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Popular 3D Printing & STEM Education News (November 12th – November 16th)

November 16, 2012
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It’s Friday, which means that it is time for your weekly roundup of 3D printing and STEM education news! The current state of STEM education made news this week. I think we all agree that there needs to be a stronger STEM presence in our schools, we need to set a consistent plan and ask for continued community support of these initiatives. 3D printing was also making waves with the premiere of James Bond (yes 3D printing assisted in the blockbuster hit) and a lot of people were very interested in the 3D printing booth that recently opened in Japan.

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Popular 3D Printing & STEM Education News (October 22nd – October 26th)

October 26, 2012
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Happy Aloha Friday! 3D printing set a huge record on Kickstarter this week and has set a great precedent for the future industry. Check out what other 3D printing and STEM education news people were talking about this week!

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Popular 3D Printing & STEM Education News (October 15th – October 19th)

October 19, 2012
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Wow what a great week! Most of this week’s news focused around the themes of sustainability and the future of 3D printing.  Take a glance Robert Schouwenburg, Co-Founder of Shapeways, blog about Value Creation in 3D Printing because he highlights some very interesting aspects that many people tend to overlook.

Also, the “3D Print Show London 2012” takes place this weekend and we can’t wait to see all of the cool stuff that people will be sharing from the event! We will share updates with you as we get them on our Facebook and Twitter pages…so be sure to follow us there as well.

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Our Innovative Engineering Services

October 18, 2012
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“What is it that you do exactly?” Like most businesses, this is a question that we hear frequently and most times we have to provide a quick summary under the umbrella term of “engineering” but the services we offer go far beyond that. Below you will find a list of the types of services we provide to our clients:

• Conceptual Designs through Photo-realistic Renderings
Let us create conceptual designs that convey your ideas by creating Photorealistic renderings that make your idea look realistic. When ready, transform your conceptual design into a final design that can be prototyped and manufactured.

• 3D models and Patent Drawings for Inventors
Have a great idea? We have helped many independent inventors take their ideas and transform them into products. We can provide designs, prototypes, injection mold/manufacture ready files, 3D models, and patent drawings.

• 2D to 3D Conversion – turning 2D Sketches into 3D Models
Need a 3D model? Send us your sketch or 2D data and we’ll convert it into a 3D model. Use the 3D model for manufacturing or get a part made using our 3D Printing services.

• Engineering Design/Drafting meeting ANSI/MIL Standards
Have 3D Innovations support your engineering/design team by creating designs and manufacturing drawings that meet ANSI/MIL standards.

• Product design – Development and Prototyping
Need to develop new designs? Contact us to see how we can streamline the design and manufacturing process. Use our various types of product design and prototyping services to get your designs developed into products.

• Industrial Design
Using our digital design methods, we can provide a virtual assembled design of your system to visually and functional identify any discrepancies before the system is built. See how 3D Innovations can help you achieve a shorter design cycle and build a more cost effective system.

• 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping
Build functional prototypes quickly and more cost effectively by using 3D Printing to test and evaluate designs or use them to market your products. Contact us today to see how 3D Printing can bring your idea to reality. Click here to learn about 3D Printing.

• Manufacturing of Finalized Designs
Do you have finalized designs? We have the resources to support all of your manufacturing needs. We can provide Injection Molding, Casting, Sheet Metal, Thermoforming, and CNC resources.

• Design and Development of Renewable Energy Projects
We support the design and development of all types of Renewable Energy projects. From part design to assembly design, you will be able to visualize the product before it is created.

• Aftermarket Automotive – Parts Development
Need custom designed parts or components? 3D Innovations can provide you with design services to develop precision parts that can be retrofitted and installed to fit correctly.

• Research & Development
From Sheet Metal to custom manufactured parts, we can assist with your R&D and Design/Build projects. Need design documentation? We can provide Fabrication/Manufacturing, Part drawings, and Assembly drawings to fit your specific needs.

• Medical Devices Prototypes and Development
Our custom design services can provide your company with prototype and production parts to get your devices through the design and development stages. We can provide Injection Molding and Manufacturing designs to get parts manufactured more cost effectively and ready for introduction into market segments.

As you can see, we offer a wide variety of engineering services. If you are looking for an engineering partner, contact us today!

Phone: (808) 722-8667
E-mail: info@3d-innovations.com
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U.S. Military Joins the 3D Printing Revolution

October 4, 2012
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The U.S. military has caught the additive manufacturing fever and is embracing the technology like many hobbyists and corporations have already done. The military is taking the 3D printing technology and really pushing the boundaries of innovation with the development of bomb detectors and prototype limbs. The Army has even gone so far as to deploy a helicopter-borne 3D-printing laboratory to Afghanistan.

