3D Printing Dublin

Last night we held yet another successful 3D Printing Workshop. We discusses the imminent launch of the HP jet Fusion 3D printer which is due to create waves. Did I mention the price? Some say i will retail at €120,000 but that price may change. Watch this space. We look forward to welcoming a new … Continue reading “3D Printing Dublin”

Last night we held yet another successful 3D Printing Workshop. We discusses the imminent launch of the HP jet Fusion 3D printer which is due to create waves. Did I mention the price? Some say i will retail at €120,000 but that price may change. Watch this space. We look forward to welcoming a new batch of 3D Printing fans

Mcor was founded by Conor McCormack and his brother in 2009 in Dunleer  Louth.   With a background in the aerospace industry and a stint with Airbus Conor decided to go it alone with Mcor and create a unique 3D printer which uses paper rather than plastic,powder or liquid resin.   In 2012 they released   The Mcor Iris

We waved goodbye to the Web Summit at the RDS to what could be the last-ever Web Summit to be held in Dublin.   Its a tragedy that there moving to Lisbon but our loss is Lisbons gain.  It was great while it lasted and we liked it so much we might even make the long trip to Lisbon in 2016. With 30,000

TCT Show + Personalize is one of the worlds leading events dedicated to 3D printing, additive manufacturing and product development. TCT showcases over 200 exhibitors and dozens of worldclass speakers to almost 10,000 attendees. In 2015, the twentieth TCT will once again serve as a launch pad for groundbreaking innovations, applications and technologies.

RTE 2 TV were on-site to film a report on 3D Printing for the elev8 show which was broadcast daily on RTE 2 TV.

TV3 Ireland AM invited us to share our Ultimakers and 3D printed models with their viewers so we arrived  at the Studios with a car boot full of printers and met Colin Baker c/o Back from The Future,  their  Techology  presenter.

Dave Fanning invited us into his 2FM radio show at the end of January. We brought along one of our Ultimakers and also some models that we made and now Daves an expert on additive manufacturing. Thanks also to Niall Toner from the Sunday Times for doing a piece on us on 26th Jan and hopefully awareness of this new

3D Printing Dublin is renting desktop 3D Printers with or without an operator for half day up to a week. If you want to rent a Ultimaker 3D printer send us an email at We will come back to you with a quote depending on the characteristics and the number of machines you are looking for. 3D Printing Dublin

Our next workshop is  on Wednesday 8th February at 6pm. During the evening we will cover the following areas: Origins of  Additive Manufacturing 3D Printing Technologies 3D Printing Applications in Industry Guide to Purchasing a  3D Printer Materials CAD Programs The cost of the Workshop is is  €55 and early booking is advisible

Cris Mc Clelland  and his  team from 3rd Year Mechanical Engineering & Technology  Society organized the inaugural 3D Printing Challenge for their students and 3D Printing Dublin were invited along by Gerry Ryder, Head of Mechanical Engineering  to judge the competition along with representatives from DCU and UCD and HP. The students had access to a College Rep Rap

We made our annual visit to the TCT Show at NEC in Birmingham which is the five times the size RDS and the event is like an Aladdins Cave of all things to do with 3D Printing. EOS were displaying their new SLS printers costing between €150,000 and €250,000. Any takers? SLS is the best 3D printing technology but the

We  attended the annual gathering of advanced manufacturing enthusiasts in London and this time they moved it to Bishopgate in the City overlooking the Thames. Makerbot had newer and bigger FDM printers on view since their merger with Stratsys and Norge were touting their soon to be released SLS printer, however no actual printer was on view. Not to

We travelled to Islington, London to attend the second 3D PrintShow UK and highlights included attending the launch of the Formlabs Form 1, an entry level stereolithography 3D Printer which uses liquid resin and a laser to make high quality 3D models.

MIT Researchers Create Color-Shifting Ink for 3D Printers

MIT Researchers Create Color-Shifting Ink for 3D Printers

MIT Researchers Create Color-Shifting Ink for 3D Printers

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Most things that are 3D printed are still just a single color of plastic, but some more fancy printers might be able to print with a few colors. A new printing technology designed by MITs Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has the potential to addsignificantlymore colors to 3D printing without the need for additional print heads. Researchers there havedeveloped color-shifting dyes for 3D printed objects. Shine some light on the object, and it changes color.

