Today’s Sliced 3D printing news digest features the latest breakthroughs and stories from makers, education, business, design.
Highlighted companies include: Otterbox, 3D Hubs, Aleph Objects, Prusa Research, Matt Denton, LEGO, MindKits, Hack My Van, PrintLab, Fisher Unitech, Cimquest Inc., Sigma Labs, BeAM Machines, Renishaw, Listemann, Classic Motor Cars, Jaguar, Nanjing city China and the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center.
Makers – Otterbox, soluble supports and extra-large Lego
Premium cellphone case developer OtterBox has released a CAD file of its iPhone/iPad uniVERSE Case System with a built-in rail mount.
The configurable design has been produced in collaboration with Aleph Objects, makers of the Lulzbot line of 3D printers, and service bureau 3D Hubs.
Interestingly, the case has been created to encourage creatives to 3D print their own accessories, which is in a similar vein to a recent design challenge for Indiegogo’s Mokacam action camera, and the mounting range of attachments available for GoPro devices.
RepRap 3D printer developer Prusa Research has released a software update making it easier to 3D print water-soluble supports.
And YouTube Maker/Creator of the Mantis Robot Matt Denton and his 8-year-old nephew Ruben, go head to head in a challenge to build a regular and supersized, 3D printed LEGO car.
Mantis Hacks E7 – Giant LEGO Build [kit 1972] Clip via Matt Denton on YouTube
Education – 3D printing’s got wheels
MindKits, a reseller of Ultimaker 3D printers in New Zealand, won first prize in 2017’s Mercedes-Benz “Hack My Van” competition with a pitch for a mobile 3D printer workshop deliverable to schools.
UK education initiative PrintLab has also released an affordable 3D Printing Starter Package for Education complete with actionable lesson plans and guidebook.
Nick Mayor, Business Development Manager at PrintLab, explains, “This is not just a bundle, it’s an educator’s journey,”
“[The package is] coupled with a 160 page teacher handbook that leads teachers through training, activities, knowledge, confidence building and gives them a comprehensive set of tools in order to teach 3D Printing efficiently and effectively.”
Business – North America, Taiwan, and Germany
BeAM Machines are hosting a Open House for its new 20,000 square foot facility in Cincinnati from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on August 31, 2017. In a tour of the facility visitors will be shown a live demonstration of the firm’s 5 axis Magic 2.0 machine.
And metal 3D printer specialist Renishaw, has announced that it will be presenting the product of a 6-year collaboration with aviation & aerospace service provider Listemann at formnext 2017.
iQtemp, a solution-oriented service for conformal temperature control will be demonstrated in Frankfurt 14 – 17 November 2017.
Design – bridges, buildings and cars
Nanjing city in China has received the country’s, and potentially world’s, first 3D printed bridge railings made from layered cement.
Reports state that the railings are capable of withstanding 60 MPa of force, matching the strength of other reinforced concrete structures.
Classic Motor Cars, an auto shop based in UK county of Shropshire, has used 3D printing to help perform the 6,725 hour “full nut and bolt restoration” of a Pininfarina produced XK120 SE, one of the rarest Jaguar models ever made.
Bonus breakthroughs – hearts for children in China
According to Xinhua and CCTV, the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center has introduced specialist 3D printing facilities for children undergoing heart operations. The center is providing the philanthropic care in collaboration with Materialise NV.
Ma Wenming, grandfather to a child who has benefited from the program, says, “Our children have the world’s latest 3D printing technology. We are so lucky. Moreover the fees including transportation, accommodation, diagnosis and treatment were all free. We are really grateful.”
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Featured image: Extra-large 3D printed LEGO wheels by Matt Denton. Photo via Mantis Robot on Instagram.