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Strandbeest now available on 3D printers
Coolest Gadgets
They sound very difficult to make, but what if it is possible to make these Strandbeests from something as simple as a 3D printer? Of course, I don’t see anything simple about 3D printing, and it’s not like all of us have a 3D printer like we have a 2D
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The 3D Printing Revolution in SoCal
Neon Tommy
“Sometimes it doesn’t work,” said Gilmer of 3D printing, the manufacturing trend that’s becoming wildly popular with tech hobbyists and designers. “But when it works, you have the time of your life.” Crash Space represents only a tiny microcosm of the
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Mcor Announces First US Office
TCT Magazine
We see this as an important step in forging ahead with the Matrix Revolution and providing accessible 3D printing for everyone,” explained Dr MacCormack. The Matrix 300 3D printer is now available in Europe and will be launched in the US in Q3 2011.
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Lokmat introduces 3D issue to commemorate Maharashtra Divas
afaqs (press release)
Commenting on the successful venture Mr. Jwalant Swaroop, Director- Advertising, commented "3D printing is indeed impactful. I am glad we were able to sell the concept to clients of Consumer electronics, Automobile, Real Estate and Financial services
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Strandbeests birthed from 3D printer pop out ready to walk (video
By Christopher Trout
While designer Theo Jansen’s dreams of a race of independently multiplying Strandbeests is more than just a little bit out there, it seems he has.
Engadget – http://www.engadget.com/
Blog « MakerBot Industries
He will scan you in his 3D Photo Booth, then print you using the MakerBot. There are no end of very practical applications for 3D printing,
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Hi everyone, my username says it all… I’m a newb at this. I’m an architecture student and have building renderings from rhino, is there anyway I.

Infringement Ruling Against Envisiontec

3D Systems Announces Infringement Ruling Against Envisiontec

ROCK HILL, South Carolina – March 24, 2011 – 3D Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: TDSC) announced today that the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division, has entered a judgment of patent infringement in its favor against Envisiontec, Inc., Envisiontec GmbH and SIBCO, Inc. (collectively, “Envisiontec”) in a case brought by the company.

The Court ruled that Envisiontec’s Perfactory® systems infringe a claim of the company’s U.S. Patent Number 5,630,981 and that Envisiontec’s Vanquish systems (currently sold under the PerfactoryXede® and PerfactoryXtreme® names) infringe a claim of each of the company’s U.S. Patent Numbers 5,630,981 and 5,651,934. Both of these patents relate to the company’s stereolithography technology.

“We are very pleased with this decision,” said Abe Reichental, 3D Systems’ President and Chief Executive Officer. “The District Court’s ruling confirms our long-held belief that Envisiontec has been violating 3D Systems’ intellectual property rights.”

3D Systems has commercialized the patents found to be infringed by Envisiontec, as well as other patented inventions, in its ViperTM and iPro™ SLA® production printers, among others.

Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements made in this release that are not statements of historical or current facts are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the 3D Systems News Release Page 2

actual results, performance or achievements of the company to be materially different from historical results or from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. In addition to statements that explicitly describe such risks and uncertainties, readers are urged to consider statements in the conditional or future tenses or that include terms such as “believes,” “belief,” “expects,” “estimates,” “intends,” “anticipates” or “plans” to be uncertain and forward-looking. Forward-looking statements may include comments as to the company’s beliefs and expectations as to future events and trends affecting its business and are necessarily subject to uncertainties, many of which are outside the control of the company. The factors described under the headings “Forward-Looking Statements,” “Cautionary Statements and Risk Factors,” and “Risk Factors” in the company’s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as other factors, could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected or predicted in forward-looking statements.

Design Tip: Colorant and Color Matching

What Color is Your Prototype?

Injection molded parts, for all their many shapes and sizes, all start out pretty much the same—as small plastic pellets. The base colors of those pellets vary somewhat depending on the resin, but they all fall somewhere on a monochromatic scale from clear through various shades of natural to black (see Figure 1). Turning those dull little pellets into the rainbow of colors that comes out of molding presses requires the addition of colorant, which can be a fairly simple or fairly involved process. The complexity depends on how picky you are about your color.

Figure 1: Base color resins in their original pellet form. Left to right: acrylic (clear), ABS (natural), and glass-fiber nylon (natural).

If all you want, for example, is “red,” Protomold can add a stocked colorant to your base resin at no charge (see Figure 2). In fact, you can have your choice of Cherry Red, Flame Red, or Transparent Red, among others, though the exact color you end up with may depend somewhat on the shade of the base resin. If you want to see all the choices we offer, go to Protomold stocked colorants. Of course, how closely the final color resembles the color you see on your screen may depend on the screen itself, but it will certainly be red. If, on the other hand, you want a very specific color, say the blue of your corporate logo or the color-matched cap of a spray-paint can, the process becomes more complicated.

