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3D Printing a New Twist on Famous Van Gogh Painting

3D Printing a New Twist on Famous Van Gogh Painting
By Bulent Yusuf

Van Gogh

Self-portrait by Vincent Van Gogh gets recreated with 3D printing thanks to collaboration between Custom Prototypes and the Van Gogh Studio.

Since 1994, the Van Gogh Studio in Amsterdam has been cranking out oil painting reproductions of the work of — who else? — Dutch post-impressionist Vincent Van Gogh. A team of artists can carefully replicate his painting technique, complete with thick brushstrokes and colorful dollops of paint. Today, the studio has a stable of 89 authentic reproductions which are sold all over the world.

But what would happen if traditional art production was merged with a 3D printed canvas? Something quite special, it turns out. Toronto-based 3D printing company Custom Prototypes collaborated with the Van Gogh Studio to add a new dimension to a classic piece of art.

The process began when Custom Prototypes scanned and created a 3D file of Van Gogh’s “Self-portrait with Grey Felt Hat”. Next, they fabricated it with an SLA (sterolithographic) 3D printer at their workshop in Toronto. The use of a large format, high definition SLA machine is key in reproducing the texture of the original painting’s surface.

Once complete, the precious cargo is sent to the studio in Amsterdam for painting and finishing. The finished result is a remarkable piece of work which captures the authenticity of the original, thanks to the unique depth provided by 3D printing.

Vincent Van Gogh is Popular Inspiration for 3D Printing

Though they may seem an unlikely pairing, this isn’t the first time that the Dutch artist and 3D printing technologies have come together.

Last year, Custom Prototypes caused a sensation with their 3D printed reproduction of another of Van Gogh’s works, “Starry Night“. The techniques employed were the same as before; a high resolution image of the painting led to the creation of a CAD file of the canvas.

Elsewhere, a more outlandish project used a sample of Van Gogh’s DNA to bioprint a replica of his ear. The left one, which he supposedly cut off during a psychotic episode in his later life. Moreover, the ear was wired up to electronic equipment that could actually “listen” and “hear” the sounds around it. Read the full story here: 3D Bioprinting the Lost Ear of Vincent van Gogh

Here’s looking forward to more examples of additive manufacturing bringing new, exciting interpretations of iconic works in art and culture. Taking a quick poll here in the office last thing on a Friday afternoon, we nominate “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living” by Damien Hirst.

Source: Custom Prototypes

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March 31, 2017 at 10:57PM
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Stanley Model 1: A New (Or Old) Tool For Your Workshop?

Stanley Model 1: A New (Or Old) Tool For Your Workshop?
By Matthew Mensley

Stanley Model 1

Power tool producer Stanley Black & Decker is jumping into the desktop 3D printing game with the release of the its own-brand Stanley Model 1 3D printer.

Joining the likes of Dremel (and by extension Bosch) and its Idea Builder 3D printer, tool manufacturer Stanley Black & Decker has announced it will sell its own 3D printer.

First things first, it ain’t a Prusa. Ironically, for a company that facilitates home DIY with its tools, the printer isn’t in the style of 3D printing’s popular build-it-yourself kits.

Instead, Stanley Black & Decker have opted for simplicity with an enclosed box FDM printer that uses an auto-loading cartridge-based filament system. Part of what the company claims leads to a simplified and convenient user experience.

Other details of the Stanley Model 1 include:

421 x 433 x 439mm printer dimension
200 x 200 x 185mm build volume
Single extrusion head
Layer thickness of 0.05 – 0.4mm
Accepts PLA and ABS (proprietary cartridges)
Assisted bed leveling process
5-inch touchscreen control panel
WiFi, Ethernet, USB connectivity
Stanley Model 1

Where Did The Stanley Model 1 Come From?

Perhaps the company senses an impending shift in perception of 3D printing in domestic and small business professions. Or, maybe it’s just getting one foot in the door to gauge customer receptivity to 3D printing. Regardless of the motive, Stanley Black & Decker is playing it safe with the Stanley Model 1.

Rather than pour resources into developing its own machine, the company has instead partnered with Korean manufacturer Sindoh to license its 3DWOX DP200 printer.

A popular seller on Amazon, the 3DWOX DP200 has a reputation for being a capable and reliable sub-$1,500 machine.

So what differentiates the Stanley Model 1 from its popular progenitor? For starters, the Stanley Model 1 is launching at on April 7th at $1,325, an increase over the DP200’s $1,299. Besides this, the key differences appear to lie in the software.

Sindoh’s vanilla machine works well with Cura and its ilk, plus boasts integration with Solidworks CAD software. However, the Stanley 3d printer appears to be bundled with a simplified proprietary software.

We assume that this is to maintain parity with the re-badged printer’s positioning as a dead-simple plug-and-play machine.

