Life Beyond 3DPrint.com

Life Beyond 3DPrint.com

In 2015, I started writing as a freelancer for 3DPrint.com, which was at that time still a new publication. My first article ever was a profile of a startup called You3Dit, a service bureau that offers what it calls “Hardware as a Service.” You3Dit is still going strong today, but I’m sad to say that […]

In 2015, I started writing as a freelancer for 3DPrint.com, which was at that time still a new publication. My first article ever was a profile of a startup called You3Dit, a service bureau that offers what it calls “Hardware as a Service.” You3Dit is...
3D Printing Twisting and Rotational Bistable Structures

3D Printing Twisting and Rotational Bistable Structures

In a paper entitled “3D printing of twisting and rotational bistable structures with tuning elements,” a group of researchers points out that most 3D printed structures so far have been “static structures with fixed shapes and functions.” They then go on to introduce bistability to 3D printing – particularly twisting and rotational bistable structures. They […]

In a paper entitled “3D printing of twisting and rotational bistable structures with tuning elements,” a group of researchers points out that most 3D printed structures so far have been “static structures with fixed shapes and functions.” They...
BEEVERYCREATIVE Continues Work with ESA: New ISS 3D Printer to be Developed

BEEVERYCREATIVE Continues Work with ESA: New ISS 3D Printer to be Developed

BEEVERYCREATIVE first established an outer space connection in 2016, when the Portuguese company was asked by the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop a breadboard, or prototype, 3D printer for the International Space Station. Project Manufacturing of Experimental Layer Technology, or MELT, was successfully delivered to the ISS last May as a fully functional 3D […]

BEEVERYCREATIVE first established an outer space connection in 2016, when the Portuguese company was asked by the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop a breadboard, or prototype, 3D printer for the International Space Station. Project Manufacturing of Experimental...
3D Printed Robotic Mesh Structures Controlled by Magnetic Fields

3D Printed Robotic Mesh Structures Controlled by Magnetic Fields

Researchers at North Carolina State University have created a new kind of robot – one that floats on water and can be controlled with applied magnetic fields. These 3D printed flexible mesh structures can grab small objects and carry water droplets, allowing them to mimic creatures living on water surfaces. They can also potentially serve as […]

Researchers at North Carolina State University have created a new kind of robot – one that floats on water and can be controlled with applied magnetic fields. These 3D printed flexible mesh structures can grab small objects and carry water droplets, allowing...
Researchers Work to Improve PLA Properties Through Thermal Treatment

Researchers Work to Improve PLA Properties Through Thermal Treatment

PLA is one of the most commonly used 3D printing materials, but it is not without its problems. According to a group of researchers in a paper entitled “In-process thermal treatment of polylactic acid in fused deposition modelling,” the mechanical strength of PLA depends on the proper growth of its semi-crystalline structure, which can be […]

PLA is one of the most commonly used 3D printing materials, but it is not without its problems. According to a group of researchers in a paper entitled “In-process thermal treatment of polylactic acid in fused deposition modelling,” the mechanical strength...
The Effects of Various Additives on 3D Printed Potatoes

The Effects of Various Additives on 3D Printed Potatoes

In a thesis entitled “Study and Characterization of Microstructural and Physio-chemical properties of potato products for 3D Food Printing,” author Iman Dankar discusses the conduction of a study of the 3D printing properties of a common food – mashed potatoes. Potato starch is unique among other starches, the author says, in that it has large […]

In a thesis entitled “Study and Characterization of Microstructural and Physio-chemical properties of potato products for 3D Food Printing,” author Iman Dankar discusses the conduction of a study of the 3D printing properties of a common food –...
CreativeBot Duo Arrives on the Market Offering Large Format Dual Extrusion 3D Printing

CreativeBot Duo Arrives on the Market Offering Large Format Dual Extrusion 3D Printing

Ethan Baehrend is only 18 years old but has already launched a 3D printing company and new 3D printer. Creative 3D Technologies officially launches today, based in Chicago, Illinois and offering a large format, dual extrusion 3D printer called the CreativeBot Duo. While there are similar 3D printers on the market today, Creative 3D Technologies […]

Ethan Baehrend is only 18 years old but has already launched a 3D printing company and new 3D printer. Creative 3D Technologies officially launches today, based in Chicago, Illinois and offering a large format, dual extrusion 3D printer called the CreativeBot Duo....
Children Design Playground Equipment to Test 3D Printing and Virtual Reality Software

