Happy Holidays

December 23, 2014
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Our 3D Innovations team would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

“Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress.”

– Charles Kettering, American inventor and engineer.

HappyHolidays

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3D Innovations is a full service 3D Engineering/Design company – from the 3D Design to a fully functional 3D Prototype & Product.

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Product of the Week: MeArm

December 19, 2014
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We always have our eye out for activities that make STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education fun and accessible. On Kickstarter we came across MeArm, a pock sized industrial robot arm, that is built and programmed by the user. The developers have made this kit simple enough to be put together with a screwdriver but with its open source design files you can also move into more advanced levels of robotics. This is a terrific way to introduce children to engineering and robotics!

MmearmeArm would be a fantastic product to introduce robotics in a home or school setting. “Apart from being something that’s small, cool and attractive the MeArm is a miniature version of an industrial robot arm. So while it’s simple enough to build and use with a child on a rainy Sunday afternoon – it can also be used at more advanced levels of education to teach real robotics.”

You can follow the MeArm campaign on Kickstarter, the official website and Facebook!

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3D Innovations is a full service 3D Engineering/Design company – from the 3D Design to a fully functional 3D Prototype & Product.

3D Academy, A Division of 3D Innovations, LLC provides training services specializing in 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D Printing Technology.

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Harnessing the Power of Additive Manufacturing Technologies

December 17, 2014
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By now most businesses understand that there is value in additive manufacturing (a/k/a 3D printing) technologies but still might be puzzled as to how this technology can have an immediate impact on their business. The book, Fabricated by Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman, takes a look at a broad range of industries and how these businesses have harnessed the power of 3D printing to reduce costs, time and design complexity challenges. These authors found that across an array of diverse industries there were ten distinct “rules” pertaining to additive manufacturing technologies that kept reoccurring.

Below are the 10 Principals shared in Fabricated that can help businesses take full advantage of 3D printing technologies. While some of these principals can be seen today others are still in infancy.

  1. Manufacturing complexity is free. On a 3D printer, complexity costs the same as simplicity.
  2. Variety is free. A single 3D printer can make many shapes with minimal human intervention.
  3. No assembly required. Interlocking parts can be created with a 3D printer, thus reducing assembly time.
  4. Zero lead time. A 3D printer can print on demand when an object is needed.
  5. Unlimited design space. A printer can fabricate shapes that until now have been possible only in nature.
  6. Zero skill manufacturing. A 3D printer gets most of its guidance from a design file. To make an object of equal complexity, a 3D printer requires less operator skill than does an injection molding machine.
  7. Compact, portable manufacturing. Per volume of production space, a 3D printer has more manufacturing capacity than a traditional manufacturing machine.
  8. Less waste by-product. Less material waste ends up on the factory floor.
  9. Infinite shades of materials. As multi-material 3D printing develops, we will gain the capacity to blend and mix different raw materials.
  10. Precise physical replication. We will scan, edit, and duplicate physical objects to create exact replicas or to improve on the original.

We invite you to delve deeper into each of these principals in the Ten Principles of 3-D Printing article found on Industry Week.

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Product of the Week: Swiftpoint GT

December 12, 2014
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Swiftpoint GT is the world’s first mouse with natural touch gestures.” In our world full of touch screens and tablets it can often get frustrating when you are working on a project and need the versatility of a mouse — Swiftpoint GT combines intuitive touch gestures with the precision and convenience of a mouse. The ability to utilize touch gestures with a natural finger and wrist action without having to touch the screen makes this product truly innovative.

swiftpointIf you are stumped about what gift to buy for the techie in your life this holiday season, this portable mouse might be just the solution. The Swiftpoing GT was voted as a 2015 CES Innovation Awards Best of Innovation Honoree in the computer peripherals product category.

