I don’t think anybody would normally associate 3D printing with fashion. One Dutch fashion designer did, however, and the results are pretty fabulous.
The London Olympics are just around the corner and here at Objet, like millions around the globe, we’re eager to see how the drama unfolds.
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.
One of the main challenges in 3D printing is to produce prototype parts that can be tested and used in the same way as the final product. Objet has overcome many aspects of this challenge thanks to the Connex multi-material 3D printing system which can print a range of different material properties at the same time within the same model.
Creative Commons License Photo Credit: Lutz-R. Frank via Compfight How amazing would it be to be able to have a balloon in any shape? What would you want? A piano? A cartoon character? A giant bouncy house? The New Scientist just reported that a team at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and Disney Research has developed a method for taking any desired 3D shape, then using their research on how a rubber balloon stretches as it inflates, reverse engineers the deflated shape that would most closely lead to the desired inflated balloon. Then, once they have the model for the deflated balloon, they create a mold for it using a 3D printer ! If you just can’t wait to learn more, they’re presenting their work at the Eurographics conference in Italy next month