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Project Spotlight: The Biggest Co-created 3D-Printed Object on Earth http://www.3dprint-service.co.uk/467/project-spotlight-the-biggest-co-created-3d-printed-object-on-earth/ http://www.3dprint-service.co.uk/467/project-spotlight-the-biggest-co-created-3d-printed-object-on-earth/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 08:47:10 +0000 http://www.3dprint-service.co.uk/?p=467 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.



Why did you create this project?

I am a furniture designer, working for mainly Dutch furniture companies like Artifort, Gispen and Arco.

Although I am pleased with the opportunities I get in the furniture industry, I wanted to do something completely new. I saw desktop 3D printers as a big challenge and wanted to see how far 3D printing and 3D software could bring us. Maybe I was able to shift the boundaries a bit. Look a bit further than the obvious.

To be able to do that I gave myself a year and muddled around. I was trying to print things that could not be produced any other way, wasn’t too busy with the function of the object, whatever it would be, and tried to get behind things. I did not want to copy the existing world. To cut a long story short, I saw an opportunity in the end by producing this organically shaped ‘building’ with a machine, with stones that were each different (to emphasize the power of 3D printing) and with a lot of people from the community of 3D printers all around the world (to emphasize maybe a new way of producing, different from the way we produce things now).

Can you tell us about the EGG’s functional space?

I did not want to give this ‘space’ a regular function, because I did not want to have a conversation about that. Its purpose is, to start with, to show other people what 3D printing is capable of. It shows a maybe new world we’re entering where everything is different – the shape of things, the way we can produce, the way people can get evolved, maybe even the democratization of building things.

What software packages did you use? What 3D printers and 3D printing technologies were used?

I used Rhino and Grasshopper. Grasshopper is a plug-in for Rhino, and now I think it is one of the most brilliant pieces of software I can lay my hands on. It took me a lot of time to figure out. I don’t have great mathematics skills so it took me a while to understand. In our studio we use FDM printers. The stones was designed for FDM such as MakerBot and it was also designed in a way that people were able to 3D print it without a supporting structure. Over 20 different brands of FDM printers were used by many other 3D printers around the world and I know of at least one person who used a professional SLS machine.

What were the challenges you faced?

Many. Making the Grasshopper definition work properly was one. Organizing the oh so many stones that had to be sent to oh so many places each with the name of the participant in it was another. I had to get better at organizing the project.

Before that I cooperated with a structural engineer to find out if what I wanted to make was strong enough – which was a challenge by its self. After that I had to do a tremendous amount of planning in order to make sure that every stone came back and was placed in the right spot.

After a few months I had to do a lot more automation, as much as I could, and it is hard to take the time to do that when it feels like you don’t have that time.



What did you learn during this project?

If I had to do it again (and I hope that is the case) I would try to organize a lot more up front. Hire good staff would be something too. You know, it was actually just an idea I had, and in the beginning I did not realize how big it could grow. I actually thought I could spend some hours on the project and after that go back to designing furniture for the rest of the day.

What can we take away from this project?

Well, we’ve shown that a collaborative 3D printed art piece, or whatever you call it, can work. I would love to expand the possibilities in that direction. Furthermore, I think, the combination of technology, design, and engineering is something to work on. I have a feeling we could work on buildings that are described as some kind of recipes and come up with the most original ideas and designs. I think we have proven that you can make large things with a small machine, and why not take that idea to the next level?

Are you happy with the result?

Yes, very much! You have to see it with your own eyes in order to get it completely. It does something to you, standing inside and seeing the walls merging into the floor, and merging into the ceiling. It is as if you lose control for a second, and a lot of people that went in (something all of the contributors of project EGG had an opportunity to do) were almost touched by just being in it.

What advice would you give to designers?

If you, like me, would like to go for something really new, ditch everything you know, take some time off, and try to get to the very core of what is yours, or what drives you. Build it up from that point and see where it takes you. To some of you it might sound silly or frightening perhaps. I look back at the time when I was just starting to think about this project and I do that with great pleasure. I think the road to what in the end became project EGG was maybe the most intriguing part of it.


What is the future of 3D printing?

On the box of my 3D printer was something written like ‘now your imagination is your only limitation’. I still think that’s a very good slogan but I tend to think that it’s not true. Of course there are limitations but it is for us to find out where they are. The future is bright. We’re only at the beginning. With a bit of knowledge of 3D software, the quite easy slicing software you can design and create your own world. We also need better materials, but you see new ideas about that pop up almost every other month. I am hoping that in the future 3Dprinting will also enter the ‘regular living room’. For that there is a great need of useful content, I guess. Another challenge.

Project EGG wasn’t really a co-design project, more a co-create thing. And another thing is that I am already working on a new project, different of course, but with the same shape language and the idea of making something big but with a lot of small items, but this time we are going to work with a specific and new kind of concrete. It is a mixture of cement, a mineral for binding and a specific kind of grass, called elephants grass. It seems the grass has superb qualities for this purpose.

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Wouldn’t it be ace if you could catch your housemate, coming home from a late night out? They tiptoe across the floor; then, from out of the darkness of the lounge, a red light, and a singsong voice: “I see you“.

