3D design has been hailed as a great boon to the global economy.
But it has been made more difficult by the rise of 3D printers, which can only produce one-dimensional objects at a time.
Now, 3D designers are looking to the world for inspiration to help create more durable and affordable 3D printed products.
They’re calling on the 3D community to help them create a new way of printing objects.
Australia’s top-selling 3D magazine, The 3D World, has launched an open call for designers to join its 3D Printing Design Challenge to show how 3D can be used to create new ways of creating goods.
The challenge aims to create a 3D printable version of a certain product, and then help designers, in collaboration with local manufacturers, create the object to the same specifications.
A prototype is created, and a team of 3d printers can be sent to the prototype and make changes to the material to create the desired effect.
The results of the 3d printable object will then be displayed at the design competition, which takes place from August 18 to August 23.
Designer Daniel Gifford from Perth-based 3D Designers Australia said it was a perfect opportunity for him to work on his 3D Printed Shirt and Dress.
“The challenge is really to bring the design to life on a prototype,” he said.
“It’s not just a design that needs to be printed, it’s a design of the object that needs printing.”
Gifford said the design could be printed from 3D materials such as carbon fiber or polyester, or made from metal such as aluminium.
“In the future I think we’ll probably see more metal in 3D and plastic as well,” he added.
Giochi della Fabbrica, 3d printing expert at 3D Print Australia, said the challenge was exciting for the design community.
But he cautioned that it would take a fair amount of time to complete.
”It’s a big challenge and we want it to be as fast as possible,” he told News.au.
He said the biggest challenge would be to get a design to the point where a prototype was created and sent to a printer, which would then be sent back to a manufacturer for a final 3D process.”
Once that process has been completed, it will be possible to print the object, and it would then require a lot of time for the final print to be done,” he explained.
However, he said it would also be an incredible opportunity for people to work with 3D objects.
“This is something that is very exciting to design people,” he concluded.
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