Figure 2: Adding Protomold stocked cherry red colorant to natural ABS created this plaque sample.

There are basically two ways to get colored injection molded parts. The simplest is to mix dye pellets into a batch of base resin pellets (see Figure 3). As the pellets are heated and compressed for injection into the mold, the base resin and dye pellets melt and mix together before being injected into the mold.

Figure 3: Typically colorant is mixed into base resin at 3% concentration to create colored parts. This photo shows a 3% colorant mix.

The other way is to order pre-compounded pellets in the exact color you want; for example, a standard PMS color or match to a sample swatch (see Figure 4).

Figure 4: Pre-compounded blue PC is supplied by a customer to Protomold for exact color parts.

There are several things you should keep in mind if you choose to have Protomold add the colorant.
1. As stated above, Protomold does not match specific colors.
2. The effect of base resin shade on final color is greater on light colors. In a pre-compounded color, this can be adjusted for in the compounding process, but may be noticeable when you use Protomold’s stock colors.
3. Because dye pellets are mixed with base resin pellets in a “salt and pepper” mix, there is a chance of "swirling” in the resulting parts (see Figure 5). The degree of swirling depends on a number of factors. “Hot” colorants—red, orange, yellow—tend to exhibit a higher swirling risk than cool colors like blue and green. Also, large parts, because they use more of the contents of the chamber in which resin pellets are melted and mixed, are less likely to show swirling than small parts.

Figure 5: Sample of swirling effect from a nylon material with yellow colorant. Choosing a pre-compounded resin would have helped the customer avoid this issue.

4. Unless you use pre-compounded colored resins, there is a risk of inconsistency from lot to lot and from part to part. This is one of the reasons that we recommend our standard ratio of three percent (3%) colorant (see Figure 6).

Figure 6: Colorant mixed with resin at 1, 2, and 3 percent ratios. With fewer dye pellets in the salt-and-pepper mix, the chance of uneven distribution goes up.

5. Certain base resins “don’t play well with others” when it comes to colorants. For these—high-temperature nylon and polycarbonate, for example—Protomold stocks a limited variety of resin-specific colorants. These allow you to achieve color but further limit your choice of hue.
6. Finally, certain resin characteristics—UV protection, flame retardant, and medical or food compatibility—can be affected by the choice of colorant. Protomold does not stock colorants specifically made to maintain these characteristics.

All of these problems have a solution: the use of pre-compounded resins purchased from specialized vendors. Pre-compounding consists of mixing colorant with base resin, melting and extruding the resin, re-pelletizing the resulting mix, and then repeating the process until a thorough mix is achieved. If necessary, the mix can be adjusted during the process to match the customer’s exact specifications. Vendors like RTP Plastics, PolyOne, Accek Color, Chase Plastic, and Compounding Solutions can match virtually any color in a wide variety of resins, and can preserve critical resin characteristics in the process (see full contact list below). Because the color is evenly distributed among the pellets, there are no issues of swirling or part-to-part inconsistency. Protomold can use these pre-compounded resins to produce parts, delivering all the benefits of rapid injection molding along with the exact color and characteristics you need.



What do the users really want!

what do the users really want?

what do the users really want?

jason raak | March 25, 2011 at 11:24 am |

catia to solidworks

A few weeks back I mentioned how I was confused as to why a CATIA translator in SolidWorks did not make the Top Ten list at SolidWorks WORLD this year. That one sentence began a firestorm of tweets about whether the translator was really a high priority among SolidWorks users.

First and foremost I need to mention that I live in West Michigan which is heavily entrenched in the auto industry. With that being said, almost everywhere I go and everyone I talk to in the Midwest have mentioned the NEED for the ability of SolidWorks to handle CATIA files natively. After all, both CAD programs are owned by parent company Dassault Systems.

One of the first comments made on Twitter stated the my feedback and the user base I usually talk to might be skewed compared to the entire SolidWorks user base and I totally agree with the comment. This may be the exact reason why it does not make it to the Top Ten list.

Still it leads to me think, what is the holdup of getting this translator incorporated into SolidWorks? There are many tools inside SolidWorks that are industry specific, things like Mold tools. So why should someone that has to constantly deal with CATIA files be forced to find workarounds in order to get their work done.

I personally know of a company that has a large number of SolidWorks licenses, however they also have a license of Autodesk Inventor for the sole reason of translating data. I am guessing that this is probably not how Dassault Systemes wants there customers working.

So what is the holdup? Is it pride? Is it the possibility of making more money by releasing an additional add in down the road that customers are going to have to buy? I don’t know the reasoning for it not being in the software already but I have to think that one of these is the deep rooted holdup. When or if it does come I sure hope that it does not come at an additional cost if you have the Professional or Premium SolidWorks packages.

