Recycled Bottles like You’ve Never Seen Them Before

3d printing - Recycled Bottles like You’ve Never Seen Them BeforeThe entire recycling movement is one that is whole-heartedly trying to better the world, but most people overlook the fact that recycling is incredibly crucial when it comes to the preservation of our environment. Reusing materials (especially plastic) not only cuts down on the manufacturing costs associated with the product, but it also cuts down on the potential for littering amongst other things. If there’s one thing that has the ability to blow your mind it’s definitely got to be this development, which just happens to be a 3D printer that’s been made out of recycled plastic bottles (for the most part). The EKOCYCLE Cube 3D printer is a collaboration effort that brings together 3D Systems and EKOCYCLE. EKOCYCLE itself is a rather interesting brand to look at, and this is pretty much because it was originally launched by the famous musician Will.I.Am and Coca-Cola respectively.

The duty of EKOCYCLE itself is to promote a sustainable lifestyle when it comes to reusable products, and it promotes this lifestyle in a way that everybody can enjoy. Creating useful items like a 3D printer out of reusable materials shows people that they don’t necessarily need to start from scratch every single time, and it’s a way of thinking that’s needed moving forward if we’re going to change the world. It’s explained as being a tool for the future as opposed to being a tool for creation, it’s something that gets the brain juices flowing and the non-thinkers thinking. They truly believe what they’re doing at EKOCYCLE is innovative and ground-breaking in more ways than one, and most people would agree with this assessment. The plan is to work with major companies and brands across the glove the promote a lifestyle that every human being can live with comfortably, but also one that helps the world become a better place consistently.

This is the kind of product we love seeing, especially when it has to do with something intriguing like 3D printing. We know that products and companies can go into deeper roots and meanings when it comes to the development of specific items, but this really is taking it to a whole new level. EKOCYCLE and 3DS definitely deserve to garner some reputation after this whole ordeal, because creating a 3D printer out of recyclable materials isn’t exactly the easiest thing you could go about doing.

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EMS 3D Tech Days 5 City Tour Proclaimed a Huge Success

Tampa, Florida – Monday, July 17, 2014

EMS, Inc the premier provider of rapid product development equipment and services was extremely pleased with the huge turnout for their latest 3D Tech Days events in 5 Florida cities.  With over 200 participants from all around Florida is was a very busy week.

3D Tech Days started this year in Orlando and traveled south to Melbourne, Ft Lauderdale, Miami and then to Tampa for the grand opening of EMS’s new larger headquarters.  “It was a very busy and productive week” stated Mark Kemper, President of EMS, Inc.  “We were pleased to see many of our existing customers as well as lots of new faces at every event.”

Highlights from the 3D Tech Days included some new 3D Printing technologies from 3D Systems including Direct Metal Printing, new SLA machines & materials, Multi-jet modeling and more.  New 3D Scanning technologies included three new scanners from Creaform, new scanning software from Steinbichler and the new 100hsx Surphaser 3D Scanner.

Spaceclaim was also on hand demonstrating their new reverse engineering software to go from scan data to CAD data faster than ever before.  Rounding out the event where EMS’s partner vendors displaying software from CAMworks, CMM machines and visions systems.

Unlike many other events, EMS’s 3D Tech Days is an open format style of event.  Meaning people come when they want and see what they want.  No boring Powerpoint presentations and high pressure sale pitches.  Just engineers helping engineers.  All products were demonstrated live and many customers brought product design ideas to discus, sample parts to 3D scan, CAD models to 3D print and much more.

EMS is planning another 3D Tech Days tour in October so if you missed this one be sure and attend the fall event.

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A new iSense 3D scanner from 3D Systems for the iPad

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This new 3D scanner for the iPad is probably the coolest thing ever invented.

It’s the iSense 3D Scanner and what it does is like something from out of Star Trek. You will find it compatible with the iPad 4 with retina display, iPad mini with retina display and iPad Air.

What this gizmo does is allows you to take a 3D picture of any object, stores it and you can then later print it via a 3D printer! Just think of the possibilities here. You take a picture of your favorite objects, let’s say your sports medals, toys, even pets and the image is stored. You just print out the object in your 3D printer and voila! You’ve got a duplicate there. The possibilities are endless. You’ve just caught that big record breaking trout and before you toss it on the barbie you take a pic of it with your iSense and you’ve got a 3D duplicate of the catch that didn’t get away and can prove it.

Valuable tools, parts, heirlooms, glass frames, and more are easily captured by the device and can be printed at leisure. The fun and excitement of this item is going to take the planet by storm even if it does cost over $400 at present and is on pre-order.

It can take an image of something as tiny as a thimble to something as big as an auto. That hot rod you built, your grandpa’s favorite tractor, the dog house, whatever, you can take a pic of it with the iSense and make a 3D print using any of the printing materials available. Take the baby and make a 3D image and print out some copies to send to relatives. Scientists in the field digging up artifacts can take an image of an item, email it to the lab and a copy is produced. Police can take images at crime scenes and make forensic duplicates to examine. Use this to make 3D images of your hands, feet, ears so that you can make custom jewelry to fit perfectly. It just doesn’t end with the possibilities.

