3D Printing News Sliced: Proto Labs, Optomec, ARMI and Strandbeest

In today’s Sliced 3D printing news digest: ColorPod, the 3D Pioneers ChallengeOptomec, id.arts, Proto Labs, Joint Mitnor, 3Diligent, ARMI, University of Florida, Sculpteo and Strandbeest.

ColorPod demos full color 3D printed busts

A new video from Aad van der Geest, founder of VDG Spitstechniek, shows how the ColorPod full-color FDM upgrade can be used to make 3D printed busts.

From scan to sculpture” clip via filmpjeslader on YouTube

At a fraction of the cost of other full-color 3D printing alternatives, the clip serves as a teaser to what is possible with material know how and a lot of ingenuity.

Winners of the 3D Pioneers Challenge announced

The second edition of 3D printing design competition 3DPC has celebrated the work of seven designers from across the globe.

In addition to getting their designs noticed by industry partners including Stratasys and Autodesk, each of the winners received a share of €15,000 ($17,800) and exclusive prizes from MakerBot and designreport.

Winning entries include a metal 3D printed skateboard truck by Philipp Manger, and the Palmyra Rebuilt project from Eric Geboers and Matteo Baldassari.

Jury comment on Project T.O.S.T. (Topology Optimized Skateboard Trucks): " It´s so lightweight, that even Marty Mc Fly could hover on it." Image via 3DPCJury comment on Project T.O.S.T. (Topology Optimized Skateboard Trucks): ” It´s so lightweight, that even Marty Mc Fly could hover on it.” Image via 3DPC

Optomec publishes 3D printer materials recipes

To help customers make the most of new additive manufacturing techniques, Optomec has released a catalogue of material recipe sheets.

Available for both LENS and Aerosel Jet methods, the examples provide detailed parameters of what to expect from the respective materials and inks.

A GE Turbine blade with 3D printed strain sensors. Photo via Optomec.A GE Turbine blade with Aerosol Jet 3D printed strain sensors. Photo via Optomec.

Designers use 3D printing to create a vision of the dream kitchen

Japanese design firm id.arts demos FDM, SLA, SLS, and inkjet 3D printing techniques in a miniature kitchen model.

With added textures and post processing, the finished product has a hyper-real quality, and is developed for clients with a keen eye for detail.

Detail of 3D printed worktop in id.arts model kitchen. Photo via id.artsDetail of 3D printed worktop in id.arts model kitchen. Photo via id.arts

Proto Labs adds HP MJF to its services

Rapid manufacturing service provider Proto Labs (NYSE:PRLB) is speeding up its 3D printing capabilities with a HP Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer.

The company is the latest in a line of North American companies to offer the technology to its customers.

A Multi Jet Fusion 3D printed camera shutter. Photo via HPA Multi Jet Fusion 3D printed camera shutter. Photo via HP

University of Chicago researchers use 3D printing to envision fluid dynamics 

A team of researchers studying fluid dynamics, applying to the likes of airplanes, boats and tornados, have made a discovery using a 3D printed model of a helical vortex.

3D printed helical vortex from he University of Chicago. Image by William Irvine3D printed helical vortex from the University of Chicago. Image by William Irvine

Conclusions show “that helicity can remain constant even in a viscous fluid and provide an improved basis for understanding and manipulating helicity in real flows.”

A full paper on the study can be read online in Science Magazine.

Joint Mitnor cave to reopen with 3D printed fossils

The Joint Mitnor cave in Devon, England, is set to reopen August 12 2017.

Ransacked by thieves in 2015, the site has been refurbished with 3D printed replicas of the fossils it used to contain. The models were created using CT scanning techniques and gypsum casting, so they look and feel faithful to the original remains.

3D printed fossil replicas in Joint Mitnor. Photo by Charlie Bird3D printed fossil replicas in Joint Mitnor. Photo by Charlie Bird

3Diligent releases Complete Guide to Metal 3D Printing

Digital manufacturing service 3Diligent has released a 13 page report detailing leading metal additive manufacturing technologies.

Featuring the likes of Boeing and GE the document provides 3Diligent’s perceived overview of the “State of Professional and Industrial 3D Printing”.

ARMI liquid silicone 3D printing used to model cancer cells

In an interview with Fox News, associate professor Thomas Angelini has revealed new developments in 3D printing research at the University of Florida.

Using a liquid silicone 3D printing technique, reviewed by 3D Printing Industry in May 2017, the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) is making microscopic models of cancer cells.

Known collectively as “tumeroids”, the models will be used to test the effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs and gain a better understanding of the disease.

The speeded-up liquid silicone 3D printing process from the ARMI. Clip via UF Soft Matter on YouTube

Sculpteo designer goes viral with 3D printed Strandbeest

Nicolas Raynaud is a freelance software engineer based in Montpellier, France.

Taking inspiration from Dutch artist Theo Jansen, Raynaud has gone viral on Reddit and Twitter with his version of a Strandbeest mechanism.

Gif by Nicolas Raynaud

Made using Sculpteo’s online 3D printing service, the design has since been picked up by the cloud-based rapid prototyping company, and now features in a “how to” on the company’s website.

If any of our readers have a go at 3D printing their own Strandbeest or other design projects, be sure to tweet a photo at us or share it on our Facebook page.

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Featured image: Sliced logo over an original Strandbeest by Theo Jansen. Photo by Robbert van den Beld, robbeld on Flickr

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