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Turn Color Into Sound with Innovative Specdrums Rings, Created with the Help of 3D Printing

Turn Color Into Sound with Innovative Specdrums Rings, Created with the Help of 3D Printing

From 3D printed violins and guitars to a modular synthesizer and arpeggiator, 3D printing technology has often been used to help musicians play that funky (and classical) music. A creative group of engineering, design, and music students from the University of Colorado Boulder launched a Kickstarter campaign, currently in its final hours, for Specdrums, which is one […]

From 3D printed violins and guitars to a modular synthesizer and arpeggiator, 3D printing technology has often been used to help musicians play that funky (and classical) music. A creative group of engineering, design, and music students from the University of...
3D Printing News Briefs: September 6, 2017

3D Printing News Briefs: September 6, 2017

We’ve got a lot of business news in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, followed by new 3D beta software, 3D printing materials work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and a limited edition 3D printed shoe. 3D printing startup mything has secured €2.1 million in funding, while Desktop Metal announces a US supplier for its metal 3D […]

We’ve got a lot of business news in today’s 3D Printing News Briefs, followed by new 3D beta software, 3D printing materials work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and a limited edition 3D printed shoe. 3D printing startup mything has secured €2.1 million...
Innovative Maker Uses 3D Printing and Electronics to Create Polaroid Replica that 'Prints' Animated GIFs

Innovative Maker Uses 3D Printing and Electronics to Create Polaroid Replica that 'Prints' Animated GIFs

We’ve all got that favorite meme that was turned into a fun 3D printed representation of a mass pop culture phenomenon, from Grumpy Cat and Left Shark to that strange blue and black (white and gold??) dress. It’s even possible to create and convert your own meme into a 3D printable STL file. But while […]

We’ve all got that favorite meme that was turned into a fun 3D printed representation of a mass pop culture phenomenon, from Grumpy Cat and Left Shark to that strange blue and black (white and gold??) dress. It’s even possible to create and convert your...
Teenage Maker Builds Closed Loop 3D Printer for Just €10

Teenage Maker Builds Closed Loop 3D Printer for Just €10

There have been many homemade and DIY 3D printers – even 3D printers made from a dot matrix printer, e-waste and recycled components – but I think the 3D printer constructed by Italian maker Michele Lizzit is the first one I’ve seen that has cardboard biscuit boxes supporting the entire structure. Of course, they don’t make up […]

There have been many homemade and DIY 3D printers – even 3D printers made from a dot matrix printer, e-waste and recycled components – but I think the 3D printer constructed by Italian maker Michele Lizzit is the first one I’ve seen that has...
Sound Designer Develops 3D Printed Modular Synthesizer: All Open Source, Open Hardware

Sound Designer Develops 3D Printed Modular Synthesizer: All Open Source, Open Hardware

Musician and sound designer José Luis González Castro has a lot of experience with video game sound effects and creation, which paved the way for his current project. Castro is working to develop an 8-bit, reprogrammable modular synthesizer, which he dubbed the miniMO, that’s almost entirely 3D printed. Every piece of the synthesizer, even the breadboard, was […]

Musician and sound designer José Luis González Castro has a lot of experience with video game sound effects and creation, which paved the way for his current project. Castro is working to develop an 8-bit, reprogrammable modular synthesizer, which he dubbed the...
IC3D and Aleph Objects Announce Availability of First-Ever Open Source 3D Printer Filament

IC3D and Aleph Objects Announce Availability of First-Ever Open Source 3D Printer Filament

Open source fans, which include much of the 3D printing community, rejoiced in March when Aleph Objects, maker of the beloved open source LulzBot 3D printers, announced that they had partnered with 3D printing service provider and filament manufacturer IC3D to develop the first-ever open source filament for desktop 3D printers. “Freedom – soon to be […]

Open source fans, which include much of the 3D printing community, rejoiced in March when Aleph Objects, maker of the beloved open source LulzBot 3D printers, announced that they had partnered with 3D printing service provider and filament manufacturer IC3D to develop...
The OpenFlexure Microscope: A Lifesaving Water-Testing Device You Can 3D Print at Home

