Join us on January 23rd to see Oasis Skateboard Factory’s Awesome Pop-Art Exhibit

Over the past couple months, Objex Unlimited 3D Printing Studio, along with Sculptraits Studios, had the opportunity to assist the talented and creative students of Oasis Skateboard Factory with a final graduation project they had been working on. Come check out some of the amazing creations these students have come with! The name of the event is “The Youth are Revolting” and will be hosted by OASIS SKATEBOARD FACTORY POP-UP SHOP.

Join us this Friday, January 23rd 2015, at 7:00pm EST for this Toronto Offsite Design Festival (TODO) Event. The celebraton will run until 10:00pm EST.  The event is located at Anomaly, 46 Spadina Ave. Suite #200, Toronto, ON.



Sculptraits took care of the 3D Scanning, utilizing their proprietary, state-of-the-art scanning technologies. Each student was given the opportunity to get scanned at Sculptraits Studios, and the 3D Scan data was then passed on to 3D designers for further processing and digital manipulation. Objex Unlimited then printed the manipulated designs on a Full-Colour Gypsem Printer. The end result is perfectly revolting… in the coolest way possible!

Various 3D Printed Bits - Skulls, Skateboards, & Discarded Textbooks

Various 3D Printed Bits – Skulls, Skateboards, & Discarded Textbooks

We don’t want to give away too much, so you’ll just have to come to the event to see the final product, and to congratulate these students for their hard work over the school semester!

About Oasis Skateboard Factory


Since its opening three years ago, Oasis Skateboard Factory (OSF), founded by teacher Craig Morrison, has attracted considerable media exposure and received a Ken Spencer Award from the Canadian Education Association (CEA) for its innovative program. OSF is one of three programs offered by Oasis Alternative Secondary School, one of 22 alternative secondary schools of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). Students design, build and market skateboards, along with paraphernalia for the skateboard culture, and earn academic credit. Students may enrol for as many as three semesters.

About Objex Unlimited

Objex Unlimited 3D Printing Studio is a 3D solutions provider and 3D product reseller specializing in 3D Printing, 3D Scanning, 3D Design and 3D Services. We strive to be at the forefront of the 3D printing revolution and to explore, develop, and commercialize new applications in 3D. Leveraging unparalleled expertise in 3D technologies, we work with you personally to find a product or solution that will save you time, effort, and money. We will bring your ideas and designs to life by creating working parts, beautiful full-colour models, and rapid prototypes. Objex Unlimited is an authorized reseller of 3D Systems, Artec and LMI Technologies.


3D Systems Rolls Out the Touch Haptic 3D Stylus & a Virtual Reality Game at CES 2015

  • TouchTM comes with Cubify® SculptTM software for artists and free download of HapStackTMvirtual reality game
  • OpenHaptics SDK and developer portal enable easy experimentation and instant app development by everyone
  • Company partnered with TopCoder to launch challenge series for virtual gaming and consumer design applications

Each and every day, we get closer and closer to a fully interactive, fully immersive 3D virtual reality. From the Oculus rift, to google glass, we want to interact and feel part of our digital world. 3D Systems has released another tool that brings us one step closer to a fully interactive desktop.

3D Systems announced today the immediate availability of its TouchTM haptic 3D stylus along with an OpenHaptics Software Developer Kit (SDK) for digital design and virtual gaming. Priced at $599, Touch comes with Cubify® Sculpt™, a powerful virtual sculpting software tool that transforms 3D modeling from a complex, skills-centric design experience to a simple, experiential sculpting delight for artists, students, designers and hobbyists. Developers can register to use the Touch SDK on 3DS’ newDeveloper’s Portal.


“We are absolutely thrilled to introduce our new Touch haptic 3D stylus, a powerful and affordable perceptual tool for the benefit of all gamers, artist and designers,” said Peter Theran, Vice President Global Consumer Products, 3DS.

The Touch will be showcased at International CES 2015 with a virtual reality demo game called HapStackTM. Developed by the Art School of Glasgow, Digital Design Studio, using the OpenHaptics Software Development Kit (SDK), HapStack uses both the Oculus Rift VR headset and the Touch haptic stylus to send a player on an immersive journey to Mars. HapStack is available as a free download from Cubify with the purchase of the Touch.

We invite CES attendees to participate in a live competition of the HapStack game at the 3DS booth located at the Sands Expo, booth 72225. Top scorers will win a SenseTM 3D scanner each day at the event.

