FormLabs Blog Article – Ultimate Guide to Painting 3D Printed Parts

The technicians at FormLabs have written a first rate article on painting and applying clear-coats to 3D printed models to turn them from prototypes into sellable parts.

FormLabs' Guide to Painting 3D Printed Parts

Clear-coated beetle designs courtesy FormLabs and Brian Chan

Considering just about every other area of product design makes use of paint jobs for finishing parts, it make sense there are likely CAD jewellery designers out there who would find this technique useful for their work.

FormLabs Blog – The Ultimate Guide to Painting 3D Printed Parts

Something Beautiful in Jewellery – Celtic3d

For the latest edition of Something Beautiful in Jewellery, I would like to present something different– a 3D CAD keychain designer.

Working out of Aberdeen, Scotland, Gavin Bain of Celtic3D draws upon rich historical research into medieval Scottish symbols for the creation of impressive relief designs for his keychains. His work is produced on demand and sold through Shapeways‘ own 3D model community in his Celtic3D online shop.

At the present time, every 3D printer on the market has issues and limitations with the surface quality they can create with 3D printed materials. To get around that can often involve polishing and removing a significant amount of detail. Waht make’s Gavin’s work remarkable is that he has found a way to make use of these limitations of 3D printing surface quality as a feature in and of itself on the design. It adds a look of aged or primitive authenticity to an object created with new technology. Very resourceful!

Kelpies Pendant by Celtic3D

Kelpies Pendant by Celtic3D

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Lockheed Martin Files Patent For Synthetic Diamond 3D Printer

According to a recent article from 3D Printing Industry, Lockheed Martin has just filed a patent for a synthetic diamond 3D printer. And predictably, social media’s imagination has run wild…


One precious moo… Imagine creating anything you want as a 3D printed synthetic diamond.

In all seriousness, though, this has some potentially very interesting applications for both industry as well as jewellery design.

See the full article here:

3D Printing Industry – Lockheed Martin Patents Synthetic Diamond 3D Printer

MIT’s DuoSkin – Conductive Smart Tattoos Which Connect With Your Mobile Phone

The MIT Media Lab has recently developed metallic temporary tattoos which can communicate with other electronic devices such as sending signals to your mobile phone.

They call it DuoSkin. It already has some technology experts quite excited at the possibilities of using your own skin as a track pad for mobile applications or a remote sensor (for unlocking doors).

The Phantom Limb Project’s Amazing Collaboration Between Prosthetics and Video Game Design

In one of my previous articles on prosthetic limbs and their potential for creative expression, I mentioned the James Dyson Award-winning affordable prosthetic hand design of Open Bionics.

Since then, Open Bionics has done something amazing — they have established a collaboration with Konami (makers of Metal Gear Solid) to develop creative prosthetic limb design. They call it the Phantom Limb Project.

The Phantom Limb Project (image courtesy the Alternative Limb Project)

The Phantom Limb Project (image courtesy the Alternative Limb Project)

This partnership echoes Ove Arup’s famous vision of designers and engineers working closely together in all endeavours, and is a perfect example of what I am confident we will see as commonplace in the future of prosthetic limb design.

The Phantom Limb Project