Last day of display for these 3D printed Ganesha Idols

Lord Ganesha is a widely worshipped deity in the Hindu pantheon. His image is found throughout India and Nepal. Ganesha is widely revered as the god of beginnings, the deva of intellect and wisdom and honored at the start of rituals and ceremonies. Citizens of Bangaluru, India can treat themselves to a very distinctive display of Lord Ganesha. For the first time in India, a 3D Printed Ganesha idols are being displayed at M.G Road Metro Station’s “Rangoli – Metro Art Centre”. Today is the last day of the display – 7th Sept 2014.

The 3D printed Ganesha consists of 8 idols, inspired by temples in Maharashtra, like Ashtavinayak, Siddivinayak etc. All the idols were created exclusively through professional 3D printers, which are capable of capturing every intricate detail in the idol. The Ganesha models are created by 3D scanning the idols & then printed in Stratasys FDM (Fused Deposition Modelling) & Polyjet technology based 3D Printers. The project is initiated by Bangalore based Altem Technologies, a pioneer in professional 3D printers in India and a strategic vision partner of Stratasys. It was also awarded the India SME 100 Award for 2013-14 in the IT/ITES segment.

Mr. Prasad Rodagi, Founder Director of ALTEM Technologies said, “Lord Ganesha is widely revered as the remover of obstacles, and as the god of intellect and wisdom. Being the god of beginnings, he is worshiped at the start of rituals and ceremonies. 3D Printing is a technology used right in the beginning of the engineering design cycle to overcome flaws in design & development of new products. Invariably, any product takes 3D Printed form before taking its commercial avatar. Additionally, an idol of Ganesha is one of the most intricate idols in India, which can give the viewer can excellent idea about the possibilities of 3D Printing. Hence, Lord Ganesha is being 3D Printed in this scale for the first time in the country.”

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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HP to enter 3D Printing Market soon…

Hewlett Packard, one of the leading manufacturers of Computers and peripherals is all set to enter the marketplace of 3D printing, by the fall of 2014. HP has nearly 40% of market share of 2D printing, so it is a natural progression for HP to enter into 3D printing business. As a lot of core patents have expired or are expiring this year, it will be a good timing for HP to enter the market so they won’t have to spend time and huge amount of money on developing the technology.

HP is one of the largest computer companies in the world, with 317,000 employees and $112 billion in annual sales. In the past years, Meg Whitman – Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – HP, has focused on reducing costs and has now returned the company to profit. HP has also focused on introducing new products, such as water-cooled servers and 3D printers. Whitman announced earlier this year that company is planning to enter the 3D printer space by the end of this Fiscal year (31st October.), so many people have been waiting for HP’s entry into this market.

Meg Whitman said HP’s in-house researchers have resolved limitations involved with the quality of substrates used in the process, which affects the durability of finished products. She said that the company is solving a number of technical problems that have hindered broader adoption of the 3D printing process, including the slow speed at which things print, and the quality.

Is this the first Announcement?

This is however not the first time, HP has decided to foray into the 3D printing market. The company had an agreement in 2010 to market HP-branded Stratasys 3D printers, but the deal dissolved in 2012. More recently, HP has provided inkjet print heads to Z-Corp, a 3D printing company that is now owned by 3D Systems. Meg Whitman also acknowledges that 3D printing as an industry has some areas it needs to improve before it goes main stream. She further pointed out that the quality of the 3D prints were not as good as it should be, however, she also noted that HP’s late entry into the 3D printing market may be a turning point, as she thinks HP has been able to finally solve the above problems. Although Meg Whitman, did not disclose exactly what is the “Big announcement”, but she did say that whatever HP offers will focus on large scale manufacturing primarily, before HP enters the consumer 3D printing market.

“We think the bigger market will be in enterprise space, that is, helping companies manufacture parts and test prototypes rather than helping regular folk’s 3D print Hershey Kisses at home.” said Meg Whitman, President and CEO of Hewlett-Packard.