To encourage application development with the OpenHaptics SDK, 3DS has partnered with TopCoder to launch a challenge series for Touch apps in virtual gaming, education, art and digital design for jewelry, medical and more. The TopCoder challenge series will center on the convergence of haptics, virtual reality and 3D printing to create a digital thread that opens up new worlds of human-machine interaction. Developers interested in participating in this TopCoder challenge series can register using the 3DS Developer’s Portal.

“3D printing, virtual reality and haptics are three new technologies that are having a profound impact on our personal and professional lives,” said Narinder Singh, President of Topcoder. “Topcoder is excited to help 3D Systems democratize digital design and application development by leveraging our global crowdsourcing community to generate creative ideas and quickly connect to the right talent.”

Those who are not attending CES 2015 can join 3DS’ President and CEO, Avi Reichental, for a broadcast of 3DS’ extensive showing at CES 2015 by visiting www.3dsystems.com/ces and clicking on the link to view the broadcast starting at 4:00 PM EST on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. For more details on 3DS’ 3D printed lifestyle consumer showcase at CES 2015, please visit www.3dsystems.com/ces.

Learn more about 3DS’ commitment to manufacturing the future today at and www.3dsystems.com and the company’s consumer offerings at www.cubify.com.


Researchers Combine Artec Spider & Robotics for Unrivaled 3D Scanning of Complex Shapes

There is no denying the power and ease-of-use of the Artec 3D scanners. In fact, as we mentioned in an earlier post, the similar Artec Eva scanner (designed for slightly larger objects) was actually named the best 3D Scanner under $50,000. So when you have a product that already works great with a human operating it, imagine what happens when a robot learns how to use the scanner, and respond in real time to the feedback it’s getting?

The guys at Artec Group, along with engineers from the Visual Computing Research Center, Tel-Aviv University, the Memorial University of Newfoundland, the University of Konstanz, and Shandong University, asked the same question. They combined the Artec Spider with the PR2, a robot boasting a humanistic look and sense of movement. The PR2 holds the Artec in its ‘hand’ and puts it to use, rapidly scanning the most detailed and ornate objects from every angle. The double system captures 7.5 frames per second and processes 1 million points per second, meaning it gets the job done more expediently than a laser printer, and requires no post-processing.

According to 3DPrint.com: “The researchers found that the Artec Spider worked best with the PR2 in terms of high resolution and extreme accuracy regarding edges and miniature parts. In a completely automated scanning system, the PR2 is able to respond to analysis and data from the Artec Spider, moving it and the object strategically and precisely as instructed to complete comprehensive scanning. At each viewpoint, it takes a snapshot, which is merged with the last picture, until a whole object is completed.”

Because this project is focused on objects that are small, can fit into a hand, and have a high level of detail, the Artec Spider is the perfect tool for the job. The Spider was designed specifically for CAD users and perfect for reverse engineering, product design, quality control and mass production. It requires no calibration, no markers and offers real time scan alignment. It also boasts super high detail of fine objects and excellent texture capture.


“Artec’s Scanning SDK is responsible for the program running the Spider, which is able to make a “confidence map” that eliminates challenges with blind spots, recognizing the areas where more scanning is necessary to collect all the data. With the programming from Artec’s Scanning SDK, the system understands when total scanning is complete. During complete testing of Artec’s Scanning SDK, the Artec Spider, and the PR2 working together, researchers concluded that the algorithms responsible for visibility and boundaries were excellent, as well as algorithms regarding rounded edges and density.”

Different Scans Taken with Artec Spider

Different Scans Taken with Artec Spider

Although the Artec Scanners are very user friendly, it is extremely interesting to see how the object is scanned when the user, the PR2 robot, get’s direct feedback. Where a human would have to figure out what angles of the scan they are missing, the robot has a more instantaneous response to what part of the object’s texture and geometry are missing. And it’s great to see more and more ways we can apply the amazing scanning technology behind the Artec series of 3D scanners.



About Objex Unlimited

Objex Unlimited 3D Printing Studio is a 3D solutions provider and 3D product reseller specializing in 3D Printing, 3D Scanning, 3D Design and 3D Services. We strive to be at the forefront of the 3D printing revolution and to explore, develop, and commercialize new applications in 3D. Leveraging unparalleled expertise in 3D technologies, we work with you personally to find a product or solution that will save you time, effort, and money. We will bring your ideas and designs to life by creating working parts, beautiful full-colour models, and rapid prototypes. Objex Unlimited is an authorized reseller of 3D Systems, Artec and LMI Technologies.


