3D Systems Unveils Its New Capture Mini 3D Scanner

3D Systems Unveils Its New Capture Mini 3D ScannerLeave it to 3D scanning and printing innovator 3D Systems to come up with another groundbreaking addition to the industry with their new Capture Mini 3D Scanner.
This new 3D scanning device is small enough to fit in your hand and makes an awesome desktop utility. This new 3D scanning device is just awesome and in an addition it has a cloud 3D printing software that 3D Systems has developed to enable users to print from scanned digital information.

This device easily fits in one’s hand and uses a very accurate blue LED system that works in tandem with the Geomagic software products line. The scanner is lightweight, features an accuracy of .034 mm, captures 1 million points per scanning in.3 seconds. In addition it has a field of view of 88 x 87 mm making it superb for call objects.

The Capture Mini 3D Scanner is also compatible with other products such as the Capture Pro Pack that has a rotary table for automated 360 degree scanning function with a carrying case and the Geomagic Capture multi-scanner setup.

This system is so easy to setup that within minutes and is easy to use, even CAD integration. The possible uses are enormous not only for those working in mechanics but also for those working in other areas requiring fine craftsmanship. Businesses and artists, home folks alike can use this mini scanner to scan objects from around the shop or home to make parts for repair or even create new products for sale.

This new scanner, the software, and the compatible products are just beyond too cool for words. This is revolutionizing the use of 3D scanning and printing and this is still early in the game for the industry. There’s no telling what else 3D Systems is working on right now and will be putting out later on. Right now, this mini scanner is going to be the tool to have.

Just imagine what your office or home will be like when you can scan valuable products, parts, rare items and be able to make duplicates of them for safekeeping and posterity. You’ll be able to make products in minutes and use the software to fine tune what you’ve scanned. The accuracy of this device makes for duplication of such quality that any finishing work is minimal at best. Think of it as a new and innovative tool from the latest super age of 3D scanning with more yet to come.

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3D Printing Saves Construction Workers Life (Literally!)

3D Printing Saves Construction Workers Life (Literally!)Did you ever think that 3D printing would reach the point where it’s got the ability to heal wounds? What would you say if I told you somebody had most of their skull replaced through one of these processes? 3D printing has actually given a person their life back, and that’s just proof that the strides we’re making with this technology year in and year out are most definitely real. Being a construction worker has its perks, obviously you have a job that’s quite consistent and efficient when it comes to finances; there’s also the fact that it can be relatively dangerous at times. China is known for having wondrous structures that focus on awing the people looking at them, and it kind of makes you wonder about the people responsible for putting the entire ordeal together. The man we’re going to focus on with this article is named Hu, and he’s a Chinese construction worker that was given the biggest break he’ll ever get.

Being a 46-year old construction worker means you’re usually prepared for anything and everything, but there are some things you really can’t responsible for. Hu got into a workplace accident that left him missing the left half of his skull, 50 percent of it is gone and that’s an injury that most people can’t just come back from. He has vision damage from the incident and the portion of his brain that’s missing is one that helps him dissect speech (meaning understanding the things being said to him, as well as things being said about him). The odd thing is that the walking component of his brain is completely fine, which means he’s still walking with ease. The medical staff at Xijing Hospital decided that it was time to try something a little different, and this is where 3D printing really comes into play.

The doctors made use of 3D printing in order to restore the portion of skull missing from Hu’s head, it’s made up of a titanium mesh that’s going to be more than capable of withstanding whatever the world can throw at it. Hu gets a brand new start on his life and 3D printing gets another notch under its belt, it’s almost like it’s a win-win situation for everybody involved! 3D printing doesn’t get enough credit from the general population, most people think it’s just some sci-fi sort of deal that’s going to fade with time. There are definitely benefits to 3D printing and it’s up to us to make sure that the entire world is aware of that. Take matters into your own hands and share this article with a friend or two, the quicker we can spread the joyous word of 3D printing the better! It’s going to make manufacturing thing easier, and if medical advancements like this one continue to occur it’s just going to be uphill from here.

Love the technology that w’re being presented with and it will love you back!

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3D Printing Brings In A New Bionic Eye

3D Printing Brings In A New Bionic EyeIn 2013, a team of scientists and researchers wowed the world with their ability to 3D print an entire ear and antennae embedded in it for a cochlear implant. Now the same team brings us a new application of several technologies in tandem with 3D printing to produce quantum dot LEDs and integrate them into a regular contact lens.

This new hybrid technology allows for the lens to beam colored lights. One cannot wear the device yet as it is constructed of hard plastic and the quantum dot LEDs need an external power source but it does show that the feasibility of 3D printed electronics can be integrated into complex shapes and produce unique devices.

The team used quantum dots aka nanoparticles instead of ink as the ink. They could generate two different colors both orange and green. The 3D printer now prints the QLEDs in a series of five layers. Silver nanoparticles In a ring on the bottom thus making it the conduit for the mechanical circuit. Next came two polymer layers and supply as well as transfer the electrical current to the next layer. This layer is made up of cadmium selenide nanoparticles and are then contained in case made of zinc sulphide. The icing on this cake is a final layer of cathode made up of eutectic gallium indium.