There’s no indication that the Stanley machine is locked to this proprietary software though, so it could be that it really is the exact same experience as the DP200.

What do you think? A smart move by Stanley Black & Decker, or just another option clogging up the marketplace? Let us know in the comments below.

Stanley Model 1

Source: Manufacturing Tomorrow

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March 31, 2017 at 08:52PM
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Scientists Print Artificial Coral to Rescue Great Barrier Reef

Scientists Print Artificial Coral to Rescue Great Barrier Reef
By Tyler Koslow

Scientists at the University of Sydney are developing virtual 3D maps of the Great Barrier Reef to print artificial replacements. 

Off of the coast in Australia, the majestic Great Barrier Reef is dying at an alarming rate. Increasingly overheated seawater and acidification has caused massive bleaching to this vital underwater ecosystem.

Scientists from the University of Sydney are aiming to protect the coral reef and the variety of life that thrives off of them. Dr. Renate Ferrari and her associate professor Will Figueira are creating virtual 3D maps of the Great Barrier Reef.

Their aim is to map out how environmental changes are negatively impacting and also altering the structure of the ecosystem. These models are being used to 3D print coral prosthetics, which could be planted to support the reef while it recovers from bleaching and storms.

Virtually Mapping and 3D Printing the Great Barrier Reef

To map the Great Barrier Reef, the scientific team is using a new technology derived from photogrammetry, making 3D reconstructions from photos. By creating accurate models of the coral, they can print out artificial coral with a perfect fit.

Dr. Ferrari and Figueira have developed the Ecological 3D Modelling Hub to quantify the structure of the reef ecosystem. This virtual map allows the research team to measure, monitor, and model prosthetics to protect the fragile coral reef.

In the past, artificial reefs have been created with sunken ships and also cinder blocks. But with 3D printed reefs, the University of Sydney researchers can replicate the precise shape of the natural environment.

Dr. Ferrari explained the benefits that 3D printing technology could provide to this decimated ecosystem:

“With the 3D-printed reefs, that’s the main advantage. You’re providing the exact same structure that an actual natural reef provides, because we got the models from the reefs before they bleached. We are literally replicating it.”

Example of 3D printed coral by Reef Design Lab (L: Newly installed/R: After eight months)

Could 3D Printing Save the Great Barrier Reef’s Ecosystem?

The scientists have already tested the 3D printed artificial coral underwater, proving it to be an excellent crutch for the struggling ecosystem. The fitted prosthetics would provide fish with a habitat, also allowing them to eat the algae that kills coral reefs. Additionally, this artificial reef would act as a structure for real coral to regenerate on.

Thus far, the northern section of the Great Barrier Reef is completely decimated by coral bleaching, but the southern section is still colorful and relatively intact.

The researchers are aiming to plant these artificial coral sometime this year, but still need to accumulate more funding. The amount of bleached sites they will be able to reach will be dependent on how much support the project has. The pilot program alone would cost around $150,000.

While some may think there’s no hope for these dead batches of coral, Dr. Ferrari has hope that 3D printing can help resuscitate the Great Barrier Reef. Still, she warns that the real issue here in global warming, and that widespread coral bleaching is just a symptom of this overarching disease.

Great Barrier Reef

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March 31, 2017 at 06:59PM
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Blind Parents Feel Their Baby’s Ultrasound Thanks To 3D Printing

Blind Parents Feel Their Baby’s Ultrasound Thanks To 3D Printing
By Hanna Watkin

Blind parents were given the chance to feel their baby’s ultrasound with the help of 3D printed models created using 3D data.

Seeing your baby’s ultrasound for the very first time is an extremely precious moment for soon to be parents. However Brazilian parents, Ana Paula Silveira and Alvaro Zermiani, were only able to dream of their baby’s face. The reason being is that they are both legally blind.

However, they came up with a creative way to experience the first moment of knowing their baby’s face. They visited the DASA clinic in Rio de Janeiro and met gynecologist and obstetrician, Dr. Heron Werner.

Dr. Werner agreed to help Silveira and Zermiani experience the magic of an ultrasound throughout the pregnancy. He was able to do this by using a GE ultrasound machine. After collecting the ultrasound information, Dr. Werner was able to 3D print lifelike models of Silveira and Zermiani’s baby.

Dr. Werner explains: “From the moment we got to the high-quality ultrasound exam, through the possibility of 3D printing it, I realized that it could also serve to enhance the prenatal experience of visually impaired pregnant women.”

The Voluson E10 is the first ultrasound machine in the OB/GYN field. It’s also possible to 3D print directly from this machine. As well as the huge benefits for blind parents, it can also aid learning and discussion between doctors and patients.

3D Printing for Very Special Purposes

Interestingly enough, the idea to 3D print ultrasound models came from Rio’s National Museum. Dr. Werner witnessed a tomography machine being used to digitize ancient Egyptian exhibits. “We thought, why not use for printing fetus models,” he says.

