White House Announces Week of Making for June 17-23

Posted by Editor On May - 9 - 2016Comments Off on White House Announces Week of Making for June 17-23

White House Announces Week of Making for June 17-23

President Barack Obama looks at Lindsay Lawlor’s 17-foot-tall, 2,200-lb robotic giraffe on the South Lawn of the White House during the first White House Maker Faire, June 18, 2014.

In June 2014, President Obama hosted the first-ever Maker Faire and launched the Nation of Makers initiative, an all-hands-on-deck call to make sure more students, entrepreneurs, and Americans of all backgrounds have access to a new class of technologies—such as 3D printers, laser cutters, and desktop machine tools—that are enabling more Americans to design, build, and manufacture just about anything. These new tools are helping reimagine “shop class” for the 21st century and giving students the types of hands-on STEM learning experiences that spark interest in science and technology careers. They are also fostering a “maker mindset”—dispositions and skills such as curiosity, collaborative problem-solving, and creative confidence that are vital to the modern innovation economy.

Building on that success, the Administration is announcing that it will celebrate a National Week of Making this June 17-23 alongside federal agencies and the broader community.

For the full story, see: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/03/09/announcing-june-17-23-week-making

Japanese Vagina Artist Found Guilty of Obscenity

A Japanese artist who made a kayak modeled on her vagina has been found guilty of breaking the country’s obscenity laws, in a case that has invited widespread ridicule of attitudes towards images of female genitalia.

Megumi Igarashi, who works under the pseudonym Rokudenashiko – or good-for-nothing girl – was arrested in July 2014 after she distributed data that enabled recipients to make 3D prints of her vagina.

Japanese Vagina Artist Found Guilty of Obscenity

The 44-year-old was fined 400,000 yen (£2,575), half the penalty demanded by prosecutors, at the Tokyo district court on Monday after she was convicted of distributing “obscene” images. She was cleared of another charge of displaying similar material.

For the full story, see http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/09/japanese-vagina-kayak-artist-found-guilty-of-obscenity

Looking at Layer Design

Posted by Editor On May - 7 - 2016Comments Off on Looking at Layer Design

Benjamin Hubert of experience design agency Layer will launch the world’s first 3D-printed consumer wheelchair during Clerkenwell Design Week at Clerkenwell-London on May 24, 2016.

The GO wheelchair prototype is the first project under Layer’s new research division, LayerLAB, and has beencreated in collaboration with Materialise, world leaders in 3D-printed software and solutions. LayerLAB is a new inhouse division of Layer that facilitates experimentation and research into the future of physical and digital products.

Here is looking at Layer Design, industrial/interface designers: http://layerdesign.com

STL Files Today

Posted by Editor On May - 5 - 2016Comments Off on STL Files Today

All3d.com recently published the list of the 30 best websites and search engines to find free STL files. Thingiverse.com, the website run by Makerbot Industries, is the number one site by number of 3D model offerings, while Instructables.com is the number one site for number of visitors. For the full story and interactive table list, see: https://all3dp.com/best-sites-free-stl-files-3d-printing/




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Guy Makes a 3D Printed Concrete Castle

Posted by Editor On May - 5 - 2016Comments Off on Guy Makes a 3D Printed Concrete Castle

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.

To visit the Reddit post, see: https://www.reddit.com/r/videos/comments/4g1k46/guy_makes_a_3d_concrete_printer_prints_castle/

Dubai to be First 3D Printed City

Posted by Editor On May - 4 - 2016Comments Off on Dubai to be First 3D Printed City

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: http://mediaoffice.ae/en/media-center/news/2/5/2016/3d-printing.aspx

11 Experts Share Their Top 3D Printing Beginner Tips

Let’s be honest, 3D printing can be quite tricky. Home 3D printing technology is still immature and 3D printing beginners who just bought their first machine are faced with a multitude of challenges when it comes to getting reliable and repeatable 3D print results.

It is clear that a bit of expert guidance won’t hurt! That’s why we reached out to some of the top 3D printing experts and asked them the following question:​

What are your top 3 helpful tips for the new 3D printer owner?​

We asked the experts to share the knowledge and insights they have gained while spending hundreds of hours 3D printing and accumulating their fair share of failed prints. These 3D printing tips are irrespective of any 3D printer model or brand such that they are broadly applicable.

For the full story and a great website for 3D printrs just starting out, see: http://3dprintingforbeginners.com/3d-printing-tips/

Italy’s Ira3D Offering Medical Filament

Posted by Editor On May - 4 - 2016Comments Off on Italy’s Ira3D Offering Medical Filament

Italy's Ira3D Offering Medical Filament

Ira3D believes the medical field is one of the areas that is failing to reap the greatest innovative strength of the technology of 3D printing. Ira3D recently announced a line-up of medical printing materials set to promote more medical innovation.

According to an article by 3DPrint.com, Ira3D has available Irabs Bismuto, a hybrid metallic filament compatible with ABS printing, a nontoxic recommended by Ira3D for use in making objects for shielding patients from radiation, offering the benefit without resorting to lead; Gummify Skin, a rubber filament that creates an artificial skin effect; NYLON 680, meant for FFF printers in use for industries such as medical, dental, food processing, robotics, and veterinary and recommended for sterilizing procedures; Nylon Protesis, a highly resistant, flexible material with high viscosity for surface grip recommended for fabricating prostheses;
BioPet GM0, for supporting implants suited that will be in contact with the skin for long periods of time, as well as temporarily with mucous membranes; and Ira PP Talc, a polypropylene, loaded with talc that allows for robust prints that will not irritate the skin.

For the full report, see: https://3dprint.com/132531/ira3d-filament-offerings/

Visit the Ira3D website here: http://ira3d.com/en/

3DCopySystems Launches Scanning Booths in Three Sizes

Posted by Editor On May - 3 - 2016Comments Off on 3DCopySystems Launches Scanning Booths in Three Sizes

3DCopySystems Launches Scanning Booths in Three Sizes

3DCopySystems co-founders Andreas Schwirtz and Christof Kirschner have been developing advanced photogrammetry scanning technology to provide three new photoscanning booths to completely capture live subjects in fractions of a second. The company hopes the scanning booths, named Big Alice, Little Alice and Alice on the Road, will give them the leading edge in live-object capture. The largest booth, with 64 DSLR cameras, measures approximately 18 ft by 12 ft by 7.5 ft in order to provide with a wide range of object freedom in movement and pose.

For more on the Alice scanning booths, visit: http://www.3dcopysystems.com/

Printing Industrial-Strength Ceramics with Admatec

Posted by Editor On May - 3 - 2016Comments Off on Printing Industrial-Strength Ceramics with Admatec

Admatec Europe BV, founded in 2013, announced it will be introducing its ADMAFELX 130, a 3D printer designed for printing in ceramics, in September of 2016.

The printer, using patented technology, will be able to operate using zirconiumoxide, aluminiumoxide, and fused silica, and will be expected to incorporate the use of bone replacement materials such as hydroxyapatite. The printers also allow for unused material in the tray bed to be reused, adding cost efficiency to the operation.

For more on Admatec, visit their website at: http://www.admatec.nl/nl/