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Converge 2017 Event Report

Posted by Editor On September - 23 - 2017

Altair’s award presentation and gallery celebrates the nexus of technology + design

By Gregory van Zuyen

Converge 2017 Event Report

Christine Outram of Veritas Prep speaking at Converge 2017 on five trends to watch

We will start with the name of the guy you want to know most. His name is Chad Zamler. Why? Becaue he’s the guy that will give you a pass to Converge 2018. If you are lucky, he may still get you passes to Converge 2017 in other cities.

Converge? What’s that? you ask. Why, it’s the only thing in the world more brain-blowing, more creativeley inspiring, more idea-intoxicating than TED talks on steroids. It all happened here at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles on Sept. 13. If you were anywhere close to Southern California that day, it was the place to be.

Converge 2017 Event Report

Stuart Fingerhut of The Visionary Group photographs the Airbus Lightrider, a 3D-printed electric motorcycle displayed at Converge 2017

The accomplishments and innovations of the people that spoke at Converge is astounding. Through the Converge award program — presented by Altair‘s entertaining CMO Jeff Brennan — we are introduced to the thinkers and artists that give us license to think more imaginatively and more expansively than we thought possible. These are the brilliant and inspired genii of our generation, worthy of world respect.

Converge 2017 awarded nine people for their contributions to the nexus of design and technology. The awards do not go lightly. The value of thought that the award winners provide our planet are so worthy of contribution, the very small 3D-printed statuette they receive is all that more precious a symbol of meaning. How ever much the cinematic world considers the Oscar, that’s how much more the techno-design world will consider the award of the Converge Chair of Accomplishment.

Converge 2017 Event Report

Tim Prestero’s Firefly incubators for third-world countries has saved babies’ lives already

The Converge 2017 presentation began with Tim Prestero of Design That Matters. It’s hard to condense the feels of his talk into a paragrpah, because he dealt with the construction of infant incubators for third-world countries. He went blow-by-blow through the process he had to go to through to design and create a device that would drastically reduce the greatest cause of infant mortality; lack of warmth combined with the common onset of jaundice.

Prestero explained his search for a solution that solved all the issues coming from doctors, nurses, patients, hospital administrators and repair personnel. His years-long odyssey resulted in the Firefly, a portable basinet that provided life-saving UV rays from both above and below the baby. It’s not an exaggeration to say that this man is personnally responsible for the preservation of thousands of lives.

It gets better from there. Christina Outram of Veritas Prep brought unimaginable insight into the future with her analysis of trends to watch; the tracking of recycled electronics, the death of websites through speech-driven apps, customizing the user experience for keener levels of market share, and more. Again, you wish you were there.

When it comes to industrial design, few hold the authority of Tim Morton. The contribution he and Newell Brands have done for Rubbermaid alone earns him a lifetime achievement award. In his talk he introduced concepts like “plaid,” a mixing of the verticals and horizontals of an industry for conceptualizing better product design.

Architect Doris Sung of DOSU Studio Architecture was next, speaking about her development of smart materials for an application to architecture. A professor at University of Southern California, Sung turned an academic investigaton into bimetal composition into a solution into autonomously heating and cooling buildings through the natural process of turning otherwise flat, combined pieces of metal into a curled, ventilating, basketweaved surface by the action of solar heat.

Columbia University Professor of Engineering and Data Science Hod Lipson came on stage next and blew our minds with self-learning robots that seek the rewards of self-duplicating. Like humans, only with robots. He even tore the arm off one of the robots to see how it would adapt. Stunning.

The playlist gets better. Bill Washabaugh is sculptor leading a troupe of phenomenal people at Hypersonic. The NYC-based organization develops industrial installations of themed robotics, the result is a three-dimensional spectacle of awe and wonder.

