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U.S Army explores 3D printing on the frontline

U.S Army explores 3D printing on the frontline | COOL 3DPRINTING |

The U.S Army Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) has revealed its use of 3D printing to create crucial functional parts.


At ARDEC, engineers are researching the possibility of deploying a 3D printing laboratory onto the frontline to fabricate essential parts.


The Rapid Fabrication (R-FAB) system would enable soldiers to manufacture spare parts or tools to help in their missions.

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July 4th 3D Printing Sale Offers Great Deal on 3D Printing Accessories

July 4th 3D Printing Sale Offers Great Deal on 3D Printing Accessories | COOL 3DPRINTING |
Kick off the July 4th weekend with new 3D printing grab bags! Have you been wanting to try a new 3D printing filament? Or curious about our best-selling Wolfbite formulas like Nano, the highly popular 3D printing adhesive for PLA?

This is your chance to save some money and start experimenting with all kinds of new filaments and 3D printing accessories — without breaking the bank!

For less than the price of two rolls of Platinum Series PLA (which is certainly making its way into some of these bundles!), your 3D printing grab bag comes stuffed with an assortment of 3D printing goodies like 3D printer nozzles, Wolfbite 3D Printer Adhesive, and Airwolf 3D schwag (an over $150 value!)*. You might even get extra lucky and receive a fun sample print 3D printed right here by the Wolfpack!

Plus, all 3D Printing Grab Bags ship FREE! An incredible deal for novice and advanced 3D printer users, these grab bags are in short supply, so GRAB them while you can!
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Discover how 3D printing impact the medical industry

Discover how 3D printing impact the medical industry | COOL 3DPRINTING |
The singularity of the Healthcare industry is that it has to adapt with a very accurate specificity to every patient. The resources used for surgeries or to treat the patient are often customized, expensive and limited. Those constraints are very adapted to the use of 3D printing technology which prints a unique piece, fully customized and at an affordable cost. In this way, 3D printing use was quickly on the rise in this industry. How does 3D printing currently impact the Healthcare industry and what to expect in the future?
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STEAM Mobile Brings Classroom 3D Printer on the Road | Airwolf 3D

STEAM Mobile Brings Classroom 3D Printer on the Road | Airwolf 3D | COOL 3DPRINTING |
There’s a new force in education — and it’s ready to take the country by storm! Meet “S.T.E.A.M Mobile,” a learning experience on wheels that even sports its own classroom 3D printer.
What is S.T.E.A.M Mobile?

A project launched by the National College Resources Foundation (NCRF), S.T.E.A.M Mobile is on a mission to “reach and inspire students through an interactive, fun and appealing curriculum.” S.T.E.A.M Mobile is pretty much exactly what it sounds like — a Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/Agriculture and Mathematics, or S.T.E.A.M, learning environment on wheels.

S.T.E.A.M Mobile houses an actual classroom in a massive Airstream trailer. Stocked with laptops, toolkits, and supplies, S.T.E.A.M Mobile is of course outfitted with its own mobile classroom 3D printer, the AXIOM. While the original S.T.E.A.M. Mobile trailers fit eight students, NCRF is currently developing even larger trailers that can fit up to 18 students at a time.

Why was S.T.E.A.M. Mobile created?

Because it can go just about anywhere, S.T.E.A.M Mobile is ideal for bringing S.T.E.A.M. learning to kids who might not otherwise have easy access to a classroom 3D printer or this type of education. According to NCRF, there are currently four million S.T.E.A.M. jobs available in the United States, but we do not have a workforce that is educated or trained to fill those jobs. On top of that, there are even fewer minorities and women that are actively working in S.T.E.A.M. fields.

To add to the problem, the NCRF explained, the United States used to to be the top-ranking country in the world for education and we have now dropped to 14th place.

STEAM Education Disadvantaged Communities

S.T.E.A.M Mobile seeks to fix this deficit by bringing S.T.E.A.M. education into low-income communities that are not equipped with the resources to educate and empower kids. By using cutting-edge technology, like a classroom 3D printer, S.T.E.A.M. Mobile hopes to engage students and get them excited about the S.T.E.A.M. subjects that are so crucial to a 21st Century economy.
Putting a mobile classroom 3D printer to good use

So what are these students making on their mobile classroom 3D printer? S.T.E.A.M. Mobile designs lessons that are challenging, but fun and engaging. For example, in their Pilot Airstream S.T.E.A.M. program, NCRF took 38 students from Fremont High School in Pomona, CA through a week-long curriculum using S.T.E.A.M. concepts to design and assemble a 3D-printed LED clip-on light.

How Kids Can Attend a S.T.E.A.M. Mobile Summer Camp

If you are near California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo,CA, S.T.E.A.M. Mobile will be holding two summer camps for 7th and 8th graders. The five-day camp will be filled with fun projects that include Robotics, Rocketry and, of course, 3D printing.

The camp costs $100 and will be held on July 10-14, 2017 and again on July 24-28, 2017.

Each day of the camp lasts from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. All materials and snacks will be provided, but students must bring their own brown bag lunch.

Visit NCRF’s website to download the registration form. But if you’re interested, you better hurry! The registration deadline is July 3, 2017 and space is extremely limited with only eight students per class.

3D Printing Summer Camp for Kids
Support S.T.E.A.M. Mobile’s Mission

If you want to support S.T.E.A.M. Mobile’s incredible mission of spreading S.T.E.A.M. education throughout the U.S., they would love to hear from you! Become a sponsor, learn other ways to help, or find out how to bring S.T.E.A.M. Mobile to your community by contacting the National College Resources Foundation.
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Metal 3D printing applications: Top 7 of the coolest ones!

