Michael Molitch-Hou

Introducing Michael Molitch-Hou to 3DPrint.com Team

Hi there. I’m Michael Molitch-Hou, Senior Analyst for 3DPrint.com and SmarTech Analysis. I’ve been writing about 3D printing technology since 2012 and, in that time, I feel as though I’ve…

The State of Food 3D Printing, Part 1: Beginnings

When 3D Systems showcased the ChefJet at International CES 2014, the concept of food 3D printing left audiences with a mixture of awe and confusion. Upon its acquisition of Sugar…

Formlabs Hits CES 2020 with New Community Spaces Program

As Formlabs arrived at CES 2020 with what may be the first sex toy at the Vegas event to publicly use 3D printing in the design process, the Boston company…

Sex Toys Debut with 3D Printing at CES 2020

Las Vegas is already known as Sin City, in part for the gambling and sex work that takes place there (though it turns out that, while legal in Nevada, prostitution…

Where Are They Now: 3D-Printed Sex Toys

Five to seven years ago, the key phrase “3D-printed” could hook any business idea or blogpost to the top of search engine results. Those two words would send the most…

“World’s Largest” 3D Printed Building Unveiled in Dubai

When news comes out that Dubai wants to 3D print 25 percent of its new buildings by 2025, it’s hard to know quite what to make of it. The first…

AddUp Partners with ORNL for 3D Printed Metal Tooling

French metal 3D printing group AddUp has entered into a $2.7 million agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to push laser powder bed fusion (PBF)…

Unmet Fate: What if CNC Hadn’t Been Invented?

In David Noble’s book, Forces of Production: A Social History of Industrial Automation, the late York University professor examined the history of machine tool automation in the U.S. Noble argues…

The Maker Movement Unmade? Part 2: The Roots of the Maker Movement

With the shaky ground that Maker Media (now Make: Community) stands on, this author was prematurely ready to signal the end of the maker movement. However, we have already received…

Carbon Fiber 3D Printing, Part Two: Continuous vs. Chopped Desktop 3D Printing

In the first part of our series on carbon fiber 3D printing, we really only just got started by providing a background on the material, some of its properties, and…

Carbon Fiber 3D Printing, Part Three: Beyond the Desktop

So far, we’ve covered some of the key aspects of carbon fiber manufacturing and how continuous carbon fiber compares to chopped in early modes of carbon fiber 3D printing. However,…

Voxel8 Lands New CEO to Lead Multi-Material 3D Printing

After its co-founder, Harvard professor Jennifer Lewis, moved to a supervisory role, Voxel8 has found a new CEO. Friedrich von Gottberg will lead the Boston startup as President and CEO. …

Carbon Fiber 3D Printing, Part One

Since the 1970s, carbon fiber has been used as a comparatively inexpensive replacement for metals like titanium, due to its high strength-to-weight ratio and stiffness. For that reason, finding a…

The Maker Movement Unmade? Part 1: Maker Media

For those of us who were drawn into the world of 3D printing because of the seemingly limitless possibilities of open source hardware, there may be a sense that, in…

2019 Year in Review: Desktop 3D Printing

In 2019 desktop 3D printing continued its onward march towards greater adoption. And, by now, it doesn’t look all that different from the industrial space, in may ways. New Products…

2019 Year in Review: Industrial 3D Printing

We continue to see industrial 3D printing increase in speed, size and capability, while dropping in cost as signs point to its integration into the larger manufacturing industry. This year,…

3D Printing Stalwarts: 3D Systems

As what many would consider the inventor of 3D printing, 3D Systems probably has the most storied history in our industry. It began in 1986, when founder Chuck Hull was…

Thyssenkrupp Teams Up with Shipping Giant to 3D Print Spare Maritime Parts

German steel giant thyssenkrupp is continuing its unique AM strategy—that of tackling niche markets and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)—with a maritime-focused partnership. Together with Wilhelmsen, one of…

HP 3DaaS: The Hardware-as-a-Service Model

At the latest Formnext event, HP introduced its new HP 3D as a Service (HP 3DaaS) plan. Rather than solely selling 3D printers to customers, the printing giant is also…

HEXWAVE: Waving Goodbye to “Threat” of 3D Printed Guns?

3D printed guns remain a controversy, despite the comparatively little threat they pose compared to mass-produced weaponry (that isn’t to say that there are no dangers to the technology). As…

3D Printing Stalwarts: EOS

EOS was an early pioneer in laser powder bed fusion (PBF) technology and currently stands as a leader in the space, though there are an increasing number of entrants. The…

3D Printing Unicorns, Part 3: Desktop Metal

When a privately held startup hits $1 billion in value, it magically transforms from an ugly mare into a beautiful unicorn (or so the legend goes). In the 3D printing…

3D Printing Unicorns, Part 2: Carbon

When a privately held startup hits $1 billion in value, it magically transforms from an ugly mare into a beautiful unicorn (or so the legend goes). In the 3D printing…

3D Printing Unicorns, Part 1: Formlabs

When a privately held startup hits $1 billion in value, it magically transforms from an ugly mare into a beautiful unicorn (or so the legend goes). In the 3D printing…