Several new AM materials were announced in the past week.
Going Hands-On With 3D Printing To Go Hands-Off During Pandemic
A hands-free door opener highlights efforts in 3D printing to spread design, not disease.
Hidden 3D Printing Wisdom Inside A Mammoth Print
i.materialise printed a very large sculpture, and in the process revealed some interesting engineering practices.
The Visual – Solid 3D Modeling Gap
3D designers hoping to 3D print 3D models had better ensure the models are indeed 3D printable.
Alternatives to Thingiverse, 2018 Edition
There are plenty of sites to find fabulous pre-made printable 3D models.
Metal 3D Print Price Crashes at i.Materialise
Things just got a little bit more interesting: i.Materialise just dropped their price for aluminum 3D prints.
Simplicity Wins: i.Materialise Introduces Flat Rate Shipping
Popular 3D print service i.materialise has thrown out their complex shipping calculations and replaced it with a ridiculously simple flat rate.
i.Materialise Now Accepts 42 3D File Formats. One is 3MF
3D print service i.Materialise announced they’re now able to accept uploads of no less than 42 different 3D file formats.
Is The Most Popular 3D Modeling Software For You? Maybe Not!
i.materialise published a handy list of what they believe to be the most popular 3D modeling software packages, but we have some questions.
i.Materialise Offers Black Steel 3D Prints and Lowers Pricing
Popular consumer-oriented 3D print service i.Materialise just added a very interesting new material: Black Steel.
Should You Use Blender for 3D Printing? i.Materialise Thinks So
3D print service i.materialise published a pretty decent guide showing how to prepare 3D print files using Blender, but we’re wondering if Blender is the right tool for the job.
Design of the Week: 6th Century Sword
This week’s selection is Nils Anderssen’s incredible sword from Snartemo replica.
A 3D Printed Chainmail Tutorial
Have you ever wanted to 3D print fabric? There’s a tutorial for that.
Tom’s Reviews Popular 3D Print Services
Tom’s Guide recently reviewed four major 3D print services to gauge their pricing and service quality.
i.Materialise Offers New Ceramics
3D print service i.Materialise announced the availability of several new ceramic colors.
i.Materialise Keeps Their Rubber
Earlier this year 3D print service i.Materialise announced the temporary availability of an experimental flexible 3D print material. Now they say this material will be available permanently. The material is indeed flexible and permits 3D printing of a new class of objects leveraging the legendary rubber-like property. But there’s one fascinating catch. According… Continue reading i.Materialise Keeps Their Rubber
A Raspberry Pi 3D Print Challenge
Are you a designer looking for a challenge? The team of Raspberry Pi, Autodesk 123D and i.Materialise have opened up a contest to produce the most “original and fun” case for a Raspberry Pi in polyamide material. If you don’t know, a Raspberry Pi is an integrated single board microcomputer suitable for embedding into… Continue reading A Raspberry Pi 3D Print Challenge
i.Materialise’s Size Charts
A confusing aspect of using 3D print services is the constraints you’ll find when selecting material for your 3D print. You may wonder why “this” is allowed, while “that” is not. The answer lies behind the curtain. The 3D print services may want you to think of them as a kind of “black box”… Continue reading i.Materialise’s Size Charts
i.Materialise Opens In Japan
3D print service i.Materialise has blossomed into a new location: Japan. They now offer their services in Japanese. There’s a production change, too. The print service has long had operations in Belgium, its home base, but now can “partly” produce orders on the Japanese mainland. Language and culture can be a significant barrier,… Continue reading i.Materialise Opens In Japan
.MGX Exhibits in Shanghai
i.Materialise’s .MGX high-end retail operation is currently exhibiting their wares in Shanghai. Open until June, the exhibit is apparently the largest display of .MGX artifacts “ever shown in the region.” If you are near Shanghai, you might consider dropping in to the IndustrialRevolution.MGX exhibit, located at Room 1-214, No. 10 Shajing Road where you… Continue reading .MGX Exhibits in Shanghai
i.Materialise Reduces Ceramics Price
If you’ve got a model requiring a cubic centimeter of ceramic to print, i.Materialise can print it for you at a lowered price of USD$0.18. Their ceramic material is particularly useful due to its smooth appearance, wide variety of kitchy colors, heat resistance and the fact that it’s food safe. You can produce functional… Continue reading i.Materialise Reduces Ceramics Price
High Detailed Stainless Steel Prints at i.Materialise
