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July 23, 2018

3Ders

Michelin working on wood-based tires, wants to use 3D printing to retread tires

Michelin wants to put wood in your tires, and the company believes wooden tires will be a reality in less than two years.

July 23, 2018 12:05 PM

Flying Iron Man 3D printed jet suit now on sale for £340,000 at Selfridges

If you&aposve ever wanted to be a Iron Man, now you can with your very own Iron Man gravity flight suit.

July 23, 2018 10:02 AM

Fabbaloo

Design of the Week: Mechanical Laser

 A 3D printed mechanical laser system

A 3D printed mechanical laser system

This week’s selection is the unusual Mechanical Laser...

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by General Fabb at July 23, 2018 09:00 AM

3D Print.com

Michelin Wants to 3D Print Wood Tires and is developing a Rubber 3D Printing Technology

Tire giant Michelin outlined a vision of a very different tire future. The company hopes to in two years release a tire made out of rubber combined with wood. What’s more, the company hopes to...

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by Joris Peels at July 23, 2018 06:44 AM

July 22, 2018

3D Print.com

Study Emphasizes Importance of Hybrid Manufacturing

3D printing is having a strong effect on nearly every industry and sector, but as has been pointed out before, it is not eliminating the manufacturing technologies that came before – nor should...

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by Clare Scott at July 22, 2018 04:30 PM

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BASF's Biggest Step into 3D Printing Yet

 BASF joins Materialise

BASF joins Materialise

BASF announced yet another 3D printing deal, but this one is very...

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by General Fabb at July 22, 2018 09:00 AM

July 21, 2018

3D Print.com

3D Printed Origami Device Safely Traps Soft-Bodied Sea Creatures for Study

Many 3D printing applications and innovations, like self-folding objects, robots, and face masks, have been inspired by the Japanese paper folding art of origami. Now, a collaborative group of...

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by Sarah Saunders at July 21, 2018 06:30 PM

Nintendo Fan Makes a 3D Printed RC Version of Mario Kart Vehicle

I never considered myself a video gamer by any stretch of the imagination, but growing up, I was rather wild for Mario Kart. Unfortunately, while my family had a Nintendo, we didn’t have a copy...

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by Sarah Saunders at July 21, 2018 05:32 PM

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Essentium's Mysterious HSE 3D Printer

 The extruder of the mysterious HSE 3D printer from Essentium

The extruder of the mysterious HSE 3D printer from Essentium

We got a pitch from Essentium about...

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by General Fabb at July 21, 2018 09:00 AM

July 20, 2018

3D Print.com

3D Printing News Briefs: July 20, 2018

We’re starting out with some construction news in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, then following that with a little business, a little metal, and a little 3D design. Russian...

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by Sarah Saunders at July 20, 2018 08:18 PM

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Is Autodesk Winning the Free CAD War?

 Battle of the low-cost 3D CAD providers? 

Battle of the low-cost 3D CAD providers?

I’ve noticed a bit of a trend, at least informally,...

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

3D Print.com

Metal 3D Printing Material Scalmalloy Could be the Aircraft Material of the Future

Aviation is one of the many industries around the world that’s increasing its adoption of 3D printing, which can be used to create the lightweight components and complex parts that are...

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by Sarah Saunders at July 20, 2018 04:05 PM

Roger Uceda & CIM-UPC Create a Masters Degree in Design for Additive Manufacturing

Roger Uceda was one of the key people behind the BCN3D which was created as an offshoot of design nonprofit CIM UPC in Barcelona. After helping being BCN3D to life and leading the company Roger is...

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by Joris Peels at July 20, 2018 02:47 PM

Diabase Engineering Introduces the H-Series Desktop Hybrid 3D Printer and CNC Machine

Diabase Engineering offered 3D printer owners a brand new option in 2016 when it introduced the Flexion Extruder, an add-on extruder that promised to give any 3D printer industrial 3D printing...

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by Clare Scott at July 20, 2018 02:24 PM

Machine Shop Industry Consolidation

The 3D printing industry can greatly benefit from understanding the current trends and restructuring of the machine shop industry. We are observing a major consolidation of the machine shop industry....

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by Charles Goulding at July 20, 2018 02:21 PM

3Ders

CECIMO: European Parliament resolution could stifle innovation in 3D printing

The European Parliament has issued a non-binding resolution about 3D printing on 3 July, questioning the suitability of current EU regulations.

July 20, 2018 02:00 PM

Fabbaloo

3D Metal Printing: Picking the Right Process

 A 3D printed heat exchanger with really small vents

A 3D printed heat exchanger with really small vents

A piece from Fabrisonic explains how their...

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

3D Print.com

Patients Experiencing Better Recovery with 3D Printed Spinal Implants

The spine is one of the most important bones in the human body. If something goes wrong with the spine, it affects the entire body – and there are many things that can go very wrong with the...

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by Clare Scott at July 20, 2018 12:41 PM

Machine Shops Use R&D Tax Credits for 3D Print and Industry 4.0 Technology Integrations

Research and Development tax credits are available for machine shops to shoulder the cost of technology integrations such as 3D printers, data analytics software and IoT technologies. Modern machine...

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by Charles Goulding at July 20, 2018 12:40 PM

3Ders

3D printed surfboard fins help surfers optimize performance and catch extra waves

Balance might be the only thing on your mind the first time you stand on a surfboard, but the experienced surfers from the University of Wollongong (UOW) are all thinking about equipment. About those little tweaks to board design and materials that can optimize their performance and help them catch those extra waves.

July 20, 2018 10:28 AM

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Bioprinter Preps for ISS to 3D Print Beating Heart Tissue

 Rendering of Techshot and nScrypt BioFabrication Facility in an EXPRESS rack. (Image courtesy of nScrypt.)

Rendering of Techshot and nScrypt BioFabrication Facility in an EXPRESS rack. (Image courtesy of nScrypt.)

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

3D Print.com

3D Printed Fins Help Surfers Catch the Perfect Wave…and May Signal a Sports Industry Revolution

If you like 3D printing just as much as you enjoy riding those gnarly waves, you may remember when a research team from the University of Wollongong (UOW) in Australia started 3D printing surfboard...

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by Sarah Saunders at July 20, 2018 08:11 AM

Henry Schein and KKR & Co.’s Internet Brands Joint Venture Potential 3D Printing Impact

Henry Schein is one of the world’s largest distributors of healthcare products and services. In 2017 alone, the healthcare giant made $12.5 billion in revenue. As of July 2018, Henry Schein has...

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by Charles Goulding at July 20, 2018 08:10 AM

New Research Shows That Novel Honeytube Structures Provide Superior Energy Absorption for 3D Printed Objects

Many industries, like automotive, robotics, and aerospace, are constantly looking for ways to make their various components and parts more lightweight. 3D printing can help with this, as it has the...

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by Sarah Saunders at July 20, 2018 08:02 AM

July 19, 2018

Engineering.COM 3D Printing

Branch Technology Creates “Largest 3D-Printed Structure”

Branch Technology has erected what it claims is the world’s largest 3D-printed structure for Nashville, Tenn.’s OneC1TY neighborhood. Unveiled at the 2018 International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures this week, the structure strands at 20 feet tall and stretches 42 feet wide.  (Image courtesy of Branch Technology.) Chattanooga, Tenn.-based firm is known for its unique 3D printing process, Cellular Fabrication (C-Fab), which sees industrial robotic arms extrud...

by Michael Molitch-Hou at July 19, 2018 10:37 PM

Jeremy Cook

Fresh CNC Router Setup with Windows 10, Mach 3, and USB to Parallel Adapter

If you’ve been following my work, you’re seen me go from a very small CNC router to a more reasonable sized 3′ x 2′ model from Romaxx. Up until now I’ve stuck with older PCs for control, great because they can be purchased very cheaply, and contain the all-important parallel port. These ports have been ancient technology for quite some time, and after my PC started restarting every time I opened Mach3, it seemed time for an upgrade. What I went with was the following:

If you check out those links, one thing you’ll likely notice is that the USB to Parallel port is close to the same price as the PC itself at around $100. The thing here is that while its billed as a USB to parallel port converter, it’s actually a machine controller. I’m not sure of the details of how it runs, but after installing its companion software, it is actually able to run your CNC router via USB, a job a normal converter just can’t pull off.

