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The 3D Printing Process: Taking One Designer’s Idea from Concept to Reality

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Case Study #1 / Cocktail Table / By Anna Maria Mannarino of Mannarino Designs, Inc.

Our first Designer Case Study was submitted by Anna Mannarino, an award-winning interior and event designer based in Holmdel, New Jersey. For more information on Anna and her studio, keep reading to the end of this post!

The concept for this cocktail table – appropriately named The Mannarino Table after its designer – centered around reinventing a classic piece of furniture: the piece emulates a side table draped with a traditional white tablecloth. The juxtaposition of the inherently soft fabric of a tablecloth with the rigidity of recycled plastic offers a unique and beautiful spin on a classic silhouette.

For the popup we printed a 13” diameter version of the table using white PLA filament. In her design submission Anna envisioned a set of three tables in various sizes, which could be used as a set or on their own. She also suggested using bright colours or metallic finishes, which would even further transform the table into a decidedly modern and on-trend piece of furniture.

Right away, I could also see these tables being stackable or even offered in a bar-height version – complete with a couple glasses of wine and a light summer breeze on a New York rooftop. The beauty of 3D printing – and a key element of Print the Future’s vision – is the idea that designers can engage with these moments of inspiration and innovation, quickly and affordably. It sounds cheesy, but the only limit to what you can create really does become your imagination.

Keep reading…. (on Print the Future)

 

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A Big Perspective On BigRep

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We’ve been following the development of BigRep for some time now, and at this point the company is a significant player in the 3D space.

Started only a few years ago, the idea was to build a large-format 3D printer based on technology that had, at the time, only been used within smaller desktop models.

Since then the company has gradually improved their products and just last week announced their second machine. Actually, they have a third product in a way also, as they’ve partnered with Germany-based Kühling&Kühling to rebrand their massive delta-style heat-controlled 3D printer through BigRep’s globe-spanning sales and service network.

BigRep is itself now big: they boast of around 70 staff, 40 resellers and have multiple offices: Europe, North America and Asia. This globally-spaced office configuration permits them to deploy “follow the sun” support services: there’s always someone awake to provide assistance to their customers. BigRep says they are able to provide 4-hour response time all day long now.

Keep reading… (on fabbaloo.com)

 

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BigRep and TNO to develop 3D printing production process 10x faster than current solutions

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From the Web.

BigRep, a Berlin-based manufacturer of large-scale 3D printers, has signed a multi-million-euro cooperation agreement with TNO, the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research. The deal was signed at the formnext trade show in Frankfurt, Germany.

Straight from one of the world’s biggest 3D printing events, here’s some big news from a manufacturer of very big 3D printers: Berlin-based BigRep has signed a cooperation agreement with TNO, the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research. As part of this new partnership, BigRep will invest one million euros into a joint research project called “AMSYSTEMS,” which will involve developing a fully automatic 3D printing production process capable of fabricating numerous objects at once in the shortest possible time.

The goal of AMSYSTEMS, which has already been implemented by the Eindhoven University of Technology, TNO, and several partners, is to increase 3D printing productivity by a factor of 10. This will require a system of automated post-processing by robots, and a general overhaul of the 3D printing production process—a challenge that BigRep is more than ready for.

Keep reading… (on 3ders.com)

 

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BigRep Releases Long-Awaited Large-Format Plastic

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BigRep has solved a major barrier to large-format 3D printing in a very ingenious way.

The problem being solved is warped prints.

Wait a moment, you say, “hasn’t that already been solved”.

Well, yes, it has – but only for smaller machines. Smaller desktop units would typically employ a heated print surface that keeps the temperature of the first layer of plastic just at the point where it won’t warp. Too high and it would deform, too low and it would contract due to cooling and a warp would develop.

Warping is an insidious problem because it not only deforms the object’s shape, it can also cause the print to fail entirely if the print becomes loose from the print bed. I hate warping!

But it’s a property of the majority of plastics used in 3D printing. When heated, they slightly expand. When cooled, they slightly shrink. And you need it hot during printing and cool to use the object. It’s unsolvable, or so it would seem.

Major players in the industry overcome the problem by simply heating their build chambers. Stratasys, for example, tends to keep their printers at around 70C internally during printing. When the print completes, the plastic simply cools uniformly in all directions, preventing warp.

But open-format large-scale 3D printers such as BigRep’s ONE are more affected by this problem than smaller machines, simply because larger prints offer more warp opportunity: shrinks are amplified over the longer axes of the model.

Keep reading… (on fabbaloo.com)

 

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Four entrepreneurs who are shaping the digital landscape

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Author Martin Walker and startup founder René Gurka believe we are in the middle of a post-industrial revolution which will radically change the concept of copyright, industrial manufacturing and the consumer systems of the future.

Discover more… (Deutsche Bank)

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BigRep Fine-Tunes Their Large-Scale 3D Print Strategy

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We spoke with BigRep CEO Rene Gurka recently and learned more about the company’s strategy and upcoming moves.

BigRep, you may recall, was perhaps the first company to take the filament extrusion technology to a massive scale, producing a huge 3D printer capable of printing a meter on a side. The original machine was remarkably similar to its smaller cousins, but was simply much larger.

The market for such equipment was at first considered to be for artists who sought ways to 3D print large sculptures inexpensively (or at least compared to the industrial 3D printer  of the day, which were the only ones capable of such sizes.) But as BigRep and similar companies evolved, the companies discovered there was a market among industry for large 3D prints, perhaps again due to the cost of using the higher-end equipment.

