3D Printing And The Age Of Dinosaurs

3D Printing And The Age Of Dinosaurs

63 Million year old Dinosaur egg.

The application of 3D scanning and 3D printing regarding science projects just took a leap back in time and brought the past to the present in modern day tech glory.

The McWane Science Center wanted to do a 3D scan and print of one of their fossils.  EMS showed up and the rest is history, literally.

The fossil is estimated at 63 million years old. An egg in fact, and the science center wanted it reproduced without damaging it.  In traditional fossil replication, what the general public sees when they go to a museum is a replica of the original fossil.  This is so that the fossil isn’t damaged by the public and can be better preserved stashed away.  Normally, a fossil is encased in rubber or silicone and then removed.  Plaster or some other hardening substance is injected into the mold and a replica is created.  Often painted and detailed afterward.  This can take days or weeks to complete and sometimes months if the experts are employed and they can often be booked up for quite a while.

With 3D scanning, the fossil is scanned, that data is stored in the computer and the software can manipulate the image and prep it for printing.  Then, using any number of materials, the 3D printer can print an almost exact duplicate of the original object.  This process only takes a few hours at the most and the original object suffers no damage whatsoever.

3D Printing And The Age Of Dinosaurs

Z Scanner scan data being prepped for the Z Corp 3D Printer

Using this technology, the McWane Science Center recreated their fossil with no sweat.

It only took 30 minutes to scan the egg fossil with the Z Corp Z Scanner.  It took 2 hours to print it with the Z Corp 3D printer.  The center was so happy with the results they bought their own 3D equipment.

This isn’t’ the first time EMS has done some remarkable science, and has done some groundbreaking work in fossils before.  Nowadays with ground penetrating radar and such other imaging technologies, the 3D scanners can capture that info, and print it making it unnecessary to excavate the fossil or make a replica instead of the time consuming and painstaking process of excavation.

This 3D scanning and 3D printing technology continues to fascinate and change the game of many industries and sciences.  With scanning just one fossil, that info can be sent even by email to 3D scanners worldwide so that schools and other museums can have copies of valuable and historical objects for study.

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EMS 3D Tech Lunch – Tampa – December 3rd 2014

EMS - 3D Tech Lunch - Tampa - December 3rd 2014

Join EMS at their new, larger Tampa, FL headquarters for a 3D Tech Lunch. EMS will be showing the latest in 3D Printers for rapid prototyping, 3D Scanners for reverse engineering & inspection and next generation CAD software for designing products faster than ever.

All products will be demonstrated live and you can come anytime between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM. No Powerpoint presentations and boring sales pitches, just live demos with engineers who know how to make these products work for you.

Products: 3D Printers, 3D Scanners & 3D CAD.

When and Where:  December 3rd 2014 – Tampa, FL

Time:  Come any time between 11:00 Am and 2:00 PM

For complete details and to register for an event nearest you visit 3D Tech Lunch Registration.


3D Printers
3D Printers
See the latest 3D Printers from 3D Systems including the ColorJet 3D Color printers, ProJet 3500 & 7000 plastic printers and more.  From Desktop, easy to use 3D Printers to production direct metal laser sintering machines 3D Systems has the widest variety of 3D Printers and additive manufacturing systems on the market today.
3D Scanners
3D Scanners from Creaform, Steinbichler and Surphaser will be on display for live demos.  See the new GoSCAN and HandySCAN systems from Creaform.  Witness the awesome resolution of the Stienbichler Comet 3D  Scanner and the speed of the Surphaser long range system 3D scanning an entire room in minutes
3D Scanners
3D CAD Software
3D CAD & Engineering Software
SpaceClaim is the next generation of direct digital design software to quickly create complex designs and assemblies.  Geomagic offers a suite of digital sculpting, reverse engineering and inspection products that are unmatched in the industry.




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5803 Breckenridge Pkwy, Ste D
Tampa, FL 33610

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The new GoSCAN 20 and 50 at Work

The new GoSCAN 20 and 50 and the next generation of projected light hand held scanners from Creaform.

The Go!SCAN 3D scanner, a simple line of portable 3D scanners enabling people from various backgrounds to effortlessly capture the 3D shape of any object, including complex, freeform and organic surfaces. These handheld 3D scanners can even capture 3D data in full color, providing very rich and detailed textures.  Applications include heritage preservation, art and architecture, education and research, Computer graphics, human body scanning and much more.

EMS demonstrates how this new version works include capturing the scan data, editing the data and finally generating a high quality 3D CAD model.

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WWII History Being Preserved With 3D Scanning

WWII History Being Preserved With 3D ScanningThanks to the National Park Service and companies Autodesk Inc. and R2Sonic, a big part of WWII history is going to be better preserved regarding the naval vessels USS Utah and Arizona that still lie at Pearl Harbor.

