Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, which means hearts, hearts and more hearts. So why not get the magic started with these original heart-shaped 3D printed bowls from 3D Systems. Fill ‘em with Valentine’s candy, love letters or anything else you might want.

Find out more at Cubify.com, where you can also download the free file for your Cube 3D printer.

When you’ve got a vista that rivals any in the world, it’s best to take full advantage. With the help of 360Heros video gear, a documentary camera crew was able to do just that when they captured the world’s first fully spherical HD 360 video on the summit of Mount Everest. The now-famous shot was part of a documentary film about Nepalese climber Apa Sherpa, and it earned a Guinness Book of World Records certificate for being the first of its kind.

360Heros’ line of camera gear includes several 3D-printed, snap-in holders for synchronized arrays of GoPro® Hero cameras, making it easier than ever to shoot fully spherical HD 360° video.

Click here to read more about 360Heros’ record-setting effort.

3D printing really shines when you need perfect end-use parts – but just a few of them. Compared to the cost of hand-crafting pieces or creating tools to manufacture, 3D printed on-demand parts from Quickparts deliver a very fast turnaround and cost-effective option. Movie prop makers have been quick to pick up on this, turning to Quickparts’ UK division (formerly known as CRDM) to deliver perfect props quickly.

For the recent Sandra Bullock/George Clooney movie, Gravity, Quickparts was tasked with creating the helmet props. Using 3D Systems’ SLS 3D printing technology, the UK team delivered the helmets from the 3D design data in a few days, with a perfect fit for the stars’ heads, to be used directly in the movie.

“It was a straightforward and satisfying job,” commented Nick Lewis, General Manager at Quickparts UK. “We love showing customers how usable and strong these parts are, straight out of the machine.”

The main helmet bases and structures (the white elements) being worn by the actor were all 3D printed by Quickparts.

Much of Romania sits on large reserves of natural gas, and people around the country depend on gas providers and equipment manufacturers to heat their homes. One such company is gas equipment manufacturer Elster Aeroteh, who manufactures a range of gas regulators and measurement devices.

When testing a new gas regulator, Elster Aeroteh first tried a CNC-machined test part for the regulator housing. But the geometry being as complicated as it was, they couldn’t produce it to the accuracy required for reliable test data. It wouldn’t even fit properly on their assembly.

That’s when Elster Aeroteh enlisted Romanian CAD/CAM service provider LogiCAD, which was able to produce complex cast aluminum test parts from wax patterns created on the ProJet 3510 CPX. And they did in about 12 days from CAD file to final test part.

Click here to read more about the speed and precision of Elster Aeroteh’s test part.

One day you have an empty lot. In the same spot on the next day—a giant shoe box. That’s how Adidas celebrated a recent run of limited edition Stan Smith shoes: with a giant shoebox-shaped pop-up store in London’s Old Truman Brewery that featured the sought-after shoes along with Cube 3D printers from 3D Systems.

Lining the walls, a bank of Cubes printed personalized lace locks live in the store, where customers were also able to participate with 3D printing apps and personalize elements of their shoes.

Click here to read more about Adidas’ pop-up at Cubify.com.

By Max Freeman, Geomagic Solutions


Have you ever noticed that the sound on your iPad, even at full volume, isn’t particularly loud? I’m not sure how putting the speaker on the back of the iPad passed Steve Jobs’ sanity test, but somehow it did. It works ok, but isn’t great. I use my iPad mostly to watch TV and movies, so sound is important to me. Of course you could wear headphones or follow my habitual routine of cupping your hand over the speaker to bounce the sound forward. That works remarkably well, but this is 2014! Such manual maneuvering should be a thing of the past.

This has been irritating me for a while, and while traveling this week I found myself with about an hour between meetings. Surrounded by 3D printers at the 3D Systems Geomagic office in North Carolina, I decided to challenge myself to design and print a solution in under an hour.

(Image above: The CAD model in Geomagic Design)

Apple posts measurements to its website for its devices so peripheral manufacturers can make stuff that fits; with access to a 3D printer it turns out that’s exactly what I am. I turned to Geomagic Design, our core CAD software. Armed with measurements from Apple, I cranked out the first prototype of a small attachment that fits over the speaker area and redirects the sound forward. It took about 25 minutes to complete the design, and then I saved it out to STL, ran it through the Cube software and went over to start a print.