From the Swiftpoint GT Kickstarter page:

Touch devices are great for consuming content but when it comes to editing or creating content they fall short. The GT changes all that. It improves productivity in Microsoft Word and Excel, as well as other office and content creation applications. You can now flick and pan straight to where you want to be in a long document or a wide spreadsheet.

 

Switching between click mode and touch mode is seamless and a huge benefit for users who like the ease of scrolling and being able to place the cursor in a precise position.

 

The GT is 30%-40% more efficient and more accurate than a touchpad (based on an industry-standard Fitts’ Law test). This helps you complete your work faster, and without the frustration and ergonomic issues typical of poorly designed low cost mice.

Learn more about the Swiftpont GT on Kickstarter or the official website. You can also follow the company on Facebook and Twitter.

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3D Printing Predictions for 2015

December 10, 2014
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As 2014 is rapidly coming to a close, people are looking forward to 2015 and wondering what the new year will bring. Everyone seems to be gazing into a crystal ball and now the internet is buzzing with lists containing what products and technology will be hot in 2015.

prototype-3d-printing-innovations-100One technology that is sure to turn heads again in 2015 is 3D printing. As an engineering and design firm we are always interested in the manner in which 3D printing will become more mainstream. 3D printing is a fascinating technology that is currently able to assist businesses in a variety of ways but, we know that there is still so much more this technology can accomplish.

We have found two great lists that focus on 3D printing technology in 2015. One list from Tech AdvisorTech trends 2015: 3D printing grows up, focuses on the continued growth and innovations within the 3D printing (a/k/a additive manufacturing) industry. The other list was produced by GartnerGartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2015, and focuses on technology that will impact all aspects of business. Below are excerpts about the future of 3D printing from both articles…

3D Printing Insight from Tech Advisor: “Where the growth is really going to happen is in commercial manufacturing. This is an area where 3D printing is so well established that as a concept it hasn’t been exciting for a few years now. Here it’s new developments such as affordable multi-material printing that are going to get product, furniture, fashion and technology designers exciting – and we’ll all reap the rewards of their efforts.” Tech Advisor goes on to mention the expanded use of 3D printing in medicine. Advancements with prosthetic prototypes is sure increase and hopefully become mainstream to help keep medical costs low. (View more from Tech Advisor.)

Gartner’s 3D printing prediction: “3D Printing: Worldwide shipments of 3D printers are expected to grow 98 percent in 2015, followed by a doubling of unit shipments in 2016. 3D printing will reach a tipping point over the next three years as the market for relatively low-cost 3D printing devices continues to grow rapidly and industrial use expands significantly. New industrial, biomedical and consumer applications will continue to demonstrate that 3D printing is a real, viable and cost-effective means to reduce costs through improved designs, streamlined prototyping and short-run manufacturing.” (View more from Gartner.)

What do you think about these predictions? Seem accurate or miss the mark for you? Please share your thoughts on the future of 3D printing with us!

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Product of the Week: Sarvi Dock

December 5, 2014
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sarviIt seems that we cannot go anywhere without our cell phones these days. Whether we are tied to our phones for work reasons, family reasons or because it holds all the details of our life, the fact is that cell phones today are intertwined into our daily lives and routines. Sarvi Dock is a cell phone docking system that fits your life. It can be frustrating to remove your phone case each time you need to dock or charge your phone. This docking system is elegantly designed to allow your phone to stay in its case while being docked. The sleek and unobtrusive design of the Sarvi Dock makes this product really stand out.

“Sarvi Dock was the first dock designed with cases as the main focus. We found that today most people use protective cases of different sizes to safeguard their devices. Finding a dock to fit protective cases can be difficult if not impossible. This is why we created Sarvi Dock – a charge and sync dock that works with any smartphone or tablet, in portrait or landscape orientation virtually any case and cable.”

You can learn more about the way in which this docking system has been engineered and see a range of prototypes on the Sarvi Dock Kickstarter page or the official company website.

