i.materialise Now 3D Printing in Titanium

The world’s first service to offer titanium 3D printing to consumers.

Titanium has an undefinable coolness factor that few other materials can match. 3D printing is one of the coolest ways to make things, so 3D printed titanium is just plain awesome. Thanks to i.materialise, this awesomeness is now a reality.

3D printing in Titanium uses Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS). Here’s how it works according to i.materialise:

1. A thin bed of titanium powder is laid down in the 3D printer.
2. This layer is then sintered by a very powerful laser and will become the bottom layer of your part.
3. A new layer of powder is applied and the process repeats itself.
4. Your part is taken out of the 3D printer and any loose unsintered powder is removed.
5. In most cases your part will have support structures 3D printed on and around it out of titanium.
6. These supports have to be removed manually using very powerful circular saws and other tools.
7. Once the supports have been removed manual polishing is required to remove evidence of the supports.
8. Then a post finishing step may be required such as polishing the entire part.

On a related topic, the world’s first 3D printer capable a printing directly in gold was built recently. Unfortunately, it’s not yet accessible to consumers.

Via i.materialise

i.materialise to make 3D printing as easy as printing on paper

i.materialise is officially out on public BETA.
i.materialise logo
A brand new service aiming to make 3D printing as easy as printing on paper and allowing you to print and customize your 3D models.
i.materialise is a service by Materialise, a company behind world famous MGX collection (previously featured on the Ponoko Blog).
Now their experience is available to you.

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.

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.”

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.

Via thinq_

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.

Then I outlined the 4 factors that make the democratization of design possible. (more…)