Monthly Archives: Oktober 2015

UAE Revives Historical Sites with 3D Imaging Technology

By Tyler Koslow

One of the most effective ways to learn and progress as a society is through grasping our respective histories, which for better or worse, have inevitably led us to where we all stand today. Unfortunately, the Middle East is slowly losing parts of their history and heritage because of rising extremist groups throughout the area, as well as conflicts brought to the region. Although these extremist have set out to destroy archaeological sites and monuments, the United Arab Emirates’ Dubai Museum of Future Foundation are combating this potential eradication of history with the help of 3D imaging.…

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3D Print Your Dreams into Reality with “Dreams” for Playstation 4

By Michael Molitch-Hou

At this point, everyone can agree that the ultimate computer is the human mind (unless you consider its macrocosm, the Universe).  In waking life, we clumsily try to utilize this computer to express our ideas, but it never feels quite satisfying enough.  In dreams, however, the creative potential of our minds are almost fully unlocked, though difficult to control, and we’re able to manifest the most elaborate fantasies that, if we could somehow bring them into the waking world, would change the way we design, manufacture, and live our lives in general, forever.…

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Free 3D Printable of the Week: Kris Dagger

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Need a last minute prop to go with your Halloween costume? Consider 3D printing this 19th century Kris dagger contributed to Sketchfab by the Tula Arms Museum in Russia, who joined as a part of the site’s Sketchfab for Museums and Cultural Heritage program. This asymmetrical dagger is associated with the Southeast Asian countries of Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, and Singapore.  The entry on the Arms Museum’s page explains that the “[c]urvy blade symbolizes a sacred snake Naga. The handle is made in the style of “Kraton”, which is typical for East Java, Sumatra and Yokohama.…

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How To Find Open Source Design Files

Design resources that help you get started with laser cutting

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The learning curve can be a steep one for some people when it comes to wrapping your head around digital manufacturing. Not only do you need to understand how to design for CNC, 3D printing or laser cutting; starting from scratch is daunting and design resources can be hard to come by.

In an attempt to de-mystify the process of digital manufacturing, Obrary takes inspiration from the changes enabled by the Open Source movement and has set up a resource supplying design files and code for anyone to use or improve on.

“Beyond improved sharing of design resources, new design approaches and engineering patterns are enabled”.

Users are encouraged to make their own tweaks to the designs, learning by trial and error in much the same way that made development for the Raspberry Pi so popular.

Have you ever wanted to build a cage gear mechanism? They’ve got one of those. How about an adding machine or even something simple like a robust shelving system… these are but a few of the designs that have been made freely avaliable to the Obrary community.

“…making, building, and collaborating, not because we have to, or because it’s research, but because it’s so fun.”

Already a digital maker? Tell us about other resources that were useful when you were just getting started, and how you’ve taken these skills and design adaptations into the Ponoko Personal Factory to turn them into reality in the comments below.

See more collaborative designs and handy resources at Obrary.

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ZMorph Hybrid 3D Printer Helps to Engineer a 2,000 Ton Bridge

By Tyler Koslow

When the Polish design company YLE Engineers was tasked with building a functional bridge over Martwa Wisla, a river in Gdańsk, Poland, they found themselves in a bind due to the unfavorable terrain in the surrounding area. This meant that the bridge had to be constructed elsewhere and brought over to the site of the planned area, and also had to remain intact and able to be easily assembled. So, YLE Engineers turned to ZMorph and their hybrid 3D printer to help prepare for the difficult endeavor of building this bridge, which was to be 125 meter long, 21 meters high, and a whopping 2,000 tons in weight.…

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VR3D launches Vietnams first virtual museum with 3D scans of ancient relics

One of the greatest old-world-meets-new applications of 3D scanning and 3D printing technology is the potential for cultural and historical preservation. The ability to document and preserve precious artifacts in their current state, including distinctive marks, surface textures and coloration all in the finest of detail, means that even with the passing of time, natural disasters, or damage, future generations can appreciate and learn from the past. When he was just 17 years old, Quang Tri Nguyen recognized the importance of preserving Vietnamese culture—one of the oldest in Southeast Asia—and went so far as to drop out of school to dedicate his life to 3D scanning, documenting, and publishing digital 3D models of ancient Vietnamese sculptures on his website, VR3D.

3D printed InMoov Robot For Good meets Prince Andrew, heading to London Zoo in 2016

Some of the more virtuous applications of 3D printing technology include 3D printing for accessibility, as in the case of 3D printed prosthetics or assistive devices; and open source hardware and software projects, which allows anyone to access, download, modify and improve existing designs, free of cost and regardless of their skill level. An ambitious project by British/Dutch organization Wevolver seeks to combine the two, by designing and building a 3D printed robot that, through a virtual reality headset, will allow hospitalized children to virtually explore real life zoos. As the next stage of assembly begins, the team is looking for open source designers, engineers or software developers to contribute to bringing the robot to life.

3D Printed Flashlight Kit Shines a Light on Functionalize’s Conductive Filament

By Davide Sher

Seattle-based Functionalize is a company specializing in 3D printing materials production, including the highly conductive F-Electric filament. To better show off the capabilities of this product, Functionalize released the Flashlight LetterKit, an accessible DIY kit to 3D print fully functional flashlights on a single-head 3D printer.
The new Flashlight LetterKit includes: a modifiable keychain flashlight design made for single head printers, an already printed and fully assembled 3D flashlight, enough Functionalize F-Electric conductive and regular filament to print five flashlights, and an extra battery and LED light to fully assemble a new flashlight.…

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Stratasys & Other VCs Invest $14 Million in Desktop Metal 3D Printing Concept

By Davide Sher

In spite of all its limitation and costs, the focus of the 3D printing market is rapidly shifting toward metal 3D printing. Metal, much more than plastic, enables 3D printing of components for final use and with the same mechanical properties as injection molded or CNC’d parts. A new company called Desktop Metal wants to take it even one more step forward, to the desktop, and has already found those who are ready to bet on them, including what is, currently, the largest 3D printer manufacturer in the world: Stratasys.…

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3D Printed Device “Extrudes” Tape to Make Life Sized Furniture Prototypes

By Davide Sher

A new “fun project” by the Human Computer Interaction Lab at the Hasso Plattner Institut used 3D printing to create the functional prototype of a device that can be used to create “physical sketches” of room sized objects at actual scale. Protopiper is a computer aided, hand-held “tape gun” which works in a way that is somewhat reminiscent of 3D pens, such as the 3Doodler, which are not 3D printers, but can certainly be considered “physical 3D” devices.

The main difference, and one of the most original aspects of the Protopiper, is that it does not actually extrude plastics.…

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