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3D Printing Meets Simulated Reality

Updated: May 12, 2021

3D Printing meets SR

3D printing is no new phenomenon. Although it dates back to the 1980s, in recent years we have seen the increased implementation of 3D printing in a multitude of industries, such as medical, dental, tech, education, and many more. We commonly associate the use of 3D printing with the development of design aids, such as visual and physical prototypes. Now, however, it is being used for much, much more, from the production of jewelry to the printing of orthopedic implants, and the list goes on.

Traditionally, the design, planning, and creative process of a model to be printed is done on a 2D screen. Which is fine right? I suppose, but what happens when you have spent several hours printing a model only to find a small but important flaw which you failed to spot before printing? It is often quite hard to judge the relation between 2D and the real world and when it comes to 3D printing this issue becomes greater. You cannot argue that it makes more sense to visualize your 3D model prior to printing in Simulated Reality (SR)!

To make this possible, a team of 3D printing experts in Dimenco have been working hard to create a solution. The Simulated Reality (SR) Model viewer is a new toolset for implementation in SR-compatible devices which enables you to visualize and interact with your design in 3D before printing. The plugins developed are compatible with programmes such as Cura. This is an exciting new progression for the world of 3D printing making the design and printing process faster, faultless, and more efficient.

From the perspective of designers, this new development brings with it less margin for error and more opportunity for control. On a traditional 2D screen designers do not have access to an in-depth 360° view of their model. Flaws and finer imperfections in the model are not as easily recognized. Now, Dimenco has reduced the chance of error and waste of materials giving designers full interactive insight into their finished model. The comprehension of scale, volume, and detail is now a much more accessible and straightforward task.

“Now with the SR technology by Dimenco you can really look around your model like it has already been printed but without actually printing it, saving a lot of time and effort."

Arnout Ulenberg

Entrepreneur & Designer

View the video below to see Dimenco's 3D print expert Sander discuss this new development alongside Arnout Ulenberg.

About Dimenco

With origins in Royal Philips Electronics, Dimenco has been leading the spatial visualization market since 2010. The company, based in Veldhoven, the Netherlands, aims to push the boundaries to achieve the dream of simulated reality – one of the world’s biggest developments in 3D. Dimenco unites hardware, software and technology to deliver fast, rich and natural three-dimensional experiences – no wearables required. Its open approach to the possibilities of spatial computing will result in totally new ways of interacting with a display, exceeding industry expectations. Inspired by a future filled with holograms, Dimenco is taking simulated reality out of the realm of science fiction and turning it into reality.

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