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3D Printing News Briefs: October 31, 2017

3D Printing News Briefs: October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween! To celebrate, check out our 3D Printing News Briefs – we’re starting with some virtual reality research, then moving right along with all sorts of new innovations and products in the 3D printing world. European researchers are working on VR that won’t make users feel ill, while a hospital in India sets up […]

Happy Halloween! To celebrate, check out our 3D Printing News Briefs – we’re starting with some virtual reality research, then moving right along with all sorts of new innovations and products in the 3D printing world. European researchers are working on...
From Go-Kart to Forklift: More of Matt Denton's Adventures in 3D Printed Legos

From Go-Kart to Forklift: More of Matt Denton's Adventures in 3D Printed Legos

In the 1970s, LEGO started producing Technic kits, which were boxes of LEGOs with rods and other parts for the purpose of building more complex, functional projects than were possible with ordinary LEGOs. The kits came with build instructions so that kids (or adults) could create vehicles and other machines. LEGO Technic kits are still […]

In the 1970s, LEGO started producing Technic kits, which were boxes of LEGOs with rods and other parts for the purpose of building more complex, functional projects than were possible with ordinary LEGOs. The kits came with build instructions so that kids (or adults)...
PieceMaker Announces Re-Launch as B2B 3D Printing Solutions and Product Customization Provider

PieceMaker Announces Re-Launch as B2B 3D Printing Solutions and Product Customization Provider

Pittsburgh-based startup PieceMaker, founded in 2013 by two Carnegie Mellon University graduate students and offering both retail and consumer 3D printing, first got its start in the wonderful world of toys. The company, which has a proprietary platform for AM content distribution and product customization, has partnered with several other big names, like Ford, Nickelodeon, and […]

Pittsburgh-based startup PieceMaker, founded in 2013 by two Carnegie Mellon University graduate students and offering both retail and consumer 3D printing, first got its start in the wonderful world of toys. The company, which has a proprietary platform for AM content...
The Toys "R" Us Bankruptcy and the R&D Tax Credit Aspects of 3D Printing

The Toys "R" Us Bankruptcy and the R&D Tax Credit Aspects of 3D Printing

3D printing is a disruptive technology affecting nearly every manufacturing industry, with the toy industry being no exception.  Increased competition from online retailers and other technology oriented developments (that include 3D printers and home manufacturing) has forced Toys “R” Us to rethink its business strategy for the future. The once-dominant toy industry giant with over […]

3D printing is a disruptive technology affecting nearly every manufacturing industry, with the toy industry being no exception.  Increased competition from online retailers and other technology oriented developments (that include 3D printers and home manufacturing)...
MyMiniFactory: 3D Printing Trends for July 2017

MyMiniFactory: 3D Printing Trends for July 2017

The 3D printing industry has bloomed into one that generates billions of dollars, and that is only expected to grow–with fierce competition continuing to mount across the globe. Today, you have your choice of affordable hardware, software, accessories, and a range of materials that will leave you awestruck. And while we enjoy learning what types […]

The 3D printing industry has bloomed into one that generates billions of dollars, and that is only expected to grow–with fierce competition continuing to mount across the globe. Today, you have your choice of affordable hardware, software, accessories, and a...
3D Printing Toys Isn't All Fun & Games: Michigan Tech & MyMiniFactory Discuss New Study Detailing 3D Printed Disruption

3D Printing Toys Isn't All Fun & Games: Michigan Tech & MyMiniFactory Discuss New Study Detailing 3D Printed Disruption

3D printing is a disruptive technology making its mark across several industries; this is no longer a projection, but an in-process matter of fact as additive manufacturing comes into play in aerospace, automotive, defense, medical, and other applications requiring the tight tolerances and unique geometries made possible through advanced production methods. Customization is often referred […]

3D printing is a disruptive technology making its mark across several industries; this is no longer a projection, but an in-process matter of fact as additive manufacturing comes into play in aerospace, automotive, defense, medical, and other applications requiring...
Toy Company Fidgetbase Takes Fidget Spinners Back to Basics with 3D Printing and Affordable STL Files

Toy Company Fidgetbase Takes Fidget Spinners Back to Basics with 3D Printing and Affordable STL Files

As the school year starts wrapping up, it’s time to talk a little more about the year’s hottest toy – or is it a stress reliever and a way to keep kids focused in class? I am obviously talking about the fidget spinner, which usually has two or three paddle-shaped blades attached to a core in […]

As the school year starts wrapping up, it’s time to talk a little more about the year’s hottest toy – or is it a stress reliever and a way to keep kids focused in class? I am obviously talking about the fidget spinner, which usually has two or three...
Why Are Trending 3D Printable Models So Popular?

