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Researchers Go Beyond Holograms to 3D-Print Images in the Air

Posted by Editor On January - 25 - 2018

Researchers Go Beyond Holograms to 3D-Print Images in the Air

A 3D image of a BYU student from research conducted to create a projection on dust particles in air. Photo by Dan Smalley Lab, Brigham Young University via AP.

Like a scene out of Star Wars, researchers at Brigham Young University have managed to project a moving image, viewable from all angles, by projecting laser light onto dust particles in the air.

According to a study in the journal Nature published on Jan. 24, the results are far more sophisticated than holograms, which despite their apparent three-dimensionality, are actually two-dimensional and only viewable from a singular location. Daniel Smalley, the lead author of the study, said the new technology is “printing something in space, just erasing it very quickly.”

Despite the similarities to the 3D-projected image of Princess Leia from the original Star Wars film, Smalley was inspired by a scene from Iron Man where Tony Stark is using a holographic workspace to perform tasks. According to Smalley, under the logistics of holograms, such a scene would be impossible as Stark’s hand would be disrupting the projection.

According to the AP story reporting on the study, “Going from holograms to this type of technology — technically called volumetric display — is like shifting from a two-dimensional printer to a three-dimensional printer.”

For more on this story, see the report by AP at

3D Printr Magazine Now in Thai

Posted by Editor On October - 31 - 2017

3D Printr Magazine Now in Thai

Pictured is the 3D scan and print made for the recent Royal Cremation of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej (King Rama 9).

Following last week’s announcement of our publication becoming available for Portuguese readers comes this week’s news that 3D Printr Magazine is now publishing in Thai.

The Thai language boasts 56 million speakers, with roughly 14 million more able to understand and communicate with Thai speakers through their similar languages. The most notable of these is Laotian from the neighboring country of Laos.

Ratthakorn Niramitmahapanya is our Thai editor and comes from Chang Mai University in Northern Thailand where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.

“The need for 3D printing skills in Thailand is big because manufacturing is big,” said Ratthakorn, who is skilled in Solidworks and the Onshape platform for CAD modeling yet prefers Dassault Systèmes’ CATIA V5, which he considers one of the best in 3D-modeling software.

With a continuing interest in automotives, Ratthakorn, who previously worked with tire giant Michelin in the position of garniture engineer, is hoping 3D Printr Magazine will be able to reach many more gear heads like himself. His belief is that technology never stops growing, and the importance of 3D printing in the manufacturing process cannot be overestimated.

We welcome Ratthakorn’s contributions and efforts to reach out to the inventive and industrious people of Thailand.

Visit the Thai language site at

3D Printr Magazine Now in Portuguese

Posted by Editor On October - 25 - 2017

3D Printr Magazine Now in Portuguese3D Printr Magazine is pleased to announce the launch of the Portuguese Edition of our publication at

Portuguese is generally regarded as the sixth most natively spoken language in the world, the third-most spoken European language in the world in terms of native speakers, and a major language of the Southern Hemisphere. There are an estimated 260 million speakers of Portuguese.

Taila Rodrigues, managing Portuguese editor for 3D Printr Magazine grew up in a small town surrounded by rural areas in the state of Parana, in the south of Brazil. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Systems from Ourinhos Integrated Faculties (FIO) in Sao Paulo. In Paraná, she served in the Office of Social Services as director of the Municipal Department of Psycho-Social Assistance, helping people in situations of social vulnerability.

She moved to Los Angeles, California, in search of a personal development in technological skills which led her to 3D printing. While taking classes at Santa Monica College Continuing Ed, she was introduced to the capabilities of the new medium and was captivated. She enrolled in their 3D printing classes and built her first 3D printer for $200.

“A lot of companies want to know about this in Brazil and I want to make that happen,” said Rodrigues, whose belief is that technology can be accessible for people worldwide.

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: JPL searching for 3D printing interns

Posted by Editor On August - 30 - 2017

JPL searching for 3D printing interns

Opportunities now exist to be a part of JPL’s manufacturing team

Jet Propulsion Laboratories, located in Altadena, California, near Pasadena, is on the lookout for students interested in robotics and space exploration.

The posting on the job website is soliciting applications for work in their Mechanical Systems Engineering, Fabrication and Test Division. Duties include working with a team to develop mechanisms and mechanical systems; building prototypes to prove out mechanism design concepts; running tests to help inform design decisions; and analyzing test data to ensure that the team finds the most important results.

Applicants must be currently enrolled in full-time courses in a college or university pursuing a bachelors, masters, or PhD in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, material/science, physics, robotics, structural engineering, operations research, or related technical discipline. Applicants must also have a 3.0 grade average to be considered.

Visit for instructions on applying.

Added Scientific providing public 3D printing classes

Photo courtesy of Added Scientific

UK company Added Scientific, a development of the University of Nottingham, has added a program of 3D printing courses being made available to the public. In the past, these courses were only accessible to businesses. The one- and two-day courses are in a variety of subjects aimed at elevating the public’s knowledge of 3D printing practices and developments. The courses are led by Phil Dickens, a 25-year member of the university and co-founder of Added Scientific.

For example, in the metal additive manufacturing course, “Attendees will benefit from understanding of advanced design strategies for AM components,” including “topological optimization and the use of lattice structures for lightweighting and funcitionalization.”

The courses will begin on September 6 2017, and continue until January 17 2018, taking place at the company’s HQ in Nottingham, UK.

For more on the story, visit this article at

To enroll in the courses, visit Added Scientific.