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Japan House Art Exhibition Hosts 3D Printed Artworks

The art world is making use of 3D printing in various ways, from actual pieces to renovations of older artefacts. So, it’s not hard to imagine events celebrating 3D printing or other modern technological advances gaining traction. Displaying modern art colliding with modern tech would be a novel approach to try these days. Well, Japan […]

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Turning Mathematics into Colorful 3D-Printed Art

Francesco de Comité is an Associate Professor in Computer Science at the University of Lille (France). He has a degree in Maths and a PhD in Computer Science, and his research focuses on the representation of mathematical concepts in real life with renders, 3D prints or ‘physical objects’. He started working in this field nearly 10 years ago, first by making 2D renders of math objects. But after these first attempts, he realised the need to go further with his research. “If you want to understand a mathematical object by means of 2D views, you have to produce a lot of 2D renders or an animation.” Then I began to look at the possibilities brought by 3D printing. Handling a 3D object allows you to see all its aspects at the same time,” Francesco explains about his first experiences with 3D printing. His 3D printing often begins with a programming challenge. “In general, I want to make mathematics tangible, by letting people manipulate the objects. 3D printing is often the only tool to build very difficult or nearly impossible objects.” “In general, I want to make mathematics tangible, by letting people manipulate the objects. 3D printing is often the only tool to build very difficult or nearly impossible objects.” The beauty of mathematics All Francesco’s objects are the result of procedural work: they are all programmed at a very low level, using Python within Blender or Grasshopper and C++ within Rhino. The programming part of the job is the more important phase because here is where the mathematical concepts are coded, tested and improved. The result of his work is always a beautiful piece of art: “Art is just a by-product, the beauty comes from the maths behind”, explains De Comité. “Art is just a by-product, the beauty comes from the maths behind” 3D printing mathematical figures in Multicolor+ One of the 3D printing projects that Francesco is working on at the moment are 3D-printed shells, designed with the help of mathematics. This idea is nothing new, but with the help of 3D printing, Francesco can go a step further. A century ago, D’Arcy Thompson, the pioneer of mathematical biology, described how the shape of a seashell is the result of a closed curve rotating in a spiral around an axis, while growing in size. Thirty years ago, Hans Meinhardt also showed in his book, ‘The Algorithmic Beauty of Seashells’, how the patterns decorating seashells can be described with simple differential equations, as Alan Turing did previously from a more general scope. None of them had 3D printing tools available during their time but De Comité does: “I was feeling that I could now gather both approaches in a synthetic work, and write programs for 3D-printed decorated seashells. I also wanted to write a single program that could represent all, or at least a large part, of the existing seashells. The task is quite successful now, even if I still need to acquire some practice.” The advantages of new, full-color 3D printing Multicolor+ was a great discovery for Francesco and his 3D-printed shells. Other full-color 3D printers on the market make models which are bigger and heavier than normal shells, especially because they require a minimum wall thickness of 3mm, which is far thicker than real seashells. “Since Multicolor+ only asks for 1mm wall thickness, I can design a model three times smaller and 27 times less heavy. Much closer to the size of real seashells!” specifies De Comité. He recommends respecting the wall thickness as the main trick to get the perfect Multicolor+ 3D print. Since Multicolor+ only asks for 1mm wall thickness, I can design a model three times smaller and 27 times less heavy Apart from the shells, he has also designed and printed other mathematical figures such as anamorphoses and cardioidal variations. Keep an eye on Francecso De Comite’s work with shells because he is improving his designs and even working on the Murex shell’s complex spikes. Are you impressed by Francesco’s mathematical figures in Multicolor+? You can also get the perfect 3D print in full color by following these tips and tricks. Once your designs are ready you just have to upload them to our online 3D printing platform and get an instant quote for your prints. If you are not such an advanced designer, you can start step by step with this 3D design tutorial for beginners. Mathematical figures and shells are not the only thing you can 3D print with Multicolor+. Discover all the possibilities of this brand new technology!