Aerojet Rocketdyne gets U.S defence contract

Aerojet Rocketdyne announced on August 18, 2014 that the company was recently awarded a contract by Wright-Patterson Air Force Base through the Defense Production Act Title III Office. Under the contract, Aerojet Rocketdyne will make parts ranging from simple, large ducts to complex heat exchangers, and include metals such as nickel, copper and aluminum alloys. The program scope is expected to replace the need for castings, forgings, plating, machining, brazing and welding.

The contract will secure multiple large selective laser melting machines to develop liquid rocket engine applications for national security space launch services. Aerojet Rocketdyne and its subcontractors will design and develop larger scale parts to be converted from conventional manufacturing to 3D printing.

“We have developed and successfully demonstrated additive-manufactured hardware over the last four years but the machines have been limited in size to 10-inch cubes,” said Steve Bouley, vice president of Space Launch Systems at Aerojet Rocketdyne.

“These next generation systems are about six times larger, enabling more options for our rocket engine components. We are extremely honored to have received this contract, and foresee the day when additive-manufactured engines are used to boost and place important payloads into orbit. The end result will be a more efficient, cost-effective engine.”


U.S. Army using 3D printing to create safer helmets

Using 3D printing technology, ARL researchers are developing the skull simulant using synthetic materials. Researchers have used images from a CT scan to get the geometry and structure of the skull right, and will use these images and 3D printing technology to produce models of bone-like surrogates which will be used to test new helmet padding materials in simulated blast and impact conditions.

U.S. Army helmets provide the best known defense against ballistic weapons but no one knows how well they can stand up against combat’s shock waves. Army Research Laboratory scientists are using different approaches to study the impact of shock waves inside, on and outside of the skull, and one of them is 3D printing.

In a battlefield, high-order explosive such as C4 or TNT produces overpressure shockwaves and can cause significant brain injuries. To discover how, and to what degree, these waves cause brain damage, and what’s needed to make Army helmets go beyond protecting the head to protecting the brain, ARL researchers are creating synthetic cranial bones that look and behave like the skulls of 20- and 30- year old Soldiers. These synthetic cranial bones will be tested in laboratory experiments that mimic combat-like blast events to develop new prototype of military helmet pads, shells, and other protective equipment.

More information on this latest development, can be found here.

Makerbot launches new Makercare Protection Plans

Makerbot, one of the major 3D printer manufacturer’s, have come up with major changes to their premium Makercare protection plans. It seems that the company is trying to re-image its after sales reputation by offering more services to its existing customers. It is a well-known fact that a large number of individuals and startup groups are using their Makerbot 3D printers for professional prototyping and service delivery.

How does it work?

Customers, who purchase any Makerbot 5 gen 3D printer, can also buy a one, two or three year comprehensive support plan. The prices vary as per the model of the Makerbot 3D printer purchased. A 3 year plan for the Makerbot Replicator series might cost you anything between $1,000 to $1,600. Looking at the prices, they are definitely not cheap; however Makerbot claims to provide Top-Notch support for any issues, via Internet or call. Customers who already own a MakerBot 5 Gen 3D Printer can extend their support plan until September 2014. Those who have a previous gen MakerBot 3D printer can also extend their current MakerCare support plan for a year or – if not already done so – purchase a new one-year plan from Makerbot.

Is this required?

This is definitely not a necessity, but is only a luxury. We all know that a DIY enthusiast might never purchase a Makerbot in the first place; they would rather get an Open Source 3D printer and tweak it to their own likings or vice-versa. However, Makerbot 3D printers were designed for the no-nonsense 3D printing enthusiast, who would just like to make a design and print is with the click of a button. If you belong to this group of enthusiasts, we would suggest getting your Makerbot printer registered for these support plans. Because, Machines are just that, Machines; and no matter how much you polish it, it may stop working, causing you to (maybe) lose an important project.