The project started from a fashion perspective. MIT professor Stefanie Mueller, who led the research, was concerned about the wasteful state of consumerism. People sometimes buy new things just because they get tired of the old one. She wondered if there wasnt some way to update materials without buying something new, and the custom3D printingdye dubbed ColorFab is what the team managed to come up with.

ColorFab isnt just the dye its an entire system for customizing objects after theyve been printed. In the video below, a rather large and gaudy ring was used to show off the technique. Using the ColorFab 3D interface, users can design the object they want and print it in about 20 minutes. Most of the layers are normal 3D printing plastic medium, but the top layer contains the ColorFab dye.

The ColorFab printing medium contains a base dye, a photo catalyst, and a color-sensitive photochromic ink. When bombarded with UV light of the correct frequency, the ink shifts colors. You can even control which colors with the specific wavelengths. Past versions of this process could only change to a single pre-defined color, and then the color would only last as long as the UV light source was turned on. The coloring process takes about 20 minutes, but the color remains after you shut the UV off.

The ColorFab software lets users choose which pixels on the object they want to change. You could spell out words or draw simple pictures on ColorFab objects, but they wont last forever. Visible light resets the dye, so itll fade over time. The CSAIL team measured how long it would take for the ink to reset from ambient light, finding it degraded conscientiously, but was still visible after 30 days. A more intense light source can be used to manually reset the dye in a few minutes so you can re-color it. The team hopes to make ColorFab faster and more efficient to make it a viable product.

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At Nike the Future is Faster and its 3D

At Nike the Future is Faster, and its 3D

At Nike the Future is Faster, and its 3D

Nike Zoom Superfly Flyknit track spike for sprinter Allyson Felix created using rapid 3D prototyping

that pushed the performance and rapid prototyping possibilities of 3D printing further and hinted at the companys goal of scaling the technology to deliver greaterperformance innovationfaster. Today, it accelerates towards that future via a partnership with the multinational information technology company HP.

The move builds off of over three years of innovation in the 3D printing and Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) space that has allowed Nike to make and tweak prototypes in hours, instead of months. This process has fast-tracked the creation of everything from the aforementioned track spike to football cleats, such as theNike Vapor Laser TalonandNike Vapor HyperAgility. Outside of footwear, it has also played a significant role in disruptive designs such as theCooling Hood, designed for world record-holding decathlete Ashton Eaton, and theNike Football Rebento duffle bag.

With its new HP partnership, Nike is shooting for an even swifter prototyping pace. As Tom Clarke, President, Nike Innovation, explains, At Nike we innovate for the worlds best athletes. Weve been using 3D printing to create new performance innovations for footwear for the past several years. Now we are excited to partner with HP to accelerate and scale our existing capabilities as we continue to explore new ways to manufacture performance products to help athletes reach their full potential.

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Short interest during the two-week period ending December 15 rose on two of four 3D printing stocks we follow. The shares of all four companies continue to pull back from 2017 highs posted in May.

Short interest in 3D Systems Corp. (DDD) rose by 0.3% to 36.81 million shares. Some 33.8% of the companys float was short. Days to cover remained at 12. In the two-week short interest period, the share price rose by about 16.8%. The stocks 52-week trading range is $7.92 to $23.70, and shares closed at $9.03 on Wednesday, down about 1.3% on the day.

Stratasys Ltd. (SSYS) saw short interest rise by 1.8% in the first two weeks of December to about 9.82 million shares, or 19.6% of the companys float. Days to cover rose to 16. The share price increased by about 1.9% in the two-week period, and the stock closed at $20.51 on Wednesday, up about 0.3% on the day, in a 52-week range of $16.37 to $30.88.

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Short interest in The ExOne Co. (XONE) fell by 9.3% to 1.96 million shares. About 20.9% of the companys shares are now short. ExOnes share price plunged by 22% in the period. The stocks 52-week range is $6.72 to $14.43, and shares closed at $9.07 on Wednesday, up about 1.3% for the day. Days to cover fell to 12.

Short interest in Voxeljet A.G. (VJET) decreased by 6.9% to 521,363 American depositary shares, with days to cover rising to 12. Voxeljet added about 0.6% for the two-week period and closed at $4.97 on Wednesday, up 0.2% in a 52-week range of $2.61 to $6.37.

