The future of 3D printing in education

Do you remember the excitement of new equipment arriving at your school? Whether it was a new overhead projector and fresh pack of acetate sheets or a new TV on wheels, the memories stick with us and often so does the topic the equipment was conveying or demonstrating.

Technology has come on leaps and bounds from the early 00’s and many schools have now added a 3D printer to their inventory, but how does this help with school-based learning and what does it mean for the future generations?

 

 

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Kreon Skyline 3D scanning bike seat and stem

HP 3D PRINTER TOUGH ENOUGH TO MAKE BITS FOR YOUR BIKE.

Here at Europac3D there are a few of us who are keen cyclists and last week we thought we would set ourselves a little challenge. We wanted to test how tough is the new PA12 Nylon material from the HP Jet Fusion 3D printer; obviously we could look up the specs on the data sheet, but sometimes ‘the proof of the pudding is in the eating’ as some people might say.

We decided to see if we could replace the existing seat post and seat, including all of the associated assembly components, clamps, rails, bolts etc, and build it all in one piece with a little modification here and there.

 

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HP Jet Fusion MTC

MTC ENHANCES 3D PRINTING CAPABILITY WITH UK’S FIRST REVOLUTIONARY HP JET FUSION 3D PRINTER

The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) will continue to drive the additive manufacturing revolution in the United Kingdom after it became the first centre in the country to install HP’s latest ground-breaking 3D printer.

The Coventry-based centre has added the revolutionary new HP Jet Fusion 4200 to its extensive additive manufacturing armoury, which has been supplied by Europac 3D.

 

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Kreon Blue Laser

All in the detail

Advances in technology never fail to amaze us.  Every day advances help improve the way we work, rest and play and there is no better indicator of technical advances than those we are experiencing in the world of 3D printing.

Already the technologies are being used to assist professionals in saving lives, transforming the manufacturing industry and even in the battle against climate change.  There really are no limits when it comes to 3D scanning and printing, with experts predicting that there are even greater developments on the horizon.

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Williams F1

The Future of 3D printing in the Automotive Industry

The automotive industry has been the driving force for 3D printing ever since its formation: so much so that the technology researcher SmarTech predicts that 3D printing in the automotive industry will be worth $1.1 billion a year by 2019.

3D printing is at the core of the car industry, and we’re close to having fully printed cars from the ground up. Its uses have even expanded to the movie industry – the Aston Martin that was riddled with bullets in the 2012 James Bond movie, Skyfall, was something you needn’t have cringed about: the model used for production was a 3D printed version.

So, how has 3D printing changed the face of the automotive industry already?

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Unusual Uses for 3D Printing Europac 3D

6 unusual uses of 3D printing

The world of technology is constantly evolving. Although this is usually for the better, it is, occasionally, for the odder. Since the creation of 3D printing, there have been some unorthodox innovations created by the industry that some may find surprising. Here are just some examples:

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3D in the Film Industry Europac 3D

How 3D has made an impact on the film industry

There is no denying that the quality of special effects makeup is outstanding within the film and television industry. But here’s a little secret… it’s not all makeup in those big-budget productions. In films like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 3D technology had a key part to play in making those creatures look so… creature-like.

3D scanning makes this possible by taking an exact scan of an object or person and then manipulated with computer 3D design software to produce assets for film that can either be animated or rendered to produce stunning CGI effects.

A large proportion of feature films nowadays use 3D technology and CGI. Why? Because it can be very costly and time-consuming to 3D model complex objects by hand for a company and so, many will opt to scan objects with a 3D scanner.

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Bioprinting Europac 3D

The Future of Medicine

It’s safe to say that 3D printing has already taken the world by storm. Whether it’s by the aerodynamic parts it can print for formula one cars, or having the ability to print an exact model of yourself in miniature 3D form in a couple of hours. The technology’s potential really is boundless.

Perhaps the most valuable aspect of 3D scanning and printing is how it can significantly enhance the medical field, and already has.

A technique called bioprinting is based on bio-ink, which is made of living cell structures. This process involves creating cell patterns that can be printed and built up, layer by layer. Bioprinting is used to create organs, tissues and medications.

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