3D Systems Releases the ProJet MJP 2500 IC RealWax for Investment Casting

3D Systems today announced the release of the ProJet MJP 2500 IC RealWax. This 3D printer is a digital foundry solution which lets existing investment casting operators switch to 3D printing for their patterns using MJP 3D printing. 3D Systems has implemented an entire investment casting solution along with the system including materials, machines, and software. By integrating software more workflows can also be automated and parts can be optimized. Injection molded tools are also not needed anymore. Overall 3D printing patterns should speed up the casting process. Traditional investment casting patterns are often laborious and require several manufacturing steps. 3D printing can reduce the number of steps taken to make a pattern and the overall cost. By using VisiJet M2 ICast the steps foundries have to take to adopt 3D printing are also comparatively facile. The VisiJet material is wax so it will work within the existing foundry and no updates and changes to furnaces or temperatures are needed to handle the material.

In commissioned research for one part, “cost comparison analysis conducted by Mueller Additive Manufacturing Solutions, a pattern tool for a mechanical cam cost $6,050 while the 3D printed equivalent pattern cost less than $25 – with the only lead time being the short time to print the pattern.”

Such calculations would be geometry and part size dependent of course but in general, we can say that by switching to 3D printing cost and time savings should be considerable.

Al Hinchey, 3D print manager, Invest Cast, Inc. stated that,

“We are able to produce parts that were previously not able to be produced using traditional wax injection molding. Additionally, the part quality, surface finish and accuracy have allowed us to move more of our production to this product. Finally, the complexity of parts that we can now produce has enabled new functionality that we can offer our customers,”

3DPrint.com interviewed Mike Stanicek, Vice President,  Product Management, Plastics, 3D Systems to find out more about this development.

If I’m a traditional investment casting company unfamiliar with 3D Printing what would I need to learn and what equipment would I need to implement this?

“The beauty of the ProJet MJP 2500 IC 3D printing solution is that it 3D prints patterns using wax. That means a typical foundry will have the experience and skills necessary to quickly adopt the workflow associated with the 2500 IC and transform their foundry. There is no need for the operator to learn new processes for building patterns onto trees, investing those patterns, melting out the wax or preheating of the investments. The printer is plug-and-play, and as one of our beta customers said “it was unboxed, set-up and printing in 5 hours.” The ProJet MJP 2500 IC comes installed with 3D Sprint™ software which simplifies the steps of turning geometry into a pattern that can be printed on the 2500 IC without the  need for an expensive 3D print preparation program. Finally, simple post-processing removes the support material that was generated during the printing process. 3D Systems provides detailed instructions regarding the steps and equipment to successfully carry out this process step. The operator can easily remove the majority of the support wax and then place the pattern in a heated IPA bath for about 30 minutes. After that, it is ready to be used to develop the casting shells.”

How can it decrease the cast parts weight?

“Design for additive techniques enable the optimization of a part in CAD so it is much lighter weight but would typically be regarded as ‘unmoldable’ using traditional pattern production. 3D printed casting patterns, however, can deliver that design optimization into the investment casting workflow because they are built layer by layer using the additive process. This gives flexibility to reduce the amount of material used while improving strength-to-weight ratios and makes these kinds of designs viable for casting.”

How will this let me save costs?

The ProJet MJP 2500 IC creates patterns in a fraction of the time and cost compared to
traditional pattern production.

  1. By 3D printing the patterns, the time needed to design and fabricate a mold is
    eliminated. The traditional process typically takes weeks to accomplish. With the
    ProJet 2500 IC, first part can be achieved in hours or days.
  2. The designer can try multiple design iterations without having to incur the expense
    of time and money to make each mold. This allows almost real-time design iteration.
  3. Finally, the foundry does not need to account for tool storage. When a customer uses
    traditional molds, they must be stored until they are used again which necessitates
    an additional cost the foundry must incur. In a digital foundry, the mold is a digital
    file stored in a server room without maintenance, storage, or human capital cost.

Will this speed up my investment casting process?

“Yes, by removing the time to design and manufacture a mold, a foundry can reduce time to
first part by several weeks. This is a significant competitive advantage. For the foundry, this
can also help generate additional revenue as a premium, quick-turn service for customers.”

What post processing does the 3D Printed part need?

