Nano Dimension Launches 3D Printer for Electronics

Posted by on Sep 19, 2017 in 3D Printing, 3D Technology Blog | 0 comments

Nano Dimension Launches 3D Printer for Electronics

          Nano Dimension is launching a new high resolution 3D printer capable of printing multilayer printed circuit boards (PCB) in an astonishingly small amount of time. This machine, the DragonFly 2020 Pro, allows high resolution trace and space with a combination of inkjet printing and nano-ink technologies; changing PCB design from months or weeks to days. It can be used for concept verification and design validation, and makes it easy to make design changes allowing for more creativity. It also protects design information by keeping production in-house while developing. The machine has a full range of multilayer PCB features including buried vias and plated through holes. It could be used in consumer electronics, medical devices, aerospace, automotive and more.

 

Sources:

Network, 3D Printing Media. “Nano Dimension Unveils New DragonFly 2020 Pro 3D Printer for Electronics.” 3D Printing Media Network, 14 Sept. 2017, www.3dprintingbusiness.directory/news/nano-dimension-unveils-dragonfly-2020-pro-3d-printer-agile-hardware-development-innovative-circuits/.

Nano Dimension. Dragonfly 2020 Pro, www.nano-di.com/dragonfly-2020-pro?hs_preview=fgTiQgEf-5330072798.

“Nano Dimension — 3D Printing Business Directory.” 3D Printing Business Directory, www.3dprintingbusiness.directory/company/nano-dimension/.

NASA to Use 3D Printer to Recycle Plastic Waste Aboard the ISS

Posted by on Sep 14, 2017 in 3D Printing, 3D Technology Blog | 0 comments

NASA to Use 3D Printer to Recycle Plastic Waste Aboard the ISS

NASA is planning to launch a 3D printer and recycling machine called The Refabricator to the ISS next spring. The machine combines recycling and 3D printing into one device for the first time and will be controlled by technician’s here on Earth so that the astronauts only need to recycle the plastic and remove the parts from the machine when they’re finished. The Refabricator takes plastic and recycles it into a liquid that can be used to create the filament  needed for the print, and is about the size of a mini-fridge.

NASA currently uses a 3D printer in space to create their own tools and medical supplies aboard the ISS. This was intended to reduce the cost of launching supplies into space, but they still have to launch the filament used for the 3D printer to the space station, which can be quite costly; according to NASA, it costs $10,000 to launch one pound of payload into Earth’s orbit (https://3dprint.com/186521/refabricator-device-to-iss/). The Refabricator could solve this issue while at the same time creating a no-waste zone in space.

Ultimately, NASA wants to be able to use this technology to create a 3D printer/recycler that can be used on the moon and on Mars. It’s not affordable to bring extra parts and supplies needed in case something goes wrong, but if they had a 3D printer/recycler, astronauts could use their own waste to create the filament needed to print a new part. As for here on Earth, in the future this could mean that we could turn entire landfills into construction material and finally put all of that wasted plastic to use (https://3dprintingindustry.com/news/refabricator-modelling-recycling-78758/).

 

Sources:

Waste360 Staff | Sep 06, 2017. “NASA to Utilize 3D Printer to Recycle Plastic in Space.”Waste360, Waste360, 6 Sept. 2017, www.waste360.com/plastics/nasa-utilize-3d-printer-recycle-plastic-space.

Hall, Nick. “ReFabricator: Modelling for Recycling and More.” 3D Printing Industry, 3D Printing Industry, 26 Aug. 2017, https://3dprintingindustry.com/news/refabricator-modelling-recycling-78758/.

Saunders, Sarah. “The Refabricator Will Be Recycling Plastic and 3D Printing Onboard the ISS Next Year.” 3DPrint.Com | The Voice of 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing, 6 Sept. 2017, https://3dprint.com/186521/refabricator-device-to-iss/.

