3D printed chess set created on an Objet500 Connex multi-material 3D Printer in a combination of transparent (VeroClear), rigid white (VeroWhitePlus) and rigid black (VeroBlackPlus) materials A short while ago, I had the pleasure of visiting Fathom , a remarkable product development house and Stratasys reseller based in Oakland California. Its state-of-the-art studio and workshop are situated right on the San Francisco Bay, just meters from the water in the very trendy Jack London Square. Participants in the Digital ABS workshop – note the 3D printed skateboard on the table! I was officially at Fathom to help kick-off a workshop for some of its leading product design customers.
No, not the guitar-playing jamming… In the world of material science, “jamming” is what occurs when the volume available to a bunch of grains in a granular material (such as sand) gets so small that the grains jam into each other, effectively getting stuck. Depending on the shape of the grains, the material will display different characteristics such as strength, flexibility and friction. Got it?
With the new Stratasys comes a stronger array of products. Here’s how we see our new family: The Idea Series: I find this one the most exciting because many of its users are accessing 3D printing for the first time. This line includes the Mojo and uPrint SE systems, which make 3D printing accessible for the individual designer or engineer, or small teams
While the rest of us were enjoying the dulcet tones of Bing Crosby, Amanda Ghassaei of Instructables was as busy as ever over the holiday: she posted a ‘compilation’ video of her experiments in 3D printing 12” records, for which she has unsurprisingly published the plans on Instructables , on the day after Christmas. “In order to explore the current limits of 3D printing technology, I’ve created a technique for converting digital audio files into 3D-printable, 33RPM records and printed a few prototypes that play on ordinary turntables.” Suffice it to say that it’s a significant improvement upon Fred Murphy’s diverting Fisher Price records : This project was my first experiment extending this idea beyond electronics. I printed these records on a UV-cured resin printer called the Objet Connex500.
The dawn of 3D printing was pretty good at making basic forms, and as the technology develops, the intricacies of the designs that can be 3D printed are fast improving, but not everything is ready to be 3D printed. Case in point, Instructables assistant tech editor Amanda Ghassaei has 3D printed some “vinyl” versions of her favorite songs . They work, but the sound quality is lacking.
Eric Doremus Today’s guest blog post comes from Eric Doremus, a civil engineering student at Roger Williams Univesity, and summer intern at R&D Technologies. R&D Technologies is a Rhode Island-based reseller of Objet’s complete line of 3D printing systems and is also a 3D prototyping service bureau.