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3D Academy: Design & Engineering Enrichment Camps

Last week, 3D Academy had the privilege of participating in two student STEM enrichment camps. Below are short overviews of the camps and links to photos on our Facebook page from each event.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

              –Nelson Mandela

Excite Camp

Hosted by the Maui Economic Development Board & Women in Technology, the goal of Excite Camp is to excite, educate as well as expose middle school students to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers. Excite Camp focuses on giving under-represented demographics priorities for their camps, such as: Native Hawaiians, girls and other minorities. This year we focused on design, 3D modeling and 3D printing with camp participants.

View Photos from Excite Camp

3D Academy STEM Education Enrichment Camp3D Printing and CAD Design using LEGO

We partnered with Play-Well TEKnologies for this hands-on design-focused engineering camp. Students were introduced to CAD design, Spatial Environments and 3D printing in order to create their own custom and one-of-a-kind LEGO component.

View Photos from 3D Printing and CAD Design using LEGO Camp

About 3D Academy

3D Academy, a Division of 3D Innovations, specializes in developing and integrating industry technologies with STEM Education. 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. Learn more about 3D Academy on our website.

If you have an upcoming camp and would like to inquire about the educational resources and hands-on activities we provide, please send an e-mail to info@3d-innovations.com

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Additive Manufacturing is Bending the Rules

Additive manufacturing (commonly referred to as 3D printing) technology is altering the business landscape and changing the way products are made. Before additive manufacturing was available to the masses, designing, prototyping and manufacturing a product took time and was considerably expensive—the cost prohibitive nature of the product development process left many startups in the dust. However, this technology has reduced both product development timelines and expenses, which means that kicking a hardware startup into high gear is not as challenging as it once was. Below are three ways 3D printing technology is bending traditional business rules—and helping startups succeed.

Product Design

Ideas and products that were once seemingly impossible to produce, due to design constraints, are now finding life with 3D printing. New designs are taking on geometric shapes that have never been produced before and the possibilities are endless. Product designers now have the ability to design a product in the most efficient way possible, instead of focusing solely on meeting manufacturing constraints.  Limitless design is now at your fingertips.

The Hardware Startup Scene

While additive manufacturing is changing many facets of business, prototyping is still where the technology is used most frequently. Entrepreneurs with a great product idea are now able to prototype their design in mere hours and at a low-cost. With the ability to build and validate an idea within such a short time period, the world of hardware startups is shifting. Hardware startups are gaining momentum and major investors are starting to take notice.

Innovation

Additive manufacturing is pushing the boundaries of innovative product design, but the technology in itself is undergoing major innovations. Where plastics once dominated the 3D printing scene – ceramics, metals, bio materials and even food are now viable options. New desktop 3D printers with customized capabilities are being designed at a rapid rate, and many can even be found on crowdfunding sites. The at-home consumer 3D printing market has not lived up to the hype that surrounded it a few years back, but industrial scale additive manufacturing technology is taking off.

Entrepreneurs and hardware startups are finding that designing a product has never been as easy as it is today—thanks in part to 3D printing. With 3D printing poised to disrupt manufacturing in a big way, we can only imagine how it will continue to revolutionize the entire business landscape in the coming years.

Ready to prototype your product idea? Contact us at info@3d-innovations.com to get started.

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3D Printing Technology: What Does The Future Hold?

August 10, 2016
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Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is a process for making a physical object from a three-dimensional model, typically by laying down many successive thin layers of a material. This manufacturing process has been around for over 30 years, and in the last 5 years it has risen in popularity. While there is definitely “hype” surrounding the technology, there is also a lot that this technology is capable of—it is a driving force in hardware product development and the maker movement.

Below are two TED Talk videos that explain 3D printing and what the future may hold for this technology.

What is 3D Printing was 100x Faster? By Joseph DeSimone

In this TED Talk Joseph DeSimone talks about his inspiration for a new 3D printing method that was inspired by Hollywood, or more specifically Terminator 2.

“Now, we were inspired by the “Terminator 2” scene for T-1000, and we thought, why couldn’t a 3D printer operate in this fashion, where you have an object arise out of a puddle in essentially real time with essentially no waste to make a great object? Could we be inspired by Hollywood and come up with ways to actually try to get this to work? And that was our challenge. And our approach would be, if we could do this, then we could fundamentally address the three issues holding back 3D printing from being a manufacturing process.”

