Category Archives: 3D Displays

Trindo Breaks Out First Ever 3D Printed Trade Show Booth

By Tyler Koslow

Though we have witnessed a number of innovative 3D printed prototypes and products, many of which have been displayed in the exhibition booths of the many 3D printing trade shows that are now being held all around the world, we have yet to see an exhibition booth quite like the one Trindo GmbH has just created. Built for Düsseldorf’s Viscom trade show, which took place between November 4-6 of this year, the Munich-based 3D printing agency constructed the world’s first 3D printed exhibition booth made completely out of sand-based material.…

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Asus Plans to Release Mixed Reality Headset Next Year

By Michael Molitch-Hou

It’s official: augmented reality is the next big thing, even more so than virtual reality.  The reason for this is because AR allows for computing in the physical world with digital overlays, rather than enclosing an individual in completely virtual reality, making more productive and more social. Plus, have you seen Microsoft’s crazy HoloLens demos? Whether AR will truly have the impact that it promises remains to be seen, but companies are already starting to bet on it.  Canon already released its vision for a mixed reality headset, called MREAL, and, now, Taiwanese PC manufacturer Asus has officially announced that it has its own AR headset in the works with plans to release next year.…

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BitDrones Show Glimpses of 3D Modeling in a Future Far, Far Away

By Davide Sher

If 3D printers are the ancestor of Star Trek’s replicator, what is the ancestor of the infinitely amusing holodeck? Some feel it is liquid-metal based 3D fabrication, others see it as self assembling/shape retaining models. According to Roel Vertegaal, from Queens University’s Human Media Lab, programmable matter is based on self-levitating displays, allowing physical interactions with mid-air virtual objects.
What this results in is an interactive swarm of flying 3D pixels (or, actually, voxels, since we are talking about matter). Each voxel is represented by a 3D printed, connected miniature drone.…

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The Virtual Becomes Real at Inside 3D Printing

By Michael Molitch-Hou

“People don’t live in physical space,” consultant for ConstructionVR Jeffrey Jacobson tells me. “We live in psychological space and we shape the world around us constantly. That’s what human beings do. And, as our manufacturing capability becomes more and more powerful, we’re shaping our environment more and more readily. And that’s what 3D printing is about. Actually, 3D printing is now the tip of the spear.”

If 3D printing is just the tip of the spear, then, from my own experience in the 3D printing industry, some 3D printing users have trouble seeing the rest of the spear, beyond additive manufacturing. …

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Designer Flawlessly Shapes 3D Printed Architecture with GPU Computing

By Tyler Koslow

After completing his training in Istanbul a half-dozen years ago, Daghan Cam, now a teaching fellow at the University College London’s Bartlett School of Architecture, came to England to combine architecture-driven algorithmic designs with 3D printing technology. Cam has geared his talent and knowledge towards manufacturing architecture as art, focusing on implementing complex and abstract forms into his 3D printed prototypes. By utilizing robotic fabrication for large-scale 3D printing projects, Cam has succeeded in creating alien-like structures that are both sleek and unpredictable in design.…

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Magic Leap to Build “Millions” of Its Mixed Reality Devices

By Michael Molitch-Hou

News is aflutter about Magic Leap, a Florida-based startup that is developing a mixed reality device after receiving half a million dollars in funding from investors that include Google and Qualcomm. The company has been working on its head mounted device since 2010, but details about Magic Leap’s “cinematic-­reality technology” have only slowly trickled out to the public since 2014.  The firm has exploded across the internet this past week when its founder, Rony Abovitz, told an audience at the WSJD conference in Laguna Beach, CA, “We’re actually gearing up to build millions of things.…

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Microsoft Explores Multi-Person Mixed Reality

By Michael Molitch-Hou

As attendees of Inside 3D Printing come away from the Virtual Reality Summit, they will, hopefully, also come away with a new found appreciation of VR, AR, and mixed reality.  With Microsoft’s HoloLens on its way to developers starting next year, this product may be the most fully realized mixed reality device to date.  Necessarily, the wave of mixed reality devices to emerge will incorporate multiple users, or the solipsism of virtual experiences will be too much to bear.  Plus, what’s the use of augmenting reality with a headset if you can’t hallucinate the same things as your friends and co-workers? …

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French Hospital Uses Multi-Colored 3D Kidney Prints to Help With Cancer Surgery

By Tyler Koslow

One of the most innovative ways that 3D printing technology has been used in the medical field thus far is surgery preparation, which has become much easier to plan thanks to personalized 3D models of certain inner workings of the human body. Utilizing a Stratasys Objet500 Connex3, the Department of Urology and Kidney Transplantation at the University Hospital (CHU) de Bordeaux, which is located in France, was able to print out multi-materialized and specifically colored kidney models. According to CHU, they are the first hospital in France to utilize Stratasys’ 3D printing technology to plan for intricate tumor removals within the kidney.…

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Beyond Vision Uses 3D Printing to Provide Tactile Sight to the Visually Impaired

By Tyler Koslow

Everyone feels a bit of amazement when they hold their first 3D printed object, at least I know I certainly did. But I can’t begin to imagine the excitement that Beyond Vision, a non-profit organization who provides employment opportunities for the legally blind, is now providing to their visually impaired employees by using 3D printing to allow them to see delicate objects like never before.
There is an abundance of things in our physical reality, such as snowflakes and butterflies, that are too fragile, minuscule, or even too large for the visually impaired to truly hold and experience.…

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SMARTTECH’s Robotized Offers 3D Scanning without Human Error

By Tyler Koslow

This weekend at the 3D Show in Warsaw, the Polish-based 3D scanner company SMARTTECH will be showcasing their new feat in optimal 3D scanning. Their 3D Show display, the SMARTTECH3D Robotized, is a coordinate measuring machine (CMM) created by combining both 3D scanning technology and robotics into one mechanism.
The Robotized was created to completely nullify human error when undertaking a 3D scan. To build it, the team connected a 3D scanning head to a robotic arm and placed it within an enclosed box.…

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