Converge 2017 Event Report

Breaking Wave by Hypersonic is an example of Bill Washabaugh’s contribution to using technology in design

Greg Lynn of Greg Lynn FORM led us into a journey into the future that cannot be forgotten once seen, especially as it is already here. His design of valet robots trained to follow owners is expected to provide pedestrians greater functionality in populated areas. His vision is epic in scope and magnitude by the virtual simplicity of robots that follow you and carry your stuff for you. This development is soon to be literally at your heels in a short time to come.

Converge 2017 Event Report

Guests examining products made possible through the use of Altair’s numerous enterprise solutions

Michael Peng was next. In architectural circles, Peng is the master. Peng was the force behind Gensler’s construction of the 2,073 ft. Shanghai Tower. One of the many notable features of the tower is that its exterior skin twists 120 degrees around the building to shield it from typhoons. Peng took less than thirty minutes to explain how he did it.

Jason Lopes was the show finale. Lopes works for Carbon and he regaled the audience with stories of his days with Stan Winston and Legacy Effects studios. As their lead systems engineer, Lopes oversaw many notable products, and one of them was the construction of a 14-foot animatronic beast for San Diego’s Comic-Con. Operated by four men inside, this one-of-a-kind creation came to life in a record 30 days thanks to Lopes’ use of 3D-printing. The beast went on to wow the crowds for Jimmy Kimmel Live! show — and wowed us as well.

The event concluded with dinner and entertainment by Nick Waterhouse. For the fortunate creatives that were able to attend this uplifting affair, it will never be forgotten. For those that yearn for the keen gleanings of design’s Mt. Olympus, this is the place to be next year.

More on Converge, including how to register, is available at

The Daily 3D Detail: The Periodic Table of Things

Posted by Editor On September - 11 - 2017

The Periodic Table of Things by Keith Enevoldsen

New interactive periodic table of things by Keith Enevoldsen makes learning about science fun for all

Boeing software engineer Keith Enevoldsen has produced a masterful work of art and science. Intended to instruct students in the use of the elements listed on the periodic table, the creation is welcome by all as a great way to look at the physical sciences.

The Period Table of the Elements, in Pictures and Words explains the industrial application of even the obscure elements. With this chart, the mysteries of palladium (pollution control), rhenium (rocket engines), molybdenum (cutting tools), bismuth (fire sprinklers), and all the others are illustrated for a quick reveal, leaving one with a hearty afterthought of curiosity.

For more on Enevoldsen’s work, visit this article at

The Daily 3D Detail: 3D-printing giant LEGO blocks

Posted by Editor On August - 27 - 2017

3D-printing giant LEGO blocks

As many parents of young children understand, the commodities markets (gold, silver, pork bellies) shamefully neglect to catalog the ongoing rate of one of the world’s most collectible items: LEGO blocks.

3D-printing giant LEGO blocks

Image by Cmglee courtesy of Wikipedia

As LEGO blocks continue to hold their dollar value over time, the prospect of 3D-printing them grows. LEGO blocks are originally made of ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) and can be easily duplicated by most 3D printers. STL (stereolithography) files for LEGO block downloads have been around for years.

3D-printing giant LEGO blocks

Image of downloadable LEGOs by pokesummit

As the “world’s most powerful brand” LEGO has a strong tradition based on a singly mindful element of their product. It’s virtually impossible to replicate precisely. Even asian knock-off brands of LEGO blocks fail miserably across the board in terms of ease of use and reliability. And forget about having them work together with true LEGOs.

In terms of legal precedent in the LEGO trademark, a number of companies have been sued for infringing upon the LEGO design of their interlocking blocks. LEGO patented their definitive shape of the bricks with their inner tubes in 1958, but the latest European Court of Justice ruling in 2010, stated the eight-peg design of the original Lego brick “merely performs a technical function [and] cannot be registered as a trademark.”

3D-printing giant LEGO blocks

Knock-off companies like Wise Hawk are shameless in their marketing and produce inferior products

So printing one’s own blocks are likely to run into the same quality control issues that plague all other attempts at replicating LEGOs accurately. But printing them at five times the size? That’s a different animal altogether.

