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FIXAS: Making Special Effects with Help of 3D Printing

One could be easily mistaken that modern special effects are mostly done on the computer screen. However, the market for practical effects and prop making is still alive and very much well and 3D printing is progressively a bigger part of it. More and more effects companies turn to additive manufacturing to start rapid prototyping

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Leverpresso: How a 3D Printer Can Help in a Successful Startup

Leverpresso is a company that gathered over $130,000 on Kickstarter for their portable espresso maker back in November 2017. “Our crowdfunding campaign was so successful because we had a beautifully designed, functional product”, says Hyunsoo Kim, the Leverpesso’s founder and CEO. To cost-efficiently get his espresso maker to this stage of development, Kim used rapid

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How 3D Printing Helped Design a Revolutionary Motorbike

Duecinquanta, an Italian word for “250”, is a performance motorbike designed by Vins Motors, a company based in Maranello, Italy, founded by former Ferrari engineers. Carbon fiber chassis, innovative aerodynamics, and a revolutionary 2-stroke engine built from scratch specifically for this machine are but a few examples of what rapid prototyping can accomplish in automotive

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3D Printed Sculptures – Post-processing with Damian Swiderski

3D printing technology generally associated with rapid manufacturing and design made its way to art. Let the 3D printed sculptures of Damian Swiderski be an example confirming this bold statement. BACKGROUND Artistic skills of Damian Swiderski are an effect of long and multilateral education. One could call him a painter or a designer, but he

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NASA’s 3D Printing Prototypes for Asteroid Redirect Mission

NASA wants to launch the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) in the early 2020s. There are two variants of the ARM currently under development. The first is entirely robotic. The second, known as the Asteroid Redirect Crewed Mission (ARCM), involves sending astronauts onboard an Orion spacecraft to explore a small asteroid redirected into a stable orbit

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NEEMO Mission—3D Printing Functional Prototypes at NASA

The Aquarius habitat is the world’s only operating undersea laboratory located 62 ft underwater, 3.5 miles off Key Largo, Florida. This is the facility where NASA’s recurring NEEMO analog missions take place, turning astronauts into aquanauts for some time. To support NEEMO, a team of engineers at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston works with

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Prototyping Tools for Spacewalks—How Zortrax Ecosystem Works at NASA

The International Space Station (ISS) is the largest human-made body in the low Earth orbit. Sixteen modules, launched and assembled from 1998 to 2011, provide 32,898 cu ft of pressurized volume for a crew of 6 astronauts to do research in physics, astrobiology, astronomy, space medicine, life sciences, and many other fields. Keeping the ISS

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Modeling the Face of London—How Zortrax 3D Printers Work at Pipers

Modeling in architecture takes surgical precision. Customers expect a down to a tenth of a millimeter dimensional accuracy. To remain the world-leader in architectural model making, Pipers Model Makers has implemented the latest technological achievements in their workflow—3D printing being among the notable examples. After all, innovation is what has gotten the company to the

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Shaping the Future of Medicine – 3D Printed Heart Case Study

BACKGROUND Circulatory system is responsible for a proper flow of blood throughout the organism. The heart pumps oxygenated blood to the body’s organs, and deoxygenated blood to the lungs. Heart’s valves regulate the flow. Alas, the system can be defective, for example one of the valves might be congenitally narrowed causing a reduced flow of

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