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Japanese Company Brings Photorealistic Color to 3D Printing Market

Japanese Company Brings Photorealistic Color to 3D Printing Market
By Tyler Koslow

The Japanese company Mimaki is launching the 3DUJ-553 UV LED printing solution, offering over 10 million colors and photorealistic print quality.

When you look at the current state of 3D printing, you’ll notice that the focus of many companies is integrating multi-material and multicolor capabilities into their machines. From desktop manufacturers like Ultimaker and Prusa Research, to major industrial players like Stratasys and HP, everyone seems to be working towards more functional and colorful prints.

The Japanese company Mimaki seems prepared to join the race with the new Mimaki 3DUJ-553 UV LED printing solution. This unique 3D printer offers over 10 million colors, enabling the production of photorealistic objects. With this machine, users will be able to print colorful signs, prototypes, parts, and products in full color. This will effectively eliminate the need for laborious and costly post processing methods.

 Mimaki Brings Photorealistic 3D Printing to the Table

The Mimaki 3DUJ-553 is able to print in photorealistic color, and also comes with water-soluble support material. This allows users to wash away the material without causing damage to the color of these vibrant objects. The company will target the professional market, aiming at industries involved with graphics, education, healthcare, manufacturing, architecture, and more. According to Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales at Mimaki Europe, there are a few advantages that the Japanese printer has over the competition.

“Other 3D printing solutions have two primary issues when it comes to creating 3D printed objects. First, they cannot produce objects in photorealistic colour. This often requests that objects be hand painted, a time-consuming and expensive prospect. Secondly, most 3D printed objects require removal of stabilising fixtures before they can be used.”

After printing the object, the 3DUJ-553 applies a final UV ink coating of approximately 22 microns using CMYK, white, and clear inks. The UV LED curing process also places minimal heat on the object. You can also view color simulations on the PC before printing, making sure that the selected colors match expectations.

This printer uses an acrylic resin material that offers similar hardness and functionality to ABS resin. This means that objects can undergo post-processing without impacting the structural integrity. The resin material offers weather resistance, surface smoothness, and exceptional strength. The 3DUJ-553 also has an onboard camera that enables users to monitor the entire 3D printing workflow.

Mimaki has been a force in the inkjet market for quite some time now. But now, the company will bring their expertise into the world of 3D printing. Depending on the price point and capabilities of the printer, the 3DUJ-553 could amass hype across the industry. We will certainly keep an eye on the Mimaki printer, but until then, you can look at this machine and marvel about what the future has in store for 3D printing technology.

Source: Mimaki Europe

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August 31, 2017 at 11:05PM
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Local Motors Create Autonomous Bus with Help From MakerBot

Local Motors Create Autonomous Bus with Help From MakerBot
By Hanna Watkin

Automotive company Local Motors creates its talking autonomous minibus, Olli, with help from MakerBot desktop 3D printers.

You may remember Olli, the 3D printed minibus from Arizona-based Local Motors. All3DP reported on the company’s talking autonomous vehicle last year. A year on, the wheels on the bus are still rolling and the company is revealing more about how it was made.

Olli is the descendant of Strati, the world’s first 3D printed electric car. As with Strati, Local Motors 3D prints large plastic panels using Cincinnati Inc.’s Big Area Additive Manufacturing technology.

However, on a much smaller scale, the company also uses 3D printing to create prototypes, tools, and interior end-use components. For that they rely on desktop 3D printers from their partner, MakerBot, and have seen cost reductions of around 50% as well as time savings of around 90%. Alex Fiechter, Director of Product Development at Local Motors, explains:

“We’ve been using the new Replicator+ recently and, so far, it’s been a great set and forget experience, really operating like a shop machine… We really didn’t have the time to wait around very long for the parts that we needed. We wanted to set the making of them going and then forget about them while we worked on other things.”

Check out the MakerBot video about Local Motors:

Olli Makes a Hit Across the Globe

Local Motor’s aim is to find niches in the automotive sector. So far, they’ve received praise from around the world for Olli, which they believe to be a long overdue update to global transportation systems.

