Category Archives: 3D Printing

3D Scan Real Objects with Qlone and 3D Print Them with i.materialise

Have you ever thought about turning a real object into a 3D model to print? Scanning and 3D printing go hand in hand. Therefore, we are proud to announce our collaboration with Qlone, a mobile app for 3D scanning. Capturing real-world data for 3D printing is nothing new, but 3D scanning is still expensive and mainly used for industrial applications. Nevertheless, scanning is getting easier and more affordable thanks to applications like Qlone. This iOS app is available for free on iTunes and it will instantly turn your iPhone or iPad into a scanning device. Qlone is an all-in-one 3D scanning tool that uses AR technology to scan objects – using only your phone! It’s easy and fast, and with the new integration of Qlone and i.materialise you can scan small objects such as toys, figures or jewels, adjust them and 3D print them directly with our online platform. Get started with Qlone in three simple steps. 1. 3D scan your objects with Qlone When you’ve decided on what you want to scan, you will need to print an AR mat on a white paper. You can download the mat directly from the app or the Qlone website. Then, place your object on the middle of the mat to scan it with your phone camera. An AR dome on the app screen will guide you through the process for an accurate and proportionate scan. Once the scanning is done, Qlone allows you to make adjustments on the object (art, sculpt, texture, clean and resize) or even merge two different poses of the same object for a better overall result. 2. 3D print your object with i.materialise The scanned 3D models can be exported in different formats like .obj, .stl, .ply and .x3d, and can then be uploaded to i.materialise for 3D printing without any additional fees. Thanks to the integration with i.materialise, you will see your model ready for printing on the app, and you will be able to choose from our wide choice of materials and finishes. 3. Share your 3D scans With Qlone you can also share your scanned models with friends through Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Email and SMS. “Our aim is to truly democratize 3D, whether it’s for 3D printing, AV/AR content creation, sharing or selling. The possibilities with Qlone are truly endless,” explains Ronen Horovitz, CEO of EyeCue, the company behind Qlone. “By partnering with i.materialise we want to improve and further expand the 3D printing experience of their community. We are giving them and the new users easy and quick access to the many fantastic options of materials and finishes available through i.materialise,” he adds. Download Qlone for free and get started with the incredible possibilities of 3D scanning! Take a look at our tutorials to learn about the latest tips and tricks on 3D scanning.  

INL 3D prints safer nuclear power cells

In a bid to develop safer nuclear fuel under the DoE’s Technology Commercialization Fund, Idaho National Laboratory has developed an innovative additive manufacturing process for uranium-based feedstocks. Dubbed Additive Manufacturing as an Alternative Fabrication Technique (AMAFT), the process makes fuel for common light water reactors (LWRs) that constitute approximately 359 of the 449 nuclear reactors around the […]

Fraunhofer IWU and CMS partner to make mega 5 axis 3D printer hybrid

The Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology (Fraunhofer IWU) in Chemnitz, Germany, has entered into a partnership with Italian machine center makers CMS to research and develop a new hybrid CNC milling 3D printer. Operating beyond the bounds of typical XYZ directional 3D printers, the named CMS Kreator is capable of tool paths across 5 […]

