The largest test of using 3D printing for direct mass manufacturing will occur at General Electric as they produce complex fuel nozzles for their jet engines. The objective is 25,000 nozzles per year, over the next three years. The first appearance of these parts will be installed in planes in late 2015 / early 2016.
Other divisions of GE will be watching the project as they consider using additive manufacturing in printing parts for gas and wind turbines, and probes for ultrasound machines.
This new video, available on our Vimeo page or our video page, demonstrates how you can use Envelope to take a broken mesh, with no thickness and very quickly apply thickness and simultaneously repair the mesh. Also there is a first peak at the graphic menu system and gimbal (our gumball).
Curious how MeshUp is progressing?
As a way to keep everyone updated on MeshUp's progress, we are posting a running log of graphs and change logs, taken directly from our roadmap and feature tracking. This will be a quick and easy way to post frequent updates. Check back here often!
* When the salmon bar of all items reaches 100%, MeshUp is ready for the early beta release.
* When the blue bar of all items reaches 100%, MeshUp 1.0 RC is ready for the full public release.
Tecnologia Humana 3D started 3D printing fetus for diagnostic purposes with high risk pregnancies, they are now using 3D scan data to print replicas of embryos for their Feto 3D project. This service has been successful with helping blind parents make an early connection to their unborn baby after a scan.
Surprisingly, or not, this is not the only place to find such a service. A company in Japan, Fasotec and Hiroo Ladies Clinic, will print a 3D model from CT or MRI scans. The cost is $1,275. Fetus keychains and cellphone dongles are offered for an additional price.
Slashdot posed the same question we have heard so many times over the last few years: what is holding back 3D printing?
MIT's Technology Review repeats the answer which echos this question time and time again: it is the software that keeps 3D printing from achieving widespread adoption.
"...software innovation could be more important to 3-D printing than gradual improvements in the underlying technology for shaping objects. That technology is already 30 years old and is widely used in industry to create prototypes, molds, and, in some cases, parts for airplanes..."
Exactly. While there are more applications available in the vein then their used to be (OpenSCAD, Autodesk 123D, SketchUp, etc.), that 'killer app' still has not been realized.
Uformia will be throwing our hat into the ring very soon with MeshUp.
TED Fellow Skylar Tibbits talks about 4D printing, where the fourth dimension is time. This translates to printed objects that can reshape themselves or self-assemble over time.
Think: a printed cube that folds before your eyes, or a printed pipe able to sense the need to expand or contract.
VRI Troms, Innovation Norway and the Research Council wanted to promote 20 high innovation companies in Northern Norway. Uformia was one of these showcased companies. Below is a rough translation of an excerpt from the article.
Credit to Jørn Indresand for the article and the main photograph.
Check out the latest video posted on MeshUp. This short video that not only demonstrates hole repair using MeshUp, but the non-destructive modeling power of MeshUp.
Watch the video to see how easy it is to seamlessly combine models. While this video is only showing the workflow and results, the actual modeling only took about 10 min. and once defined can easily be changed in minutes - e.g. mesh data can be swapped out, the amount of blending between the models can be controlled, models can be scaled, moved and rotated but maintain the relations set, etc.
Check out Uformia's new Vimeo page, and the updated Video section of our website. The newer videos include: Volume Meshes and Microstructure, Vascular Coral Bracelet, Meshup cup, and Turlif's presentation on Engineering Nature. Also the video from the recent webinar:
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Wednesday, 5 December, 2012 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM PST
Please join us at this first webinar where our CTO, Turlif Vilbrandt, will demo the new plug-in -Symvol for Rhino.
The presentation will be broken up into 2 sections: 1) an introduction to Uformia, followed by a theory and overview of Symvol for Rhino;
2) a practical tutorial on using Symvol for Rhino to dynamically model a cell phone case.
The general aspects of true volume modeling and some of the unique features which Symvol for Rhino offers will be presented. The concepts include: creation of constructive relationships, dynamic modification of any aspect or feature of a model, automatic blending, always watertight Boolean operations and modeling, creation of arbitrary micro and/or cellular structures, shelling of any model, repairing, importing and converting meshes to watertight volumes, defining parameters/bookmarks, and swapping datasets and/or references on the fly.
Duration: 1.5 hr. presentation with 30 minutes questions/wrap-up.
Attendees must register to attend, and here you can also enter any questions or issues you would like to be covered in the webinar.
The session will be recorded and later posted online.
Thanks to Rhino for hosting us at their office in Seattle for this webinar.