“With the ProJet MJP 2500 IC, post-processing is quite simple. Typical post-processing includes a manual “de-bulking” of the support wax which requires minimal effort as the wax is designed to be removed easily. Once that is complete, the wax pattern is soaked in a
heated IPA bath to remove any remaining support wax. The time in the bath is geometry-dependent but for most patterns, it will take 30 minutes or less.”

 Will this change buy to fly ratios for me?

“The ProJet MJP 2500 IC is already changing the way foundries operate, dramatically speeding time to first part and reducing overall total cost of operation (TCO). 3D Systems has developed a TCO model which shows the impact and breakeven analysis of typical wax pattern parts. While each part is different, the basic rule of thumb is 300 parts using 3 cubic inches of material or less will be cheaper to print than mold. In addition, by shaving weeks off the time to first part, additional savings result by achieving the first part faster without the expense and time required to build a traditional mold. A digital workflow enables foundries to achieve higher quality parts, and faster time to market while exploring.”

Scientists Invent Nanoprinted Polymer Lenses For X-ray Microscopes

While printing lenses is nothing new, the field is continually providing in-depth nanoscale applications to optical tools. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart are taking this to the next level with their new line of polymer lenses for x-ray microscopes. Thanks to the in-depth resolution of modern additive manufacturing, they’ve given […]

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Additive experts on materials and the industrialisation of 3D printing

With the intention of diving deeper into the topic of additive manufacturing industrialization, Oerlikon Group’s Second Munich Technology Conference (MTC2) dedicated its second day to workshops on the major factors affecting this process. 3D Printing Industry attended the Advances in Materials for Additive Manufacturing workshop where we interviewed various 3D printing specialists on the importance […]

Zhejiang University’s largest movable 3D printed grotto depicts origins of Chinese Buddhist art

Conservationists from the Yungang Grottoes Research Institute and Zhejiang University (ZJU) have created movable replicas of its 3D printed ancient Buddhist statues. The Yungang Grottoes, a UNESCO world heritage site located west of Beijing near the city of Datong, contains over 50,000 statues, carved into golden sandstone cliffs and displays the origins of Chinese Buddhist […]

Dachsund Receives 3D-Printed Skull Replacement

What an incredible story!

via Johns Hopkins Newsletter

Patches, a nine-year-old dachshund, is now cancer-free thanks to a group of researchers.

Veterinary surgical oncologist Michelle Oblak from the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College and Cornell University’s small-animal surgeon Galina Hayes were the researchers who accomplished this veterinary first.

They worked in collaboration with medical technological company Adeiss to design and make a 3D-printed plate, which was intended to replace a large portion of the dog’s skull.

Patches suffered from the presence of a large tumor dangerously pressing against her brain and eye socket. The tumor was so large that it had started growing into her skull, causing a significant portion of her skull to need to be removed.

Through the use of rapid prototyping and 3D-printed implants for reconstruction, Oblak was able to map out the tumor and practice the surgery on a 3D-printed model of Patches’ brain and tumor prior to performing it.

Read more!

Why Use Rapid Prototyping in Product Development?

3ERP not only does 3D Printing but also CNC turning and milling.

Rapid Prototyping at 3ERP. 3ERP is a 3D printing and rapid prototyping company based in China. 3ERP is a full-service bureau that not only does 3D prints for customers but also has CNC services, Vacuum casting and injection molding. This means that 3ERP can be your service partner from prototype to small series right through to production. By working with the same team throughout you don’t waste time trying to find a new partner at every stage of your product’s development. 3ERP can build up a relationship with you and understand your needs from one product to a hundred to thousands. 3ERP can scale with you as your needs scale as well.

A highly detailed 3D Printed Rapid Prototype.

Using 3D printing for prototypes is the bedrock of the 3D printing industry. Rapid prototyping was the first application on the technology. Widely used today rapid prototypes let you get from an idea to a physical representation of that idea quickly. CAD files are printed into a model. This 3D printed model can also be manually finished to a very high standard and painted to accurately represent your intended final part. For many organizations, rapid prototyping is an essential part of their design process. Already ingrained for many years these companies are used to working with outsourced companies to provide them with timely prototypes. Other firms have never really tried the technology before. What are the advantages exactly of using rapid prototyping in your product development process?