Stories behind 3D Printing: Meet Jewelry Designer Noah Hähnel

From growing up in the German countryside to living in China, Noah Hähnel’s inspiring story is the focus of today’s blog post. This young designer will explain the highlights of his experience with 3D printing and will give some tips for 3D-printed jewelry beginners. How did you start designing jewelry and what was the first design you ever created? Ever since I was a little kid, I loved to create and early on I discovered my passion for films. Through films, I also got interested in visual effects and that made me want to learn 3D modeling. With 3D modeling, I discovered 3D printing, which gave me the opportunity to turn my ideas into something physical you can hold and feel. My first ever design for jewelry was a simple pendant with two arcs in it that I made as a present for a relative and printed it in stainless steel. She loved it and friends of her asked me to do more. Like every designer, I live for approval and attention. In 2013, when I was just 14, I tried my luck at a competition by i.materialise where you had to design a traditional Japanese hair piece. I made it to the 10 best designs and the piece was shown in Tokyo. That’s when I got the idea to sell jewelry. Even though my passion still lies in filmmaking and becoming a director, I continue to create jewelry that can be worn by a broad audience. I can put my ideas and stories inside them, just like with movies. Where did you get your inspiration for your latest project, the Garden Collection? This collection consists out of five new designs and it was inspired by an idea for a short film, about a mystical part of a forest that never has been touched by mankind. One ring, for instance, is made of vines that grow around your body. Also, I am in love with nature. I grew up in a rural area in Germany. We had horses, cats and dogs, and we are surrounded by cows and forest. That is why I often use nature in my designs.  What is your design workflow for a new project?  My workflow is mostly spontaneous. I do not tell myself: “I need to get new designs every week”. I design when I feel inspired, or someone asks me for a piece. Sometimes I draw the basic model on paper, even though I can’t draw at all, but as long as I can see what it’s supposed to be it is fine. But most of the time I just start on my computer with an idea and see how it develops. For example, the idea for the Garden Ring came from a short film idea of mine. I first started by designing vines and several flowers. After that, I thought about where to use it. I often design something first and then see what kind of jewelry it should be used on. After I have finished designing, and have exported and double-checked that no triangle is missing and no sizes were changed during the export process, I finally hit “Order”. I am in love with nature. I grew up in a rural area in Germany. That is why I often use nature in my designs. Which 3D modeling software do you use for jewelry? I design with Cinema 4D. I started using it when I was twelve. Later I noticed that many German companies I was a trainee for used it too, which was helpful. I think it is a really powerful and user-friendly program that developed from a pure motion graphics tool into an all-rounder, with a focus on modeling, sculpting, animation and visual effects. What is your favorite 3D printing material? My go-to material is bronze. The wax 3D printing allows for incredible small details and cheap prices. Bronze is beautiful, durable and can be changed with acids. It is also not likely to cause allergies and is affordable for most people. All of this adds to the fact that bronze looks a lot like gold, which is my favorite color. Bronze and gold have been used since ancient times and combining these with a modern technology such as 3D printing feels and looks amazing. One of my philosophies is to make something that cannot be achieved with traditional methods. I often see designs that are beautiful but very “simple” and I ask myself: why not use the full capabilities of 3D printing technology? Bronze and gold are used since ancient times and combining these with modern 3D printing feels and looks amazing. What is the most critical step in your design process in 3D? The greatest challenge for me is the export of my designs. Sometimes it takes me days to clean up a design so no triangles or walls glitch and disappear. While modeling, I do not really care about technical stuff so the exported models are as messy as my desk or thoughts. Can you give some good advice for 3D jewelry designers? I try to keep my files as editable as possible. When I started out, I finished with one completely merged object which was easier to export, but difficult to make alterations on after completion, like changing wall thickness, or the size of certain details. As an example, the flowers of the Garden Ring might be printable now, but if I scale down the whole model to a smaller size they might become too small to print. So I only scale down the vines to achieve a smaller ring size. This technique also allows me to only change small details for each customer and thereby make the object a little more unique. Furthermore, I can increase the ring size without increasing the bounding box, which allows for cheaper prints. While modeling I do not really care about technical stuff so the exported models are as messy as my desk or thoughts. Another important thing I have learned when

Amaero and Monash University 3D printed rocket engine passes test fire

The 3D printed “Project X” Aerospike engine made through a collaboration between Monash University, Amaero (an offshoot of Monash), Next Aero and Woodside energy has been successfully fire-tested in Australia. Design and production of the engine was completed in just four months, following previous prototypes unveiled in 2015.   Superalloys and Aerospikes The material used to […]

3D Printing News Sliced: MakePrintable, Stratasys, EOS, Dinara Kasko

In a design-heavy week for the industry, today’s Sliced 3D printing digest covers stories from: Adi Meyer Architects, Jack Elliott, Dinara Kasko, TU Eindhoven, BAM Infrastructure, Jiangnan University, the Irish Science Foundation, Luleå University of Technology, the University of Tromsø, the University of Oulu, MakePrintable, ANSYS, Stratasys, Lockheed Martin, PADT, EOS, LPW Technology and Additive Industries. Intuitive face masks, […]