Testing the minibus are companies in Berlin, including Deutsche Bahn and Innoz. And although Olli can currently only travel at speeds of around 25 mph, it has a design that is a lot more modern and much smarter than a typical bus.

Tony Rivera, a mechanical engineer at Local Motors, adds:

“Not only are we trying to shift design, not only are we trying to create prototypes fast, but learning is a huge component of what we do… If the software is too difficult, if the machine itself took too much upkeep, we’d be going back to the water jet. I can’t really see a future Local Motors where they’re not using 3D printing. It is the key that really unlocks how we can succeed as a company with low volume and high design flexibility.”

Clearly, the team has found that the many benefits of 3D printing mean it’s a technology that will be sticking around in the future.

Source: tct Magazine

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August 31, 2017 at 08:55PM
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Simplify3D for Free: Is there a Free Version of Simplify3D?

Simplify3D for Free: Is there a Free Version of Simplify3D?
By Sean Rohringer

Simplify3D is a popular 3D printing slicer, capable of converting your 3D models into optimized instructions for your 3D printer, and much more besides. Unlike other slicers, no free version of Simplify3D exists, but there is a “trial”, of sorts.

Simplify3D for Free: How to Access the Trial

Regardless of whether or not you want to own it, the only way to start using Simplify3D is to buy it for $150. You then have two weeks to try it out, and if by the end of that period it’s not to your liking, you can return the software for a full refund.

Getting set up is easy. Upon buying Simplify3D through their website, you’ll instantly receive an email with instructions to download and install the software. After that, it’s a simple matter of connecting to one of the hundreds of 3D printers supported by the slicer.

Please remember: If you don’t want to keep the software, you will have to cancel within two weeks.

Simplify3D for Free: Available Features

Even if such a thing as “Simplify3D for Free” doesn’t exist, it can be worth getting the trial version. Simplify3D offers a ton of interesting features for the magnitude of FDM 3D printers, so it’s definitely worth a try.

Naturally, if you purchase Simplify3D, the full range of features are available to you from the very beginning. These include, among others, simulating prints in advance, determining optimal support structures, and a plethora of variable print settings.

Don’t miss our Simplify3D Review: The Best Slicer for 3D Printing.

Simplify3D for Free: Alternative Slicers

If the $150 is out of your price range, there are a number of free 3D slicers that are just as popular. Chief among them are Cura, Slic3r, and Repetier.

For information on even more slicers, check out our article, 16 Best 3D Slicer Software Tools for 3D Printers (Most are Free).

Whichever software suite you do end up using: if you’re new to slicers, here’s a guide to 3D Slicer Settings for Beginners – 8 Things You Need to Know.

Free 3D Slicer #1: Cura

Best 3D Slicer Software #4: Cura

Cura comes from 3D printer company Ultimaker. With an intuitive user interface and over 200 settings, it’s well-suited for both beginners and experts.

If you choose to use Cura, take a look at our handy Cura 3D Tutorial – How to Use Cura Slicer Software.

Free 3D Slicer #2: Slic3r

Best 3D Slicer Software #13: Slic3r

Slic3r incorporates a number of useful tools, such as a bleeding edge feature, multiple views with which to preview a print, and a strong alternating honeycomb infill. It’s also known to operate relatively quickly, even on slower computers.

Free 3D Slicer #3: Repetier

A well-established slicer in the 3D printing community, Repetier tends to be favored by users of an intermediate to advanced level. It supports plugins for multiple extruders and virtually any 3D printer on the market.

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August 31, 2017 at 07:01PM
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Atom 3 Delta 3D Printer Combines SLA and FDM Technology in One Machine

Atom 3 Delta 3D Printer Combines SLA and FDM Technology in One Machine
By Miles Scott

Looking for a fast FDM 3D printer? And the precision of an SLA machine? The Atom 3 3D printer delivers both benefits in one machine.

Two vastly differing technologies, FDM and SLA make up two completely isolated realms of 3D printing — until now. Layer One, creators of the Atom 3D printer series, have announced the Atom 3, a printer which aims to combine the resolution and precision of SLA with the speed and volume of FDM.