Rapid Prototyping makes ideas visible and discussions concrete. Companies can save a lot of time because everyone can now see and discuss the next product. A very abstract idea that may be confusing to people becomes much more clear when it can be seen by all simultaneously.

Rapid Prototyping ads a tactile element to meetings. Furthermore, a future product can be truly experienced through holding it. By touching and passing around a product a better memory and a deeper understanding is formed. This is especially valuable when pitching products at external or internal meetings.

Sheet metal prototypes can also be made by 3ERP.

Rapid Prototyping can be used to test and validate ideas. Focus groups, co-workers, clients, and distributors can all be shown a rapid prototype. They can be asked how they feel towards the product and whether they like the design or experience of it.

Rapid Prototypes can be used to make marketing materials and photos. Many companies use rapid prototypes for the initial photography for brand campaigns, campaigns to distributors, internal literature and manuals. By having the photos months before the product is ready teams can concurrently work on speeding up the design process.

Rapid Prototyping reduces mistakes. Major blunders, mistakes, design errors and problems can be avoided by using rapid prototyping. A team can early on discover for example that their product will never work as anticipated. Something that very well may look OK on a screen could be hideous or completely oversized in real life. Designs can be iteratively improved through several stages of prototypes and discussions to get much more feedback on products. In this way, rapid prototypes let teams iron out and perfect parts before production.

If you are interested in learning about rapid prototyping services, contact 3ERP today.

A Look at the Properties of 3D Printed Tungsten

Tungsten is a dense, robust metal that has a number of valuable applications, particularly in the chemical industry thanks to its corrosion resistance. Its hardness and extremely high melting point, however, have made it a difficult material to 3D print. In a paper entitled “Effect of processing parameters on the densification, microstructure and crystallographic texture during the laser powder bed fusion of pure tungsten,” a group of researchers addresses those challenges.

“This work looks to extend its [laser powder bed manufacturing’s] use to refractory metals, such as those considered in this paper where the behaviour of pure tungsten powder is investigated,” the researchers explain. “A strategy for fabricating high density parts was developed by creating a process map in which the effect of laser energy density was studied. The process quality was assessed using different techniques including light optical microscopy, XCT, SEM and EBSD. The results showed that the laser energy density was adequate to process tungsten to produce functional parts.”

Depending on the process conditions, the bulk density and optically determined densities of the tungsten ranged from 94 to 98%, but the parts showed micro cracks and defects due to micro- and macro-scale residual stress.

“Analysis of the microstructure and local crystallographic texture showed that the melt pool formed under the laser beam favoured solidification in a preferred orientation by an epitaxial growth mechanism,” the researchers continue. “The EBSD local texture analysis of the tungsten specimens showed a <111>//Z preferential fibre texture, parallel to the build direction.”

Two types of tungsten specimens were 3D printed, and were analyzed using scanning electron microscopy. Although the parts were prone to cracking, the researchers determined that the density and quality of the specimens produced in the 3D printing process were sufficiently high for use in applications such as medical radiation shielding and nuclear imaging, and in other plasma facing environments. They also concluded that the parameters for laser powder bed fusion could be tailored to fabricate tungsten parts with relatively high densities.

“Analysis of the microstructure, global and local crystallographic texture showed a columnar grain structure generated by an epitaxial re-growth mechanism, as noted in other AM processes with pure metals,” they add. “Using a laser energy density of up to 348 J/mm3 led to samples showing an unusual strong <111>//Z fibre texture. It is postulated this may be related to the deeper melt pool shape than normally seen in LPBF because of the high thermal conductivity and surface tension of tungsten, combined with the 67° raster direction rotation employed between deposited layers in the Renishaw AM machine.”

3D printing tungsten allows for new applications for the material, as it can produce parts with high levels of accuracy and complexity. Tungsten 3D printing has been studied before by other researchers, and 3D printed tungsten components have even been commercialized. Despite its challenges, tungsten has shown itself to be a valuable 3D printing material that many experts are excited about for its heat resistant properties in particular.

Authors of the paper include A.T. Sidambe, Y. Tian, P.B. Prangnell and P. Fox.

