Monthly Archives: Februar 2016

Nervous System’s Latest 4D Printed Dress Twirls into the Museum of Fine Arts

By Michael Molitch-Hou

3D printing design studio Nervous System made an important breakthrough in 4D printing in 2014 when they revealed the Kinematics Dress, subsequently purchased by MoMa in New York, as a part of its permanent collection. Not one to be left behind, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) commissioned the pioneering firm to 4D print yet another dress for their upcoming #techstyle exhibition running from March 6 through July 10, 2016.

The original Kinematics Dress was an important achievement because it demonstrated the ability to fabricate an object that, when removed from the print bed, changed its shape, making it a dynamic object. …

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Make your own 3D printed Centriphone rig to capture stunning 360-degree ski videos

A few weeks ago, professional Swiss freeskier and filmmaker Nicolas Vuignier released Centriphone, a mesmerising video clip in which he seems to fly through ski slopes in a mind-blowing, slo-mo, 360-degree time warp. The filming technique was made possible thanks to an original 3D printed camera rig, which allowed him to confidently swing his iPhone 6 overhead while maintaining a constant and stabilized footage stream.

3D Hubs Celebrates 20 Years of Pokémon with Low Poly Collection

By Tyler Koslow

At my youthful age of 25, I remember when all of the Pokémon hype was just beginning like it was yesterday. You know, back when there was only a total of 50 mystical creatures, kids carried their trading cards around as if they were a part of their body, and Pikachu became the new mascot for an entire generation. When I stumbled across the Low-Poly Squirtle 3D model, created by Flowalistik on Thingiverse just last week, I received a rush of nostalgia and just had to print it out.…

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Impossible Objects Reveals CBAM Carbon Fiber Composite 3D Printing

By Michael Molitch-Hou

While MarkForged broke new ground with the first 3D printer capable of fabricating composite materials, allowing users to reinforce nylon parts with carbon fiber to produce new geometries never before possible with traditional carbon fiber layup technology. The Massachusetts-based startup, however, is not the only one hoping to revolutionize the way we make composites. Impossible Objects has its own take on printing with materials like carbon fiber. We’ve covered the Chicago firm in the past, when they received $2.8 million in funding, but, now, the company has been more open about their composite-based additive manufacturing (CBAM) process, going into greater detail about how it works.…

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3D Platform Launches 3DP Workbench, Large-Format Printer-Workshop Hybrid

By Tyler Koslow

Last time I reported on large-scale, industrial-strength 3D printer manufacturer 3D Platform, their 3DP1000 was making a name for itself within companies and research laboratories across the world. Formerly known as 3DP Unlimited, the Illinois-based 3D Platform has just announced their newest large-scale 3D printer, the 3DP Workbench. The 3DP Workbench has a massive build area of 1m x 1m x 0.5m, and also utilizes industrial-grade mechatronics, which enables precision prints with a 70-micron layer resolution. Planning to release the 3DP Workbench at the end of Q1 2016, 3DP has engineered and designed their newest industrial-grade 3D printer to a more improved and convenient experience all-around.…

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Openness with Quality Design: the 3D Designers on the Road to Freedom

By Samuel Adams

The Advent of Open Design
Open design has gained significant traction in the last five years, following in the footsteps of open source software, open science and open technology. Jos de Mul defined openness as “a very general philosophical position from which some individuals and organizations operate, often highlighted by a decision-making process recognizing communal management by distributed stakeholders (users/producers/ contributors), rather than a centralized authority (owners, experts, boards of directors, etc.).” Ronen Kadushin, in his “Open Design Manifesto”, notes that, “in today’s market-driven culture, industrial designers commit themselves to producers in order to realize their creativity.…

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Sharebot 42 May Be the Answer Desktop 3D Printing Seeks

By Tyler Koslow

Thus far, the road for most desktop 3D printing companies has not been without its challenges, as many aim to try and strike a sweet spot between the consumer and pro-sumer market. When looking to please both the true Maker community and the average 3D printing consumer, desktop 3D printers must be engineered with both accessibility and quality in mind. The Italian 3D printer manufacturer Sharebot believes that their new FFF printer, the Sharebot 42, may just be the device that meets that middle-ground.…

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