Feb 19 11:20am 3ders.org
Matthew L Faerber, director of the Visual World Investigate Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, has built a set of 3D printed virtual reality / augmented reality headsets that he uses to demonstrate the effects of climate change.
Feb 18 10:40am 3ders.org
An ambitious young animator has created a playful stop-motion homage to the dreaded loading screen. Meet Raphael Vangelis, a London-based filmmaker who spends long nights simply staring at his computer screen.
Feb 17 4:24pm 3ders.org
For those who are just as engulfed in Netflix’s The Crown as I am, the latest 3D scanning news coming out of the UK will surely warm your tea right up. Engineers from the University of Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) have teamed up with the British Sugarcraft Guild (BSG) to recreate a full-sized replica of Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding cake, all with the help of 3D scanning and modeling technologies.
Feb 17 4:09pm 3-D Printing News -- ScienceDaily
Society faces enormous challenges in constructing high-quality, future-oriented built environments. Construction sites today look much like the building sites did at the beginning of the 20th century. Current research on digital fabrication in architecture indicates that the development and integration of innovative digital technologies within architectural and construction processes could transform the building industry -- on the verge of a building industry 4.0. Digital technologies in architecture and construction could increase productivity creating new jobs.
Feb 17 3:13pm 3ders.org
Restoration experts in Rome have used 3D printing to repair two damaged busts salvaged from the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria. A number of the city’s buildings and artifacts have been damaged or destroyed by ISIS, who took control of the city in 2015 and then again in December 2016. Up until the outbreak of Syrian conflict in 2011, the ancient city of Palmyra was one of the Middle East’s most popular tourist attractions, drawing 105,000 visitors a year. And for good reason too: the UNESCO heritage site, which contained ancient structures such as the famous Temple of Bel, the Arch of Triumph, and four cemeteries, was spectacularly well preserved.
Feb 17 2:21pm The Shapeways Blog
While just a senior in high school, Robert Hillian took on a challenge most of us can only dream of: design a tool to be used — and printed — in space. It was all part of the Future Engineers competition hosted by NASA, SpaceX, and Shapeways, with in-orbit printing courtesy of Made In Space. Since winning […]...
Feb 17 2:11pm 3ders.org
After more than 200 Leaellynasaura bone fragments were found in New South Wales, Australia, scientists are using 3D printing and virtual reality (VR) technology to bring the dinosaur "back to life" at the National Wool Museum in Geelong. Over a period of just 12 days, palaeontologists digging near the Great Ocean Road in New South Wales have uncovered more than 200 pieces of bone belonging to the Leaellynasaura, a dinosaur native to Australia that roamed the land down under more than 110 million years ago.
Feb 17 11:35am 3ders.org
Strata Manufacturing PJSC, an Abu Dhabi-based aero-structure manufacturing company, has partnered with Mumbai-based Reliance Defence Limited (RDL) to develop and collaborate on aerospace composite manufacturing capabilities. Both companies, who recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding, will seek to advance and integrate 3D printing technologies into aerospace component manufacturing, as well as develop carbon fiber aerostructures, prepegs, and more.
Feb 17 11:13am 3ders.org
Infill optimization in 3D printing is something that is constantly being tinkered with by designers, mathematicians and researchers around the world. The reason is ultimately to find ways to produce more with less. In fact, the majority of 3D print processes allow for some sort of optimization of internal density when it comes to producing a 3D printed part. With stereolithography, producing hollowed out 3D prints ensures a high level of accuracy with minimal material use and efficient speeds. Polyjet 3D printing technology lets you fill your parts with a much more affordable support material and FDM 3D printing gives users the option to slice your 3D model file at varying degrees of infill to speed things up while using less material to boot.
Feb 17 11:11am 3ders.org
A local motorcycle builder in Bellingham, Washington is trying to break the world record for fastest land speed in the 3000 CC class – and this summer, he may finally be able to do it. Mike Eaton, president of custom motorcycle shop Jessco Racing Ltd, has had his sights set on breaking the world record at Bonneville Speedway for some time now. The company’s motto is, fittingly, “300 mph on a motorcycle.”...
