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Yet more military applications for 3D printing

Yet more military applications for 3D printing

In previous articles, we discussed some of the numerous potential military uses for 3D printing, including 3D printed drones and mobile equipment manufacturing labs. It seems that every week, there is a new announcement that 3D printing will be used by...

Tagged with: military, restoration, prototyping

3D printing news round-up: July 2015

3D printing news round-up: July 2015

In last month's 3D printing news round-up, we covered 3D printed medicine, a 3D printed teapot made out of tea itself and a very special model bulldozer. In a world where constant innovation is bringing us new and wonderful applications for 3D printing...

Tagged with: prototyping, medicine, art

3D printing news round-up: February 2015

3D printing news round-up: February 2015

In last month’s update, we covered a 3D printed stegosaurus model which could be used as a teaching aid, tools being constructed on the international space station and an amazing piece of artwork inspired by the Biblical tale, Massacre of the Innocents. Over...

Tagged with: 3D printed mansion, 3D printed prototyping

Why prototyping matters

Why prototyping matters

Prototyping is a vital element of the design process, and has long been a hallmark of development due to its longstanding relationship with patenting in the US. Patenting in the US used to be based on a ‘first to invent’ rule – whoever made a working...

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Rapid prototyping and the creative process

Rapid prototyping and the creative process

Traditionally, a designer or engineer’s creative process relied primarily on plans: hand-drawn diagrams, calculations, schematics and blueprints were the focus of design work long before any prototype could be manufactured. The depth and level of practical...

Tagged with: rapid prototyping, creative process

Which prototyping service is right for you?

Which prototyping service is right for you?

PD Models offers a number of different prototyping and modelling services in a way that’s designed to meet all requirements. However, the differences between these manufacturing processes can be subtle and confusing at times to the newcomer. Which...

Tagged with: prototyping, stereolithography, 3D printing, model making

Prototyping through the ages

Prototyping through the ages

Things have come a long way since you ‘just made something’. Ages ago if you needed to create a shelter or make a tool, you picked up whatever material was at hand and used that as best you could. You probably had an idea of what you wanted, maybe having...

Tagged with: prototyping, vacuum casting

On 3D printing: beyond presents for grandma

On 3D printing: beyond presents for grandma

If you haven't yet come across 3D printing in real life, there is an interesting video of a person being photographed and 3D printed in front of the cameras on the website of the Guardian newsletter which is worth seeing. Newspaper reporter, Oliver Wainwright...

Tagged with: 3D printing, mini-you, rapid prototyping

Using prototypes to speed up your inventions

Using prototypes to speed up your inventions

In most creative endeavours there comes a moment when an idea or a vision shifts from vague probability to tangible possibility. That's when you know you've crossed an invisible line and get a strong belief or knowing that your idea can be carried into...

Tagged with: rapid prototyping, testable models