Metal 3D printing applications: Top 7 of the coolest ones! | COOL 3DPRINTING |
Metal 3D printing is a very promising technology, creating great opportunities for many industries. Using this manufacturing technique, you can produce fully functioning 3D printed parts with great mechanical properties. At Sculpteo, we strongly believe this is a real game-changing technology, and so do our customers. In our 2017 study dedicated to 3D printing, metals ranked as the third most used kind of materials. But what can you actually create with metal 3D printing? What are the real-life applications of this technology? Here are 7 of the coolest ones!

Metal 3D Printing Application n°1: Creating custom-made hearing aids

Sonova, a Swiss company, started using 3D printing to create custom-made hearing aids, using Acrylic. How do they make it? First, they take an impression of the patient’s ear canal by hand, using silicon. Then, the mold is 3D scanned and turned into a 3D model.

They recently succeeded in creating Virto-B Titanium devices, which fit better the patient’s ear and are more resistant. Indeed, hearing aids made with this material are 15 times stronger than Acrylic ones. Moreover, the device is 26% smaller than the average products on the market, being approximately the size of a fingertip, and remaining as performant as other hearing aids.


The Tour de France is a major cycling event which takes place each year, and that can sometimes be seen as a bit old school. But that would be a mistake to judge it in this way: innovation is coming! Indeed, Pinarello, an Italian company, has used metal 3D printing to create a unique handlebar design for two cyclists: Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas.

Metal 3D printing has been chosen since it allowed to create custom-made designs, with cost and lead time reduction. And it worked! Geraint Thomas won the first race of the event. And Chris Froome is currently leading the Tour, which will end on Sunday, July 23rd.


Did you know that at Sculpteo we already designed a bike using 3D printing? And that our team rode this partly 3D printed bike from Las Vegas to San Francisco? Discover how we created it in these two blog posts!


Geriant Thomas trying his special bike. Credits: Leon van Bon

Metal 3D printing application n°3: Making plane seats 

3D printing is a common prototyping and manufacturing technique in the aerospace industry, especially to make their parts lighter. If the plane is lighter, you need less fuel, and thus your costs strongly decline.

A scientist from Autodesk found a new metal 3D printing application using this technology: he created extremely light plane seats. Indeed, this new structure is more than 50% lighter than regular seats (766 grams, versus 1672). How did he do that? Using magnesium, a metal that is lighter than regular aluminium, but that is harder to melt. This new structure is still being tested, but it opens really interesting possibilities for the aerospace industry!


The researcher and its 3D printed part. Credits: Autodesk


Metal 3D printing application n°4: Creating submarine parts

Metal 3D printing can send you up in the air, but it can also help you dive deep down under the water… in a submarine! Indeed, the International Submarine Engineering (ISE), an engineering company, decided to use 3D printing for one of their projects: a submarine that will be deployed in the Antarctic and that will go down up to 5000 meters under the surface.

They 3D printed a titanium ballast tank, a component which provides stability for the vessel in any water-based vehicle. It holds water and helps the submarine dive and emerge. Using metal 3D printing for this element reduced both production time and costs in a significant way.


The 3D printed titanium ballast. Credits: Sciaky



Metal 3D printing application n°5: 3D printing cranial implants

3D printing is contributing a lot to the rapid evolution of facial reconstruction. This extreme challenge requires ongoing innovation to create the best custom-made implants for the patients. Companies such as BioArchitects started using 3D printing to make patient-specific implants to replace hard tissues, 3D printed with a biocompatible titanium.

How is it made? The doctors take an MRI scan of the patient’s head, and the images they obtain are used to 3D print a titanium part that perfectly fits, using the EBM technology (Electron Beam Melting). It is fixed to the patient’s head using self-tapping titanium screws.


A 3D printed cranial implant. Credits: BioArchitects

Metal 3D printing application n°6: Replacing bones

Metal 3D printing can also be used in the medical sector for other purposes than the creation of cranial implants. You can create custom-made elements for a lot of body parts. One of our customers, Spine Vision, uses it to 3D print bone implants for the spine, using both stainless steel and titanium.

Thanks to their products, doctors can treat various pathologies like degeneration, trauma, scoliosis, tumors, etc. Implant range, shape, and size can be modified depending on each patient, in order to make the best implant possible.


Discover their project through this interview we made and learn how they actually use metal 3D printing.


3D Printed Prototype for the cage support, which allows to insert a bone transplant in the implant. Credits: SpineVision

Metal 3D printing application n°7: Designing high-security cylinder locks and keys

Last but not least of these cool metal 3D printing applications: making your door safer! Using this technology, you can 3D print unique high-security cylinder locks and keys. That’s precisely what UrbanAlps, a Swiss company did. They mass produce locks and keys, but they’re all different one from another.

The main benefit of these keys is that they are extremely hard to reproduce, thus highly secure. How come? Most of the mechanical security features are hidden inside of the key, which makes it impossible to scan.


The 3D printed key. Credits: UrbanAlps


We hope you enjoyed these metal 3D printing applications as much as we did! If you want to use metal 3D printing, it might be for other types of projects. To help you choose which metal 3D printing technology is right for you, discover our blog post “Metal 3D printing: Which technologies for which applications?”



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Disney makes nature’s machines using a 3D printer

Disney makes nature’s machines using a 3D printer | COOL 3DPRINTING |

Prototyped on a 3D printer, new toys from Disney Research demonstrate the use of a digital design tool to generate compliant mechanisms.

The mechanisms take inspiration from natural tendon and cartilage structure.

Considered to be “the nuts and bolts of organic machines” the joints can be applied to add another degree of flexibility to mechanical toys and walking robots.

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