Lowering Cost and Reducing Production Time, ProJet 3D Printing Lets Turbine Technologies Soar

Making test parts using traditional mold manufacturing techniques is risky business. Take turbine engine components, which traditionally require weeks and tens of thousands of dollars to finish. The designs upon which these parts are based go through extensive cycle analysis, computational fluid dynamics, finite element analysis and solid modeling, but there’s always the chance that alterations may be required due to a mistake or change in specifications. In any case, if a design change is suddenly required, your shiny new test part is now an expensive, time-eating piece of scrap.

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A major art installation made possible by 3D Printing at Quickparts

In early 2014 Sparks, a Brand Experience company talented at creating vibrant environments and activations, was tasked by Vick Art Advisors to create a sculpture to fill a 24-foot niche in a newly renovated corporate space in New York City. The client was looking for something to abstractly represent Manhattan but the deadlines were tight and thus demanding a quick turnaround.

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For those who missed our last blog post, 3D Systems is playing an integral part in Google’s Project Ara, the modular cellphone that will allow anyone to decide what their device does and how it looks. 3D Systems is providing rapid prototyping of the housings that give each Ara phone its own unique look and feel, and allow each user to tell her own story. The project actually breaks down the smartphone so that each individual user can personally build it back up, from the module colors to the electronics inside. (Left: Customized 3D-printed Ara module housings.)

3D Systems is also working on a new high-speed continuous 3D printer that will be capable of producing large volumes of Ara modules, allowing phones to be customized faster than ever.

In short, this project is awesome. To prove it we have a brand new video update on the project that lets you see exactly how Project Ara is coming together. Click here to see the progress and the engineering developments that are bringing Ara closer to reality. 

3D Systems Brings 3DPRINTING 2.0 to the Additive Manufacturing User Group

ROCK HILL, South Carolina – April 7, 2014 – 3D Systems  (NYSE:DDD) today announced it will feature its newly available 2014 product line of 3

There are glasses and then there are Mykitas. Each model of beautifully crafted Mykita glasses has a style and look all its own, and even a name (think Chester, Owen, Aretha and Faye) that makes each frame its own character.

This “manufactory” embodies the spirit of the new manufacturing revolution as they combine “precision craftsmanship with new technologies.” One of these new technologies is SLS 3D printing from 3D Systems, which Mykita uses to produce its Mykita Mylon line of sunglasses. These glasses boast “individual adjustability” with a sense of style for the mountaineer or the urban hiker, and the SLS system allows Mykita to produce the frames in virtually any geometrical configuration. (Image via mykita.com)

Mykita has already won an iF material award and a Red Dot design award for the manufacturing process of the Mylon collection and the product design, respectively. 

Click here to see how Mykita creates its Mylon collection.

Advanced Processes and Materials Help Indy Racing League Racecar

 

Customer: Élan Motorsports Technologies (EMT), part of the Panoz group of companies, is one of the world’s leading motor sports technology companies.
 

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As reported by The Telegraph and ITV News, landscape architects are realizing the benefits of 3D printing by using 3D Systems’ printer technology to build miniatures of their designs. These models, whose elements were all created in Color Jet Printing (CJP) for full-color models, and SLA for robust, detailed models, have been on display at the Strand Gallery in London.

Hobs Studio, part of the Hobs Group of Companies, offers 3D printing and laser scanning services and is a 3D Systems reseller. The company printed the designs of ten leading designers for the exhibit, some of whom are Best In Show winners at the Chelsea Flower Show.

View the article and video from The Telegraph below

As reported by BBC News today, a successful facial reconstruction surgery of patient Stephen Power was enabled by 3D printing and design software at every step of the process.

Using 3D Systems Geomagic Freeform software, custom-built implant and surgical guide designs were created by the team of surgeons and designers at CARTIS (Centre for Applied Reconstructive Surgery) in Cardiff, Wales. Using the patient’s own CT scan data the team also practiced in a virtual space how to move the bone fragments.

(Image above, the surgical guides and implant designs created on the patient's own skull data, using Geomagic Freeform.)

Using 3D Systems’ Color Jet Printing (CJP), perfect 3D printed models of Powers’ jaw and skull were created for practice sessions with the surgeons at Morriston Hospital. Surgical guides were made using 3D Systems’ SLA 3D printing technologies.

An aim of the Centre is to propel surgical procedures into more accurate surgery, with better and faster outcomes. In the case of Stephen Power, the reconstruction has been remarkable, even immediately after the surgery was completed.

(Image above: Source: BBC. Power's appearance before and immediately after surgery)

Adrian Sugar, Consultant Cleft and Maxillofacial Surgeon, said in a recent case study by 3D Systems, “[This] is changing the way we approach surgery and is significantly reducing surgery times.” In the BBC interview he states that results of the surgery "are in a different league than anything we've ever done before."

View and read the BBC News broadcast on this surgery

Read the entire surgical design process in detail at 3D Systems.

(Image above: The CARTIS team, from Lefgt, Dr. Dominic Eggbeer, Adrian Sugar, consulting surgeon, and Sean Peel, product designer.)

 

 

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.

3D Systems Prints First Hybrid Robotic Exoskeleton Enabling Amanda Boxtel To Walk Tall

ROCK HILL, South Carolina –February 18, 2014 – 3D Systems  (NYSE:DDD) today announced that it recently debuted the first ever 3D printed hybr

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