A Collage of 3D Printing Possibilities

Colorful, eclectic, detailed and eye-catching are some of the adjectives we can use to describe Denise J. Reytan’s 3D-printed creations. Working and living in such an alternative city like Berlin, we didn’t expect any less from today’s featured artist. Read more to know how she got started with 3D printing and how far she has gone in her 3D designs for jewelry. Where are you from and what’s your background? Hi! My name is Denise Reytan. I’m a Berlin-based jewelry designer and artist and I create jewelry as well as installations and art objects. I studied in Pforzheim and Düsseldorf and opened my studio in Berlin in 2009. How would you describe your 3D printing work? My work is an exploration in contrasts – between materials, values, colors and personal content. I really like to question conventional boundaries and am interested in the transformation of precious into non-precious and vice versa.  I really like to question conventional boundaries and am interested in the transformation of precious into non-precious and vice versa. How did you start to use 3D printing for your jewelry design?   The first time I used 3D was in 2004, in a course at university, but the quality back in those days was so horrible that I didn’t use it further. Then I did an Artist Residence at the “Institute of Applied Arts” at the HS Düsseldorf in 2013. They had just gotten a new 3D scanner and lots of new software, so I was super curious about the new possibilities. In the end, it was an amazing experience to create my collages on the computer! What about 3D printing materials. You have designed jewelry in brass, like the “Rock o´clock”, but you also use plastics like polyamide. How different are those materials for 3D printing and which one is your favorite? Of course, the materials are very different, especially in terms of weight. I always choose the material which fits best with my idea and how I want to wear it. When I´m thinking of a brooch, polyamide (SLS) is definitely the better choice, because it is very light. The “Rock o´clock” ring is perfect in brass. It has a nice golden color and the material fits great with its use as a ring. How different is your creative process when 3D printing is involved or not? For me, 3D is a great tool, but my creative process starts in the beginning before I choose the technique.  When I choose 3D, I first work on the preparations, like 3D scans. Then I create a collage on the computer, which is very playful and intuitive. For me, 3D is a great tool, but my creative process starts in the beginning before I choose the technique. Polyamide is a very versatile material. Which are your favorite polyamide finishes? I really like the polyamide(SLS) dyed purple or blue color. The white option is quite sensitive to dirt, but great for further processing. I also like the polished version very much. Which projects are you working on at the moment? At the moment I´m working on a pendant, made of 3D-printed brass. Explore the possibilities of 3D printing for your art and jewelry projects with i.materialise. You can go for brass or polyamide (SLS) like Denise, for other classic materials like silver, or give an unconventional material such as alumide a try. As you can see, there is not just one option for 3D-printed jewelry. Just upload your designs to our 3D printing platform and make your 3D printing ideas come to life! Read the material design guides carefully to get the most out of each material. Follow Reytan on her social media accounts and discover her website to get a dose of 3D printing inspiration.

3D Printing at the Movies: How a Costume was 3D Printed for Black Panther

If you live on this planet, you might have already watched or at least heard about the latest Marvel movie: Black Panther. This blockbuster has been acclaimed by the public and movie critics for many reasons, including the impressive costumes worn by the characters. Tradition meets 3D printing The amazing outfits for the movie were inspired by the colors and shapes of African tradition and the cutting-edge technology of Wakanda. One of the main characters, Queen Ramonda, wears an elegant crown in the movie, reminiscent of the traditional crowns worn by married Zulu women. This crown was 3D-printed by Materialise. It’s a perfect example of the Wakandan blend between old and new! When Ruth Carter, Head Costume Designer for Black Panther, was faced with the challenge of designing a crown for the mother of T’Challa – the Black Panther himself – she sought the collaboration of an experienced designer for fashion and 3D-printed wearables, Julia Körner, and put it together using the 3D printing technologies available at Materialise. The results are out of this world! Read more about this fantastic 3D print and the designing process on the Materialise blog. A 3D printing technology worthy of a queen’s outfit The technology chosen to 3D print Queen Ramonda’s crown was Laser Sintering and the material was Polyamide12 or Polyamide (SLS). This is the 3D printing option that offers the highest freedom of design, one of the best options for such a creative project! Julia’s 3D design skills were key to achieving a crown that was stiff enough to retain its shape but also flexible enough to be comfortably worn by the actress Angela Basset who was playing Queen Ramonda. Polyamide is also a great material for beginners in 3D printing and designers because it gives the possibility to print the most intricate shapes, and it comes in many different finishes and colors. You can also print your creations in Polyamide (SLS) by uploading your 3D designs to the i.materialise 3D printing platform. You’ve never been closer to Hollywood! Look for more inspiring stories about 3D printing in fashion and shoe design on our blog. All images courtesy of Marvel’s Black Panther / Costume Design by Ruth Carter

