New Indian 3D Printing Service Bureau Offering 3D Printed Keepsake to Celebrate Newborns

Instapro3d.com is a 3D printing service bureau based in New Delhi, and the startup company digitizes objects and does 3D modeling via a group of professional CAD engineers. Instapro3D 3D-printed-hand-impressionOne of their services is a way to document one of the most important milestones in anyone’s life – the birth of a child, via 3D printed copies of their foot or a hand.

Megha Bhaiya, the Founder and CEO of Instapro3d.com, followed in the footsteps of her sister when she left India to study at Lancaster University for a year. As part of her BBA Business Studies degree at the GD Goenka World Institute, Bhaiya spent her final year there finishing her studies. She says it was an ideal choice for her as an international student as she met people from all over the world.

Megha Bhaiya

Bhaiya began Instapro3D to create “a platform to turn your imagination into reality.” She says 3D printing fascinated her as it allows engineers, artists and designers to apply their skills and leverage the power of design “to give birth to amazing creations.”

From key chains to bike models; from hair-clips to screwdrivers; from an upside-down bottle to an imaginary helicopter design, Bhaiya says 3D printing sets designers free to create products and their work is restricted only to the limits of their imagination

“If you have broken a piece of machinery, you can just get it replicated here,” she says. “You can make quick models of your product before a presentation – even design your own jewelery.”

She also says this latest offering from her new company includes one element of inestimable value.

“We believe that birth of a child is a very emotional and memorable time for parents, and freezing a part of this memory for them would be priceless,” she says. “Thanks to 3D printing, doing this is absolutely simplified.”

You can check out Bhaiya’s company at their website, Instapro3D.com, and pricing information for the foot and hand keepsakes is available through the company’s contact page here…

Project Love : Let your emotions materialize with 3D printing

Human emotions are perhaps one of the most intricate and complex phenomenons in the living world, and many would agree that these emotions can only be triggered by objects, which bring back memories. Having said that, Most people will also agree that objects can reflect or contain emotions. All of us will have objects lying around that have little actual value, but are actually personal treasures that remind us of important events and loves ones. But can objects themselves be embodiments of those emotions?

Project Love :

Project Love seeks to actively give shape to emotions by capturing emotions in computer-generated models and printing these shapes with 3D printing technology.

The face behind this project is that of 34-year old Brazilian designer and architect Guto Requena. Having won various design awards in his native country, this 34-year old is often referred to as one of Brazil’s most promising modern architects. Various modern buildings throughout Brazil are of his design, including the Brazilian headquarters of Google and Walmart.

With this design project, Guto Requena seeks to do something entirely different by attempting to combine emotions and technology. Participants in this project are hooked onto computers using various sensors that measure the speed of their heartbeats and fluctuations in their voices and brain activity. This way, physical and emotional responses are measured while the subjects recount their love stories and feelings. While doing this, participants are isolated from others, to remove any inhibitions one might feel when sharing your emotions in front of others.

As the team behind ‘Project Love’ explain, this recently-launched project is a ‘study in design, science and technology that captures the emotions people feel in relating personal love stories and transforms them into everyday objects. The project suggests a future in which unique products will bear personal histories in ways that encourage long life cycles, thus inherently combining deeply meaningful works with sustainable design.’

While participants are telling these stories, data and patterns are drawn from their changing emotions which is transferred to specially-developed software. This software has been designed by the Brazilian D3 studio, who have created a graphic interface in Grasshopper that transforms all this data into unique grid patterns. And when projected on top of each other, these graphic displays of emotional activity take shape as vase-like structures.

These structures can then be printed with 3D printing technology into a variety of different materials, including ABS, Polyamide, Glass, glass, ceramic or metal. And, as Guto Requena explains, ‘Each product is unique and contains the most intimate emotions of the participants love stories’, though all the current software will project all emotions into vase-like structures. Indeed, the first version of this experiment created three different objects: a vase, a lamp and a fruit bowl.

A large portion of  ‘Project Love’ is thus also aimed at democratizing 3D printing technology and increasing its availability and potential. And that is no less exciting than transforming emotions into objects.

Netfabb partners with Microsoft to provide .STL file repair service

Netfabb is a well-known cloud based .STL file repair service supplier, most 3D printing enthusiasts round the globe have used Netfabb’s cloud based .STL file repair service, a minimum of once. Over the previous couple of years the service’s quality has fully grown so much that the servers have bogged down quite bit.

Last weekday Netfabb, proclaimed that it’s partnered up with Microsoft to host the cloud service on Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform.

Netfabb formally released – “We are extremely happy to announce the most recent product of our partnership with Microsoft to change seamless 3D printing for the mass market. Our cloud based .STL file repair service on http://cloud.netfabb.com has been serving the community for years with a simple and easy to use and automatic answer to arrange all their files for 3D Printing.”

