Monthly Archives: August 2014

SME and 3D Systems Team Up to Form Advisory Board for the M.Lab21 Education Initiative

By Scott J Grunewald

The M.Lab21 Initiative goals are to modernize industrial arts classes, create connections between prospective employers and educators and to help develop 3D printing labs and high-tech manufacturing curriculums in US high schools.
The recently formed advisory board will consist of representatives from manufacturing industry organisation SME, 3D Systems, and America Makes as its founding members. They will be joined by representatives from Intel, GE, Johnson Controls, Lockheed Martin, Deloitte and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The board members have committed to providing access to their extensive resources and industry knowledge and will help guide the development and advancement of the initiative.…

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Shapeways Gets Social With its New Feed and Follow Designer Options

By Scott J Grunewald

3D printing marketplace Shapeways has just integrated some new features into their website allowing registered users to follow individual designers and to view a personal feed that allows you to track your favorite sellers and artists.
Shapeways has always tried to foster a strong community among its users, and now they’ve taken it to the next level by adding a new social media twist to their user profiles with Shapeways Social. When you log in to your Shapeways account, you can now follow specific designers who make products that you want to keep an eye on.…

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7 3D Printed Designer Stools Could Open Up an Age of Maturity for FFF 3D Printing

By Davide Sher

Let’s be honest, although some artists have already achieved extremely high quality outputs with FDM 3D prints, the majority of productions still lack many of the features that make low cost FDM/FFF machines (or even high cost for that matter) a feasible and acceptable choice as a means of production for aesthetically pleasing end-use items, especially the larger size ones.
This has been changing and more people are starting to see FDM/FFF as a rapidly advancing, truly versatile technology, mature enough to allow for the production of high quality furniture.…

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EPLVLEREPRAETERITORVM: Ana Navo 3D Prints the Dust of Yesterday with Today’s Powder

By Evan Chavez

A haunting exhibit using the Latin alphabet, whose decedent I use now to write this article, acts as inspiration and installation for Anna Nazo’s 3D printed design in the drawing for artist of the year at this year’s London 3D Print Show. Constructed with 3D studio Max 2010, Adobe Soundbooth CS5, Z Brush, professional software for preparing the 3D models, the designs came to printed fruition with a ProJet 660 Pro 3D printer. The design was not simply transferred from a computer design to an object from filament.…

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8th Graders use Autodesk to Design a Medical Device for a Disabled Man

By Scott J Grunewald

Thanks to Autodesk’s Design the Future program students at Swanson Middle School are participating in a class project to design, 3D model and 3D print a new medical device that will make it easier for a disabled student to interact with his communication device.
Kris Martini is Arlington Public Schools director of career, technical and adult education. When a colleague asked him for advice on replacing the self-made device that her son used to interact with the touchscreen interface on his wheelchair he wanted to see if he could help.…

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3DPI Editorial Round-Up: August 2014

By Rachel Park

As summer closes out what I call ‘3D printing silly season’ is about to get underway as 3D printing event activity ramps up in terms of the many annual  additive manufacturing and 3D printing shows that are scheduled throughout the final months of each year. It will all kick off next week with the London 3D Printshow. TCT, 3D Printshow Paris, 3D Printing Event Eindhoven and Euromold in Frankfurt will then take place in the following months. Of course, the excellent global Inside 3D Printing series of events has been ongoing throughout 2014, and the end of the year will be business as usual for Mecklermedia with the Hong Kong edition successfully hosted just last week.…

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NASA successfully tested the most complex fuel injectors built with 3D printing

NASA said this week that it has successfully tested the most complex rocket engine parts ever designed by the agency and printed with 3D printing, on a test stand at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The part is a rocket engine injector, a highly complex part that sends propellant into the engine.

This article NASA successfully tested the most complex fuel injectors built with 3D printing is first published at 3ders.org.

3D Printed Resistance Fighter Commemorates Warsaw Uprising

During the Second World War, Poland has had a hard time. It was the first country for the Nazi’s to conquer and at the end of the war 85 percent of its capital city Warsaw was destroyed by the Nazi’s. The Polish state, however, has one event in that disastrous war to proudly look back […]

3DPrinterOS Universal Cloud Management for 3D Printing Launched

By Michael Molitch-Hou

At the beginning of the summer, Land relayed news of a universal open operating system for 3D printers, called 3DPrinterOS, from 3D Control Systems.  Since then, the cloud-based interface for managing multiple 3D printers has finally launched, giving users the ability to download 3DPrinterOS and use it with their own machines.
3D Control Systems was founded by former Dell lead engineer, John Dogru, and a 3D cloud printing PhD candidate, Anton Vedeshin, who have teamed up with a number engineers to develop a universal system for managing 3D printers through the cloud.  And, thanks in part to funding from Vulcan Capital, the company has gotten its cloud-based networking solution for 3D printers, 3DPrinterOS, off the ground.…

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