From a Clay Sculpture to a 3D Print with 3D Scanning

Working in such a dynamic sector like 3D printing, it’s normal that the members of the Materialise team are always exploring the creative side of 3D printing and discovering all its possibilities. This story is a good example of how we use every excuse to get creative with 3D printing. Are we obsessed with 3D printing? Maybe, but it’s just so much fun! Steven Demot works as a multimedia designer at Materialise, and creates art in his free time – most recently with clay modeling. When his fantastic creatures were noticed by product development engineer Nils Faber, he put his 3D scanning and 3D design knowledge and skills to work and made the 3D magic happen.  From drawing to 3D print Steven has always drawn fantastical creatures and aliens. A few months ago, he decided to turn his 2D creations into 3D and started sculpting in clay. For this purpose, he chose the design of a big gorilla. Nils scanned the clay figure with a professional 3D scanner and made the first designs of the 3D model using Materialise 3-matic software. After the scan, the file needed to be fixed for 3D printing and the resolution was reduced. By lowering the quantity of triangles to 1/10th, it is possible to reduce the resolution without losing quality. “Then, I added hair to the model with Blender and in the first iteration I could comb and cut the hair like in real life. I just wanted to try how it looked like and it was so much fun!”, explains Nils. Once the model was 3D scanned and fixed it could be handled easily for any purpose: 3D sculpting, painting or uploading for sharing when working in a team or with friends. Nils played with the design by adding some hair to the Model, with stunning results. I added hair to the model  and in the first iteration I could comb and cut the hair like in real life. It was so much fun! The final design was 3D printed in Polyamide (MJF) and dyed black. The material was perfect for showing the fine details of the gorilla’s face. Look at this detailed 3D print! Tips for 3D scanning when 3D printing 3D scanning an object is the fastest way to turn a real object into a 3D design, but there are some important things to take into account. As a scanning expert, Nils gives his advice to turn 3D scans into 3D designs. “The holes are the most crucial parts to be careful with and also any internal cavities that can be difficult to reach with the scan.” “Remember to reduce the amount of triangles before fixing the files, and make sure that the models have light, matte colors. Clay was a perfect material to 3D scan because shiny surfaces are much harder to scan.” The creative possibilities of 3D scanning Steven had the idea of turning his clay creation into a pair of bright cufflinks and 3D printing made it possible. The cufflinks were 3D printed in untreated brass. This material was perfect to keep the details of the 3D design, even when the scale and material changed. This process is a good example of the endless applications of 3D scanning a real object. In this case, scaling up and reducing the models is really impressive. The real model is 30 cm, and the 3D scan was made at a 1/1 scale, but since the design has so much detail it can be blown up to be as big as you like. That means it could be turned into a real gorilla! “This is not too different on how models are created for big Hollywood movies,” according to Nils Faber. “The figure in a different size would explain a whole new story and it would be a great creative exercise,” Steven adds. Coloring the models to find the colors that you like is also an ideal application for a 3D scan, or even replicating the models to apply them onto other objects, such as a décor. Steven is very enthusiastic about the applications of the scan: “As an artist it is enjoyable to make fun stuff with 3D models. I am a big fan of pop culture and a mish-mash of things from the past and present!” The figure in a different size would explain a whole new story and it would be a great creative exercise Ready to 3D scan your figures and get creative with your 3D models? Discover the most popular scanners and 3D scanning software to design your 3D prints. Nils used a professional 3D scanner for this project, but you can also get high-quality 3D scans at home. For example, you can use the app Qlone to 3D scan small objects and 3D print them directly with i.materialise. Once the scans are ready, you can upload your files to our 3D printing platform and decide what the best material and size is for them. What would you like to see the 3D scanned gorilla used for? Let us know in the comments!

