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February 22, 2018

3D Print.com

e-NABLE and 3D Printing Featured Among Prosthetic Case Studies in Bespoke Bodies Gallery Exhibit

While Game of Thrones’ Jamie Lannister may wear a prosthetic hand made of solid gold, most prostheses are made from far more common materials, but not all are any more practical. Instead, the...

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by Hannah Rose Mendoza at February 22, 2018 04:45 PM

iMaterialise

3D-Printed Camera Accessories: Improve Your Photography with 3D Printing

One of the main goals of 3D printing is simply to make our lives easier: with a good 3D design and the endless possibilities of the technology, it’s easy to find a solution for your needs. For photographers, it might be the need to take better pictures. By adding just a few small details, you can make taking photos and recording a lot easier.

We have put together a compilation of 3D-printed camera accessories that can bring photography to the next level.

Get your camera ready for an upgrade with this inspiring 3D-printed camera gear!

1. 3D-printed lens cap holder in polyamide (MJF) by Spruce

Sometimes, even the smallest actions can ruin it all. Do you know that annoying feeling when you take the lens cap off your camera and can’t find a place to keep it? Or, even worse, when you lose the lens cap altogether? To avoid these sticky situations, Dutch designer Willem Sparreboom designed this lens cap holder in 3D-printed polyamide (MJF).

3d-printed-lens-cap-holder

Lens Cap Holder (58mm) by Spruce. 3D printed in Polyamide (MJF). Dyed Finish

This 3D printing material is perfect for this camera project because it’s light yet sturdy, and the black color matches the camera perfectly. It’s a simple but smart 3D printing project that allows you to improve your photography experience.

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3D-printed lens cap holder in action

2. 3D-printed GoPro scuba mount in alumide

GoPro is the camera of choice for the most adventurous photographers. Those looking for alternative ways to use their cameras can experiment by 3D printing mounts for their GoPro – and tailor it to their wishes.

The scuba diver Felipe de la Torre 3D-printed this mount to attach his camera to the side of his diving mask. This 3D-printed camera mount was made in alumide to make it sturdy and lightweight at the same time. It’s certainly an original way to bring 3D printing to the bottom of the sea!

3D Printed GoPro Scuba Mount

3D printed GoPro scuba mount in alumide

3. 3D design of a telescope adaptor for smartphones in polyamide (SLS)

This smartphone adaptor is a birdwatcher’s dream! Conceived by the customer optics company Opticron, the adaptor was designed on Tinkercad and is the perfect gadget for digiscoping. This photo technique allows photographers to capture distant images with their digital camera or smartphone by coupling it with an optical telescope.

Smartphone Adapter for iPhone 5

3D-printed telescope adapter for iPhone5

The gadget is the perfect compact, easy to use and low-cost adaptor to take impressive pictures of nature and birds with a smartphone. The adaptor can also be customized to be used with different smartphones, which allows for a lot of flexibility. The gadget is 3D printed in polyamide (SLS): a lightweight, affordable and sturdy option.

Smartphone Adapter for iPhone 5

The smartphone adapter on a telescope

4. Camsports mount for ski goggles in polyamide (SLS)

Another popular camera for recording outdoorsy activities is the EVO Camsports. The Dutch designer Monique de Wilt created this mount for ski goggles, enabling the user to record ski tours, snowboard stunts or dirtbike trips without the need to attach a camera to your head. With this polyamide (SLS) holder, you can mount the tiny EVO Camsports camera unobtrusively on the elastic band of your ski goggles.

Camsports mount for ski goggles by Monique de Wilt

3D-printed mount for ski goggles in action

You can easily and securely attach your camera. So easily that you can even put your camera in the holder without taking your helmet or gloves off. You push the camera in the holder, twist it until you can push it all the way back and twist it until the knob points up. Voila, it is secured, it cannot move back or forth. The holder fits on elastic bands with a width of 4cm,” explains the designer about her gadget. You can find Monique’s 3D-printed camera mount in her online shop.

5. Moonrig for DSLR camera in polyamide (SLS)

Another creative and useful 3D printing idea to make the most of your camera is this customized rig for a DSLR camera. DSLR cameras are more affordable than high-end cameras and they offer very high-quality images, but it can be difficult to use them for shooting. So the filmmaker Daniel Samier decided to unite his work as a cinematographer and his interest in 3D printing with this 3D-printed camera rig.

Daniel Samier using his 3D-printed Moonrig

Moonrig is a collaboration between Samier and the industrial designers Jan Heinzelmann and Sami Ayadi. To get the perfect design, they talked to other cameramen to know more about their preferences and expectations for a camera rig.

The result is a lightweight 3D-printed camera rig in polyamide, perfectly suited to long periods of work. You can find Moonrig camera rigs on their online shop.

Moonrig for DSLR cameras

Did you get inspired by this 3D-printed camera gear? You can also find other ideas to take your camera to the next level with the help of 3D printing by checking out these 3D designs.

Whether you design the camera solutions in 3D yourself or you download them from a database, you can upload your 3D file to our 3D printing platform to get it 3D printed.

Do you have any 3D-printed projects for your camera? Share them with us on social media! #imaterialise

by Aura Farrando at February 22, 2018 04:27 PM

Objet

3D Printing Solutions For Advancing Dental Labs

Although 3D printing has been around for more than three decades, it is fairly new to the dental industry. The field of 3D printing for dental applications is growing broader each year and could arguably be described as one of the most innovative aspects of the dental industry. The additive production process of 3D printing brings numerous advantages and opportunities for dental labs when creating dental products.

Creating the Dental Lab of the Future

We’re excited for these innovations to unfold more deeply into the dental industry, and to support these opportunities, we’ve introduced the Stratasys Objet260 Dental, a solution perfect for mid-sized and large dental labs who are creating high quality results. Attendees of Lab Day 2018 will be able to get a first look at this novel dental solution.

Based on award-winning PolyJet triple-jetting technology, the Stratasys Objet260 Dental delivers cutting-edge functionality for labs across all departments. With the power to 3D print three different materials on a single tray, it essentially provides three printers for the price of one. Able to build surgical guides, models, and appliances for any patient requirement, it can also be operated in single-material mode to increase speed and provide shorter material change-over and reduced waste. Future-proofing current investments, the Objet260 Dental is additionally upgradeable to “Dental Selection” – broadening adoption of next-generation digitally mixed materials.

Also at Lab Day 2018 in Chicago, we will demonstrate two new dental solutions that will allow for more production flexibility and precision when needed, helping it to unlock 3D printing’s potential as a digital workflow solution. The first is a flexible biocompatible material, MEDFLX625 – enabling dental and orthodontic labs with PolyJet multi-material 3D printers to custom mix both flexible and rigid biocompatible materials for short-term, patient contact direct print applications. Attendees will also see first hand new Pop-Out Part (PoP) technology for highly simplified and efficient workflows of dental part support removal, specifically clear aligner arches.

Already worth $780 million in the dental market, 3D printing could become a $3.1 billion industry in the dental sector by 2020, according predictions in a report released in May 2015 by SmarTech. The prevalence of 3D printing is shaping the future of dentistry, with 3D printers and materials that are being manufactured specifically for dental labs, addressing their unique and specific digital workflow needs.

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by Carrie Wyman at February 22, 2018 04:10 PM

3D Print.com

FITNIK Joint Venture Launches Operations to Open Up Russian 3D Printing Market in Aerospace Industry

The worldwide aerospace industry has been taking off in terms of its adoption of 3D printing – the technology can be used to make aircraft components more repeatable, and lightweight, which is...

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by Sarah Saunders at February 22, 2018 03:49 PM

3Ders

CollPlant joins ReMDOs massive bioprinting consortium to develop bioink for 3D printed organs

CollPlant, a 3D bioprinting and regenerative medicine company, has joined the ReMDO Advanced Biomanufacturing Initiative to develop a universal bioink with tunable properties. The bioink would be used for 3D printed tissues and organs.

February 22, 2018 03:27 PM

3D Print.com

Girl Guides Use Technology Skills to Help Special Needs Community with 3D Printed Park Model

The Sharjah Girl Guides were first established in 1973, and spread across the United Arab Emirates in the following years, leading to the establishment of the Girl Guides Association of the United...