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The commercial promises of 3D printing are obvious. Printing on demand at the moment of request is the 21st century answer to a magic lamp. As the telephone, car, tv, and internet revolutionized communication, 3D printing is going to revolutionize creation.

Imagine a scenario of pressing a few buttons and viola a machine prints your favorite meal. The reality of this actually happening is not that far off, but of course with limitations. Right now techno-culinarieschocedgehave created a chocolate printing process, which layers delicious chocolate into computer generated designs. The early adopters of 3D food printing strike me as high end custom providers, spewing fondant spindles into commercial grade 3D food printers that churn out precise shapes and edible figurines for birthday cakes, candies and other easily inkable materials primarily confections.

If you havent yet noticed, Kickstarter and 3D Printing make one perfect match. Investors on the fundraising site are eagerly supporting new 3D technology projects, and many campaigns have reached103075times their initial funding goals. In addition to the free hardware, t-shirts and other various perks, enthusiaists who front the dough await great rewards, and great bragging rights for taking part in accelerating the timeline to the future.

Many of the 3D printing projects appear to be variations on the 3D printer.  Some projects have even found themselves in hot water with patent holders claiminginfringement, but the one thing that is sure 3D Printing projects on Kickstarter are not going anywhere. With that in mind, were going to take a look at the 5 coolest 3D Printing Projects on Kickstarter. Let us know what you think. If youve got other projects that interest you, were always excited to see and learn more.

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3D Printing Helping Knee-Replacement Patients

Every year, more than 600,000 people have knee-replacement surgery. Now, 3D printing is helping patients regain their mobility.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Every year, more than 600,000 people have knee-replacement surgery. Now, 3D printing is helping patients regain their mobility.

In traditional knee replacement surgery, the surgeon selects an off-the-shelf implant from a range of standard fixed sizes. They then have to make the necessary adjustments to fit the implant to the patient during the procedure.

Dr. William Kurtz, an orthopedic surgeon at the Tennessee Orthopedic Alliance, uses conforMIS technology to perfectly create knees that fit a patient.

And we start with a patients scan of their bones of their knee joint and we will take that scan and make a computer model of that patients knee, he said.

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3DCompare: Transparant 3D Printing Prices by Trusted Providers

3DCompare: Search Engine for the 3D Printing Industry

3DCompare launches the first professional comparison platform for 3D printing. Based in the UK, the portal matches companies in search for 3D printing solutions with verified, professional and established 3D printing service providers around the world. The Price Checker scans hundreds of 3D printing businessess and materials to help its users find the cheapest price for their prints.

Active in North America and Europe, 3DCompare is rapidly expanding these days into a global network. The growing demand for3D printingasks for novel platforms and solutions to ease decision making of a broad offering. Experts estimate that, in 2020, the 3D market will grow to 28.9 billion US dollars, coming from a level of 13.2 billion in 2016. Industries such as automotive, architecture and dentistry have realised 3D printing potential for cheaper and better quality objects.

Current partners include industry leaders such asiMaterialiseShapewaysand Makexyz. 3DCompare users have immediate access to the latest range ofadditive manufacturingtechnology includingFused Deposition Modelling(FDM),Stereolithography(SLA) andSelective Laser Sintering(SLS), and a wide array of metals, plastics, resins and multi-colour materials.

The 3DCompare database helps to select the best possible service for its users needs. Whether they want to compare prices, find out the shortest lead times, discover the best3D Printing Materials, or learn about the shipping costs related to a particular job, any of 3D printing service providers listed in the portal is readily available to serve.

The team of3D Compareis continuously extending its database in order to get the best offering for their users project. Well be watching it closely and we are sure there will be more news to be announced in the time to come!

All of the Lights Installation by Budmen Industries

Illuminate your Imagination: 100 Unique 3D Printed Lamps Installation by Budmen Industries

All of the Lights by Budmen Industries is an immersive light installation including 100 unique 3D printed lamps. It acts as a unified display of individualism. The project represents a bright future where individuality is celebrated and reflected in environments that are as unique and complex as we, human beings, are.

The All of Lights installation redefines 21st century craft by combining art sculpture and digital fabrication. To attach a personal and human element to each of the designs, the designers decided to digitally sculpt each lamp shade by hand.