Children Design Playground Equipment to Test 3D Printing and Virtual Reality Software

In a thesis entitled “Designing Playground Equipment with VR and 3D Printing,” author Christian Knaapen argues that virtual reality is necessary in designing objects in 3D. In CAD programs, he says, there is a disconnect between the 3D object on its 2D screen and the final object, which can be walked around and interacted with […]

In a thesis entitled “Designing Playground Equipment with VR and 3D Printing,” author Christian Knaapen argues that virtual reality is necessary in designing objects in 3D. In CAD programs, he says, there is a disconnect between the 3D object on its 2D...
Aether Partners with Two UK Universities to Democratize 3D Printed Nanotechnology

Aether Partners with Two UK Universities to Democratize 3D Printed Nanotechnology

Aether, manufacturer of the Aether 1 bioprinter, announced in 2016 that it would be collaborating with multiple universities on a massive, multifaceted research project utilizing the bioprinter. The project has spawned some fascinating research, encompassing everything from artificial muscles to advancements in 3D printed organs and more. Now Aether has announced that it is collaborating […]

Aether, manufacturer of the Aether 1 bioprinter, announced in 2016 that it would be collaborating with multiple universities on a massive, multifaceted research project utilizing the bioprinter. The project has spawned some fascinating research, encompassing...
ORNL Polyester and Vinylester as Possible Materials for Large-Scale 3D Printing

ORNL Polyester and Vinylester as Possible Materials for Large-Scale 3D Printing

In a paper entitled “Vinylester and Polyester 3D Printing,” researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) teamed up with researchers from Polynt Composites USA to evaluate the feasibility of 3D printing vinylester and polyester materials. The two organizations worked together to assess Polynt base material chemistries for large scale polymer additive manufacturing. The project consisted of […]

In a paper entitled “Vinylester and Polyester 3D Printing,” researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) teamed up with researchers from Polynt Composites USA to evaluate the feasibility of 3D printing vinylester and polyester materials. The two...
The Barnes Group Advisors Licenses Educational Material to South African Start-Up

The Barnes Group Advisors Licenses Educational Material to South African Start-Up

The Barnes Group Advisors is a global Additive Manufacturing Engineering Consultancy working toward industrializing the technology. Part of its services include training in additive manufacturing with what it calls its Activate AM training portfolio, and this week the company announced that it has signed an intellectual property agreement providing South African startup Tiziri Advanced Manufacturing Technologies […]

The Barnes Group Advisors is a global Additive Manufacturing Engineering Consultancy working toward industrializing the technology. Part of its services include training in additive manufacturing with what it calls its Activate AM training portfolio, and this week the...
Iris van Herpen Branches Out but Doesn’t Ignore 3D Printing for Latest Collection

Iris van Herpen Branches Out but Doesn’t Ignore 3D Printing for Latest Collection

Many fashion designers have begun incorporating 3D printing into their work, but among the very first to do so was Iris van Herpen. She will always be known as the leader of the 3D printed fashion pioneers, having introduced the first professional 3D printed fashion collection back in 2010. Since then, her body of work has […]

Many fashion designers have begun incorporating 3D printing into their work, but among the very first to do so was Iris van Herpen. She will always be known as the leader of the 3D printed fashion pioneers, having introduced the first professional 3D printed fashion...
Less Than One Week to Register for Additive Manufacturing Strategies Summit on 3D Printing in Medicine and Dentistry

Less Than One Week to Register for Additive Manufacturing Strategies Summit on 3D Printing in Medicine and Dentistry

Without exception, medicine and dentistry affect everyone – and that means that 3D printing affects everyone. The technology is becoming such a part of the medical and dental industries that sooner or later, everyone who has a medical or dental concern find themselves acquainted with 3D printing – whether it’s through a 3D printed implant […]

Without exception, medicine and dentistry affect everyone – and that means that 3D printing affects everyone. The technology is becoming such a part of the medical and dental industries that sooner or later, everyone who has a medical or dental concern find...
3D Printed Prosthetics and Simulator Could Lead to Optimized Devices