3D-printing giant LEGO blocks

3D-printing giant LEGO blocks

Mantis, a two-ton hexapod built by Matt Denton

Meet Matt Denton. Denton’s claim to fame is being the creator of the six-legged two-ton human-scale hexapod called Mantis. His latest contribution to the world is his giant-sized LEGO block creation, a five-times scale model of a LEGO go-cart, model no. 1972. Designed as a LEGO kit in 1985, this buggy cart with dual wheels and working rack-and-pinion steering took 168 hours to make — approximately seven days of printing. The end result weighed 5.1 kilos and cost a little over £100.

In his video series in two parts on the 3D printing of the blocks, Denton explains his tricks of the trade to replicate the LEGO creation in its massive size off a Lulzbot Taz 5 printer. Using extensive brimming to minimize warping at the edges, and foregoing support material in key spots were some of the techniques Denton employed. The video is extensive in construction detail, explaining which parts should be built in sections. No doubt this will not be the first of these mega-size LEGO creations, as anyone with a 3D printer can follow Denton’s lead through his step-by-step instructions.

It’s only a matter of time now until giant LEGO blocks becomes its own sub-Reddit thread. In the meantime, investing in LEGOs still proves to be a viable retirement plan for most parents.

The Daily 3D Detail: Our new favorite STL download

Posted by Editor On August - 26 - 2017

Our new favorite STL download

The Minion chess set is sure to please young players

We love and their extensive lists. Known for ranking printers or presenting DIY projects, has been a favorite website of printrs for years.

Their most recent list is a celebration of 3D-printed chess sets and the selection is impressive. Whether you prefer conventional designs or unique assortments of chess pieces, this list is well-worth a scrolling and bookmark.

Our new favorite STL download

The Lewis chess set, based on the 800-year-old historical set on display at the National Museum of Scotland

The takeaway from this list is it is inevitably incomplete. Chess sets are a popular choice for beginner printrs and modelrs and there is no limit to the imagination that can occupy 16 squares on a chess board. Hopefully exposure of this list will generate even more download options and more follow-up lists to come.

Once you’ve downloaded and printed your set, you may consider traipsing over and playing the built-in AI interface. Ranked from levels 1 through 10, the AI is ready to match you at your skill sets and challenge you appropriately. Most can handle levels 3 and 4, whereas grandmasters find themselves stumped by level 8. No one, apparently, is smart enough to beat the computer at level 10.

In addition to gaming, the site also offers tips and strategies and a variety of resources for chess enthusiasts.

Interview with David Cawley

Posted by Fred Kaplan On March - 30 - 2017

Designing the future at ArtCenter College of Design

By Fred Kaplan

Interview with David Cawley

Digital manufacturing becomes one more tool in the tool box of design

ArtCenter College of Design, located in Pasadena, California, is one of the best-rated industrial design and transportation design colleges in the country. Alumni include designers of the Corvette Stingray, the new Volkswagen Beetle, the Mini Cooper and members of the band Linkin Park. (Less famously and, for full disclosure, the author is an alumnus of ArtCenter’s photography department. –ed.)

The 3D printing industry is currently exploding with new technologies, new materials and more accessible than ever. There is increased attention in defining how 3D printing fits in with manufacturing best-practices compared to traditional manufacturing methods. ArtCenter is on the leading edge of 3D printing for its efforts in refining new approaches in design and prototyping.

Among the tools students use to design the cars and other visionary objects of the future are seven large-format laser cutters, a five-axis CNC machine, six desktop mills, traditional wood working and clay sculpting tools, and 15 3D printers. David Cawley, ArtCenter’s Director of Prototyping & Model Services has been working with 3D printers since 1990. He started as a journeyman master pattern maker, and spent ten years as a director at Solid Concepts prototyping prior to his past nine years at ArtCenter.