Engineering graduate Yvo de Haas — Dragonator on Instructables, who has builtgaming prop projects from both Portal and Fallout — has designed a 3D-printablePortal Turret prop that can do just that. The device can track humans, aim and “fire” its guns — but making a working turret isn’t as easy as it might seem.

“The design was the hardest part of this project,” de Haas wrote. “Not because there are no reference images or because the turret is that difficult in its design. It is because the turret does things that are not physically possible.”

When he set about designing the turret, he wanted it to open and close its gun ports — but he found that, with the ports closed, the guns left no room for anything else. There’s also very little room inside for the electronics.

“After I built mine I did a last wave of improvements where I hollowed out the top of the turret,” de Haas wrote. “There is some space there now to place electronics if you can manage to make them small enough.”

Although the turret has servos and LEDs inside, it relies on a PC with a camera for motion tracking — which it does by following a patch of colour rather than a body — and it can be controlled by an external wired joystick.

The shell is 3D printed in 18 parts, and you’ll need some knowledge of wiring and programming to put it together.

“The turret has been one of the more rewarding projects. It was a fairly small print with only 20 hours, it was quick to build and it has a surprising amount of functionality. It also has something that the GlaDOS lamp did not have, but was requested a lot afterwards: tracking,” de Haas wrote.

“This time I had someone near me who was capable and willing to write the code to track a person. At this point I am capable of writing such a piece of code, but not in the short amount of time I had left before the deadline. Yes, both the firmware and software crash fairly often, but both do work.”

If you want to take a crack at it yourself, you can find a detailed how-to on de Haas’ Instructables page.

Source: Cnet

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3D-printed cadavers revolutionise anatomical education The 3D Printed Anatomy Series allows medical students to learn human anatomy without needing access to a real cadaver. http://www.3dprint-service.co.uk/449/3d-printed-cadavers-revolutionise-anatomical-education-the-3d-printed-anatomy-series-allows-medical-students-to-learn-human-anatomy-without-needing-access-to-a-real-cadaver/ http://www.3dprint-service.co.uk/449/3d-printed-cadavers-revolutionise-anatomical-education-the-3d-printed-anatomy-series-allows-medical-students-to-learn-human-anatomy-without-needing-access-to-a-real-cadaver/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 08:34:49 +0000 http://www.3dprint-service.co.uk/?p=449

Since ancient history, humans have been dissecting the cadavers of our own kind to understand how the body works. The ancient Egyptians, who dissected and mummified their dead, had medical skills far beyond the level of the rest of the world at that time. In ancient Rome, the famous medical researcher Galen, forbidden from dissection human corpses, used pigs and primates to gain an understanding of human anatomy. The history of surgical research is riddled with grave-robbers and clandestine operations.

It’s easier now in many parts of the world, but it can be dependent on a variety of factors; whether or not the deceased has given permission for their body to be used for the purposes of research for example. And in other regions of the world, the use of real cadavers can still be problematic.

The 3D Printed Anatomy Series, created by researchers at Australia’s Monash University, offers a solution. The kit consists of all the major body parts required to learn the anatomy of the limbs, chest, abdomen, head and neck — all without containing any actual human body parts.

“For centuries cadavers bequested to medical schools have been used to teach students about human anatomy, a practice that continues today. However, many medical schools report either a shortage of cadavers, or find their handling and storage too expensive as a result of strict regulations governing where cadavers can be dissected,” explained Professor Paul McMenamin, Director of the University’s Centre for Human Anatomy Education.

“Without the ability to look inside the body and see the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels, it’s incredibly hard for students to understand human anatomy. We believe our version, which looks just like the real thing, will make a huge difference.”

The 3D Printed Anatomy Series is created from real humans. First, the team performed scans, either X-ray CT scans or surface scans. These scans are then used to create a printable 3D model of the body parts, which are then sent to a high-resolution 3D printer and printed either in full colour in a plaster-like powder or plastic.

“Radiographic imaging, such as CT, is a really sophisticated means of capturing information in very thin layers, almost like the pages of a book,” Professor McMenamin said. “By taking this data and making a 3D rendered model we can then colour that model and convert that to a file format that the 3D printer.

More information about the project, which is currently seeking commercial partners, can be read online in the journal Anatomical Sciences Education.

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SALT awarded ISO14001 accreditation http://www.3dprint-service.co.uk/446/salt-awarded-iso14001-accreditation/ http://www.3dprint-service.co.uk/446/salt-awarded-iso14001-accreditation/#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:27:45 +0000 http://www.3dprint-service.co.uk/?p=446 SALT has passed its certification audit and is now a BS EN ISO 14001:2004 accredited supplier, demonstrating its commitment to ensuring that the company activities are managed and undertaken with the highest regard for the environment.CQS Dual 14001 Colour Logo

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LAYWOO-D3: New FDM filament can print wood with tree rings http://www.3dprint-service.co.uk/431/laywoo-d3-new-fdm-filament-can-print-wood-with-tree-rings/ http://www.3dprint-service.co.uk/431/laywoo-d3-new-fdm-filament-can-print-wood-with-tree-rings/#comments Tue, 13 May 2014 14:22:14 +0000 http://www.3dprint-service.co.uk/?p=431 Inventor Kai Parthy has developed a new FDM filament that can print “wood” on RepRap 3D printers.

