Monthly Archives: Dezember 2015

Beat the post-Christmas blues with this 3D printed Daft Punk helmet

In September 2014, the superheroes at Adafruit released a fantastic tutorial for a 3D printed Daft Punk helmet, mimicking the space-robot stylings of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo—one half of the heralded French duo. Now, Adafruit’s Ruiz Brothers have decided to go through the process one more time, creating a 3D printed replica of Thomas Bangalter’s equally iconic headgear.

Beat the post-Christmas blues with this 3D printed Daft Punk helmet

In September 2014, the superheroes at Adafruit released a fantastic tutorial for a 3D printed Daft Punk helmet, mimicking the space-robot stylings of Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo—one half of the heralded French duo. Now, Adafruit’s Ruiz Brothers have decided to go through the process one more time, creating a 3D printed replica of Thomas Bangalter’s equally iconic headgear.

Watch 8 year-old-boy ride his BMX thanks to 3D printed prosthetic

Learning to ride a bike is synonymous with most people’s childhoods, but imagine having to do so if you were born without a left hand. That was the case for fearless, eight-year-old ‘shredder’ Jimmy Wilson, who not only loved to bike, but dreamt of performing crazy tricks, jumps, and 360-degree spins on his BMX. In order to make his dreams come true, Peter Binkley of e-NABLE teamed up with Intel and pro-BMX athlete Jeremiah Smith to design a custom-made, 3D printed prosthetic hand that would allow Jimmy to grip his handlebar and get to work on his barspins, tailwhips, and other daredevil BMX moves.

Shapeways $30M funding makes top three Dutch startup deals of 2015

StartupJuncture’s annual ranking of Dutch startup/scaleup deals has revealed that 3D print group Shapeways has come in third place amongst 150 other young innovative companies in 2015, having raised US$30.5 million (€27.2m) in Series D funding during the second quarter. The report also revealed that as a whole, Dutch startups and scaleups managed to raise nearly US$479 million (€428m) in capital and equity crowdfunding investments this year, down US$76.5 million (€70m) from 2014. Though the total amount of money may be lower, the number of investments has doubled to 150, indicating an increasingly positive attitude towards startup companies, a key class of 3D printing developers, manufacturers and service providers.

The Year of 2015 in 3D Printing: 12 Months, 12 Highlights

2015 was an incredible year for 3D printing enthusiast. Let’s look back at what happened during the last 12 months. Join us for our year in review!

January: 3D Printing Hits the Right Note

In January Salvatore Capuano printed an entire guitar. Click here to read his story and see how he managed to turn his dream into 3D printed reality.

3D Printed Guitar Body

February: Printing A Perfect Replica of a 6th Century Sword

In February Nils Anderssen made a historical artifact come back to life with 3D printing. Take a look at his stunning replica of a 6th century sword.

3D printing historical artifacts: Nils Anderssen created a perfect replica of a 6th Century sword.

March: We Introduced Our New Antique Silver Finish

In March we invited you to take a sneak peek at our first designs in Antique Silver. Objects printed in Antique Silver have shiny and smooth outer surfaces, whereas recessed areas are darker and unsmoothed.

3d-printed-silver-antique

April: Five Stunning 3D Prints You Shouldn’t Miss

This month we presented our top 5 extraordinary 3D prints. Sit back and take a look at 3D printed tables, armors, dresses, swords, and a giant jaguar.

The Spider Dress 2.0

May: 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Designing for 3D Printing

In May we published one of our many 3D printing tutorials. We know that in 3D modeling, as in 3D printing, there is no one size fits all approach. That’s why we’ve put together the ultimate list of mistakes to avoid when turning a 3D model into a 3D print.

3d-modeling-mistakes

June: Our Frist Wooden 3D Prints Arrived!

In June we were proud to announce that you could now place your order for 3D printed wood with i.materialise. Take a look at our first images and video footage of this exotic 3D printing material.

July: How to Get Started with 3D Modeling

In July we sat together with Jonathan Williamson, a professional 3D modeler with years of experience. He told us how to get started, how to learn new skills, and how 3D modeling is changing the world of art & design.

3D model of a creature created by Jonathan Williamson

August: Top 25 – The Most Popular 3D Modeling Software

Creating a printable design is the crucial first step in the 3D printing process – and everyone seems to have a different opinion on which software is the most suitable for getting this job done. That’s why we compiled a list of the 25 most popular 3D modeling programs in August.

Creating a printable design is the crucial first step in the 3D printing process (screenshot by Nils Anderssen).

September: The #1 Hack to Make Your 3D Print Cheaper

Cutting down costs for 3D prints is the number one concern for many customers. Learn to save money for your next 3D printing project with this simple trick that we published in September.

how to cut costs for 3d printing

October: New 3D Printed Copper – It Just Makes Cents!

In October we were proud to announce a new member in our growing family of 3D printing materials once again. After offering 3D printing in gold, silver, ceramics, and even wood, you can now order 3D prints in copper!

November: Oxford Researcher Prints Jurassic Fossil

Dr. Roger Close, vertebrate paleobiologist at Oxford University, re-scaled and 3D printed a 170-million-year-old fossil in November. You’ll be surprised to see its original size!

3d-printed-fossil-small

December: 100 Materials & Finished Explained

With such a great variety of 3D printing materials to choose from, it can be difficult and confusing to find the right one. But don’t worry—in this post from December we discussed all major 3D printing materials.

a number of 3D print in different 3D printing materials

Happy New Year 2016!

In 2015, every single day we were impressed by the amazing designs and creative projects that were uploaded to our website.

All that is left for us to say is thank you for your loyalty and trust throughout 2015! We hope to see you again next year!

This DIY 3D printed sundial displays time like a digital clock

Millennia ago, before the advent of mechanical gears and LED displays, our ancestors had to slowly and painstakingly track the movement of the sun, carefully aligning gnomon sticks against dial plates in relation to their physical position on Earth, all just to know what time it was. Today, it’s so easy to check my smartphone, I’ll sometimes look at it and then realize a few seconds later that I’ve already forgotten what time I read. Now, combining the ancient time-telling technology of sundials with algorithmic design, a creative and extremely patient maker has created an open source, 3D printed sundial that allows users to digitally read the time.

Hide an entire PC in this huge 3D printed Star Destroyer case mod

We’ve covered quite a few amazing 3D printed Star Wars projects in the lead up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ release—which was already nearly two weeks ago. Yet much like an army of Storm Troopers, these impressive Star Wars-inspired 3D prints just keep on coming. The latest comes from Dutch modder Sander van der Velden, who’s entry for the MSI Pro Mod Season 3 competition is a massive, functional Venator-Class Star Destroyer that is almost perfectly move-accurate, yet still manages to encapsulate an entire gaming PC.

Rising Media Purchases Inside 3D Printing & RoboUniverse New York & San Diego

By Michael Molitch-Hou

It was just last week that MecklerMedia announced its liquidation and, today, a new events company, Rising Media, Inc., has put out a release saying that it will recover some of the assets. Rising Media has acquired the Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo, New York and San Diego and RoboUniverse Conference & Expo, New York and San Diego, allowing some of the larger events to continue on.

Rising Media is in the business of producing a number of tech and internet-related events geared towards business professionals.…

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