Designed in Shenzhen: An Insight Into a 3D Printing Studio in China

Hello Shenzhen participant Laura Elvira, resident at Pineprint, writes about her experience as a guest designer in Shenzhen In my practice as a material and surface designer, I often use a combination of digital and analogue tools and processes. I am particularly interested in 3D printing for textiles and traditional textile craft. I have been involved with 3D printing for over seven years now, and despite the market´s continuous growth, the reality is that I have seen many companies struggling […]

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Cosplay and the Dilemma of 3D Printing

The convention grounds bustle with activity. Walls of photographers form, their cameras flashing as cosplayers pose for photos, each dressed in colourful costumes from various anime, game and TV series. The cosplay industry is a fairly niche area. The intention is to replicate a specific character from a manga, anime or film. Cosplay costumes vary greatly from simple themed clothing to highly detailed costumes. Many cosplayers create their own outfits, often referencing images of the characters. The skill of a […]

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Three Singapore Companies Show Why Manufacturing Startups Should Use 3D Printing

3D printing is quickly altering the way entrepreneurs think about their production cycles. Invented in the 1980s, the technology has advanced to the extent that we can confidently say it is becoming a practical part of the way businesses operate today. Companies such as Nike have attributed part of their revenue growth to 3D printing, citing a 13% growth in 2016. So what can small companies and startups do with 3D printing? Benefits of 3D printing to Startups Startups that […]

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Renata Ferrari & Will Figueira: Saving the Great Barrier Reef, One 3D Print at a Time

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is in trouble. Two consecutive years of mass coral bleaching is bad news for conservationists because there is no time for the coral to regenerate between bleaching events. However, this has led to heightened awareness and efforts to prevent the death of what is known as the earth’s greatest living organism. At The University of Sydney, researchers Associate Professor Willam Figueira and Dr Renata Ferrari are stepping up efforts to create virtual 3D maps of the […]

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Ghost in the Shell Special Effects a Triumph of 3D Printing & CGI

Rebooting the ground-breaking Ghost in the Shell (GITS) anime of 1995 was so significant that it had to be done with the latest cutting edge effects technology available. The final film is a technical masterpiece of live-action, CGI, animatronics and – yes – 3D printing. The shelling sequence of Ghost in the Shell – the creation of Major – involved the filming of a full-scale 3D-printed endoskeleton plus a one-and-a-half scale head. To create the skeleton, director Rupert Sanders turned to […]

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New 3D Systems Innovations to Accelerate 3D Production

At the AMUG 2017 Convention, 3D Systems has just introduced new products and capabilities to accelerate additive manufacturing in the growing investment casting, jewellery and dental markets. Most notable is expansion of the company’s industry-leading MultiJet Wax family with the new ProJet® MJP 2500W and VisiJet® M2 CAST RealWax™ material, for applications in jewellery and industrial casting. The new wax system combines the precision of the successful MJP 2500 platform with a next-generation 100% real wax material to deliver precise, durable, high-resolution […]

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HP Supports Open Platform With Materials Development Kit at AMUG 2017

HP has just announced 3D printing industry’s first Materials Development Kit (MDK) at AMUG 2017 in Chicago. This is just after it launched its 3D Open Materials and Applications Lab in Corvallis, Oregon about a week ago. The MDK allows companies to test powder spreadability and compatibility with HP Jet Fusion 3D printers prior to submitting these materials to HP for further testing. This would simplify testing and certification of new partner-developed materials before they are used for manufacturing purposes. The Kit is part of HP’s […]

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Duct Tape and 3D Printing The Most Portable Electric Vehicle in The World

Toh Wei De and Ho Hung Yi are great believers in 3D printing and duct tape. After all, that’s what they used to produce the Arc Board, labelled “The Most Portable Electric Vehicle in the World.” Prototypes of this electric skateboard were made with available materials, including 3D printed parts and sourced materials, often held together by duct tape. The final product is a combination of locally and overseas sourced materials, including a special maple plywood for the deck. Co-founder […]

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Wearing The Charm of Astrology

There is no scientific proof that the planets influence our behaviour, or how our birthdates influence our personalities. Why then, do we still believe in astrology? In a way, astrology gives us a sense of meaning that we cannot find anywhere else. Astrology offers things which many of us find very desirable: information and assurance about the future, a way to be absolved of their current situation and future decisions, and a way to feel connected to the entire cosmos. […]

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A Special Type of Designer – Part Two

  Designer Taekyeom Lee built his own 3D printer and designed paste extruders to produce intricate 3D ceramic letterings and objects. His research reflects on the development of digital fabrication and the unconventional typographic practices in the post-digital age. In part two of his interview with Ginkgo3D, he shares with our readers his experience in perfecting his ceramic art pieces made with 3D printing. (Part Two) Ginkgo3D: After some two years, you have finally achieved success in combining 3D printing with […]

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