 08:58 AM

March 26, 2017

Terry Wohlers

The PA Profession

According to Yale School of Medicine, a physician assistant or associate (PA) is a state-licensed or federally-credentialed healthcare professional that practices medicine with physician supervision. Yale goes on to say that in clinical practice, PAs perform an extensive range of services in nearly every medical and surgical specialty and healthcare setting.

The profession has grown dramatically in the U.S. In fact, CNNMoney ranked it as the number one fastest-growing field, with a 49.7% job growth over a period of 10 years. Yet PAs are not well known outside the U.S. When speaking to friends and business associates in other countries, I find that most are not familiar with the profession. Even with such impressive growth, it is almost non-existent beyond U.S. and Canadian borders.

On Friday, our daughter, Heather, graduated from South University (Tampa, Florida) as a PA after a very intense program. We are very proud that she made it into the program and graduated. Only 24 out of 1,000+ applicants were accepted into the program. As part of the graduation ceremony, each of the graduates received a long white coat, a tradition that signifies completion of a PA program. While working as a student, they wore waist-length white coats, so receiving the longer version is very special.

All 24 students successfully completed the program and graduated on Friday, but all of them have one more very important step: to take the national exam. Those who pass it become a certified PA and can practice medicine. Those who do not can try again in three months.

While working at a medical clinic, doctor’s office, or hospital, a PA typically becomes increasingly autonomous. They see patients, prescribe medicine, and perform medical procedures such as suturing open wounds and surgically removing tissue. PAs do a large percentage of what a doctor does, but without the legal liability and sometimes odd and challenging hours. For many PAs, it can be more of an “8-5” job, although many work in urgent care, ER, or surgery where hours can be long and irregular.

We are incredibly proud of Heather, not only for completing the PA program, but also for going into a profession that truly helps others. Graduation ceremony keynote speaker Elliott Cazes, MD, said the most important instrument a medical professional can use is not a stethoscope or ophthalmoscope, but rather his or her ears. It is vitally important to carefully listen to a patient to fully understand their situation. Given what I’ve learned about the PA profession and Heather’s outlook on practicing medicine, she and her 23 fellow PAs will follow his advice and contribute a great deal to the field of medicine and the U.S. healthcare system.

by Terry Wohlers at March 26, 2017 09:32 PM

3Ders

Adam Savage investigates the 3D printed robot skeleton of Ghost in the Shell in new web episode

Ex-Mythbusters TV personality Adam Savage has gone behind the scenes of the highly anticipated blockbuster Ghost in the Shell, adapted from the original Japanese manga and the 1995 anime film. In the newest installment of Savage’s web series Tested

March 26, 2017 06:30 PM

3D Print.com

NASA Researchers Devise Method for Real-Time In-Situ Additive Manufacturing Inspection

NASA has made a wide range of forays into 3D printing—and for decades now. From 3D printed rocket engine parts that will pave the way for creating future components to continued efforts for...

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by Bridget Butler Millsaps at March 26, 2017 04:51 PM

3DPrintClean Introduces Third Version of Air-Filtering 3D Printer Enclosure

Two years ago, we first learned about 3DPrintClean, a 3D printer enclosure that not only contains the potentially harmful particles given off by 3D printers, but filters the air while the printer...

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by Clare Scott at March 26, 2017 03:11 PM

3Ders

Fisher Price uses 3D printing to help design newly released Batman BatBot Xtreme toy

Leading toy manufacturer Fisher Price has been taking advantage of 3D printing technology, using it to rapidly prototype its new product ideas so they can be tested hands-on by designers looking for faults to be corrected or improvements to be made. The company is now also making use of innovative virtual reality techniques, in creating the soon-to-be-released BatBot Xtreme, the flagship toy for its new 2017 line.

March 26, 2017 01:57 PM

Fabbaloo

Stratasys’ Growth Strategy Revealed

We now now officially what Stratasys intends on doing

We now now officially what Stratasys intends on doing

Deep inside Stratasys’ 100,000...

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by General Fabb at March 26, 2017 09:00 AM

March 25, 2017

3D Print.com

3D Printing for Mourners: Chinese Funeral Home Turns to 3D Technologies to Reconstruct Faces of the Deceased for Open Casket Funerals

Some people find the mourning process for the death of a loved one to be even more difficult if the deceased does not have an open casket funeral. This can happen if the deceased person suffered any...

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by Sarah Saunders at March 25, 2017 08:03 PM

3D Print Your Favorite French Presidential Candidate Courtesy of Cults

In France, a contentious presidential election is currently in swing, and in the US, we know a lot about what that’s like. We also know that an election gives you a lot to 3D print. Last year,...

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by Clare Scott at March 25, 2017 06:18 PM

3Ders

3D printing news ICYMI: 2017 Hackaday Prize, Formlabs Form 1+ discontinued, Formide cloud solution, more

In a week that saw a large number of dental 3D printing innovations showcased at IDS 2017, there was also additive manufacturing news from the U.S. Navy, SLA pioneer Formlabs, beloved tech website Hackaday, and others. Here’s a quick roundup.

March 25, 2017 04:37 PM

LPW case study: The effects of gaseous corruption on 3D printed metal objects

Responding to demand from a number of its end users, LPW Technology has conducted a detailed investigation into the effects of gaseous corruption on 3D printed metal products, the results of which were published today. The study suggests that material properties can be significantly affected by oxygen corruption in particular, and the metal powder used in a 3D printer should be changed as regularly as possible.

March 25, 2017 03:48 PM

Fabbaloo

3D Print Quotation Service Business Gets Crowded: Kabuku’s MMS

Kabuku's MMS online 3D print quotation service has a great price

Kabuku's MMS online 3D print quotation service has a great price

There seems to be a...

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by General Fabb at March 25, 2017 09:00 AM

March 24, 2017

3Ders

E3D announces new 2-in-1 Titan Aero 3D printing extruder & hotend combo

British start-up E3D-Online has today announced their new 2-in-1 Titan Aero 3D printing extruder and hotend combo.