The two ships were the first to be destroyed by torpedoes and bombs delivered by the Japanese Empire’s aerial attack.  To honor those lives lost, the two ships have been preserved for posterity, however time and the elements are taking their toll regarding deterioration.  To find out how much deterioration is present and will occur, the two forces are using 3D scanning, a new innovation on a large scale to scan both ships and their debris fields so they can better see what shape the ships are in and to use as a guideline for future study on their deterioration.

Using this technology, the researchers can now determine what damage time and the elements have done and what to expect in the future.  Stunning 3D imaging can now be viewed by the researchers so they can detail what repairs the ships may need or how to shore up the environment around them to prevent further deterioration.

What this application of 3D scanning technology means is that other monuments and places of interest may also be scanned and their environments too.  That would allow for engineers and preservationists to be able to map out plans to preserver and expand if necessary the monuments and where they sit.  Architects can then design supportive structures and workers can plan on how they design repair and how to carry them out.

Historic objects like these two ships, can now be 3D scanned and then teams can do their due diligence to engineer preservation techniques.  Just think of the thousands upon thousands of municipalities that have historical structures from statues to vehicles to entire buildings.  Places that mean much to the citizens and to much needed tourism revenue.  Using 3D mapping to help preserve and repair these spots means less money rehabilitating them and more revenue and historical pride for all.

In addition, new monuments and structures can be 3D scanned so that they can be manufactured easily and more durable.  This allows for future restoration duties to be able to simply access the 3D software and examine how the objects were designed, engineered and constructed.  Making replacement parts, cleaning, will be far easier and cut the cost of maintenance.

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Own Your Own 3D NCAA Sports Stadium

Own Your Own 3D Printed NCAA Sports Stadium

Florida State Doak Campbell Stadium 2014

Get ready for sports fans to flip their lids. A hot new product is on the market and it’s a 3D printed scale model of your favorite sports stadium!

Yes, the 3D printing service Zverse has been using 3D Systems Projet 660Pro to make exact scale color models of the NCAA stadiums!

These replicas are astonishing to look at and a collector’s item for sure. They’re now an historical part of the 3D printing industry and a big winner for all. Zverse really scored a coup by getting one of the only 200 permitted licenses from Notre Dame and is the first authorized in 20 years. These scale models are gorgeous and when fans finally get to see them there’ll be no holding back.

In addition, Zverse has snagged over 30 collegiate licenses so you can expect each school to have their own replicas available. The detail is fantastic. In some of these they’ve even included the tens of thousands of crowd attendees. The school colors, logos, graphics, all photorealistic of the original stadiums. Fans will recognize their favorites at a simple glance they’re so realistic looking.

The technique is the same as standard 3D printing whereby a material is added to the printer and an image is duplicated via the software and printer. Using sandstone for each layer of the printing process ensures the replica will be sturdy. The colors are added automatically. The company goes to great lengths to get the most accurate details and will take about a week to complete the design. Adjustments are made should any new design be added to make sure the stadium replica is up to date.

Zverse’s co-founder, Kevin Maloney explained his company’s first step into the 3D stadium replica busienss. It was in the latter part of 2013 when the company created a replica of the stadium at South Carolina’s Williams-Brice. They handed out the stadiums to honorees during the Military Appreciation Game. The replicas were an instant hit and collector’s item.

Now Zverse has over 30 licenses and has been producing 150 stadiums a week at their plant in Columbia, South Carolina.

This a real coup for Zverse. It’s also a real coup for sports fans. Just imagine the other types of replicas that 3D printing can bring about in the sports venue alone. Baseball stadiums, basketball arenas, tennis’ Wimbledon, Olympic stadiums and more. Even replicating past stadiums for nostalgia. These 3D printed stadium replicas are the hottest things on the market and as the technology grows so will the interest and industry.

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Making Cool Koozies With 3D Printing

Making Cool Koozies With 3D PrintingJust about everyone has used a koozie at one point or another.  One fits their drink inside and it stays cool.  Improving on this simple concept, EMS and 3D Coolie came up with a way to use 3D printing to create prototypes like never before.

The challenge was making prototypes that featured the colors and mascots of teams, companies, and such brand name items.  This prototype project traditionally takes a long time and the finished products have to be tooled and painted.  This is time consuming and expensive.

Using 3D software to design the koozies they soon began to produce the items in full color!  You can only do this with 3D printing and not like the old CNC machining.  Like mentioned before had they used CNC they still would have had to hand paint each and every item.  That’s why EMS was contacted by 3D Coolie to use their rapid prototype model of 3D Coolie’s CAD model.

