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It’s a Sinter Summer

Remember when we did that laser sintering pricing trial back in April? We said it would be for a limited time only and we also said that we would evaluate it afterwards. Well now we can confirm that the evaluating part is over and we’re ready to offer you our official laser sintering prices here and now! In simple words… laser sintering will cost you 0.1 euro/cm3!

Let’s take a look at how it all works…

  • All designs that fit within a bounding box of 125cm3 and have a maximum dimension of 200mm will from now on be sold at 12,5 euros a piece
  • If your design fits within a bounding box of 27cm3 (for example 3x3x3cm) and has a maximum dimension of 100mm, you’ll only pay 5 euros per copy of that same design (for example you’ll pay 32,5 euros for 5 copies as 12,5+5+5+5 = 32,5)
  • For copies of any other design that still fits within the 125cm3 and have a maximum dimension of 200mm, you will pay 10 euros per copy (for example you’ll pay 52,5 euros for 5 copies as 12,5+10+10+10+10 = 52

Introducing Brass 3D Printing

Looking for a high detailed metallic material that looks amazing and doesn’t cost you a fortune? Then Brass is the way to go for you. It’s a very shiny material due to its high-grade polished gold plated layer while offering a high level of detail giving it that 18-carat golden look. It’s a material that fits perfectly between 3D printed gold and gold plated stainless steel and here’s why…

  • Gold Plated Stainless Steel: Cheapest option but less detailed
  • Brass: Cheaper than Gold but same level of detail and beautifully shiny
  • Gold: Highly detailed like brass but more valuable

Gold plated brass is a great way to go when designing things such as small jewelry or Steampunk based designs. It just looks phenomenal and expensive when it’s actually quite affordable compared to the real thing. Let’s have a look at what it would cost you to 3D print in this new material:

  • 1cm3 will currently cost about 25 euros
  • 5cm3 will currently cost about 95 euros
  • 10cm3 will currently cos

Finish it!

The surface of a 3D printed model is determined by the material and the technology. It will define the look and feel of your printed design.

Most technologies print your model layer by layer. The goal of post-finishing is to reduce evidence of these layers as much as possible, without damaging the geometry of your model. However, the difference in surfaces can be seen when the natural surface option is chosen – for example, a powder based model will be rougher than a resin based model.

So what can you do with your model after it’s printed? Well, we already have a wide range of post-finishing options available but a lot of times, our designers create their own magic. Welcome in the world of polishing, dyeing, painting, and so much more. Don’t consider these pages to be omniscient but will add more and more information as time goes by.

Check them out here:

http://i.materialise.com/materials/finishing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Month of April in 3D printing

Without a doubt it was a busy month in the world of 3D printing. Big companies started spending their money again. This continues to enforce the trend that we’re on a road towards a future of a handful of big 3D printing players.

We also saw the continued rise of crowd funding projects in the world of 3D printing and as often happens… more new 3D printers for us to get our hands on. Let’s have a look at the news items in detail…

First, the business news… It seems that 3D Systems got back into its spending habit of last year by acquiring My Robot Nation and Paramount Industries. Could it be the beginning of another spending spree this year? Only time will tell… On the other hand, they also got to present the new Z Printer 850. It promises higher print volume, greater productivity and vibrant full color that empowers designers, engineers, and architects to create more and larger parts faster.

At the same time we can’t really say that the other 3D Printing giant calle

i.materialise student discount

UPDATE: This post is from 2012. Click here for the latest promo code for students!

Worldwide, students 3D print concept cars, architectural models, functional models, prototypes, and all sorts of other things with us. We really love working on those projects. So, if you’re a student at a College or University and want to use 3D printing for a school related project, we’re giving you a 10% discount if you 3D print with us. We’re especially interested in Design Academy students, engineering students, product design graduates, and fashion students. Nevertheless, feel free to surprise us with your work from any other discipline.

However, there are some rules and remarks to get the 10% STUDENT DISCOUNT.

    • You have to be enrolled at a College, University or Technical school.

