During Medieval times, Cyprus was the epicenter of Mediterranean civilization. And, now, Cyprus-based manufacturers of DLP 3D printers Illos3D has teamed up with the Historical Atlas of Medieval Cyprus project to create an awesome 1:72,000 scaled replica down to the tiniest detail.
Danit Peleg’s final design project at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Israel was a 100% 3D printed fashion line inspired by Eugene Delacroix’s 1830 painting ‘Liberty Leading the People’. Peleg was inspired by the ‘revolutionary’ idea that someday people might be able to print ready to wear fashion on the go. Freedom—from luggage? Someday Peleg’s vision may very well become a reality, but, for now, she must continue charging ahead with her 3D printed Tricolor into the world of fashion design.
We all know the importance of 3D printers within the education arena. As the technology makes its way into schools around the planet, new applications and curricula continue to be developed to ensure that future generations are up to speed with this incredible technology. While thousands of 3D printers have been set up in public and private schools and universities across the nation over the last couple of years, we are still quite a ways away from mainstream adoption by educators. While China has presented a plan to hopefully place 3D printers into every school in the nation, the US may be lagging behind just a bit.
To combat the rising heat of summer–and escalating power bills–I decided to splurge on a new fan for my desk area this past weekend. Although it had been on my mind to buy one, I was thrilled to happen upon a sturdy, vintage fan sitting ignored in a corner at a busy antique store–a real throwback to the days when items like that were meant to last more than one season.
For those of you who frequently follow the 3D printing space, the name Olaf Diegel probably rings a bell. He has been the subject of several stories which we have covered, ranging from his elaborate 3D printed guitars to his more experimental 3D printed saxophone. Whatever the case be, Diegel has certainly made a name for himself both within the music industry and 3D printing industry alike.
3D scanning and 3D printing go hand in hand, capturing and creating physical representations through the power of computing. Computers, 3D printers, and 3D scanners are amazing tools, but they are all pretty expensive. As more and more 3D technology is embedded into more powerful generations of smartphones, however, it would be nice to see the prices of smartphone 3D scanners drop. Matter and Form‘s new Kickstarter campaign for their latest 3D scanning product would seem to reflect this trend.
Despite the range of improvements that have been made to both additive manufacturing technologies as well as the materials used in the additive manufacturing process, the ability to create parts using a desktop 3D printer that are ready for highly-demanding applications have still left a lot to be desired. Perhaps the most prominent company thus far that’s been focused on creating high-strength parts is Boston-based MarkForged. The company’s Mark One 3D printer is capable of embedding Kevlar, carbon fiber and fibreglass into printed objects to make the prints considerably stronger than any other desktop 3D printing system. To date, the printer has been used to create everything from functional hand tools and drones to even race-ready car parts for Formula 1 racing.
The Prosthetics and Assistive Technology Challenge series event will take place July 28-29 in Richmond, Virginia, and the two-day event gives designers from the general public the opportunity to transform lives by improving the quality of life for veterans through the creation of personalized, tailored 3D printed devices.
Late last year we were in the midst of an all out war on Kickstarter. A war which was certainly good for consumers, but not so good for 3D printer manufacturers who were all competing to offer the most affordable desktop machines within the market. While the fierce battle has died down, the race to the bottom (in terms of price) has continued. With New Matter recently opening up orders for their MOD-t 3D printer, which is priced at under $400, believe it or not, there are other machines which are significantly undercutting these prices as well.
There is little doubt that investors within the 3D printing space are a bit unnerved as of late. As stocks have continued to plummet this last quarter, investors remain skeptical but also a bit optimistic about the next couple of weeks, starting tomorrow, as earnings season within the 3D printing space rolls around. While shares of 3D Systems and ExOne have continued to slide, we have seen a bit of a bounce back for shares of Stratasys and Voxeljet over the last couple of weeks, as analyst upgrades and earnings anticipation come into play. As we kick off tomorrow with the first of four important reports for the industry, I thought it would be nice to provide our readers with a bit of a preview of what we can expect. Below you will find information regarding the upcoming quarterly reports from Stratasys, 3D Systems, Voxeljet and ExOne.
The latest Space Act Agreement between Auburn University and NASA will allow them to explore and advance the applications of additive manufacturing. Space Act Agreements are legal compacts specified in the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958, and they’re used to empower NASA to work with any entity to enable the fulfillment of the NASA mandate.
League of Legends (LoL) is a multiplayer online video game that was originally released back in October of 2009. Developed by Riot Games, it has become one of the most popular free-to-play online battle arena games ever created. In a given day, close to 30 million people play the game, so undoubtedly there is something to it, right?
Typically when we think of desktop 3D printers, we either picture an FDM/FFF, extrusion based machine, or an SLA (steterolithographic) machine. Both of these printers have their positive and negatives to them, with SLA having an edge in print resolution, while FDM offers more material options, and larger build volumes. We have seen SLA based 3D printers become quite popular in the dental field, where dentists are able to create molds for patient’s teeth. These molds can then be cast and eventually turned into dentures, bridges, and caps.
Whether you love the delicious gluttony of rich milk chocolate or the health/antioxidant benefits of dark chocolate, there’s a pretty decent chance that you appreciate some good chocolate (and if you don’t, let me know; I’d be happy to give your unwanted chocolate a good home!). When it’s brought together with technology, the results are usually even sweeter, as we’ve seen that its melting capabilities make chocolate the perfect edible material to test out food 3D printing.