The Atom 3 is scheduled for release in 2018. It offers a build volume of 65 × 120 × 250 mm and a layer thickness of 25, 50, or 100 microns (0.001, 0.002, or 0.004 inches) for the SLA tool head. There is no price announced yet for the Atom 3.

Layer One is a Taiwanese company known for their Atom line of delta printers, which has been progressively adding modular features to a magnetic tool head. The Atom 3 is no exception to this trend, adding an SLA LCD. You can still use the “traditional” FDM extruder to print big, strong, functional parts and prototypes, but if you need finer details, like tiny threads or decorations on jewelry, simply switch to the SLA LCD tool head and add a resin reservoir to the print bed.

This is a bold new step for Layer One. An all-in-one machine could give makers the ability to produce almost any model at an incredible level of detail, and at a reduced price, without needing to buy two machines. Take a look at this video to see how to swap print heads:

SLA and FDM: A Rare Combination

Though several all-in-one machines exist in today’s market, the combination of SLA and FDM is completely new. Prices for LCD-based SLA machines have come down in recent years, along with the cost of resin. However, this is the first printer intending to combine both technologies into a single machine. When asked what prompted the use of SLA in the Atom 3, Lawrence Lee, founder and CEO of Layer One, said:

“Even with our ultra-rigid design and a .2 mm nozzle, it’s impossible to achieve super high detail with FDM, no matter how hard you try. SLA is the only way we can offer this capability to our customers.”

Most companies that sell LCD-based SLA printers, such as Wanhao with the D7, offer them as standalone machines. Justifying the incorporation of SLA into the Atom 3, Mr. Lee had this to say:

“SLA machines require a very sturdy Z vertical motion system, and deltas provide that better than the conventional cantilever system. Of course, there will be challenges to designing a user-friendly module versus a standalone machine, but we accept them gladly.”

While Layer One has proven they can make a quality FDM delta printer, this is their first experience with SLA. So it remains to be seen if they can maintain their high level of quality using a new technology, and also if they can compete with well-established SLA printers like the Form 2, from Formlabs, or the Maoi.

Stay tuned for further news on the Atom 3.

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August 31, 2017 at 05:00PM
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40 Epic Star Wars 3D Models to 3D Print

40 Epic Star Wars 3D Models to 3D Print
By Franklin Houser

A Yoda for your desk? A laser sword pen holder? Or a battery powered walking AT-AT? Check out these epic Star Wars 3D models to 3D print.

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August 31, 2017 at 02:59PM
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This Hack Turns Your Ultimaker 3 into an Ambient Light

This Hack Turns Your Ultimaker 3 into an Ambient Light
By Matthew Mensley

The folks at Doodle 3D have been tinkering around with the Ulitmaker API. Their first test? To light the Ultimaker 3 Extended like a Christmas tree.

The Ultimaker 3 is an interesting machine. Not only is it one of our highest-rated 3D printers, but it also boasts LED light strips and brains that, for the greater 3D printing community, fly under the radar.

Indeed, dig underneath that sleek white shell and you’ll find a board running a custom image of Linux (Debian) keeping things ticking along smoothly.

The developers over at Doodle3D know this. And while developing Ultimaker 3 support for their just-released Doodle3D Transform web-app, they started experimenting with the Ultimaker’s API.

Put together in mere hours, they hobbled together code that allows full control the Ultimaker’s LED light strips. They wrote the code in HTML, JavaScript and Node.

The results are pretty colorful — check out the video below.

Hacking the Ultimaker 3 into a Controllable Light

Running on what appears to be an iPhone, the resulting applet allows the Doodle3D guys to tap around on an image of the RGB color spectrum. After a short delay the Ultimaker’s lights follow along.

It’s the sort of feature you might expect to see from a printer manufacturer in the future; small quality of life upgrades that make the 3D printer that little bit more personal and seamless in its integration with the home.