Feb 17 9:04am 3DVision Technologies
In our latest installment of our How To Solve Webinar series I discussed SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional and how it can be used to create high end animations, batched renderings, multiple configurations, and harness the power of boost. The design approval process often requires multiple versions of the model in various orientations. SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional allows you to quickly create multiple life-like images of your design and provides the capability to guide your viewer around the design using animation and virtual reality. When you need to create these types of professional level content you need a professional level tool! Check out the link below to see a full recording of the webinar to learn more about how you too can solve your professional level needs with SOLIDWORKS Visualize Professional.
Feb 17 4:28am 3ders.org
Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and Swiss robotics group Devanthro have 3D printed a four-foot robotic humanoid complete with tendons, muscles, and bones. Meet Roboy Junior, the first prototype of the Roboy initiative, which recently scored substantial funding from additive manufacturing heavyweight EOS.
Feb 17 3:00am The Shapeways Blog
What do you doodle on the margins of your notes? Stay up late reading about online? Build communities around? Whatever it is, chances are you have something 3-dimensional to contribute to it. For Stony Smith, who just sold his 7,000th scale model railroad accessory on Shapeways (!!), the seeds of that hobby were planted early […]...
Feb 17 2:18am 3ders.org
Doctors in India have helped a 32-year-old woman back onto her feet by rebuilding part of her spine with 3D printed vertebrae in a first-of-its-kind procedure. The patient had been suffering from spinal tuberculosis.
Feb 16 12:05pm 3ders.org
A 3D printed laugh sculpture has officially become the first major artwork to be made in space. Printed aboard the International Space Station’s (ISS) famed zero-gravity 3D printer, the unique art project was born from the mind of Israeli artist Eyal Gever.
Feb 16 10:09am 3ders.org
We report on the many exciting, ingenious, and life-changing developments in 3D technology on a daily basis, but managing the waste products produced by the 3D printing process is something that is not considered perhaps as much as it should be. A new initiative by students at UC Berkeley is intended to tackle this specific issue. The 3D Printer Filament Reclamation Project aims to reduce the environmental impact of 3D printing on campus, as well as increasing its efficiency.
Feb 16 9:02am 3ders.org
A team of researchers from the University of Stuttgart in Germany have developed 3D printed lenses that can be used for miniature camera surveillance systems. The lenses, which employ “foveated imaging,” come close to mimicking natural vision by offering a super-sharp central focus and wider peripheral vision than other cameras.
Feb 16 7:48am 3ders.org
Stratasys-owned 3D printer manufacturer MakerBot has announced a "restructuring plan" that will see 30 percent of its workforce laid off. The New York City-based 3D printer maker went through a downsizing of similar proportions in 2015. Is MakerBot close to the brink? Not according to the New York-based company itself, but that won’t stop the question being asked, with a growing degree of seriousness, by all in the 3D printing industry. In an announcement made yesterday, MakerBot CEO Nadav Goshen stated that the 3D printer manufacturer will be reducing its staff by 30 percent, focusing its efforts around a select group of “essential products” and reorganizing the company in smaller groups around those products.
Feb 16 6:52am 3ders.org
Engineers from NK Labs and JACE have used 3D printing to create the STRAW, a massively overengineered multi-hole drinking straw designed to suck evenly from each contrasting half of the new McDonald’s Chocolate Shamrock Shake, made to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. When you’ve worked on engineering projects for Google, NASA, and DARPA, where do you go next to fulfill your creative ambitions? Apple? Facebook? 3D Systems? No, you go to McDonald’s. After helping to create Google’s Project Ara modular smartphone, Massachusetts-based NK Labs and San Fran’s JACE Design were looking for a new challenge, one that would push them to their limits and help solve real-world problems along the way.
Feb 16 4:54am 3ders.org
Straumann, a dental solutions company based in Basel, Switzerland, has announced it is seeking an official 3D printing partner. The Straumann Group is one of the world’s leading providers of dental implants, restorative products, and services.
Feb 16 4:15am 3ders.org
German machine tool manufacturing company DMG MORI has acquired 50.1\% of shares in German additive manufacturing company REALIZER GmbH, strengthening the company’s 3D printing technology offerings. With the acquisition, DMG MORI is adding selective laser melting (SLM), REALIZER’s specialty, to its already full arsenal of machining and manufacturing processes. In the additive manufacturing sphere, DMG MORI already has experience with laser deposit welding processes (through SAUER GmbH), and with the addition of REALIZER’s SLM technology and products, the company is excited to grow its AM business.
