For the story of digital fabrication in 2013, it hasn’t just been the rise of the machines ; we’ve also seen developments in materials, processes and business. Materialise’s TPU-92A-1 For starters, Belgian digital fabrication company Materialise released TPU 92A-1 , a new material for laser sintering. Durable yet elastic, the new stuff is a counterintuitive blend of flexible, durable, abrasion- and tear-resistant, and when sintered into a matrix-like form, has impressive shape memory
Jonny Anthony loves chess. And what’s cooler than customizing and 3D printing your own chess set?
3D printers are all about layers. Extruders pour plastic layer after layer until an object is complete
Think about the meat on your plate and where it comes from. Consider the process from slaughter to table. Science at Modern Meadow has potentially devised a way to print a 3D model of meat that may be gracing your table in lieu of cow.
Once more, designers are pushing the boundaries of photograpy, film and technology. Simon de Bakker and Jon Stam designed and 3D printed their ‘ Bioscope ‘ at i.materialise : a digital movie viewer in the shape of a Fisherprice camera.
The billionaire investor’s foundation gave a six-figure grant to Modern Meadows, a start-up looking to grow genetically engineered meat. Breakout Labs, eccentric billionaire Peter Thiel’s biotech foundation, announced an eyebrow-raising investment in a start-up that makes 3D printed meat (yes, really).
The purpose of the intellectual property system that we have is to promote the progress. When there is strong evidence that certain elements of it hold back the progress, it seems like something that should be explored
3D Artist magazine has announced a creature creation competition to win a 3D printer, and a new crowd of designers from the visual artistry side of 3D are arriving! 3D Artist also provided a link to a tutorial for preparing your models for 3D printing which covers manifold geometry and the practice of shelling to save print material (not quite as important on printers with material as cheap as coils of $43 a kg ABS ), as well as a link to the skeinforge home page. Some more help for those of you going for maximum printability: * Avoid “overhangs” of greater than 45 degrees ( except when you can get away with them ) * Learn a bit of Noodlemancy (although with modern extruders small details aren’t quite as tough) * Learn from the masters * Make sure you’ve got STLs, any helpful model files or documentation you can think of added in ! How easy it is to print your model won’t just be important in the contest (it will) but it’ll also play into whether you start seeing your model pop up on desks, shelves, and dashboards around the world after you upload it! Excerpt from: And They’re Off!