3D Printing helps highlight Hahndorf’s historical heritage

Prominent SA based architectural design firm Beyond Ink have been doing some great work with their 3D Systems ProJet 660Pro full colour 3D printer supplied by evok3d.

John Ashcroft, managing director of beyond Ink said:

“The model represents the redevelopment one of the heritage buildings in Hahndorf for use as The Wolf Blass Gallery and Museum.

The building with the rusted roof is the first schoolhouse in Hahndorf thought to have been established somewhere around 1855. The proposal is to incorporate the schoolhouse within the museum structure.”

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“The model is approximately 900mm long and was created in six pieces with every component printed using the Projet printer.

We have spent a lot of time adjusting scanned finishes in an attempt to create a model which is as realistic as possible.”

The Wolf Blass Gallery and Museum model by Beyond Ink
3D printed full colour model of The Wolf Blass Gallery and Museum by Beyond Ink

We think the final results look fantastic demonstrating that the ProJet 660 Pro is ideal for architects and designers, delivering life-like, photo-quality models in three dimensions.

ProJet 660 Pro 3D Printer
ProJet 660 Pro 3D Printer

 

Contact us today to find out more about this or any of the 3D printing technologies we have to offer.

evok3d Hosts Manufacturing the Future NOW seminars

On August 11 and 13, evok3d were proud to host our guests at the Nissan Motorsport headquarters as part of the 3D Systems Manufacturing the Future NOW seminar series.

After guests were welcomed with coffee and breakfast came our presentation where we covered some of the 3D printing technologies across various industries such as medical, dental, jewelry, defense, aerospace and motorsport. We showed many real world applications where 3D printing has been used to enable these industries to reduce costs, be first to market, create personalised and bespoke items and solve previously unsolvable problems.

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Participants then enjoyed a personal tour of the facilities which allowed our visitors to see how 3D printing has now become and essential part of a high tech manufacturing facility, complementing traditional manufacturing capabilities such as CNC machining and composite part production.

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As a refresher for attendees and for the benefit of those unable to join us we have published below the slides from the presentation.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on the subject in the comment section below. If you have any questions about how 3D printing can work for your business please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Is 3D Printing Tough Enough for Track Duty? Nissan Motorsport and evok3d know it is!

Off the back of our hugely successful Manufacturing the Future: 3D Printing 2.0 seminars held recently, 3D Systems asked us to present to a global audience through their webinar platform and we were happy to oblige.

Nissan Motorsports runs several cars in the Australian V8 Supercar Championship, the premier motorsport category in Australasia and one of Australia’s biggest sports. The team partnered with Melbourne-based evok3d to use 3D Systems printers to manufacture parts for their heavily modified Nissan Altimas, saving them the time and expense of making tooling to make parts.

Nismo 3D prints the specialized ducting necessary to keep their drivers cool, which is critical with interior temperatures reaching 50° C (122° F). To print these parts, they’re using the ProJet 3510 with VisiJet M3 Black material, which they have found performs as well as injection-molded ducting.

But that’s not all — they’re using 3D printing to make prototypes as well as rapid tooling for parts that can’t be directly 3D printed, such as carbon fiber components.

Join Perry Kapper, Chief Designer at Nissan Motorsports, and Joe Carmody, Managing Director of evok3d, as they explain how they’re working with 3D Systems to Manufacture The Future.

 

Bionics Institute saves months on prototyping with ProJet 1200

Researchers at the Bionics Institute have saved months of work since using 3D printing technology to produce bionic eye prototypes, allowing them to work with surgeons on faster clinical upgrades.Senior Research Fellow at the Bionics Institute, Chris Williams, leads a team who are working to create components such as RF coils that transmit power and data wirelessly once implanted in the eye.

“You would be able to transmit vision to the device in the eye…it’s just like putting a smart phone in your eye,” he says.

Bionic Eye prototypes from the Bionics Institute
Bionic Eye prototype from the Bionics Institute

Associate Professor Williams uses the ProJet 1200 for verification models which allow his team to test for fit, size and functionality. The team then use the 3D printing for pre-production, making moulds from the models which they use to cast silicon prototypes.

“We can now get a prototype out in 4 hours using the ProJet 1200. Before 3D printing it would take us weeks or months. We found it takes 20 iterations to reach an upgrade, in terms of going through iterations, the machine justified itself in the first week.” he says.

ProJet 1200 used by the Bionics Institute
ProJet 1200 used by the Bionics Institute to help create their revolutionary device

After 5 years of research the first clinical trial has been completed on patients using a novel device.

“It was quite promising, their vision was optimised, obviously they want better vision and fully wireless power, but the eye surgeons were pleased with the process and that’s a platform for future trials”, Associate Professor William’s said.

evok3d hosts Manufacturing the Future: 3D Printing 2.0 seminars

On September 30 and Oct 1, evok3d were proud to host our guests at the Nissan Motorsport headquarters as part of the 3D Systems Manufacturing the Future: 3d Printing 2.0 seminar series.