3D Systems is the company behind all this and pre-orders are going through Cubify. As time goes on the prices are sure to drop and the technology gets better. This is truly a changing point in 3D printing industry technology and one that is going to just be the most popular thing to come along since who knows what.

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3D Printing Rescues Powerade At The World Cup

3d-printing-powerade-worldcup14-3dsystems3D printing continues to show how popular it is regardinc commerical products, displays, and promotions.  This year the amazing global phenomena of the World Cup soccer tournament features a product that is a keynote work of 3D printing and the popular sports drink Powerade.

Powerade is consumed by the millions of gallons daily by the public and athletes around the world.  For the World Cup, the Powerade company needed a spiffy looking holder for their product that would not only keep the drink cool but catch the eye of the fans and consumers.  This was done successfully by a great deal of design and coordination, computer programming and digital wizardry and finally the use of 3D printing and expert manufacturing.

It was in February of 2014 APP or the American Precision Prototyping company had to muster up to the task of creating 150 urethane bottle carriers for the Powerade company for the FIFA World Cup this year.  Of course using the latest software in combination with the team’s engineering and artistic skills saved the day with time left over.  They seamlessly combined the ergo design of both the UEFA European 2012 carrier and the carrier from the U.S. Tournament.  It was a challenge but of course they pulled it off without a hitch.

This wasn’t just a task of scanning some objects into the computer and then mixing and 3d-printing-powerade-worldcup14-3dsystems_1matching things so that something cool would emerge, this was a technical and artistic task that called for new levels of expertise and innovation.  The team had to not only use the established software and techniques but had to come up with some approaches that were outside the box.  Doing this called for sharp eyes and steady hands.

The result is an industry bar raising product that has been seen by billions of people worldwide during the famous games.  The television commercials, smartphone pictures of just 150 of these items has reached every corner of the Earth and made the Powerade brand name stand out even more.

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Using 3D Printing For Advanced Surface Scans


3D printing has taken on some awesome forms of approaches to aiding engineers and creative to apply innovative techniques.  One such of note is software that helps to simulate surface materials and in this case, cars.

Using proprietary software, this technique utilizes a scanning technology that covers the surface of a car and then allows that data to be modified. This allows the engineers to best speculate on which surface details they need to change for greater efficiency and aesthetics.  To be able to test and view new surfaces means savings of incredible amounts of money and man hours.  Specialists can crunch the numbers so to speak and bring about a far more efficient approach to manufacturing and production.  3D printing by 3D Systems is the leading industry for this and for good reason.

Called Class A Resurfacing and the company Millit5 has broken through with innovative scanning that has ears open and eyes bugging.  Using 3D Systems’ software and 3D printing tech they’ve made a name for themselves with resurfacing and creating models that give far more efficiency and engineering applications that had never been seen before.  Interior and exterior scanning of the cars allows for a 40% scale model for use in wind tunnel and acoustic testing.  Using Geomagic DesignX, a trademarked process they are also able to make a fine marriage of hybrid use of both scanning and creating solid models.

In addition the use of ICEM for better fine tuning of Class A Surfacing brings engineers even closer to detailing and tweaking of surface areas of the motor vehicle.  Minute changes by engineers can be clearly seen and worked on in real time.  This digital wizardry is bringing about a revolution in the way autos are designed and engineered.  This approach can catch those pesky dents and dings that might have been missed.  Matching industry standards of G2 and G3 surface quality they can bring about a tolerance of .5 millimeters deviation from scan to surface in downstream CFD flow analysis.

What all this means is that thanks to 3D Systems and the other software available new approaches and finishing of high end models of just about any object can be achieved. It takes fine artists and engineers to master the technologies but excellent craftsmanship calls for this. The ability now to scan with such precision and then use 3D printing to produce such models of exceptional accuracy makes the future of 3D printing even more alluring.

From high end cars to household objects, toys, tools, and more, 3D printing using this kind of software and combination of such means the sky’s the limit for engineers and artists in this new age of the 21st Century.

The implications for the future are breathless.  As companies like 3D Systems and their partners improve on the technologies available we may well see far more accessible and affordable devices for the home and business that will be like something out of a science fiction movie.  Scanning favorite objects, tweaking them in the software and then 3D printing them at one’s leisure is something one doesn’t see except for in a Star Trek episode.

3D printing is taking hold as a major new industry and people at home and the office are grasping for every new instrument and breakthrough.  Soon we’ll see these technologies all over and making life much more productive.

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EMS 3D Scanning Gets Trashy


EMS was recently contacted by a company wanted to offer scaled models of the reuse trucks they sell to their customers. The vehicle of interest is a Lodalside loader truck which represents the latest technology in the refuse hauling business. EMS determined the best approach would be to 3D Scan an actual truck and then build a CAD model suitable for 3D Printing.

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Creaform’s New 3D Scanner

Creaform's New 3D ScannerYou would not believe that such an advancement in a 3D scanner could arrive so early in this game but Creaform’s 3D scanner is here and available right now!