Following the designers unique approach, a great variety of different shades was created, each reflecting unique personalities. Some were symmetrical and had a pure geometrical appearance, while others were more gestural, feeling like captured motion. Or they were swirled and stretched into splendid spirals.

In fact, 3D printers can build hundreds of identical objects but their real strength is in making hundreds of different objects at no extra cost. 3D printing is a shift from a world full of mass manufactured products to one where each item can be a unique reflection of our individuality (called mass customization)

A 3D printer creates objects layerwise. This process of stacking layers produces surfaces with striations similar to those seen on rock formations and tree bark. Printing with thick layers produces even more dramatic striations.

Where for some applications the layering might be a limitation, the Budmen designers decided to see and use it as an charismatic feature of the process. The uniquely layered aesthetic is not only a process signature, but the object takes on an entirely new character when illuminated.

Budmen Industries was founded by Isaac Budmen and Stephanie Keefe. Budmen is an artist, designer and lifelong inventor as he describes himself. His creative work exploring digital fabrication has been featured at leading museums and other venues.

Stephanie is an artist as well, pastry chef, and photographer. Her photographs have been exhibited and sold in NYC and Chicago. Together, they created Budmen Industries.

To celebrate the All of the Lights project, Budmen released a special book on the immersive installation.Pre-order booksare available for a special early-bird price, personalized and signed by the artists. Books will be shipped February 2018.

Pictures in this post were sourced fromthe Budman website.

Repro-Light: Would the Luminaire of the Future be fully 3D Printed?

Repro-light Consortium aims to Revolutionize the Lighting Industry by 2020

As part of the Horizon 2020 programme, an European project for re-usable and re-configurable parts for sustainable LED based systems was initiated by lighting industry leaders. Named Repro-light, it aspires to successfully initiate a transformation in the European lighting industry, with the ultimate aim of creating the Luminaire of the Future. We thought it would be good to write a brief update on it, as it will significantly affect our future and inspire our readers!

The Repro-light project harnesses innovative technologies and materials and aim to implement modular luminaire architecture as never attempted before. Called the Luminaire of the Future, it will include a smart production scheme and the development of a reconfigurable easily customizable LED luminaire.

The Repro-light project is perfectly timed to capitalize and lead this transformation. It is set to change the reputation of the LED luminaire from a disposable object, into a customizable and sustainable product, with a high function value. The LED market is currently mid-transformation, shifting its focus from energy efficiency to function values, therefore the timing of the project is perfect!

Led by representatives and driving forces from the European lighting industry, as well as manufacturers, experts on lighting sustainability and the Social Sciences, the Repro-light consortium possesses the excellence and the influence to not only execute this project successfully, but also invoke a sustainable change in the European lighting industry beyond the lifetime of the project.

The need for projects like Repro-light has been highlighted over the last years by leading lighting experts and institutions. Now, some of these thought-leaders join forces in the Repro-consortium. It includes several leading European manufacturers such as TRILUX, BJB, Ground Zero, and Rohner Engineering.

In addition, it contains remarkable innovative members of the lighting industry asBartenbachandLuger Research, as well as experts on lighting sustainability and Life Cycle Assessment IREC andMondragon Universitywho are prominent in Social Sciences.

The projects first phase is underway. This initial phase of work will focus on analysing the customer needs and technical requirements. This information is vital for the following project stages, the initial phases finishing by March 2018.

To receive updates on the project progress, to receive additional information about Repro-light or to learn about its partners, pleasevisit the website.

We at 3DPrinting.Lighting strongly believe there is no future for the lighting industry without incorporating 3D printing in product design, development and operations, so well be following the project updates with great interest and inform you once interesting developments come to pass. Stay tuned!

3D printinghas changed how products are prototyped. With Gantri, its changing how products are made. The unique Gantri 3D printing process combines the simplicity and flexibility of desktop 3D printing with the quality and craftsmanship of industrial manufacturing. It allows designers worldwide to easily bring quality products to market at a fraction of the time and cost.

Gantri aims to break down the barriers in traditional ways of manufacturing and selling. Simplicity and efficiency are key in their designer approach. By promoting inspired design rather than a specific aesthetic, design becomes relevant to everydays life.