Of course, this technology was an extremely special way for Silveira and Zermiani to feel their son. “Holding the small fetus at 12 weeks is an indescribable feeling,” Silveira says. “Following up on our son’s evolution allowed us to have this feeling of being whole, because we feel with our hands.”

By doing this, they could be sure that their son Davi Lucas was growing and healthy. But there were also other special benefits: “When we touched the second model, with Davi’s face, we realized his resemblance to us,” Silveira adds.

She explains that this was a precious gift, saying: “Thanks to the exams and printing, we were able to not only know that our baby was growing healthy but also to have a very real contact and establish a very strong involvement with our son.”

Source: GE Reports

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March 31, 2017 at 05:01PM
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Light-Up Helmet Steals the Show in Jamiroquai Music Video

Light-Up Helmet Steals the Show in Jamiroquai Music Video
By Matthew Mensley

Automaton Jamiroquai 3d printed helmet

For his Automaton music video, the Jamiroquai frontman suits up with illuminated 3D printed headgear crafted by London-based designer Moritz Waldemeyer.

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Grooving around since global success with Virtual Insanity in 1996, its probably safe to say Jamiroquai has cemented its place in the annals of pop-culture history. Especially so for that particular song’s Jonathan Glazer-directed music video.

Fresh for 2017 the band has released Automaton, a single from their new album, also named Automaton. In it, frontman Jay Kay features as a despondent… well, automaton, roaming an empty post-apocalyptic wasteland.

Besides the singer busting out his best robot moves (sorry), the most striking thing in the video is the headgear. A 3D printed helmet steals the show, with its pulsating light show mesmerizing over an array of electronically actuated scales.

German-born, London-based designer Moritz Waldemeyer created the Automaton helmet.

It’s quite likely you’ve seen Waldemeyer’s handiwork before. He has previously designed wearable pieces such as a laser suit for Bono on U2’s 360 tour, and LED jackets for the members of band OK GO.

Making The Jamiroquai Automaton Helmet

Waldemeyer and his team collaborated with Jay Kay to design the helmet. In part inspired by the nature, the helm also draws upon futuristic concepts for its look.

Waldemeyer explains:

“The starting point for inspiration that Jay Kay gave us was the pangolin. Not only did it capture his imagination as an endangered species, also the scale patterns offered a great starting point aesthetically.”

To begin, Waldemeyer and his team took 3D head scans of Jay Kay to build a parametric model. This model features numerous variable parameters such as the number of scales, and their length and appearance.

Speaking to ALL3DP, Waldemeyer said ” This allowed us to have direct design feedback from Jay Kay, just with a laptop we could morph the design in real time until the shape was perfect.”

“Once the model was perfect we exported every component for 3D printing on our Ultimaker 2. Post printing and assembly was incredibly laborious to get the finish we required.”

The LED arrays on the helmet make use of a proprietary playback device Waldemeyer developed for his wearable lighting based projects.

“It allows us to stream video data to addressable LEDs from an SD card. We can send motion data to servo motors at the same time –- in our system the servo motors receive the same protocol as the LEDs, we can mix and match LEDs and servo motors at our heart’s content on the same communication line. This approach keeps the wiring just within sanity levels, it still takes up many hours during the assembly.”

Giving Jay Kay direct control its movement, the helmet literally becomes an extension of his impressive dancing repertoire.

Source: Dezeen

Automaton Jamiroquai 3d printed helmet

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March 31, 2017 at 02:57PM
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35 Awesome Overwatch 3D Models to 3D Print

35 Awesome Overwatch 3D Models to 3D Print
By Anatol Locker

Overwatch merchandise can be pretty expensive. So why not 3D print these Overwatch props? Here are the best free Overwatch 3D models made from fans for you to 3D print. 

If you don’t have a 3D printer at hand, you can have the Overwatch 3D models printed by a professional 3D printing service. To get the best price, please use All3DP’s price comparison service.

Overwatch 3D Models #1: Tracer Gun 2.0


What‘s this? It’s a perfect replica – but with a twist. While the first tracer gun just looks great, this one has illuminated parts in it – and can is smartphone-controlled. Careful, it’s a 22-part print, so you should have some experience in 3D printing. It’s one of the coolest Overwatch 3D models we have seen so far.

Who made this? It’s yet another great design from 3D designer Simone Fontana.

Where can I get? Download this Overwatch 3D model for free from MyMiniFactory.

Overwatch 3D Models #2: Mei Blaster

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What‘s this? In the game, Mei’s blaster unleashes a concentrated, short-range stream of frost that damages, slows, and ultimately freezes enemies in place. Mei can also use her blaster to shoot icicle-like projectiles at medium range. A great Overwatch 3D model.

Who made it? Maker Oleg Osipov. 

Where can I get it? You get this Overwatch 3D model over at Thingiverse.