Feb 15 3:59pm NeoMetrix
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Feb 15 3:55pm The Shapeways Blog
In our most recent Scanning Stories post, we talked about making your full-body Skanect Structure Sensor 3D scans better using MeshLab and Meshmixer. In this fourth entry in the series, we’ll show you four steps between a full-body scan and printing that you’ll want to take to make sure your 3D selfies are true-to-life. Step […]...
Feb 15 2:59pm 3-D Printing News -- ScienceDaily
A new study presents a miniaturized camera inspired by the natural vision of predators such as eagles that captures images with a high central acuity.
Feb 15 2:40pm NeoMetrix
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Feb 15 1:58pm 3ders.org
Polish sports car manufacturer Arrinera Technology has teamed up with local industrial 3D printer manufacturer OMNI3D to additively manufacture parts for the Arrinera Hussarya, Poland’s first supercar. OMNI3D, known for its industrial and large-format FFF 3D printing solutions, says it helped to manufacture functional prototypes for the supercar, as well as final parts.
Feb 15 1:34pm 3ders.org
Additive Manufacturing Technologies Ltd (AMT), a 3D printing company based in Sheffield, UK, has been awarded £625,000 ($778,000) by Innovate UK to develop an automated post-processing machine for 3D printed polymer parts. The development project will last two years. When attempting to 3D print high-quality parts with a smooth and even surface finish, post-processing can be as important as the printing itself. Failure to take the proper care over post-processing can result in stranded bits of support material remaining on the surface of a print, as well as unwanted or uneven roughness.
Feb 15 1:22pm 3ders.org
3D technology could be going mainstream in the Asia-Pacific region as early as 2018, according to a recent report by market intelligence provider IDC (International Data Corporation). Their document, IDC FutureScape: Worldwide 3D Printing Predictions, APeJ Implications, was released today as part of the IDC FutureScapes, which aim to identify pertinent issues and provide strategies for IT businesses. Its main prediction was that the mainstream market in the Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) would be taking advantage of what 3D printing has to offer before the end of the year.
Feb 15 12:41pm NeoMetrix
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Feb 15 12:36pm The Shapeways Blog
When I was a child, I wanted to be a paleontologist (a scientist who studies fossils) because I thought dinosaurs were absolutely incredible. My parents took me to the Museum of Natural History here in New York, where I discovered that paleontologists slept in tents during their digs — and promptly changed my mind on […]...
Feb 15 12:08pm 3ders.org
Belgian diamond brand Baunat has teamed up with Twikit, an Antwerp-based mass customization startup, on a new initiative that brings handcrafted jewellery and 3D printing together for one of the first times ever. The two Belgian companies have just launched the Twikit Tool for Baunat Customized, an online tool that lets shoppers design their own diamond name necklace. Using 3D printed molds and expertly handcrafted diamonds, customers can have their name cast in G VS2 diamonds, on their choice of 18 karat gold chain. Depending on the length of the name, the whole product is priced starting at €1,800.
Feb 15 12:00pm Blog – Stratasys Direct Manufacturing
In the decades since its invention, additive manufacturing (AM), aka 3D printing, has proved to have long-term benefits for businesses that incorporated the technology into their business models and operations. More companies are looking to save the time and money 3D printing offers them. It’s not always easy to make this transition, however, and many […] The post How to Implement Additive Manufacturing into Your Business Model appeared first on Stratasys Direct Manufacturing.
Feb 15 11:27am NeoMetrix
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Feb 15 11:12am 3ders.org
Indian manufacturing company Intech DMLS, which specializes in metal 3D printing solutions, has announced it is developing India’s first locally made jet engine series. The jet engines will be destined for small aircraft such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Remote Controlled Aircraft.
Feb 15 11:04am The Shapeways Blog
Our community is a giant melting pot of creative designers, where 3D design is only a fraction of what the designers, makers, engineers and creators are capable of. A while back we celebrated the Academy Award nomination of Alienology, and today we want to highlight community member Sylvain Georget (visit his Shapeways shop Tegroeg), as […]...
Feb 15 10:45am NeoMetrix
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Feb 15 10:26am 3ders.org
London mayor Sadiq Khan today announced his vision for the future of the creative industries in the city, centred around a regeneration and transformation of the Thames Estuary region, and 3D technology was a key part of the proposal.
