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MIT Media Lab and artist Thom Kubli explore floating 3D printed sculptures Artist Thom Kubli has partnered with MIT Media Lab's Tangible Media Group to create a 3D printer that defies gravity by producing ultra-lightweight floating sculptures.

LuxMea Studio launches AI-generated 3D-printed face mask funding campaign Toronto-based LuxMea Studio has combined artificial intelligence, computational design, and 3D printing to develop the Nuo 3D Mask. The mask is custom tailored to each user with the help of AI to fit any head shape. On its Kickstarter page, the team writes:.

Sculpteo is celebrating Earth month! This April 2020, your 3D printing service Sculpteo will be celebrating Earth Month. We need you to celebrate this month with us! This month, we are partnering with Reforest'Action, a social enterprise aiming to preserve and restore forests everywhere in the world.

Operation PPE creates 3D-printed equipment for the COVID-19 front lines "This is, without question, the worst public health crisis of our lifetime. The numbers are truly staggering, and for medical professionals, it is very much like a war, causing casualties and death," said Doctor James Pacholka MD, a surgeon at Southern Ohio Medical Center, in a statement shared with AN.

Automotive companies respond to COVID-19 In the automotive sector, we've noticed a trend amongst companies to leverage their additive manufacturing resources to support the production of personal protective equipment as well as parts for ventilators and respirators. In the following article, we'll look at what some major automotive players are doing to support COVID-19 relief efforts.

Library staff are using 3D printers to make PPE for the NHS Part of Libraries Unlimited, the charity which runs Devon's libraries on behalf of Devon County Council, FabLab Devon is 3D printing visor parts and reinforcements as part of a volunteer group led by Dr Rupa Chilvers, of Exeter based company Tangerine Bee.

Q&A: Fortify discusses Continuous Kinetic Mixing, reinforced 3D printing materials & the pandemic's impact on its 2020 It's been more than a year since TCT caught up with Fortify, not long after it announced itself to the world with the promise of a digital light processing platform that processed reinforced resins with the help of a magnetic field.

The Mystery of the Missing Testing Swabs @formlabs The Mystery of the Missing Testing Swabs Meanwhile, a 3D printing company called Formlabs has jumped into the breach. A spokeswoman for the company, which is working on a design from a team of phys…

Wem 3D printing business supports frontline workers by making masks A SMALL-business owner from Wem has been helping care workers and other frontline staff combat COVID-19 by creating plastic face masks. Chris Carter runs Monstrous Makings, a firm that usually specialises in making tabletop-game figurines, using a 3D printer.

Battle of Software: Cinema 4D vs Maya Let's find out in today's Battle of Software: Cinema 4D vs Maya. Maya is a 3D simulation, modeling and animation software developed by Autodesk that has generated a lot of interest in the film and video games industries. This software gives access to tools that allow creating objects, animating them and generating visual effects.

Custom 3D-Printed Dog Planters Are the Pawfect Way to Celebrate Your Furry Friends Do you have a pup you want to celebrate? Immortalize their sweet face on a custom 3d printed planter that is hand painted with their unique characteristics.

Covid-19 pandemic: US Navy starts 3D printing face shields US Department of Navy has started 3D printing medical face shields as the country steps up efforts to combat the Covid-19 outbreak. Nine DoN commands began the initiative following a request from the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region VIII for additional protective gears.

Azul 3D Printing In Skokie Using 3D Technology To Make Face Shields The 3D printed part of the shield is the blue headband. The shield part is a sterilized plastic. The company is now producing in bulk. They've figured out a way to make 1,000 a day with one 3D printer. This technology was invented at Northwestern University.

North-east teachers and engineers work to create 3d-printed face masks for key workers A school and an engineer have used their specialised equipment to create protective gear for the region's key workers. Joe Skinner, 24, has used his 3D printer to create plastic headbands which can be fitted with film to create sturdy masks which will be donated to those who need them most.

NY High School Student Spearheads 3D-Printing Initiative to Get PPE to Hospitals A New York high school student was stuck at home, watching the news, after his school was forced to shut down due to the quick spread of the coronavirus. So he decided to put his free time to use and help bring protective gear to medical professionals.

Lincoln teen makes 3D-printed masks for health staff A 16-year old student from Lincoln has been making personal protective equipment for key health workers from his own home. Jonty Horn, a student at Lincoln UTC, has been utilising 3D printing to manufacture personal protective equipment for frontline staff during the national coronavirus crisis.

Tractus3D T2000: XL 3D Printing for Every Office XL 3D printing continues to grow into a large chunk of the AM market, but most XL printers are housed in machine shops, warehouses, and factory floors. That doesn't help the designers and engineers who work in traditional offices, which is still the typical environment for those professions.

MakerBot launches LABS extruder for METHOD to enable third party engineering material extrusion Desktop FFF system manufacturer, MakerBot, has launched its new experimental LABS extruder for use with its METHOD 3D printer. The LABS extruder converts METHOD into an open materials platform, enabling the 3D printing of a range of third party engineering materials.

3D printers forge face shields for fight against the coronavirus - Oscar Valera likes to use 3D printers to build an assortment of crafts, but he is now turning his hobby toward the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. In just four days, the New Jersey high school teacher has printed and distributed 200 face shields to medical professionals across the country, including Florida and Texas.

Chemists use lockdown and 3D printing to make hundreds of protective visors for NHS staff They have have already been shipped to hospitals in West Wales.

Jaguar Land Rover boosts PPE production with 3D printing Jaguar Land Rover is using its prototype build operations and 3D printing facilities to start manufacturing PPE equipment for the NHS. Production of protective visors for key workers, utilising its CAD design expertise, is an answer to the government's call for more medical equipment to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Umati 3D printing and machine connectivity standard extended for entire mechanical engineering sector The German Engineering Federation and the German Machine Tool Builders' Association are collaborating to promote the use of OPC UA standards in the mechanical engineering sector under the Universal Machine Technology Interface standard.

Jaguar Land Rover commences production of 3D-printed visors for NHS staff Jaguar Land Rover has commenced production of 3D-printed, NHS-approved protective visors for medical staff. The firm plans to produce 1,300 of the reusable visors each week, but has an 'aspiration to develop operation for mass production'.

How Supply Chain Finance Companies Are Helping the 3D Printing Industry According to recent statistics that Small Business Trends published, about 44 percent of new businesses fail before they reach their fifth anniversary. Lack of sufficient cash was the reason that many of these entrepreneurs finally threw in the towel.

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