Forty-five minutes later my first design prototype was complete and I put it to the test. Sure enough, the audio was much louder. Epic win. My theory was correct. But the way I had designed it meant that it would slip off too easily if you moved or tipped up the iPad. On to prototype number two.

(Image above: the first two prototypes, the pink one is the first design which needed a better fit, the yellow one is the second as described below.)

The next day I had a little down time again, so I opened up the design and made it fit more snugly with a simple edit. At this point the functionality was proved-out, so it was time to make it look like it belonged alongside an Apple device. Within about 20 minutes it was simple to add some curves and remove some unneeded material so it would print faster and look sleeker. 45 minutes later I had prototype two. It fit well, looked better, and performed terribly at its job as a sound-bouncer! In my zeal to remove material, I accidently removed a key area that bounced the sound forward.

Going for lucky number three, I replaced the material in the back of the design, tightened the dimensions just a little more and set it going in a Cube printer. Forty-five minutes later—success. A perfect device to fix my iPad audio, and even better, I got this one done in black.

(Image above: Printing the third prototype on a Cube 3D printer and the three prototypes together.)

Not bad for a smidge over 1 hour of design time and just over 2 hours of 3D printing.

Renowned throughout the globe, Capristo has been a leader and innovator in designing and manufacturing high-performance exhaust technologies for two decades. Customers from some of the world’s leading top-line car manufacturers turn to Capristo systems, which are acclaimed for their quality, design and enhanced sound.

At the core of the visualization and prototyping process for some of the customized parts they’re known for, Capristo uses a 3D Systems ProJet 860Pro color 3D printer. Color 3D printing allows them to conceptualize and perfect design elements using scale parts prior to going forward with the full-scale version.

Click here or the picture above to see how Capristo creates beautiful carbon fiber parts with the help of the ProJet 860Pro.

Yesterday we featured Samsung’s Interactive Showcase which includes 3D Systems’ Cube 3D printers. Today, Engadget posted a video showing how visitors to CES can create their own custom ‘coins’ for the cases of the Samsung Note, using a nifty app that can be immediately 3D printed.

Using the pre-made graphics and icons in the app, visitors can easily create a unique design, and then add writing and drawings which are converted to a 3D shape. This is then printed on a Cube printer and can be snapped into the phone case. The video walks you through the very simple process of making your design and sending it to print.

View the video below.

This week, 3D Systems debuted the new ChefJet 3d printer, designed to deliver beautiful 3D edible shapes for your culinary creations. With the ability to create custom candies, cake toppers, and edible novelties.

(Image above - full colour sugar novelties for your next culinary adventure)

The ChefJet will take the form of two systems – the ChefJet which will deliver single-color edible prints and the ChefJet Pro which will deliver full color prints. These will be available later in 2014.

Read a more detailed description on Cubify.com

Ceramic 3D printing has been a hot topic of discussion for some time but has remained mostly accessible only through high-end 3D printing bureaus. Until now. At CES this week, 3D Systems revealed the CeraJet ceramic 3D printer, using ColorJet printing (CJP) technology to create complex and intricate designs to be printed in ceramic.

The CeraJet is expected to be available in the second half of 2014. To see more, visit Cubify.com

3D printers and scanners and apps, oh my! Today at CES 2014, we rolled out our largest roster of new consumer products to date, covering everything from new 3D printers to iPad-compatible scanning hardware/software to food 3D printers for the countertop. With our collection of exciting, state-of-the-art products, we are ushering in a fuller 3D lifestyle, one where 3D technology plays an everyday roll in the things we wear, eat, entertain with, make and play. More importantly, we are democratizing access to 3D tools, making it easier than ever for anyone to adopt and use these magnificent creations.

Click here to check out our new product announcement from CES 2014 that took place earlier today, and find out about our new Cube® and CubePro™ 3D printers, the iSense™ iPad scanner, the ChefJet™ food 3D printer, the CubeJet™ full-color 3D printer, the CeraJet™ ceramic 3D printer, the 3DMe® Photobooth, the Touch™ consumer haptic device and more.

Being able to feel your virtual 3D design is a huge advantage but access to ‘haptic’ devices has long been out of the reach of the average creative designer. Wait no more – the new Touch™ from 3D Systems costing just $499, gives instant force feedback that mimics the sense of physical sculpting.

The Touch comes equipped with Cubify Sculpt, a powerful virtual sculpting tool that transforms 3D modeling from a complex, skills-centric design experience to a simple, easy sculpting delight for students, designers and hobbyists alike.

Find out more about the Touch

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