Growshapes likes 3D-scanning stuff (naturally!) to see how digitization impacts industry and people.
This month we 3D-scanned a beautiful Bizen-ware bird, created by Japanese ceramic artist Yukiko Akai, who lives in Okayama Prefecture, Japan. Yukiko uses an 800-year-old kiln firing method for ceramics, which originated on the Korean peninsula and migrated to the town of Bizen, Japan, eventually evolving into Bizen-ware. Bizen-ware is a durable ceramic with a distinct gloss created from a chemical reaction of clay, fire, and firewood ash, rather than from glazing. Even without glazing, the ceramic is watertight.
Because of Bizen-ware uses all-natural materials and processes, Yukiko also participates in the excavation of medieval kilns to research historical kiln structures, document findings, and educate others. Such research aims to not only uncover the past, but also enable exploration of new artistic expressions.
This summer, Yukiko and her Master (teacher) undertook a project in Arkansas to recreate the Bizen-ware process there, using the clay and local materials of Arkansas. You can read more about the project here.
When Growshapes encountered her work, the first thing we thought was, “Let’s digitize!”
So here it is. A piece from Yukiko's signature "Bird" series in its digital glory.
This piece was a bit tricky to 3D scan due to its dark color, gloss and the concave shape on the top. The key was to place the object in the right position, 3D scan from several angles so that the light would cast on all angles of the object.
The "Bird" has been scanned using the HP 3D Structured Light Pro S3 with dual camera, with the scanner set up on the desk scan lever, and the object placed on the automated turntable.
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The whole scanning process took less than 2 hours from set up to file clean up. Organic shapes, especially symmetrical ones, tend to be difficult to align in 3D scanning. But the HP 3D scanner alignment features really excelled once again!
Growshapes is an HP Silver Partner of HP 3D scanning solutions and the official U.S. distributor of Open Technologies 3D Scanners - an endorsement that makes us proud.
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Join us at the 3D Printing Workshop for Small and Medium Sized Businesses at San Jose State University on September 25th!
Growshapes is proud to announce Mcor celebrated its victory of receiving the Green Award at the 3D Printshow 2014 global awards ceremony in London. Recognized for its unique eco-friendly approach to 3D printing, Mcor is repeatedly noted as being one of the most innovative 3D printers to exist.
The company was awarded for producing a stunning full color paper Durga idol that is impressive not only in detail but also for its wide array of color. Idols can now be designed in India and printed world wide from any Mcor printer which will allow people to stay further connected to their traditions.
Read more about the Durga and Mcor's victory.
Did you know Growshapes is an official Mcor reseller? Learn more about Mcor 3D Paper Printers directly on our website.
Learn about the latest developments with netfabb software for 3D printing, including how it uses structures to create brand new materials which do not exist in nature (biomimicry), and more with Ulf Lindhe, Business Development Manager at netfabb GmbH.
It has been a year since Ulf's last presentation to our group. This is a great opportunity to find out what's new.
Some netfabb testimonials (http://www.netfabb.com/testimonial.php):
- "netfabb is a very significant development in software for design of parts for manufacturing using rapid prototyping technologies. The software frees the product development engineer from the limitations of complexity and file size in conventional CAD programs. We use the software for designing lightweight high performance ceramic structures with tailored macro and micro porosity." Andrew Jeffery, Founder and President, Viridis Innovation LLC, Boston MA, www.viridisinnovation.com
- "netfabb’s Selective Space Structures (3S) has been incredibility useful to us. It is the only software we have found to date that is capable handling and producing large net structures required for the scale of components we produce for the aerospace industry."
- “We were pleased to find netfabb a reliable and powerful software capable of producing complex lattice structures with locally tailored geometry. In the design of customized Titanium Implants, such a capability proves to be very useful in enhancing bone response and controlling the mechanical behavior of the implants. The software has very intuitive commands that enhances the creative design of structures, minimizing time and memory usage, making the production of parts with very high complexity a breeze rather more than just a possibility.” Gilbert Chahine, Research Assistant and PhD Candidate, Research Center for Advanced Manufacturing, Lyle School of Engineering, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, USA http://www.smu.edu/Lyle/Departments/ME/Research/RCAM.aspx
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Highlights of netfabb 3D software's recently released upgrade to version 5.2 include:
For more information on each of these exciting new features related to 3D printing, click here.
netfabb Professional 5 users get the upgrade for free! Simply click on the "Help" menu and select "Upgrade netfabb."
netfabb Studio Professional 4.X users can upgrade to version 5.2. Contact GrowShapes for more information.
DAVID Vision recently released an update to their 3D scanner software. The full version number is: 188.8.131.5257
DAVID_Setup_184.108.40.20657.exe (6.71 MB)
This is an installer for the latest version of DAVID scanner Free Edition, 32 and 64-bit, including the trial edition of DAVID-Shapefusion.
The calibration patterns are included as PDF and CDR files.
Languages: English, Chinese, Czech, Estonian, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish
Prerequisites for execution:
The download file on the DAVID website is located here.
The DAVID scanner creates 3D data for reverse engineering, quality inspection,product development/prototyping, art art and science, medical use and more.
growshapes and the soon-to-launch Silicon Valley 3D Printing Accelerator will be hosting an Open House this evening from 6:30 to 8:30pm at their Santa Clara office for the Silicon Valley chapter of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA-SV).
As part of the Open House, growshapes CEO, Geoffrey Doyle will give a brief presentation on biomimicry and industrial design. His talk will focus on how the development of new structures (or combining existing structures in new ways) enables the development of new 3D printing materials. Geoffrey will also illustrate how new structures and 3D printing technologies will dramatically impact the way prototypes and products are manufactured.
There will also be product demonstrations:
Registration information can be found here.
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