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In September, Turlif spoke at TEDxTrondheim's Back to Basics. As usual, an inspirational discussion about some of the problems with current 3D modeling software, and modeling with simplified polygons, which lose some of the infinitely fine grain details of natural and real world objects. Turlif together with our team have developed a generalized and holistic approach for accurately modeling complex real world objects called Digital Materialization (DM). Using mathematics and computational power, our approach has promising applications, that go far beyond 3D printing for modeling the real world through software.


Be sure to check out the video!





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Oct 24 2013


Some nice articles at Designboom, Fast Company, New York Times, etc. just got published on the Chairgenics project that we have been collaborating on with FormNation to 'grow' perfect chairs.


A few snippets . . .


"What happens when 10 of the most iconic chair designs ever mate with one another for five years?"


" . . . turned the process of designing a chair into a full-on scientific pursuit, imagining what a chair’s ancestors might have looked like based on DNA sequencing, as well as what characteristics constitute genetic perfection . . . "


" . . . to mate with one another in an orgiastic rut of successive DNA pairings until you finally have the uberstuhl . . "


" . . . app they used to pursue their Chairgenics was called Symvol, a volume-based tool from Norwegian startup Uformia that can compare two objects and then create a morph based upon them according to their mathematical middle . . . "


" . . . to make leaps in design, you have to think outside the box . . "


Chairgenics will be on display in New York City from October 14 to July 6, 2014, as part of the MAD Museum’s Out Of Hand: Materializing The Postdigital exhibit.





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Oct 24 2013

3D Printshow - London

Posted by: cherie |
Tagged in: news, events, 3D printing


Uformia will be exhibiting at the 3D Printshow London again this year, this time with Fuel3D: 7 - 9 November.


We have an exciting surprise in place involving Joshua Harker, Fuel3D and Uformia....


Get your tickets now, sign up for our workshops, and don't forget to stop by our stand and say hi!



--> 1:15 pm - 1:45 pm Remix Your World w/ Fuel3D & Uformia


It has never been easier for creators of all skills levels to make their own 3D designs. Fuel3D's low cost, high quality, point and shoot scanner combined with MeshUP, a super simple to use 3D mashup/modeling tool, re-imagine 3D design processes and bring professional quality, affordable, and, most importantly, easy to use tools to everyone.


Join Chris (Fuel3D) and Cherie (Uformia) to hear the story of Fuel3D and how they are taking their medical scanner into the 3D commercial space, and how Uformia's geometric kernel is making it possible to create tools ranging from MeshUP to biological design tools. Watch a live demonstration using the Fuel3D scanner to scan a face, and using MeshUP to combine this scan with Joshua Harker's gorgeous filigree pattern to create a personalized or 'Harkerized' face mask within minutes!



--> 12:00pm - 12:45pm Harkerize Me!


Join Joshua Harker, Chris (Fuel3D) and Cherie (Uformia) to watch a live demonstration using the Fuel3D scanner to scan a face, and using MeshUP to combine this scan with Joshua Harker's gorgeous filigree pattern to create a personalized or 'Harkerized' face mask within minutes!


--> TBA - Design at the Bottom: the Future of Design

Turlif from Uformia will give a glimpse into the future of design tools, as they must quickly evolve to match the coming manufacturing capabilities.


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Aug 15 2013


UPS is conducting its first retailer test at select San Diego stores, for 3D printing in-store service, offered to startups, small businesses and retail customers. The service ranges from sending the file to the UPS store for 3D printing, to the ability to hire a designer to design the product prototype.  All products will be printed on a Stratsys uPrint SE Plus printer, which prints in an ABS plastic.


This is the first major retailer in the US to dip their toe into the waters of offering 3D printing as a service (Staples still only stocks 3D printers in their US stores).  We are all watching closely to see how this progresses, but on first glance, it is a natural and inevitable pairing.


Via Personalize



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3D printing continues to spread into the mainstream. Recently Staples began selling 3D printers, in addition to the "Staples Easy 3D" service where customers can upload their designs to Staples' website and then pick up their part at one of the local stores - printed on the new color Mcor Iris. Amazon less than a month ago launched its own 3D printing store.


Yesterday eBay joined the ranks by announcing its new iPhone application called, eBay Exact. There are 20 categories to start with, mainly jewelry and tech accessories ranging from $9 for plastic prints and $350 for metal. MakerBot, Sculpteo, and Hot Pop Factory are partnering with eBay to print and ship the goods.


eBay Exact could be the first application with the potential to reach an audience wider than the ever growing 3D printing enthusiasts, to just normal consumers. But it is just the beginning.....





Via TechCrunch



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Jul 11 2013

Nice explanation and visual examples about the weak link of 3D printing -- and mentions Uformia as a solution to the problem. Thanks to Dominick for sharing his video!






