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by General Fabb
At this year's 3D Printshow we were excited to visit the large display of 3D prints by Legacy Effects. If you don't know about Legacy Effects, they are one of the premier special effects shops in Hollywood, and have produced numerous famous characters for motion pictures you've no doubt seen.
While much of Legacy Effects' work is entirely digital, they also produce physical models and props for movies and subsequent promotions. Much of that physical production is done by using 3D printing in combination with traditional model-making techniques. The fellow who behind the physical production is Lead System Engineer Jason Lopes, who showed us the collection.
These parts were 3D printed on a commercial Objet Connex 3D printer at IPF 3D printing services.
This is how they were put together to form a rather detailed Roman Legionnaire outfit.
The life-size Avatar reproduction was scarily realistic, in spite of its alien nature. It also looked "too big", until we remembered that the Na'vis from planet Pandora were eight feet tall.
This life size item seemed to be looking back at us. The details of these models were startling.
Of course on display was the actual Iron Man suit worn by Robert Downey Jr.
The suit had clearly been used. One can imagine the damage suffered when battling an evil nemesis.
Perhaps it's the absence of skin that makes these models seem quite real.
Autodesk has released yet another 3D print-friendly free tool, the 3D Print Utility. Autodesk has been punching out many different free 3D tools in the past few years, but this one is perhaps closest to 3D printing.
What does the 3D Printing Utility do? It accepts an STL format 3D model and then offers a variety of pre-printing preparations, including:
- Automated 3D model repairs
- Model scaling
- Automatic hollowing of the model
- Automatic thickening of thin regions
- Visual display of print platform and item dimensions
- Automatic placement of multiple object copies
- Automatic file transfer to MakerWare or Objet Studio
While the software is specifically set up for certain MakerBot and Objet 3D printers, there's also a "Save" button with which your modified 3D model (and copies) can be exported for 3D printing on almost any device.
The 3D Printing Utility is available for OSX and Windows - and can be accessed from within 123D's existing Make tool.
Our favorite feature? "Max Copies", which instantly fills the print bed with as many perfectly placed copies as possible.
After an overly long journey through regulations and legalities, two 3D printing industry giants Objet and Stratasys have completed their merger.
The new company, which will be among the largest in the industry, will be known as Stratasys, with dual headquarters in both Minnesota (former Stratasys HQ) and Israel (former Objet HQ).
The new Stratasys has not only the advantage of combined revenues and client base, but also of their technologies. Between the two they now have three major 3D printing technologies: FDM (Stratasys' Fused Deposition Modeling), PolyJet (Objet's multi-material printing tech) and Solidscape (thermo-plastic wax printing).
Where will the New Stratasys go? One thing we noticed was the leadership of the new entity. Consider this statement from their press release:
David Reis, former chief executive officer of Objet, has assumed the role of chief executive officer; Erez Simha, former chief operations officer and chief financial officer of Objet, has assumed the role of chief operations officer (IL) and chief financial officer; Scott Crump, co-founder and former chief executive officer of Stratasys, Inc., has become full-time executive chairman of the board; and Elchanan Jaglom, formerly chairman of Objet, is serving as the full-time chairman of the executive committee.
There's a lot of Objet in that list and less from the former Stratasys. We suspect this means the new company will increasingly focus on the Objet technologies. This makes sense to us as the FDM patents are expired or expiring.
Perhaps the "biggest" announcement at Euromold was Objet's new "Wide Format" 3D printer, the Objet 1000. Indeed, it is truly massive, as you can see in the image above.
Essentially it's the same as its smaller siblings, except everything is oversized, notably the print volume, which is a staggering 1000 x 800 x 500mm. Maybe we'd better say this in meters, rather than millimeters: 1.0 x 0.8 x 0.5m (39.4 x 31.5 x 19.7 inches). You can produce massive objects in this device, up to a weight of some 200kg (440 pounds). This means you're gonna have to get a wheeled carrier to move your print around!
Despite the massive size, the print accuracy remains just as good as the smaller devices due to the nature of the inkjet technology used by Objet.
