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3D Printing People: A Dialogue Beyond Industry at TIPE 2022

Women in 3D Printing (Wi3DP) has pulled off another virtual event show coup. After an immensely successful inaugural event in 2021, the non-profit has hosted an even bigger 2022 event. And…

Women in 3D Printing’s Posts Agenda for TIPE Conference and Virtual Career Fair

This January 18-20, Women in 3D Printing (Wi3DP) is back for the second time in a row with its TIPE 3D Printing Conference and Virtual Career Fair. Like its inaugural…

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SavorEat’s Robot Chef: the Biggest Step Yet in Commercializing 3D Printed Food

Imagine, say, five years from now, you sit down to eat at a restaurant. There’s a machine on the table, but it’s not one of those miniature jukeboxes that, for…

Habitat for Humanity 3D Printed Home Owner Moves in Just in Time for Christmas

In November of last year, we covered a story about Danish additive construction company COBOD’s entry into the U.S. market. This included four different residential projects in three different states…

Bioprinting BICO Endorses FDA Modernization Act of 2021

The Swedish firm BICO, formerly CELLINK, has endorsed the FDA Modernization Act of 2021. Formally known as H.R. 2565/ S. 2952, the bill would replace major portions of the 1938…

“World’s Largest Real Concrete 3D Printed Building” Goes up in Oman

COBOD’s additive construction technology has been deployed worldwide, from Germany to Kenya, the U.S. to Belgium. The latest location for the Danish firm’s construction 3D printer is Oman, where COBOD…

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Farsoon Ends 2021 with Record $15M in November 3D Printing Sales

It’s been a pivotal year for Farsoon Technologies, which, in addition to having a well-established presence in 3D printed plastics, is also perhaps China’s largest metal additive manufacturing (AM) firm….

Women in 3D Printing Onboards New President

As the nonprofit celebrates seven years of supporting women in the additive manufacturing (AM) industry, Women in 3D Printing (Wi3DP) has taken on a new leader. Kristin Mulherin is taking…

Eco Friendly 3D Printing? Designing for Ruins

Sustainability is usually seen as a move towards using recyclable or recycled materials. Some see it as a means of ensuring that the product that you make will be recyclable….

Indonesia to Start Trial-Run of 3D Printed Buildings

Stories about the use of additive manufacturing (AM) in construction seem to usually be about a handful of nations — especially the United States and China — so it’s always…

Lab 3D Prints E. coli Ink for Research into Biofilms

Some of the most fascinating and/or shocking developments in 3D printing over the past decade have involved the application of biomimicry: the creation of machines, materials, or systems whose designs…

Holcim and COBOD Build First 3D Printed House in Kenya

Previously, 14Trees, a joint venture between cement giant Holcim and CDC Group, used a BOD2 3D printer from COBOD to make a demonstration house. As we reported earlier this week,…

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Australian Dr. Death Wants You to Kill Yourself with 3D Printed Suicide Pod

Switzerland has not yet legally approved the Sarco capsule, a 3D-printed “pod” designed for use in assisted-suicides. It is not a new invention: Philip Nitschke, who co-created the device with…

Office Brand’s 3D Printed Desk Accessories Made from Recycled Food Packaging

Pearson Lloyd, a design studio headquartered in east London, recently teamed up with Amsterdam- and London-based startup Batch.Works — which specializes in 3D-printed, distributed manufacturing of consumer goods from recycled…

COBOD Customers Receive Grants to 3D Print Houses in U.S.

COBOD International A/S, the Danish additive construction company, has entered the U.S. residential housing market. COBOD has previously made news in Europe for 3D printing the continent’s first one-, two-,…

The New Raw’s 3D Printed Chair Highlights the Potential for Infinitely Recyclable Materials

The New Raw is a Dutch research and design studio started by two architects, Panos Sakkas and Foteini Sataki, specializing in using waste plastics to create housewares and furniture with…

UNICEF 3D Printed Busts on Display in Paris Raise Awareness of Mental Health

The scientific landscape of the field has gotten such significant advances so quickly; it’s easy to forget sometimes that the current era of commercialized 3D printing was initiated just as…

US Army Robotically Delivers 3D Printed Tank Part in Project Convergence

This was followed up by a document released in June, titled “Use of Additive Manufacturing in the DoD.” The first policy listed in the June document states that “[The DoD…

Roboze to Begin 3D Printing Circular Economy Program Starting Next Year

Starting in January 2022, Roboze, the Italian-American manufacturer of 3D printers, polymers for additive manufacturing, and composite parts, is starting a circular economy program for its customers. The program will…

Inspiring Non-Profit Makes 3D Printed Prosthetics for Patients in the Guatemalan Jungle

Volunteers and designers from non-profit organization LifeNabled and engineering software startup nTopology have been busy helping amputees in northern Guatemala. The team, led by LifeNabled co-founder Brent Wright, created a…

The Calm Before the Swarm: Notre Dame Researcher 3D Prints Swarm of Robot Insects

The spread of blueprints for DIY gun manufacture has been one of the most infamous developments in 3D printing’s recent history. But this is, of course, far from the only…

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De-Hyper: Can 3D Printing Alone Solve the Climate Crisis? Probably Not.

Given the compounding human-caused, ecological crises facing life on earth at the moment, I’ve been interested in speaking to experts to understand what role, if any, 3D printing and technology…

Teen Shoots Self Accidentally with Gun Made with 3D Printed Parts

A 16-year-old from the Virginia city of Hopewell shot himself in the leg by accident while working on a home-made semiautomatic pistol. The boy had apparently been assembling a gun…

Design for Disruption: 3D Printing Design for Humans

Human-centered design is increasingly common, as is thorough thinking about human factors, ergonomics, and usability. All roads leading to better, human-focused products are to be appreciated. However, there is a…