New to 3D Printing?: 8 Basic Facts

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In honor of our upcoming “October 2014 3D Print Meet-up” in Belgium, we’ve compiled a list of beginner-friendly, interesting facts about 3D printing!

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Danny van Ryswyk’s Dark Wonderland: Master Artist Shares How He Hand-Paints Polyamide 3D Prints

Design and Photo by Danny van Ryswyk. The 3D sculpture is called "White Rabbit."

Every so often, an artist comes along who pushes the boundaries of what we believe is possible. Danny van Ryswyk is an acclaimed Amsterdam-based digital painter and sculptor who creates surreal, paranormal sculptures using 3D CAD (computer assisted design) sculpting software and hand-painting techniques. His sculptures and two-dimensional render-based paintings join childlike fantasy with the macabre and fantastical world of nightmares. His work is dark, brooding, and admired all over the world.

His sculptures are 3D paintings, instantly recognizable by their smooth surface, dark colors, and minute level of detail.

Ryswyk sat down with us for an interview about his sculpting and painting techniques, as well as the ideas and symbolism that compel him to create his haunting artwork.

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Come to our October 2014 3D Printing Meet-up in Belgium!

Come to our 2014 October 10 Meetup in Leuven, Belgium! It's in our Belgian headquarters.

Want to learn about 3D printing and connect with other designers? Then come join our upcoming meet-up at our Belgium headquarters! The meeting is in Leuven, Belgium office on October 10, 2014 at 14.00-18.00 GMT +1 (Belgian time).

Sign up for this free event here.

Read on for directions and more info!

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3D Printing and Public Education Join Forces to Create Tactile Learning Objects for Students With Total or Partial Blindness

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Could 3D printing launch a revolution for 285 million people with total or partial blindness? Many of us learn by visually browsing thousands of texts, images, and videos. Until recently, hundreds of millions of people with total or partial blindness could not access most of this information. They relied on slow-moving braille translations, a situation that noticeably improved with the launch of the internet and its accessibility tools (i.e. text-to-speech software.) The internet created a revolution, and another one is already underway: 3D printed “tactile learning” objects.

3D printing can quickly turn 2D images into textured 3D images that people can touch and learn from. We spoke with  University of Texas at El Paso  biologist Dr. Michael A. Kolitsky to discuss how 3D printing is changing education, and how it will make new educational opportunities accessible to students with special needs.

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The Printable 3D Design Checklist: Common Design Flaws and How to Fix Them

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As many as 50% of online 3D designs posted online are unprintable. Is yours one of them?

Thankfully, reliable printing services (including our team at i.materialise) do not charge users for rejections. If your service does, they might be overcharging you.

To fix an unprintable 3D design, you can hire an expert or fix it yourself. Fixing your own design saves money, and can be surprisingly simple. Read on for our handy “Printable 3D Design Checklist, which features detailed information about the most common 3D printed design flaws— and how to fix them.

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How To Make a 3D Printed Object from a Photo in 5 Easy Steps

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Looking to get your feet wet on your first 3D printing project?  You can by taking ordinary photos of everyday objects and turning them into extraordinary 3D models.  Turning 2D into 3D has never been easier as this project requires no coding experience and runs 100% on free software. You don’t have to buy a 3D printer and you can do it all without leaving your house.  Let’s get started!

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Reduced Lead Times for Silver: Get Your Silver Faster than Ever!

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Good news for fans of sterling silver, the lustrous metal with the moon-like white glow: our fastest silver lead time is now only 6 business days!*

That means you can place an order for our Silver (Gloss) material on Monday, you could get the tracking number as early as next Monday.* To see an estimated arrival date, start by uploading your design here for free.

This special 6-10 business day lead time is for our Silver (Gloss) material only. But our Silver (High Gloss) also has a faster lead time, by two whole days! Compared to industry averages of 10-14 days, our premium grade sterling silver is among the fastest 3D printed metals to ship. Read on for more information…

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Creating Highly Detail Detailed, Asymmetrical 3D Printed Fantasy Designs: Tips, Tricks, and Inspiration!

Noveau Skull by Jody Garett, featured on the i.materialise blog

The world of 3D printed fantasy design is unlike any other: it not only imagines another world, it makes it real!

If you’ve ever struggled with symmetry, shaky hands, or poor eyesight, then designing and 3D printing your designs could give you abilities you never knew you had. Zooming can make up for blurry vision, symmetry options and “undo” buttons make up for unsteady hands,  and you can create or render nearly any lighting condition (including ones that cannot exist in the real world.)

Feeling inspired? There’s free software here, if you scroll down. Now go check out the beautiful 3D print designs created by some of our favorite fantasy artists, along with tips about joint design, color 3D printing, and hand-painting your design!

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3D Printing With SketchUp: An Easy Introduction

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Formerly owned by Google, Trimble Navigation‘s SketchUp is a free beginner-friendly Computer Assisted Design (CAD) software that can create highly detailed, 3D printable architecture (i.e. houses), furniture (i.e. cabinets), and mechanical parts (i.e. drone propeller blades.) Its internal measurement system is precise and easy to use, making it a good choice for creating tightly fitted pieces (such as wheels, lids, hinges, swivel ball joints, and some types of action figure jointing.)

SketchUp also has useful 2D capabilities, such as creating blueprints from multiple angles and creating photo-realistic preview renders of your designs.

Read on for i.materialise’s official guide (lovingly put together by your Community Manager), featuring beginner-friendly tips on how to download and use SketchUp.

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Jack Meyer Tells us How He Teaches Students to Design and Print Award Winning 3D Printed Metal Jewelry

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From a career in computer science to one of London’s foremost experts on 3D printed jewelry, it can be said that Jack Meyer’s true passion found him.

Presently, Jack is a familiar face at major 3D printing events such as the London 3D Printshow. As the Senior CAD and Technology instructor for Holts Academy in London, and owner of CAD Jewellery Skills, Jack’s whirlwind discovery of 3D printed art and jewelry lead to launching his own manufacturing company, and then to teaching a new generation of award-winning fine jewellers.

Jack’s students increasingly use “made to order” services such as i.materialise’s 3D Print Lab to create prototypes, and Jack’s agreed to answer some questions and share tips for creating timeless, old-fashioned 3D printed jewelry. Read on!
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