Thursday, 30 July 2015

Objective3D Seminar Success continues in Adelaide

With packed audiences for seminars in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, Objective3D has again successfully organized the " 3D Printing for Direct Digital Manufacturing" seminar at The Co-Hab Tonsley Centre, Clovelly Park, SA on the 28th July 2015. 

The event, the fourth in the Objective3D Seminar series, achieved record attendance numbers and was attended by guests from various business and public sectors. The objective is to educate industry professionals to augment and accelerate traditional manufacturing processes and production with 3D printing technology from Stratasys.

Event highlights were the presentation by speakers Yvonne Lim of Stratasys on “3D Printing for Direct Manufacturing” , Matt Minio and Kane Fullerton of Objective3D on “Introduction to Objective3D, Stratasys 3D Printing Technology and the Objective3D Service Bureau”and Sam Byrne of Alleasing on “ Leasing options”.

Next stop in the series will be Sydney in mid-September focusing on the medical industry. This event is going to be the best one yet with a seminar and workshop focus. Watch out for more updates on this in the coming weeks. 

If there is anything more specific that you would like to discuss around how the use of 3D printing could benefit your specific application,  our experts are ready and happy to assist. All you need to do is reply to this contact 03-97852333 (AUS) or 09-8010380 (NZ) or email we can organise a time to meet and discuss your requirements further.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Magic Arms, A Life-Changing 3D Printed Orthotic, Kicks Off Crowdfunding Campaign

Over 50,000 children in the U.S. and more than 500,000 children worldwide suffer from rare diseases and conditions that prevent them from using their arms. They can’t hug their parents, brush their teeth, feed themselves, or blow bubbles. Magic Arms, a Minnesota-based non-profit, wants to help these children enjoy these simple pleasures – things that many take for granted. Through a web-based fundraising campaign on Indiegogo, Magic Arms hopes to raise money to ensure that possibility and help more than 200 children currently on the waiting list and countless others across the world.

The story began in 2012 with a 3-year-old girl named Emma who couldn’t lift her arms. After meeting Emma and her mom, Whitney Sample and Tariq Rahman, co-inventors of an exoskeleton called the WREX at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Delaware, began to prototype a 3D printed exoskeleton with Stratasys (NASDAQ:SSYS), a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, that gave children with conditions like Brachial Plexus Injury (BPI), Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (AMC), and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) the ability to move their arms.

The inventors and their research partners used 3D printing to take assistive technology where it had never been before. 3D printing offered strong but lightweight plastic that could be customized and made quickly. “This is one of those industries that matches perfectly with 3D printing, because we need custom everything,” explains Whitney Sample. It supports and balances the weight of a child’s arms using a 3D printed frame and resistance bands. Precision bearings in all joints of the device allow children to amplify their limited arm strength. As children grow, new parts can be printed or modified to meet each child’s unique needs.

Since 2012, the inventors have fit more than 100 children with 3D printed arm orthotics and worked with the medical community to prove that this is a concept that can scale. The Magic Arms non-profit was founded to take this technology to the next level and train and support hospitals across the world to identify children who will benefit from Magic Arms orthotic and properly fit it to children.

On July 22, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. the non-profit will launch an Indiegogo campaign to fund a complete redesign of its 3D printed exoskeleton. Magic Arms, collaborating with Stratasys, aims to make the device more affordable and functional, and it plans to train five regional hospitals to help children across the U.S. “Every kid deserves to be able to hug their mom and dad,” says Angie Zavoral Conley, Magic Arms’ executive director. “Our Indiegogo campaign is an important step on that path."

Stratasys has been collaborating with Magic Arms since 2012.  “Shaping lives by revolutionizing the way things are made is part of Stratasys’ core purpose and our corporate social responsibilities. Working with Magic Arms to 3D print orthotics that enable children with muscular disorders to move their arms is the manifestation of our mission and purpose to shape lives,” said Arita Mattsoff, Vice President Public Relations and Responsible for Corporate Social Responsibility at Stratasys.

About Magic Arms
In 2012, Whitney Sample and Tariq Rahman, PhD invented the 3D printed orthotic at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Wilmington, Delaware to help Emma Lavelle, a 3-year-old girl with AMC, use her arms. When the device was taken off to make an adjustment, Emma told her mother, Megan Lavelle, “I want my Magic Arms back!” Magic Arms, a 501(c)(3) non-profit company, was created in fall of 2014 to train and support more hospitals and children who can benefit from this magical, effective, and life-changing technology.