Why Are Trending 3D Printable Models So Popular?

When you first google and research 3D printing you are introduced into a world of innovation and engineering. A place where people are pushing the limits of the technology to change the world. But as an average Joe you might be looking at it to make fun toys, little fixes around the house or to […]

When you first google and research 3D printing you are introduced into a world of innovation and engineering. A place where people are pushing the limits of the technology to change the world. But as an average Joe you might be looking at it to make fun toys, little...
Redditor Plans to 3D Print and Hide 200 Toys Around San Francisco in Giant Scavenger Hunt

Redditor Plans to 3D Print and Hide 200 Toys Around San Francisco in Giant Scavenger Hunt

Most of the time when I hear someone talking about Reddit, they’re sharing an image or a funny thread they saw on the site. But Reddit can also do a lot of good, because it connects communities and individual people with ideas, news, trends, and most importantly, each other; remember when Reddit users gathered to […]

Most of the time when I hear someone talking about Reddit, they’re sharing an image or a funny thread they saw on the site. But Reddit can also do a lot of good, because it connects communities and individual people with ideas, news, trends, and most...
3D Printing: The Stories We Missed This Week — December 24, 2016

3D Printing: The Stories We Missed This Week — December 24, 2016

Even with the holiday season here, the 3D printing industry has still been in full swing this past week. On this week’s festive edition of “The Stories We Missed,” we’ve got everything from charitable toy drives to reindeer—ehem—deer antlers. For starters, the MakerHealth Space at the University of Texas Medical Branch has been 3D printing toys […]

Even with the holiday season here, the 3D printing industry has still been in full swing this past week. On this week’s festive edition of “The Stories We Missed,” we’ve got everything from charitable toy drives to reindeer—ehem—deer antlers....
3D Printing Helped to Create Nature-Inspired Flex-Brick bionicTOYS

3D Printing Helped to Create Nature-Inspired Flex-Brick bionicTOYS

A Kickstarter campaign just launched for what is arguably the coolest toy this year: bionicTOYS are inspired by the science of motion and nature’s own flexibility, and introduce STEM-based skills to children. Berlin-based product designer and LEGO enthusiast Marcel Pasternak created bionicTOYS in 2016 as part of his master’s thesis in product design. The patent-pending, flex-brick […]

A Kickstarter campaign just launched for what is arguably the coolest toy this year: bionicTOYS are inspired by the science of motion and nature’s own flexibility, and introduce STEM-based skills to children. Berlin-based product designer and LEGO enthusiast...
3D Printing: The Stories We Missed This Week — November 12, 2016

3D Printing: The Stories We Missed This Week — November 12, 2016

On this week’s edition of “The Stories We Missed This Week”, we’ve got news that spans from the animated universe of Rick and Morty to South Korea. For starters, one die-hard fan of the intergalactic animated comedy Rick and Morty utilized 3D printing to create the “Pass the Butter” robot found in the show. The Melbourne, […]

On this week’s edition of “The Stories We Missed This Week”, we’ve got news that spans from the animated universe of Rick and Morty to South Korea. For starters, one die-hard fan of the intergalactic animated comedy Rick and Morty utilized 3D printing to create the...
Patience, Kids! Mattel's ThingMaker 3D Printer Release Delayed Another Year

Patience, Kids! Mattel's ThingMaker 3D Printer Release Delayed Another Year

Once you become a parent, the word ‘patience’ becomes central in your world. Most likely, you are never in full supply of this wonderful quality again, but you find yourself expounding on it quite often to small children and then teenagers who seem to have little comprehension regarding the practice of waiting. This often applies […]

