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Top 7 3D Printing Announcements at CES 2017. Though CES may stand for the Consumer Electronics Show, the event provides an interesting insight into the state of the industry, and some big industrial news does occur, at least from time to time. For this reason, its worth paying close attention to the space that 3D printing occupies at CES every year. You never know just what innovations may spring up in Las Vegas. Metal X from Markforged The unveiling of the Metal X 3D printer by Markforged may have been the biggest 3D printing news from CES 2017.

For less than $100,000 it will now be possible to 3D print complex metal parts with the Metal X. The system prints metal powder within a plastic matrix to create parts that are then sintered in a furnace, revealing almost fully dense metal parts. The Metal X is capable of 3D printing all metal parts with closed, complex geometries. Sculpteo Unveils Smart Metal 3D Printing Software Formlabs Announces Form X An object 3D printed with Formlabs’ ceramic resin. Prints made with the 3D JET. 3D Scanning Reflective Objects With Photogrammetry. By James Busby One question I see rising time and time again is “how do I scan shiny or reflective objects with photogrammetry” The answer is, you can't, it's impossible to scan a / transparent / reflective or very shiny objects using photogrammetry without some kind of surface preparation or complicated projection technique. Photogrammetry works by defining exact positions of reference points on a given surface.

So an object like the glass bowl we are going to use for this example will have little to no surface detail for the software to pick up on. Anything that is there will be confused by reflections and refractions within the surface of the glass. There is only really one way around the problem and that is to coat the surface with something that will scan. So the first stage is to prepare the tools and equipment that you will need. Camera 3D Coating spray Black water based paint Toothbrush Software Step 1 Prepare the surface for scanning Step 2 Camera and location setup Step 3 Shooting. Agisoft PhotoScan. Home - Autodesk ReMake. © 2015 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved. All use of this Service is subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable Autodesk terms of service accepted upon access of this Service.

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From scanning ants to scanning cities, the possibilities seem endless. However, body parts are still very hard to scan due to their agile nature. A prior graduate designed a 3D printed brace, and during her process she experienced the frustrating process of trying to scan a hand properly. During my graduation, I developed the first dedicated and low-cost 3D Hand Scanner. Using Raspberry Pis, laser pointers and 32 cameras, the scanner is able to create a precise surface model of the hand. This model opens a new world of possibilities: think of 3D printed braces, personalized medical instruments and a long-awaited tool for everyone who designs products that interact with the human hand. Team Credits Johan Molenbroek, Yu Song, Pieter van der Zwan, Richard Garsthagen Project Images Project Details Technology Choice Most 3D Scanners are based on an optical technique, which enables flexibility, speed and precision.

The Human Hand. Student-Made Hand Scanner May Be a Breakthrough 3D Technology. In Brief Curatio, a 3D scanner developed by a student, allows users to map out areas with ease. Curatio Despite advances in 3D technology, 3D scanning still has a lot of limitations. While it may be easy to scan whole objects, using existing technologies to try to map a specific part, like your own hand, would prove to be nearly impossible. However, a new creation may be about to change all that. Pieter Smakman, a recent graduate, just created the custom-built Curatio scanner (in cooperation with Vectory3 and the TU Delft), which can detail a 3D model of your hand simply by placing it through a ring. Remarkably, the device is built from off-the-shelf parts, including the Raspberry Pi mini-PC, 32 cameras, and laser pointers. Potential Future Currently, the device is just a one-off (no other models are in the works). You can check out the video of how it works, here:

DIY 3D Printer for Under $80!| Interesting Engineering. Technology is increasing at an exponential rate with new advancements being made everyday. Since the introduction of 3D printers in 1983 by the inventor Chuck Hull, 3D technology has taken the world by storm. Advancements are being made in every area including 3D printed cars, houses, and even printed organs! Who knows what 3D printers will be capable of in the future. One thing is for certain though, 3D printers are EXPENSIVE. That however, is all about to change. Check out this video on how to make your own 3D printer from easy to find parts, and better yet, for cheap! The concept behind a 3D printer is simple: have a mechanical arm capable of moving in 3 dimensions (up down, left right, forward and back), and have a sort-of glue gun that spits out plastic which is predetermined where to go by a computer program.