3D Systems Acquires 3D Printer Maker botObjects and Introduces CubePro C Full-Color 3D Printer

  • Strengthens 3DS consumer and prosumer product portfolio
  • First affordable, desktop, full-color plastic 3D printing capabilities
  • Sets new standards at 25-micron resolution and 175 mm/sec speed
  • New CubePro C will be on display at International CES 2015
Looks like 3D Systems has a brand new consumer 3D Printer to add to their Cube line up. On January 15, at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), 3D Systems announced that it acquired U.K. based 3D printer maker botObjects and plans to launch the CubePro® C, a new desktop full-color 3D printer powered by botObjects’ technology.

With the announcement of the ProDesk3D printer last year, botObjects pioneered the first 3D desktop printer using PlasticJet Printing (PJP) that offers true full-color 3D printing, significantly expanding the palette of possibilities for what designers, artists and engineers create, from prototypes to products. botObjects also invented a proprietary 5-color CMYKW cartridge system, capable of mixing primary printing colors on the fly to generate vibrant color combinations and gradient transitions.

However, the ProDesk3D underwent delays, and rumours are the company had trouble meeting the huge demand for pre-orders for this amazing printer. 3D Systems’ acquisition will finally let the Printer see the light of day.

The botObjects ProDesk3D will immediately be folded into 3DS’s new CubePro C printer family and deliver a true full-color experience at the affordable price of $4,990, with greater accuracy and speed than any comparable desktop 3D printer on the market today. The new CubePro C is capable of printing down to 25-microns layers at deposition speeds of up to 175 millimeters per second using durable PLA and ABS print materials with PVA support material.

“Joining the winning team at 3DS couldn’t have come at a better time as orders for our revolutionary full-color desktop printer continue to outstrip our resources,” said Martin Warner, co-founder and CEO, botObjects. “Together we can bring this powerful technology to more users faster.”

“We are thrilled to add groundbreaking full-color with ultra thin-layer and high-speed technology from botObjects to our expanding consumer and prosumer 3D printing portfolio,” said Avi Reichental, President and CEO, 3DS. “We are even more excited to team up with botObjects founders, Martin Warner and Mike Duma, and together democratize the availability of this powerful 3D printer and accelerate its adoption globally.”

Under the capable and experienced leadership of Martin Warner, who was named Vice President, General Manager botObjects for 3DS, the company plans to fulfill all of its current backorders for the recently introduced ProDesk3D as it concurrently transitions to the new CubePro C line and substantially expands its desktop reach globally. Until the company expands its manufacturing capacity, the CubePro C will be available in a limited release, with plans to expand distribution later in 2015.  The CubePro C line joins 3DS’ desktop portfolio that includes the CubePro and Cube line of 3D printers and Sense 3D scanning products, which are ideal for a variety of professional desktops from engineers to designers and architects, as well as users at home and students at school.

Be sure to check back with us here at Objex Unlimited when we give our full review of the new 3D Systems Cube C Printer.

Here is a video of the original ProDesk3D in action.

About 3D Systems

3D Systems is pioneering 3D printing for everyone. 3DS provides the most advanced and comprehensive 3D design-to-manufacturing solutions including 3D printers, print materials and cloud sourced custom parts. Its powerful digital thread empowers professionals and consumers everywhere to bring their ideas to life in material choices including plastics, metals, ceramics and edibles. 3DS’ leading healthcare solutions include end-to-end simulation, training and integrated 3D planning and printing for personalized surgery and patient specific medical and dental devices. Its democratized 3D design and inspection products embody the latest perceptual, capture and touch technology. Its products and services replace and complement traditional methods with improved results and reduced time to outcomes. These solutions are used to rapidly design, create, communicate, plan, guide, prototype or produce functional parts, devices and assemblies, empowering customers to manufacture the future.

Leadership Through Innovation and Technology

•3DS invented 3D printing with its Stereolithography (SLA) printer and was the first to commercialize it in 1989.

•3DS invented Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) printing and was the first to commercialize it in 1992.

•3DS invented the ColorJet Printing (CJP) class of 3D printers and was the first to commercialize 3D powder-based systems in 1994.