Keep reading… (on fabbaloo.com)

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Druck dein Billy-Regal doch einfach selbst aus

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René Gurka ist beruflich schon viel herumgekommen. Als Jurastudent hat er sich versucht, später als Unternehmer im Mobilfunkbereich. Auch als Berliner Wirtschaftsförderer, als Außenhandelslobbyist in Atlanta und als Gründer einer Beteiligungsfirma war er bereits unterwegs. Jetzt sitzt der 44-Jährige auf einer Fabriketage in Berlin-Kreuzberg und entwirft Geschäftsmodelle, die mit 3-D-Druck zu tun haben. Zum Beispiel für das Möbelhaus Ikea, das nach Gurkas Vision bald keine großen Lager mehr benötigt, weil sich Ikea-Kunden ihre Wohnwelt-Träume irgendwann ausdrucken lassen. “Schauen Sie mal”, sagt Gurka. “Diesen Hocker hier haben wir schon komplett gedruckt.”

Groß denken, groß drucken. Gurka ist jetzt Geschäftsführer von Big Rep, einem Start-up, das den weltweit größten, serienmäßig verfügbaren 3-D-Drucker entwickelt und nun schon seine dritte Generation aufgelegt hat. Dabei wurde das Unternehmen erst 2014 gegründet, Gurka gehörte zu den ersten Kapitalgebern. Dass er nun komplett bei Big Rep eingestiegen ist, hat etwas mit seinem Wunsch zu tun, sich endlich direkt mit der Entwicklung und Fertigung eines handfesten Produkts zu beschäftigen. Mehr noch aber hat er die Hoffnung, geschäftlich von einer technologischen Entwicklung zu profitieren, die Fachleute als “dritte industrielle Revolution” bezeichnen. Welchen Einfluss die 3-D-Fertigungstechnik einmal auf den Alltag haben wird, dies kann aber auch Gurka nur erahnen. “Der 3-D-Druck wird zum Massenphänomen”, da ist er sich sicher.

Weiterlesen (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

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Former MakerBot Head of Software Far McKon Joins Berlin-based 3D Printing Pioneer BigRep As New Head of Software

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Berlin, January 28, 2016. Renowned American software developer Far McKon is joining Berlin-based tech start-up BigRep, manufacturer and developer of the world’s largest serially available 3D printer. The 38-year old American will join BigRep as new Head of Software effective immediately and will chiefly oversee the future development of the software as well as control electronics for the start-up’s large scale 3D printer BigRep ONE. “We are very proud to be bringing a real original from the US maker and hacker scene to Berlin with Far McKon,“ says BigRep CEO René Gurka. “In his former positions, at MakerBot among others, Far has shown us how to profoundly re-imagine the industry. For BigRep he will now be expanding many of the things he achieved there, only instead of desktop 3D printers he will now be working with BigRep’s large scales.”

Keep reading… (on inside3dp.com)

 

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Seven Questions With BigRep CEO René Gurka

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Source: Fabbaloo

We spoke with BigRep CEO René Gurka, whose company produces the gigantic BigRep ONE 3D printer, to find out how the company has changed and where it’s headed.

Fabbaloo: BigRep was just a small startup only a few years ago. Now things are a bit different. What happened?

René Gurka: We definitely started at the right time with the right idea. We were THE pioneer for large scale affordable printing at the beginning of 2014 and still are the segment leader in this market today.

Since our launch, we have gone a long way. Six weeks after building the first prototype in January 2014, we took the prototype to the 3D Print Show in New York and people went crazy: We got hundreds of inquiries both from resellers as well as media from all over the world after the show which helped a lot to make BigRep known in the 3D printing community.

But of course, this alone does not make a company successful. After getting all the attention, we had to start building the company. We recruited great people and great investors – all with a background and knowledge in hardware start ups, so we could grow from 3 to 50 people in only 15 months.

I have to say that at BigRep, the execution of creating a prosperous company went very well and I am convinced that the right execution is sometimes more important than the idea itself. Making the right decision is definitely not easy and it will always take a few bad ones to find the right path for you. My tip for founders is: Get help before making too many mistakes in the early days.

Keep reading… (on fabbaloo.com)

 

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A Visit to The Lab Where Autodesk Looks for the Spark to Jumpstart 3D Printing

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Ever since it was established, Autodesk Spark sparked questions on what its actual goals and practical objectives were.

While in Israel I figured I would take a look for myself at the Autodesk Israel 16th floor office, where most of Spark development is carried out. I met with Eitan Tsarfati, whom I had already the opportunity to meet in Milan a few years ago, during an event I had organized in collaboration with Autodesk Italy for Design Week.

I was very happy to find out that he is now in charge of the 3D Printing Group and Consumer Products at Autodesk Israel, running Autodesk’s most important 3D printing program outside of the main Bay Area offices. Like the Milan one, Autodesk’s offices in Tel Aviv are an amazing place to work. The view from the 16th floor lets you see the entire panorama, all the way to the beach and the old city. Inside the atmosphere is both stylish and casual, with a lot of open spaces which certainly favor creativity and exchanges.

Of course when it comes to hardware it is easier to understand more about it by seeing in person. With software it is a bit more complicated but nevertheless my visit was very useful to understand exactly where Autodesk stands in its quest to create a complete ecosystem for 3D printing.

Keep reading… (on 3dprintingindustry.com)