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April 29, 2017

3D Print.com

PostProcess Technologies Closes $4 Million Seed Round as Investors Look to Scalable Industrial 3D Printing

It shouldn’t take much convincing for anyone to see how valuable PostProcess’ technology is. Considering the headache involved in removing support materials from 3D printed objects and then smoothing...

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by Bridget Butler Millsaps at April 29, 2017 07:33 PM

CNC Cookbook

The High Cost of Tight Tolerances

Cost of tight tolerancesWe’ve all heard the stories about part drawings coming through that specify ridiculously tight tolerances.  We know that holding tight tolerances is harder, and we know it is more expensive to make a part the tighter the tolerances are.  But how much does it cost to have tighter tolerances really? I came across this great…

by Bob Warfield at April 29, 2017 06:00 PM

3D Print.com

Near East University 3D Prints Prosthetic Hand, Collaborates with Hospital for Implementation

NEU Robotics Lab and the 3D Laboratories of Near East University, an international higher education institution based in Turkey, led a collaborative project to create 3D printed prosthetic hands that...

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by Joseph Young at April 29, 2017 05:26 PM

3Ders

3D Printing News ICYMI: 3D Systems, 3DExperience Center, 333D shares rise, 3D printed guns, more

Here&aposs a roundup of some stories that may have passed you by recently. Another busy week in the non-stop world of 3D printing technology has seen a new 3D printing research center being set up for Airbus in Wichita

April 29, 2017 03:42 PM

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Another 3D Printer Kickstarter Explodes: Mag ICreatum Suspended

The ill-fated Mag ICreatum multifunction 3D printer

The ill-fated Mag ICreatum multifunction 3D printer

Yes, somehow this problem isn’t...

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by General Fabb at April 29, 2017 09:00 AM

April 28, 2017

3D Print.com

3D Printing News Briefs: April 28, 2017

In this week’s second edition of 3D Printing News Briefs, we’ve got information about the latest partnerships in the additive manufacturing business world, a company launching a new...

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by Sarah Saunders at April 28, 2017 09:02 PM

Stratasys 3D Printing Advances Maxillofacial Surgery at Queen Elizabeth Hospital

As humans, our faces are very important to us. I’m not talking about in a physical sense, although that is certainly true as well, but in terms of how they form and are formed by our...

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by Hannah Rose Mendoza at April 28, 2017 07:32 PM

Roboze Works with CTC to Develop 3D Printing Materials and Applications for Aerospace

CTC GmbH is a subsidiary of Airbus, which we all know is a big fan of 3D printing. The CTC plays a large role in developing those 3D printed components for Airbus aircraft, as the leading research...

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by Clare Scott at April 28, 2017 06:10 PM

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Occipital’s 3D Sensor and 3D Scanning Availability

The mobile-capable Occipital 3D sensor

The mobile-capable Occipital 3D sensor

One of the ways to generate 3D models is through...

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

3D Print.com

With Help from Markforged, MIT Rocket Team Successfully Built and Fired a 3D Printed Plastic Rocket Motor

We say it all the time, and if that’s not enough, the evidence surely speaks for itself: metal 3D printing is a pretty big deal these days, and growing bigger all the time. There are stories of...

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by Sarah Saunders at April 28, 2017 04:45 PM

The Where and the Who in 3D Printing

A lot of progress has been made in 3D printing over the last five years. But much of that has been focused on the “what.” What printing technology? What materials? Beyond The...

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by John Hauer at April 28, 2017 03:28 PM

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Boston University students take on 3D bioprinted pancreas research for type 1 diabetes

As 3D bioprinting advances and becomes increasingly viable as a medical process, it is not only bio-med companies and professionals that are pushing the technology forward: student researchers are also contributing.

April 28, 2017 03:18 PM

Georgia Tech swinging 3D printed Tarzan robot could help farmers monitor crops

Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have used 3D printing to create a Tarzan-inspired swinging robot. The unusual bot uses 3D printed claws to swing itself along the length of a wire, and could be used by farmers to monitor crops.

April 28, 2017 03:03 PM

TCT Magazine

Airbus subsidiary to assess Roboze One + 400 capability for aerospace production

Italian 3D printer manufacturer, Roboze has announced the company is providing its newest machines for the next generation of Fused Layer Manufacturing to the CTC GmbH, an Airbus subsidiary.

by Sam Davies at April 28, 2017 03:00 PM

3Ders

McKinsey Digital Capability Center opened in Beijing to keep China up-to-date with 3D printing and Industry 4.0

3D printing technology is changing the way global manufacturing operates, and is predicted to establish itself even more firmly in the upcoming years, as part of the Industry 4.0. Although the advantages presented by this next phase are clear, some countries are more prepared for it than others.

April 28, 2017 02:42 PM

3D Print.com

Walking with Wiivv: Review of Customized 3D Printed Insoles

And I would walk 500 miles, and I would walk 500 more, to be the gal who walked a thousand miles to review at your door. Disclaimer: I have not walked 1,000 miles. As possibly the last person in the...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at April 28, 2017 02:08 PM

Colorado Hospital 3D Prints Bolus on LulzBot TAZ 6 to Treat Skin Cancer Patient

One of the largest nonprofit health care centers in the US, Banner Health owns and operates nearly 30 facilities, including acute-care hospitals, family clinics, and outpatient surgery centers, in...

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by Sarah Saunders at April 28, 2017 01:03 PM

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Don’t Replace Your 3D Printer Resin Tanks, Recoat Them

Recoating a used resin 3D printer tank

Recoating a used resin 3D printer tank

One of the surprises encountered when using...

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

3Ders

Mechanical 3D printed Gray Fox helmet takes Metal Gear Solid cosplay to the next level

Diego Valdes, a mechanical engineer and cosplay lover, has designed a 3D printed version of Gray Fox’s helmet from Metal Gear Solid. The prop contains 12 3D printed parts. From its humble late-eighties beginnings on the MSX2 computer, right up to the forthcoming Metal Gear Survive installment on eighth-generation consoles, the Metal Gear franchise has endeared itself to many a gamer over the years. If you’re one of those gamers, you’ll no doubt enjoy this fantastic cosplay prop from engineer Diego Valdes. The tech wizard and Metal Gear fanatic has used 3D printing to create an ultra-detailed Gray Fox helmet, complete with lights, switches, and ultra-smooth facial transitions.

April 28, 2017 12:24 PM

TCT Magazine

A Face to the Name

Editorial Assistant, Sam Davies reports on how The British Museum teamed up with ThinkSee3D to solve a 9,500 year old mystery.

by Sam Davies at April 28, 2017 12:17 PM

3Ders

Swiss scientists combine 3D printing and electroplating to create molecular beam-splitter

A team of scientists from the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) has developed a novel device that combines 3D printing and electroplating to split beams of molecules. The device uses high-voltage electrodes to control the motion of the molecules inside a vacuum.

April 28, 2017 12:05 PM

3D Print.com

HP’s Multi Jet Fusion Technology Remaking the Landscape of 3D Printing

Until now, the language of 3D printing has been lacking in three noteworthy terms: high productivity, low cost of parts, and reliable quality. With HP’s development of HP Multi Jet Fusion technology...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at April 28, 2017 11:59 AM

Engineering.COM 3D Printing

Simulating Your Way out of 3D Printing’s Problems

3D printing is quickly transforming from a method for prototyping and making tooling into a technology for manufacturing end parts. GE has just snapped up metal systems producers, and large manufacturers like Adidas and Oracle are using Carbon’s platform for end production. As 3D printing is incorporated into the larger manufacturing workflow, there will be plenty of issues to address. In addition to workflow management concerns, such as those that SAP is attempting to solve, there is the...

by Michael Molitch-Hou at April 28, 2017 11:02 AM

3Ders

XRobots 3D printed VR LEGO gun shoots targets across two worlds

XRobots’ James Bruton has used 3D printing and VR to build what he calls a “Giant LEGO HyperReality Blaster,” a 3D printed LEGO gun that can “shoot a Lego brick through the virtual world and back into the physical world to hit a giant Lego Minifig target.” For all its supposed “useful” applications, it’s hard to shake the feeling that virtual reality is 99% about having fun. And having fun is exactly what XRobot’s James Bruton likes to do: just have a look at his amazing 3D printed Star Wars BB-8 robot or outrageous steampunk gear for proof.

