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Love.by.me lets you create unique jewelry to share with your love one

Love.by.me is a new web application that lets you create customized jewelry of your name and the name of your loved one. It has been thought as a way to create amazing gift for couples and family. Through a simple interface, you’re able to add two names on an existing heart design and have it printed as a pendant, necklace or keyring.

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For this project, Dassault Systèmes imagined a very easy and elegant way to integrate names directly on a design. They collaborated with us to make sure the design will be printable in our polished plastic, alumide and mirror polished silver materials. The goal of the whole project was to allow everyone to create its customized piece of jewelry without having any 3D modeling skills.

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Benoit Ravez was the one who imagined the design of this project. He’s also developed the script used by Catia to generate each unique design.

 

The effort put by the team behind the project is really impressive. They came up with a way to just type two names and create a beautiful design with it.

Silver Love.by.me

You can order the generated pendant or keychain in two different sizes (25mm and 35mm) and three different materials: plastic, alumide and silver. Check out the small video:

With Mother’s Day coming up, it might be a thoughtful gift customized by you and 3D printed. Let us know what you think about this new beta version and help us spread the word about it.

How to choose the right material for your 3D prints?

3D printing is not a unique process with just one material or one technology. In fact, when you’re looking for a 3D printed part, you can choose between many solutions and this choice will largely impact the outcome. Depending on where you are in the development lifecycle of your product, choosing the best material can be the key to your project’s success. Let us guide you through the process of picking the right material when you entrust a 3D printing service with the task to 3D print something for you.

To simplify your products’ develoment,  we created a chart you can refer to when you want to 3D print an object with a specific purpose and chose the right material on our website, and we added a glossary of a “product lifecycle management”.  Take a look at it.

Which material for which use? A chart of the different materials:

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Which 3D printed material for which use?

Glossary for your Product Lifecycle Management

To help you understand this chart clearly, we’ve added some definitions about the different of a product’s lifecycle development.

Concept Model

A concept model is used to test some aspect of the intended design without attempting to exactly simulate the visual appearance, choice of materials or intended manufacturing process. Such prototypes can be used to “prove out” a potential design approach such as range of motion, mechanics, sensors, architecture, etc.

At the early stage, Concept testing is useful to identify which design options will not work, or where further development and testing is necessary.

Design Verification

Engineering verification testing (EVT) is used on prototypes to verify that the design meets pre-
determined specifications and design goals. This valuable information is used to validate the design as is, or identify areas that need to be modified.

The Model for EVT will capture the intended design aesthetic and simulate the appearance, color and surface textures of the intended product but will not actually embody the function(s) of the final product. These models will be suitable for use in market research, executive reviews and approval, packaging mock-ups, and photo shoots for sales literature.

Form, fit, function

The term “form, fit and function”, sometimes called F3 or FFF, in the manufacturing and technology industries is a description of an item’s identifying characteristics:

  • Form: the shape, size, dimensions, mass and/or other visual parameters which uniquely characterize an item. This defines the “look” of the part or item. Sometimes weight, balance and center of mass are considerations in ‘form’. Color is not generally considered in ‘form’, except when it has a specific functional meaning.
  • Fit: the ability of an item to physically interface or interconnect with or become an integral part of another item or assembly. This relates to the associativity of the part in relation to the assembly, or to other parts, and includes tolerances.
  • Function: the action[s] that an item is designed to perform. This is the reason for the item’s existence, which also includes secondary applications.

Form, fit and function testing is useful to make the parts of an assembly, put them together and see if they fit properly. You can undertake a first evaluation of tolerances and check design errors.

Functional testing

A Functional Model is also called a working prototype. The functional prototype may be reduced in size (scaled down) in order to reduce costs. The functional Model helps you to test the parts when subjected to stresses and to check how the model will behave in its actual application. The construction of a fully working full-scale prototype and the ultimate proof of concept, is the engineers’ final check for design flaws and allows last-minute improvements to be made before larger production runs are ordered.

Fine feature detail

A fine detail is a very delicate, small, or exact part of an item. This material is appropriate for complex and delicate geometry.

Smooth surface finish

Smooth finish traditionally describes the removal of unsightly tool or machining marks. The material itself or a post-process such as polishing provide a very smooth final surface.

High heat / Chemical applications

Chemical applications require materials with specific properties. This material provides significant resistance to chemicals including acids, bases, hydrocarbons, fuels etc. This material has a low thermal expansion coefficient and a high heat deflection temperature, which enables you to use it for high heat applications.

Manufacturing

This material can be used to make goods or wares on a larger scale than prototyping. This means that this material can be life tested (i.e. how the part will behave during the life time of the product) and used in regulatory testing.

Medical applications

Medical applications such as use in surgical instruments or medical devices requires specific properties such as biocompatibility. This material can be in contact with human or animal bodies, inside or outside the body, and will not have any toxic or injurious effects on biological systems.

