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Rome uses WASP 3D printers for Opera House sets

Armed with five DeltaWASP 3MT 3D printers, theater designers created their set design for Rome’s famous Teatro dell’Opera.

Rome uses WASP 3D printers for Opera House sets

World’s Advanced Saving Project (WASP) 3D printers are large scale machines with a cubic meter build envelope first mentioned by our publication in July of last year regarding 3D printing classes held in Milan. Now the large-scale printers are in the news for producing 223 components for the set design of the theater’s upcoming performance of Fra Diavolo. The components, created by Corsetti and Massimo Troncanetti, were then installed upon the two-story wooden trestle support frames to produce a stunning display of art and design.

For more on this story, see Sarah Anderson Goehrke’s story at

The Daily 3D Detail: Making 3D printed parts stronger

Posted by Franka Schoening On July - 24 - 2017

Brandon Sweeney and Blake Tiepel in action

Brandon Sweeney, a Doctoral Student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University and his advisor Dr. Micah Green, discovered a new technique to increase the durability of 3D printed parts. The process welds the layers together with the use of microwaves, increasing the pieces’ adaptability to real life manufacturing demands.

3D printers create objects by layering filament in the desired shape. These thin layers increase the possibility of fractures, limiting the applicability of some objects in the real world. While working on a different project, Sweeney was inspired to use carbon nanotubes and microwaves to weld the layers into one solid, more stable, part.

By adding the carbon nanotube to the outside of the filament, the composite gets embedded in the part during the printing process. A monitored heat source bonds the layers together, without melting the entire object.

In cooperation with Essentium Materials, the team hopes to integrate the electromagnetic welding process into the actual 3D printers. Find the article and video on


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:

3D-Printed Construction to Double by 2021

Posted by Editor On May - 30 - 2016

In a recent article entitled, “3D Concrete Printing Market By Product Type (Walls, Floors & Roofs, Panels & Lintels), by Concrete Type (Ready-Mix, High-Density, Precast, Shotcrete), by Software (Design, Inspection, Printing), by End-Use Sector (Architectural, Industrial, Domestic) & by Region – Forecast to 2021” by news agency, 3D-printed concrete construction is expected to grow from $24.5 million in 2015 to $56.4 million by 2021.

According to the report, “The 3D Concrete Printing Market is projected to witness significant growth in the next few years with the increasing demand for new constructions all over the world due to rapid urbanization and industrialization with increased investments in the infrastructural developments in emerging markets.”

For the Markets and Markets report, see:

    Singapore Opens 3D Printer Lab

    Posted by Editor On May - 20 - 2016

    Singapore Opens 3D Printer Lab

    Minister for Trade and Industry S. Iswaran at the launch of the Singapore Centre for 3D Printing on Tuesday (May 17)

    A newly launched $42 million 3D printing centre at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) will look into developing such capabilities for the manufacturing and engineering sectors, among others.

    Funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF), the Singapore Centre for 3D Printing is one of the largest in the world. It was launched by Minister for Trade and Industry (Industry) S. Iswaran yesterday.

    3D printing is a process in which three-dimensional parts are produced by adding materials layer by layer. These materials can be made of plastic, metal or even tissue from cells.

    NTU Professor Chua Chee Kai, executive director of the new centre – which will have more than 85 PhD students – said: “Not only can 3D printing do it (make things) faster, but it can also do things that previously could not be done.”

    In his speech, Mr Iswaran said that the additive manufacturing industry is expected to grow from $3 billion in 2013 to $13 billion by 2018, and exceed $21 billion in worldwide revenue by 2020.

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    Guy Makes a 3D Printed Concrete Castle

    Posted by Editor On May - 5 - 2016

    Reddit exploded last week over the posting of a man’s 3D printed concrete castle. Using the exciting new feature of 3D concrete formation, the man’s design of a castle makes 3D printing of architecture even more of a reality.

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    Dubai to be First 3D Printed City

    Posted by Editor On May - 4 - 2016

    Dubai to be First 3D Printed City

    Dubai has been in the news for some time regarding its revolutionary industrial plan to build the world’s first fully-functional 3D-printed building.

    “This building will be a testimony to the efficiency and creativity of 3D printing technology, which we believe will play a major role in reshaping construction and design sectors. We aim to take advantage of this growth by becoming a global hub for innovation and 3D printing. This is the first step of many more to come.” H.E Excellency Mohammed Al Gergawi , UAE Minister Of Cabinet Affairs and The Chairman of UAE National Innovation Committee said on the this occasion.

    Dubai to be First 3D Printed City

    Dubai to host 700 companies under plan to become global hub for 3D printing

    According to The National the investor capital group Dubai Holding, one of the emirate’s three big conglomerates, recently launched the International Centre for 3D Printing at Dubai Industrial City.

    Targeted mainly at the construction, medicine and consumer products sectors, the center will also include research and development for testing materials used in 3D printed products.

    “The world is experiencing significant demand for 3D printing technologies which are set to play an important role in developing basic industries such as real estate,” said Amina Al Rustamani, the group chief executive of Tecom Investments, which operates Dubai Industrial City. Abdulla Belhoul, the chief executive of Dubai Industrial City, said the center is expected to host more than 700 local and international companies to make Dubai a major hub of 3D printing technology.

    For more on the recent development of the International Centre for 3D Printing, see the Government of Dubai website at: