Tessa’s Weekly Picks – Watering 3D Printing


Tessa Blokland  

Alex Goad Shrimp Detail 3D Printed Coral Reef

I would like to start the upcoming 4 Weekly Picks in the summer with some light-hearted free-associative themes. The first is very appropriate for the weather here in the Netherlands. For weeks it hasn’t rained; farmers in my neighborhood fear for their harvest and in every orchard, you will find sprinklers watering the fruit trees. You might have guessed the first theme: water. Here is a selection of 3D printed projects, products and parts, all freely linked with water.

Design Academy Eindhoven alumnus Maya Ben David designed a system case study of water pipe fittings, called Bypass. With this case study, Ben David wants to show that we are no longer bound by the abilities and costs of metal industry. We can create our own alternative fittings according to how we wish the pipes will go and how we imagine the space to be.  Each Bypass component can match excising metal or new printed parts.

The 3D printed parts in the next example are  3d printed SLM water adaptors for the AUDI W12 engine, and can be manufactured on demand. Dr. Alexander Schmid, After Sales Manager at AUDI AG, mentions on the website: “Manufacturing on demand is a vision for us to ensure supply with original spare parts, which are required less often, economically and sustainably in the future. Regional printing centers would simplify logistics and warehousing.”

Unlike most of the 3D printing specialists, SO3D Technologies uses 3D printing next to more traditional manufacturing techniques to make marine parts. From left to right you see a 3D printed model for a final casted part. With a combination of 3D printing and traditional techniques, S03D’s technology can accelerate the timeline for casting metal parts without enormous investments on the customer’s side.

If you are planning to spend your holiday in Amsterdam this summer, do not forget to pay a visit to the MX3D workplace across the Central Station in Amsterdam on the river IJ. You can see the 3D printed metal bridge in its full size. It will be fully tested before placing it on its original place in the city center of Amsterdam.

Another interesting development in the marine sector is the 3D printing of enormous marine parts like ship propellersRAMLAB, the first Dutch field lab equipped with 3D metal printers is set up to serve maritime and port-related industries. I really see a lot of potential in 3D printing in this field, since it is very cost efficient to send an email with a protected digital file rather than a FedEx to a remote spot on the sea for replacing a spare part.

A super cool and relevant project, MARS, designed by Alex Goad in 2013 (detail at the top). The ceramic surface is designed to house transplanted corals. If you have plans for a diving holiday let me know if you have seen one of the 3D printed coral reefs. I am curious what you think.

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Each of Tessa’s weekly picks is a curated group of 3D printed designs, based on the week’s chosen theme. If you would like to offer a theme for Tessa, or if you have your own 3D printed weekly picks you would like to see featured, please let us know by commenting below. Subscribe to the newsletter to get the latest weekly picks every week in your mailbox.

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