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by Clare Scott at February 22, 2018 03:05 PM

3Ders

Artist Rosalie Yu 3D scanned her yummy desserts for 2 years as part of VR, 3D printing installation

In her project &aposRitual of Habits,&apos artist Rosalie Yu explores her relationship with sugar by digitally capturing all the sweets and desserts she has eaten, transforming them into a virtual reality experience and a 3D printed installation.

February 22, 2018 02:01 PM

Fabbaloo

Microsoft's Online 3D Model Repair Tool

Microsoft's 3D model repair cloud service

Microsoft's 3D model repair cloud service

I have no idea how I missed this, but there is another...

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by General Fabb at February 22, 2018 02:00 PM

3D Print.com

For the First Time, You Can Upload 3D Models to Wikimedia Commons

A repository is a central location in which data is stored and managed, and we have plenty of them in the 3D printing world – popular examples include GitHub and Pinshape. Now, we can add...

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by Sarah Saunders at February 22, 2018 01:47 PM

3Ders

Winter Olympics: 3D printing helps Frances greatest Olympian scoop biathlon gold

Frenchman Martin Fourcade, winner of five biathlon gold medals at the Winter Olympics, has been shooting his way to victory using a rifle made with 3D printing technology. The rifle was developed by Athletics 3D – Olympics & Fitting and prototyped on a Zortrax 3D printer.

February 22, 2018 01:11 PM

Engineering.COM 3D Printing

Multi-Powder Dispensing in Aerosint's New SLS 3D Printer

The yet-to-be-released Aerosint 3D printer. (Image courtesy of Fabbaloo.) I hadn’t heard of this concept previously, but it is extremely interesting. Most 3D SLS printers employ the powder bed / laser approach, in which a flat layer of powder is selectively blasted by a high power laser that sinters the particles it encounters, gradually solidifying a solid plastic object within the powder. Repeating this layer by layer produces an entire object. That’s been extremely useful to ...

by Tenlinks at February 22, 2018 12:33 PM

3Ders

Bosch buys Ultimaker 3D printers for facilities across the globe

German engineering and electronics company Robert Bosch GmbH (better known as Bosch), has made a significant investment in Dutch 3D printing company Ultimaker. Ultimaker, which was selected as a 3D printer supplier by Bosch after comparative tests and evaluations, will supply Bosch with Ultimaker 3 Extended 3D printers for its facilities across the globe.

February 22, 2018 11:27 AM

Shapeways appoints Open Educations Gregory Kress as new CEO

3D printing marketplace and service Shapeways has announced the appointment of a new CEO. The company’s new man in charge is Gregory Kress, who is filling the role previously held by Shapeways co-founder Peter Weijmarshausen. Kress is the former president and COO of Open Education, an online-based learning platform.

February 22, 2018 10:24 AM

Fabbaloo

Watch Industrial Designer Eric Strebel’s Method for Making 120 Cast Parts From Scratch

A great way to mould 3D printed parts

A great way to mould 3D printed parts

Always one for ingenuity, Eric Strebel puts his industrial...

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by SolidSmack.com at February 22, 2018 10:00 AM

3Ders

Star Trek Online captains can now 3D print their starships

Star Trek Online, the massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), now lets gamers 3D print their starships. The cool 3D printing feature comes thanks to a partnership between software company Perfect World, developer Cryptic Studios, and cloud 3D printing company Mixed Dimensions.

February 22, 2018 09:18 AM

Engineering.COM 3D Printing

3D-Printed Syntactic Foams Might Bring Submarines to New Depths

A team of materials engineers at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering developed syntactic foam filaments that could be 3D printed using off-the-shelf commercial printers. (Image courtesy of NYU Tandon.) New developments in commercial 3D printing could allow submarine manufacturers to create complex, durable, and lightweight parts that can withstand increased oceanic pressure. A new 3D printing method for creating syntactic foams could take submarines to whole new ocean depths. This new metho...

by Daphne MacDonald at February 22, 2018 09:05 AM

3Ders

3D printed terracotta pavilion by HKU on show in Shenzhen, China

A team from the University of Hong Kong&aposs robotic fabrication LAB is exhibiting a three-square-meter pavilion made from 3D printed terracotta bricks. It is being displayed at the Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (UABB) in Shenzhen, China.

February 22, 2018 07:11 AM

Robinz Blog

March BIM AK (Auckland) Event Announcement

Time flies and it is nearly March, see you there:

Only one week to go until the March 2018 BIM AK Event! Make sure you are registered!

(Thursday 1st March, 5.30-8.00pm).

This months event will be focused on Procurement, BIM, and how we can foster more collaborative working arrangements, and will feature an industry panel discussion, with participants from design, construction, project management, and client organisations - we will be actively encouraging audience participation and look forward to some lively debate.

Attendance is FREE, drinks and food will be provided but pre-event registration is essential. All attendees are required to register prior to the day of the event via the registration link below.

Whether you’re a BIM Manager, Architect, Engineer, Contractor, Facility Manager, Manufacturer, Project Manager or anyone else wanting to learn and share information about BIM, BIM AK events plan to have something for everyone.

More details and register at the EventBrite page; https://www.eventbrite.co.nz/e/bim-ak-march-2018-event-tickets-42978547994

by RobiNZ at February 22, 2018 05:40 AM

February 21, 2018

3D Print.com

CADEX Introduces Beta Version of CAD Exchanger Cloud 3D Software Service

The first time we heard about Russian startup CADEX and its CAD Exchanger software suite, a shoemaker in Washington used the product to convert the IGES NURBS files for his shoe lasts so they would...

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by Sarah Saunders at February 21, 2018 10:19 PM

Engineering.COM 3D Printing

Large Format 3D Printing Service Now Available with Voodoo

Consumer 3D printing has now rebranded itself as an industrial manufacturing process, whether that’s through the production of jigs and fixtures or mass production printer farms. Perhaps one of the most notable companies that uses printer farms for mass production is Brooklyn-based Voodoo Manufacturing, which has somewhere in the range of 160 MakerBot 3D printers spread across its factory. The N2 Plus 3D printer from Raise3D. (Image courtesy of Raise3D.) Though the startup is working...

by Michael Molitch-Hou at February 21, 2018 10:00 PM

3D Print.com

Prominent Organizations Invest in 3D Printers and Post-Processing Technology

In 2016, Ultimaker released the Ultimaker 3, the latest in its line of popular, highly praised desktop 3D printers. It was followed by the Ultimaker 3 Extended, a larger version of the 3. Both have...

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by Clare Scott at February 21, 2018 09:37 PM

Mixed Dimensions Enters Gaming World with GamePrint Solution for 3D Printed Collectibles

One popular and fun application for 3D printing technology is that of fabricating handheld figurines from video games, and even creating your own personalized 3D printable gaming character. Gaming...

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by Sarah Saunders at February 21, 2018 08:48 PM

Fabbaloo

And Now - 3D Printed Critical Aircraft Parts?

An aircraft fuselage panel with 3D printed reinforcements

An aircraft fuselage panel with 3D printed reinforcements

Aerospace has long been interested in...

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by General Fabb at February 21, 2018 08:00 PM

3D Print.com

This is the Last Week of the Early Bird Special for 3D Printing in Metal Workshop

Learn the process of 3D printing in metal from design to execution in our all new online 3D Printing in Metal: An Overview of Additive Manufacturing with Metals. The workshop, launching March 27,...

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by Caitlin McKinney at February 21, 2018 07:58 PM

Giant 3D Printed Sculptures to Feature in Inaugural York Mediale Festival

Toward the end of this year, a huge festival will be taking place in York, UK, drawing some of the most creative artists in the country to showcase their works as part of a massive installation....

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by Clare Scott at February 21, 2018 07:15 PM

Fabbaloo

3D Printed Buildings: Do They Make Sense In Your Region?

3D printed buildings in Dubai

3D printed buildings in Dubai

A project in Dubai is to print habitable villas to be actually...

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by General Fabb at February 21, 2018 06:00 PM

3D Print.com

AMBER and Johnson & Johnson to Establish Collaborative 3D Bioprinting Laboratory

As evidenced by all of the major innovations in the field, it’s clear that 3D bioprinting is the future of medicine. One ultimate goal is to replicate patient-specific organs, but other aspects...