Indian company develops new 3D printing App for building objects larger than the build volume

There are actually many desktop 3D printers rising on the market, however most of them have terribly little build volume that limits the sort of elements that may be 3d printed. Earlier, Makerbot has found a technique or a way to build an object larger than the build volume of a 3D printer, and filed a patent. However another company, the Indian startup Centre for Computational Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (CCTech), a CAD and CAM development company, has come back up with a replacement application “3DPrintTech” that helps the maker to create objects larger than the build volume of any 3D printer.

3DPrintTech is a free app and works as CAD plugin with Autodesk discoverer 2014, AutoCAD 2014 and SolidWorks 2014. 3DPrintTech is meant to print larger objects on a desktop 3D printer quickly. The application will divide the style of enormous object into little connectable parts, in a jiffy. The App additionally provides the user, a choice to manage the cylindrical connectors as per his demand. User will outline the connective in terms of radius, length and taper angle. User additionally manages the space between the connectors, distance between connective and object surface.

The 3DPrintTech app additionally provides the practicality to pack little objects in one print batch. 3DPrintTech app features a feature referred to as ‘3D Packing’ that collects those little parts and packs them in a given build volume. “In our benchmark testing, we found that for several cases our 3D packing technology helped to scale back the 3D printing batches from ten to one. This is positively aiming to facilitate manufacturers to print a lot of objects in less time and by investing lesser cash.” notes the team.

In addition, the app additionally provides associate interface to feature your custom printer and lots of utility functions like exportation processed objects to 3D printable STL file, Explode objects for fast examination, scaling the item for unit conversion or fitting into printer.

Sandip Jadhav, (Co-Founder & Business Executive, CCTech) says, “3DPrintTech was built to facilitate Makerbot ‘s to boost productivity by a nice degree. It’ll additionally facilitate the 3D print club to push the envelope by creating massive 3D objects.”

3D printing technology to bring new life into antique musical instruments

Researchers at the University of Connecticut are using 3D printing technology to bring new life into some antique musical instruments. After seeing how 3D scanning makes precise 3-D images of body parts, Dr. Robert Howe, a reproductive endocrinologist in East Longmeadow, Mass., realized identical CT technology could help him study delicate musical instruments from the past.

Dr Robert Howe, who is additionally is a doctoral student in music theory and history at UConn, last year shared his thoughts with music theory professor Richard Bass, who contacted Sina Shahbazmohamadi, an engineer and also the school’s director for advanced 3D imaging. Together, they developed a brand new process: they first made images of these instruments using CT scanning technology so as to create 3D copies of parts using 3D printing.

Before using this technology, to form a duplicate of the handmade part an artisan would have got to measure it with metal calipers and other instruments, which might have left marks. Then the artisan would have got to translate those measurements into tooling. It absolutely was a time-consuming and expensive process.

Using the new 3D imaging technology, the UConn team was able to show the development of an 18th-century double reed and also the result shows it absolutely was way more complicated than experts originally thought. Because it’s unimaginable to chop the rare and delicate instrument open, and traditional X-ray didn’t show the development also because the pins are manufactured from identical material because the horn, Shahbazmohamadi then came up with a brand new idea which allowed the team to scan metal and wood at the same time. This breakthrough allowed them to urge exact 3-D images of things like a mouthpiece from one in every of the primary saxophones made by a shaper within the 19th century.

“Only three original saxophone mouthpieces are known to exist within the entire world,” Howe said.

The UConn team scanned the initial mouthpiece and so produced a plastic replica on a 3D printer that may be fitted to the initial saxophone. And it costs only $18. The team also has scaled the imaging data to size to form mouthpieces for a variety of Sax’s horns, from B-flat bass to E-flat sopranino. Shahbazmohamadi believes that at some point, 3D printers can make exact copies within the original materials, or print out broken parts to repair the initial ones. Paul Cohen, a saxophonist who teaches at the University, said the UConn team’s work could help experts understand what centuries-old music was meant to sound like.