ProImage 3D Brings 3D Printing to Tinkerfest in OKC

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in 3D Printing, 3D Technology Blog | 0 comments

ProImage 3D Brings 3D Printing to Tinkerfest in OKC

         On September 30th from 9a.m. to 3p.m. ProImage 3D will be bringing 3D printing to the world of Tinkerfest at the Science Museum of Oklahoma. The event is a time where creators, engineers, artists and educators come together to share with the city their inventions and art. There will be a range of activities that guests can interact with including everything from zip lining to exploring a cardboard city and launching rockets. And best of all: the event is free to the public!

         ProImage 3D will be bringing information and examples of the rapidly growing 3D printing industry, including many objects of different colors, sizes, and printing processes. We hope to share with the public how far the industry has come and just how much it’s going to revolutionize manufacturing and printing at home. So clear your calendars and don’t miss out on this festival of creativity and inspiration on September 30, 2017. We’ll see you there!

           

Artificially Intelligent 3D Printers of The Future

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017 in 3D Printing, 3D Technology Blog | 0 comments

Edward Cyr at the University of New Brunswick in Canada is doing research to create an artificial intelligence system that can create 3D printing solutions to problems. The system can take a problem and come up with several different solutions, then present the user with the best possible solution and 3D print it. A human problem solver would take time and is only capable of coming up with a limited number of designs, whereas a computer could come up with endless numbers of designs while giving us the most optimal one. This could revolutionize the 3D printing industry and the entire manufacturing industry.

Edward Cyr at the University of New Brunswick

3D printing has been paired with AI in the past to conceptualize solutions for growing food in space. AstroGro uses 3D printed pods and an AI system to control an ecosphere that can grow fresh foods for astronauts on the space station. The AI system makes it so that anyone can grow food with these pods, regardless of their experience in horticulture.

AstroGro

MIT has also 3D printed a functioning robot that can “practically walk right out of the printer.” Using inkjet printing technology, they were able to print a hydraulic system that filled the channels with liquid as it was printing, so that when it finished all they had to do was place a battery and motor in the robot and it was fully functioning. Using this technology they were also able to print a functional silicone hand with hydraulic fingers.

MIT’s Hydraulic 3D Printed Robot

Although these technologies are advanced, Cyr’s research will be the first time that an AI system will be able to 3D print its own solutions to problems.

 

 

Sources:

Haria, Rushabh. “Canadian Researchers in Pursuit of Artificially Intelligent 3D Printers.” 3D Printing Industry, 3D Printing Industry, 26 Aug. 2017, 3dprintingindustry.com/news/canadian-researchers-manufacturing-solutions-am-ai-120926/.

Tampi, Tarun. “Space Farming with AstroGro’s 3D Printed Smart Pod.” 3D Printing Industry, 3D Printing Industry, 26 Aug. 2017, 3dprintingindustry.com/news/space-farming-with-astrogros-3d-printed-smart-pod-47839/.

Molitch-Hou, Michael. “MIT 3D Prints Functioning Robot in Single Step.” 3D Printing Industry, 3D Printing Industry, 26 Aug. 2017, 3dprintingindustry.com/news/mit-3d-prints-functioning-robot-in-single-step-75975/.

3Doodler Pen Endorsed by The Royal National Institute of Blind People

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017 in 3D Printing, 3D Technology Blog | 0 comments

3Doodler Pen Endorsed by The Royal National Institute of Blind People

3D printing has revolutionized not only the way that we create art and parts, but it has helped with major advancements in the science and medical fields. The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is an institute dedicated to making life easier for people that are affected by sight loss. They’ve recently endorsed a new version of a 3D printing pen called 3Doodler Start that allows users to draw in three dimensional space using heated “bioplastic.” It comes with a charger that charges the pen, and the user can simply unplug it and use it wirelessly. The company started with just a 3D printing pen, but evolved it into something that could be useful to the sight loss community. They made it so that the pen includes tactile buttons that make it easier for people without sight to be able to turn it on and off and to control the temperature settings. RNIB also added an audio support for learners.

