Meet Industrial Designer Elise Luttik from Amsterdam, founder of eli5e, a design studio specialized in 3D printed designs that will make you smile.
Consumers and small businesses certainly have a handle on using 3D printers to create small mockups of bigger products, but there’s few options for creating true-to-size models or even finished products without having access to an industrial printer. German company BigRep aims to break that boundary with its RepRap-based BigRep ONE 3D printer, which offers over a cubic meter of print space. .
While desktop 3D printers have made rapid prototyping at home as easy as the push of a button, that accessibility comes at a price—a much lower level of quality than with traditional manufacturing methods.
Although the world of 3D printing is hurtling through milestones at the moment, to a large extent the technology still remains in its infancy. If you thought it was all Etsy jewellery and plastic toys, though, think again. Joris Laarman has created a free-standing 3D printing robot that creates beautiful metal sculptures with the graceful brush strokes of an artist.
It’s still quite early in its lifecycle, but Stratasys’ new Connex3 color 3D printing technology is beginning to have an affect on one application: fashion.
Brian Hamilton with ‘Arthropeda’ which is, according to the designer, primarily inspired by the morphology of the earliest known group of extinct arthropods that form the class Trilobita . Although the design of ‘Arthropoda’ is seemingly paradoxical, the concept of merging the physical structure of a prehistoric creature with the bold, aerodynamic styling of a modern-day supercar resulted in a form that appears evocatively symbiotic. Arthropoda Brian’s design will be 3D printed in polyamide (natural white) and make its first appearance at RAPID 2014 in Detroit ‘Motor City’, Michigan. Our parent company Materialise is organizing a series of races for slot cars made with 3D printing technologies, to be held at AM events worldwide throughout 2014
About nine months ago, we got a first look at a freely articulating 3D printer , developed by Joris Laarman Lab in collaboration with the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC). By extruding a special fast-curing resin with a multi-jointed robotic arm, MATAERIAL proposed a “radically new 3D printing method,” suitable for “irregular or non-horizontal surfaces.” Now, the Dutch designer has unveiled his latest breakthrough in liberating digital fabrication from a build platform: As its name suggests, MX3D-Metal can print lines of steel, stainless steel, aluminum, bronze or copper “in mid-air.” The MX3D-Metal reportedly debuted at last week’s Fabricate2014 conference and will make its way to New York City’s Friedman Benda gallery come May
At the end of last year, we called out to all innovators and 3D printing enthusiasts to stretch their capabilities and try their hands on this pioneering project: Re-inventing cricket accessory design using 3D printing. Witness now for the first time ever how 3D printing can be used in a real game of cricket
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3D Systems, in collaboration with Ekso Bionics, has created a 3D-printed robotic exoskeleton that has restored the ability to walk in a woman paralyzed from the waist down. The Ekso-Suit was trialled and demonstrated by Amanda Boxtel, who was told by her doctor that she’d never walk again after a skiing accident in 1992