Next they used EMS’ Z Corp Z650 3D printer.  This printer is the state of the art of 3D printers.  It rapidly creates prototypes to build CAD models in full color 3D.

This type of application of 3D printing goes a long way.  Companies with prototype needs can now design their products in the specified software such as CAD or 3D Systems own software and get that product printed not only on the spot but in full color.  This saves much time and money and delivers a result that execs can feel in their own hands.  No more waiting weeks and months for a prototype to be built, and having it on the table allows for the creative team and engineers to look for any improvements that need modifying.

Here, we’ve seen what the technology can do for a simple product used by millions for decades.  Just think of the everyday items around the house, shop, business that can equally be created and produced.  It is revolutionizing the manufacturing and design industry by leaps and bounds.

3D Systems is opening the door to a new world where 3D printing and technology will not only be commonplace but an essential part of our lives.  They’ve developed techniques and tools that allow for scanning huge objects to small detailed objects that would cost big money and time with traditional ones.  Now, not only can the major corporation benefit from 3D Systems’ advances.  Small companies can get the affordable products from 3D Systems thus cutting their overhead and getting products out there that would have cost a small fortune.  Larger companies with complex products like auto or plane parts can get entire vehicles scanned and modified parts scanned and printed same day.

It really is a groundbreaking day thanks to 3D Systems.

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Transformers And 3D Scanning

3D Scanning of transformer with a Surphaser 25HSX 3D Scanner

No, not the shape shifting robot aliens of toy and movie fame, but the electrical transformers that supply electricity to millions of homes, offices, buildings.  The big transformers are expensive and powerful.  When one goes on the fritz aka breaks down, it has to be replaced.  This can cost millions of dollars and the only other option is to try to get it rebuilt.  This option is awesome but it called for excruciating man hours and details that added to the cost and rebuilding.
That was the old days.
Nowadays thanks to 3D scanning we can scan an entire transformer from top to bottom as they don’t have or have limited CAD data.
Coming to the rescue is EMS and their on-site 3D scanning technology and tools.  EMS used their Surphaser 25HSX hemispherical 3D scanner to do the job.  It sounds like something from Star Trek but it sure works like something from Star Trek.  It scans 360 x 270 degrees in just one single scanning past and capturing the data from as far as 3 feet distance up to 60 feet away from the scanning object!  This wide range allows the scanning of big objects fast and easy.

The Surphaser is indeed the state of the art high accuracy long-range distance scanner with unprecedented resolution and exquisite detail.  Used on the transformer housing it performed superbly and would boggle the mind of someone like Thomas Edison the Finished feature based solid CADlegendary inventor.
Next was EMS using their RapidForm scanning software to create the 3D model of the transformer housing.
It only took a day to do.
How’s that for space age replicator technology?
What used to take 3 weeks to do now takes a day or two and with super detail and accuracy.  What EMS is doing with their 3D scanning and printing technology is like again something from a Star Trek movie.  The technology continues to grow by leaps and bounds and on top of that easier to use.  Just think of the possibilities down the road.  Capturing treasured objects via 3D scanning and knowing you can reproduce them at any time.  Capturing those priceless moments via 3D scanning and reproducing them.  Rare parts, collectibles, building materials and more.

There’s no end to what this new technology can do and as it gets better, so will the world.

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Townley Reinvents Themselves With 3D Printing

Picture 031Townley Engineering & Manufacturing is a company that’s dedicated to innovation, especially when it comes to the manufacturing process regarding their replacement impellers. Impellers are important pieces when dealing with the mining industry, and they’ve taken it upon themselves to make sure that these parts are as efficient as possible (they’ve even gone as far as reverse engineering them). Even though reverse engineering them in order to make a sturdy product is foolproof it takes a lot of time, and in the end of it all while you’re in the manufacturing industry you’ve got to worry about time. The amount of time it takes to manufacture an impeller isn’t exactly ideal, which is why 3D printing is looked at as being the next logical step for this company. Impellers are so complex that you need to have the proper diagram and design in order to be successful, and when you’re trying to create one using the traditional route it can be time-consuming. The amount of inaccurate hand measurements that could be made is quite large, and not only that there’s still the fact that most impellers need to be reworked and such before they can actually be used.

Townley has to deal with pump moulds that are facing wear and tear, which obviously means that there’s going to have to be an alternative method of manufacturing the impellers. They also have many different parts they need to reverse engineer, which is ultimately going to take away from the amount of time being spent on the impellers production. EMS was the solution to all of these problems, as Townley saw that 3D printing was going to be the answer to absolutely everything, and they took it upon themselves to implement it as such. The ZCorp ZScanner 800 was used in order to develop a 3D scan of the original impellers, and from there al that was needed to be done was the actual printing of the product. RapidForm XOR software was used in order to create solid base models of the equipment, and from there the entire process of manufacturing them has been made easier than ever! If Townley ever wants to make changes to the designs they’ve got the ability to do so, which really shows you how much they’re trying to improve upon themselves.

