3D Printed Life-Size Triceratops Causes a Stir in Paris

METROPOLE DinoLOD, Israel – June 21, 2018 - Massivit 3D announced that its customer, METROPOLE, has created an ultra-realistic, full-size triceratops to promote a new paleontology exhibition at Paris’ Musée national d’Histoire naturelle.

With the objective to drive visitor footfall to the museum’s exhibition, the visually-striking dinosaur was brought to life using METROPOLE’s Massivit 1800 3D Printer in just two days. Measuring a gigantic 1.8m.-wide, 2.33m.-long and 3m.-high (5.9ft. x 7.6ft. x 9.8ft.), the reptile is currently grazing on vegetation at the Gare d’Austerlitz railway station, adjacent to the museum.

Bringing History to Life

“When it comes to producing giant attention-grabbing models that truly turn heads and capture people’s attention, our Massivit 1800 is the solution of choice,� says Denise Zanet, executive partner at METROPOLE.

Using the Massivit 1800’s unrivaled print speed of up to 35cm./14-inch per hour and dual print heads, METROPOLE was able to meet the museum’s stringent deadline by producing the triceratops in just eight components. Once assembled, the company strengthened the construction with ballast to guarantee the dinosaur’s longevity during sustained interaction within a public environment. To ensure even greater lifelikeness, Metropole’s cinematic artistic team then covered the dinosaur with a textured surface to achieve its natural-looking skin, while also producing realistic eyes to enhance its authentic appearance.

“The Musée national d’Histoire naturelle was completely blown away by how astonishingly lifelike our 3D printed triceratops looks,â€� says Zanet. “It’s already generating huge buzz at the train station with many passers-by asking how it was created and where they can find out more.â€�

DinoSecuring Repeat Business

According to Zanet, France’s leading transport company, SNCF Gares & Connexions approached METROPOLE following its close collaboration and success of last year’s Corto Maltese campaign. This saw the company produce a life-size replica of the Italian comic book adventurer in celebration of the series’ 50th anniversary.

She explains: “Gares & Connexions were so overwhelmed by the incredible success and interaction that the 3D printed replica generated, that they recommended us for this campaign. This is a testament to the strong customer engagement and brand awareness attainable with our Massivit 1800.�

The stunning triceratops will be wowing the public throughout the duration of the paleontology exhibition, which is on display until September 2.

Source: MASSIVIT.

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XtreeE and Seaboost Give the Sea a Boost with a 3D Printed Coral Reef

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Right now is not a great time to be a coral reef. Warming ocean waters are causing bleaching, which is what happens when a coral’s symbiotic microalgae, which give the coral its bright color, die off, causing the coral itself to die. Those warmer temperatures allow for the proliferation of disease, too, and the rising amount of carbon dioxide is leading to acidification of the oceans, which dissolves coral and makes it harder for it to grow. Then there are problems that include overfishing, damaging fishing practices using cyanide and dynamite, pollution from sewage and agriculture, invasive species, and sedimentation from poor agricultural practices.

That’s only part of a long list of the threats against coral, but why are the reefs so important, you may wonder? There are a lot of reasons why protecting coral reefs is urgent. Most people understand that it would be a bad thing if the reefs all died, but not everyone realizes what a direct impact the loss of coral reefs would have on humans. For one thing, coral reefs protect coastlines from damaging waves and tropical storms. Without coral, there’s no buffer against erosion, floods, property damage and even loss of life. The fishing industry depends heavily on the presence of coral reefs, too, as many fish spawn there and juvenile fish spend time there before heading out to sea.

Far more than just humans would be affected by the loss of the reefs, however – they house some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet, and many species rely on the reefs for their survival. If you’ve studied biology even a little bit, you’ll likely recall the ripple effect the loss of even one species has on an ecosystem, and the loss of the coral reefs would result in a staggering loss of life below the waves – and above them, too, as other creatures such as birds were deprived of major food sources.

That leads to the question: what’s to be done? Changing human behavior is crucial – taking steps to halt climate change, using less damaging fishing and agricultural practices, etc. But those things take time, and the coral reefs still need to be given a chance to recover, to catch up. Thankfully, we humans have the technology for that. In the waters off the coast of France’s Calanques National Park, a large chunk of 3D printed concrete has just been immersed. It’s not just any chunk of concrete; it’s been specially designed to mimic the structure of a coral reef, with the hope that it will attract fish and other marine life – and, most importantly, free-floating baby coral polyps. If these polyps embed themselves in the concrete and begin to grow, you have the beginnings of a new coral reef.

This particular concrete reef was designed by French marine conservation organization Seaboost and large-scale 3D printing company XtreeE. While neither organization has commented on the material the reef is made of, XtreeE describes it as a “biomimetic, porous� material, similar to coral itself.

The first 3D printed reef was sunk in the Persian Gulf in 2012. Since then, there have been several others, in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, Australia and elsewhere. Now it’s a game of wait and see what happens. The reefs are being monitored over the course of several years, and if they successfully attract life forms that build them into living reefs, we could see this kind of project being implemented on a large scale.

So much of the damage done to the environment has been caused by humans and our technology – but it could also be our technology that saves the environment, if we use it right. 3D printing new coral reefs is a great step in the right direction.

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Chinese market regulators propose guidance for 3D printed medical devices

The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has published new guidance into the registration requirements for 3D printed medical devices.

The draft guidance is intended to address industry questions into how the CFDA will approach the regulation for 3D-printed medical devices on the Chinese market.

The guidance covers 3D-printed implantable devices for orthopaedic and dental applications; biomaterials and pharmaceuticals produced using additive manufacturing.

The CFDA will also require validation testing for 3D printing manufacturing equipment and processes, as well as materials, software and final products.

Other key proposals of the guidance include environmental parameters which should include temperature, pressure, humidity, gas composition, printing speed, energy density and related factors.

The guidance also proposes that Product validations should include usability tests, that clinicians and healthcare professionals be involved in the design of 3D printed devices and that the use of 3D-printed medical implants should involve contracts between patients, manufacturers and healthcare providers.

It also states that additive manufacturers must conduct cleaning processes which may not be outsourced given the complexity of 3D printed medical devices.

The CFDA is awaiting comments from the industry and is aiming to issue a final version of the guidance to address the 3D printing sector.

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