Brad Pitt's New Movie 'Moneyball' Teams up with Quirky - Live!

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In just a few hours, Objet customer Quirky, will be running a promotional event in conjunction with Columbia Pictures' new movie, Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt. 'Thinking outside the box' is the theme of the film and the event. Based on a true story, small-town baseball team manager Billy Beane ( … [Read more...]

3D Printing Customized Toy Halo Spartans! (Video)

I was so inspired by watching the Halo 3 'Believe' Diorama (see yesterday's blog post) that I decided to have a go at printing some Halo 'Spartan' soldiers for myself. The video below shows how easy it is to create a series of one-of-a-kind toy figure prototypes, all printed in a single shot on the … [Read more...]

University Study of 3D Printed Materials is Good for Industry

In August, Stratasys announced that England's Loughborough University had completed independent studies on plastic parts created by the FDM additive manufacturing process, using ABS plastic and polycarbonate. This may be exciting news for us, but it has greater implications for the design and manufa … [Read more...]

Creating vacuum-forming tools with Dimension 3D Printers

Thank you to our guest blogger, Nic Neath, of Formech, Inc. Dimension 3D Printing Systems have proven themselves as an efficient and cost-effective method of creating tooling for Formech’s wide range of vacuum forming machines. The combination of a Dimension 3D printer and a Formech vacuum forming m … [Read more...]

Halo 3 Commercial Using 3D Printed Action Figures

If there's any industry that's big enough to rival Hollywood then it's the gaming industry. Following our last blog post - here is the TV commercial produced for the Halo 3 computer game. Faced with a very challenging 3 week production deadline, Legacy Effects - the industry leaders in live-action s … [Read more...]

Excerpt 4: Thermoplastics: The Best Choice for 3D Printing (ULTEM 9085 and PPSF/PPSU handle the critical applications)

ULTEM 9085 and polyphenylsulfone (PPSF / PPSU) are two super materials that stretch the limits of FDM by handling demanding applications that are beyond the limits of conventional materials. ULTEM 9085 has the highest tensile and flexural strength of any FDM material and also satisfies flame, smoke … [Read more...]

Excerpt 3: Thermoplastics: The Best Choice for 3D Printing (polycarbonate is one of most widely used thermoplastics)

Polycarbonate (PC) is one of the most widely used thermoplastics in industry. As manufacturers look to 3D printing (additive manufacturing) to produce functional prototypes and production parts, it’s only natural that PC materials should be one of their top choices. Parts made from this material hav … [Read more...]

Excerpt 2: Thermoplastics: The Best Choice for 3D Printing (ABS materials are the most popular FDM material choice)

From the early days of FDM technology, ABS has been the most popular material choice. Today, there is a wider range of FDM materials, and ABS itself has evolved to a number of formulations, each tougher than the original material and offering advantages for specific applications. ABS-M30 (aka ABSplu … [Read more...]

Excerpt 1: Thermoplastics: The Best Choice for 3D Printing (Why engineers love working with thermoplastics)

Thermoplastics have excellent mechanical properties yet they are light and relatively inexpensive. This helps explain why they are the raw materials from which most consumer products and many commercial ones are composed. The fact that they're used in so many finished products makes them ideal for p … [Read more...]

3D Printing on the Colbert Report

In a recent episode of the Colbert Report, Steven Colbert showcased a fused deposition modeling (FDM) type 3D Printer and challenged viewers to take a 3D file of his scanned head and do something with it. It was a good episode and as always humorous. So, I gave the challenge to Mark, one of our FDM … [Read more...]