Interview with David Cawley

3D Printer Magazine: How does ArtCenter use its 3D Printers?

David Cawley: ArtCenter is primarily a design school. Our students use a blend of craft and technology to design and create their projects using the traditional shop, and more recently digital manufacturing like CAD and 3D printers. I see additive manufacturing as just another tool in the tool box.

3D Printer Magazine: Which 3D printers are you using?

David Cawley: We are using a variety of printers. Many of the students have their own printers. ArtCenter was an early adopter of 3D printer technology more than ten years ago, starting with wax printers, since then we have evolved with StrataSys FDM, 3D Systems ColorJet X60 series binder-jet printers, Objet polyjet printers as well as desktop units. We have kept pace with printing technology.

3D Printer Magazine: What percentage of the shop work is created on a 3D printer?

David Cawley: I don’t think the traditional shop will ever go away but we have been seeing an increase in 3D printing versus the traditional shop. It’s a matter of having the knowledge to choose the right tool for the job. You want to 3D-print complex geometries, whereas with bulky heavy items should be taken to the shop to save time and money due to the price of the materials. Obviously, a big chunk of wood is cheaper than a big chunk of 3D printing material.

ArtCenter is primarily known for transportation design so we are often working in one-fifth scale. A 3D-printed car at one-fifth scale could be thousands of dollars in printing costs. We find that the students are often combining the two techniques. Students will 3D-print the wheels, the grills, the lights for better details and use clay or other materials for the larger car parts.

Interview with David Cawley

3D Printer Magazine: We have seen a lot internet stories about car manufacturers using 3D printers. Has 3D printing technology changed how classes are taught or how the students create?

David Cawley: We put effort into being on the leading edge of technology and think we should be ahead of the studios. We are teaching the students who will be working in these studios in a couple of years. The designers who are teaching our classes are ArtCenter alumni who have come back from these design studios tell us what the auto design studios are looking for; particularly regarding the equipment the studios are using. They are using very large industrial 3D printers. We recently had someone here from Jaguar who said that they 3D-print the prototypes of their cars as much as they can, the interiors, and all kinds of things. 3D printing is really making a big impact on transportation design.

3D Printer Magazine: Do you think these students need a high-end 3D printer, or do you see a role for desktop printers?

David Cawley: I think they need access to the technology, we may not have every tool in the tool box but it is important to know what the tools are, and how to use a service bureau for that metal part or whatever technology you don’t own. We are not going to bring a metal printer into the school in the short term so it’s about teaching the students about what is available. Of course, many students are doing great work with desktop and hobbyist printers.

3D Printer Magazine: Have you seen a difference in the work of students who have more access to a 3D printer?

David Cawley: The faculty here see it more as an aspect of understanding design. A student’s creativity is often limited to their CAD knowledge. The student’s imagination is limitless, a 3D printer’s job is to realize that vision as a physical form in the real world. So, a 3D printer could limit creativity due to a student’s CAD knowledge as opposed to a student’s ability to sculpt clay. Sculpting in clay and other traditional methods are still very important in transportation design.

3D Printer Magazine: Does the typical ArtCenter student start with CAD knowledge?

David Cawley: When students are introduced to the shop we talk about what they will be experiencing in the shops and in the digital labs. I take a show of hands to see who has used CAD and created STL files. We ask, “Who has been in a shop, who has used a band saw, etc?” Shop has been in decline in high schools so we don’t see as many hands going up for shop, but we also don’t get that many hands up for CAD. Most of the computing that students come in with tends to be social networking computing, most haven’t made a CAD file and 3D-printed it; but the number is increasing.

3D Printer Magazine: How about 3D scanners?

David Cawley: Scanners and 3D printers go hand-in-hand. We have seen an increase in scanning activities since the price of scanners has come down. The faculty aren’t that interested in scanning. They want the students to create, not copying something that already exists. Right now, what’s holding scanning technology back is that the output of the scanners need so much post processing and the learning curve to get the best output is steep.