Once you become a parent, the word ‘patience’ becomes central in your world. Most likely, you are never in full supply of this wonderful quality again, but you find yourself expounding on it quite often to small children and then teenagers who seem to have...
Purdue University Engineering Students Hone Complex Design Skills in 3D Printing Functional Toys on EnvisionTEC Xtreme 3SP

Purdue University Engineering Students Hone Complex Design Skills in 3D Printing Functional Toys on EnvisionTEC Xtreme 3SP

Purdue University’s C Design Lab ME444 class is a shining example of how rewarding education can be for both teacher and students alike. No matter the age level, toys are still fun—and especially on the maker level. And now we’re seeing quite an inventory of new—and some rather complex—toys coming from Purdue as the C […]

Purdue University’s C Design Lab ME444 class is a shining example of how rewarding education can be for both teacher and students alike. No matter the age level, toys are still fun—and especially on the maker level. And now we’re seeing quite an inventory of new—and...
Fleet Hower's 3D Printed LOCKNESTERS Puzzles Take on a New Look and Feel

Fleet Hower's 3D Printed LOCKNESTERS Puzzles Take on a New Look and Feel

There’s no denying that 3D printing technology has impacted a number of fields in a multitude of ways, particularly on the industrial level. But, when it comes to desktop 3D printing with thermoplastics, the current outcome rarely strays from the purpose of prototyping. The issues with trying to create consumer products on the desktop format include the […]

There’s no denying that 3D printing technology has impacted a number of fields in a multitude of ways, particularly on the industrial level. But, when it comes to desktop 3D printing with thermoplastics, the current outcome rarely strays from the purpose of...
Weekly Roundup: Ten 3D Printable Things - Shark Week

Weekly Roundup: Ten 3D Printable Things - Shark Week

It has come at last, the holiest of holy holidays, the sacred Shark Week. Since 1988, shark lovers all over the world have devoted their lives to witnessing a solid week of shark-based cable programming. The original Shark Week programming was focused on educational programming, meant to help conservation efforts and to dispel common misconceptions […]

It has come at last, the holiest of holy holidays, the sacred Shark Week. Since 1988, shark lovers all over the world have devoted their lives to witnessing a solid week of shark-based cable programming. The original Shark Week programming was focused on educational...
Materialise Helps Redesign and 3D Print Children's Programming Toy--The Cubetto Playset

Materialise Helps Redesign and 3D Print Children's Programming Toy--The Cubetto Playset

More and more often we see efforts to teach children coding at a young age by virtue of introducing fun programming languages to them. Part of this development is the far reach that the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) initiative is having on K-12 curricula. Parents and educators want children ready for a technologically […]

More and more often we see efforts to teach children coding at a young age by virtue of introducing fun programming languages to them. Part of this development is the far reach that the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) initiative is...
3D Printed Spacemen and Neanderthals Take on Evil Robots in This New Stop Motion Video

3D Printed Spacemen and Neanderthals Take on Evil Robots in This New Stop Motion Video

Those pesky evil, caveperson-obsessed robots from the future are at it again in a new stop motion video from 3D printed toy maker Hauke Scheer. If you’ve never seen any of Scheer’s action figures, they’re always a lot of fun, and his latest designs are some of his best work.  Not only has he gotten […]

Those pesky evil, caveperson-obsessed robots from the future are at it again in a new stop motion video from 3D printed toy maker Hauke Scheer. If you’ve never seen any of Scheer’s action figures, they’re always a lot of fun, and his latest designs are some of his...
9-Year-Old Representing Baltimore's Digital Harbor Foundation Dazzles President Obama with 3D Printing Expertise

9-Year-Old Representing Baltimore's Digital Harbor Foundation Dazzles President Obama with 3D Printing Expertise

Baltimore is not an easy place to grow up, by a long shot. But you wouldn’t know that from hearing about Jacob Legette, a 9-year-old West Baltimore resident, who recently got to spend a day showing off his 3D printed wares to none other than the President himself. Hailing from the neighborhood rocked hard by news of […]

Baltimore is not an easy place to grow up, by a long shot. But you wouldn’t know that from hearing about Jacob Legette, a 9-year-old West Baltimore resident, who recently got to spend a day showing off his 3D printed wares to none other than the President...
Sculpteo's Best Practices for Designing a 3D Printable Twisty Puzzle/Rubik's Cube