Art and 3D Printing: Meet Curious Artist Koenraad Van Daele

3D printing is a very broad concept that includes many different technologies, materials and even 3D design software. This also means there is a world of possibilities for creative artists willing to experiment like Koenraad Van Daele. As a longtime friend of i.materialise, this Belgian artist is a good example of a curious mind experimenting with diverse 3D printing materials and sizes. Welcome to the 3D-printed world of Koen Van Daele! Van Daele studied art and sculpture in Brussels and Carrara (Italy) where he explored clay modeling, molding and stone sculpture. In the late nineties, he bought his first computer with vector software and everything changed for him. Computers, graphic software, digital design and system development became his part-time job. Today he develops websites and online systems, does graphic design and has even co-founded a non-profit organization with a socio-artistic cause. Thanks to 3D design and 3D printing he has rediscovered his love of sculpture. When did you start using 3D printing for your art? I registered at Tinkercad in January 2012 and placed my first order at i.materialise in December 2012. Between 2005 and 2008, I worked a lot with Macromedia Flash animation software. I also made some flipbooks and discovered François Willème’s work in photosculpture. So I was looking for a way or a method to go from 2D vector drawings to 3D. Autodesk 123D was very helpful at the time! With those tools, I was able to scan objects and turn them into digital 3D files. I scanned a wooden mannequin and separated and enhanced all the parts in Meshmixer. From that moment onwards, I realised that I could work 100% in a digital environment and that digitally modeling the human figure went much faster than clay modeling. I realised that I could work 100% in a digital environment and that digitally modeling the human figure went much faster than clay modeling. Where do you get your inspiration from as a 3D printing artist? A lot of my work is inspired by what happens or which objects can be found in an artist’s studio.  The digital studio only requires a computer, a table and a chair. I questioned myself what to do with objects that were significant in the past like chisels, hammers, an easel, a sculpture table, the model, a drawing, a mold, etc. A significant work about this is Still Life with Easel and Sculpture Table printed in polymer and finished with blue spray paint. But today’s inspiration can come from different corners. I can be challenged by an open call, by a theme presented by a colleague, by other artists like Walker Evans, by a technical process or by what’s happening on my screen. A picture in a newspaper inspired My Funny Valentine. Today’s inspiration can come from different corners. I can be challenged by an open call, by a theme presented by a colleague, by other artists, by a technical process or by what’s happening on my screen. How is your creative process? How do you get from the idea to a 3D print? My latest work is a ring with a group of eight figures. The theme is curiosity and I suppose it came to my mind while reading philosophy. I opened a file in Meshmixer with one figure (my silent partner), duplicated it and moved all the body parts so the two figures were standing face to face and holding their hands like binoculars. I duplicated the group four times and positioned them in a circle. The duplication was possible because it’s one of the key features in Meshmixer. The other one is the smoothing tool. The trouble with a ring is that it has to fit, so I designed and ordered several sizes (2 mm step) and colors in polyamide (SLS). You 3D print models with different sizes and purposes. Do you work differently depending on the pieces you are working on? My work has roots in figurative sculpture. For me, digital 3D design has no scale and on the screen there is no gravity. A standing figure with no support falls over but with a hole, it becomes a pendant. A large print of a bracelet can become a sculpture. It’s a playground! A lot of things can happen around a finger or an arm, even drama. Large prints cost more money and that also makes a difference. Digital 3D design has no scale and on the screen there is no gravity. A standing figure with no support falls over but with a hole, it becomes a pendant. A large print of a bracelet can become a sculpture. It’s a playground! You also use different materials for your creations. Does your creative process depend on the material you will use? Every material has specifications, design rules, finishes and pricing. I love ceramics because of the glazing and maybe because it’s close to clay, which I used a lot in the past for modeling. I have no favourite at this moment, but my favourite could be a sustainable weatherproof material that needs no further finish for the outdoors. I am sure the future will surprise us with new materials and finishes. Sometimes I choose alumide for 3D printing for the extra sparkle: it contains a Christmas atmosphere. A challenge could be to design a wearable that is part alumide and part polyamide. What are you working on at the moment? The ring with the eight figures encouraged me to design a matching bracelet. A bracelet has more surface area with more figures and a story. Apart from that, I would like to experiment with code to find out how it can act as a guide for an image or for an object. I recently bought myself an Arduino (an open-source electronics platform) starter’s kit to experiment with servo and programming code. Find out about this 3D printing artist on his website and social media platforms and get inspired by his diverse creations. If you want to follow in Van Daele’s

Wikipedia goes 3D allowing users to upload .stls for digital reference

Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository of Wikipedia, has introduced a new tool allowing contributors to upload 3D models to the site. The 3D models, as with Wikipedia’s other media content i.e. photos, audio, vector and video files, will be embedded into the site’s existing articles, adding a new dimension to research done by the […]

Wikipedia goes 3D allowing users to upload .stls for digital reference

Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository of Wikipedia, has introduced a new tool allowing contributors to upload 3D models to the site. The 3D models, as with Wikipedia’s other media content i.e. photos, audio, vector and video files, will be embedded into the site’s existing articles, adding a new dimension to research done by the […]

