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September 20, 2017

3D Print.com

Stryker and Omegasonics Receive Important Industry Certifications for 3D Printed Spinal Implant and Ultrasonic Cleaning Unit

In the winter of 2016, medical device manufacturing company Stryker decided to commit to 3D printing and announced the launch of a 3D printed spinal implant, as well as a planned 3D printing...

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by Sarah Saunders at September 20, 2017 08:47 PM

Sharebot and miniFactory to Introduce New 3D Printers at TCT Show

3D printing tradeshows are always exciting, and so are the days leading up to them, as that’s when news of the new products that will be unveiled starts to come out. 3DPrint.com will be...

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by Clare Scott at September 20, 2017 07:59 PM

3D Design: Inside SOLIDWORKS 2018

User-favorite SOLIDWORKS recently announced software updates to the frequently-used platform for the 2018 edition. With several big themes and myriad projects bundled into these updates, a quick...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at September 20, 2017 07:28 PM

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Incredible Breakthrough in 3D Face Scanning

A terrific 3D model generated solely from a single 2D image

A terrific 3D model generated solely from a single 2D image

UK researchers have developed...

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by General Fabb at September 20, 2017 07:00 PM

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ExOne Adds New Stainless Steel Alloy to Metal 3D Printing Material Offerings

2017 has been a year of expansion for ExOne, particularly in the US, as the company announced its plans to expand its Michigan and Texas production service centers at the beginning of the year. ExOne...

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by Clare Scott at September 20, 2017 06:20 PM

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3D Printing News Roundup: Thor3D, Materialise, Structo, EOS, Arup teams with 3Dealise, Stryker, more

Here&aposs another 3D printing news round-up, keeping you up to date with the smaller goings-on in the 3D printing world. Stories include Thor3D releasing a new calibration tool, Materialise teaming up with Structo, and more besides.

September 20, 2017 05:44 PM

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A “Bulldozer” Solution to Continuous 3D Printing

An automated print unloader installed on an Ultimaker 3D printer

An automated print unloader installed on an Ultimaker 3D printer

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by General Fabb at September 20, 2017 05:00 PM

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Low Cost Selective Laser Sintering: The Innovator's Dilemma in Powder?

Selective Laser Sintering is also called powder bed fusion and SLS. The SLS process sees a bed of polymer powder selectively sintered by a laser. A new layer is applied and this is then also hardened...

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by Joris Peels at September 20, 2017 04:43 PM

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4 Kickstarter 3D printing projects to check out: 3D printed robots, RPG terrain, makers vise

In recent years, Kickstarter has played a key role in the rise of many a 3D printer startup. But it’s also a great place to find fun little 3D printed toys and gadgets. Here are four 3D printing projects live on the crowdfunding platform right now, from educative robots to fantasy gaming terrain.

September 20, 2017 04:03 PM

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3D Printing Speeds Swimming with Underwater Iron Man Project

Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps is capable of swimming faster than just about any other human – or at least he was. Phelps’ top speed is about six miles per hour, but engineers Ryan and...

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by Clare Scott at September 20, 2017 04:00 PM

Researchers Create 3D Printed Model to Better Understand a Binary Star System Explosion

A team of researchers from the Palermo Astronomical Observatory, the University of Palermo, and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics wanted to get a better understanding of what happens...

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by Sarah Saunders at September 20, 2017 03:28 PM

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Geeetech E180 mini 3D printer hits Kickstarter for just $199

Geeetech, a Shenzhen-based 3D printer manufacturer, has unveiled the E180, a mini 3D printer and upgraded version of its predecessor, the Me Ducer. The company has launched a crowdfunding campaign for its new creation, priced at $199—a third less than its retail price.

September 20, 2017 02:05 PM

3D Print.com

What Makes the Zortrax M200 3D Printer So Popular?

Four times a year, 3D Hubs releases a 3D Printing Trends report detailing the most popular 3D printers and materials among 3D Hubs community members. The 3D Hubs community is a good microcosm of the...

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by Clare Scott at September 20, 2017 01:49 PM

iMaterialise

Stories behind 3D Printing: Meet Jewelry Designer Noah Hähnel

From growing up in the German countryside to living in China, Noah Hähnel’s inspiring story is the focus of today’s blog post. This young designer will explain the highlights of his experience with 3D printing and will give some tips for 3D-printed jewelry beginners.

How did you start designing jewelry and what was the first design you ever created?

Ever since I was a little kid, I loved to create and early on I discovered my passion for films. Through films, I also got interested in visual effects and that made me want to learn 3D modeling. With 3D modeling, I discovered 3D printing, which gave me the opportunity to turn my ideas into something physical you can hold and feel.

My first ever design for jewelry was a simple pendant with two arcs in it that I made as a present for a relative and printed it in stainless steel. She loved it and friends of her asked me to do more. Like every designer, I live for approval and attention.

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Noah Hähnel. Jewelry designer

In 2013, when I was just 14, I tried my luck at a competition by i.materialise where you had to design a traditional Japanese hair piece. I made it to the 10 best designs and the piece was shown in Tokyo. That’s when I got the idea to sell jewelry.

Even though my passion still lies in filmmaking and becoming a director, I continue to create jewelry that can be worn by a broad audience. I can put my ideas and stories inside them, just like with movies.

Where did you get your inspiration for your latest project, the Garden Collection?

This collection consists out of five new designs and it was inspired by an idea for a short film, about a mystical part of a forest that never has been touched by mankind. One ring, for instance, is made of vines that grow around your body.

Also, I am in love with nature. I grew up in a rural area in Germany. We had horses, cats and dogs, and we are surrounded by cows and forest. That is why I often use nature in my designs. 

Garden Ring

Garden Ring. Copyright Sören Schulz & Noah Hähnel

What is your design workflow for a new project?

 My workflow is mostly spontaneous. I do not tell myself: “I need to get new designs every week”. I

design when I feel inspired, or someone asks me for a piece. Sometimes I draw the basic model on paper, even though I can’t draw at all, but as long as I can see what it’s supposed to be it is fine. But most of the time I just start on my computer with an idea and see how it develops.

For example, the idea for the Garden Ring came from a short film idea of mine. I first started by designing vines and several flowers. After that, I thought about where to use it. I often design something first and then see what kind of jewelry it should be used on.

After I have finished designing, and have exported and double-checked that no triangle is missing and no sizes were changed during the export process, I finally hit “Order”.

I am in love with nature. I grew up in a rural area in Germany.
That is why I often use nature in my designs.

Which 3D modeling software do you use for jewelry?

I design with Cinema 4D. I started using it when I was twelve. Later I noticed that many German companies I was a trainee for used it too, which was helpful. I think it is a really powerful and user-friendly program that developed from a pure motion graphics tool into an all-rounder, with a focus on modeling, sculpting, animation and visual effects.

Goat Ring

Goat Ring

What is your favorite 3D printing material?

My go-to material is bronze. The wax 3D printing allows for incredible small details and cheap prices. Bronze is beautiful, durable and can be changed with acids. It is also not likely to cause allergies and is affordable for most people. All of this adds to the fact that bronze looks a lot like gold, which is my favorite color.

Bronze and gold have been used since ancient times and combining these with a modern technology such as 3D printing feels and looks amazing. One of my philosophies is to make something that cannot be achieved with traditional methods. I often see designs that are beautiful but very “simple” and I ask myself: why not use the full capabilities of 3D printing technology?

Bronze and gold are used since ancient times and combining these with modern 3D printing feels and looks amazing.

What is the most critical step in your design process in 3D?

The greatest challenge for me is the export of my designs. Sometimes it takes me days to clean up a design so no triangles or walls glitch and disappear. While modeling, I do not really care about technical stuff so the exported models are as messy as my desk or thoughts.

Can you give some good advice for 3D jewelry designers?

I try to keep my files as editable as possible. When I started out, I finished with one completely merged object which was easier to export, but difficult to make alterations on after completion, like changing wall thickness, or the size of certain details.