3D Printed Prosthetics and Simulator Could Lead to Optimized Devices

In a thesis entitled “Optimizing 3D Printed Prosthetic Hand and Simulator,” author Stephen Estelle discusses an investigation of the use of an upper extremity prosthetic simulator for those who are not missing limbs – for example, for schools or research facilities. No standardized prosthetic simulator exists for these facilities, Estelle says. He discusses using 3D […]

In a thesis entitled “Optimizing 3D Printed Prosthetic Hand and Simulator,” author Stephen Estelle discusses an investigation of the use of an upper extremity prosthetic simulator for those who are not missing limbs – for example, for schools or...
3D Printing Metals Onto Fabric for Inexpensive Antenna, Sensors and Wearables

3D Printing Metals Onto Fabric for Inexpensive Antenna, Sensors and Wearables

A group of researchers from Imperial College London has developed a technique for 3D printing metals such as silver, gold and platinum onto natural fabrics. The process could also be used to incorporate batteries, wireless technologies and sensors into paper and cotton textiles. These technologies could have several applications, including new low-cost medical diagnostic tools, wirelessly […]

A group of researchers from Imperial College London has developed a technique for 3D printing metals such as silver, gold and platinum onto natural fabrics. The process could also be used to incorporate batteries, wireless technologies and sensors into paper and...
3D Printed Electrodes Make Microfluidic Devices Cheaper and Quicker to Fabricate

3D Printed Electrodes Make Microfluidic Devices Cheaper and Quicker to Fabricate

Researchers at Imperial College London wanted to develop a microfluidic biosensor for analysis of cancer cells that was quicker and easier to produce. A microfluidic device involves biological material traveling through tiny channels and electrodes passing electrical current through the material so that a microchip can analyze what the material contains. The Imperial College London scientists […]

Researchers at Imperial College London wanted to develop a microfluidic biosensor for analysis of cancer cells that was quicker and easier to produce. A microfluidic device involves biological material traveling through tiny channels and electrodes passing electrical...
TU Delft Researchers Discuss Microstructural Optimization for 3D Printing Trabecular Bone

TU Delft Researchers Discuss Microstructural Optimization for 3D Printing Trabecular Bone

Trabecular bone, also known as spongy or cancellous bone, is one of two types of bone found in the human body. It is found at the end of long bones, in the pelvic bones, ribs, skull and vertebrae. Trabecular bone is one of many microstructures with spatially varying properties found in nature. In a paper […]

Trabecular bone, also known as spongy or cancellous bone, is one of two types of bone found in the human body. It is found at the end of long bones, in the pelvic bones, ribs, skull and vertebrae. Trabecular bone is one of many microstructures with spatially varying...
The New gMax 2 3D Printer From gCreate Has Been Redesigned and is Even Bigger

The New gMax 2 3D Printer From gCreate Has Been Redesigned and is Even Bigger

Brooklyn 3D printing company gCreate has a several-year history of building super-sized desktop 3D printers, starting with its gMax 1.5 and gMax 1.5 XT in 2014. The gMax 1.5+ and gMax 1.5 XT+ 3D printers were launched the following year. The company has been busy for the past few years, moving to new headquarters, further developing […]

Brooklyn 3D printing company gCreate has a several-year history of building super-sized desktop 3D printers, starting with its gMax 1.5 and gMax 1.5 XT in 2014. The gMax 1.5+ and gMax 1.5 XT+ 3D printers were launched the following year. The company has been busy for...
Fortify Raises $2.5 Million in Seed Funding and Introduces Fluxprint Technology

Fortify Raises $2.5 Million in Seed Funding and Introduces Fluxprint Technology

Boston-based startup Fortify is an exciting company offering a new Digital Composite Manufacturing (DCM) technology called Fluxprint. Fluxprint combines Digital Light Processing (DLP) technology with magnetics to produce composite parts with geometric freedom and excellent mechanical properties. Today the company announced that it has raised $2.5 million in seed funding, with contributions from Neotribe Ventures, Prelude Ventures, […]

Boston-based startup Fortify is an exciting company offering a new Digital Composite Manufacturing (DCM) technology called Fluxprint. Fluxprint combines Digital Light Processing (DLP) technology with magnetics to produce composite parts with geometric freedom and...
Plant-Derived Photoinitiator Free Resins as Alternatives to Petroleum-Based Photopolymers

