Metal Plated 3D Printing from Shapeways

On 6 February 2015, Shapeways announced metal plated 3D printing services.

“Precious Plated Metal is a great choice for all of your jewelry. The 18k Gold Plated will replace our existing Gold Plated Brass. If you were currently selling this material in your shop, we’ve gone ahead and updated the offering and carried over your markup on Shapeways. Be sure to enable your models in the new Rhodium, Rose & 14k Gold Premium Plated, too- they’re all the same price!”

“Products made in Precious Plated Metal are made the same way our Polished Brass is with a few bonus steps. Wax casts of your model are 3D printed, plaster is poured around the wax cast, and then the brass is poured in the cast. The brass cools and takes form before we carefully remove the cast. We then layer it with palladium, increasing strength and durability, before finishing your products with 0.5 microns of the precious alloy of your choice. The electroplating on our new upgraded offering is more durable and we are excited to delight even more designers and shoppers with these materials.”

Click here to read the full story.

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Precious Plated Metal 3D Printing from Shapeways: A Closer Look

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Originally Published on 6 Feb 2015 to YouTube by Savannah Peterson, Global Community Manager at Shapeways.

Synopsis. “Shapeways has introduced 14k & 18k gold, Rose Gold, and Rhodium Plated. They’re beautiful and I had to show off our launch models in this video!”

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Charles Romans – 3D Printing Services

In this video, Charles Romans discusses 3D Printing Services at the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History. Learn more at:

http://art.uiowa.edu/3d-printing-facility

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3D Printed Prosthetic Arms You Can Control with Your Brain

“LaChappelle made his first robotic hand out of LEGOs, fishing wire, and electrical tubing when he was all of 14 years old, and it’s now, after considerable effort on his part, a 3D printed marvel capable of operating in conjunction with the user’s mind.”

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“It’s considerably more functional than a traditional prosthesis – and stronger than a human hand. LaChappelle says the next generation of the arm was capable of sustaining 50 pounds of pressure on each individual finger. ‘The strength of the hand is so great that it’s almost dangerous,’ LaChappelle says of the device.” [More…]

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The above quotes are from a 3DPrint.com article, “Teen Launches GoFundMe Campaign to 3D Print Prosthetic Arms You Can Control with Your Brain.” (20 Jan 2015)

Riding in a 3D-printed car – NAIAS 2015

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Originally published by The Verge to YouTube on 13 Jan 2015.

About

“At Detroit’s North American International Auto Show, we had a chance to ride in an all-electric car that’s assembled in a very, very unusual way. It’s not fast, but it gets plenty of looks.”

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Zero Waste 3D Printing: 3D Print. Recycle. Remake.

Originally published to YouTube by 3D Systems on Jan 6, 2015. (source)

Synopsis. The first consumer 3D printer to print exclusively in post-consumer waste, the EKOCYCLE Cube 3D printer was launched in collaboration with The Coca-Cola Company and will.i.am, 3DS’ Chief Creative Officer, in December 2014. The EKOCYCLE Cube challenges users to rethink how we make by transforming post-consumer waste into beautiful fashion, décor and music accessories. For more information, go to: http://cubify.com/en/EKOCYCLE

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Neri Oxman: Revolution in Art & Design using 3D Printing with the Stratasys Objet Connex500 multi-material 3D printer

Originally published to YouTube on May 4, 2012

For more information: http://ow.ly/oT2Lm
As seen on the Stratasys blog: http://ow.ly/qFUY8

A special thanks to MIT Media Lab’s Neri Oxman, Peter Schmitt (3D printed clock) & Amit Zoran (3D printed flute) for kindly allowing footage of their 3D printed models to be used in the making of this film. (Some of these parts were created using a variety of 3D printing technologies including Stratasys Objet 3D printers.)