The OpenFlexure Microscope: A Lifesaving Water-Testing Device You Can 3D Print at Home

I remember looking at some really interesting things through a microscope when I was in grade school, and wishing that I had my own. Eventually I did, but it was a plastic thing of poor quality, and I’m not really sure where it came from – I think someone may have given it to me […]

I remember looking at some really interesting things through a microscope when I was in grade school, and wishing that I had my own. Eventually I did, but it was a plastic thing of poor quality, and I’m not really sure where it came from – I think someone...
RIT Student Combines HoloLens Glasses with HTC Vive System to Make New Shared Reality App

RIT Student Combines HoloLens Glasses with HTC Vive System to Make New Shared Reality App

Whether you’re reaching out and grabbing items in a game using the Dexma Exoskeleton, or taking an up close and personal look at the human brain, what’s not to love about entering a completely immersive environment from the comfort of your couch? Virtual reality (VR) is especially magical if you’re using it to create art in thin air. But […]

Whether you’re reaching out and grabbing items in a game using the Dexma Exoskeleton, or taking an up close and personal look at the human brain, what’s not to love about entering a completely immersive environment from the comfort of your couch? Virtual...
Newcastle University Researchers Release RMADS Source Code for 3D Printing Selection Software

Newcastle University Researchers Release RMADS Source Code for 3D Printing Selection Software

It would seem that the sharing of information such as invaluable, helpful code was once only done between software engineers and programmers working together on crucial projects or together in the boys’ club, with valuable information not usually given out until a company was ready to release it and charge for it. Ironically, while one […]

It would seem that the sharing of information such as invaluable, helpful code was once only done between software engineers and programmers working together on crucial projects or together in the boys’ club, with valuable information not usually given out until a...
Express Yourself! Create Images & Light Them Up with the MagicShifter 3000 POV Stick

Express Yourself! Create Images & Light Them Up with the MagicShifter 3000 POV Stick

“Made with love and fairy dust.” The persistence of vision stick offers exactly what its name would infer, but it doesn’t really make sense until you see it in action, offering a very technical term in title for a whimsical device that does almost seem to operate as a sleight of hand or illusion. And while it […]

“Made with love and fairy dust.” The persistence of vision stick offers exactly what its name would infer, but it doesn’t really make sense until you see it in action, offering a very technical term in title for a whimsical device that does almost seem to operate as a...
3D Printed Sculpture Showcases the Detrimental Nature of San Francisco’s Rising Housing Prices

3D Printed Sculpture Showcases the Detrimental Nature of San Francisco’s Rising Housing Prices

While the Bay Area’s continuously growing tech bubble has led to a plethora of innovations for both San Francisco and the rest of the world, this boom has also caused a major upswing in the price of surrounding real estate, which has attributed to longtime local residents being driven out of their neighborhoods. In order […]

While the Bay Area’s continuously growing tech bubble has led to a plethora of innovations for both San Francisco and the rest of the world, this boom has also caused a major upswing in the price of surrounding real estate, which has attributed to longtime local...
Matt Adareth's 3D Printed Dactyl Keyboard is Colorful, Ergonomic, and Funky

Matt Adareth's 3D Printed Dactyl Keyboard is Colorful, Ergonomic, and Funky

I have to admit that when I saw the words “dactyl keyboard,” I had no idea what this means. But you would think as one who writes both for a paid job and as a recreational outlet, I would have already heard the term dactyl related to keyboard design –since it is ergonomic.  But we writers are a […]

I have to admit that when I saw the words “dactyl keyboard,” I had no idea what this means. But you would think as one who writes both for a paid job and as a recreational outlet, I would have already heard the term dactyl related to keyboard design...
Kame the Hopping 3D Printable Robot is the Cutest Thing You’ll See All Day

Kame the Hopping 3D Printable Robot is the Cutest Thing You’ll See All Day

While there had been industrial 3D printers available years before desktop printers started to become popular, it wasn’t an especially widely used or known technology. But when the first RepRap 3D printer found its way into a makerspace, 3D printing exploded and primarily became known as a hobby industry. The market overwhelmingly sold its smaller […]

