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How 3D Printing Actually Works

How 3D Printing Actually Works
Now that 3D printing — the process of making three-dimensional solid objects from digital designs — is available and affordable to individual consumers, it's piqued a lot of interest across the tech space in the past few years. From scale models, gifts and clothing to prosthetic limbs, hearing aids and the prospect of 3D-printed homes, the possibilities seem endless. The concept of 3D printing is by no means new, however. Chuck Hull invented and patented stereolithography (also known as solid imaging) in the mid-1980s, when he founded 3D Systems, Inc. Since then, advances in the technology have been (and continue to be) made, including the size of the printers themselves, the materials they can use and more. But how do 3D printers actually work? Designing an Idea It all starts with a concept. Whichever program you choose, you're able to create a virtual blueprint of the object you want to print. The 3D Printing Process Now for the fun part. Pushing Innovation Related:  Entreprise3D Printing

Tendances - Comment l’impression 3D va révolutionner le monde et le « retail » ! Publié le 03 mars 2013 Imaginez en tant que marque, pouvoir téléporter en quelques minutes des produits directement chez votre client… Plus de stocks, plus d’intermédiaires, plus de frais de transport, de livraison, de packaging, et une distribution potentiellement mondiale… Ce qui semble digne d’un récit de science-fiction est pourtant bel et bien en train de devenir une réalité. Sommes-nous à l'aune d'une nouvelle révolution ? Ce qui semble digne d’un récit de science-fiction est pourtant bel et bien en train de devenir une réalité. L’impression 3D ? Il s’agit tout simplement d’une machine à même d’imprimer couche après couche (un peu comme un pistolet à colle piloté par un ordinateur) un objet depuis un modèle en 3D. Désormais accessibles aux passionnés (à partir de 2000$ environ pour les modèles de base) ces appareils permettent déjà de créer de nombreux petits objets (encore un peu cher pour le simple consommateur mais pas pour le passionné ou le Copytop du quartier).

Supermodel Coco Rocha experienced 3D printing at Shapeways | News April 18, 2013 Supermodel Coco Rocha started modeling almost 10 years ago. Now she has become a regular fixture on the fashion scene, appearing on the runways for a lot of big brands like Versace, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Chanel and Balenciaga. Positioning herself as one of the most digitally-savvy models of her generation, Coco has built a fan base by showcasing a behind-the-scenes look through social media platforms she runs herself. She has more than 7 million fans followers on 13 different media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Tumblr, Weido (Chinese Twitter) etc. One of her favourite designer is Iris van Herpen who is known for being todays leading fashion designer in the use of 3d printing. "Iris van Herpen has been pioneering the use of 3-D printing in fashion for a few years now and with really amazing results. Images & Source: Shapeways

3D printing An ORDbot Quantum 3D printer. 3D printing or additive manufacturing[1] is a process of making a three-dimensional solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model. 3D printing is achieved using an additive process, where successive layers of material are laid down in different shapes.[2] 3D printing is also considered distinct from traditional machining techniques, which mostly rely on the removal of material by methods such as cutting or drilling (subtractive processes). A 3D printer is a limited type of industrial robot that is capable of carrying out an additive process under computer control. The 3D printing technology is used for both prototyping and distributed manufacturing with applications in architecture, construction (AEC), industrial design, automotive, aerospace, military, engineering, dental and medical industries, biotech (human tissue replacement), fashion, footwear, jewelry, eyewear, education, geographic information systems, food, and many other fields.

3-D Printed Car Is as Strong as Steel, Half the Weight, and Nearing Production | Autopia Engineer Jim Kor and his design for the Urbee 2. Photo: Sara Payne Picture an assembly line not that isn’t made up of robotic arms spewing sparks to weld heavy steel, but a warehouse of plastic-spraying printers producing light, cheap and highly efficient automobiles. If Jim Kor’s dream is realized, that’s exactly how the next generation of urban runabouts will be produced. His creation is called the Urbee 2 and it could revolutionize parts manufacturing while creating a cottage industry of small-batch automakers intent on challenging the status quo. Urbee’s approach to maximum miles per gallon starts with lightweight construction – something that 3-D printing is particularly well suited for. Jim Kor is the engineering brains behind the Urbee. “We thought long and hard about doing a second one,” he says of the Urbee. Kor and his team built the three-wheel, two-passenger vehicle at RedEye, an on-demand 3-D printing facility. Photo: Sara Payne “We’re calling it race car safety,” Kor says.