March 24, 2017 09:33 PM

Bondtech releases lightweight, cost & time-saving extruder for optimum 3D printing

Swedish startup Bondtech has today launched their newest product, a lightweight, cost and time-saving extruder for 3D printers. Leveraging the company’s Dual-Drive technology, the BMG extruder combines low weight with high feeding capacity, and ensures maximum performance without grinding and slipping.

March 24, 2017 09:03 PM

3D Print.com

3D Printing News Briefs: March 24, 2017

For this Friday edition of 3D Printing News Briefs, we’ll take a look at copyright law, a 3D printer, new 3D printing products, a prestigious award and a group meeting, and some predictions...

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by Sarah Saunders at March 24, 2017 08:58 PM

Albert Einstein Honored With the First Book to Be 3D Printed in One Piece

Albert Einstein may never have heard of 3D printing, but the 3D printing community is a big fan of his work. When his theory about gravitational waves was finally proven to be true last year, the...

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by Clare Scott at March 24, 2017 08:07 PM

Red Nose Day 2017: Digits2Widgets 3D Prints Bespoke Celebrity Caricature Red Noses

Red Nose Day sets out every other year in a campaign, largely across the UK, to use laughter to bring people together — and while the day itself is a riotous good time, with celebrities...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at March 24, 2017 07:17 PM

3Ders

3D printed robo-fruit packed with sensors can test for freshness

The freshness of future fruit could soon be fundamentally improved, with the help of a fun and fascinating new development from researchers in Switzerland. They have used 3D printing technology to produce a range of replica fruits, fitted with temperature sensors.

March 24, 2017 06:24 PM

CNC Cookbook

Easy Multiple Spindle Options for G-Wizard

auxilliary high speed spindleIt’s fairly common to find machines that have multiple spindle options available.  I don’t mean that you can specify multiple, options, but that there are actual multiple options delivered with the machine.  A very simple example would be multiple pulley ratios.  More exotic would be sub-spindles, for example a high-speed auxiliary spindle or speeder on…

by Bob Warfield at March 24, 2017 05:03 PM

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E3D Announces the Titan Aero

The new E3D-Online Titan Aero

The new E3D-Online Titan Aero

3D printer hardware maker E3D-Online announced today the...

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by General Fabb at March 24, 2017 05:00 PM

3D Print.com

A Shiny Gold Bug Inspires MIT Researchers to 3D Print a Multimaterial Electronic Device

The golden tortoise beetle is a beautiful insect. I don’t often say that about many insects, but you can’t deny that the golden tortoise beetle, or goldbug, is a pretty, pretty bug. Look...

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by Clare Scott at March 24, 2017 04:24 PM

Under Armour Presents Latest Athletic Shoe with 3D Printed Midsole: Meet the $300 ArchiTech Futurist Sneaker, Available Soon

Back in 2014, athletic clothing specialist and manufacturer Under Armour teamed up with Reebok to present 3D printing in wearables at the TCT show, and soon after, Under Armour’s Senior...

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by Sarah Saunders at March 24, 2017 03:37 PM

Spinal Orthopedics: PhD Student at Stevens Institute of Technology Creates 3D Printed Scaffolds at 8 Cents Each

There are so many things we can 3D print today, from entire homes and cars to integral parts being created today in nearly every industry, from aerospace to apparel. The medical field, however, has...

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by Bridget Butler Millsaps at March 24, 2017 02:44 PM

TCT Magazine

Digits2Widgets 3D print nine celebrity Red Noses for Comic Relief

Digits2Widgets has 3D printed nine celebrity-inspired noses for Comic Relief's Red Nose Day. Traditionally, the people of the UK take part in a range of fundraising activities, including the wearing of red noses.

by Sam Davies at March 24, 2017 02:24 PM

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3Ders interview with John Robertson, 3D printed jewelry extraordinaire & creative director of VerticesEdge

With over 20 years of experience in digital 3D design, John Robertson is one of the most qualified individuals in the business. Having started his professional career working in the creative arts, Robertson developed a passion for CAD and 3D modeling back in the 1990s, and has gone on to take part in a huge number of creative and technical projects within the industry.

March 24, 2017 01:54 PM

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Dartmouth Researchers Use 3D Printing to Create Super-Strong 4D Material

Rotaxanes sounds to me like the latest health craze, as in “This superfood is packed with rotaxanes that will give you beautiful skin/help you lose weight/allow you to live until age 200 with...

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by Clare Scott at March 24, 2017 01:35 PM

TCT Magazine

Emerson opens advanced additive manufacturing centre at Singapore campus

Global technology and engineering group, Emerson has today opened an advanced additive manufacturing centre at its Singapore campus. Emerson is aiming to spur innovation and accelerate speed to market for new products with this new centre.

by Sam Davies at March 24, 2017 01:15 PM

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Is It Time To Consider an Affordable Laser Sintering 3D Printer?

A complex part 3D printed in nylon

A complex part 3D printed in nylon

I’m wondering if there is a product category being...

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by General Fabb at March 24, 2017 01:00 PM

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Thanks to a Group Effort, 3D Printed Satellite Bracket Will Soon Go to Space

3D printing technology has really changed the face of manufacturing for many applications and sectors, including outer space. Canada’s premier additive manufacturing network, Canada Makes,...

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by Sarah Saunders at March 24, 2017 12:44 PM

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The First 3D Prints of the HP Jet Fusion 4200 Are Here

The surface of Materialise engineer Giovanni Vleminckx’s desk is covered in stone-grey 3D prints. Gears, hinges, interlocking links. Meet the first test prints of the widely anticipated HP Jet Fusion 3D printer! Announced last autumn, the news of the HP Multi Jet Fusion technology quickly spread waves of excitement throughout the 3D printing world — and Materialise, the mother company of online 3D printing service i.materialise, is privileged with early access to the new technology. Giovanni, as a researcher and engineer in our production unit, got the opportunity to run frequent tests on the machine. Here’s what he thinks and what the first test prints look like.