As for the PC itself, I’ve been impressed with it so far. Seems to do the job, and compared to the very old device it was replacing it’s a huge upgrade. Hopefully it’ll function well for years to come, and it’s so small it can fit on the back of my monitor. Also, it includes a VGA port, which is nice as the monitor I have there doesn’t have an HDMI connector

Installation

Once I tool the leap to buy this new hardware, there was the matter of getting my control software up to speed, including the new parallel port adapter. Mach3 loaded up with no problem, and after I put my key into the proper directory, it worked as expected. Setup for my Romaxx router was a matter of replacing the Mach3 XML configuration file with Romaxx’s custom settings per the instructions/downloads found here. I also modified the acceleration/deceleration and max speeds of the different axes, which you may want to do in the motor tuning interface.

Setup of the UC100 on Windows 10 was also simple, a matter of running the auto installation program found here. This worked without a hitch, and when I loaded up Mach3, it asked me if I wanted to use the UC100 controller. Naturally I did, and instructed it to not ask me about this again.

With this done, I was able to jog the machine, and run GCode generated with Autodesk Fusion360 to produce a usable part. Interestingly, I did have to restore the device select screen and reselect the UC100 again (per instructions in the UC100 user manual) after stopping the cycle slightly before it was finished via a button on the router. I’m not sure if this will be an issue going forward, but it jogs correctly after that.

This was my first time using Fusion as a CAM program outside of 3D printing, and while it took a bit of yak shaving to get things to behave properly, I’m looking forward to using it more in the future. Really the whole experience upgrading to this new PC was excellent, and it only took a few hours of setup (if that) to go from receiving my tiny PC to jogging my router around. I’m looking forward to using this more in the future, and it’s great to be working with a modern system.

One other cool thing about the tiny PC that I bough is that you can actually stick it to the back of your monitor. I used Velcro with mine, and initially used the kind without tape on the back, opting for hot glue. This soon fell off, however, which between vibration and the heat makes sense. I now am using this type (Amazon), which comes with an adhesive already attached. Admittedly, I haven’t run the router since putting the new Velcro on, but I’m hoping it will stay put!

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by Jeremy Cook at July 19, 2018 07:57 PM

Fabbaloo

The Most Incredible 3D Print Sale

 The biggest 3D printer filament deals I've ever seen

The biggest 3D printer filament deals I've ever seen

I received notice from LulzBot today of a...

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

3D Print.com

What Does BASF’s Investment in Materialise Mean for the 3D Printing Industry?

Earlier on today BASF invested $25 million into Materialise. We speculated that perhaps BASF wanted to conquer the eyewear market because the potential of this market is so vast. We won’t sure...

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by Sarah Saunders at July 19, 2018 06:46 PM

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Printrbot Closes!

 Printbot's Brook Drumm in happier days

Printbot's Brook Drumm in happier days

Long time 3D printer manufacturer abruptly closed their...

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

3Ders

Pioneering desktop 3D printer maker Printrbot closes it doors

Sad news for fans of Printrbot 3D printers. With a brief note on their site today, open source 3D printer manufacturer Printrbot announces their closure.

July 19, 2018 02:50 PM

3D Print.com

Printrbot Closes Doors, Saddening 3D Printing Fans Everywhere

In a competitive market, it’s hard for any company to stay ahead of the others, and it’s a sad fact that even some of the most popular and long-lived companies succumb to heavy...

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by Clare Scott at July 19, 2018 02:11 PM

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Are 3D Print Services Better?

 Some small 3D printed metal parts by 3DEO

Some small 3D printed metal parts by 3DEO

After reading ...

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

3D Print.com

Adaptive3D CEO Discusses the Chemistry of 3D Printing Materials

In April of this year, Dallas, Texas company Adaptive3D launched what it said was the highest-strain 3D printable photopolymer in the world. Dr. Walter Voit, CEO of Adaptive3D, played a big role in...

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by Clare Scott at July 19, 2018 12:47 PM

NextFlex Funding: Recipients Include Projects Regarding 3D Printed Antenna and Flexible Circuits

Formed as the result of an agreement between the US Department of Defense and FlexTech Alliance in 2015, NextFlex, America’s Flexible Hybrid Electronics (FHE) Manufacturing Institute, is a consortium...

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by Sarah Saunders at July 19, 2018 12:45 PM

Materialise and BASF Future Leaders in Customized 3D Printed Eyewear

The global eyewear market is a $180 billion market dominated by one company Luxottica. If we look at today’s deal whereby BASF is investing $25 million in Materialise we could see this as a...

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by Hannah Rose Mendoza at July 19, 2018 10:32 AM

Adafruit Designs 3D Printed Mount, Plus Add-Ons, for Its Crickit PCB

We often see 3D printing used to fabricate various mounts, whether they’re for your OtterBox iPhone case, your GoPro video camera, or your Garmin unit. In today’s world, it’s common...

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by Sarah Saunders at July 19, 2018 10:17 AM

3D Printing Improves Testing for Gas Turbine Components

Gas turbines are complex components to manufacture, but additive manufacturing has been successfully utilized to accelerate design cycle times, reduce development test times, provide better test data...

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by Clare Scott at July 19, 2018 09:27 AM

3Ders

BASF invests US$25M in Materialise to optimize materials and software for 3D printing

BASF is expanding its cooperation with Leuven-based Materialise, a provider of additive manufacturing and medical software and of sophisticated 3D printing services, and has agreed to invest US$25 million in the company.

July 19, 2018 09:19 AM

Fabbaloo

Xometry Gets Buckwild, Builds Out Its Manufacturing Platform with First Acquisition

 Xometry scoops up Maketime

Xometry scoops up Maketime

Last we reported, Xometry was up to $23M in two rounds of funding....

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

3D Print.com

BASF to Invest 25 Million in Materialise What does that mean?

BASF is on a roll. After buying Inofil3D and two other startups recently it has invested in Materialise. BASF seems committed to 3D printing and willing to spend to get itself towards a leading role...

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by Joris Peels at July 19, 2018 06:28 AM

July 18, 2018

Jeremy Cook

3D-Printed Spray Paint Stencil with Raised Connectors

If you want to mark things over and over again what’s better than a stencil? Very little, except for the pesky problem of how to connect otherwise isolated sections to the rest of your drawing. In this video I go over how to make a logo stencil using a 3D-printer to construct raised connectors so the paint goes right underneath.

Spray paint was what I intended this build for, and it works well for that. I also tried it with bleach and a polo shirt, which works out quite poorly. The demo/destruction starts around 3:20 but don’t say I didn’t warn you. I’m just glad it wasn’t a new shirt!

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by Jeremy Cook at July 18, 2018 07:34 PM

Fabbaloo

Turning on an Entire Industry to 3D Printing With a Flying Car

 A flying 3D printed car could change an entire industry

A flying 3D printed car could change an entire industry

There’s a very interesting story...

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

3D Print.com

Researchers Test 3D Printed Lattice Structures as Implants to Facilitate Bone Growth

The advances being made in bioprinting and tissue engineering mean that even the most severe injuries have a chance at being repaired. Loss of bone due to injury or disease used to be a permanent...

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by Clare Scott at July 18, 2018 05:05 PM

Fabbaloo

An Update on the 3D Print Entrepreneur Who Disappeared?

 Lewis Yakich: Still missing? 

Lewis Yakich: Still missing?

Two years ago, a 3D print entrepreneur disappeared mysteriously in...

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

3D Print.com

Oerlikon and RUAG Ink Space Deal while Additive Industries and LPW do the same

Mayday, Farnborough, we’re running out of champagne. If you’re slowly but surely getting the impression that a lot of deals are being signed at the Farnborough Airshow, you would be right....

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by Joris Peels at July 18, 2018 04:58 PM

3DGence Invites Submissions of Case Studies for a Chance to Win 3D Printers

This past spring, Polish 3D printer manufacturer 3DGence released its dual extruder DOUBLE 3D printer. The company is now promoting the 3DGence ONE, the company’s classic single extruder 3D...