Participants were welcomed with coffee and breakfast before our presentation where we outlined some of the technologies that demonstrate the ‘coming of age’ of 3D printing. We showed some real world applications where 3D printing has been used, not only prototyping and conceptual communication, but fit and function testing through to end use parts. These applications were demonstrated by some of the parts produced for and being used in the Nissan V8 Supercars, all produced on our in house professional 3D printing machines.

This was followed by a personal tour of the facilities which allowed our visitors to see how 3D printing has now become and essential part of a working facility, complementing traditional manufacturing techniques such as CNC machining and composite mold making. Our friends at 3D Printing Today also made a short video with some pictures from the event.

As a refresher for attendees and for the benefit of those unable to join us we have published below the slides from the presentation.

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below. If you have any questions about how 3D printing can work for your business or are in the market for a 3D printer yourself please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Man vs Coffee Machine

While using 3D printing to fix things is nothing new, we thought we’d do this little case study to highlight just how quick and easy it has become to use this technology to repair an everyday item thereby saving money and reducing waste.

Here in the evok3d print center we love our coffee machine. It’s an old Saeco Magic Comfort+ from around 2004 and ten years on is still a solid performer, until today when one small plastic part finally blew making the machine unusable. This would have been devastating. It would have meant

  • trashing an otherwise working machine creating unnecessary waste
  • scouring the internet for a replacement part – possibly expensive and taking a long time to receive
  • having to drink instant coffee until a new machine arrived or the old one was fixed. Heaven forbid!
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Our pre 2004 Saeco Magic Comfort+ made us uncomfortable when it broke. Image courtesy partsguru.com

Thanks to the wonderful age we live in not only were we able to restore the machine to it’s former glory, we did it with the minimum of fuss.

While I was happy to draw up the replacement part myself in something like 123D Design, I figured I’d do a quick search. Lo and behold, Thingiverse came to our rescue with the exact piece we needed already created by user ‘thomas63’, making it a simple matter of downloading and printing the files. Thanks Thomas!

We printed both parts in ABS on our  CubePro Trio to see which would work best, opting to use the one with the M3 nut fitting . We did these with the following settings:

75 micron layer height, 3 surface layers, almost solid fill, diamond fill pattern, points supports (though they probably weren’t needed) and with no raft. Total overkill, but we wanted good strong parts.

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The CubePro 3D Printer

 

It took just over three hours to print both parts (due to the super fine layer height), using just over 5 grams of material.

Finally we brushed the parts with some Acetone to give them greater strength before fitting back in the coffee machine. Success! I don’t think coffee has ever tasted so good.

3D Printer Saeco Coffee Machine Parts
Original broken part on the left and acetone treated parts on the right

So there you have it. We saved ourselves several hundred dollars and a perfectly good coffee machine from going to in the trash with a quick look online and less than a dollar of material. We achieved this in a much quicker time (around five hours total) than if we’d been able to source a replacement part elsewhere – all thanks to the power of the internet and 3D printing.

The first ‘official’ 3D printed GoPro accessory?

Those of us fortunate enough to own a GoPro are aware how great they are, especially with the array of fittings and accessories available to attach them to stuff. Those of us fortunate enough to own (or have access to) a 3D printer are probably also aware of the myriad of unofficial GoPro accessories that can be found on the net for download and local fabrication. As one of those people I admit to having made my fair share of parts, all custom designed bits you can’t get from GoPro mind you.

Naturally, because of copyright none of these maker-made designs can have GoPro branding. With one exception – ours.

Thanks to our working relationship with Nissan Motorsport we had an interesting request from one of the drivers. The famous Rick Kelly (and his dog) dropped by and asked if we could print some drink bottle lids – but not any ordinary spill stoppers, these were a bit special. You see, Rick’s personal sponsor is none other than GoPro.

Previously Rick and the race team had been strapping cameras to their bottles rather awkwardly with the standard double sided tape and curved mount bracket, but that was never going to work in the long run. Enter talented engineer and chief designer Perry Kapper who took the original lid and reproduced it in a CAD package, but incorporated the official GoPro branding and camera mount on the top. We ran 8 of these off in one shot on our fantastic high definition ProJet 3500HD Max and the results were brilliant.

Here’s some detailed shots of the final product.

GoPro camera mounted to custom designed 3D printed lid
GoPro camera mounted to custom designed 3D printed lid
Detail showing standard clip in GoPro mount and branding
Detail showing standard clip in GoPro mount and branding

So there you have it. Could these be the worlds first ‘official’ 3D printed GoPro mounts? We certainly think so, but unlike all the unofficial ones, you won’t be finding the model for these on the net any time soon.

GoPro bottle in ProJect 3500HD Max
GoPro bottle in ProJect 3500HD Max