According to the Strata 3D University,” This is an online resource offering tutorials and learning resources for Strata software products. The primary Strata product covered is Design 3D. Design 3D is a professional level 3D modeling and animation software offered by Strata. Strata 3D University offers more than a thousand tutorial videos. They offer a month-to-month subscription or a 12-month subscription.
Design 3D is a software offered by Strata that allows modeling of 3D objects that can be 3D printed. Design 3D allows exporting designs created to file formats that are accepted by many 3D printers. Since Design 3D is a very versatile tool for 3D modeling, not all designs created using Design 3D may be suitable for 3D printing. Designers have to follow certain guidelines to create designs that can be 3D printed”.:)
RepRap Project: A 3D Printer than can print its own components
According to the RepRap project,” it is a self-replicating 3D printer. RepRap is short for replicating rapid prototyper. The RepRap project started as an open source project. Therefore, all designs produced under the project are released under a free software license. So, if you have a RepRap 3D printer, you can print parts of another RepRap printer and assemble it. Even if not all parts of the printer are 3D printed by the machine, being able to print most of the parts bring down the cost of the 3D printer significantly.
RepRap uses an additive manufacturing process called fused filament fabrication. RepRap allows printing several common use articles. The ability to print common articles by consumers is known to be environmentally friendly. RepRap was founded in 2005 by Dr. Adrian Bowyer, of the University of Bath in the United Kingdom. In 2011, RepRapPro, a company dedicated to open-source 3D printing was formed as a result of collaboration between RepRap Limited and eMAKER Limited. RepRap kits are available for purchase from RepRapPro. The customer purchases the kit and assembles it. At present, there are four different kits available for Ormerod, Mendel, Huxley, and Fisher”.:)
Singapore Centre for 3D Printing of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Singapore Centre for 3D Printing (SC3DP) is a center of excellence at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, for consolidating cutting edge technology and research in the area of 3D printing. SC3DP has secured close to $150m funding from various sources. The goal of SC3DP is to expand in the following industry sectors (1) Future of Manufacturing, (2) Aerospace and Defense, (3) Building and Construction, and (4) Marine and offshore. SC3DP provides Ph.D. programmes as well as Master’s programmes for students interested in 3D printing.
According to Professor Chua Chee Kai, Executive Director, Singapore Centre for 3D Printing, “Singapore, a place where East meets West, and a place where 3D Printing can be rooted back to the late 1980s, must take leadership in developing new 3D Printing manufacturing technologies and training future 3D Printing engineer leaders, for Singapore and the Asia Pacific region. … By taking advantage of Singapore’s position and strong manufacturing reputation, coupled with anticipating infrastructures and an accessible pool of talents, SC3DP offers an ideal setting in Asia to attract and support global businesses.”:)
3D printed clothes that adapt to your body temperature and stress
According to the Chromat,” they are producing clothes that can sense a wearer’s body and environment and react accordingly. For example, the clothing can sense a wearer’s temperature, adrenaline, and stress level and adapt accordingly. The Chromat Adrenaline Dress senses the wearer’s adrenaline and knows that the wearer is threatened. The clothes react as a body is supposed to react in nature by forming an imposing shape. This behavior commonly occurs in nature but not in humans. Chromat clothing is bringing this ability back to the human body. Another clothing wonder from Chromat is the Aeros Sports Bra that senses heat and sweat in the wearer’s body and opens vents in the dress to help the body cool down.
Chromat is based in New York City and was formed by Becca McCharen in 2010. Chromat garments have been worn by Beyoncé, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Ellie Goulding, Kelly Rowland, Tyra Banks, Azealia Banks, Ariana Grande among others. Becca McCharen was recognized in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list of “People Who are Reinventing the World in 2014”.
