The world’s first 3D printed race car

Introducing the Areion from Group T.

16 engineers from Group T entered the Formula Student 2012 challenge with the Areion, the first race car made in large part with 3D printing. The shell of the car was printed in large panels on Materialise’s Mammoth stereolithography 3D printers.

Using 3D printing allowed innovative features to be incorporated directly into the skin of the car. Cooling channels printed into the side pods create a cyclone affect with the incoming air to force water and dirt out before the air enters the engine, and connection points integrated into the side panels allow quick access to the interior for faster repairs.

Follow the project on the Formula Group T website.
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A fashion show of 3D printed hats

3D printing on the runway.


A collection of 3D printed hats and acessories were shown on the runway as part of the Materialise World Conference in Leuven, Belgium. Well known designers Elvis Pompilio, Daniel Widrig, Niccolo Casas showed pieces in addition to the top 20 entries in Materialise’s recent “Hats Off to 3D Printing Challenge.”
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3D printed buildings on the moon!

NASA exploring 3D printing on the moon?

It is 2012 and I’m a little disappointed that flying cars, living in gigantic submarine cities under the ocean and a cure for the common cold have so far all failed to materialise. At least the prospect of living on the Moon looks a little closer now with NASA working on a concept to send 3D printer equipped construction robots to the Moon. (more…)

3D printing timeline

i.materialise looks back at 3D printing in 2011. What a year it has been!

It’s that time of year again… with a new calendar milestone about to tick by, we can’t help but turn all nostalgic and enjoy a look back over the year that’s coming to a close.

When reflecting on what’s been happening in the world of 3D printing in 2011, the guys over at i.materialise put together a nifty timeline that shows just how big a year it has been.

The Dipity Timeline is a condensed list; for 3D printing has come a long way indeed over the past twelve months. The amount of coverage and exposure that 3D printing has received speaks well for the continued growth from DIY enthusiasts, to industry professionals and everything in between.

i.materialise via Solidsmack

Ponoko CEO David ten Have to speak at this week’s World Conference on Mass Customization, Personalization, and Co-Creation

also known as #MCPC2011

The bi-annual MCPC conference will take place this week in San Francisco. This multi-day, multi-track conference attracts entrepreneurs, academics, designers, and top players in the burgeoning business-meets-tech field of mass customization / personalization / co-creation.

Business seminars will run through Nov 16—17, and a Research & Innovation conference will run through Nov 18—19.

Ponoko CEO David ten Have will be presenting his talk, Building the World’s Easiest Making System, on Wednesday afternoon as part of The Future of Mass Customization: The New Open Manufacturing System.

Other speakers include mass-co guru Frank Pillar; exec vp of Materialise, Wim Michiels; director of P&G’s Connect+Develop, Ashish Chatterjee; Quirky’s head of engineering, John Jacobsen; CEO of TechShop, Mark Hatch; Jeff & Bobby Beaver, the founders of Zazzle; and a bazillion other game-changers from CEOs of promising start-ups to successful VCs.

Registrations for the conference are still being accepted. But if you don’t have a corporate account to charge it to, you can follow the action on twitter: #mcpc2011

3D printing exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum

One of the world’s premier museums is offering an exhibition dedicated to 3D printing.

The Victoria and Albert museum in London, one of the world’s premier museums of art and design, is offering its first-ever exhibition entirely dedicated to 3D printing in collaboration with Materialise. If there was still any doubt whatsoever of 3D printing as an influential new medium in design, this should lay those doubts to rest.

The exhibition, Industrial Revolution 2.0: How the Material World will Newly Materialise, will feature a collection of the best, most impressive, and most famous examples of 3D printing. The museum has also acquired two pieces, Fractal.MGX table, above, and One_Shot.MGX stool, below, for its permanent collection.

The exhibition will run September 17-25 during London Design Festival. Admission is free, so if you happen to be in London, be sure to stop by.

Via i.materialise

Objet’s functional 3D printed folding stool

3D printing continues to push beyond the “prototype.”

3D printer manufacturer Objet has created this 3D printed folding stool to demonstrate that a 3D printer can make a product equivalent to a traditionally manufactured one. It was printed in one piece in the folded up position out of what they describe as “ABS-like plastic.” It is 48 cm (19 inches) high and can support up to 100 kg (220 lbs).

While Objet does not claim that this stool is the first folding stool printed in one piece, I still feel obliged to mention that there is a predecessor to this project. Freedom of Creation made the One Shot Stool back in 2008.

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How digital fabrication is democratizing product design

presentation for the 2011 RAPID conference

Last week I presented one of the Consumer Products talks at RAPID 2011. Several people approached me afterwards and asked for a copy, so I’ve decided to share it here on the blog. View and download the PDF here.

Here’s an abbreviated version (14 instead of 36 slides) of my 30 minute talk.
And because the conference was about additive manufacturing, the presentation focuses on 3D printing.

I started out by giving some context around the maker movement and explaining that a handful of new companies, all launched within the past 2-4 years, are helping people create their own products.

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3D/DC — 3D printing community presents in Washington DC today

Bringing 3DP to DC!

Today in Washington, DC, the 3D printing community is presenting to policymakers on the rise and implications of this buzzed about manufacturing technology.

3D/DC: 3D Printing Comes to the Nation’s Capital is hosting two panel discussions and live demonstrations.

Founders and execs from 3D Systems, the Association for Manufacturing Technology, Autodesk, Bathsheba Sculpture LLC, CloudFab, ExOne, Fab@Home, Interactive Fabrication/ Computational Design Lab, Makerbot, Makergear, Materialise, Metrix Create:Space, Open 3DP at University of Washington, Rael San Fratello Architects, RepRap, Research Technology Enterprise Initiative, Reverse Space, Shapeways, Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and Z Corp will be there as well as Ponoko CEO David ten Have.

Last year was a big one for 3D printing, and there’s been speculation as to whether 2011 will be its spotlight year.

With 3D printing on the cover of the Economist earlier this year and now 3D/DC at the capital, 2011 is just the beginning.

3D printed wind-powered walking creature

A miniature “Strandbeest” by Theo Jansen.

This “Animaris Ordis Parvus” is a miniature version of one of the “Strandbeests” Theo Jansen has been making since 1990. He calls them “a new form of life,” and his ultimate goal is to set them free on beaches to live independent lives. Over the years he has improved their ability to survive independently with mechanisms to avoid water, store energy, and endure storms.
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