In this insightful interview, Neri Oxman,architect, designer and professor of Media Arts and Sciences and Director of the Mediated Matter group at the MIT Media Lab, explains the differences between ‘additive’ and ‘subtractive’ manufacturing. Inspired by things that ‘grow’ in nature, Oxman uses the world’s most advanced 3D printing technology – the Stratasys Objet Connex500 multi-material 3D printer to produce some incredible models which were on display at the Pompidou Center until August 6th 2012 at the ‘Multiversites Creatives’ exhibit. Neri also explains 3D printing within the wider paradigm shift in technology and manufacturing – comparing it to the Gutenberg 2D print revolution of the 1440’s.

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Stratasys Triple Jetting Technology for 3D Multimaterial Printing

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This video was originally published to YouTube on 4 November 2014. (source)

Stratasys triple-jetting technology is unique, allowing users to build products with up to three base materials in a single run, forming new Digital Materials such as Digital ABS or producing parts in vibrant colors. This technology 3D prints parts in a single, automated build with up to 80 material properties per part, ranging from rigid to rubber-like in a range of vibrant colors and a range of Shore-A values producing exceptional final-product realism.

Bringing triple-jetting workflow benefits into an office setting for the first time, the Objet260 Connex1 3D Printer achieves multi-material 3D printing with three-material parts and mixed trays in a compact system. Fewer material changeovers and hot swapping – or reloading material and support cartridges while the 3D printer is operating – allows for continuous part production.

For more information on the
Objet260 Connex1: http://ow.ly/DMvkv

The Objet260 Connex2 multi-material 3D Printer combines all of the benefits of Connex1 with the power of two-component Digital Materials. The Objet260 Connex2 multi-material 3D Printer delivers advanced multi-material prototyping and manufacturing capabilities with mixed trays of more than 100 Digital Material options; including Digital ABS, a variety of Shore A values, and a range of opacities and shades. Suitable for several applications, the Connex2 can build products with rigid, flexible and clear materials in one part. Manufacturers using Digital ABS can create mold cores and cavities for short-run injection molding or produce custom manufacturing tools like jigs and fixtures.

For more information on the
Objet260 Connex2: http://ow.ly/DMvMw

The Objet260 Connex3 is a color, multi-material 3D printer compact enough for office use. From industries such as consumer electronics requiring toughness, color and soft-touch parts, to manufactured parts in automotive combining Digital ABS with rubber-like material, Connex3 technology offers the complete range of PolyJet materials for color and maximum versatility in material properties for ultimate final-product aesthetics. Additionally, the Objet260 Connex3 will now support files exported from CAD as VRMLs, as well as STLs. This retains color designations from the designer, eliminating the need for the Connex3 operator to re-designate all shells in Objet Studio.

For more information on the
Objet260 Connex3: http://ow.ly/DMyPE

For more information on PolyJet Technology: http://ow.ly/DMyXT
For more information on Connex Systems: http://ow.ly/DMz6B

 

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DITV: Studio Arts 3D Printing Services

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Synopsis. This video provides an introduction to the 3D Printing Services at Studio Arts. This video was originally published to YouTube on 8 October 2014. (source)

About the Facility. “The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Iowa has operated a 3D Printing Facility since 2008 at the Studio Arts Building. The main goal of this facility is to support the curriculum of the 3D Design Program at The School of Art & Art History. Our services are available for use by all Students, Staff and Faculty of The University of Iowa.” (source)

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CNET: DeeGreen 3D Printer Review

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Synopsis. CNET editor Dong Ngo creates an object with the DeeGreen 3D printer from be3D. Measuring 19.4 by 15.5 by 15.3 inches (495x395x390mm), the DeeGreen is about the same physical size as the Monoprice. However, it takes just a fraction of the time to get set up and running. In fact, it was easier to use than some regular printers in my trial. Out of the box, the printer is fully assembled with all of its important parts tied in place. There are just two parts you need to install. [More…] This video was first published to YouTube on 7 October 2014.

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