As an example, the flowers of the Garden Ring might be printable now, but if I scale down the whole model to a smaller size they might become too small to print. So I only scale down the vines to achieve a smaller ring size.

This technique also allows me to only change small details for each customer and thereby make the object a little more unique. Furthermore, I can increase the ring size without increasing the bounding box, which allows for cheaper prints.

While modeling I do not really care about technical stuff so the exported models are as messy as my desk or thoughts.

Another important thing I have learned when I design jewelry for 3D printing is to always keep in mind what material you are designing for. With bronze, you can achieve everything from matte brown to shiny gold. That depends on how you design the highs and lows and how even the surface is.

The vines of the ring are a great example. Even though the indentation between the vines is only around 0.8mm deep it looks a lot deeper because it has a darker shade that you can’t polish. A rough surface always looks more detailed than a plain one.

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Photoshoot. Copyright by Sören Schulz & Noah Hähnel

And how do you present your final pieces to online customers?

Once I receive the printed models I take pictures. Often by myself but this time I got help from filmmaker Sören Schulz.  We built a softbox out of diffusion gels. We used two different kinds of surfaces to place the jewelry on: a classic white one but also a black reflective glass.

After the photo shoot, the pictures were edited in Photoshop. We shot the pictures in RAW because it’s always nice to have the extra information, like better dynamic range. This time we are also planning to shoot a little commercial video.

 If you want to know more about the work of Noah Hähnel, check out his Facebook page. You can also buy one of his special pieces of jewelry on the i.materialise online shop.

If you got inspired by Noah’s story and want to design jewelry for 3D printing, check our tutorials for each step of the creative process.

by Aura Farrando at September 20, 2017 01:47 PM

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Kai Parthy new LAYWOODmeta5 3D printing filament is climate-responsive and floats on water

Kai Parthy, 3D printing expert and wood filament pioneer, has introduced a new “cardboard-like” wood 3D printing material called LAYWOODmeta5. The rough-surfaced material floats in water and is thermally isolating, making it an ideal material for cup holders and similar products.

September 20, 2017 01:11 PM

3D Print.com

3D Printing for Prototyping and Production Complete Special Guest Speaker Lineup

If you haven’t already signed up to take the next step in your 3D printing skills with our 3D Printing for Prototyping and Production course yet, now is the time! The course, which runs for 3 weeks,...

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by Saadia Khalid at September 20, 2017 01:01 PM

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Every 3D Polyhedron You’d Ever Want to 3D Print

Stella working on some 4D polyhedrons

Stella working on some 4D polyhedrons

Stella, a “Polyhedron Navigator” provides a way...

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by General Fabb at September 20, 2017 01:00 PM

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T3Ds compact smartphone 3D printer available on Kickstarter for as little as $219

Taiwan-based 3D printer startup T3D has launched its first product, the T3D mobile 3D printer, via a Kickstarter campaign. The low-cost 3D printer, which prints directly using your smartphone or tablet, still has early bird deals available for as little as $219.

September 20, 2017 12:40 PM

Digital Metals DM P2500 binder jetting 3D printer prints 42-micron metal layers at 100 cm2 per hour

Digital Metal, part of the metal powder-producing Höganäs Group in Sweden, has started production on the DM P2500, a high-precision binder jetting metal 3D printer that can produce “smaller and more intricate components than any previous technology.&apos

September 20, 2017 12:15 PM

MX3D says 3D printed steel bridge in Amsterdam one-third printed, expects June 2018 finish

MX3D, a robotic additive manufacturing company based in Amsterdam, has offered an update on its long-mooted 3D printed steel bridge. The bridge, designed by Joris Laarman and funded by Autodesk, is 1/3 complete, and should be finished around June next year.

September 20, 2017 10:32 AM

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Sinterit Lisa SLS 3D printer now available for €4,990, 50% less than before

Polish 3D printer manufacturer Sinterit has made an announcement that is sure to please the maker community: it is slashing the cost of its Sinterit Lisa SLS 3D printer by roughly 50 per cent. The 3D printer, which previously cost around $12,500, is now available for as little as $5,960 (€4,990).

September 20, 2017 09:32 AM

Objet

The TCT Show Application Challenge Accelerates Collaboration in Additive Manufacturing

The TCT Show has always been an inspiring event for additive manufacturing designers and engineering innovators.  Many of the attendees come to the show to meet and mingle with some of the region’s best and brightest in the 3D printing space, to share creative ideas and use cases and discover trade secrets they’ve learned through practicing their craft.

One of the ways that we are excited to support this collaborative exchange is by hosting an Application Challenge at our booth during this year’s TCT Show. The challenge brings unique and interesting perspective into focus around the way that companies are thinking about 3D printing inside their businesses.  Matt Johnson, Technical Consultant with Stratasys for the UK and Northeastern Europe regions, as well as a designated consultant team member for the Application Challenge, noted that the challenge is one aspect of the show he is especially looking forward to. “It’s interesting to see what people are doing with 3D printing.”  He noted “A jig or fixture to one company looks completely different to another.”

Lending a bit of suspense and surprise to the already packed agenda, the Application Challenge is an opportunity for firms that are considering the implementation of additive design or 3D printing business solutions, or for those who have already developed processes, perhaps for prototyping, to discuss the gaps or challenges they might face as they move toward  maturing additive in their businesses. “The theme of this year’s show, accelerating 3D technologies, has to do with the way that customers use 3D printing in everyday applications.  As the industry evolves, consumers are becoming a lot more savvy, and spending more time looking into how specific applications can make sense for their business. Advanced prototyping, jigs and fixtures and composite layup tooling are becoming more common in manufacturing environments, evolving 3D printing from the previously held position of just prototyping.”

Join us at the TCT show for a private free 30 minutes consultancy session with one of our Technical Consultants to find applications in your business where additive manufacturing could be the answer.

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by Carrie Wyman at September 20, 2017 09:22 AM

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Engineering.COM 3D Printing

Elementum 3D Strengthens Metal Powders for 3D Printing

Market research firm IDTechEx predicts that the global market for 3D printing metals will hit $12 billion by 2028. This growth in metal additive manufacturing (AM) will not only be due to greater adoption of the technology, as prices drop and new technology emerges, but also to the expansion of the materials portfolio itself. Currently, metal materials for AM are pretty limited, particularly when it comes to powder bed fusion, the most widespread metal 3D printing technology on the market. This...

by Michael Molitch-Hou at September 20, 2017 04:53 AM

3D Print.com

Structo and Materialise Introduce PrintWorks Pro for Dental 3D Printing

Dental procedures are rarely easy or pleasant for patients, but things are getting easier all the time for dental professionals. The dental 3D printer market is growing at lightning speed as...

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by Clare Scott at September 20, 2017 03:07 AM

September 19, 2017

3D Print.com

3D Printing News Briefs: September 19, 2017

We’re going to start off with a little business news in today’s edition of 3D Printing News Briefs, then move right along to a new competition, a little education, and some products that...

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by Sarah Saunders at September 19, 2017 09:10 PM

Digital Metal Announces Commercial Availability of Its High-Precision Metal 3D Printer

The Höganäs Group has been around for a long time, having been established as a coal mining company in 1797. Since then, the company has gone on to become a global leader in metal powder production...

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by Clare Scott at September 19, 2017 07:58 PM

T3D's Mobile Phone-Activated SLA 3D Printer is Only $169 on Kickstarter

T3D is a startup spin-off from National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST). In 2008 (priority in 2003), NTUST granted a US7320946B2 patent to use DLP for SLA 3D printer. Since 2012,...

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by Jeng-Ywan Jeng at September 19, 2017 07:10 PM

NASA Uses Hybrid Process to 3D Print Rocket Engine Igniter From Two Different Metals

Whenever NASA comes up, it’s a pretty good bet that something exciting is happening. The space agency has been doing some amazing work with 3D printing, including building an entirely 3D...

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by Clare Scott at September 19, 2017 06:33 PM

3D Printing Business: Inside HP Inc.