“When I saw the machine first at formnext, in November 2016, I was quite impressed already because of its compactness and neatness. I’m used to large-scale industrial printers that don’t really prioritize a tidy look, so it was a nice surprise,” says Giovanni. “Now that I’ve had the chance to work together with HP on testing, I’m excited to have early access to the technology and help identify areas of future development. The machine scores high on usability and reliability. It’s only been a few weeks of testing but I feel confident leaving the machine to its own devices. It doesn’t need constant monitoring once the build is in progress.”

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HP Multi Jet Fusion Technology: How Does It Work?

HP Multi Jet Fusion, as a 3D printing technology, is powder-based and does not use lasers. The powder bed, housed in a large chamber, is heated uniformly at the outset. A fusing agent is jetted where particles need to be selectively molten, and a detailing agent is jetted around the contours to improve part resolution. While lamps pass over the surface of the powder bed, the jetted material captures the heat and helps distribute it evenly. Since the powder bed is already heated and melting is not based on laser movement, each printing layer takes the same time, leading to foreseeable build times.

At present, the material used by the machine is PA 12, a polyamide. “The material has a very fine powder grain, enabling the production of very thin layers of 80 microns,” explains Giovanni. “That means the same material leads to high-density parts with lower porosity than it would with thicker layers. The fine grain of the powder would be especially suitable for detailed features and high-complexity parts. The surface finish is quite fine even without post-production finishing, and I can imagine that functional parts in the future may not need additional smoothing. Straight out of the machine, parts are a stone-grey color that takes well to color dyeing.”

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Testing: The First Results

In the early weeks of the testing process, HP has been working closely with two teams here: Materialise Software and Materialise Manufacturing. At the outset, Materialise Software worked with HP to develop a Build Processor that connects HP’s Multi Jet Fusion technology to the Materialise suite of software for 3D Printing.

“The HP Build Processor seamlessly integrates 3D printing software with the printer, allowing the user to assign a machine-specific build style to the platform, as well as slice and export data to the machine,” explains Giovanni. “Being involved in a software capacity at this early stage has afforded us a great opportunity to give Materialise software users a head-start on this technology.”

HP and Materialise engineers then came up with a pool of testing parts, each with a specific ‘control factor’: a single-build hinge to test dimensional accuracy (if the accuracy is too low, the moving parts of the hinge would fuse together); a textured sample to check surface quality; a few identical parts oriented differently at various areas on the build platform to test build uniformity.

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The test print in detail.

For Giovanni, the regular feedback rounds with HP to present findings have been a fruitful exercise in defining priorities on both sides and identifying the most critical areas for future development. “We’ve worked together on expanding the optimal build area of the build platform, on improving the dimensional accuracy. In parallel, there’s a similar process of research and validation on the Software side with our Build Processor team. I’m very happy with how our findings are handled; HP has a large and eager support team that values our feedback.”

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Further testing: printing insoles

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3D printed insoles from the HP Jet Fusion 3D printer

by Fabian at March 24, 2017 12:23 PM

Engineering.COM 3D Printing

Five Emerging Metal 3D Printing Technologies at AMUG

With its emphasis on presentations and discussions over shiny objects on the showroom floor, AMUG provides a unique experience for its additive manufacturing (AM)-experienced attendees. Although the event’s presentation on new metal 3D printing technologies could have easily become lost amidst the marketing fluff at any other conference, at AMUG, the talk was focused on the practical aspects of metal AM. During this talk, three important start-ups chatted with attendees about their techno...

by Michael Molitch-Hou at March 24, 2017 12:00 PM

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Color-changing 3D printed robot skin developed at MIT

MIT researchers are developing 3D printed “skin” for robots that changes color upon receiving physical stimuli. The technology was inspired by the golden tortoise beetle, or “goldbug,” an insect whose golden exterior turns red when prodded. While we don’t fully know what robots of the future will look like, nor what roles they will play, many experts agree that complex systems of embedded sensors will be an important feature of such machines. Some sensor-driven tech, like the touch-sensitive surfaces on smartphones, is already ubiquitous, but more complex sensor arrays could someday be used to allow robots to fully interact with their environment.

March 24, 2017 10:26 AM

TCT Magazine

Bondtech launches BMG extruder for quick and affordable 3D printing

Leveraging the company’s proven and highly regarded Dual-Drive technology, Bondtech's new BMG extruder combines low weight with high feeding capacity, and ensures maximum performance without grinding and slipping.

by Sam Davies at March 24, 2017 10:03 AM

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Promising start for Wiivv 3D printed sandal Kickstarter

3D printed shoe brand Wiivv is gearing up for warmer weather with the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for its innovative custom-fit sandals, made using 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies. Backers can get their hands on a pair of bespoke flip flops starting at $70.

March 24, 2017 09:35 AM

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HP and SIGMADESIGN Launch Material Development Kit for 3D Printing

The MDK for HP's MJF technology, developed by SIGMADESIGN. (Image courtesy of HP.)

The MDK for HP's MJF technology, developed by SIGMADESIGN. (Image courtesy of HP.)

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by ENGINEERING.com at March 24, 2017 09:00 AM

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Under Armour Debuts “Futurist” Shoes with 3D-Printed Midsoles

At last year’s AMUG, athletic wear manufacturer Under Armour won the Advanced Concepts Technical Competition with the UA Architech, a line of shoes that featured a 3D-printed midsole. This year, Director of Design & Manufacturing Innovation at Under Armour Alan Guyan gave the crowd a sneak peek at the company’s next design in the series, the Futurist. The UA Futurist is Under Armour’s most recent shoe design featuring 3D-printed midsoles. (Image courtesy of Under Armo...

by Michael Molitch-Hou at March 24, 2017 06:06 AM

March 23, 2017

3D Print.com

3D Printed Bacteria Could Lead to 3D Printed Electronics in Space, Say TU Delft Researchers

It seems as though we can 3D print with just about anything these days – glass, sand, food substances, human cells, you name it – but one substance I never would have thought to put into...

