As the cost of 3D printing continues to decrease, it seems some companies such as Ford are keen to make the most of the technology in order to cut their production times significantly. Despite the technology being relatively dated at more than 10 years old, it continues to find new uses across a variety of industries. Other companies such as Mattel and General Electric have also taken steps to integrate 3D printing into their manufacturing processes
The gentlemen at Orange County Choppers (yes, those guys) happen to own a Stratasys Fortus 400mc large commercial 3D printer and they’ve been using it to create some very unique motorcycles. A Chinese client requested a dragon-themed bike from OCC team, who designed and built the magnificent vehicle you see above.
The FabCafe in Shibuya, Tokyo, is offering 3D printed gummi sweets for “White Day,” a Japanese version of Valentine’s Day. On March 14, males are expected to give gifts to their sweethearts. Nine lucky male customers will be selected to have their bodies scanned, rendered, and 3D printed into sweet treats.
Production Engineer Shapeways Flushing, New York Are you an organized tinkerer interested in how everyday objects are made? Have you been excited about what 3D printing could mean for manufacturing, and the future of personal production? Shapeways looking for a sharp, innovative doer to delve into the cutting edge of 3D printing and help create solutions to problems that have yet to be solved
Favorite Tools – files, pliers, and putty knife While at the local hardware store over the weekend I picked up a cheap set of files on impulse. These have quickly been incorporated into my 3D printing toolbox. For years I’ve been using sandpaper and a precision screwdriver set to sand and “file” away plastic. However, I found the above set consisting of a flat metal file, triangular file, and circular file for less than $7. Since this particular set was originally designed for sharpening metal saw blades, they make quick and easy work of plastic. If you haven’t picked up a set like this yet, I’d highly recommend it. The needle nose pliers are useful for cutting filament, handling hot plastic, clamping/fitting/or forcing small parts, and sometimes for scraping excess plastic.
Wood, the most historical building material – but can you 3D print in wood? Not so much, but some are trying different approaches . Another interesting wood experiment was done by artist and maker Ben Godi, who combined 3D printing and woodworking to produce some amazing models.
The crowded presser for the factory of the future. (Photo: Shapways’ Instagram) This morning, Betabeat ventured forth to the industrial environs of Long Island City for a ribbon-cutting at what’s being billed as the “factory of the future.” Naturally, quite a few tech scene regulars were in attendance, like New York City Economic Development Corporation president Seth Pinsky . But, by and large, it was mayor Michael Bloomberg’s show–that, and of course Shapeways, the company that’ll soon be 3D printing user-generated designs right were we were standing