Overwatch 3D Models #3: Reaper Mask


What‘s this? According to the lore, the Reaper is a mysterious and deadly assassin. Armed with his pair of hellfire shotguns he dispatches enemies with extreme prejudice. Yet another fantastic Overwatch 3D model!

What made it? By maker Salomaoric.

Where can I get it? You get this Overwatch 3D model at MyMiniFactory.

Overwatch 3D Models #4: Ultimate Coins

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What‘s this? What you‘re looking at is an in-game trophy that made it into the real world. All these Ultimate abilities were printed in ProtoPasta Stainless Steel PLA.

Who made it? Atom Jaay from the US.

Where can I get it? You’ll get the Overwatch 3D model over at Thingiverse.

Overwatch 3D Models #5: Logo Keychain

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What‘s this? It’s a free version of the logo ready for your 3D printer. Just print it and add it to your keychain. It should be a fairly easy print.

Who made it? Nick from the US, which calls himself SomePrintNoob.

Where can I get it? Download this Overwatch 3D model for free from Thingiverse.

Overwatch 3D Models #6: Wearable Genji Helmet

Overwatch Genji Helmet

What‘s this? This great wearable Genji helmet consists of three parts and should be an easy print, even for 3D printing beginners.

Who made it? This lovely free merchandise was made by 16-year-old Italian maker andrew (apk).

Where can I get it? Download this Overwatch 3D model from Thingiverse.

Overwatch 3D Models #7: Zenyatta’s Floating Ball 

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What‘s this? Zenyatta calls upon orbs of harmony and discord to heal his teammates and weaken his opponents, all while pursuing a transcendent state of immunity to damage. There are two versions available, one is a full orb, the other one consists of two halves. They are about 10cm diameter, they can be scaled to whatever you like.

Who made it? Maker PiggyJJ.

Where can I get it? Download this Overwatch 3D model from Thingiverse.

Overwatch 3D Models #8: Tracer Bust


What‘s this? This is a nice Overwatch 3D model. This Tracer bust isn’t too complicated to print, although it needs some supports. Also, some coloring should be applied (as seen in the example above) .

Who made it? Maker Jason Artcraft

Where can I get it? Download this Overwatch 3D model from Thingiverse.

Overwatch 3D Models #9: D.Va’s Bunny Badge

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What‘s this? D.Va’s uses a mech, and it’s quite a powerful one. Equipped with twin Fusion Cannon, that start autofiring at close-range, she can use its Boosters to barrel over enemies and obstacles. This model is one that can be printed quickly – and it still looks great. There are two printable versions, depending on whether you prefer the bunny’s face to be concave or convex.

Who made it? Maker Spoolishness.

Where can I get it? Download this Overwatch 3D model from Thingiverse.

Overwatch 3D Models #10: Loot Box


What‘s this? When it comes to Overwatch 3D models, this is one to have: Uncrate your own loot with this Loot Box. It will take you around 9 hours to print and assemble, but it’s worth the wait.

Who made it? Designer Crain Makes.

Where can I get it? Register at MyMiniFactory and get this Overwatch STL file for free. 

Overwatch 3D Models #11: Genji’s Shuriken


What‘s this? In order to make it a full prop, this design needs to be printed twice; then you assemble it. Oh, and don’t throw it around, it’s got pointy parts and actually could hurt someone.

Who made it? Jill Cope a.k.a. Squidbot. 

Where can I get it? Register at MyMiniFactory and get this Overwatch 3D model for free.

Overwatch 3D Models #12: Mercy’s Staff


What‘s this? This one’s a really nice idea. Get a 1 inch PVC pipe and 1/4 inch rod, 3D print this free Overwatch 3D model and assemble in all it’s glory. The final print you can see in the image was finished by Rav’s Garage and is modelled by Shappi Workshop.

Who made it? It‘s another great design by Jill Cope.

Where can I get it? Download the free Overwatch 3D model right here.

Overwatch 3D Models #13: D.VA Headset


What‘s this? This design resembles D.VA’s headset (no plush carpet required). The ear pieces will need to be printed twice. There is a good chance this will need scaled up or down to fit on your head. If you really know what you are doing, you could even add electronics and speakers to it. 

Who made it? Jill Cope.

Where can I get it? You can find this Overwatch 3D model at MyMinifactory.

Overwatch 3D Models #14: McCree Flashbang


What‘s this? Gunslinger and vigilante, McCree makes use of his revolver to slay his foes, flashbangs to stun, and has a combat roll to avoid danger. Just four parts for better printability.

Who made it? Jeff Lagrant.

Where can I get it? You can find his free Overwatch 3D model at MyMiniFactory.

Overwatch 3D Models #15: Soldier 76 Weapon


What‘s this? This Soldier 76’s weapon looks like it’s a complicated print… but that‘s not the case. Even beginners can print this without supports. Also, you don’t have to waste time cleaning up inside detailed intricate areas. It is made up of two components (left and right side) which can be glued together.

