Monthly Archives: Juli 2015

Friday Funday! Ice Cream and Mechanical Engineering

How much do you know about the effects of 3D printing on ‘Mechanical Engineering’? If you’re like most people it’s not something that you’re naturally interested in and that’s why I’m excited to share with you why it’s interesting and pretty fun as well. Let’s take a look.

3D printing has been leaking into unexpected areas for the last 10 years, these are areas such as food and fashion. Engineering and hardware manufacturing are areas that are not so unexpected… or are they? Keep reading and I’ll walk you through 2 examples of products that will have your head in the clouds and 1 bonus example that involves ice cream. Who said mechanical engineering can’t be fun?!?!



Did you know, when it comes to drones, the lighter the better? The heavier an aircraft is the more effect it has on the speed and cost of flying; this rule is true for drones AND commercial aircrafts. So remember the lighter the better!

This is why SLM Solutions (based in Germany) & AeroKinetics (based in US) are collaborating to create what they are calling an unmanned aircraft systems “UAS” for short **not pictured**. They are still in the prototyping stage which is perfect because this stage is where the magic happens and we get to watch it unfold.

SLM Solutions is using metal 3D Printing to create prototypes in (and parts composed of) titanium and aluminum in hopes that these materials will be stronger and yet light weight. They stand to save more by using 3D Printing instead of CNC machining.

3D Printing + Mechanical Engineering = BETTER PRODUCTS!

This may look like an ordinary nozzle, but if you look closely you’ll notice this is all one part thanks to 3D printing. This is GE’s Aviation fuel nozzle and in the not so distant past it was made up of 20 different parts, not only is the 3D printed version of this nozzle 5X stronger it also last longer. Generally the quality assurance process fixes issues like strength and durability by isolating and analyzing the issue, then by correcting and implementing the correction on the newer version. 3D printing speeds up the QA process sometimes by months, 3DP does this by shortening the time between correcting and implementing (not to mention the savings on assembly!)


Let’s talk about ICE CREAM and the sticky problem of obsolete hardware!

It’s the middle of summer, the height of ice cream season! So I thought I’d send you off with a sweet story about mechanical RE-engineering. Sculpteo was asked to create a replacement part for an ice cream machine, the client couldn’t go back to the manufacturer because the part wasn’t being made anymore. Through a series of questions it was determined that the mechanism didn’t just need to be replaced, it needed to be re-engineered. *see part below

The beauty in all of this is that not only did the client save money by 3D printing the part (rather than buying a completely new machine), he also improved the design  so that it suits his needs better. To learn more about this story you can read our newest eBook it details this story and 17 others that are just like it.

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FSL3D Launches Scalable 3D Printing Service with DLP & SLA Tech

By Michael Molitch-Hou

FSL3D is a second mover in the 3D printing industry.  Established as an extension of its parent company Fuel Spectrum Laser, the company kicked off a successful campaign for their Pegasus Touch SLA 3D printer, before working on two DLP 3D printers, now available for pre-order.  As a second mover, FSL3D has an established business network and model on which to build and, therefore, a potentially keen sense of how to expand.  Today’s announcement of the firm’s newly launched 3D printing service seems to indicate that that business sense is keen indeed.…

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Free 3D Printable of the Week: Google VR 5.8 Prototype

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Sketchfab user Chaitanya Krishnan has a unique vision of the future of technology, and it does not involve copyright law.  So, while his latest model, a 3D printable model of a futuristic VR helmet fictionally developed by Google, he doesn’t seem to care whether or not Google cares that he’s using their name for his model.  He writes on his website, “This website is the property of Chaitanyak®. I am based in India where current international ‘cyber-laws’ either do not apply or are not enforced, nor do their enforcers have any hope of getting their hands on me.…

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Details of Hunan Farsoon’s Fast, Viscous SLA 3D Printing Emerge

By Michael Molitch-Hou

The world of industrial photopolymer 3D printing is an exciting one, especially when it comes to materials.  While I’ve got my eye on Prodways, with its line of proprietary DLP technology and resins, 3ders is reporting that the Additive Manufacturing Technology Research Institute in Guangzhou Nansha, China has developed its own SLA technology being used to 3D print cermaics, as well as metal filler materials, which might be used for dental 3D printing.
Director of the Institute Xu Xiaoshu, who is also the founder of Chinese printer manufacturer Hunan Farsoon, has explained that his new technology overcomes some of the drawbacks of traditional SLA 3D printing. …

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Additive manufacturing comes to the Israel Air Force (IAF) with new 3D printer

As we’ve previously seen, additive manufacturing has had a dramatic impact on the aerospace industry within the past year thanks to more companies switching over from traditional manufacturing processes in favor of a more customizable, low-cost and ultimately, faster method.

While many of these companies began using additive manufacturing very selectively in an R&D environment, the technology has since expanded out of the lab and is currently being used to manufacture everything from engine components to interior passenger cabin parts. More recently, a number of international government agencies have been taking a closer look at the technology and are starting to include 3D printed parts into their various aircraft – just six months ago, the British Royal Air Force made history when one of their Tornado fighter jets took off with 3D printed replacement parts.