April 28, 2017 10:49 AM

TCT Magazine

Dassault Systèmes partners with Sogeti High Tech to accelerate additive manufacturing

Dassault Systèmes has begun negotiations with Sogeti High Tech to sign an additive manufacturing project development partnership.

April 28, 2017 10:37 AM

3Ders

UK couple seeks 3D printed prosthesis for adopted dog who was shot and brutalized

The owners of a dog who was found bleeding to death after being shot several times in Hammamet, Tunisia are asking the 3D printing community to help give their pup a second chance at life with the help of 3D printed prosthetics.

April 28, 2017 10:05 AM

TCT Magazine

3D Systems announces next-gen Quickparts e-commerce service

3D Systems has launched its next-generation Quickparts e-commerce experience for fast-turn prototyping, offering metal and plastic prototypes with delivery in as little as one day.

April 28, 2017 09:55 AM

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Refines 3D Printing for Rocket Engines

The thrust chamber assembly for Aerojet Rocketdyne’s RL10 rocket engine undergoing a test fire at the company’s facility in West Palm Beach, Fla. (Image courtesy of Aerojet Rocketdyne.)

The thrust chamber assembly for Aerojet Rocketdyne’s RL10 rocket engine undergoing a test fire at the...

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

April 27, 2017

3D Print.com

Robo 3D Partners With Major Electronics Reseller Promevo to Further 3D Printing in Education

California-based 3D printer manufacturing company Robo 3D has partnered with leading education technology (EdTech) provider and major Chromebook reseller Promevo to further the incorporation of 3D...

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by Joseph Young at April 27, 2017 09:35 PM

HPI Researchers Develop TrussFab 3D Software to Design Strong Structures Using Plastic Bottles and 3D Printed Truss Connectors

When I was in high school, I spent most Saturday nights in the gymnasium with my fellow band friends, playing in the pep band for the basketball games. Since we played during halftime, when most...

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by Sarah Saunders at April 27, 2017 08:45 PM

3Ders

MIT Rocket Team successfully tests nylon 3D printed rocket motor

The MIT Rocket Team, an independent student group focused on rocket-related projects, has successfully tested a fully 3D printed rocket motor. The motor was 3D printed in nylon using a Markforged Mark Two 3D printer before being tested twice on April 21. When you imagine experts at the world’s top universities building rockets, you probably picture high-end technology, precise calculations, and rugged materials. What you probably don’t expect to see, what with all the fire and combustion, is plastic.

April 27, 2017 08:12 PM

3D Print.com

Building Surgical Skills with 3D Printed Practice at University of Michigan Medical School

As with any profession that has immediate, real life consequences that are starkly set out in terms of life and death, the more practice that a surgeon can get before actually performing a procedure,...

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by Hannah Rose Mendoza at April 27, 2017 08:03 PM

MIT's Mediated Matter Lab Develops Mobile, Autonomous Robot and 3D Prints Large Dome Structure in Hours

3D printing has revolutionized how we manufacture things today, from the smallest nanostructures to the tallest buildings. One institution that always seems to be right in the thick of the latest 3D...

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by Sarah Saunders at April 27, 2017 07:11 PM

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3YOURMIND to Automatically Find 3D Printable Parts

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Tne now "old way" of finding 3D printable parts in your inventory

In what could be a very...

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by General Fabb at April 27, 2017 07:00 PM

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UK hospital saves £20,000 per surgery with the help of Stratasys 3D printing technology

Stratasys has released details of the benefits that its 3D printing technology is bringing to one hospital in Birmingham, UK. Queen Elizabeth Hospital uses an Objet Eden 350V 3D printer to make facial prosthetics, plates, and pre-surgical guides, mostly for maxillofacial procedures.

April 27, 2017 06:38 PM

3D Print.com

Airbus and Dassault Systèmes Inaugurate Wichita State University Sites Focused on 3D Technologies & Aerospace Innovation

Today in Kansas, aerospace takes another great leap forward as new innovation sites at Wichita State University cut their ribbons: Airbus and Dassault Systèmes are officially residents at the...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at April 27, 2017 06:07 PM

Fabbaloo

The Practicality of 3D Printing Your Own Spare Parts

A simple 3D printed replacement for a broken plastic part

A simple 3D printed replacement for a broken plastic part

One of the simple memes...

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

3D Print.com

3D Printing Spotlight On: Lauren Umbarger, Service and Applications Technician, EnvisionTEC

Many active in the 3D printing industry today did not necessarily foresee the career path that would lead them to additive manufacturing, including for those working with some of the biggest names in...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at April 27, 2017 04:42 PM

3Ders

Markforgeds 3D print farms could be future of large-scale digital metal manufacturing

Massachusetts-based 3D printing company Markforged is using its new Atomic Diffusion Additive Manufacturing (ADAM) process and Metal X 3D printers to advance its futuristic “3D print farm” vision of large-scale metal manufacturing. When Markforged unveiled its new Metal X 3D printer at CES earlier this year, we were struck by one thing in particular. Unusually for a Markforged product, it wasn’t the 3D printer itself, but the way that the company said it should be used.

April 27, 2017 04:27 PM

3D Print.com

Safran and Prodways Group Announce Partnership to Develop Additive Manufacturing Processes and Materials

International high-technology group Safran, which has core businesses in aerospace, defense, and security, has just announced that it will partner up with French industrial-grade 3D printer...

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by Sarah Saunders at April 27, 2017 03:43 PM

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Inspiring 10-year-old girl plays violin with help of a 3D printed prosthetic arm

A group of students from George Mason University in Virginia have given 10-year-old Isabella Nicola Cabrera a chance at realizing her dream of becoming a violinist with the help of a specially designed 3D printed prosthetic. Despite being born with only half her left arm and no left hand, Isabella, a fifth-grader from Alexandria, VA, has dreamed of learning to play the violin. Fortunately for her, the 10-year-old has had much support in realizing her dream, both from her music teacher at Island Creek Elementary and a team of dedicated students from the George Mason University’s bioengineering department.

April 27, 2017 03:22 PM

TCT Magazine

EOS and 3YOURMIND automate identification of 3D printable parts

EOS and 3YOURMIND have partnered to develop AM Part Identifier (AMPI), which helps businesses to decide how they can best implement additive manufacturing technology.

by Sam Davies at April 27, 2017 03:15 PM

3D Print.com

WASP Introduces New High-Speed, Dual-Extruder 3D Printers

WASP is 3D printer company with a mission, they think big and they build even bigger. WASP stands for World’s Advanced Saving Project, and the plucky Italian company produces some of the...

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by Michael A. Parker at April 27, 2017 02:41 PM

3Ders

3D WASH: empowering developing communities with solar-powered 3D printing & recycled plastic

Researchers from the Deakin University School of Engineering in Australia are developing a solar-powered 3D printing system that could be used in developing regions to additively manufacture plumbing and sanitation supplies out of plastic waste. The 3D printer project is part of a larger effort to find uses for the vast amounts of discarded plastics that pollute developing regions and to provide a clean water supply to the same communities.

April 27, 2017 02:21 PM

3D Print.com

P&G Canada, Canada Makes, and AMM Team Up to Explore Possibilities and Benefits of Metal Additive Manufacturing

To further explore the possibilities and benefits of additively manufacturing new, customized parts, and adding the technology to its supply chain, the Procter & Gamble (P&G) Canada plant in...

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by Sarah Saunders at April 27, 2017 01:48 PM

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MIT & Neri Oxmans giant 3D printing construction robot fabricates 50-ft-diameter dome

A group of researchers at MIT that includes members of Neri Oxman’s Mediated Matter Group has developed a robotic system for 3D printing buildings and other large structures. The system’s robotic arm can 3D print polyurethane foam molds which can then be filled with concrete.A lot of companies today, wanting to be seen as the first, the fastest, or the biggest, say they can 3D print buildings. And that’s great: 3D printed houses and construction projects are one of the most exciting applications of additive manufacturing—that’s why we’re so keen to cover stories about 3D printed buildings, concrete-extruding 3D printers, and everything in between.

April 27, 2017 01:15 PM

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MIT and Steelcase’s New Rapid Liquid Printing Tech: So Many Questions!

