Tonight GrowShapes will be participating in the GIS Education Center's cARTography event at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, which shows the connection between Art and Mapping.
Our main focus will be showing topographic maps and architectural models printed by our ecologically-friendly Mcor IRIS color 3D paper printer, as well as examples of our bespoke Augmented Reality applications, which we display using an iPad. We will also be discussing our other products, such as the DAVID 3D Structured Light Scanner (SLS-2), netfabb 3D printing software and our Afinia desktop 3D printers.
We hope you'll be able to join us, as this should be a fun event!
The video of our CEO Geoffrey Doyle's talk on "3D Printing: Where Materials and Structures Collide" is now available online. His presentation was on May 20th to the San Francisco Bay Area Applied Computing Machinery (ACM) association.
Geoffrey first gave a brief overview of 3D printing and then discussed future industry developments.In particular, he focused on form and function (biomimicry) to explain how nature uses structures to create unique properties from a limited number of basic materials. (To get an idea of how this is being accomplished today, be sure to check out the netfabb Selective Space Structures (3S) information on our website.)
Mcor Technologies announced a new flexible finishing option, Mcor FLEX, at the RAPID conference in Detroit. Mcor FLEX provides users of Mcor’s IRIS and Matrix lines of 3D printers with the option to produce pliable 3D paper-printed models that are water resistant, while remaining true to Mcor’s ethos of providing 3D printing technology that is low cost, accessible and durable.
Mcor 3D printers produce physical, 3D objects from ordinary letter and A4 paper. When sheets of paper are cut and bonded together, the resulting model is tough and durable enough to be tapped, threaded and hinged. Models are safe and eco-friendly and can be disposed of in the recycling bin for cradle-to-grave sustainability.
Because the paper is 70% porous, it acts like a scaffold for the infiltrant, enabling it to take on the properties of that infiltrant material. Flexible 3D printed model properties are achieved with Mcor FLEX by quickly and easily treating 3D printed models produced on Mcor IRIS and Matrix 3D printers with Mcor’s specially formulated water-based PVA coating.
For your convenience, GrowShapes has re-posted Mcor's technical press release on our website.
Also, see Mcor FLEX in action in this introductory video.
It's been a very busy and productive couple of weeks for GrowShapes.
All of our products and services were a bit hit as usual:
Coming up next, GrowShapes will be participating in GIS Education Center's cARTography event, featuring both art and mapping, at City College in San Francisco. We hope to see you there!
5/27 SVForum 3D Printing Panel on Additive Manufacturing Covered in Lawrence Livermore (LLNL) Article
Did you miss our May 27th SVForum 3D Printing event, which featured a panel of additive manufacturing experts from Lawrence Livermore, PARC and FATHOM and was held at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)? Lawrence Livermore has published an article which gives you an overview of the event, which was for a standing room only crowd of over 80 people.
With LLNL's permission, we are re-publishing that article here. (Be sure to follow the "Read More" to see the entire article.)
Forum showcases Lab's additive manufacturing capabilities
Kenneth K Ma, LLNL, (925) 423-7602, email@example.com
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's cutting-edge technologies in the additive manufacturing industry were a focal point at a recent forum, which drew a crowd of more than 80 people from throughout the Bay Area. Photo by Scott Wilson/LLNL
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's additive manufacturing capabilities including hardware expertise, materials science R&D and high-performance computing were highlighted at a recent Silicon Valley forum.
Held at the High Performance Computing Innovation Center Livermore Valley Open Campus, the event drew a standing room only crowd of more than 80 people from throughout the Bay Area. It was hosted by Silicon Valley Forum, a group devoted to creating connections and providing education to the Silicon Valley ecosystem of innovators, entrepreneurs and business professionals participating in emerging technologies.
The event, designed to discuss cutting-edge technologies and R&D directions emerging in the additive manufacturing (AM) industry, included a panel discussion and product exhibition from Bay Area AM companies.
"Because of the work we [LLNL] do for the government and our sponsors, we really need a stake on how things are built, and that is what has led us into additive manufacturing," said Patrick Dempsey, the Lab's manager of strategic engagements.
Dempsey has been working with California manufacturing groups to establish a network for manufacturing innovation that would leverage technologies being developed at the national laboratories to help improve American competitiveness in industry.
Taking commercial technologies to the next level.
Mcor Announces Unprecedented Color Accuracy and One-Click File Fixing at RAPID Conference in Detroit
Mcor Technologies today announced that the Mcor IRIS, already the world’s most color-capable 3D printer, became the first 3D printer to include an International Color Consortium (ICC) profile. The profile ensures that the 3D printer will precisely produce industry-standard colors as presented in a photographer’s, engineer’s or designer’s photograph, CAD model, scan or illustration. Without the ICC profile, 3D printers translate incoming colors to machine-specific ones, introducing unintended changes in the 3D printed colour along the way. The ICC color profile is embedded within the company’s latest version of its SliceIT driver software.
Mcor also announced one-click automatic file-fixing, which makes design files ready to print as they’re received. The new automated file-fixing software, included with every Mcor 3D printer, removes unseen geometries that can complicate 3D printing of sophisticated models.
For your convenience, GrowShapes has re-posted Mcor's technical press release (with Americanized spelling) on our website.
This announcement was made at the Society of Mechanical Engineers' (SME) RAPID conference in Detroit, which focuses on 3D printing, 3D scanning and additive manufacturing.
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