Feb 15 8:24am 3DVision Technologies
Good day, and welcome to the third and final installment of the “Forgotten Tools and Reasons to Use Them” series. Today we’re going to look at the user interface, and see how we can configure it to maximize efficiency when using SOLIDWORKS. SOLIDWORKS provides a myriad of ways to customize the interface. As a matter of fact, you can even save your custom settings in a matter of seconds. For right now we’ll focus on the command manager, and shortcut tool bars. Along the top of your screen to find an array of tabs. These tabs make up the command manager, and contain several feature sets that you’ll use on a regular basis. Each tab hosts features pertaining to specific modeling functions. For sheet metal and thin walled parts there’s the...
Feb 15 4:00am i.materialise
Turning your 3D model into a 3D print is an exciting technological process. However, to make sure you don’t receive an unpleasant surprise, we will show you how to choose the perfect resolution for your 3D file. This will guarantee you a 3D print of the best possible quality. For 3D printing, the most common file format is STL. STL stands for standard triangle language and means that your design will be translated into triangles in a 3D space. STL is typically not the native file format of your 3D modeling software. In its native format, your design is described as a mathematical function. However, most 3D modeling software has the option to export your designs to an STL file. Let’s take a look at this difference in a visual way. Below you can see three globes: the one on the left is in its native file format from a 3D modeling software, the one in the middle is a high-resolution STL...
Feb 15 3:00am The Shapeways Blog
TheLaserGirls (Sarah C. Awad and Dhemerae Ford) are powerhouses of cosplay, 3D design, and general badassery. On their podcast and blog, they show in vivid detail how two creative people have turned their love of fantasy, sci-fi, and cosplay into incredible 3D printed costumes and accessories – while empowering others to do the same. Last week, […]...
Feb 14 3:06pm The Shapeways Blog
At Shapeways, we love working with fellow design communities, so we were delighted when we got the opportunity to sponsor Sketchfab’s monthly 3D sculpting challenge. We asked their community to come up with the coolest tabletop wargaming miniatures they could. They didn’t disappoint — the quality of each submission was phenomenal. Judging with a combination of […]...
Feb 14 1:07pm 3ders.org
If you’ve been looking for definitive proof that your desktop 3D printer saves you money (to tell your skeptical friends!), or have been wondering whether it’s worth it to invest in your own 3D printer, a new study coming out of Michigan Technological University says that 3D printing at home does indeed save you money.
Feb 14 1:05pm 3-D Printing News -- ScienceDaily
A new study shows that consumers who invest in an at-home 3-D printer can not only make their money back within six months, but may also see an almost 1,000 percent return on their investment over a five-year period.
Feb 14 11:26am 3ders.org
Matthew Rose-Innes, a maker from South Africa, has built a Raspberry Pi "laptop" using the Pi Foundation Display and a 3D printed casing that incorporates a keyboard and touchpad. The laptop is part of a wider trend for printing cool housings for the tiny Pi computer. You can do lots of things with a Raspberry Pi computer. At roughly the cost of a new t-shirt, the incredible compact computer can control drones, function as a cloud server, and be turned into a retro gaming console. Newer versions can even run Windows 10. One of the best things about owning a Pi, however, is turning it into something that looks great.
Feb 14 9:17am 3ders.org
A team of researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has spent the past few years working on the development of a new class of bio-bots, which use muscle cells, 3D printed scaffolds, and electrical and optical pulses to move. Now, the team has decided to share its research so that anyone (with the tools and skills) can make their own 3D printed bio-bot.
Feb 14 8:05am 3ders.org
Instructables user Blake Hawkins, a Kansas 17-year-old with a passion for making, has built an incredible 3D printed vending machine designed to fit inside a regular school locker. The unusual creation scooped First Prize in the Instructables Arduino Contest 2016. Most of us went to school with somebody who tried to make money off their fellow students, whether through selling essays, betting on the softball, or undercutting the canteen. Never before, however, has there been an in-school moneymaking scheme as slick as this one. Hawkins, an incredibly talented 17-year-old maker, has built a fully functional vending machine that can be set up inside a regular school locker.
Feb 14 7:04am 3ders.org
The bespoke 3D printed sunglasses, called Skelmet Falcon 1, are being featured in an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign and are being marketed as the world's lightest and best fitting sport sunglasses. How is the company making these seemingly too-good-to-be-true frames? With 3D scanning and printing technologies, of course.