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by Clare Scott at July 18, 2018 04:38 PM

3Ders

U.S. Air Force will 3D print coffee cup handles to save $1,210 per mug

Meet the Air Force&aposs $1200 cup of coffee — or more precisely the $1220 coffee cup which keeps breaking, after which the military simply buys more and more cups.

July 18, 2018 03:12 PM

3D Print.com

Turkish Man Helps Injured Eagle Return to the Skies with 3D Printed Prosthetic Foot

Some of the most heartwarming stories we get to write are the ones where an animal gets a new lease on life thanks to a 3D printed prosthetic. The veterinary field has definitely been increasing its...

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by Sarah Saunders at July 18, 2018 03:04 PM

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3D Print.com

EnvisionTEC Reduces Cost of Aria 3D Printer, Available Directly from Website Only

This year, EnvisionTEC has already launched several new 3D printers, and it has notably increased its offerings for dental and orthodontic 3D printing recently. As a pioneer in SLA/DLP 3D printers,...

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by Clare Scott at July 18, 2018 02:29 PM

New Research Paper Takes In-Depth Look at Challenges and Benefits of 3D Printed Pharmaceuticals

It might seem like a strange idea when you first think about it, but using 3D printing to fabricate pharmaceuticals actually makes sense for several beneficial reasons, including lower production...

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by Sarah Saunders at July 18, 2018 01:55 PM

ETH Zurich Researchers Develop 4D Printed Load-Bearing Polymer Structures

There are numerous issues involved with transporting things into space, one being that some of them are just too big and bulky. One solution is to make those items small and capable of being folded...

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by Clare Scott at July 18, 2018 01:50 PM

MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab Hints at the Future of 4D Design in Pneumatic Objects

MIT provides a place for brilliant minds to develop in each other’s company and, not surprisingly, fascinating developments in design and technology are produced there as a result. One of the...

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by Hannah Rose Mendoza at July 18, 2018 01:15 PM

iMaterialise

5 Super Useful 3D-Printed Bicycle Accessories

Whether you’re a total gearhead or not, cycling is fun, environmentally friendly and all-round awesome. And with 3D printing, these designers are making their rides even cooler! Pimp your own bicycle with their creative designs or get inspired to make your own custom bicycle gadgets.

Handlebar Pocket by Michael Müller

Handlebar Pocket by Michael Müller

1. Handlebar Pocket by Pookas

Designer Michael Müller says, “I really like the straight, clean style of fixie bikes. No unnecessary gimmicks… just the minimum. This spartan equipment does pose problems when you want to transport stuff on a bike. So I thought about using the volume inside the handlebars!”

Michael’s “Handlebar Pocket” allows the cyclist to stow small things such as medication, plasters, paper money, batteries or even bicycle repair supplies. The handlebar pocket is 3D-printed in Polyamide (SLS), making it durable and available in many colors. Keep an eye out on Michael’s shop – the product will be launched soon in different sizes!

MOA Leg Strap by Alen Zubic

MOA Leg Strap by Alen Zubic

2. MOA Cycle by MOA

Designer Alen Zubic says, “City commuters who use their bikes regularly will instantly notice unprecedented differences from what they’ve seen and used so far. The strap is made from beautiful leather combined with top quality elastic material and metal buckle. MOA is here to stay – it’s durable, fashionable and functional.”

The MOA leg strap protects the cyclist’s trousers from getting tangled in the bicycle chain (which often results in grease marks that are hard to clean, and even torn clothing). The design is durable, using 3D-printed steel, and aesthetically appealing. Keep an eye out on Alen’s website for the launch of the MOA K1 model!

Reverb Blade in Polyamide (SLS) by Staf Wuyts

Reverb Blade in Polyamide (SLS) by Staf Wuyts

3. Enduro Bike Gadgets by Staf Wuyts

As you might expect, the i.materialise team is filled with 3D printing enthusiasts. Staf Wuyts, our CAD Manager for Stereolithography, is crazy about Enduro mountain bikes and has designed a series of 3D-printed accessories in Polyamide (SLS) which protect his bike from mud and stones.

If you’re also into mountain biking, check out his designs here to give your bicycle a nifty 3D-printed upgrade!

Cycling Phone Holder by Jodok Weixler

Cycling Phone Holder by Jodok Weixler

4. Cycling Phone Holder by Jodok Weixler

Nothing is more frustrating than constantly having to stop and check your phone to see where you’re going. Designer Jodok Weixler decided to solve the problem by designing a lovely red phone holder in Polyamide (SLS), which clips onto the head tube of your bicycle!

Follow your progress on a map, check your stats – or even Facebook – without ever having to dismount your bike. Just don’t forget to look where you’re going! Jodok’s phone holder is available for purchase in his i.materialise shop.

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Cheetah Bike Stem by Nils Faber

5. Cheetah Bike Stem by Nils Faber

Cycling is hard work. Sometimes, you just need a little something to cool down, which was exactly what designer Nils Faber had in mind when he designed the Cheetah Bike Stem for himself. The jaws of this elegant aluminum Cheetah bottle opener, which attaches to the bike stem, allows the cyclist to uncap their bottle on the go.

 

We hope these fantastic bicycle gadgets inspired you – and that they might make your life easier! Cycling isn’t the only hobby where 3D printing can make a difference.

Check out how these designers are getting the most out of their GoPro cameras, and be sure to discover these 3D-printed accessories for photographers.

Upload your designs to our online platform and choose from over 100 different materials and finishes to get an instant price quote. Spread the love about the gadgets you’re designing with us by posting on our forum, or tagging us with #imaterialise on social media.

by Stephanie at July 18, 2018 01:02 PM

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Metal 3D Printing: Seven Trends & Emerging Tech

 3DEO's Matt Sand

3DEO's Matt Sand

I recently presented to a sold-out audience at MD&M East, a leading...

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by Matt Sand at July 18, 2018 01:00 PM

Robinz Blog

Making my Perfect PC? A peak beneath the Microsoft Surface at Autodesk University #AU2017

It was more by chance, than planning, that I ended up in Jeff Stewart’s session at Autodesk University 2017 (AU2017) last November. I was talking to some Microsoft representatives in the exhibit hall and they mentioned it was on the following day. Somehow, I had overlooked it while setting up my schedule but that was soon rectified. Jeff started his career as an electrical engineer, in avionics, and is now the Senior Director, Product Line Manager for Surface Book at Microsoft. The chance to learn more about the Surface line was not to be missed!

Surface & Me

At work I use a Surface Pro 3 (for mobile/meetings) alongside an HP CAD desktop workstation. I had also recently tested the, mostly impressive, Surface Studio for a week. I had seriously considered buying an earlier Surface Book for home use as it got close to being “My perfect PC”.

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I was curious to evaluate the Surface Studio for CAD use as had mostly seen it demonstrated by graphic artists. The screen is gorgeous, both the stunning resolution and the way it glides, at the touch of a finger, between ‘drawing board and upright’ modes.

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Surface Studio Photo from Microsoft

However I found even the top spec was a bit underpowered for CAD. It was interesting that it struggled more with AutoCAD (with models, not 2D) more than Revit. I suspect that was down to the comparatively modest, for a desktop, GeForce GTX 980M 4GB graphics. The Surface Studio shared a similar hardware specification to the first-generation Surface book, itself recently subject to a significant update, and really needs a hardware refresh to give it the power to match the stunning display and form factor.

First look at the latest Surface Book 2

Before AU2017 I stopped by the Las Vegas Microsoft Store, in nearby Fashion Show Mall, to check out the (then) recently released Surface Book 2. It was only just available in the larger 15-inch form factor in the US, a size not released in New Zealand until early 2018.

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The Surface Book 2 doesn't look very different from previous versions, retaining the distinctive hinge and detachable clipboard tablet, but is all new. Both the mechanical and digital spec have been greatly refined. The i7 versions have 8th Gen quad-core processors, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 (13.5”)/1060(15”) graphics, a more rigid hinge and screen lock (for the larger screen) and still offer all-day battery life. I seriously considered getting one to take home but concerns about international warranty support and modest, if any with sales tax + duty, cost saving from home meant I didn't bother. A nice machine though!

