This week in engineering and design learned how 3D printing helped Sainsbury’s Christmas TV Ad Air On Time, a balaclava that keeps your warm AND healthy, and modeling Christmas ornaments in SOLIDWORKS for 3D printing.
With winter approaching in New England, we were delighted to hear about researchers who have developed a smart balaclava that warms oxygen before it’s inhaled to reduce the risk of athletes contracting chest infections in winter. For those of you that might not be familiar, balaclavas are like a sock for you head and neck, with a hole cut out for your eye area to look through. Researchers at Nottingham Trent University and a German advanced knitting machine manufacturer, Stoll GmBH, created a balaclava prototype to help runners and skiers who can be exposed to increased risk of infections when exercising in the cold. What makes this design so special is the use of electric-conductive yarns, so tiny that they cannot be felt by human skin, making them able to provide a consistent level of warmth to a piece of clothing so that a runner only breathes in warm air.
3D PRINTING NEWS
This week brought us the eagerly awaited holiday tradition of British supermarket chain Sainsbury’s Christmas television ad. Shot entirely in stop-frame animation, the Sainsbury’s advertisement is a touching and funny mini-musical called “The Greatest Gift”, featuring characters created with 3D printing technology. The characters’ faces required hundreds of variations to make the three-and-a-half minute video, which is why the creators decided to harass the full-color options of Stratasys J750 3D printer.
We’re getting into the spirit of the season, so this week we wanted to share the detailed instructions for modeling a custom ornament in SOLIDWORKS and 3D printing it. The post includes detailed steps on how it was designed in SOLIDWORKS and a video of the 3D printing process.
VIDEO OF THE WEEK
This week a true American hero passed away at the age of 95. John Glenn, the legendary war veteran, astronaut and United States Senator lead an adventurous life. After serving as a combat pilot in World War II and the Korean War, Glenn set the transcontinental speed record as a test pilot in 1957. Soon after Glenn joined Mercury 7, the United States’ first class of astronauts. On February 20th, 1962, Glenn boarded NASA’s Friendship 7 spacecraft and blasted off into orbit. Glenn was the last living member of the original Mercury 7 team. And in 1998, he broke another record by blasting off again at the age of 77, making him the oldest person to reach space. This week we would like to reflect on just some of his many achievements, with National Geographic’s look back on his legendary first orbit of earth.