We’re so excited!

ADC is all about small businesses and helping our customers succeed. Recently, we’ve had the opportunity to work with another small business who is just starting out! To unite with someone as passionate and inspirational as Elisabeth Pasho of Hallare Design was incredibly exciting for us! Her story is quite incredible, and still unfolding.

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Elizabeth came to us towards the end of the design process with a design she had for her new product. We helped her finalize the design and get it manufactured, but the story leading up to our cooperation is definitely worth hearing about. She’s an inspiration to independent inventors everywhere!

It all began on an airplane. Traveling frequently and taking early morning flights, she suffered from the same problem as thousands. Where do you put your coffee? If you’re trying to juggle multiple bags and multiple children, there’s not much consideration left for your delicate paper cup of joe, balance precariously between your remaining two fingers. The airplane trays get in the way, the pocket on the back of the seat crushes your cup, the ‘between-the-feet’ method is risky, plus, anytime someone needs to get out of your row, there’s an awkward scramble to gather all your things to let them by! Mrs. Pasho was fed up with this, so now, we have her sleek, practical Inflight Cup Holder! What a relief.

In the moment, Elizabeth toyed with the idea of gluing a clothespin to the back of her coffee cup sleeve. Simple, effective… for a while. Her idea quickly grew from there, and expanded onto sketches on airplane napkins, brainstorming, CAD software designs, the whole deal. She hit a few obstacles on the way, but quickly moved past them, developing her design as needed. With the support of her friends and family, she was able to connect with a few different engineers before coming to us, who helped her decide on what material to use, what type of injection molding to go with, and worked with her to develop a two-piece cup holder that would last longer. Finally, this great product made its way to us at ADC, where we helped her turn her dream into a reality!

We’re so excited to be able to work with Hallare Design to get this fantastic product off the ground, and to see her business continue to develop and flourish!

They aren’t just for coffee cups either; these genius little clips also fit other large beverage containers, including the complimentary beverage cups that are offered on flights! You can visit her website at http://www.hallaredesign.com to get yourself one of these great Inflight Cup Holders.

Introducing: 3D Print Pulse

3D Print Pulse is THE 3D printing hotspot. Featuring an impressively wide variety of topics, ranging from vat photopolymerization to stereolithography, in places like California, Miami, and even all the way to Europe, this is the epitome of rapid prototyping.

By selecting your desired ‘Topic, ‘Geography, ‘Player’, and more, you can browse through thousands of informational articles and blog posts. The front page of the newest article is featured on the homepage, with the ability to switch between articles right at the top. This site is the perfect resource for anyone interested in 3D printing!

ADC is very excited to announce that we will be featured on 3D Pulse! You can get direct access to this great site by clicking on the blue and white badge on our blog along the left side, or just to their website here: http://ow.ly/AtYYB

Keep your eyes peeled for our posts!

The S.T.E.M. event at North Shore Middle

The S.T.E.M. event at North Shore Middle School a few weeks ago was fantastic! We had a lot of interested participants, and some great designs that we scanned in! ADC’s very excited about the turnout.
We brought with us to North Shore one of our scanners, a bunch of lego rings that we had printed out in advance, and a LOT of play-doh! The kids (and adults!) got to use the play-doh to design their own lego ring attachment, or whatever else they wanted! After they finished sculpting, we scanned them in to show everyone how the process works, and had the file to distribute to the creator!

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In the photo below, you can see our employee, Jim Marschalek, showing everyone how the scanning process works. We always seemed to have an interested audience!
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The kids designed attachments for the lego rings using other lego pieces ( and sometimes play-doh), as shown below.
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We also brought in some great 3D printed pieces to show exactly how precise and complex 3D manufacturing can be. Jim Marschalek designed an incredible replica of the Golden Snitch (from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series) and printed a few out.
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All in all, we had a great time, and we hope our eager audience did too! We’re so glad we got this wonderful chance to share what we do at ADC with such an interested group, and hope we can come again soon!

3D Printing for iPhone 5 Cases

Needless to say, all of us at Advanced Design Concepts love to hear about new technology. This is why we were very excited when Apple® presented the iPhone® 5 at an event in San Francisco on September 12, 2012. The newest iPhone featuring a new 4-inch Retina™ display, a thinner and lighter body, a new Apple-designed A6 chip for much faster performance, and most importantly – better battery life. However, as a engineering services firm, we’re more interested in the manufacturing technology that comes along with the new iPhone.

A model of Apple’s new iPhone 5. The phone will be released on September 21, 2012

Only a day after Apple’s iPhone 5 display – September 13, 2012 – 3D Systems Corporation announced that it has released its Freshfiber™ line of 3D printed cases for the new  iPhone 5. The cases feature  intricate designs and double-layers for cushioning for cushioning and shock absorption. As an authorized reseller for 3D Systems, ADC and its employees are amazed to see how two different types of technology can work together.