•3DS invented MultiJet Printing (MJP) printers and was the first to commercialize it in 1996.

•3DS Medical Modeling pioneered virtual surgical planning (VSP) and its services are world-leading, helping many thousands of patients on an annual basis.

Today its comprehensive range of 3D printers is the industry’s benchmark for production-grade manufacturing in aerospace, automotive, patient specific medical device and a variety of consumer, electronic and fashion accessories.

More information on the company is available at www.3dsystems.com.

About Objex Unlimited

Objex Unlimited 3D Printing Studio is a 3D solutions provider and 3D product reseller specializing in 3D Printing, 3D Scanning, 3D Design and 3D Services. We strive to be at the forefront of the 3D printing revolution and to explore, develop, and commercialize new applications in 3D. Leveraging unparalleled expertise in 3D technologies, we work with you personally to find a product or solution that will save you time, effort, and money. We will bring your ideas and designs to life by creating working parts, beautiful full-colour models, and rapid prototypes. Objex Unlimited is an authorized reseller of 3D Systems, Artec and LMI Technologies.

iReviews gold

iReviews names Artec Eva the best 3D scanner under $50,000

Blog originally posted on www.artec3d.com/news.

See the iReview review here: www.3d-scanners.ireviews.com/artec-eva-review

Scoring five stars for value, design, experience and price, the Artec Eva bagged Gold in the iReviews 2015 nomination for the best 3D scanner under $50,000.

The Artec Eva is a versatile 3D scanner that is handheld, which means that it is not bound by the restrictions of a tripod or stand mounted system. A wide variety of things can be scanned, including the human body, which broadens the applications significantly. With the ability to accurately and quickly scan people, we suddenly have a way to provide accurate and properly-fitting prosthetics, as well as support devices. We can also insert the scanned data into other images, creating decent quality special effects for movies and other entertainment media. It also opens up a world of possibilities in the research fields, which helps make the world a better place.
The handheld design makes the Artec Eva feel a lot like a video camera when used. An ergonomic handle keeps the process comfortable as well, which is important when scanning large objects that can take more than a few minutes to capture. The Eva captures up to 16 frames per second, automatically aligned by their powerful software package as you go, which makes scanning not only fast but accurate. This is critical in fields where not only speed but accuracy is important, especially when the scans are for forensic investigations, medical research or CGI animation. This can potentially save a life, prove someone’s innocence and even improve the quality of life for millions of people.The Artec Group, based in Luxembourg, is a company dedicated to designing and manufacturing innovative products. The team is composed of people who have worked together for over 10 years and who are experts in the fields of 3D image capturing and face recognition. They also have offices in Palo Alto, CA and in Moscow, Russia. Contact info for each office is provided on their website, as well as a form you can fill out to request a demo of any of their products.The Artec Eva is very easy to use. Simply press the button on the unit and begin scanning an object by moving the scanner around. There is no worry about doing something wrong. There are both audio and visual cues that guide you through the process should you need it. This alone helps reduce the learning curve significantly, making the odds of producing a top-quality scan on your first attempt increase significantly. Whatever you don’t pick up on the first pass you can return to and re-scan missed areas. Once the scan is done, the software goes to work. It aligns the scans, fuses them into a 3D model, and then allows you to smooth and optimize the data to fill in holes, increase definition, etc. If you have purchased texturing capabilities, you can apply texture to the scan as well. Once you are done, you can save the data in any number of compatible 3D file formats for export, which can accommodate a wide range of 3D applications.Overall, we found the Artec Eva to be innovative, affordable for a scanner in its class and very easy to use, producing top quality results without having to be an expert in 3D scanning and telemetry. With all the wonderful features included in this package, we are glad to award the Artec Eva the top spot on our list of iReviews 2015 best 3D scanners under $50,000. 

Price: $19,800



1. Best overall value of any scanner in its class
2. Supports a wide range of file types
3. Long range scanning up to 1 meter

1. Texture capture upgrade is expensive
2. Software not included in the price


Originally published at http://3d-scanners.ireviews.com/artec-eva-review.

About Objex Unlimited

Objex Unlimited 3D Printing Studio is a 3D solutions provider and 3D product reseller specializing in 3D Printing, 3D Scanning, 3D Design and 3D Services. We strive to be at the forefront of the 3D printing revolution and to explore, develop, and commercialize new applications in 3D. Leveraging unparalleled expertise in 3D technologies, we work with you personally to find a product or solution that will save you time, effort, and money. We will bring your ideas and designs to life by creating working parts, beautiful full-colour models, and rapid prototypes. Objex Unlimited is an authorized reseller of 3D Systems, Artec and LMI Technologies.