While there had been industrial 3D printers available years before desktop printers started to become popular, it wasn’t an especially widely used or known technology. But when the first RepRap 3D printer found its way into a makerspace, 3D printing exploded and...
Stopping While They Are Ahead? RepRapPro Ltd. to Close Doors & Cease Trading as of January 15th

Stopping While They Are Ahead? RepRapPro Ltd. to Close Doors & Cease Trading as of January 15th

Few will be happy to see RepRapPro go. With a host of rock ‘n roll quotes that could no doubt be applied here, we’ll just say that everyone appreciates a humble and graceful exit. No doubt, the team at RepRapPro Ltd. has had a long and interesting ride, from Adrian Bowyer’s role as a true […]

Few will be happy to see RepRapPro go. With a host of rock ‘n roll quotes that could no doubt be applied here, we’ll just say that everyone appreciates a humble and graceful exit. No doubt, the team at RepRapPro Ltd. has had a long and interesting ride, from...
Orbbec Releases Open Source SDK to GitHub for Their Astra 3D Camera Technology

Orbbec Releases Open Source SDK to GitHub for Their Astra 3D Camera Technology

When Orbbec was founded back in 2013 their goal was to develop intelligent computer-driven 3D cameras capable of reacting to their environment, and their users specific needs using gesture controls. The result of their years of hard work is the Orbbec Persee which has recently made a splash on crowdfunding website Indiegogo, where it has […]

When Orbbec was founded back in 2013 their goal was to develop intelligent computer-driven 3D cameras capable of reacting to their environment, and their users specific needs using gesture controls. The result of their years of hard work is the Orbbec Persee which has...
Ultimaker Releases Open Source Files for Ultimaker 2 Go and Extended

Ultimaker Releases Open Source Files for Ultimaker 2 Go and Extended

To open source or not to open source is a question that most 3D printer manufacturers are going to ask themselves at some point. I’ve heard compelling arguments both for and against, but at the end of the day it’s a business model that simply isn’t for every company. But whichever path a company chooses, […]

To open source or not to open source is a question that most 3D printer manufacturers are going to ask themselves at some point. I’ve heard compelling arguments both for and against, but at the end of the day it’s a business model that simply isn’t for every company....
Shapeways Helping to Keep 3D Technology Open, the Web Neutral

Shapeways Helping to Keep 3D Technology Open, the Web Neutral

Shapeways recently joined forces with some major established and up-and-coming players in the world of web commerce, open share and source, streaming and more to confront the threat to internet freedom. Shapeways, the thriving 3D design and printing community, Dwolla, Fandor, GitHub, Keen, Mapbox, Imgur, Foursquare, and General Assembly formed a formidable coalition when it […]

Shapeways recently joined forces with some major established and up-and-coming players in the world of web commerce, open share and source, streaming and more to confront the threat to internet freedom. Shapeways, the thriving 3D design and printing community, Dwolla,...
OpenBionics Affordable Bionic Hand is Selected as a Hackaday Prize Semifinalist

OpenBionics Affordable Bionic Hand is Selected as a Hackaday Prize Semifinalist

For this year’s Hackaday Prize prospective entrants were challenged to develop a project or idea that would help solve the problems that matter to everyone. While that may be a vague precept, Hackaday says that their imprecise language was intentional. The idea was to avoid stifling creativity and innovation by laying out a strict set […]

For this year’s Hackaday Prize prospective entrants were challenged to develop a project or idea that would help solve the problems that matter to everyone. While that may be a vague precept, Hackaday says that their imprecise language was intentional. The idea was to...
Here's a 3D Printable Palm-Fitted Keyboard for Your Texting Addiction

Here's a 3D Printable Palm-Fitted Keyboard for Your Texting Addiction

Where do I get started on the topic of texting? I have been a writer for decades, relishing the refinement of my own language, as I grow increasingly confident putting pen to paper, and then WHAM! Out of the blue everything  changes. First email emerges, and I find myself grappling with whether or to strike […]