We can see a whole heap of possibilities with such a function if it ever saw official integration. For example imagine bright visual cues indicating print progress, or integrating your printer into a smart-home setup with wirelessly controlled lighting.

Others have previously taken control of the lights on Ultimakers. And it’s easily done with a simple g-code insertion singularly changing the lights — as the YouTube channel for Dream 3D details. But we’ve seen nothing nearly as dynamic Doodle3D’s approach.

For the Doodle 3D team, the light show is a simple proof of concept. Their end goal is to get the Ultimaker 3 to play nice with their Transform software, piping print jobs to the machine via WiFi.

If you want to give it a go yourself, the code is available on GitHub.

Source: Hackaday

There aren’t really any official pics of the Ultimaker’s lighting, so we took a bit of artistic license, instead

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August 30, 2017 at 10:57PM
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All3DP Supports Texas: 3D Printing For Disaster Relief

All3DP Supports Texas: 3D Printing For Disaster Relief
By Claire Sembera

To help Texans during Hurricane Harvey, All3DP will donate $10 for each order that is ordered via our Price Comparison Service, until the end of the week.

This past week, Texas has become completely inundated due to flooding from Hurricane Harvey. To show solidarity during the ongoing crisis, Steve Surette designed a Texas Flood Support plaque (pictured above) to be a symbol of unity in these trying times. To show our support, All3DP will donate $10 to The Greater Houston Community Foundation’s “Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund” for every order that is placed via our new Price Comparison Service, up until the end of the week.

Most importantly, we want to urge you to donate directly to the GHCF or another organization involved with disaster relief. Still, we wanted to give our readers the opportunity to commemorate The Lone Star State with this 3D printed plaque, while also providing financial aid to Texans in need.

You can order a professionally 3D printed plaque by clicking here or upload your own .STL model to our service by clicking on the button below.

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In addition to our efforts to raise awareness, we’ve also compiled a list of ways that 3D printing is helping people survive during natural disasters.

Humanitarian organizations are starting to look at using 3D printers to allow printing onsite, rather than shipping pre-made items that may not be a perfect fit in the end. The startup Field Ready has begun tackling this problem by bringing 3D printers to areas that have been hit by disaster, printing exactly what’s needed, when it’s needed.

This concept has already been introduced in Nepal, Haiti and Syria. However, this technology can undoubtedly be of assistance in natural disasters all over the world, including Hurricane Harvey. While western countries generally have more resources at hand and require less effort to import aid, when up to 30,000 people are displaced from flooding, there can never be too many helping hands. And the focus, naturally, goes to the basic necessities that everyone needs. But judging by the severity of the storm, people are going to need more than that.

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Water pipe fitting printed in the field by Field Ready in Bahrabise IDP Camp in Nepal.

Furthermore, not only residential areas are affected, but commercial businesses as well. Stores are going to be closed for a while and access to everything is likely going to be quite limited. This is where 3D printing can help. By having 3D printers available, the parts needed to make simple repairs can be 3D printed.

For those who have been displaced

The number one need when disaster strikes is clean water. Growing up in Texas, the phrase “if it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down” will never let me forget the water scarcity that accompanies major flood events. And that was for small floods. A flood the magnitude of Harvey will leave tens of thousands, if not more, without clean water for a long time. This Solar Water Purifier tackles this problem by providing a collection device for a simple plastic 2-liter bottle to implement the proven technology of using the heat of the sun to separate clean purified water from contaminates.

For a larger version, the Solar Powered Water Purification Cone has a larger base area and is more stable.

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3D-printed Solar Powered Water Purification Cone used to desalinate and purify water.

With 30,000 Texans displaced, privacy and security become compromised. Having a place to keep your things safe can bring some peace of mind when everything else is array. Here is a safe box that can be scaled to hold those items held most dear. Passports, jewelry, keys, mementos, etc., they can now all be kept safe in a lockable safe box. If you don’t need a lock, these storage containers can also be very helpful.

Clean-up / Repairs

With time, the water will drain and people will begin to move back home and deal with the aftermath. 3D-printing can help here too.