House built using the 3Doodler Start pen

This is helpful for people that have lost their sight to be able to draw something and then physically feel what they’ve created. It’s also helpful in education for children and teens to be able to feel what it is that they’re drawing or writing, rather than needing Braille or a teacher or friend to explain to them what it is that’s in front of them. As research continues forward, it’s exciting to see how 3D printing can continue to help people experience things that they might have otherwise not been able to do.

Glasses built using 3Doodler Start pen

Sources:

Ravipati, Sri. “3D Printing Pen Receives Endorsement for Learners with Vision Loss.”THE Journal, Public Sector Media Group, 19 Aug. 2017, thejournal.com/articles/2017/07/19/3d-printing-pen-receives-endorsement-for-learners-with-vision-loss.aspx.

“The Pen That Draws in the Air.” The 3Doodler Start, 3doodlerstart.com/

http://www.rnib.org.uk/

Staff, Scroll. “Watch: A Special 3D-Printing Pen Allows Visually Impaired Children to Draw for the First Time.” Scroll.in, Https://Scroll.in, 27 July 2017, video.scroll.in/844850/watch-a-special-3d-printing-pen-allows-visually-impaired-children-to-draw-for-the-first-time.

3D Printing: The Answer to Our Recycling Issues?

Posted by on Sep 5, 2017 in 3D Printing, 3D Technology Blog | 0 comments

3D Printing: The Answer to Our Recycling Issues?

It’s no question that the production of plastic contributes directly to CO2 emissions that are fueling a large problem facing our planet: climate change. To top that off, according to Plastic Oceans more than 8 million tons of plastic are dumped in our oceans every year. But how can 3D printing—a process that uses plastic, be the solution to our pollution problem?

Many companies are beginning to address that issue with innovative processes such as recycling waste products to create the materials that are used in 3D printers. A company called Willow Flex has created 3D print filament made out of compostable raw materials, meaning that the filament is able to disintegrate in a compost pile and promote plant growth. The filament is able to be used on FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) and Bowden printers and can print at a speed of 50-70 millimeters per second. It’s also heat resistant to 221 degrees Fahrenheit and cold resistant to as low as 5 degrees Fahrenheit.

WillowFlex Compostable Raw Material

Another company called 3D Brooklyn has launched a beta of recycled potato chip bag filament. It’s a 100% recycled PP/PE (polypropylene and polyethylene) blend that’s heat resistant to 210 degrees Fahrenheit. Just one pound of the filament is equal to forty-five recycled bags and reduces carbon footprint by over 50% compared to non-recycled virgin plastic.

Most interestingly, 3D-Fuel has produced a new line of “Eco-Friendly Composite Materials” made of different waste and waste byproducts from coffee, beer, hemp, and trash. Each filament has its own unique property and smell: the coffee prints a rich brown color that has a natural grain and smells like a latte during the printing process, the beer filament is a golden color with grain and smells like barley grain, and the hemp is a translucent medium brown with grain and smells like lawn clippings. The trash filament uses upcycled Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) to create the spool of material, and each spool sequesters .909 pounds of CO2 equivalent—that’s equal to the same amount of CO2 that’s emitted from a car driving 1.1 miles. (3D-Fuel. “3D Printing Materials to Fuel Your Creativity.” 3D-Fuel. N.p., 2017. Web. www.3dfuel.com/.)

Cathedral printed in Wound Up Coffee filament.

The only problem that arises with these new materials is the cost. The average price of ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) filament is anywhere from $0.04-$0.06/gram. That’s a common material used in FDM printing but is not biodegradable; although it is possible to recycle by reheating it again after it’s been heated to be reused as a filament. The prices of the recycled material mentioned in the paragraphs above are as follows:

Willow Flex’s Compostable Raw Material:                                                    $0.12/gram

3D Brooklyn’s Recycled Potato Chip Bag Filament PP/PE:                      $0.05/gram

3D-Fuel’s “Wound Up” Coffee Filament:                                                       $0.08/gram

3D-Fuel’s “Buzzed” Beer Filament:                                                                 $0.08/gram

3D-Fuel’s “Entwined” Hemp Filament:                                                          $0.09/gram

3D-Fuel’s “Landfillament” Trash Filament:                                                  $0.08/gram

It is exciting to see so many companies going in the direction of environmentally friendly materials. As research develops we may see the materials becoming more readily available and cost-friendly like their ABS and PLA (Polylactic Acid) counterparts, and the 3D printing industry could be used as a major combatant against climate change, plastic pollution, and waste.

