3D Printed Ceramics Using Sound Waves, Created by Dutch Designers (Video)

Olivier van Herpt, like many artists, found himself dissatisfied with the artistic capabilities of traditional 3D printers and 3D printing materials.

“When I first started researching 3D printing the technology was an exciting and interesting one,” the Dutch sculptor says. “But, the desktop 3D printers on offer were unable to produce things at a human scale. Large and medium scale functional design objects that we use such as bowls, plates & decorative objects could not be made. The objects made with desktop 3D printers were also low in heat resistance and could not be food safe. Industrial 3D printers could make food safe objects for everyday use but these would be too costly to produce.” Continue reading “3D Printed Ceramics Using Sound Waves, Created by Dutch Designers (Video)”

Beyond the 3D printing hype: Transformative prototyping & customizing mass-produced goods

Despite all the hype around personal desktop 3D printers, consumers never warmed to the idea of machines only really useful for making toys—most kids already have more than enough plastic figurines lying around for their parents to step on.

Rather than fuelling a movement of makers and tinkerers, the technology will have its biggest impact in enterprise manufacturing. But don’t look for assembly lines to be replaced by building-sized 3D printers that spit out finished products any time soon. Instead, the technology will enable two value-creating steps in the manufacturing process: rapid prototyping and mass-customization. Continue reading “Beyond the 3D printing hype: Transformative prototyping & customizing mass-produced goods”

New Ceramic Resin Has Potential to 3D Print Hypersonic Jets

3D printed ceramics are still something of a rarity, compared to other materials. The material has several limitations; it’s generally printed by sintering powder materials that result in porous, relatively weak end products with low heat resistance. This greatly limits the size and shape of objects that can be printed; 3D printed ceramic objects have thus far been pretty much limited to relatively small decorative items or tableware. But that’s all about to change, thanks to a new material developed by research and development company HRL Laboratories, LLC.  Continue reading “New Ceramic Resin Has Potential to 3D Print Hypersonic Jets”

Gripping Developments by ABB and Materialise: 3D printed robotic grippers ‘YuMi’ (Video)

If you want to visualize the supermarket of the future, you need the tools of the future. At the EXPO MILANO 2015, the Future Food District featured all kinds of new technologies working on different areas of the food chain. Among them, we saw ABB’s exhibit YuMi, originally designed to automate small parts assembly in the consumer electronics industry. And Materialise’s 3D-printed grippers are giving YuMi a hand. (For a deeper look into how we designed the grippers, check out our case study!) Continue reading “Gripping Developments by ABB and Materialise: 3D printed robotic grippers ‘YuMi’ (Video)”

Aurora Flight Sciences, Stratasys Present World’s First Jet-Powered, 3D Printed UAV (Video)

To realize the joint goal to design and develop an advanced 3D printed demonstration aircraft, the final UAV – which has a 3m (9ft.) wingspan and weighs only 15kg (33lb.) – leveraged 3D printing for 80 percent of its design and manufacture and is built on the expertise of Aurora Flight Sciences’ aerospace and Stratasys’ additive manufacturing.

According to Dan Campbell, Aerospace Research Engineer at Aurora Flight Sciences, the project achieved various targets. “A primary goal for us was to show the aerospace industry just how quickly you can go from designing to building to flying a 3D printed jet-powered aircraft. To the best of our knowledge, this is the largest, fastest, and most complex 3D printed UAV ever produced.” Continue reading “Aurora Flight Sciences, Stratasys Present World’s First Jet-Powered, 3D Printed UAV (Video)”

3D Printed Hair: Fused Deposition Modeling of Soft Strands, Fibers, and Bristles (Video)

Gierad Laput, Xiang ‘Anthony’ Chen, Chris Harrison (UIST 2015)

We introduce a technique for furbricating 3D printed hair, fibers and bristles, by exploiting the stringing phenomena inherent in fused deposition modeling 3D printers. Our approach offers a range of design parameters for controlling the properties of single strands and also of hair bundles. Continue reading “3D Printed Hair: Fused Deposition Modeling of Soft Strands, Fibers, and Bristles (Video)”

Harvard researchers design most durable anti-fouling material to date

Steel is ubiquitous in our daily lives. We cook in stainless steel skillets, ride steel subway cars over steel rails to our offices in steel-framed building. Steel screws hold together broken bones, steel braces straighten crooked teeth, steel scalpels remove tumors. Most of the goods we consume are delivered by ships and trucks mostly built of steel.  Continue reading “Harvard researchers design most durable anti-fouling material to date”

3D printing highlights of Dutch Design Week 2015

Between Saturday 17th and Sunday 25th October, Eindhoven welcomed visitors from all over the world for Dutch Design Week 2015. Being Netherlands-based ourselves, we could hardly wait to check out the convention, and set off for the North Brabant city to find the country’s best 3D printed design offerings. The following is a list, in no particular order, of some of the most interesting 3D printing projects on display at Dutch Design Week 2015. Continue reading “3D printing highlights of Dutch Design Week 2015”