     

      • You must contact us using an .edu or other university/school email address to verify this (sorry about this but someone always will play unfair even though virtually all are fair). In case you didn’t

      Great phones ask for great covers

      Your own unique cover in 1 2 3 ( 4 5)

      Look what our friends Jonas and Daaf from Samson design studio have created. Yourkees allows you to create unique and awesome looking iPhone covers.

      You are able to build your own KEES (Dutch for ‘Case’) by combining a side bumper with two back layers. These layers can be selected in two libraries. The first one is filled with 3D structures; the second one is filled with beautiful images of –mostly everyday- objects. The magic happens when you see the combination of both. As if that is wasn’t enough, you can also add your own piece of text on the cover AND select different material options! Some of the covers have a very special velvet look, of which you will soon hear more on our blog.

      i.materialise is proud to work together as production partner for these guys. We see many great 3D printed covers passing by, but the configurator they have developed allows everyone to create cool designs with a unique touch

      i.materialise to Japan, and back

      Hi all,

      We are happy to announce a new collaboration with our Japanese friends at Inter-Culture to exchange products in our online galleries.

      Inter-Culture was founded by INCS, a Japanese company with a rich (+20 years!) history in 3D printing. So these guys definitely know how to design and produce for3D printing. Just as i.materialise, Inter-Culture has an online store where they offer a nice collection of 3D printed products

      What does this mean for you?

      Well, we’re sure you’ll have some nice advantages by this partnership.

      Products of designers who are using the i.materialise gallery will also be offered for sale directly in Japan via the Inter-Culture channel. It generates more selling opportunities for your products,  giving you the chance to make more money.

      Also – for people who are searching for original designs – we now offer some beautiful Inter-Culture products in their i.materialise gallery store. These are ‘designed in Japan’ – with a great eye for de

      i.materialise Student Discount

      UPDATE: This post is from 2011. Click here for the latest promo code for students!

      Last year we noticed a spike in orders in April through July from design and engineering students worldwide who 3D printed concept cars, architectural models, functional models of prototypes and all sorts of other things with us. We really liked working on those projects (despite all the last minute stresses some of you had) and would like to encourage more students to 3D print with us.

      If you’re a student at a College or University and want to use 3D printing for a school related project we”re giving you a 20% discount if you 3D print with us. We”re especially interested in Design Academy Students (Eindhoven, Finland etc.) & Engineering and product design graduates. But, feel free to wow us with any work from any discipline.

      Rules

      • You have to be enrolled at a College, University or Technical school
      • You must contact us using a .edu or other university/school email adress to verify th

      Creating 3D printable objects with Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended

      In April 2010 Adobe released the new Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended. One of the new features of that Photoshop version is the Repoussé, a tool that allows you to create 3D objects extruding texts, selections, paths and layers masks. To celebrate the CS5 release, Adobe 3D printed some souvenirs via i.materialise for the team that developed the Repoussé technology. Nikolai Svakhin, one of the Photoshop Developers, wrote a terrific tutorial on how to create 3D printable objects with Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended.

      Adobe Photoshop is the world’s leading graphics editing program. Its extended version basically adds 3D capabilities to the program. One of those exciting new 3D capabilities is called Repoussé.

      “Repoussé is a new research system for the interactive enhancement of 2D art with 3D geometry. Repoussé creates a 3D shape by inflating the surface that interpolates the input curves. By using the mean curvature stored at boundary vertices as a degree of freedom, a user is able to ma

      THE ROBOTS ARE BACK

      i.materialise recently sponsored the price for the Doga CG robot contest in Japan, by 3D printing the winning design.

      Hiro, our Japanese colleague, had the chance to meet the winner, Yuunagi – to give his price and to ask him some questions. You can read his answers below, along with some pictures of his 3d printed robot character.

      Yuunagi is a 3d model hobbyist active in Computer graphics since 6 years. He creates amazing renders of robot characters.

      Hi Yuunagi, Did you enjoy the contest and the award?


      “It was a great challenge, open for everyone to participate, also for beginners. Those challenges are a great chance to sharpen your 3D modeling skills. I will participate in the next one for sure.”


      What do you think on your 3D printing model?


      “I was surprised and excited to win the challenge. It’s amazing to see how my design came alive as a real model. It’s fun to touch it. I heard 3d printing is used a lot in the industry, but it