Motorola Mobility, a Google company, is building a 3D printed modular phone, and has partnered with 3D Systems for commercial fulfillment. More »
The Captured Dimensions pop-up studio was located in the Smithsonian Castle and featured approximately 80 digital cameras all connected to 3D software. More »
Microsoft expanded their support for 3D printing by launching a Windows 8 app called 3D Builder. It includes a library of objects you can edit and 3D print. More »
3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced the availability of the Sense 3D scanner, the first 3D scanner designed for the consumer and optimized for 3D printing. More »
Despite being an accomplished and highly popular actor, Leonardo DiCaprio struck out at the Oscars again this year, losing the Best Actor award to Matthew McConaughey. This was his 5th nomination, and he has taken home no hardware to place on the mantel.
And there was no shortage of Internet frenzy over the non-win.
Well, thanks to 3D printing, a technology that lets you make (almost) anything, Leo can perhaps create his own Oscar statue, and so can you.
Here are some of the best designs.
Leonardo Award Figurine 3D Model by Daniel
Dicaprio’s Figurine Award 3D Model by Sajid Diaz
Figurine for Leo Oscar 3D Model by Mridul Sen
Good luck next year Leo! We’ll be rooting for you.
Increasing hand-held 3D technology sales in the North America market
Artec Group has announced a new major partnership with ScanSource, a value-added distribution company with more than $4 billion in sales. Artec Group and ScanSource have signed a Master Distribution Agreement naming ScanSource as the main distributor for Artec Group in the USA.
“This partnership will enable fast, exponential sales growth in Artec 3D products and solutions thanks to ScanSource’s years of experience in the North American market, one of Artec’s priority regions,” said a company spokesperson.
In addition to the new partnership with ScanSource, Artec continues to sell its products through a wide network of official partners in more than 40 countries.
Artec’s mission is to unleash the 3D revolution and bring this technology to everyone, everywhere. For a hardware and software company, Artec has been in the public eye mixing with celebrities, recently producing 3D scans of the cast of the Big Bang Theory and the Royal family.
Founded in 2007, the company is headquartered in Luxembourg, with offices in the USA and Russia, and includes a team of high-caliber specialists who have worked together for over 10 years. Artec’s leading experts work on capturing/processing 3D surfaces for personal and professional usage, as well as biometric security and 3D face recognition.
Today, Artec has over 100 employees, 60% of which are 3D engineers.
2013 scanner sales increased by 150% in 2012, with 45% of sales are to the Asian market, with Japan as the largest market. The company has sold over 2,000 hand-held high-precision 3D scanners sold since its founding.
Artec’s 3D solutions are used in aeronautics, medicine, industry, media and design, heritage preservation, art, criminology and insurance.
3D printing marketplace Threeding has announced a partnership with the regional historical museum of Pernik, Bulgaria. Under the agreement, Threeding.com will 3D scan museum exhibits and sell the digital models on its website Threeding.com.
“This agreement will give us an opportunity to add into our portfolio of 3D printable models, unique historical artifacts from the Prehistoric times, Antiquity, Middle Ages and Early Modern Period,” said Tony Kitipov, founder of Bulgaria-based Threeding.com.
The Regional Historical Museum of Pernik will collect a royalty for each sale on Threeding.com, providing much needed revenue to the museum. Furthermore, it is expected that this cooperation will increase the popularity of the museum and the region.
Threeding Builds a Foothold in Eastern Europe
Threeding is a Bulgarian startup founded Kitipov and students of the Bulgarian National Academy of Art, Cveta-Maria Partaleva and Stan Partalev.
“We were inspired by the 3D printing industry after several visits of the United States where we saw couple of 3D printing facilities,” said Threeding.com Founder Tony Kitipov in an exclusive interview with On 3D Printing.
Threeding has modeled itself after successful online marketplaces, such us eBay, by creating a two-sided network of sellers – in this case designers – and buyers.
“We are certainly not the first one globally in this niche but we are definitely the first platform for 3D file sharing in Central and Eastern Europe,” explained Kitipov.
About The Regional History Museum of Pernik
The Regional History Museum of Pernik is located in the town of Pernik, Western Bulgaria. The region has a rich history dating back to antiquity. In different periods the town was part of the territory of the Thracians, part of the Roman Empire, the Byzantines Empire, the Bulgarian Kingdom, the Ottoman Empire and nowadays part of Bulgaria.
The museum was established in 1953 as a town museum and shortly after, it grew into Regional National Museum. Currently, the museum has a fund of almost 55,000 objects from different periods of the history.
Terrell is interested in the motivations of designers, animators and users of 3D modeling communities, inspired by the work of MIT Professor Eric von Hippel on lead-user theory.
To further his research, Terrell is reaching out to the design community in an open questionnaire called Motivations in Online 3D Communities. He is offering a £50 voucher to one randomly selected participant.
We caught up with Matthew Terrell to learn more about his research and goals.
On 3D Printing: Tell us about your research. What are you looking at in the field of 3D Printing?
Matthew Terrell: I am researching the motivations for choosing different 3D communities – more specifically if the choice is based on economic, social, individual or professional motivations. The research is developed on the lead-user theory developed by Eric von Hippel at MIT, which investigates small groups of users which are almost perfectly suited to new product development, due to a combination of their knowledge, industry position and engagement in the community.
On 3D Printing: What do you hope to accomplish with this questionnaire?
Matthew Terrell: As only a few research project built on this theory have investigated the users of online communities, the aims of the study are twofold: firstly, to understand more about the behaviour of individuals, specifically the motivations of 3D modellers who operate in online communities. Secondly to gain a better understanding of the different environments individuals self-select into, based on their motivations, and the motivational systems in each environment.
On 3D Printing: What trends are you seeing in the 3D printing design and 3D modeling communities?
Matthew Terrell: Interestingly that many 3D modellers prefer to operate ‘offline’. I assumed that being online provided us all with more opportunities to diffuse our work and knowledge, however many modellers appear to work in physical environments like Hackspaces or fab labs.
If you are a 3D modeler or designer, please participate in Matthew Terrell’s online questionnaire!
Last year, 3D printing was a hot topic at SXSW, the Austin, TX conference promoting music and technology innovation.
And we are already seeing 3D printing companies stepping up their game for this year.
Also, company representatives will be speaking on two panels. Read the descriptions below to learn more.
3D Printing: Fueling the Manufacturing Renaissance
Sunday, March 9
3:30 – 4:30 pm
This talk will feature the leaders of two of the world’s largest 3D Design and Printing communities in the world, Shapeways CEO, Pete Weijmarshausen (@weijmarshausen), along with Carl Bass (@carlbass), CEO of Autodesk (@Autodesk) 3D Software. Hear an exhilarating discussion on how 3D printing is disrupting traditional manufacturing, and why it might be time to quit your day job and design the product of your dreams. Pete and Carl will discuss the future of 3D Printing, how our communities are pushing the boundaries of product design and more! These two pioneers in the field will certainly have some incredible perspective on what lies ahead.
Brands Driven by Artistic Communities
Sunday, March 9
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sit in on a discussion with Shapeways Designer Evangelist Duann Scott, Bailey Richardson, Community at Instagram, and Josh Karpf, Global Head of Social for Spotify. They’ll share insights into how artistic communities are transforming imagery, music, and the maker movement.