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The New Stratasys J850 Color 3D Printer is ‘Designed for Designers’

The New Stratasys J850 Color 3D Printer is ‘Designed for Designers’

Built to meet the needs of the full design process in a wide range of industries including consumer goods, consumer electronics, automotive, and even educational settings, the new Stratasys J850 3D printer from Stratasys puts a focus on both speed and quality—including full-color PANTONE® color validation and multi-material capabilities via a PolyJet system.

PTC to Acquire Onshape for $470M

PTC to Acquire Onshape for $470M

It’s been long suspected that Onshape would eventually land in the hands of a larger enterprise product development (or non-product development) company — that day is here. PTC has just announced the acquisition of Onshape, web-based 3D product design platform, “for approximately $470 million, net of cash acquired.”

This Simple Wood Chair Bends to the Contours of Your Body

This Simple Wood Chair Bends to the Contours of Your Body

Instead of coming up with yet another ordinary chair, designer Peter Otto Vosding collaborated with cabinet maker Dirk Vosding to make a chair with as little materials as possible. The resulting piece of furniture is simply called the “Mµ” (pronounced “mm”).

Watch Old Bowling Balls Get Turned On a Lathe to Create Resin Rings

Watch Old Bowling Balls Get Turned On a Lathe to Create Resin Rings

“(A friend) sent me a few pieces of a bowling ball in the mail,” explains Adair. “He had used them in a video where he turned them on his lathe and made bowling bowls. I cut the remnants of the bowling balls into slabs with my diamond saw and then turned the slabs into rings. These are some really cool rings that have some amazing patterns similar to a resin ring.”

Formlabs Releases 3D Printed Molds and Vacuum Forming Guide for Package Design

Formlabs Releases 3D Printed Molds and Vacuum Forming Guide for Package Design

Vacuum forming is oftentimes a critical factor for many package designers during their prototyping stage when exploring manufacturing methods. And just like the physical product it houses, package designers employ prototyping processes for a variety of packaging types to ensure that their design helps unify the full customer experience—or at least, properly fit the finished product so that it stays safe in transport. 

These Mechanical Engineering Concept GIFs Get Better Every Loop

These Mechanical Engineering Concept GIFs Get Better Every Loop

While many graphic designers prefer Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, avid motorcycle fan and graphic designer Gareth Fowler uses Cinema 4D and Adobe After Effects to create some kickass concept 3D animations inspired by engines.

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