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by Clare Scott at March 23, 2017 08:51 PM

Renishaw Helps to Create 3D Printed Orbital Implant for Complex Surgery in Nepal

When a deadly, 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal in April of 2015, killing thousands of people, the 3D printing community jumped right in to offer assistance, from a 3D printable model (for a...

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by Sarah Saunders at March 23, 2017 08:15 PM

Swedish Researchers Successfully Implant 3D Printed Human Cartilage Cells in Mice

Slowly, little by little, we’re getting closer to the day that many still doubt will ever come: the day that scientists 3D print a working human organ and successfully implant it into a living...

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by Clare Scott at March 23, 2017 07:38 PM

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Think You Can Keep Up With 3D Print Patents? Think Again

A classic patent; today's patents are far more complex

A classic patent; today's patents are far more complex

There’s a lot more going on in...

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by General Fabb at March 23, 2017 07:00 PM

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Artists Using Stratasys 3D Printers Highlighted in Paris Exhibit: Printing the World | Imprimer le Monde

As Stratasys announces that several of its 3D printed collections will be presented at the highly anticipated ‘Printing the World | Imprimer le Monde’ exhibition in Paris, some may...

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by Bridget Butler Millsaps at March 23, 2017 06:54 PM

Milling Around

Making Art in Wood with a PCNC 770

Every month we get to have some fun cutting one of the parts from our Tormach Projects Library. This month we decided to go easy and artsy with a 3D relief in wood ...

by Chris Fox at March 23, 2017 06:26 PM

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The Balkans' First Fully 3D Printed Fashion Collection Hit the Runway with Miss Globe 2016

I used to be a huge Project Runway TV show junkie – I never missed an episode, and even though I certainly wouldn’t call myself a fashionista or clothing expert, I loved looking at the...

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by Sarah Saunders at March 23, 2017 06:21 PM

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UK cancer patient receives new jaw thanks to 3D printing

3D printing techniques are being adopted with increasing regularity in surgery of all kinds, and more and more patients are seeing a hugely improved quality of life thanks to the unique benefits of the technology. The most recent success story took place in the UK, where a patient’s jawbone was entirely reconstructed using bone from his leg. The pioneering surgical procedure made use of 3D printing at various different stages.

March 23, 2017 05:13 PM

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Very Interesting Statements in Stratasys’ 2016 Filing

At Stratasys HQ

At Stratasys HQ

Stratasys has released their US tax Form 20-F and in it there is a wealth...

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by General Fabb at March 23, 2017 05:00 PM

TCT Magazine

WATCH: Admatec debuts new metal 3D printer at AMUG 2017

UPDATED: Following the launch of its ceramic 3D printer last year, the Dutch manufacturer showcase its new metal DLP technology at the AMUG Conference.

March 23, 2017 04:51 PM

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Forecast 3D to Begin Offering HP's Multi Jet Fusion 3D Printing Technology to Customers; Materialise Reports on the MJF's Development

We’ve been excited about the Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing system from HP Inc. ever since we first heard about the idea back in 2014 and first saw the system last year. We’re not the only...

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by Clare Scott at March 23, 2017 04:27 PM

TCT Magazine

BeAM welcomes Magic 2.0 industrial 3D printer to North American facility

French industrial 3D printer manufacturer, BeAM has announced its Magic 2.0 machine has arrived at the company’s recently-opened US facility in Cincinnati, Ohio.

by Sam Davies at March 23, 2017 03:57 PM

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3D printed MAT(T)ISSE bio-prosthesis could revolutionize breast reconstruction surgery

An innovative method for using 3D printed tissue-like lattice structures to reconstruct breast tissue for breast cancer survivors has been awarded the Théophile-Legrand first prize in France. The project, called MAT(T)ISSE, was pioneered by Julien Payen, a doctorate at the National School of Arts and Textile Industries in Lille, and Pierre-Marie Danze, who holds a PhD in Life and Health Sciences at Lille 1 University.

March 23, 2017 03:43 PM

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A 3D Printed Perfect Fit: Wiivv Returns to Kickstarter with Custom Sandals

Last night over dinner I was talking with my brother-in-law about the ghost economy in apparel, where billions of dollars worth of clothes are returned each year, largely from merchandise returned...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at March 23, 2017 03:10 PM

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Jamiroquais Jay Kay dons light-up 3D printed headpiece in Automaton music video

Jamiroquai fans will already be familiar with the British band’s latest track, Automaton, which dropped in January. What fans might not know is that the light-up headpiece worn by frontman Jay Kay in the song&aposs music video was actually 3D printed. Virtual insanity? Hardly.

March 23, 2017 02:55 PM

TCT Magazine

University of Sheffield researchers develop Diode Area Melting process for faster 3D printing

Researchers at the University of Sheffield have developed a new additive manufacturing process using energy efficient diode lasers, which could lead to faster, smaller and cheaper 3D printing technologies.

by Sam Davies at March 23, 2017 02:53 PM

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BeAM Machines Delivers Magic 2.0 Additive Manufacturing System to Its North American Solutions Center in Cincinnati

Just a month ago, European Directed Energy Deposition (DED) solutions specialist BeAM Machines SAS, headquartered in France, made its move into the US market, and opened the doors to its BeAM...

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by Sarah Saunders at March 23, 2017 02:13 PM

Tiny 3D Printed Structures from Simulated Martian Soil Could Be a Preview of Bigger Things to Come

Mars is a big topic of conversation right now among aerospace agencies, tech companies, governments, and just about anyone with any interest in space – which is most people, as far as I know....

