The Essex House
3D printing is used in many different industries today; one being in architecture. Architects use 3D printing (the technology) to help them design models that will later become real buildings. Thanks to 3D printing, architects can now perfect building design, improve communication with their clients and also save time by using 3D printers to present their ideas.
 
One of 3D Systems’ printers was used on the popular PBS show “This Old House”. This Old House’s Essex Show, currently running on PBS, leverages a color 3D printed model to better describe a complex project to their audience. The show can be seen online here. The model was designed by Munson3d and the architect for the project was SpaceCraft Architecture. This was all made possible on a 3D Systems printer. The original model was printed on a ProJet 860Pro.
 
There are a few steps that a designer would need to take in order to 3D print a building model. The first step was taking the existing Revit model used to define the model extents and turn off any extraneous information. Then the file was exported to a FBX file for use in 3DsMax Design.
 
Next the model was designed in three parts so that it could be taken apart by the presenters and examined, both inside and out, of the model building. The complex roof was better understood by all involved thanks to this 3D printed model.
 
Blog contribution by David Munson of Munson3d

 

 
 
3D Systems attended the 113th Annual session of the American Association of Orthodontists with Sirona Dental Systems and demonstrated a 3D printed customer friendly solution for treatment options as well as a practice marketing tool.  Sirona and 3D Systems showed the combination of the FaceScanner accesory to the Sirona GALILEOS 3D x-ray system and the new ProJet460Plus 3D Color printer live in the Sirona booth.  
 
Attendees were scanned with the FaceScanner and their face scans were turned into custom USB memory stick holders which were then printed on the 3D Systems ProJet 460Plus in the booth.  Also shown were face scans and x-ray scans taken simultaneously that can be used to show before and after treatment options from treatment planning software. 3D Systems new cloud based medical modeling software, Bespoke Modeling, was shown that can take a DICOM data set and turn it into a 3D color model with just a few mouse clicks which can then be printed on the ProJet x60 series color 3D printers.  
 
This will enable dental professionals to educate and communicate with patients and medical coworkers with actual physical models representing the patients actual anatomy.  

Blog contributed by Formula 1 Team
The world of Formula One is one of dedication, passion and high-octane excitement: the action on the track is the stuff of legends. But Formula One is also considered, and rightly so, the pinnacle of technology: it’s a world in which the most minute changes and innovations can mean the difference between victory and defeat. Whether you are chasing an opponent or the clock, every ounce of performance is vital.

Nowadays, the lion’s share of a car’s performance is given by aerodynamics: balancing the car to ensure the air flows in the intended way. This is the central part of the work of every designer as he or she strives for the ultimate solution that will bring the reward of hundredths, or even tenths, of a second.

3D printing plays a huge role in this aerodynamic push to the extreme, and the partnership that Sahara Force India established with 3D Systems allows us to enter this field alongside the leaders in the sector. 

The iPro 9000 and SLA 5000 machines are kept running day and night at our wind tunnel facilities, where the most innovative updates are tested and refined before being produced for the car. This process is particularly intensive in the pre-season: in the frantic weeks between the completion of the base designs and the first test, thousands of variations of different parts are created – a procedure that would never be possible without the aid of 3D Systems.

3D printing is cost effective and, most importantly for Formula One teams, time effective: when you only have a handful of days between the end of a race and the departure for the next round, it is crucial to have an immediate response – something producing pieces with 3D System machines allows.

Before these technologies were created, teams used to rely on carbon modelling – the same process used to create pieces for the full sized car, but applied to the scaled wind tunnel model: to give an idea of the incredible requirements of this, one single carbon fibre brake duct – one of the thousands of different parts that make up a Formula One car – would take up to a week to create. 3D printing allows us to create 50 pairs in three days: this difference means we can create whole ranges of variations of any part and test them on the wind tunnel model almost immediately.

In the run up to the Australian Grand Prix, the first race of the season, countless parts were created and tested this way. This helped the designers perfect their ideas before even a hand was laid on the 2013 car; it allowed us to plan vital corrections once the pre-season tests gave us the first real, on-track feedback; and, eventually, enabled the team to keep pushing on the upgrades that are constantly devised for our racer, the VJM06.

In the next few months, we will explore the way 3D Systems and its machines help us prepare for specific races and how their contribution is crucial to keeping us at the sharp end of the Formula One grid. As we prepare for the European leg of the Championship after these first four races – a moment when most teams bring in their first upgrades of the season – the rewards of this partnership are ready to be taken.