Partially 3D printed furniture from Steelcase & MIT's rapid liquid printing process

Partially 3D printed furniture from Steelcase & MIT's rapid liquid printing process

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

3D Print.com

EOS and 3YOURMIND Introduce AMPI, the Additive Manufacturing Part Identifier

When we talk about obstacles to widespread adoption of 3D printing in the manufacturing industry, a few factors are regularly mentioned, with cost and lack of training being two of the most common....

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by Clare Scott at April 27, 2017 12:19 PM

Engineering.COM 3D Printing

Review: Wohlers Report 2017 Offers Broad Insights into 3D Printing Industry

As a niche industry that is continually growing, 3D printing can be difficult to wrap one’s head around. This is true both for industry veterans who may be too busy to catch every new development and novices that will need to learn the basics. Fortunately, the industry is still small enough that one publication tends to encapsulate it in its entirety: the Wohlers Report. Produced by Wohlers Associates, the report is now in its 22nd consecutive year. ENGINEERING.com had the opportuni...

by Michael Molitch-Hou at April 27, 2017 10:54 AM

TCT Magazine

PostProcess Technologies recieves $4 million investment through seed fund

New York-based PostProcess Technologies has announced a $4 million seed round as the company looks to accelerate technology developments and meet growing customer demand.

by Sam Davies at April 27, 2017 10:31 AM

3Ders

PostProcess Technologies raises $4M to accelerate 3D printing surface finishing systems

PostProcess Technologies, an automated 3D printing post-processing company based in Buffalo, New York, announced that it has raised a whopping $4 million through a seed funding round, $1 million of which was invested by New York Ventures, the venture capital investment branch of Empire State Development. The funding from the seed round, which was raised by investors such as Rand Capital, Richmond Capital Partners, and various angel investors from around the world, will help PostProcess Technologies to advance and accelerate its post-processing technologies—which include proprietary software, hardware, and chemistry—and to grow its business on an international level.

April 27, 2017 10:19 AM

TCT Magazine

Zortrax opens up 3D printers to third-party materials

Desktop 3D printer manufacturer, Zortrax is opening up its 3D printers to external material profiles in the latest version of its Z-SUITE software.

April 27, 2017 10:03 AM

3Ders

3D Systems and United Therapeutics team up to develop 3D bioprinted lung scaffolds

In some exciting news for the bioprinting community, 3D Systems has announced a new partnership with Maryland-based biotechnology company United Therapeutics Corporation. The partnership, which comes in the form of a multi-year agreement, will seek to develop solid-organ scaffolds for human transplants through the combination of 3D printing technologies and regenerative medicine.

April 27, 2017 09:08 AM

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Top 3 Onshape Updates: Projected Curve, Bridging Curve, Merge Surfaces

Onshape continues to update their online 3D CAD system

Onshape continues to update their online 3D CAD system

Late last week Onshape rolled out...

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

iMaterialise

3D Builder Tutorial: How to Create Models for 3D Printing

In this tutorial you will learn how to use Microsoft’s beginner-friendly 3D modeling app 3D Builder for creating your first 3D models and professional 3D prints. This how-to article includes a tutorial video as well as a text version.

About 3D Builder

3D Builder is a free Windows app that lets you view, capture, personalize, repair, and print 3D models. Users either start from scratch by combining simple shapes, or download any kind of given 3D file from an online database. They can then edit these models using the 3D modeling space. 3D Builder even includes a feature to turn webcam photos into 3D, as well as easy-to-use personalization tools. The app supports all important 3D printing file formats including STL, OBJ, PLY, WRL (VRML), and 3MF files.

Getting Started with 3D Builder

As already pointed out you can either start from scratch or by importing existing models. 3D Builder gives you the following options:

  • Choose ‘new model’ to start designing an object from scratch.
  • Select ‘load model’ to open an existing model and start editing it.
  • Click on ‘load image’ to important an image and create a 3D model based on it (works best for images with high color contrast like a black object on a white background).
  • Choose ‘camera’ to import a photo and turn it into a 3D model.
  • Select ‘scan’ to import a scan based on Microsoft’s Kinect device.

An easy starting point is to select a model from the library. You can browse through the different categories (like toys, trophies, household, miniatures, etc.) on the home screen and start editing them immediately.

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The 3D Builder start screen. Create a new 3D model or open existing ones.

Basic Settings and File Opening

If you choose to create a ‘new model’ you will see an empty three-dimensional workspace! This is where you will create your new object! But first, let’s get familiar with 3D Builder’s interface:

  • On the right-hand side, you can choose options such as selecting objects, grouping them together, or changing the material.
  • On the top left of the screen, you see the icon of the main menu. Click on it and select ‘settings’. Here you can choose the unit size that suits your needs best. The most used unit size in 3D modeling and 3D printing is millimeters (mm).
  • Next to the main menu, you will see another menu that is called ‘insert’. From here you can add simple geometric shapes (like cubes, spheres, etc.) as well as previously created models.
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Choose the unit size that suits your needs in the settings.

Basic Navigation in 3D Builder

After importing a basic shape, let’s take a look at how to navigate in 3D Builder. This will change the view on your item, but will not affect the geometry of the object itself.

  • Rotate: Click on your left mouse button and drag in order to rotate the view and see your object from different angles.
  • Zoom: Use the wheel of your mouse to zoom in and out.
  • Pad: Click on your right mouse button and drag in order to pad.

Basic Editing Tools

After selecting an object you will see several simple editing options at the bottom of your screen.

  • Move: The first tool lets you move your parts in three dimensions by clicking and dragging one of the arrows. You can also click on the number below and enter a precise value.
  • Rotate: With the second tool you can rotate your parts in all directions by clicking and dragging one of the arrows. Once again, you can also insert a value here.
  • Scale: You can change the size of your model with the third tool. The little lock symbol shows that your model will be rescaled proportionally. If you only want to increase the size of your model in one dimension, uncheck the lock symbol first.
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Basic editing options can be found at the bottom of the screen.

Intermediate Editing Tools

But there’s more. By clicking on the ‘Object’ menu at the top you will get further editing tools.

  • Duplicate: The currently selected model will be copied and placed right next to the existing one. If you click on the copy, you will have selected both objects now. Double click on one of them to only select one of the two.
  • Delete: The currently selected model will be deleted.
  • Center View: If you get lost on your workspace this option gets you back to the right camera angle.
  • Mirror: This mirrors your model. Mirroring comes in handy if you need the left and right version of something.
  • Settle: With this tool, you can check the stability of your model. For example, it can show you if your future 3D print will stand upright or if it will fall over.
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The cube was copied with the duplication tool.

Advanced Editing Tools

Now that you know the basics let’s hop on to the more advanced editing tools. Click on the ‘Edit’ menu on the top to get here.

  • Split: This lets you cut your object into two pieces. You can freely choose the angle and height in which the cut will take place.
  • Merge: This tool is very helpful if you want to merge several items together to a single new object.
  • Subtract: Instead of adding items together, you can also subtract them. This way you will cut away the overlapping parts of two models.
  • Intersect: This option will only show the overlapping areas of several items. All other parts of these models will be cut away.
  • Smooth: This tool turns edges into round corners. Click it several times to get an even smoother result.
  • Simplify: This option reduces the amount of triangles of your 3D model and will thus lead to sharper edges.
  • Emboss: This tool enables you to add text, signs or symbols to your 3D model.
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The cube will be cut in half with the split tool.

Importing an Image

As we already pointed out, you can also import images. Click on ‘insert’ and select ‘image’ to do so. Try a black and white silhouette image for the best results.

Click on ‘inverse’ to change between a positive and negative representation. Also, make sure to play around with the ‘levels’ and ‘smooth’ bars to get the perfect result.

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Black and white scenes work best for importing an image.

3D Printing your Model

Whether you are in need of a professional 3D print, don’t actually own a 3D printer or are looking for 3D printing solutions beyond plastic, there are many reasons for choosing an online 3D printing service. And 3D Builder makes this even easier: You can order a professional, high-quality print of your model with i.materialise from inside the app. We will then print it in awesome materials like stainless steel, titanium, silver, gold, ceramic and more!

In the top right corner of the screen, you can find a 3D print button. Click it to prepare your model for 3D printing. In the drop-down menu called ‘select printer’ you can choose ‘3D printing service’. In the layout tab you can still double-check the size of your future 3D print.

Click ‘order online’ to upload it to our online 3D printing service. You will immediately see the price for a high-quality 3D print of your model in 100+ materials and finishes.

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Choose ‘3D printing service’ for ordering a 3D print of your model.