3D Printer Magazine: Which of ArtCenter’s departments tend to use the 3D printers most?

David Cawley: Everyone is using 3D printers – transportation design, product design, even fine art students. The fine art students don’t usually have CAD files – that’s where we may see the bridge to scanning. I think scanners will encourage fine art students to create digital art.

3D Printer Magazine: Do you feel the need to instruct students on the specific techniques of CAD to achieve the best 3D printer results?

David Cawley: The way that 3D printing has been portrayed is that it can make anything, no matter how complex. You can print any object in “one go” which all sounds really cool, but the reality is that most items are made from multiple components. 3D printing allows you the freedom of design, to make more complex geometry, but in the real world of manufacturing one has to define what the best approach is. If you are a good designer and you have a good background on fit, assembly and how things work, then 3D printing is really powerful to express unique ideas; but ultimately an engineer will be engineering your item. There is no way around that.

3D printing has always been a material’s game. There is a lot of talk about DDM, (Direct Digital Manufacturing) using full metal parts – that’s going to be the future of manufacturing for a lot of industries. Where we are using 3D printing is in prototyping. ArtCenter students are creating 3D-printed items for visual presentation, not functionality.

A lot of our students’ work is in ideas, concepts of what something is going to look like. The engineers will put the reality check to the design and make it work. What I love about 3D printing is that it allows students to express themselves. Whether the object could be manufactured or not – it’s still cool. ArtCenter is about making a lot of stuff including furniture, scale car models, toys, wearables and more.

3D Printer Magazine: If you started a 3D printer department in a small- to middle-sized school today, what would you start with?

David Cawley: For an educational environment, it is vital to get as much variety of technology as possible. There isn’t one printer that can do everything, so as an educational institution you want to have a few different technologies, we have the 3D Systems Colorjet 650 printer which prints in a gypsum powder – capable of printing hundreds of thousands of colors, and the Objet which is best for refined details and high resolution printing, as well as the other printers.

3D Printer Magazine: If you had to choose between quality or quantity of 3D printers what would you choose?

David Cawley: All the 3D printers companies are battling for faster throughput. If you think about it, 3D printing is a pretty slow way of making something, layer by layer. Obviously the thinner the layer the better the resolution but the longer the print time. The thinner layer is all about higher quality unless you can do it really fast like the CLIP technology from Carbon3D. [Printing speed] can be a painful experience. We need to stay on the edge of developing technology. It has really been an exciting time over the last five years – it’s really been revolutionary.

Interview with David Cawley

3D Printer Magazine: What do think the next five years of 3D printing will look like?

David Cawley: I expect, during the next five years, developments in the consumer hobbyist area of 3D printing will slow down. I think CAD software has advanced beyond the capabilities of 3D printers, so I hope that 3D printers will catch up.

3D Printer Magazine: Do recommend that students who want to learn 3D printing approach it with strong CAD knowledge?

David Cawley: You have brought up an interesting point. The barrier to creating an interesting 3D-printed part is the ability to create an appropriately printable STL file. The students who know CAD are going to get more interesting files quicker. The point may be, how easy is it to learn CAD? There are open-source CAD programs that are easier to access than ever before. The whole design process is changing. CAD is now married to 3D printing like never before. There are more embedded features [in CAD] that are beneficial to 3D printing. The education gap between those who are proficient in CAD and those who aren’t will close as the software becomes easier to use and more accessible. I expect that in the next five years, we will see CAD programs that will make it easier to design and refine files for 3D printing.

3D Printer Magazine: What kind of educational tools would you recommend to those unable to attend ArtCenter.

David Cawley: There is always the internet. It’s all on the internet you just have to find what you need.

3D Printer Magazine: Are there any common mistakes that you see 3D-printer students make?