You’ve probably seen those bulky 3D scanners that look like it takes two hands to hold and scan slower than molasses running uphill.  Those days are gone as this new scanner is 50% smaller and much faster, delivering measurements so accurate that it changes the game in back engineering as well.

You can easily hold and scan objects without obstruction or ridiculous adjustments and commands.  It’s so easy to use and operate that fans of the Creaform products just can’t put it down.  It’s a show off piece for sure because of the engineering, ergonomic, highly efficient, paradigm shift in the 3D scanner game.

This new Handy Scan 3D are a really true portable metrology grade series of 3D scanners.  The HandySCAN300 and the HandySCAN700 are the new kids on the block with super efficient accuracy and high resolution that makes examining and 3D scanning objects for 3D printing and manufacturing.

The new features of these devices include 50% smaller than previous scanners, 35% lighter, excellent freedom of movement, 40% more accurate, 25 times faster, and much more.

You’re talking about a 3D scanner advancement that sets the high mark for other companies to reach.  With its on demand user calibration it can be calibrated as many times as you need.  In just minutes it’s ready to operate.  It has a self positioning approach that needs no other system to operate.  In addition there are multi-function buttons that allow for easier operation overall.  Accuracy in real time, an optical reflector system that is used to create a reference system that even if the object is moved around or changes in the environment occur the readings from the 3D scanner will be just fine.  That’s an improvement that was thought to be impossible just a few years ago.

Portability of this 3D scanner is like a dream come true.  Just take it with you on the go and when you need to scan something just whip it out and you’re good to go.  In the field this is of immense value and saves major amounts of time, money, and resources as the information can be transferred to the manufacturing center in a flash.  That needed part or on the spot adjusted part can be sent back for testing thus saving even more.

Basically what we’re talking about here with these HandySCAN 3D scanners are portable, ready to use in a few minutes, technology that allows for duplicating an object and prepping it for analysis and production.  It is designed to do the job without need of complex training or operation and is something like a device from out of the future.  Operators can carry this lightweight 3D scanner with them wherever they go and utilize it with ease and comfort thus making the entire processes of development, analysis, back engineering, repair, and innovation just a few push buttons away.

Once again Creaform delivers the future today with the most advanced 3D scanner systems on the market.

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3D Scanning of Pediment Figures by EMS

3d scanning projectThe Pediment figures about the south entrance to the Mississippi State Capitol building represent agriculture, industry and the arts. EMS , Inc was hired to 3D Scan the figures and generate high resolution 3D scan files. The 3D Scan files where used to generate high resolution renderings and a scaled 3D Printed model. The renderings and model are being used to raise funds to build a full scale replica of the Pediment figures.

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Windsor House Ruins 3D Scanning Project

IMG_63323D Scanning the entire Windsor House Ruins site.  The purpose is to document the site in 3D and build full size replicas of three of the pillars for an exhibit. In addition, EMS provided high resolution renderings and scaled 3D Printed models to raise awareness and funds for the project.

Using a lift to scan 40 feet up to capture all the detail of the capitals. Capitals are very detailed and require the highest resolution 3D scanners.

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3D Printing Takes On The World Of Dentistry

3D Printing Takes On The World Of Dentistry

Like something out of the television Star Trek, the phenomenon of 3D printing never ceases to amaze the public and industry as a whole.

That being said it was inevitable that the value of this technology would hit the medical end with a  bang.  Dentistry is where it’s being used as well and the results are so startling it has changed the face of dentistry from top to bottom.  Utilizing the 3D printing technologies of 3D Systems, such breakthroughs in your industry can be had as well.

Prime example comes from Mr. Michal Hermanek, owner of MicroDent.  His company is the largest in the Slovakia regions.  They handle dental CAD/CAM services and supplies.  He sent his designs out to numerous 3D printing companies and only found 3D Systems to be what he was looking for.  Mr. Hermanek’s assessment of the superior quality of 3D Systems 3D printing is mirrored by the other clients of the company.

None can doubt that 3D Systems is at the top of their game.  Industry leaders they are and their ability to go from concept to design to manufacturing is legendary.  You’ll find that 3D Systems is now the standard setter amongst the industries involved.  From freefrom modeling, integrated 2D scan-based design couple with the traditional ways that are tried and true, 3D Systems melds the finest in procedures and oversight that fine craftsmanship demands.

They know their final products whether done in house or from remote digital input has to meet their staff’s high standard of excellence.  Only painstaking effort and real eye to digital control can achieve this and 3D Systems has.

3D Systems does things the old and new fashioned ways.  It all starts with an idea.  Something from someone, a human’s head.  Not some bank of computer graphics and things anyone can acquire, but from a real idea.  From there, their experts pour over the most effective and cost efficient way of bringing that idea to to light.  Pen to paper and from that paper to computer means a path of growth from idea to finished digital design and on to the magic of 3D printing.  Prototypes or finished products emerge and are of sturdy construct.  Their professionals inspect everything and give the stamp of approval only after rigorous examination and testing.

So when it comes to your 3D printing needs, just remember that 3D Systems is the company the professionals go to.  Efficiency is an understatement and quality the foremost.

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