Metal Technology (MTI) forges new path with metal 3D printing and English Racing

3d printer metal oil pump gear proX 300Albany, Oregon, has been a hotbed of metallurgical distinction since 1943 when President Franklin D. Roosevelt announced that the U.S. Bureau of Mines had selected the site to begin researching methods to create zirconium and titanium alloys. That decision provided the impetus for a thriving industry built on developing alloy systems designed to meet extreme applications.

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After spending a record 31 days living 63 feet below the waves of the Atlantic Ocean, Fabien Cousteau finally surfaced on July 2, 2014. During the aptly named “Mission 31,” Fabien Cousteau, grandson of renowned ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, led a rotating team of scientists, documentarians, and activists to their temporary home, Aquarius, in a joint effort to deepen our understanding of marine life and the effects of pollution and climate change. (Image left courtesy of 360 Heros.)

Among the filming expedition was Jonathan Woods from TIME Magazine, who spent a day diving with researchers. To document every angle and facet of Aquarius and Cousteau’s research, Woods used 360 Heros scuba gear, a specially designed and 3D printed camera mount for 6 GoPro cameras. The rig generates fully spherical HD video, allowing Woods to create an interactive 360˚ tour of the aquatic research facility.

Mission 31 was a success in part due to its astounding duration, but more importantly because of the vast quantity of data that was collected during the expedition. The time saved from avoiding back and forth trips to the surface and having a continuous supply of oxygen allowed researchers to collect the equivalent of approximately two years’ worth of information in one month underwater.

Click here to read more about Woods’ experience and explore the research facility in 360˚video.

EGR Gets Parts Made Quickly by Quickparts®

The SEMA show is considered the biggest annual trade event in the US for after-market automotive parts manufacturers, delivering a lot of excitement, and offering opportunities for exhibitors to reveal key new products and methodologies to the market. For the 2013 event, EGR, a major global manufacturer in the automotive aftermarket accessories, revealed many new products.


3D printing saves the day for POWERADE at FIFA 2014.

American Precision Prototyping provides expert 3D printing servicesIn February 2014, the team at American Precision Prototyping (APP) was presented with a unique challenge: redesign, prototype, cast, decorate and ship 150 cast urethane bottle carriers for POWERADE® to be used as promotional equipment in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

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Pedal Petals: From Concept to Market in a Single Day

By Leanne Gluck, Director of Social Impact

For as long as I have been in the manufacturing industry, we have been talking about the need for three things: to make manufacturing “cool again,” to bridge the Skills Gap, and to strengthen the conversation between industry and education. We talk theoretically about our opportunities to support the next generation and innovation in the US, but the question on my mind has always been the concrete “How?”

Yesterday, 3D Systems and the SME Education Foundation created one answer to that question, announcing a collaborative initiative to enhance high school industrial arts and vocational education classes called M.Lab21. M.Lab 21 is part maker/part manufacturing, and will provide students with starter kits outfitted with the latest 3D design and printing technology, including the Touch haptic device, the Sense 3D scanner, advanced prosumer desktop printers like the CubePro, and a suite of Cubify design software.  But it’s more than just plugging a printer into a classroom. It’s about providing an integrated ecosystem of 21st century tools, along with a curriculum and online platform in order to  build communities of practice. (Above: US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, middle, with 3DS Chief Technology Officer Chuck Hull, far right.)

The initiative was announced at the RAPID conference in Detroit, Michigan, during the morning keynote speech by US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. She encouraged everyone to learn more about the initiative and find ways to get involved, and closed with the idea that: “We have a window of opportunity—right now—to prove to the world that the 21st century will be another ‘Made-in-America’ century.” (Right: US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker greets students at the M.Lab21 announcement.)

At 3DS we are committed to making M.Lab21 innovative and high impact, and we invite teachers, educators, nonprofits and companies passionate about education to join the M.Lab21 initiative and help drive innovation and technology learning today. If you are interested in learning more, please contact

End-use 3D printed SLS part

It’s a problem not many think of when they’re blissfully enjoying a refreshing ice cream cone, but somehow, some way, the ice cream machine must be cleaned. Once a very labor-intensive process, it is also a very necessary one. This is where Idea Boxx and 3D printing came into play.

Idea Boxx focuses on conceptualizing, designing and manufacturing products that improve and positively impact different industries. As they claim on their website: “There’s nothing Idea Boxx can’t make better.” That includes ice cream.

To improve the cleaning of soft-serve machines, Idea Boxx decided to use SLS 3D printing at Finnovation, a service provider offering industrial-strength 3D printing services in New York State, and they came up with the Hydra Rinse. The device offers one-touch automation, fast set up, and cleaning with no harsh chemicals.

During development, the engineers at Idea Boxx wanted to perform functional testing to validate their designs prior to tooling and manufacturing. Using 3D Systems’ sPro 60 SLS printer, Finnovation created functioning assemblies for testing in less than 24 hours.

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3D Printing set to support SISSA’s research needs

The arrival of a new 3D printer from 3D Systems marks the start of a “mechatronic” age at SISSA, the International School for Advanced Studies based in Trieste, Italy. The School is focused on conducting leading-edge scientific research and educating post-graduate students in new research programs.



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