Posts with tag: ‘3d printing’

3D printing back to the future

A market explosion of 3D printers now available in all manner of sizes, price points, and mediums compete for your attention. The maker movement is in full swing. Additive manufacturing is no longer an oxymoron. 3D printing has arrived. But where did this technology come from? It's actually been there all along. Heavy. Let's ramp it up to 88mph and take a look back to 1985 or so.

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NASA Challenge seeks fresh ideas for the ISS

GrabCAD is incredibly proud to host the Handrail Clamp Assembly Challenge with NASA. NASA has been investigating 3D printing technology in space for some time now and this Challenge is another great milestone. GrabCADrs are invited to submit fresh 3d printable handrail clamp ideas for the International Space Station (ISS). I asked Niki Werkheiser, In-space Manufacturing Project Manager at NASA to reveal a bit more about the the background of this Challenge.

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Project Spotlight: The Biggest Co-created 3D-Printed Object on Earth

GrabCAD talked to Michiel van der Kley, the creator of Project EGG - one of the biggest co-created 3D printed objects on Earth. Thousands of people 3D printed small pieces of the EGG and shipped them to The Netherlands where Michiel assembled them. Project EGG is a spacious building consisting of 4760 unique "stones" which were all individually 3D-printed. Read the rest of this entry »

Möbius Gears: a Step Beyond the Involute

I don’t know what you do with your free time, but, left undisturbed, I often find myself trying to code up some geometry. Nowadays, I am typically trying to 3D print some fancy piece of abstract math that has no business being projected into our default world of 3D Euclidean geometry. Every once in a while, however, I do something that might actually turn out useful.

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A candid interview with the young GE Challenge finalist from Italy

Italian tech news site LineaEDP spoke with Andreas Anedda, the 7th place finisher in the big GrabCAD GE Challenge. The article makes a point of exploring how young talent in countries with struggling economies (like Italy) can take advantage of new movements like open engineering, new platforms like GrabCAD, and new technologies like 3D printing, to jump start their careers.

andreas anedda
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Challenge Winners: 3D4D Dreambox Emergence 3D Printed Sunglasses for Kids

The 3D4D Dreambox Emergence Challenge asked GrabCADrs to develop highly cost effective sunglasses for children as a preventative measure for Pterygium (known in the US as Surfer’s Eye.)

Dreambox 3D Printed Glasses on GrabCAD

Matthew Hayto put together a quick summary that sheds some light on the manufacturing constraints their team and Challenge participants needed to overcome. The winning glasses and the full results are available on the Dreambox Protective Sunglasses for Children Challenge page. Dreambox Emergence was very impressed with the quality, variety and creativity of the 3D4D contest submissions.
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