 

 Sources:

“Guide to Green 3D Printing – 4 Ways to Be More Sustainable!” Pinshape 3D Printing Blog, Pinshape Inc., 5 July 2017, pinshape.com/blog/guide-green-3d-printing/.

“The Facts.” Plastic Oceans, Plastic Oceans Foundation, 2017, www.plasticoceans.org/the-facts/.

“Recycled Potato Chip Bag Filament PP/PE.” 3D Brooklyn, 3dbrooklyn.com/shop/3dbk-filament.

“WillowFlex.” BioInspiration, bioinspiration.eu/willowflex/.

3D-Fuel. “3D Printing Materials to Fuel Your Creativity.” 3D-Fuel. N.p., 2017. Web. www.3dfuel.com/.

3D Printing is Revolutionizing Facial Reconstructive Surgery

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in 3D Printing, 3D Technology Blog | 0 comments

3D Printing is Revolutionizing Facial Reconstructive Surgery

Laurent Lantieri’s office contains shelves lined with plastic replica skulls, each representing a patient operated on. There are many with missing eye sockets, jawbones, and other significant deformities. Only the most seriously injured or disfigured patients visit Lantieri, most of whom have undergone serious accidents or suffer from genetic diseases. His work can help them to recover from the trauma of this as well as the discomfort and loss of functions, and puts them on the way to having a normal life again and 3D printing has become a key part of his process. In 2010, he and his team at the Georges Pompidou Hospital successfully achieved the world’s first full facial transplant, and he continues his inspiring and pioneering work there to this day.

Before 3D printing technology became more accessible, Lantieri used to make use of CT scans and standard surgical equipment, to try and approximate a reconstruction of the patient’s face or head. He would search through thousands of boxes of generic plates, casts, and screws in the hope of finding something that would fit.

With the help of 3D scanning Lentieri is able to take a CT scan and create a virtual 3D model of a patient’s face from it. This is then used as a guide to build implants that are specific to a patient’s anatomy. A shattered cheekbone on the left side of a person’s face, for example, is replaced with a mirror image from the right side. This means that the fit will be perfectly comfortable and the results will be much more aesthetically pleasing and structurally sound.

According to Lanieri, 3D printing has completely revolutionized the way his surgery practice operates: “In the past, I was just guessing,” he says. “We never had the correct shape. But using 3D-printed skulls — to have them in my own hands — to determine what are the difficulties, where are the impediments in advance, it makes a huge difference.”

David. “Dr. Laurent Lantieri: 3D Printing Is Revolutionizing Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.” 3ders.Org, 4 Aug. 2017, www.3ders.org/articles/20170804-dr-laurent-lantieri-3d-printing-is-revolutionizing-facial-plastic-and-reconstructive-surgery.html.

Stolen 3D Printed Art Collection

Posted by on Aug 28, 2017 in 3D Printing, 3D Technology Blog | 0 comments

Stolen 3D Printed Art Collection

Kristin Stransky, a Denver-based digital artist, has reported stolen a number of her 3D printed artworks, including an elaborate 3D printed dress. The pieces, which made up much of the artist’s portfolio, were taken from an exhibition held at Colorado State University’s Electronic Art Gallery.

While any art theft is tragic, there is something extra unsettling about an emerging artist having the bulk of her work stolen. The artist, understandably shaken by the crime, said she is desperately hoping that her 3D printed works will be returned, though that is doubtful.