This is interesting: the material (liquid) is stored in six 18kg (40lb) containers inside, which are hot swappable to ensure you can print right to the max. Which materials can you use? Objet's entire Vero family of opaque plastics as well as their clear material and rubber-like material. Therefore you can print body, windshield and tires. Can you print an entire car? No, but you can literally print half of a go-kart!
3D Printer maker Objet Geometries announced new additions to its now massive selection of materials available to its 3D printers. The new additions include a "rigid black" material and no less than sixteen different "rubber-like" materials that offer varying degrees of hardness (or flexibility, if you prefer).
This brings their current complement of materials to over 120!
We're particularly interested in the new flexible materials, as they should provide new opportunities to create fantastic items that include snap-fit connections, seals and other unique features. Take a good look at the image above (click to enlarge), which is a set of headphones printed with these new materials in a single operation! It includes not only a bendy arch to accommodate tiny and large heads, but also ultra-cushy ear covers.
An interesting video from Objet shows off many of their latest materials. While many Fabbaloo readers have 3D printers capable of printing in hard plastic, the items in this video demonstrate what can be achieved when you are able to print in flexible material.
Oh, did we say that Objet has an almost perfectly clear material, too? You'll see that in the video.
Someday such materials may be available to personal 3D printer owners, but for now you'll have to use Objet's technology.
This week's selection is Flux by artist Daniel Hilldrup. This fascinating piece is obviously quite simple in its exterior structure, but it's interior is far more complex.
Functionally, it's a simple capacity-three candelabra formed from a square box. However, the interior structure is almost in motion as it seems to exude from the inserted candles.
This piece was 3D printed on an Objet 3D printer capable of multiple materials. In this case, black and clear materials were used to great effect. Clear is such a wonderful material for 3D printing.
According to Hilldrup:
'Flux' is a statement on the transference of energy and its transition and total transformation from one physical state and form into another.
If you happened to attend the recent 3D Printshow in London, you might have seen this item in person.
Via Daniel Hilldrup
Did you ever wonder where the amazing weapons in the MIB movies come from? They are prototyped using 3D printing by Moddler, a custom 3D printing service based in San Francisco using an Objet Eden 550V.
The Objet device is a good choice for this application, since it's PolyJet technology permits the creation of objects including different kinds of materials. For example, a handgun could include soft grippy pads on the handle while the rest remains rigid.
Be sure to watch this video where Moddler chief John Vegher explains how it all works.
3D printer manufacturer Objet is well known for their extensive list of different materials that you can use in their line of 3D printers. But this week they announced something perhaps significant: they now offer over 100 different materials (107 to be precise). With their recent announcement of a set of 39 new materials, they've broken through the one hundred barrier.
Why so many? Objet is pursuing the goal of being able to produce very unique objects with their devices, more so than their competitors. We think this is a natural result of their multi material capability in which they can load the 3D printer with two different materials. The materials can be not only different colors but different physical properties, too. Thus, you can produce objects with hard and soft portions, clear and opaque, etc.
Clearly this capability is vastly enhanced if you have a large selection of materials you can choose and use. That's precisely what they've done.
We've been fortunate to be able to examine some 3D printed objects from Objet in their Vero Clear material first hand. While we've seen clear (and clear-ish) items printed before, there seems to be advantages when used in a multi-material 3D printer.
A multi-material 3D printer can build objects in more than one material at a time - and that is a feature on many devices in Objet's 3D printer line. We've now seen several objects made by combining clear material with non-clear, yielding some very interesting results. Consider this hand - complete with interior skeleton!
Objet has posted this image of simple clear cubes, each containing apparently (and actually) solid objects. The high resolution of their 3D printer permits these tiny objects to be embedded in the clear material.
We observed similar approaches at the Pompidou Centre in Paris where Objet displayed artwork from Neri Oxman. Clear mixed with black is an amazingly useful technique.
Finally, if you don't like mixed colors, consider this image lenses, again produced on an Objet device using their clear material. The item on the left is a lens as it emerges from the 3D printer. The item on the right is the same object after polishing. We can verify that it's sufficiently clear to see through.
Finally, 3D printing has reached a level able to produce cheap sunglasses!