3D Printing

Sliced: 3D printing digest from 3DPI 17th Nov. 2016

Today’s Sliced 3D printing digest has more of an entertainment focus. Read on for the latest in fashion, cars, concrete, and General Electric’s continued expansion.

3D printing gets haute couture

Alexander McQueen, the fashion house famed for dressing the top of Hollywood’s glitterati, has designed a luxury umbrella with the use of 3D printing. The handle imitates the imprint of a human fist and was created in collaboration with VOJD studios who make luxury 3D printed garments. As it isn’t custom made to everyone’s grip it still leaves something to be desired in terms of personalization, but we can’t deny it looks pretty slick.

The Alexander McQueen hand imprint umbrella. Image via: VOJD studios

Concrete printing market to skyrocket towards 2023

A report put together by Credence Research, a consultancy firm based in San Jose CA, estimates that the cement printing market will reach a value of $70m over the next 7 years. This will come as no surprise to anyone who has been keeping an eye on 3D printed building in the UAE and China, but it is promising considering the estimated turnaround time. Another area of construction worth looking at is ‘3D printed’ bricklaying performed by the Australian FastBrick Robotics, and on display at this week’s Autodesk University in Las Vegas.

3D printing reinforced concrete wasp
3D printing reinforced concrete from WASP

James Corden designs his own 3D printed car with Local Motors 

The company behind the 3D printed Strati car have been getting a lot of press recently for their drone & autonomous car combo in collaboration with Mythbusters’ Grant Imahara. This week they are seen in Chase Sapphire’s Reserve What’s Next series looking at the best in future tech, and have invited Carpool Karaoke’s James Corden along for the ride.

In other automotive related news, Divergent 3D, who are responsible for the world’s first 3D printed supercar Blade, has unveiled a super bike with a 3D printed chassis named at the LA Auto Show.

The Dagger superbike from Divergent Technologies Inc.
The Dagger superbike from Divergent Technologies Inc.

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Featured image shows Sliced logo on Anish Kapoor’s 3D printed concrete sculptures. Image via: artsobserver.com