The Effect of University Monopoly Licensing in 3d Printing Inkjet powder 3d printers provide a useful case study for the effects of university exclusive patent licensing. In the early 90s, MIT researchers developed inkjet 3d printers. They built off much of the technology platform used for selective laser sintering powder-bed printers, which had been developed at the University of Texas in the mid 1980s, with a series of patents issuing.
blog Why is wall thickness such a difficult challenge to solve? The goal was to create tools to help designers identify and fix potential problem areas prior to 3D printing. The solution had to provide accurate and relevant data, in order to help 3D designers speed up the design and iteration cycle. Scorching the 3dp Earth This is an important time in the development of 3d printing. We have just cleared nearly two decades of the fundamental MIT patents on 3d printing using powders, and although there is a tangle of improvement patents on particular forms of 3dp technology, we have some hope of opening up development activities from its university-created, monopolistic roots. Recently Michael Weinberg at Public Knowledge published an important essay on the prospect of intellectual property issues slowing the development of 3d printing. Public Knowledge has spent a great deal of time dealing with digital copyright issues.
Blog Wednesday, February 19, 2014 by Alexander Steiner There is a new German book out by Petra Fastermann on the current status of 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing technology: 3D-Drucken: Wie die generative Fertigungstechnik funktioniert. Mrs Fastermann already published several successful books on the 3D printing industry during the last years. Her new book explains all the many manufacturing technologies in a manner that non-technicians do also get the point easily.
Calibration This page has been flagged as containing duplicate material that RepRapSoftwareTweakingManual also attempts to cover.These pages should be merged such that both pages do not attempt to cover the duplicate topics. ANNOUNCEMENT: If you search for the latest up-to-date guide please take a look at Triffid's Guide. Calibration is the collection of mechanical "tweaking" processes needed to get exact, quality prints. While your RepRap machine may be working as far as the electronics are concerned, calibration is necessary to have well printed parts. Without calibration, prints may not be the correct dimensions, they may not stick to the build surface, and a variety of other not-so-wanted effects can occur. A RepRap can be calibrated to be as accurate as the mechanics allow.
Project Photofly: What You Is See Isn't Always What You Get Project Photofly is our technology preview of converting photographs to 3D models. You start with a set of photographs that you load into a Photo Scene Editor – a small application you install on your Windows PC. Using the Photo Scene Editor, you upload the photos to the Project Photofly server. The server then converts the photographs to a 3D photo scene by lining up features in the photographs and returns the photo scene to the Photo Scene Editor running on your computer. From the Photo Scene Editor, you can save the photo scene to your computer in a variety of ways. What you save depends on the format you have chosen.
RepRapWiki edit is restricted to the sysop group (set from the "protect" tab)move is restricted to the sysop group (set from the "protect" tab)read is restricted to the sysop group (set from the "protect" tab) About | Development | Community | RepRap Machines | Resources RepRap is humanity's first general-purpose self-replicating manufacturing machine. RepRap takes the form of a free desktop 3D printer capable of printing plastic objects. Since many parts of RepRap are made from plastic and RepRap prints those parts, RepRap self-replicates by making a kit of itself - a kit that anyone can assemble given time and materials. It also means that - if you've got a RepRap - you can print lots of useful stuff, and you can print another RepRap for a friend...
a blog about 3D printing and what comes next 3D Systems purchase of Geomagic is the latest in a long string of acquisitions the company has made in the 3D printing industry. 3D Systems seems intent on being active in any and every area of the 3D printing industry and having the complete software toolchain as well as a 3D printer or 3D printing service for every segment. The inventors of stereolithography amazed many people when they all of a sudden started aggressively acquiring companies a few years back. The Geomagic purchase is one of 3D System’s largest and also surprised many in the industry. In retrospect it seems a logical move, purchase a company with mesh repair software, generative tooling as well as 3D authoring tools. But, I’m not sure many anticipated it. I was surprised because I thought that Geomagic would be looking for a bigger exit and would wait to be purchased by Autodesk or perhaps go public.
Combination CNC Machine and 3D Printer How to make your own 2D CNC machine that converts into a 3D Printer and back to a CNC machine in less than an hour. Costing less than a CNC machine or 3D printer! (~$1,000.00) In addition, the design will go further than the traditional 3D printer printing ABS/PLA, and move forward to printing with new materials such as 3D Printing Nylon derivatives like tauman 618 as well as Acrylic and PET. REPLICATOR — Putting the "Custom" Back In Customer Gifs have become a fixture of the web, transformed Buzzfeed into a major media entity, and brought countless millions of hours of joy to bored office drones the world over. There’s a gif search engine and a service that will turn these little moments of web zen into IRL animated pictures. So why aren’t these miniature animations used more widely for practical purposes?
3D-printed dress for Dita Von Teese New York designer Michael Schmidt and architect Francis Bitonti have created a 3D-printed dress for burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese. Images above and top by Albert Sanchez. Designed by Schmidt and generated by Bitonti, the floor-length nylon gown was made using selective laser sintering (SLS), where material is built up in layers from plastic powder fused together with a laser. The rigid plastic components are fully articulated to create a netted structure that allows for movement. Spirals based on the Golden Ratio were applied to a computer rendering of Von Teese's body so the garment fits her exactly.
i.materialise 3D printing service blog Are you looking for a specific model; but can’t find the right size? Dave Cowden, a mechanical engineer with a passion for 3D printing, came up with the solution: Parametric Parts . An interview! What’s your background? David : «I was educated as a Mechanical Engineer, but I’ve always enjoyed ‘making things’.
RPES Blog: The 3D Printing Landscape Changed Dramatically Today Not to overlook everything that has gone before, 3D Systems has announced its largest — and most significant — acquisition by far today, namely Z Corporation, arguably the most dominant vendor in the personal 3D printing sector. My past blog posts that have mentioned 3D Systems have had mixed reactions, in the main supportive but with the occasional blasting, and in one case, a lost project. But hey-ho, that's life. I'm entitled to my opinions and I will defend that principle until I write my last word. However, taking a step back, I have to concede that my posts have been all about the company and strategy, with very little mention of the technologies. 3D Systems was founded on Stereolithography (SLA), indeed the company developed and commercialised this process in 1987.