David Cawley: People starting with 3D printers often see the printers as a one-size-fits-all panacea, thinking the printer can do everything in one print. It’s later that students realize why things are assembled in separate pieces. It might be as simple as paint required in an area that may be unpaintable if the part is printed in one piece. 3D printing cuts through some of the manufacturing conventions, but students quickly realize that the parts printed in one-piece assemblies may not function or fit like they do on the CAD screen. It’s one of those things you got to keep doing until you figure out what you need to know. The students pick it up really quick.

3D Printer Magazine: Is there any other information you want to give us?

David Cawley: At ArtCenter, we try to be on the leading edge of the technologies – whether it be 3D printing, photography or everything else. It’s interesting to see how the labs have changed to become more integrated like a traditional model shop with a digital area. This is something the new ideas are challenging – when we are used to making something one way and now it’s better to use a newer process. Part of the education is to explain why we are doing it this way or that way. Digital manufacturing and 3D printing are opening up new concepts of manufacturing. It’s an exciting time.

Fred Kaplan is a 3D-printing material specialist, who has worked with SLA, SLS, FDM, ColorJet, ADAM, DLP, LOM, FFF, MultiJet, Polyjet, and SDL 3D printers. Specializing in matching the best technology to a particular 3D printing application, he has also worked with many brands of 3D scanners and many CAD packages.

Prior to his work in additive manufacturing, Fred received a Los Angeles area Emmy and other awards for documentary filmmaking.

Baselworld Announces 2017 3D-Printed Jewelry Awards

Posted by Editor On March - 29 - 2017

Baselworld Announces 2017 3D-Printed Jewelry Awards

The Baselworld Design Competition awards are the height of acclaim in jewelry artistry

Designer Anna Popovych of IE Popovych in the Ukraine created “Drop of Freedom” ring, winning the Platinum Award for CAD jewelry design. The Baselworld Design Competition award, offered by Baselworld and Solidscape, honors CAD designers of jewelry and watches. Solidscape, a Stratasys subsidiary, manufacturers top-grade 3D wax printers for the jewelry, medical, orthopedic, and precision engineering trades.

To read the full story, and see the remaining award winners, see

Interview with Desmond Chan

Posted by Editor On September - 8 - 2016

Interview with Desmond Chan

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Desmond Chan, a Hong Kong jewelry designer, creates artwork of adornment inspired by the natural world and digital technology — and a touch of surrealism. Chan agreed to share his thoughts on pushing the envelope of jewelry design through 3D-design tools. Here is our discussion.

3D Printr Magazine: Tell us about how you got started.

Desmond Chan: I started making jewelry in 2013 when I couldn’t find a special Christmas present for my wife.

At this point, I decided to use my 3D-modeling skills to build a star-shaped pendant and I used 3D-printing technology to make it into sterling silver. That was my first jewelry design and she still enjoys wearing it.

Interview with Desmond Chan

My idea is to make use of 3D-printing technology and modern art to transform art pieces into wearable jewelry. My goal is to design energetically within the limited and specialized art medium of jewelry.

My latest creations are the Zodiac Tiger Ring and Wire Heart Ring.

The Tiger is one of the twelve-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac.

Interview with Desmond Chan

The Tiger’s nature to seek out opportunities wherever they can in an attempt to improve their abilities and hone their profession. It represents strength, courage, and determination. The tiger ring with its delicate patterns of lace is made out of my intention to bring the wearer the aspects of beauty, good luck, and love in life.

Interview with Desmond Chan

The voluptuous wire heart ring is simply a physical line and a very abstract element. Each design begins as a 2D concept, which I use my 3D modeling knowledge to convert the 2D concept into 3D form with delicate structure. The wire heart ring started from a simple 2D heart shape. I use it to literally sculpt a heart shape in a three-dimensional drawing style. The wire heart has different thicknesses that provide the ring with a resilient surface tension and overall strength of structure.

3D Printr Magazine: Where did 3D technology take you in design innovation?