Gantri helps independant designers to create inspired, high-quality lighting products and make them accessible and attainable for all

Working with the best material innovators from around the world, we offer corn-based materials that are environmentally friendly, purposeful and durable. The in-depth knowledge of 3D printing allows designers to create optimized 3D models and achieve higher quality prints straight off the printers.

Every part is hand-finished and foreseen with a protective coating to achieve a perfect finish that feels comparable to traditional luxury products.

Gantri welcomes talented designers regardless of location or academic degree. Any independent designer around the globe can become a member of the Gantri Community to create his own products and brand.

Please refer to theGantri shopto source your own table lights, created by independent designers worldwide. All products are made in California.

With a background in architecture, Korean designer Se Yoon Park recently created a stunning piece of art including 3D printed trees. Contrasting influences his former rural life, made him develop an interest in issues such as light, darkness, time, and life. Experimenting with gradient light and its consequent shadows, Se Yoon arrived at this particular form for his 3D printed trees, where the play of light produces ever-changing effects.

The project Light, Darkness and the Tree is the result of the contemplation of the words that Park takes most seriously: light, darkness, time, and life. His work explores the transitions between light and darkness, and in his sculptures, he seeks to contain both light and darkness within an exterior, a single object. His creature consists of many smaller geometric elements and imitates the organic structure of a tree.

The initial design stage knew multiple media, from hand-written sketches, to handmade models, to digital 3D models inRhino. All the parts were designed in Rhino for production on a 3D printer. The biggest challenge has been error control in retaining an accuracy in shape that was essential for the structural integrity of the overall artwork.

Compared to traditional methods where material is casted away, the additive3D printingprocess allows being more accurate, and it is free from shrinking issues. Moreover, it provides to work with multiple design materials and bring them together in one build.

Also, a the combination of traditional fabrication methods and3D printing technologiesmight be a way forward. 3D printing is a very helpful way to rapidly turn ideas into reality, while the more mature conventional technologies can turn them into real production items.

Se Yoon chosePolyamidematerial for his creature due to its strength, lightness, and porosity, which allowed him to structurally employ the 3D printed parts in his sculptures. It also gave him the flexibility of dyeing the pieces to explore a variety of artistic surface treatments. The translucency of Polyamide also allowed him to play with an electrical light inside his sculptures, creating the effect of a soft glow.

Polyamide is 3D print material that is used in combination with a process namedSelective Laser Sintering(SLS). Laser Sintering 3D printers do not use a filament, as many DIY printers do. On the contrary, a very fine, granular nylon powder is heated and sintered by a laser beam within the 3D printer to create the parts.

This post was inspired by an earlier post ofi.materialise, pictures are property ofSe Yoon Park.

Electric Light Shoe: A Dreamlike Sculpture Universe

Award Winning Centerpiece Electric Light Shoe by Janne Kyttanen merges Japanese Culture Icons

The Electric Light Shoe is a 70 centimeters tall sculpture containing a dream-like universe. The artwork features a kaleidoscope of Japanese cultural icons and was designed and fabricated back in 2008 already by designer and artist Janne Kyttanen. The illuminated shoe was created as the centrepiece of the award winning Onitsuka Tiger global Electric Tiger Land campaign.

The super detailed structure is laced with anLED lightingsystem that glows and pulses, bringing the sculpture to life. There are only one eight sculptures available in this super limited edition collection, plus two artist proofs.

The characteristic Onitsuka Tiger stripes represents a system of highways and streets. Illuminated signs crowd the front of the shoe and a monster-like figure looms over buildings at the shoes opening.

The fine details were achieved withrapid prototyping, the process that enables a digitalCAD fileto be transformed quickly into a solid object, mostly by means ofadditive manufacturingtechnologies.

Janne Kyttanenis a pioneering digital sculptor creating multidisciplinary work at the intersection of3D printing, virtual reality and augmented reality. His work has been featured inTIME Magazines Design 100, the people and ideas behind the worlds most influential design. Kyttanen is best known for his revolutionary work with 3D printing and is considered to be one of the most influential designers of his generation.

More availability and purchase info is available onthe designers website.

In Switzerland 20% of the population suffers from hay fever between January and August. Hay fever is caused by pollen like grass, ash, birch, sunflower, ragweed, and dandelions.

A density of many thousands pollen per cubic meter can be measured on some days. During these peak periods, not only allergy sufferers are affected but also people usually not allergic to pollen.