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We printed our 3D model in multicolor.

You can download the 3D Builder app here and learn more about Microsoft’s 3D printing activities here. Once your 3D model is ready to go to the printers, all you need to do is choose between our 20 different 3D printing materials and over 100 possible color and finish combinations.

by Fabian at April 27, 2017 07:59 AM

April 26, 2017

3Ders

3D printed liver tissue helps University of Tokyo researchers test new drugs

Some of the most impressive advances in 3D printing technology over the last few years have been in the field of bioprinting, with cells, tissue, and sometimes entire organs being replicated for all kinds of useful applications. The latest breakthrough by a team of researchers in Japan has seen a model of liver tissue being produced through a scaffold-free bioprinting method. This tissue can be used in the development and testing of drugs, and also sheds some light on the causes of liver disease.

April 26, 2017 11:00 PM

3D Print.com

MAN Diesel & Turbo Equipping Its Gas Turbines with Standardized, 3D Printed Components

We know that metal 3D printing is one of the oldest additive manufacturing forms, but it’s also one of the fastest growing in the industry. It’s been used to manufacture many things, from...

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by Sarah Saunders at April 26, 2017 09:45 PM

Choosing the Right Metal Manufacturing Process for Your Custom Parts

When it comes to building end-use metal parts there are multiple options, from traditional processes like CNC Machining and Sheet Metal fabrication to additive manufacturing technologies like Direct...

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by Greg Paulsen at April 26, 2017 08:32 PM

Engineering.COM 3D Printing

Putting PEKK in the 3D Printing Spotlight with Oxford Performance Materials

According to market research firm Markets and Markets, the 3D printing materials industry will be worth $1.4 billion by 2021. In many ways, additive manufacturing (AM) is coming into its own in the industrial space and the key to unlocking its potential are the materials that it uses. When it comes to mechanical properties, performance under high temperatures, and chemical resistance, there’s one family of polymers that rules them all: polyetherketone. One company in particular, Oxford Pe...

by Michael Molitch-Hou at April 26, 2017 08:05 PM

3D Print.com

Hannover Messe 2017: Thyssenkrupp Announces Plans to Open 3D Printing Center by September

While many companies utilize 3D printing technology at the office, that usage may be limited to one or two printers on the shop floor. But these days, we are hearing about a lot of companies opening...

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by Sarah Saunders at April 26, 2017 07:43 PM

Fabbaloo

Implications of Desktop Metal’s Production 3D Metal Printer

Desktop Metal's new Production 3D metal printing system

Desktop Metal's new Production 3D metal printing system

Yesterday, Desktop Metal...

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by General Fabb at April 26, 2017 07:00 PM

3D Print.com

Etihad Partners with Diehl to 3D Print Aircraft Components for Middle Eastern Airline

Etihad Airways, the second largest airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Diehl Aerosystems, the engineering arm of the Diehl Group, entered into a strategic partnership to manufacture and...

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by Joseph Young at April 26, 2017 06:50 PM

New Mat Collishaw Works Feature 3D Printed Zoetrope & Virtual Reality Photography Landscape

While Mat Collishaw may not be completely comfortable with 3D printing, it would seem that he is happily dependent on it—as seen in one of his latest works featuring an enormous zoetrope accentuated...

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by Bridget Butler Millsaps at April 26, 2017 06:07 PM

TCT Magazine

Safran agrees to acquire shares in Prodways as companies enter partnership

Safran has agreed to acquire a stake in Prodways Group as the two companies entered a partnership which will see them work together to develop additive materials and processes.

by Sam Davies at April 26, 2017 05:00 PM

Fabbaloo

Implications of Desktop Metal’s Studio 3D Metal Printer

Desktop Metal's new Studio 3D metal printing system for in-office prototyping

Desktop Metal's new Studio 3D metal printing system for in-office prototyping

Yesterday...

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by General Fabb at April 26, 2017 05:00 PM

TCT Magazine

Download the latest issue of TCT North America

The latest issue of TCT Magazine North American Edition is here. Get your digital copy for FREE on the TCT app.

April 26, 2017 04:52 PM

3D Print.com

3D WASH Aims to Provide Clean Water Through 3D Printing and Recycling

There are a lot of issues in the world today revolving around water. All living things need it to survive, and it’s getting harder to find in consumable form thanks to pollution and drought, as...

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by Clare Scott at April 26, 2017 04:44 PM

3D Systems and United Therapeutics to Develop 3D Printing Biotechnology for Solid-Organ Scaffolds

No matter how many times I read or write about it, I am still overwhelmed and amazed when I see what 3D printing technology is currently able to do for the medical field, and what it has the...

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by Sarah Saunders at April 26, 2017 04:01 PM

TCT Magazine

3D Systems and United Therapeutics partner to 3D print organ scaffolds for human transplants

3D Systems has announced a bioprinting agreement with United Therapeutics which will see the two companies develop solid-organ scaffolds for human transplants with 3D printing.

by Sam Davies at April 26, 2017 03:47 PM

3Ders

German steelmaker Kloeckner acquires 10% stake in 3D printing company BigRep

German steel manufacturer Kloeckner & Co. has announced that it has acquired a 10 percent stake in Berlin-based 3D printer startup BigRep for less than 10 million euros. BigRep is known in the 3D printing industry for making some of the largest-scale FDM 3D printers (with a cubic meter build volume).

April 26, 2017 03:10 PM

3D Print.com

MachineWorks to Unveil Polygonica v2.1 3D Software at RAPID + TCT

From May 8 to 11, 3DPrint.com will be in Pittsburgh for the RAPID + TCT conference, and there’s a lot to look forward to as the massive trade show approaches: new software, new 3D printer...

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by Clare Scott at April 26, 2017 03:04 PM

TCT Magazine

Aleph Objects to 'make waves' with new 3D printing filament

Aleph Objects, the developers of LulzBot desktop 3D printers, will launch a new 3D printing filament at RAPID+TCT 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The company is confident the new filament will ‘make waves’ throughout the 3D technology sector.

by Sam Davies at April 26, 2017 03:00 PM

3D Print.com

BeAM Machines Taking Pre-Orders for Modulo 5-Axis DED 3D Printer at RAPID + TCT Event

Founded in France in 2012, BeAM Machines SAS entered our radar screen at 3DPrint.com in 2015, with its CLAD 3D printing technology for metals. The Directed Energy Deposition (DED) solutions provider...

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by Sarah Saunders at April 26, 2017 02:02 PM

3Ders

$839 Phrozen Make LCD DLP 3D printer raises $170K on Kickstarter

Taiwanese 3D printing company Phrozen has raised almost $170,000 in a Kickstarter campaign for its new DLP 3D printer, the Phrozen Make. The crowdfunding campaign, which still has 29 days to run, reached its $30,000 goal in just four minutes. After being billed by its maker as “the world’s most compact, reliable, and precise LCD 3D printer,” the Phrozen Make has a big reputation to live up to. For more than 150 Kickstarter backers, however, shelling out $839 for the forthcoming DLP 3D printer seems to have been a no-brainer.

April 26, 2017 02:02 PM

Prodways, Safran partner to create inorganic 3D printing materials; Prodways IPO subscription starts tomorrow

French aircraft engineering company Safran has announced a new partnership with Prodways, the 3D printing solutions subsidiary of Gorgé Group. Together, the companies will seek to develop new and innovative 3D printing materials and processes. As part of the collaboration, Safran will also acquire a stake in Prodways.

April 26, 2017 01:13 PM

3D Print.com

RAMLAB and Autodesk Reveal 3D Printed Propeller Created Through Hybrid Manufacturing Process

The Port of Rotterdam, located in the Netherlands, is the largest port in Europe. It handles more than 460 million tons of cargo every year, and in November it became home to RAMLAB, an additive...

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by Clare Scott at April 26, 2017 01:03 PM

Fabbaloo

The ComeTrue T10 Color 3D Printer

The ComeTrue T10, a full color 3D printer

The ComeTrue T10, a full color 3D printer

There are certainly not a great many choices...

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by General Fabb at April 26, 2017 01:00 PM

3Ders

Siemens joins Adidas SPEEDFACTORIES project for custom 3D printed sportswear

Sportswear giant Adidas is collaborating with manufacturing and technology company Siemens to improve the Adidas SPEEDFACTORY, a new production system that makes use of 3D printing and other modern technologies to produce high-quality sporting goods. In its mission to achieve “fast, transparent, and individualized production” using additive manufacturing and other cutting-edge production techniques, German sportswear icon Adidas has just recruited an incredibly talented and high-profile partner.