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by Sarah Saunders at February 21, 2018 05:53 PM

3Ders

Facebook now lets you share 3D models

Facebook has introduced 3D posts, letting augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) developers (and even 3D printer users) share their 3D models with friends or fans. The 3D models can be viewed from all angles in the Facebook News Feed.

February 21, 2018 05:17 PM

3D Print.com

Techstars Hosting Free 'Ask Me Anything' Webinar About Upcoming Additive Manufacturing Accelerator

If you’re a member of an innovative startup with a unique product or business idea, it’s pretty likely that you’ve heard of the Techstars accelerator. The company’s mission is...

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by Sarah Saunders at February 21, 2018 04:58 PM

Voodoo Manufacturing Now Offering Large Format 3D Printing Services

There are many 3D printing service bureaus in existence, but Voodoo Manufacturing has always stood out for its ambition, going far beyond simply producing parts for customers. The New York-based...

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by Clare Scott at February 21, 2018 04:02 PM

Sculpteo

3D Print.com

Google India Brings 3D Printing and Traditional Art Together with Future Relics

“What object would you like archaeologists 1,000 years from now to remember our present day culture by?” That was the question asked by Google India of visitors to their first Google Arts...

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by Scott J Grunewald at February 21, 2018 03:11 PM

3Ders

Brooklyn Voodoo Manufacturing diversifies 3D printing service with fleet of large-format 3D printers

Brooklyn-based Voodoo Manufacturing is expanding its 3D printing service. Quite literally, in fact, as it is now offering large-format 3D printing to its clients. The company says the new service will enable customers to 3D print objects nearly eight times the size as was previously possible.

February 21, 2018 03:03 PM

Sculpteo

CNC Cookbook

Announcing our 2018 President’s Day Sale!

Yup, we’re having a President’s Day Sale for a limited time.  Here’s the straight scoop: You get 15% off on all our CNC Software.  Just visit our Products page to see what all we have to offer.  You’ll see the discount taken in the Shopping Cart, so click-through to see what your savings will be.  If you […]

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by Bob Warfield at February 21, 2018 02:16 PM

3Ders

Johns Hopkins cleaning up 3D printed surgical models with new PostProcess Technologies gear

PostProcess Technologies, a 3D printing company based in Buffalo, New York, is working with Johns Hopkins University to automate post-printing technologies for 3D printed surgical models.

February 21, 2018 02:15 PM

3D Print.com

Exclusive Interview: Shapeways Introduces New CEO, Vision to Bridge the Gap in 3D Printing and Design

Back in August, Shapeways co-founder Peter Weijmarshausen stepped down as the company’s CEO. During the transition phase, COO Tom Finn has served as interim CEO. Today, the company announces...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at February 21, 2018 02:03 PM

Fabbaloo

The 3D Metal Printing Business Appears to be Very Good

There's a lot more of these at Precision ADM

There's a lot more of these at Precision ADM

A 3D metal printing service recently quadrupled its...

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by General Fabb at February 21, 2018 02:00 PM

3Ders

SLM Solutions 3D printing rare parts for Audi W12 engine

German metal 3D printing company SLM Solutions is working with automaker Audi to make prototypes and spare parts. Components like the water adapter of the little-used Audi W12 engine are being 3D printed on the SLM 280 3D printer.

February 21, 2018 01:13 PM

EOS increases 3D printer production in Germany, expands Asian operations

Additive manufacturing behemoth EOS is upping its production capacity with the opening of a significantly larger facility. The company has also relocated its system manufacturing facilities to Maisach-Gerlinden, bringing production closer to its Krailling headquarters near Munich, Germany.

February 21, 2018 12:21 PM

Digitize your 35 mm photos with this free 3D printable film scanner

Alexander Gee, a photographer and Thingiverse user from New Zealand, has designed a 3D printable 35 mm film digitizer that works with a Sony E-mount camera to capture film negatives in full detail. The tool is essentially a 1:1 &aposenlarger.&apos

February 21, 2018 11:15 AM

Maker 3D prints TChalla vibranium spear for ultimate Black Panther cosplay

Maker Darrel Maloney (aka Broken Nerd) has designed and 3D printed an amazing replica of T&aposChalla&aposs spear from Marvel&aposs &aposBlack Panther&apos film. Check it out.

February 21, 2018 10:01 AM

Fabbaloo

3Ders

Kentstrappers Mavis 3D printer gets twin extruders

Kentstrapper, an Italian desktop 3D printer company, has introduced an independent double extrusion system for its Mavis 3D printer. The system makes it easy to make two identical prints in a short space of time.

February 21, 2018 08:26 AM

February 20, 2018

3D Print.com

3D Printing News Briefs: February 20, 2018

We’ve got a lot of business news to catch you up on in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, starting with an acquisition and a new agreement. 3D printing software provider Beamler has...

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by Sarah Saunders at February 20, 2018 10:34 PM

EnvisionTEC and AvaDent Partner to Deliver 3D Printed Denture Solutions

EnvisionTEC has been manufacturing dental 3D printers for 10 years now, and has built up an impressive inventory that has grown to well over 40 machines. The company regularly launches new 3D...

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by Clare Scott at February 20, 2018 09:44 PM

CNC Cookbook

Results of the 2017 CNCCookbook CAM Survey

Note: I’ve combined all of our 2017 CAM package survey results into this one article so it’s easier to track all the data down.  In addition, I added the Customer Satisfaction Awards and a new section that tells  how to go about building your short list of packages to evaluate. Wow, over 700 responses in […]

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by Bob Warfield at February 20, 2018 09:28 PM

3D Print.com

Australian Researchers Develop 3D Printed Clip-On Attachment to Turn Smartphone into Microscope

You may have read about the team of researchers who, working with an NSF grant, have introduced and made freely available a 3D printable attachment for a cell phone that turns it into a fluorescence...

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by Hannah Rose Mendoza at February 20, 2018 08:59 PM

Ponoko

How To Create A Product To Sell

Your Step-By-Step Guide To Designing, Making & Selling Laser Cut Products

So, you want to create a product to sell. Where do you start?

While articles like this one from Entrepreneur offer a short-and-sweet view of the basics, there’s so much more that must be considered when you create a product to sell.

First you gotta have a GREAT idea. Then you gotta figure out how to make it.

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by Lisa Horn at February 20, 2018 08:30 PM

3D Print.com

DWS Announces New Dental 3D Printing Business Unit and Dental Products

It hasn’t been long since DWS Systems released its last crop of 3D printers, showcasing the technology for which the company is known – SLA. SLA itself is known for being ideal for...

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by Clare Scott at February 20, 2018 08:18 PM

Fabbaloo

Aurora Labs Seeking Dramatic 3D Metal Printing Speeds

Aurora Labs' initial 3D metal printer

Aurora Labs' initial 3D metal printer

Australia-based Aurora Labs has published their roadmap...

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by General Fabb at February 20, 2018 08:00 PM

3D Print.com

Protolabs Sees That "3D Printing Has Evolved" as Part of Manufacturing Suite

Minnesota-based Protolabs traces its history back to 1999, when the company was founded with a vision to provide a solution to slash the time needed for injection molded plastic prototypes, thus...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at February 20, 2018 07:47 PM

3Ders

Google Arts and Culture presents 3D printed vases at Indian museum

Google Arts and Culture has unveiled a series of 10 3D printed vases at Mumbai&aposs Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya museum. The 3D printed pieces are part of the &aposFuture Relics&apos project.

February 20, 2018 07:07 PM

3D Print.com

Collaborative Project Uses WAAM to 3D Print Stiffeners Directly on Airplane Fuselage Panels

Additive manufacturing is becoming widely used in the aerospace sector. The use to which the technology is being put to use in the manufacture of airplanes is becoming more diverse, from interior...

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by Clare Scott at February 20, 2018 06:08 PM

Fabbaloo

Fabric 3D Printing Craze Hits

New craze: 3D printing on fabric!

New craze: 3D printing on fabric!

There’s a bit of a craze underway with several people...

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by General Fabb at February 20, 2018 06:00 PM

3Ders

Check out this incredible 3D printed topographical map of the USA

Reddit user [rittmafat] has created an incredible 3D printed map of the USA, complete with exaggerated topography. The 3D printed model shows the extreme difference in landscape between the East and West.