A company that’s willing to innovate is one that’s going to be successful no matter what, we’ve seen it before and we’ll see it again! This ring especially true when we’re talking about 3D printing, a lot of people forget about the fact that 3D printing has more than one use. People use the process to create more than just art, they use it to create everyday objects that can be used for many different things. Not only that, but the process also has the ability to create industry-level equipment that’s going to make a real difference in the working industry. It’s not important to most, but when you realize the impact it has you’ll truly understand.

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townley pump



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3D Scanning Proves Itself With High Performance Engine Parts

3D Scanning Proves Itself With High Performance Engine PartsLeave it to Steeda Motorsports to be ahead of the rest in applied 3D scanning technology. Already owning a 3D scanner from renowned company EMS, the company wanted to have it’s 2012 Mustang Boss 302 intake scanned so as to better fit it and manufacture it. Thanks to EMS the problem wasn’t a mountain but just a little bump in the road.

The 2012 Mustang Boss 302 Intake is one of the premium aftermarket Ford performance parts and accessories provided by Steeda Motorsports. Ford brought back the engine that is based on the new 5.0 Liter engine. This new Boss produces 444 horsepower and around 380 Lb-ft of torque. To achieve this Ford utilizes CNC ported heads and revised camshafts and what is called a high flow “runners in the box” intake from the 302R racecar. The problem was that the cold air intakes and other parts for the new engine that Steeda wanted to offer needed upgrading and the only way to do it was to design new parts but the new Boss intake manifold was too complex in its shape. Room under the hood is premium so this brought about a challenge.

Thanks to EMS, Steeda showed up with more accurate 3D scanning technology. Steeda wanted EMS to scan the Boss intake so that they could then design their parts around this system. Using their high accuracy and high resolution Konico-Minolta Range 7 3D Scanner they had to tackle the next problem which was the intake is very dark in color with shiny aluminum inserts. No task is too tough for the Range 7 3D Scanner for both dark and shiny surfaces. Other scanners can’t do it without first spraying equipment with paint or dust. Steeda didn’t need this to achieve its goals.

Now that the 3D scanning was done, it was possible for EMS to create a solid model of the intake including its mounting points on the engine block as well as the front air intake. RapidForm is what EMS used which is the only 3D scanning software that can create what is called feature based solid model geometry from 3D scanned data.

This is just another of the amazing applications of the new 3D scanning and 3D printing technology available from EMS. To see it work on a product that was designed to revive an old product and meet the challenges head on to reach a successful solution shows that the Sun is still rising on the 3D scanning and 3D printing industry and there’s no stopping it.






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Very Cool Models Of Historic Windmills Created Via 3D Printing

Very Cool Models Of Historic Windmills Created Via 3D Printing
Modelers are always looking for the newest thing in their hobby. Scale modeling is still a worldwide phenomenon that is of such interest there are actual museums dedicated to it. The AWPC is one of them. A museum, the largest , dedicated to windmills. Now, 3D printing has come into play to add to this hobby.

The AWPC has a collection well over of 100 windmills. Both an indoor and outdoor gallery of them, full size and miniature adorn the place and people from all over stop by to take a look and learn. Windmills are striking structures that can be seen for miles around. They used to grind grain and today power electricity. Using the wind as a power source is an old technology and here at the AWPC museum you can see the progression of windmills from the first to the latest.

The company WhiteClouds joined up with AWPC to create miniature 3D printed miniatures of classic windmills. Some no longer existing. These mini windmills are designed in the computer and later 3D printed for use in display and model train exhibitions. WhiteClouds uses the Projet 3500 HDMax to print the windmills. Using a UV cured resin they can create very detailed and strong plastic parts. The Projet 3500 HDMax then prints each layer at 16 microns allowing for the exquisite detail.

Finally comes the assembly and detail which the team has their experts on the spot to do. The results are spectacular to say the least and helps preserve a part of history for future generations to enjoy.

This step up and application of 3D printing technology is changing the way art, collectibles, historical displays, museums operate. By having data that can be input into the computer, the specialists can recreate objects that no longer exist or preserve imagery of those that do. 3D scanners are getting faster with more detail and bigger. Priceless artifacts and fossils can now be scanned, stored, and 3D printed for further examination and preservation. Dinosaur fossils in particular can now be 3D printed and reassembled so that schools, museums, and other areas can have their own version of a one of a kind find.

It’s truly remarkable what 3D printing is achieving nowadays and the technology keeps on advancing by leaps and bounds.

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