April 26, 2017 12:31 PM

Engineering.COM 3D Printing

Admatec Introduces DLP Metal 3D Printing to the Market

Metal 3D printing has existed only for about half of the 3D printing industry’s 30-year-long history and as impressive as the technology is, it remains expensive and complex. A new breed of metal 3D printer manufacturers hope to bring down its cost and difficulty. These companies—which include Markforged, Desktop Metal and Admatec—leverage the older technique of metal injection molding to create metal parts that can then be sintered in an oven to achieve final part characteris...

by Michael Molitch-Hou at April 26, 2017 12:22 PM

TCT Magazine

Changing the World, One Woman at a Time

Laura meets Stacey DelVecchio, Additive Manufacturing Product Manager at Caterpillar to discuss how the industrial equipment manufacturer is ramping up its AM capabilities.

by Laura Griffiths at April 26, 2017 11:45 AM

3Ders

Port of Rotterdam RAMLAB unveils its first 3D printed ship component in partnership with Autodesk

The Port of Rotterdam’s Additive Manufacturing Fieldlab (RAMLAB) has successfully produced its first 3D printed pilot component—a ship’s propeller—in partnership with Autodesk. The RAMLAB was established just over a year ago and has been pioneering the use of 3D printing in the maritime industry. The recently unveiled 3D printed propeller was produced at the Port of Rotterdam using a hybrid manufacturing process that combines wire and arc additive manufacturing (WAAM) with subtractive machining and grinding processes.

April 26, 2017 11:19 AM

Type A Machines improves Series 1 Pro 3D printer with BuildTak FlexPlate & Adaptive Auto-Leveling

FDM 3D printer maker Type A Machines has announced an update to its Series 1 line of 3D printers. The new Series 1 Pro features a magnetic interchangeable BuildTak FlexPlate platform and an Adaptive Auto-Leveling feature.Type A Machines’ Series 1 line of 3D printers has been around for several years now, but the California-based 3D printing company continues to add new features and updates to its tried and tested machines, which include the Series 1, Series 1 Pro, and Print Pod.

April 26, 2017 10:29 AM

TCT Magazine

Thyssenkrupp reveals plans for 3D printing centre

German engineering company, Thyssenkrupp has revealed plans to open its first 3D printing facility later this year. The announcement was made at the 2017 Hannover Messe event.

by Sam Davies at April 26, 2017 10:24 AM

3Ders

EOS & 3YOURMIND AMPI tool automatically identifies parts suitable for 3D printing

3D printing company EOS has partnered with 3D model analysis company 3YOURMIND to launch its new AM Part Identifier. Also known as AMPI, the new tool allows companies to scan their existing part inventories to find out which of their existing components are best suited for 3D printing.

April 26, 2017 09:08 AM

Fabbaloo

Some Very Strong 3D Print Materials from Arevo Labs

Unusual 3D printing filaments from Avero Labs

Unusual 3D printing filaments from Avero Labs

I’m looking at Avero Labs’s collection...

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

April 25, 2017

CNC Cookbook

45 or 90 Degree Face Mill – Which Gives Better Results?

45 and 90 degree face mills45 or 90 Degree Face Mill – Which gives better results? First, what are we talking about when we say 45 or 90 degrees?  The answer is fairly obvious from the photo above comparing two Glacern Face Mills.  Take a look at the angle of the cutting edge on the inserts. Yes!  The angle is…

by Bob Warfield at April 25, 2017 11:00 PM

3D Print.com

3D Printing News Briefs: April 25, 2017

In today’s edition of 3D Printing News Briefs, we’re covering everything from business to 3D printing, scanning, modeling, and design. EOS joins a manufacturing alliance, while a 3D...

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by Sarah Saunders at April 25, 2017 09:04 PM

Pretty in Pink: Young Violinist Relies on New 3D Printed Prosthetic

Everyone should have the opportunity to make music. This is a skill that not only offers the same happiness we feel in listening, but also challenges and stimulates the brain. The violin is known to...

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by Bridget Butler Millsaps at April 25, 2017 08:11 PM

Fabbaloo

Desktop Metal Finally Surfaces With Two Startling Products

A 3D printed metal part from Desktop Metal being sintered

A 3D printed metal part from Desktop Metal being sintered

Desktop Metal has finally shown...

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by General Fabb at April 25, 2017 07:30 PM

3Ders

DARPA asks Xerox company PARC to build new product design system for advanced manufacturing

PARC, a Xerox company, has been chosen by DARPA to develop and deliver FIELDS, a “new computational paradigm” for advanced manufacturing processes such as combined metal additive manufacturing and machining. In an effort to remove the limitations associated with current design platforms, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has commissioned Xerox company PARC to develop a new computational paradigm for design. The project will involve creating tools for analyzing material structures, geometric design complexity, and advanced manufacturing processes such as 3D printing.

April 25, 2017 07:17 PM

3D Print.com

OhmniLabs Tells Us About the Development of the 3D Printed Ohmni Robot

Will robots replace human interaction? That’s a big, scary question that has been the subject of much science fiction and speculation about the future. Robot development company OhmniLabs...

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by Clare Scott at April 25, 2017 07:17 PM

Milling Around

3 Reasons You Should Update to PathPilot v 1.9.10

Last week we launched the newest version of PathPilot, v 1.9.10, and here are three reasons you should download the update ...

by Chris Fox at April 25, 2017 06:12 PM

3D Print.com

3D Printing Helps Tapdo Smart Button Launch on Kickstarter, as Seen at Pepcom DigitalFocus

There was a time in the not-too-distant past when telephones were corded and resided on kitchen walls or side tables, and changing the channel on a television set meant getting up off of the couch...

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by Michael A. Parker at April 25, 2017 06:09 PM

3Ders

Zeus the whippet learns to walk with 3D printed prosthetic paw

A plastic 3D printed prosthetic paw has been made for a proud puppy after the original was lost in a fight. Brazillian veterinary surgeons took a CT scan of Zeus the whippet&aposs remanining legs, and were able to 3D print a replica paw that will allow the dog to walk a lot more comfortably.

April 25, 2017 05:54 PM

Fabbaloo

An Extensive Library of 3D Parts Models

Some of the parts catalogs filled with CAD parts at PARTcommunity

Some of the parts catalogs filled with CAD parts at PARTcommunity

I’ve been perusing...

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by General Fabb at April 25, 2017 05:00 PM

TCT Magazine

Nikon Metrology inspection technology and additive manufacturing advance patient-specific implants

Ortho Baltic has leveraged Nikon Metrology inspection equipment to advance the production of jaw implants. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one of the most used joints in the human body, allowing humans to talk and chew.

by Sam Davies at April 25, 2017 05:00 PM

3D Print.com

3D Printing Spotlight On: Vicky Somma, Maker and Software Developer

If you’re inexperienced with 3D printing but want to learn, there are plenty of courses, both online and in-person, that you can take – or, if you’re anything like Vicky Somma, you...

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by Clare Scott at April 25, 2017 04:52 PM

Siemens Increases Focus on Additive Manufacturing: Interview with Andreas Saar at MWS17, New Platform Announced at Hannover Messe

“We believe at Siemens that additive manufacturing is a major game changer,” Andreas Saar opened his keynote Thursday morning at the Materialise World Summit 2017. Saar, Vice President...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at April 25, 2017 04:29 PM

3Ders

New TrussFab software uses 3D printing to make boats, furniture & buildings out of plastic bottles

Researchers at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany have created TrussFab, a new piece of software that turns digital 3D models into structures made from ordinary plastic bottles and 3D printed trusses. Plastic bottles are everywhere. You’ll find them in the supermarket, in your fridge, and probably in your own hands at some point this week. But bottles can also be found in places where they really don’t belong: in landfills, in the gutters of dirty streets, and even in the ocean.

April 25, 2017 04:23 PM

TCT Magazine

PyroGenesis announces first order of 3D printing powders

The manufacturer of plasma waste-to-energy systems has taken its first order of additive manufacturing powders from an undisclosed multinational conglomerate.