Samples of 3D Systems’ FreshFiber Line for 3D printed iPhone 5 cases.

Now despite the fact that the iPhone 5 doesn’t hit the shelves until September 21, you can find unique 3D print designs for other major smartphones at the Freshfiber website. Additionally, if you are looking for a custom design for your iPhone, Blackberry®, Samsung Galaxy®, iPad®, or other smart device – be sure to contact a representative from ADC. We would be more than happy to work with you to design a case to fit your personal needs!

3D Systems Corporation Displays Emerging Technology at IMTS 2012

In a press release on September 6, 3D Systems Corporation® announced that it will be showcasing its comprehensive 3D content-to-print portfolio at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) this week. The event will be held from September 10 – 15, and the 3D Systems display can be found in the Emerging Technology Center at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Known as the premier manufacturing technology show in the Americas, IMTS exhibits the latest advances in manufacturing, and provides opportunities to meet some of the biggest names in the industry. As a major influence in the rapid prototyping market, 3D Systems will be showing multiple products, including the ProJet 3500 printer that offers high definition precision and durability in the creation of prototypes and models. In addition to the ProJet 3500, the 3D printing corporation will be showcasing its line of ZPrinters, which are the only full color 3D printers on the market to combine a speedy process with an affordable price.

Not only will the additive manufacturing company be displaying its line of 3d printers, but 3D Systems also is hoping to spark an interest in our youth. The corporation’s CAD design and 3D printing tools to both middle and high school students from the Chicago area.

As an authorized reseller of 3D Systems, we are excited to hear this news. We hope that you will also share our excitement in new technology, and encourage those in the Greater Chicago Area to visit the 3D Systems Corp. display in the Emerging Technology Center at McCormick Place.

For more information on 3D System’s role in IMTS Chicago, be sure to read its full press release. Also, if you would like to learn more about 3D Systems products, or 3D printing in general, feel free to contact any of our employees. We always enjoy speaking with others that are interested in engineering technology!

P2P Foundation Conducts First Survey of 3D Printing Community

Peerproduction.net, a P2P Foundation website, has spiked the interest of Advanced Design Concepts by conducting the first survey of the 3D Printing community. The survey itself, which can be found here, took a sample of 358 participants in total.  They surveyors asked each of the volunteers multiple questions to find out exactly where they fit in the community, to  understand what they used 3D Printers for, and to learn what types of hardware and programs they had used.

One interesting question from the survey that spiked our interest asked participants which year they first used a 3D Printer:

Bar graph showing when participants first used a 3D Printer.
Credit: Journal of Peer Production

The data shows that the spike in 3D Printing started in 2005, and hit its peak in 2011. Using this data, we at ADC can call ourselves early adopters of rapid prototyping, as we first started 3D Printing in 2007.

Another interesting section of the study asks the volunteers which brand of printers they had used:

Pie Chart showing what brand of 3d printer each volunteer had used
Credit: Journal of Peer Production

The data shows that the top three manufacturers of 3D Printing – for this survey sample – was RapRap project, MakerBot, and Objet respectively. At ADC, we use 3D Systems, which has acquired ZCorp. If you take this into account, it can be said that 3D Systems is the third most popular maker of printers in this survey.

But enough about our take. If you’d like to get a more rounded idea of the data that doesn’t take up too much of your time, check out this video that Stephen Murphey made of the survey results:

If you’d like to learn more about the 3D Printing services that we provide, or about the 3D Systems printers that we sell, please feel free to visit the 3D Printing page of our website here. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment on this post, or contact us at ADC.

3D Printed Running Shoes to Improve Olympic Athlete Performance

Olympic athletes are constantly trying to better themselves. Weightlifters want to be stronger, high jumpers want to get more elevation, and gymnasts want to improve their balance. Even Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world, is constantly looking to maximize his own speed – especially after his recent loss to Yohan Blake.

Luckily for the Jamaican with two world records, 3D Printing could prove to help Bolt – among other runners – to increase his own potential. Luc Fusaro, a French engineer and designer is working to develop a 3D Printed running shoe specifically designed for elite Olympic athletes.

Luc Fusaro’s “Designed To Win” running shoe prototype

The shoes, which are called “Designed To Win” feature spikes to improve traction, a flashy gold color, and most importantly a lightweight, custom-fit design. Fusaro begins his production process with a scan of the athlete’s foot. He then uses that scan to build the shoe itself using an additive manufacturing process called Selective Laser Sintering (SLS). The final result is a shoe that not only gives its owner a competitive advantage on the track, but also a sprint shoe with a unique fit.

For all of us at Advanced Design Concepts, it’s exciting to see how innovative 3D Printing technologies can be. Whether its something as simple as a model of a cupcake, or as ground-breaking as Fusaro’s “Designed To Win” shoes, rapid prototyping consistently shows that it always has something new to bring to the table.

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