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Bento the Puppy Receives 3D Printed Medical Treatment

3D printing is constantly helping us map out all sorts of medical treatments, so it’s no wonder it would cross over into veterinary care. One such story comes from Cleveland, where Bento the puppy received treatment for his recovering forearm. While the pup was recovering, the process was coming along a little crooked. That’s when Malcolm […]

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3D Printing News Briefs: October 13, 2018

We’ve got business and education news galore in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs. First, Voodoo Manufacturing has launched its new Shopify app, and BeAM Machines is partnering with Empa, while Sculpteo is working with a property developer to provide 3D printed apartment models. VSHAPER has signed an agreement with educational publisher Grupa MAC, and the United Arab Emirates is introducing 3D printing into over 200 of its primary schools. The US Navy will be testing the first 3D printed ship component, and Lufthansa Technik has established a new Additive Manufacturing Center. Finally, maker Thomas Sanladerer shared on YouTube about his recent visit to the Prusa headquarters.

Voodoo Manufacturing Launches Shopify App

This spring, high-volume 3D printing factory Voodoo Manufacturing began its full-stack manufacturing and fulfillment service for 3D printing entrepreneurs, which allows users to outsource work like quality control and assembly for their products through its easy shopfront integrations with online marketplaces like Shopify. Now, the company has launched its own Shopify app, which will allow online sellers to create and customize 3D printed products and sell them on their own Shopify stores. Once the app is installed, users can make their first product in less than 5 minutes, which is then automatically added to their store, ready for purchase.

“We wanted to make it ridiculously easy for ecommerce stores to diversify their product offering with 3D printed products. By applying 3D printing to the print-on-demand business model, we are opening up an infinite range of product categories for Shopify merchants,” said Max Friefeld, the Founder and CEO of Voodoo Manufacturing. “The Voodoo app provides a new source of high quality, customizable, on-demand products, that don’t require any 3D design experience.”

Before the official launch this week, Voodoo piloted the service with a group of beta users, including It’s The Island Life by graphic designer and Guam native Lucy Hutcheson. She is already successfully selling six different products made with the help of the new Voodoo app.

BeAM Machines Partnering with Empa

BeAM, recently acquired by AddUp, has signed a research and development agreement with Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology. Together, the two will develop novel applications for BeAM’s powder-based Directed Energy Deposition (DED) technology, which uses focused thermal energy to fuse materials by melting them while they’re deposited. This makes parts manufacturing much faster. The partnership has come on the heels of Empa’s acquisition of a BeAM DED 3D printer, which is located at its Laboratory for Advanced Materials Processing in Thun and is used to integrate and test out innovative components.

Patrik Hoffmann, who leads the laboratory, said, “We are very excited to collaborate with BeAM’s engineers to push the boundaries of this innovative additive manufacturing technology and to develop a whole new range of applications for Swiss industries and beyond.”

Sculpteo 3D Printing Apartment Models

Together with Sculpteo, French property developer Valoptim is working to improve customer experience by providing clients with miniaturized 3D printed models of their future apartments when they sign their contracts, so they can better visualize and prepare for moving into their new home. These small, exact replicas give new owners an immersive experience, which is a definite value add. In addition, production of the 3D printed models is local, and can be done fast.

“Sculpteo uses the best machines and 3D printing processes on the market today. At first, we had the ambition to test the feasibility of 3D printing in the real estate sector. This innovative process has proven to be extremely interesting: the realistic rendering, with high-end finishes, allowed our clients to discover a miniaturized version of their future apartment enabling them to realistically imagine themselves living in it,” said Edouard Pellerin, CEO of Valoptim. “This innovation contributes to our business dynamic: constantly improving the customer experience.”

VSHAPER and Grupa Mac Sign Agreement

Polish 3D printer manufacturer Verashape has signed an agreement with Grupa MAC, the country’s top educational publisher, in front of Poland’s education curators at the recent Future of Education Congress. Per the agreement, Grupa MAC will use a network of educational consultants to distribute the VSHAPER GO 3D printers to kindergartens and other schools in the country. Grupa MAC recognizes that 3D printers are a good way to quickly present the effects of students’ learning, and the VSHAPER GO is the perfect choice, as it is easy to use and comes with an intuitive interface of SOFTSHAPER software.

