Meet Designer Desmond Chan and His Collection of 3D Printed Precious Metal Jewelry Inspired by Salvador Dali

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More and more jewelry designers are discovering the great potential and design freedom that 3D printing offers. i.materialise enables designers from all over the world to order 3D prints in precious metals such as brass, bronze, silver or gold. Desmond Chan, founder of jewelry label Vulcan Jewelry is one of the outstanding designers working with these materials through 3D printing. Read on to learn more about his innovative necklaces and bracelets.

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3D Printing Meets Japanese Samurai Culture: Developing the Concept of Raijin and Fujin Kabuto

3D Printing Meets Japanese Samurai Culture: Developing the Concept of Raijin and Fujin Kabuto

What happens when 3D printing and Japanese samurai culture collide? Contestants of i.materialise Japan’s latest design challenge might hold an answer. The “Kabuto Design Challenge” has just been launched by the i.materialise Japan team to rediscover kabuto, traditional Japanese samurai helmets, using 3D Printing technology. To inspire the contestants, we collaborated with mixed-media designer and one of the jurors of this challenge, Russ Ogi, to develop a unique pair of 3D printed kabuto. The motif he chose was Raijin and Fujin, the Japanese gods of thunder and wind. Let’s take a closer look at how he developed the design concept and turned his ideas into 3D models.

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Exploring NASA’s History of 3D Printing: Tools, Community Challenges, and Scale Models You Can Print at Home

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When it comes to 3D printing, NASA has always been a forerunner. Not only are they using the first 3D printer in space to print tools and spare parts on the International Space Station (ISS), but they also manage to actively include their community in their projects. In this post, we review NASA’s contribution to the field of 3D printing and take a look at their 3D model database and show you how it can be used to create 3D prints. Read more…

A Stainless Steel Bottle in the Shape of a Horseshoe: Kickstarter and 3D Printing Make it Possible

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Based on several years of experience in creating and designing products for the consumer market, Dutch industrial designer Franky Leering and his team of creatives saw the chance to develop their own product with the help of Kickstarter and 3D printing: a stainless steel bottle with a unique shape and look. Read more…

How to Make Money with 3D Printing: 5 Easy Tips That Will Boost Your Sales and Won’t Cost a Dime!

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Got a great 3D printed product? Then why not start selling it and making some money? In this tutorial, we aim to help designers, makers, and entrepreneurs get their products online, learn how to present themselves properly, and build their own brand. Read more…

Create Your Own 3D Printed Ring in Minutes with Free Online App Jweel

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Creating and 3D printing your own ring is now really easy thanks to free online apps like Jweel. All you need is an Internet browser, a few minutes of your time, and some creativity. Here is our tutorial on how to 3D model and print your own ring in four easy steps. No software, installation, 3D printer, or prior 3D modeling or 3D printing experience is required! Read more…

Creating Unique Design Solutions with 3D Printing: This Modern Design Studio Uses 3D Prints to Enhance Its Workflow

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3D printing has opened up more possibilities for design studios. Exploring new materials, creating new forms and shapes, designing highly-detailed prototypes: there are many advantages for designers by using 3D printing. We visited one of our clients, Slovenian design studio Gorjup Design, to see how 3D printing is changing their everyday work.

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3D Printing for the Royal Theatre of Madrid: Tomasz Dabert’s Modern Armor

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To keep old stories fresh, theaters try to combine both classical and modern elements into their plays and stage sceneries. It thus only seems logical that the Royal Theatre of Madrid would search for new ways to create and enhance their costumes. But what would you create if you were asked to build a modern 3D printed armor for an opera? Especially to debut as your very first 3D print ever? Read more…

3D Printed Footwear: How 3D Printing is Changing Racetracks and Runways

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Practical or extravagant, perfectly fitting or perfectly outstanding, 3D printing has been pushing the limits of personalized footwear over the last several years. Creating a one-of-a-kind, wearable product has become easier than ever, and 3D printed shoes are already being used on racetracks and runways around the globe. Read more…

3D Printing in 5 Different Silver Options: Introducing Our New Antique Silver Finish

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Fantastic news for jewelry designers and metal-printing enthusiasts: After just launching 18K gold last month, we are already expanding our metal options, this time with the new Antique Silver Finish! This means that you can now order a 3D print of your item in five different silver finishes. Read on to see some examples and learn about each type. Read more…