Feb 14 6:09am 3ders.org
Researchers at the University of Utah have used 3D printing to create a prototype pair of "smart glasses" whose liquid lenses can automatically adjust focus. The 3D printed glasses could eliminate the need for bifocals. As we get older, our eyesight inevitably worsens. By our mid-forties, even those who have never required prescription lenses generally find themselves struggling to read close up, and reading glasses are often required. This is because our eyes get worse at accommodating—or automatically focusing on objects at different distances—as our eyeballs become less flexible with age.
Feb 14 4:02am 3ders.org
Imagine a future where 3D bioprinters are readily accessible and can print full human clones, memories and all. If the concept sounds like something out of a sci-fi film, well, that’s because it is. Filmmakers Amanda Mesaikos and Susanne Aichele have written and directed a short film called Caleb, about a nine-year-old boy who 3D prints a clone of himself to have a friend.
Feb 14 3:05am The Shapeways Blog
Welcome to Tutorial Tuesday! This week, we speak to the geeks. Did you know that you can create 3D-printable designs with code? OpenSCAD is a programming language for solid modeling, specifically built for creating designs that are exportable as triangular meshes for 3D printing. In this post, we’ll walk you through the basics and show […]...
Feb 13 10:42am 3ders.org
Two students from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in Switzerland have built a 3D printer with a three-axis tilting print bed, giving the printer a total of six axes. The 3D printer, still in its prototype phase, could be used to print objects with overhangs without adding supports. The concept of a multi-axis 3D printer with rocking, rotating, or tilting parts is nothing new—Japanese company ENOMOTO Kogyo demonstrated a functional five-axis 3D printer last year, and we’ve seen similar printers from Hermle and even independent students.
Feb 13 10:17am NeoMetrix
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Feb 13 9:50am 3ders.org
Swedish company Febtop Tech has just launched its new three-in-one desktop 3D printer, laser cutter, and CNC mill on Indiegogo. Within hours of launching the crowdfunding campaign, Febtop Tech has already surpassed its funding goal of $50,000. Backers still have 30 days to make their pledges.
Feb 13 9:49am NeoMetrix
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Feb 13 8:22am 3ders.org
Barcelona-based 3D printer startup Makness has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the MK I, a desktop 3D printer that has been designed for the whole family. The startup, which claims its product makes 3D printing as simple as preparing capsule coffee, has devised an interesting capsule system for the Makness 3D printer.
Feb 13 7:42am 3DVision Technologies
Recently I was up late with my sick child trying to keep his fever down. To keep myself awake for the next thermometer reading, I decided to partake in some late night television. I ended up watching one of the popular sales channels known for its Quality Value and Convenience. Why I do not know, but that is where I ended up. The clearance deal that they were selling at that moment peaked my interest. The Iced Up Appetizer on Ice Divided Platter with Locking Lid is a plastic appetizer tray that has a dome lid. Nothing special there until they explained what the bowl that was incorporated in the lid was for. It was for Ice. Yep this was a cooling appetizer tray that used Ice to keep your fruit,...
Feb 13 7:34am 3ders.org
Apis Cor, an additive manufacturing construction company based in San Francisco and the Russian cities of Moscow and Irkutsk, has used its own construction 3D printer to build a 3D printed house in Stupino, near Moscow. Construction of the 37-square-meter building took less than a day. Russia is home to some of most incredible architecture in the world, from Middle Muscovite gems like Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow to the imposing and controversial structures colloquially known as “Stalin’s high-rises.” Excitingly, Russia could soon be home to a whole new style of architecture: 3D printed buildings.
Feb 13 6:11am 3ders.org
If you thought 3Doodled Eiffel Towers were impressive, just wait till you get a look at this absolutely stunning miniature chair made using just a 3Doodler 3D pen. Created by Korean designer Jungsub Shim, the intricately designed chair is an undeniable feat for 3D printing pen art, as well as furniture design.
Feb 13 4:56am 3ders.org
Online 3D printable model shop Gambody, a popular destination for DIY 3D printed Star Wars models, tanks, and more, has stepped out of its comfort zone to release a special "Valentine’s Day" model: a 3D printable figurine of Suicide Squad’s Harley Quinn. The model costs $24.99. Sometimes the most interesting thing about Valentine’s Day is not the romance, the outpouring of feeling between two kindred spirits, or that special moment shared over a glass of champagne; sometimes it’s seeing what February 14—or love in general—means to other people. Other people like 3D printed model makers, for example.