“Classes with students are a perfect environment for the use of 3D Printing. Creating a pyramid model for history lessons, the structure of a flower or a human body for biology lessons are just a few examples, and their list is limited only by the imagination of students and teachers,” said Patryk Tomczyk, a member of the Grupa MAC Management Board. “We are happy that thanks to our cooperation with VERASHAPE, 3D Printers have a chance to reach schools through our network of educational consultants.”

3D Printing to be Introduced in UAE Primary Schools

Speaking of 3D printing in education, the Ministry of Education (MoE) for the UAE has announced that in early 2019, a country-wide introduction of 3D printing into over 200 primary schools will commence. As part of this new technology roll out, Dubai education consultancy company Ibtikar is partnering with Makers Empire, an Australian education technology company, to deliver a program that implements 3D printing and design. Makers Empire will supply 3D software, curriculum, teacher resources, training, and support to Ibtikar, which will in turn train MoE teachers to deliver the program.

“Through this rollout of 3D technology, our students will learn to reframe needs as actionable statements and to create solutions to real-world problems,” said HE Eng. Abdul Rahman of the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Education. “In doing so, our students will develop an important growth mindset, the skills they need to make their world better and the essential ability to persist when encountering setbacks.”

US Navy Approves Test of First 3D Printed Shipboard Part

USS Harry S. Truman

The US military has long explored the use of 3D printing to lower costs and increase the availability of spare parts. Huntington Ingalls Industries, the largest military shipbuilder in the US, has also been piloting new technologies, like 3D printing, as part of its digital transformation. In collaboration with the US Navy, the company’s Newport News Shipbuilding division has worked to speed the adoption of 3D printed metal components for nuclear-powered warships. This has led to an exciting announcement by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA): a metal drain strainer orifice (DSO) prototype has officially been approved as the first 3D printed metal part to be installed on a US Navy ship. The assembly is a component for the steam system, which allows for drainage and removal of water from a steam line while in use. The 3D printed DSO prototype will be installed on the USS Harry S. Truman in 2019 for evaluation and tests. After one year, the assembly will be removed for inspection and analysis.

“This install marks a significant advancement in the Navy’s ability to make parts on demand and combine NAVSEA’s strategic goal of on-time delivery of ships and submarines while maintaining a culture of affordability. By targeting CVN 75 [USS Harry S. Truman], this allows us to get test results faster, so-if successful-we can identify additional uses of additive manufacturing for the fleet,” said Rear Adm. Lorin Selby, NAVSEA Chief Engineer and Deputy Commander for Ship Design, Integration, and Naval Engineering.

Lufthansa Technik Opens New Additive Manufacturing Center

Lufthansa Technik, a leading provider of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) for civil aircraft, has established a new Additive Manufacturing Center. The goal of the new AM Center is to bundle and expand the company’s experience and competence with the technology, which can be used to make individual parts more quickly and with more design freedom. As the world of aircraft is always aware of weight, making more lightweight parts is an excellent benefit of 3D printing.

“The new AM Center will serve as a collaborative hub where the experience and skills that Lufthansa Technik has gained in additive manufacturing can be bundled and further expanded,” said Dr. Aenne Koester, the head of the new AM Center. “The aim is to increase the degree of maturity of the technologies and to develop products that are suitable for production.”

Tom’s 3D Visits Prusa Headquarters 

Maker Thomas Sanladerer, who runs his own YouTube channel, recently had the chance to tour the Prusa Research headquarters in Prague. Not only did he get the opportunity to see how the company makes its popular MK3 and and MK2.5, but Sanladerer was also able to see early models of the company’s recently announced SL1 resin 3D printer, as well as the Prusament filament production line.

“I always find factory tours like this super interesting because it’s the only chance you really get of seeing behind the scenes of what might really just be a website, or you know, a marketing video or whatever,” Sanladerer said in his video.

Sanladerer took the tour of the Prusa factory right after Maker Faire Prague, which the company itself organized and sponsored. To see behind the scenes of Prusa for yourself, check out the rest of the video below:

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Cooper Hewitt’s National Design Award Winner Joe Doucet Always Places Sustainability at the Forefront

Artist: Joe Doucet / Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Photo: Donatello Arm

For world-renowned designer Joe Doucet, using 3D printing to create products that have a minimal environmental impact was never an afterthought. To Doucet, sustainability is key to the future of design.