If you’re thinking that a 3D printed artwork can be replicated since it is saved as a 3D file and can be re-printed, that’s not exactly the case for Stransky’s mostly fashion-oriented pieces.

For instance, the FabLink 3D printed dress that was stolen required 800 hours to print and nearly 200 hours of assembly. The stunning dress, which was fitted for Daisy McGowan, the director of the Galleries of Contemporary Art at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, was made up of hundreds of small 3D printed links which were each connected by a dozen even smaller links.

The ten-pound dress, 3D printed from a nylon fiber material, was debuted in 2016 at the GOCA’s annual Brilliant fundraiser. McGowan, who wore the stunning piece, was the talk of the event. It took an enormous amount of effort, patience, and work to complete the dress, so we hope for Stransky’s sake (and for the love of 3D printing) that whoever took it returns it.

The other pieces that were taken include an interactive “Notion Motion” necklace and vest, which light up with the wearer’s movements; a 3D printed necklace from Stransky’s Statement collection; a piece of 3D printed fabric which demonstrates the linking technique; and a pair of hands that were taken from a larger piece called “The Evolution of Handwork.”

“I’m grasping at straws here, and need to get word out about my stolen artwork,” said the artist. “I’m already trying to figure out how to remake the pieces, but am still hoping I can get them back. That’s probably not going to happen, but it’s worth a shot. I’m just hoping they didn’t trash them. Who has a show at a major university and then has their artwork stolen?”

Stransky also added that it is not the monetary value of the pieces that concerns her most, it is that the bulk of her work, which she is relying on to promote herself in the art world, is now gone.

So far, there are not any leads on who could have stolen the pieces. All we know is that a key to the gallery was found missing from a lockbox, which was presumably used to break into the exhibition over night to take the 3D printed artworks. Perhaps the 3D printing community will come together to find Stransky’s stolen artworks.

Tess. “Artist Kristin Stransky Has 3D Printed Dress, Other Works Stolen from Colorado Art Exhibition.” 3ders.Org, 4 Aug. 2017, www.3ders.org/articles/20170804-artist-kristin-stransky-has-3d-printed-dress-other-works-stolen-from-colorado-art-exhibition.html.

 

3D Printed Hip Models Cut Operation Time 25%

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in 3D Printing, 3D Technology Blog | 0 comments

3D Printed Hip Models Cut Operation Time 25%

In a study conducted by the University of California San Diego and physicians from Rady Children’s Hospital , researchers created 3D printed models of patient hip joints, to allow surgeons to practice their procedure before doing the real thing. But they also used a control group, letting a few surgeons perform the procedure without a 3D printed aid to see exactly how much difference the 3D printed models were making. The study was published in a recent issue of the Journal of Children’s Orthopaedics.

In the study, Dr. Vidyadhar Upasani, pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Rady Children’s and UC San Diego and the paper’s senior author, operated on 10 young patients with slipped capital femoral epiphysis, a common hip disorder that affects about 11 in 100,000 children in the United States every year.

Five of Upasani’s operations were assisted with 3D printed hip models; five were not. Two other surgeons also operated on different groups of five patients, without using 3D printed models. Excitingly, the results of the study showed 3D printing in a positive light. In the group where Upasani used 3D printed models, surgeries were 38-45 minutes shorter compared with the two control groups. And according to the study’s researchers, these time savings would translate into at least $2,700 in savings per surgery.

“Being able to practice on these 3D models is crucial,” Upasani concluded. “It’s now hard to plan surgeries without them.”

To make the 3D printed models, two UC San Diego students, Jason Caffrey and Lillia Cherkasskiy, teamed up with Upasani, bioengineering professor Robert Sah, and their colleagues. They took CT scans of each patient’s pelvis, and used this data to make a computerized model of the bone and growth plate for 3D printing.

When completed, the 3D printed models allowed Upasani to visualize in 3D how the growth plate of each patient was deformed.  Although this study only focused on one kind of procedure, the speed improvement of 25 percent will be music to the ears of medical 3D printing specialists, and may encourage more hospitals to adopt additive technology.