During pollen season, allergy sufferers usually try to avoid the outdoors and getting close to trees and flowering plants. The truth is, pollen is carried even inside our homes. They get inside while airing the room or are simply carried inside on ones clothes or hair.

The ZHDK design project aims on raising awareness on these issues by making pollen visible for the first time: the pollen lamps.

The lamps are composed of three main parts: The lamp shade, the lamp cord and the cover lid. The lamp shade and the cover lid are 3D printed with white nylon powder. It gives the lamp a course, sandlike texture. LED Bulbs are used to give the lamps different colours.

The pollen lamps were developed in collaboration with the designers Roman Jurt and Michael Kennedy from theZurich University of the Arts.

Desktop Metal Unveils New and Affordable Metal 3D Printers

Desktop Metal introduces two metal 3D Printing Systems covering the full PLC from Prototyping to Mass Production

Metal 3D printers have been around for decades, however they have always been limited in terms of materials, fabrication speed and user-friendliness. Desktop Metal, a mere two-year-old startup, unveiled recently two new 3D metal printing machines, one of which can create prototypes and the other production parts faster and cheaper than existing technologies.

The novel metal printing technology is called microwave enhanced sintering by Desktop Metal. The printers put down layers of metal and ceramic powders, mixed in a soft polymer. The cartridges and alloys that work with the printers are made by Desktop Metal and other major providers inadditive manufacturing.

Once the parts are printed, they go into a furnace where they are rapidly cooked: The heat simply burns away the polymer.

The metal is fused together but at a temperature that wont make it melt and lose its shape. Wherever ceramic was laid down in a printed design, metal remains separated and doesnt fuse. The created pieces can finally be separated by hand.

Designed as an end-to-end solution, the Desktop Metal Studio System is the only way to print complex metal parts in-house. The system comes with purchase and subscription pricing options, and it is by far the only metal 3D printing system that is cost-effective for engineering teams.

Next to the DM Studio System, the Desktop Metal Production system delivers the speed, quality, and cost-per-part needed to compete with traditional manufacturing processes. Arriving in 2018, this breakthrough Single Pass Jetting (SPJ) process delivers speeds up to 8200 cm3/hr. It is 100x faster than laser-based systems. With zero-tooling needed, its the fastest way to manufacture complex metal parts.

The system runs low-cost with MIM powder, comes with a high throughput, and simple post-processing deliver per-part costs that are competitive with traditional manufacturing processes.

A breaktrough in the world of 3D Printing Metal, which will offer great next advantages for the lighting industry. We keep following this young start-up with great interest!

Pictures in this post are property of Desktop Metal. The video was sourced from theTechCrunch Video Channel.

Designer David Mnscher has created two lampion shaped lampshades, that use principles of curved paper folding to create a thin, but rigid light object. The ION 3D printed Lampshades are a great fit for any interior design!

Due to the layer structure of the3D printingprocess the resulting shade has a paper like structure, that reveals itself fully when lit.

The lampshade design draws its inspiration from a classic lampion shape, hence the name ION.

During daytime the bright white, curved shape adds a clean, yet homely accent to an interior. When turned on in the evening ION illuminates the space with a warm, soft glow to the sides and

ION is available in two sizes and lends itself to be hung as a single lamp or in groups, forming lines or clusters. By the use of a lamp stand the shades can also be turned into a floor or table

The pendant light is 3D printed on demand in a thin nylon 3D printing material. The fine layers of the printing process produce a matt finished, paper like structure. Both, ION and the smaller ION S lampshades are now available .

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U RoK Design Studio a Unique Lighting Design-Maker Practice

U RoK Design Studio: Create Unusual Designs that please the World and Living Space around us

U RoK Design, a family-owned design-maker studio, is based in Stourbridge, UK. The practice was founded in September 2014 by the Latvian designer-maker Roberts Kulins. The author of idea and concept is passionate about creating unusual design objects and finding new ways that make the world and living space around us more pleasant.

Natural and sustainable materials feature, along with nature primordialism, Nordic asperity, creative and ascetic style all at the same time it are the influences of the designers place of birth. The lighting products in this post are made by using cutting edge3D printing technologies.

