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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

CadBlu Revolutionizes Jewelry Production in LA

Posted by Editor On April - 6 - 2017

CADBlu Revolutionizes Jewelry Production in LA

3D Systems may very well have perfected 3D printing in wax

By Gregory van Zuyen

Up until now, 3D printing in wax has been an unreliable event. With too many narrow margins, servicing a 3D wax printer over and over again was a foregone conclusion.

Things are different now. 3D Systems has launched their ProJet MJP 2500 Wax Series and CadBlu — one among a few companies representing 3D Systems in Los Angeles with other branches located nationwide— hosted a launch of the MJP 2500 at the Los Angeles Athletic Club on Wednesday, April 5.

Sandi Kirwin, a jewelry designer and a student in 3D printing at Santa Monica College Continuing Education joined me to see if what 3D Systems was saying was true.

Stephanie Barberree of CadBlu greeted us and escorted us into the conference room where the ProJet MJP 2500 was in full operation. JP Velasco, applications engineer for CadBlu, was on hand to process the printed wax rings as they were removed from the print bed tray.

For those unfamiliar with the Los Angeles landscape, downtown LA is a warren of industry districts — flowers, toys, garments. The Los Angeles Athletic Club is a remarkable hotel in the heart of what is LA’s jewelry district. Where else, of course, would you display this printer capable of producing a 11-inch by 8-inch tray of rings in three hours. All of this with a 16 micron resolution. The wax prints looked great, even under a loop.

CadBlu was offering leasing options at $1000 a month for five years and jewelers were showing up and talking deals. If ever there was an industry in need of this development, it’s the jewelry trade. This is big money, with big security concerns and no funny business. Investments here are only made wisely, if ever. Moving 3D printing in-house for jewelry only makes sense, and what impressed Sandi was the value of her education in CAD design for 3D printing. There will be more jobs out there for people like Sandi, and only the highly-trusted will be working in this district.

CADBlue Revolutionizes Jewelry Production in LA

JP explained to us the printer’s support material. The purple wax rings could be seen in imbedded in a white, softer wax. JP carefully removed each ring and placed them in a bath of 91% isopropyl alcohol for several minutes to dissolve the softer wax. As each ring was relieved of its support material, JP fished them out of the bath and set them to dry before carefully bagging them for guests. He told us how delighted he was with the printer and you could tell he was. The MJP 2500 was designed for this job. It was designed for this industry. To do this. At least 30 rings at a time, some the size of Superbowl rings.

The ProJet MJP 2500 works on binder jet technology, misting each 16 micron layer with wax that cools immediately in the ambient air. Each ring, in terms of material cost, is about a dollar. Not bad for items clearly intended for thousand dollar price tags when they are jeweled. This would explain the hushed tone of the questions from the prospective customers attending yesterday’s event in the jewelry district. JP noted that the museum-like atmosphere of the launch was to be expected from this gathering.

“These guys play everything close to the chest,” JP confided. “They even manipulate our software to create special effects, and then refuse to let us see what they did.”

For more on CadBlu, visit their website at

For examples of how 3D printing is influencing jewelry design, please see our article on the Baselworld 2017 jewelry design awards.

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 Does Fashion

Posted by Editor On August - 4 - 2016

3D Does Fashion

3D made a statement at the Platform Fashion Show in Dusseldorf in July 2016

Voxelworld co-hosting with Lexus set the bar for avant-garde wear made with the help of 3D printing by 13 chosen designers. To see the vast array of magical wear that escapes the planes of convention, see the photos from the show in Katie Anderson’s report for

3D Does Fashion

Also writing for is Alicia Miller who has highlighted the 3D printed clothing designs done by Modla in the UK. Streetwear like this makes the statement that 3D printing is bringing life to the fashion design environment.

Making 3D Printing Sexy

Posted by Editor On July - 10 - 2016

Making 3D Printing Sexy

SexyCyborg is making the art of 3D printing an attractive venture

Making 3D Printing Sexy

SexyCyborg is a scientist in China who is turning heads with her impressive 3D printing ideas. Working as a web developer in Shenzhen, she spends her off time haunting the nearby SEG electronics markets looking for ideas that make a statement, such as when she first showed up a year ago on sporting her LED Hikaru Skirt featuring a 3D-printed battery pack that lit the LED lights tucked inside the skirt. That she is also turning heads with her augmented breasts and scantily-clad, anime-looking frame is the reason redditors like her spawn the need for such forum threads as “/r/UNBGBBIIVCHIDCTIICBG” (Upvoted Not Because Girl, But Because It Is Very Cool – However, I Do Concede That I Initially Clicked Because Girl).

Making 3D Printing Sexy

Making 3D Printing Sexy

Her recent reddit posts have only added to her growing stardom as a redditor favorite. Last month she joined a Global Reddit Meetup in Shenzhen and showed off her cooking skills. Prior to that, she paraded around her newest creation, a 3D-printed nano-drone wrist-pack as she competed in the microdevice flying competition.

Making 3D Printing Sexy

But the innovation that sets her apart and brings her well-deserved acclaim in 3D printing is her pair of 3D-printed high-heel wedges sporting secret compartments for a variety of items generally carried by career spies. Inside the black shoes are a wireless router, battery pack, keystroke recorder, ethernet connector reel, and lock picks, which she is proud to say she knows how to use. According to SexyCyborg, “So I devised the Wu Ying Shoes (无影鞋)! – Penetration Testing Platform Heels! Wu Ying means ‘shadowless,’ the name is from the folk hero Wong Fei Hung’s (黄飞鸿) famous ‘shadowless kick’ (无影脚). Wong Fei Hung is from Foshan, which is my ancestral home as well as the ancestral home of Bruce Lee.