Earlier this week Wired posted an article outlining the use of 3D printing in the military and it gives you an idea of how far reaching this technology goes. Below are some of their examples:

  • For the Army, additive manufacturing work has been taken up by the Research, Development and Engineering Command as well as the Army’s Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC), the Army’s center for research on defending against a toxic attack. At Edgewood, researchers work in a lab with a number of high-end printers, where they are designing printable holders for the military’s Minehound bomb detectors. The Army also recently revealed the center is preparing to produce thousands of the holders — which are designed to take weight off soldiers’ backs — and do so relatively quickly.
  • The Army also touted the idea of using the printers to scan soldiers into a 3-D model before they deploy to a battlefield. The plan is to make it easier for the Army to build a prosthesis for a missing limb that’s “exactly how the soldier used to look — instead of sculpting it and scanning it.”
  • The Army deployed its first mobile 3-D printing laboratory to Afghanistan inside a shipping container capable of being carried by helicopter. The Army plans to deploy another lab to Afghanistan this fall while a third lab stays stateside.
  • The Army Medical Command announced a solicitation that sought to buy a 3-D printer for the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The purpose was to use a printer to “fabricate pre-surgical physical models” as well as “guides, templates, custom implants, rehabilitation devices, anatomical models with segmented anatomical features,” among other uses. Another recent solicitation sought a printer to be used for Army dentistry. The Army didn’t go into details, but the printers are likely to be used for making dental prosthetics, an already common practice in medical offices.
  • The Navy has fielded interest in developing swarms of micro-robots to print and assemble objects on their own.
  • At Sheppard Air Force base 3D printers are used to make training mock-ups of drones.

It is no surprise that the military is flocking to the world of 3D printing. Relatively speaking, 3D printers are cost-efficient and save (precious) time during the development and manufacturing stages of product development. As the article states, “Time is money in manufacturing, and being able to build a prototype within hours as opposed to days — or a piece of equipment in days as opposed to weeks — saves on both.”

To read the entire Wired article click here.

3D Academy Promotes STEM Education Programs

September 20, 2012
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3D AcademyA Division of 3D Innovations, LLC provides training services specializing in 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technology.

3D Academy promotes Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education programs that integrate 3D Technology into K–12, as well as university classrooms. Using hands-on and project based learning strategies, we have been effective in providing students with opportunities to excel in the areas of STEM and to integrate industry applications into their learning experiences. Our core program utilizes 3D CAD and takes students through the entire design process (design, prototyping, manufacturing, etc.). When integrated into school curriculum, our STEM education programs provides students with opportunities to solve real world design problems, engage with industry standard technology, and transform concepts into reality. Education programs are available statewide and have been integrated with many robotics programs such as FIRST, UROV,
BotBall, and First Lego League. Programs are both customizable and scalable to meet various applications and grade levels.

Below is a list of the educational services we offer:

Student Training Courses: 3D Academy is committed to furthering the integration of 3D CAD (Computer-Aided Design) technology at all levels of engineering instruction. The goal of the Student Training Courses is to introduce and maintain the power of 3D modeling technology to students in the classroom, to support the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and Robotics programs.

Teacher Training Courses: Integrate 3D CAD into Math/Science/Art classes through hands on project based learning activities.

Professional Development: Teachers can obtain Professional Development (PD) credits for courses taken. Advance your professional goals by taking approved courses through the PDE3 credit system.

Web Based Training Courses: In addition to onsite training courses, we also provide web based training modules to learn at your own pace.

CAD Support: Have installation problems? We provide support for all CAD training programs and also provide support contracts for software that you already have.

3D Printing/Rapid Prototyping: Transform your students’ virtual designs into functional prototypes by using 3D Printing.

To view a complete listing of our services, please click here.

If you have questions or would like to learn more about any of these services, please contact us by phone at: (808) 722-8667 or by e-mail: academy@3d-innovations.com

The 2012 Global Conference on Educational Robotics

July 19, 2012
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The 2012 Global Conference on Educational Robotics is currently being held in Honolulu for the week of July 18 through July 22, 2012. We are very excited to have such a wonderful conference in Hawaii.

There is quite an impressive list of speakers at this year’s conference from all over the world. This conference in the past has been held in California, Illinois and Virginia, we feel very lucky to have it come to Honolulu.

More than 56 middle and high school aged robotics students from all over the world, including Austria, New England, and Qatar are gathering this week at the Hawaii Convention Center. To view images from the conference shared by the Honolulu Star Advertiser, please click here.

We hope to have more conference such as this make their way to Hawaii. Hawaii has a very international appeal and is a true untapped resource for the STEM community.

