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”.
Investing in 3D Printing: 3D Printing Robotics and Technology Fund
The first ever mutual fund focused on 3D printing and additive manufacturing was started in January 2014 and called 3D printing and Technology Fund. In June 2015, the fund was renamed to 3D Printing Robotics and Technology Fund. The fund is managed by 3D Printing Fund Advisers, LLC, with Alan M. Meckler as the Lead Portfolio Manager and John M. Meckler as Co-Portfolio Manager. The fund can be bought online from Schwab, Scottrade, Vanguard, or from the fund’s website http://www.3dpfund.com/.
The fund has Institutional Class shares (TDPIX) and Investor Class shares (TDPNX). The top holdings of the fund include Stratasys, Autodesk, Dassault Systemes, Hewlett-Packard Co., General Electric Co., and so on. Some of the larger companies such as General Electric Co. are included since they have been acquiring companies focused on 3D printing technology.
This is not an investment advice. Before investing, please consult the prospectus of the fund. Please visit the fund’s website (www.3dpfund.com) for further details.
California’s 3D Printing Expo October 2015: Startup Competition with $15,000 Award
according to the Inside 3D Printing, “considered one of the largest 3D Printing expo will be in Santa Clara California USA on October 20-22, 2015. The Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo has sessions for two days for tutorials and new technology information from experts. This year the expo has a startup competition. This year’s winner will get award worth around $15,000”.:)
Carbon3D Raises $100M from Google Ventures and Others
In June, 2015 we wrote about Carbon3D and its Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology (CLIP), that grows parts rather than printing them layer by layer as done by conventional 3D printers. Carbon3D recently closed a $100M series C round of funding lead by Google Ventures. Reinet Investments spokesman Anton Rupert said, “After evaluating Carbon3D’s CLIP technology, we believe it is a game-changer for complex manufacturing across many global market segments.” According to Andy Wheeler, General Partner at Google Ventures, “Carbon3D’s technology has the potential to dramatically expand the 3D printing market beyond where it stands today and reshape the manufacturing landscape.” Carbon3D, a Silicon Valley based company, was founded in 2013.
FDA Approves the first 3D Printed Drug from Aprecia Pharmaceuticals
For the first time, US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has approved a 3D printed drug. According to Aprecia Pharmaceuticals announcement,” that FDA has approved their SPRITAM levetiracetam drug used for certain types of epileptic seizures. Aprecia uses a ZipDose platform that creates pills by combining multiple layers of powdered medication. This 3D printing (3DP) technology is based on research performed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The 3D printed pill has a porous, water-soluble matrix that rapidly disintegrates with a sip of liquid. This enables heavy doses of medication to be administered with a small sip of liquid. This improves the patient experience. Patients who have difficulty swallowing have a greater chance of missing a dose of the medicine. Missed dose of medicine often leads to seizures. Ease of administration of the medication helps manage the diseases better. According said Don Wetherhold, Chief Executive Officer of Aprecia “By combining 3DP technology with a highly prescribed epilepsy treatment, SPRITAM is designed to fill a need for patients who struggle with their current medication experience.”
Mediated Matter Group of MITs’ Media Lab in collaboration with MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering and MIT’s Glass Lab has developed an additive manufacturing platform called G3DP for printing transparent glass structures. The G3DP platform uses two chambers, an upper chamber and a lower chamber. The upper chamber is heated to a temperature of 1900°F to produce molten glass. The lower chamber performs annealing by slowly cooling the molten glass. The molten glass is funneled through a nozzle to 3D print fascinating glass structures.
According to Prof. Neri Oxman of the MIT Media Lab who directs the Mediated Matter research group, this research could lead to advances in creating fiber optic cables that transmit data more efficiently.
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