“The universal availability of 3D printing, which is going on as we wait, will make all this work very relevant and not only for musical instruments,” Howe said. “The ability to live and replicate items that are difficult to live and replicate is bound to explode.”

New 3D printing technology to print multiple alloys in a single object

3D printing and 3D printers have seen a lot of development lately, they have been used to create a lot of things ranging from gadgets and accessories to bio-medical implants and prosthesis equipment. 3D printed metal alloys and compounds have been long been fabricated, however no major breakthrough has yet been made on 3D printed spacecraft’s or jet crafts, for that matter.

A lot of research has been going on, on this and recently scientists and researcher’s at NASA’s jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California have come forward with a revolutionary new 3D printing technology that can 3D print more than one metal alloy in a single 3D printed object.

Why would you need to make such an Object?

Let’s imagine a thermostat, it is made up of two metals joined or welded together, the difference in how the two metals react to temperature, causes the device to react differently to different temperatures. This helps us in deploying this device as a safety cut-off measure, in the case of over-heating or vice – versa. However, imagine if there is a defect in the weld or it is too brittle, would you still trust that device with over-heating problems? No – definitely not.

This is exactly why such a technology is needed, he fact that it came alive with 3D printing technology, is just another feather on the hat.

How does it work?

We’re taking a standard 3D printing process and combining the ability to change the metal powder that the part is being built with on the fly,” said Douglas Hofmann, a researcher in material science and metallurgy at JPL, and visiting associate at Caltech. “You can constantly be changing the composition of the material.

Rather than adding layers from the bottom, as in the other 3D printing technology, Hofmann and his colleagues are depositing layers of metal on a rotating rod, thus transitioning metals from the inside out. They are using a laser deposition (LD) technique to fabricate multifunctional metal alloys. Using the technique in parallel with rotational deposition enables fabrication of compositional gradients radially from the center, thereby altering the mechanical and physical properties of the alloy.

The research work was funded by NASA, further details on this revolutionary new 3D printing technique can be found here.


QSQM gets acquired for $1 Million

QSQM Technology Corporation in Fengtien, a manufacturer of DLP 3D Printer in China, proclaimed that the corporate has been acquired for $1 million by Nanjing F.M. Company.

QSQM is alleged to be one of the primary companies to analyze and develop DLP 3D printers in China. Back in January, QSQM Corporation launched a brand new DLP 3D printer crowd-funding campaign on Indiegogo. DLP Projector based 3D printers are gaining in quality within the previous couple of years. Utilizing constant projectors usually used for PowerPoint slideshows, A DLP 3D printer is capable of turning liquid into finely curated 3D objects. The projector shines on the surface of a liquid plastic organic compound that hardens once exposed to a precise wavelength of light. The ray of light attracts and hardens a layer at a time till the complete model is constructed.

The new company’s headquarters are placed in Nanjing, China. Supported by Nanjing Institute of Advanced optical device Technology (NIALT), the corporate can target developing quicker, stable, and precise lower priced DLP and SLA 3D printers. During the past months, QSQM has been working on major feature upgrades to the Uncia DLP 3D printer. QSQM said that the main hardware has been upgraded, and also the printer is intended to be a lot more precise and stable than the Uncia-original. The new Uncia DLP 3D printer will be launched on 1st August on Indiegogo, with a far cheaper price: merely $299 for basic model.

QSQM conjointly, has a plant in Nanjing wherever the team is presently developing precise SLA 3D printers. “We have 2 goals for SLA 3D printers.” QSQM told the Press. “We will create it to be sensible, straightforwardandbe able to work with ‘One-button’ print. We are going to conjointly offer customizable solutions for enterprises, which includes high-resolution, giant build volume and quick print speed.” The new company can have over seventy in staff’s and primarily work in the sector of applied chemistry, light, software system and mechanics.