April 25, 2017 04:00 PM

3D Print.com

Investors' Faith Pays Off as Desktop Metal Releases Two Actually Game-Changing 3D Printing Systems

We’ve been following 3D printing startup Desktop Metal with interest since 2015, when the company began pulling in funding from venture capital firms as well as 3D printing companies as...

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by Clare Scott at April 25, 2017 03:59 PM

3Ders

Google-backed Desktop Metal unveils 100x faster metal 3D printing system after raising $97M

Massachusetts-based 3D printer startup Desktop Metal has just launched two new metal 3D printing products, the DM Studio and DM Production systems, which reportedly cover the full product lifecycle, from prototyping to mass production. The company, which has raised significant investments from such companies as Google, BMW, Stratasys, and Lowe’s, says that its new products will disrupt traditional metal manufacturing methods by offering increased production speeds, safety, and quality while reducing costs.

April 25, 2017 03:57 PM

German industrial group Thyssenkrupp to open 3D printing center this year

Thyssenkrupp, a Germany-based industrial group, has announced plans to open a 3D printing center that will allow it to produce 3D printed parts and products for its clients. According to the announcement, the upcoming 3D printing center is expected to be inaugurated in September of this year.

April 25, 2017 03:36 PM

TCT Magazine

Renishaw driving additive manufacturing to a range of industries with two new partnerships

FalconTech will act as a distributor and solutions centre partner in China, while London Medical Network and Ontario Western University will partner with Renishaw to establish a research and development centre for medical applications in Canada.

by Sam Davies at April 25, 2017 03:30 PM

3D Print.com

Custom Furniture Built in Minutes: MIT Self-Assembly Lab Teams Up With Furniture Manufacturer to Develop New 3D Printing Process

From knit chairs, concrete furniture, and beer bottle furniture joints to miniature furniture, foldable furniture, and custom furniture manufactured for customers in a pop-up shop, 3D printing has...

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by Sarah Saunders at April 25, 2017 03:17 PM

CNC Cookbook

Is Hustling Harder the Answer to Getting The Job Done?

We’re all used to hustling harder.  Machinists often work a lot of ours to push parts out the door. But is hustling even harder the way to get ahead? It’s not, and the reason is that hustling harder gets you a one time benefit.  It doesn’t build for the long haul.  And the downside is…

by Bob Warfield at April 25, 2017 03:11 PM

TCT Magazine

Desktop Metal to launch "Fastest Metal 3D Printing System in the World"

Desktop Metal look set to shake up the metal additive manufacturing world with two metal 3D printing process and a microwave-enhanced sintering furnace that makes the systems fully office-friendly.

by Daniel O'Connor at April 25, 2017 02:00 PM

Behind the Scenes at Desktop Metal

Group Editor, Daniel O'Connor spent some time at Desktop Metal HQ to see how Ric Fulop's company is shaking up metal 3D printing.

by Daniel O'Connor at April 25, 2017 02:00 PM

3D Print.com

Further Developments Made in Dissolvable Supports for Metal 3D Printed Parts

It’s hard enough to remove supports from many plastic 3D printed parts, but more than one company has been working on developing ways to make plastic support removal easier, to the delight of...

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by Clare Scott at April 25, 2017 01:47 PM

3Ders

Rapid Liquid Printing by MIT and Steelcase could change the face of 3D printing

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have teamed up with Michigan-based furniture manufacturer Steelcase to develop a new method of 3D printing. Rapid Liquid Printing (RLP),

April 25, 2017 01:31 PM

3D printing and Hollywood special effects help realize ultra-realistic neurosurgical training model

In the medical field, if practice doesn’t make perfect, it’s bound to at least get you close. But training doctors (and especially surgeons) can be somewhat tricky, as it requires using real human bodies or lifelike simulation models, which up until now have been difficult to produce. In recent years, 3D printing has been used to create increasingly realistic-looking surgical models, but those working in the field have struggled to capture the feel, texture, and movements of the human anatomy in a 3D printed model.

April 25, 2017 01:27 PM

Jeremy Cook

A Miniature GoPro Catapult-Style “Tripod”

After building a “catapult style” floor lamp, and publishing a howto article on it here, I soon adapted the design to hold a GoPro camera instead of a light. Instead of a bulb assembly, I put a piece of metal that a magnetic GoPro mount could hold on to, which has worked quite well for filming around my garage.

The disadvantage of this device, which stands as tall as a person when fully extended vertically, is that it doesn’t work well in restricted spaces like a workbench. For this I came up with a much smaller version outlined in the video seen below.

The little guy uses several pieces of furring strips that I had left over from another project. I cut each length to around 9″ to begin with, then made the bottom sections a bit shorter so the top could “peek out” over the support, filming a work surface uninterrupted. As seen in the video, the better way will likely be to weight the back supporting surface and turn it around from what’s seen here, the idea being that if I’m working on a circuit board or whatever, it can look down on it like some sort of light.

All in all, I’m quite pleased with the results, and was able to pull it off with a minimum amount of work with stuff I had in my garage.

Below is another picture of the two tripods together for comparison. Note that I used the same kind of stain/urethane on both, but the cheap furring strips that the little guy used took it much better:

And yes, I know this isn’t actually a tripod. Also, if you’re wondering what has happened to my clear Strandbeest, I’m still working on it, and have gotten it to walk. Hopefully I’ll be able to put out another video on it soon!

The post A Miniature GoPro Catapult-Style “Tripod” appeared first on JcoPro.net.

by Jeremy Cook at April 25, 2017 01:09 PM

Fabbaloo

Dissolvable Supports for 3D Metal Printing?

A 3D printed metal piece that used dissolvable metal supports

A 3D printed metal piece that used dissolvable metal supports

Researchers at Arizona...

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by General Fabb at April 25, 2017 01:00 PM

3D Print.com

Bridging 3D Printing Talent and Technology with New Additive Design in Surgical Solutions Centre

If we learned anything from last week’s Materialise World Summit, it’s that working together is the key to innovation and growth in the additive manufacturing world. In this spirit, the...

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by Sarah Saunders at April 25, 2017 12:54 PM

3Ders

Kentstrappers large-format MAVIS 3D printer boasts filament and power outage monitors

Kentstrapper, a 3D printing company based in Italy, has announced the launch of MAVIS, its new large-format 3D printer. The 3D printer boasts automatic calibration, a smart GUI, and a 400 x 700 x 700 mm build volume, and can be used for large-scale prototyping. After building a reputation in the consumer 3D printing world with its Verve desktop 3D printer, Italian 3D printing company Kentstrapper has decided to tackle a new market: industry. MAVIS, the company’s new large-format 3D printer, is a bigger and more powerful machine than the Verve, and is packed with features and material possibilities that make it ideal for professional use.

April 25, 2017 12:37 PM

TCT Magazine

Port of Rotterdam's RAMLAB reveals hybrid manufactured ship propeller

The Port of Rotterdam’s Additive Manufacturing Fieldlab (RAMLAB) and Autodesk have revealed its first hybrid manufactured component for the maritime industry.

April 25, 2017 12:15 PM

GeckoTek launches second Kickstarter campaign to step up production of EZ Stick build surfaces

GeckoTek, a professional 3D printing build plate manufacturer, has launched its second Kickstarter campaign to step up production of its EZ Stick build surfaces.

by Sam Davies at April 25, 2017 10:49 AM

Download the latest issue of TCT Europe

The latest issue of TCT Magazine European Edition is here. Get your digital copy for FREE on the TCT app.

April 25, 2017 10:40 AM

Engineering.COM 3D Printing

The Fascinating LIFTcell 3D Print Automation System

Coobx's new LIFTcell 3D print automation system. (Image courtesy of Fabbaloo.) We wrote about Coobx’s unusual resin-based 3D printer some weeks ago, where their top-down resin process was examined. Now they’ve announced an accessory device known as the LIFTcell that comes in several configurations that provide a number of pre- and post- printing automation features. The act of 3D printing itself is an automatic process: the printer prints. But it’s what comes befo...

by Fabbaloo at April 25, 2017 10:40 AM

Desktop Metal Reveals 100x Faster Metal 3D Printing Tech

After almost two years of mystery, Burlington, Massachusetts startup Desktop Metal has finally come out of stealth mode to reveal its much anticipated metal 3D printing technology. If the technology pans out as promised, it could have huge implications for the production of metal end parts with additive manufacturing (AM). The DM Studio System is described as the first office friendly metal 3D printer. On the right is the microwave-enhanced sintering furnace. (Image courtesy of Desktop Metal....

by Michael Molitch-Hou at April 25, 2017 10:39 AM

3Ders

Apple hires Steven Keating, MIT grad who 3D printed his own brain tumour

Apple has hired Steven Keating, the MIT student who 3D printed his own brain tumor and shared it with the world. Back in 2015, Keating made headlines with his innovative, data-centric approach to studying, and ultimately beating, his cancer.