“I’ve always been interested in new technologies, particularly ones that have the ability to be transformative in terms of manufacturing,” Doucet told Shapeways. “If you look at it from the fact that 3D printing allows each and every object to be unique and customized completely without creating the waste — both in terms of excess material and freights and shipping — it’s just a fundamental shift in the way that we create and consume products.”

Launching his 3D design career

Doucet is no stranger to the world of 3D design. He began using 3D printing for his first project back in 2000 and hasn’t stopped since. Shortly after that, Doucet discovered Shapeways and saw how cost and time efficient the company was when it came to prototyping (“I used Shapeways…to visualize what the final product would be like,” he said). So when it came time to launch his company OTHR, it only made sense to partner with Shapeways.

“We’ve had a long history with Shapeways. During the launch of OTHR, we formalized a partnership and a relationship with Shapeways to be really one of our main suppliers and partners.”

And now, National Design Award winning designer Doucet is using Shapeways to help curate a current exhibition in New York City that is open through April 14, 2019.

Tableware through the centuries on display

Artist: Joe Doucet / Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Video: Donatello Arm

The exhibition — which is titled Tablescapes: Designs for Dining, and is currently open to the public — confronted Doucet with a challenge: How do you use design to create solutions for the decrease in resources we see in the world? As resources get more limited, how do you make that less dystopian? How do you take these resources and make them into a beautiful experience of eating?

The exhibition is broken up into three sections: One depicting dining ware in the 19th century, another in the 20th century and a final section focused on dining and tableware in the 21st century. The 19th-century room is an artistic masterpiece bringing viewers back to the time of Napoleon III. The 20th-century room, on the other hand, shows the shift that occurred towards mass production of products. And finally, the 21st-century room paints a picture of the sustainable future we see a glimpse of today.

“When we were tasked to design the tableware and dinnerware for the 21st century…obviously to me, the decentralization of manufacturing and the addition of technology, being able to reduce the carbon footprints and allow infinite customization, was key to representing what the 21st century will be,” Doucet told Shapeways.

Partnering with Shapeways to find the perfect materials

Once Doucet was aware of the way he wished to construct each section of the exhibit, he went back to Shapeways to find the best materials and printing processes to use.

“We partnered with Shapeways quite early on in the process to explore different manufacturing techniques in terms of 3D printing to be able to create all the final pieces you’ll see at the exhibit. Shapeways is the sole producer of the tableware and cutlery.”

He adds, “It was a very hands-on process and Shapeways was closely involved. There were five or six different materials and processes that were considered in the beginning, and we essentially prototyped everything with all of these different available materials and printing techniques. We met at the Shapeways headquarters in New York and went through all the benefits and different quality levels that we were able to achieve.”

After much time spent on reviewing each material and printing option, calculating the benefits of each, Doucet and the Shapeways team were able to agree on the best way to create the products for the exhibit.

“I think we were all incredibly pleased with the results and quite surprised with the level of execution that we were able to achieve with the products that are on display now. They’re really stunning.”

Producing completely functional products

A highlight of the exhibit lies in Doucet’s vision to create products that can be used for cooking, serving and storing food. In the 21st-century room, the place settings can be used for all three functions, “as opposed to having three separate sets of containers for each step in that process. We decided it was best to eliminate as much as we could.”

Artist: Joe Doucet / Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Photo: Donatello Arm

“You’ll notice that on the objects, there’s this raised pattern, and it’s there not just to be a decorative element but they, in fact, would act as heat sinks to be able to distribute heat quickly in terms of the cooking process and then to quickly dissipate in the serving process,” Doucet said. “So you could take something from a microwave and put it on the table and the vessel would become cool to the touch very quickly.”

If anything, Doucet’s experience partnering with Shapeways and curating the Tablescapes: Designs for Dining exhibition was yet another clear indication of where the future of 3D printing lies.

Doucet explains, “It should be, at this point, fairly easy to see how 3D printing is going to fundamentally revolutionize how things are made. And I think companies like Shapeways, and Shapeways in particular, are really [game changers] in making this industrial revolution accessible to [anyone] at the touch of a button.”

Joe Doucet’s “Tablescapes: Designs for Dining” exhibition is on view now at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum through April 14, 2019.

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