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Jun 15 2013

Our team has always been interested in community outreach, transferring technology and giving back and inspiring whenever possible.


This year the local school in Furuflaten asked Uformia if we could introduce the students to the world of 3D design and printing.  It was impossible to say no to an opportunity like this.  The principal and teacher Herdis Marie Larsen who invited us into her classroom, as well as all the other teachers at this school, were truly interested in thinking outside the box and standard curriculum, and opened the classroom up to allow the students to tap into their creativity, get a deeper understanding of mathematics and glimpse into the future.


Top left to right: Joachim, Sigve, Marie, Herdis (the teacher), Sigrid, Anna, Sunniva, Maia.

Seated left to right: Cecilie, Julie.



The main goal of the project was to show the students how easy it is for anyone today to conceive, design, manufacture and then sell objects they have designed.  Each student was able to create their own cup design to be printed in ceramic.


Students were tasked with thinking out their design on paper prior to choosing modeling tools.




Basic orthographic and perspective concepts were taught as well as a general understanding of the cartesian coordinate system. A variety of software tools were used to introduce the concept of 3D design.




Thanks to Frode at Eldevik Industridesign, we had access to a hand scanner and offered the ability for the kids to apply their own face scan to their designs.



Using MeshUp, the faces were combined with the cups then blended to create the awesome results seen below (also available at our Shapeways store and soon at our i.materialise store):











Herdis, the teacher




The students finished their cup designs faster than anticipated, so they also co-designed a robot, which would be printed on our EnvisionTec printer in Furuflaten.  Each student designed one element of the robot and we combined him with MeshUp.  The students dubbed him Bob the Robot.


Bob takes in a little sunshine in Furuflaten, Norway.



Inspired by the students and their teacher, we put Bob up for sale on Shapeways (and soon at our i.materialise store).  The proceeds will go towards buying the school their own 3D printer, an Ultimaker.  Next year Uformia would love to go back to the school and repeat the experience, and this time the students can also assembly their own 3D printer and print objects right in the classroom.


Help us and Bob the Robot to put a 3D printer in the hands of young students and inspire the future generation of design and engineering!



Hat tip to Intek Lyngen for their help in organizing this project.


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Photosynthesis.  A relatively simple but highly efficient process of plants using sunlight to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen, which produces electrons and creates sugars for the plants growth and reproduction. Plants have evolved this process to a near 100% efficiency -- every photon of sunlight is converted to an equal number of electrons.


To date, even though the sun is the most abundant source of energy on the planet, humans harvest only a small fraction and convert it into energy.  Researchers at the University of Georgia have found a way to tap into the plants photosynthesis process and capture the electrons before the plant can convert them into sugars.  While this work is still in its infancy they do predict that in the near future it could be possible to power remote sensors or other lower powered portable electronic equipment.


But if we imagine beyond this -- what about man made objects that have the intelligence and ability for photosynthesis, such as the vision of the artist Vivien Muller below.  Pretty cool, but let's go another step beyond this. One of the areas where there is much R&D in the 3D printing industry is in material science. And not just to produce better plastics, powered metals and even glass,but to use 3D printers with natural materials and for the creation of meta materials.  Regenerative medicine is certainly pushing the boundaries here, and will stand to make massive changes to in the human existence.  Some researchers are even using 3D printers to produce synthetic meat.  In addition, imagine using this same technology to print synthetic wood, even synthetic trees and plants - a forest.  It will could look exactly like a natural forest (this would be up to the designer of course), with the addition of electrical plugs.



Far fetched?  Less so then you might think.


The possibility of this future is partially what inspired Uformia to develop our new geometric kernel and subsequent tools.  In fact if anyone has seen Turlif speak during the last few years, you have heard these ideas before.


So, why all the fuss over the 3D printed gun when we have things like this to discuss?


Via Slashdot



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May 9 2013


The largest test of using 3D printing for direct mass manufacturing will occur at General Electric as they produce complex fuel nozzles for their jet engines. The objective is 25,000 nozzles per year, over the next three years.  The first appearance of these parts will be installed in planes in late 2015 / early 2016.

Other divisions of GE will be watching the project as they consider using additive manufacturing in printing parts for gas and wind turbines, and probes for ultrasound machines.



Via International Business Times



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May 1 2013

3D printing fetus

Posted by: admin |
Tagged in: 3d scanning, 3D printing

Tecnologia Humana 3D started 3D printing fetus for diagnostic purposes with high risk pregnancies, they are now using 3D scan data to print replicas of embryos for their Feto 3D project. This service has been successful with helping blind parents make an early connection to their unborn baby after a scan.



Surprisingly, or not, this is not the only place to find such a service.  A company in Japan, Fasotec and Hiroo Ladies Clinic, will print a 3D model from CT or MRI scans. The cost is $1,275. Fetus keychains and cellphone dongles are offered for an additional price.



Via 3D Printing Industry and the Verge



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