Monthly Archives: Juni 2015

Dubai Seeks to Erect World’s 1st 3D Printed Office Building

By Michael Molitch-Hou

As the 3D printed architecture industry begins incubating, projects are emerging that hope to implement this still nascent technology.  There have been a number of large-scale structures printed piecemeal or as almost complete buildings that take advantage of various 3D printing techniques in the hopes of increasing the efficiency of construction, both in terms of energy and materials, as well as costs.  Among the companies have drawn the most attention from their 3D printed construction projects is WinSun, a Chinese company that made a huge splash when it, first, constructed 10 homes in the course of 24 hours and, then, built an enormous villa and adjacent apartment complex with 3D printing tech, too.…

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Beyond 3D Printed car and Supercar: can you 3D print car parts?

Prospective projects including 3D Printing are regularly shaking automative manufacturing by re-inventing the way we conceive and build cars. But should you wait several years before using 3D Printing in your own car?

Last week’s annoncment of the performances of Blade made the buzz. This supercar created by divergentmicrofactories is based on a 3D-printed chassis that can be assembled in a matter of minutes. The chassis incorporates 3D printed nodes connected by carbon fiber tubing.

3D printed chassis

3D printed chassis in the DM Blade Supercar


A few months ago LocalMotors announced their ambition that by 2017, buyers will be able to go online, customise their car and have it 3D printed in just 44 hours. The Strati has many 3D printed parts in ABS plastic that has been reinforced with carbon fiber,  including the chassis/frame, exterior body, and some interior features. The mechanical components of the vehicle, like battery, motors, wiring, and suspension, are sourced from Renault’s Twizy, an electric powered city car.

The 3D Printed Car Revolution has been initiated by the designers behind Urbee in 2013, who hope to create the greenest car in the world. They recently initiated a second prototype, called URBEE 2. They are embracing Digital Manufacturing as essential to the design of an environmental car. Engineered to safely mingle with traffic, the two passenger vehicle will have its entire exterior and interior 3D printed. They’re now crowdfunding and you can donate to help them to create their second prototype. Urbee 2 will take just 2 days, 2 people and a dog would travel from New York to San Francisco using 10 gallons of bio-fuel, setting a world record.

Urbee 2 car

These companies are both hoping to reshape automative industry by using 3D manufacturing. LocalMotors claims on its home page: ‘Gone are the days of mega- or even giga-factories that consume tremendous amounts of time and energy to fabricate products. A more sustainable, nimble and flexible factory is on the horizon. Called microfactories, these diminutive factories drastically change how we produce large consumer goods for unique local needs.’

Before this announced Revolution, one may ask why we don’t start to 3D print car parts today. Actually some of Sculpteo clients do, for instance to repair vintage cars and re-design something they could not find anymore. Some others like to hack their car, or to customize it. What do they share in common? Passion for automobiles for sure, and an understanding that rebuilding or re-shaping a car is not an easy task like playing a game. Every one of these car-addicts respect the rules and gave us some advice that we think will help you:

  1. Think of the function of your 3D printed spare part.  Being aware of the technical specifications of the material and the stress on the part are two mandatory requirements before the start.
  2. Avoid exact copy – rethink your model to get the best price and the best look. For instance, most plastic parts are designed to take most benefit of injection molding. This production method is quite different from 3D printing and you will gain a lot by thinking how to make your part lighter and/or more cubic.
  3. Automative industry follow strict norms and procedures. Every parts are accredited through a long and expensive process. It’s very unlikely that you will do the same, so you need to stay conscious that you will never get a car as secure as it was.
  4. Check your national regulations before thinking of a sale. In some countries, selling a car with non-accredited parts is an infraction.

At Sculpteo we all believe that 3D printing is a good solution for manufacturing cars and  with your help we can change the landscape. By adopting sensible behavior and demonstrating step by step we can make this Revolution happen! What will you 3D print on Sculpteo for your car today?