February 20, 2018 05:09 PM

Milling Around

Adding a New Element of Automation to Our 15L Slant-PRO Lathe

In the world of CNC, automation is important. Using CNC, we can make all sorts of products, widgets, and parts quickly and consistently, but we can streamline that process even more by adding automation ...

by Chris Fox at February 20, 2018 05:00 PM

3D Print.com

Boeing and Oerlikon Team Up to Develop Standard Processes for 3D Printed Titanium Aerospace Parts

While titanium is often the metal of choice when it comes to 3D printed implants, the strong, lightweight material also sees great use in manufacturing aircraft components. The aerospace industry is...

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by Sarah Saunders at February 20, 2018 04:57 PM

What Constitutes Fresh Dimensions in Stereolithography, One of the Oldest and Most Established 3D Printing Technologies?

Stereolithography (SL), the first 3D printing technology, has seen continued innovation in equipment, materials, and application know-how over the last 30 years and has one of the largest globally...

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by Jim Reitz at February 20, 2018 04:15 PM

Structo Introduces Automated Post-Processing with the Velox Desktop Dental 3D Printer

Singapore-headquartered 3D printer manufacturer Structo has become known for its dental 3D printers, introducing its first, the OrthoForm, two years ago and its second, the DentaForm, a year after...

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by Clare Scott at February 20, 2018 03:22 PM

iMaterialise

A Figurine 3D-Printed in Gray Resin: Meet Father Perkins

Imagine bringing your favorite character from an illustrated book to life in the form of a 3D-printed figure! That’s what happened to Father Perkins, the character dreamt up by the author and illustrator John Herzog.

Herzog has a background in animation and has dabbled in filmmaking and screenwriting. He turned one of his characters into a real figure with the help of a 3D designer and the possibilities of 3D printing offered by gray resin.

He explains how his story came to life in this interview.

Turning a character into a 3D figure: from drawing to 3D print

Who is Father Perkins, the main character of this story? “I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. The character has been with me for the last few years and I’m still figuring out exactly who he is. I think Father Perkins is the embodiment of my desire to make the world a better place. That’s the cerebral answer. The basic answer is that he’s a Catholic priest who’s a dog.”

3d-printed-maquette

Father Perkins. From drawing to 3D-printed maquette

 

Father Perkins was originally going to be in a weekly webcomic, so John Herzog thought the character would be good to have as a maquette, allowing him to accurately draw the character from all angles.

“While the idea has evolved from a webcomic to a children’s book, it’s still great to have the maquette and 3D model of the character. Consistency is something that often plagues illustrators, so this is a wonderful way to ensure that the character remains on model throughout the book”, explained Herzog.

When an illustrator meets a 3D designer

The illustrator worked with a professional designer for this 3D design and explained why to us: “While I’ve done some modeling in the past, my skills are incredibly lacking. It’s something I definitely want to get better at in the future. But given my inabilities there, I decided to hire my friend and former classmate Garrett Pond to handle modeling the character. Be sure to check out his wonderful work. The guy is brilliant.Father Perkins

The creative process to 3D printing this figurine started with John drawing the character and handing it to Garrett.

“And Garrett, being the amazing modeler he is, was able to have a first pass done fairly quickly – just a couple of days.” After this, the usual back-and-forth with revisions and tweaks started. Josh would provide Garrett with drawings of the model and he would adjust accordingly.

Garrett also hollowed out the model so that the printing costs would be significantly less.

Click on the image to see all the notes between Herzog and the 3D designer to get the perfect 3D print.

 

It’s all about the right 3D printing choices

Joh Herzog decided to 3D print with i.materialise for many reasons:  “I settled on using i.materialise to print because of all the characters I saw on the site. I knew that the complexities of the design would be handled with love and care. Needless to say, I’m incredibly happy with the result. The part I was most worried about was the glasses, but they came out looking amazing!”

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Hollow your 3D prints in gray resin to make them more affordable

Gray Resin has the perfect qualities for such a project but Herzog also has an aesthetic reason for choosing the material: “I just liked the color. And typically, the maquettes done at major animation studios are done in either tan or gray, which I’ve always liked.”

“I settled on using i.materialise to print because of all the characters I saw on the site. I knew that the complexities of the design would be handled with love and care. Needless to say, I’m incredibly happy with the result. The part I was most worried about was the glasses, but they came out looking amazing!”

The magic of turning an illustration into 3D printing

This is the only character that John Herzog has turned into a 3D figure so far but it won’t be the last. “I’d love to have more of my characters translated to 3D and printed. There’s something truly magical about the process of taking a flat, drawn series of lines and shapes and turning it into a tangible object. It becomes more real somehow. It’s fantastic.

In between design assignments and new books to write and illustrate, and with the time that the illustration classes that he teaches leave him, Herzog is already thinking about a new character to model and print. The funny thing is that this time it will be a cat.

There’s something truly magical about the process of taking a flat, drawn series of lines and shapes and turning it into a tangible object. It becomes more real somehow. It’s fantastic.

An illustration by John Herzog. Will this be his next 3D print?

Meet all the Herzog characters on his website.

Do you also have a favorite character that you want to bring to life?  Once your designs are ready, you can upload them to our 3D printing platform to get an instant quote for your prints.

 If you also need help from a professional 3D designer, take a look at the 3D designers on this database.

3D printing in gray resin

Gray Resin is the perfect material for creating 3D prints with great surface quality and a high level of detail, and it’s ideal for visual models like figurines.

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Gray resin 3D-printed figurines

The technology behind Gray Resin is Stereolithography, which you can learn more about 3D printing in resin in this article. Gray Resin comes in a natural finish called “Basic”, or it can be spray-painted in different colors by our production team.

Don’t forget to read our Design Guides carefully before starting to design your 3D model for this resin.

by Aura Farrando at February 20, 2018 02:52 PM

3D Print.com

Ten 3D Printable Things: #3DBenchy Benchmark Prints

This week in 10 3D Printable Things I decided to make a list of 3D models with a slightly more utilitarian purpose than what I usually find for you. The #3DBenchy is not only a cute little tug boat,...

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by Scott J Grunewald at February 20, 2018 02:35 PM

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The HBOT 3D F300 Desktop 3D Printer

The HBOT 3D professional desktop 3D printer

The HBOT 3D professional desktop 3D printer

We had a look at the powerful F300 professional 3D...

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by General Fabb at February 20, 2018 02:00 PM

3Ders

Voxeljet sending half a million liters of 3D printed sand to Michigan

German large-format 3D printer company voxeljet AG will supply more than 500,000 liters of 3D printed sand to Tooling and Equipment International (TEI) over the next three years. TEI is the largest user of 3D printed sand in the USA.

February 20, 2018 01:57 PM

Stelia Aerospace uses WAAM 3D printer for aluminum fuselage panel

Stelia Aerospace, a French company that makes aerostructures and aircraft seats, has used 3D printing for its latest fuselage panel. The "self-reinforcing" panel, developed with Constellium, Centrale Nantes, and the CT Ingénierie group, is cheap and lightweight.

February 20, 2018 12:33 PM

3D printed smartphone microscope could help diagnose malaria

Researchers from the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Nanoscale BioPhotonics (CNBP) have developed a 3D printed add-on clip that turns smartphones into fully functional microscopes. The clip is free to download.

February 20, 2018 11:48 AM

Boeing and Oerlikon team up to standardize titanium 3D printing for aerospace parts

Aerospace giant Boeing has entered into a five-year partnership with Swiss technology group Oerlikon for the development and standardization of metal 3D printing processes and materials. The collaboration will seek to advance additive manufacturing for the production of structural titanium aerospace parts.

February 20, 2018 10:06 AM

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Book of the Week: Motors for Makers

Motors for Makers

Motors for Makers

This week’s selection is “Motors for Makers” by Matthew Scarpino.

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by General Fabb at February 20, 2018 10:00 AM

3Ders

3D printing software startup Beamler acquires fellow Dutch company Printr

Dutch 3D printing software company Beamler has acquired Printr, another software company that has created an ERP (enterprise resource planning) system for desktop 3D printers. Printr had previously ceased operations in October 2017.

February 20, 2018 09:31 AM

Dubai to unveil first 3D printed villa by April

Dubai is trying hard to make good on its plan to have 25 percent of all buildings in the city 3D printed by the year 2030, and has taken another step towards realizing the goal.