[Image Source: Tinkernut] This project is simple, fun, and productive- but most importantly at the end you will have your own 3D printer that you made with your bare hands! iSCAN – Expertise laser 3D inc. » Brekel. Real-time 3D Reconstruction at Scale using Voxel Hashing. Microsoft Develops App That Turns Any Smartphone Into a Comprehensive 3D Scanner. It seems like it was just yesterday that I first was introduced to 3D scanning as a desktop production method used for 3D printing, yet over the past two years or so, the technology has continued to evolve at rapid rates. Just a few short years ago, it was rather expensive to purchase a machine capable of creating detailed 3-dimensional scans, and even some of the best consumer level 3D scanners were quite pitiful in capturing a quality 3D printable model.

Fast forward to today, and there comes news from Microsoft Research Lab on a new smartphone application that might just turn the 3D scanning and printing spaces upside down. Called MobileFusion, the application can be installed on virtually any smartphone, and then used to create 3D printable models of any object without the need for any additional hardware. That’s right, the application uses only your smartphone’s camera and processor in order to generate 3-dimensional representations of objects. Mataerial. [rev_slider innovations] MATAERIAL – a brand new method of additive manufacturing. This patent-pending method allows for creating 3D objects on any given working surface independently of its inclination and smoothness, and without a need of additional support structures. Conventional methods of additive manufacturing have been affected both by gravity and printing environment: creation of 3D objects on irregular, or non-horizontal surfaces has so far been treated as impossible .

By using innovative extrusion technology we are now able to neutralize the effect of gravity during the course of the printing process. MATAERIAL is the result of the collaborative research between Petr Novikov, Saša Jokić from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) and Joris Laarman Studio. Joris Laarman Tim Geurtjens Gijs van der Velden Stefanie Riegman Areti Markopoulou Luis Fraguada Fabian Scheurer Mette Ramsgard Thomsen. i3DConverter. 21 Ways That 3D Printing Changed The World In 2014. 1. Shea’s New Hand A little girl asked for a hand for Christmas and the faculty and students at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee made her wish come true. Watch the story here. 2. Mink: The Makeup Printer Have you ever wished for a lipstick that would match your favorite dress exactly? Soon that dream will be a reality with this innovative printer. 3. 3D printers that print plastic?

The Discov3ry is an add-on for traditional 3D printers that gives you the ability to extrude pastes. 8. This is blatantly what 3D printing technology was invented for. 10. 3D Printed Jello Shots These would be fun to serve at 21st birthday parties: you could put a “21” in the middle of the shot. 18. The best way to prepare for a complicated surgery? 19. 3D Print Houses This machine in China pumped out ten houses in less than 24 hours: you took all day to make one gingerbread house! What wonders will 2015 bring? H/T: BuzzFeeD Life. Hands-On With the Next Generation Kinect: PrimeSense Capri. PrimeSense's 3D sensor, which is what's inside the Microsoft Kinect, has revolutionized vision for very cheap and very expensive robots. That's not what it was supposed to do: it was supposed to help lazy gamers get off their couches and jump around a little bit. PrimeSense is still very focused on marketable consumer applications with the next generation of the 3D sensor, called Capri, but we're more interested in what it'll do for our robots.

At CES last week, we got some hands-on time with Capri, and we have some details for you. Engineers are familiar with the idea of being able to pick two of the following: faster, better, cheaper. PrimeSense has instead gone with much smaller, probably cheaper (although we're not sure), and arguably just a little bit worse when it comes to performance. The overall size of the sensor has shrunk by a factor of 10, which is really the big news here, and otherwise, most of the specs have stayed the same. Here's what you'll get with Capri: