Tuesday, 29 April 2014

3D Ubisoft gaming characters are printed in 3D!

RedEye Australasia were recently contacted by Drifter (www.drifter.net) to 3D Print the winning character designs from the Ubisoft "Design your very own 3D-printable hero in the Ubisoft 3D Character Creator!" (http://www.ubisoft3dcharactercreator.com.au).

The Facebook community chose a winning design from the Ubisoft 3D Character Creator each month to be 3D printed, hand painted, and sent to the winner!

The winning designs were printed in nylon using SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) by RedEye Australasia. Watch the video below to see how the  characters emerge.

NOTE: Due to the fact that SLS involves using a laser to melt nylon layer by layer in a bed of powder, this part of the process cannot be shown. 

RedEye Australasia is the 3D Printing Bureau side of Objective3D - Your complete, professional 3D printing solutions centre.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

3D printing brings music to our ears

The Before Picture: Dror Adler from the Adler Trio holding the microphone while also using both hands to play
Juggling the microphone
and harmonica
3D Printing and rapid prototyping allows for advancements and innovations that can turn an idea into a reality in only a few short days.

Dror Adler, a harmonica player from the Adler Trio, had been juggling a microphone and harmonica for over 50 years when he finally said that enough was enough. He came up with an idea to build a unique microphone enclosure that would attach to the harmonica and accommodate all the necessary electronics for a wireless mike that will allow the user to play the harmonica unimpeded.

The first  prototype was produced on a Stratasys Eden 3D Printer using PolyJet technology.  Several design iterations were created until a perfect prototype was produced and Dror was in harmonica heaven.

The After Picture: Stratasys 3D printed microphone enclosure accommodates all the necessary electronics for a wireless mic
The Final Product
After other musicians saw the Adler Trio performing live, they started asking where they could buy their own microphone holder, and it was then that Dror began to consider producing them in small commercial quantities.

The harmonica mic enclosure in a 3D printed silicone mold, directly after the silicone has cured around the pattern
The Silicon Mould
Once again using 3D Printing, a pattern was created and from this a silicon mould was produced. This allows for the final product material to be injected into the negative space of the mould, creating an end use product, ready for sale. This has proven to be a viable and economical production method for producing about 10 to 15 parts in each run.  The silicone mold is used over and over, every time Adler receives a new order.

To find out more about 3D Printing or how we can help you 3D Print your parts, either in-house or through our 3D Printing Bureau, contact us by clicking here.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

New Endur PolyJet material from Stratasys

This week, Stratasys expanded its portfolio of 3D printing materials with Endur, a new PolyJet 3D printing material for use with Eden, Connex and Objet printers.

Endur is an alternative to Durus, with improved chemical characteristics and composition to give models and prototypes a polypropylene-like look and functionality, much like the characteristics of standard plastics.

In the video below, Boaz Jacobi, Product Marketing Manager at Stratasys, talks about the capabilities of Endur and examines some applicative models that look and behave like polypropylene in terms of flexibility, strength and toughness.

Just like the name implies, Endur is tough. The polypropylene-like material offers both high impact resistance and superior elongation at break. Endur has a heat-deflection temperature up to 129°F/ 54°C, excellent dimensional stability and comes in a bright white color. It also features an excellent surface finish to make it easier to achieve a smooth look and feel.

These properties make Endur attractive for 3D printing prototypes that need the flexibility, appearance and toughness of polypropylene for a wide range of form, fit and assembly applications. This includes moving parts, snap-fit components, and small cases and containers with lids. The white tone and smooth surface finish make it ideal for consumer goods, electronics and household appliances, lab equipment and automotive parts.

Endur is available now from Objective3D for use with all Objet EdenV, Objet Connex, Objet500 Connex3 and Objet30 Pro 3D Printers.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Bowling down the Competition

Strike Bowling recently ran a competition for new designs to go on their new revolutionary high tech shoes. These shoes are so cutting edge, they even have anti-theft devices built in!

With such a major facelift, Strike bowling contacted Method Studios to help with the launch.

Method Studios came up with a great concept ... to project the best designs on a big 3D shoe ... a really big 3d bowling shoe!

So big, that they needed a big 3D printer for the job - so they contacted RedEye Australasia to 3D Print shoes specifically for the launch. RedEye Australasia offers the largest build volume in Australasia and a great solution to people wanting to print large items in a single piece.

3D Printing the Strike Shoe

An actual Strike bowling shoe was scanned to produce a CAD file which was then 3D printed using FDM in ABS in a Stratasys Fortus 900MC. A 900MC allowed these large shoes to be built in a single piece. They were then sanded and supplied to Method Studios for the launch parties. The shoes measured approximately 850mm long x 200mm wide and 350m high.

For more details on the 900MC, visit Objective3D.com.au.

The design was chosen from 1658 entries with the top designs showcased in the video below.