The Advantages of Sculpting with 3D Printing: Interview with Sculptor Charles-Eric Gogny

Charles-Eric Gogny is a professional French sculptor who has embraced 3D printing and 3D design from a very early stage. He is fascinated by organic forms and tries to show imaginary representations of the universe and existence through sculpture: everything is movement, metamorphoses, and microcosms meeting macrocosms. This results in chimeric creatures; a mix of human, animal and vegetable. Charles-Eric explained to us how he designs for 3D printing in bronze and polyamide, and how this new way of working has allowed him to continue sculpting even after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.  Your artistic formation was very traditional. How did you discover 3D design and 3D printing? I first approached 3D design in the beginning of the 90s, when I collaborated with the company Ex-Machina as a sculptor and modeler for the first films with computer-generated images. At that time, for complex characters, it was preferable to draw a mesh on a real volume and then grab it point by point to get it into the computer. Later on with the development of online printing services, I started 3D printing, obtaining quality results without the need to invest in expensive and delicate equipment. However, until now I have limited myself to smaller, less expensive formats. How has 3D printing changed sculpting and design? Obviously, 3D printing and 3D modelers have changed the sculpture, whether in terms of design or execution. 3D printing offers the ease to produce shape variations, assembly, symmetries, displacement mapping, movements, physical effects, fractals, etc. It also offers the possibility to realize interior volumes. But the amazing thing about 3D printing is the transition from the virtual image to a real object! How is 3D modeling different from sculpting with your hands? Computer modeling seems more intellectual and reflective than manual modeling: one can start from designing with your mind to visualization on the screen by setting parameters. It requires less manual skill and that opens a world of possibilities! There are 3D tools that mimic clay modeling, random parameters, but I miss the touch, the unconscious gesture of the hand. When one works with real volume, the hand perceives the response of the material but on the computer only the eye can perceive the virtual material. The problems posed by sculpting such as storage, space and the weight of materials or armatures, have become problems such as disk-space, file weights, skeleton, mesh cleaning, etc. But what still remains the same is the requirement of knowing how to produce and to choose the shape that we want. How has 3D printing helped you to keep sculpting despite having Parkinson’s disease? Parkinson’s disease hardly allows me to draw freely, nor model clay, plaster or wax. Fortunately, I can still handle the mouse. Today, with 3D printing, I find pleasure in presenting my “views of the mind” in tangible sculptures! And even better, to concretize shapes that I could not have realized or even imagined before! You use Blender and Meshmixer to design your models in 3D. Why did you choose these software programs? These two programs have the great advantage of being free and they are relatively easy to use, well-documented, with many tutorials and add-ons for Blender. Can you give some tips on designing for 3D printing? Sometimes I start from a mental image, or a sketch with a pen, and I look for the tools to realize it. Then, by manipulating the tools of Blender, I sometimes find completely different but interesting shapes to develop. For complex assemblies, with many intricate elements, or if the mesh intersects with itself, Boolean operations are too difficult to perform. In these cases, I use Meshmixer‘s “Make Solid” tool which, at the same time, automatically adjusts walls that are too thin. The offset tool is very useful to locally adjust thickness problems with a gradual transition. Your 3D-printed sculptures are made in bronze or polyamide (SLS). Why do you prefer these 3D printing materials? Do you design differently with each one? Polyamide (SLS) I started by experimenting with white polyamide because of its low cost, the absence of support structure and the possibility of making interior volumes. The mechanical qualities of polyamide allow for a certain elasticity for finer elements. The granular white of natural polyamide has a tendency to drown weak reliefs, which is why I try to attract the eye with the power of the general composition, the game of full and empty lines, or cut effects. I am also trying to define the space with a minimum of materials by providing large, hollowed-out volumes. I like the slight traces of strata on the polyamide prints, they are like the paper grain for watercolor. In the same way, some irregularities of the model appear as welds, or a testimony of the manufacturing history of the object. Bronze I like bronze for its strong and durable appearance, its weight in your hand, and especially its adaptation to almost all shapes. It permits much more detail than polyamide. I use its reflective qualities by multiplying the smaller elements to make it sparkle and give it a precious appearance. I use lines rather than surfaces to define volumes, which helps me occupy more space at a lower cost. Can you give some tips for 3D printing with bronze? For lost wax bronze, I plan some convex surfaces in the design, smooth and without details, to place the sprues, because after removal it will be easier to erase their traces. For the solidity of the piece and to ensure the mold is supplied well during the melting stage, I connect the long thin rods to the main volume. Discover more of Gogny’s work on his website or, even better, visit him in his atelier in Paris. Start sculpting for 3D printing yourself with one of these software programs for sculptors and learn more about all the materials available for your creations. Have a look at other design tips from professional 3D designers and create 3D models perfect for 3D printing.