Where do I get started on the topic of texting? I have been a writer for decades, relishing the refinement of my own language, as I grow increasingly confident putting pen to paper, and then WHAM! Out of the blue everything  changes. First email emerges, and I find...
Made in Gaza: Glia Project Offers Open Source, Low-Cost, Locally 3D Printed Medical Supplies

Made in Gaza: Glia Project Offers Open Source, Low-Cost, Locally 3D Printed Medical Supplies

Last month, we covered news of Dr. Tarek Loubani’s Glia Project, which seeks to bring 3D printed medical equipment to the areas that need it most–starting with the much-beleaguered Gaza Strip. The incredible stethoscope he developed is able to be created at extreme cost savings and in a fraction of standard production time thanks to 3D […]

Last month, we covered news of Dr. Tarek Loubani’s Glia Project, which seeks to bring 3D printed medical equipment to the areas that need it most–starting with the much-beleaguered Gaza Strip. The incredible stethoscope he developed is able to be created...
Your Luggage is Unsafe! TSA Approved Master-Keyed Locks Have Been 3D Printed & Shared Publicly

Your Luggage is Unsafe! TSA Approved Master-Keyed Locks Have Been 3D Printed & Shared Publicly

The stated goal of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is, in their own words, to “Protect the nation’s transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce.”. Essentially, the organisation was created in the wake of 9/11 to make sure that a terrorist attack of that scale never happens again. Several policies enacted […]

The stated goal of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is, in their own words, to “Protect the nation’s transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce.”. Essentially, the organisation was created in the wake of 9/11 to...
3D Printed MrRobot Gives You Voice, Touch & Shake Control of Open Source Rapiro Robot

3D Printed MrRobot Gives You Voice, Touch & Shake Control of Open Source Rapiro Robot

Previously, it would have been hard imagining devices like the topic of this article–useful products being printed layer by layer, brought into existence at the desktop, and controlled wirelessly by a phone mostly used for taking pictures, texting, and applications. It truly wasn’t all that long ago that robots were mainly just a thing out […]

Previously, it would have been hard imagining devices like the topic of this article–useful products being printed layer by layer, brought into existence at the desktop, and controlled wirelessly by a phone mostly used for taking pictures, texting, and...
3D Printers Online Store Launches the xi3 Prusa

3D Printers Online Store Launches the xi3 Prusa

3D Printers Online Store has recently launched the xi3 Prusa, and the printer has a long and varied history of development. Josef Prusa was never satisfied with the status quo. Fascinated with the way things function, Prusa was constantly looking for better ways to improve and change those devices. By the age of 18, Prusa […]

3D Printers Online Store has recently launched the xi3 Prusa, and the printer has a long and varied history of development. Josef Prusa was never satisfied with the status quo. Fascinated with the way things function, Prusa was constantly looking for better ways to...
Doctor in Gaza Strip Creates World Class 3D Printed Stethoscope for Just $0.30

Doctor in Gaza Strip Creates World Class 3D Printed Stethoscope for Just $0.30

While health care, insurance, and skyrocketing costs are a red hot topic in the U.S., we certainly expect that when we walk into an emergency room, medical tools will abound. From the most baby-faced medical students to busy nurses to skilled surgeons–everyone has access to the bare minimum at least, as we know it. Now, […]

While health care, insurance, and skyrocketing costs are a red hot topic in the U.S., we certainly expect that when we walk into an emergency room, medical tools will abound. From the most baby-faced medical students to busy nurses to skilled surgeons–everyone...
Keysforge: Easy, Automatic Production of 3D Printed Copies of High-Security Keys

Keysforge: Easy, Automatic Production of 3D Printed Copies of High-Security Keys

While retinal and other biometric scanners are coming into play for some high-security applications, there’s still some ways to go before those are reliable enough for more common use–and so most secured areas rely on the age-old standby of the lock and key. The idea, of course, behind a lock is that it can only […]

While retinal and other biometric scanners are coming into play for some high-security applications, there’s still some ways to go before those are reliable enough for more common use–and so most secured areas rely on the age-old standby of the lock and...
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