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Inside 3D Printing Santa Clara 2014 Recap

Inside 3D Printing in Santa Clara 2014 Recap

Hello world, Christina writing. I’m the 3D Printing & 3D Design Evangelist at Sculpteo located in our San Francisco office. I’m writing here to give a bit of a recap of what went on during Inside 3D Printing in Santa Clara!

During the beginning of any conference, it can be difficult to get your bearings if you’re a first-time attendee let alone an exhibitor. For Nora Touré, our US Sales Manager and myself, it was quite a crazy time preparing for Inside 3D Printing and for me to prepare for my talk which I had to give on day one of Inside 3D Printing. The workshop topic I was given was among many good topics. It’s too bad we were too busy to attend some of the other interesting talks! Well, Nora did manage to squeeze in a few during the Expo!

Day 1: I had a slot right after the guys at Type A Machines who spoke about Desktop 3D Printers – From Start to Finish. Too bad we missed it! Everyone knows how much I love to talk about 3D Printing and watching printers in action!

The two hour workshop that I gave was Reshaping Manufacturing: Understanding the 3D Printing Process. In a nutshell, I briefly went over the history of 3D Printing, a few different case studies of 3D Printing being used and how 3D Printing is reshaping the way that we manufacture today. I also went over the different types of printers, materials, challenges and even how to go from blueprint to final 3D Printed model. The workshop went quite well overall. I was worried that I had too much too talk about and not enough time! I just want to say, thank you to everyone who chose to attend my workshop! There were a lot of great questions during the workshop and even more afterwards. I had a great time giving the talk and hope to do it again soon!

After the workshop, we rushed to go and set up our booth. Apologies to Dr. Laura Hockaday for having to decline a lunch invitation! Laura gave a talk on 3D Printing Heart Valves during Day 2. She spoke about 3D Printing for Tissue Engineering, optimizing 3D Printing technology for heart valve bioprinting, 3D Printing for a custom bioreactor, using commercial rapid prototyping and the next steps for the field to advance. Such an amazing topic that I’m very sorry to have missed!



Back to the recap, we managed to set up the popup booth in less than 10 minutes. After grabbing a quick lunch next door, we attended the workshop being held later that day by Christina Westbrook of C Westbrook Designs where she took us through 3D Printing Jewelry from Idea to Item. She had on display a lot of items that she designed and 3D Printed.

Day 2: We arrived at the Santa Clara Convention Center and quickly set up our display of 3D Printed items in many materials. I think the brick of Pink Pigs stole the show and many people took photos or blogged about them! During the first day of the expo, we had many wonderful people visit us! Some were current customers, students, researchers, industry veterans and others who were just getting their feet wet in 3D Printing. It’s quite an amazing time to be apart of 3D Printing and I’m sure my excitement showed! Nora did manage to get away from the booth to attend the Maker Track where Karla Lopez of Authentise spoke on The Secret Sauce of 3D Printing Design Sales. She also talked about what it takes to build a successful marketplace and what people want to 3D Print as well as the challenges. Later that day, Nora also attended the Business & Investment Track where a Startup Competition was to take place among Tom Bielecki of PrintToPeer, Michael Golubev of 3DPonics, Shamil of Wiivv Wearables Company, Joe Inkenbrandt of Indentify3D, and Peer Munck of 3Discovered. They each gave quick 5 minute pitches about their business strategies, customers, challenges and the opportunities that lie ahead to a panel of investors. Exciting stuff (I can imagine) to be put in the ‘hot’ seat pitching to investors, Shark Tank style! FYI, Shamil of Wiivv Wearables Company won the Startup Competition!

Day 3: The last day was a short day for the expo. I saw many people who attended my workshop and were very excited about 3D Printing! Unfortunately, I didn’t have the time to venture out to see any part of the expo other than our neighbors. Nora did manage to sneak away from the booth (again!) to attend an Art Track being held by Jenny Wu, an Architect & Designer. Her talk titled Experimental 3D Jewelry Design was about her journey of creative expression from experimental architectural projects to her latest endeavor in fine jewelry creation using 3D Printing. She also displayed her items for people to see.

Back at the booth, we had many last minute visitors for the last day of the event. However, this was also the day that we had lost our beloved Red Robot. He can be seen in the initial booth pictures but when it came time to pack him up, he was no where to be found. Red Robot, wherever you are, we hope that you were given a good home! We miss you!

3D printed selfie

Get your own 3D printed selfie now

For the second time now, we give you a chance to easily get your hands on your own 3D printed HD selfie. Prepare your favorite clothes, your best smile and get ready: the afternoon of Friday 25th July, you can get scanned.

Friday 25th July, Sculpteo will hold their latest session of scanning meetings. One of our partners who specializes in 3D scanning will be at our French HQ from 11:30 am until 5:30 pm.

If you live around Paris, that’s a great opportunity to stop by and get yourself scanned for just 61€. All you need to do is to register on Weezevent.

3D Printed Selfie by Sculpteo

A few days later, once your 3D file is ready, our partner will send you the link to access it. Then you’ll be able to choose the size, the material you prefer, and order your 3D printed HD selfie directly on Sculpteo’s website.