This wood filament LAYWOO-D3 is a wood/polymer composite – the filament contains recycled wood and harmless binding polymers. The material has similar thermal durability as PLA and can be printed between 175°C and 250°C. “After printing it looks like wood and smells like wood.” Depending on the temperature you can even print wooden-like objects with annual rings. At 180°C, the prints has a light color, at 245°C it becomes darker. Afterwards the printed objects can be cut, ground or painted.


  • near zero warp
  • rough or smooth surface possible during one print
  • printable tree-rings
  • sticks well on the print bed, no heated bed necessary
  • recommended extruder temperature 185°C (bright) to 230°C (dark color appearance)
  • the filament contains 40% recycled wood

Currently this revolutionary material is available in a 3mm and a 1.75mm version .

watch the video below of the process in action:

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RedEye 3D prints massive fuel tank models for space project http://www.3dprint-service.co.uk/423/redeye-3d-prints-massive-fuel-tank-models-for-space-project/ http://www.3dprint-service.co.uk/423/redeye-3d-prints-massive-fuel-tank-models-for-space-project/#comments Fri, 02 May 2014 08:03:37 +0000 http://www.3dprint-service.co.uk/?p=423 3D printed fuel tankStratasys-owned rapid prototyping firm RedEye on Wednesday released details of a recent partnership with Lockheed Martin’s Space Systems Company.

RedEye’s Fused Deposition Modeling technology successfully printed two fuel tank simulators for a satellite form, fit and function validation test – marking a milestone as some of the largest 3D printed parts RedEye has ever built.

The biggest tank measured 15 feet long and was built in 10 different pieces using polycarbonate material. The parts were so large that custom fixtures were needed to support them as the materials bonded together.

Combined, the fuel tanks took nearly two weeks to print, taking roughly 150 hours per section. Once all of the pieces were machined, the final assembly required 240 hours.

According to Joel Smith, strategic account manager for aerospace and defense at RedEye:

These are the largest parts we’ve ever built using FDM. We completed an extensive design review to determine the best orientation and slice height to ensure we could accurately build and bond the sections together in post processing and meet Lockheed’s dimensional requirements.

RedEye said the tanks were built in a fraction of the time it would have taken with traditional manufacturing methods, even with the machining process and design changes made along the way.

As for Lockheed, the company said it will take lessons learned from the first phase and use the information to optimize the design and assembly to print the second iteration of tanks.

Here’s a quick video showing the printing process:

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Fish and Ships 2014, Portland Marina http://www.3dprint-service.co.uk/412/fish-and-ships-2014-portland-marina/ http://www.3dprint-service.co.uk/412/fish-and-ships-2014-portland-marina/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 07:55:53 +0000 http://www.3dprint-service.co.uk/?p=412 Portland Fish and Ships

Portland Fish and Ships

Come and visit us this weekend at Unit 24 and 25, Portland Marina, Osprey Quay.  We will be opening up our doors as part of the Portland Fish and Ships event being held on 12th and 13th of April.  You will be able to see what we offer regards to our new precision engineering cell have a look at our 3D printer and also be able to operate our mini ROV, Deep Trekker as well as find out about our primary product the SonarBell.

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SALT awarded ISO 9001 accreditation http://www.3dprint-service.co.uk/408/salt-awarded-iso-9001-accreditation/ http://www.3dprint-service.co.uk/408/salt-awarded-iso-9001-accreditation/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 10:13:03 +0000 http://www.3dprint-service.co.uk/?p=408 SALT has passed its certification audit and is now a BS EN ISO 9001:2008 accredited supplier.CQS Dual 9001 Colour Logo (2)

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A Woman Has Been Given A New 3D Printed Skull http://www.3dprint-service.co.uk/401/a-woman-has-been-given-a-new-3d-printed-skull/ http://www.3dprint-service.co.uk/401/a-woman-has-been-given-a-new-3d-printed-skull/#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 11:57:35 +0000 http://www.3dprint-service.co.uk/?p=401

A team from the University Medical Centre, Utrecht, have made medical history by successfully replacing a woman’s entire skull with a plastic one made by a 3D printer.

The 22-year old woman was suffering from a condition where her skull started thickening, and had reached nearly 3 times the thickness of a normal human skull. The team decided to use a plastic skull because conventional methods are often less than perfect. Neurologist Ben Verweij who led the team said that the woman is recovering well from the procedure which took place 3 months ago, and is not suffering any symptoms. “Using 3D printing we can make one that’s the exact size. This not only has great cosmetic advantages, but patients’ brain function often recovers better than using the old method” he added.

This technique can be used in patients who have problems with other bones and to repair skull damage. Although parts of skulls have been replaced using 3D printing before, never has this been done with an entire skull. It’s very exciting news.
Read more at http://www.iflscience.com/health-and-medicine/woman-has-been-given-new-3d-printed-skull#hxYWfb8Iu4KL7PiL.99

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