Who made it? Adam Samaeli.

Where can I get it? You can find the Overwatch STL model at MyMiniFactory site.

Overwatch 3D Models #16: Light Gun Keychain

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What‘s this? This is an Overwatch 3D print everyone can master. Just 3D print it, attach it to your keyring (there’s a small hole about 2mm diameter for attaching the keychain). Enjoy!

Who made it? Sim Jia Jun.

Where can I get it? You can find this Overwatch 3D model at MyMiniFactory site.

Overwatch 3D Models #17: Bastion

Overwatch 3D models Bastion

What‘s this? Bastion takes a defensive stance with two main forms. The first being a somewhat mobile bipedal form with a submachine gun, the second being a completely immobile turret form.

Who made it? Ümit Acku (Zep_To_3D_Druck) from Germany, using a RepRap X400

Where can I get it? Download this Overwatch 3D model at Thingiverse.

Overwatch 3D Models #18: Mercy Hair Pin

Overwatch 3D Models Mercy Hair Pin

What‘s this? This 3D printed Overwatch 3D model is a hair pin inspired by Mercy. She’s the most healing oriented of support character in the game. Mercy rapidly restores full health of the tram  and, using her Ultimate, brings them back from the dead. When not healing, she is able to boost a single ally’s damage. 

Who made it? Shane Gadsby (schme16) from Australia.

Where can I get it? Download this Overwatch 3D Model at Thingiverse.

Overwatch 3D Models #19: Overwatch Phone / Tablet Stand

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What‘s this? This is an Overwatch themed stand for your phone or table. You can charge your device while having it sitting in the stand. It is one of the easiest prints in this list.

Who made it? John Bishop (b1sh0p) from Austin, Texas.

Where can I get it? Download this Overwatch 3D Model at Thingiverse.

Overwatch 3D Models #20: Smoothed Widowmaker


What‘s this? This is a remix of the Widowmaker Overwatch 3D model. Maker Joe Cross writes he “smoothed the original file to make it closer to the in-game model.” It‘s one of the most viewed Overwatch 3D models on Thingiverse. It consists of 6 parts which have to be glued together. Great design, but probably not exactly suited for beginners.

Who made it? Joe Cross (Crossy71).

Where can I get it? Download this Overwatch 3D Model at Thingiverse.

Overwatch 3D Models #21: D.VA Headset


What‘s this? It’s something for D.VA fans and cosplayers. The headset isn‘t difficult to 3D print, but the ear pieces will need to be printed twice.  There is a good chance this will need scaled up or down to fit on your head.

Who made it? Maze Studio.

Where can I get it? Download this Overwatch 3D Model at MyMiniFactory.

Overwatch 3D Models #22: Torbjorn’s Turret


What‘s this? These Turrets are great helpers in the game, and they also look impressive. So guard your dog, desk or computer with them. In this photo, the 3D printed Overwatch model has been scaled to sit at 50cm height.

Who made it? Funbie Studios.

Where can I get it? Download this Overwatch 3D Model from MyMiniFactory.

Overwatch 3D Models #23: Reaper’s Hellfire Shotguns


What‘s this? The guy who brought you the 3D printed Reaper’s mask also did a great job on designing the Reaper Hellfire shotguns. There’s an interesting YouTube video on how they were made. Be aware that it’s no project for 3D printing beginners.

Who made it? Product designer Kirby Dowley.

Where can I get it? Download here from MyMiniFactory.

Overwatch 3D Models #24: ID Card Holder, Credit Card and Bus Card Case


What‘s this? It’s a Tracer themed card holder, be it for your ID or credit card, your bus ticket or any stubs you carry around. It also comes with a hole for your keyring. Relatively easy to produce, so this might be a nice weekend 3D printing project.

Who made it? Designer Marco Antonio.

Where can I get it? Download this Overwatch 3D Model at MyMiniFactory.

Overwatch 3D Models #25: Overwatch PS4 Stand


What‘s this? It’s an Overwatch themed stand for your PlayStation controller. It was designed using an Autodesk Remake scan as a base. It includes optional hidden compartments that can also be 3D printed.

Who made it? UK artist and designer Martin Moore, also known as Forge 3D.

Where can I get it? Right here from MyMiniFactory. It’s a free download.

Overwatch 3D Models #26: Widowmaker’s Widow’s Kiss Collapsible Sniper Rifle

What‘s this? It’s Widowmaker’s sniper rifle. Don’t stand still for too long next to it. If you decide to make it, be prepared to invest a lot of time in this beautiful Overwatch prop.

Who made it? This is the work if digital designer and prop maker laellee.

Where can I get it? Download it from Pinshape. It’s free.

