The STL has been the quasi-default file format for 3D printing/rapid prototyping since the mid 80's when it was developed by 3D Systems but a lot has changed in 3D printing since then with increased quality and complexity yet STL has remained the same.
Now we have a new contender called AMF (Additive Manufacturing File Format) that is better suited to today's and hopefully tomorrow's) 3D printers. Developed by the American Society for Testing and Materials under the leadership of Professor Hod Lipson of Cornell University AMF addresses what STL lacks with a more advanced file structure including object, material, texture, constellation and metadata with a specifiable unit system, curved triangles, Metadata and all of this in half the size of a comparable STL file.....
At Shapeways, we want the power of 3D printing to be available to everyone. That's why we're running our very first Intro to Design for 3D Printing. If you've been one of the many people who's excited about personalized manufacturing, but aren't sure how to get started, this is for you.
On Saturday June 18th, from 1-4pm at the Union Square Ventures office, we're teaming up with NY based architecture firm CASE to get you started in the world of 3D design. We'll help you personalize your own case for the iPhone 4, and give you a voucher to get your case printed up for free on Shapeways. We're also giving everyone who attends the workshop expedited shipping, so you can experience the satisfaction of holding something you made in your hands in just a couple of day. We'll be providing pizza, you just need to bring your laptop, and an open mind.
Wow, we thought the first ever ready to wear, fully 3D printed article of clothing would get some attention, not only because it is a bikini, but also because of the innovative use of materials and software processes, but the response has been huge.
The N12 has been featured on MSNBC, Time, Wired, Gizmodo, cnet, dezeen and hundreds more blogs around the world with much excitement about the prospect of 3D printing clothes to fit.
It is important to note that the garment/fashion industry is one of the few remaining industries where mass produced items are still assembled almost entirely by hand. This means that although design may happen in the first world, production is often outsourced to the third world where labor is cheap and working conditions can range from questionable to appalling. The N12 3D Printed bikini may at first impression seem like nice story with little depth, but what it represents is a possible end to the sweatshop with a completely 3D printed garment pulled direct from a machine. This of course may not be about to happen with the material properties currently available to produce 3D printed fabrics but as the materials become more complex, stronger and more flexible with simultaneous decreases in wall thickness we will see 3D printed garments become increasingly viable.
We will follow up soon with more images of the N12 3D printed bikini
in use, how it responds to water and address questions about the comfort
of the fit and fabric, but for now we would like to go over the
fabrication process in a little more detail, to share how Continuum
Fashion designed the N12 and what might happen next.
For starters check out the intro video by Continuum Fashion
UPDATE: Another 500 eMaker 3D printers have now been made available for $550!!!! Expect a delay in delivery, but get em while they are hot...
No big surprise that a fully functioning 3D printer for $475 (or with $465 without 3D printed components needed) that eMaker made available through crowdfunding site IndieGoGo has sold out their first batch of 150 with 16 days still to go and exceeded their goal of $30,000 by raising $75,545....
The eMAKER Huxley 3D printer is a Replicating Rapid prototyping machine, or RepRap for short. It is derived from the open source RepRap project which was started at Bath University, UK.
Machine specifications: - Build volume: 140x140x110mm - Overall size: 260x280x280mm - Printing materials: ABS, PLA - Build surface: Milled Aluminium, heated. - Resolution: 0.0125mm - Speed: 12000mm/min - Deposition rate: 33cm3 / hr - Motion: Linear bearings on X and Y axes, Igus low friction bushings on Z axis.
Congratulations to the team at eMaker and the 150 lucky people who have scored themselves a 3D printer for under $500.
High-quality 3D printing at home has just come one step closer. Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology in Austria have presented the smallest 3D printer to date. At the size of a carton of milk and weighs 1.5 kilograms, it currently costs around €1,200 but the makers expect the price to drop quickly.
The printer uses stereolithography: it hardens layers of synthetic resin by an intense beam of light of only .05mm wide. So not only is this printer small and cheap, but it also prints at a very high resolution!