Plant-Derived Photoinitiator Free Resins as Alternatives to Petroleum-Based Photopolymers

In a paper entitled “Photoinitiator Free Resins Composed of Plant-Derived Monomers for the Optical µ-3D Printing of Thermosets,” a group of researchers discusses their investigation of acrylated epoxidized soybean oil (AESO) and mixtures of AESO and vanillin dimethacrylate (VDM) or vanillin diacrylate (VDA) as photosensitive resins for optical 3D printing without any photoinitiator and solvent. Natural oils like […]

In a paper entitled “Photoinitiator Free Resins Composed of Plant-Derived Monomers for the Optical µ-3D Printing of Thermosets,” a group of researchers discusses their investigation of acrylated epoxidized soybean oil (AESO) and mixtures of AESO and...
Researchers Test PLA CaC03 Composite Materials to Make 3D Printed Splints

Researchers Test PLA CaC03 Composite Materials to Make 3D Printed Splints

In a paper entitled “Novel PLA-CaCO3 Composites in Additive Manufacturing of Upper Limb Casts and Orthotics—A Feasibility Study,” a group of researchers looks at 3D printing to treat upper limb injuries, which are, they say, “among the most common injuries worldwide.” While bone fractures are traditionally treated with plaster casts, new treatments have been used […]

In a paper entitled “Novel PLA-CaCO3 Composites in Additive Manufacturing of Upper Limb Casts and Orthotics—A Feasibility Study,” a group of researchers looks at 3D printing to treat upper limb injuries, which are, they say, “among the most...
When Should 3D Printing Be Used in Sand Casting?

When Should 3D Printing Be Used in Sand Casting?

Sand casting is a technology with a long history, but it’s being reinvented by additive manufacturing. 3D printed sand molds allow for highly geometrically complex castings, and in a paper entitled “Economies of Complexity of 3D Printed Sand Molds for Casting,” a group of researchers outlines the benefits of using additive manufacturing in sand casting: […]

Sand casting is a technology with a long history, but it’s being reinvented by additive manufacturing. 3D printed sand molds allow for highly geometrically complex castings, and in a paper entitled “Economies of Complexity of 3D Printed Sand Molds for...
3D Printed Exobiology Shoe Collection is Inspired by Nature and Custom Made

3D Printed Exobiology Shoe Collection is Inspired by Nature and Custom Made

Ica and Kostika’s new 3D printed shoe collection doesn’t exactly look comfortable. Gorgeous, yes, and unique, but the word wearable doesn’t exactly spring to mind. The shoes’ appearance may be deceptive, however, because like many other, simpler 3D printed shoes, they’re designed to perfectly conform to the shape of each individual wearer’s foot. The design […]

Ica and Kostika’s new 3D printed shoe collection doesn’t exactly look comfortable. Gorgeous, yes, and unique, but the word wearable doesn’t exactly spring to mind. The shoes’ appearance may be deceptive, however, because like many other,...
University of Michigan Researchers Develop New Ultrafast 3D Printing Technique: Two-Color Irradiation

University of Michigan Researchers Develop New Ultrafast 3D Printing Technique: Two-Color Irradiation

University of Michigan researchers have developed a new vat polymerization 3D printing technique that produces objects at up to 100 times faster than current 3D printing techniques, as detailed in a paper entitled “Rapid, continuous additive manufacturing by volumetric polymerization inhibition patterning.” 3D printing has not yet fully lived up to its potential as a […]

University of Michigan researchers have developed a new vat polymerization 3D printing technique that produces objects at up to 100 times faster than current 3D printing techniques, as detailed in a paper entitled “Rapid, continuous additive manufacturing by...
Interview with Dynamism and Desktop Metal on the Ultimaker S5 and DM Studio System

Interview with Dynamism and Desktop Metal on the Ultimaker S5 and DM Studio System

Dynamism has been a retailer of 3D printing technology for over two decades, and the company always does well at keeping up with the latest, most talked-about 3D printers. Currently, one of its featured products is the Ultimaker S5, which was released last year and designed for industrial 3D printing. Another is the Desktop Metal Studio System, […]

Dynamism has been a retailer of 3D printing technology for over two decades, and the company always does well at keeping up with the latest, most talked-about 3D printers. Currently, one of its featured products is the Ultimaker S5, which was released last year and...
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