Monthly Archives: April 2011

Potati : Cute 3D printed animals

Christophe Michot and Bertrand Lévy are the founders of Potati is a secured environment for children : it’s a browser, a Web portal and a parental control software.

“Potanimals”, as we can call them I suppose, are Potati’s mascots. Christophe Michot used Sculpteo online 3D printing service to give them life.

I’m pleased to introduce you Potadog, Potacat, Potachon, Potadrago, Potanours, Potapinou, Potagriou, Potalionne, Potameuuh, Potamouse, Potamtam.

Cute characters, isn’t it ? You can find them in our gallery

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3DTubeMe – Create 3D models using your camera

3DTubeMe is an interesting service using your photos to create a 3D model.

Add a whole different dimension to your photographs. Just take several pictures of your favorite objects, people or places from different points of view from your digital camera and upload them to We will turn them into amazing digital 3D models that you can share with your family and friends.

You can see several examples here.
Use Google Chrome for a faster result (seriously)

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Arcam A2 Electron Beam Melting technology at work (video)

In this video of DARPA DMACE Challenge Sphere crushing event (December 8, 2010) you can see an animation of the machine used to digitally manufacture the titanium spheres.

The Arcam A2 use an electron beam melting process and Ti6Al4V titanium alloy powder.

“The Arcam A2 is designed for production of any functional part within Aerospace and General Industry. The parts are built up layer-by-layer of metal powder melted by a powerful electron beam. Each layer is melted to the exact geometry dictated by the 3D CAD model. The Electron Beam Melting technology allows for high energy to be used providing high melting capacity and productivity. Parts are built in vacuum at elevated temperatures resulting in stress relieved parts with material properties better than cast and comparable to wrought material” (

Tinkercad: easily create designs for 3D printing

In the same spirit as 3DTin, Tinkercad allow beginners to easily create 3D models for 3D Printing… in your browser.

“With only three basic tools you can create a wide range of useful things. Once your project is ready simply download the STL file and start your 3D print”

Unlike 3DTin, you need to create an account to start using Tinkercad

Myth or fact ? 3D Printing help for the testing of the Lethal Weapon 2 “surfboard scene”

The scene

“A car carrying a surfboard crash into another car. The surfboard flies off the top of that car into the other car through the windshield, killing the driver”

At NASA, Kari Byron (MythBusters) uses a 3D printer to create an exact small-scale replica of a surfboard for the testing of the Lethal Weapon 2 scene (aerodynamic analysis)

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