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.

At 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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3D Systems at the Marine ExLog games
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3D Systems' Specialized Military Scan-to-Print Solutions

For more than 90 years, the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards have recognized the artistic expression of the nation’s most creative young artists and writers.  Millions of teenagers have participated in the awards, with the list of famous formers including contemporaries like Zach Posen and Lena Dunham, as well as far-reaching icons Sylvia Plath, Andy Warhol, Stephen King and Joyce Carol Oates.

This year, 3D Systems has partnered with the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards to create a “DIGITAL DESIGN CHALLENGE.”  Open to students in grades 7-12, the challenge encourages young creatives to think outside the box and bridge conventional forms of arts and writing with 21st century tools like CAD and CAM software.

The Digital Design Challenge calls on students to not only think about how they can be makers of things, but Change Makers to “transform conventional forms of art and writing, inspire change in their communities and celebrate their originality.”  To support this endeavor and encourage students across disciplines to shrink the divide between  art and technology, 3DS is making its Cubify Design and Cubify Sculpt software available to all participants.

To be considered, participants must submit their digital 3D designs by August 1, 2014. Experts from 3D Systems and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers will review them, and the best design created using Cubify software will win a Sense 3D Scanner.

If you are a student, teacher, educator or non-profit administrator working with middle and high school students, we encourage you to participate in the digital design challenge. Try your hand at our Cubify Sculpt and Cubify Design software, and rethink how you express yourself by exploring new mediums. Don’t just join the movement of makers; become a change maker.

To find out more about MAKE.Digital, click here.

For more information about the challenge and to download the software, please visit the Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards website.


In the ongoing commitment to more easily enable 3D software and printing education in classrooms, 3D Systems is making available new lines of classroom curricula, videos and discounted bundles on 3D printers and software.

Students use 3D printers at school

These resources have been created in partnership with 3 independent groups – the CityX Project, SteamTRAX and Blokify. 3D printing, scanning and software can now be incorporated into school and after school programs and integrated across both STEM and STEAM subjects. From introductory activities, to week long projects to full year curriculum, 3D printing brings 21st century skills and project based, experiential learning into your classroom.

Find out more and review curriculum options at: http://www.cubify.com/en/Education/EducationResources

Always one to upend run-of-the-mill public school education, North Carolina’s Richmond County Schools is giving students the opportunity to apply 3D technology in unexpected ways.

The school district’s Teen Scene Investigation (TSI) club recently joined forces with award-winning educator Jeff Epps’ G.R.E.A.T. 3D Academy to apply 3D software and 3D printing to crime scene investigation.

Click here to read more about the collaboration and see how these students are getting valuable exposure to the 3D skills of the future.

3D Systems Brings New Digital Literacy to USA Science and Engineering Festival

ROCK HILL, South Carolina – April 22, 2014 – 3D Systems  (NYSE:DDD) announced today that it will be bringing its 3D PRINTING

3D scanning and inspection adds measure of confidence to U.S. Army’s body armor tests

The term “a measure of confidence” has always been considered a nebulous thing.  But it becomes very real when applied to body armor testing at the U.S. Army’s Aberdeen Test Center in Maryland.


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

In its Quality Digest Live webcast, Quality Digest recently featured the new Geomagic Capture Scan-Based Design and Inspection system during a live demonstration. 3D Systems’ Sean Parker was on hand to provide an informative introduction and tour, showing how Geomagic Capture is ushering in a new era of design-to-manufacturing productivity and utility. Click here to see the video.

Geomagic Capture enables designers and engineers to incorporate real-world objects into CAD as a seamless part of the engineering workflow. With its affordable combination of precision scanning, Geomagic software and seamless, push-button integration, users can take their design and production workflows to a new level.

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.)




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