Overwatch 3D Models #27: Mercy’s Caduceus Blaster

What‘s this? When the going gets tough, Mercy has a nice emergency personal defense: her Caduceus Blaster. The projectiles are pretty fast and deals 20 damage. 

Who made it? Jill Cope, also known as Obsydiann.

Where can I get it? Right here from MyMiniFactory.

Overwatch 3D Models #28: Reaper Card Holder

What‘s this? It’s an Overwatch Reaper themed card holder. Use it with ID card, metro tickets or credit cards. This Overwatch 3D print is easy to archieve (and just looks great).

Who made it? Spanish artist and mechanical design engineer Marco Antonio.

Where can I get it? From MyMiniFactory.

Overwatch 3D Models #29: Symmetra Photon Projector

What‘s this? Symmetra utilizes her light-bending Photon Projector to dispatch adversaries. This 3D printed replica looks great – but beware, there are a lot of parts to print and to assemble.

Who made it? Oleg Osipov a.k.a. mynefild in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Where can I get it? At YouMagine.

Overwatch 3D Models #30: Soldier 76 Helmet

What‘s this? It’s an Overwatch themed stand for your PlayStation controller. It was designed using an Autodesk Remake scan as a base. It includes optional hidden compartments that can also be 3D printed.

Who made it? Seattle-based company Intentional 3D.

Where can I get it? From Thingiverse.

Overwatch 3D Models #31: Lucio Blaster

What‘s this? Building the Lucio Blaster is not a trivial task. You have to 3D print more than 20 parts and add some electronics (mainly Arduino) for this amazing Overwatch prop. But if you succeed, you get a great looking blaster with a 20-watt amplifier to drive the impressive blasting sound effects, lights, and music.

Who made it? John Park for Adafruit Industries.

Where can I get it? From Adafruit.

Overwatch 3D Models #32: Reaper Figurine

What‘s this? This Overwatch 3D figurine represents the reaper in a firing post. Pretty, detailed, and relatively easy to 3D print, if you use support structures. Print it, paint it, enjoy it!

Who made it? It was made by German Zep To 3D Druck.

Where can I get it? From Thingiverse.

Overwatch 3D Models #33: Tracer Mask

What‘s this? It’s a simple model of Tracer’s mask. You 3D print the mask flat, dip the print in a pot of hot water and shape it until it fits. To get an even curve, sit the flat mask good-side-down across the pot and the steam will warp it slowly. Also, don’t put hot plastic on your face. Seriously. Don’t.

Who made it? Thingiverse designer AlpacaSammich.

Where can I get it? From Thingiverse.

Overwatch 3D Models #34: Oni Genji Mask

What‘s this? It’s an Overwatch Oni Genji Mask, which is printable in just one part. Print it with white filament, get some black and red color, paint it and enjoy!

Who made it? Thingiverse designer Peter Snyder.

Where can I get it? From Thingiverse.

Overwatch 3D Models #35: Junkrat Gauntlet

What‘s this? Designed in TinkerCAD, the gauntlet you see was spray painted with wood paint. Then the parts were hot glued to the outside of a regular glove. Many parts to 3D print, but one of the easier Overwatch props to be assembled.

Who made it? Thingiverse designer Lawson Take.

Where can I get it? Here at Thingiverse.

Got any great Overwatch 3D models we missed? Please add them to the comment section below!

Overwatch 3D Models Bonus: Bastion PC Case

What‘s this? It’s a 3D printed PC case in the shape of your trusty droid Bastion. It’s got enough room to house a working gaming PC, which is fast enough for most games. Thanks to a servo motor and an Arduino, Bastion’s head can move.

Who made it? PC case modder Jan Erik Vangen built this custom PC by designing 259 (!) 3D models of this Overwatch character. He printed all parts on his Makerbot Replicator, painted and assembled them.

Where can I get it? The files of this beauty aren’t released yet. We’ll keep you updated if something changes.

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March 31, 2017 at 12:35PM
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Would You Wear 3D Knitted Clothes from Ministry of Supply or Kniterate?

Would You Wear 3D Knitted Clothes from Ministry of Supply or Kniterate?
By Hanna Watkin

Both Ministry of Sound and Kniterate are offering the chance for you to wear 3D printed clothes but is this lasting fashion or just a fad?

Everyone now knows that fast fashion is unsustainable and further contributes to climate change. So, could a better option be to create our own clothes at home or rely on companies who cost a little more but offer a better fit?

Rather than having to get busy with a needle and thread, Kniterate offers you a digital knitting machine on Kickstarter. It‘s supposed to bring you “an affordable and compact version of industrial knitting machines to your workshop.”

Basically, you can now make your own Christmas woolly jumpers and other fashion items that come to mind. It seems there is already a huge interest in the machine as its Kickstarter campaign has raised $152,325 so far and smashed the funding goal of $100,000. The founders claim the machine has already been tested in production in China where it worked flawlessly.


