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Stratasys Introduces New VeroFlex 3D Printing Material For Eyewear Production

Stratasys are looking to shake up the eyewear market with a new material that they claim can produce glasses in under 8 weeks. The material is VeroFlex, a PolyJet rigid photopolymer. The company has made the photopolymer to go along with their Stratasys J750 3D Printer. The primary use of the material will be in modelling as […]

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UnionTech Unveils New PILOT SL 3D Printer Series For Affordable, High Quality Printing

Shanghai Union Technology Corporation (or UnionTech) is set to reveal its newest stereolithography 3D printer series at the TCT show on September 26 – 28th (you can find them at booth #B52). The company is looking to place the PILOT product line as affordable but with high quality production. The company touts the new machine’s excellent […]

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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.  

HRL Laboratories Produces Metal Materials Once Considered Unprintable

Despite advancements in metal printing, there are still some elements that considered unprintable. Until now, Aluminum along with its alloys, fell in this category. HRL Laboratories have developed a means for for making Aluminum weldable and thus also printable. They have dubbed the process “nanoparticle functionalisation”. Furthermore, they claim that they can apply this same method […]

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3D Printed Synthetic Muscles Allow For Robotics With Realistic Dexterity

The engineers team at Columbia University has managed to create a synthetic muscle that can operate without actuators, compressed air, or pressure regulators. While most robotics require lots of smaller parts and ancillary equipment to function, this one operates on its own. The components of the hand itself are actually softer than any previous iteration of […]

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Geeetech Unveils New $199 E180 Mini 3D Printer on Kickstarter

  Geeetech is crowd-funding it’s successor to the Me Ducer, the E180 on Kickstarter. The Chinese company is looking to put 3D printing on the map by making it far more accessible to the average consumer. Aside from its accessible price, the E180 is also easy to use and reliable. Additionally, the company has given […]

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Start-up Sprybuild Files Patent For New High-Speed CPWC 3D Printer

Ukrainian company Sprybuild is looking to add another emerging technology to the world of photopolymer printing. The company is touting this new technology as the fastest means of digital light processing discovered yet. While still in the production phase, the company has secured the patent for the technology. As shown in their demo videos, CPWC […]

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Align Technology Revolutionises Dental Braces With 3D Printed “Invisalign” – On Track To Reaching 1.3 Billion in Sales This Year

Align technologies is a fast-growing company that is looking to shake up the market for dental braces. Their new invisalign technology not only makes braces out of a clear polymer but also one’s that are easily removable. These appliances remove a lot of the headaches of traditional metallic or ceramic and wire style braces. The company […]

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Researchers Bioprint Stem Cell Patch For Treating Heart Disease

Bioprinting has made the jobs of many a cardiologist far easier. From 3D printed heart valves to blood cells, many innovations have come about due to 3D printing. Now, researchers in Canada’s Saskatchewan University have developed a ‘heart patch’ that medical researchers claim can re-grow and repair damaged heart tissue. The researchers published the study in […]

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3DMonstr Set to Release Super-Rex Line of Industrial 3D Printers

3DMonstr just announced the launch of their new Super-Rex industrial printer line. The printers come in a variety of sizes depending on the model (ranging from 1 – 3 cubic meters). The company’s aim is to provide industrial sized printers that are as large as possible but also affordable. They also have the added benefit of […]

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