For animation fans and those of active and hungry imagination, mark your calendar for September 26th and the release of Boxtrolls by Laika Studios. This fanciful, fun and endearing stop-motion film opens up a magical world of curiosity, creativity, friendship and courage, and it does so with the help of 3D printing!

Although stop-motion is a rigorously manual animation process requiring many man hours of patient and detail-oriented work, artists at Laika have begun to take advantage of the precision and design fidelity of 3D printing to breathe that much more life into their characters. Using a full-color ProJet 660Pro 3D printer (formerly the ZPrinter 650), Laika takes advantage of incorporating their character’s paint jobs into the printing process itself to make faceplates of consistent artistry and increased variety. This means they can create a wider array of subtle expressions without jarring discrepancies, which allows for a more seamless and life-like result.

To get in on the fun, Laika has also made available a suite of 3D printable files for fans to print their own Boxtrolls at home, or through Cubify’s cloud printing service. The files are free to download and available in the soon-to-be favorite characters: Shoe, Oil Can, Fragile and Fish. Download yours today and dare to be square!

For more on Laika’s animation process, check out this trailer:

Buying a house is a big milestone. It’s also an involved process with many plans and documents to scrutinize and a variety of factors to weigh and consider. And though the favorable terms and conditions of a mortgage often play an important role in the client’s decision to buy, they don’t necessarily add to the overall excitement of the experience.

With this in mind, the Swiss bank Zürcher Kantonalbank decided to make the mortgage signing experience more memorable through 3D printing. In partnership with 3D-MODEL AG, Zürcher Kantonalbank is the first bank ever to present its clients with a 3D print of their future home while reviewing the mortgage confirmation.

"Fulfilling the lifelong dream of owning a home is a very emotional moment,” says initiator Atahan Tosun, Head of Segment Management at Zürcher Kantonalbank's Private Banking. “As our motto is ‘Close to You,’ sharing in the excitement of such a moment with our clients is particularly important to us, especially with the surprise and joy of the concept.”

Indeed, the response from clients has been overwhelmingly positive and the new homeowners delight in the customized personal touch given to an otherwise routine and impersonal process. “Now that I have a library of my own, I look forward to displaying my home model there,” said one client. “I find it both fascinating and beautiful, and am rather proud to have it. I’m also impressed with the creativity of the idea and how perfectly it was designed and realized.”

Given the success of Zürcher Kantonalbank’s first implementation of 3D printing, they are now working with 3D-MODEL AG to explore new ways to engage the flexible, custom nature of the technology. Future applications may include 3D models of local building projects to further demonstrate and establish the bank’s ties to the community. Regardless of the direction they take, Zürcher Kantonalbank has laid a solid foundation in the hearts and minds of its clientele.

 

Of the numerous benefits of 3D printing, reducing or eliminating inventory is perhaps the most appealing to those strapped for space. Due to the implications this feature has for security and military applications, the US Marine Corps is now exploring how 3D scanning, CAD and 3D printing and inspection tools can improve its combat readiness. With the help of 3DS, Marines personnel learned last week how they can create, reproduce and correct a set of broken parts in a quick and streamlined process.

3d scaning-to-print at Marines ExLog gamesAt the Marine Expeditionary Logistics (ExLog) games in Quantico, VA, Marines discovered how to digitize objects within minutes using the Capture 3D scanner, which they could then solidify in a CAD program. From there, spare parts for broken equipment can be printed in a matter of hours on deployable 3D printers for same-day replacements. This “digital thread” represents a closed loop that brings objects from the physical space to the digital realm for regeneration back to the physical world.

The seamlessness of this process is invaluable for entities like the military, though such integration is applicable and appealing in other circles as well. If you need rapid parts delivery, maybe the Engineering Digital Thread is the missing link for your business.

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Advanced Aerials removes the mystery from Unmanned Vehicle System development with an assist from Quickparts

In an industry typically shut off by red “Top Secret” stamps and closed-door meetings, Advanced Aerials is doing things a little differently. They’ve put a welcome mat on their door in an effort to not only supply Unmanned Vehicle Systems (UVS) but to perfect their designs and innovate through open-source collaboration. Think of Advanced Aerials’ work as the launching point for creating affordable UVS designs that fulfill the exact requirements of users from military intelligence units to first responders

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Stunning Architectural Models by the ProJet 4500 3D Printer

Fujikon Takes Fast-Moving World of Headset Products to New Heights with 3D Systems’ SLA 3D Printing Technology

In 2013 Apple sold more than 170 million iPads® worldwide. With a reported 500 million iPhones® in use along with millions of Samsung® Galaxy phones and a variety of other mobile devices, it goes without saying this market is hot. Likewise, the ensuing demand for peripheral devices, such as headsets, is exploding.

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