February 20, 2018 08:21 AM

February 19, 2018

3Ders

Pioneer of 3D printed design Joris Laarman gets High Museum of Art exhibition in Atlanta

A new exhibition at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta is highlighting the work of Joris Laarman, a Dutch designer known for his forward-thinking and experimental 3D printed pieces. The exhibition, entitled “Joris Laarman Lab: Design in the Digital Age,” opened its doors yesterday, February 18, and will run until May 13, 2018.

February 19, 2018 06:01 PM

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Kodak Gets Stickier

Kodak joins with Learnbylayers

Kodak joins with Learnbylayers

Kodak 3D Printing has announced a partnership agreement that...

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by General Fabb at February 19, 2018 06:00 PM

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University's 3D Printing Club Creates a 3D Printed Foot for a Local Dog

Tucker is a beautiful five-year-old Australian shepherd who has a lot of energy and loves people – a typical dog, in other words. One thing sets him apart from most of his puppy peers, however...

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by Clare Scott at February 19, 2018 05:47 PM

Bonneville Run: Streamliner with 3D Printed NACA Duct Breaks Long-Standing Record

While some of us possess an innate and fierce sense of competition, a rare few use more extreme activities to demonstrate such spirit in action at places like Bonneville, where racing enthusiasts...

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by Bridget Butler Millsaps at February 19, 2018 04:33 PM

3Ders

Into the great un-gnome: 3D printed anti-communism gnome blasted into space

A 3D printed model of a Polish &aposkrasnal&apos gnome, a symbol of the city of Wroclaw and of peaceful resistance against the communist regime of the 1980s, has been launched into the stratosphere. It celebrates 100 years of Polish independence.

February 19, 2018 03:36 PM

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learnbylayers and Kodak Partner to Expand 3D Printing Education

More and more, we’re seeing the positive impact that 3D printing technology has on education, and many of the industry’s heavy hitters are doing their part to get kids interested in...

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by Sarah Saunders at February 19, 2018 03:10 PM

Additive Manufacturing Salaries: Survey Insights

Salary is an uncomfortable point of discussion that makes many people squirm. Nevertheless, it is often the number one deal breaker when negotiating a job offer. This is common for most industries,...

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by Signe Damgaard Jensen at February 19, 2018 02:22 PM

3Ders

3D printable Epic Sci-Fi Tiles for tabletop RPGs now on Kickstarter

Epic Dungeon Tiles, a company that creates 3D printable tabletop sets for RPGs like Dungeons and Dragons, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its latest RPG tile collection: Epic Sci-Fi Tiles. With 12 days left to go of the crowdfunding campaign, Epic Dungeon Tiles’s Rob Mehew has already raised over double the $700 goal.

February 19, 2018 02:22 PM

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3D Print Materials Copyright Law Battle

A lot of Fortus 3D print material canisters from Stratasys

A lot of Fortus 3D print material canisters from Stratasys

Micheal Weinberg writes of an...

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by General Fabb at February 19, 2018 02:00 PM

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Metal 3D Printing Goes Small in a Big Way

Metals. Humans have been developing innovative ways to use these electric-conducive, often shiny, malleable materials for centuries. From creating intricate details in jewelry to forging weaponry and constructing giant structures, the use of metals continues to evolve in modern times.  Even 3D printing has its place on the timeline of metalsmithing, albeit relatively recent. Now, that marker just got bigger in a small way—a very small way. In fact, it is so small that the prints can...

by Jeffrey Heimgartner at February 19, 2018 01:14 PM

3Ders

Structo Velox: first desktop 3D printer with integrated automated post-processing

Singapore-based dental 3D printing company Structo has unveiled the Structo Velox, a dental 3D printer with integrated autonomous post-processing. The printer has three stages: print, wash, and cure, and shortens the time it takes to print models, denture bases, and other dental items.

February 19, 2018 01:06 PM

The 5 most successful crowdfunded 3D printers of all time

Crowdfunding, through platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, has allowed 3D printing startups to get their 3D printer onto the market (for better or worse!) without third-party investment. These are the five biggest 3D printing crowdfunding campaigns ever, featuring Formlabs, Tiko, and others.

February 19, 2018 12:32 PM

3D CAD simulation platform SimScale integrates Parasolid, HOOPS Exchange

Cloud engineering platform SimScale is collaborating with Siemens PLM Software and Tech Soft 3D to optimize simulation workflow with better CAD model handling. The new SimScale integrates both Parasolid (Siemens) and HOOPS Exchange (Tech Soft 3D).

February 19, 2018 10:50 AM

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Design of the Week: DIY Sneaker

A sneaker made with a desktop 3D printer

A sneaker made with a desktop 3D printer

This week’s selection is the incredible 3D printed...

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by General Fabb at February 19, 2018 10:00 AM

3Ders

Dad uses 3D printing to convince kids he stole the moon in hilarious prank

Did you notice the moon was missing was Thursday? Two little kids did when their dad convinced them he had stolen it from the sky.

February 19, 2018 09:11 AM

3D printed chest prosthesis aids recovery of Welsh man with massive tumor

A grandfather in Wales has become the country’s first man to have his chest wall rebuilt with a 3D printed prosthesis. The man, Peter Maggs, had three ribs and half his breastbone removed to get rid of a large tumor.

February 19, 2018 08:00 AM

February 18, 2018

3Ders

California 3D printer company Robo targets Asian market

Robo, a 3D printer manufacturer based in San Diego, California, has announced plans to expand its business to a number of Asian regions, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and, perhaps most significantly, China.

February 18, 2018 05:42 PM

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Carbon Announces New Dental 3D Printing Materials, Part Serialization and Auto Support Generation

Since their CLIP technology was first released, Silicon Valley-based additive manufacturing company Carbon has been one of the fastest rising stars in the 3D printing industry. Along with the debut...

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by Scott J Grunewald at February 18, 2018 03:59 PM

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Missouri students 3D print prosthetic paw for Tucker the Australian shepherd

Tucker, an adorable Australian shepherd born with an underdeveloped hind paw, was recently fitted with a 3D printed prosthetic. The prosthetic, which could help the five-year-old dog walk more evenly, was 3D printed by a dedicated team from the University of Missouri.

February 18, 2018 01:35 PM

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All the Details on 3D Metal Printing Issues You'll Ever Need

What actually happens in a 3D metal printer?

What actually happens in a 3D metal printer?

We encountered a lengthy video that details the...

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by General Fabb at February 18, 2018 10:00 AM

3Ders

3D print your own DIY thermal camera

Well, the Ruiz Brothers from over at Adafruit have done it again: made another awesome and fully reproducible project that combines 3D printing and electronics. The make, a 3D printed thermal camera, is the perfect DIY project for this winter weekend.

February 18, 2018 09:11 AM

February 17, 2018

CNC Cookbook

Recipes for your President’s Day Backyard Event

Every now and then, usually on holidays, I like to pass along some of my favorite recipes. There are so many CNC’ers reading the CNCCookbook that I could write about most anything and find a lot of interested readers, but I suspect this gang loves food and especially BBQ-related food particularly well! So without further […]

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by cncdivi at February 17, 2018 08:03 PM

3D Print.com

GCU Students Trying Not to 3D Print Prosthetics for Amputees in Rwanda

It sounds cruel, but actually it’s one of the best things this group of young researchers can be doing. The use of 3D printers to make prosthetics is widely known, from large-scale projects...

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by Hannah Rose Mendoza at February 17, 2018 07:22 PM

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Additive World Hits 6

Once again, it's Additive World!

Once again, it's Additive World!

The sixth episode of Additive World takes place next month.

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by General Fabb at February 17, 2018 10:00 AM

3Ders

Top 3D printing stories of the week: Adidas, Nano Dimension, Porsche, WinterOlympics, more

3D printed shoes, sports cars, Olympic gear, and superheroes! Find some of this week&aposs top 3D printing news stories here.

February 17, 2018 09:57 AM

Make your own 3D printed Hyrule Castle from Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Thingiverse user [Jbenedetto84] has designed a 3D printable Hyrule Castle from the Nintendo Switch game Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The 3D model was ripped from the game, and comprises both the castle and its grounds.

February 17, 2018 09:24 AM

February 16, 2018

3D Print.com

3D Printing News Briefs: February 16, 2018

Even though it’s Friday, 3D Printing News Briefs is all business today. DEWA is increasing its cooperation with GE, and Nano Dimension has raised $12 million in an underwritten public offering...

