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Unilever uses 3D printed injection moulds for consumer testing designs

Published 23 January 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, stratasys, mould making, unilever

Unilever is using 3D printed moulds to produce parts in the final materials to be used in testing

Consumer product giant Unilever, is using 3D printing to produce injection moulding tools, making it able to produce prototype parts in the final material for functional and consumer tests.

The company uses a Stratasys Objet500 Connex to produce injection mould tools for its household care and laundry goods divisions, with a run of around 50 units for a wide variety of prototype parts such as bottle caps and closures.

This method means that the Unilever design team can design and mould multiple parts and have them tested in the same day.

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Makerbot continues European expansion with new distributor

Published 16 January 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: makerbot, reseller, europe

A new reseller sees more support for European Makerbot customers

Makerbot has upgraded its European sales and service options with a new agreement with Datech to launch 9 sales and service outposts on the continent.

This reseller network will distribute Makerbot’s printing and scanning products in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Spain. 

Availability of machines, materials and services will begin this month, with the aim of increasing Makerbot customer support across Europe.

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Olympus opens up camera design for Hackers + Makers

Published 15 January 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: 3d printing, stl, maker, japan, tokyo, developer kit, olympus, hacker

Olympus’ Open Platform Camera project in Japan has given hackers the power to make their camera personal, exciting, or just a little bit weird

At this year’s giant Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, one of the most pressing questions was ‘how can brands encourage makers and hackers to buy into their brands?’

The big brands want to cash in on it, but with a few minor exceptions most have struggled - fearing that they might give too much away.

In Japan, it appears that camera maker Olympus has blinked first, launching its Last year, Olympus launched its Open Platform Camera project in Japan, giving its official backing for hackers and makers to modify its cameras.

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NOMA Tokyo to include designs that combine flavours of home and history

Published 15 January 2015

Posted by Stephen Holmes

Article tagged with: furniture, copenhagen, tokyo, craftsmanship, noma, wahl&ross;

Wahl&Ross’s shelving design blends Viking rope bracings with Japanese timber lashing

Copenhagen’s NOMA, universally known as one of the best restaurants in the world is taking its 2 Michelin-starred menu to a pop up restaurant in Tokyo, opening this weekend.

Famous for its modern interpretation of Nordic cuisine, NOMA’s food will be infused with a Japanese twist for its month-long stay in Japan, with this blend of cultures will be complemented by the restaurant’s design.

Melding Nordic and Japanese craftsmanship, the furniture, such as the shelving by Wahl&Ross blends Viking rope bracings with Japanese timber lashing.

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