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3D Printing Foam

Have you seen this video clip yet? Yes, apparently it is possible to print foam now! Take a look at below’s video to see the world’s first foam 3D printer in action. Make sure to scroll down to learn more about other astonishing 3D printing materials such as gold or ceramics.


Want to learn more about other 3D printing materials?

  • Check out this article about 3D printing gold!
  • And take a look at this blog post about 3D printing ceramics.
  • Want to get a HQ 3D Print? Upload it here and choose from 100+ materials & finishes!

Beastie Boys Time to get Ill 3D printed

Andy Berlin, an engineer at Zcorp wrote a software tool that transforms soundwaves into an 3D printable file. The file can then be 3D printed on a Zcorp machine and the resulting 3D print actually can be heard on a record player. I think this is a wonderfully literal way to turn music into an object and adore it. Andy says, “the program created a monochrome .STL file. The outer edge of each groove is smooth, to provide a surface for the tracking needle to ride along. The inner edge contains peaks and valleys which correspond to the audio data.” He also had to hack a turntable to get it to work, “A pin replaced the needle to provide mechanical tracking, and an LED and optical sensor, …, provided the playback signal.” Very amazing stuff. I love the combination of old and new technology. And I also love that the song he chose to make this way was Time to get Ill by the Beastie Boys! More images on the Zcorp blog.

3D printed moveable toy dog Oh Dog

Brazillian students Pedro Figueiredo and Bruna Milam needed to do a graduation project for their Industrial Design course at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro. They opted to make a toy 3D print using i.materialise. The duo used functional mechanisms and customization possibilities on the toy to increase its effectiveness and value. The toy’s name is Oh Dog! and he is a sad dog with an absurd cone collar with a mechanical iris on his neck. Pedro and Bruna are now seeing if they can turn their whacky dog into a business. They also would like to thank Karen and Vlad of our customer servies team for all the help both gave them in repairing the file and helping them with the engineering of the Dog. We wish them a lot of luck and congratulate them on a great product! We would  like to thank Chris Lefteri for including a reference to i.materialise in his book Making It: Manufacturing Techniques for Product Design, which is how Pedro and Bruna found us in the first place.

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Polyjet 3D printing by Objet

Israeli company Objet has a very detailed 3D printing process called Polyjet. Polyjet works with layers by layer building up a photopolymer and then hardening it with UV light. Polyjet produces very highly detailed parts that are very attractive. The parts are however not very strong and have low heat deflection temperatures. Polyjet is great for art objects, artistic projects and things such as characters whereby detail is crucial. On i.materialise we call Polyjet FineLayer epoxy and you can get it in White. Check out the video below showing you the entire Polyjet process on an Objet Eden.

  • Hardness 83 Shore D
  • Flexural modulus (stiffness) 2140 MPa
  • Flexural strength 74,6 MPa
  • Elongation at break 15 – 25%
  • Izod Notched Impact Resistance 37.5 J/m
  • Heat Deflection Temp (@ 1,82 MPa) 47.6° C
  • Natural Color white
  • Minimum Wallthickness 0.7

3D print your warheads and missiles

It is not surprising really. Lockheed Martin received a patent on using additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing) to make warheads. The Lockheed Martin patent provides for, “integral constructions, tailored fragmentation patterns, use of dissimilar materials for special effects, and variable material property constructions for enhanced performance” in warheads.

I’m guessing that the special effects are not the same special effects that James Cameron & LucasArts come up with. The patent, US Patent 7093542, granted in 2006, goes on to say:

“Direct manufacturing techniques of additive fabrication enable design and fabrication of specialized warheads using unique shaping, materials, and structures that have conventionally been difficult or impossible to use. Special warhead shapes may include nose cones, walls of controlled thickness, fragmentation patterns, and the like. Unique and previously unused materials include new material alloys, non-homogeneous materials, defor

FULL PRINT3D

Earlier this week The New York Times published a nice article called ‘3-D Printing Spurs a Manufacturing Revolution’. Although the article is getting a lot of attention, it only shows you a glimpse of what 3D printing can actually do. If you feel like discovering a whole lot more, you should visit the FABRICATION LABORATORY in Barcelona and experience all the 3D digital manufacturing technologies up close.

Fabrication Laboratory. New scenarios for 3D design and production is a series of events that are held at the Disseny Hub Barcelona (www.dhub-bcn.cat) from 15 June 2010 to 29 May 2011. With FABRICATION LABORATORY the DHUB presents an overview of the new 3D digital manufacturing technologies, a phenomenon that’s constantly evolving and leading to radical changes in design and production processes worldwide. The idea of the DHUB is to show the reflection on how these machines and software allow a new kind of fabrication that involves a different way of designing and programming.

Impulse 3D printing Can we print a better tomorrow?

3D printing is often touted as a technology that will reduce waste, reduce carbon emissions and make the world a greener place. But, we’re capricious covetous monkeys and I worry that any gains made by the technology will be eroded by our greed for more and better stuff. I’ll confess to something terrible now: I once bought two HP printers on sale because the second would be cheaper than an additional cartridge. I promptly tossed the first once its cartridge was empty. Imagine the callous destruction we could accomplish with the wholesale commoditization & democratization of manufacturing through 3D printing. So, what should we do? Is there anything we can do to guard ourselves against ourselves?

A while ago Matt Forsythe asked a question on Twitter: “What will be the 3D printer equivalent of office-jerks printing out all their emails?” I replied, “people will impulse 3D print 20 pairs of sunglasses, pick one and toss the rest.”

Impulse 3D printing has been a real worry for m

3D printing commercial aircraft parts (and burning them with a Crème brûlée torch)

One of the biggest problems with 3D printing materials is that they’re basically built to fail. Traditionally materials have been chosen specifically because they have low melting temperatures or are weak. 3D printing is now entering a phase whereby the parts used increasingly must be strong, robust and functional for use in the real world. Delicate prototypes still have a place but increasingly the market will have to cater to direct digital manufacturing whereby final parts are produced on demand. One material showing us where thing are headed is Ultem 9085. This material, made by Saudi firm Sabic, is made for use on Stratasys FDM machines.
The combination is a powerful one. Ultem has been certified for use on commercial aircraft, is strong, very light, has very low toxicity when burned, high melting temperature and is actually flame retardant. It is a portent of a new class of materials with advanced properties that are certified for advanced uses. To show you just how awesome