Month: July 2015

3d Printed Engagement Rings

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3d Printed Engagement Rings

Jewelers are 3D printing jewelry for customers to try. According to Brilliance, ” a Florida based jeweler is letting customers order online 3D printed mock-ups of rings they want to try. A customer can get the better feel for a ring before buying it. Jewelry is typically expensive delicate and used to very sensitive occasions. This is why people hesitate to buy them online. Have you seen a picture of a hamburger in an online ad and it looks awesome? But when you actually buy it, it turns out to be tiny and not so appetizing. You don’t want that to happen with jewelry, particularly engagement rings.

The Brilliance makes online buying of engagement rings closer to an in-store experience by letting customers feel the rings and even try them on by using a 3D printed mock-up. People should be more comfortable buying an engagement ring online if they can hold and try at least a 3D printed mockup if not the original thing. However, this approach isn’t without shortcomings. For example, the feel of an actual ring may be different from that of a mock-up.  You are a step closer to the real thing but not quite there.  Also, this approach doesn’t work for someone who wants to keep the engagement ring a surprise. But buying from a store doesn’t solve this problem either.

Buying online has it advantages. You get to look at a bigger variety of jewelry online compared to a store.  You also get better deals. You can compare prices. All from your laptop. This is why, Brilliance is sending out between 100 and 250 of 3D printed rings a month. They allow customers to try rings in different sizes to allow them to find their correct ring size, try different diamond shapes, and try different carat sizes. If a customer has a 3D printer they send the files needed to 3D print the rings.  Or else they 3D print the rings and send the 3D printed mock-up to the customer.  Brilliance’s approach will make lot more customers consider buying engagement rings online.  It could revolutionize the way people buy jewelry”.:)

http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2015/feb/05/3d-printed-engagement-rings-the-future-of-jewellery

http://christian.gen.co/ring

http://www.bt.com.bn/features/2015/02/08/future-engagement-rings-3d

http://www.brilliance.com/3d-rings

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3D Printing a Bridge Over Amsterdam Canal Using Robotic Arms

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3D Printing a Bridge Over Amsterdam Canal Using Robotic Arms

A startup MX3D has disclosed plans to 3D print a bridge over an Amsterdam canal.  MX3D has previously used 3D printers to build smaller structures.  The bridge would be their first 3D printed large structure. The bridge will be 3D printed by robotic arms.  The robotic arms will heat metal to very high temperature and use the heated metal to build the bridge.  The robotic arms will be supported by the bridge as it is built. This is fascinating since the robotic arms will build their own support structure as they walk across the bridge. According to Joris Laarman, the designer of the bridge, “This bridge will show how 3D printing finally enters the world of large-scale, functional objects and sustainable materials while allowing unprecedented freedom of form. The symbolism of the bridge is a beautiful metaphor to connect the technology of the future with the old city, in a way that brings out the best of both worlds.” MX3D and the City of Amsterdam will announce the exact location of the bridge soon.

The construction for this bridge will start by 2017.

This technology will allow complex constructions in dangerous places, for example, on high buildings.:)

http://mx3d.com/projects/bridge/

http://money.cnn.com/2015/06/16/technology/3d-printed-bridge/

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/06/17/business/tech/robot-3-d-print-amsterdam-bridge/#.VaSJsPncijE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making Crafts from 3d printer waste

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Making Crafts from 3d printer waste

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According to the Designers, Seongil Choi and Fabio Hendry,” they have shown how to use the waste product of 3D printers to make the craft.  Their process builds solid bodies from line structures.  They pass a wire through sand combined with nylon powder obtained from 3D printer waste.  Electricity is passed through the wire causing the wire to heat up.  The heat melts the nylon powder causing it to bond with sand and creates solid shapes.  They have created several interesting shapes using this mechanism”.:)

http://www.rca.ac.uk/showcase/show-2015/schoolofdesign/designproducts/seong-il-choi/

http://seongilchoi.com/Hot-Wire-Extensions

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33350275

http://hotwireextension.tumblr.com/

 

 

3D Printing Lab at University of Texas, Arlington

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3D Printing Lab at University of Texas, Arlington

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According to the University of Texas, Arlington (UTA),” they are making 3D printing readily accessible to students.  UTA has introduced a $200k lab with 3d printers and other equipment.  The goal of the lab is to make sure that students are familiar with various technologies including 3D printing technology when they go to the real world.  UTA is offering classes to teach basic operations of the 3D printer and related software”.:)

http://fablab.uta.edu/

http://library.uta.edu/events/uta-fablab-3d-printer-workshop

http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/UTA-Fab-Lab-3D-Printing-4_Dallas-Fort-Worth-278849011.html

 

3D Printing Food

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3D Printing Food

According to the Natural Machines,” has introduced Foodini, a 3D printer for food.  Foodini is a 3D printer that uses edible ingredients to 3D print food items.  Foodini can make salty, sweet, savory, or other types of food.  Foodini is connected to the internet.  A user interface allows a user to select what they want to print and the user interface lets the user know what ingredients need to be put in each capsule.  Currently the user loads ingredients into the 3D printer.  However, Natural Machines is working with food manufacturers to create ready-made capsules that can be loaded into the 3D printer.  The current version of the 3D printer simply 3D prints the food which then has to be cooked.  Natural Machines is developing a version of the 3D printer that will produce cooked food”.:)

“You’re not gonna walk into a kitchen appliance store, see a 3D food printer and say ‘Hey I need one of those, let me buy one!'” Ms. Lynette Kucsma, the co-founder of Natural Machines, Barcelona said, “It’s too new of a concept, people don’t know what it is.”

Consumers in more than 80 countries have expressed interest in the device. At about $2,000.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/06/tech/innovation/foodini-machine-print-food/

http://www.businessinsider.com/3d-printed-food-foodini-2016-4