To learn more about Magic Arms, visit If you’d like to contribute to the fundraising campaign you can find their page on by searching for Magic Arms.


Wednesday, 22 July 2015

3D printing upgrades joint replacement

Surgeons are using custom guides and models to make their work more precise.

On a recent morning, Dr. Heinz Hoenecke of La Jolla used his laptop to make minute adjustments to a three-dimensional model of a patient’s shoulder.

The precision of the computer model, and the sophistication of the modeling software used to manipulate it, allowed him to find an optimal spot to anchor the prosthetics involved in a total shoulder replacement without ever making an incision.

Sliding a digital representation of a cupped insert, the computer calculated how well the device would sit in the shoulder socket and whether its mounting pegs would poke all the way through the patient’s bone, a problem that could eventually cause the implant to dislodge.

“This allows me to know what the issues are much more exactly. I can see if the ball will center itself in the socket,” said Hoenecke, a Scripps Clinic orthopedic surgeon and team physician for the San Diego Padres.

Once things appear to line up perfectly on the computer, he sends the resulting file off to a French company called Tornier that uses a 3D printer to sculpt a custom template. Then Hoenecke will slip that template over the socket during surgery, guiding his drill to just the perfect spot identified during the computer modeling process.

Though custom-printed 3D surgical guides often look like they belong in the recycling bin, they are revolutionizing orthopedic surgery.

Computer modeling, created using X-ray or magnetic resonance-based digital images, combined with the growing power of 3D printing have been shown to increase the exactness of joint-replacement surgery, said Dr. Jason Koh, an orthopedic surgeon in Illinois at NorthShore University HealthSystem who has extensive experience with the new technology.

“For patients, it means decreased operating room time and a more precise cut and fit,” Koh said.


Monday, 20 July 2015

Can you 3D-print organs?

As a researcher in bioprinting (3D printing using living cells) one question I’m regularly asked is “Can you print organs?”

It’s a question that grabs people because, when we can print organs, there will be no such thing an organ donor list. Instead of waiting for a transplant, the patient will provide a small sample of cells and the hospital staff (not doctors or nurses, but a new breed of ‘biomedical engineers’) will grow up the cells to a large quantity, feed it into a bioprinter and print out a replacement organ. Because the organ will be made of the patient’s own cells, there will be no fear of rejection, and no need for immunosuppressant drugs. The whole procedure will take place in a matter of weeks.

Yeah but CAN you 3D print-organs? 

Designer’s Dream Cyborg 3D Printed into Reality

California-based Vitaly Bulgarov has typically lent his amazing 3D modeling and design skills to such big name companies as Blizzard Entertainment, Oakley, LucasFilm’s Industrial Light & Magic, and Intuitive Surgical.  Or he provides his expertise to INTEL, where he currently works on concepts for the next generation of wearable tech.  But, in his spare time, Bulgarov works on his own “Black Phoenix Project”, concept based on the idea of a fictional robotics corporation from the not too distant future.  And, recently, he had the opportunity to bring those designs to life with the help of new 3D printing studio Factor 31.

Though the “Black Phoenix Project” is a great way for Bulgarov to collaborate with photographer Maria Skotnikova to illustrate a fictional world for realistic, yet non-existent robotics, 3D printing has enabled him to make them somewhat real.  With ten days of work, Factor 31, located in Orange, California, was able to take his virtual designs and recreate them with Stratasys’ PolyJet 3D printing technology.

After sanding and gluing the parts together with epoxy, Factor 31 applied several coats of primer, and then somewhere between four and eight coats of an epoxy paint, normally used with firearms. Finally, some small details received a glossy black paint and graphite powder layer to achieve a chrome effect. The result is a stunning 14-inch bust of Bulgarov’s Ultraborg Stiffneck robot.

Peter Hamilton, who co-founded the firm with George Longo this year, says of their work, “Quality isn’t measured by the precision of the printers, but by the ability to exceed a client’s expectations and help them push the boundaries of what they think is possible. Using the latest 3d printing and rapid prototype technologies we’ve been able to complete projects that exceed the wildest imaginations of our clients.” I hope that those clients continue to include Vitaly Bulgarov, as I would love to see more of his universe brought to life (much of which can be purchased on his 3D Kitbash page). And, though this particular story has seen one artist’s imagination made tangible with 3D printing, he is only one among many that is able to utilize the technology to actualize their designs in the physical world.

