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23 07, 2019

3D Printing on the Moon… finally someone is talking sense!

July 23rd, 2019|3D Printing|

3D Printing on the Moon... finally someone is talking sense! Up until this time I have found the media promoting stories about 3d printing on Mars, how limitless it would be and grand visions of just what could be accomplished, but... missing a very key component. How can you 3d print without limits on any [...]

10 07, 2019

3D Printing or Rapid Prototyping? Potato/Po-taa-toe?

July 10th, 2019|3D Printing|

3D Printing or Rapid Prototyping? For any old school engineers or fellow 3d printing cohorts that have been around the block (like myself), you may recall back in the day that today's now common term of 3D Printing (additive method for 'growing' a part layer by layer from a CAD file) was originally referred to [...]

28 05, 2019

720 Individual 3d printed K’NEX pieces built this cool digger!

May 28th, 2019|3D Printing|

We created this cool K'NEX project for our tradeshow booth display and it was a bit hit! People actually came specifically over to our booth to take pictures and selfies with it to send off to their kids. Made using SLS and nylon12, then post coloured with our own developed process, over 720 individual pieces [...]

16 04, 2019

The ‘Magic’ of SLS (selective laser sintering), Removing the Build

April 16th, 2019|3D Printing, 3D Prototyping, Uncategorized|

Surprisingly, removing the build is actually the exciting part of the SLS 3d printing process! Not watching it as it builds. Most think watching an SLS while building would be the interesting part of of the process, however because of the way the process builds,  there's actually very little to see. Here's a super basic summary [...]

27 03, 2019

3D Printing request UNLIKE ANYTHING in 23 years

March 27th, 2019|3D Printing|

My week started with a phone call and a question as to whether our company could help with a very personalized item. Within one minute, it was shared that this customer wanted a 6” custom Lego brick followed by these words “this will be an urn for my son’s ashes, who recently passed away from [...]

19 03, 2019

5 Common NDA Mistakes (our experiences)

March 19th, 2019|3D Printing, Invention Help, Inventions|

As we are in the 3D Printing business, it's common for us to be asked by new customers to sign an NDA prior to sending their CAD files. Having worked with 3D Prototype Design now in my 17th year I've personally viewed multiple NDA's, have experienced and found a few common mistakes I [...]

11 03, 2019

2.3 Million Gallons of Water pumped through SLS 3D Printed Part

March 11th, 2019|3D Printing, 3D Prototyping, Inventions|

You may have noticed the Zelda pump (3d printed by us with SLS and nylon) on our home page, but I thought I'd bring light to it again as recently our customer let us know that with their last round of testing the pump ran for 2-1/2 days, pumping 2.3 million gallons of water! That's [...]

26 02, 2019

3D Printing Scaled Down Models

February 26th, 2019|3D Printing, Uncategorized|

We often receive questions about 3d printing scaled down models that never happen as contacting us first isn't the right starting point, unless a few things are already taken care of! Watch this quick video and/or visit our Sales Models page to learn more. https://youtu.be/jM0ucRIbPV0  

19 10, 2018

We Had This IDEA in 2002!

October 19th, 2018|3D Printing, Inventions|

"3Doodler Create" I remember years ago when I first started with 3D Prototype Design, our lead technician Tim came up with an invention based on FDM printing. His idea was to make a small hand held device that could be used as a hobby tool to create in mid air random designs. He described it [...]

27 02, 2017

3D Printing and the Oscar’s Statuettes

February 27th, 2017|3D Printing|

With the help of 3d printing technology, Oscar statues now utilize technology to create the coveted awards with precision accuracy. In 2016 designers utilized an original 1929 Oscar statuette were originally designed by Cedric Gibbons and sculpted by George Stanley. The vintage figure was first 3d scanned to create an accurate 3d CAD file that [...]