April 25, 2017 10:24 AM

Fabbaloo

You Might Say This is a Titanic 3D Print

A 1/72 size 3D printed model of the Titanic

A 1/72 size 3D printed model of the Titanic

BernCo Models has produced a 1/72 3D printed...

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

TCT Magazine

Artec 3D releases Artec Studio 12 3D scanning software

Artec 3D has announced the launch of Artec Studio 12, the newest version of its 3D scanning and data processing software including 28 new features.

April 25, 2017 08:59 AM

iMaterialise

Gold 3D Printing Explained: Technology, Alloys, Colors, Design Tips

3D printing is changing the way goldsmiths work and design. More and more people are asking us how 3D printed jewelry items in gold look and feel. In this article, we explain how gold items are created, the difference between 14k and 18k, its various colors, and how to model your 3D design to get the perfect gold 3D print!

The Technology: It’s All Based on Wax

Instead of printing your gold item directly, we use wax 3D printing and lost wax casting to build your design. The wax printing process is a type of stereolithography that uses a wax-like resin. Support structures are printed along with the model to make sure the item does not fall apart. These support structures are automatically generated and then manually removed after the printing process.

The wax cast is subsequently covered in a fine plaster. When the plaster solidifies, it is put in an oven until the wax is completely burned off. The gold is then poured into the empty cast, thus creating a 3D printed gold item. In the final step of this process, the item is polished and finished manually.

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Wax 3D printing and lost wax casting are used to create a gold item.

14k or 18k: The Amount of Gold Matters

A pure gold item (composed of 100% gold) is too soft for durable jewelry. With this in mind, jewel makers and goldsmiths usually mix pure gold with other metals, typically silver, copper, or zinc, in order to make it stronger.

The karat (often just written as “k”) indicates the amount of pure gold in the metal: the higher the karat, the larger the percentage of pure gold in the metal. For instance, 100% of pure gold is equal to 24k. However, as already pointed out, an object made of 24k would be too soft. This is why the amount of gold needs to be reduced:  while 18k contains 75.2% pure gold, which is the standard in Europe, 14k gold only contains 58.5% of pure gold and is somewhat less expensive. In fact, 14k gold is the most popular choice for gold jewelry in the United States.

Tulip Shell Pendant by Vulcan Jewelry. Printed in 14k red gold.

Tulip Shell Pendant by Vulcan Jewelry. Printed in 14k red gold.

Rod of Asclepius Pendant Mini by Marcus Ritland. Printed in 14k yellow gold.

Rod of Asclepius Pendant Mini by Marcus Ritland. Printed in 14k yellow gold.

Yellow, White, and Red Gold: The Amount of Silver, Copper, and Zinc Matters

Since neither 14k nor 18k gold contains 100% pure gold, the metals we choose to strengthen pieces of jewelry (silver, copper, and zinc) have an impact on the color of the final item. As a result, gold can be offered in several colors: white, yellow, and red.

Take a look at the following examples of the color difference depending on the amount of pure gold as well as the amount and type of metal alloy:

Our three gold color options: yellow gold, red gold, and our updated white gold.

Our three gold color options: yellow gold, red gold, and our updated white gold.

White Gold: A Loose Term

The term ‘white gold’ is used very loosely in the jewelry industry to describe karat gold alloys with a whitish hue. The term ‘white gold’ covers a large spectrum of colors that borders or overlaps with pale yellow, tinted brown, and even very pale rose.

To create a white color effect, nickel is often added to the alloy. Since 1 out of 8 people have allergic reactions to nickel, and in order to comply with a European regulation called REACH, we didn’t want to go this way and preferred a slightly yellowish look.

The jewelry industry often conceals these off-white colors by using rhodium plating. It is a common misconception that the color of the rhodium plating, which is seen on many commercial pieces, is actually the color of white gold. In reality, however, rhodium plating will inevitably wear off. So you would need to ask your local jewelry shop to apply a rhodium plating to whiten your model each time it wears off.

Over the last months, we received quite some feedback from you, our community, about our gold color options. While most of it was positive, we noticed that some customers were not satisfied with the color of white gold. This is why we tried to improve the alloy and create white gold items that would match our customers’ expectations even better.

Since neither nickel nor rhodium plating were acceptable options, we decided to add palladium, a rare and lustrous silvery-white metal, to the alloy.

Design Tips: Some Things to Remember

  • Wall thickness: For most models in gold, the minimum wall thickness is 0.5 mm. However, when making something small, such as the band of a ring, the wall thickness should be at least 1 mm. If the model is too thin, the fragility of the gold might cause the ring to break when you wear it.
  • High definition: The resolution of the wax-printing process is very high, so it is important to create and export your model with enough definition to cover the triangles of the original design.
  • Hollow models: Gold can also be used to print hollow models. However, keep in mind that you need to incorporate holes or slots, so we can get rid of the unprinted wax resin and make sure that the casting plaster is sufficiently supported. Without these holes, you will not be able to cast your model properly. To prepare your model for casting, make as many holes or slots as possible (at least two holes or slots for each side), each with a minimum diameter of 1.5 mm.

hollowing your model

For more essential tips & tricks for designing your gold model, please visit our gold design guide. You can also learn more about 3D-printed jewelry in our blog posts about Desmond Chan’s stunning jewelry collection, Czech jewelry label blueberries, and our ultimate jewelry style guide.

by Fabian at April 25, 2017 08:57 AM

3Ders

General Electric invests 100 million euros into German 3D printing site

General Electric (GE) is continuing to focus its gaze squarely on the EU 3D printing industry, with a game-changing investment of 100 million euros ($109 million USD) into a newly acquired production site in Lichtenfels, Germany.

April 25, 2017 08:37 AM

April 24, 2017

CNC Cookbook

12 Most Popular CNCCookbook Articles of Last 12 Months

I read a lot of blogs in my quest to keep learning new things–over 200 at last count.  One thing that always troubles me when I find a new blog is, “Which great articles have I missed?”  You know that just because you found one good article it doesn’t mean you’ve found them all, right?…

by Bob Warfield at April 24, 2017 11:59 PM

3D Print.com

3D Printing in Fashion: Designers Alexis Walsh and Justin Hattendorf Tell Us About Their 3D Printed Apex Coat

Alexis Walsh is a fashion designer we’ve been following for a while, ever since she introduced her 3D printed fashion with the Lysis Collection in 2015. We also admired her 3D printed Spire...

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by Clare Scott at April 24, 2017 09:08 PM

Former 3D Systems President and CEO Avi Reichental Joins Nano Dimension Board of Directors

If you thought we could make it through the month of April without any more executive-level shakeups being announced in the 3D printing world, you were sorely mistaken. Earlier this month, Organovo...

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by Sarah Saunders at April 24, 2017 08:02 PM

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3D Printing and Siemens Mobility Partner to bring Innovations to the Railway

Siemens Mobility is a company that builds on mobility concepts that have the potential to make transportation and the business models therein more efficient and innovative.  When they partnered with SWU Verkehr GmbH in 2003, they had one main goal, and that was to keep vehicle availability as high as possible.

The first project these two companies partnered on involved adding additional operating elements into the armrests that utilized the printing capabilities of the Stratasys Fortus 900mc FDM machine.  The 3D printing process allows for parts customization, design freedom and easier integration of the newly produced parts.  For the manufacturer, it allows for low cost, low volume production. Using additive manufacturing, designers and engineers save time and money, while conceptualizing and testing prototypes. Additionally, 3D printed tooling reduces tooling process timelines from months and weeks to days and hours. It is now possible to get functional, testable models, and low-volume production parts faster than ever before.

What does all of this mean to a company that supports intelligent mobility? “Our production services for end-use parts have become much more flexible and tailored to our customers’ needs.” explains Tina Eufinger, Business Development, Siemens Mobility Division. “Before we integrated 3D printing into production, we were forced to produce higher quantities of parts in order to make the project cost- effective. For small volume part demands from customers, we would store excess parts until they were used, discarded or became too outdated to use. We can now create a design that is 100 percent customized to specific requirements and optimized several times before it is 3D printed. This takes our production time down from weeks to a matter of days, and makes it now cost-effective enough to extend our customer service offering to one-off part production.”

