By Derek Johnson
Product Manager, 3D Systems

3D Systems announced the availability of its newest VisiJet® material, VisiJet M3 Black, for use in the ProJet® 3500/3510Professional Printers.

VisiJet M3 Black expands the rapidly growing family of advanced materials that offer robust performance and versatility for a diverse set of applications. VisiJet M3 Black features:

- Superior toughness and flex properties for a variety of snap-fit and assembly geometries
- Jet black color that looks just like injection-molded plastic
- Material performance matched with the capability of the ProJet 3500 printer, making the ProJet a “factory-in-a-box” for instant high-end prototyping and end-use applications

VisiJet M3 Black is available for immediate shipment, and we are excited to get this revolutionary plastic material into the hands of our customers.

Find out more about the ProJet 3500 range of printers here.

By:  William Ponissi
Digital Media & Website Coordinator at Formula One
One of the biggest challenges in Formula One is brought by the incredible diversity of the circuits making up the World Championship calendar. With each track having its own layout and characteristics, the designers at Sahara Force India work in close collaboration with our engineers and workshop to produce solutions that help our car, the VJM06, adapt to the unique demands of each race.
Never is this challenge more evident than at the end of spring, when the Formula One circus moves from the slowest, twistiest track on the calendar – the street circuit of Monaco - to one of the fastest, hosted on the flowing, tree-lined avenues of Montreal, Canada. With one circuit requiring our cars to perform at their best in 90-degree turns, hairpins and tight corners and the other asking for a flowing profile that reduces drag, there is the requirement for a big supply of new aerodynamic parts in a very short time.
At Sahara Force India we are lucky to be working in partnership with 3D Systems and to have access to their top-of-the-range iPro 9000 delivering SLA printing and ProJet 5000 with its MultiJet printing. These machines are vital allies in approaching every race, and this specific part of our season in particular.
In advance of such a crucial juncture in the year, the brains in our design office come up with all the ideas for aerodynamic appendages that can bring an advantage in Monaco and Montreal. Wing elements, car body parts – every single item of the VJM06 is analysed to see where any gain can be made. But theory, no matter how in-depth, needs to be supported by real-life testing – and here’s where 3D printing steps in.
With its huge savings in terms of both time and cost, this technique allows us to turn each one of these ideas – and in turn, several slightly different iterations of each one – into a real item, made with advanced ceramic-filled resins that behave in the same way as the materials our full-sized car is built of. The resulting models, each a tiny variation from the other to give us a full spectrum of options, are then sent for testing in our wind tunnel, where expert personnel is able to establish whether the theoretical hypotheses are correct, and which one among the variations offers the best results. The data then goes back to the design office for a refinement of the original ideas before the process is repeated. Such a process would, without 3D printing, take up months: with the 3D Systems machines, we can do this in a matter of days.

In the run up to Monaco, working with 3D Systems products helped us develop new aerodynamic appendages that maximised our downforce, allowing our drivers Adrian Sutil and Paul Di Resta to finish in point-awarding positions. New profiles designed with the Montreal track in mind allowed them to repeat the feat during our first foray in North America in 2013, helping the team build up a total of 51 points in seven races – our best ever start of a season.

With the Championship entering its crucial summer months, with prestigious events like the British Grand Prix on the calendar, every ounce of performance that these 3D printed parts help bring can be the one pushing the team to its aim of a podium finish!
by Josh O'Dell

James T. Kirk called space the final frontier for good reason. Who knows what awaits there, what resources exist, what little scientific nuggets lie waiting in a distant galaxy, what discoveries are yet to be made. Planetary Resources, a Seattle-based group of earthlings, is making strides to see just what space has in store. Their mission: to bring “the natural resources of space within humanity’s economic sphere of influence.” What does this mean? They’re finding ways to mine asteroids for valuable resources. And 3D Systems is strapping in for the ride, ready to boldly go…

As of last week, 3D Systems became a proud member of Planetary Resources’ core group of investors and a major collaborator in developing and manufacturing components of Planetary’s ARKYD Series spacecraft. The ARKYD spacecraft series, comprised of three spacecraft, will provide progressively advanced asteroid monitoring, discovery, measurement and resource assessment in near-earth or deep space scenarios.


Notably, ARKYD 100 Space Telescope is the first public space telescope and represents the steppingstone upon which Planetary will develop progressively advanced asteroid exploration spacecraft. In fact, Planetary just capped off a successful Kickstarter campaign that garnered over 17,000 backers and accumulated over $1.5 million.

Of course, 3D systems is thrilled to play a part by transforming what has always been, in the words of CEO Avi Reichental, “an old-style, labor-intensive process, into something very scalable and affordable that will democratize access to space.” And access to space can make a big difference down the line: vast new resource supplies and reduced impact of mining on Earth. Maybe even strange new worlds, new life and new civilizations.

With the increasing numbers of 3D printers on the market, understanding the whole breadth of technologies that can meet your needs is becoming more critical – and yet more difficult.
There are now 3D printer technologies that can apply to pretty much every engineering specification and need. Do you want concept, verification or pre-production models, or are you looking for direct digital manufacturing? Then, what accuracy, cost, detail resolution and materials do you need? The questions may seem endless - but here at 3D Systems we have the answers.
To help you understand the options available for what can be a dizzying array of possibilities, we have released a 3D Printer Buyers’ Guide: a free white paper designed to help you identify the performance attributes you need, and be able to ask the right questions as you assess 3D printers for your manufacturing operation.
Sign up for this free white paper and it will be delivered directly to your email.

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.

3D Systems has won the coveted Financial Times and ArcelorMittal ‘Boldness in Business’ Award recognizing companies, entrepreneurs and individuals who, through bold decisions, drive change, inspire innovation and deliver outstanding economic performance.

3D Systems invented the first 3D printing technology almost 30 years ago, changing the way people develop and manufacture their products. Through continuous innovation, 3D Systems’ content-to-print solutions transformed entire industries.

3D Systems has an exclusive new partner in Turkey - Al-mera. They cover the jewelry market and will lead with the ProJet 3510 CPX to help these artisans increase productivity and gain casting room efficiencies while creating beautiful, highly detailed jewelry.

The International Dental Show was held last week in Cologne. IDS is the world largest meeting place for decision-makers from dental practices, dental labs, the dental industry.  It hosts over 125,000 attendees from 149 countries and 2,058 exhibitors from 58 countries!  We showcased our printers and some great applications for dental at our booth.

For dental labs, the VisiJet Pearl on the 3510MP was a big hit!  Dental technicians could not believe they were looking at 3D printed models as they were almost indistinguishable from high quality plaster. Aside from the appearance the labs loved the accuracy, the detail fidelity and the fact that they could realize significant productivity gains with easy melt away wax supports. Another growing application attracting attention is distributed implant drill guide production.  The two solutions we had on display for custom drill guides were the class VI bio compatible VisiJet Clear on the ProJet 6000 and VisiJet Stoneplast on the ProJet 3510 MP.

A preview of a new software package called Galen 3D was also shown at our booth.  For doctors, the Galen 3D cloud based software brings an ease of use to creating color 3D printed models from DICOM data sets t he marketplace has never seen before!  Practices can print their own patient education and communication models at a low cost to doctors.

The new FaceScanner in the Sirona Galileo’s cone beam scanner was also very popular! People had their faces scanned in the Sirona booth and then came to the 3D Systems booth to have their heads printed as a custom USB memory stick holder.

To see more pictures from the event, click here


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