Silicon Valley, home to all things technology, had its beginnings in a humble garage from which arose one of the best-known names in the digitized 21st century. Standing where Bill Hewlett and Dave...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at September 19, 2017 05:22 PM

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Autodesk Remakes ReMake into ReCap Photo

Autodesk ReCap Photo optimizes for drone-based 3D scanning

Autodesk ReCap Photo optimizes for drone-based 3D scanning

One of the best cloud services...

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by General Fabb at September 19, 2017 05:00 PM

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Designer Simone Leonellis Blurred Boundaries between art, fashion, and 3D printing

As 3D printing becomes more and more accessible to people outside the manufacturing, science, and technology sectors, we’re starting to see its potential realized in all sorts of interesting ways. The combination of 3D printing and fashion, for example, may not seem like the most natural fit, but it is starting to become an everyday reality all over the world.

September 19, 2017 04:33 PM

New AI algorithm can transform any 2D image of a face into a 3D model

A team of researchers from the University of Nottingham and Kingston University in the UK have developed a new algorithm that can transform a 2D photo of a face into a pretty accurate 3D image.

September 19, 2017 03:29 PM

3D Print.com

Soft Robotics: 3D Printable Synthetic Soft Muscle is 3X Stronger Than Natural Muscle

According to 3D printing guru Hod Lipson, who’s founded four companies, developed an innovative food 3D printer, co-authored two books and over 200 papers, and spoken at multiple industry...

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by Sarah Saunders at September 19, 2017 03:25 PM

3Dealise and Arup Take a Hybrid Approach to Architectural 3D Printing

Generative design is a computational design approach that mimics the evolutionary designs of nature. Designers input their design goals and parameters into generative design software, which uses...

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by Clare Scott at September 19, 2017 02:51 PM

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Using 3D Printed Models in the Fight Against Prostate Cancer

This week is Prostate Cancer Awareness Week! Did you know that prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men in the United States? In ­Cancer Statistics 2017, scientists from the American Cancer Society estimate that there will be over 161,000 new cases of prostate cancer among men in America this year. Although deaths from prostate cancer have dropped significantly over the past 20 years, an estimated 26,730 American men will die from the disease in 2017 alone.[i]  A lot of work remains to be done to reduce this number even further and to raise awareness about the disease.

Prostate Tumor Model3D printed prostate tumor model showing the prostate (clear), cancer (blue), nerves (yellow), urethra (pink), rectal wall (white) MR image segmentation; Middle, virtual prostate cancer model; Right, 3D printed cancer model. Prostate (clear), cancer (blue), nerves (magenta), bladder neck and urethra (yellow), rectal wall (white).

For my PhD thesis project at the NYU School of Medicine, I am working with a collaborative team of radiologists and urological surgeons to investigate what impact 3D printed multi-colored models of a patient’s prostate cancer on can make on pre-surgical planning and intra-operative guidance.  Printed on the Stratasys J750, we are also using the models during patient consultations to see whether they can facilitate patients’ understanding of the disease and of the surgical treatment.  Most patients don’t know how to interpret radiological images, but may better understand the anatomy, disease, and surgical plan by handling 3D models and discussing the models with their doctors.

In order to create these patient-specific 3D printed models, the prostate is segmented from multi-parametric magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies and converted to a 3D virtual model.

It is our hope that 3D printed prostate cancer models help to improve surgical outcomes and patient understanding of disease.  We also hope to increase public awareness of prostate cancer.  Click here to learn more about my research and 3D printing at NYU.  

 

 

[i] Siegel, R.L., K.D. Miller, and A. Jemal, Cancer Statistics, 2017. CA Cancer J Clin, 2017. 67(1): p. 7-30.

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by Nicole Wake at September 19, 2017 02:27 PM

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Columbia researchers develop 3D printed soft robotic muscles that are 3x stronger than yours

Researchers at Columbia Engineering, the engineering department of New York’s Columbia University, have developed a 3D printed synthetic soft muscle with an “intrinsic expansion ability.” The incredible actuator, which paves the way for fully soft robots, can lift 1,000 times its own weight.

September 19, 2017 02:00 PM

3D Print.com

VTT Studying Nanocellulose and 3D Printing for Wound Care and Decoration

For the past two years, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, a top research and technology company in the Nordic countries, has been developing new bio-material applications for cellulose-based...

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by Sarah Saunders at September 19, 2017 01:43 PM

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French ceramic 3D printing company 3DCeram reports 70% growth in 2016

3DCeram, a ceramic 3D printing company based in Limoges, France, has announced that is has grown substantially over the past year. With a turnover of roughly 2 million euros in 2016, the company says it has grown by a whopping 70 per cent since 2015.

September 19, 2017 01:32 PM

Fabbaloo

The Dangers of 3D Printing Your Own Designs

A 3D printed bottle holder - but is it safe? 

A 3D printed bottle holder - but is it safe?

The emergence of easy making technologies...

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by General Fabb at September 19, 2017 01:00 PM

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Sinterit’s Lisa SLS Desktop 3D Printer Becomes Even More Accessible with Price Break

When Michał Grzymała-Moszczyński, co-founder of Sinterit, began working with FFF 3D printers four years ago, he found there were still many limitations. Once he and the rest of the Sinterit team...

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by Bridget Butler Millsaps at September 19, 2017 12:49 PM

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NASA test-fires first 3D printed rocket engine igniter made from 2 metal alloys

NASA has successfully tested a prototype for a 3D printed rocket engine component made from two different metal alloys. The 3D printed rocket part underwent thorough tests over the summer at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

September 19, 2017 11:38 AM

Finlands VTT developing 3D printed bandages that wirelessly send messages to doctors

Researchers at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland are developing 3D printing materials for wound care in hospitals. The materials use cellulose nanofibrils, and have been paired with printed electronics for next-level healthcare.

September 19, 2017 10:12 AM

Robinz Blog

@RUGAKL September Meetup FM BIM @ WAM (not JASMAX) Tomorrow!

If you understood that title you’re probably a Kiwi CAD geek.

The long version is:

  • Revit User Group Auckland September meeting is tomorrow (20/09/2017) evening.
  • It is hosted by Warren and Mahoney at their office in Pakenham St, Auckland (not the usual Jasmax Parnell location).
  • It is about Building Information Modelling, as built capture/modelling of existing conditions and delivery of a model for Facilities Management.

See you there, but only if you have seen the full details and registered at Meetup*

* so we get the catering right!

by RobiNZ at September 19, 2017 09:51 AM

3Ders

Aspect Biosystems to advance 3D bioprinting tissue engineering tech with investment round funding

Aspect Biosystems Ltd., a Canadian biotech company that specializes in developing 3D bioprinted tissues, has wrapped up its first round of institutional financing. The investment round, led by venture capital firm Pangaea Ventures, brought in funding from both existing and new investors.

September 19, 2017 09:29 AM

Fabbaloo

A 3D Printed Building Rises in Copenhagen, But Is This Ready For Wide Use?

3D printing the first layers of Europe's

3D printing the first layers of Europe's "first 3D printed building"

3D Printhuset has...

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by General Fabb at September 19, 2017 09:00 AM

September 18, 2017

3D Print.com

Type A Machines and Circuit Launch Hold Grand Opening for New Facility, Announce Relationship with BriteLab

In the tech industry today, one of the highest growth areas is shared office spaces, also known as coworking spaces – according to the 2017 Global Coworking Survey, nearly 1.2 million people...

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by Sarah Saunders at September 18, 2017 09:48 PM

EOS Introduces Semi-Automated Powder Handling System for Metal 3D Printing

3D printing is capable of amazing things, and overall it’s considered a safer technology than many other manufacturing methods. It’s not without its risk factors, though –...

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by Clare Scott at September 18, 2017 09:18 PM

Thor3D Introduces Calibration Kit for Drake 3D Scanner to Ensure Accurate Scans Every Time

Moscow-based 3D imaging company Thor3D has been taking the 3D scanning industry by storm since it first introduced its handheld Thor 3D Scanner and marking system in 2016. About a year ago, the...