To all of the student attendees we would like to share a powerful quote from Fredi Lajvardi, a FIRST Robotics coach, “Dream big, be creative, and solve problems”.

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Robotics + Students = Success. We found this blog, Kid Engineer!, with actual quotes from elementary robotics students and it really gives a glimpse into the child mind and how they think about and admire robotics.

3D Innovations Company Profile

June 21, 2012
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We are always sharing engineering, design, 3D printing and STEM education news on our blog and we thought it would be appropriate to take a moment to share a little bit about us! There are two divisions at 3D Innovations; our engineering division is 3D Innovations and our education division is 3D Academy.

3D Innovations provides Engineering/Product Design, 3D CAD, Design Documentation, System/Sub System Design, System Integration, and 3D Printing/Rapid Prototyping services to support all of design and prototyping projects.

3D Innovations offers a wide range of services: from 2D to 3D Conversion, 3D CAD, R&D, and all phases of 3D Engineering Design.

  • Conceptual Designs through Photo-realistic Renderings
  • 3D models and Patent Drawings for Inventors
  • 2D to 3D Conversion – turning 2D Sketches into 3D Models
  • Engineering Design/Drafting meeting ANSI/MIL Standards
  • Product design – Development and Prototyping
  • Industrial Design
  • 3D Printing and Rapid Prototyping
  • Manufacturing of Finalized Designs
  • Design and Development of Renewable Energy Projects
  • Aftermarket Automotive – Parts Development
  • Research & Development
  • Medical Devices Prototypes and Development

To see a complete list of services please click here.

Our 3D Academy division provides training services specializing in 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technology.

3D Academy promotes Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education programs that integrate 3D Technology into K–12, as well as university classrooms. Using hands-on and project based learning strategies, we have been effective in providing students with opportunities to excel in the areas of STEM and to integrate industry applications into their learning experiences. Our core program utilizes 3D CAD and takes students through the entire design process (design, prototyping, manufacturing, etc.).

When integrated into school curriculum, our STEM education programs provides students with opportunities to solve real world design problems, engage with industry standard technology, and transform concepts into reality. Education programs are available throughout Hawaii and have been integrated with many robotics programs such as FIRST, UROV, BotBall, and First Lego League. Programs are both customizable and scalable to meet various applications and grade levels.

Both divisions at 3D Innovations are committed to the small business community, students and constantly strive for perfection in all endeavors.

If you are interested in our engineering or education services please contact us at info@3d-innovations.com. We look forward to speaking with you!

3D Innovations & 3D Academy STEM Internship

June 14, 2012
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3D Innovations & 3D Academy are proud to announce that our summer intern has officially started!

About Our Intern: She is a Junior from Maui High School. She is a very goal oriented young lady and through this internship she has set two main goals for the summer:

  1. She wants to become more familiar with CAD and its related processes;
  2. She would also like to learn more about the engineering/design process to better their teams efforts in the Vex and FIRST Robotics programs.

Through this internship she plans on developing better problem solving methods and efficient design change methods. With high school graduation just a year away she is already planning for a major in Mechanical Engineering.

Our Internship: She will be working with 3D Innovations & 3D Academy to learn about the engineering/design process and assisting with various design projects. She will be involved with all aspects of design and how it is integrated with CAM, CAE, CFD, Rapid Prototyping, and Additive Manufacturing. The internship is from June 11th -July 13th.

We are very excited to have her as a part of our team! We hope that with the skills she learns this summer she will become a strong leader for the Vex and  FIRST Robotics programs and one step closer to achieving her career goal!

 

**Please share any internship, school or career advice you have with us for her. If you are a Mechanical Engineer we would love to hear from you! Do you have advice about college programs, college internships, courses? We will share the advice you post with her!**

 

Honoring Student Achievement in Robotics

April 5, 2012
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The 2012 FIRST in Hawaii Regional Robotics Competition concludes.

Robotics engages students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education and provides them with the teamwork, critical thinking and problem- solving skills they need to compete in the 21st century workplace.

After an exhilirating three rounds in the finals of the 2012 FIRST in Hawaii Regional Robotics Competition, the Red Alliance consisting of Waialua High School (Oahu), Baldwin High School (Maui) and Island Pacific Academy (Oahu) outscored the Blue Alliance consisting of Punahou School (Oahu), West Hawaii Exploratory Academy (Big Island) and McKinley High School (Oahu) with a score of 48 to 41.

We would like to say Congratulations to all of the teams that participated in the competition! Always remember, “There is no substitute for hard work.” -Thomas Edison

To read more about the 2012 FIRST in Hawaii Regional Robotics Competition click here.