Monthly Archives: Oktober 2015

Clear 3D printed skeleton firm Encoris boasts annual sales of almost $1m

Medical 3D printed model firm Encoris has announced annual sales of almost $1m. Rather than catering for today’s Halloween festivities, the Michigan-based company specialises in clear skeletons for medical training purposes, and boasts Stryker Orthopaedics, Johnson and Johnson and Medtronic amongst its clients. The clear, custom skeletons, produced by Encoris using additive manufacturing techniques, are used both to educate surgeons and to demonstrate the function of clients’ implant devices for medical sales presentations.

Sickle cell disease detection using 3D printed device and a smartphone

Few 3D printing innovations are more impressive than medical applications, but even by that standard a recent tool by a team of researchers from the University of Connecticut, Yale, MIT and Harvard is very remarkable. The team, led by UConn assistant professor of mechanical engineering Savas Tasoglu has created a 3D printed testing platform for diagnosing and monitoring sickle cell disease from just a few drops of blood. Being low-cost and easy to use, it can even be used areas where little medical technology or knowledge is present.

Disney Research develops automated method for creating 3D printed connectors

Disney Researchers have unveiled an automated method for the quick design of 3D printable connectors in a research paper titled “AutoConnect: Computational Design of 3D-Printable Connectors". Need to connect your phone to your handlebars? Your speakers to your shelf? A can of Red Bull to your belt? The AutoConnect method allows user to make connectors quickly and easily for virtually any purpose, by specifying the dimensions of the two objects. The models can either be downloaded from the Internet or created using a 3D scanner. Once the dimensions have been specified, AutoConnect provides a range of workable designs which will accurately fit the two objects and join them together.

Ideas for Creative Agencies & Brands – #22

Laser Cut Pop Up Text


It makes sense that with many promotional products and messaging items, the choice of typography plays a major role in whether your messaging gets through to people. One way to literally stand out from the crowd can be to create something that looks interesting and encourages a simple physical interaction, all within the text itself.

This eye-catching example of 3D text with a difference came from the forward-thinking fashionistas at Anthropologie. The event invitation would have looked appropriately refined and stylish printed onto white card, if only a more traditional approach had been taken. However, the simple transformation of laser cutting a portion of the font outline completely changes how the recipient reads the message. Each word can be folded out to stand proud from the surface, making perspective, light and shadow all contribute to a more memorable sensorial experience.

Could your corporate messaging take on a whole new impact using the Ponoko Personal Factory? Let us know in the comments below. For more ideas for Agencies and Brands, see the other posts in the series.

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Introducing D-Frames, Ron Arad $800 3D printed PQ Eyewear sunglasses

3D printed sunglasses have been growing in popularity recently, with startups such as KickFly designing them, and companies such as ITUM breaking into the market of customizable 3D printed sunglasses. Of course there has been one brand of optical and sunglasses that has pioneered the use of 3D printing in their designs and continues to be at the fore of 3D printing glasses, pq eyewear.

Award-winning artist Morehshin Allahyari reproduces artifacts destroyed by ISIS through 3D printing

Iranian-born artist Morehshin Allahyari has received a special award at the 10th Florence Biennale for her 3D modeling and 3D printing project Material Speculation: ISIS (work in progress). For the series, Allahyari focuses on reconstructing ancient statues and artifacts that were destroyed by ISIS. According to the artist, the project creates a practical and political possibility for artifact archival, while also using 3D printing technology as a tool for resistance, and for repairing history and memory.

taulman3D Releases New High-Strength PETG Filament: TECH-G

By Tyler Koslow

Early in the year, the 3D printing material masters at taulman3D released a limited amount of their newly developed TECH-G material to a few consumers in order to gather feedback for this new material. TECH-G was created to cover the flaws of both PLA, which is functionally limited due to its fragile nature, and ABS, which is limited by tensile strength. The material, which acts like mixture of both PLA and ABS, is called PETG, a close cousin of polyethylene terephthalate (PET).…

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3D Systems partners with U.S. Army to develop 3D printing lab

Despite their ongoing ups and downs, 3D Systems remains one of the biggest players in 3D printing, with proprietary research and technologies that are advancing the industry in every possible area, from consumer-oriented 3D printed wearables to patient-specific 3D printed cardiology models to be used in surgical planning. In their latest high profile move, 3D Systems today announced a major partnership with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) to jointly develop 3D printing technology and materials for automotive, medical, wearable, aerospace and other commercial and defense applications. The 3D printing research will take place the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.