Natural disasters are inevitable in most parts of the world. Thankfully, with increasingly sophisticated technology, we are more equipped to minimize damage and avoid loss of life than ever before. Through 3D printing, Geological Society of America volcanologist Dr. Ian Saginor has made it his mission to prepare people as much as possible for that most terrifying of natural disasters: volcanoes. An associate professor at Keystone College in La Plume, PA, Saginor has partnered with paper-based 3D printer manufacturer Mcor Technologies to create innovative 3D printed volcano hazard map models through the Volcano Terrain Project, which we first saw back in February. He then takes these models to the most vulnerable populations to show them what an eruption near their homes might look like – and how they might prepare for it.
As we continue to see both the emergence of new additive manufacturing processes as well as an increased adoption rate of additive manufacturing in various industries, we’re also starting to see cases of where these two movements converge to create unique solutions for industry-specific applications.
Andrew McCalip, Jason Miller, and the team at Cosine Additive want to continue to shake up traditional manufacturing and industry as nearly all of us know it. With the intent of taking on complex, intense projects, they’ve developed a large scale 3D printer which is meant to impress upon their ‘fundamental de-coupling’ of both equipment and materials.
Julian Sing, aka 3dChef, runs, as far as I know, the only independent firm for 3D printing sugar objects. As a product designer, Maker, and pastry chef, Julian was able to create his own sugar 3D printer way ahead of the yet-to-launch ChefJet 3D printer from 3D Hubs. Until now, 3dChef has been providing its sugar printing services to local artists and businesses, which has seen his printer fabricate melting sugar cubes for music videos and even honey for a London-based artist. Today, however, the 3dChef has jumped onto the 3D Hubs distributed manufacturing network to offer sugar printing to the masses… of Holland.
3D modeling and 3D printing have led to the creation of all sorts of unique movie props, scaled down movie replicas and various cosplay designs over the past couple of years. We’ve seen costumes created that may actually be more detailed than the costumes depicted in the real movies, and we’ve even seen 3D printed prosthetic hands modeled after various superheroes. However, where the true beauty lies for 3D printing is in its ability for designers and artists to create virtually whatever they like, whenever they want to.
3D printing is a technology that can be quite amazing and fun to watch. In fact, my lineup of 3D printers have become somewhat of a pastime when it comes to having friends and family over my house. It has replaced my air hockey table, and my television set as the attention grabber within my home. This is especially true when I have something interesting being printed as my friends and family come for a visit.
The widespread adoption of 3D printing has contributed to create many new professional figures and artistic experiences that have never existed in the past. One of these is the “Sculptor de Voix”, or voice sculptor. This is Gilles Azzaro‘s profession and, while his experience has evolved over many years, he rose to fame by creating a 3D printed sculpture based on Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. In that speech, the US president spoke for the first time about 3D printing as one of the opportunities to seize to provide for America’s future. Now, Gilles has come up with another voice sculpture depicting a very different voice, although no less unique and important: a baby’s first cry.
When it comes to the intersection of innovation and manufacturing technologies, companies that have continued to break down walls year after year are among those still standing the strongest today in the business landscape.
As the focus of the 3D printing industry shifts from the hobby and maker market to the industrial design and office market there has been a shift in 3D printer usability. The last few generations of desktop 3D printers have focused on streamlining, reducing the number of misprints and errors and taking the frustration out of the printing process. As machines become easier to use and more reliable, the focus has now begun to shift over to 3D printing materials.
I remember when I was a child, my grandfather had a Polaroid camera. For some reason it fascinated me to no end that he could take a photo, and within a minute or so, have that photograph in hand, rather than having to wait for it to be developed at the local convenient store. Fast forward 20 years and the photography world is now overrun by digital cameras, cameras able to render photos on a computer screen a split second after they have been captured. While some photographers still prefer film, it is digital that is preferred by most.
It seems as though this summer has been rather slow compared to several months ago, when it comes to the release and unveiling of new 3D printers. While the winter and fall saw many crowdfunding campaigns launch to bring new 3D printers to market, this summer has hardly seen any. For one Barcelona-based company, called Printhatshit, this summer has allowed them to release two new 3D printers without much competition.
Traveling back and forth between Korea and North America, I have seen several cultural differences between the two and these differences also seem to appear in the regions’ respective Maker cultures, too. One of the features that I have found is that Maker movements seem to spread more slowly in Korea than in Western countries. In South Korea, with a very dense population, most people can hardly secure open space, such as a garage, for making and storing their projects and tools and often have to create work space out of nothing.
Lima Corporate, the Italian company that pioneered the development of 3D printed titanium trabecular implants, is partnering with Materialise, one of the leading providers of medical (and non-medical) 3D software and 3D printing services, to offer patient-specific, 3D printed surgical guides for partial knee implants.
It’s hard to imagine that the 3D Hubs community was just a speck in its founders eyes two and a half years ago and, now, the distributed manufacturing network is growing at an exponential rate. At the beginning of the year, the site was only up to 10,000 3D printer listings and, six months later, 3D Hubs now has 20,000 3D printers listed. In fact, more Hubs have been added in the past six months than the previous two years combined. To celebrate their momentous milestone, 3D Hubs is hosting a contest for their community.
Not too long ago, metal 3D printing was rather rare. It wasn’t long though before all interested parties had their interests piqued, wondering about the possibilities. As the technology entered major industrial processes at great expense and initial experimentation, the world began to see it as an emerging and extremely viable and useful process.