U RoK Design offers a wide variety of 3D printed lighting products. The collection varies from classic wooden suspension lamps to raw steel industrial style luminaries. The lamps fit equally well in the modern urban home as well as in a country cottage. The aim of U RoK Design is to create products that are pleasant in experience, suitable for every application, reasonable in price and an accessible for everyone.

U RoK Design provides tailored design products and services, and is always happy to work with customers that have special requests. Match products to specific customer desires and needs is their ultimate work.

AllKulins products are handmade in the UK and as unique as your fingerprint!

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3D-Printed Eyes Could Help Blind Childrens Faces Grow Naturally

BALTIMORE Scientists and engineers are3D printingall types of objects these days, including eyes: A group of eye specialists and eye-care providers from the Netherlands has used 3D-printing technology to create artificial eye structures, called conformers, in a small study of five children.

The technique could help children with conditions called microphthalmia and anophthalmia, in which they are born with underdeveloped or missing eyes, respectively, the research team says. These conditions, which can occur in one or both eyes, affect more than 10 percent of blind children worldwide and as many as 30 in 100,000 children, according to previous studies.

Although the sculpted eyes dont enable the child to see, they do provide critical support of theeye socketso that the childs face can have a natural, proportional look, the researchers said today (May 11) here at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), the worlds largest gathering of eye and vision researchers.

If theres no eye present, theres not enough adequate stimulus for the bone [around the eye socket] to grow, Maayke Kuijten, a postdoctoral fellow at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam who conducted a study on five children fitted with the conformers, said at ARVO. [The 10 Weirdest Things Created by 3D Printing]

Because children with these conditions may have malformed eye sockets, the face and the areas around the eyes cannot expand to their natural contour, Kuijten said. The advantage of 3D-printed eye conformers is that they can be replaced often with slightly larger sizes by the parent at home as the child grows, or as frequently as weekly when the child is a few months old, she said.

Symmetry of the face is our end goal, Kuijten told Live Science.

Traditionally, a child or adult who is missing an eye would be fitted with a device called an ocular prosthesis. (This was commonly called a glass eye because it was originally made with glass, but it is now mostly made of a medical-grade plastic acrylic.) Theseocular prosthesesare made by ocularists, professionals who are trained in both the fabrication and fitting of the prostheses.

The ocular prosthesis can be nearly spherical, like the eyeball, or cup-like, to fit over an existing, malformed and nonfunctioning eye. A conformer is often used for temporary support, such as after the accidental loss of an eye, to maintain the eye socket for several months until a more permanent prosthesis can be fitted.

But making and fitting an ocular prosthesis, or even a conformer, is a laborious process, Kuijten said. The ocularist typically must visually gauge the size of the socket, create an orb based on educated guesswork and polish it until it fits perfectly. It is as much artwork as it is medical care.

For infants with microphthalmia or anophthalmia, time is critical because their rapidly growing heads need the stimulation of a full-size eyeball for the frame of the eye socket to expand accordingly. Without such stimulation, that section of the skull can cave inward.

3D-printed conformers help address this challenge because they can be printed quickly, cheaply and in a range of sizes varying by less than a millimeter in diameter, Kuijten said.

To test the utility of 3D-printed conformers, Kuijtens team looked at patients being treated by Dr. Dyonne Hartong, an oculoplastic surgeon at the VU University Medical Center who is currently treating about 50 patients with microphthalmia or anophthalmia. Hartong was the senior investigator on the study.

As part of the standard care of children with these eye conditions in the Netherlands, they have several ultrasounds of their head taken during their first 3 months of age, followed by an MRI scan when theyre about 3 months old. (MRIs require anesthesia because babies cannot be instructed not to move during the scans. But administering anesthesia to newborns under 3 months is considered too dangerous.)

Using data from these scans, the researchers determined the extent of the eye malformation and the size of the eye socket. The doctors also injected a soft gel into the affected eye socket to create a crude mold of its shape.

Based on these measurements and data on natural growth development, Kuijten devised an eye-growth chart for these children for their next 10 years of development. Then, her group used a 3D printer to create customized conformers in a vast array of sizes matching the prediction of the growth charts. [7 Cool Uses of 3D Printing in Medicine]

The conformers dont look like eyes. In fact, the original batch of eyes were green, with no pupils colored in. But they are convenient enough for parents to fit into their babys eye socket after theyre trained by ocularists on how to do so. Kuijten said the treatment is noninvasive and not painful for the child.