Sculpteo's Best Practices for Designing a 3D Printable Twisty Puzzle/Rubik's Cube

Since 1974,  the Rubik’s Cube has become the most widely sold toy in the world. A large part of its fascination is due to how challenging it is to solve the puzzle, and we have seen many records set and shattered by people trying to quickly solve the puzzle (including inventing a robot that can do […]

Since 1974,  the Rubik’s Cube has become the most widely sold toy in the world. A large part of its fascination is due to how challenging it is to solve the puzzle, and we have seen many records set and shattered by people trying to quickly solve the puzzle...
Pley Offers Model of the Future for Toy Companies—Rent Items, 3D Printers, Stream Designs

Pley Offers Model of the Future for Toy Companies—Rent Items, 3D Printers, Stream Designs

As 3D printing begins transforming areas like the medical industry with very serious innovations that often remind us everything from our favorite sci-fi movies to the Six Million Dollar Man, other areas are experiencing significant positive impact too–and they don’t all involve life or death scenarios–or work. There’s no finer example of this than the toy […]

As 3D printing begins transforming areas like the medical industry with very serious innovations that often remind us everything from our favorite sci-fi movies to the Six Million Dollar Man, other areas are experiencing significant positive impact too–and they...
Australia’s AAOD Museum & 3D Systems Produce 3D Printed Toy Replicas of Banjo the Dinosaur

Australia’s AAOD Museum & 3D Systems Produce 3D Printed Toy Replicas of Banjo the Dinosaur

Finding a cache of ancient dinosaur bones: I think it’s one of those secret dreams we all harbor, especially as children, diligently digging in the dirt while fantasizing about the glory of being the next rock-star archaeologist, decked out with requisite khakis, neck kerchief, and even the friendly sidekick too. Might you find a dinosaur […]

Finding a cache of ancient dinosaur bones: I think it’s one of those secret dreams we all harbor, especially as children, diligently digging in the dirt while fantasizing about the glory of being the next rock-star archaeologist, decked out with requisite khakis, neck...
Now on Kickstarter: Tio Kits Can Turn 3D Prints & Toys Into Smartphone Controlled Inventions & Robots

Now on Kickstarter: Tio Kits Can Turn 3D Prints & Toys Into Smartphone Controlled Inventions & Robots

Parents today are very often challenged to find ways to keep kids of all ages occupied. It seems to be a world of screens we are living in, and entertainment overload via television, computers, phones, tablets, and video games is a common worry. We want to see the brains of our next generations well-nurtured—after all, […]

Parents today are very often challenged to find ways to keep kids of all ages occupied. It seems to be a world of screens we are living in, and entertainment overload via television, computers, phones, tablets, and video games is a common worry. We want to see the...
Little Ink & Eva: Blokko Offers New Campaign Platform for Storytellers & 3D Modelers

Little Ink & Eva: Blokko Offers New Campaign Platform for Storytellers & 3D Modelers

3D printing and the world of toys are closely tied these days. While the next manufacturing revolution is affecting many sectors, this particular area of transformation is one that demonstrates all the benefits that 3D printing offers to designers who may not previously have been able to get an initial push into the industry. The […]

3D printing and the world of toys are closely tied these days. While the next manufacturing revolution is affecting many sectors, this particular area of transformation is one that demonstrates all the benefits that 3D printing offers to designers who may not...
PieceMaker Hits Toy Fair 2016, Announces New Deal with Ford and New Metal 3D Printing Kiosks

PieceMaker Hits Toy Fair 2016, Announces New Deal with Ford and New Metal 3D Printing Kiosks

PieceMaker has been having quite the year since they launched their new, high-tech 3D printable toy kiosks at last year’s Toy Fair in New York. Not only were their in-store customizable toy machines a huge hit at the show, but they very quickly signed a deal with toy retail giant Toys R Us to bring […]

PieceMaker has been having quite the year since they launched their new, high-tech 3D printable toy kiosks at last year’s Toy Fair in New York. Not only were their in-store customizable toy machines a huge hit at the show, but they very quickly signed a deal with toy...