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by Clare Scott at March 23, 2017 01:31 PM

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NASAs new in situ 3D printing inspection tech uses IR & visual cameras to spot flaws

Researchers at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center have developed a new method for interim, in situ dimensional inspection of 3D printed parts. The technique uses infrared and visual cameras to allow users to monitor the 3D printing process in real time and correct it as needed. Quality control throughout the additive manufacturing process is incredibly important. Having your 3D printed Yoda head fall apart can be a harrowing experience; having, say, a 3D printed chair fall to pieces would be even worse. But one area of 3D printing that requires perhaps more scrutiny and quality control than any other is in aerospace and aeronautics.

March 23, 2017 01:03 PM

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Metal 3D Print Price Crashes at i.Materialise

A sample 3D print in aluminum from i.materialise

A sample 3D print in aluminum from i.materialise

Things just got a little bit more...

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by General Fabb at March 23, 2017 01:00 PM

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Researchers in Sweden induce 3D bioprinted human cartilage cells to live and grow inside mice

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and Sahlgrenska Academy, both located in Gothenburg, Sweden, have used 3D bioprinting to induce living human cartilage cells to develop and grow in an animal. The breakthrough could be a step towards 3D printed body parts. Earlier this year, Swedish bioprinting company CELLINK released its latest 3D bioprinter, the Bio X, capable of printing in a range of biomaterials, including heart, skin, cartilage, and bone, and which offers the latest in CELLINK’s bioprinting technology, hardware, and software.

March 23, 2017 12:21 PM

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UK Hospital Uses 3D Printed Molds to Make a New Jaw for a Cancer Survivor

Getting a cancer diagnosis is never a good thing, and even if you beat the disease, there can be lasting health effects. 53-year-old HGV driver and father Stephen Waterhouse, who lives in the UK, was...

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by Sarah Saunders at March 23, 2017 12:14 PM

TCT Magazine

Canada Makes provides funding for development of additively manufactured spacecraft components

Canada Makes has funded the development of additively manufactured spacecraft parts which will be launched into space later this year. MacDonald, Detwiler & Associates designed the parts, while FusiA built them.

by Sam Davies at March 23, 2017 11:42 AM

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Dubai-based Renca develops green 3D printing cement made from industrial waste

Renca, a Dubai-based startup, has created a &aposgreen&apos cement compound that is made from industrial waste and which only uses a fraction of the amount of energy needed to produce traditional Portland cement. The new material is primed for use in construction 3D printing.

March 23, 2017 11:17 AM

Dartmouth scientists create 3D printed rotaxane smart material that can lift 15x its own weight

The lab of Chenfeng Ke, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Dartmouth College, has used 3D printing to create create a smart material capable of lifting 15 times its own weight. The material works by turning mechanically interlocked molecules called rotaxanes into nanoscale machines. Rotaxanes, dumbbell-shaped molecules that can convert energy into movement, are sometimes referred to as “nanomachines” thanks to their ability to perform tasks in response to stimuli. Making them work like real machines, however, has proved tricky.

March 23, 2017 10:39 AM

TCT Magazine

Ceramics Expo Additive Manufacturing Conference

Details of Ceramic Expo's complete Agenda on Wednesday 26th April, when the conference will focus solely on ceramics in additive manufacturing.

March 23, 2017 09:56 AM

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ESA successfully 3D prints test structures made from simulated Mars dust

An Austrian research team has successfully completed a test wherein it 3D printed structural samples out of simulated Mars dust. Though the prints are small in scale, the research project marks a significant step towards realizing the goal of 3D printing structures and even compounds on Mars using the planet’s local materials.

March 23, 2017 09:00 AM

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3D Systems Heads Toward Mass Customization with Figure 4

It’s been a long time in the making—30 years, if you go back to the original patent documentation. At AMUG this year, 3D Systems finally unveiled its Figure 4 3D printing platform as a commercial product, rather than just a concept. Figure 4 is a modular 3D printing system designed for mass production. (Image courtesy of 3D Systems.) Meant for rapid manufacturing, as opposed to rapid prototyping, the modular system aims to improve upon 3D Systems’ classic stereolithogra...

by Michael Molitch-Hou at March 23, 2017 08:10 AM

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Engineering the First Nationwide 3D Printing Network for the Veterans Health Administration – Part 2

3D printed orthotic exampleOriginal hand crafted orthotic and digital design file of smoothed orthotic ready for Stratasys 3D Printer

Recently, the Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation (VACI) launched the first nationwide medical 3D printing network through a collaboration with Stratasys, one of the largest manufacturers of 3D printers globally. As part of this effort, five Stratasys 3D printers were installed in VA hospitals across the country- Seattle, Albuquerque, San Antonio, Boston and Orlando – building upon the incredible work of existing 3D printers across the VA. Dr. John Hoy (Associate Chief of Staff, Radiology at the Orlando VA) has been working with his dedicated team to envision best-practices for connecting hospitals across the country so physical resources (such as printers) and VA employee expertise are available to all Veterans. This will allow Veterans to access customized 3D printed anatomical models, assistive technology devices, orthotics, and other tools- empowering them to do things they love.

Already, the power of these new 3D printers and connectivity of the network are being demonstrated in two distinct examples of multi-site collaboration:

3D printed hand skeleton model 2Hand model 3D printed on Stratasys technology to aid teaching, diagnosis and procedural planning.

Gary Brayshaw, a Veteran in Washington state, is an avid outdoorsman. Chopping wood was a daily occurrence and a way of life before his hand contracture made this impossible. A determined occupational therapy hand specialist, Mary Matthews-Brownell, contacted the Seattle VA 3D printing leadership and explained her vision for a custom 3D printed splint for her patient. Seattle leadership then identified the ideal network specialist for the project – Ben

3D printed orthotic fittingGary with his occupational therapist Mary, testing fit of prototype orthotic – 3D printed with Stratasys technology.

