The Best 3D Printing Videos From 2022

Published on January 1, 2023 by Claire S.

Looking back on 2022, we have selected our favorite 3D printing videos from across the year. We have a range of content for you this time, so enjoy! From our original interview with additive manufacturing software company nTopology as part of our #talk3D series, to our 3D Explained guide of 3D printing for beginners, and finally our test and review of the Nexa3D XiP resin printer from Nexa3D. Aside from the 3Dnatives video selection, we also have videos covering a range of different sectors, from film, to COBOD’s 3D printed construction, to fashion. For the foodies among us, we even have a video about 3D printed cakes! We at 3Dnatives wish you a very happy 2023 with lots of 3D printing!

Industry Insights From #Talk3D

If you like seeing the brains behind 3D printing business and operations, you’ll enjoy this video. Our #Talk3D series always features a key player within a leading business in the 3D printing world. nTopology is a NY-based startup which is a leading engineering design software company for additive manufacturing. We sat down Bradley Rothenberg, the company CEO, who gave us quick fire answers on the uses of nTopology CAD software, his personal inspirations, and the future of the AM market. Wondering what book inspires him? Or where nTopology’s name came from? You’ll find the answers below!

3D Printing For Animated Movies

This video shows us how additive manufacturing and digital design can bring designs to life for the entertainment industry. Firstly, we learn about stop-motion animation, where frames are filmed at a rate of 24 frames per second. The video then focuses on Laika: this is an animation studio known for Coraline and The Box Trolls. In an interview with Brian McLean, director of Rapid Prototyping at the company, he discusses the use of 3D printing for animation of facial expressions. Artists can now make thousands of expressions with ease and create nuanced, subtle stories when compared to traditional methods. In order to achieve this Laika uses Stratasys printers to create the faces. Moving away from their specific example, we hear about how CADCAM can democratize design and take film to the next level.

A 3D Printing Guide In Under A Minute #3DExplained

Our site is all about 3D printing of course, and we welcome readers from advanced users of the technology to those who are just starting out or are curious about its potential. If you fit into the latter categories and you’re looking for a guide to what the technology actually is, here is a minute long rundown of the process. Elliot, one of our resident tech experts, talks us through how it works and the steps you must undergo to create your own part.

COBOD’s Construction In Angola

With 3D printed houses having become one of the major trends in 2022, we have seen many examples of prototypes from all over the world. This video comes from COBOD, one of the leading producers of printers for  3D printed houses. They show the process of creation of a 3D printed house in Angola, made by Power2Build.The video is a time lapse; we can see the concrete being extruded by the nozzle of the FDM printer which goes on to produce the home structure. Furthermore, the video gives the statistics involved: just 30 hours of printing, 8 days of work, and 42m3 of concrete. As 3D printing becomes increasingly used in construction, we can expect lots more content like this as companies are keen to prove its worth.

3DNatives Tests: Nexa3D’s XiP For Resin 3D Printing

Here we have a video from the 3Dnatives lab, another of our original videos. Founded in 2016 in California, Nexa3D offers sustainable additive manufacturing solutions. In this video, our tech expert Elliot tested out the XiP, Nexa3D’s venture into desktop resin 3D printing. He gives us an overview of the characteristics and features of the printer, as well as his user experience when testing parts and the overall quality of the parts produced. As a 3D printing media company, we value impartial testing to help you the consumer make wise decisions on choosing the perfect 3D printer for your needs. A bit late for Christmas, but maybe a New Years gift is on the cards?

Cakes Can Be 3D Printed

Edible 3D printed products seem like one of the more crazy applications of the technology, and in this video we see an example of this. The video comes from La Pâtisserie Numérique, a food printing company, and shows their Patiss3 printer, which they hope to be able to use for food printing. We see the fairly simple process, from the insertion of the container into the printer, to the printing of the cake batter to the removal of the container, ready to be baked in the oven. The company also offers a custom extruder; the benefit of this over manual piping is the ability to create complex designs consistently with no human error. Check it out!

Could FDM Printing Be Done With Glass?

3D printing is often touted as a way of improving sustainability within engineering and construction, as the printing process uses only the material required and can be done more efficiently than traditional methods. In terms of materials, FDM printing often uses materials like concrete or plastics, so projects which use alternative materials are always welcomed. Scientists at NTU Singapore have been recycling waste glass to 3D print a concrete bench using FDM printing. The glass is ground down into silica and could be used as a replacement material for printing with concrete. As the video shows, this method could be used as a way of recycling and reducing waste materials as well as to turn away from non-renewable resources.

3D Printing To Fight Climate Change

This year, the fight against global warming has been one of the most important topics. Many solutions are being used to address this issue, including additive manufacturing. This technology could make it possible to build faster, while limiting the impact on the environment. At least that’s what Greentown Labs, a community fighting to design a more sustainable world, thinks. The group explains in the video below why they support Markforged, a U.S. 3D printing company. Together, they are collaborating with Transaera to develop a new affordable, energy-efficient, and more sustainable residential air conditioning system. This partnership is important because this tool is responsible for 4% of the world’s carbon emissions.

Lexus’ Black Panther Inspired Car

Cars and 3D printing are now two sectors that go hand in hand. On the occasion of the release of the movie Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”, the car manufacturer, Lexus has unveiled its new model, the RX 500h F SPORT. As you might expect, this car has 3D printed parts. To design them, Adidas and Carbon collaborated together. They were inspired by the Marvel movie sets to create a vehicle with atypical designs. All tactile areas of the vehicle were 3D printed, such as the steering wheel cushion and the front and rear headrests. For all fans of cars and the Marvel franchise, the RX 500h F SPORT is worth a visit! To discover it and get more information, watch the video below or click HERE.

Man on the Moon- Again?

Humans are getting closer and closer to returning to the Moon, and 3D printing is playing a crucial role in this project. Indeed, NASA has awarded $57.2 million to ICON, a U.S. construction company, to build 3D printed homes specifically designed for living on the Moon. This funding follows the successful completion of the first stage of the Artemis project. The world’s most powerful rocket, which also has 3D printed parts, blasted off toward the Moon to test whether the Orion capsule is capable of safely carrying an entire crew. From now on, NASA intends not only to return to the Moon, but also to live there. To get there, ICON shows us in this video how the company could create the first extra-planetary constructions able to resist the extreme conditions of space.

 3D Printed Nike Accessories

As one of the most famous brands in the world, Nike is a trendsetter in the fashion world and known for their creative vision. This video promotes a collaboration between Nike and Acronym to make a shoe called Blazer Low sneakers. We see how these trainers can be customized using 3D printing technology to make a custom heel clip. According to the video creator, this was one of the first examples of DLC (downloadable content) for an item of clothing! The heel clips are part of the Acronym Dynamics Lab by solebox, an open-source platform which hosts unique heel clip models which can be 3D printed.

The Potential of Recycled Filament

Finally, we have this video from Reflow about the potential of recycled filament. This video features an interview with Ronan Hayes, a co-founder of Reflow, which is a Dutch company aiming to popularize the recycling discarded plastic into a range of exceptional, sustainable materials for 3D printing. According to him, when the company began work, 90% of the industry worked with virgin materials and this was not necessary. They aim to prove that recycled materials can be just as effective and fit for purpose as new materials, while having obvious benefits for sustainability.

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