On 20 February 2015, a lawsuit was filed against Stratasys by the City of Hollywood Police Officer’s Retirement System. Continue Reading →
The brightest and largest star system within 10,000 light years from us, Eta Carinae has been brought to Earth. Made of two massive stars surrounded by luminous gas, this complex system has been difficult to study. Now, thanks to 3D printing, it is that little bit easier. Continue Reading →
If you love Nerf guns and upgrades, then the upgrade kit from OzNerfNerd is the perfect gift for yourself. This kit improves on the performance of the Nerf Elite Alpha Trooper and adds length to the stock thanks to a 3D printed extension. Continue Reading →
It always starts off as a dream. To change the world. A dream so big, that nobody thought it possible. That is what Associate Professor Mia Woodruff, from Queensland University of Technology’s Biomaterials and Tissue Morphology Group has. A dream so big that even today people will doubt it to be possible. What is the dream you ask? Continue Reading →
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3DPrint-AU announced today the launch of their new 3D printing service for Australia.
Manufacturing in Australia has experienced many changes since the 3D Printing revolution began in 2011. Many Australians have started to use desktop 3D printing to prototype and manufacture products in their sheds and workplaces. Limited access to industrial capable machines have resulted in Australians having to purchase parts from overseas, with long lead times. Creators in Europe and the USA have had easy access to this technology, now it is Australia’s turn. Having a local 3D Print service means that customers in Australia are no longer at a disadvantage. Main centres, Melbourne and Sydney will be able to receive their models within 48 hours of the printer finishing the job. Continue Reading →
Yesterday at Autodesk University, Autodesk formally announced the launch of there open source 3D printing platform dubbed SPARK. The details are still not 100% clear but it we do know its planned to be opened source which is a good start. They are also planning to ship their 3D Printer which goes by the name of Ember, early next year for just under $6,000 USD. We have limited information on the machine other than it is using SLA-DLP technology so we assume the print bed size won’t be very big. Also if you have a great 3D printing idea it might be worth knocking on the door of Autodesk as they think your idea is a good one they may be keen to hand over some of their $100M 3D printing fund!
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As computers have developed, we’ve seen many alternative input devices come and go but through time the trusty mouse and keyboard have reigned king. Touch screens have taken hold on smaller devices such as tablets and smartphones but they are still rely on a virtual keyboard. Input devices such as joysticks, trackballs, gamepads and for the pong fans out there who could forget the paddle, we’re fun to play with but none really stuck around. With the growth of 3D CAD we have seen some interesting devices such as the Connexion 3D mouse and haptic input devices but they usually still require the use of a mouse along side. You may recall a device called Leap Motion which launched a few years back and allowed you to control your PC by just waving your hands around over a tiny little match box sizes object but we haven’t seen any solid uses for it apart from games. Continue Reading →
Made For Me a Canberra based startup is looking to tap into 3D printing’s increasing popularity in Australia by connecting designers, local manufacturers and consumers in the an online marketplace.
3DHubs, a 3D printer matching service, has raised a $4.5 million. The service allows users to find and order 3D prints from 3D printers in their local area.
Founded by former 3D Systems employees Brian Garret and Bram de Zwart, the site was one of the first global 3D printing solutions. They’ve processed over 30,000 3D prints and have about 7,100 printers in 140 countries. To use the service, you simply choose your area, upload a model, and ask for a quote. The 3D printer owner then prints things out and gets it to you via post.
“We’re very fast and average delivery time has dropped to 1.2 days from submission to pickup/shipping,” said Garret. “Competitors like Shapeways still take about a week for their fastest materials, and much longer for special materials.”
Additive Manufacturing (AM) has been called the Next Industrial Revolution, improving virtually every aspect of the way products are made. Additive manufacturing is a key component of Direct Digital Manufacturing which generally describes the process of producing parts directly from digital CAD data.
Normally DDM stories tend to focus on end use parts, where additive manufacturing is used to cost-effectively produce the final parts that go into your car, jetliner or coffee maker. Describing its potential impact, theWohlers Report 2014 states, ”Most indications suggest that we are heading toward a relatively new method of manufacturing and an industry worth tens of billions of dollars.”
One area of additive manufacturing that can have an equally significant impact is tools – the molds, patterns, jigs and fixtures that are used throughout the manufacturing and as assembly processes.