German Switch Manufacturer, Berker, Improves Agility, Reduces Prototype Testing Time by 85% by 3D Printing Injection Molds

Average cost per mold reduced by a whopping 83% with 3D printing Video: Watch how Berker makes a switch more efficiently with 3D printed injection molds

IMTS 2016 -- SPRING Technologies highlights NCSIMUL MACHINE and NCSIMUL CAM as manufacturers usher in Industry 4.0

See full demonstrations of these advanced, award-winning software solutions and more in Booth E-3267

3D scanning market size is projected to be valued at USD 6.05 billion by 2022

3D scanning market size is expected to exceed USD 6 billion, growing at a CAGR of 11.5% from 2015 to 2022.Attributes such as affordability, high efficiency, ability to generate fast and accurate results is to drive the 3D scanning market over the forecast period.

Printed Perforated Lampshades for Continuous Projective Images

From Haisen Zhao, Lin Lu, Yuan Wei, Dani Lischinski, Andrei Sharf, Daniel Cohen-Or, Baoquan Chen: We present a technique for designing 3D-printed perforated lampshades, which project continuous grayscale images onto the surrounding walls. Given the geometry of the lampshade and a target grayscale image, our method computes a distribution of tiny holes over the shell, such that the combined footprints of the light emanating through the holes form the target image on a nearby diffuse surface. Our objective is to approximate the continuous tones and the spatial detail of the target image, to the extent possible within the constraints of the fabrication process.  To ensure structural integrity, there are lower bounds on the thickness of the shell, the radii of the holes, and the minimal distances between adjacent holes. Thus, the holes are realized as thin tubes distributed over the lampshade surface. The amount of light passing through a single tube may be controlled by the tube's radius and by its direction (tilt angle). The core of our technique thus consists of determining a suitable configuration of the tubes: their distribution across the relevant portion of the lampshade, as well as the parameters (radius, tilt angle) of each tube. This is achieved by computing a capacity-constrained Voronoi tessellation over a suitably defined density function, and embedding a tube inside the maximal inscribed circle of each tessellation cell. The density function for a particular target image is derived from a series of simulated images, each corresponding to a different uniform density tube pattern on the lampshade... (full paper)

Transcend Robotics and Oak Ridge National Laboratory Partner to Advance Robotic Mobility

Cooperative Agreement Focuses on Developing Robotic Mobility Technology at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility

Markforged Releases Onyx: Micro-Carbon Reinforced Nylon For Industrial Strength Parts

Revolutionary new material enables engineers to 3D print parts for demanding applications.

Optomec to Showcase 3D Printed Electronics at Sensors Expo

Aerosol Jet Printing of Smart IoT Devices to be Highlighted

Milacron's Mold-Masters Premium Summit-Series Hot Runner Seeing Major Adoption for High End Molding Applications Beyond the Medical Market

Originally designed to be a medical molding powerhouse, the Summit-Series is proving very versatile with customers utilizing the stainless steel hot runner to mold premium packaging, personal care goods, teletronic parts and even small automotive parts.

3D Systems Demonstrates Latest Advancements in Direct Metal Printing Alongside Leading Aerospace and Defense Manufacturers

This two-day, hands-on workshop and demonstration is designed to educate existing and potential customers on the unique challenges of supporting the aerospace and defense sector while introducing them to new industry-specific tools currently under development.

Japanese Automaker, Daihatsu, Collaborates With Local Designers to Offer Car Design Customization Using Stratasys 3D Printing

Carmaker worked with top Japanese designers to create unique, customizable automotive exterior 'Effect Skins' for their 2-door convertible Video: Learn how 3D printing enables true customization, even if producing only a single part

FIRST 3D TOOLS PRINTED ABOARD SPACE STATION

Evan Gough for UniverseToday:  Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have manufactured their first tool using the 3D printer on board the station. This is another step in the ongoing process of testing and using additive manufacturing in space. The ability to build tools and replacement parts at the station is something NASA has been pursuing keenly. The first tool printed was a simple wrench. This may not sound like ground-breaking stuff, unless you’ve ever been in the middle of a project only to find you’re missing a simple tool. A missing tool can stop any project in its tracks, and change everybody’s plans. The benefits of manufacturing needed items in space are obvious. Up until now, every single item needed on the ISS had to be sent up via re-supply ship. That’s not a quick turnaround. Now, if a tool is lost or destroyed during normal use, a replacement can be quickly manufactured on-site.   Cont'd...

Shapeways and The New York Public Library Announce a Partnership to Provide Free Curriculum to Teach the Entrepreneurial Side of 3D Printing, Advanced Design Software and 3D Printing Materials

Initiative in Response to the White House Call to Action for National Week of Making Pilot Program Kicks off this Fall; National Roll-out to Follow

Indiegogo - NEPTUNE Gives Users an Affordable Way to Print Their Imagination

PYI introduces the world's most affordable high quality consumer 3D printer via the 'NEPTUNE - The Big and Affordable 3D Printer' project on Indiegogo. The team behind this campaign is crowdfunding to bring the inspired NEPTUNE to market.

Altair and Airbus APWorks Team up to Make Additive Manufacturing a Reality for Customers

Partnership will provide added value for AM development chain

The University of Pittsburgh and ANSYS develop new computing tools to push the boundaries of additive manufacturing

Partnership establishes new ANSYS Additive Manufacturing Research Laboratory at Swanson School of Engineering

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