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Surface Book Photo from Microsoft

Meeting the Surface Design Team

Although the Surface team make technology Jeff Stewart’s talk was more about how they built the Surface team and design philosophy. Surface has a mandate ‘to innovate [within] or create product categories’ and ‘showcase the best of Microsoft’.

He spoke of the team culture of empathy and trust and how it fostered exploration of design. That results in innovative solutions from the multiple mode interaction (keyboard, touch screen/pad, voice, dial and pen) to hardware configurations like the transforming Surface Studio (desktop to drawing ‘board’) and Surface Pro/Book hybrid devices.

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They also explore new materials and manufacturing techniques, like applying the Alcantara® fabric (often used in vehicle interiors) to the keyboard of the Surface Laptop and, recently launched, baby Surface Go keyboard cover.

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I was interested to hear the Surface Book form factor was inspired by a paper folio spotted in Japan (photo below) and five years later it became a truly powerful digital folio.

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The “Dynamic Fulcrum Hinge” is not just styling. It was created to shift the centre of mass as the top opens to better balance the screen (full of hardware and touch/pen display) in laptop mode. It combines with the “Muscle Wire Lock” to unite the tablet and base into a high-quality laptop.

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Surface Book stills from Microsoft launch video

The hinge/lock is best seen in the original (1 minute) launch video below which showcases some of the engineering common to all Surface Book models. I was glad to see this retained for the updated model as it is a distinctive part of the Surface Book look and function.

The Surface Book 2 built on that adding more power, refined design and USB C support (without losing the SD Card or USB port compatibility). It still charges/connects to docks via a magnetic Surface port, on both base and Clipboard, but can also charge via the USB C port if needed. Video out is from the USB C port rather than the display port other Surface products use. A sign of the future I suspect.

They had a partially dissected Surface Book 2 on display revealing how it packs the primary hardware (processor, memory, integrated graphics, storage and cooling) and about 1/3 of its ~10+ hour battery into the display clipboard/tablet portion. The keyboard base holds the second NVIDIA graphics card (with its own cooling fans) and the balance of the battery. It was interesting to see how much of the screen portion, remembering it’s a powerful i7 PC, is devoted to battery and cooling rather than hardware.

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Living with a Surface Book 2

Earlier this year the SB2 15 was released in NZ and I decided it was time to upgrade my 5 year old Samsung ATIV Smart PC which was showing its age. It was a secondary device to a (then) workstation spec desktop machine which itself has had less and less use over the years. I wanted a machine to replace both; something I could use for general computing, blogging (writing & image editing), hobby photographic and design work but also capable of running CAD software if needed. The i7 15” Surface Book 2 fit the bill perfectly and price plus the ability to offload archive storage to OneDrive (1TB thanks to Office 365 Home Sub) meant the 512GB SSD option was sufficient.

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I got the pen as use it quite a bit (for notes with MindManager, OneNote and some drawing) and added the Surface Dial as an experiment. The pen has strong magnets to dock it to either side of the screen. I’d like to see another added to allow it to dock up on top as like using the tablet portion in landscape mode. You can flip it ‘upside down’ and dock the pen to the base lock magnets but there is a tendency to knock the power switch (which is now on the bottom) off if you do that.

Surface_Dial_ScrollI expected to use the Dial with creative apps (Corel/Adobe apps now support it) but have found it surprisingly useful for media consumption. If there is no custom Dial function in an app the system Volume, Scroll, Zoom, Undo and Screen Brightness controls are available on the Dial. For scrolling interfaces, like Facebook and Twitter, the dial is a nice alternative to touchpad, keyboard or touch screen.

It feels like a high quality video edit jog dial from the days when I used to edit video. Sadly it lacks a finger dimple on top so you tend to turn it more like a HiFi volume control with two or more fingers.

The machine runs CAD fine (AutoCAD Architecture and Revit in the photo below) within the limitations of 16GB ram. As I would only be working with relatively modest size models, experimenting with Dynamo scripts or building content that is not really a problem. Not sure how earlier versions of CAD would get on with the stunning, but unusual, 3240x2160 3:2 format display which I run at the recommended 200% display scale but 2018+ are fine.

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20180715_183438 (2)While I don't game much it runs those I have tried ok. I have used it with Flight Simulator X (yes the old one with a Orbix North & South Island NZ scenery pack). One advantage of running old games on such powerful hardware is you can crank all the settings up to max detail and still get good frame rates!

Quite a compliment to Windows 10 that it runs software from about a decade ago!

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Even a more modern Formula 1 game (F1 2015) runs fine, the limitation being my driving skill and lack of familiarity with an Xbox controller. I guess you could connect a wheel but it seems a bit overkill for laptop gaming!

I have also tried using it with Windows Mixed Reality using a loan HP Headset and found it performed well with one caveat. You need to use the right adaptor to get video from the USB C video out to the HDMI headset and support the 90hz framerate good VR demands. The official Surface USB-C to HDMI Adapter was fine. In addition to exploring the Windows VR ‘house’, which is pretty impressive in itself, I tried a few other experiences. It was fun to explore Nefertari’s Tomb In VR and I found Google Earth VR impressive, spending over an hour revisiting the Himalayan cycle route I did for real a few years ago. It was an impressive way to relive past adventures.

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Tibet in Google Earth VR and the same place for real!

What I love

The Screen

SB2_AttachedThe screen is lovely, sharp and bright but the best aspect is its ratio (pun intended). It’s more paper proportioned at 3:2 than the 16:9 video format of most laptops. This is far better for both working and reading as you get more vertical workspace in applications, more paper’like display for documents and graphics.

User interaction

Windows Hello makes a great first impression by unlocking the machine at a glance. Although you can have password or PIN it is hardly ever needed. The keyboard is nice, good key travel and quiet. The glass ‘precision’ trackpad is said to be one of the best Windows ones, even challenging Mac. I don't know about that but it is great to use and does not pick up errant touches while typing. Then you have pen, again improved and very responsive, and Dial input which most other laptops don't support.

Considering the hardware inside the Clipboard/Tablet portion is remarkably light and useable. For reading it is comparable to holding a similar sized glossy magazine.

Performance

Given it is a consumer laptop performance is impressive. While dedicated CAD mobile workstations do that better the compromise between power, versatility, style and weight is hard to match. The screen shot below shows about 500MB of Revit and a 5GB Recap Point Cloud file loaded and this file is fine to work in.

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Clever Design

Nice touches abound:

  • Both base and clipboard are machined from magnesium with a nice matt finish. Two anti-skid strips extend across the base, rather than feet, to stop it slipping on smooth surfaces.
  • Nice to have legacy USB, USB C ports and an SD card slot as my SLR uses them. You can also get a third party “BaseQi Aluminum Micro SD Adapter Stealth Drive Adaptor” which allows a Micro SD card to fit in the SD slot without protruding. Useful if you want to use it for permanent storage
  • When the base is working hard (VR, Gaming or Rendering) the fans work hard to cool it. It vents from a raised vent facing back towards the screen rather than through base or side vents. It helps keep heat away from the user.
  • The hinge is firm, better than the original Surface Book, and the detach/attach is positive. You press a button on the keyboard or taskbar icon to initiate the disconnect. If an application is using the external card the process is halted and you are prompted to close it down. When the base detaches Windows changes into Tablet mode, with a more touch oriented UI. On reattaching there is a brief delay until the external graphics card becomes available and Windows switches back to the desktop mode more optimised for mouse.

What could be better?

After a few months with the Surface Book 2 there are a few changes I would like to see:

Expose the NVIDIA Controls in Windows Settings

If you want to change Graphics settings there is a panel in the Windows 10 Settings but it only offers three basic options. You can force applications to use “High Performance” mode, favouring the GTX 1060 card but that is about it. I guess this reflects the more general audience for the Surface Book.

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It wasn't obvious there was more until I saw this post on the Support Forum. For more control go to the old Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > NVIDIA Control Panel. It is still stripped down compared to what I have seen on workstations but has a bit more control which applications use the external card.

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Cure the occasional base graphics card disconnect

Forcing applications to use the GTX card seems to help the occasional tendency for it to disappear. Running un-forced sometimes the GTX card seems to sleep, disappearing and only reappearing if you undock/redock the clipboard. It runs Intel 620 integrated graphics when undocked, itself a surprisingly powerful system and well up to tablet mode use.

