"Now that we can buy a personal 3-D printer for not much more than an iPad, what might we be likely to do with one?
An upcoming show can provide some inspiration for aspiring 3-D print producers. The 3-D Printshow in London next month will bring the future of manufacturing to the British public for what organizers claim is the first time."
"Ian Halliday, CEO of specialist 3D printing company, 3T RPD, reviews the progress of additive manufacturing technology and assesses its future impact on manufacturing companies as well as wider society."
"The Rygo is a 3D printed sculptural piece made from stone. Standing 2 meters tall, 1.5 meters across and weighing 3600 lbs, it is the largest such 3D print in North America and one of the biggest in the world. The Rygo is the culmination of many months of hard work by local Vancouverite JF Brandon, who raised $3,300 dollars on crowdfunding website Indiegogo. The entire piece is made of recycled material by a 3D printing process that produces very little waste to create an object impossible to make only a few years earlier.
The Rygo was made by the DShape, an advanced 3D printer developed by Enrico Dini of Pisa, Italy. The process is straightforward. A 3D model was divided into layers in a computer. Each corresponding layer was sent to the DShape that selectively binds a bed of sand into solid rock. The Rygo was designed by famous artist Bathsheba Grossman."
"Last weekend at Lowlands 2012 (One of largest and most famous Dutch pop festivals organized by Mojo Concerts) a nice project was presented that allowed visitors to turn their disposable cups into something beautiful with a 3D printer."
"The latest model, the Solidoodle 2, which comes fully-assembled for just under $500. The Solidoodle 2 is capable of building objects measuring up to 6 x 6 x 6 inches (15.24 cm).Extras on the $549 Pro model include a heated build platform (to prevent bottom warping of objects), an upgraded power supply and interior lighting, while the $599 Expert model additionally features an outer cover and a front acrylic door."
"Earthscrapers is an installation for the 2010 Biennial of the Americas that imagines the potential of employing Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) processes in the construction of a proto-architectural landscape—one where the building material source and the building itself are seamless. It also demonstrates the internal design, research and experimentation process by Rael San Fratello Architects in hacking a 3D printer to rapid prototype and rapid manufacture clays, ceramics and ultimately cement."
"These days, animated movies are nearly all digital, and we’re not complaining. When we’re being dazzled by the latest CG masterpiece, we don't miss hand-drawn cels, Claymation, or stop-motion. But then we saw ParaNorman and realized what we'd been missing. The darkly comic story of a boy trying to save his hometown from a centuries-old curse (screenwriter and codirector Chris Butler describes the film as "John Carpenter meets John Hughes"), ParaNorman is the first stop-motion movie to use a 3-D color printer to create its puppets' faces. It's also the first feature from Laika Entertainment since its Oscar-nominated 2009 hit Coraline. With tens of thousands of printed parts, millions of hours of work, and billions of pixels invested, the project represents unparalleled innovation in handmade storytelling—and a new future for a 100-year-old art form."
"Over the last few weeks, we’ve been talking a lot about all the possibilities inherent in 3-D printing. And the technology’s potential future is tantalizing: hospitals printing bespoke organs to fit transplant patients, the military and manufacturers solving design problems on the fly and smart machines making their own offspring, to name just a few.
But one area we haven’t looked at yet where 3-D printing is already making its mark is in the art world. A tribe of technophile artists is embracing 3-D printing for its ability to make intricate, complex shapes with seemingly impossible angles and undulating curves. And who knows? Maybe, like in Apple’s successful product creation formula where design meets engineering, some of these artists’ bright ideas will help the technology advance."
"3-D printing is increasingly cranking out actual parts for products as printing speeds increase and product quality improves.
Part production made up nearly a quarter of the $1.7 billion in sales of 3-D printing products and services last year, twice 2007's share, according to Terry Wohlers, president of Wohlers Associates, a consulting firm. By 2019, part making is expected to constitute 80% of the industry's $6.9 billion in revenue."
"Vinyl. CDs. Spinning hard drives. So much of our musical history has been relegated to saucers of information, UFOs that only make sense when placed in the right context. So maybe it’s not so strange that design studio Realität has reimagined music as what they call Microsonic Landscapes. They’re essentially musical sculptures, the products of algorithms ripping through audio signals, a pile of code that is then translated through 3-D modeling software and printed, for up to 11 hours, on ABS plastic. The result is a mountainous record that depicts music in corporeal form."
"When the MakerBot Replicator was introduced at CES earlier this year, its main selling point was the ability to print in two colors. While impressive, remember "two color" is just another way of saying, black and white.
Richard Horne, an electrical engineer and 3-D printing enthusiast, wasn’t happy with that limitation. He wanted to print in color, hundreds of them, even. So, he got to work modifying his RepRap to dynamically generate new hues. Finding a no more fitting name than his own, he dubbed his printer hack the “Rich Rap.”
" Eran Gal-Or, an industrial design student from H.I.T institute in Holon Israel built a 3d printer that prints ceramic materials - Porcelain, clay & glass. This is a massive 80x80x80 cm darwin style 3D printer, and probably the largest in the world."
"Tuan Tranpham, the Community Manager for Objet (soon to merge with Stratasys), in a perfect example to all the “marketing experts” that prefer to push out press releases, created this Matrix of companies, websites and services that make up the engineering and design industries."
"In place of books, the SparkTruck is filled with electronic devices such as a laser cutter, two 3D printers, a vinyl cutter, a sewing machine and a clay oven. SparkTruck volunteers drive the techmobile around to schools and demonstrate the power of engineering creativity to children, hoping to inspire them with an interest in science."
"El Proyecto RE_ es un experimento que explora la impresión de piezas 3D como una herramienta para el DIY y fusionarlos con el Upcycling. Tapas y accesorios personalizados creados a bajo costo y pequeña escala con impresión 3D, para ser utilizados como partes junto a productos de desecho u objetos que ya cumplieron su función."
"We've learned that the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) and ELISAVA School of Design and Engineering of Barcelona now offer a Master's Degree in Direct Manufacturing and New Materials for product design."
"Barcelona's Association of Industrial Design has selected several student projects for Student Industrial Design Awards at the Barcelona School of Design and Engineering and we had to show them to you because, well they're amazing! "
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