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by Sarah Saunders at September 18, 2017 08:18 PM

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3D Printing News Roundup: 3D Systems, Type A Machines, BriteLab, Circuit Launch, CollPlant, BodyCad

The 3D printing world continues to expand, and it’s easy to lose track of developments. Luckily we’ve got another roundup of things you might have missed recently, including, amongst other stories, 3D Systems demonstrating its new software and CollPlant receiving its first order for 3D bioprinting ink.

September 18, 2017 07:51 PM

3D Print.com

Teacher, Model, Artist Survives Deadly Fall, Skull Rebuilt with Metal 3D Printing

Francesca Burr is still in recovery from a serious fall that happened almost a year ago. The young primary school teacher, artist, and model—now 28 years old—fell down a flight of stairs at her...

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by Bridget Butler Millsaps at September 18, 2017 07:11 PM

Sprybuild Introduces New Fast, High-Resolution DLP 3D Printing Method

It’s fascinating how many variations there are on 3D printing. There are the main types of 3D printing technology, such as FFF, SLA and SLS, and then there are the variations on those,...

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by Clare Scott at September 18, 2017 06:21 PM

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Possibly Game-Changing 3D Print Spinoff From NASA?

NASA's prototype

NASA's prototype "Refabricator"

NASA announced they’re working on something called the...

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by General Fabb at September 18, 2017 05:00 PM

3D Print.com

Comparison of Metal 3D Printing -- Part Three: Inkjet

Metal 3D printing is a burgeoning area at the moment. Many companies are investing in metal 3D printing systems and the market is growing quickly. There are a number of different metal 3D printing...

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by Joris Peels at September 18, 2017 04:38 PM

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Modeclixs customizable 3D printed garments hit the runway at Aarhus Walks on Water

Modeclix, an innovative process for creating wearable 3D printed textiles, took the runway by storm at Aarhus Walks on Water, a fashion and tech event held in the Danish city of Aarhus this past weekend.

September 18, 2017 03:49 PM

3D Print.com

3D Printing Technology and Engineering Used to Regenerate Heart Muscle Tissue

In the past, the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) has used 3D printing technology to help with brain surgery, but now researchers from the Canadian university are focusing on matters of the heart....

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by Sarah Saunders at September 18, 2017 03:40 PM

RangeVision to Showcase Two High-Resolution 3D Scanners at TCT Show

Next week in the UK will be the TCT Show, a showcase of the latest 3D technologies. Manufacturers from all over the world will be coming together to unveil their latest products, and many of those...

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by Clare Scott at September 18, 2017 03:11 PM

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Sprybuild developing world's fastest DLP 3D printers with CPWC tech

Ukrainian 3D printing startup Sprybuild has developed and filed a patent for a new continuous DLP 3D printing technology called CPWC (Continuous Production with Wavefront Converting). The company says the technology could be used to build the fastest DLP 3D printers in the world.

September 18, 2017 02:36 PM

3D Print.com

New EnvisionTEC 3D Printing Material, E-Shore A for Footwear, Now in Beta Testing

3D printer manufacturer EnvisionTEC, which celebrated its 15th anniversary this year, is probably best known for its 3D-Bioplotter machine and its work and specialized 3D printers in the dental and...

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by Sarah Saunders at September 18, 2017 02:09 PM

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Rolls-Royce, AStar & Singapore Aero Engine Services launch S$60M aerospace 3D printing facility

The Singapore Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star), Rolls-Royce, and Singapore Aero Engine Services Private Limited (SAESL) have signed a S$60 million ($44.6 million) agreement to establish a joint manufacturing laboratory dedicated to the development of new technologies for the aerospace industry.

September 18, 2017 01:39 PM

3D Print.com

German and Canadian Organizations Partner to Develop 3D Printed Contractile Tissue

It’s been a big week for bioprinting, with news of planned 3D printed organs coming from both Prellis Biologics and BIOLIFE4D. The bioprinting world is one that doesn’t slow down, and a...

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by Clare Scott at September 18, 2017 01:21 PM

Fabbaloo

3D Printed Body Piercing Project Suggests Future Human Augmentation

The prototype bioprinter used to create biodegradable medicinal sleeves

The prototype bioprinter used to create biodegradable medicinal sleeves

A bioprinting...

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by General Fabb at September 18, 2017 01:00 PM

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Invisalign producer Align Technology enjoys billion dollar sales in 2017 thanks to 3D printed dental products

Align Technology, creator of Invisalign dental technology, is heading toward $1.3 billion in 2017 sales thanks to its 3D scanning and 3D printing method of creating custom-made dental aligners. The company operates between 50 and 60 3D printers at its factory.

September 18, 2017 12:32 PM

MITs SEAL 3D printing technique produces single injections that deliver multiples vaccines over time

Engineers at MIT have developed a 3D printing method that could allow doctors to deliver several drug or vaccine doses over a period of time with just a single injection. The "SEAL" technique works by 3D printing cup-like microparticles that can store and seal the drug doses.

September 18, 2017 11:04 AM

Artist with dwarfism 3D scans and prints sculptures of herself to raise questions about difference

Australian artist Debra Keenahan is subverting a number of things with her new 3D printed artwork. The artist, who was born with achondroplasia dwarfism, has created a series of life-size 3D printed sculptures of herself which are arranged so that they are looking down on viewers.

September 18, 2017 10:06 AM

Fabbaloo

Design of the Week: SimpSymm

Some of the highly complex 3D models in the SimpSymm collection

Some of the highly complex 3D models in the SimpSymm collection

This week’s selection...

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by General Fabb at September 18, 2017 09:00 AM

3D Print.com

3D Systems Updates Software Portfolio for Subtractive and Additive Manufacturing Solutions

As autumn rolls in, September brings with it each year a slew of updates, announcements, and introductions from the latest smartphone and car models to the next year’s updates for software...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at September 18, 2017 07:07 AM

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Recyclable 3D Printing Preps for the Space Station

In-space manufacturing is a very young industry, but the space race is already heating up. With two 3D printers aboard the International Space Station (ISS), Made In Space would have seemed to have the field on lockdown. However, another firm, Tethers Unlimited Inc. (TUI), has also been involved in developing space technology is now—through its in-space manufacturing division Firmamentum—prepping to send its own 3D printer to the ISS. The mini fridge-sized Refabricator is capable ...

by Michael Molitch-Hou at September 18, 2017 04:02 AM

September 17, 2017

3D Print.com

New 3D Printing Method Combines Multiple Vaccines into One Shot

No one likes getting shots, and young children like getting shots least of all. Unfortunately, young children are typically the ones who need to get the most shots in the shortest period of time as...

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by Clare Scott at September 17, 2017 04:12 PM

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Anouk Wipprecht & 'bionic pop artist' Viktoria Modesta teams up to create 3D printed interactive sonic wearables

Self-described “bionic pop artist” Viktoria Modesta is taking the art world by storm. The Latvian model, musician, and artist has been making quite the name for herself since 2007, when she her left leg was amputated below the knee.

September 17, 2017 02:43 PM

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Dimafix: A Temperature-based Adhesive Solution for 3D Prints

Dimafix - a powerful bed adhesion solution for 3D printing warpy materials

Dimafix - a powerful bed adhesion solution for 3D printing warpy materials

An interesting...

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by General Fabb at September 17, 2017 09:00 AM

September 16, 2017

3D Print.com

3D Printing of ICoolers and R&D Tax Credits

Now that summer is at its end, it’s time to retire that worn out cooler and upgrade to a brand new, accessorized 3D printed cooler. Have you ever been to the beach when your phone dies? Today, most...

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by Charles Goulding at September 16, 2017 07:17 PM

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VRread project: Fraunhofer IPA develops innovative 3D printed reading aid for visually impaired people

The use of 3D printing to create new medical devices is on the rise, due mostly to the high potential for customization presented by the technology as well as its relatively cheap production process. The latest development in this field is a 3D printed visual aid that will help visually impaired people read, using their smartphone.