3D Printers: Make Whatever You Want On most weekends, 14-year-old Riley Lewis and a few of his eighth grade friends gather at his house in Santa Clara, Calif. The group of about five, depending on who’s around, grab some chips and bean dip and repair to the garage, where Riley and his dad have created something of a state-of-the-art manufacturing hub. The boys can pretty much fabricate anything they can dream up on a machine called the RapMan. As the hours tick by, they cover tables with their creations: rockets and guitar picks and cutlery. They hold forth on plastic extrusion rates and thermodynamics and how such forces affect the precision of the objects they can produce. The kids obsess over what versions of the Linux operating system they run on their laptops and engage in awkward banter. Author Ashlee Vance as rendered by MakerBot Riley and his friends have accepted as a mundane fact that computer designs can be passed among friends, altered at will, and then brought to life by microwave oven-size machines.

Questions fréquemment posées sur l'impression 3D Qu'est-ce que l'impression 3D ? L'impression 3D est un procédé qui permet de produire un objet réel à partir d'un fichier 3D en déposant et solidifiant de la matière couche par couche pour obtenir la pièce terminée. Fabrication d'un objet en plastique blanc sur la machine Eos : Fabrication d'un objet coloré sur la machine Zcorp : Quel logiciel puis-je utiliser si je suis débutant dans le design 3D ? - Google distribue gratuitement un logiciel simple d'utilisation : Google Sketchup. Quelles sont les propriétés techniques des matières disponibles?

Join Ponoko at Inside 3D Printing next week in NYC! Get 15% off conference passes Join powerhouse 3D printing companies, professionals, industry leaders, and hobbyists to discuss the 3D printing revolution at Inside 3D Printing. Inside 3D Printing is April 22-23 in New York City, and Ponoko fans will save 15% off gold conference passes with promo code: P15 You’ll hear keynote presentations by leaders in the field: Avi Reichental, President and CEO of 3D Systems; Peter Weijmarshausen, CEO and Co-Founder of Shapeways; and Terry Wohlers, Principal Consultant and President of Wohlers Associates, Inc. Featured Session:How Professional Investors Are Playing the 3D Printing Boom A panel of venture capitalists, including professionals from T. View the full program here. You’ll be able to meet with professionals from 3D Systems, Autodesk, MakerBot, Mcor Technologies, Stratasys, Leonardo, NRI, sculpteo, ZoomRP, GoMeasure3D, Solidoodle, and Ponoko’s own director of manufacturing, Dan Emery. Register here and save 15% with promo code P15.

3D-printed robotic hand wins 2015 UK James Dyson Award A 3D-printed bionic hand designed by prosthetics startup Open Bionics is the recipient of the 2015 UK James Dyson Award for design engineering innovation. The Open Bionics hand is designed to be cheaper and faster to produce than many of the prosthetics currently available for amputees, which can cost between £3,000 and £60,000. Taking just 40 hours to 3D-print, the robotic hand is built from custom pieces designed to fit amputees' limbs precisely. Wearers can be fitted with the bionic hand less than two days after being scanned – a stark contrast with many other options which can take weeks or months. The hand is printed in four lightweight parts, made from flexible plastic material that makes it more resistant to damage incurred by falls or through daily use. Related content: see more stories about 3D printing Electromyographic sensors – which detect muscle movement – are attached to the skin and used to control the hand.

Plastic film is future of 3-D on-the-go Ditch the 3D glasses. Thanks to a simple plastic filter, mobile device users can now view unprecedented, distortion-free, brilliant 3D content with the naked eye. This latest innovation from Temasek Polytechnic and A*STAR's Institute of Materials Research and Engineering is the first ever glasses-free 3D accessory that can display content in both portrait and landscape mode, and measures less than 0.1 mm in thickness. "The filter is essentially a piece of plastic film with about half a million perfectly shaped lenses engineered onto its surface using IMRE's proprietary nanoimprinting technology," said Dr Jaslyn Law, the IMRE scientist who worked with TP on the nanoimprinting R&D since 2010 to enhance the film's smoothness, clarity and transparency compared to other films in the market. "Our breakthrough is a game-changing piece of plastic that simply fits onto current smartphones or tablets to give users breathtaking 3D graphics on their smart devices.