The Catalyst Frame Microscope – another miracle of 3D printing

3D printing is revolutionizing the standards of living by a great degree, and here we have another example, to show the true power, might and potential of 3D printing. Jing Luo, an American entrepreneur, who also hold a Graduate degree from University of California (Berkeley), is in the process of producing a portable, user-friendly and accurate microscope that works through your smartphone.

Does Jing Luo, have a Working Prototype?

Luo is currently on the fourth prototype of the Catalyst Frame Microscope, as he has called his creation. This simple construction attaches to the back of your smartphone and works through your camera software. The lens incorporated in this microscope has a magnification range of 30/50/170 or 30/170/340, dependent on the quality of your camera.

What is the Range of Magnification?

As Luo explains – ‘Magnification combines with a multiplicative effect, so if you were to combine a 2x lens with a 3x lens you’d get a total of 6x. The same applies here, the 340x optical magnification combines with the 4.5x digital magnification to get a total of 1530x magnification.’

This means that the range of magnification truly depends on the maximum digital magnification potential of your smartphone’s camera. Looking at ongoing trends in the Smartphone market, every other day new phones are arriving with better cameras, so that makes the range of this Catalyst Frame Microscope, virtually infinite!

However, the images cannot be infinitely magnified; past the maximum resolution the sight will just become blurry, but the creator hopes that this will change, with future models.

The current construction, does however, enable just about the best magnification a portable microscope can offer. It is aimed at (biology) enthusiasts, doctors, scientists in developing countries, and people working outside laboratories, and runs on two AAA batteries which are just about universally available.

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The new Mercedes S Class (2018), may feature 3D printed components

Car manufacturers are always trying to include as many of the latest technologies in the design of their latest models as possible, and it looks like 3D printing is not going to be an exception. For German giant Mercedes, following in the footsteps of their American competitors Ford, have speculated that 3D could be extensively used to design interiors in the near future.

Whats Cooking ?

In an interview concerning their progress on the next generation Mercedes S-Class vehicle, Mercedes’ chief designer Jan Kaul hinted that the new car, that is projected to be made available in 2018, could include a whole load of new innovations, such as gesture controls and infotainment tablets, and also 3D- printed components. Mercedes is looking to rebuild their reputation for beautifully-designed, slick and smooth interiors – which has recently been the forte of Audi and Tesla – and key to this seems to be lightweight, single piece and trim fittings and details throughout the car, and in this, 3D printing could be instrumental.

However, at this point in time Mercedes’ chief designer will not go any further than speculation, as it also news to be financially viable. When asked about the potential of 3D printing, he responded positively, but emphasized that “this is a question of margins – we must be making [thousands of these]components to be sure the quality and cost [is viable].’ Small, intricate components and details like air vents, dashboard features and speaker grills could benefit from 3D technology to make them stiffer, lighter and easier and quicker to manufacture.

This is all we have at the moment, but stay tuned for more news

3D printed shoes designed for Cube 3 3D printer

3D Systems announced today a collaboration with fashion brand United Nude to deliver a new line of 3D-printed wearable shoes. The “Float” shoes are uniquely designed for immediate home printing on the new Cube 3 desktop 3D printer.

The Float shoes will début at United Nude’s flagship retail installation in Soho, Manhattan. United Nude plans to offer live, in-store manufacturing and feature continuous shoe printing in the store window. This is the first fashion-focused 3D printing retail experience in the United States, expanding on United Nude’s successful Regent Street, London installation.

“After pioneering wearable, 3D-printed shoes using a state-of-the-art Selective Laser Sintering 3D printer, we are thrilled to deliver fully functional, 3D-printed shoes designed for an affordable home desktop printer,” said Rem D Koolhaas, Founder of United Nude.

Priced at $999, Cube 3 is a dual material, plug-and-play 3D printer that is easy to operate. Cube 3 prints with recyclable ABS and compostable PLA plastic so you could image the 3D printed shoes will not be very comfortable to wear. Koolhaas explains, “This design is about creating something beautiful and interesting; it’s about experimenting, moving forward and learning along the way.”

The Float Shoe is available at United Nude’s website.

3D printing makes it possible to create ceramic filled polymers for electromagnetic applications

Of all the magnificent things 3D printing has done for ages, this new application, may dwarf it all – endless possibilities lie beyond its discovery. We may soon witness the creation of a 3D printed polymer (plastic), which has an ability to influence or bend electromagnetic pulses.

What’s the Idea?

The basic concept behind this technology is similar to way a Semiconductor material functions. Semiconductors are materials, which are incapable of transmitting electromagnetic pulses, until “doped” with some other conduction materials; like Ferrous, Copper, etc.

In this case, Ceramic or TiO2 is being used as the “Dope”, to non-conducting polymer or plastic. TiO2, increases the permittivity of the polymer to a value of approx. 7 units. This allows the designing and printing of 3D structures which will have a strong influence on electromagnetic fields. Examples are antennas, or to print wave guiding or filtering structures. As mentioned, for achieving this, polymers are filled with dielectric, magnetic or conductive “Dopes” or fillers.

