Structo’s MSLA 3D printers boosts production of ClearCaps’ dental aligners

ClearCaps, a dental aligner brand founded in Germany, has adopted Mask Stereolithography (MSLA)-powered 3D printers from Structo, a Singapore-based dental 3D printing solutions provider, to significantly increase its production. Structo’s DentaForm 3D printers, which surpass the limitations of current SLA technology, can print 10 clear aligner models in 30 minutes, a throughput rate not previously […]

Base for Adafruit Perma-Proto Quarter #3DThursday #3DPrinting

MakersBox shares:

Just a quick backing for Adafruits super-useful perma-proto board (https://www.adafruit.com/product/589). Uses M3x6 screw and nut. Done in FreeCad (https://www.freecadweb.org/) so you can modify it.

download the files on: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2931013


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Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!

The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!

Low-Poly Eevee #3DThursday #3DPrinting

FLOWALISTIK shares:

I would love to keep sharing my projects with all of you. If you enjoy with my designs, I invite you to become a patron, you will get early access to my designs and exclusive content! Also, you can help with a small donation.

Patreon: http://www.patreon.com/flowalistik
Donations: http://www.paypal.me/flowalistik

Designing a low-poly Pokemon was the best way I found to represent the poor graphics the first Pokemon games had. So, here I present you the low-poly Eevee! You can check the Low-poly Pokemon collection in the following page:

http://www.thingiverse.com/FLOWALISTIK/collections/low-poly-pokemon

download the files on: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2931434


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Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!

The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!

RDA Modular: Addressing Housing Crises With 3D Injection

The global housing crisis is among the most pressing concerns in modern society. While the demand for living spaces in urban areas is increasing, available space is shrinking exponentially. On top of this, housing costs are getting higher and higher while building and renovating become expensive. As a result, RDA Modular is planning to address […]

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German Brand Uses Structo Printers to Print 250 Dental Aligners in 24 Hours

Germany dental aligner brand ClearCaps just employed the use of Structo 3D printers to massively up their production. Originally from Singapore, the DentaForm 3D printers specialise in dental manufacturing. With this new setup ClearCaps were able to print 250 dental aligners within 24 hours. This marks one of the largest medical appliance printing projects in […]

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Celebrating the 4th of July with 3D printing on Independence Day

Today is American Independence Day. To celebrate the 4th of July, 3D printing platform MyMiniFactory has put together a collection of 3D printable objects. Here is a short selection of what is on offer: Mini Captain America – Civil war edition Designer Ramon Angosto Artigues writes, “Mini Captain America is based on @Wekster figures style, […]

3D printing jobs update featuring Materialise, ESUN and Additive Industries

If you’re searching for a job in the additive manufacturing sector, have skills working with a 3D printer or looking for a technology based career then 3D Printing Industry can help. Our latest round-up of 3D printing jobs posted includes an AM Metallurgist, a medical application engineer and a chance to gain experience in this […]

#3DPrinted Automated Smart Dehydrator

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From Manuel Alejandro Iglesias Abbatemarco on Hackster.io:

About two years ago I purchase a home dehydrator, I was always willing to make my own dehydrated fruits, herbs and why not jerky too. After using it for a while I perceived that the device was very dumb, it took more effort than I was willing to do on a regular basics to dehydrate food, specially the thing cannot be leave working for long time without human intervention as t easily over dry or even burn the food. Sometimes I found that high content water food such as bananas or pine apple dry best with a high temperature for a couple of hours, then temperature should be settle lower for a long period of time. Many people on the internet have found better to dehydrate overnight, which makes the above situation not possible. Anyway last but not least because I am sort of nerd about taking things apart, I was anxious to modify my dehydrator to improve the whole process.

Arduino Fits Here Very Well

I start working with a little Arduino module, the Mini, it happen that there is an official Arduino Mini 05 which is ideally the one I should be using but the little thing is somehow difficult to find so I did my tests using Arduino Pro which is pin compatible module. This little Arduino is well suited for the project since it goes well in price compared to my $70 dehydrator, a more capable Arduino can speed up things but it was not going to be the right choice, basically because I was also hoping to make this solution available for public. I end up taking the difficult road, solving some problems the best way in favor of budget but with consideration to make the solution attractive to hobbyists as well as engineers out there.

