This is the one blog post to rule them all, your 3D printing roundup with all the best links, information and new developments in 3D printing for the week.
3D Printables of the Week.
Over at YouMagine this elegant scoop is sure to be handy around the house and you know your life will be more complete with this stealth Nerf blow gun in it and for the caravanist in your life there is now a caravan gift box. Icosphere is a lovely 3D printed necklace. Over on Imgur you can see the complete build of a “Poor girls monocular display” for racing drones. On Thingiverse Open Labs turned its logo into a lamp. Sun shining where you are? Print these sunglasses. Or perhaps this Lego Duplo compatible train?
3D Print Amman was a fun informative session where we introduced 3D printing to people, gave them an in depth look at FDM printing and did a Q&A session about the technology.
3D Printing Patents
This Stratasys patent details a new inkjet 3D printing technology using ROMP to inkjet metals, this would be the first foray that Stratasys is taking into metal 3D printing apart from investing in several metal 3D printing start ups. The company also has a patent for an automated support structure removal system for a print farm. This means that the company is taking a serious look at print farms and higher throughput manufacturing with 3D printing in using multiple systems and more automation.
Another interesting patent is by glass company Pilkington and building products company NGF. It is on using controlled use of silver coated glass flakes in 3D printing along with a plastic called polybutylene terephthalate (PBT). PBT is an interesting material that is very interesting polymer which can be used as a fire retardant or to insulate electronics. It seems that both companies are exploring producing either a complete electronics 3D printing solution or either want to make 3D printed sensors, exciting either way!
Augmented reality company Meta Co patented an interface whereby you can sculpt in real and virtual clay use gesture based interfaces and use 3D printing.
3D Printing Research
This paper outlines MakerSat a Cubesat satellite made with assembly in space in mind. The goal is to 3D print, assemble and launch the satellite on board the ISS Space Station.
In the thinking ahead department as well this paper outlines using 3D printing to make surgical instruments on a simulated mission to Mars. “All four simulated surgical tasks were successfully performed using 3D printed instruments by Mars simulation crew members with no prior surgical experience.” “During a 4 mo duration ground-based analog mission, five simulation crew members with no prior surgical experience completed 16 timed sets of simulated prepping, draping, incising, and suturing tasks to evaluate the relative speed of using four ABS thermoplastic instruments printed on Earth compared to conventional instruments.” This means that somehow somewhere a group of people spent a few months simulating a Mars mission here on Earth and one of the tasks they did was perform surgery on each other with FDM ABS 3D printed surgical tools? How was your week?
3D Printing Images and Video.
I’ve always found the 3D printing pens to be unnecessary and gimmicky but this looks nice and the earrings above printed for a MiniFactory contest are a very wearable piece of 3D printed jewelry.
3D Printing in metal for conformal cooling and parts with added cooling functionality has been a hot topic for a number of years now. This video by Imperial Machine Tool shows you what that can do.
Sam and Nico use a Formlabs Form 2 and its flexible material to 3D print binaural ears.
This video shows you how to use a 3D print along with molding to make metal parts.
What the Muggles Have been talking about.
Fabien Cousteau wants to 3D print coral reefs.
This Melbourne based company uses 3D scanning to scan people, prints out the torsos and then tailors clothing to fit them.