The new service is termed Microsoft Model Repair, and uses Netfabb’s cloud based file repair service technology at its core to produce a more powerful and economical mesh fixer which will scale as its popularity continues to grow.

The Microsoft Model Repair Service will import and export files on variety of 3D formats together with STL, OBJ, 3MF et al. The server code evaluates incoming files for errors and determines main properties of the files. rather than every model being issued a separate transfer key like before, Microsoft Model Repair uses your Microsoft Account credentials to firmly store your fastened files. This greatly cuts down on the time it takes to urge the file back to you once repair too, and users can notice a rise in speed with most repairs taking simply seconds.

Repair functions include:

Stitching triangles
Closing gaps
Close holes
Repair invalid orientations
Remove self-intersections
Remove shells with negative volume
Remove double triangles
Remove small shells
Triangle reduction

Project Bleu and a Stratasys 3D printer

For those who have been associated with 3D printing and relative services, CATIA is not a new name. For others, it is 3D CAD software from Dassault Systèmes (DS), which goes far beyond other software’s to deliver, a truly unique digital product experience.

Project Bleu, led by Xavier Melkonian, was CATIA/DS‘s way of showing off semi functional Automobile prototypes created, using their own software and an Objet260 Connex Multi-material 3D Printer from Stratasys. Designed and built over the course of 2013, by a team of one Creative designer, two Concept modelers, two Visualization experts; two Class A surfaces modelers, and one Mechanical modeler, the concept car was 3D printed at various stages to verify its integrity.

The team printed a speedform model, for wind tunnel testing. Stripped of wheels, mirrors and the interior of the car, the model was placed in a wind tunnel for aerodynamic testing. The next step was to enlarge Bleu as much as possible, complete with mirrors and bumpers, filling the entire area of the Objet260 build tray. Satisfied with the result, the team was ready to modify the chassis of the car so that the wheels could rotate, making Bleu into something of a functional toy. Using TangoBlackPlus rubber-like material for the wheels, rigid opaque VeroWhitePlus for the undercarriage, and VeroClear transparent material for the windows, Bleu became a stunning physical reality.

The primary goal of Project Bleu was to create our own in-house show car from scratch, demonstrating our latest modeling technologies from the CATIA design suite.” said, CATIA/ (DS).

3D Modeling Software for Learners

3D printing is creating quite a lot of buzz, both for good reasons and for bad ones too. But, have you ever wondered, “How do I create a 3D model, fit enough to print?” We have, and thus we decided to put together this informative on 3D modeling software.

If you’re just getting started you can try some of 3D modeling software which can be downloaded for free.

Google SketchUp – This Google SketchUp is fun and free, and is known for being easy to use 3D modeling software. To build models in SketchUp, you draw edges and faces using a few simple tools that you can learn in a short time. With Push/Pull tool you can extrude any flat surface into a 3D form. Furthermore, it works together with Google Earth, that you can import a scaled aerial photograph directly from Google Earth, or use SketchUp to build models which can be seen in Google Earth.

Art of Illusion – Art of Illusion is a free, open source 3D modeling software and rendering studio. Art of Illusion is more as a 3D design system for animated computer graphics than as an engineering CAD tool. More information about Using Art of Illusion for RepRap, is available online.

Blender – Blender is the free open source 3D modeling software, available for all major operating systems under the GNU General Public License. Blender was developed as an in-house application by the Dutch animation studio NeoGeo and Not a Number Technologies (NaN). It is a powerful program contains features that are characteristic of high-end 3D modeling software.

OpenSCAD – OpenSCAD is another 3D modeling software for creating solid 3D CAD objects. It is free software and available for Linux/UNIX, MS Windows and Mac OS X. it does not focus on the artistic aspects of 3D modelling but instead on the CAD aspects.

Tinkercad – Tinkercad is a new and faster 3D modeling software, which can be used for creating designs for your 3D printer. With only three basic tools you can create a wide range of useful things. Once your project is ready simply download the STL file and start your 3D print.

BRL-CAD – BRL-CAD is a powerful cross-platform open source 3D modeling software that includes interactive geometry editing, high-performance ray-tracing for rendering and geometric analysis, image and signal-processing tools, a system performance analysis benchmark suite, libraries for robust geometric representation. BRL-CAD has been the primary tri-service solid modeling CAD system used by the U.S. military to model weapons systems for vulnerability and lethality analyses for more than 20 years. It became an open source project on 21 December 2004.

Adobe releases 3D printing update for Photoshop

Adobe has released a new version of Adobe Photoshop CC with new 3D printing capabilities. This will simplify the 3D printing process, as Photoshop is already a well-known tool used by image professional’s around the world. Continue reading “Adobe releases 3D printing update for Photoshop”