“As legend has it, to execute the ‘shadowless kick’ Wong would distract his opponent with a punch or upper body move while striking with his foot. With my shadowless shoes I distract the target with my… upper body and they don’t see the real danger on my feet:-) Also I get tired of English names for everything. If we are ever going to stop copying Western things we should stop copying Western names as well right? So ‘Wu Ying Shoes.'”

Making 3D Printing Sexy

For an in-depth interview with SexyCyborg about 3D printing, additional body modifications she is entertaining, and the Shenzhen makerspace scene, visit

Making 3D Printing Sexy

For a photo essay of her celebrated 3D-printed body scan, visit

Making 3D Printing Sexy

To connect with SexyCyborg personally, visit with her at her Reddit account at

Neri Oxman and the Masking of Björk

Posted by Editor On July - 2 - 2016

Neri Oxman and the Masking of Björk

Neri Oxman projects an intrusion into the consciousness of design. With the use of 3D printing technology, her visionary expeditions into the realms of fashion are nothing less than breathtaking. Complementing her call of otherworldly sirens has been the voice of Icelandic artist Björk.

Neri Oxman and the Masking of Björk

According to Katie Armstrong writing for, Björk will be adorned in 3D printed attire for her upcoming digital shows BJÖRK DIGITAL an event series running from June 29 to July 18, 2016. The pioneering event marks a world first, as the first-ever event to be broadcast live via 360-degree virtual reality streaming as well as a live event in Australia. Inspired by Björk’s most recent album, Vulnicura, Neri Oxman and her team Mediated Matter Group used 3D scans of Björk’s face to create digital interpretations of her bone and tissue structure, with the customized design brought to life with Stratasys’ unique full-color, multi-material 3D printing technology.

Neri Oxman and the Masking of Björk

To see the full story on Björk’s mask, visit:

Neri Oxman and the Masking of Björk

30 Top Women in 3D Printing

Posted by Editor On June - 11 - 2016

Iris van Herpen among list of 30 most influential women in 3D printing

All3DP has listed their picks for the 30 most influential women in 3D printing today but neglected to include Dr. Chris Beyer, associate professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at California State University Long Beach. Her co-founding the company Fusion Formatics is setting the standard in 3D rapid prototyping as well as being a towering inspiration to her students. See the full list at:

Top Five 3D Printing Trends

Jewelry design by Desmond Chan. For more on software that catches moving objects, see our story on Chronolab by Autodesk Researchers.

It seems like every week new 3D printers, 3D modeling apps and materials are getting announced. We are drowning in an information overflow about the newest model or filament on the market – and of course everyone has a different opinion about which trend will dominate the 3D printing market in 2016 and beyond. On crowd-funding platforms like Kickstarter or IndieGoGo more than 50 different 3D printing projects are currently being launched.

In order to find some structure in the chaos, we scanned the most important 3D printing blogs and journal articles about today’s 3D printing industry trends and compiled a list of what we think are the five topics most likely to shape the world of 3D printing from 2016 to 2020.

But before we start talking about the future, we also need to acknowledge how 3D printing is already changing our world. Car manufacturers use 3D printing to produce rare spare parts or prototypes for upcoming cars, airplane manufacturers like Airbus even use end parts printed in 3D. And of course 3D printing also heavily impacts the healthcare sector – in fact, most hearing aid devices are 3D printed and many implants already get printed in titanium.

What Will Happen with 3D Printing in the Next Few Years: Top Five Trends to Watch

The recent past has taught us that 3D printing works best when we talk about printing objects that need to be completely customized or unique (like implants, prototypes, or customized jewelry), or that would be too complicated to produce otherwise (3D printing is in fact great for complex designs with interlocking parts).

Based on numerous interviews with leaders and trendsetters in the 3D printing ecosystem, it is likely that we will soon see the following five 3D printing trends play a major role in the industry:

Firstly, new 3D printing materials will emerge. Printing in metals is already a reality (titanium, steel, gold, you name it), but I think we will see more development using organic materials for printing skin and organs. Multi-material 3D printing will be another interesting trend to watch.

Secondly, the machines will become more powerful: 3D printers will be able to print faster, better, and larger. Our latest addition, Smooth Detail Resin, is substantial proof of this point: its surfaces are smooth, its prints are very detailed (50 microns!), and the printing time is getting faster.

Thirdly, it’s quite likely that prices for 3D printing will come down even further. We’re simply talking economy of scale here. Sales of 3D printers (both for private and industrial use) will continue to boost and therefore prices will probably fall in the long run.

This is still a major hurdle for many people. 3D modeling is not yet as easy and accessible as it should be. But I am hopeful that this will change soon. At the moment many 3D modeling programs simply ignore the 3D printing community.

They are designed for animators and graphic designers – and it can be really tough to make these models printable. But since an increasing amount of 3D designers create models with 3D printing in mind, more and more plugins and online apps that are easy to use are being developed. Even big companies like Windows or Photoshop are currently developing design solutions for 3D printing. This new competition will force established 3D modeling software programs to follow this trend.

Last but not least I want to talk about applications. In the next years we will see that 3D printers will be used for things that were far beyond our imagination in the past. In a short period of time we went from a pixelated Yoda figurine in plastic to cutting-edge high-precision metal printing. I think this trend will continue: what some people may see like a hobby for makers will change our lives in ways that we cannot even think of now. Only time will tell, but looking back at all that has happened over the last few years it’s pretty sure we can say: we will be surprised yet again!

So as you can see, the world of 3D printing is still far from reaching its full potential. Quite simply, there is still so much to be discovered and developed. The next years will probably bring even faster, high-quality 3D printing and new breath-taking materials. In all likelihood everyone will come into contact with a 3D printed object in the next years in one way or another – with or without actually knowing it.
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