Tooling (Molding)

This material can be used to create tools for a manufacturing process. For instance, wax is used to create the counterparts of a mold before casting.

 

That being said, we always provide guidance and support for all your project around 3D printing. Don’t hesitate to contact us directly at sales@sculpteo.com or on Facebbok and Twitter.

The Foodini, a 3D Printer for food on Kickstarter!

No need to go very far to see that 3D printed food wins lots of excitement. On TV, in the news or during the differents shows, we often hear the question “And you can even print food?”. Yes. But it depends on what you want to put behind the word 3D printing. Lots of 3D printers are already using a head to melt and extrude ABS or PLA and 3D print objects that way. This is basically the very same concept for food. The 3D food printer is a machine that uses the three x,y,z axes, motors and a extruder to build up a dish layer by layer. So what the Foodini printer for?

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So far, most of the 3D printers don’t cook the food themselves. The goal is to use them to extrude the food exactly where it’s needed. This will help you create 1) beautifully designed dishes, 2) customed dishes fully taylored to your diet, 3) track what you eat and what you need to eat to the closest and 4) overcome the habit of just microwaving a precooked dish. It might seem to be a very far ahead vision. But this might come soonner than imagined.

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This is at least the vision carried by Natural Machines with their Kickstarter project Foodini. After NASA’s plan to create 3D printer for food for astronauts, this Kickstarter project might very well be the first commercial food printer to be available.

Too many people have abandoned food made with fresh ingredients in favor of pre-made processed food with lots of preservatives and additives. Now, 3D printing technology allows us to recover healthy habits by making homemade food preparation healthy, easier, and fun!

Foodini takes on the difficult parts of making food that are hard and time consuming to make fully by hand. One of our goals is to streamline some of cooking’s more repetitive activities – forming dough into fish-shaped crackers, or forming ravioli – to encourage more people to make fresh healthy foods.”

Check out their presentation video here:

In over just a week, they reached half of their goal. There are still some spots left to get an early bid Foodini printer and save up some money.

Print the Legend

Print the Legend: the first documentary on 3D Printing

The documentary Print the Legend premiered just last week at SXSW in Austin. It is set to be the first non-YouTube documentary that focuses on the rise of the 3D Printing community and the stories we’ve come to read almost weekly that go with it.

The documentary focuses on bringing famous “makers” of the “next industrial revolution” to the screen. If you went to premiere in Austin, please feel free to share your opinion about it. For those (like us) who weren’t there, here are the trailer and a short statements of the directors:

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When we began to film PRINT THE LEGEND, all we knew was that we were entering
the “Macintosh Moment” of an exciting technology, the time when 3D Printing was
shifting from an industrial process to one you could do at home. We knew this held
untold promise for future innovation. We knew we were making a time capsule of a
historical moment.

What we did not know was that the astoundingly hardworking entrepreneurs who were
chasing their dreams in this Wild West marketplace were going to teach us lessons
about a story we’ve all been told a thousand times: the myth of the American Dream.

We did not know we’d learn that what we ask of our business heroes is like what we ask
of our politicians or professional athletes: tremendous self-sacrifice that selects out for
all but the most obsessive, the most competitive, the most willing to achieve at all cost.

The people in PRINT THE LEGEND are benefitting and challenging us all because they
are achieving things that will shape our future in powerful ways. Some of them have
lived and will live the American Dream. But at what cost? What do we ask of them?
What do they ask of themselves?
3D Printing will one day give us the power to make almost anything, but to handle that
power responsibly, we must start by asking how we want to make ourselves. PRINT
THE LEGEND seeks to ask those questions through compelling human stories
unfolding in the birth of a disruptive technology.
- Luis Lopez & Clay Tweel, Directors
Steven Klein, Producer

Memes_Contest

Meme 3D Printing Challenge: Such 3D!

9gagers and theCHIVE fans have a new reason to be excited! We’ve partnered with CGTrader to create a new contest around memes. It’s time to transform all your favorite memes into 3D printable models! Once all those memes are out, you’ll be able to populate your desk (and the desk of your coworkers).

Not only you’ll still be able to share online memes during breaks but you’ll be able to 3D print those memes! That is right – we are bringing memes to reality! Your favorite memes are very close from stepping out of digital world to the real one.

So… Here is what we offer to professional 3D designers: create a 3D printable model of a meme and make it viral. This time you and your friends will be part of the jury. We will count likes and shares and turn them into points for each model and portfolio. The prize pool is big as always, waiting for talents to come and take it.

Make your favorite meme 3D printable till the 14th of April, 2014 and share it like a meme.

PRIZE POOL

Best Meme 3D Printable Portfolio

The award will be given for the best printable Memes portfolio created during the challenge period.

For the winner
For the two runners-up

Best Meme 3D Printable Model

The award will be given for the best printable Meme related model uploaded during the challenge period.

For the winner
For the two runners-up

If you want to know more about the challenge, check out this page.

Good luck Everyone!