You can wear a disguise, if it’s not too bulky. If you’ve got a nice cosplay from the Japan Expo, now is the chance to immortalize it.

Don’t wait any longer, there are just 10 different time slots available.

refining layers

Refine layers using Batch Control

It is possible to generate finer layer thickness using Batch Control.

Most of Sculpteo’s printers use a process called Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), which involves rolling multiple thin layers of polyamide in a basin. Those layers are then fused together through the heat of a laser, resulting in a nearly smooth object. This video gives a good impression of what the process looks like.

Typically the thickness of these layers is between 100-150 μm, but orders of over 20 units allows you to enable batch control. Batch control rearranges the objects within the printer, optimizing the space and material used during the printing process. It also allows for a layer precision of 60 μm.


Batch control is automatically activated when you increase your order above 20 units in the checkout process. Then, to activate the finer layer precision, simply scroll down to layer thickness and select it!

Batch control allows for a finer precision and an optimized unit price. An individual unit has a minimum price of 6€ but that can be cut in half with a large batch.

So be sure to consider using batch control when printing a large quantity of items!


Adam Beamish Print Ideas

The basics for turning your ideas into 3D prints

Whether you’re a 3D design extraordinaire or someone with a great idea, its possible to get your vision printed through the Sculpteo website.

There are hundreds of possibilities to turn your idea into a physical object, here are just a few.

The best way to get exactly what you are looking for a 3D print is to design the object yourself. SketchUp and Blender are two of the best open sourced 3D design softwares out there, but if you’re looking for a more technical experience, AutoCAD and the Adobe Creative Cloud will get the job done. Designs created in one of those programs saved as .stl files can be uploaded directly to the Sculpteo website and printed within a few days.

If designing is not your knack, you could hire a free lance designer 3D designer or use one of the many online marketplaces that offer free 3D designs. Thingiverse is a free and very extensive marketplace that offers most things you could imagine. Grabcad, on the other hand, offers more technical designs (tools, car parts, etc.) with tens of thousands for free. Finally Turbosquid has many beautiful paid designs, which could be used for prints or 3D designs alone. Any of the files downloaded from these sites can be downloaded and uploaded to the Sculpteo website for printing.

Sculpteo also has its own 3D printing marketplace which offers a quick and easy way to print 3D designs without having to first update them. The marketplace offers a large number of objects but is not yet as extensive as some of the other websites out there.

Lastly and possibly the most exciting of 3D printing’s capabilities is 3D scanning. With digital scanners and 3D printers it is possible to recreate a copy of anything in model form. High tech scanners now have the ability to record both the color size and shape of just about anything, 3D printing then offers the ability to recreate a nearly exact model of the object.

Printing extremely elaborate objects has become quicker and easier than ever, and nothing should hold you back from arriving at the object you’re looking for.

*Also be sure to check out the 3D design work by the talented Adam Beamish!

3D printed bag

The world’s first 3D printed football equipments by Nike

It’s no secret that Nike has been working with 3D printing since a long time. 3D printing has helped the sport giant for the prototyping phase of its product development. But for the 2014 Soccer Worldcup, Nike takes it to the next step and launches a 3D printed world’s premiere: 3D printed sport equipments. The Nike Football Rebento Duffel – a sport bag – and the Mercurial Flyknit Guard – soccer shin guards – were both realized with the use of 3D printing to demonstrate Nike’s capabilities in the future.

The Nike Football Rebento Duffel reflects the meeting between traditional craftsmanship and state-of-the-art innovation. To create this product, Nike’s designers kept in mind their true motivation: bring performance and elegance to the game’s best players. That’s why they worked with both premium leather and 3D printed nylon. Only three bags were produced to be carried by Neymar Jr., Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo this summer in Brasil. Each bag features custom gold hardware with the player’s name.

3D printed bag

“We wanted to create something that was truly special for the game’s greatest players,” said Martin Lotti, Creative Director for Nike Football. “We did this by utilizing one of the most cutting-edge technologies – 3D printing – to make a bag that is unlike anything else.”

3D printed bag 3D printed bag

If those sport bags remains luxury products, Nike has also developed a 3D printed consumer oriented product. Nike designer team created the new Mercurial Flylite Shin guards in order to reduce weigh and gain flexibility. 3D printing offered the possibility to create inedit shapes and forms that can’t be achieved with other manufacturing processes. The Nylon material used for 3D printing offers a very high weigh/resistence ratio.

“Players such as Neymar recognize the need for a guard and want that protection, but they tell us they want it without sacrifice,” said Martin Lotti.  “So we sought to give them just that – our best protection without sacrificing, speed, fit or comfort.”

Nike Guards

The combination of engineered materials and a new design provides premium protection with a barely-there feel. Engineers from Nike also developed a new system to reduce shock when they happen. The form of the guards tiself allows to disperse the different forces applied during the impact.

Nike Guards

“We found that the more material you took away, the better the guard protected the shin,” added Lotti. “Reducing material also allowed for unprecedented flexibility, creating a fit that was unlike anything players had experienced.”

Since Nike takes this matter very seriously, the Mercurial FlyLite Guard will be available at nike.com starting July 1. For the 3D printed sport bags however, you’d have to wait a few more worldcups until it becomes an affordable reality.


Source: nikeinc.com