Salatin, clinical rehabilitation engineer at the Albuquerque, NM VA hospital. Ben and Mary worked together bringing her vision to life – a rugged 3D printed custom orthotic enabling this Veteran to confidently pick up an axe again. Mary’s original hand crafted orthotic was CT scanned in Seattle and this digital file was sent to Ben who optimized design and 3D printed a fit test prototype.  As Gary liked the fit, the final orthotic will be printed from a softer, more rugged material. If the orthotic does break, Gary doesn’t need to have a new one hand fabricated.  A perfect replica orthotic can be 3D printed from the digital design file and mailed to Gary – saving him travel time and allowing Mary to serve other Veterans.

Ismael Baca, a Veteran living in Albuquerque, NM, recently suffered a spinal cord injury.  Upon visiting the

Ishmael BacaVeteran Ismael Baca is happy with the performance of his new Stratasys 3D printed toggle switch.

Albuquerque VA hospital’s Spinal Cord Injury Center for therapy, Ben Salatin (a clinical rehabilitation engineer and 3D printing project co-lead) noted his difficulty activating toggle switches on the wheelchair joystick due to lack of finger function.

3D toggle switch adaptersBefore and after installing 3D printed toggle switch adapters – powered by Stratasys.

The  switches could have been bypassed with external buttons placed elsewhere on Ismael’s wheelchair, but this added complexity.  Ben designed and 3D printed a press-on adapter to enlarge the toggle switch so Ismael could easily access the controls directly.  After a week of testing, Ismael pronounced the design a success.  This design will now be shared with other VA hospitals for Veterans to leverage.  With only a few quick design changes, it can also be customized to fit the unique needs of any Veteran.

The overarching vision for 3D printing is universal availability at all 168 VA hospitals across the country –  accelerating development of personalized healthcare, tools and technologies for Veterans and their families.

You can read more about the VA’s current work in 3D printing at the McGuire VA hospital in Richmond, VA in this blogpost.

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by Beth Ripley at March 23, 2017 06:26 AM

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DigiFabCon Explores how tools like 3DPrinting are changing the world!

For the 5th year, Fab Lab Hub is bringing together people from around the world who are using tools like lasers and 3D Printers to change their world.

From a mobile Humanitarian Fab Lab in refugee camps that uses laser cutting for building temporary housing to 3D Printing on the International Space Station, Digital Fabrication is changing almost every aspect of our lives. On March 30 and 31, 2017 at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge, MA, visionaries at DigiFabCon will explore the opportunities and challenges found in bringing these CAD based technologies to new, exciting arenas. Whether for manufacturing workforce training, K – 12 education, rapid prototyping, re-designing standard products, improving surgical procedures, or fostering entrepreneurship, the tools of digital fabrication are impacting entire communities.

8062r2DigiFabCon will feature keynotes from Sherry Lassiter, DaleDirector of the Fab Foundation and Dale Dougherty, founder of Maker Media which includes MAKE: Magazine and Maker Faires. They will give an overview of the compelling digital fabrication stories from Fab Labs and makerspaces around the world. Dr. Neil Gershenfeld, Director of the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms, will discuss technical advances that are making digital fabrication tools accessible to “anyone who wants to make (almost) anything”.   This includes work in his lab on Machines that Make Machines, although Dr. Gershenfeld always says the impact of these tools is social, not technical!

The interactive program includes

  • a new national digital fabrication certification program for operators and technicians with a panel discussion with participants from Indian Hills Community College, the Community College of Baltimore Country, Century College and the Space Coast Fab Lab
  • David Ott explaining the International Committee for the Red Cross Humanitarian Lab project
  • Tomas Diez, from Fab Lab Barcelona, reporting on progress for self-sustainable Fab Cities
  • Andreas Bastian, of Autodesk, sharing design challenges in the Enable Community Foundation 3D Printed prosthetic hand project
  • A panel from Limitless Child International, Fab Lab Tulsa and Fab Lab San Diego on utilizing mobile fab labs to bring technology to rural and underserved areas.
  • a participatory exercise by TIES fellows examining biomimicry in design

 

The program includes a Fab Festival where participants can get hands-on demos in 3D Printing, laser cutting, CNC machining, CAD and much more. Preliminary exhibitors include ShopBot Tools, the Roxbury Innovation Center, 3D Print Life, Limitless Child International, and Fab Lab Hub. The Festival will also feature book signings by Dale Dougherty, founder of Maker Media, and Rachel Ignotofsky author of Women in Science. Generous sponsorship from Chevron, Microsoft, and ShopBot Tools keeps DigiFabCon registration to just $49.

This year, a pre-conference short course has been added. LEAN 101 is a hands-on workshop to introduce manufacturing managers, startup founders and entrepreneurs, and makers to methods for improving time to market, production cost and product quality through a simulated, hands-on making exercise.  Our instructors are LEAN gurus of the first rank.  Joe Rizzo, CEO of Lean is Green, previously ran factories for GE when the legendary Jack Welsh was CEO and Scott Gauvin, CEO of Macresco, focuses on creating high performing, humanistic workplaces.

For details and to register, please go to www.DigiFabCon.org.

by Sarah Boisvert at March 23, 2017 01:50 AM

March 22, 2017

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UC Davis Mathematician Uses 3D Printing to Deliver New Insight into Moving Sofa Problem

Like many people of my generation, I have moved many, many times in the last decade or so. I just moved again last month, and I’m hoping to stay in my current place of residence for a long...

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by Clare Scott at March 22, 2017 09:09 PM

3D Printing on Kickstarter Today: 3D Printers, Enclosures, Materials, Gadgets, Smart Mirrors and Castles

One of my favorite movies is the 1985 classic The Goonies, about a group of misfit kids, led by adorable, asthmatic Mikey, who go on an adventure to find a buried treasure and save their...

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by Sarah Saunders at March 22, 2017 08:24 PM

How 3D Printer Purchasers Earn Research and Development Tax Credits

When end users purchase 3D printers it is normally a strong indicator of Research & Development (R&D) tax credit eligibility. Product designers and manufacturers typically purchase 3D...