Photo Courtesy of CTV News - A 3D printed replica of the bell from the HMS Erebus, one of two ships from the Franklin Expedition, is unveiled at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto on Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.

3D Printed HMS Erebus bell replica, scanned using Artec Eva, to be centrepiece of Franklin Expedition exhibit

Last week, the ROM announced their new exhibit outlining Sir John Franklin’s lost 1845 expedition to find passage in the Arctic Northwest. The centrepiece of the exhibit? A full-scale, 3D printed replica of the bell that once rung aboard the HMS Erebus.


PARKS CANADA - Recovery of the bell of the HMS Erebus


The replica of John Franklin’s bell was created using an Artec Eva 3D Scanner and a 3D Systems ProJet 660Pro. First, the 3D scan was actually done underwater to ensure that the bell kept it’s original shape and was not damaged during the extraction. The Artec Eva has the advantage of being one of the most flexible scanners on the market today, and has the ability to capture both colour and geometry simultaneously. Second, the replica was printed on a ProJet 660Pro, 3D Systems’ full colour printer (and one we use every day here at Objex Unlimited), due to its amazing colour reproduction and photo realistic printing abilities. When it comes to realism, there really is no other 3D Printer that can reproduce colours like the 3D Systems x60 Series.



From the National Post: “The bell that was recovered from the ship requires extensive conservation and so the creation of a full-size 3D replica — the only one in the world — seems to us to be a great way to launch this project,” said Janet Carding, the museum’s director and CEO.”


There are certainly no shortage of examples where 3D scanning and 3D printing have been used in conjunction to restore historically significant items and artifacts that would otherwise be too fragile or delicate for public display. Every day, more and more museums are turning to 3D printing as a means to create perfect replicas of existing artifacts, or restoring artifacts that have already been damaged.
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Fabricating a Work of Art – 3D Printing and a Heart of Gold

A few months ago, a bright-eyed optimistic young artist by the name of Brendon McNaughton walked into our studio. As we showed him around all the different 3D technologies and services available to him, we could see the gears begin to turn in his head and the creative juices started to flow. It wasn’t long before we were consumed by his infectious excitement. Brendon had a plethora of astounding and novel ideas and saw all the 3D printers, scanners and other fabrication methods as his canvas and brush.

One of Brendon’s first ideas was for his Heart of Gold piece. The idea was, after the initial Heart of Gold piece, to have individuals commission him to take their own heart scan (using CT Scan technology), and turn it into gold, so that each heart design would be unique, and a token of the Art Collector’s own heart. Each heart is covered in 22 Carat gold and is 6in(W) x 7in(H) x 5in(D) in size. Here is an excerpt on the project from the Heart of Gold website:


Be sure to check out Brendon’s official page for the Heart of Gold: www.brendonmcnaughton.com

“Heart of Gold is a sculpture by Brendon McNaughton first produced in 2014. It is a stereolithography print of a living human heart finished with 22 carat gold. Collectors commission their own hearts to be made by McNaughton. Heart of Gold is a portrait of contemporary market oriented cultures.”

To achieve this, he needed the customizability of 3D design and print technologies. Around the same time we first met Brendon, we had just recently acquired our ProJet 6000 Stereolithography printer, and were finally getting starting to get amazing results with our SLA prints. The Rapid Prototyping process would allow customized hearts to be produced on demand without the need to hand sculpt each piece. He also needed a printer that would maintain the high level of detail of a human heart, while maintaining a smooth surface finish, and also being strong enough to survive further processing and handling. What better way to usher in our brand new ProJet 6000 Stereolithography 3D Printer? Stereolithography 3D Printing was the only technology that hit on all these facets.

The vision of an artist is something that needs to be nurtured. The creative process no longer needs to be limited by what tools you use, with so many options for customization and fabrication. 3D printing allows for means of expression not previously possible. It’s our job here at Objex Unlimited to overcome hurdles and leverage technologies to bring ideas to life!