Field Ready, as the pioneer of this on-the-ground technology, has provided their creations on Thingiverse. They have shown great success in printing items such as tools, pipe fittings, clamps, nuts and bolts. In addition, we’ve found files for knurling bolts and nuts, parametric hinges, hose barbsrakes, wrenches, etc. If you find yourself in need of a specific piece, the likelihood it’s on one of the 3D modeling sites.

Sometimes when everything is inundated in water, you simply need to be able to dry it all out. These 3D printable drying racks help to do just that. They’re easily customizable by adjusting the leg length and/or diameter, and can be stacked to optimize space.

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August 30, 2017 at 09:05PM
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3D Printed BiliScreen Detects Liver and Pancreatic Disorders

3D Printed BiliScreen Detects Liver and Pancreatic Disorders
By Hanna Watkin

Apps and 3D printed devices seem to hold an interesting future for initial medical diagnoses. Recently, All3DP reported on Eyeagnosis – a 3D printed device and app to diagnose diabetic retinopathy.

The latest in 3D printed medical devices comes from researchers at the University of Washington. The team has developed both an app called BiliScreen which works with a 3D printed box.

BiliScreen then detects scleral jaundice in an adult’s eye and, therefore, can detect liver and pancreatic disorders. However, the system is not replacing doctors but instead detects early symptoms.

The researchers explain that pancreatic cancer has one of the worst survival rates, most likely due to symptoms going unnoticed. In fact, 80-85% of patients won’t “present themselves” until tumors are so advanced that they can’t be removed completely.

However, one of the earliest signs of pancreatic cancer is a yellowish discoloration of the skin, known as jaundice. Detecting the cause of jaundice requires a trip to the doctor and a blood sample. BiliScreen offers a non-contact alternative which is more likely to encourage patients to get checked regularly.

How does BiliScreen Work?

With pancreatic cancer, bilirubin levels start to increase and eventually cause jaundice. However, when jaundice is noticeable in the eye, there is already a high level of bilirubin in the blood and a patient is in the severe stages of a disease.

The aim of BiliScreen is to detect bilirubin and jaundice at very low levels by using computer vision and machine learning. As well as being more desirable than a blood test, it is also a cheaper and easier option.

The researchers developed BiliScreen, building on the work of BiliCam which is a smartphone app to screen babies for jaundice. The system works by using a smartphone camera and algorithms to measure the bilirubin levels in the white area of an adult’s eye.

The researchers take lighting into account by using the app alongside a 3D printed box which blocks out external lightning. By incorporating this box, they found that BiliScreen was around 90% as accurate as a blood test. However, this study was small and only included 70 people.

Other than a 3D printed box, the researchers also found they could use paper glasses with colored squares which are calibrated to the app. After initially great results, they will present their work at Ubicomp 2017 held in September.

Source: Engadget 

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August 30, 2017 at 07:01PM
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VW Caddy Fitted With 3D Printed Front-End Structure for 3i-PRINT Project

VW Caddy Fitted With 3D Printed Front-End Structure for 3i-PRINT Project
By Tyler Koslow

Altair, APWORKS, EOS, and other leading manufacturers partner up under the 3i-PRINT program to 3D print front-end structure for VW Caddy.  

All across the globe, car manufacturers are increasingly integrating 3D printing into their production process. Whether its used to renovate a 1954 Pininfarina Jaguar or optimizing the automotive design cycle of future vehicles, additive manufacturing is playing a critical role in this sector.

In order to showcase this potential, a group of leading manufacturers are teaming up for the 3i-PRINT partnership project. Participants include Altair, APWORKS, csi entwicklungstechnik, EOS GmbH, GERG, and Heraeus. The collective, initiated by csi entwicklungstechnik, allows these pioneering manufacturers to research and develop breakthrough concepts together. The overall aim of 3i-PRINT is to demonstrate and exploit the potential of industrial 3D printing in automotive manufacturing.

The first result of this all-star collaboration is a Volkswagen Caddy fitted with a 3D printed front-end structure.

