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Introducing the most comprehensive library of high-performance functional resins for engineering applications on the desktop 3D printing market.

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Somerville, Mass., October 25, 2016Formlabs, the designer and manufacturer of powerful and accessible 3D printing systems, today announced a new line of high-performance functional resins for engineering applications: High Temp, Durable, and Tough.

Engineering applications have always been one of the most active areas among Formlabs users. Whether it’s making surgical suturing devices, using algorithmic folding to produce the world’s longest 3D printed chain, or creating robotic grippers, Formlabs users have been at the forefront of using desktop 3D printing  to solve complex challenges.

“With today’s expanded suite of materials, Formlabs is introducing the most comprehensive library of high-performance functional resins for engineering applications on the desktop 3D printing market, and making accessible industrial-grade 3D printing engineering materials at a fraction of a cost,” said Dávid Lakatos, chief product officer at Formlabs. “We want to equip and enable our users with an even bigger and more powerful toolbox of high-performance resins so that they can achieve reliable, precise prints and can pursue even more remarkable endeavors in engineering, design, and manufacturing.”

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Munich, Germany / Melbourne, Australia, September 2016 – German RepRap expands their partner network of now 50 subsidiaries in 28 countries to another partner. Thinglab is now the Authorized Reseller for German RepRap 3D Printers in Australia. The X350 and X400 series have been especially successful, deployed in large numbers all over the world by the manufacturer German RepRap. Thinglab is offering the full German RepRap product line, including the new, large format industrial FFF Printer X1000. As most 3D printers are limited in their building volume, the X1000 allows the printing of huge objects in one job, having all the advantages of a German RepRap 3D printer designed for industrial applications. Thinglab anticipate accelerated adoption by the Manufacturing and Education market segments.

Thinglab is based in Melbourne and provides sales and services to clients all over Australia. Thinglab is a business unit of Freespace (formerly Inition Pty. Ltd.) which first started trading in Australia over 10 years ago and has been working with 3D printers ever since. Freedspace’s mission is to provide services and hardware for a huge range of 3D technologies such as VR, 3D displays, Motion Capture, 3D scanning and 3D printing.  Thinglab has a strong in house team who pride themselves on pre and post sales customer support. Focusing on 3D Design, 3D Scanning and 3D printing technologies the Thinglab business model is to provide the best–in-class 3D scanners, 3D printers, technical services and training. They focus on industry and business markets as well as educational institutions of all levels.

Thinglab chose German RepRap as a partner because they had been looking for reliable, large volume 3D printers for some time but have found little available with the high quality they expect for their customers. They have been providing 3D printers to Australia for over 10 years but their current lineup is all based around desktop 3D printers. “We first heard of German RepRap through some reviews from a 3D printing show held in Asia. The first thing that struck us were the good reviews about quality and size of the German RepRap 3D printer range,” says Joe Farr, General Manager of Thinglab, “we chose to partner with German RepRap because they give us large build volumes with German made quality and reliability.”

There is a show room at the Melbourne Office, where customers can take a closer look at the products. While Thinglab is demonstrating 3D printing and 3D scanning in action, customers can ask questions. “Seeing 3D printers in action is the best way to understand the technology and get a feel for the quality of the parts that can be produced. We are always happy to welcome interested persons and help them to understand the technology,” says Joe Farr. Thinglab is offering an expert team with decades of 3D printing experience. They offer tailored training solutions for all of the 3D printers and can offer more general 3D printing training packages.

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Over the past few years we have really begun to see many mainstream artists use 3D printing technology within their creations. Whether it is artistic fashion design, incredible lithophanes, or whatever else these brilliant minds can conjure up, the technology definitely has proven to have its worth within various fields of art.

For one duo of Zurich, Switzerland-based designers, 3D printing has allowed them to advance a particular art form several steps further. Drzach & Suchy are known for their incredibly unique forms of art, but one art form in particular really is of interest to them. Back in 2004, Drzach invented the technique of “shadow casting panels” (SCP), a method which allows for the storing and presenting of multiple images using just one single physical object. By utilizing light to its fullest extent, Drzach & Suchy have continued to improve upon this technique over the past 11 years. Just recently though, the duo decided to team with i.materialize to 3D print one of these SCP works. Using Sketchup, they created their 3D design, before sending the files off to i.materialize to have them 3D printed in atransparent resin material.

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“Previously, we made a prototype of a colorful SCP, but we had to assemble it manually, pixel-by-pixel, as 3D printing with colored transparent materials was not feasible,” the duo explained. “Now that more materials are available for 3D printing, we wanted to give it a try.”

The artwork was then shipped back to Drzach & Suchy, in several different color panels, which when stacked on top of one another, create the final piece of art. As you can see in the video at the bottom of this page, the images within the artwork really don’t appear until they are placed into a container, filled with milk and hit with a light source from particular angles. The milk is mainly used in order to hide the 3D printed material that holds the structure together, as this is not actually part of the work, but merely a means to keep the “pegs” in the right places.

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Check out Artec's new video showing you how to make a customized handle for an optical device using Artec Spider.

 

 

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