3D print service i.Materialise now offers “high detailed stainless steel” materials for prints. As you can see in the sample print above, there is indeed a lot of detail visible. i.Materialise says that the new material is “between silver and titanium”. In other words, it’s shiny but still strong. The detail is such… Continue reading High Detailed Stainless Steel Prints at i.Materialise
The Brass at i.Materialise
They’re at it again. i.Materialise has now launched a trial of Brass 3D printing. Shortly after launching Bronze, we now see Brass on their materials sheet. It’s not a permanent thing, however, as i.Materialise terms this a “summer trial”. 3D print service providers often experiment with new materials in this way, as they are… Continue reading The Brass at i.Materialise
3D Printing Discount Available
Some say that 3D printing services are expensive, and that may or may not be the case depending on your situation. However, we do know that students worldwide typically aren’t flush with cash, and that’s why the new i.Materialise Student Discount is so important. The 3D print service offers a 20% discount on 3D… Continue reading 3D Printing Discount Available
Free 3D Printed Christmas Ornaments
Happen to be using i.Materialise’s 3D printing service? Plan on erecting a Christmas tree in your home? If you answered yes to both of those questions, you might qualify to receive a free 3D printed Christmas ornament from i.Materialise. Their special promotion enables any order at or exceeding €50 to receive an ornament from their… Continue reading Free 3D Printed Christmas Ornaments
Look Out For 3D Printed Hats
.MGX, the high-end retail arm of 3D printing service Materialise, announced they’re now collaborating with notable Belgian hat designer Elvis Pompilio. He’s produced hats for many famous personages, having opened his first boutique soon after starting the business in 1987. While we’re not personally likely to wear this style, we’re quite interested to see… Continue reading Look Out For 3D Printed Hats
TinkerCAD Integrates with i.Materialise
You may recall the incredibly easy-to-use web-based 3D modeling tool TinkerCAD? It permitted those not trained in the big 3D tools to create useful designs at basically no cost. Once done you could export your model and print it either on your own 3D printer or send it to a 3D print service for production. … Continue reading TinkerCAD Integrates with i.Materialise
i.Materialise Glitters with Gold and Silver
3D print service i.Materialise now offers printing in Gold and Silver metals. They’re not the first service to offer this ability, but it’s wonderful to see another golden service. Specifics: In addition to the sterling silver, there are three colors of 14 kt gold offered, bright yellow, reddish tinge and white gold available. Prints… Continue reading i.Materialise Glitters with Gold and Silver
Augmented Human Contest
One is always amazed at the imagination of 3D designers who produce unusual objects and applications using 3D printing technology. Now i.Materialise has gone further and started a contest with the most unusual theme yet: Human Augmentation. In other words, they’ll give a prize to the designer who invents the most interesting item that can… Continue reading Augmented Human Contest
A Really Big Unboxing
We thought we experienced a large unboxing when we uncrated a BFB 3000, but we were clearly outdone by i.Materialise. The 3D print service recently received a brand spanking new Fortus 900mc FDM large-scale production system from Stratasys. While we used a box cutter, i.Materialise had to use not only a crew of burly guys… Continue reading A Really Big Unboxing
Jewelry Design Challenge
3D print service i.Materialise is running a new contest for “new concepts, techniques and ideas in jewelry design”. Given the startling designs already present in 3D printed jewelry, we’re extremely interested in seeing what kinds of items are generated in this contest. i.Materialise thinks so too, because: Ten winners will be selected and their… Continue reading Jewelry Design Challenge
Variable Steel Print Pricing At i.Materialise
When i.Materialise introduced stainless steel printing earlier this year they used a very straightforward pricing scheme: price by volume. Now they’ve announced a new scheme in which you’re encouraged to print larger steel models because the price drops as you increase the size of your model. The new pricing scheme is slightly more complex: … Continue reading Variable Steel Print Pricing At i.Materialise
“Clank” is a sound you’ll be hearing more often at i.Materialise in the future after this week’s announcement of their new Titanium 3D printing process. No kidding – you can now order a Titanium Whistle! This very advanced process seems unique to i.Materialise, and involves a powder based process. Powedered titanium metal is laid… Continue reading i.Materialise Metalises