Interesting that it seems AutoCAD handles this setup better, locking the tablet as it uses the GTX card. Revit is stroppier sometimes causing the GTX card to disconnect irrespective of the override settings. Seems odd but launching AutoCAD to force the card use, then starting Revit can help with this.

Update:  I have found sliding the power mode slider back to “Balanced” (when running on battery) seems to make this more stable.

Recharge the Clipboard from the base!

Battery_Low_BalanceThe clipboard tablet has a useful life of about three or four hours when not docked. That is fine, for reading etc, but the catch is it doesn't recharge from the base until you connect back to mains power. It would be better if the base could boost itself back to maximum from the battery in the base when mains power is not present. However, the system does do a good job of balancing battery use between base and clipboard reporting each capacity separately in the power monitor panel.

Bevel the front edge

The other change I’d like is physical. The trackpad, one of the best I have used, has a bevelled edge on the case to help locate it.  I would prefer that bevel to run the full width of the front (red) as find it more comfortable than the square edges. I’m tempted to fix it myself, with a file, but suspect that would void any warranty!

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A Surface Screen!

Take that lovely Surface Studio screen and sell it as:

  1. A simple monitor (no touch/pen but same size)
  2. A touch screen that can leverage the Surface Book’s hardware while docked.

I suspect that second part is harder to achieve but there would be a huge market for that monitor alone.

In summary

The Surface Book 2 is not inexpensive but is also good value for money. It does a remarkable job of combining the capability of a power laptop, digital sketch board and tablet in one elegant machine. I’m happy I got one and look forward to seeing what they come up with for Surface Book 3!

by RobiNZ at July 18, 2018 12:53 PM

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Starting August 1, you can legally download blueprints for 3D printed guns

Last week Cody Wilson, founder of 3D gun printing advocate Defense Distributed won a major ruling in his quest to freely publish online blueprints that could allow users to manufacture firearms.

July 18, 2018 11:37 AM

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How To Start A Kickstarter Campaign

Understand Crowdfunding Basics So You Can Launch Your Project With Confidence

Crowdfunding: It may seem like a relatively new approach of financing business endeavors. Sure, the current internet iteration really started kickin’ when Indigogo, Kickstarter and GoFundMe came on the scene in 2008, 2009 and 2010 respectively.

But the concept goes back, waaaaay back, to funding war bonds in the 1730s or supporting artists and philosophers in the 1800s. In fact,

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by DJ Harrigan at July 18, 2018 11:25 AM

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Breakthrough Made in 3D Printing White and Brightly Colored Objects with Polymer Powder

Selective laser sintering is becoming an increasingly popular method of 3D printing, due to its numerous advantages: it produces parts with high strength and stiffness, is capable of creating...

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by Clare Scott at July 18, 2018 09:59 AM

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Prodways Buys Solidscape from Stratasys: What’s It All Mean?

The landscape of the 3D printing industry is starting to shift, as Prodways, a French manufacturer of industrial 3D printing systems, has announced its acquisition of Solidscape, a Stratasys subsidiary dedicated to a unique wax 3D printing technology. The news has implications for both Prodways and Stratasys. (Image courtesy of Prodways.) Prodways is quickly expanding its technology portfolio, having begun with its flagship MOVINGLight digital light processing (DLP) technology and growing ...

by Michael Molitch-Hou at July 18, 2018 05:54 AM

July 17, 2018

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GE Additive launches Manufacturing Partner Network, partners up with Honda and Triumph Group

GE Additive today announced that it has launched its Manufacturing Partner Network (MPN), an open, competitive marketplace aiming to accelerate both supply and demand for additive manufacturing. The first three Manufacturing Partners (MPs) to join the network are Burloak Technologies, Carpenter Technology Corporation and Proto Labs Inc. These companies will help customers make additive parts in volume.

July 17, 2018 09:49 PM

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3D Printing News Briefs: July 17, 2018

In Today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, we’re covering a lot of business and a little medical news. AMFG is partnering with a top UK bearings manufacturer to help automate its digital...

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

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Prodways Acquires Solidscape?

 Prodways acquires Solidscape from Stratasys

Prodways acquires Solidscape from Stratasys

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GE Additive Partnering Up with Honda and Triumph Group for 3D Printing Acceleration

GE Additive, which is attending the Farnborough International Airshow this week, has been busily dropping announcements from the trade fair, the latest of which is centered around its AddWorks...

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by Sarah Saunders at July 17, 2018 06:05 PM

New Study Looks at 3D Printing Research Over Last Decade

3D printing is a field of research unto itself, as applications, materials, and machines provide fertile ground for in-depth and fascinating study. How much research is really out there, though? To...

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by Clare Scott at July 17, 2018 05:40 PM

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3D Printing Trends Updated

 3D Hubs trends report is out!

3D Hubs trends report is out!

3D Hubs released their latest trends report today.

Each...

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

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CSMX4 Single Crystalline Superalloy Cannot be Welded, but Works Well with Additive Manufacturing

Metal additive manufacturing is both an art and a science, and an area of study that is constantly growing and evolving as new materials are developed. In a new research paper entitled...

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by Clare Scott at July 17, 2018 04:13 PM

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Why is Prodways Acquiring Stratasys Subsidiary Solidscape? And why is Stratasys Selling?

Stratasys has long held Solidscape a subsidiary specialized in 3D printing wax for lost wax casting. Solidscape’s printers are easy to work with. They print in wax and near wax materials. For...

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by Joris Peels at July 17, 2018 03:50 PM

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Prodways acquires wax 3D printer maker Solidscape, Stratasys subsidiary

Prodways Group announced today that it has acquired the US 3D printer company Solidscape, a subsidiary of Stratasys since May 2011.

July 17, 2018 03:17 PM

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How To Avoid 4 Major Types of Tool Wear

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

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3D Hubs Releases Second Edition of Digital Manufacturing Trends Report

Last quarter, 3D Hubs published its first Trends report to include Digital Manufacturing trends. The popular and long-running report still includes all of the latest information about 3D printing,...

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by Sarah Saunders at July 17, 2018 02:37 PM

Dymax Discusses Bomar Oligomers, the Foundation of Many 3D Printing Materials

Plastic 3D printing relies on light-sensitive materials that are cured, or hardened, when exposed to light. Whether that’s FDM, SLA, DLP, or other, newer technologies, these materials are the...

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by Clare Scott at July 17, 2018 02:16 PM

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Dowell 3D's Inexpensive - and Large - 3D Printers

 Dowell 3D's line of 3D printers, at least the small ones

Dowell 3D's line of 3D printers, at least the small ones

I’m looking at a Chinese manufacturer...

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

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ATI acquires additive manufacturing firm Addaero Aeropsace Manufacturing

Allegheny Technologies today announced it has acquired New Britain, Connecticut-based Addaero Manufacturing (Addaero), a metal alloy additive manufacturing company that works in the aerospace and defense industries.

July 17, 2018 11:42 AM

Spirit, Norsk Titanium start qualification of 3D printed titanium parts for 787

Spirit AeroSystems and Norwegian additive manufacturing company Norsk Titanium have reached an agreement to initiate qualification of Spirit&aposs first 3D printed, titanium structural component for the Boeing 787.

July 17, 2018 11:06 AM

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Book of the Week: 3D Printer Projects for Makerspaces

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3D Printer Projects for Makerspaces

This week’s selection is the useful 3D Printer Projects...

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

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How To Get Your Story on 3DPrint.com

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by Joris Peels at July 17, 2018 07:24 AM

July 16, 2018

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Researchers Compare Human Cadavers and 3D Printed Anatomical Models to Determine Print Accuracy

Surgeons often turn to innovative technology, like 3D printed anatomical models, to get a closer, more detailed look inside a patient’s body ahead of complex procedures. In particular, these...

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by Sarah Saunders at July 16, 2018 10:00 PM

3D Printing Golf Clubs and Equipment

Golf is a popular sport in corporate America and adds about $70 billion dollars a year to the American economy. Companies are always testing new products that will catch the attention of golfers. The...

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by Charles Goulding at July 16, 2018 06:13 PM

Kirigami Paper Folding Inspires Advanced 3D Nanofabrication Research

When it comes to 3D printed folding research, we hear most often about projects inspired by origami. But as new research coming out of the Chinese Academy of Sciences shows, we shouldn’t...

