Last week at CES “Planetary Resources” gave visitors a first impression of how asteroid mining could impact future material markets. By processing a prehistoric meteorite “planetary resources” managed to create a printable asteroid metal power. 3D Systems newly released “ProX DMP 320 direct metal printer“ was used to print the object.
In the last years “3D Shook” has established itself as a well-known 3D printing Database for consumer grade FDM printers. With “Appz” 3D Shook has managed to create a great online 3D design tool.
Premade shapes such as Keychains and phone cases allow people with little 3D experience to easily design their desired objects. A monthly subscription of 14.9$ is required to successfully use the tool however the free trial turns out to be a great way of gathering first experiences in 3D design.
A 54 year old Spanish man has recieved the world’s first 3D printed ribcage and sternum implant. The spanish citizen was suffering from a cancerous tumor growing in his chest wall and sternum called a sarcoma.
An average person in a developed country is expected to fracture their bones twice a lifetime. Often the fractured body part is wrapped in plaster to fixate it and help the bones to rejoin. In order to counter many of the unpleasant experiences combined with plaster casts a young designer (Jake Evill) has developed a 3D printed cast, which could soon be used alternatively to cure fractures.
After the “strati” by local motors was marketed as the first 3D printed car in 2014, divergent motors caught up the race by prototyping “Blade” the first 3D printed super car. With an acceleration of 0-60 in 2.2 seconds and 700 horse-powers the “Blade” is an honorable competitor to regular high end cars.
With over 22,690 refugee applications filed in the Netherlands in 2014 a local artistic collective (The Power of Art House) have brought to life their Guerrilla street art project “Moving People”. By 3D printing 10,010 figurines of asylum seekers the company is hoping to increase refugee awareness and empathy.
DBLG a creative design company based in London managed to fascinate over 600 000 people last year with their unbelievably smooth stop motion video. The stop motion video is a looped video of a bear walking up stairs and took approximately 50 printed bears to create. With this the company wanted to “explore and combine 3d animation, 3D printing with stop frame animation. “ (DBLG Vimeo).