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Mcor looks to extend reach of 3D printing in schools by giving away consumables

Published 24 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, education, schools, mcor technologies, mcor

Cheap materials mean more design iterations for students, and fewer headaches for teachers managing costs

Mcor is offering three years of free IRIS 3D printer consumables to US schools if they purchase a Mcor IRIS 3D printer education package before 15 December.

“To be effective in education, 3D printing must be accessible to all students,” said Dr. Conor MacCormack, co-founder and CEO of Mcor Technologies. “Yet, the high cost of 3D printer consumables can severely limit students’ access to 3D printing technology and be prohibitively expensive for schools. This offer enables students much wider access to our breakthrough full color, professional, paper-based 3D printers.”

It’s fair to say they have a point, the education market has rushed to bring 3D printing in house, but the associated costs are often an afterthought.

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Materials thinking - Seat string a few things together for lace car

Published 23 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: automotive, sustainability, materials, art, seat

A lace ‘cover’ of the new Seat city car has us thinking about local production and materials

It has no engine, no metal or glass, and has a whiff of your grandma’s house about it, but as part art project, part materials mix-up, Seat has produced a lace ‘cover’ of its new city car.

The lace Seat ‘Mii by Mango’ is a marketing gimmick, designed to link up with fashion chain Mango that had a hand in the design of its road-going twin, but unassumingly it asks a question about sustainable design.

While a Spanish lace replica might just be high-street statement, like the 3D printed car from Local Motors it asks questions about using local materials and production to save costs and resources.

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First Look: Materialise Magics 19

Published 23 October 2014

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, prototype, 3d systems, stratasys, eos, manufacturing, materialise, materialise magics

The new distribution option for the 3D nester in Magics should improve part quality and build time

First launched in 1994, Magics has been providing support to 3D printing professionals for two decades, although with new challengers on the horizon many are paying close attention to see what developments are being made to the tool.

Currently it’s the industry standard software for professional 3D printing STL file preparation, with users loving its ability to import a wide variety of CAD formats and export STL files ready for printing, while swiftly repairing and optimising 3D models; analyzing parts; making process-related design changes on STL files; designing fixtures; and planning production.

The latest version, Magics 19, comes under the banner of ‘Focused on making your workflow as efficient as possible’, promising improvements on its existing tools and modules for data preparation.

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Autodesk’s Parisian 3D Printing gallery to head out across Europe

Published 23 October 2014

Posted by Martyn Day

Article tagged with: design, 3d printing, autodesk, prototype, industrial design, manufacture, fashion, aerospace, paris, tattoos

Autodesk’s Paris gallery is a showcase for its customers work, stretching from architectural structures to Maker projects

With Autodesk’s first European pop-up gallery in the heart of Paris attracting over 1,500 visits in the first four days, the company is now considering other cities for in which to hold the experience.

The software giant already has US-based engagement centres where it showcases customer work, such as at its headquarters in downtown San Francisco, and the Gallery within its fabrication Lab on the city’s Pier 9, but for the first time it has taken its outreach further.

Its first pop-up in the heart of Paris will run for three weeks; the space including a 3D print zone and Fablab, artist in residency, evening events and customer work from architecture, product design, fashion, 3D printing and laser scanning.

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