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by Sarah Saunders at July 16, 2018 06:02 PM

Mayo Clinic Finds 3D Printing Essential Moving Medicine Forward for Complex Surgeries

The Mayo Clinic is probably the single most famous medical facility in the world. It began in 1863 as the medical practice of William Worral Mayo in Rochester, Minnesota and under the direction of...

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by Hannah Rose Mendoza at July 16, 2018 05:55 PM

GE Additive Announces New 3D Printing Agreement with Eaton, Relocates Gas Atomization Materials Equipment to AP&C

Since announcing an increased focus on 3D printing last spring, GE Additive has been busy making good on its announcement, acquiring and partnering with other companies in the industry, introducing...

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by Sarah Saunders at July 16, 2018 05:19 PM

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ZiggZagg Saves Money and Grows 3D Printing Client Base With DigiFabster’s SaaS Platform

3D printing software and services provider DigiFabster, established in 2015, uses its software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform to help companies automate and streamline certain business processes in a...

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by Sarah Saunders at July 16, 2018 04:23 PM

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Tethon 3D launches High Alumina Tethonite ceramic powder for binder jetting 3D printing

Tethon 3D, Nebraska-based manufacturer of ceramic powders, binders, and other 3D printing services and supplies, announces the launch of High Alumina Tethonite, a high alumina ceramic powder for use in binder jetting additive manufacturing.

July 16, 2018 04:18 PM

Lockheed Martin, Arconic collaborate on metal 3D printing and lightweight aerospace materials

Lockheed Martin and Arconic announced today a two-year Joint Development Agreement (JDA) to collaborate on the development of customized lightweight material systems and advanced manufacturing processes, such as metal 3D printing.

July 16, 2018 03:19 PM

AREVO launches battery-assisted, 3D printed carbon-fiber frame bike

AREVO announced last week the launch of its eBike, a battery-assisted bike using a 3D printed carbon fiber frame. The announcement comes on the heels of launching its first 3D printed all terrain city bike in May.

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AMSC Seeks Additional Standards for 3D Printing

 Structure of standards for additive manufacturing

Structure of standards for additive manufacturing

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

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U.S. Air Force $10,000 toilet seat covers now 3D printed for $300

Following requests for an investigation from Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the U.S. Air Force revealed last week that it is 3D printing toilet seat covers for its C-5 Galaxy, a Vietnam-era military cargo plane that is still in service instead of spending $10,000 to replace them.

July 16, 2018 12:29 PM

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New Directions Help Us Improve 3DPrint.com

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by Joris Peels at July 16, 2018 11:08 AM

Your New Editor In Chief: Joris

Hi, I’m Joris, and I’m going to try to give you more signals while reducing the noise. I want to thank Sarah for all of her hard work and dedication to this site. I can only hope that I can make a...

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by Joris Peels at July 16, 2018 09:49 AM

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Design of the Week: Low Poly World Map

 The Low Poly World Map mounted on a wall

The Low Poly World Map mounted on a wall

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

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July 15, 2018

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Student Creates CUDA, the 3D Printed Underwater Jet Pack

About 71% of the Earth’s surface is covered with water and while technology for traveling on dry land has developed that allows people of moderate income to cover a fair amount of ground...

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by Hannah Rose Mendoza at July 15, 2018 05:02 PM

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Recent AM Material Sales Growth

Note: The following was excerpted from Wohlers Report 2018.

In 2017, an estimated $1.13 billion was spent on materials for all additive manufacturing (AM) systems worldwide, including both industrial systems and desktop 3D printers. This represents an increase of 25.5% over the $903.0 million spent in 2016. The market segment grew 17.5% in 2016 and 20.0% in 2015. These estimates include sales of liquid photopolymers, powders, pellets, filaments, wires, sheet materials, and all other material types used for AM.

The previous graph provides a 17-year history of material sales for AM systems worldwide. The numbers are in millions of dollars.

Details on Wohlers Report 2018 are available here.

by Terry Wohlers at July 15, 2018 02:59 PM

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Should Premade GCODE Be Used?

 3D printing when someone else slices the 3D model

3D printing when someone else slices the 3D model

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by General Fabb at July 15, 2018 09:00 AM

July 14, 2018

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New 3D Printed Board Game Allows Players to Battle Autocracy

Board games have been around for centuries, and even with all of the technological alternatives available today, they still remain popular. That doesn’t mean, though, that board games...

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by Clare Scott at July 14, 2018 06:30 PM

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Tethon 3D's Powerful Resins

 A glazed ceramic 3D print using Tethon 3D's resins

A glazed ceramic 3D print using Tethon 3D's resins

There are sources for third party resin for...

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by General Fabb at July 14, 2018 09:00 AM

July 13, 2018

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An Editorial Farewell and a Welcome

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at July 13, 2018 08:55 PM

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IDC forcasts European spending on 3D printing to grow to nearly $7.4 Billion in 2022

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

July 13, 2018 07:46 PM

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Using Patient-Specific 3D Printed Surgical Guides for Total Knee Replacement

While surgery has always, ultimately, been about the patient, it hasn’t always been patient-centered. Historically, patients have not had an easy time of understanding exactly what their...

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by Hannah Rose Mendoza at July 13, 2018 07:30 PM

CYBER Team Uses FDM and Topology Optimization to Streamline Digital Workflow for 3D Printed Orthotics

The CYBER Team, which stands for Cyber-Physical Design and Additive Manufacturing of Custom Orthoses, is on a mission to leverage 3D printing and Industry 4.0 to make better Ankle Foot Orthotics...

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by Sarah Saunders at July 13, 2018 06:38 PM

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MyMiniFactory Opens 3D Model Store

 MyMiniFactory's new online store

MyMiniFactory's new online store

London-based MyMiniFactory opened their online 3D model store...

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by General Fabb at July 13, 2018 05:00 PM

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3D Printing for Audio and Visual Equipment

The audio-visual equipment industry is a large and growing industry that provides an excellent opportunity for the 3D printing industry. A graph illustrating the industry growth is presented below....

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by Charles Goulding at July 13, 2018 04:37 PM

Pinshape Ambassador Brett Turnage Releases Two New 3D Printed RC Cars

One of our favorite design ambassadors to cover from 3D printing community and marketplace Pinshape is BTI3Dlabs founder Brett Turnage, who is also a huge racing fanatic. We have previously...

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by Sarah Saunders at July 13, 2018 03:45 PM

3D Printing Combines with Other Technologies for Latest Energica Ego Component

Following the progress of the CRP Group and its subsidiary Energica over the past few years has been exciting, as the companies work together to develop 3D printed electric superbikes such as the...

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by Clare Scott at July 13, 2018 02:55 PM

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Pitt professors awarded $1M to improve 3D printing for nuclear energy industry

A team of researchers at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering, Pennsylvania, USA, has been granted $1 million to advance design and manufacture of nuclear plant components via additive manufacturing. The award is part of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy’s Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET) program.

July 13, 2018 02:09 PM

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3D Printing in Architecture, Engineering, Product Design: 3D Hubs Announces 2018 Student Grant Winners

Last year, 3D Hubs, the world’s largest online network of 3D printing services, reported that nearly 500 applicants from 300 universities around the world applied for its extremely popular...

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by Sarah Saunders at July 13, 2018 02:05 PM

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Winston-Salem State University Explores 3D Printing for Occupational Therapy

In the medical world, 3D printing is becoming widespread over various fields and sectors, including occupational therapy. As an example, several medical professionals are discovering that 3D printed...

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by Clare Scott at July 13, 2018 01:24 PM

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Should You Used Printoid?

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Printoid, an Android controller for OctoPrint

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by General Fabb at July 13, 2018 01:00 PM

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Admedus successfully tests its 3D printed TAVR heart valve on sheep

Queensland-based medical technologies company, Admedus, has announced new progress in the development of its patented Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) project. The company has commenced animal trials by completing the first successful live implantation of its unique single-piece aortic heart valve in a sheep.

