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 Leaf

It’s been awhile since we last talked about some of the 3D Printed objects that we’ve made at ADC, but we have a great new story for you all. This story should help to shed a little more light on not only the wide variety of objects that can be produced with rapid prototyping, but also the intricate details of the printed object as well.

We started with a leaf that one of our employees took from a tree in front of their home, and took a three dimensional scan of the leaf.  The scan was then imported into a software called Geomagic Studio.  Below are some photos that illustrate the process.

The original leaf that we scanned

Point cloud of the leaf

The final STL file sent from Geomagic Studio

Next, all missing data is filled in appropriately to give the leaf one constant polygonal surface. To finish our process the leaf was then turned into an IGES (Initial Graphics Exchange Specification) Surface to create a solid CAD model. Below are pictures of the final 3D Printed leaf.

Final 3D Printed leaf

Bottom of the printed leaf

Top side of the final printed leaf

When you look at the final 3D printed leaf, we can see the preciseness of the rapid prototyping process. The final product has a rough texture on the top side, a smooth bottom side, and a very flexible body (much like the original leaf!). Knowing this, it’s easy to see that 3D Printing is a very versatile technology. Let us show you how versatile our machines can be! Check out our website for more information, or contact us with your design ideas today.

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Turbo Squid

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We scanned this Sand Dollar for an online 3D Model Supplier, Turbo Squid.

http://www.turbosquid.com/


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3D Systems Adds Advanced Design Concepts to Its Network

 Full Service Engineering Design Firm Brings Complete Portfolio Of 3D Printers To Its Users 

ROCK HILL, South Carolina, February 9, 2012 — 3D Systems Corporation (NYSE:DDD), announced today the appointment of Advanced Design Concepts, ADC, a leader in full service engineering design services, as an authorized reseller. more

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The Cupcake

To give our Customers an idea of our capabilities here at ADC we decided to create a model of a Cupcake.

First off we needed to purchase a delectable looking Cupcake so our viewers would want to eat one once they saw our model. Below we have pictures of the Cupcake right out of the box.

Yummy Right!!

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In order to scan the Cupcake we needed to apply a light layer of white Talc powder in order for the White Light Scanner to pick up the data.

In addition to the Talc powder, target points were added around the cupcake so that the scanner would know where to reference the next scan when the cupcake was moved on the turntable.

After ten or so scans had been taken the cupcake had been captured in a 3D point cloud on the scanner computer. The scan was then polygonized, which means that it joins the points using triangles to form a closed mesh on the skin of a shape represented by the points. After the model is polygonized it is then  imported into the post-processing software called Geomagic Studio. There all missing data is filled in appropriately to give the cupcake one constant polygonal surface. To finish our process the cupcake was then turned into an IGES (Initial Graphics Exchange Specification) Surface to create a solid CAD model of the Cupcake.

We then wanted our cupcake to stand the test of time and last forever to tell its story so it was sprayed with a coat of clear resin to perfectly preserve it, and was then placed in a plexiglass box.