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Why Do We Have to Pretend We’re Going to 3D Print Homes on Mars?

Maybe someday we’ll 3D print houses on Mars. But how much effort and time would it take to get there? And, is it even a good goal? Recently, at AI…

3D Printed Food: In Defense of Ethical Meat

In Florida and Alabama, politicians have banned lab-grown meat. Ethical meat is an industry in its infancy, yet it is already banned. Lab-grown meat, in my opinion, should not be…

Governor of Michigan Expands Program to Boost Small Manufacturers’ 3D Printing Capabilities

Back in 2020, Michigan nonprofit Automation Alley, an advanced manufacturing accelerator, was one of a number of organizations that recognized that the pandemic had put a premium on bringing manufacturing…

Researchers Explore Edible Insect Powders in 3D Printed Salty Snacks

Given the significant impact that industrial farming of animals has on both the livelihood of those creatures and the Earth itself, there is a growing movement to turn to new…

Slice Engineering and Egyptian NGO Give Amputees Free 3D Printed Prosthetics

Florida-based Slice Engineering believes that additive manufacturing can reshape industries and make a lasting impact on humanity, and so works hard to empower innovators and professionals. The company does this…

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Rescuing the Additive Industry: The Straight Edge 3D Printing Manifesto

Things have not been going well in the 3D printing industry for a long time. Much has been written on this topic and the reasons for this situation have been…

3D Printing News Briefs, April 27, 2024: Research, Digital Dentistry, Cycling, & More

We’re starting today’s 3D Printing News Briefs with some research into 3D printed luminescent quantum-dot polymer architectures and free-form laser beam shaping, and then on to an open source 4-axis…

GaeaStar and Verve Coffee Roasters Start Pilot Production of Sustainable 3D Printed Coffee Cups

Following a 2022 debut in Germany, GaeaStar, a startup based in San Francisco and Berlin, has begun US pilot production of its sustainable, disposable clay cups and bowls made with…

Deloitte Study: US Needs 3.8 Million Manufacturing Workers by 2033, and Half Those Jobs Could Remain Unfilled

In accelerating the evolution of the US economy, Bidenomics’ focus on the domestic industrial base has brought both the weaknesses and strengths of US manufacturing to the surface. Anyone who…

Construction 3D Printing CEO Reflects on Being Female in Construction

Natalie Wadley, CEO of ChangeMaker3D, could hear the words of her daughter sitting next to her resounding in her head. “Mum, MUM, you’ve won!” Wadley had just won the prestigious…

Unlocking the Future: Navigating the Additive Manufacturing Talent Landscape in 2024

The additive manufacturing (AM) industry stands at a pivotal juncture as it navigates through the complexities of talent acquisition and job market dynamics in 2024. With the rapid evolution of…

Does 3D Printing Herald the Democratization of Manufacturing?

The idea of democratization, broadly defined as giving power and access to the general public, is often applied to fields experiencing major shifts. Enter 3D printing, a technology brimming with…

3D Printing News Briefs, March 2, 2024: 3D Printed Firearms, FDA Clearance, & More

In today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, we’re starting with a proof of concept for 3D printing recyclable construction waste materials to make molds. Researchers investigated the relevance of forensic firearm…

3DPOD Episode 188: Clare Difazio of E3D – Growing the Industry, and Growing With the Industry

Clare DiFazio’s journey into the 3D printing industry was serendipitous, yet her involvement at critical moments has significantly influenced the sector. Her position as Head of Marketing & Product Strategy…

3D Printing Ethics: Navigating the Gray Areas of 3D Technology

From crafting custom birthday presents to building life-saving prosthetics, 3D printing has revolutionized how we interact with the physical world. But with great power comes great responsibility, and the democratization…

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Bambu Lab Issues Recall on A1 3D Printer

What was once being heralded as a game-changer for home 3D printers, is now being labeled a cautionary tale. Bambu Lab has announced a recall of its A1 3D printers….

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Alexander Daniels Global Releases 2024 AM Salary Survey Report

Marking its 8th consecutive year of publication, Alexander Daniels Global has released the much-anticipated 2024 AM Salary Survey Report. In a year characterized by ‘right-sizing’ and numerous challenges in the…

What about the Messy Humans that Make up Industry 4.0?

The gleaming promises of Industry 4.0 paint a utopian picture: robots taking over the drudgery, AI optimizing workflows, and 3D printers churning out bespoke solutions at our fingertips. It’s a…

3D Printed Medical Trainers Give First Responders Key Familiarity with Altered Airways, Study Shows

The medical field has been one of the greatest success stories for additive manufacturing (AM), with AM now touching virtually every market segment within the healthcare industry. According to Additive…

SikSika Nation to Receive 3D Printed Housing Community in Canada

In Canada, the soaring prices of homes have become one of the if not the biggest political issue at the moment, sparking widespread interest in possible solutions like 3D printing…

How Toxic is 3D Printing? UL Research Sheds Light

The Chemical Insights Research Institute of UL Research has released a new study seeking to shed light on the nature of volatile organic compound (VOC) and particle emissions during the…

BASF Expands North American Apprenticeship Program for Second Straight Year

New Jersey-based BASF Corporation, the North American affiliate of the world’s largest chemicals supplier, has expanded its North American Apprenticeship Development Program for the second year in a row. BASF…

Alleged NYPD Report on 3D Printed Firearms Leaked Online

An advocate for 3D printed firearms published a document allegedly from the New York Police Department (NYPD) on “ghost guns” made with 3D printed components. The individual claims to have…

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Mighty Buildings to 3D Print Visitors Center alongside Buckminster Fuller’s Dome Home

Mighty Buildings, the Oakland-based additive construction (AC) firm specializing in prefabricated, climate-resilient homes, has partnered with the R. Buckminster Fuller Dome Home Not-For-Profit to 3D print a visitors center and…