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by Sarah Saunders at February 16, 2018 10:37 PM

How to Start a Medical 3D Printing Lab

MUN MED 3D is a 3D printing biomedical laboratory housed at the Health Science Center at Memorial University. Founded by Michael Bartellas and Stephen Ryan, the organization has done some great work,...

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by Clare Scott at February 16, 2018 09:50 PM

FIM Enel MotoE World Cup: 3D Printing to Develop New Ego Corsa Electric Motorcycle

Italy-based Energica is a subsidiary of CRP Group, a motorsports pioneer also headquartered in Italy and creator of the advanced Windform laser sintering materials, which were used to 3D print...

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by Sarah Saunders at February 16, 2018 09:02 PM

Fraunhofer IGD Develops Real-Time Autonomous 3D Scanning System

Vintage cars are cool, but they can also be troublesome, particularly when one of their parts breaks. When a car is no longer being manufactured, that means its parts are no longer being...

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by Clare Scott at February 16, 2018 08:27 PM

3D Printing of Ski Gear and R&D Tax Credits

In the 2014 Olympic Winter Games American freestyle skier Nick Goepper’s success made history for his sport and the country. He is part of Team USA and in 2014 won the bronze medal in Sochi for slope...

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by Charles Goulding at February 16, 2018 07:24 PM

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An Update on 3D Systems' Strategy

Where is 3D Systems headed? 

Where is 3D Systems headed?

We had a sit-down with 3D Systems’ CEO Vyomesh Joshi and got a...

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by General Fabb at February 16, 2018 06:00 PM

3D Print.com

Literal Growth in 3D Printing with Live Parts: Details from Desktop Metal

Last week at SOLIDWORKS World, the software platform became further enmeshed with additive manufacturing as a flurry of announcements introduced new collaborations, integrations, and offerings...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at February 16, 2018 05:48 PM

EBM 3D Printing Process Used to Process a Steel Alloy with High Damage Tolerance

While the adoption and development of metal 3D printing continues to grow, so too does research into different types of metals that can be 3D printed, including steel. The aerospace and automotive...

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by Sarah Saunders at February 16, 2018 04:54 PM

First 3D Printed Chest Implant in Wales Carried Out at Morriston Hospital

71-year-old Peter Maggs of Wales had no idea he had cancer when he went to the doctor for what he thought was a cyst in his chest. There was no pain, he said, but the cyst turned out to be a sarcoma...

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by Clare Scott at February 16, 2018 04:02 PM

3Ders

EOS subsidiary ALM releasing three new industrial 3D printing materials next month

German 3D printing company EOS has launched three new 3D printing materials suitable for industrial applications. All three products, to be released through EOS Group’s subsidiary ALM, fall into the high-performance polymer category and will be available for purchase as of March 2018.

February 16, 2018 03:52 PM

3D Print.com

3D Printed Gnome Launches into the Stratosphere to Celebrate 100 Years of Polish Independence

My hometown mascot is the panther…or at least it’s the mascot for all of our sports teams. After each touchdown the high school football team scores, you’ll hear a panther snarl...

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by Sarah Saunders at February 16, 2018 03:15 PM

Lenovo Lends a 3D Printed Helping Hand to Children in Need of Prosthetics

Multinational corporation Lenovo, manufacturer of technology such as computers and tablets, first got into 3D printing a few years ago with a chocolate 3D printer. Since then, the company has gotten...

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by Clare Scott at February 16, 2018 02:27 PM

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Kwambio's New Glass 3D Print Material

New ceramic materials from Kwambio

New ceramic materials from Kwambio

Kwambio was quiet for quite a while, but now they seem very...

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by General Fabb at February 16, 2018 02:00 PM

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Polyamide 3D Printing at Its Best: Solving David Pitcher’s 3D-Printed Puzzles

Do you want to learn how to 3D print your own puzzles?

Meet designer David Pitcher and get inspired by his inventiveness and his 3D printing expertise.

Challenge accepted?

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Crazy Daisy puzzle by David Pitcher. Polyamide (SLS) black dye with colored vinyl stickers.

Put an industrial designer with a thing for inventions in the active puzzle scene of Boston and you will get amazing designs! After studying at the Rhode Island School for Design and working as a creator on everything from holograms to light fixtures and store displays, David Pitcher never stops creating intricate block puzzles among other inventions. With about 40 patents in his pocket, he explained to us how he uses 3D printing and 3D printing materials like polyamide to create his impossible, 3D-printed puzzle cubes.

Discover more in the interview!

What inspired you to create puzzles and how did you join this world?

I’ve always loved puzzles, and growing up I would modify things like 15 sliding block puzzles and Rubik’s Cubes to try to create different challenges. My first attempt at a custom design was for a 5x5x5 cube, soon after the original Rubik’s Cube came to America in the 80’s. Of course, this was already in the works in Europe at the time, but it was the first example of a design I created from scratch. Unfortunately, that one never got beyond the drawing pad.

Have you always 3D printed your designs or have you also used other methods to create puzzles?

I was one of the lucky people to have access to 3D printing very early on. I had one of the first printers on the market, a machine made by Sanders Prototype (now Solidscape). It was a very finicky machine, and the parts were fragile, so they had to be cast using urethane and silicone molds, but I was able to make my first custom puzzles with it in the late ‘90s.

Of course, it was the advent of readily available SLS 3D printing through web-based services such as i.materialise that really let my creativity take flight.

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Tetracopter puzzle by David Pitcher. Polyamide (SLS) black dye with colored vinyl stickers.

 It was the advent of readily available SLS 3D printing through web-based services such as i.materialise that really let my creativity take flight.

Which advantages does 3D printing have for your designs?

Twisty puzzle design as we know it today would not be possible without 3D printing. I have always liked to create puzzles that make the player think differently. Often, this means using axis systems that no one has made before, which means the puzzles cannot be a modification of an existing mechanism.

This type of puzzle design would be virtually impossible without 3D printing. Of course, the more complex twisty puzzles get, the more essential it is to use 3D printing as well.

Tetracopter by David Pitcher.Polyamide (SLS) black dye with colored vinyl stickers.

This type of puzzle design would be virtually impossible without 3D printing. Of course, the more complex twisty puzzles get, the more essential it is to use 3D printing as well.

Which 3D design software do you use to design puzzles?

I use SolidWorks to design my puzzles since it has several features that seem almost tailor-made for twisty puzzle design. However, it is an expensive program, and there are now some other good lower cost options available for 3D design such as OnShape. But since I already have SolidWorks, I’ll stick with that for now.

How does your creative process work for 3D printing puzzles?

The hardest part about designing twisty puzzles is coming up with new ideas. I’m always trying to find interesting geometries that will make the solver think in different ways. This means spending a lot of time studying various geometry texts, playing with shapes in SolidWorks, cutting them up, and trying them out.

I’ve been very lucky in that I’ve been able to find so many new puzzle geometries with interesting properties.

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Tetracopter puzzle by David Pitcher. Polyamide (SLS) black dye with colored vinyl stickers.

Of course, not all of my puzzles rely on new and weird axis systems. Sometimes I make a new puzzle just because I like the aesthetic of it, even if it isn’t particularly difficult to solve. It’s nice to have some simpler puzzles in the catalogue too since not everyone who is fascinated by twisty puzzles is an expert solver.

Whatever my reasons for creating a puzzle though, I always try to bring something new to the world.

Which is your favorite material to 3D print the puzzles and why?

Polyamide (SLS) is definitely my favourite 3D printing material to use since it has properties that are ideal for twisty puzzles. Polyamide (SLS) is very strong, can be dyed black, and you don’t have to worry about support structures since the powder bed takes care of that.

Really the only two drawbacks to SLS are the slight “graininess” of the prints and the expense of the process. This is why I’m very excited about new advances in 3D printing, such as the new Polyamide (MJF) process.

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Crazy Daisy by David Pitcher. Polyamide (SLS) black dye with colored vinyl stickers.

Of course in the future as 3D printing advances, I’m sure there will be new materials and processes that will allow even more creativity with puzzle design.

Polyamide (SLS) is definitely my favourite 3D printing material to use since it has properties that are ideal for twisty puzzles. Polyamide (SLS) is very strong, can be dyed black, and you don’t have to worry about support structures since the powder bed takes care of that.

Which advice would you give to someone who wants to start designing and 3D printing puzzles?

