Cerro Ballena (Spanish for “whale hill”) is one of the richest fossil sites in the world. Situated in Chile’s Atacama region, the area boasts dozens of large baleen whale skeletons along with fossils of billfish, seals, aquatic sloths and an extinct sperm whale species.

But the area was discovered by accident during road construction in 2010, meaning an international team of researchers had little time to document this important site before it was paved over. The team, led by the Smithsonian Institution, turned to a variety of 3D tools, and help from 3D Systems, to ensure that Cerro Ballena could be quickly preserved digitally and physically for future generations and further study.

3D Systems is proud to partner with the Smithsonian Institution on this vital heritage project. There’s even more to come as we help to put these skeletons on display so everyone can see, touch and experience the majesty of the Cerro Ballena whales.

Click here or on the video above to see how the Smithsonian Institute is using 3D to preserve the whale skeletons of Cerro Ballena.

Christian Stark, a mechanical engineer, fell in love with the Schooner Zodiac after he took a cruise on the 90-year-old ship with his family in 2012. He enjoyed it so much that he became a volunteer crew member. But it wasn’t until subsequent trips that he realized the ship wasn’t symmetrical. According to the captain, the port and starboard tacks were perceptibly different, probably a result of port side structural damage from the boat’s days as a pilot ship in San Francisco Bay from the 1930s to 1970s.

It’s an issue that could be corrected in future renovations, but you’d need blueprints to do it. Unfortunately, any Schooner Zodiac’s blueprints were destroyed in not one but two fires at two separate architect and boat yard offices.

As serendipity would have it, Christian met Ross Nairn, a mechanical engineer with a background in metrology, on a voyage. Together Ross and Christian decided they could create blueprints of the Schooner Zodiac where none existed using a Faro Focus3D scanner 3D Systems’ Geomagic Design X, which combines 3D scan data processing with history-based CAD to create fully-functioning CAD solid models.

Click here to read the full case study of the Schooner Zodiac.

Click here to watch a recent webinar and see how Christian and Ross captured the ship in 3D and created CAD models of it.

Given a choice 5 years ago between milling dental prostheses and printing them, Michal Hermanek opted for 3D printing. Since then, Hermanek believes that the Direct Metal Sintering (DMS) systems from 3D Systems have allowed his company, MicroDent, to grow faster than he could ever have anticipated.

“With the quick turnaround we deliver using direct metal sintering, we have also built a reputation for high quality and attention to detail that pleases our dental customers,” said Hermanek.

Dental bridges and prostheses are required to be highly accurate to ensure comfort in such a sensitive area of the body. Hermanek’s team in the Czech Republic assessed several metal 3D printers, and of them all the ProX 100 dental system stood out.

“The sheer quality of the part created on the ProX™ 100 dental system from 3D Systems meant that the part didn’t twist and deform, and also stood up to repeated firing,” he commented.

Read a full case study on MicroDent’s use of metal 3D printing.

 

Amanda Boxtel didn’t think she’d ever walk again. After shattering four vertebrae in a 1992 skiing accident, she was left in a wheelchair, her legs paralyzed.

But with the help of 3D printing, Amanda is standing and walking. Recently, Amanda debuted a 3D printed hybrid exoskeleton suit by Ekso Bionics and 3D Systems at a Singularity University-hosted event in Budapest, Hungary. The suit uses a supported structure, a network of mechanical actuators and controls, and customized 3D printed body components to enable Amanda to rise from her chair and walk.

To get the perfect fit, designers used 3D scanning to digitize the contours of Amanda’s shins, thighs and spine. They then used those scans to model personalized assemblies, which would fit Amanda perfectly and make the suit stand out in function and form.

After years of dreaming about it, I am deeply grateful and thrilled to be making history by walking tall in the first-ever 3D printed Ekso suit, made specifically for me,” she said.

Click here to see a video about the 3D printed Ekso.

Click here to read more about Amanda and the 3D printed Ekso suit.

The recently announced 3DMT (3D Material Technologies LLC) division of ARC Group has purchased 3 Direct Metal Sintering (DMS) machines from 3D Systems for use in its Florida and Colorado facilities. The systems were supplied by 3D Systems’ reseller, EMS Inc.,

On taking delivery of the new ProX DMS machines, Ashely Nichols, General Manager of 3DMT said in a company press release, "The technology in the ProX machines is what attracted us to the 3D Systems equipment.  In particular, the ability to make stainless steel, titanium, aluminum, and alumina with fine powders, high-quality surface finishes, and thin walls…”

Mark Kemper, president of EMS, Inc, the reseller involved in the sale of the systems said, "EMS is very excited to introduce 3D Systems latest DMS technology to 3DMT. We believe 3D Systems' DMS 3D Printers are a true game changer in additive manufacturing."

