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Take ordinary pictures with your iPhone and turn them into a 3D Model

Autodesk 123D is making 3D printing so much easier in our everyday lives with their new iPhone application. From today on you can create 3D models by taking pictures on your iPhone and uploading it with the app.

It’s always nice to walk around with your iPhone and make pictures of beautiful things you see. You can share it through social media or just show it to your friends. But how cool is it to have the opportunity to actual recreate a design you have seen? Autodesks 123D Catch for iPhone is all about recreating. And the greatest thing about it: it’s completely free!

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LeeAnn Manon, Autodesk: “For people with limited 3D printing or 3D modeling experience, 123D Catch is a great way to create and print a realistic model. You can create a capture on your iPhone and then open it in the web app (it’s automatically saved in My Corner). Just use the simple model editing and healing tools to finish it up for printing, and then simply click ‘3D Print it’ to send it through the 123

Transparent resin online pricing and new samplekits: Check it out!

We’ve got some great news for you! We’re happy to say to you our trial period for transparent resin is finally over!

So from now on we can serve you with exact online prices and details about the designs on our website . The maximum size we offer is 2100 x 700 x 800 mm. You can choose the basic finish for your design but we do offer a technical finish.

When you choose a technical finish for your transparent resin model, the support material (which is needed during the printing process) is first removed. Then your model is hardened under UV light and varnish is applied on all surfaces. This varnish is applied to your model to protect it from dust and discoloration. It makes a part transparent. Adding a small amount of paint to the varnish enables bit of color to be added to this transparency.

Besides, we can also paint your transparent model (bye bye transparency). There are 4 types of paint: dead matt, matt, satin, and high gloss. The difference lies in the gloss factor. In ot

Major Tinkercad update: you can now import 2D/3D designs!

Today, the folks at Tinkercad released one of their coolest features ever: the possibility to import existing 2D or 3D designs. Tinkercad is a free 3D design app that runs in the browser by using the latest web technology (web GL). The great thing about it is that you don’t need any previous design expertise. Just open your browser, go to tinkercad.com and start creating!

 

With the release of the import feature, we can’t wait to see all the crazy mash-ups and modifications people will come up with. The only downside for now, is that the STL import is limited to 25 000 triangles. So don’t go crazy just yet.

So how does an imported 3D file look in Tinkercad? Have a look below.

We can’t wait to see what’s coming next…and don’t forget you can still EXPORT your designs to i.materialise for 3D printing.

3D printing in bronze has passed the test

We’re happy to say to you our trial period of bronze is over! So from now on we can serve you with exact prices and details about the designs on our webpage. The maximum size we offer is 50 x 50 x 50 mm, but we do encourage you to challenge us with bigger models. If you come up with a design a little bit bigger than the imaginary box, don’t hesitate to tell us: we can check wheter it’s possible or not. We hope to print bigger models in time as research is still going on.

For the prices: we can say that a design up to 5 cm³ will cost you 38,50 dollar, for every extra cm³ you will pay 8,8 dollars extra. For compact models there’s an extra discount. The more material you have within the imaginary box around your model, the more discount you get for the same model volume.

Bronze is typically used for coins, medals, key or small figures, but don’t hesitate to think out of the box. We welcome any possible design!

Do you have more questions about your design, just mail it to cont

Check out the 3D printed Dragonbite: the winner of the Metal Challenge

It was a very hard decision to choose a winner for our Metal Accessoires Challenge but, as we mentioned in an earlier blogpost,  Vangelis and Dinos convinced us with their marvellous design: the dragonbite pencil. We’re very happy to present to you the 3D printed resultand we can tell: it fits perfectly in your hand!

Its ergonomical design fits perfectly in your hand.

 

Don’t forget our other challenge, the Facebook/Forum Design Challenge: Post a nice picture of your project in ‘Unbox it’ on our forum and win a voucher of 250 euro for 3D printing. We post the pictures on Facebook, whoever gets the most likes can when another voucher of 250 euro. Good luck to you all!

We introduce to you: Ceramics

We’re very happy to give you the possibility to print in ceramics, as the latest material available on i.materialise. Imagine all the new, beautiful designs you can make: table ware, tiles and even jewelry or candle holders. Anything is possible, really. The models are made from alumina silica ceramic powder and sealed with porcelain and silicia. The colored glaze we apply after printing is a lead-free, non-toxic gloss.

The lovely thing about ceramics is all the nice colors you can choose from. They say ‘there’s a color for every mood’, so we made a selection of eight, in our eyes nice, fresh and warm colors. Choose the colors you like the most, we offer you a wide range:

  • Glossy white
  • Glossy Black
  • Lemon Yellow
  • Pistachio Green
  • Sky blue
  • Ocean Turquoise
  • True blue
  • Peach Orange

 

 

 

For more detailed information about the basic properties and pricing, check out our webpage.

Not only is this material we’re using heat resistant (up to 600°C), b

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