September 16, 2017 04:57 PM

3D Print.com

Ten 3D Printable Things: Unique Storage Solutions

Welcome to Ten 3D Printable Things. Every week I’ll be showcasing 10 fantastic and FREE 3D printable projects, designs and models from all over the web. While 3D printing cool things to use around...

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by Scott J Grunewald at September 16, 2017 04:45 PM

Fabbaloo

Coloring Your Own 3D Printer Filament

Selecting the precise color for your 3D printer filament

Selecting the precise color for your 3D printer filament

There aren’t very many people...

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by General Fabb at September 16, 2017 09:00 AM

September 15, 2017

3D Print.com

3D Printing News Briefs: September 15, 2017

Just like earlier this week, today’s edition of 3D Printing News Briefs is bringing you the latest business news from the 3D printing world. We’ve got an update on the TU Eindhoven 3D...

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by Sarah Saunders at September 15, 2017 09:05 PM

Cooksongold and Boltenstern Introduce the 3D Printed Gold and Platinum Embrace Jewelry Collection

What we call 3D printed jewelry typically isn’t directly 3D printed – it’s made, like most metal jewelry, using investment casting. It’s the molds that are 3D printed. But...

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by Clare Scott at September 15, 2017 08:28 PM

3D Printing Business: Inside Forecast 3D

Carlsbad, California-based Forecast 3D recently made a major investment, bringing in a full dozen HP Jet Fusion 3D printers this summer to form the foundation of its newly-created 3D Manufacturing...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at September 15, 2017 07:53 PM

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Additive Manufacturing’s Brightest Stars Prep for TCT Show

For many organizations, additive manufacturing (AM) remains relatively new to their portfolio of process solutions.  And although AM has been around for awhile now, most enterprises are now realizing the potential benefits of additive beyond prototyping. The TCT Show, in Birmingham, UK kicks off September 26, 2017, and this year’s program features the best and brightest minds centered around pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in AM, and moving the industry forward in innovative and unique ways.

We will be there collaborating with some of our partners, like McLaren Honda, whose car will be featured at our exhibition booth.  We will have technical consultants ready to help answer your additive manufacturing questions at the Application Challenge, and we will also have a speaker, Amos Breyfogle, on the product stage discussing Tooling Up: The 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing Opportunity Beyond the Design Process and into Production.  I was able to talk little with Amos about the upcoming show, and some of the tangible impacts of additive manufacturing  that will be on display.  Here are some insights he shared with me about what to expect from Additive Manufacturing as an industry.

The TCT Show is just around the corner.  Why should attendees consider your session this year?

Although its roots lay in design validation/prototyping, advances in additive manufacturing have seen the technology continue to strengthen its foothold across a plethora of applications throughout the manufacturing chain. For those supplying industry sectors like aerospace and automotive – as well as a host of others – the adoption of additive manufacturing over traditional production methods can significantly reduce lead times and cost, with the potential to have a transformational impact on supply chains.

From composite tooling to jigs & fixtures, this year’s presentation will go beyond 3D printing’s design-stage heritage and focus on the business opportunity when implementing additive manufacturing across a variety of production-line tooling applications.

How has additive manufacturing advanced production, beyond design for high performance organizations?

Additive Manufacturing is increasingly finding a home along side traditional manufacturing processes. For instance, composite tooling is an area where many companies are moving to additive solutions for the challenging geometries. They can save time in production, weight on the tool itself, and in the end, cost.

We see a large adoption happening around using other types of tools as well, from jigs and fixtures for assembly, to automation systems to help operators be more effective.

What are some of the biggest trends we should look for in additive manufacturing as we round out 2017?

As we come to the close of 2017 we are seeing more and more customized production happening. This has been going on in very high end automotive and aerospace in the past few years, the difference is we are starting to see this be adapted to larger production volumes and lower cost products. When we combine that with the ever growing number of people using additive tooling, it makes this industry an exciting place to be working.

Be sure to catch Amos’s presentation at the TCT Show on September, 26 at 2:30 pm.

 

 

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by Carrie Wyman at September 15, 2017 07:14 PM

3D Print.com

Metal 3D Printing Without Limits: Titomic Introduces New Titomic Kinetic Fusion Process

Cold spray is a technique that is commonly used for metal coatings or repairs. It involves metal powder fed at high pressure through a nozzle and into a heated nitrogen or helium gas stream, where...

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by Clare Scott at September 15, 2017 07:11 PM

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Choose the Best CNC Control: 2017 CNC Control Survey Results

Wow, it didn’t take long to get over 500 responses, so this must be an area of interest.  In this post, I will present the market share results for the different controls and compare and contrast these with our 2016 results so we can get an idea of what the market trends are.  I will…

by Bob Warfield at September 15, 2017 06:21 PM

3D Print.com

A*STAR Signs MoU For IIoT Consortium, Launches Tech Access Initiative and Industrial Additive Manufacturing Facility

In 2015, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore’s public sector agency for economic research, was focused on advancing 3D bioprinting, and last year it was working...

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by Sarah Saunders at September 15, 2017 06:11 PM

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Analyzed: Remixing 3D Models on Thingiverse

3D models on Thingiverse are often remixed into different categories

3D models on Thingiverse are often remixed into different categories

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by General Fabb at September 15, 2017 05:00 PM

3D Print.com

The Rapid Evolution of Glass 3D Printing

If you’ve ever seen a glass-blowing demonstration, you’ve probably marveled at what a delicate process it is. The practice is an ancient one, and it’s remained a much-loved art...

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by Clare Scott at September 15, 2017 04:40 PM

3Ders

Bavarian Research Foundation invests €220,000 in 3D printed heart stent project

The Bavarian Research Foundation (Bayerische Forschungsstiftung) has just announced a €220,000 investment in 3D printed heart stents.

September 15, 2017 03:58 PM

3D Print.com

Havenlabs' Open Source 3D Printed Utility Band Offers Simple Functionality for Amputees

From 3D printed walking sticks to prosthetic arms and robotic braces, 3D printing technology has often offered a helping hand to those who need assistive devices. We first heard about 3D printing...

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by Sarah Saunders at September 15, 2017 03:31 PM

3Ders

3D Printing News Roundup: Dental Crafters, EnvisionTEC tests material for 3D printed footwear, Aspect BioSystems, more

Here&aposs another roundup of recent 3D printing stories, in case you&aposve missed out on anything lately. A lot has been happening, with EnvisionTEC starting beta testing on a new material for 3D printed footwear, a major bio-printing research collaboration between Canadian company Aspect BioSystems and German researchers, and more besides.

September 15, 2017 02:47 PM

3D Print.com

3D Printed Pavilion Contains 2,000 Unique Bricks

Bricks, typically, are pretty uniform. Some of them may be a bit smaller or larger, but overall they tend to be the same rectangular shape. That’s not the case with the bricks in a recently...

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by Clare Scott at September 15, 2017 02:08 PM

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Spains Institute of Ceramic Technology to further research on ceramic 3D printing tech and materials

The Institute of Ceramic Technology (ITC), a Spanish organization dedicated to the country’s ceramics industry, has announced it will be furthering its research on ceramic 3D printing. Through a new initiative called 3DPRINT Advance, the ITC plans to explore the development of 3D printing ceramic materials for industrial applications, and more.

September 15, 2017 01:08 PM

3D Print.com

Hinckley Creates Its Lightest, First Fully Electric Luxury Yacht with Fake Wood and 3D Printed Titanium Components

From sailboats and submarines to yachts, 3D printing technology has been used numerous times to make components for boats and ships. This week, Rhode Island-based yacht builder Hinckley Co., which...

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by Sarah Saunders at September 15, 2017 01:04 PM

Fabbaloo

The Surprising KATANA Professional Desktop 3D Printer

The KATANA professional desktop 3D printer

The KATANA professional desktop 3D printer

There are a growing number of what I like to...

