Category Archives: 3D Systems Printers

3D Systems Asia-Pacific offer a wide range of 3D printers using the latest technology available

“If you can dream it and you can think it, you can print it!”

3D Systems CEO, Abe Reichental spoke with Bloomberg recently about the newest edition to 3D Systems printer family, the Cube®!  Abe covered the practical uses of this first ever 3D printer designed especially for the home and commented on the fantastic impact access to this technology will have on education and every member of the family. Talk about democratizing creativity – people will be able to print everything from gifts and toys to a customized iPhone cover.       Check out the video!!

 
 

3D Systems Acquires FreshFiber

Press Release - 3D Systems Expands Reach Into Retail and Consumer Electronics

May 7, 2012 – 3D Systems Corporation has acquired FreshFiber BV, a leading 3D printed consumer goods brand, based in The Netherlands.

FreshFiber is the leading 3D printed consumer electronics accessories brand sold on-line and in retail stores.  3D Systems advised they plan to enhance GreshFiber’s portfolio through their technology and manufacturing infrastructure as well as growing Cubify.com platform.

FreshFiber offer extraordinary 3D designs, see video below… 

3D Typography “Steady As She Goes”

Typography can be described as the art and technique of making language visible.  Words are powerful enough, but digitization has opened up typography to new generations of visual designers and lay users.

3D printing of typography brings a whole new level of creativity and imagination.  For graphic designer and typographer, Luca Ionescu, inspiration comes from the need to make things better or try something new.  That’s why he approached 3D Systems Asia-Pacific to push the boundaries of technology to 3D print his “Steady As She Goes” (see below image) piece.

To produce the art piece, our Prototyping Technician recommended 3D Systems SLS technology and DuraForm ® PA plastic material for the following reasons:
- Unlimited geometric complexity
- Durability (longevity of art piece)
- SLS requires no extra finish
- SLS finish was akin to coral and bone structures of design

Our technician points out that re-work of CAD data by an expert is an essential part of any complex geometry piece to optimize the CAD for SLS build.  Dimensions: 339mm X 492mm

Luca runs Like Minded Studio where he has attracted the attention of Australia’s most creative agencies and high-profile clients from Coke to MTV.  Luca predicts that typography pieces will be made from a variety of both physical and digital methods, including rapid prototyping.

“The possibilities of using 3D printing break the conventions of typography wide open to a new realm of expression through sculptural typographic pieces.  I think as creative’s in design, art and advertising start using different technology to communicate to the audience, type will become more dynamic and interactive,” Luca explained.

Testimonial SLS model

click here for more images of the art piece.

3D Systems Asia-Pacific in the News

ABC Business, the national Australian Business Program, showed the potential of Additive Manufacturing and 3D Printing, featuring 3D Systems’ Asia Pacific Headquarter in Melbourne and our team-member Travis Hardy.

In times, where some industries suffer crisis, the program predicts a wave of innovation and names 3D Systems Melbourne with its onsite 3D Printing equipment the “facility of the future”. Have a look…

 3D Printing Travis Hardy

3D Printing Takes Off…

Designers and engineers around the world use 3D Systems printers to impressively communicate their design concepts under ever-tightening deadlines. 

Seabird Aviation Australia designed and developed the aircraft SEEKER, a most unusual design compared to standard aircrafts.  Described as a cross between a helicopter and a glider, it was purpose built for surveillance and patrol operations.

Using SLA (stereolithography) technology, 3D Systems Asia-Pacific created a scaled replica model of the Seeker for Seabird to display at the world’s most professional aviation show in Beijing, China.

click here to read the full story and see a video of how the SEEKER model was made using 3D Printing technology.

Personal 3D Printer Applications from 3D Systems

3D Printed Jelly Mould

Image: Jelly Moulded With 3D Personal Printer

Typically the personal 3D printer is targeted at hobbyists and school users who are exploring the world of 3D Printing for the first time. But this example shows how this technology could be used in a real world application to create custom deserts for the food
industry, or your Valentine!

Click on link to see video ….    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SZX-zq5_cQ

 If our deserts were custom made we think they would taste better!

3D Printing park benches of a different kind!

   
 

Here is some innovative research being done with 3D printing technology at U. Cal Berkeley.  Prof. Ronald Rael has developed a new process that enables the printing of production-ready building components. Following is his guest blog.

Printing innovative, one-of-a-kind building components that are generated quickly and economically to produce large scale -objects, is the current research of Ronald Rael, Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley and founding partner of Rael San Fratello Architects. They have developed a cement-based simulant and a new process that, for the first time, employs conventional rapid prototyping hardware to create strong and durable building components that cost far less than conventional 3d printing materials—up to 90% less than comparable printing materials.

The material can also reach strengths of up to 4,700psi in compression, which is a similar strength of concrete. This advancement in material output from digital modeling software ushers in a new era in building materials, and a new synthesis of design and production.

 

The SeatSlug, a biomorphic interpretation of a bench, demonstrates how this new digital output generates end-product structural building components directly from 3D CAD software.  It is constructed of 230 unique rapid-manufactured components.

New SLA Material, looks like an injection moulded part!

3D printed SLA model

 

I must admit when I first saw the Accura Xtreme Plastic material, I didn’t realise it was built on an SLA machine.  I actually thought it was an injection moulded part.  It wasn’t until closer inspection, because it hadn’t been polished, that I could see the build lines.

It feels nice in your hands and it’s very strong, I recommend it for assemblies, fit and form and functional tests.  It has a grey appearance – very similar to paint primer grey. 

If you would like to see a sample, contact our sales team info.asiapac@3dsystems.com

 

Printing a Bike using SLS Technology

EADS, the European aerospace and defense group, has unveiled the world’s first bike “grown” from powder, allowing complete sections to be built as one piece.

Known as the “Airbike,” it is made of nylon but strong enough to replace steel and requires no conventional maintenance or assembly. It can be tailoured made by modifiying the 3D CAD file and manufactured in days.