Top 5 Videos: Using 3D scanners to restore Michigan Central Station
This week we found the top 5 videos about 3D printing and the way additive manufacturing is changing production. The technology has infiltrated many sectors, from medical to automotive – check our selection of the week to keep up with the innovations! If you enjoy these, you can view even more 3D printing videos on our Youtube channel. Hope you’ll enjoy and have a great Sunday!
Top 1: ADDLAB, 3D printing sports lab from Decathlon
The manufacturer of sports goods, Decathlon has been betting for a few years on additive manufacturing to accelerate the development of its products and innovate quickly and easily. A few days ago we visited their first store with the concept of the future, located in Villeneuve d’Ascq, in the north of France. We wanted to know more about ADDLAB, their 3D printing laboratory within the same store. The brand has invested in several 3D printers, highlighting the HP Multi Jet Fusion technology that allows it to carry out a wide range of applications, from prototypes for the design phases to post-sales of parts for multiple sports.
Top 2: Creaform 3D scanners help Ford restore Michigan Central Station
Ford Motor Company is working to restore the iconic building of Michigan Central Station using innovative 3D scanning technology to ensure historical accuracy of the rebuilding. More precisely, Ford is using Creaform 3D laser scanners to create 3D models of various elements of the station to enable contractors to repair or replicate the structures. The goal is to ensure the historical design accuracy of the building. A Creaform 3D scanner utilizes 15 laser crosses that digitally capture the shape of any physical object. Find out more in the video below!
Top 3: New Balance 3D printed sneakers
The footwear industry has been using 3D printing to offer customized solutions, more comfortable and more appropriate to the morphology of each person. New Balance is one of the brands that invested in the technology to develop 3D printed sportswear. Thanks to Formlabs machines in particular, they can design the soles of your shoes, replacing the traditional foam that composed the shoe. The two partners have worked together to develop a resin capable of offering similar properties to the material used traditionally. We let you discover the work behind a pair of New Balance shoes, thanks to the additive manufacture with resin.
Top 4: 3D printing wood with an industrial robot
While one of the misconceptions in additive manufacturing is the lack of compatible materials, here you will see that it is quite the opposite! As part of an architectural project, a team of students created a 3D printed structure using cellulose, the biopolymer that forms the wall of plant cells, including wood. One of the goals was to test the durability of such a work and see how additive manufacturing could respond to specific environmental challenges. The students used an industrial robot that was able to extrude the material presented in the form of granules.
Top 5: Siemens helps advance AM in Singapore
Since 2011, Singapore has invested over 200 million Singapore dollars in research and development in additive manufacturing. The country’s National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster (NAMIC) is now a key enabler in driving industry adoption of advanced technologies. To help Singapore further advance in the field of AM, industrial manufacturing giant Siemens has opened its Advance Manufacturing Transformation Center (AMTC) in the western part of Singapore, thus aiming to facilitate the transition into 3D printing and Industry 4.0.
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