Benedict. “San Diego Researchers Cut Operation Times by 25% with 3D Printed Hip Models.”3ders.Org, 3 Aug. 2017, www.3ders.org/articles/20170803-san-diego-researchers-cut-operation-times-by-25-with-3d-printed-hip-models.html.

RE:MAIN, UAU’s Newest Initiative

Posted by on Aug 21, 2017 in 3D Printing, 3D Technology Blog | 0 comments

RE:MAIN, UAU’s Newest Initiative

A collective of makers from the Warsaw multidisciplinary design studio UAU has been making waves in the Polish design scene with a recent exhibition at the renowned Gdynia Design Days 2017. Titled RE:MAIN, UAU’s newest initiative is a set of 3D printed objects for daily use and problem solving.

Born out of a series of workshops held in Gdynia, UAU’s RE:MAIN project aims to target and conceptualize problems we face every day – whether minor crises or great cataclysms. From surviving financial problems, overcoming mobility problems, and self-reliant food production, to building your own inconspicuous flashlight, the problems tackled in the RE:MAIN exhibit are as diverse as their design solutions.

First up is a “cradle cart” by Jacek Ryn. As a device designed to assist children crawling on all fours with motor dysfunction, this 3D printed object could prove assistive in cases including cerebral palsy, spinal hernia, genetic syndromes and spina bifida. Ryn used an SLS system for this specialize device in order to best combine a springy support with rigid construction. As the Warsaw-based designer notes, his cradle cart is only the beginning of what’s possible with the technology: “3D printing opens new possibilities in the field of designing rehabilitation devices,” he says. “Thanks to this method of production it is possible to precisely adjust the geometry to the needs of the particular patient.”

Likewise, Nikodem Szpunar and Kamila Niedzwiedzka also targeted health issues with their fruit and vegetable dryer. As it becomes increasingly difficult to access unprocessed, healthy food, the two designers turned their attention to the process of food production, and more specifically, how to easily produce long-lasting food. The act of drying foods, they note, has been around for centuries and remains one of the most popular ways of preserving food. With Szpunar and Niedzwiedzka’s device, fruit and vegetable preserving becomes easier and more efficient: the dryer can be hung outside the window or on top of a radiator, while not consuming any extra energy.

Asia Piaścik, on the other hand, focused on the minutiae of our everyday consumption. “A morning without coffee? For many it is a crisis situation comparable to a drought,” she writes. “The Drip (Kapka) allows the brewing of this energy drink without the need to use disposable paper filters.” It’s a solution to material shortages on an individual scale, Piaścik explains, as well as on a global scale, with regard to the Earth’s dwindling natural resources.

Duszan Almonkari decided to go small with his 3D printed piece as well. His lantern with a flashlight embedded inside emits a “pleasantly softened light,” as opposed to the sharp spotlights typically seen with flashlights. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, Almonkari says the device also rethinks the concept of flashlights altogether: “The form of the lamp is subordinated to the rigor of simplicity and harmony instead of the language of survival equipment.”

Finally, Miłosz Dąbrowski and Justyna Fałdzińska focused on the issue of materials proper. Their clever Make Your Own Ceramic (MYOC) device is designed for self-making and self-decorating small objects made of porcelain or ceramic. “Thanks to 3D printing, MYOC molds can be produced in any quantity and, unlike plaster molds, they do not require drying.” Once the prints are prepared, they can be dried and burned in a ceramic oven.

The UAU’s RE:MAIN project was curated by Justyna Fałdzińska and Miłosz Dąbrowski, and first exhibited during the 10th edition of Gdynia Design Days 2017.

Julia. “Polish Design Studio UAU Wants to Solve Everyday Crisis with 3D Printing.” 3ders.Org, 2 Aug. 2017, www.3ders.org/articles/20170802-polish-design-studio-uau-wants-to-solve-everyday-crisis-with-3d-printing.html.