3D-Printed Art for Visually-Impaired

Helsinki-based designer Marc Dillon is using 3D printing to give blind people the opportunity to experience classical art through his Unseen Art project. The Unseen Art is a non-profit initiative that uses 3D printed art for the visually-impaired. Marc Dillon said that it would be a revolution to get blind people going to art galleries, people hate them because there is nothing there to touch. “Imagine not knowing what Mona Lisa’s smile looks like, or Van Gogh’s sunflowers. Imagine you heard pe [...]

DOST Set to Unveils Country’s First 3D Printing Facility

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is set to unveil the country’s first Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMCen) which aspires to be the leading research center in 3D printing technologies, processes, and materials. The Executive Director of the DOST’s Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD), Eric Paringit expressed his optimism on the prospects of “additive manufacturing” or 3D printing in the country as it moves towards Ind [...]

4D Plants Create Immersive Aquatic Experience

Artists have long been leveraging the possibilities of 3D/4D printing but the newest avenues it has provided is biomimicry. While technology is great for design in general, it has allowed artists to take massive inspiration from nature. Designer Nicole Hone has now used the technology to create an immersive experience using aquatic plants. The printed sculptures use a multi-material printing technique to serve as intelligent 4D plants with multiple purposes. The artist states that she has alway [...]

UK Invests £780m in Multiple Catapult Laboratories

While the private sector receives cover more often, government investment in various manufacturing processes is a crucial part of the additive manufacturing world. The UK has been planning to boost its own manufacturing capabilities as part of its Catapult program. As part of the program, the government will invest £780 million in multiple laboratories across England, Scotland and Wales. Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) and the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), among others, w [...]

What Place is There for 3D Printing in Education?

According to a study commissioned by Ricoh Europe, nearly nine out of ten higher education professionals believe that skills developed using digital manufacturing and 3D printing technologies are vital for graduates entering the labour market. The electronics company surveyed 3,150 professionals around the world to learn more about the place of 3D technologies in students’ curricula and how they will influence their employability. While the study by Joblift showed that additive manufacturing is [...]