Your Personal Smart Phone Case
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by Alexander Steiner
Fabplace (by Deutsche Telekom) has entered the 3D Printing arena and started an online customization service (by now only in German language). With a clear aim at the mass consumer market, they are enabling everyone to create customized and personal smart phone cases in the web, and get the produced items shipped within two weeks.
How clearly the concept is targeted at the millions of T-Mobile (and other network providers') customers can be seen in the published advertisement material, which highlights the benefits of 3D Printing in a very specific manner:
The user interface is guided with 5 simple steps to go:
1. Choose the case for your smart phone type
2. Choose from one of the several basic case shapes and designs
3. Choose your color
4. Upload and imprint a picture on the case and add logos and text, like your name
5. Order and wait until your new case is additively manufactured and delivered to your hands
Each case is individually manufactured in Polyamide. The colors are sun resistant and do neither spall or get scratched, nor bleach out. The perfect present for a loved one. New case shapes and models will be added from time to time.
For the structural design of the case templates the netfabb Selective Space Structures software was used. We are also proud to have been able to help in creating the production service archtitecture from end to end.
A Special Offer:
Visit the netfabb team at our booth at the Euromold 2013 in Frankfurt and get a free 5.90 € voucher for your first Fabplace order!
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Manufacturing some Bones and Saving Time â€“ A Turorial
Thursday, September 05, 2013 by Alexander Steiner
This tutorial shows how to use the Automatic Packing add-on for netfabb Professional on the example of a friendly skeleton. Save your time and let your computer do the work for you. netfabb groups and arranges a large amount of different parts on the building platform as compact as possible. This saves printing material and a lot of manual work.
First of all we need to activate the platform in netfabb. Go to "View" and activate the check box for "Show platform":
The size of the building platform can be set under "Settings" \ "default platform size":
In the next step we load all the STL files of the skeleton. In this case these are over 200 STL files saved as a fabbproject file (in this way all the bone STLs are loaded in a way where they are arranged correctly as a human skeleton).
Now to automatically pack all the bones of our skeleton go to "Edit" \ "Automatic placement":
Now comes the important part - the options of how to run the Automatic Packing.
"Minimum distance" determines the distance between the parts. Keep it at 1.0 mm to get the most compact results.
Set "Accuracy" to determine the accuracy of the placement. The more accurate the more compact the arrangement will be and the longer the computer needs to do the calculation.
"Z rotation steps" determines how far the parts may be rotated when their rearrangement is done.
"Limit platform height": Set the maximum height up to which the parts shall be arranged on the platform.
Finally click on "Pack Platform" and let the PC do the work. The result in our example looks like this:
netfabb Automatic Packing pays off really fast for companies offering Rapid Prototyping services and companies manufacturing a lot of parts per build job.
More information and request for a quote here.Category: netfabb
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netfabb Mobile for Android - video demonstration
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 by Ulf Lindhe
A video demonstration of netfabb Mobile from RAPID 2011 in Minneapolis. Many thanks to Scott Volk at GPI Prototype for making an excellent demo. netfabb Mobile for Android can be downloaded at https://market.android.com/details?id=netfabb.mobile.
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