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The Top 10 3D Printers Under $1,000

By Davide Sher

With the Buccaneer finally hitting the market at well above $800, the Makibox disappearing from the radar and the SUMPODs sold out, it seems that the perfect low-cost 3D printer is still far away from reality. Many feel that a price point below $500 would let the market gather up consumer enthusiasm. That may be, but, I wasn’t even entirely sure that there were a significant number of acceptable sub-$1,000 3D printers actually on the market (which excludes recent crowdfunding campaigns like the TIKO3D or the MOD-t).…

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Microsoft Publishes Improved Oculus Rift Lenses for 3D Printing

By Andrew Wheeler

It became pretty clear at the recent Electronic Entertainment Expo earlier this month that Microsoft and Oculus seemed to have developed an unspoken partnership with some of their technology. It was announced at E3 that Oculus’ Rift VR headset would be compatible with both the new Windows 10 and the Xbox One. But, we’ll see how friendly Oculus is towards Microsoft when they realize that Microsoft’s Rift Lens is much better than the Oculus Rift DK2 lens. Microsoft’s lens offers less chromatic aberration and a sharper image than the Oculus, but the improvement in the technology ups the price considerably.…

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YouMagine Survey Reveals Desktop 3D Printing’s Practical Side

By Michael Molitch-Hou

While industrial 3D printing takes the lion’s share of analysis from industry consultants, the desktop 3D printing world can provide key insight into the state of the technology, transforming communities like 3D Hubs and Ultimaker’s YouMagine into a wealth of information on prosumer 3D printing.  3D Hubs, in turn, publishes regular trend reports and its 2015 3D Printer Guide chock full of info from their distributed manufacturing network.  Now, YouMagine has published the results of its own survey, conducted with 501 respondents from their 3D printables community and the results are illustrated with some really awesome infographics designed by Alexey Butakov.…

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Autodesk Aims to Replicate Speed & Precision of Carbon3D’s Ultra-Fast 3D Printing

By Andrew Wheeler

Carbon3D created quite a stir when they announced their super fast CLIP technology that grows parts instead of building them layer by layer. The announcement spawned a race to match the top-down, high-speed (100 mm/hr – 500 mm/hr) DLP-SLA technology. With the race for speed gearing up all over the world, Andreas Bastian, a 3D printing research scientist at Autodesk, wanted to see what all the fuss was about regarding the top-down DLP process used by Carbon3D. The Autodesk Ember team, led by Bastian, set out to build their own top-down printer that stood up to the high-speed hype and then present their findings as an Instructable.…

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With $30M Investment Shapeways Eyes 3D Printing in Japan

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Earlier this year, French 3D printing service bureau Sculpteo raised €5 Million, some of which came from the family behind the multinational grocery giant Auchan.  Today, Sculpteo’s Dutch competitor, Shapeways just upped the ante by six times, raising $30 million in a funding round led by INKEF Capital, which included the firm’s existing investors – Union Square Ventures, Index Ventures, Lux Capital, and Andreessen Horowitz – on top of two new investors, Hewlett Packard and Presidio Ventures.
Shapeways was spun out of Philips High Tech Campus in 2008, before obtaining investors and opening their first factory in Eindhoven in December of 2010. …

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In Dubai soll das weltweit erste 3D-gedruckte Bürogebäude entstehen

In Dubai soll laut einem Bericht von Gulf News das weltweit erste 3D-gedruckte Bürogebäude mit einer Grundfläche von rund 186 m2 entstehen. Mit dem sechs Meter hohen 3D-Drucker, der die Bauteile einzeln zum Zusammenbau vor Ort fertigen soll, werden Materialien wie speziell verstärkter Beton, glasfaser-verstärkter Gips und faserverstärkter Kunststoff verarbeitet. Aber nicht nur das Gebäude selbst, sondern auch

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Hadrian the automated 3D brick printing machine can lay 1000 bricks an hour

While the construction industry has become acutely aware of what 3D printing can do for them over the past year or so, perhaps the future isn’t in 3D printed concrete after all. For an Australian engineer has reportedly developed the Hadrian 3D printer, which 3D prints bricks instead of filament. Due to its tremendous speed and ability to work 24 hours a day, this machine has the potential to make building houses cheaper and quicker than ever before.

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DesignBox3D: A Knowledgeable 3D Printing Company by Design

By Mark Lee

DesignBox3D is a fairly unique reseller in today’s 3D printer market, and by that I mean that they actually know about the things they sell, and understand the technology itself. I have been reporting on the 3D movement for the past couple of years and have had the opportunity to meet a great number of people involved in the industry. Most of these people have been extremely knowledgeable, but, as our industry has grown, we have started attracting some whose sole interest is “getting in on the action.”
This is an important issue, as our industry is entering a critical phase in its growth.…

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