Source: 3D Printing Industry

Thursday, 16 July 2015

The Real Cutting Edge: Getting a Handle on Stone Age Tools with Stratasys 3D Printing

Stone-age hand-axes were a functional utility tool as well as prehistoric status symbol, demonstrating primeval man’s ability to adapt, innovate and use technology to improve his lifestyle and long-term existence. Among the stone-age community dating back to the Paleolithic Period some 700,000 years ago, hand axes were a sign of success, extraordinary skill and man’s ability to provide for his family.

In celebration of this historical milestone, these stone-age tools have received a contemporary 3D printing upgrade. In a collection entitled ‘MAN MADE’, designers Dov Ganchrow and Ami Drach have recreated a series of nine stone-age tools, in collaboration with leading 3D printer manufacturer, Stratasys.

The MAN MADE series of hand-axes includes flint stones formed using the primeval method of knapping – the art of striking flint with another stone to create a new form. In the stone-age, this production technique was absolutely ‘cutting edge,’ requiring remarkable expertise and enabling primeval humans to learn life-changing new skills: the ability to cut meat, scrape skins, chop wood, dig holes and self-defense against wild animals. However, some flint hand axes recovered from ancient times were either too large to be handled easily and used practically or had no wear signs from being used. As such, it is thought that primeval men also used larger hand-axes as a symbol of their social standing and virility.


Tuesday, 14 July 2015

FDM for Injection Moulding

“The FDM mould allowed us to get injection moulded parts in days rather than weeks. This is critical in our industry where the next race meet acts as our testing ground and marketing arena. “
Ken Nunn, Southways Consulting

The Project: This High Performance Throttle Body Adaptor is designed for use in high performance vehicles and must be injection moulded in order to fulfil its design requirements. An FDM injection mould allowed several shots to be produced while waiting for the CNC tool.

The Client: VCM Suite Australasia Pty Ltd ( manufacture software systems for the home and professional workshop for use in the high performance tuning of a range of vehicles.

The 3D Printing Process: Tooling and injection moulding has traditionally been a time consuming and expensive exercise; however if you need an injection moulded part in a hurry, FDM can help. FDM moulding is cost effective, fast and completely repeatable. Instead of machining a mould out of Ureol, aluminium or steel, a mould is created with Fused Deposition Modelling (FDM) at technology.

“We built to mould in ABS M30 which was then treated to make it suitable for high pressure plastic injection moulding,” says Simon Bartlett, Engineering Manager Objective3D. “Polyurethane was then injected into the mould with complete success. The FDM ABS-M30 mould was used over 30 times with no loss of quality. If the mould had been built out of Polycarbonate, even more shots would have been resourced from this fast, and inexpensive mould.”

The benefits of this type of tooling could completely revolutionise the prototyping industry, by reducing time to market and tooling costs. See Table for more details.

While further trails are needed to accurately compare the various tooling methods and to test the true limits of this type of FDM mould (in ABS and PC), the projected savings (both time and financial) makes this a process that could save companies thousands of dollars during the Research and Development phase of their project.

“FDM moulding allowed us to dip our toes into the market without the costly spend,: said Greg Brindley, Director, VCM Suite Australasia Pty Ltd. “We discovered that the market was larger than we expected and that the part was accurate and required no modifications. For only a minimal spend, we had parts in days and it gave us the confidence to proceed.”

“The mould produced accurate identical parts which were durable and functional. While the mould may have a limited life, the product it produced is just as good as anything from a CNC injection mould,” said Ken Nunn of Southways Consulting who was commissioned by VCM Suite to oversee the project.

Ray Piper, Director of Beza Patterns added “The FDM mould is cheap and a great way to get to market quicker. FDM moulds certainly have a place in the production schedule.”

Whether you need one complex model, ten large prototypes or a thousand production parts. 
We print for you.

Talk to Objective3D Parts today and experience our difference. We have customers from all over the world - Contact Simon Barlett at or call +613 9785 2333. 

Monday, 13 July 2015

Daihatsu and Stratasys combine for user-customized Copens

Japan's oldest carmaker, Daihatsu and American 3D printing company Stratasys have come together to let Daihatsu Copen owners design their own car panels and have them made to order.

Utilizing the unique changeable panel system on the open sports car, special panels will accept costumer designed elements with new shapes and textures. This personalized driving experience was recently proven by Designers Kota Nezu and Junjie Sun on their “Effect Skins” project and Gizmag went along to the 2015 Design Engineering & Manufacturing Solutions Expo to see the results.