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Product of the Week: Blossom (The Smart Watering Controller)

November 28, 2014
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We can all agree that water is a precious natural resource and conservation is a top priority. Our featured Product of the Week, Blossom, is a “Smart Watering Controller” that adjusts your specific yard watering schedule based on real-time weather forecasts and your yard’s exact vegetation watering needs. It makes monitoring, customizing and scheduling your yard’s watering a breeze directly from its app.

According to the EPA, “Up to 60% of a household’s water is used outdoor and up to 50% of water used outdoors is wasted.”

blossomAbout Blossom: “Blossom was built to be a simple, smart and economical solution to wasted water. Taking into account real-time local weather data, satellites and meteorologists, it is constantly making adjustments to your watering plan on your behalf. Before, during and after rainfall, Blossom is adapting your schedule based on the amount and duration of precipitation. Our algorithm has been developed and is continually being fine-tuned to make the smartest adjustments for your yard every single day.”

Learn more about Blossom on Kickstarter or the official website. You can also follow the company on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Instagram!

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A Manufacturing Success Story

November 26, 2014
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NIST MEPWe are extremely excited and honored to be considered a “success story” in Hawaii by the national Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). There are over 940 state success stories shared on the MEP website and 12 of those are from Hawaii.

What is the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)? “MEP is a part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a U.S. Department of Commerce agency. MEP been committed to strengthening U.S. manufacturing, continually evolving to meet the changing needs of manufacturers since 1988. Through its services and partnerships it has had a profound impact on the growth of well-paying jobs, the development of dynamic manufacturing communities, and the enhancement of American innovation and global competitiveness.” (Learn more about MEP on the official website.)

The small business community in Hawaii is continuously growing and thriving; we feel extremely fortunate to be surrounded by such dedicated entrepreneurs. We would also like to thank our local MEP center, INNOVATE Hawaii, for the continued guidance, assistance and access to both local and national resources that have helped 3D Innovations succeed.

Please click here to read the 3D Innovations MEP Success Story.

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Product of the Week: StoneTether

November 21, 2014
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stonetetherStoneTether is for anyone that has ever found themselves searching the house for their lost car keys, misplaced laptop or any other precious item. This small and inconspicuous electronic tether will not only save you time looking for lost items but it can also provide peace of mind when you put it in your child’s pocket while in a crowded area or on your pet’s collar. This small device has a tracking range of 500 feet and sends alerts to your phone when an item it nearing that boundary. If however you lose an item that is beyond this 500 feet boundary you can use the StoneTether network to find its exact location at any range.

“StoneTether is not your ordinary wireless tracker, we designed this device specifically around the user, so it’s extremely small/thin and easy to use. It is the world’s first compact Bluetooth tracker that reaches a distance of 500 feet.This is achieved through a developed antenna combined with our proprietary software that reaches this incredible range and we are excited to say it’s built into StoneTether.”

The StoneTether is small, almost as small as a quarter, and as an engineering firm we can really appreciate the complexity of this and the aesthetic design incorporated seamlessly into this device.

Learn more about the StoneTether on Kickstarter or the official website. You can also follow the company on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter!

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Product of the Week: Ingocraft

November 14, 2014
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Just in time for the holiday season! Ingocraft is modernizing the world of traditional construction sets for children by incorporating 3D modeling and allowing families to 3D print customized pieces for the kit. As an engineering firm we understand the importance of engaging children at a young age by making learning fun and interactive. This kit not only makes learning fun but, it challenges children to learn new skills and use their imagination to create truly customized construction pieces for their personal kit.

“Ingocraft is a holistic approach to modern design/build, but for kids! Modern tech meets nuts and bolts, a combination to inspire and educate young people to be makers, inventors, creators, and future 3D printers.”

This kit would be great for family use or in the classroom. The introduction to 3D design and 3D printing are invaluable skills and the hands on approach is sure to excite and engage children.

Learn more about Ingocraft on Kickstarter!

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