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Illos 3D Gets Medieval with 3D Printed Recreation of Historical Cyprus

By Andrew Wheeler

During Medieval times, Cyprus was the epicenter of Mediterranean civilization.  And, now, Cyprus-based manufacturers of DLP 3D printers Illos3D has teamed up with the Historical Atlas of Medieval Cyprus project to create an awesome 1:72,000 scaled replica down to the tiniest detail.

The Kolossi castle, which housed many knights and architectural artifacts, has suffered the ravages of time, and the castle and its artifacts are pretty dilapidated these days.  As a result, a lot of information about daily life in medieval Cyprus is scattered throughout different libraries, so it’s difficult to paint a comprehensive picture.  …

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Tutorial: Design and 3D Print Your Own Jewelry With This New Online App

Since 3D modeling software often has a steep learning curve, innovative startups try to develop more user-friendly design tools and apps that lead to great results in minutes. WIZEgem is one of these startups. Your personal 3D printed jewelry pieces are now only a few clicks away.

WIZEgem lets you create rings, pendants, earrings, bracelets, and cufflinks in their online app even without any prior 3D modeling knowledge. In this tutorial we will create a ring with your text as well as a pendant with a texture of our choice. So let’s get started!

Create your own 3D printed jewelry

Create a 3D printed ring with your text and your size

Start the WIZEgem app here and click on ‘Rings’. Select the ‘Text ring’ on the top of the screen for creating a ring with text on the outside. Choose the ‘Wedding band’ if you prefer a ring with text on the inside. Click on the dropdown menu on the top right and select any category to see loads of other pre-defined designs as well.

Create a 3D printed ring

We chose to go with the ‘Text ring’. After you see a preview of this ring, click on the “Edit” symbol on the button. You’ll see many green arrows all over the model now. The text will also appear in green. Click on the text in order to change it.

3D modeling a ring

3D modeling a ring

With the arrows you can change the size and various other parameters: the depth of the ring, the height of the ring, the engraving depth of the text, the size of the text, and last but not least the diameter of the ring. Click it several times until your ring has the size you need it to have.

change ring diameter in cad software

And you’re already done. Happy with your design? Then send it to our printers! A click on “3D print” and our i.materialise logo will do the trick.

Create a pendant with your texture

Now let’s try something else: let’s create a 3D printed pendant with a texture of our choice. Start the WIZEgem app here and select ‘Pendants’. Then click on the heart pendant named ‘Shaped flat full’ at the top.

Learn how to create your own 3D printed pendant

When the heart shape appears. Click on ‘Texture’ below and upload the texture of your choice. Now you need to select it: scroll down by clicking on the ‘arrow down’ until you reach the pattern that you just uploaded. In our case it’s the i.materialise logo. Once it is selected it will be highlighted in red.

3d model your own pendant with a pattern

In order to make this pattern appear on your pendant, go to the ‘Edit’ tool and click on the ‘texture change’ field that will appear next to the pendant (highlighted in red in the picture below). Your pattern will then have changed!

3d printed pendant

Deselect both the ‘Edit’ and ‘Texture’ tools and click on the ‘Join’ tool. Select ‘Decoration point’ from the dropdown menu and select the ‘Bail loop’ to set it on top of your pendant. Now it’s ready to go!

Tweak your 3D printable pendant

Do you want to change the shape of the pendant (heart)? Then the ‘Free’ drawing tool is just what you were looking for. There you can edit the existing shape, delete it and draw your own, or upload a path file (.path) from your computer.

You can find many more tutorials like this in the WIZEgem app. After opening the app, click on ‘Tutorials’ on the right in order to learn how to get started. If you like this product, you might also like our other latest 3D printing news about 3D printed jewelry artist Desmond Chan and Italian jewelry designer Francesca Paolin. If you are new to the world of 3D modeling you might want to read this article on how to get started. If you already know how to model 3D files, simply upload them here and order your 3D print in more than 100 different materials and finishing options.

“Sculptor de Voix” Gilles Azzaro 3D Prints Infant’s First Cries

By Davide Sher

The widespread adoption of 3D printing has contributed to create many new professional figures and artistic experiences that have never existed in the past. One of these is the “Sculptor de Voix”, or voice sculptor. This is Gilles Azzaro‘s profession and, while his experience has evolved over many years, he rose to fame by creating a 3D printed sculpture based on Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. In that speech, the US president spoke for the first time about 3D printing as one of the opportunities to seize to provide for America’s future.…

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US Navy 3D Prints Custom Drone for Potential Specialized Missions

By Andrew Wheeler

The U.S. Navy has a multitude of weapons at its disposal.  They include some of the most advanced and experimental weapons in the world, like the Laser Weapons System (LaWS). But the world’s largest naval force has been testing out new ideas using 3D printers.  Specifically, they are using 3D printers to manufacture customized drones which can be designed differently for each given mission.

Researchers at the Naval Postgraduate School developed the project to see how the cross section of information technology and fabrication technology could be combined to create helpful custom tools to help sailors on any given mission.…

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Auburn University signs agreement with NASA to develop 3D printing options for deep space missions

While you might not think it when looking at your very own desktop FDM 3D printer, but 3D printing is hard at work giving the aerospace industry a huge boost. While various space agencies have already used high quality metal prints for a variety of applications, NASA is now taking things to the next level with an eye on missions into deep space and to Mars. To do so, NASA has just signed a Space Act Agreement with Auburn University to explore to possibilities of 3D printing in space.

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