July 13, 2018 12:37 PM

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Plant-Based 3D Printing Material Developed by ORNL

 A composite made up of 40 percent lignin. (Image courtesy of Ngoc Nguyen/Oak Ridge National Laboratory, U.S. Dept. of Energy.)

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by ENGINEERING.com at July 13, 2018 09:00 AM

July 12, 2018

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Use of Simulation to Evaluate How Well 3D Printing Bioinks Work

Plenty of research has been completed regarding the different materials we use to create biomedical parts. Many innovative bioinks – biomaterials loaded with cells to 3D print biological...

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by Sarah Saunders at July 12, 2018 09:02 PM

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The flu pandemic of 1918, also known as the Spanish flu, was the first of two flu pandemics involving the H1N1 virus. It affected approximately 500 million people worldwide, reaching even remote...

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by Hannah Rose Mendoza at July 12, 2018 07:58 PM

Admedus Sees Success with Initial Live Animal Testing of 3D Printed TAVR Heart Valve

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by Sarah Saunders at July 12, 2018 07:03 PM

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Indo Pacific Implications of 3D Printing?

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A 3D printed industrial part

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

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Aniwaa Rebrands, Adds Virtual and Augmented Reality Comparison Engine

Startup Aniwaa was formed with the goal of allowing users to compare 3D printers and 3D scanners all in one place, in order to find the best equipment for their needs. Now, after a recent round of...

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by Clare Scott at July 12, 2018 06:22 PM

Xaar and Stratasys Invest Together in New Xaar HSS 3D Printing Company

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by Sarah Saunders at July 12, 2018 05:07 PM

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Deepmind's 3D Capabilities: Productive or Scary?

Google’s DeepMind project has developed some interesting 3D capabilities.

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by General Fabb at July 12, 2018 05:00 PM

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Global Environment Concerns Support R&D for Plastic Recycling in 3D Printing

A recent series of major developments and events has created a new impetus for 3D printing plastic recycling. 3D printing of recycled plastics has multiple benefits, including lower costs and control...

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by Charles Goulding at July 12, 2018 03:27 PM

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CUDA, worlds first 3D printed underwater jetpack can propel users up to 8 miles per hour

A product design student in UK has designed a futuristic underwater jetpack that can propel a swimmer at speeds of up to eight miles per hour. Called CUDA, the jetpack was made entirely using 3D printed materials.

July 12, 2018 03:18 PM

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Lockheed Martin 3D Prints Large Titanium Domes for Satellite Fuel Tanks

Global security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin has made many significant contributions to its industry through the use of 3D printing, from propulsion tanks and spacecraft parts to missile...

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by Sarah Saunders at July 12, 2018 02:44 PM

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Lockheed Martin tests giant 3D printed satellite fuel tank for space

Lockheed Martin has completed the final rounds of quality testing on a titanium cylinder built using 3D printing technology this month, concluding a multi-year development program to create giant, high-pressure tanks that carry fuel on board satellites.

July 12, 2018 02:04 PM

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University of Pittsburgh Receives $1M Grant to Study 3D Printing for Nuclear Components

There is a great deal of promise for the use of 3D printing in the nuclear power industry, but there are also a number of challenges. The parts required for nuclear power tend to be extremely...

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by Clare Scott at July 12, 2018 01:29 PM

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Another Industry Ripe for 3D Printing: Military

 An expensive coffee cup (image courtesy US Air Force)

An expensive coffee cup (image courtesy US Air Force)

An amusing story on Military.com got me...

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by General Fabb at July 12, 2018 01:00 PM

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Xaar, Stratasys team up to form new HSS 3D printing company

Xaar PLC (LON:XAR), a UK manufacturer of industrial inkjet printheads based in Cambridge, has announced that it will invest with Stratasys in a newly formed company, Xaar 3D Limited, to develop 3D printing solutions based on High Speed Sintering technologies.

July 12, 2018 11:36 AM

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9 Free 3D Design Programs to Get You Started with 3D Printing

 

Finding the right 3D modeling software for 3D printing is tough. That’s why we want to give you a complete overview about the best and most popular free 3D modeling software in this blog post.

Classifying and benchmarking different 3D design program is a very complicated matter as everyone has different preferences and applications for 3D printing in mind. Our 3D modeling & 3D printing community here at i.materialise uses tons of different software to get the job done: from free online 3D design apps to high-end professional software.

There are several reasons why it’s so difficult to find ‘the best’ 3D modeling software:

  • There are tons of 3D modeling programs out there. It isn’t a case of one software dominating the market, which can make choosing the right one quite complicated and confusing.
  • 3D modeling software works in very different ways. One software might be quite intuitive for some people, but really complicated for others. There is no one-sizes-fits-all-approach.
  • Users typically have very strong opinions that the software they are using is the best one. So everyone seems to have a different opinion on which software is the most suitable for creating a 3D file.
  • Professional 3D modeling software often comes at a high price. Many people don’t want to take the risk of purchasing high-end software without having tried free software first.

But we’re going to take it step by step here. I will briefly describe the most popular free programs out there. I will also try to point out how you can progress to more sophisticated programs later.

I have tried to put them into different categories based on the style of 3D modeling that is predominant for each software. While you have to sculpt in some, you merge geometric elements in others.

Solid Modeling/Box Modeling:

If you are just starting and have never created a 3D model before, TinkerCAD is absolutely indispensable. It’s an easy beginner-friendly app with a LEGO-approach. Basically you will combine different geometrical shapes together, in order to create new objects. TinkerCAD is great if you like geometrical designs and a geometrical way of thinking. It’s very hard to create organic objects with the interface, however (like people, animals, etc.).

We have a tutorial about how to create your first 3D print in TinkerCad here. Take a look at it to get a better feel for this software.

This 'saw wrench' was designed by Pekka Salokannel in Tinkercad.

This ‘saw wrench’ was designed by Pekka Salokannel in Tinkercad.

If you reach the limits of TinkerCAD and you like the logic behind this app, you can continue to more sophisticated software like Fusion 360. Fusion 360 was also developed by Autodesk, the company behind TinkerCAD. This powerful program is now available for free for students, enthusiasts, hobbyists, and startups. It combines the professional capabilities of a high-end CAD program with an user-friendly interface and workflow. That’s why Fusion 360 is such a popular program among industrial designers.

Parametric Design/Procedural Modeling:

Parametric 3D modeling software allows you to easily navigate and modify your 3D model by browsing back into the model history and changing its individual elements. Typically this software is at its most powerful if you want to focus on precision. However, you won’t have much ‘free-style’ design freedom.

FreeCAD is a free software that allows you to create precise geometric designs, such as technical parts, replacement parts, gadgets, cases, scale models etc. You can learn the basics in our beginner-friendly FreeCAD tutorial.

Typical workflow in FreeCAD: From a rough sketch to a precise 3D model.

Typical workflow in FreeCAD: From a rough sketch to a precise 3D model.

If you would rather like to code your 3D model, OpenSCAD might be for you. This software uses programming language to create 3D objects. If you want to learn how to code your design, take a look at our OpenSCAD tutorial.

A screenshot of free 3D modeling software, OpenSCAD.

A screenshot of free 3D modeling software, OpenSCAD.

If you enjoy FreeCAD you might want to switch to the professional 3D modeling programs Autodesk 3DS Max or Autodesk Maya in the future.

Digital Sculpting:

Digital sculpting is the way to go if you want to create organic designs: people, animals or creatures. This is where your mouse movements matter the most, and mechanical precision matters the least.

Meshmixer is a powerful, free software that lets you sculpt digitally and mash different 3D models together. Mold and refine surfaces in real-time like virtual clay! Once again, we have the right tutorial for you to get started.

The 'Piguin' by Bert De Niel was created in Meshmixer and 3D printed in our multicolor material.

The ‘Piguin’ by Bert De Niel was created in Meshmixer and 3D printed in our multicolor material.

Sculptris provides an excellent gateway into the exciting world of 3D sculpting. Its features are easy to learn, even for someone with no experience in digital art. Yet the 3D sculpting software is robust enough to create base models that can then be refined in other, more sophisticated applications later.

If this kind of modeling is your cup of tea, you will probably want to switch to the professional premium software ZBrush later on or you can also try one of these 3D scultping programs.