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by General Fabb at September 15, 2017 01:00 PM

3Ders

McGill University engineers use 3D printing to make impenetrable fish scale gloves

A team of mechanical engineers at McGill University in Montreal are drawing inspiration from the animal kingdom in their development of new 3D printed armours. At first glance, conch shells, fish scales, and spider silk have little to do with bullet-proof vests, sports helmets, and protective gloves.

September 15, 2017 12:36 PM

Dental startup Candid will send you affordable 3D printed dental aligners in the mail

Candid, a New York City-based dental startup, is offering FDA-approved, 3D printed aligners for those needing mild orthodontic work. The aligners cost $1,900 upfront, around a quarter the cost of popular dental solutions like Invisalign.

September 15, 2017 12:22 PM

Hinckleys new fully electric Dasher yacht features titanium 3D printed hardware and detailing

Hinckley, a Rhode Island-based yacht manufacturer, recently unveiled what it is calling the world’s first “fully electric luxury yacht.” Called Dasher, the eco-friendly and innovative boat also integrates some specially designed metal 3D printed components.

September 15, 2017 11:35 AM

Renishaw, Infosys establish end-to-end product development service for metal 3D printing

Engineering and IT services company Infosys and additive manufacturing specialist Renishaw have partnered to offer an end-to-end product development service that utilizes metal 3D printing. The partnership will span Europe, Asia, and North America.

September 15, 2017 10:03 AM

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Price Crash at Sinterit: Their SLS 3D Printer is Now Even More Affordable

The Sinterit Lisa just got a lot more affordable. (Image courtesy of Fabbaloo.) A surprise press release from Sinterit details a rather shocking price drop. The Polish company produces a low-cost, effective desktop SLS 3D printer. That’s a machine that can 3D print strong nylon objects from thermoplastic powder. We’ve written about them several times in the past, and even seen some of their impressive sample prints.  But there has been a price change. As recently as this pa...

by Fabbaloo at September 15, 2017 09:22 AM

3Ders

3D printed Techno tortoises could save endangered South African tortoise species

Think 3D printing is for the birds? Think again. Last week Autodesk unveiled a bold new undertaking to save South Africa’s endangered tortoise population by way of 3D printed replicas. Currently one of the most at-risk tortoise species in the world, South Africa’s fledgling geometric tortoise would be the main beneficiary, and with good reason.

September 15, 2017 09:06 AM

Fabbaloo

HP Steps into Custom Footwear with 3D Printing, Scanning

HP's new FitStation for 3D scanning individual feet

HP's new FitStation for 3D scanning individual feet

After making a splash and swimming...

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by ENGINEERING.com at September 15, 2017 09:00 AM

September 14, 2017

3D Print.com

Pinshape Announces Winners of Latest 3D Design Contest - Design Your Future Avatar

In July, 3D printing community and marketplace Pinshape partnered with Mold3D Academy for a contest centered around virtual sculpting. In the Design Your Future Avatar Contest, sponsored by Formlabs,...

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by Sarah Saunders at September 14, 2017 09:48 PM

Renishaw and Infosys Team Up to Lower the Additive Manufacturing Entry Barrier

It can be intimidating for manufacturers to adopt new technologies, and even more intimidating to implement them at a large scale. Part of the reason that additive manufacturing hasn’t become...

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by Clare Scott at September 14, 2017 09:11 PM

3Ders

Sogeclair uses voxeljet 3D printer to realize new lightweight aircraft door design

The aerospace sector has been one of 3D printing technology’s main new adopters over the last few years or so, and all kinds of manufacturers and suppliers at every level of the industry have been using additive manufacturing to rethink or even revolutionize the way aircraft are put together.

September 14, 2017 08:56 PM

3D Print.com

Carbon Co-Founder and CEO Recognized with Heinz Award for Contributions to Technology, the Economy, Employment

The Heinz Awards were established in 1993 to honor US Senator John Heinz, and every year extraordinary individuals are recognized for their creativity, determination, contributions, and...

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by Sarah Saunders at September 14, 2017 08:41 PM

3Ders

AP&C opens new AM facility in Quebec to meet demand for its 3D printing materials

Just over a year ago, we reported on some exciting 3D printing developments in Canada, as materials supplier Advanced Powders and Coatings (AP&C) announced that it was investing in a new factory, to be built in the Greater Montreal area.

September 14, 2017 08:39 PM

3D Print.com

3D Printing for Dental Products

3D printers are increasingly being used by dentists, orthodontists and dental labs to print a variety of dental products, tools, prototypes and reference models. CAD laser scanners are used to...

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by Charles Goulding at September 14, 2017 07:52 PM

Turn Color Into Sound with Innovative Specdrums Rings, Created with the Help of 3D Printing

From 3D printed violins and guitars to a modular synthesizer and arpeggiator, 3D printing technology has often been used to help musicians play that funky (and classical) music. A creative group of...

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by Sarah Saunders at September 14, 2017 07:21 PM

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Must Read: The Fabbaloo Mailbag Never Disappoints

We are so confused when you write us

We are so confused when you write us

This episode of the Fabbaloo mailbag is as fun,...

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by General Fabb at September 14, 2017 07:00 PM

CNC Cookbook

Want to Make Money With Your CNC Machine? [Read this first!]

So you bought a CNC machine.  Congratulations! Now you’re thinking you’d like to make some money with it. Perhaps you planned on making enough to pay for the machine.  Or, maybe you’d just like to supplement your income a bit.  Maybe you’re even planning to make enough that you can quit your Day Job at…

by Bob Warfield at September 14, 2017 06:54 PM

3D Print.com

Tyr3D: 3D Printing Replacement Car Parts in the Backside of Ireland

When I first came upon the Tyr3D website it was not very confidence inspiring. And I was not exactly a fan of Tyr3D logo either. Yet, I had been assured that they were at the forefront of 3D printing...

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by Joris Peels at September 14, 2017 06:45 PM

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LLNLs 4D printed silicone shape memory materials are flexible & stretchable, perfect for protective cushioning

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have 3D printed composite silicone materials that are flexible, stretchable, and possess shape memory behavior. The “4D printed” materials could be used to make form-fitting cushioning for helmets, shoes, and other products.

September 14, 2017 06:05 PM

Fabbaloo

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Polyethylene

Recognize this? Yes, it's polyethylene

Recognize this? Yes, it's polyethylene

How much do you know about polyethylene?

You...

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by General Fabb at September 14, 2017 05:00 PM

3D Print.com

The ESA Explores 3D Printing on Earth and Beyond

Sometimes when a new technology leaves the laboratory, it goes off to perform its functions in an industrial setting, research facility, or educational institute. Sometimes, though, its installation...

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by Sarah Anderson Goehrke at September 14, 2017 04:48 PM

Prellis Biologics Sets Out to Eliminate the Donor Waiting List with 3D Printed Organs

There’s still some doubt among many people as to whether 3D printed, functioning, transplantable human organs will ever become a reality, but according to others, that day is right around the...

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by Clare Scott at September 14, 2017 03:40 PM

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Canadian researchers 3D bioprinted stem cell patch could revolutionize heart disease treatment

A researcher from the University of Saskatchewan is gaining attention for the development of a 3D bioprinted heart patch that could be used to re-grow and repair damaged heart tissue. The research, recently published in the journal Tissue Engineering, could be a big step forward in the study of heart disease treatment.

September 14, 2017 02:45 PM

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Naveen Kumar Explores Traditional Indian Art, 3D Printing, and the Strain of Modern Life

Indian artist A Naveen Kumar has packed a thousand years of history and the latest in advanced technology into his 8 x 10 studio in Bangalore. And this month, he’s unpacked them in an exhibit...

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by Hannah Rose Mendoza at September 14, 2017 02:39 PM

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Innofil3D and Polyscopes new ABS Fusion+ filament can be used with water-soluble supports

Dutch company Innofil3D has launched a new ABS 3D printing filament in partnership with Polyscope Polymers, a Netherlands-based supplier of styrene maleic anhydride (SMA) and various polymer materials. Called ABS Fusion+, the new 3D printer filament is notable for its compatibility with water-soluble PVA supports.