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by Charles Goulding at March 22, 2017 07:46 PM

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3D printed orthoses could help out children with cerebral palsy

A new method has been developed to make body braces for children suffering from cerebral palsy, thanks to the work of parents whose son succumbed to the disease. Making use of 3D printing and 3D scanning, their method provides braces that are a much better fit, and will drastically cut wait times.

March 22, 2017 07:08 PM

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Sharpen Your 3D Printing, Robotics, and Other Hacking Skills: The 2017 Hackaday Prize Challenge is Underway

We love Hackaday – the site has provided us with tons of cool projects that we’ve had a great time highlighting, from a coffee-maker-turned-3D-printer to a 3D printed pressure regulator...

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by Clare Scott at March 22, 2017 07:03 PM

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3D Systems Officially Announces Their Long Awaited Figure 4 Platform

3D Systems' Figure 4 Production Platform

3D Systems' Figure 4 Production Platform

3D printer manufacturer 3D Systems finally...

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by General Fabb at March 22, 2017 07:00 PM

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Canada Makes, FusiA, MDA partner to 3D print metal satellite parts

Additive manufacturing promotion network Canada Makes has teamed up with Quebec-based FusiA Impression 3D Métal Inc. and communications and information company MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) to 3D print a part that will be launched into space this year. Canada Makes provided much of the funding for the project through its Metal Additive Demonstration program, while MDA designed the part and FusiA took charge of 3D printing it.

March 22, 2017 06:17 PM

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Ilios 3D: Back from the Edge with Photon 2 3D Printer Testing and New Firmware Resume Function

On the brink of closing its doors forever just a few months ago, Cyprus-based 3D printing company Ilios 3D came back from the edge soon after with a renewed sense of purpose, and its new Ilios Photon...

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by Sarah Saunders at March 22, 2017 06:11 PM

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DWS releases new SLA 3D printer that makes dental restorations in 20 minutes

DFAB, the latest 3D printer unveiled by DWS, is specifically designed for dental care. It has a number of advanced features that will allow patients to get replacement bridges or other dental prostheses fabricated in a single visit.

March 22, 2017 05:32 PM

TCT Magazine

SEDS UC San Diego on the brink of making history with partially 3D printed satellite

Editorial Assistant, Sam Davies, speaks to two members of the SEDS UC San Diego team who have developed a miniature satellite powered by a 3D printed engine. The student organisation is vying to win CubeQuest, a NASA space exploration competition.

by Sam Davies at March 22, 2017 05:04 PM

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Printr Sharpens Focus on the 3D Printing User Experience: Exclusive Interview

We’ve been following the Printr story since their debut in 2014 and from the first, the company’s mission has been clear: make 3D printing more accessible and enhance the user experience....

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at March 22, 2017 04:31 PM

WinSun Agrees to Provide 100 3D Printers to Saudi Arabian Contractor for 1.5 Million New Homes

Construction company WinSun may be based in China, but it may end up being best known for the work it does in the Middle East. WinSun was part of one of the biggest stories in 3D printed construction...

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by Clare Scott at March 22, 2017 03:41 PM

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3D printed robot hands could gain sense of touch with biomimetic forebrains

A team of researchers from the University of Bristol in the UK is working on the development of a biomimetic forebrain that can be installed in 3D printed robot hands to increase their manipulation skills and applications. The project has received £1 million in funding from the Leverhulme Trust under the Research Leadership Award scheme.

March 22, 2017 03:30 PM

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On-Demand 3D Printing in SAP Distributed Manufacturing Early Access Program Increases as Roboze Joins Initiative

3D printer manufacturer Roboze, based in Italy, has been announcing partnerships all over the world in the last several months, with the most recent being its first 3D printing distribution agreement...

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by Sarah Saunders at March 22, 2017 02:58 PM

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WASP launches 3 new 3D printers and 2 new extruders at MECSPE 2017

Italian 3D printing company WASP will debut three new 3D printers and two new extruders at this week’s MECSPE manufacturing exhibition in Parma, Italy. The new 3D printers include the DeltaWASP 2040 Turbo2, DeltaWASP 4070 Industrial, and DeltaWASP 3MT Industrial.

March 22, 2017 02:05 PM

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Additive Industries Announces the Winners of the Design for Additive Manufacturing Challenge

We cover a lot of 3D printing and 3D design contests on a regular basis, which I love because we get to see such a wide range of design talent at every level. We’ve seen remarkable winning...

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by Clare Scott at March 22, 2017 01:37 PM

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Carbon Patents “Epoxy Dual Cure Resin” Process

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It seems that Carbon has been awarded a new patent this...

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by General Fabb at March 22, 2017 01:00 PM

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Europe Looks to Take the Lead in 3D Printed Construction Disruption

It’s hard to find a topic these days that lies outside of the conversation surrounding 3D printing. So it comes as no surprise that countries around the world are making efforts to understand...

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by Hannah Rose Mendoza at March 22, 2017 12:42 PM

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3D printed rocket launch startup Rocket Lab raises $75M in Series D round

Rocket Lab, a startup based in Los Angeles and New Zealand whose rocket boosters use 3D printed engines, has raised $75 million in a Series D financing round. The money will be used to expand manufacturing facilities for the Electron launch vehicle. There’s something a bit special about Electron, Rocket Lab’s small launch vehicle. The vehicle, which completed flight qualification in 2016, will be able to launch 330-pound satellites into orbit a few hundred miles above Earth. It is designed to be manufactured at a rate of one per week, and will sell for about $5 million per flight. Most eye-catching, however, is the vehicle’s booster, which features battery-operated electric motors and 3D printed Rutherford engines.

March 22, 2017 12:36 PM

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SHEYN, a 3D Printing Jewelry Brand That Highlights the Beauty of Unconventional Geometries

SHEYN, a jewelry company based in Vienna, creates outstanding wearable 3D-printed design pieces that highlight the beauty of unconventional geometries. Meet Nicolas Gold, the “wild” part of SHEYN, an architect with an incredible passion for jewelry design, and Markus Schaffer, the “down-to-earth” manager and CEO, who helped turn SHEYN into a 3D printing success story.