The printer they sued cost $20,000 and was built in coordination with chemistry graduate Ian Tamargo, Barry Rand the Assistant Professor of electrical engineering, and fluid dynamics pro Hyoungsoo Kim.

Although this is a breakthrough of significant importance it’s not ready to be used as an eye piece just now. It’s going to take some more research and development but what this does prove is that with 3D printing it is possible to construct such hybrid devices and that spells good for people suffering from any number of maladies.

A so-called bionic eye is just one application but there could be devices for the heart, kidneys, knees, and anywhere else these technologies apply. With 3D printing the devices can be made quickly and the specs could even be emailed to doctors and manufacturers in just seconds. This is why 3D printing is so the rage nowadays because every time we turn around there’s some new breakthrough that pops up.

One can only wonder what will happen next with 3D printing and in the hands of capable scientists and researchers like these at the helm of industry and working on the frontier lines.

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President Barack Obama Gets Busted The 3D Printing Way

President Barack Obama Gets Busted The 3D Printing WayPeople around the world are stunned at a video showing President of the United States, Barack Obama, having his bust created using the latest 3D scanning and 3D printing technology.

This is a major coup for the 3D printing industry because many people are still in the dark at how important this growing technology is.  The White House knows that the implications of what 3D printing can do are game changing in the way we’ll be doing everything in the near future.  Having the President pose and showing via a video the process behind it allows for the public to be educated on the basics of the technology.

With this new process, we have been shown that we can build everything from minute mechanical devices to giant industry parts.  Some are even building houses to the speed of ten a day in China.  That technology alone is zooming ahead at light speed it seems.  Repairing major parts, medical applications such as the idea of 3D printing organs is well underway.  If these applications all prove out, the world as we know it will be changed forever.  Rapid creation and deployment of well needed things and even making household items and arts and crafts as well.

The Obama bust video shows in detail how the process works.  In is 2013 State of the Union address the President mentioned the importance of 3D printing.  His assessment was nothing short of extraordinary regarding the possible applications of the technology.  That sure set eyebrows to arching and jaws to dropping as ever since then every month several breakthrough applications of 3D printing emerge stunning industry pros and fans and analysts alike.

To emphasize the importance of 3D printing, the White House has focused attention to their Maker Movement.  This is an initiative to get people and companies to be more productive and creative.  The White House even has a 3D printed Ornament Design Challenge in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution.

The Presidential 3D printed bust comes via the Smithsonian headed 3D team using Autodesk and 3DSystems in collaboration with the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies.

This is a big moment for 3D printing.  It shows that the government has their finger on the pulse of the movers and the shakers of the industry.  Add to that the halls of academia and one of the world’s greatest museums, the Smithsonian, we’re talking about an event that is leading to a series of changes in the way manufacturing will be done.  It really looks like something like from out of the Star Trek television and movies and the U.S., is obviously now in the lead and growing.

source: WhiteHouse.gov

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3D Printing Is Highlighted By POWER-GEN

3D Printing Is Highlighted By POWER-GEN
POWER-GEN is the international event where the top power professionals meet and rub shoulders.

The entire power generating industry is represented here with over 200 of the world’s top industry professionals, 50 educational conference sessions, 1,400 plus companies on exhibit, multiple competitive Power College courses and more!  No other event in the world is like it with 5 days, 5 events, and lots of networking.  This event is scheduled for December 9-11, 2014 at the Orange County Convention Center , West Halls, Orlando, Florida.

You’ll find representatives from the following industries attending,

Power Industry Consultants

Power Plant Designers

Fuel Suppliers

Architects and Engineers

Project Developers

Construction Contractors

IT Specialists

Operations Service Providers

Maintenance Service Providers

Independent Power Producers

Research and Development Organizations

3D Printing and 3D Scanning and tons of more industries.

This year’s event is monumental in that EMS the big power play in 3D scanning and 3D printing technologies is on board to exhibit their groundbreaking work.  It is sure to be a show stopper to say the least.  Coupling the power industry with the advances of 3D technology is opening up new vistas that will change the world forever.

This event covers every aspect of the power generating industry and more.  From renewable energy to nuclear energy, no area is left untouched and participants get to see what is going on with the movers and shakers that keep the power flowing around the world.

With the introduction and application of 3D scanning and printing the sky’s the limit.  EMS can scan large to very minute objects and print them in full color from a variety of materials from plastic to metal.  Their innovative engineers see and exploit every way possible to enhance the 3D printing technological arena.  In regard to power plants and systems, engineers can make demos in just a few hours instead of waiting weeks or months.  Repair crews can replace parts in minutes or hours.  The possibilities seem to be endless and this year’s POWER-GEN is going to be the place to be to spotlight the 3D printing age.

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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.




EMS, Inc
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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