About the Artist: 

Brendon McNaughton (b.1990, Newmarket, ON) is a multidisciplinary artist working out of Toronto, Canada. He received a B.F.A. from York University in Toronto and studied at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. McNaughton has traveled and worked in a number of countries in Africa, as well as Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada. His observations and working experiences provide great contrast to the luxurious lifestyles he has seen in New York City and Toronto. Brendon McNaughton has blended the concerns and methods of Pop, Surrealism and Conceptual art with the appropriation of his working class upbringing. Extracting processes, imagery and material from the construction sites and mining towns he had worked, McNaughton unravels what makes one person live a life of luxury and opulence while the next faces hardship and poverty. McNaughton exhibits throughout North America and Australia. He has received numerous awards and grants for his work and is included within multiple public and private collections internationally.

The relationship between plutocrats (gazillionaires) and the proletariats (wageworkers) are central to McNaughton’s practice. He is looking for answers to what creates class and status distinctions. His examinations are intertwined with economic philosophy and the study of markets. A life of opulence compared to the landscaper who turns the garden beds of the rich. The landscaper does this for a wage that after a lifetime of work could not afford them to purchase even the vehicles in the driveway of their wealthy customer. This is a curious thing, and it is these curiosities that inform McNaughton’s work. Bullet riddled panels, sculptures made with raw tree trunks, pristine golden mirrors, paintings with axe holes hacked through them are all common sights within his works. Through these explorations McNaughton refers to what creates these class and status distinctions.

Print Heart of Gold


Be sure to check out Brendon’s official page for the Heart of Gold: www.brendonmcnaughton.com


Hershey to Launch the First Ever 3D Printed Chocolate Exhibit

Originally posted on 3dprint.com by Brian Krassenstein

When it comes to the 3D printing of food, probably the most popular, easiest, and most delectable food to print with is chocolate. We’ve seen numerous companies, both large and small, experiment with the process, and in fact there are several chocolate printers in production as we speak, which are capable of intricate fabrication of unique chocolate objects.

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Out of all the companies out there, one instantly pops into most individual’s heads when they think of creamy, rich chocolate, and that is Hershey. With the history, the market reach, and the drive within the company, it was only a matter of time before the Hershey, Pennsylvania-based chocolate producer would integrate 3D printing into its operations in some way, shape, or form. Today is that day!

Teaming up with 3D Systems, Hershey has announced that on December 19th they will debut the 3D Chocolate Candy Printing Exhibit at the Hershey’s Chocolate World Attraction. Here, visitors will have the opportunity to watch and interact with scientists at the company as well as 3D printers spewing out the rich creamy candy.c2

“We are now using 3-D technology to bring Hershey goodness to consumers in unanticipated and exciting ways,” said Will Papa, Chief Research and Development Officer, The Hershey Company. “3-D printing gives consumers nearly endless possibilities for personalizing their chocolate, and our exhibit will be their first chance to see 3-D chocolate candy printing in action.”

Hershey will use the feedback and insight gathered from visitors at the attraction to gauge their entrance into the space, with ultimate plans to utilize 3D printing to create an experience, and possibly products, like none other. The visitors will actually be the ones who, perhaps unknowingly, shape the future of commercial chocolate 3D printing.

“We are committed to democratizing 3-D printing, making this game-changing technology accessible and engaging for everyone,” said Chuck Hull, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, 3D Systems. “Our partnership with Hershey, the largest producer of quality chocolate in North America and a global leader in chocolate and confections, allows us to create unique, exciting and personalized edible experiences, and this is a great way to showcase the power and possibilities of 3-D printing.”

The 3D Chocolate Candy Printing Exhibit will allow visitors to get scanned and then be transformed into a chocolate-looking sculpture on screen. They will also have the opportunity to watch live as one of the most advanced chocolate printers in existence works its magic.

If you happen to be in the area and want to stop in, Friday of this week will be the grand opening of the 3D printing exhibit. The address of Hershey’s Chocolate world is 251 Park Boulevard, Hershey, PA. Let us know if you have the opportunity to stop in. Take some pictures and document your experience in the Hershey 3D Printed Chocolate Exhibit forum thread on 3DPB.com. Check out the promo video below:


3D Printing: Dog’s Best Friend

Originally Posted at www.3dsystems.com/blog

Derby the dog was born with a congenital disease that caused a malformation in his front paws. More like flippers than feet, Derby’s condition made it difficult for him to get around, but true to the effervescent spirit of a puppy, Derby demonstrated heart-breaking determination to move and play. Though he managed decently enough in soft, indoor environments, hard outdoor surfaces were out of the question. So how is it that Derby can now run and frolic with abandon?  Why, with his custom-3D printed prosthetics, of course!

