Prototypes

Additive Manufacturing Brings Marusenko Sphere 3D Puzzle to Life

Everyone had a Rubik’s Cube when I was a kid, or least a Rubik’s knock-off. The news ran stories about people who could solve the Cube in under a minute, twisting and spinning the puzzle in their hands, while the rest of us could barely keep the colors in order. I solved the Cube only by taking the entire thing apart and putting it back together. Some kids peeled off the stickers.

I bet old Ernő Rubik (inventor of the Rubik’s Cube, if you hadn’t guessed) would have loved to have additive manufacturing to provide rapid prototyping services for him when he was designing the Cube. The current generation of 3D puzzles, the Marusenko Sphere, was lucky enough to have 3D printing around to assist with the design and prototype phases, greatly simplifying the production process. Continue reading

Desktop Engineering and Stratasys Award a Mojo 3D Printer to Rapid Ready Sweepstakes Winner

In the wee hours of one morning, Joe Lutgen came across the DE-Stratasys Rapid Ready sweepstakes announcement. It offered Joe — and many others — a chance to win a Mojo 3D printer, priced around $9,900 retail. Joe, who owns and runs his own engineering consulting business RSI Mechanical LLC, is no stranger to 3D printing. He has used it while working with clients in the medical equipment, automotive, and aerospace sectors.

“Maybe I have a shot at this,” Joe thought. So he entered his name. A few weeks later, he received a call from DE‘s publisher Tom Conlon. That’s how Joe found out he was about to become the owner of a brand new Mojo. Continue reading

Stratasys Defines Itself and the 3D Printing Market

A year after the merger of Stratasys and Objet, and just months after its acquisition of MakerBot, the company was ready for its close-up. This week, Stratasys hosted the Manufacturing the Future Summit at its headquarters in Eden Prairie, MN. About a dozen journalists were on hand, and more dialed in, to hear Stratasys executives and their customers explain how 3D printing is not only saving them time and money, but enabling entirely new business models and new ways to design products. Continue reading

3D Printed Robot Could Help Keep the Power On

Additive manufacturing (AM) is capable of building complex objects for nearly any industry. From gas masks to turbine wheels, AM assists design with rapid prototyping and end-use parts production. Just like any other electronic device, though, a 3D printer doesn’t do much but gather dust without power.

The US has an aging infrastructure and a somewhat unreliable power grid. A problem in the wrong place at the wrong time brought down most of the power in the northeast US in 2003. One method of keeping the power flowing is routine inspection of power lines, a process that can be either labor intensive or require the use of expensive robots. Until now. Continue reading

Rapid Ready Roundup: Xbox One, Sugar Printing, and Cyvasse

In the course of my diligent efforts to keep you good people up to date on the state of additive manufacturing (AM), I come across many interesting news items. I’ll gather them up every so often and present them in a Rapid Ready Roundup (like this one). You can find the last Roundup here.

Let’s hit start on today’s Roundup with some news about the Xbox One. Microsoft’s next generation of game consoles is scheduled to be released sometime this year. During the hardware design phase of development, the company turned to AM for rapid prototyping. Continue reading