Read more and see more on GitHub

Metal 3D Printing and Classic Foundry Techniques: Friends or Foes?

The first question that is often asked when a new technology is introduced is: what of the old way of doing things? Sometimes the answer is that it fades into oblivion — think: fortran and floppy disks — other times it falls out of use in mainstream society but becomes the domain of a small, especially devoted community, like calligraphy or pedal loom weaving. And in other cases, it simply shifts its focus and allows itself to flower as it removes extra ‘noise’ from the workflow. John Phillip Sousa wondered if the invention of the phonograph might cause human beings to lose their vocal chords as they would no longer have to sing any song they wished to hear, and an equally pessimistic (although slightly more realistic) group worried that the Kindle would eradicate books altogether.

What has happened is that humanity has access to more music than ever and book production may see a fall in the print of throwaway paperbacks, but there appears to be no reason to fear that beautiful books will be eliminated from publication. One new technology that is causing both concern and overinflated speculation is the introduction of metal 3D printing. The question is: what impact will this technology have on traditional foundries? Foundry work is not inherently antithetical to 3D printing as many have, in fact, been using 3D printing to create molds for years now and have found the technology to be quite helpful in their production.

Beyond the printing of 3D molds, metal 3D printing is demonstrating a capacity for directly creating metal objects that is improving with each passing project. Voxeljet, which recently produced a new design for aircraft doors using 3D metal printing, doesn’t think that this signals the end of the classic foundry, however. Instead, they see it as something akin to a separate track of printing. What made the doors they produced such a good candidate for 3D printing was the need for a precise internal geometry, something impossible to be produced in a foundry. So rather than stealing work from a foundry, they were doing work that otherwise would not have been performed at all. And there are other reasons not to see metal 3D printing as a threat to foundry work, as voxeljet explained in a statement:

“3D metal printing, such as direct metal laser sintering (DMLS), currently only competes with foundries in a relatively small segment. The build spaces of DMLS systems are ideally suited to smaller components. And 3D-printed components for aerospace require time-consuming certification, which metal casting has had for decades already. Direct 3D metal printing is also relatively expensive. This is not only due to the high cost of metal powder, but also the high cost of 3D printers and the comparatively slow building speeds.”

In addition to these factors, the products of 3D printing in metal require hand finishing which is labor intensive. All of these factors lead up to an average cost for 3D printed metal pieces that hovers around $160 per pound for aluminum, and $215 per pound for stainless steel, whereas pure cast steel has a price point of about $15 per pound. However, with the introduction of less expensive machinery, greater build bed sizes, and a more experienced workforce, the input prices for 3D printed metal are bound to come down. And so the question arises: will there be a change as the costs associated with metal 3D printing fall?

This uncertainty necessarily creates a degree of concern among those whose businesses and livelihoods depend upon a demand for foundry work. Rather than viewing the technology as an enemy to be shut out, perhaps the best solution is for foundries to get ahead of the game and embrace the tech, integrate it into their workflows and determine for themselves what makes sense to leave to a 3D printer and what can still only be produced at the hands of skilled foundry workers. As Ingo Edere, CEO at voxeljet, stated:

“3D sand and plastic printing are a perfect alternative for foundries, both in terms of cost, as well as the printable complexity. Foundries can manufacture equally complex components without having to change the process chain. Foundries do not have to purchase their own 3D printing systems as there are service providers worldwide supplying 3D sand or plastic printing.”

Clearly, a company such as voxeljet believes in the efficacy of this technology and its firm place as part of the landscape of future production. However, just because something can be 3D printed, doesn’t always mean that it should be, and discerning artisans and clients alike are the ones who will ultimately have to determine where that line lies.

What do you think of this news? Let us know your thoughts; join the discussion of this and other 3D printing topics at 3DPrintBoard.com or share your thoughts below.