Mattel and Autodesk Partner for 3D Printing of Toys
In their first-quarter earnings call on April 16, 2015, According to the Mattel,” announced an exclusive partnership with Autodesk. Autodesk, Inc., is a leader in the 3D design, engineering, and entertainment software. Mattel is a family of companies leading in the design, manufacture, and marketing of toys and related products. Mattel’s portfolio includes Barbie®, Hot Wheels®, American Girl®, Thomas & Friends®, Fisher-Price® brands among others”. Richard Dickson, COO of Mattel said during the call, “We want Mattel to be at the forefront as 3D printing becomes an important component of the toy industry. And through this partnership, Mattel 3D printing apps, activated by Autodesk, will soon deepen brand experiences for kids, parents, and collectors alike, by offering them the opportunity to customize their favorite toys.”
Autodesk has developed Spark, an open professional 3D printing platform. Spark enables businesses to add 3D printing functionality to applications. Samir Hanna, VP and General Manager, Autodesk said: “Partnering with an iconic brand like Mattel provides us with an opportunity to demonstrate how Spark, our open 3D printing platform, can help create amazing experiences that bridge the digital and physical worlds and push the boundaries of creative play.”:)
3D printed outfit that responds to gaze of another from Behnaz Farahi
According to the Behnaz Farahi,” he is an architect and designer have created a 3D printed outfit that can recognize a gaze of a person looking at the outfit and can respond to the gaze. This work was created as part of the Pier 9, Artist in Residence Program of Autodesk. The 3D printed wearable uses a camera to detect the gaze of a person and changes its shape in response.
The Pier 9 Artists in Residence program gives artists an opportunity to work at digital fabrication workshops of Autodesk. Artists receive funding and budget for supplies and publish their work”.
3D Chocolate printer, Choc Creator from Choc Edge Ltd.
Choc Edge is a UK based company founded by Dr. Liang Hao and Christina Zheng. According to the Choc Edge,” they launched the world’s first 3D chocolate printer called Choc Creator V1. They launched Choc Creator V2 in September 2014. They recommend the use of high-quality Belgian chocolate for 3D printing chocolate arts but other kinds of chocolate such as white chocolate and milk chocolate can be used as well. Choc Creator can be used for printing on flat surfaces that are not higher than 3 centimeters. Examples of chocolate creations available from Choc Edge’s website include face portraits, 2D designs, logos, among others. The sophistication of the chocolate art creations printed using their 3D Chocolate Printer can be seen in the following example”.:)
Current 3D printers typically use a single material at a time. Multi-material 3D printers combine different materials in one object and can create complex objects with different properties in different parts of the object. According to the MIT,” They have designed an OpenFab programmable pipeline for 3D printing multi-material objects. The pipeline uses programs called fablets that define the material content of an object to be 3D printed.
The input to the pipeline is a description of the objects being 3D printed. Different stages of the pipeline perform different processing of the objects. The objects are represented as several small micro-polygons. A surface phase determines the attributes of these micro-polygons, for example, texture. The objects are divided into small volume elements. A volume phase assigns material mixtures to the volume elements. Thus, by dividing the surface and volume into a large number of small pieces, different materials can be used and different properties specified for different parts of the objects.
This picture shows three rhino printed using OpenFab. Each rhino has the same geometry but is
According to John Edmark, ” He is an inventor and designer who teaches at Stanford University has designed 3D printed sculptures called blooms that animate when spun and lit by a strobe light. These sculptures can be used to create fascinating animations using a video camera with a fast shutter speed. The 3D printed sculpture is rotated at a particular speed synchronized with the shutter speed of the video camera that captures a picture every time the object turns by a particular angle. As a result, fascinating animations are created as shown in the videos below. These designs are available for printing from Shapeways. A turntable and a strobe light are needed to animate a bloom. Generating an animation using a bloom is similar to Zoetrope. The number of spirals on each sculpture is always Fibonacci numbers. Therefore these are also called Fibonacci Zoetropes”.:)
3D Print Week California in Santa Clara, California
According to 3D Print Week California,” this is a series of events that will be hosted at Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, California, during the week of October 19-23, 2015. These events are related to 3D printing and include displays, fashion shows, and talks by experts in the field of 3D printing. The events include Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo 3D Print Design show.
3D printing startup competition, a 3D print vehicle zone, among others”.
The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.