April, 2018

Important Events in AM

Wohlers Talk

Last week, I attended the 20th Annual FIRPA Conference in Espoo, Finland, which is about 20 km (12 miles) from Helsinki. The event included some excellent presentations, including one from Jonas Eriksson of Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery AB.

Should you know the difference between Ordinary & Generative Design? – 2 Minute Read


“Never memorize something that you can look up.”- Albert Einstein. Do you remember your childhood phone number? Most likely you do. But, what if I asked for your best friends current number? Or your brother or sister? Most of us will turn to our smartphones for that.

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Kicking the Tires of SOLIDWORKS xDesign

The Solidworks Blog

I’m sure many of you have a tried and tested way of putting a new purchase or product through its paces.

A unique step into the future of footwear

3D Perspectives

Innovation Lab ECCO partners with Dassault Systèmes’ FashionLab to launch a Data-Driven Customized Footwear Experience: a unique step into the future of footwear, now on display for the first time.

3D Medical Applications

Held in Baltimore, Maryland, this event will bring together thought leaders, experts, engineers, doctors, researchers, and regulators in the many medical methods for 3D technology.The 3D Medical Applications conference is the most comprehensive, game-changing, meeting of minds for the future of 3D in healthcare.

Helping the Visually Impaired Get in the Game

Shapeways Blog

People come to 3D design from many different places. For some, it’s a profession. For others, it’s more like an altruistic calling. Jack Berberette falls into the second camp. He started out as a fan of Roleplaying Games (RPGs), which are decidedly more than just games.

3D modeling software: Top 10 of the best mechanical engineering software


3D modeling software is now an essential tool for a lot […]. The post 3D modeling software: Top 10 of the best mechanical engineering software appeared first on 3D Printing Blog: Tutorials, News, Trends and Resources | Sculpteo

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Don’t Worry….The 3D Printing train is NOT moving fast – 1 Minute Read


In manufacturing, there is always a fear of falling behind in technology. You better not miss that next industry trade show! Or you lose the edge on your competition on what is happing tomorrow. Take 3D Printing….Take Take METAL 3D Printing!….Don’t Don’t worry…. Technology moves slow.

3D Printing: Curing Cancer and Going Mainstream

The Solidworks Blog

If doctors and plane manufacturers and world-class champions can use 3D printing to become best in class, imagine how you can use this technology for your applications. You have already heard about 3D printing with plastics. What you may not know is now, you can 3D print with metal!

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Designing Human Experiences, Not Just Products

3D Perspectives

by Asha Sumputh for Dassault Systèmes.

3D Printing and Algorithmic Design Collide Creating Unique Jewelry Designs

Stratasys Blog for a 3D World

Every year, the Extreme Redesign Challenge calls upon tomorrow’s engineers, artists and entrepreneurs to design a better future. It is a test to see who can come up with the most creative, mechanically sound, and realistically achievable design using 3D printing.

The best medical, dental and healthcare applications of 3D printing 2018

3D Printing Industry

With the 2018 3D Printing Industry Awards only a few weeks away, we take a look at what our readers consider the best medical, dental and healthcare applications of 3D printing. Make your vote for these, or another application, on the voting form now. Digital dentistry, disruptive technology and functional materials Medical, dental and healthcare […].

7 Tips, Tricks, and Tools to Iterate Your Product to Perfection

Shapeways Blog

Shapeways is the best place on the internet to test out ideas and find an audience for your 3D printed products.

Best Open Source 3D Printers

3D Printing Hub

In simplest terms, an open source 3D printer refers to a 3D printer whose hardware and software information are available to the public, typically under a license. The information can be used by anyone to build, modify, or improve the 3D printer.

Live Town Hall Webcast: Bridging the Gap between Plastic Part Design and Manufacturing

The Solidworks Blog

Plastic Injection mold tools are costly, and they take time to manufacture. Even a small design change late in the product development process could turn tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of molds into doorstops and boat anchors.

Industry-Changing Forces Shaping Mobility

3D Perspectives

by Asha Sumputh for Dassault Systèmes.

ESP8266 SPI Spy


I came across a very useful post by Thomas Scherrer that describes how to read data from a Peacefair PZEM-021 energy meter by spying on the SPI bus with an Arduino. I decided to do the same thing with an ESP-12F WiFi module so that I could view the results remotely and plot graphs, etc.

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SLM Solutions global collaboration reducing time to market for 3D printed products

3D Printing Industry

SLM Solutions Group, a German manufacturer of metal 3D printers, is working with nine global partners from different industries to reduce the time to market of new products. The partners are developing a new production line for metallic 3D printing, with a focus on selective laser melting. The nine other companies are: Curtiss-Wright Technologies, EDR […].

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Save Money by Making Models Hollow

Shapeways Blog

For some designs and materials, hollowing out your 3D models can save you money when printing. In this intermediate to advanced tutorial, I’ll break down how hollow shells work, and how to easily make one using Meshmixer.