What are the Applications?

It is possible to locally adjust the fill ratio it is possible to locally vary the permittivity of the resulting material. A 100% fill will lead to a permittivity of 9, which can be reduced to nearly 1 by reducing the volume fill ratio. This can be realized by either designing a locally varying inner structure, or using slicer settings that change the fill ratio throughout the volume. This tapered structures allow to guide waves within the highly filled sections and allow them to transition gently to the lightly filled regions from which they can be radiated. This type of tapering was used to create a dielectric antenna. Traditionally, multiple layers of different polymers would have to be extruded to guide the waves resulting in reflections between the layers and in a complex production process. Instead a locally varying density of air filled pockets was selected to create a dielectric antenna. Due to the consistency achieved in material production and printing it is possible to predict the antenna performance by simulation.

While the prediction is not perfect it still indicates the success in designing FDM-printable materials that have defined electromagnetic properties.

MadeSolid launches powerful new resin for SLA 3D printers

MadeSolid, an YC-backed 3D printing materials startup out of Emeryville, CA, is doing R&D to make additional type of resins with distinctive properties for your 3D printer. On Tuesday, MadeSolid proclaimed the launch of its powerful new resin. “This new 3D printable material is meant to face up to the structural demands of purposeful prototyping.” writes MadeSolid. “We have created a resin that has great accrued tensile, flexural, and impact strength.”

The formula stems from the frustration of SLA prints that always very brittle, and most of those prints aren’t sturdy and may not be used as purposeful components. MadeSolid’s powerful new resin is meant for 3D prints that require a lift in strength and sturdiness. MadeSolid hopes the powerful new resin formula can help users to print more purposeful 3D objects.

The resin may be utilized to create gadgets, prototyping wearable objects / jewelry, and components that require to require some stress. MadeSolid’s powerful new resin is offered in orange and yellow and is compatible with quite a few existing SLA/DLP printers. Presales have begun and cargo is expected to start shipping by the end of August. Pre-order value is 1L of Madesolid’s powerful new resin is $119.00.

What does MadeSolid have to say?

MadeSolid’s Tough Resin is designed for prints that need a boost in strength and durability. The formula stems from the frustration of prints breaking too easily and not meeting the demand of functional prints. So we made a resin that will enable you to print functional end parts that survive in the wild better than other resins on the market.” – As quoted on MadeSolid’s website.

This new Resin would definitely improve the quality of SLA 3D Prints.

TI Cycles makes first 3D printed light weight titanium bike

Solid, a new prototype from TI Cycles , is a Bluetooth-enabled urban bike that includes a 3D printed light weight Titanium frame. Solid connects to a smartphone app referred to as “My Bike” that monitors bike maintenance and alerts you once a gear has to get replaced or once something goes wrong along with your brakes. Another software package, “Discover my town”, includes a series of curated rides from 5 of Portland’s coolest residents, which suggests wherever to ride, eat and search.

In order to help put your concentration on the road, the bike has integrated perception feedback on handlebars. Therefore rather than viewing your smartphone, perception grips can buzz once you are approaching a turn. The more nearer you get, the more often they buzz, this is a great feature it seems, cause with this you can totally forget about wrong turns. In addition you’ll be able to manage your lightweight via integral sensors, amend gears by pressing an electronic button, and add standard bike rack in line with your payload.

What do the makers have to say?

All of this is integrated into a light weight titanium frame,” says Oved Valadez, a co-founder of the trade. “Correct me if i am wrong, but that hasn’t been done before.

In parallel to their vision of expertise, the team has been prototyping with technology by incorporating refined digital components to go with their analog ride. To 3D print the frame, they partnered with the Dallas, TX – based company i3D-print.com, and each of the wires, shifters, brake cables were 3D printed along with the light weight titanium frame

More information can be found here.

TYTAN 3D – Goliat Extruder

TYTAN 3D, a polish 3D printing start-up by Janusz Wojcik and Pawel Rokita, launched their web site and their initial product – Goliat Extruder, a full metal extruder for FDM 3D printers. The Goliat Extruder is about to launch on Indiegogo this week, trying to boost funding for the total production of Goliat Extruder.

The Goliat extruder is driven by NEMA seventeen stepper motor and it supports linear unit filaments. It’s totally assembled and features J-Head hot finish that is machined from a solid piece of metal, creating it extremely reliable. The extruder has additional area for mounting a forty x forty unit fan. The Goliat extruder is priced at 49 $, which`s a competitive value compared to typical extruders on the market.

Janusz Wojcik and Pawel Rokita are extraordinarily busy men. Besides working on their extruder, they additionally work on 2 3D printers: FDM Fiber 3D and Delta printer that prints in ceramics. They’re additionally accepted in Republic of Poland for organizing the most important 3D printing show in Poland – Day of 3D printing in Kielce in spring, which gathered over 2000 guests. The team believes that the printers are going to be prepared throughout the 3D Printing event in Kielce in the end July month and it’ll print ahead of the audience.