3i-PRINT Project: Demonstrating Value of Industrial 3D Printing in Automotive Manufacturing

From the first conceptual design to the final car, the entire project took nine months to complete. Not only is the 3D printed front-end section of the car exceptionally light and stable, it also features a high degree of functionality. In order to achieve these characteristics, the team used Altair’s software solutions to optimize and simulate the organic design.

This enabled the experts at csi entwicklungstechn to reduce the space and overall weight of the front-end structure. The company develops modules for vehicle bodies, interiors, and exteriors, and led the development and production of the VW Caddy. GERG, a leading supplier of automotive and aerospace solutions, helped connect the 3D printed components to the final frame.

After the simulation and design of the automotive concept was confirmed, the Airbus subsidiary APWORKS prepared the final components for 3D printing. APWORKS uses an additive manufacturing system developed by EOS, a stalwart in the industrial metal 3D printing sector. Finally, the metal powder specialist Heraeus supplied the high-strength aluminum alloy Scalmalloy used to manufacture the components.

“We are proud to present the Caddy with an exemplary new additively manufactured front end structure. The new structure and the contrast between old and new impressively demonstrates the potential that 3D printing and functional integration offer, particularly for the automotive industry,” said Stefan Herrmann of csi entwicklungstechn.

All in all, the 3i-PRINT project proves that innovation blooms even quicker when manufacturing titans partner up. You can catch the VW Caddy live at Converge 2017 in Essen or formnext 2017 in Frankfurt.

Source: Altair

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August 30, 2017 at 02:57PM
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Peek Behind the Curtain at PLENGoer Robotics’ Futuristic Factory

Peek Behind the Curtain at PLENGoer Robotics’ Futuristic Factory
By Hanna Watkin

PLENGoer Cube

Kickstarter veteran PLENGoer details the “futuristic factory” where its PLEN Cube robot is being built. Cloud-based design and rapid prototyping lead the way for them in reinventing product development.

Natsuo Akazawa, President of PLENGoer Robotics is an individual who believes in the next level in manufacturing. Stripping And he’s doing it with cutesy robots.

At the beginning of this year, the company funded the PLEN Cube personal assistant robot successfully on Kickstarter. It is due to be shipped to backers by the end of this year.

The robot is a personal assistant with similar functions to other voice recognition assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri. It features a distinctive design that could be described as anime-meets-retro futurism. Akazawa explains:

“In order for people to use our product, it has to be fun and blend into people’s lives… You can have the best technology in the world, but that won’t matter if the product is cumbersome, ugly, or dull.”

And the result is certainly not dull. With a colorful outer shell and dancing moves to give it personality, the PLEN Cube is a charming device (seriously, check out the video below). But to create it, Akazawa relies upon an agile production environment; one that integrates 3D printing to allow for quick product development.

PLENGoer a Go-Go: Collaborating in the Cloud and 3D Printing

With a team spread across the world, individual members collaborated on the design of the PLEN Cube in the cloud. Engineers based in China, Ireland and Japan all merge their respective iterations in real-time in Autodesk Fusion 360.

At PLENGoer’s main office in Japan, these design iterations are then fabricated on a Formlabs Form 2 SLA 3D printer. In total it is thought that 3D printing cut costs for the PLEN Cube’s outer case by 95 percent. Similarly, total production time reduced by as much as 85%.

Highlighting the benefits over outsourcing such prototyping production, Kazuya Shibata, an engineer at PLENGoer Robotics, explains:

“In the case of outsourcing, we can’t make multiple prototypes on each occasion. The great advantage of the Form 2 used in-house is that we can repeatedly carry out tests… Another great advantage for engineers is the ability to reduce time spent thinking about various parameters and configurations. As soon as a thought pops into my head, it can be verified immediately by printing with the Form 2.”

The team now hope they can integrate 3D printers into every one of their offices around the world. And while Akazawa dreams of  the factory of the future, we’d argue that it’s a reality already. Instant collaboration anywhere in the world, and semi-instant (okay, it takes some time to 3D print something) prototyping are tools of the factory today.

Source: Formlabs

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August 30, 2017 at 12:57AM
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