Nora Toure: 8 years of 3D printing


After 8 years by our side, Nora Toure, our General Mana […]. The post Nora Toure: 8 years of 3D printing appeared first on 3D Printing Blog: Tutorials, News, Trends and Resources | Sculpteo

Experience What’s New in SOLIDWORKS Simulation 2018

The Solidworks Blog

Whether you need to test for structural integrity, fluid dynamics, or plastics manufacturability, the SOLIDWORKS Simulation suite provides an easy-to-use portfolio of analysis tools for predicting a product’s real-world physical behavior by virtually testing your CAD models.

Survey Says: Mining Technology Investment Set to Soar

3D Perspectives

The Future of Mining is High-tech and Transformative . If there is one thing that everyone who works in the mining industry or observes it can agree on, it has traditionally been a technology-spending laggard in comparison to other industries such as automotive and aerospace.

Made In Space Wins NASA Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year Award

Additive Manufacturing

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif., April 17, 2018 — At an awards ceremony in Houston, Texas, NASA’s Johnson Space Center ( JSC ) recognized Made In Space ( MIS ) Inc. with their Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year Award.

Half million 3D printers sold in 2017 – on track for 100M sold in 2030

3D Printing Industry

3D Printing Industry research shows, the market for Desktop 3D Printers has experienced an acceleration of growth in 2018, with just under 500K desktop 3D printers sold. Extending and analysing the quarterly data provided by research firm Context, shows an impressive 52% year-on-year growth in 3D printer volume sales. This is a sizeable shift from […]. Industry Insights CONTEXT desktop 3D printers forecast M3D Monoprice myminifactory research Thingiverse xyz

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New Funding Accelerates How We’re Helping You Design, Make, and Sell

Shapeways Blog

We’re excited to share that our investors have put additional capital toward our mission to help creators! We made the announcement publicly today. What does this mean for Shapeways — and more importantly for you?

The origins of 3D printing discovered in a new Maya city!


We surely still have a lot of things to discover regard […]. The post The origins of 3D printing discovered in a new Maya city! appeared first on 3D Printing Blog: Tutorials, News, Trends and Resources | Sculpteo

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SOLIDWORKS xDesign Challenge Submission – Shawn Lesley

The Solidworks Blog

The fourth person we would like to profile from the SOLIDWORKS World xDesign challenge is Shawn Lesley. He shared the following with us regarding the challenge: When I first started trying to figure out what I would design for the SOLIDWORKS xDesign Challenge, I really couldn’t think of anything.

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Curtains Rise at Milan Design Week 2018

3D Perspectives

by Asha Sumputh for Dassault Systèmes.

3D Printing at the Movies: How a Costume was 3D Printed for Black Panther


If you live on this planet, you might have already watched or at least heard about the latest Marvel movie: Black Panther. This blockbuster has been acclaimed by the public and movie critics for many reasons, including the impressive costumes worn by the characters. Tradition meets 3D printing.

U.S. Navy will rely on 1,000 3D printed parts by end of 2018

3D Printing Industry

The U.S. Naval Air System Command (NAVAIR) is ramping up production of 3D printed parts. System Command estimates that it will have approximately 1,000 3D printed parts approved for use across the fleet before the end of 2018. Currently only 135 3D printed parts are authorised for use. 3D printing helmets to flight-critical parts 3D […]. Materials Concurrent Technologies Corporation Elizabeth McMichael Greg Masiello navair U.S. Naval Air System Command U.S. Navy U.S.

5 Ways Prototyping With 3D Printing Is Better Now

Shapeways Blog

Kespry ‘s drone, featuring a 3D printed cover prototyped and produced with Shapeways. We know that prototyping can be a lot of work. It’s one thing to have an idea gestating in your mind; it’s another to make it come to life.

3D printing and sports: The 3D printed sports equipments are here!


3D printing in sports is possible. We saw in a previous […]. The post 3D printing and sports: The 3D printed sports equipments are here! appeared first on 3D Printing Blog: Tutorials, News, Trends and Resources | Sculpteo

SOLIDWORKS Skills Help Eric Spendlove Make Entertainment Spectacles Come to Life

The Solidworks Blog

The Man behind the Magic.

Smart Homes For Smarter Living

3D Perspectives

by Asha Sumputh for Dassault Systè mes. . Two more days before curtains fall on Milan Design Week 2018. Dassault Systèmes continues to proudly present another successful edition of Design in the Age of Experience.

Maria Conrado, SME, Shares News About Two New Events to the RAPID + TCT Event Series

Additive Manufacturing

SME along with its partner, Rapid News Communication Group , announced today two new events to its RAPID + TCT event series – RAPID + TCT Executive Strategy Summit and RAPID + TCT West.

How Universal Robots powers 24/7 3D printing for production

3D Printing Industry

In the middle of a farm of 160 3D printers, the Universal Robots UR10 works tirelessly to keep production running 24/7. Wirelessly monitored, the robot arm is responsible for loading and unloading build plates, then stacking finished prints onto a conveyor belt. It is Voodoo Manufacturing’s secret weapon for competing with injection molding. Since installing […].

The Second Life of Product Designer Gustav Rosén

Shapeways Blog

“The reason I recently started making jewelry is actually the freedom it gives. Because the sole purpose of a piece of jewelry is that it must be beautiful and inspiring.” ” Not every designer gets to master a single field, much less several.