Editorials / Opinions

AIM Sweden and HP 3D Print Molded Fiber Tooling for Packaging

2021 is really shaping up to be the year of the application, capitalization, and consolidation. Many companies are being bought to facilitate market entry by new players. We are also…

Facial Recognition and 3D Printing Collide

Olaf Diegel, Professor of Additive Manufacturing at the University of Auckland, is well known for his 3D printed guitars. He and his students conduct many more experiments and projects, however….

The Brittle Spear VIII: Will the New Fade Faster than the Old?

In my Brittle Spear series, I wrote of how the tip of technology’s spear grows ever sharper but more brittle. One of the things I mentioned was that the Cubans…

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The 3D Printing Service Bureau is Dead, Long Live the 3D Printing Service Bureau

The high-touch, high-quality 3D printing service is under threat. With OEMs starting huge services, polymer companies getting into the service game, and giant manufacturing firms looking to be the biggest…

Channeling the Unseen: 3D Printing for Flow Applications

Flow is not an industry; it’s not an established vertical; it’s not an established part; it’s not a thing you can buy at Sigma Aldrich or RS Components. Flow is…

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What Needs to Happen for Consumer 3D Printing to Become Viable

Desktop 3D printing was supposed to be the next big thing. Due to over-claim and a response from the media that was far too enthusiastic, we were propelled to fill…

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iPhone 12 Pro’s LiDAR Scanning and 3D Printing: What will it Mean?

For years people have been speculating when or if 3D scanning will come to mobile phones. Apple’s acquisition of several 3D scanning companies and Google’s Project Tango fueled endless discussions. But,…

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Critical Analysis: Materialise (MTLS) Buys RSscan. What Does It Mean for 3D Printing Applications?

Belgian 3D printing service and software company Materialise (MTLS) has just purchased the remainder of RSscan and RSPrint, including the Phits personalized insole business, for €8.2 million. Here I’ll briefly…

Functional Texture Libraries Could Make All 3D Printed Parts Better

In the molded, mass-manufactured, and CNC’d world, everything was smooth. Meanwhile, our 3D printed world had a surface roughness problem that was proving difficult to solve. Finishing took longer than…

The Brittle Spear VII: New Business Models

Green begets green. If we want to save the planet, then we should make it profitable to do so. That sadly is the only real path to implementing genuinely global…

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3DPPPPE: The Long Term Prospects of Mass Customized 3D Printed PPE

With 3D printing making inroads in personal protection equipment (PPE) during the current crisis, what are the long term prospects of 3D printed safety gear? One would expect them to…

The Brittle Spear Part IV: Reenter the Readymade via 3D Printing

Just to be perfectly clear: from a pure art perspective, I think readymades were a horrible mistake, a distraction, a wrong turn. Duchamp’s Fountain was not one to throw coins…

The Brittle Spear Part III: Digital Kintsugi and 3D Printed Spare Parts

In this series, previously we looked at how we’re creating a system designed to spit out less able things and that these things may be better but will be less…

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TaylorMade Uses Formlabs to Prototype Better Golf Clubs with 3D Printing

Golf company TaylorMade extensively used Formlabs machines to prototype a better golf club. The company’s work illustrates a few key emerging trends: that desktop machines could partially displace services, that…

The Brittle Spear Part II: The Pointy End of the Stick

Roman spears were often brittle by design (perhaps). Sharp, tough spears were useful, but had the disadvantage that the weapon you threw at the enemy could be picked up and…

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Additive Manufacturing: The Ongoing Uncertainties and Market Shares

SmarTech Analysis has recently published its Q1 2020 additive manufacturing market guidance for the metal additive manufacturing industry, highlighting the first quarter in an economic universe gripped by effects of…

NP Swabs Prove 3D Printing’s Scalability and Speed-to-Market Advantages

A year ago, if you would have asked anyone in our industry what they thought might be a future killer application, it’s highly doubtful that anyone would have replied with,…

Stratasys Lays off 10 Percent of Workers

Stratasys, the marketplace leader in industrial fused deposition modeling technology, has announced that it is laying off 10 percent of its workers worldwide. In a statement, the company seemed to…

3D Printing COVID-19: First Do No Harm

We must be mindful that just because we can make a design that this design is not necessarily the right one. While I’m buoyed by the 3D printing industry’s efforts…

An Editorial About Face

Around five weeks ago I made a decision for us to not write at all about Covid-19/Corona Virus. I had seen the fear on the sunken faces of friends and…

Lazy Manufacturing: Making Things Using Less Energy

A friend took a broken part of his old boat out of his pocket.  “Can you fix this?” he asked me. It was a complicated aluminium die-casting from the cold…

3D Printing and Mass Customization, Hand in Glove Part I

The industrial revolution saw the advent of mass manufacturing. The assembly line and the hourly wage worker invented, splitting up products into parts made through a series of repetitive serial…

Fab City

In this article, I detail an interesting movement that is occurring within Europe through the collective Fab City.

Machines Room

In this article, I detail my brief visit to Machines Room and how it is closing down. This does not deter the essence of making though. There are interesting things occurring that will lead to future social change within London maker culture.