Posts in category: ‘Fun stuff’

13 Halloween 3D Printing Ideas from the GrabCAD Community

I’m a big fan of Halloween. In fact, I grew up in the town next door to Salem, Massachusetts, so, it was practically impossible to not get into the festivities.

But this year is special because this year I’m working at GrabCAD, where I have access to millions of CAD files and the best 3D printers on the market from Stratasys. And GrabCAD Community, you did NOT let me down.
Read the rest of this entry »

Tech Trends Redefining the Beauty Industry

Tech Trends in the Beauty IndustryThe beauty industry is booming. Today, the beauty industry is valued at a staggering $532 billion – a figure set to reach further heights in the coming years. And that’s not all:

  • A 2016 report by Lucintel predicts the skincare subsection will grow in value by 4% each year.
  • Statista estimates general global retail sales to reach $28 trillion by 2020 (up from $22 trillion in 2016)

The stats don’t lie; the beauty industry is trending upwards, which is why beauty companies want to harness the mounting spending power of global consumers.
Read the rest of this entry »

The Best Technology and Design Podcasts to Listen To

Tech and Design PodcastsLast week we released the Best 3D Printing & Engineering Podcasts to Listen To. This week, we are excited to release the top tech and design podcasts to try.

So if you're in a design rut, or need tech inspiration, hopefully these podcasts will help!

Technology

TechSwamp

As tech innovators seek to innovate to make our lives run smoother, it’s important to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to imminent policy shifts that may impact those very innovations. Hosted by The App Association, “TechSwamp,” gives a unique insider’s perspective on the tech industry.
Read the rest of this entry »

My Summer Project: Rainbow Horse Zoetrope Lamp on the Stratasys J750

I love animation, antiques, photons, trigonometry, and the visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. How to bring them all together in one project? 3D-printing!

I was inspired by this 3D-printed sundial to develop a voxel slicer that can slice a hollow cylinder to approximate a zoetrope.

For subject matter I went with the classic zoetrope trope: Eadweard Muybridge's galloping horse. And obviously rainbows as well because they are awesome.
Read the rest of this entry »

How 3D Printing Technology Has Influenced Storytelling

How 3D printing has helped comic book creationUp to the mid-1980s, the highest aspiration of many comic book artists was to stop working on the monthly superhero books and instead develop, or be hired to illustrate, a syndicated strip. Some artists, like Al Williamson (who illustrated the “Star Wars” strip) and Russ Manning (“Tarzan”), got a “gold star” and had their work gracing many local newspapers across the country.

As the entertainment industry started expanding, thanks to advancing technology, many comic book artists, whose daily job it was to illustrate fantastical adventures, found new venues for applying their skills.
Read the rest of this entry »