What’s Next in 3D Printing? By Avi Reichental

3D printing technology is changing the face of medicine—personalized medical devices are transforming an industry. “3D printing is changing personalized medical devices as we know them, from new, beautiful, ventilated scoliosis braces to millions of dental restorations and to beautiful braces for amputees, another opportunity to emotionally reconnect with your symmetry.”

With the elimination of complexity restraints, 3D printing is opening the doors to designs that have just not been possible before with other manufacturing methods. While 3D printing will not be the end of manufacturing as we know it, it is shaping the industry to meet today’s demands.

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Additive Manufacturing Industry Insight From The 2016 Wohlers Report

April 27, 2016
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The highly anticipated Wohlers Report 2016  has been released and is full of insightful data into the additive manufacturing (3D printing) industry. This annual state-of-the-industry report is sought-after by industry insiders and outside industry observes alike. The analysis is based on more than 20 years of data from companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

“For Wohlers Report 2016, input was collected 98 service providers, 51 system manufacturers, 15 third-party material producers, and the valuable contributions of 80 co-authors in 33 countries.” This network has allowed the Wohlers Report access to an unparalleled window into the additive manufacturing  industry.

Valuable insights from the report include:

  • For the second year in a row, the 3D printing industry has grown by $1 billion to a total of $5+ billion.
  • The additive manufacturing (AM) industry, consisting of all AM products and services worldwide, grew 25.9% (CAGR – Corporate Annual Growth Rate) to $5.165 billion in 2015. The CAGR for the previous three years was 33.8%. Over the past 27 years, the CAGR for the industry is an impressive 26.2%.
  • In 2014, the 3D printing industry grew 34.9%, the highest growth rate in 17 years.
  • High growth was experienced in two seemingly distinct and opposite sectors: industrial metal additive manufacturing and desktop 3D printers.

In the coming year we expect to see continued growth in the industry. While public interest in 3D printing has seemingly cooled, those within the industry know that the technology is moving forward with leaps and bounds.

This industry leading report has really become the gold standard for computing growth, analyzing trends, and forecasting the future of the industry.  If you are interested in learning more about the additive manufacturing industry this report is a great place to start.

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“Aspire to Inspire” — Guest Bloggers Welcome

February 12, 2016
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aspireAre you a startup business expert? An entrepreneur looking to inspire others? Interested in all things 3D printing related? An intellectual property wiz?

We would love to extend an invitation for you to become a guest post author on our blog! Our 3D Innovations blog covers a range of topics—everything from advanced manufacturing and product development to the world of startups. If you have an idea for a blog post and would like to share it with our community, please send your idea our way at info@3d-innovations.com. We can chat about your idea and work together to get it published on here.

Once you post is published on our blog, we will share it with our extensive (and active) social media communities and keep the conversation going! We look forward to chatting with you…

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3D Printing Trends to Track in the New Year

January 14, 2016
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From the looks of things, 2016 is going to be a breakout year for additive manufacturing (3D printing)in terms of industrial applications and global supply-chain disruptions. New materials and 3D printer advancements have accelerated the industrial applications for 3D printing (think GE and Ford). Simultaneously, these advancements have shifted the business landscape—supply chains are quickly transforming to meet new demands. In 2016 executives will be compelled to pay very close attention to 3D printing technology and emerging opportunities to inject it into their business to speed up product development cycles.

In relation to the consumer market, personal 3D printers will most likely see a decline, the short-term consumer market is inundated with inexpensive consumer models. However, the CAD technology that enables 3D printing will continue to become more user friendly. With advancements in 3D scanning and 3D modeling, the design technology behind 3D printing is poised to become more accessible.

Forbes recently published 8 Hot 3D Printing Trends to Watch In 2016 and while we agree with all eight points outlined, we feel that there are three, in particular, on the verge of major breakthroughs with significant business implications.