September 14, 2017 01:45 PM

3D Print.com

LLNL Successfully Creates 4D Printed Flexible, Stretchable Composite Silicone Materials with Shape Memory

Earlier this summer, researchers from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) were working on using a direct ink writing (DIW) process to 3D print silicone metamaterials with shape memory...

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by Sarah Saunders at September 14, 2017 01:40 PM

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How to Find the Best 3D Modeling Software for 3D Printing

We often get asked this question: “What is the best 3D modeling software?” The ugly truth is, “It depends.” We can’t tell you which software you should use. But we can tell you how to find it!

3d-model-for-3d-printing

Think about it in terms of the world of traditional 2D printing: What’s the best software for 2D printing? It’s impossible to answer this since someone might want to print a text, somebody else might want to draw something, while yet another person might want to edit a photo.

For 3D modeling software it’s a bit like that. There’s not one software that dominates the market and is most suitable for everyone. Every designers has different needs, preferences, and objects in mind. That’s why it’s simply impossible to say “This is the best 3D modeling software for everyone”.

However, we have put down certain questions that you can ask yourself, which will help you find the software that suits you best. In the first part of this article we will present the decisions you need to take. In the second part we will show you how to find the best software based on these decisions.

1st decision: What kind of objects do you intend to create?

The first decision that you need to make is what kind of objects you have in mind. The choice of what you want to design often determines which modeling software you should use.

  • Animation/Character Design/Figurines
  • Architecture
  • Engineering/Spare Parts/Functional Parts
  • Fashion/Apparel
  • Tech Gadgets
  • Art Objects
  • Interior/Furniture Design
  • Jewelry
  • Scale Models

2nd decision: Which platform do you prefer?

Not every software package or app is available on each platform. Think about which platform you will be using for creating your designs.

  • Windows
  • Mac OS X
  • Linux
  • Online Service/Browser-based (no download and installation required)
  • Mobile Apps (works on tablets and smartphones)

3rd decision: What is your budget?

Software can be free or cost thousands of dollars. The amount of money you are willing to spend on 3D modeling software facilitates the choice.

  • Free software
  • Freemium software (Free with payment features)
  • Commercial software

4th decision: Community Size and Purpose

Some software programs have been around for years and have big communities behind them. There are tons of tutorials and active forums to be found. Others have just started or are trying to bring their product to market. So the size of the community and number of software-related resources might also be an important factor. For beginners it might be easier to stick to software that has been out for years and offers tons of resources and YouTube tutorials. When you get stuck somewhere, it also means that you will be able to find help from fellow designers more easily.

For beginners, it might be easier to stick to software that has been out for years and offers tons of resources and YouTube tutorials. When you get stuck somewhere, it also means that you will be able to find help from fellow designers more easily.

Another thing to consider is the purpose of the software. Some software was developed for visual 3D effects or 3D animation films. The 3D printing part is more like a ‘side product’ for these programs and it needs a bit of tinkering to turn a great visual 3D model into a model that is actually 3D printable. Others were developed especially for 3D printing and will make it much easier for you to ensure that your design will be printable.

So it’s important to check if there are enough resources, tutorials, and forums that are not just about “3D modeling with software XY”, but also about “3D printing with software XY”.

5th decision: User Interface and Functionality

For many beginners this is an important one: the interface. Some software provide you with an interface like a car dashboard: clean, easy to learn and intuitive. Others go for an aircraft’s cockpit: lots of functionality, much more design freedom, but a steep learning curve.

3d-modeling-dashboard

An example for this can be found in the pictures below: Both Tinkercad (left) and Blender (right) are available for free. Tinkercad has an intuitive, beginner-friendly interface. However, your design freedom is somehow limited. Blender, on the other hand, offers lots of functionality and design freedom but might be harder to learn.

3d-modeling-software-interface

6th decision: Which modeling approaches do you prefer?

Different software uses different approaches to 3D modeling. It is hard to categorize an abstract thing like “modeling” into different techniques, and it can be difficult to get an understanding of it when you haven’t used the software yet. However, we will still try to give you an overview about the most important distinctions. We included a short visual preview for each of these 3D modeling techniques. Which technique is best for you heavily depends on your preferences. While some prefer a LEGO-like modeling approach, others prefer clay-like sculpting.

Solid Modeling/Box Modeling: Solid Modeling is all about combining and subtracting primitives. If you like(d) playing with LEGO you will find this way of modeling quite intuitive. You will add cubes, spheres and all kinds of other geometrical objects and combine them or subtract them from each other. The catchwords for solid modeling are accuracy, precision, and exactness. However, this comes with a price: limited freedom in designing. It will be tough to create organic objects with this kind of modeling.

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Popular solid modeling programs: Tinkercad (image), 123D Design, Inventor.


Digital Sculpting: 
Digital sculpting presents quite a big contrast to solid modeling. Typically you start with a digital cube of clay and form it with your mouse. It also is very intuitive as clicking on the object will immediately deform it. Typically you can select a tool (like push, pull, smooth, grab or pinch) and then start sculpting. This way of modeling gives modelers an extreme freedom of design, but it is not precise. It’s great for organic models (like people, animals, etc.) but it’s virtually impossible to create functional parts with it.

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Popular digital sculpting programs: ZBrush (image), Sculptis, Meshmixer, Mudbox.


Parametric Design/Procedural Modeling: 
Parametric design is based on algorithmic thinking and actually lets you ‘program’ objects. This might be by really scripting code, but there are also ways to make this more visual. Nevertheless, you will typically have two screens: an editor, where you will input functions or commands, and a preview of your design. This two-window-setting might be less intuitive for beginners. However, it allows for users to play around and create generative artwork as well as precise mechanical parts. Changing patterns and repetitions is often just a matter of clicks.

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Popular parametric design programs: Grasshopper (image), FreeCAD, OpenSCAD, 3DS Max, Maya.


Polygon Modeling/Contour Modeling: 
In Polygon Modeling, your 3D object is basically a mesh based on vertices, edges and faces. This allows you to easily and precisely edit parts of your object. By changing the coordinates of one or several vertices, you can change the shape of the model. The downside, however, is that it is not possible to describe a curved surface accurately. Since there is always a straight edge between two coordinate points (vertices), rounding objects is difficult.

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Popular polygon modeling programs: Blender (image), Modo.


Curve and Line Modeling: 
In contrast to Polygon Modeling, surfaces in Curve Modeling are made up of curves. Curves are created with a tool that works very similarly to the pen tool in MS paint or Adobe Illustrator. The curve is drawn in 3D space, and edited by moving a series of handles called CVs (control vertices). Alternately, a curved surface can be created by revolving a profile curve around a central axis. This is a common and very fast modeling technique for objects that are radial in nature. This is why this modeling approach is very popular when creating automotive and industrial parts.

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Popular curve & line modeling programs: Rhino (image), SketchUp, MoI, K-3D.


Finding the Software That Suits Your Needs Best

Okay, this has been a long list but what are you supposed to do now? It’s time to put the pieces of the puzzle together.

First of all, it is helpful to get a general overview of different programs and their target audiences. One way to do so, is by visiting the ‘3D Design Tools’ section of our website (see screenshot below). This page will give you an overview of popular 3D modeling programs for 3D printing. It lets you filter for price (free, freemium, premium), platform (PC, Max, Linux, etc.) and the most common use (Art, Architecture, Spare Parts, Jewelry etc.). What’s more: you can see actual 3D prints that were designed with that specific software. Often these images say more than a thousand words.

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Apart from visiting our 3D Design Tools overview, you should also take a look at the following resources and rankings:

Once you’ve narrowed down several programs that you would like to give a try, take a good look around their websites. Do the models that were designed there come close to your needs? A website visit can often give you a glimpse of what the program is actually being used for – and what it isn’t. Before you buy a pig in a poke, make sure to download a free trial version and give it a try. Literally every 3D design software comes with a free trial version nowadays.