3D Print Your Own Style

As well as Kniterate, Ministry of Supply wants to offer customers 3D printed clothes too. The company, which was also initially funded on Kickstarter, have unveiled a 3D robotic knitting machine in their Boston store.

Customers will be able to create their own blazers using the technology. CEO Aman Advani said: “We’re starting off with blazers, but the beauty of the machine is that, once you develop this core product, you’re able to make extensions to it very easily.”

Ministry of Supply developed their blazer printing machine in partnership with the Shima Sheiki team. This company drew attention after creating the first computerized flat-knitting system.

With such a robotic knitting machine, customers can simply design and print a blazer to their liking. However, will this fashion take off? Although it offers a lot of personalization, the process is not as quick as simply heading into a local store and picking up a cheap, sweatshop made jacket.

To create a blazer, a customer chooses their design and then printing begins. This process takes around an hour and a half. As well as this, the blazer needs time to allow the fabric to set. There is currently only one machine in store too, meaning only one blazer can be printed at a time.

Although there are negatives to this idea, Advani is so far very positive. The store is the first place to offer large pieces of clothing, completely 3D printed.

As well as this, the process produces very little waste. Traditionally creating a pattern would take a considerable amount of time. Instead, using a machine means this process is not required and a lot of time can be saved.

However, the price of your slowly printed, a custom blazer would be $345. However, alternatively, to receive a Kniterate machine from the Kickstarter campaign, you’ll be looking at paying $4,699 or more.

Would you be willing to spend $345 to be kitted out with the latest 3D printed blazer? Check out Ministry of Supply’s website here. You also still have time to back Kniterate on Kickstarter.

Source: Digiday

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March 30, 2017 at 11:05PM
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Xaar Plans to Produce 3D Printed Objects on Industrial Scale

Xaar Plans to Produce 3D Printed Objects on Industrial Scale
By Hanna Watkin


Xaar, a company which supplies industrial inkjet printheads, has launched a 3D printing team at its new base at Nottingham Science Park.

As revolutionary as 3D printing is, there’s definitely a way to go before it overtakes regular manufacturing methods. Xaar, a UK based company which supplies industrial inkjet printheads, hopes to change this.

In January, the company opened a new fabrication in Nottingham, UK. They intend on increasing the speed of 3D manufacturing while also hitting a £220 million sales target.

Using their new 3D printers, they are already producing running shoe heels. These are customized to perfectly suit the wearer. However, Xaar also plans to create parts for medicine, aerospace and other sports.

To scale them up for industrial volumes, they use a special process called High-Speed Sintering (HSS). It’s supposedly up to 100 times faster than previous industrial 3D printing processes.

Professor Neil Hopkinson was working at Loughborough University when he invented the technology back in 2003. Hopkinson explains:

“3D printing has traditionally been good for making very complicated shapes of one-offs or a few-offs but aren’t scalable to high production. But I’ve invented new technology that can make very complex shapes at high production volumes. 3D printing has had a lot of hype in recent years but it’s certainly going to have a profound way of changing the way things are made.”

Want to find out more about Xaar and their production methods? Head over to their website.


Xaar’s 3D Printing Parts Plan

Xaar’s industrial inkjet technology is already used across the globe, but the company is planning to expand fast. The company’s headquarters are in Cambridge, UK. They also have a new base in Nottingham. Also, they will open a lab in Copenhagen, too. However, the team in Denmark will focus on software development and design.

The aim for all of this growth is to meet the company’s 2020 “strategic vision”. This is to hit £220 million in sales within three years. Their current annual turnover is around £100m.

Xaar decided to open a lab in Nottingham due to the proximity to universities and local expertise. Hopkinson adds:

“We’re expecting this area to grow and to require a lot of heavily trained, highly skilled graduates, so it makes sense to locate ourselves in a part of the country where a lot of those graduates are being educated.”

The company opened the laboratory in January and have already hired seven people but expect to double this in the coming years.

Source: Nottingham Post


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March 30, 2017 at 09:03PM
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Structur3D & Ultimaker Find Sweet Spot With Discov3ry Complete

Structur3D & Ultimaker Find Sweet Spot With Discov3ry Complete
By Matthew Mensley

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Proving 3D printing chocolate can be a desktop thing, Structur3D releases video demoing chocolate extrusion and an Ultimaker printer bundle.

We haven’t covered the Discov3ry paste extruder much on All3DP. We featured it in passing in our overview on 3D printing chocolate. But only now has the Canadian firm behind it captured our attention with a short video showcasing the extruder’s chocolaty capabilities.

The Discov3ry is a cartridge-based paste extruder kit that works with most desktop FDM printers. Thanks to a tie-up with Ultimaker, they also offer specific integration kits for their open-source machines.

In addition to this, they also sell the Discov3ry Complete – the extruder pre-integrated and bundled with the Ultimaker 2+.