Interview with Desmond Chan

Desmond Chan: I produced my second 3D-printed piece, “Splash Lamp,” in 2014. It was inspired by high-speed water drop photography, which seized the very moment when a water drop created an unbelievable liquid art. I found it fascinating and it gives me great satisfaction to turn my product designs into reality. [3D-design programs] are a brilliant technology for producing a unique product based on my own concepts. Some of the ideas would be hard or expensive to achieve when it comes to traditional product development. 3D printing can also be integrated into my on-demand production pipeline to reduce inventory costs.

3D Printr Magazine: What kind of 3D printer do you use?

Desmond Chan: I do not have my 3D printer. I am using different 3D-printing service providers in Belgium and Hong Kong to produce prototypes and the final products.

3D Printr Magazine: What kind of 3D software do you use?

Desmond Chan: I use Autodesk Maya to build my jewelry models. Maya supports polygon modeling very well with lots of editing tools to create organic forms in one piece. It also allows me to write a small program using MEL script to make noise patterns that simulate handcrafted roughness.

3D Printr Magazine: What is the creative process like for you? Do you begin with a sculpted model? What are the steps from initial concept to building a model?

Desmond Chan: Each design begins as a sketch on paper, then I give it shape and form by using Autodesk Maya 3D modeling and animation software. Once I am happy with the design, I export the model as an STL file and send it to local 3D printing service provider for making prototype before I make the final piece in precious metals.

3D Printr Magazine: You mentioned using Maya Embedded Language (MEL) to reproduce surface effects, and we previously displayed your work at 3D Printr Magazine in regards to design trends and the use of Chronolab to capture the motion of moving objects. Tell us more about how the use of these softwares are advancing your creative process. When did they take your imagination to a place it had never been?

Desmond Chan: Autodesk Maya’s sharp edges and lines are too perfect to be represented realistically. Also, Autodesk Maya does not have the jewelry features as other jewelry 3D software, such as free-form surface subtracting, stones and mountings libraries. Once computer-generated jewelry is exported to print, additional tricks are used to diminish its perfection. With the help of Maya’s MEL scripting, the straight edges and lines are blended and deformed. Barely visible noise is added to the overall 3D model to make it look natural. Maya’s MEL can help to speed up complicated or repetitive tasks that I may need to spend a few hours to do in manual processing.

Interview with Desmond Chan

3D Printr Magazine: The jewelry industry has already done well to adopt additive manufacturing. Was finding vendor services a difficult process?

Desmond Chan: It is easy to find vendor services to produce small amount pieces in Europe and Hong Kong. 3D printing is helping me to develop my own brand. I am able to transform my designs into wearable jewelry without having to invest a lot of money to purchase tools and equipment. I can simply focus on designing custom-made jewelry and intricately detailed jewelry on-demand at reasonable prices without having to purchase stock in large inventories of products.

Interview with Desmond Chan

3D Printr Magazine: Your jewelry has a definitive style. Do you feel the digital process will end up providing files for others to reproduce or are the sharing of files as much a security factor as everything else in the jewelry business? Are you worried about unofficial reproductions of your work?

Desmond Chan: I am using professional vendor services in Europe and Hong Kong. They won’t reproduce and share my designs to others. Thus, I am not worried about unofficial reproductions of my designs.

3D Printr Magazine: Many of the objects you have made are derived from natural shapes. How does the inspiration process occur? Do you look for jewelry designs in the natural world?

Interview with Desmond Chan

Desmond Chan: Everything becomes a possible source of inspiration – from modern artwork to an object on the street. After experimenting with several designs that garnered compliments from family, friends and coworkers, I decided to launch my own business and market the custom jewelry online. The rabbit collection is designed for my daughter. She loves rabbits very much and always asks me when she can raise rabbits.

Interview with Desmond Chan

3D Printr Magazine: Much of your work seems to be attributed to Salvador Dali. Please tell us about your personal interest in Dali and how that comes out in your work.