If you’re new to the world of 3D modeling, this interview about how to get started with 3D modeling might be useful. If you already have a printable 3D file, simply upload it to our website, choose from more than 100 material options, and let us take care of printing and shipping your object.

by Fabian at September 14, 2017 01:00 PM

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3D Printed Body Piercing Project Suggests Future Human Augmentation

A Canadian project is working on making body piercing safe through bioprinting

A Canadian project is working on making body piercing safe through bioprinting

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by General Fabb at September 14, 2017 01:00 PM

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Model whose skull was rebuilt with 3D printer says additive tech like something from James Bond

Francesca Burr, a British artist and model, has had part of her skull rebuilt with a 3D printer after suffering a horrific injury that left her with a hole in the head. The then 27-year-old suffered memory loss, even forgetting her own middle name.

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Airbus installs first 3D printed titanium part on series production A350 aircraft

European aeronautics leader Airbus has made yet another breakthrough in the fields of 3D printing and aviation: it has successfully installed a titanium 3D printed bracket on an in-series production A350 XWB aircraft.

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Prellis Biologics raises $1.8M to develop microvasculature 3D printing tech for human organ printing

Prellis Biologics, a San Francisco-based human tissue engineering company, says it has invented a new way to create viable human organs using 3D printing. The company has also raised $1.8 million in a seed funding round.

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How to Draw

Learning how to draw for design

Learning how to draw for design

With over two decades of experience teaching how to...

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by SolidSmack.com at September 14, 2017 09:00 AM

September 13, 2017

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London Design Festival 2017 @OxoTowerWharf

LDF17I’ll be hosting a thought provoking discussion on the future of design, autonomous systems & artificial intelligence @ my studio on the evening of the 20th September 6:30-7:30pm.

Email

mark at electrobloom dot com

if you’d like to attend.

electrobloom Studio 2.11 Oxo Tower Wharf London SE1 9PH

 

by electrobloom at September 13, 2017 10:27 PM

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Bioprinting Organs: Researchers Create Less Expensive Bioink Based in 3D Printed Gelatin Hydrogels

3D printed hydrogels have had many different applications in the medical field, from delivering precise doses of medicine and making custom meniscus implants to engineering tissue so that in the...

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by Sarah Saunders at September 13, 2017 09:41 PM

Tough 3D Printing Puts Outdoorsy Spin on Rugged Icon Wheelchairs

Today, it often seems like anything should be possible with the advanced technology so many researchers, inventors, and designers have at their fingertips. And many innovations are allowing the...

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by Bridget Butler Millsaps at September 13, 2017 08:38 PM

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Nano Dimension unveils larger-format DragonFly 2020 Pro 3D printer for 3D printing electronics

Israel-based 3D printed electronics company Nano Dimension today announced the commercial availability of a new larger-format machine, the DragonFly 2020 Pro 3D Printer. The new printer is an upgrade of its desktop-sized model which has gone through an extensive testing period.

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Simufact Additive Simulation Software Leads to Real Advances for toolcraft and Collaborative LightHinge+ 3D Printing Project

Last fall, simulation software company Simufact introduced its Simufact Additive solution for metal 3D printing users, to help eliminate wasted time and money by getting rid of failed prints. The...

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by Sarah Saunders at September 13, 2017 07:35 PM

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MIT 3D printed peel-and-go structures can fold themselves

MIT researchers have developed a technique for 3D printing expanding polymers that self-fold without heating or water. The technique could be used for printed electronics and, someday, to make 3D printed robots.

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Xperia XZ1 Users Have Direct Access to Sculpteo 3D Printing Services Through 3D Creator

At the beginning of the month, Sony released its latest smartphone – the Xperia XZ1, along with its smaller counterpart, the Xperia XZ1 Compact. With it came an intriguing new feature – a...

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by Clare Scott at September 13, 2017 07:03 PM

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Price Crash at Sinterit: Their SLS 3D Printer is Now Even More Affordable

The Sinterit Lisa just got a lot more affordable

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A surprise press release from Sinterit...

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by General Fabb at September 13, 2017 07:00 PM

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MIT CSAIL Researchers Develop 3D Printable Structures That Fold Themselves

Frequently, when we hear about self-folding 3D printable structures, they’re based on origami. But researchers from the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have...

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by Sarah Saunders at September 13, 2017 06:32 PM

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Protea Designs $580 DNA filament extruder can squeeze out 1 kg of material in an hour

Startup Protea Design has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the DNA Extruder, billed as the “fastest consumer-level extruder on the market.” Backers can secure the filament extruder for $580, lower than its slated retail price of $800.

September 13, 2017 05:31 PM

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What Happens When 3D Printing From Smartphones Becomes Common?

Could 3D scan to print on mobile devices become a thing?

Could 3D scan to print on mobile devices become a thing?

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by General Fabb at September 13, 2017 05:00 PM

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The Top 10 Most Significant 3D Printed Things

The definitive, totally unsurpassable Top 10 3D Printed Things, as selected with exceeding unparalleled rigor by me. You could disagree with this list, but then you would be wrong. These things have...

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by Joris Peels at September 13, 2017 04:45 PM

Understanding Vertigo by 3D Printing the Inner Ear

Vertigo is a truly awful condition in which a person feels as though his or her surroundings are moving or spinning. It can be nauseating and debilitating, and there are a number of different...

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by Clare Scott at September 13, 2017 03:29 PM

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3D printed Yhnova social housing project breaks ground near Nantes, France

This past April, an initiative near Nantes, France was introduced with the goal of building a 95m² social housing building using a construction 3D printing technique known as BatiPrint3D. The ambitious project, called Yhnova, is now preparing to go into full swing, as the construction job broke ground yesterday.

September 13, 2017 03:08 PM

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OESH Shoes Receives NSF Small Business Grant to Finish Development of Pellet-Based 3D Printing Process

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by Sarah Saunders at September 13, 2017 02:34 PM

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Sony Xperia XZ1 users can order 3D prints directly with smartphone scanning app

Japanese tech giant Sony grabbed our attention a couple of weeks ago with the announcement that its new Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact smartphones would be equipped with built-in 3D scanning technology. Now, with the added information that the company has partnered with 3D printing service Sculpteo to offer users on-demand 3D printing, Sony has piqued our interest even more.

September 13, 2017 01:47 PM

Britt Michelsens 3D printed double pendulum fidget spinner is chaotic and addictive

Germany-based chemical engineer Britt Michelsen has made a 3D printed double pendulum fidget spinner that she says is extremely addictive to play with. The 3D printed spinner was a Runner Up in the Instructables Fidget Spinner Design Contest.

September 13, 2017 01:41 PM

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Ricoh Turns to Stratasys 3D Printing for 2D Printer Production

Like many other producers of traditional office equipment, Ricoh has made clear its intentions to enter the 3D printing market. The reasons for doing so are clear; the demand for equipment like 2D...

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by Clare Scott at September 13, 2017 01:38 PM

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Are 3D Printed Costumes Feasible?

3D Printable Model of Stormtrooper First Order Costume Armor from Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens Full Body Armor Suit

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by General Fabb at September 13, 2017 01:00 PM

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RAMLAB unveils world's first class-approved 3D printed ship propeller for Damen tug boat

Rotterdam’s RAMLAB has been busy over the past year, testing out additive manufacturing for various shipbuilding applications. Located at the Port of Rotterdam, the largest port in all of Europe, the 3D printing lab’s focus has primarily been on the production of ship propellers.

September 13, 2017 11:36 AM

3D printed electronics helping MA engineering firm Draper embrace IoT market

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voxeljet to Unveil First Commercial High Speed Sintering 3D Printer

Earlier this year, we learned from the inventor of high speed sintering (HSS), Xaar’s Neil Hopkinson, that his technology was right around the corner from a commercial release. Now, industrial 3D printer manufacturer voxeljet has announced it will unveil the world’s first commercially available HSS system at the November formnext trade show in Germany. Parts 3D-printed with voxeljet’s HSS system. The company suggests that the technology can be used for parts such as “b...

by Michael Molitch-Hou at September 13, 2017 09:02 AM

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