How to Improve Your Creative Business with 3D Printing

If you are a designer, jeweler or creative mind starting your own company, you’ll probably have heard about 3D printing. You might even have thought about introducing it to your company or creative project but you still don’t know where to start or how it can actually improve your business. If that is the case, we have some good news for you: it’s easier than you think and well worth your while! To start with, you don’t even need to own a 3D printer or be an expert in 3D design to discover and enjoy the many advantages that this technology can offer for your business. 3D printing can be a game-changer for creative businesses and we have listed all the aspects in which it can benefit creative companies. Easier prototyping and product development Businesses focused on design and product development can greatly benefit from 3D printing during their prototyping process. Turning your design into a tangible object to see how it looks and feels is the best way to detect problems and decide if it needs improvement. As you can read in this interview, prototyping is very important in the first stages of product development and it’s the best way to improve your design ideas. 3D printing can be a cost-effective alternative to external prototyping services. What’s more, using a cutting-edge technology like 3D printing can help you achieve the highest precision for your models. Cost savings We can’t repeat this enough: to 3D print you don’t have to own the technology. You can easily upload your orders on our platform and get professional 3D prints delivered to your door. This process will save you from making big investments in technology. What is more, you can print short runs of a product without needing to set up a whole process for it, which can be a great way to economize. When you produce with 3D printing there is no surplus or scrap, which means less material waste and therefore less costs. You can follow our tips to make your 3D designs even more affordable to get the best price-quality ratio for your 3D print. 3D printing is also a good way to avoid dormant stock because you can print on demand, depending on your needs and orders, so you don’t end up with an excess amount of products to sell. Another advantage when printing with i.materialise is that you can upload your model and get an instant quote for your 3D-printed models, which is a great way to calculate costs beforehand. Another costly moment for creative businesses can be opening your own shop to sell your products. Did you know that with i.materialise you can open an online shop on our platform and sell your 3D-printed products from our website? It’s an easy way to put yourself on the map and make your designs more accessible to customers. Original business promotion 3D printing can be a creative way to advertise your company. Even when you don’t use 3D printing technology to make your products or their prototypes, you can use 3D design to make your business stand out from the crowd. If you sell your project as a creative solution, the best way to show how innovative and inspiring your brand can be is by being original with your advertising and branding. For example, you can think of original promotion items to distribute, print your very own signage and merchandise, personalize the packaging or even think of original business cards. You can also print cabinets, supports and other displays to adapt your product for your shop or markets. Saving time When you have a small creative business, you have to look after many things besides the creation of your products: marketing, accounting, logistics, etc. 3D printing won’t do your taxes for you, but it can help you save some time so you can use your extra hours to do what really matters. For example, 3D printing has a shorter lead time than other technologies. It’s much easier and faster to use a 3D printing bureau than to set up a production line to manufacture your designs. 3D design is also a very good way of speeding things up when you are working on your creations. As with many creative processes, 3D design can seem intricate at first, but there are some crucial points you should be aware of which can help you avoid mistakes in your designs. Once you have detected and mastered these concepts, your 3D files will be ready to print even faster: read more on this article about preparing files for 3D printing. In the event that your files contain errors or aren’t ready to print, we detect these errors before printing and let you know you need to correct the file so you don’t waste time and money. In this way, you can easily get high-quality and professional 3D prints while investing more time on your creative projects and growing your company. Watch how 3D printing is helping designer Elise Luttik save time. Creative freedom As you can see, 3D printing has many practical advantages but the foundation of an artistic business is the originality and quality of the designs. 3D printing can fuel creativity to a great extent and help entrepreneurs get even more creative with their projects. 3D design can be the key to differentiate your business from other companies. You can experiment with many different materials, finishes and colors to make your creations more appealing and original. You’ll be sure to learn quickly about the different 3D printing technologies and have fun playing around with so many possibilities! 3D design is also the best option to create complex designs, allowing you to go even further with your creations. Another great option that 3D printing offers is to easily customize your products to meet the needs and taste of different customers: go from the concept to the printed object in the blink of an eye. Even if you have never used 3D technologies