Early evaluation has shown that socket volumes of the treated eyes doubled, on average, over the treatment time of about a year, thus indicating that significant socket expansion occurred, the researchers said. The study on these children is ongoing.

This is certainly a novel approach with several advantages, said Dr. Irene Gottlob, a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Leicester Ulverscroft Eye Unit at the Leicester Royal Infirmary who was not involved in the study. This is a good example of individualized treatment, or precision medicine. It is also a good example of how 3D printing can be used in medicine.

However, so far, only five patients have been treated, and we need to see the results of a larger group, Gottlob added.

Gottlob said she was encouraged by the researchers plan to improve mathematical models to better predict eye-socket growth and development. She also noted that better refinement of ultrasound scans could help bring the method to younger infants, before they reach the age when they can safely undergo an MRI scan.

I think this is a very promising method, but experience with more patients and further development will improve this even further, Gottlob told Live Science.

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Fuel Your Product Design

The concept of imagining an object and having it materialize in front of you has defined the term futuristic for a long time; however, the future is rapidly approaching. The introduction of 3D printing has just begun to transform the market behind the scenes, but three-dimensional manufacturing is on the cusp of a full-on breakthrough. Within the next few years, 3D printers will be more affordable and more widespread, and they will change the process of running a business forever.

While the price tag on a 3D printer is still out of range for many businesses, in the next few years they will only become more available and more affordable. This means that at some point in the not-too-distant future, smaller businesses or even individual entrepreneurs could be turning their ideas into three dimensional objects with ease. Expect an explosion of handy inventions and patents within the next five to ten years because of this. The 3D printer provides for limitless creativity; you wont have to know how to build or assemble your product for your idea to come to life, because the printer does it for you.Create Products Quickly

The widespread use of the 3D printer will allow manufacturers to create their products in a matter of mere hours. This will not only make time constraints more manageable, but it will free up space in warehouses, because products can be created on an on-demand basis rather than an anticipatory basis. This means you can make exactly as many products as you need without worrying about over- or under-producing. This also eliminates the concept of overstock, so you can be sure that none of your products are collecting dust in a warehouse.

Although extremely useful and currently necessary, technology as a whole has been responsible for negatively impacting the earths environment and atmosphere. This prompts many companies to take environmentally-friendly initiatives, or go green. Fortunately, the 3D printer advances these green initiatives; manufacturing this way may dramatically reduce waste as well as utilize significantly less energy. 3D Printers are capable of making durable and efficient products while saving energy and the environment by using less raw material and emitting less carbon dioxide.

The cost of the 3D printer should be looked at in comparison to the savings it offers. Printing three-dimensionally radically cuts down shipping costs, labor costs, and packaging costs. If raw materials can be created at the manufacturing site, there is no need to pay shipping costs, which add up to a significant expense. Cutting down on costs is an obvious benefit, because that leaves more room to comfortably manage your expenses and expand your business.

Many potential customers will see a product and consider the aspects that they like about it, but it will be the factors that they dont like that prevent the sale from happening. With 3D printing, products suddenly become extraordinarily customizable. From small tweaks to additions, to your name embossed in the product, all it takes is an adjustment in the software and the customers perfect product can be created.

Imagine youre traveling and your car breaks down far from home. You take it to a local mechanic, but he doesnt have the part you need; he can order it, but it will take a few days for it to arrive. In a world where each town or local community has access to 3D printers, that part can be created from raw materials in a matter of hours, and you can continue on your way without any major delays. On a larger scale, these three-dimensionally printed parts could come together at local assembly plants, and viola: Cars can be created in any major city. Replace cars with any other manufactured product that is typically imported, and the life-changing benefits of 3D printing become clear.

It is simply a matter of time before 3D printers change the way business is conducted. The power of production will be in the hands of smaller groups of people, and it may eventually establish itself as a household staple. 3D printers offer a quicker and less wasteful method of manufacturing; ideas come to life in a matter of hours, less energy is used to create them, and less carbon dioxide is emitted in the process. Production costs become minimal as manufacturing only requires raw materials and the software for your 3D printer. Products can even be customized to fit the exact needs of the consumer. All of these factors come together to endow each community that has a 3D printer with the ability to provide everything it needs to its members. Three-dimensional printing is on the verge of changing business, technology, and life itself forever.