Today is Sunday, meaning it is time for the week’s top 5 3D printing videos! First up, don’t miss this video on NBC discussing the Artemis II moon launch, which will see humans on the moon for the first time since 1969 which also delves into how NASA integrates AI to design 3D printed parts for space! Next, a blueprint of the world’s largest underwater coral reef structure which will be 3D printed using ceramic materials. We then get into the holiday spirit by giving a behind-the scenes tutorial on how to create an Easter egg decoration. This is for anyone who wants to make something extra special for this Easter holiday. Enjoy two guides that will provide information on Greyscale resin as well as 3D printing design. Happy Sunday and, as always, happy viewing!
Top 1: NASA Engineers employ A.I. for Space Parts Design
Three Americans and one Canadian are set to land on the moon for the first time since 1969 as part of NASA’s Artemis II mission that blasts off on November 2024. However, a surprise combination of Artificial Intelligence and 3D printing has allowed NASA’s engineering team to accelerate the design process, improve the reliability and performance of space parts, and ultimately advance our ability to explore and understand the universe. An AI system that analyzes large quantities of data from rocket engines in the past can predict which designs will succeed. This allows engineers and scientists to concentrate on the most promising designs. “As engineers, we like to think that we’re designing the best possible part, but with this toolset, we can validate that we actually are”, Ryan McClelland (NASA materials engineer) said. The ability to quickly produce physical models from their AI-generated designs and test them for form and function can be achieved using 3D printing. Rapid prototyping allows engineers to quickly identify design flaws and improve their designs more efficiently and cost-effectively. The integration of AI and 3D printing in NASA’s space mission design process represents a significant leap forward in space exploration technology – we can expect even greater future advancements as AI and 3D printing continue to evolve.
Top 2: Leviathan 3D-Printed Ceramic Reef
Our second pick is a fascinating video showcasing a concept piece of the world’s largest 3D printed ceramic structure, the Leviathan Ceramic Reef, an underwater artificial 3D printed reef designed to promote marine life growth. This project is part a larger exhibition that demonstrates how to create a complete reef out of ceramics. This project is part of the Israeli design biennale. It can be viewed at the Eretz Museum in Israel. 3D printing revolutionized the way we see objects and create them. The Leviathan Reef is one example. This process involves creating individual ceramic modules from which the final structure is made. This project has a lot to do with the scale and potential of 3D printing. 3D printing can create complex shapes and forms that open up new avenues for engineering, architecture, art, and design. The Leviathan Reef is a shining example of the potential of technology and art interacting with design.
Top 3: 3D-Printed Easter Egg Gift Decoration
For our third favorite video of the week, we’re bringing an Easter-inspired addition to the table! Brithawkes 3D-printed Easter egg decoration can be customized and used as a gift decoration. The design features intricate patterns and shapes that are reminiscent of traditional Easter egg designs – except they’re fully 3D printed! The egg was printed using a high resolution 3D printer. This allows for intricate details to be printed. The printing process is illustrated, from the initial design phase up to the finished product. It highlights the many possibilities 3D printing technology has for creating unique and custom objects. This Easter egg decoration shows how 3D printing can be used for personalized gifts. You can get in the Easter spirit by watching this tutorial:
Top 4: Formlabs Materials Explained: Greyscale Resins
Next up, take a look at Formlab’s brief-yet-informative explanation of everything you need to know about Greyscale Resins. The material’s characteristics, post-processing steps, and the many uses that Greyscale Resins can be used for when printing on Formlabs SLA3D printers are all covered. The material has a matte finish and opaque appearance and fine details that can be used right out of the printer. This makes Black, White and Grey Resins a visually appealing and artistic material. Because of their neutral undertone, they are a great base for items that will be later painted or subject to other finishing processes. To get further insight from the system’s principal developers on how it functions and was created, check out the video below:
Top 5: Design for Mass Production 3D Printers: Electrical Enclosures
For our last video in the Top 5 of the week, check out Slant 3D’s most recent beginner’s guide to designing 3D printed components and learn how to create a unique electrical enclosure that will be 3D printed! The following outlines all of the necessary details and design considerations for creating an ESD-safe, 3D printing electronic enclosure. This guide will help you to create a high quality enclosure.
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