  1. Pushing the limits of technology. While 3D printing technology is decades old, notable recent advancements have propelled the technology into the mainstream. In the coming year, expect to see advancements in 3D printing materialsglass, recycled materials and metal, just to name a few. In addition, 3D printers are getting bigger (much bigger), as engineers as developers envision themselves ‘printing’ homes and large industrial parts in a single print.
  2. Outsourced 3D printing gains share. This is something we have seen in our line of business. More and more businesses are finding it beneficial to use a external providers to design and print prototypes. With 3D printer advances, external providers are able to quickly validate designs and print high-quality prototypes in hours, thus eliminating the headaches and hassles of printing internally.
  3. Virtual inventory becomes real. Producing parts on-demand is a game changer for businesses. Storing large quantities of a product is costly, and with technology today, it’s becoming obsolete. The cost savings associated with virtual inventory is sure to grab the attention of executives. Cloud-based virtual inventory is one way the supply-chain is shifting and moving more towards a supply-network.

3D printing technology is fundamentally changing the business landscape and 2016 is sure to be another exciting year.

Cheers to 2016!

Have questions about 3D printing technology? Send them our way, info@3d-innovations.com

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3D Printing’s Popularity Continues to Grow

December 17, 2015
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prototype-3d-printing-innovations-1003D printing (also known as additive manufacturing) is a truly fascinating technology and it has experienced exponential growth over the past few years. The popularity of 3D printing has skyrocketed within the last five years, even though the actual technology has been around much longer than that. Terry Wohlers, President of Wohlers Associates, Inc., predicts that the worldwide 3D printing industry will grow to $12.8B by 2018, and exceed $21B in worldwide revenue by 2020. By now many businesses realize that 3D printing is starting to shift supply chains and really make its mark on a worldwide scale.

When it comes down to it though, makers, entrepreneurs and businesses want to know… What are the real advantages of 3D printing? Here is our answer…

  1. Quick turnaround. Speed is a major advantage with 3D printing. Building a CAD file and printing a prototype can be completed in mere hours (depending on size and complexity) instead of weeks with more traditional manufacturing methods.
  2. Cost Reduction. The product development timeline is shortened with 3D printing, and material costs are substantially less when you are able to use material only where it is needed.
  3. Complex Shapes & Structures. This is where things really get interesting. Unlike with traditional manufacturing methods, 3D printing can print a myriad of complex shapes. Structure design is now only limited by your imagination.
  4. Less Waste. By accurately estimating how much material will be needed to build a prototype, or multiple quantities for a short manufacturing run, 3D printing allows you to cut down on any unnecessary material.
  5. New Material Combinations. This is where a lot of change is taking place. New materials and material combinations are rapidly being developed. By reducing the costs associated with mixing materials, 3D printing is breaking the mold on what is possible.

3D printing technology is quite fantastic and it is changing business as we know it, but there is a lot of hype surrounding the technology as well. It is important to remember that 3D printing is not a “cure all” technology but merely another tool to add to your robust business toolbox.

Have questions about 3D printing technology? Please send them our way, info@3d-innovations.com

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Startup Connector Application Now Available

December 11, 2015
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Startup Connector, Hawaii’s new manufacturing business accelerator, is now accepting applications for 2016.

What is Startup Connector? Startup Connector is a Manufacturing Accelerator (located in Honolulu, Hawaii) that supports hardware startups. Accelerator programs are time-specific, mentorship-driven programs designed to connect startups with critical early-stage product development resources.

What startup programs are available? The entire Startup Connector manufacturing and commercialization program focuses on providing an in-depth and highly technical 10 week program to support companies who are ready to commercialize their products. There are two 10 week tracks in which inventors and entrepreneurs can apply. Track 1 is the “Business Startup Program” and covers all of the basics (and more) in relation to launching a product. Track 2  is the “Design/Manufacturing Program” and delves into the world of product development and manufacturing.

What exactly do the two business tracks cover?

Track 1: Business Startup Program

  • Startup Basics – Lean Startups
  • Market Assessment
  • Financing/Capital/VC models
  • Business Model Canvas
  • Startup Case Studies – Lessons Learned
  • Financial Model
  • Go to market strategies
  • IP Assistance (Patent + Licensing)
  • Certification preparation (UL, FCC, FDA, CE, etc.)

Track 2: Design/Manufacturing Program

  • Product Development
  • Engineering/Design practices
  • Design process & methodology
  • Design For Manufacturing (DFM)
  • Prototyping
  • Packaging Design/Manufacturing
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Introduction to manufacturers (site visit to China or U.S.)

How do I apply? The entire application process is completed on the Startup Connector website. You simply pick the track that you would like to apply for and fill out the corresponding application.