Tara Anderson is an animal-lover with a record of dog rescue. She counts two rescue dogs as permanent family members, and has fostered countless others. When Tara heard of Derby’s struggle for mobility and need for a family, Derby had her heartstrings in a knot. She volunteered to foster Derby through Peace & Paws, a rescue center in Hillsborough, NH, and worked with them to outfit Derby with a wheel cart to help him get from place to place. “It was a good solution for him to move in straight lines, but overall it wasn’t super maneuverable, and he still couldn’t play with the other dogs or play fetch like he wanted to,” Tara said. “We needed something better.”



Tara was struck with inspiration. As an employee of 3D Systems, she knew the capability of 3D printing technology and decided to ask experts at the office if they would help. After a resounding yes, Tara also enlisted the help of Derrick Campana, an expert dog orthotist at Animal Ortho Care in Chantilly, VA.

Derrick and the 3DS team worked together to create a workable design. They created cups to hold Derby’s front legs, first manually with carved plaster casts and then digitally, with the Geomagic Capture 3D scanner. The 3D contour model was imported into Geomagic Freeform to design the prosthetic legs and then digitally matched up with CT scan data of Derby’s anatomy. By the time this had all been orchestrated, Derby had transferred to fully adoptive owners who were invested in the project and keen to see if prosthetics would work.

Disappointingly, the first ‘peg leg’ design was a disaster. “Derby didn’t understand them and had trouble balancing on them,” Tara said. “They didn’t reflect the kind of flexibility of motion he needed, so it was back to the drawing board.”

As Director of ColorJet Printing (CJP) Product Management at 3D Systems, Tara has a strong background in 3d printing as well as in architecture, and after the first failed testing of Derby’s prototype prosthetics, she went home and started a new product design. “I could tell from watching him struggle that he would be better served by a different design, and it occurred to me that a spoke-and-rocker design would reflect and respond to Derby’s developed method of getting around.” Once she had the idea, Tara went home and sketched it up.

She took her newly conceived design to her colleague at 3DS the next morning, and a few days later the new prosthetics were printed on the ProJet 5500X, a multi-material 3D printer from 3D Systems.

“They were an immediate success,” Tara said. “As soon we fitted them on Derby, he took off running. It was incredible. I can’t describe how gratifying it was to see him finally get to move like he’d always wanted to.”

Derby’s adoptive owners, Sherri and Dom Portanova had the same reaction.

“I’m not easy to impress, but these legs got me. Derby was immediately on the move and now he runs 2 to 3 miles daily, usually faster than my wife and me. It’s amazing.”

Though the second round of prosthetics was a success, further iterations are still being tested with a higher ratio of rubber materials for better grip and comfort.

“That’s the beauty of 3D printing,” Tara said. “We don’t have to wait for tooling, we can just adjust the design and reprint it for use. From my perspective, Derby’s case is what 3D printing is all about. We’re taking a critical need, developing ideas for a solution, and taking advantage of what 3D printing has to offer to make those ideas happen. It’s changing the world, one paw at a time.”

Watch the video below to see Derby wear in his new legs.

Derby the dog: Running on 3D Printed Prosthetics
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Looking back at the 2014 Humber Thesis Show

Just as the school semester begins to wind down and the flurry of exams finally starts to settle, we would like to take this time to look back at this year’s Humber Thesis show. Each and every year these students work tirelessly to push the envelope of what technology has to offer in order to bring us outstanding ideas and new ways of thinking. The event never ceases to blow our minds!

Our team here at Objex Unlimited has been thrilled to be working with a wide range of extremely talented clients all with fresh concepts and great ideas. With this said, there is nothing like the Humber College Thesis Show. Showcasing students from the Bachelor of Applied Technology (Industrial Design) degree program, this annual show is an outstanding display of talented, and innovative designers. Amongst their hours of research, design, and engineering work, these students are required to present accurate, and realistic concept display models.

Working in conjunction with Objex Unlimited, a great deal of these students were able to accurately replicate their prototypes and design models. This was a fantastic experience for both the students and our team here at Objex Unlimited – to be able to provide these talented students with the resources they need to continue to evolve and innovate their designs.

Check out the Humber Thesis Show 2014 Gallery.