Nicolas Gold, an Israeli designer and the co-founder of SHEYN, had already developed a strong passion for complex geometries and digital design during his architecture studies at the Tel Aviv University. Later, he deepened his knowledge in this area when he did his master’s degree at the studio of the internationally renowned architect Zaha Hadid in Vienna. He noticed quite early that he was the most passionate about geometrical representations of architecture and therefore he found himself applying all his well-established design techniques to a field where the esthetic of the shape is its most important quality: jewelry design. And that is where it all started.

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Frumale Ring, 3D printed in silver . © Laura Schaeffer

In 2016, Nicolas decided it was time to challenge himself and start his own jewelry company. He knew he needed a strong partner to do this and found an Austrian entrepreneur, Markus Schaffer, to complete the team as SHEYN’s CEO and manager. As Nicolas told us: “While I am the “wild” part of SHEYN, Markus is more thoughtful, maintains everything and brings me back down to earth.” The success of SHEYN is based on this incredible combination of two guys that have a completely different perspective on life.

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Nicolas Gold & Markus Schaffer. © Laura Schaeffer

But, how did SHEYN come to life? They strongly believed that the name of their company needed to evoke the description of their designs, as well as the connection between the both of them. “SHEYN” is the Yiddish word for “schön”, which means “beautiful” in German. Also, every single piece in their collections receives a unique Yiddish name such as “Eidel”, “Gitel” or “Sender”. But, why Yiddish? Yiddish is a language that blends together Hebrew and German and it perfectly resembles the connection between the Israeli designer, Nicolas, and the Austrian manager, Markus. This blend represents what SHEYN is all about: a small but dedicated design studio that merges different worlds. They couldn’t have come up with a more suitable name for a jewelry brand.

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Eidel & Sender Bracelet, 3D printed in brass. © Laura Schaeffer

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Gitel & Falk Bracelet, 3D printed in brass. © Laura Schaeffer

Nicolas’s inspiration for his designs comes from the new wave of digital design tools and latest technologies. He applies all the knowledge he gathered during his architectural education to every design. He likes to describe SHEYN’s philosophy as “a formalistic and artistic approach towards design”.

When Nicolas is working on a new design, he uses digital design software that originated in movie character design and applies it to the design of jewelry. Each time the results are surprising, as the geometries are not at all conventional. Nicolas focusses on researching forms that evoke emotional reactions. He is continuously exploring new techniques and tools in order to be able to develop new aesthetics that can be applied to wearable pieces. The results are wearable 3D printed design pieces that highlight the beauty of human morphology. He considers this methodology endless, and the final pieces reflect a small number of snapshots in this process. That is what you call a truly innovative designer!

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Five years ago, Nicolas designed his first jewelry pieces while he was working on his thesis project at Tel Aviv University. The designs were a result of the process of 3D mapping a professional dancer performing on stage. It was at that time that he came across 3D printing technologies for the first time. He was immediately fascinated by the possibility of creating incredible details on such a small scale. Nicolas told us that ever since that moment, 3D printing has played a crucial role in his design process. The duo uses 3D printing not only for their final jewelry pieces (which are 3D printed in precious metals) but also for prototyping the pieces to perfection. For this, they use the technology of stereolithography. Sometimes they even print more than 50 iterations of one single design until they find the perfect proportions for the final shape.

If you would like to see more of SHEYN’s stunning jewelry, don’t forget to visit their website. Did you get inspired to print your own designs? Upload your 3D model, choose your favorite material and get an instant price quote. If you don’t know how to create a 3D printable model yet, get in touch with our freelance 3D designers and don’t let that stop you from turning your idea into reality. Good luck!

by Erlinde at March 22, 2017 12:27 PM

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Forecast 3D Among the First to Offer HP’s Multi Jet Fusion

Due to its high throughput, HP’s Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) technology may be ideal for 3D printing service bureaus, which specialize in large production runs. When it launched the technology, HP had already brought a few service bureaus along for the ride, including Materialise, Shapeways and Proto Labs. As it turns out, they weren’t the only ones. Although Shapeways was the first customer to receive an HP Jet Fusion 3D 4200 printer, which was installed at its factory in Eindhoven, the...

by Michael Molitch-Hou at March 22, 2017 12:00 PM

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Under Armour $300 3D printed Futurist sneakers available March 30

American sportswear company Under Armour recently debuted its newest shoe model at its FW17 collection fashion show. Dubbed the “Under Armour Futurist,” the new kicks can be thought of as an upgraded version of the brand’s UA Architech shoes, Under Armour’s first 3D printed shoe model.

March 22, 2017 11:54 AM

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WASP launch three new 3D printing systems and two new extruders

World’s Advanced Saving Project (WASP), an Italian scheme focused on the development of 3D printing, is to present a host of new 3D technology this week at Mecspe Parma 2017. The new products include three lines of 3D printer, and two new extruders.

March 22, 2017 11:07 AM

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Better than 3D bioprinting? Wisconsin researchers turn vanilla husks into biomedical implants

A team of researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison has turned the decellularized husks of plants, such as parsley, vanilla, and orchids, into 3D scaffolds seeded with human stem cells. According to the researchers, the technique offers an alternative to 3D bioprinting biomedical implants. In a study that has been published in Advanced Healthcare Materials, a team of biomed experts led by William Murphy, Ph.D., a professor of biomedical engineering and co-director of the UW–Madison Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Center, has created a selection of novel biomedical implants. Their resources? Plants, including parsley, vanilla, and orchids.

March 22, 2017 10:09 AM

TCT Magazine

colorFabb to resell LulzBot 3D printers through extension of partnership with Aleph Objects

Aleph Objects, the LulzBot 3D printer manufacturer, has announced the addition of colorFabb BV to its growing European reseller network. Aleph will also be extending its acclaimed technical support to offer a 24/7 service.

by Sam Davies at March 22, 2017 10:02 AM