For additional information about Startup Connector, please visit the website: www.startup-connector.com. If you have questions related to the Startup Connector application process please email info@startup-connector.com

Read more about Startup Connector on our blog, “New Adventures with Startup Connector”.

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Product of the Week: Dobot Robotic Arm

October 29, 2015
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Makers, educators and anyone with an interest in robotics is going to get excited about the Dobot Robotic Arm on Kickstarter. This robotic arm has been designed to be both a learning tool and a home assistant. Dobot is versatile and can draw, write, text, move objects and grab things following your orders. You are also able to mount a 3D printer head onto it and use it for 3D printing. Controlling Dobot is extremely simple, equiped with seven different control options, including: PC, mobile APP, EEG, voice, vision, leap motion and gestures, whichever suits your needs the best. It almost begs the question, Is there anything the Dobot can’t do?

Dobot“Dobot is the world’s first high precision robotic arm at consumer grade. It features industrial scale accuracy and stability, intuitive and versatile controls, all at a highly competitive price.” For our educator friends, imagine the excitement your students would exude when you brought this into the classroom. This would be a hands-on activity where students could study both robotics technology and coding. For our maker friends, this open source  robotic arm has nearly limitless potential to assist with projects. The team behind Dobot are makers themselves, and have really honed in on the wants and needs of the maker community.

 Dobot has far exceeded it’s original funding goal on Kickstarter and it’s easy to see why. The Dobot team has spent time not only developing a (cool) robotic arm, but a robotic arm that can be used by everyone. You do not need a strong technical background to get going with the Dobot. The exceptional product development and design of the Dobot sets it apart from the competition.

Learn more about Dobot on Kickstarter.

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2015 Advanced Manufacturing Conference

October 23, 2015
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This week we were in attendance at the inaugural Advanced Manufacturing Conference here in Honolulu. The focus of this event was on advanced manufacturing technologies and companies that represent this growing industry. Below is a short summary of our experience at the conference with some of our thoughts on the subject sprinkled in.

Advanced manufacturing is reshaping the current manufacturing landscape. Industry leaders in Hawaii understand that major manufacturing shifts are taking place, and want to assist the local manufacturing community in harnessing and implementing these emerging technologies.

Focusing on Infrastructure

Currently the manufacturing community in Hawaii is still relatively small, but with a heightened focus on economic development, workforce development, energy infrastructure and policies there is significant growth potential. However, with growth comes challenges; high energy costs make it cost prohibitive to run power hungry equipment and without high-speed broadband manufacturing productivity is significantly hindered. These are certainly a couple issues that need to be addressed before Hawaii experiences a manufacturing “boom” per se.

Our local aerospace, aquaculture, astronomy, biomedical, robotics and scientific industries have a clear and defined path towards utilizing advanced manufacturing technologies. The internet of things (IoT), big data and additive manufacturing are just a few of the technologies that would not only increase efficiency for these businesses, but would enhance competitive advantages on a local, national and global scale as well.

Developing a Skilled Workforce

While we know that the manufacturing community here can grow, another major factor in that growth is workforce development. Access to skilled professionals is vital.

Supporting future workforce demands means that an increased focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, at all grade levels, is necessary. Fostering children’s innate curiosity and encouraging them to search and discover on their own, develops the necessary STEM centered mindset. Access to STEM resources and technology in the classroom will also provide invaluable hands-on experience that over time translates into a high-tech workforce.

Skilled STEM professionals will be require to support advanced manufacturing technologies such as Programmable Logic Controller (PLC), Product Lifecycle Management solutions (PLM), automation/programming, design, robotics, software, and maintenance support.

High Technology Development Corporation (HTDC) has a plan to support and increase the human infrastructure by introducing a strategic plan called 80/80. This plan seeks to have 80,000 high technology jobs that pay $80,000+ per year by 2030.

Harnessing Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) Technology

There is no doubt that additive manufacturing is synonymous with advanced manufacturing. Stratasys was in attendance and brought various samples of parts made with their wide array of additive manufacturing machines. With the continuous development of new materials and finishes, the application of 3D printing can continue its transition to additive manufacturing, and have a profound impact on product development, prototyping, and manufacturing sectors.

Businesses and leaders in Hawaii have the drive and desire to grow our local manufacturing and technology sectors. With continued support and focus on initiatives at all levels, these industries will not only grow but thrive, making Hawaii a technology and manufacturing hub.

We are eager to see what the future holds!

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