Most 3D model repositories operate on the “one at a time” approach: search for a model, select and download. Occasionally you may have to purchase a particularly good model. This approach is intended to encourage more 3D designers to produce more content; pay-for 3D models should provide an incentive for artists to create more.
A new Munich company is leading its way within the industry—Fabbly—an online market where customers can buy and download 3D-printer templates. Using home or Fabbly’s printer community, customers can print pre-created products in a range of materials—from polycarbonate to metal as well as leather.
We welcome you to the 4D Printing & Meta Materials Conference on October 6th, at AMOLF in Amsterdam. The conference will not only cover the academic results but will show how designers and engineers will see future applications and new markets in the fields of 4D Printing and Mechanical Metamaterials.
When developing new product design concepts, 3D printing is among one of the fastest ways of iterating through multiple concepts in an effort to find the best design direction. After all, 3D printing didn’t just adopt the term “rapid prototyping” for no reason; what used to take months or weeks now only takes days or… [read more]
The 3D printing world is abuzz about a big reveal coming tomorrow at Build 2015, about Microsoft’s supposedly new type of 3D printing file format. According to Microsoft, the .STL file is out of date and is limiting the output of today’s machines. Microsoft added capability to handle .STL files back in 2013 for Windows… [read more]
Jon Peddie Research (JPR), a market watcher that tracks the design software market, has some good news. The CAD market is growing again — to the tune of $8 billion in 2014. The company writes, “Jon Peddie Research estimates the CAD software market to be an $8 billion market with 5.15 million annual users.”
French artist Gilles-Alexandre Deschaud has created the first 3D-printed short film titled ‘Chase Me’. The entire film was created with 2,500 3D-printed objects—it shows a girl being chased by her own shadow. The film will be presented at the Festival International du Film d’Animation d’Annecy…
With this transaction, Dassault Systèmes reinforces its portfolio of industry-leading content, applications and services used in today’s age of experience.
Retouch3D is a hand-held heated tool with variable heat settings and interchangeable tips designed specifically for finishing 3D prints. ”Until you own a 3D printer, what you don’t realize is that removing supports and getting rid of printing errors can be frustrating and time-consuming,” said Phil Newman, Founder, 3D 2.0.
Microsoft believes that current file formats are outdated, and that by aligning CAD software with 3D printing hardware and software on an information-rich format, they can unleash the full potential of 3D printing.