 

See more about 3DMT at: http://www.3dmaterialtech.com/index.html

See more about EMS, Inc at: http://www.ems-usa.com/

 

3D printing is quickly becoming a game-changer for jewelry designers large and small around the globe, as it allows them to make casting patterns faster and more efficiently. To keep this trend going, SIU System, 3D Systems’ official reseller in Russia (www.siusystem.ru), was a key participant of the annual JUNWEX Jewellery Fair, which took place 5-9 February 2014 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Visitors were hugely impressed with the high-performance ProJet® 3500 CPX printers, which make precise wax casting patterns, as well as the ProJet® 1200, the newly announced micro-SLA professional 3D printer.

Click below to read case studies about how jewelers are using 3D Systems’ machines to make customized jewelry and produce products faster than ever.

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The enormous impact of Chuck Hull’s invention of 3D printing 30 years ago becomes even more evident as you see him walking around Euromold 2013 alongside the widespread array of 3D printing displays, ideas and technologies that his original idea has spawned.

In this piece, CNN’s Nick Glass interviewed Chuck for a “Make. Create. Innovate.” segment that was part of CNN International’s Quest Means Business show aired on February 13, 2014. Chuck recalls the emotion he felt when he created the first 3D printed part late one night in his lab, and also his pride at where his invention has taken the industry today and what it means for the future.

View the interview

 

Recently, our own VP Buddy Byrum sat down with the folks from Realize Inc., a fantastic service provider and user of 3D Systems SLA machines out of Noblesville, IN. They wanted to get his insights about the present and future of 3D printing as well as his experience in the industry.

"If 3D printing is in the public consciousness," Buddy says in the interview, "that's a win for everyone: for 3D printer manufacturers, professional users, consumers, makers, manufacturers, artists, museums ... everyone."

Click here to read the full interview at Realize Inc.'s website.

The creativity is endless at 3D Systems’ Sugar Lab and with Valentine’s Day tomorrow the team behind Sugar Lab came up with a perfect way to ‘Say it with Flowers’ – in this case, 3D printed chocolate roses.

Check out the full, mouth-watering post at cubify.com

Launch Complex 14 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., played a huge part in America’s burgeoning space program in the 50s and 60s. Now a historical landmark, Launch Complex 14 was the site of numerous unmanned Atlas rockets and John Glenn’s historic Friendship 7 flight, in which he famously became the first American in orbit. (Above: Launch Complex 14 today.)

But the launch complex of today is a stark contrast from the impressive, bustling site it once was. Certain sections are well preserved, while much of it is in disrepair, teaming with weeds and rust.

A team from the University of South Florida is using 3D imaging to archive this valuable piece of American heritage before it disappears. With laser scanners and scan processing capabilities of 3D Systems’ Geomagic Studio, the USF team is capturing this monument and others like it from all over the world so that they may be virtually preserved for future generations and classroom study. (Right: Dr. Lori Collins evaluates scan data of the site.)

Click here to see how USF captures Launch Complex 14 in 3D. (Video from Orlando Sentinel)

In its unwavering mission to help clients solve their toughest problems, Deloitte is bumping up its manufacturing consulting portfolio with the latest 3D printing technology from 3D Systems. As part of the project, Deloitte has established its 3D Printing Greenhouse Discover Center at its office in Rosslyn, Va., to impress upon their clients the power of emerging technologies and how they’re changing the game for everything from prototyping to end-use manufacturing.

The 3D Printing Greenhouse Discover Center features a line-up of Cube®, Cube® X, ProJet® x60 and ProJet® 3500 3D printers from 3D Systems, plus scanners and engineering software from 3D Systems Geomagic, all on display so Deloitte clients can grasp first hand how 3D printing positively affects manufacturing and production of every kind. Clients even have the opportunity to experience the impressive benefits of 3D printing through in-depth, immersive experiential learning sessions, in which designs are conceived, developed and manufactured on-site within a single day.

Click here to read more about how Deloitte and 3D Systems are helping manufacturers and designers rethink how they bring their products to market.

 

Lately, 3D printing is in the news with increasing frequency, and while some consider the technology new, the truth is large companies in a variety of industries have been integrating 3D printing into their workflows for years.

To increase the number of designs they can economically test and simply make better car components, Ford uses 3D printing to produce sand molds for aluminum casting. By doing so, they can create almost any number of iterative designs without spending millions of dollars and wasting months on tooling.

Click here to see video from Ford’s open house, where their rapid prototyping department and 3D Systems were on hand to show how far 3D printing can go in the automotive industry.

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