Goat Skull by Jody Garrett was created in ZBrush, the professional version of free sculpting software Sculptris

Goat Skull by Jody Garrett was created in ZBrush, the professional version of free sculpting software Sculptris

Polygon Modeling/Contour Modeling:

In Polygon Modeling, your 3D object is basically a mesh based on vertices, edges, and faces. This allows for precisely editing parts of your object. By changing the coordinates of one or several vertices, you can change the shape of the model. That makes this way of modeling very powerful but also more difficult to start with.

The most popular free software in this section is called Blender. However, it’s also the most difficult program mentioned in this blog post. The power of design freedom comes with a steep learning curve. That’s why we published video tutorials on how to get started as well as on how to turn your Blender model into a 3D print.

Ax earrings by Blender expert Chris Plush.

Ax earrings by Blender expert Chris Plush.

A premium software that is somewhat similar to Blender is Modo, which also comes in a free 30-day trial version.

Curve & Line Modeling:

This is the process where models are based on drawing lines or curves in a 3D space. By joining these lines or curves together you will define the surface of your object. This manual way of designing allows designers to create precise objects.

SketchUp is a software that architects, interior designers, and scale modelers love. SketchUp is mainly based on lines – 3D models will be edgy as a result. The first steps are fairly easy, but making a printable model can be challenging sometimes. Take a look at our tutorials to learn how to create your first SketchUp 3D model and how to make it 3D printable.

Once you master this program, you might switch from SketchUp Make (free version) to the premium SketchUp Pro version.

Scale Modeler Guido Mandorf creates his tram models mostly in SketchUp.

Scale Modeler Guido Mandorf creates his tram models mostly in SketchUp.

For curve modeling Moment of Inspiration and Rhinoceros (Rhino 3D) are popular choices. Unlike SketchUp, you don’t focus on lines but rather on curves. This allows for great round shapes in product designs. You can check out our video tutorial to get a better understanding of Rhino. While Rhino doesn’t come for free, it offers a free 90-day trial. Enough time to test it.

Moment of Inspiration offers a 30-day trial. If you want to try a similar free software to start with, you might want to try free modeling program K-3D.

The Love Lamps by Sandro Lominashvili were designed in Rhino.

The Love Lamps by Sandro Lominashvili were designed in Rhino.

Now it’s time for you to visit the websites of these 3D modeling programs, take a look around, and download the free or trial versions. If you’re new to the world of 3D modeling, this interview about how to get started with 3D designing is probably of interest to you as well. You should also make sure to avoid these 5 common mistakes when turning a 3D model into a 3D print.

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by Aura Farrando at July 12, 2018 09:10 AM

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Sound The Call, Creo 5.0 Now Let’s You Model In Perspective!

 CREO 5.0

CREO 5.0

Creo 5.0 now lets you model in perspective!

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by SolidSmack.com at July 12, 2018 09:00 AM

Engineering.COM 3D Printing

Bioprinter Preps for ISS to 3D Print Beating Heart Tissue

Space may be the final frontier, but to boldly go where no one has gone before will require the development of new technology that allows humans to travel farther into deep space. One such technology may be bioprinting, given its potential to 3D print critical tissues for treatment in a place that’s far from any hospital. Rendering of Techshot and nScrypt BioFabrication Facility in an EXPRESS rack. (Image courtesy of nScrypt.) To begin bioprinting efforts in space, two well-establish...

by Michael Molitch-Hou at July 12, 2018 06:04 AM

July 11, 2018

3D Print.com

TU Wien Researchers Use 3D Printed Plastic Screens to Perfectly Shape Terahertz Beams

The terahertz spectrum is tucked away between more commonly known electromagnetic wavelengths, like infrared and microwave. This spectrum, and the radiation wavelengths it emits, is still a decently...

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by Sarah Saunders at July 11, 2018 08:53 PM

Student Uses 3D Printing to Develop Vocal Prosthetic

Cancer of the larynx is treatable, but it sometimes requires removing the larynx altogether, leaving the patient unable to speak. There are, however, vocal prostheses that can be implanted to restore...

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by Clare Scott at July 11, 2018 07:42 PM

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Serious Interest in Large Format 3D Metal Printing Developing

 A giant turbine from VEEM: could this be 3D printed?

A giant turbine from VEEM: could this be 3D printed?

There seems to be something brewing in 3D...

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by General Fabb at July 11, 2018 07:00 PM

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Nanoscribe 3D Printing and Integrating Microscopic Components Directly onto Integrated Circuits

While 3D printing is capable of fabricating large objects, bigger isn’t always better in this industry…a notion that Nanoscribe is very familiar with. The German 3D printer manufacturer...

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by Sarah Saunders at July 11, 2018 06:40 PM

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The EORA 3D Scanner, Once More

 The EORA 3D tabletop 3D scanner

The EORA 3D tabletop 3D scanner

Three years ago EORA 3D launched on Kickstarter; now you can buy...

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by General Fabb at July 11, 2018 05:00 PM

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Gold Nanoparticles Illuminate Defects in 3D Printed Objects

Defects in 3D printed parts can cause all sorts of problems, but they’re often so small that they can’t be easily detected, if at all. Vanderbilt University researchers are the latest to...

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by Clare Scott at July 11, 2018 04:45 PM

Oerlikon and Lufthansa Technik to Create Repeatable 3D Printing Processes and Standards in Aircraft MRO Industry

While standards and regulations in any type of industry are necessary, it’s of the utmost importance to properly set them up in the aerospace field, especially when it comes to 3D printed parts...

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by Sarah Saunders at July 11, 2018 04:08 PM

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72 3D printed dragons return to Kew Gardens pagoda after 230-year absence

The Great Pagoda at Kew Gardens in London has been returned to its 18th-century splendour and will re-open this summer. Thanks to 3D Systems&apos selective laser sintering (SLS) technology, 72 large-scale, lightweight 3D printed dragons were restored to The Great Pagoda after more than 230-year absence.

July 11, 2018 03:44 PM

3D Print.com

Senvol Joins National Armaments Consortium

The National Armaments Consortium (NAC) is the industry and academia component of the Department of Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC), and serves as the primary organization enabling the...

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by Clare Scott at July 11, 2018 03:25 PM

Estonian Researchers Create 3D Printable Peat Mixture for Cost-Effective Home Construction

By using 3D printing to fabricate structures ranging from hotels and houses to bridges and bus stops, the global construction industry is able to lower costs and increase production speeds, along...

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by Sarah Saunders at July 11, 2018 02:35 PM

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Jeremy Cook

Rocket Launcher Strandbeest Shoots Fireworks via Remote Control

If you missed it when I first put this rocket launching Strandbeest, check out the video below. Of course, I don’t actually recommend you build this device, but it’s fun to watch nonetheless:

Apologies for posting this late – looks like I had it saved as a draft. You can also follow my videos by subscribing to my YouTube channel here!

The post Rocket Launcher Strandbeest Shoots Fireworks via Remote Control appeared first on JcoPro.net.

by Jeremy Cook at July 11, 2018 01:52 PM

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Low cost houses could be 3D printed from peat and oil shale ash-based material

Scientists from the University of Tartu and the Estonian University of Life Sciences have created a construction material from peat and oil shale ash that could reduce the construction costs of a private house nearly tenfold.

July 11, 2018 01:47 PM

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Some Very Old Dragons Get New 3D Printed Life

In 1761, the Great Pagoda at Kew was commissioned during the reign of King George III. It was a beautiful creation that drew visitors from all around the world, and still does today –...

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by Clare Scott at July 11, 2018 01:29 PM

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Sinterit's Upgraded Lisa SLS 3D Printer Gets Bigger - WIthout Changing Bed Size

 Sinterit has upgraded their entry-level SLS 3D printer, the Lisa

Sinterit has upgraded their entry-level SLS 3D printer, the Lisa

Sinterit has made a name by...

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by General Fabb at July 11, 2018 01:00 PM

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Oerlikon partners with Lufthansa Technik on additive manufacturing for aircraft MRO

Oerlikon and Lufthansa Technik has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish processes for additive manufacturing (AM) in aicraft MRO. Lufthansa Technik, subsidiary of the Lufthansa Group, provides maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services for the aerospace industry.

July 11, 2018 12:42 PM