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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!

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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!



Photoshop CC and Sculpteo

Sculpteo now integrated with Photoshop CC

The Adobe Creative Cloud suite allows users to obtain multiple licences on any of their software, and it allots enough space in the cloud to save all of their work. This makes working across multiple systems quite easy and organized. Now, Sculpteo is one of the few 3D printing companies to have it’s material specifications integrated with Photoshop Creative Cloud!

The software is essential for creatives of any type, and Adobe has again transformed the playing field with a revolutionary update for Photoshop CC. The update, released last January, simplifies the exporting process for 3D designers, seeking to print through Sculpteo.

The update allows designers to work in Photoshop with the specifications of each of material available through Sculpteo. This saves both time and money as the automatic optimizations performed by the program will automatically repair your 3D files to complete the design according to the specifications of the material.

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Photoshop is also now able to estimate the pricing of the design according any material available through Sculpteo, These rough estimates allow the designer to get an idea of their pricing, without ever having to leave the program. This could save hours in exports and uploads, trying to perfect a design within a price range.

To integrate the new software into the program, simply go to this address on the Adobe website, download the Sculpteo profile files, and drag it to the 3D printing Presets of within the Photoshop folder. From there all, of Sculpteo’s materials will be in the program, ready to be optimized.

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Adobe has always been an industrial leader in the design softwares and Sculpteo is extremely excited to be a part a piece of the 3D design side of Photoshop. Let’s get creative!

Don’t hesitate to share your creations with us.



Decoding 3D Printing Blog

Meet us Decoding 3D Printing Workshop @Autodesk Gallery

On Friday, June 27, 2-7 p.m., Sculpteo and the Autodesk Gallery will host Decoding 3D Printing to get you started with 3D printing. Whether you’re a hobbyist looking to get your feet wet with 3D Printing or a professional wanting to know how 3D Printing could help your business, Sculpteo’s team and guests will get you up to speed in an afternoon.

3D printing has changed the way many industries work. For decades, it’s been used in protoyping, but modern companies are now using additive manufacturing methods to offer the highest levels of customization, innovation and rapid production available.

AGENDA

WORKSHOP 1: Introduction + 3D printing for businesses  (2:00pm – 4:30pm)

Intro to Sculpteo 3D Printing Cloud Engine

Presentation of Autodesk 123D Suite and how they integrated with Sculpteo’s APIs.

Showcase of 5 startups, companies and softwares that have already integrated Sculpteo’s Cloud Engine

Artec 

Leap Motion 

Autodesk MeshMixer

Pinshape 

Authentise

WORKSHOP 2: “Your first 3D print” + Networking (5:00pm – 7:00pm)

The second part of the afternoon will be dedicated to a 101 workshop from Paul Liaw. Paul is a 3D modeling specialist with a deep understanding of 3D printing. He will guide you through the process of getting your first 3D model ready for printing.

Paul LiawPaul Liaw is an acclaimed Senior Modeler currently working at Industrial Light & Magic. He has worked at nearly 40 companies in various fields including commercials, TV, film, medical, games, academia, 2D, and 3D printing.

His training and experience in traditional arts, manufacturing techniques, biology, fashion has resulted in a unlikely venn diagram of skillsets perfect for 3d printing.

We’ll then wrap up the day with snacks and beverages. It’s always a good opportunity to share the ideas the day has brought!

Sign up for one workshop or both, each workshop will accommodate 60 people.

See you there! If you know anyone interested in 3D printing, don’t hesitate to spread the word.



Sculpteo factory

New European Factory for faster turnaround and more efficient production

To meet growing demand, we are opening a second factory in Europe. As has been the case for 4 years now, we’re dedicated to serve the varied needs of our varied clients, making mass production that starts at one, a reality. The opening of the new factory in Paris, France, is a strategic move to expand our production capabilities to meet exploding demand. Through it, we’ll be able to continue offering our clients a guaranteed 3 to 5 days turnaround time.

This is an exciting time for Sculpteo. We think everyone deserves to know what we’ve been working on over the past few weeks and months. Next September, we’ll be opening a brand new factory in Villejuif. The choice of this location is strategic for us in many ways. (not only because you’ll just need 25 minutes by bike to get there from Notre-Dame)

Demand from the professional market is booming and our 3D printers are currently running at full capacity. To handle this situation, we’ll be installing 15 new machines in this production facility and hiring 10 people to operate them and achieve better finishes.

For us, 3D printing is a revolution in the way objects are created. We are participating in a future where the range of options available for production is as varied as what you want to create: be it through additive or traditional manufacturing or a hybrid of the two.

The highest demand for our services comes from small and medium sized entreprises, ordering series of prints in the range of a hundred to a thousand units. 3D printing is no longer limited to prototyping but is becoming a real means of production.

This new factory will also serve as a production center to serve our international clients, thanks to its proximity to large, international transportation hubs. This proximity will help us meet more demand in less time and continue to be the world leader in turnaround times.

We’ll share more info, pics and videos with you about this exciting news in the coming weeks. Sculpteo is growing, if you’d like to be part of this growth and join the team, don’t hesitate to share your CV with us.



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Come meet us during the Maker Faire Bay Area!

Dear Sculpteo’s fan! In exactly 17 days Maker Faire Bay Area will open its doors and we’ll be there among the whole Maker community to welcome you. We look forward to seeing you at the Maker Faire Bay Area. If you’re around, don’t hesitate and come visit us!

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For this edition, we partnered with Artec to create a unique booth where visitors will be able to grasp the full 3D printing experience.

Artec’s team is bringing two different scanning solutions to let you get a 3D scan of yourself. You’ll have the choice between a full body scan with the Microsoft Kinect and the Shapify.me solution or just your head with the Artec Eva scanner.

On Sculpteo’s side, Nora and our team will wilcome you on our booth to get your hands on some 3D printed designs and experience the difference between all the materials available at Sculpteo.

It will also be the occasion to present different the new features like “Hollowing” that we just rolled out.

We’re thrilled to see you at the Maker Faire San Mateo! Let’s MAKE it happen.

If you have any press inquiry, please contact: nto@sculpteo.com