Sophia the Bionic Cat, A Story of Perseverance and 3D Printing Innovation with Karolyn Smith

February 8, 2018

It is a universal fact that dogs are man’s best friend. But there are times when cats can do a better job, like purring to make your brain feel lighter. The story of Sophia the bionic cat starts with army veteran Karolyn Smith who had a difficult time transitioning from her service. Both Sophia and Karolyn were disabled and chose each other as they keep moving forward with their lives. Just like Karolyn’s life was saved by technology, she wanted to do the same to Sophia who was found with her umbilical cord tied to her paw. The vets had to amputate the leg. With the help of 3D printing, Karolyn gave her a second chance in life with her prosthetic leg that shed more light to 3D printing innovation. Karolyn shares her inspiring story and how she didn’t let her lack of experience and lack of technology stop her from being an entrepreneur. 

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Lessons From An Aspiring 3D Print Entrepreneur

February 1, 2018

Wanting to be an entrepreneur and actually becoming a successful one has a fine line that aspiring 3D print entrepreneurs can cross easily by seeking mentorship. Mentors can further your goal. Advice from experts can help with the mismatch between the product and the market and get your ideas to distribution channels. Learn the steps of moving from aspiration to success. Never feel ashamed of looking for people who can help you to get to your goals.

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3D Digital Factory with Jon Bruner of Formlabs

January 31, 2018

There’s a lot of new technology coming out in the 3D printing industry, like 3D metal printers and now there’s SLA desktop printers. Designers and engineers can now work with the machines using prototypes to figure out if their designs will come out the way they want it. This movement has created a demand for new capabilities, making outsourcing less of a challenge for designers and engineers. Jon Bruner sees 3D printers of this kind as a cool set of technology that can be used in immediate manufacturing that is the driving idea behind 3D Digital Factory. Learn how this ongoing program is looking at the digitalization of manufacturing, engineering and design.

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3D Printing Apps Gone Multi-Platform

January 24, 2018

The 3D printing industry is once again stepping forward not only for it to tip but also to finally make people see the wide range it can offer. This time the field is making toys through an app called Toy Maker that lets parents 3D print toys with their kids. This is a lovely way to spend time with the the family, but Drew Taylor of AstroPrint also aims for Toy Maker to be a reference app for other 3D print designers to use. The APIs used for the app had an obvious use that AstroPrint saw to help others in the industry. With this simple app for parents, the complexities of the tech and the software and hardware are all taken away to better give enjoyment for parents printing on demand.

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3D Business Mentorship: Startup Issues with Daniel McGuire

January 19, 2018

The 3D printing industry is moving to a worldwide scale where entrepreneurs are starting to realize not just the market that it can offer but also the unique services that come along with it. Scottish mechanical engineer Daniel McGuire receives 3D business mentorship to help solve some of his startup issues, like how to put value in his time and how to come up with short term goals to make him visible in the market. His mission is to make the everyday person realize what this industry can do for them. Daniels shares how he got started in the 3D printing business and what excites him the most.

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January 12, 2018

Fused filament fabrication has found its genius little sister in the form of laser metal deposition. The process builds parts layer after layer using the heat of an integrated blue laser. This allows Melanie Lang and FormAlloy to use a shorter wavelength than IR lasers which then allows for a wider range of material processing. Their blow powder system and modular powder feeders allows them to use different materials on the fly. With this technology that was inspired by aerospace engineering needs, they build parts that have complex geometric structures without any support material in deposition 3D printing. Learn more of the processes and materials used with 3D metal machines and how it is becoming a useful tool with flexible design build concepts.

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Design Challenge Accepted: 3D Printed Mens Shoes with Philippe Holthuizen from FUSED Footwear

January 5, 2018

For some people, seven months can pass by just as normally at it should. But Dutchman product designer Philippe Holthuizen managed to disrupt the footwear industry with his 3D printed men’s shoes in that time frame. In just a small amount of time, Phillippe was able to achieve a lot in design and development, from styles to texture, using his 3D CAD skills and background in shoe designing. But his bottom line is pretty much the same with other 3D print product designers; to become part of the disruption wave. He wants to share the materials he uses and his processes to the community to help other designers and eventually help push the industry to the tipping point. Learn more of Philippe’s design and marketing concepts and how he plans to keep on disrupting.

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3D Print Post Processing: The Designer’s Viewpoint

January 4, 2018

During Inside 3D Printing 2017 in San Diego, one big issue that kept coming up was 3D print post processing and how it has become one of the causes of the delay for the progression of the industry. Post processing in 3D print can be defined as painting, finishing, dyeing, plating and polishing. All of which involve coordination with other sources that will translate to logistics issues and timeline expansion. This is the reason why most product designers think that 3D print post processing is missing its mark, because it is still not in that place where it can make products on demand and come out exactly how customers want them. Find out more of the struggles and the solutions and how you can help to make things happen for 3D printing.

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Forget Disruptive Technology, Disrupt You! Instead, with Jay Samit

December 29, 2017

A lot of people often think that they want to change the world, but it is those who want to change themselves first who can actually make that change happen. By looking into your values, you can identify what your strengths are and use it as leverage to make that great impact possible. Combine this with confidence and solving problems will be easier. Take it to the next level and become a part of the disruption wave by working with people with the same goals. Leader in innovation and author of Disrupt You Jay Samit shares how companies can keep up with the disruption and why taking action around the idea has more worth than just having an idea.

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3D Print Disrupting Retail: FB Live

December 27, 2017

There is no better time than now to start bridging the gap between buyers and 3D print product designers. While there are a handful of reasons why the 3D print industry isn’t tipping as fast as it should, there are also a handful of reasons why product designers, manufacturers, buyers and even students still studying the trade need to pool together and start bridging the gaps on design, skills, labor, product and marketing. Learn more about 3D print disrupting retail and ready signs like showroom, last mile delivery and inventory costs.

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