The best advice I can give is to start small. Try out something not too complicated, even if it is something that already exists. Get feedback from experts by talking about what you’re trying to do and seek advice in places such as the forum at Twistypuzzles.com. The community of twisty puzzle enthusiasts is very friendly and open to sharing ideas and advice.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions and put your ideas out there! This way a new designer can avoid a lot of possible mistakes and hopefully create a working puzzle on the first try.

After figuring out the best way to make things work, then it’s time to really have fun and create something unique and different!

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Andromeda Cube by David Pitcher. Polyamide (SLS) black dye with colored vinyl stickers.

Are you ready to solve the puzzle challenge? You can buy some of Pitcher’s creations on his i.materialise online shop.

Maybe you are puzzle creator yourself? Now that you know how to 3D print your own puzzles, upload your 3D designs to our platform and get an instant quote for your 3D prints.

Discover more about puzzle creation in 3D printing through this interview and get all the potential of 3D printing in polyamide.

by Aura Farrando at February 16, 2018 01:42 PM

3Ders

HeartFlow raises $240M to commercialize 3D heart model diagnosis technology

HeartFlow, Inc., a California-based medical tech company specializing in 3D heart models, has secured $240 million through a Series E financing round. The investment will go towards accelerating the commercial expansion of the company’s 3D model analysis tools, as well as advancing its technology and pursuing further clinical studies.

February 16, 2018 01:30 PM

3D printing on the production line: Markforged guide offers advice for manufacturers

Markforged has released a white paper detailing how businesses can incorporate 3D printing into the production line. The guide discusses cost drivers, factory applications, materials, and more, and recommends additive manufacturing as a repair and maintenance tool.

February 16, 2018 12:26 PM

New STEM kits for 3Doodler Start let kids 3D draw their own robotic dinosaurs, insects, more

At the upcoming American International Toy Fair 2018, WobbleWorks, the company behind the famous 3Doodler 3D printing pen, will be unveiling its latest kid-friendly product series. Somewhat surprisingly, it’s not a new 3D pen model, but I’m sure it will excite its customers equally.

February 16, 2018 11:12 AM

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SOLIDWORKS 2019 Sneak Peek – Top Eight Features

Inside Solidworks 2019

Inside Solidworks 2019

Even though we’ve barely begun 2018, it’s time to get psyched for...

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by ENGINEERING.com at February 16, 2018 10:00 AM

3Ders

Queen Mary scientists study 3D printed cell structures with ink that mimics your body

Researchers from the UK’s Queen Mary University of London have used a 3D printing technique to create constructs that resemble biological structures. The structures are embedded in an ink that resembles natural environments.

February 16, 2018 09:57 AM

Is it 3D printable? Fraunhofer IGDs amazing 3D scanning system provides real-time insights

Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD have developed a new industry 4.0 3D scanner and view planning system that autonomously scans objects while determining their 3D printability in real time.

February 16, 2018 08:57 AM

Carbons new DENTCA and DREVE resins bolster 3D printing in dentistry

Carbon, known for its innovative CLIP 3D printing technology, is having quite a busy week. Following an announcement that it was releasing two new software tools for its Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) technology, the California-based company has also reported two new partnerships which will solidify and strengthen its position in the dental market.

February 16, 2018 07:34 AM

February 15, 2018

3D Print.com

RoMA: Robotic 3D Printing and Augmented Reality Combine in Interactive Fabrication Platform

We often see robotics and 3D printing combined, as well as 3D printing and augmented reality (AR). But Cornell University researcher Huaishu Peng, whose 3D printing work has made headlines multiple...

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by Sarah Saunders at February 15, 2018 10:32 PM

3Doodler Hits Toy Fair with New Series of STEM 3D Printing Pen Activities for Kids

In September, 3Doodler celebrated the selling of its one millionth 3D printing pen. The Kickstarter-launched company started out with only one product, the basic 3Doodler, but has since expanded to...

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by Clare Scott at February 15, 2018 09:58 PM

QMUL Researchers Use Inkjet 3D Printing and Self-Assembly Technologies to Create Constructs Using Cells and Molecules

Typically when we hear about self-assembling technology in the 3D printing world, it’s usually referring to robots or pieces of furniture that can build themselves. But researchers from Queen...

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by Sarah Saunders at February 15, 2018 09:27 PM

Grafter Allows Users to Remix Entire Working Mechanisms into New Fully Functional 3D Printed Machines

A longstanding tradition among 3D printing enthusiasts is remixing each other’s models to make something new or better. Crowdsourcing isn’t an especially new way to develop an idea, but rarely...

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by Scott J Grunewald at February 15, 2018 08:37 PM

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We Are Seeing The 3D Printers of the Future Now Emerging

A very complex 3D print indeed

A very complex 3D print indeed

Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what might happen in the...

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by General Fabb at February 15, 2018 08:00 PM

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PaperCut Releases New Software Version to Combine 3D Printing and Specialty Production Printing In One Solution

It’s important to keep your 3D printing software up to date, so everything is current and running smoothly. Global print management software company PaperCut, based in Australia, was founded in...

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by Sarah Saunders at February 15, 2018 07:56 PM

Zortrax 3D Printers Crucial to the Success of NASA Engineers in Creating Tools

NASA has been making use of 3D printing long before the general public even knew it existed. As the technology has made its way into the mainstream, however, NASA keeps making one headline after...

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by Bridget Butler Millsaps at February 15, 2018 07:12 PM

3Ders

i.materialise introduces new Multicolor+ UV Inkjet 3D printing material

i.materialise, the online 3D printing service of Belgian 3D printing company Materialise, has introduced a new UV Inkjet 3D printing material, Multicolor+. The material purportedly produces strong, full-color 3D printed parts.

February 15, 2018 06:13 PM

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Hands on with the Creality CR-10S, Part 2

The Creality CR-10S desktop 3D printer

The Creality CR-10S desktop 3D printer

We continue our investigation of a brand new CR-10S...

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by General Fabb at February 15, 2018 06:01 PM

Hands on with the Creality CR-10S, Part 1

The Creality CR-10S desktop 3D printer

The Creality CR-10S desktop 3D printer

We managed to acquire a brand new CR-10S and put it...

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by General Fabb at February 15, 2018 06:00 PM

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Shark Skin, 3D Printing, and Aerodynamics

Sharks have very unique skin – it gives the animals some help in rapidly propelling themselves through the water thanks to tiny, teeth-like scales called denticles. Four years ago, scientists...

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by Sarah Saunders at February 15, 2018 05:34 PM

BigRep Looks to Break Through the Noise in Thermoplastic 3D Printing: Interview

When ‘big’ is in the name, it’s only natural to expect big things. Germany-based BigRep delivers, bringing large-scale 3D printing to bear with some sizeable hardware offerings. The...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at February 15, 2018 04:54 PM

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French startup Octobre71 sells colorful 3D printed eyewear

Octobre71, a French eyewear startup, is leveraging 3D printing technologies to design and produce customized sunglasses that are 100 per cent made in France. The stylish sunnies are 3D printed in partnership with French 3D printing service Sculpteo.

February 15, 2018 04:02 PM

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3D Printing and Robotics Drive Next-Generation Automotive Repair Project

The automobiles of the future are becoming the automobiles of the present, as autonomous vehicles begin to take to the streets and manufacturers display 3D printed cars. Now a new partnership is...

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by Clare Scott at February 15, 2018 03:58 PM

Educational Initiatives Aim to Reduce Barriers, Provide a Deeper Understanding of 3D Printing

The on-demand and complex nature of 3D printing is completely changing how we design, produce, and service products, and many fields are taking advantage of the technology. But, we often hear that...

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by Sarah Saunders at February 15, 2018 03:02 PM

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Global Advanced Metals: spheroidization improves metal 3D printing powders

Global Advanced Metals, a producer of tantalum products with locations in the US, Australia, and Japan, is setting up Tekna TEKSPHERO plasma spheroidization equipment at its plant in Boyertown, Pennsylvania. The spherical powders it produces will be used for additive manufacturing.

February 15, 2018 02:46 PM

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Keck Center at UTEP Receives Grant to Advance Metal 3D Printing

The research into metal 3D printing never ends, as scientists work to discover what factors go into the creation of defects in metal 3D printed parts – and what can be done to eliminate those...