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by Carrie Wyman at April 24, 2017 07:59 PM

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GE Additive Ups Focus on 3D Printing, Announces Opening of New Customer Experience Center in Germany

“Our grandfather was Thomas Edison; we pride ourselves on innovation and invention,” said Mohammed Ehteshami, Vice President, Additive Integration, GE Additive, at last week’s...

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by Clare Scott at April 24, 2017 07:04 PM

Artec 3D Launches New Studio 12 Software Version, Will Demonstrate at RAPID + TCT

International company Artec 3D, which develops and manufactures 3D hardware and software, released its Studio 10 software suite about two years ago, and previewed its Studio 11 software at RAPID...

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by Sarah Saunders at April 24, 2017 06:15 PM

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Kentstrapper Introduces the MAVIS Professional 3D Printer

The new Kentstrapper MAVIS professional 3D printer

The new Kentstrapper MAVIS professional 3D printer

Italy-based Kentstrapper introduced...

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

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For the 3D Printing Industry to Grow, Focus on Collaboration & the Journey: MWS17

No man is an island — and neither is any industry. While leadership will naturally emerge, and some innovators rise to prominence ahead of others, the only way for actual growth to occur is...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at April 24, 2017 04:52 PM

SAP Announces Official Launch of SAP Distributed Manufacturing 3D Printing Application

For the last year or so, enterprise application software provider SAP has been working its way into the 3D printing industry with determination, beginning with a partnership with UPS that helped to...

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by Clare Scott at April 24, 2017 03:59 PM

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GE Additive establishes first of several Customer Experience Centers in Munich

GE Additive has made a significant step in its commitment to accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing by establishing the first of several Customer Experience Centers.

by Sam Davies at April 24, 2017 03:53 PM

3D Platform to showcase entry-level large format 3D printer and WorkBench Pro at RAPID + TCT

Large-format 3D printer manufacturer, 3D Platform is set to exhibit three new products at RAPID + TCT in Pittsburgh next month.

April 24, 2017 03:27 PM

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Siemens Mobility Turns to Stratasys Technology to 3D Print Custom, Low-Volume Tram Parts

A few months ago, additive manufacturing solutions company Stratasys announced a major partnership with global engineering and technology solutions leader Siemens. Now, the two companies are working...

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by Sarah Saunders at April 24, 2017 03:15 PM

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SAP launches Distributed Manufacturing platform at Hannover Messe 2017

SAP has launched Distributed Manufacturing, a new application which will aim to make 3D printing a ‘seamless part of digital manufacturing’, at Hannover Messe 2017.

by Sam Davies at April 24, 2017 02:37 PM

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Reality Check: Is "Additive Manufacturing" Still Niche Jargon?

The Materialise World Summit last week in Brussels was a remarkable event, filling two complete days with some of the brightest minds in additive manufacturing. The hyper-focused nature of the...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at April 24, 2017 02:25 PM

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New SAP Distributed Manufacturing application connects engineers with 3D printing service providers

SAP SE, a market leader in enterprise application software headquartered in Walldorf, Germany, has today launched SAP Distributed Manufacturing, a new application that will “make 3D printing a seamless part of digital manufacturing,” at Hannover Messe 2017. Expect to hear lots of exciting industrial news from Germany this week, because Hannover Messe, the world’s biggest industrial fair, has just kicked off. Earlier today we covered Siemens’ plans to create a new online platform for on-demand 3D printing, and we’ve just heard about another exciting additive manufacturing development, this time from German software company SAP SE.

April 24, 2017 02:13 PM

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Shining 3D Opens New EMEA Headquarters and Introduces Two New 3D Scanners

There are a few companies that immediately come to mind as leaders of their respective countries’ 3D printing industries. For China, one of those companies is Shining 3D, manufacturer of...

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by Clare Scott at April 24, 2017 01:57 PM

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RAPID 2017: Join Us at the Premier Additive Manufacturing Event

RAPID 2017 is one of the longest running, well-respected industry forums in additive manufacturing. And as expected, technology and innovation will be on full display at this year’s event — a place where 3D printing innovators and manufacturing leaders come together to share knowledge and experiences to push the industry forward.

While workshops and tech briefings will still be a mainstay at RAPID this year, a few surprises are in store for attendees as well, like the new 3D playground. A more experiential exhibit, this space lets you get a little more hands-on with 3D printing, design, material selections and form creation. As a 3D playground sponsor, we couldn’t be more excited to demonstrate firsthand the innovative ways we’re shaping what’s next.

Throughout its history, we’ve supported the RAPID showcase and community, and we are excited to continue that support. This year, we’re set to unveil our newest, groundbreaking manufacturing solutions up close and personal with attendees. Visit us at booth 1513 to experience our powerful new technologies in manufacturing, rapid prototyping and advanced materials. Get a guided booth tour with industry experts in additive manufacturing, experience materials and system demonstrations for a more hands-on approach to answering your questions, and see detailed customer use cases that showcase a variety of real-life solution applications.

Want an exclusive look into our latest manufacturing innovations?

To learn more about how you can take a booth tour or attend a Stratasys sponsored education session, register here.

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by Carrie Wyman at April 24, 2017 01:18 PM

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The Proforge: How to Launch a Desktop 3D Printer Properly

The Proforge 3D printer kit (in assembled form)

The Proforge 3D printer kit (in assembled form)

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

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Nano Dimension appoints former 3D Systems president Avi Reichental to board of directors

Israeli 3D printed electronics company Nano Dimension Ltd. has announced that Avi Reichental, former president, chief executive officer, and director at 3D Systems, has joined its board of directors. Nano Dimension is best known for its 3D printed multi-layer PCB technology and its DragonFly 2020 PCB 3D printer.

April 24, 2017 12:34 PM

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Siemens announce new PLM software platform to promote industrial 3D printing

Siemens will look to promote global on-demand product design and 3D printing production with a new platform developed by its product lifecycle management (PLM) software business.

by Sam Davies at April 24, 2017 12:18 PM

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Stratasys 3D printer helps Siemens Mobility go full steam ahead with low-volume production of rail parts

The Mobility Division of global engineering and technology company Siemens has announced it is using a Stratasys FDM 3D printer to fabricate low-volume production parts for rail companies, including Stadtwerke Ulm/Neu Ulm (SWU) Verkehr GmbH, a German transport services provider. In an effort to stay “on track” with its low-volume production of rail industry parts, Siemens’ Mobility Division is implementing cutting-edge manufacturing technology, including a Stratasys Fortus 900mc Production 3D Printer, to produce end-use rail industry parts in a matter of days.

April 24, 2017 11:42 AM

Siemens announces new online platform for global on-demand 3D printing production

Global technology company Siemens has announced plans to develop a new web-based collaborative platform that will enable on-demand product design and 3D printing production across the global manufacturing industry. The new online platform, which was announced at Hannover Messe 2017, the world’s largest industrial fair, is being developed by Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software team.

April 24, 2017 10:33 AM

20-year-old receives 3D printed skull implant after removal of extremely rare tumor

Tiffany Cullern, a 20-year-old from Swindon, Wiltshire in the U.K., has had her skull rebuilt thanks to a 3D printed skull implant. The young woman had been suffering from an incredibly rare tumor, about the size of a golf ball, that was growing on her brain.

April 24, 2017 09:16 AM

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Design of the Week: 3D Printed Sundial

A 3D printed DIGITAL sundial!

A 3D printed DIGITAL sundial!

This week’s selection is the amazing 3D printed sundial...

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by General Fabb at April 24, 2017 09:00 AM

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Ontarios new $5M ADEISS Centre could transform medical 3D printing in North America

The London Medical Network (LMN), a healthcare specialist based in Ontario, Canada, has announced the 6.8 million CAD (5 million USD) formation of a new medical 3D printing center in partnership with Ontario’s Western University and British engineering firm Renishaw PLC. The immediate creation of 20 professional jobs would be a boon for any city, but the formation of the Additive Design in Surgical Solutions (ADEISS) Centre in London, Ontario could mean a whole lot more for the Canadian city—and even the whole world.

April 24, 2017 08:32 AM