“Lowering the barrier: design & engineering for everyone” – Presented by Ruud van den Muijzenberg, Shapeways

3D designing currently still is a time consuming process which often requires complex and expensive software. We realized most people don’t have the knowledge of, or don’t have the access to these tools. How can you enable those consumers to make unique products that fit better in their lives than mass manufacturing can deliver?

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3D printing trends to watch in 2016

Even as the overhyped consumer 3D printing market continues to fall back down to earth, 2016 looks to be a breakout year for the industry as senior executives’ eyes and checkbooks are opening wide to the technology’s potential. The industrial market for 3D printing real end-use parts looks poised to begin its long growth run, with far reaching implications. 2016 will likely usher in 3D printing’s first “killer apps,” impacting both product design and supply chains. No matter what, 2016 will be a year when leaders across industries will be compelled to pay close attention to the emerging opportunities and disruptions that 3D printing is creating.

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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)”

Researchers Develop Algorithm to 3D Print Vibrational Sounds (Video)

What if we could ease the design of musical instruments while also making their shapes wildly different, and use these underlying techniques to reduce unwanted sounds and vibrations in everyday objects?

In creating what looks to be a simple musical instrument — a glockenspiel with keys shaped like zoo animals — computer scientists at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), Columbia Engineering, Disney Research, and MIT have demonstrated that they can control the sound of an object by altering its shape through computational design. Continue reading “Researchers Develop Algorithm to 3D Print Vibrational Sounds (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)”