R&D Weekly: A 3D Printing Blog

Your source for monthly updates in the 3D Printing industry.

3D Printing Topographic Maps from Google

Published 07/20/2015

I’ve been wondering if it would be possible to export 3D data from Google Earth in order to print terrain similar to topographic maps. After some searching on the web, it seems there is not an easy or straightforward path to accomplish this. I came across a tutorial on youtube which shows how to import GoogleMap data in to Google Sketch-Up and then export the data for importing into Rhino. Since I do not have access to Rhino, this solution was a dead end. I then experimented with importing the Google Sketch-Up data into Meshlab, a free mesh editing utility, but this only worked some of the time.

3D Printing = Rapid Change. Will you be left behind?

Published 07/13/2015

The additive manufacturing industry marches onward. Did you know that the global supply chain is expected to change dramatically in the years ahead? Many products and parts will be custom printed in 3D printing centers around the world, eliminating the need for large warehouses and elaborate transportation schedules. Current supply chain operations will become outdated. Opportunities will emerge but only for those entities and corporations that keep up with the pace of innovation. Are you ready?

Going Big - 3D Printed Houses

Published 07/06/2015

WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Company has announced that they have built a 3D printed 5-story residential house and the world’s first 3D printed villa. The company specializes in 3D printing for large scale construction. The basic process of these 3D printing behemoths is very similar to that of the Stratasys FDM technology. The main differences come down to the extruded material.

3D Printing a Custom Fishing Lure

Published 06/08/2015

Now that the winters’ snow has melted away, the water temperature in Narragansett Bay has finally hit the mid 60’s. For us Rhode Islander's that means it's time take to the seas because the striped bass are swimming in. Being an avid angler, I have experimented with a wide variety of store bought baits, lures and plugs through out the years. However there is always something deeply satisfying about pulling in your quarry on the lures you have crafted yourself. I have decided that this season I will be combining my passion for 3D printing and insatiable desire to set the hook by creating my own, one of a kind fishing lure.