This post is not meant to pick on Dassault Systemes, SolidWorks, a development team, or a specific development person but is more to ask the question of why are we still waiting. SolidWorks 2011 offers a wide range of translators for other popular CAD programs like Pro-E, Unigraphics, Inventor, Solid Edge, etc. but not CATIA yet.

Do you see the need? Why do you think we are still waiting?

Survey of Sustainability in the Plastics Industry

Subject: Survey of Sustainability in the Plastics Industry


SPE members will soon have access to updated comprehensive information on “Sustainability in the Plastics Industry.”

A graduate student at Missouri University of Science and Technology is conducting a survey to measure how plastics industry companies have incorporated sustainability into their agendas and activities. The survey is open through April 13, 2011 and as an SPE Member you are invited to participate.

Do you want to know how your company compares with others in terms of sustainability? How do other companies benchmark sustainability? What has been the impact of the economic downturn on sustainability? As an SPE Member, you can find the answers to these questions just by participating. The survey allows you to remain anonymous. Your individual information is confidential, and only the compiled findings will be published.
The results of this survey will be shared with the membership of SPE during ANTEC 2011- May 1 to 5, in Boston, MA. Additionally, SPE members will have full access online to the survey results when completed.

To participate in the Sustainability in the Plastics Industry Survey, please go to:


Susan Oderwald
Executive Director

3D Printing News – Feb 23 2011

3D Printer Will Print Body Parts Within the Next 20 Years
By James Mulroy, PCWorld Feb 22, 2011 10:08 AM A MakerBot 3D printer.What if you could do anything you wanted without worrying about losing some limbs? That day may be here soon! Researchers in the Computational Synthesis Laboratory at Cornell
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3D Systems Delivers Plus Upgrades for Its ProJet(TM) 3D Printers
TradersHuddle.com (press release)
23, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — 3D Systems (Nasdaq:TDSC) announced today the immediate availability of new Plus upgrades for its ProJet™ HD 3000 and CPX 3000 3D printers. These productivity upgrades provide measurable value for current customers,
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Make your own guitar with a 3D printer
Reg Hardware
By Caleb Cox • Get more from this author This is the Zoybar Tor, created by a musician called Bård SD, using the open-source 3D modelling software Blender. Bård then had the body parts printed by Shapeways on a 3D printer for $175.
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Supply Chain News: How Soon will "Printed" Parts Revolutionize Supply Chains
Supply Chain Digest
Digital printing industry analyst Terry Wohlers, for example, says right now more than 20% of the output of 3D printers is for final products, not just prototypes, and he predicts that this will rise to 50% by 2020. And that would be with significant
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Recognizing Creativity and Innovation in 3D Printing | Public
By Michael Weinberg
The world of 3D printing was in a tizzy last week discussing a DMCA takedown notice received by the website Thingiverse, a website that allows users to share and discuss their 3D printed designs. It was something of a milestone because
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3D printing gets its first DMCA notice | American Libraries Magazine
By Griffey
American Libraries Magazine, the magazine of the American Library Association, delivers news and information about the library community.
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3D-Printed Skin Could Revolutionize Treatment for Burn Victims
By Timon Singh
Scientists Use 3D Printer to Create First “Printed” Human Vein. 3D Printing technology has recently leapt into a new realm — we’ve seen printers that can create entire buildings out of stone, delicious meals out
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3D Printing: The most important innovation you’ve never heard of
3D printing is also already being developed worldwide, and the Global North Because 3D printing makes it easier to manufacture and copy individual

Rapid Prototyping NEWS – Feb 23 2011

3D Systems buys Quickparts
Plastics News
22, 12:15 pm ET) — 3D Systems Corp. has acquired rapid prototyping specialist Quickparts Inc. Rock Hill-based 3D Systems launched 3Dproparts, a rapid prototyping and manufacturing parts service, in October 2009. Since then, it has expanded
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Trine to honor engineers
Coldwater Daily Reporter
Civil engineers will give a hydraulic flume demonstration; the department of technology will give demonstrations in rapid prototyping; advanced manufacturing will have demonstrations; mechanical engineers will give a foundry demonstration;
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Next step for Unreal Engine 3 revealed at GDC | Game Development
Epic added that will host a free advanced training session for Unreal Engine 3 licensees; with guidance offered on content creation best practices to rapid prototyping with Unreal Kismet. Those interested should email Mark Rein.
Develop – http://www.develop-online.net/
Rapid Prototyping With Sinatra | Design Shack
Reading an article entitled Rapid Prototyping With Sinatra on Design Shack.
Where to buy Rapid prototype machines? – Yahoo! Answers
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