Monthly Archives: Juni 2014

Chevron fördert 10 neue Fab Labs in den USA

Fab Labs sind Laboratorien, die Privatpersonen einen Zugang zu Produktionsmaschinen wie 3D-Drucker, Laser-Cutter oder CNC-Fräsen ermöglichen. Die Idee der FabLabs stammt vom MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), startete 2002 und wurde rasch zu einen weltweitem Phänomen. Derartige Räumlichkeiten sind meist als Verein oder als Teil eines universitären Instituts organisiert und finanzieren sich über Mitgliedsbeträgen, Sponsoren […]

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Blowing Up a Delicate Timepiece with 3D Printing

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Nicholas Manousos is a horologist, a studier of the measurement of time.  He is also a computer scientist and engineer.  With all of those interests combined, Manousos is fascinated with the beauty of mechanical objects.  The tourbillon, in the engineer’s mind, is the “ultimate expression of mechanical beauty“, a device invented at the end of the 18th Century, by Abraham-Louis Breguet, to prevent the effects of gravity on a watch’s escapement and improve the timepiece’s accuracy.  Though the device hasn’t been proven conclusively to serve its intended function, Wikipedia explains that  it is “still included in some expensive modern watches as a novelty and demonstration of watchmaking virtuosity.”

Normally, Manousos admits, a tourbillion is much too delicate for someone to handle and truly appreciate the mechanics.  With 3D printing, however, the horologist has blown up the exquisite mechanism for all to admire with Tourbillon 1000%.  Made over the course of three years, Tourbillon 1000% is not meant to be a timekeeping apparatus, but instead acts as an educational device.  The piece is a variation on the Co-Axial Escapement design by horologist George Daniels and is 3D printed in PLA with 200 micron layer resolution on a delta-style 3D printer.  Everything except for the device’s ball bearings are 3D printed.  Watch the Tourbillon 1000% in a slick promo video below:

Or, if you’d prefer a more realistic depiction, free from the magic of movie making, watch the timepiece click away in this video:

As all of Manousos’s tourbillons are printed, assembled and calibrated in-house, the only way to get your hands on one is by contacting the artist and horologist directly.  This also means that his orders are open for customization.  To purchase one, customized or not, contact Manousos here.…

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Quantum Dots to Hinder 3D Printed Counterfeits

By Michael Molitch-Hou

If we imagine a possible future in which the majority of goods are 3D printed and there is a large black market for 3D printed bootleg objects, there will also be an industry for preventing 3D printed forgeries.  Such a future is not unlikely, with analysis firm Gartner predicting that “The global automotive aftermarket parts, toy, IT and consumer product industries will report intellectual property theft worth at least $15 billion in 2016 due to 3D printing” and that, in our less 3D printed present, Allied Market Research determined that “Global anti-counterfeit packaging market accounted for $57.4 billion in 2013, which is forecast to generate revenue of $142.7 billion by 2020 at 13.9% CAGR from 2013-2020.”
In anticipation of the future need for anti-counterfeiting tools in 3D printing, Quantum Materials Corporation (QMC) announced that it has acquired quantum dot detection technology from the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science and the Design, Research, and Education for Additive Manufacturing Systems (DREAMS) Laboratory at Virginia Tech.  By embedding quantum dots within an object during the printing process, 3D printed objects may be given unique, unrepeatable signatures that can be detected with a variety of tools.…

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Liberty Bell Painstakingly Recreated with 3D Scanning

By Michael Molitch-Hou

The Liberty Bell is famous for its crack, and not just the type you find in the park after hours.  No, after the bell cracked in the early 19th century, the fissure itself has become an iconic part of the monument.  So, when artist Jeff Koons turned to the Maryland-based 3D scanning firm Direct Dimensions to recreate the Liberty Bell, he didn’t want to use the pre-cracked version they had modeled back in 2002-2004.  Instead, Koons wanted to recreate the monument as-is, like it or lump it.…

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Liberty Bell Painstakingly Recreated with 3D Scanning

By Michael Molitch-Hou

The Liberty Bell is famous for its crack, and not just the type you find in the park after hours.  No, after the bell cracked in the early 19th century, the fissure itself has become an iconic part of the monument.  So, when artist Jeff Koons turned to the Maryland-based 3D scanning firm Direct Dimensions to recreate the Liberty Bell, he didn’t want to use the pre-cracked version they had modeled back in 2002-2004.  Instead, Koons wanted to recreate the monument as-is, like it or lump it.…

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The Coming Ecosystem of 3D Printing: Part 3

By Ivan Pope

Driving 3D Printer Drivers: A Fast Developing Part of the 3D Ecosystem
In part 1 of this article series, Ivan Pope introduced his overview of the 3D printing industry’s ecosystem and then part 2 documented the content arm of that ecosystem. Here, in Part 3, he considers the drivers — the control software — that is integral to the ecosystem as a whole.
The driver software that comes with a 3D printer has tended to be a straight open source tool or a variant of such a tool.…

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3DPI Editorial Round-Up: June 2014

By Rachel Park

Another month has come and gone and we are exactly half way through 2014. Where has that time gone? Blink again and it will be Christmas! At 3DPI it’s been another busy one. We continue to grow the team and this month welcomed Land Grant and Hsin-Ju Chuang to the writing team, while Elias will be able to enjoy some respite with support from Tony over on 3DPI.TV.
Ari, Eetu and Mark all made the trip to South Korea for the Inside 3D Printing Event there (it was a longer journey for some than others) and were nigh on staggered at the welcome and interest they received there.…

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Turn Your 2D Idea Into A 3D Print

By Shane Taylor

Drawing is something that most people have engaged in at some point in their lives. Many people have ideas. But not many people, relatively speaking, can express those ideas in three dimensions. Most of us draw in two dimensions. The gap in the knowledge needed between the formation of an idea and creation of a 3D digitial model, let alone a 3D print, means that most people may need a helping hand. 3D model marketplace CG Trader and 3D Print Shop Shapeways have teamed up to offer that helping hand.…

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Stratasys Is 3D Printin’ n’ Truckin’ with Autodesk on the 3DRV

By Davide Sher

The eight-month 3DRV road show kicked off in mid May — right in the middle of the Bay Area Maker Faire — in San Francisco: with Autodesk, Stratasys and other big tech names on board, it is going to make over 100 stops in a coast-to-coast trip, to bring a new awareness on how 3D printing, and digital manufacturing technologies of the additive kind, are changing the way things are designed and made.

3D Software giant Autodesk is the main sponsor of the roadshow that just stopped by Stratasys’ headquarters in Minneapolis on June 30th.…

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This Summer The (NYC) Makery Pops-Up Again With More AdHoc 3D Printing Workshops

By Land Grant

Four Digi-Fab and 3D Printing visionaries built The Makery — “instant” hacking labs, itinerant tinker dens and deployable digi-faberies. This quartet continues “popping-up” 3DP-informed maker places to empower local explorers in the art/science of workshopping the 3D printed future in the ‘Hood, on the Block and in the Nabes.
These four co-founders are Corbett Beder, Jaymes Dec, Jon Santiago and Hsing Wei. And they have accomplished much with their innovative brand of 3D printing education at the community level. Here’s how the four Digi-Fab/3DP-education innovators describe their Makery initiative:
“The Makery is a pop-up Makerspace — part shop, part workshop, part exploratorium.…

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