Desmond Chan: I appreciate surrealism. I would like to make use of organic forms and asymmetrical shapes to produce lively design. Using technology to experiment, I transform different elements into another form to create a new definition of that object. Salvador Dali is one of my favorite artists. Part of my designs were inspired by his surrealistic art pieces involving concepts of contradiction, illusion, floating objects, and the stuff of dreams. My latest design are melting clock earrings. They were designed for my friend who also loves Salvador Dali’s paintings and sculptures. Melting clocks are the most memorable item in his paintings. Persistence of Memory and Disintegration of the Persistence of Memory both feature the clocks within them. It is believed that melting clocks refer to Einstein’s theory about time being relative and not fixed.

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3D Printing Gives a Face to a 2,000-Year-Old Egyptian

Posted by Editor On September - 2 - 2016

3D Printing Gives a Face to a 2,000-Year-Old Egyptian

Alicia Miller writes about how a joint effort of artists and researchers are fleshing out the remains of an Egyptian mummy

University of Melbourne’s Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, in conjunction with sculptors and Egyptologists, have been able to render a vision of what an 18- to 25-year-old Egyptian mummy named Meritamun looked like.

Researchers used a broad range of information to conduct facial recognition of a mummy whose skull was 3D-printed for the project. Using data based on Egyptian facial features, as well as information obtained from the skull, sculptor Jennifer Mann was able to render a likely representation of what Meritamun looked like at the time of her death.

For more on the story, see:

New Stargate Erected in Belgium

Posted by Editor On August - 29 - 2016

New Stargate Erected

Vigo Universal has completed a replica Stargate Portal as part of a museum exhibition

Bridget Butler Millsaps reports on how Vigo Universal constructed a 20-foot replica of a stargate portal

Vigo Universal has completed the construction of a 20-foot stargate replica commissioned by Belgium’s Musée Royal de Mariemont. The portal is a work of art based on the legendary TV show series Stargate and ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. The work is accompanying an exhibition by the museum that challenges the notions of fact and fiction.

“We were approached by the museum as part of their planning for an exhibition called ‘From Stargate to Comics: The Egyptian Gods in the Geek Culture,’” said Hermanns Christophe, CEO and owner of 3D-printing studio Vigo Universal in a recent interview. “In preparation for it, they came to us earlier this year and asked if we could use 3D printing to create a replica of the Stargate. We’re always excited about using 3D printing for unique projects, so we were happy to get involved.”

“The biggest challenge was that we had no plans to work from,” Christophe said. “The only source materials we had were the movie and whatever images we could find on the internet. From that, we had to create everything for the 3D printing. This wasn’t a toy — this was something that had to look good as part of an exhibition, and had to be built to last.”

Vigo International was able to complete the work in thanks to the use of their Flashforge 3D printer. For more on the story seee:

MatterHackers Launches 3D Design Competition

Posted by Editor On August - 25 - 2016

Brandy Leigh Scott announces the Within Reach Design Challenge launched by MatterHackers that will give designers a chance to help others live better lives

The story made headline news on ABC7 with an interview with MatterHacker’s Mara Hitner and David Gaylord explaining the design challenge and its origin.

The challenge origin is on behalf of Hitner’s friend Brandy Leigh Scott, who suffers from Dupuytren’s contracture, a rare condition that causes the hands to bind into fists. Everyday items such as round doorknobs create challenges to function normally for people like Scott. MatterHacker has initiated the Within Reach Design Challenge for two categories of 3D designers, adult and youth-aged, to submit their ideas for design improvement of commonplace objects or original tools to assist people with limited use of their hands. Prizes include 3D printers from Ultimaker, MatterControl T10 3D Printer Controllers, MatterHackers PRO Series Filament, and MatterHackers gift cards.

To find out more about how to enter the Within Reach Design Challenge, visit MatterHackers at