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by Clare Scott at February 15, 2018 02:15 PM

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Cornell RoMA robotic 3D printing system lets users design 3D objects with AR

A team from Cornell University, including researcher Huaishu Peng, has developed a hybrid 3D printing system guided by augmented reality (AR). The innovative system, called the Robotic Modeling Assistant or RoMA for short, enables users to design 3D models in situ using AR technology and have the model 3D printed simultaneously.

February 15, 2018 01:10 PM

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What the FDA Guidance on 3D Printed Devices Means for Medical Manufacturers

Now that the 3D printing of medical devices has become a promising reality, the U. S. “Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is preparing for a wave of new technologies that are nearly certain to transform medical practice,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD in a statement announcing the final guidance for 3D printed medical devices.

On December 4, 2017, the FDA issued first-of-its-kind guidance to manufacturers of 3D printed medical devices in response to the technology’s growing adoption by the healthcare industry.   The FDA’s guidance offers manufacturers of 3D printed medical devices a path to regulatory compliance. The guidance finalizes the draft version from May 2016 and largely keeps intact the recommendations and considerations laid out in the draft. “We’re working to provide a more comprehensive regulatory pathway that keeps pace with those advances, and helps facilitate efficient access to safe and effective innovations that are based on these technologies,” says Gottlieb.

With so many disruptive medical technologies coming on the market, manufacturers need this guidance to help them navigate faster and more easily the time consuming process of FDA approval. The guidance seeks to help manufacturers better understand the Agency’s requirements for device design, function, durability and quality-system requirements as well as technical considerations associated with the 3D printing processes as these applications move forward. So what is new?  Here is some of the highlights of the guidance.

The FDA’s overall criteria for evaluation and testing of 3D printed medical devices are fundamentally similar to those associated with traditionally manufactured devices. However, while 510(k) and de novo premarket submissions do not typically include any manufacturing information, the final guidance makes it clear that FDA will expect to review certain ‘manufacturing’ information, such as the orientation of a printed object and the printing location.  FDA even suggests that manufacturers submit a production flow diagram and a high-level summary of each critical manufacturing process step. The rationale given for this is, “The effects of the different steps in the [additive manufacturing] processes can be seen in final device testing; however, determining the root cause of failures from manufacturing defects can be very difficult without a clear understanding of each step.”

The FDA also recommends that manufacturers compare and document the desired design of the device to the “manufacturing tolerances of the individual machine” to ensure that the 3D printed device can be reliably built. FDA notes that quality may vary when an identical medical device or component is built using different additive manufacturing machines, even when using the same machine model, parameters, process steps and raw materials. “Therefore, knowledge of how the variability of each input parameter and processing step affects the final finished device or component is critical to ensuring part quality.”

The manufacture of 3D printed devices often requires use of multiple software programs at various stages of the process; thus, files must be compatible across software applications. The final guidance expands upon the recommendations for file format conversions in the draft guidance, noting that file critical attributes and performance criteria should be verified as part of the software workflow validation to ensure expected performance, particularly for Patient-Matched Devices (PMDs).

One of the most notable changes in the final guidance is the inclusion of additional issues in the section regarding PMD Designs. FDA recommends that manufacturers clearly identify clinically relevant design parameters, the range (minimum/maximum) for these parameters, and which of these parameters can be modified for patient-matching. A concern expressed by the FDA is the passage of time, as explained: “When the device is intended to match a patient’s anatomy, and that anatomy can change over time (e.g., with disease progression), the time that can elapse between when the patient is imaged and when the final device is used may need to be reflected in the expiration date of the device.”

Another concern expressed in the guidance is that PMDs that follow the patient’s anatomy are vulnerable to errors in file conversion because they involve complex anatomic curves that can create difficulties when calculating conversions. The guidance recommends that manufacturers of PMDs follow considerations on maintaining data integrity throughout file conversions.

The final guidance also provides a description of the type of information FDA recommends in a premarket submission of a device made using additive manufacturing, including what FDA expects from a device description, mechanical testing, dimensional measurements, material characterization, removing manufacturing material residues, sterilization and biocompatibility.

While the FDA final guidance document is more of a “general blanket statement” on the topic, it is an initial step to recognizing that there is a role for this technology in medicine.  All this information contained in the guidance will prove useful for manufacturers planning product submissions for FDA approval, as it outlines clearly what to include in the premarket submission for a device that uses additive manufacturing. As the technology continues to grow, it can be anticipated that the FDA will become more and more involved in the process.  The fact that this guidance is non-binding from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the 3D printing of medical devices is likely a sign that U.S. regulators are gearing up to release more suggestions in 2018 and beyond.

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by Mary Christie at February 15, 2018 01:00 PM

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Top 10 useful 3D printed accessories for any maker

While 3D printing can be used to create almost any type of object, sometimes the handiest things to 3D print are for 3D printing itself. Check out some of the best 3D models for improving, organizing, or spiffing up your 3D printing work station.

February 15, 2018 12:00 PM

2 new software tools for Carbon M Series 3D printers: Advanced Auto Supports, Part Serialization

3D printing pioneer Carbon has introduced two new software tools for its Digital Light Synthesis technology: Advanced Auto Supports and Part Serialization. The tools are designed for Carbon’s M Series printers and materials.

February 15, 2018 10:54 AM

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Simplify3D Updates Their Free Ultimate 3D Printing Material Guide

Simplify3D's updated material guide

Simplify3D's updated material guide

While the term “3D Printing” has become synonymous with...

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by SolidSmack.com at February 15, 2018 10:00 AM

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NASA: 3D printed medical tools could help astronauts stay healthy on eventual Mars mission

A new NASA microbiology project aims to develop 3D printable tools that can handle liquids such as blood samples without spilling in microgravity. The 3D printed instruments will be tested on the International Space Station (ISS), and could be used to keep astronauts healthy.

February 15, 2018 09:21 AM

Additive Industries names top 6 finalists of 3D printing redesign challenge

Additive Industries, a Dutch pioneer of metal 3D printing technologies, recently announced the top six finalists of its Additive World Design for Additive Manufacturing Challenge 2018. The six finalists, selected from over 52 contestants, have each used metal 3D printing processes to redesign and improve an industrial product.

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February 14, 2018

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3D Printing Keeps a Head on Dippy the Dinosaur's Shoulders

Standing at 25 to 30 meters long and weighing approximately 16 tons, the gargantuan Diplodocus carnegii dinosaur roamed the Earth during the Jurassic period, masticating vegetation that had been...

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by Hannah Rose Mendoza at February 14, 2018 10:13 PM

Finalists Announced for Additive World Design for Additive Manufacturing Challenge

Every year, Additive Industries holds its Additive World Design for Additive Manufacturing Challenge, a competition aimed at professionals and future professionals. The purpose of the challenge is to...

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by Clare Scott at February 14, 2018 09:52 PM

i.materialise Introduces Brighter Full-Color 3D Printing with Multicolor+ Beta

Fall in love with a rainbow of 3D printable colors this Valentine’s Day, as online 3D printing service i.materialise enhances its full-color 3D printing options with the launch of its new and...

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by Sarah Saunders at February 14, 2018 09:04 PM

Bhartiya Skill Development University & Aha3D: Creating Lab for Students to Make 3D Printers

3D printing has been proliferating in countries around the globe, such as India, which has been prolific in using this progressive technology to contribute. We have followed the medical realm as...

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by Bridget Butler Millsaps at February 14, 2018 08:25 PM

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Stratasys' Prosthetic Venture

Definitely not your average 3D printed prosthetic arm

Definitely not your average 3D printed prosthetic arm

Stratasys announced a new partnership to...

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by General Fabb at February 14, 2018 08:00 PM

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Penn State Student Focuses Business Plan on Custom 3D Printed Shoes

The world of fashion is a fantastic place for exploring the limitations and possibilities present in 3D printing technology. From burgeoning designers such as 13-year-old Ariel Swedroe to heavy...

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by Hannah Rose Mendoza at February 14, 2018 07:15 PM

3D Printer Review: Dremel Grows Up as DigiLab 3D45 Offers New Options for More Complex 3D Printing

A little over a year ago, I had the opportunity to review the Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 3D printer, and so unpacking the review unit of the Dremel DigiLab 3D45 was kind of like greeting an old friend...

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by Clare Scott at February 14, 2018 06:03 PM