Monthly Archives: July 2011

SULSA: the First 3D Printed Aircraft to take flight

Engineers at the University of Southampton have designed and flown the world’s first ‘printed’ aircraft, which could revolutionise the economics of aircraft design.

SULSA (Southampton University Laser Sintered Aircraft) plane is an unmanned air vehicle (UAV) whose entire structure has been printed, including wings, integral control surfaces and access hatches. It was printed on an EOS EOSINT P730 nylon laser sintering machine, which fabricates plastic or metal objects, building up the item layer by layer.

No fasteners were used and all equipment was attached using ‘snap fit’ techniques so that the entire aircraft can be put together without tools in minutes.

The electric-powered aircraft, with a 2-metres wingspan, has a top speed of nearly 100 miles per hour [161 kilometers per hour], but when in cruise mode is almost silent. The aircraft is also equipped with a miniature autopilot developed by Dr Matt Bennett, one of the members of the team.

Laser sintering allows the designer to create shapes and structures that would normally involve costly traditional manufacturing techniques. This technology allows a highly-tailored aircraft to be developed from concept to first flight in days. Using conventional materials and manufacturing techniques, such as composites, this would normally take months. Furthermore, because no tooling is required for manufacture, radical changes to the shape and scale of the aircraft can be made with no extra cost.

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iCeramic Art: a great Virtual Pottery App for iOS

Here at Sculpteo we love apps that make it easier to create 3D models.

iCeramic Art for iOS is one of them. With this Virtual Pottery App you can create a unique 3D Model that can be exported in OBJ format and attached to an email.

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The best model will be 3D Printed for free.

. 3 types of sculpting tool command (changeable a degree of affected working area)
. 4 steps of undo, redo command
. Sculpting tool command that model a pottery using 2 fingers.
. Enable you to use your favorite image as a background.
. Output a polygon mesh data in OBJ format, it can be attached with gzip format to email(iPhone OS 3.0 or later).

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Sculpteo now supports the new AMF file format for 3D Printing

Last week I wrote about this new file format that is set to replace the old STL format.

Our developpement team has done a great job because today I can announce that Sculpteo now support the AMF format (see all the file formats supported)

Here’s the proof with the test file Rook.amf

Now, it’s your turn: Upload every 3D models you want in the Sculpteo Gallery

STL to AMF converter allows you to open STL files and “save as” AMF. The code saves in compressed XML as per the standard. The code uses the QT library for GUI.

Customizable Space Invaders Keyring

Space Invaders enemies come out into the real world with this customizable keyring.

Space Invaders is an arcade video game designed by Tomohiro Nishikado, and released in 1978. It was originally manufactured and sold by Taito in Japan, and was later licensed for production in the United States by the Midway division of Bally. Space Invaders is one of the earliest shooting games and the aim is to defeat waves of aliens with a laser cannon to earn as many points as possible. In designing the game, Nishikado drew inspiration from popular media: Breakout, The War of the Worlds, and Star Wars. To complete it, he had to design custom hardware and development tools.