Machines running on proprietary hardware may require tinkering or consultation with the manufacturer to get the Disco3ry working. Generally speaking, machines using RAMPS/Arduino control systems will play nice with the it.

It seems that the only limiting factor for what you can print with this extruder is the viscosity. Claims of Nutella, marshmallow, royal icing and – less appetizing – silicone gives you an idea of this component’s capabilities.

The Structur3D team got creative in their latest demo, loading a 50-50 mix of milk and white chocolate chips after a short blast in the microwave. Using a 1.5mm nozzle, 1mm layer height and 20mm/s speed, they successfully printed a star. Check it out in the video below.

So What Else Can The Discov3ry Do?

The extruder assembly features food-safe tubing. However, this doesn’t mean food is the Discov3ry Complete’s only application.

Often referred to as room-temperature vulcanizing molding, the extrusion of liquid silicone allows for prototyping and testing in a similar manner to plastic FDM. Because of this, silicone presents a practical solution in the traditional sense of 3D printing.

Andrew Finkle, the CTO of Structur3D explains a case usage printing shoe inserts:

“The proof-of-concept orthotics were done using RTV silicone caulk, which is great for prototyping and design optimization. However, due to the acetic acid by-product, this material wouldn’t be suitable for direct, prolonged skin contact. For a real-world, patient-specific print, we’d use medical grade silicone, which is platinum cured.”

The Discov3ry Complete comes with nozzle tips as small as 0.1mm, meaning it’s possible to fabricate detailed silicone parts. This opens the door to small batch manufacturing of specialist parts without the need for injection molding.

Other companies have made similar strides in the printing of silicone. Just last year British company Fripp Design and Research patented its Picsima process. Similarly, students at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands pioneered a 3D printing-mold casting process for soft robotics.

Source: Ultimaker Blog

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March 30, 2017 at 06:54PM
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3D Printing & Scanning Drive “Ghost in the Shell” VFX

3D Printing & Scanning Drive “Ghost in the Shell” VFX
By Tyler Koslow

The “Ghost in the Shell” VFX team used 30,000 3D scans and 3D printing technology to bring their film to life.  

Moviegoers around the world has been buzzing with speculation about the film Ghost in the Shell.

The “live-action” adaptation of the renowned 1995 anime is set in a digitalized dystopian future. The story revolves around Major, a cyborg cop played by Scarlett Johansson, who keeps a watchful eye on the boundless and futuristic world.

If you’ve seen any of the film’s clips already, it’s clear that CGI is used in abundance. Packed with towering solid holograms and otherworldly stunts, Ghost in the Shell has aimed to take special effects to a whole new level.

News recently surfaced that the VFX team used 3D scanning and printing to bring their vision to the big screen.

 3D Scanning the “Ghost in the Shell” Cast

In order to fuse the real world and digital fantasy together, the special effects team scanned 200 different actors. The scanning process, called photogrammetry, consisted of 80 cameras surrounding each cast member.

These cameras are capable of capturing motion, skin, hair, clothing, essentially the entire acting performance. Instead of a single-frame 3D scan, the VFX team uses a moving model that can be seamlessly placed within the digitalized city.

According to the film’s VFX supervisor Guillaume Rocheron, they created a whopping 30,000 3D scans. This allowed them to implant “solidgrams” into real shots and also CGI environments. The result is as if the actor is really there on screen, when in reality it’s just a realistic 3D render.

3D Printing Endoskeletons & Cityscapes

The Ghost in the Shell VFX team also used 3D printing technology, both on-screen and off the camera. In order to depict Major’s famous transformation from a defeated human to an invincible robot, they modeled and 3D printed the full-scale endoskeleton suit.

This human-like shell, created in the Weta workshop, is printed in 1,400 individual parts. Rocheron and his team also printed a one-and-a-half scale head.

Afterwards, the endoskeleton panels and body parts are digitally animated in great detail. The VFX team built a version of the body filled with concrete, allowing the skeleton to ride from the pool of white goop (check out the video below).

The Weta workshop also printed eight-foot-models of the cityscape and exterior environment. This allowed them to plan out the film’s setting before rendering it in CGI.

The 3D printed models allow the film team to physically walk around the soon-to-be digital setting. The city itself is inspired by Hong Kong and arranged in the New Zealand-based studio.

According to Rocheron, 3D printing and scanning was integral to the CGI design process:

“Once Rupert was happy with the design, we basically created a 3D scan of skyscrapers. Then we added more details to them. Then we adjusted to enhance the miniatures to make them look better and put them in authentic cityscapes. The miniature was used more as a design tool than a finishing tool.”

With Ghost in the Shell likely to have a major impact on the future of VFX in cinema, you can expect 3D scanning and printing to continue emerging in the film industry as the technology advances.

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March 30, 2017 at 04:56PM
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