BODOCK – Mythical creature created with 3D printing

3D printer manufaucturer Stratasys has collaborated with the Stan Winston college of Character Arts, Legacy, Condé Nast recreation and WIRED to form a 14-foot tall big creature which is to be showcased at the Comic-Con International Conference-2014. The conference is to take place in July 24-27 in metropolis, California.

The giant creature called Bodock was designed by artists at the Stan Winston college. The creature was engineered over six weeks and 7,500 hours at the Legacy Effects facility – the studio that dropped a life into Iron Man, Avatar, Pacific Rim and RoboCop characters – worked closely with Stratasys to create dozens of 3D-printed components to form the character.

“Everything regarding the large creature project was formidable, as well as size, weight, delivery schedule and performance needs,” same Matt Winston, co-founder of the Stan Winston college. “Without the involvement of our partners at Stratasys, whose 3D printing technologies are, in our read, revolutionizing not solely the producing trade but also the show business further, none of it might have been attainable.”

He is absolutely practical, stands at 13’6″ tall, 9’9″ wide, 13’6″ deep, weighs 2K pounds. Over one third of the large creature was 3D printed, as well as the chest armor, shoulders, arms and fingers. A spread of Stratasys 3D Printers were utilized within the build method, as well as the Fortus 900mc that uses FDM 3D printing technology to create sturdy components as giant as thirty six x twenty four by thirty six inches.

The components were created with ABS-M30 thermoplastic material, that has glorious mechanical properties appropriate for practical prototypes, jigs and fixtures and production components. In addition to 3D printed components, the creature integrates a spread of video and detector technologies to supply attendees at the event, or fans on-line, a singular interactive experience with the character.

Sheffield researcher’s successfully test 3D printed UAV

In December 2013, Amazon proclaimed Prime Air with a goal to urge packages into customers’ hands in half-hour or less exploitation unmanned aerial vehicles. However it’ll still take some years for the corporate to advance the technology and await the mandatory government agency rules and rules.

But Amazon isn’t the sole company acting on developing drones for industrial operations. Researchers at Sheffield University have with success 3D printed an operating drone earlier this year. And it took them but twenty four hours to do so. This 1.5m wide paradigm unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) was disclosed in March and was 3D printed with a Stratasys – Fortus 900mc FDM 3D printer. “All components needed for the framework will be combined onto one build among our Fortus 900, taking but twenty four hours with ABS-M30 material,” says Mark Cocking, additive producing development engineer within the AMRC Style & Prototyping cluster. “Before style for additive manufacture improvement, this framework would take over a hundred and twenty hours to supply.”

The UAV has already completed a check flight as a sailplane. Researchers are developing an electrical ducted fan system that may be incorporated into the airframe’s central spine. They decide to develop the craft for steering by GPS or camera technology, controlled by an associate degree operator sporting 1st person-view specs.

Dr Garth Nicholson WHO diode the project said: “Following undefeated flight testing, we are operating to include integrated winglets and twin ducted fan propulsion. We are working on full on-board information work of flight parameters, and autonomous operation by GPS, and management by surface morphing technology. Ideas for novel ducted fan styles are being investigated”. The Sheffield UAV contains 9 components which will be snapped along. The materials for every drone is claimed to price solely £5.50 ($9).

It weighs but 2kg (4.4lbs) and is created from thermoplastic. The engineers are presently evaluating the potential of nylon as a printing material that may create the UAV sixty per cent stronger with no increase in weight.

Researchers same that the 3D printed unmanned craft that might be disposable and sent on unidirectional flights for delivery, search or intelligence operation functions.

Enhanced 3D Printing with Graphene (Coming Soon)

During its meeting on June – Twenty Sixth, 2014, in Washington D.C., the Board of Governors of the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial analysis and Development (BIRD) Foundation, approved $8.9 million in funding for eleven new upcoming projects between Israeli and United State corporations. Additionally to the grants from BIRD, the firms can access non-public sector funding, boosting the overall worth of all upcoming projects to around $25 million.

Rechovot, Israel based 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys, unitedly with Novato, CA primarily based Mining and technology development company will do the primary analysis and develop Graphene based 3D printing materials for 3D printers.

Graphene goes to revolutionize the twenty first Century. As a rising material Graphene might be able to amend the approach towards how electronic elements are created, today. Graphene is a 2 dimensional material consisting of one layer of carbon atoms organized in a very honeycomb or meshwork structure. It’s the thinnest material acknowledged and consistent with engineering academician James Hone, of Columbia, graphene is also the strongest material ever measured, some two hundred times stronger than steel. Graphene conducts electricity as expeditiously as copper and outperforms all different materials as a conductor of warmth. Graphene is nearly fully clear, however is nevertheless dense that even the littlest atom.

By utilizing graphene , 3D printers would be able to manufacture components that are far superior to those printable these days by four main metrics: strength, light-weight, flexibility, and physical phenomenon.